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cast iron pipe collapse in oklahoma city

Mickey Y.
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Posted Oct 1 2023, 07:31

I'm dealing with a collapsed pipe issue near the bathroom in my property, and the plumber's quote seems quite high. I'm curious about the average costs for fixing such a problem. Additionally, considering the house is on a cast iron pipe system, I'm wondering if it might be more practical to replace the entire system to avoid future issues. Your insights would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Replied Oct 1 2023, 09:14

@Mickey Yang

Depending on age of cast iron if you have to open up a large area and they have digging equipment onsite - it’s not a bad idea to replace it all

Also is it a property you will keep for a long term or short term

If long term then definitely worth considering

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Replied Oct 1 2023, 09:47

Much better to bite the bullet now and replace it all. The expected life span of CI pipe is 50 years so you're overdue. You can expect to pay $10k - $15k depending of course on how long the run to the street is...

Will your insurance cover any of this?

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Replied Oct 2 2023, 06:21

@Mickey Y.  - I think you are talking about a property here in OKC - if so, I've recently replaced one (last fall/2022); and it was one that one plumber initially told me we be more expensive b/c it was deeper than six feet -so  they would need to shore up the sides/per OSHA regulations.  They quoted about $18K. I got other quotes b/c that was ridiculous!  I ended up going with Buddy's Plumbing  - it was about $7k - which should be on the high side (so should be less for you unless your property has the same issues and depending on how far it is to the main for you/how deep they have to dig/etc.) And I would imagine how quickly you need something done plays into it- I was doing a renovation, so they were able to just fit us into the schedule, if you have tenants, you probably don't have that luxury.  

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Replied Oct 2 2023, 07:07

I'd second and third the suggestion to swap out the entire line. It will all fail eventually and it will be easier on you and the tenant do it all at once. Plumb Tech in Midwest City is another affordable option. They completed a whole line replacement for under $5k. The larger companies are going to charge triple that.

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Replied Oct 2 2023, 09:17

I appreciate the prompt responses from everyone. At present, the property is occupied by tenants, and I have communicated with them regarding temporary accommodation in a hotel during the ongoing process. Despite the recent floor tile installation and property remodeling, I have made the decision to proceed with a full replacement since it will be a long term hold. The contracted professionals have assured me that they will minimize any potential damage. Your inputs has been invaluable, and thank you all for your responsivenes!