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How Much Does it Cost to Repair Frozen Pipes? A Michigan Tech Answers

Stuck with frozen pipes?

If so, the first question on your mind is probably, “How much is it going to cost me to fix them?”

The cost of repairing frozen pipes in Michigan ranges from $200 to $1,800, with most homeowners paying around $500 on average.

Your next question is probably, “Why does the price vary?”

The cost to fix frozen pipes can vary depending on the following factors:

  • The location of the frozen pipe
  • The extent of the damage
  • The plumbing contractor you hire

Let’s look at each of these factors in more detail to give you a better idea of how they affect price.

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Factor #1: The location of the frozen pipe

Here’s the bottom line: The harder it is for the plumber to reach the frozen pipe, the more expensive the pipe repair will be.

Some of your home’s plumbing pipes, like those on outside walls or under sinks, are exposed and easy for a plumber to access.

However, the majority of your home’s pipes are located behind walls or under floors, which can make it difficult for the plumber to reach the frozen pipe. It will take the plumber longer to find and access the frozen pipe if it is located behind a wall or in a tight crawl space, which is why the repair will cost more.

If the plumber needs to cut into a wall or under a floor to reach the frozen pipe, you’ll also need to factor in restoration costs.

Factor #2: The extent of the damage

If the frozen pipes ends up bursting, the cost of the repair will be greater because the plumber will likely have to replace piping.

Why do frozen pipes burst?

Many people think frozen pipes burst because of ice expanding and rupturing the pipe. However, most pipes rupture at a spot with little or no ice.

Frozen pipes burst because of increased pressure inside the pipe. Water molecules expand as they freeze, which means water takes up more space inside the pipe.

As the ice expands inside the pipe, it pushes water toward the closed faucet, creating a lot of pressure buildup. Eventually, once the pressure gets too great, the pipe can rupture.

What can be done to fix a ruptured pipe?

Usually, the ruptured pipe will need to be replaced. However if the rupture is relatively small the plumber might be able to solder the pipe, which makes the repair less expensive.

Factor #3: The plumbing contractor you hire

Generally speaking, higher-quality plumbing contractors charge more for their services.

But when it comes to fixing a frozen pipe, you want to make sure it’s done correctly—the first time. The last thing you want is to deal with another frozen pipe.

High-quality plumbers will usually add foam sleeves or fiberglass to prevent pipes from freezing again, and some will help you freeze-proof your pipes in other vulnerable areas.

How to find a high-quality plumbing contractor

As you look online to find a good plumber, make sure you find one who…

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