Plumbing Service

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Plumbing Maintenance project

March 2015

Homeowners have many important questions about their Plumbing Maintenance Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Plumbing Maintenance investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Plumbing Maintenance project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Plumbing Maintenance - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Plumbing Maintenance project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionCommon home plumbing maintenance and service projects. Projects include modernization, restoration, addition and repair.
Project sizeAverage electrical service call
Material and labor cost$518 - $604
Do-it-yourself assessmentThis is not a project recommended for the do it yourselfer. A successful Plumbing Maintenance requires the work of skilled trade contractors as well as special materials, tools, fabrication and installation techniques. Do it yourself mistakes may be expensive to remedy and will likely reduce the marketability and value of your home.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Plumbing Maintenance project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Plumbing Maintenance project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Green ratingPlumbing Maintenance projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Plumbing Maintenance - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Plumbing Maintenance. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Plumbing Maintenance project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Plumbing Maintenance project cost and quality.

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Plumbing Maintenance project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

TaskService ProviderTimeDifficultyBasic Cost Range
Adjust Pressure Regulator ValvePlumber1 to 2 d$36 - $61
Move Water LinePlumber1 to 2 d$205 - $359
Install Roof VentPlumber1 to 2 d$232 - $404
Install Bathtub FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$226 - $399
Install Gas LinePlumber1 to 2 d$128 - $220
Replace BathtubPlumber2 to 5 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$608 - $1,089
Install Whirlpool TubPlumber2 to 5 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$972 - $1,740
Install Bathroom SinkPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$259 - $452
Replace Kitchen SinkPlumber1 d$196 - $333
Install Shower FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$274 - $478
Install Bathtub DrainPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$221 - $391
Install Tub FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$235 - $417
Install ToiletPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$195 - $345
Install Tank HeaterPlumber1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$806 - $1,448
Replace Hot Water HeaterPlumber1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$806 - $1,448
Install DishwasherPlumber1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$467 - $849
Clean Sewer LinePlumber1 d$100 - $166
Install Ice MakerPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$195 - $342
Repair ToiletPlumber1 d$96 - $165
Repair FaucetPlumber1 d$96 - $165

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Plumbing Maintenance - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Plumbing Maintenance project plan.

  • To keep Plumbing Maintenance costs low and quality high, specify simple wall and ceiling transitions and use common surface finishes
  • For best home resale value, follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home
  • Perform major Plumbing Maintenance work with permits to help protect value at resale time
  • Identify and consider construction materials and components that will qualify for tax credits or utility company rebates
  • Consider eco friendly appliances with the Energy Star certification
  • Match appliances and fixtures to electrical circuit, hot water and gas capacities

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