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Plumbing Service

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

January 2014

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.

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

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.
Long term 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 - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

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.

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Adjust Pressure Regulator ValvePlumber1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$70 - $117
Move Water LinePlumber1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$180 - $314
Install Roof VentPlumber1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$150 - $259
Install Bathtub FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$255 - $453
Install Gas LinePlumber1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$230 - $407
Replace BathtubPlumber2 to 5 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$415 - $743
Install Whirlpool TubPlumber2 to 5 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$2,030 - $3,705
Install Bathroom SinkPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$230 - $407
Replace Kitchen SinkPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$273 - $482
Install Shower FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$290 - $511
Install Bathtub DrainPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$150 - $259
Install Tub FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$255 - $453
Install ToiletPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$243 - $433
Install Tank HeaterPlumber1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$902 - $1,623
Replace Hot Water HeaterPlumber1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$727 - $1,300
Install DishwasherPlumber1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$488 - $886
Clean Sewer LinePlumber1 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$105 - $175
Install Ice MakerPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$230 - $407
Repair ToiletPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$95 - $163
Repair FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$95 - $163


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