When it comes to the plumbing world, there’s a lot of things that may go wrong with the pipes behind the walls. The question, however, is what can go wrong, and how much will it hurt my wallet?
Whenever something goes wrong in the plumbing world, it often needs immediate attention, unless you want your home to become the next pond in the neighborhood. With so many things that may go wrong, let’s take a look at some of the most popular jobs plumbers often tackle, along with what it may cost you to repair.
1. Repairing a Clogged Drain
Oftentimes, a plunger can fix the simplest clogged drains, but there will be those times when a plumber will be needed for those tougher jobs. Most of the time, these jobs will be very straightforward and will only require a snake through the pipes, but some jobs could require accessing your sewer line to unblock any debris in the way. The costs of unclogging a drain will depend on the amount of time spent on the job and how complicated the job is. On average, this sort of job can range from as little as $100 to more than one thousand dollars.
2. Repairing a Water Heater
Without hot water, it’s going to be hard to take a comfortable shower or wash your dishes after dinner. Repairing a hot water heater, according to many professional plumbers, is one the most common jobs they perform. Depending on the repair, it can be as simple as repairing the pilot light to as extreme as replacing the hot water heater.
Replacing a hot water heater, for example, could cost $800 to $1,500 for a 50-gallon capacity tank, but if the pilot light needed to be replaced, this could be as little as $100 to $200. According to Crown Plumbing Inc., there are three types of hot water heaters you can choose from: electric, gas or tankless.
3. Installing a New Faucet
Whether your old faucet is looking a bit too old or you’re simply looking to replace the style of your room, installing a new faucet may seem like an easy task to some, but for others, it can be a challenge, especially if the pipes underneath are rusty. While the job is, indeed, straightforward, a plumber will be able to swap out and make sure the new faucet is connected with all the right plumbing parts. Unless some complications occur, which is fairly rare, installing a new faucet should be less than $100 to have a professional plumber do it.
4. Repairing a Toilet
A broken toilet is often a convenience that can’t be ignored, and whether your toilet isn’t flushing properly or it’s leaking at the base, fixing a toilet can be as simple as replacing the internal parts to replacing the entire thing. Repairing a toilet, most of the time will be less than $200, but if you were to replace the entire toilet, then it could be two to three times the amount, depending on the new toilet you purchase.
Unfortunately, this list could go on and on, but the lesson here is that most repairs, regardless of what needs to be repaired, will cost money. While it can be tempting to fix a plumbing issue on your own, don’t let it get out of hand because the longer you wait, the more damage you may do.