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Question DetailsAsked on 1/26/2015

Cost to raise water valve & meter inside to top of basement floor

must be licensed plumber

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If you are moving the meter from outside to indoors, check with utility first - that is commonly not allowed because it makes it hard to get at to read - they have to keep coming back till someone is home to read it.

You are right about needing a licensed plumber - Search the List under Plumbing.

This will require shutting off the water at the street - utility is usually only one that can legally do that, for about $75-200 for the shutoff and subsequent reactivation combined.

The plumbing cost should run about $200-300 assuming the existing valve and meter are reusable and readily accessible, and that there is room to make up a new connection with pipe up to the new meter location after they are taken out - several inches stubout of pipe or a threaded fitting there already. This assumes plastic or copper or asbestos-concrete incoming water pipe - if galvanized or black iron, then if there is not room in the existing meter pit to thread the pipe could add a couple hundred $ more to either make the connection outside the house, or remove concrete to provide pipe rethreading room.

If the valve has been there a long time (over say 10 years) or is a gate valve as opposed to ball valve (conventional multiple turns of the handle to open or close, as opposed to 1/4 turn to open or close) it is generally recommended to replace that (because over time they corrode and then fail to shut off all the way) for an additional $15-30 for the valve - no significant added labor time since taking it out with the meter anyway. Concreting in the hole another $100-200 unless you do it yourself with sackcrete. BE SURE the pipe is isolated by 2 layers of corrosion-resistant pipe wrap tape and taped slip-on pipe insulation for expansion and contraction insulation through and 3 inches beyond the concrete, to avoid corrosion and creation of a "hard point" where it exits the concrete. If doing so will cause a water inflow problem that you can't solve by keeping the water away outside with drainage, then you will have to install a waerstop collar as well around the pipe, unless it already has one.

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