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Question DetailsAsked on 7/30/2017

Cost to replace a buried stop and waste valve

Valve is leaking and buried,about 4 ft deep

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Buried stop and waste valve (presumably residential) - that is sort of odd unless old, have not seen that in many decades, because those are usually used INSIDE a house to allow for draining the house piping in case of freezing or for maintenance. The outside shutoff valve (in non-antique construction) is usually just a curb stop valve (usually a ball valve these days) - stop and waste valves tend to leak so generally not used underground.

Unless you are talking an irrigation or pump feed line - then they are commonly used for that application.

Anyway, commonly in the $350-500 range for that depth (assuming done during unfrozen ground conditions) for the excavation and labor - plus cost of the valve chosen. This assumes of course it is not located in a street or under driveway or sidewalk or so.

If planning on replacing with another stop and waste valve, I would recommend a Mueller solid brass/bronze valve (some with stainless seats)- about $130-220 depending on size and specific design versus something in the $20's for econolmy brands, but in my experience they are the ones that last pretty long before starting to leak.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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