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Question DetailsAsked on 3/28/2018

Does anyone have a pic of an invoice to fix a burst pipe?

I think my plumber overcharged me and I am not sure what all the labor descriptions mean (and I could hardly read them because the invoice was handwritten). I had a six inch piece of copper pipe freeze and burst in my wall and he removed and replaced it. I live in Long Island. If anyone knows what the invoice should have listed and approximately how much labor and parts should have cost, I would appreciate it. Thanks.

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No invoice copy, but here is what I would expect to see on an invoice, generally speaking, for that type of job (possibly condensed down):

- "Trip charge" or "Minimum Service Call" charge or something like that - which typically also covers 1/2-1 hour of work - probably about $150-200 in your area, I would expect - perhaps a bit less if you are lucky, but due to severe shortage of plumbers, they make (wages) about $100K a year - NOT including overheads and profit for the company.

- Maybe (if work went over the 1/2 or 1 hour included in the trip charge) something like "Access and Thaw and Replace section 3/4" CU pipe" followed by a number of hours - or maybe in 1/4 hour increements depending on how they charge for time beyond minimum service fee - maybe without the thawing if already thawed, and pipe could have been 1/2" through 1". I would not expect this additional work number to exceed 1/2-1 hour, at typically same hourly rate as the minimum service charge.

- some number of lineal feet of copper pipe (probably not over about 2-5 feet) at probably around $2-5/LF depending on his markup - may also say something like "from stock" or "off truck" meaning it came out of his truck, which is commonly charged about double something bought from their shop.

- 2 CU or copper couplings with maybe size, at about $2-5 each - again may say "off truck" or such

- solder or materials charge - probably about $5

- maybe a couple of pipe straps at a buck or two each

- if he had to haul in and set up a heater to thaw the pipe (as opposed to using a torch or heat gun) then maybe about a $25-40 charge for that too

- possibly the catchall "Environmental Charge" to dispose of waste - typically $5-10 per job.


- if this was an emergency callout (even if during workday, but "immediate" response rather than scheduled appointment, night, weekend, or holiday - then the above labor charges might be bumped up typically double but sometimes 1.5 normal cost, sometimes triple on holidays and occasionally Sundays also. Or there might be a separate "night" or "weekend" or "holiday" labor line showing that additional charge.

So - your total might have been about $200-450 I would guess, hig or low end largely depending on whether this was billed at overtime or regular time rates.

If still not sure, if you can reply back using the yellow Answer This Question buttin right below your question, then use the leftmost yellow icon at the top of the Your Answer box that popped up after you clicked that button, you can attach GIF, JPG, or PNG (I understand Mac JPEG also works) image(s) of the invoice and I will try to interpret it for you.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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