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Question DetailsAsked on 10/4/2017

How much does it cost for a licensed plumber to fix a leak in a bathroom sink branch pipe?

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Depending on accessibility - from as little as minimum service call charge of typically $75-150 (up to $300 range in a very few very high priced high-end urban areas) plus typically $10-30 parts, to as much as maybe $300-400 in area with very hard access, or if he has to squirm through a tight fit crawlspace or dig through a bunch of insulation (especially foam types) to get to it, ior has to clear away a bunch of highly combustible insulation to solder. BTW - my recommendation - while it can commonly be cheaper on copper pipe to use press-on repair fittings like Sharkbites or similar products, I do not recommend their use for permanent repairs (though they are terrific for 3 AM or 40 below temporary repairs) because over time they do have a habit of leaking - especially if the line is subject to a lot of cycles of thermal expanding and contracting at the fitting. They also tend to open up and leak or pop free if the pipe they are on ever freezes. I have also seen a few of different brands pull apart over timedue to thermal cycling - due to the gripping "teeth" in the fitting failing to stay engaged. Ditto to compression fittings - though I have used high-quality ones in locales where very tight access or out-of-the way location made soldering unsafe. Commonly less than $50 difference in job cost to do the job with permanent threaded or soldered or crimped (depending on pipe material) fittings. I do trust compression fittings more than press-on type.
Plus from typically around $100-300 to repair drywall damage and repaint by a Handyman afterwards if it requires opening up wall or ceiling plaster or drywall to get to the leak - up to $500-600 range sometimes if a section of deteriorated pipe needs to come out or if the surface is plaster or higher-end finish so you want to bring in professional drywall contractor and painter for the rehab rather than a handyman or DIY.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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