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Question DetailsAsked on 6/12/2014

How much will it cost to move a shower drain (concrete slab)?

I am planning on replacing my current shower unit with a pre-fab. However, the drain in my current shower is tiled in and in the front center. Almost all of the pre-fab shower pans I am finding online have the drain hole in the middle of the pan. I plan on doing the installation myself, but feel like I should hire a plumber to move the drain. I just need a ballpark for budget planning purposes.

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If in concrete slab could run $400-600 range ballpark assuming you do the concrete patching yourself - if accessible from top or bottom (preferable) or you cut the concrete slot from current to new drain location and provide right size opening there, more like $250 probably - add about $150 to these numbers if local code requires use of cast iron or ductile iron sewer pipe.

These numbers assume drain pipe can be extended that direction without hitting the main sewer pipe or water pipes (unlikely to hit them near a shower drain)- could double cost if the main pipe has to be rerouted too to clear for the new drain location and the pipe to it. You can probably get a good guess at that by listening with stethoscope (or even cardboasrd tube) on floor to water draining down the drain from every source nearby - also by pulling strainer and seeing which way drain pipe exits your shower - maybe just with flashlight, but if trap is right under drain may have to probe with a wire or long pipe cleaner or such to figure out direction of drain run.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


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