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Question DetailsAsked on 11/22/2017

How much would it cost to have plumber do work in unfinished basement

Install underground plumbing and connect it to main drain for full bath, one kitchen drain, 2 drains one in laundry room one in boiler room, run piping for heat about 100 feet, connect 3 radiators and connect to boiler with aqua stat and pump install fixtures for bath, kitchen. He won't do any cement work. Connect 2 gas lines, dryer, stove. In addition move 2 other gas lines about 30 feet to different location to gain height in ceiling. Also run water line to back yard for hose about 30 feet. Cost of fixtures and radiators I will pay separately.

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Cost depends a LOT on the exact configuration, whether piping is going through joists or in a suspended ceiling, even which way the joists run - and of course whether you accept Pex (flexible plastic tubing) or want rigid plastic or metal piping for water lines. Pretty much all bidders will default to ABS or PVC plastic for the DWV piping - though a few areas still require cast iron sewer line so that can up the ante quite a bit on some cases too.

And if the connection to the existing sewer line is not straight-forward (say a problem with elevations or slopes to connect to it) that can aggravate matters quite a bit in some cases.

If you are using an Architect for what sounds like a substantial remodel, he/she can give you a conceptual or preliminary cost estimate - or after design if essentially done give you a full-blown construction cost estimate which you can then use to evaluate bids.

Otherwise, for this size job you should get 3-5 responsive bids from well-rated plumbers anyway to be sure you are getting a decent price - using a good scope of work so each is bidding the same exact job. Certainly you are likely, for the average case, in the several thousands of $ range for this work, not including cutting or repairing any concrete for under-slab work. Possibly that much again if runs are in difficult locations, ditto if he is installing a new boiler (unclear if just connecting a new zone into existing or putting in a new one) - not including boiler cost itself.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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