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Question DetailsAsked on 3/9/2017

I asked about my 2500--3000 gas leak problem in backyard. I live in El Paso tx. The gas co says its not meter.

Let me be more clear. Gas leak is in pipe from meter to house, not in Meter so gas co says their not responsible. Meter is in backyard about 8--9ft from house. The water heater's water release needs to be rerouted not up to code. Then I have a water leak behind the toliet, it's in a pipe inside wall, we took piece of drywall down to see, small pipe need to be replace, also trap pipe & pipes under kitchen sink need replacement plus garage disposal has to be replace. Support all of this for 1 quote $2500, another quote $3000. Is this reasonable for this area (el paso, tx)?

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Then the leak must be on "your side" or the household side of the meter, so yes your responsibility if that is the case. But unless this is a steel line which is pretty much rusted out (so needs total replacement), then the number I gave before for a single-point repair should hold good, as should the total replacement cost which is typically only about $10/LF - so replacing the 8-9 feet to the house should not cost more than about a couple to three hundred $ including labor, materials and hookup to the meter and house (unless has to be run under a walk or drive or such) - plus the previously stated thawing cost if hard-frozen ground, which seems pretty unlikely given it very rarely gets below freezing in your location.

Water heater overtemp/overpressure valve drain pipe - has to terminate 2-6 inches above the floor (so if it goes off it does not injure someone nearby) but that is about 5-10 minutes work and $20 materials with copper pipe - to maybe 1/2 hours worth of work (at probably around $50/hr) if routing it to a nearby floor drain instead. (Normally is just set to drop any released water onto floor or into a container). Or DIY - almost always the drop pipe connection at the PT valve is threaded, so if you don't know how to solder just buy appropriate threaded adapter to go into the valve with compression fitting for the likely 1" copper pipe, and right length of pipe to reach to 2-6 inches above the floor (assuming it can go straight down).

Water pipe behind toilet - as I said before, probably not over 1/2 hour work to repair unless he has to remove the tank to get at it or is leaking at the bottom plate of the wall, then maybe 1 hour worth of labor.

Pipe under sink - I gave a cost ballpark for that, as long as you are not going down into the wall too. You did not say WHY they need replacing - unless quite old so are corroded out steel, cast iron, or brass or copper, to be replaced with ABS (preferred) or PVC.

And disposal is routine as I previously indicated, so the ballpark numbers I gave before all seem to hold - and significantly down from the high end for the total after this scope clarification - I don't see it being more than $1000 ballpark worth of work in most areas (plus thawing and drywall repair/painting as required.

So - I would be looking for additional bids - or perhaps ask for a quote from that plumber for ONLY the gas leak repair and take that bid if reasonable so you get that safety hazard (and maybe gas shutoff) taken care of, then go for quotes from other bidders on all the other items yourself.

And maybe have a house repair-savvy or at least younger (assuming you are elderly) friend there when they come to give bids, because I am feeling this may be a case of them charging what they think they can get away with, not a reasonable price - because for $2500-3000 you could usually totally replace the gas service and all internal piping on a small house, so I think I smell a rat here - maybe because you are elderly or disabled or such or they otherwise see you as a potential sucker ?

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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