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Question DetailsAsked on 5/22/2015

I would like to have washer and electric dryer hookups moved from 2nd floor to basement.

The washer and dryer would already be in the basement, as we'll be moving in a new house so would put there right from the get go. How much would it cost approximately to have a washer and dryer hookup moved from the 2nd floor(where the present owners is located) to the basement? And who would I call to do this? I'm assuming a Plumber for the washer, and then who for the dryer hookup?

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You can find several responses to that question right below this answer - more links to similar questions below them too. The biggest single expense would likely be if it is necessary to cut into the slab to get to the sewer line to hook into it, but if put near the vertical stack can commonly tap into that no problem.

Plumber for sewer and water piping, and in most areas also natural gas piping if desired (gas fitters in a few states/DC, but many plumbers are cross-certified or have a gas fitter on staff). Electrician for the electrical hookups. Some plumbers, some Appliance Repair - Large contractors, or Heating and A/C contractors to put in the dryer vent - usually the latter if not just a simple through the wall vent as would be usual a basement.

Talk to plumber about abandoning old lines to second floor - usually best, especially with the water lines, to cut and cap them where they come off the main water run, then loose cap at the cut them so they can be reused in the future if desired. Reason for cutting is because the water in them goes stagnant due to lack of use and will corrode through the piping if pipe or fitting are metal - PVC not such an issue in that respect but can let water go stagnant and stinky, then in low pressure periods some of that can get into the main water run and give you stinky, bad tasting and potentially hazardous water in your other pipes - so always better to cut and cap right where it comes off the main run.

In some areas code requires sewer pipes like that be cut and capped too to prevent explosive sewer gas accumulation in the pipe - certainly the drain pipe at the washer needs to be capped/plugged to prevent sewer gas coming out of it as the water in the trap dries out due to lack of use.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


Thanks much for the clear response!

Answered 5 years ago by e0r1m

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