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Question DetailsAsked on 10/19/2012

What is a reasonable/customary warranty on plumbing repair work? Main line section replacement. Cedar Park, TX

Plumber will dig 6-8 feet down in the yard to replace a section of the main line that's damaged. One quote we have is offering a one year warranty on the work performed. Is this about average, good or not very good?

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In Nebraska state contractor licensing rules require a one year labor warranty on workmanship, Iowa requires two years. So the Minimum I would accept is one year and would think with shopping a two year warranty of craftsmanship could be found.
Jim Casper Gutter & Gutter Cover Contractor


Answered 7 years ago by jccasper


Texas is kinda crappy when it comes to licensing and warranty laws. Your plumber has to be licensed but the general contractor that built your house didn't have to be. If you are outside of the city limits the original plumber probably wasn't either. As far as I'm aware there are no laws regarding minimum warranties for plumbers in Texas. You can check with the Texas Department of License and Regulations to be sure. I've seen as little as 30 days around here before. 6 months or 1 year seems to be the standard though. If you can get longer, great but a problem with his workmanship should show up well before the year is up.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
San Antonio & Austin, TX

Answered 7 years ago by Todd's Home Services


I recommend that you replace the entire line and you will never have a problem. My company offers a lifetime warranty on materials and workmanship for water line replacements. Here is the caveat - you don't need one. With water line (poly) pipe buried below the freeze line, it will never go bad in our lifetimes unless damaged by an outside force of some kind. The only reason to put a time limit on a warranty for water line is to keep the plumber from having to make a bunch of free service calls to fix a different problem. That is why repairs have a limit. Splices can fail in a few years and if you already have a problem with your water line in one place, you will soon have another problem, and another and another.

Answered 7 years ago by Vern

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