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Question DetailsAsked on 10/6/2013

cost of bathtub

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This can be a highly variable cost - if you are lucky and can find one exactly the same size and manage to peel off the bottom row of tile surrounding it, can run as cheap as $500-600. More commonly, $1000 for a low-end bathtub installed, and commonly $1500 range, because to get the new one in commonly involves removing tile or surround panels to fit the new one in, so then of course they need repair, as well as flooring sometimes.

Also, be prepared for the possibility of several hundred dollars of additional cost to repair rot under the tub - I would estimate that by the time people start replacing tubs (usually 15-20 years after house construction), probably about 25% have significant rot under them from leakage at the water pipes, drain pipe, or from toilet sourced water draining through the floor to the opening under the tub. For showers my experience ups that to well over 50% - usually due to improperly built or sealed drain pans and drain pipes, including the practice I VERY commonly see, where plumbers got lazy or forgetful and assembled the tub plumbing without the seal and nut that fasten the drain pipe to the chromed or stainless tub drain fitting pipe, so they just stick the plastic pipe up into the tub drain fitting without any retaining nut - water will generally drain down into it fine if free-flowing with little or no leakage, but if the pipe ever starts plugging up a bit (due to hair and soap scum, for instance) then the water starts backing up in the drain pipe a bit, and starts leaking out at the unfastened connection. Also, if the drain pipe is not supported, it can slip down and out of the fitting. This is common with tubs and showers, and I have seen it on sinks too.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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