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Question DetailsAsked on 1/28/2017

is $1000 a reasonable estimate to repair a bathtub faucet thats running

I was told to fix the tile would have to be broken to get to it

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You did not say if this is plumber part only, or including tile repair.

But - I would not say totally exhorbitant but definitely on the quite high end to me unless this is a high-end faucet which might cost many hundred $ to $1000 just for the part (like some Kohlers). You would have to have a breakdown on materials and labor to get a real feel for reasonableness.

Normally, even if not accessible by removing the cover disc to repair/replace the faucet as is common, and assuming it is not possible to come in the normal way (from the wall behind the shower or head of the tub), you are only talking (if he is half careful) about 4-6 pieces of normal sized tile that need taking out. That assumes the faucet is actually not repairable in place, which would be minimum service call charge of typically around $100-150 plus a few bucks parts. So - to replace faucet (if total replacement needed), a new faucet is commonly (for normal models) on the order of $100 or less for dual faucet (two separate handles) or $100-250 for a single-handle model, and $200-400 labor typically - for $300-650 total for the plumber. Plus typically about $250 for a tileman to replace the tile.

Now - for repair versus replace - a "running" faucet, unless it has been allowed to run for weeks or months so it has eroded a groove in the metal seat (which even then can sometimes be ground out with a seat repair tool), can be repaired by removing the valve stem or core and replacing the seals and washers, and occasionally the stem or core itself. Of course, if the faucet is quite old sometimes getting repair parts is hard so sometimes replacement is the only solution, especially if badly corroded. For a normal repair of a running faucet, assuming not badly damaged, it would be rare to have to remove tile beyond what would be covered by the cover plate (and larger ones are available if needed for $10-30 each)- normally the "guts" of the faucet come out the front once the handle and coer plate are removed.

I guess all you can do it get another quote from another provider if you are not convinced this one is giving you a legit price - though that might mean paying another plumber $100-150 for a service call to take it apart and see if he can fix it. If so, then likely not much more than that and you are good to go - if not repairable, then you would be at a point of comparing his bid with the first one and, if acceptable or better, letting him go ahead and do it while he is there if he has the time, so that service call charge would not be "wasted".

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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