Am I getting right estimate?

AVmanAugust 1, 2012

We have a 60 year old ranch which perhaps did not see any plumber in last 10 years. So, the bathtub has a pretty slow drainage from clogged up pipes. Walking down the crawl space, I figured it has old galvanazied pipes coming out of the tub to a drum trap which is partially operable and then another galvanized line connected the drum trap to main sewer line. We have two plumbers came and gave some estimates to handle the slow drainage issue.

Plumber#1. $1900- he will replace estimated 10-15 feet of galvanaized iron lines with PVC and install a new P-trap. I think that is ridiculous $ for a 3 hour job.

Plumber#2. $600 for the same job but he says it will take two plumber do finish the job in 3 hours. He mentioned that will be the maximu estimate but things can wrap up sooner and will lower the final cost. I think he will do his best to charge me the the maximum time to support his estimate.

I feel plumber #2 is not as bad as #1, but still asking for too much for this work. Do you guys agree with me? FYI, we are in center NJ.

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I'd get estimates from plumber #3 and #4 and #5 and...

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 5:10PM
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Thanks for the advice. #4 did it for me for $200, granted he is a handyman. Everything works now even though the job was not done upto the code. He used 1.5 inch (original size that was there when the house was build) piping instead of 2 inch, but I am okay with that for now.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 2:08PM
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I also had the same issue, but in CA; I contact this company for plumbing services, so maybe u read their content and get an idea...

Here is a link that might be useful: plumbing services

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 2:09PM
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