A leaking water-feed (supply) or drain-line can be found pretty quickly if you follow the clues…
a stain in the ceiling, mold, soft flooring or tiles that are popping loose, bubbling paint or peeled wallpaper or puddling of water.
Often you will hear a hissing sound inside a wall which is a clear indication that water under pressure is escaping from the water-feed line either at fitting or damaged pipe
The key is to repair the leak quickly because that water will eventually produce serious damage in the way of mold, mildew and rotting construction materials. So spring into action at the first sign of trouble.
Depending on where the leak is and what’s causing it, you might be able to fix it by tightening a fitting with a wrench. In worst-case scenarios, the job might require a plumber along with a flooring or tile contractor to fix the damage caused.
When the job is expensive, check with your insurance agent to see if the repairs are covered by your homeowner’s policy.
What you’ll find here are tips for locating and repairing drain leaks, wherever they might occur. Information about repairs will help you decide to attempt the work yourself or to call a plumbing contractor.
A discussion of the necessary tools is also included.
Drain line repair costs for DIY and for professional work give you ballpark ideas of what your expenses will be.
Finally, a list of resources includes additional information from professionals that will help you understand the scope of the work required and how best to complete it.
These tips will get you headed in the right direction. Once the source of the leak is identified, you can determine if you’ve got the tools and know-how to fix it or if a pro should be called in for the job.
Because of the many variables, this can be a cheap fix done with a pair of adjustable pliers or a major repair that costs thousands of dollars to fix. Here, however, are some basic drain line repair costs.
Here are some costs for parts, materials and tools that are commonly required for drain line repair
Professional Drain Line Repair Costs: Most plumbers charge a minimum service call fee which ranges from $85 to $175, sometimes more. From there, the estimate will include the parts, materials and time the contractor believes it will take. Most drain line repairs will cost $275 or more just to fix the drain. Repairing the water damage to the rest of the house might require getting estimates from other types of contractors.
Saving Money on Drain Line Leak Repair
Making the repairs yourself will cut down on your costs if the repairs are done properly.
If the fix fails, the ensuing damage might be expensive. Check out the resources below for instructions on DIY drain line leak repair. Borrowing any tools you need will cut down on costs too.
When hiring a plumber, the best way to reduce your costs is to get several competing estimates. You’ll find the lowest prices and learn about the experience of each contractor before hiring one to do the work.
Here’s more helpful information for this home repair topic.
YouTube – This video from a home inspector will help you locate leaks in cast iron pipes.
Universal Roof & Contracting – Here’s a Q&A with a local contractor about finding a leak in a fiberglass shower enclosure.
Structure Tech – This local contractor uses pictures to show all the possible sources of a shower leak including doors, tile and drain.