I was determined not to call a plumber until I had a whole laundry list of items.
While the plumber and his helper were at The Glade to install the sink fittings in the master bathroom we also had them reinstall the toilets in the master bathroom and the conservatory bathroom which had not been properly installed in the first place due to the floor being raised to meet the level of the curbless showers.
In the original installation, spacers had been used to raise the level of the toilet when, in fact, the entire flange need to be raised. The toilets teetered. The flange has now been set at the right height and neither the conservatory toilet nor the one in the master bathroom teeter.
Three other repairs in The Cottage were also on the list:
- Fix the broken water pipe,
- Replace the hot water heater,
- Repair the propane furnace.
To start with these plumbers only work on propane if the object has water running through it. Therefore, fixing the propane furnace was out. I guess I’ll have to rely on the propane company for that repair.
The plumber’s helper replaced the cracked water pipe that comes in at the front of The Cottage and runs across the attic to the bathroom and water heater in the rear of the building.
The master plumber found a special water heater for us that will fit in the closet at the back of The Cottage where the original broken, smaller, no-longer-manufactured water heater was.
The hot-and-cold running water has been restored to The Cottage but the plumbers found some other leaks coming from broken valves behind the shower so they’ll be coming back to get everything fixed.
Here is the price break down for those who would like to compare:
$366 deposit on water heater (which at first they thought would take 2 weeks to deliver but one was found in the warehouse and delivered the same day).
$634 ($704 less 10%) to reset 2 toilets, install 2 faucets, fix water line. (We had all the supplies except the toilet flanges.)
So the first check was for $1000 even.
The balance was due was $733 for the remaining 2/3 of the cost of the water heater. (Total water heater cost $999 plus $100 for propane.) Making the total plumbing bill $1,733.
That the bill came in under $2000 (my pre-estimate) allows a couple hundred for repair to the propane heater.
Do you have a persistent drip or leak that needs fixing?