Thursday, January 25, 2007

When Spending More Means Spending Less.

For the past couple weeks I have had a leak in my basement. I figured it was due to insufficient slope at the side of my house. Being as it was cold and topsoil was hard to come by this time of year, I put it off until the spring.
This week I discovered that I in fact had a leak in one of my pipes. It was dripping directly into my insulation and appeared to be coming from outside. The leak appeared to be at a tough to reach point where the pipe reached an elbow and went up through the floor. I felt this fix was best left to the professionals.

A plumber was at my house the next afternoon to surmise the damage. Turns out the leak was under my sink at a T where the main hot water line split off to the dishwasher. The previous owner had apparently used a cheap plastic T when remodelling the kitchen. The plumber informed me that when it came to these plastic parts it wasn't "if" they would leak, but when.
After about an hour of work, a new copper T was installed. Total bill: $300! OUCH.

Moral of the story, spend the extra $5 when choosing plumbing supplies.

If anybody out there has any tips on how I could have had this done cheaper (other than doing it myself) I would love to hear it.

9 Comments:

At 12:44 AM, Blogger JPostal said...

If you look in the classifieds section of your local newspaper you will usually find ads for a "handyman". For a simple job like that you could likely get a handyman to fix it for a lot less, but then you may not have any kind of warranty if the plumbing job sucks and springs a leak again. Two things I don't mess around with are plumbing and electrical!

Jon
beyoungandrich.blogspot.com

 
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