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Drainage Installation Costs

Whether making planned kitchen renovations or calling a plumber in an emergency, drainage installation can be a big investment. A large repair bill can catch any homeowner unaware and put a big dent in the household budget. It pays to be familiar with the various drainage and plumbing jobs that a kitchen may need before bringing in a professional to do any kind of work.

National Install Drainage Costs

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National Install Drainage Costs
Average reported cost $3,177
Number of Cost Profiles 759 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $200
Maximum reported cost $8,000
Most homeowners spent between: $2,134 to $3,683

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Installing A New Sink

Replacing the sink and related plumbing is usually a job associated with upgrade or remodeling projects. When the plumbing is in working order, all that needs to be done is removal of the old sink and the installation of a new unit. However, if the network of pipes under the sink has any problems such as leaks or breaks, homeowners should expect to pay much more for the full job. The average cost of replacing a sink is around $2,200 while installing new plumbing may cost $2,116.

Pipe Installation & Repair

If all that needs replacing is the drain pipe right under the sink, a homeowner may only have to pay around $200 for the work. Contractor fees could push the price up a bit more, and the cost of materials varies by location. Those who are familiar with plumbing and have done similar work in the past may attempt the installation without help. However, this is one home repair job that often turns out to be bigger than it looks. Calling in a professional ensures that the work will be done right.

Sometimes, pipes become damaged or break elsewhere in the house and can cause water flow issues in the kitchen. The leaks from broken pipelines can result in costly water damage, so any problems should be corrected immediately. Fixing a drain line breakage costs about $740, but if the job requires cutting into a floor or wall or digging something up, the cost will be higher.

Dealing with Clogged Drains

A clogged drain is one plumbing issue that can often be corrected without help. Some quick work with a plunger may be all that's needed to dislodge stuck food, hair and other debris. There are also several drain cleaners on the market touted for their ability to break up clogs. If neither of these methods work, homeowners can expect to pay around $250 to have someone come in and clear the drain out. Investing in sink drain baskets helps prevent costly clogs in the first place by catching food and other potential hazards before they slip down into the pipes. Family members should also be careful with what gets put in the garbage disposal as disposal clogs are one of the most common kitchen sink problems.

Knowing the average price tag for repairs to kitchen drainage and plumbing helps homeowners prepare for remodeling jobs and lessens sticker shock in an emergency. Though some plumbing jobs can be undertaken by those with some DIY experience, there are many skilled professionals whose expertise is invaluable in ensuring a job well done.

Last updated on May 25, 2016

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