Approximate cost of adding a drain

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by homeowner95, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. homeowner95

    homeowner95 New Member

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    My boiler room has no drain and with all the piping and valves in there, I'd feel better if there were one. I plan on having a professional do this but was wondering what a "reasonable" bill would be. There's a tap (the big iron branch to with a white PVC cap) to the main drain in close proximity (about 6 linear feet) to the door of the boiler room so I'm hoping this will minimize the amount of trenching necessary to tie in. This area of the basement is unfinished by the way. I've called a few plumbers in the area asking for an estimate but for some reason they seem to be ignoring me.

    Thanks,
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2012
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    A floor drain will need a trap primer, so water will need to be provided for.
    Cutting concrete, and then it needs to wye into the existing drain and be vented. In your area, that vent may run through the roof. It could run a couple thousand for what seems like nothing. I'm guessing they don't want to shock you. These things aren't so bad when the home is being built, a lot tougher when it's been closed in and finished.
  3. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    How much $$ do you have? Now double that. LOL Seriously, it's hard for anyone to even ballpark jobs online. There are too many variables such as local labor costs, the things about the job that only onsite examination can reveal. Your best course of action is to get 2 or 3 estimates from local plumbing contractors.
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