Why does it cost so much to have a toilet set
Posted on May.28, 2013 by Chase Thompson

I recently read a bad review that was from a homeowner who had thought they overpaid for having a company come out and install a new toilet in their Kansas City home.

The company that installed the toilet actually has a great reputation especially in the Shawnee area. This project was for an existing toilet that had started to leak from the base. The homeowner that left the review had mentioned that he would have done that work himself but he just didn’t have time. He figured that there was only $10 in materials and it only took 20 minutes to complete. The company charged $345 to install the new toilet. Actual materials for this project can be closer to $50 and can take up to two hours to complete.

The first thing that needs to be considered for a job like this is the liability that comes along with setting a toilet. The toilet has already proven to leak or the plumber wouldn’t have been called out in the first place. Before a plumbing project like setting a toilet is started, a price is usually agreed upon so that the homeowner will not be surprised by an unexpected amount. There are a few assumptions that you cannot make if you are the plumbing company giving a set price to complete the work. For a toilet that leaks there are a number of likely  situations that you may run into. A broken closet flange is a common cause of loose or leaky toilets. Another common cause of toilet leaks is rotten plywood. In some cases this can be very difficult for a plumber to detect and the toilet may get installed without replacing the plywood. Once the toilet has been set by the plumbing company they assume liability for any damage that may occur from a future toilet leak. This could cost the plumbing contractor several thousand dollars to restore the house to normal.

The supply line for the toilet is something that we replace anytime we install a toilet. We have been called out to a few homes, even in newer neighborhoods where the supply line for the toilet has given out. One situation in western Shawnee had occurred when the homeowner was out of town. The upstairs toilet where the leak occurred was above finished hardwood floors, a full kitchen, and a high end finished basement. Total repair cost for the job was $93,000. This is a liability that would go to the plumber is the installation of the toilet was under warranty. This type of liability is covered by the insurance provider but as you might guess, insurance for plumbing is not cheap.

One of the other things that you need to consider is that removing an old toilet and installing a new one can sometimes be a dirty job. Plumbers have always been among the highest paid of all the tradesmen in some respect to the conditions that they must work in. While we are fortunate enough to work for many great homeowner who clean their bathrooms before calling us out, we are not so fortunate on a small percentage of the jobs we run.

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