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How Much Does Toilet Repair Cost?

 
low costDIY Shutoff Valve Replacement: $10-$25average costToilet Replacement: $50-$350+high costPlumber: $45-$150 Per Hour
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Many toilet repairs can be relatively straightforward. H2ouse.net describes and illustrates the basic parts of a toilet[1] that might need repair.

Typical costs:

  • Do-it-yourself replacement of a leaking toilet shutoff valve typically costs $10-$25 for new parts; requires no special tools or skills; and usually takes 1-2 hours. Broken or failing parts inside the tank (like a fill valve, flapper, ball cock or tank lever) may cause a toilet to run continuously. DIY replacement parts for this problem typically cost $5-$50 depending on the brand of toilet, with an average cost of less than $25. This project might take 20-30 minutes or two hours.
  • A faulty wax ring/gasket underneath can be the cause of a leaky toilet while a wobbly toilet may need both a new wax ring and a closet flange (the plate under the wax ring). DIY replacement typically costs $5-$35; might take 45 minutes to a couple of hours; and is relatively straightforward, although it does require enough strength to lift the toilet. It might also require a heavy-duty 24" plumbing wrench, which typically costs $30-$100 or more.
  • Plumbers either charge a flat fee per job or an hourly rate that varies from $45-$75 in low-cost rural areas and $75-$150 in high-cost urban areas. Having a plumber or a handyman replace failing toilet parts like a fill valve or flapper can cost $50-$150 or more, depending on local rates and the worker's qualifications. Replacing a shutoff valve typically costs $25-$50 and replacing a wax ring (and possibly also the closet flange) might cost $50-$200. For example, HoneyDoRepair.com[2] , a professional handyman service in California, charges $150 for labor and materials to replace a failed wax ring, and a minimum of $190 (two hours at $85 an hour) plus parts for repairing the tank mechanism (replacing parts, flushing holes, tightening bolts).
  • Having a plumber or rooter service unclog a toilet can cost $85-$150 if it's a simple cleanout with outside access, but it can cost $150-$300 for dismantling a toilet and snaking/drilling the drain line or $300-$600 for more complex projects, where multiple lines need cleaning or if the cleanout requires roof-vent access (which means two plumbers, one on the roof and one operating the equipment on the ground). For do-it-yourselfers, augers or "drain snakes" cost $4-$50 for hand held-manual models and $100-$500 or more for electric versions on Amazon[3] .
  • Replacing a toilet can cost $50-$350 for a basic toilet and $50-$150 for installation, for a total cost of $100-$500. However, designer or specialty toilets can cost $500-$3,000 or more, and installation costs increase for a complex project, if parts or lines leading into the toilet need replacing, or if extra labor is required to haul a heavy one-piece toilet upstairs.
Related articles: Replacing a Toilet, Unclogging a Toilet, Plumber, Handyman

What should be included:
  • AskTheBuilder.com describes 10 common toilet problems[4] . ThisOldHouse.com posts how-to videos showing what it takes to repair: a runny toilet[5] by replacing faulty parts; a wobbly toilet[6] by replacing the closet flange and wax ring; a sweating toilet tank[7] ; or a pressure-assisted toilet[8] .
Additional costs:
  • Ignoring a running toilet can add hundreds of dollars -- in some cases $1,000 or more -- to water bills. Ignoring a leaking toilet can result in damage to the floor and subfloor (and to the downstairs ceiling for an upstairs toilet), and might require replacing part or all of the floor and subfloor, with total costs depending on the extent of the damage.
Shopping for toilet repair:
  • Ask for recommendations for plumbers or handymen from family, friends, neighbors or co-workers, or at the local home improvement or hardware store. CIDNetwork.net lists tips for choosing a plumber[9] .
  • Verify that a plumber is properly bonded, insured and licensed[10] . Check for any complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau[11] .
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two Toilets Replaced
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Matt Phillips Annointedservices.com in chicago heights, IL.Posted: March 24th, 2013 05:03PM
Project: replace toiletsPlumber: Annointedservices Home Improvement
The quote for replacing toilets should be base on age of unit and plumbing associated with it.
The average plumber will charge a standard rate,
for coming out and the cost of your materials
example the avg toilet cost 100-150 multiply that
by (2) 100 for materials plus 200 for labor! My company charges a rate of 1.5* material on most home improvement needs. We are based in Matteson Illinois web: annointedservices.com for a free quote!
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Crazy Quote
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: stickershock78 in Waterford, MI.Posted: February 20th, 2013 12:02PM
Project: Leaking Toilet at tankPlumber: Roto Rooter
The plumber quoted my $350.00 to replace the inside parts of the tank and the bolts IF he was able to remove them, if not he said he would have to remove the entire toilet so that he could access the bolts better which would cost me $500.00. I asked him what it would cost to have him put in a new toilet and he said $457.00. So I told him to have a nice day and thanks for coming out, but I'm going to get a second opinion.
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replace leaking bolt inside tank, plus plumber insisted we needed all new flushing parts inside tank!
Amount: $220.00
Posted by: Patricia Stewart in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: February 11th, 2013 04:02PM
Project: Leaking water around bolt from toilet taPlumber: "Honest Plumber"Las Vegas
The plumber tried to sell me a new toilet, saying we needed one, which I knew better, for $660.00. Then he said we needed a new shut off valve because the one we had was probably shot. I told him it wasn't! Then he said he couldn't just replace the leaking bolt, he'd have to replace all the insides and that would be $260.00. I told him no way, I could do it my self even though I'm legally blind! I had him go ahead with the job with a discount at $220.00 for "Seniors"
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