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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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Replace wax ring and reset toilet seat
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Ed Paid too much in Philadelphia, PA.Posted: November 2nd, 2019 11:11AM
Project: Plumber: Horizon
Leak coming through ceiling. For half hour of work (maybe)... 500. Ridiculous!
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Replace Broken Collar below toilet
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Joseph Lukes Jr in Wheaton, IL.Posted: October 9th, 2019 06:10PM
Project: Plumber: St Charles Il
Notice that toilet moved and rocked when used. Tried to reset screw in collar to fix toilet fixture. Couldn't get the screw to catch. Called plumber and they were there within 3 hours. Found collar to be broken, replaced collar and wax seal, reattached toilet and water line. Everything is good. Completed job within 1 hour.
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Paying plumbers
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Titanfan949 in San Juan Capistrano, CA.Posted: June 19th, 2019 03:06AM
Project: InformationPlumber: Me
Do you people realize that these are licensed plumbing companies? Mayve you dont understand the costs to run a plumbing business. State Plumbers license, business license, city license, workmans comp, vehicle insurance, employee wages, costs of tools & equipment to repair your problems, rent for an office, office staff wages,
Computers. Phones, utilities, vehicles, gas for vehicles, maintenance for vehicles, uniforms, etc...the list goes on & on. Out of every $100 they charge, literally after all the costs the owner might make $15-20. Remember you are calling them because you can't. You either dont have the tools or the know how.
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Repair expense
Amount: $186.00
Posted by: Pansy in Greenville, TX.Posted: May 10th, 2019 05:05AM
Project: Water runningPlumber: Anchor plumbing
Quite expensive for replacing just the flapper. $75 for the trip, the rest for part and “labor”. I am 79 and try to live on a limited amount each month. This hit me hard.
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Replace toilet
Amount: $483.50
Posted by: Clifton Brewer in Kingsport, TN.Posted: March 13th, 2019 12:03PM
Project: LakehousePlumber: Clifton Brewer
I just replaced a toilet and when I pulled it the flange was broke. They also glued the flange down. I had to go under house, cut pipe, run new pipe and reconnect a flange. Then set new toilet. I charged $450.00 total labor
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Replace Flange and reset toilet
Amount: $981.00
Posted by: Eric H. in McKinney, TX.Posted: March 7th, 2019 04:03PM
Project: Plumber: Benjamin Franklin
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toilet repair
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: john jewell in grayson, KY.Posted: February 23rd, 2019 10:02AM
Project: Plumber: self
most toilet repair jobs are simple don't pay the high price of a plumber if you don't know look on YouTube and you will see how easy it is save yourself some money it took me a little time replaced flange was ring and new bolts around 50usd
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QUOTE FROM PLUMMER TO REPLACE TOILET FILL VALVE
Amount: $10.74
Posted by: CHAR1293 in MORGANVILLE, NJ.Posted: January 9th, 2019 12:01PM
Project: REPLACE FILL VALVEPlumber: GOLDMEDAL
PLUMMER GAVE ME A PRICE OF $261 PLUS TAX TO REPLACE A FILL VALVE. I ASKD HIM TO LEAVE. I BOUGHT A REPLACEMENT VALVE AT HOME DEPOT AND DID THE JOB MYSELF IN 15 MINUTES.A KORKY PLATINUM VALVE WAS $10 PLUS TAX.IT IS WORKING VERY WELL.
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Water Continuously Running in Toilet
Amount: $275.00
Posted by: PLO in Gardena/Los Angeles, CA.Posted: December 18th, 2018 04:12PM
Project: Replace Flapper on ToiletPlumber: ProPower
If I could do it, I would. The part itself costs little or next to nothing. He had to come look and then go to Home Depot to get the part. If I had use of my thumb, I would have tried to do it myself. It was only a matter of changing the flapper and putting it back on the "S" hook. Was a little late; but they call to say they are on the way. Guess it really does matter where you live and if we weren't already dealing with a lot of issues, I would have asked a neighbor to do it.
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Great plumber/ honest
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Jason Blount in Yardley, PA.Posted: December 8th, 2018 10:12AM
Project: Replace toiletPlumber: Blue man plumbing
Great company. Came out and gave me honest pricing for a toilet replacement. Everyone wanted 600-700. $400 very reasonable. Install and toilet. Can not complain. Thanks again. Chair height also.
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Replace kitchen faucet and fill valve in toilet
Amount: $565.00
Posted by: Not pleased with bait and switch in Vancouver, Other.Posted: November 14th, 2018 10:11AM
Project: BaitandswitchPlumber:
Asked plumber to come see 2 running toilets and a leaky kitchen faucet. Quoted $500 to replace the kitchen faucet because it’s customer supplied, and the adjustments to toilets were free. We had a $200 discount which brought everything to $318. Then half way through, he says the fill needs to be replaced, another $340 but will give discount, so $565 altogether. Felt like it was a bait and switch, because a local guy with small company says it’ll be between $125-250 for him to do it. :-/ should have gone with my gut and the local person instead of a plumbing company
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Replace plastic toilet flange
Amount: $950.00
Posted by: CDL in SC in Greer, SC.Posted: September 4th, 2018 11:09AM
Project: Plumber: Mr. Rooter
After Mr. Rooter replaced the wax ring, the toilet still leaking. They recommended to replace the plastic flange, involving cutting the ceiling open and cut off a section of piping. I was offered a "discount" price of $950 since they worked on the same toilet already. I am shopping for 2nd opinion/quote right now.
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Reset toilet with new wax ring, bolts and flex hose
Amount: $209.00
Posted by: J.G. in Jackson, CA.Posted: April 24th, 2018 10:04AM
Project: Leaking water around base of toiletPlumber: Stuart London Handyman
Two plumbers from Stuart London Handyman company arrived within 15 minutes of me contacting the company. They lifted up the toilet, and said there was no damage to the subfloor. Then they replaced the wax ring, reset the toilet, replaced the flex hose with a new one, put on new bolt covers at the base of the toilet, and caulked the base of the toilet. $200 for about 15-20 minutes of labor, plus $24 for materials, and a $15 discount. They were fast and professional, and did good work.
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Supply valve & supply hose
Amount: $222.00
Posted by: Stacy F in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: March 9th, 2018 09:03AM
Project: ToiletPlumber: Parker & Sons
Supply hose was leaking, we tried to replace ourselves. Supply valve was compressed so we couldn't get it off. Called plumber they wanted to replace all in the house (6 sets) for $981. Could not afford that cost right now, so just did the one that was broken.
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Replace tank bolts and main tank seal gasket
Amount: $15.00
Posted by: SammyS in Montgomery, AL.Posted: February 11th, 2018 05:02PM
Project: Leaky toilet tank gasket and boltsPlumber: Self with a Home Depot book
Bought a sponge to get the remaining water out of the tank after the water valve was turned off,a universal toilet tank gasket kit with two bolts, four metal washers, four washer gaskets, four nuts, and one large tank gasket for the main tank. Turned off the water, flushed to get most of the tank water out. Removed the rest of the water with a large sponge. Followed the instructions on the gasket kit packet with some references to a do it yourself home depot book I already have. Fixed it better than how it was when I bought my house. Tank doesn't wobble anymore and is sealed tight!! Super easy and quick. No more leaks and it was only $15!!
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Fix shut off valve, fill valve mechanism and flapper
Amount: $221.00
Posted by: Linda B in Ottawa, Other.Posted: November 14th, 2017 04:11PM
Project: RepairPlumber: Francis Plumbing Ottawa Canada
Had leaking shut off valve. Asked plumber to repair it but he said it could be fixed. Installed new hose into toilet. Fill Valve was broken and flapper did not seal. He replaced these too. Total $221. First plumber I've found in 30 years that I thought was honest and knowledgeable.
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replace failed wax ring
Amount: $322.00
Posted by: nancy ellis in collingdale, PA.Posted: November 10th, 2017 01:11PM
Project: Plumber: Horizon
Price included discount coupon of $37.50
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Toilet replaced with wax seal and flex hose
Amount: $594.00
Posted by: Seagnome in Pittsburgh, PA.Posted: October 25th, 2017 11:10AM
Project: Toilet replacement and installationPlumber: Roto rooter
Arrived within 3 hours. Old toilet tank bolts leaking and inside flow mechanism broken. Replaced instead of repair
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Replaced bolts and wax ring on toliet
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Sammie in Springfield, VA.Posted: May 11th, 2017 05:05AM
Project: Plumber: Pipe Doctor
Project was completed in less than an hour. I felt this project was high in cost.
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Need Advice-Toilet Flange Purchase- After Remodel
Amount: $30.00
Posted by: Ralph Juarez in L.A., CA.Posted: April 18th, 2017 09:04AM
Project: replace toilet flangePlumber: Culwell Flange
Talked to a Lowe's employee about replacing a toilet flange after remodeling my bathroom. He recommended Culwell Flange (www.culwellflange.com) It's supposed to seal the floor from water damage and be durable.
Has anyone else heard of this brand? It looks really good, but I want to make sure.
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About $85 labor + $5 for a new wax seal
Amount: $90.00
Posted by: old home owner in San jose, CA.Posted: January 15th, 2017 03:01AM
Project: re-seal toiletPlumber: San Jose Plumbing
We already had a plumber on-site to install our other toilet, and we noticed the seal had broken on our main toilet a while ago, so we decided to re-do the wax ring and re-set it. While the toilet was off, I asked if I could get 5 minutes to try to scrub off all the yucky yellow goop around the toilet.
When the plumber saw it, he said it probably wouldn't come off because it was so old and had gotten all crusty. I used Comet with bleach and a bristley sponge and he was right, it didn't come off much, but it got a little better.
So the wax ring got replaced and the toilet is re-sealed at least. The lesson learned was that next time the toilet seal breaks and it starts seeping a little, we need to call a plumber quickly so we can try to clean it off before it dries out and gets too crusty.
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