A water shut off valve is used to control the flow of water to a plumbing fixture in a home. This type of valve is commonly found under the sink or under the toilet tank. A shut off valve will allow you to turn off the water supply to an individual tap but still allow it to flow to the rest of the house. You should also have one outside your home that will turn off all water coming into your home. When you have a water leak or need to replace or work on a fixture you can turn off the water to that particular fixture. If you don’t have one at each fixture you will want to get them installed.
Cost of Installing a Shut off Valve
You can choose to hire a plumber to install the valve or you can choose to do it yourself. If you decide to hire a plumber, the plumber will charge you a price value ranging from $120-$140 per valve. The cost of installation is calculated from average material cost, and hour labour wages.
Plumbers, who are licensed, bonded and insured usually charge a higher fee than those who are not.
On the other hand, if you choose to install the shut off valve by yourself then you will save labour cost which is about 60% of all installation cost. Installing a shut of valve is a simple process that can be done within a few minutes You will only be required to buy the cut off valve and a new flexible supply tubes. You will also need plumbing tools like adjustable pipe wrench, a bucket, and a basin wrench.
Hiring a Professional Plumber
Advantages- A professional plumber has the right skill and technical know-how on how to install the shut off valve. The plumber also has the right tools of installation and knows how to use the tools well. Having the project completed quickly and correctly will save you trouble in the future.
Disadvantages –Hiring a professional plumber can be very costly. Experienced plumbers charge very high installation fees. Sometimes the plumber can take several hours before they finally come to access and solve the problem.
Do It Yourself
Advantages — By installing a cut off valve by yourself, you will be able to save labour or service cost. You will also be able to solve the problem immediately. In addition you can be flexible and work at a time that is convenient to you.
Disadvantages–If you lack the technical skill required, you may end up causing more damage and end up spending more. The job is also time consuming and demanding. You may also lack the tools necessary to get the job done.
- Cost of Hiring a Professional Plumber vs. Cost of D-I-Y
As stated above, each option has its own advantages and disadvantages. However, the benefits of hiring a professional plumber are more compared to doing the job by yourself. Professional plumbers have the right experience and skills; they are also insured meaning that you can be compensated in case they fail to deliver. In addition they have the right tools and know how to use them well. It is therefore recommended that you always hire a professional plumber to repair, replace or install a new shut off valve in your house.