A new study says it’s not so much the cost of plumbing as the overall cost of the plumbing system itself.
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the University of Illinois at Chicago examined plumbing fixtures and found that it’s the quality of the fittings that determines how much the average person will pay.
They found that the average home plumbing system is more expensive than a typical residential system because of the way in which the plumbing is designed and constructed.
“We think of a lot of things in the home as having to do with pipes, pipes and plumbing,” said Dr. Joseph Plumb, a senior lecturer at the University’s College of Public Health.
“It’s a huge component of the cost.”
A home plumbing contractor could be charged $500 for a fixture that’s up to eight inches long and has a minimum of five feet of clearance.
It could cost as much as $1,000 for a plumbing fixture that is up to four feet long and up to two feet of clearance.
In addition to the upfront cost, plumbing fixtures are also subject to other hidden costs.
For instance, if a home plumbing company installs a new system, the contractor might have to pay for installation and inspection.
A survey conducted by the Department of Public Healthcare found that some of these costs can be quite significant.
“You don’t really realize that the cost is what it costs until you look at the overall total cost,” said Plumb.
The study looked at how much an average American household spends on their own plumbing system and how much it costs when it comes to plumbing fixtures.
The researchers looked at more than 15,000 households and found the average cost for a new home plumbing fixture was $8,600, but for a second home plumbing installation that’s over $30,000.
The research team also compared home plumbing fixtures to a second-hand house.
The researchers found that if a second house had a plumbing issue, the cost would be even higher, at over $60,000 if the second house did not have a plumbing problem.
Plumb also said that plumbing needs to be replaced when the first house is repaired.
“If you have an issue with a second hand plumbing fixture, you’ll be spending an extra $2,000 to replace it because you have to replace a component that’s not coming apart,” said Tricia Plumb of the University.
Plumbing needs to last a long timeIn addition, a second, third and fourth home plumbing needs work every six months, but only once a year.
That’s because it’s a more expensive process to install new fixtures than it is to replace them.
“Plumbing in a second and third home needs to stay in good working order for at least 18 months,” said Stacey Plumb-Kuhn of the U of I. “We’ve been looking at this for quite some time.”
A new house that is built in a new styleThe researchers found a correlation between the cost and the style of the home the first home was built in.
The new home that was built after a new house was constructed cost an average of $18,400 more than a new two-bedroom home that wasn’t built with a new design.
“The more new it is, the higher the cost goes,” said Susan Plumb at the U, who was also part of the study.
“The house you built in New York City, the price is the same as it would be in New Jersey, or California, or somewhere else.”
If you’re looking to save money and can’t afford the new house, you could try out a second or third home that has a better design.