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$988 for an ejector pump!

Precision Plumbing is a rip off.

The sump was slowly filling.
I was at work.
The spousal unit was worried.
$70 already down the drain for them to come out.
$988 flat fee to replace a stinking ejector pump. There was maybe $450 in retail priced parts and 2 hours of work.
The wanted $2,000 for the "upgraded" pump with a 10 year guarantee. This only has a 1 year guarantee for a fracking grand.

The quality of work and parts seem to be OK, but way overpriced. Beware!

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Damn, Last year I did both of mine for $150 each pump (1/3 HP) and $5 worth of PVC pipe... re-used the backflow prevention units and clamps because they were still good.

Cut, pull out, submerge, measure, cut, fit, clamp, plug in, done.

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Damn, Last year I did both of mine for $150 each pump (1/3 HP) and $5 worth of PVC pipe... re-used the backflow prevention units and clamps because they were still good.

Cut, pull out, submerge, measure, cut, fit, clamp, plug in, done.

A 1500watt UPS is my 'Oh Shit' insurance.
That is a standard sump pump. I've done those. I replaced one last year with a 1/2 hp model from HD for $100ish. Ejector Pumps push out ummmm, "semi-solid" waste... Pass... Still the pump shouldn't be more than $350.

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I replaced mine two years ago. It was a dirty job and the old pump had a "hitch-hiker" on it which was even more nasty. I think I got the pump at Home Depot for around $275 and the install was fairly easy. Took about 1.5 hours.

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That is a standard sump pump. I've done those. I replaced one last year with a 1/2 hp model from HD for $100ish. Ejector Pumps push out ummmm, "semi-solid" waste... Pass... Still the pump shouldn't be more than $350.
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That is a standard sump pump. I've done those. I replaced one last year with a 1/2 hp model from HD for $100ish. Ejector Pumps push out ummmm, "semi-solid" waste... Pass... Still the pump shouldn't be more than $350.
Ah, got it.. misunderstood. That's still a "sh!tty" labor price.

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Ah, got it.. misunderstood. That's still a "sh!tty" labor price.
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Blade,

did they by any chance replace the pit as well? I am not a plumbing expert, but if they replaced the pit as well, i could see where the costs is inline.

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Nope just the pump, some 2" PVC, a new check valve (A really nice one, but who cares.) and a union.

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Well, what can I say... My first bike lays under my driveway in a form of 25' of replaced pipe. 7500 well spent!!!!

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Nope just the pump, some 2" PVC, a new check valve (A really nice one, but who cares.) and a union.
yeah, thats expensive

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Blade,

did they by any chance replace the pit as well? I am not a plumbing expert, but if they replaced the pit as well, i could see where the costs is inline.
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It would cost a hell of a lot more if he had the pit replaced.
An ejector pump will run you anywhere from $200 for a POS to $400+ for a good unit. Labor rates can be high, but it sounds like they were on the even higher side.

My shop isn't a service shop, but when we do it it costs about $93 the first half hour and 23 every fifteen minutes after that. That is the "favor" price since we only do service work on rare occasions for long time customers.
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I'm guessing they billed out around $250 an hour by the time the smoke cleared. The pump couldn't be a real good unit with only a 1 year guarantee.

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