Challenges and solutions when using plumbing cost estimating services

July 10, 2023

Plumbing estimates vary in size and complexity from simple installations to Mega Commercial or Residential construction projects. Accurate plumbing estimation is a challenge in the construction plumbing business. The plumbing layout is complicated. Contractors often underestimate labor costs and rates. It leads to low-profit margins or even loss as well. 

 

Hence, technical expertise and decades of experience are required to overcome the challenges of inaccurate labor rates, costly material, poor communication, and inefficient estimate tracking. Do you want solutions to all your plumbing cost estimating problems? SMA Estimating LLC can help you with accurate plumbing cost estimating services. It presents a solid base to allocate your budget within a time frame. It saves you money, time, and resources.  

 

SMA Estimating can provide you with plumbing cost estimating services for your construction projects. Our experienced team can deliver accurate plumbing cost estimating services for Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Projects. Our plumbing cost estimating services include bidding assistance, project cost management, change order management, Quantity take-offs, Material Take-offs, pricing analysis, Unit cost plumbing estimating system, value engineering, and plumbing system Budget Estimating.

You can easily reach us at the numbers listed below:

   +1 (314) 343-1044

   +1 (314) 279-0644

 

SMA estimating has completed major construction plumbing projects:

Residential and Commercial plumbing projects: 

SMA ESTIMATING Covers Floor and Roof drains, laundry plumbing, kitchen and toilet plumbing, Fixtures, Insulation, fittings, risers, Valves, Pumps, Vents, Hangers, Supports, Bends, Reducers, unions, Couplings, Tees, Wye, and All types of Piping systems Such as Black Steel, Copper Type L or K, PVC Pipe Sch 40,80, CPVC and PEX tubing.

Industrial plumbing projects: 

Sewerage and Waste-water treatment plants, refineries, healthcare facilities, potable and non-potable water systems, the manufacturing industry, the chemical industry, and many more.

Infrastructure projects: Installation of water supply systems to large-scale facilities, plumbing utility networks, sewage, and drainage systems in infrastructure projects. 

 

Remodeling projects: Plumbing system repairs, expanding or upgrading plumbing systems, renovating plumbing construction projects

Plumbing retrofitting construction projects: Modification of plumbing systems to meet environmental standards & new regulations, installation of water-saving fixtures, greywater recycling system, etc. 

 

# 5 Challenges faced by contractors when using plumbing cost estimation services:

 

  • Innovations in plumbing technologies

Contractors must stay updated with the latest plumbing systems, technology, building codes, materials, and energy-efficient solutions. It is a challenge for them to align with current industrial standards. 

For example, energy-efficient water heaters evolved from water heater technologies to reduce energy consumption. Therefore, it is a problem for estimators to bring accuracy and meet current standards and codes. 

  • Labor and material price fluctuation

Contractors mostly face the difficulty of overestimation of labor and material costs. The labor rate for non-billed activities, such as training hours, meetings, etc. is often overlooked for employees’ hours on activities. Likewise, the material price fluctuates due to geopolitical factors and volatile market trends.  

  • Change order management 

Change order means to change project design, client preferences, scope modification, estimate unforeseen site conditions, etc. Change order management is crucial during the project implementation phase. It impacts project costs, logistics, timelines, and resources. 

For Instance; The customer has decided to change the order for plumbing piping to adopt an economical piping. He requested to change the material from copper to PEX piping. It is a challenge for contractors to do material and labor pricing for PEX piping and fittings and there will be a huge difference in the total cost of the project.   

  • Time constraints 

Time limitation is a challenge for plumbing contractors to meet the construction project deadline. It is stressful to complete plumbing estimates under strict timelines when submitting bids for construction projects. It can lead to errors that affect profit margins. 

For example, limited research time for plumbing materials, equipment costs, and labor rates may lead to outdated pricing information. Time pressure and inadequate project review plans and specifications result in inaccurate estimation of plumbing services.  

  • Poor estimate tracking 

Tracking plumbing estimates is a real challenge for plumbing contractors who fail to meet cost estimation projections. You cannot afford expensive plumbing cost estimating software tools to keep track of your plumbing estimates.  

For instance, lack of documentation and inadequate communication leads to inaccurate and inefficient plumbing estimating services for your construction projects.   

How SMA estimating is the best plumbing cost estimating services company?

# 5 solutions 

  • Utilize the best plumbing estimating software  

The latest cost-estimating software is used to quantify plumbing take-offs. SMA estimating has accurate and reliable digital tools, such as FASTDUCT, TRIMBLE, FASTPIPE, PLANSWIFT, etc. to identify project scope.

  • Hear from an experienced plumbing estimator

SMA Estimating has a professional estimating team to suggest cost-effective solutions for clients. Estimators consider various factors to calculate costs and perform quantity take-offs for your plumbing systems. Experts can estimate labor rates, overhead expenses, and material costs and measure quantities of fittings, valves, fixtures, above/ below ground piping, and many more with greater efficiency and accuracy. 

  

  • Foster Coordination with stakeholders

Collaboration with all stakeholders, including engineers, suppliers, architects, general contractors, and estimators is a viable solution to manage multiple expectations and perspectives. Collective experiences, exchange of best plumbing practices, and knowledge sharing can improve the overall quality of mechanical products and plumbing fixtures.   

  • Plumbing material take-offs

Your construction project uses materials that comply with industry trends and local plumbing standards. The plumbing cost estimator lists each plumbing component with its specification as a reference for cost and procurement. We take measurements for each plumbing component, such as valves, faucets, fixtures, traps, pipes(PEX, copper, Black Steel, Cast Iron, Ductile Iron, PVC, etc.), and fittings (tees, elbows, reducers, hangers, supports, coupling, etc.) that are specific to the construction projects. 

 

  • Accurate plumbing cost estimating services 

SMA provides accurate and effective cost estimation services to plan budgets. Its team helps to minimize financial risks, uncertainties, and unforeseen plumbing layout issues in construction projects.   

Conclusion  

The most challenging aspect of plumbing cost estimating services is accuracy and efficiency in plumbing quantification take-offs. These hurdles cannot be eliminated unless the necessary technical skills for construction cost estimation services are applied. Solutions are available to adopt the best plumbing cost estimating practices to save your time, money, and resources.

 

SMA estimating can provide a solid foundation for Plumbing estimating services. The positive outcomes are encouraging to involve all relevant shareholders. SMA Estimating has the best team of construction cost estimating services to accomplish tasks for your small to large plumbing construction projects.

 

You can easily reach us at the numbers listed below:

   +1 (314) 343-1044

   +1 (314) 279-0644