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What is the Average Cost to Hire a Plumber?

Plumbers can do everything from fixing a dripping faucet to installing the plumbing system for an addition or remodeling project. When it comes to a plumbing problem, letting a leak go unrepaired can result in hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage, whereas hiring a plumber to fix the problem usually costs much less than that. See the comparison below.

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National Hire a Plumber Costs

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National Hire a Plumber Costs
Average reported cost $276
Number of Cost Profiles 38493 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $51
Maximum reported cost $790
Most homeowners spent between: $186 to $291

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The Average Cost To Hire A Plumber

The average cost to hire a plumber is $284. Professional plumbers must be licensed, and most are also bonded and insured. Some plumbing repairs require permits, which can add to the cost of the project. If a plumbing repair or installation requires cutting into or removing drywall, a ceiling or floor, this will also add to the cost of the project. When an emergency happens after routine business hours, homeowners may have to pay an overtime or emergency hours fee to the plumber. Some plumbing problems such as burst pipes may be partly or fully covered by a homeowner's insurance policy. This can reduce a homeowner's cost for hiring a plumber.

Common Services Provided By Plumbers 

A typical family plumber offers such services as water heater and washing machine repair, fixing leaky faucets, replacement of water and waste pipes, replacing fixtures, toilet repairs, installation of sump pumps and installation of new fixtures such as sinks and toilets. Specialty plumbers offer services like putting in natural gas, sewer and water pipes when a home is being built or remodeled.

Factors In The Cost Of Hiring A Plumber 

The more difficult the job is for a plumber to tackle, the more time it will take. Most plumbers charge a flat-rate service call plus an hourly rate for their labor. The plumber may be able to break down their rate of labor into quarter-hours. In addition to the service call and labor fee, homeowners will also need to pay for the cost of any necessary supplies to complete a plumbing repair or installation. When plumbing services are needed overnight, on weekends or holidays, homeowners may have to pay an additional fee or a higher rate per hour of service. If the plumbing issue caused water damage, homeowners can expect to pay additional fees to have someone repair the drywall, ceiling or floors.

If You're Considering DIY Plumbing Repairs 

Homeowners can take action to prevent some plumbing problems. This includes using sink traps to catch hair and other waste so it doesn't clog pipes. Using baking soda and vinegar can also help to keep pipes clean. Homeowners can also follow manufacturer recommendations for maintaining their washing machines and water heaters. Other plumbing issues are best left to a licensed and experienced plumber as improper repairs could result in more extensive and costly damage.

Last updated on Jan 17, 2017

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