How Much Does Hiring a Plumber Really Cost?

There are many different jobs that a plumber can carry out for you. They can install piping and make any repairs that are needed to existing pipes, remove blockages from drains and perform vital services in bathroom and kitchen remodelling.

There may be some aspects of plumbing that you can carry out yourself, but for any major work, it is usually a good idea to use the services of a professional.

The charge for a professional plumber will either be worked out as a flat fee for a particular job or as an hourly rate. There are also many other factors that will affect how much you will pay for a plumber. This can include things such as the experience of the plumber and the work that will be involved.


The charge for labor will vary between plumbers but will usually be in the region of $45 to $65, according to data from the Reliance Gregg’s plumber website. This will not usually include fees for servicing or inspection.

Flat Fees

The typical fees that you can expect to pay for a range of different services are listed below. These prices will apply if you are charged a flat fee.

Drain Cleaning You could be charged anywhere between $100 and $300 for a drain cleaning service, depending on how difficult it is to clear the blockage. An additional $50 to $100 may also be payable for servicing and inspection.

Main Water Line Installation – If you need a copper water line installed that is around six foot in length then you should expect to pay between $1500 and $2000.

Appliance Installation – A plumber will be able to install many kitchen appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers, and this service will cost between $50 and $200.

Leak Repair – The price of a leak repair depends largely on how difficult the leak is to access and will usually be between $100 and $250.

Piping Installation – There are so many different factors that influence the cost of installing pipes that it is tough to give a ballpark figure. Installing pipes in kitchens is usually a more expensive job than bathroom piping because the room is bigger. This means that more piping may be needed and the job is likely to take longer to complete. If additional materials are needed for the job, then you may have to pay for this yourself. There will also be additional charges if there is old piping that needs removing.

Sump Pump Installation- A sump pump will be necessary to take water away from the foundations of your building. The cost of installing a sump pump can be between $1000 and $3000. This does not include the cost of the sump pump itself, and this can cost up to $400.

Water Heater Installation – to ensure that your water heater is installed correctly and safely, the work needs to be done by a professional plumber. The labor cost for installing a water heater can be as much as $1500, and you are looking at the same amount again for an electric heater. If you choose to have a gas water heater installed, then this will cost in the region of $800.

Cost Of Improvement And Enhancement Works

The installation of a sauna that is big enough for four people will cost between $2400 and $3200 which includes the cost of the sauna.

If you need a propane tank installing by a plumber, then this will cost $100.

It will cost $1900 to install a five-foot bathtub including the bathtub.

A solar water heater will need to be installed professionally and can cost between $6000 and $17000.

If you want a sprinkler system installed in your garden, then this will cost between $1500 and $2500.

Copper piping is considered to be one of the best choices for your property, but it is more expensive than other types of piping.

Additional Costs To Consider

If you go for a cheaper model of water heater, then this may not be the most efficient model which could mean your energy bills would be higher.

If you need to call a plumber out in an emergency, then you could expect to pay an additional rate of between $50 and $75 on top of what they would normally charge.

It is not usually a long job to clean drains, but problems can occur if the sewer has collapsed and this will also mean that extra costs are incurred.

Leaks will be cheaper to fix if they are located near to a fixture such as a sink.

A sump pump that is on a pedestal will be cheaper to install than one that is submersible.

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