How much does Plumbing Cost?

Plumbers can do all sorts of repair work in your home – but how much does plumbing cost?

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Why might you need to hire a plumber? Well, if you have a sudden burst pipe or a persistently leaky tap, a professionally trained and qualified plumber will be able to sort the problem in a matter of minutes. They are also experienced in fitting large new water-based household appliances (such as washing machines and dishwashers) and hooking them up to your water mains; unblocking a toilet or shower cubicle; and installing new baths and hot and cold water tanks. In fact, any problem involving water, drainage or pipe work in your home can be fixed by a trained plumber. But how much does a plumber cost?

Plumbing Cost: Price Summary

The final plumbing cost will obviously vary on the nature and scale of the issue, but to help you budget for hiring a plumber we found the following costs for different plumbing jobs after a small bit of online research:

Plumbing Job Average Cost (£)
Repairing a stop-cock and/or turning off the water mains 70 – 110
Installing a new toilet 80 – 150
Installing an outside or exterior tap 80 – 120
Fixing or unblocking a toilet or urinal 60 – 90
Fixing a burst water pipe 70 – 120
Installing a new dishwasher 100 – 120
Installing a new bath 150 – 250
Installing a new cold water tank 200 – 350
Installing a new hot water tank 395 – 550

Budgeting for a Plumbing Job

Budgeting for a plumber is difficult, as burst pipes and the fear of a flooded home rarely give you enough time to shop around for a good deal in your local area. Nevertheless, there are some things you can do (especially if you simply want an appliance fitted) that can help keep plumber prices low, including the following:
Be specific about the nature of the job, especially in an emergency. This will allow the plumber to turn up knowing the problem and how to fix it, cutting out a lot of time explaining things in person that will be added to the total of your final bill.

  • Turn off the water at the mains by yourself if at all possible, to help prevent flood damage or further damage to the appliance or pipe-work that is broken – again stuff that will all cost you to repair.
  • Remove old fittings or appliances before hiring a plumber to fit a new one.
  • Make sure the plumber has easy access to the kitchen or bathroom where you want the new appliance fitted.
  • Check whether or not your chosen plumber charges a call-out fee on top of the repair or installation prices themselves.
  • Beware of any broadly advertised discounts or offers that might tempt you to go with a national plumbing company (especially if advertised online). They probably contain a number of clauses that means you will rarely see the discount in your final bill!

Hiring a Professional Plumber

When choosing a plumber, you should also make sure they are a fully affiliated member of either the Chartered Institute for Plumbing and Heating Engineering or the Plumbing Trade Association – this way you can be sure that the person your hiring is liable to do a good job, and claim your money back should the installation or repair not live up to the standards they have advertised.

To find the best plumber prices in your local area, you should also compare as many quotes as you can – especially for fitting a household appliance – before signing your final contract. Shopping around for a good deal and comparing different attitudes of various plumbers in the area is a sure-fire way to keeping the cost of a plumber low and still finding the perfect plumber for the nature of your problem!