One of the questions most plumbers get is, How much do plumbers charge? Although this seems to be a simple, straightforward question, it isn’t as easy as estimating the cost of an oil change on a car, nor as standard as the prices that are set for an annual safety and emissions check. Plumbing is unique, and we treat each job as a unique situation.
How Much Do Plumbers Charge
The three most common plumbing tasks are repairs, replacements, and new installations. Repairs are where we most often hear the “ How much do plumbers charge ” question because people like to compare—a reasonable request actually. However, whether the repair is a leaky faucet or a clogged drain, we want to know the details of the job before we give you an estimate so we don’t overcharge you for a simple fix, and we don’t hurry through a complex problem just so we can make a profit.
Some faucets that leak simply need something tightened or a quick replacement part and they are good for another ten years. Other faucets need a special part that we don’t stock in our repair trucks, and we need to drive across town to a plumbing parts store before we can fix them. If we simply averaged the prices, most of the quick repairs—our bread and butter, to be honest—would be overcharged.
How about replacements and new installations? I imagine you’re wondering. How much do plumbers charge for those? Like a repair, a new installation or a replacement needs to be estimated uniquely. Installing a water heater, for example, has additional possibilities in some homes that others lack. Do you have two water heaters hooked up in sequence? Do you have a water softener?
We have a lot of questions, and we want to make sure you are happy with the job and the price. So give us a call and let us give you an estimate!