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How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Plumber?

Hire a Plumber Costs
Average reported costs
$299
based on 37,444 cost profiles
Most homeowners
spent between
$169 - $460
Low cost
$95
High cost
$800
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The leak from a pipe fitting that costs less than a dollar can easily cause thousands of dollars in water damage and can disrupt your household for weeks. But not all plumbers handle all types of work. Their duties break out into two categories: plumbers who handle basic repairs (often in emergency situations), and plumbers who specialize in remodeling projects and additions.
According to project data from HomeAdvisor members, the average cost to hire a plumber ranges between $169 and $460. The average cost per hour for a plumber ranges from $45 to $150 per hour depending on the job, timing and location. Services may include drain cleaning, faucet replacement or installation, and toilet repair.
"Plumbing" is a pretty broad category. Plumbers can do anything from fixing leaky faucets to installing sump pumps. They can repair or install your water heater or add a sink to your garage. They work everywhere in your home - kitchen, bathroom - wherever you need them. The biggest thing is to make sure they are insured or this can cost you in the long run. Also, if they have to cut into drywall to repair your plumbing, make sure this is included in the bid and that they have someone working for them that can fix this when completed.

Family Plumber

Plumbing isn't necessarily difficult, but it requires a lot of knowledge. Code requirements are just a small part; you also need parts knowledge and experience with the materials. For instance, knowing how hard you can crank on PVC before it cracks takes time to master. Not having a feel for this can turn a $10 repair into a flood of problems.
Be prepared for a more urgent situation by establishing a relationship with a plumber before you actually need him. If possible, hire him to do non emergency repairs or fixture installations during normal hours. It's easier to get a plumber's attention if you're a regular customer and not a panicked stranger calling at 8 p.m. on a Saturday night asking him to fix a gushing waste pipe in your basement.

Choosing a Plumber

When making a selection, ask for proof of a license. Most states require plumbers to be licensed, and they typically provide a number you can call to verify that the license is current and that there are no active complaints against it. Any plumber you consider should also hold a current workers' compensation policy and a minimum of $500,000 liability insurance. All states issue plumbing-contractor licenses, and the licensing board can confirm a plumber's legitimacy. Yet only 24 states require journeyman certification, meaning that the plumber has passed competency exams. Ask the plumber whether he has received certification or updated training through a professional association.

Difficulty of Repair

A rule of thumb for all projects requiring labor is that the more difficult the job, the longer it will take and the more labor costs you will need to pay. Depending on the project, you can sometimes get by with less experienced plumbers. Other jobs will require a Master Plumber in order to be sure that the job is done right. Be prepared to not only spend money in labor and trip charges, but the supplies needed in order to complete your job will be an additional charge.
Most of the time when you need a plumber for a repair, it's an emergency situation. Off-hour repairs are absolutely more expensive than if you make an appointment during regular business hours.

Other Cost Factors

In addition to labor and supplies, you may need to hire someone to repair your water damage. You may need new carpeting, drywall repairs or electrical work done on your home to get it back to where it was before you had your plumbing problem.
If you had a sewer problem, there is the additional cost of cleanup and getting your home back to code to ensure that it's safe for your family to be around. You also may need to remove tree roots (which means digging up your yard and landscaping expenses) or replacing pipe that's difficult to get to.

 

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Alphia Sue Mason More than 1 year ago
I know what the repair needs and the materials needed to do it and the approximate cost, ,but as a senior citizen just no longer physically able to do it.
Jai Lee 10 months ago
toilet dismantling fee? required to dismantle toilet to replace wax ring and valve replacements. fee charges?

Zainab Elberry 4 months ago
How much will potential plumber me charge for this visit and repair?
Jannie Courtney 24 days ago
I'm not understanding why I can't get an estimate. I do realize that its just an estimate. Paying someone $69.00 to come out and they might quote me an outrage price. SMH
Floy Neal More than 1 year ago
I am just trying to get some estimates to see what my out of pocket will be.
Gloria Parks More than 1 year ago
I appreciate ALL the information you give us consumers. It is VERY helpful when you are about to start a remodel project. I have learned a lot from your web site. THANK YOU!!!
hen soon 12 months ago
It does help in regards to procedures and rules in order to better understand your options.  Obviously cost is always an issue and the size of the company probably determine the labor cost.  That is why some times people take chances with "others' hoping that there have good experience but because they are independent operators there pricing might be more flexible.
Juanita Barrabee More than 1 year ago
Good information on what to look for.
Richard Frahm 24 days ago
Thanks,  I'm getting an overall Idea of what the cost would be to install a kitchen faucet. 
joan carter 3 months ago
Trying to get good quality at a fair and reasonable price. Just retired and need to watch my expenses when getting repairs on my home. Also have one more expensive project to do. So cost is very important to me.
TINA HUBBARD 4 months ago
very informative ~ but wanting more info on cost for replacing various piping~keep up the good work to informing people with the knowledge
Patricia Hubbartt 4 months ago
What is my approximate cost for fixing a toilet that keeps running and to remove/replace a kitchen soap dispenser?
tim mauldin 4 months ago
Does anyone have an idea what the cost of replacing all the water lines in a 2 bath mobile home with pex might be
Kumari Mishra 5 months ago
We are on a budget ,I just wanted to know how much it will cost to change the fasaut
Kathy Zavoski 5 months ago
Good to know what the average cost should/could be before starting the job.
Paula King 5 months ago
Thanks for the info, now for the pro to do the job, as oon as possible.
Cynthia Macy 9 months ago
Getting estimates to see what my costs will be.
Bennie Adcox 11 months ago
I have been helped a lot  by all of this information and I have chose a plumber that I think will be more than able to do my project. I will give a review after the work is finished. thanks.
Tuwandar Tyson 5 months ago
How did the job turn out
Aita Cohen 11 months ago
I needed a neutral place to research plumbing jobs: had the suspicion I was being 'led down a garden path' because I knew nothing - other than how expensive it was and how urgent  'do it NOW!" it was. I appreciate the cost estimate and national average pages which confirmed my suspicions.  I found another plumber through this site and hope for better, less panic, less cost service from now on. Thanks.
FOUNTAIN DENNIS More than 1 year ago
I just want a fair price to change faucet. I would like to know my out of pocket expenses.
Carolyn Martin 8 months ago
Did you get fair price?  Am looking for same thing.  Carolyn
Charles Hayden More than 1 year ago
Your information looks good.Still searching around because it's really isn't a major job.
Daniel/Linda Moriarity More than 1 year ago
We know what we need to have done, but because we are disabled and Senior Citizens we lack the strength and physical endurance to complete the job on our own. We are currently wanting to get bids on the work we need tonhave completed.
Antoinette Davis More than 1 year ago
Need to do paper on Opinion of Probable Cost to renovate a bathroom and this article was helpful
Robert Houston More than 1 year ago
At this time I'm seeking the best price for this small job. Not ready to evaluate your services. 
Chana Hancock More than 1 year ago
I am also looking for someone to fix my toilet it flushes slowly, and I have a leaky pipe in behind my washer. Like others I need to know up front cost so I am prepared.

Robert Henry More than 1 year ago
I am just trying to get some estimates to see what my out of pocket will be. Trying to plan ahead.
Dorothy Ressel More than 1 year ago
Just researching.
Susan Bowers More than 1 year ago
I am just looking for costs right now....
Richard DeCarlo More than 1 year ago
Prices as quoted ($500-781) OBVIOUSLY included the cost of the toilet. In my quote request I stated project was a totally unremarkable - removal of old toilet and install of the new toilet, which I will have purchased myself. There are no problems and this is not an old house. Simply want t upgrade from contractor grade toilet. I am a retired contractor with a bad back and I know what the project entails.
Henry Whitaker Jr More than 1 year ago
Unable to respond effectively at this time because the issue/problem has not been evaluated yet.
Martha Jackowiak More than 1 year ago
JUST RESEARCHING, seems like a small project to repair leak.
Willistine Gaymon More than 1 year ago
I'm just researching !!!
Cynthia Walker More than 1 year ago
I hope to accomplish having the leaking toilet fixed is my main concern right now; would like to get hotwater handle in bathtub replaced ; if not possible, then, leaking toilet is the priority.
James Brown More than 1 year ago
VERY GOOD INFORMATION, THANK YOU !!!!!!!
Doris Meggitt 12 months ago
I am a senior citizen
Billie Haskin More than 1 year ago
Have waited almost two weeks for an information on my requested quote! :(