Plumbing Cost Guides

Rarely does somebody set out to upgrade their plumbing. The pipes transporting fresh water to your home and waste water from your home tend to do their jobs with the kind of anonymity reserved for theatrical stage hands. You don't appreciate them until something goes wrong.
When something does go wrong, speed is usually essential. Water damage can cause thousands of dollars in damage in no time. Leaks can soak floors, ceilings and foundations, causing rot and mold that may make your home uninhabitable. The quicker you address your problem, the better off you, and your wallet will be. It might not feel like a great investment when you see that rush jobs come with premium costs. But the alternatives can be apocalyptic. Click here for quotes on different types of plumbing jobs.

The cost of a plumber ranges from $160 to $430 for a typical job with the average cost per hour ranging from $45 to $150. This can include jobs like repairing faucets, toilets, sinks or bathtubs. Some plumbers may also charge a flat rate depending on the job.

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  • Hire a Plumber Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $170 - $453
    Average cost:
    $302
    Low cost:
    $91
     
    High cost:
    $800
  • Repair a Clogged Drain Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $128 - $287
    Average cost:
    $207
    Low cost:
    $80
     
    High cost:
    $529
  • Install a Water Heater Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $732 - $1,329
    Average cost:
    $1,023
    Low cost:
    $300
     
    High cost:
    $13,000

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Plumbing
Hire a Plumber
(51,608 projects)
Average National Cost:
$302
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Repair a Clogged Drain
(16,633 projects)
Average National Cost:
$207
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Install a Water Heater
(14,338 projects)
Average National Cost:
$953
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Plumbing
Repair a Water Heater
(9,956 projects)
Average National Cost:
$528
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Plumbing
Install or Repair Gas Pipes
(4,937 projects)
Average National Cost:
$499
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Plumbing
Install a Faucet
(4,335 projects)
Average National Cost:
$244
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Plumbing
Install New Plumbing Pipes
(4,028 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,052
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Repair a Sump Pump
(3,313 projects)
Average National Cost:
$481
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Repair a Toilet
(2,902 projects)
Average National Cost:
$209
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Clean Septic Tank
(2,849 projects)
Average National Cost:
$385
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Repair a Well Pump
(2,796 projects)
Average National Cost:
$795
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Install a Water Main
(2,647 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,484
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Plumbing
Install a Water Treatment & Purification System
(2,528 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,688
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Plumbing
Clean a Sewer Line
(2,216 projects)
Average National Cost:
$292
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Plumbing
Install a Shower
(1,704 projects)
Average National Cost:
$3,278
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Plumbing
Install a Sewer Main
(1,645 projects)
Average National Cost:
$2,882
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Repair a Water Treatment & Purification System
(1,487 projects)
Average National Cost:
$451
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Install a Bathtub
(1,460 projects)
Average National Cost:
$3,012
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Plumbing
Repair a Drain Line Breakage
(1,380 projects)
Average National Cost:
$593
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Plumbing
Install a Tankless Water Heater
(1,090 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,755
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Plumbing
Install a Toilet
(939 projects)
Average National Cost:
$376
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Plumbing
Install and Replace a Sump Pump
(895 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,155
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Plumbing
Repair a Water Main
(895 projects)
Average National Cost:
$818
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Repair a Septic Tank
(817 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,485
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Plumbing
Replace a Well Pump
(558 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,537
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Plumbing
Repair a Sewer Main
(549 projects)
Average National Cost:
$2,485
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Plumbing
Install a Bathtub or Shower Liner
(513 projects)
Average National Cost:
$2,712
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Plumbing
Install a Sink
(511 projects)
Average National Cost:
$390
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Install a Septic Tank
(474 projects)
Average National Cost:
$5,304
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Plumbing
Remove a Water or Fuel Storage Tank
(291 projects)
Average National Cost:
$882
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Plumbing
Replace a Fuel or Water Holding Tank
(107 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,852
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Plumbing
Install a Solar Water Heater
(75 projects)
Average National Cost:
$3,948
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Clogs - Sewer, Sink, Bathtub

Clogs represent the No. 1 plumbing problem. But they're not always serious. A backed-up toilet, for instance, might just need swift work with a plunger. Or not. The most common sink problems involve the garbage disposal. Many of these problems can be avoided by being careful with what you stuff into it. Avoid corn husks, celery, grease, meat and starchy foods and always run plenty of water down the drain with disposables. Disposal clogs, like those in the toilet, can often be handled with a plunger. But if your disposal doesn't come on when you flip the switch, it may be jammed. You'll want to unplug the unit and follow the troubleshooting directions that came with the disposal.
If none of these measures fix the problem, you probably should consider calling a professional.
Serious plumbing problems might require not just replacement of a pipe or two but cutting into walls or flooring. Labor is almost always going to be your biggest plumbing expense, so the more involved the job, and the more that has to be torn up, often the more costly the job.

Sewer and Septic Issues

Septic issues stink. Literally. If you find you have a sewer or septic tank issue, keep your family away from the leak, and call a plumber immediately. The rush nature of the job might cost you a bit more, but it will keep your family safe and it will hinder further damage to your home. Waste water can contaminate your ground water, surface water and your yard with bacteria. Sometimes the fix may be as simple as fixing a clog, but other times it could be more complex, such as replacing a section of pipe. The key is to act quickly before a small problem becomes a big one.

Other Plumbing Cost Tips

It's always best to shop for a new plumber BEFORE your kitchen sink turns into Niagara Falls. Consider looking for a plumber for non-emergency jobs, such as moving a sink in a bathroom or changing out faucets. These can be handled as you do other work with contractors: Get a firm estimate and make sure you're apprised of any problems that arise.
Factors that affect cost include the quality of and number of fixtures, the time it takes for the job and when the job is needed. Holidays, weekends and after-hours emergencies, of course, will cost more.
Be aware that most plumbers and rooting companies charge upfront fees just for showing up, though those fees usually can roll into the cost of repairs and renovations.
Going for the lowest bids can be problematic. Some companies offer lower hourly rates, but then tack on “equipment fees” and other extras you might not have anticipated.
Also, be aware that not all companies employ licensed plumbers. If the job is a simple root-out-the-clog, that might be OK. But licensed plumbers are almost always better at diagnosing tricky problems (expect them to bring micro-cameras and other fun gadgets), and they're more likely to warranty their work.
One way to save money on plumbing is to consolidate jobs. If you know you've had a leaky faucet in your bathroom for weeks, ask your plumber about it while he or she is working on your toilet. It could save you money in the long run.
Learn more about how to fix a leaky shower faucet with our Repair Guide.

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Nathalene Lee 9 days ago

purchased a house that was striped of plumbing, electrical and furnace....


Call tomorrow 330-506-0460

Ginger Robbins 8 months ago
My plumbing experience was  to have the plumbing  disconnected under the sink so the counter top and new sink could be installed.  I thought the service  of $115 was high, but usually if there is an additional fees, it is usually rolled into the cost of repairs or labor.  This company also charged 3.75 % for putting it on a credit card, which was not mentioned until I received the invoice in the mail after paying on the phone.

Then of course they had to come back to reconnect. They charged another $119..00  for service and 1.5 hrs for labor $198 and $54 for parts and rolled neither of the service charges 
So to have the plumbing disconnected and reconnected $499.44 . Definitely not an amount I expected.. 
I think it is rather rude and a bit dishonest for people to not divulge their total fees upfront, an of course we should know to ask. But the normal person wouldn't know the questions to ask until they are burnt once like this, and then there still could be costs for walking up stairs or charge another service call if they need to go somewhere to use the bathroom and come back. THAT ISN'T A QUESTION I WOULD THINK TO ASK.
However I won't call this company again, and of course I will  share my experience with other people who are talking about plumbing. . 

7 months ago
Hi Ginger, We're sorry you had this experience with a plumber in our network. Have you left the review for the company? We encourage homeowners to share their experiences so others have an honest idea of the company they are hiring. If you would like to speak with a rep regarding your concerns please reach out to emailus@homeadvisor.com. If you have a review you would like to submit please send it to ratings@homeadvisor.com or visit this link: http://www.homeadvisor.com/write-a-review/. -HASupport
Anne Dykstra More than 1 year ago
A Plumbing job is not the same as a sewer job which is much more expensive in my experience.
CHUCK POLCER More than 1 year ago

To much money!! I paid $507. Nice service fellow, but did not like BIG BLUE'S STRIGHTFORWARDPRICING list. Mine is listed as a #5 that dose not show faucet replacement. We talked about the air gap for the dishwasher but nothing was replaced. My agreement addendum form

#3 Nothing about a air gap item #RA2-401 costing $i66. I did not know I could cancel the job when the job pricing was told to me. Again, if I knew what the job was going to cost, I would have said NO WAY.


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Bill Hoffman More than 1 year ago
so far so good - waiting for a quote on a cracked sewer tile issue
Gladys Jones More than 1 year ago
Why no one will address replacing faucet rubber washer
Jeff Dywan 11 months ago
Hello Ms. Jones.
Sometimes a faucet leak can be stopped by replacing the rubber washer at the end of a faucet stem or cartridge.  This is a more common repair on older fixtures when things were built to last and designed to be able to be maintained.  Other times the whole stem or cartridge needs replacement or the bibb seat deeper back into the fixture needs replacement.  That leads to matching up the right components and often times making a trip to the hardware store or plumbing supply house necessary due to the many varieties, makes and models of faucets.  My advice is to make sure your Plumber has faucet repair kit on their truck before having them come out to assess the issue.
Pat Rutledge More than 1 year ago
Great information! gives me a basis for our repairs.

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