Do you have a big or small plumbing project? A lot of little projects to get done or one big remodel coming up soon? Luckily, plumbers can do it all. Plumbers can do everything from fixing a dripping faucet to installing an entirely new system for an addition or remodeling project.
Average Cost To Hire A Plumber
When it comes to a plumbing problem, letting a leak go unrepaired can result in hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage. On the other hand, hiring a plumber to fix the problem usually costs much less. The average cost to hire a plumber is $284. Although plumbing projects can run as low as $95 or as high as $800, most homeowners spend between $170 and $458.
Some plumbers charge a flat-rate service call plus an hourly rate for their labor. The plumber may be able to break down their labor rate into quarter-hours. The average hourly rate ranges from $45 to $150.
Hiring A Plumber Cost Factors
Typically, the more difficult the job is for a plumber, the more time it will take. With more time comes more labor and supply costs. In addition to the service call and labor fee, homeowners will also need to pay for the cost of any necessary supplies to complete a plumbing repair or installation. When plumbing services are needed overnight, on weekends or holidays, you’ll have to pay an additional fee or a higher rate per hour. If an emergency happens after routine business hours, you may have to pay an overtime or emergency hours’ fee to the plumber. When a plumbing issue causes water damage, homeowners can expect to pay additional fees to have someone repair the drywall, ceiling or floors.
Some plumbing problems such as burst pipes may be partly or fully covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy. This can reduce your plumbing cost. Some plumbing repairs require permits, which can add to the cost of the project. Not every project will require this, but if a permit is required, that will be an additional cost.
Choosing The Right Plumber
Plumbing requires a lot of knowledge about the parts and materials needed for projects, as well as the permits or codes required. Not having this knowledge could be the difference between having a small repair or finding yourself in a flood.
It’s important to find more than one plumbing professional; not only to compare estimates but to find the perfect one for your project. Be sure to ask every professional for a copy of their license. A plumbing license is a certificate that shows a plumber is educated, trained and has legal permission to provide plumbing services. All states issue plumbing licenses and can confirm whether a plumber is legitimate. Most states require plumbers to be licensed, which is nice because you can call to verify that the license is current and there aren’t any active complaints against it. Asking your plumber for their certifications and license will give you peace of mind while they’re working on your project.
Questions To Ask Potential Plumbers
Have plenty of questions ready to ask when you’re searching for a plumber. Being prepared will help you move your search along quickly, while also helping you understand the ins and outs of your project. We’ve gone over a lot of information, so to recap, here are some important questions you need to ask your plumbing professional:
- Can I see your license? Make sure the license has a certificate of insurance on file. This is important for liability, in the case your project has any damages and worker’s compensation, if anyone is injured on the job.
- Does this project require any permits or inspections?
- What is the total cost of the project? Can you break it out by labor, materials, permits, etc.?
- Will this project be hourly or a flat rate charge? If your total is being quoted at a flat rate, then materials are included and the cost is final. But if it’s hourly, then the materials are included and the labor costs could increase if the project runs longer than previously thought.
- What happens if something breaks? This is extremely important to know before signing any contract. Some plumbers will have a year warranty on a project, while others may only provide extra services to certain fixtures within a bathroom. Make sure any contract or guarantee of warranty is on paper and signed.
Common Plumbing Projects
A typical family plumber can handle the more basic home repairs. They offer services that are considered minor and will not take as long as an addition or remodeling project. These services can be found below:
Water Heater Repair
When a water heater breaks, there are a number of problems that could affect performance. The most common problem is that there’s no hot water. This is likely a problem with the heating element or thermocouple, which would need to be replaced. The average cost to repair a water heater is $460, with homeowners paying between $260 and $549 to have their water heaters fixed. The total cost of having a water heater replaced depends upon the type of water heater, the scope of the project and whether additional repairs will be needed.
Washing Machine Repair
The most common problems homeowners face with washing machines is the machine not draining, the agitator not working properly or the washing machine being out of balance. These are minor repairs but need to be working properly for optimal performance. Depending on what you need fixed, the average washing machine repair will be anywhere from $120 to $500.
Fixing Leaky Faucets
Typically, a leaky faucet isn’t the first repair on a homeowner’s mind. In most situations, it isn’t the end of the world, but in some cases, an ignored $250 repair could turn into a $750 plumbing project. Most repairs will average around $341 and will take up to 5 hours to fix.
Also, worth noting, if not for the increased price of the project, a leaky faucet can waste thousands of gallons of water over time. This is a small cost initially, but with time, your water will be wasted and this could lead to water damage.
Water & Drain Pipes Repairs
A broken water or drain pipe can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. These plumbing problems typically invite more problems such as flooding and water damage to your home. The average cost to repair a drain pipe is $549, with homeowners paying anywhere from $55 to $2,475, depending on the extent of the breakage. The average cost to repair water pipes is around $830. We have seen homeowners spend between $329 to $1,340 to repair their water pipes.
Toilet Repairs & Installations
Most common toilet issues involve any kind of clogging or maybe a valve not working properly. In any case, the average cost to repair a toilet is around $194. Most homeowners spend between $152 to $202 for toilet repairs. The cost of your toilet repair will depend largely on the extent of the problem.
The average installation cost of a new toilet is $377 or less. We have seen installations as low as $120 or higher around $857. The cost of your toilet installation depends on the type, model and style of the toilet you’re choosing. These factors will greatly decide the cost of your installation, so think twice before you decide to install a high-tech toilet.
Sump Pump Installation
Sump pumps play a vital role in preventing home floods. They transfer any water from your home and dispose of it properly so the foundation of your home does not flood. The average cost to install a sump pump is $1,022, while the average cost to repair a sump pump is $440. Both depend on other factors such as waste and water pipe issues or any electric systems that power the pump.
Sinks are one of the features in our homes that get used the most. Make sure to have the perfect sink picked out for you and your family, not only based on style, but on function as well. This new sink should be exactly what you need to pull your bathroom or kitchen together. The average sink installation will cost you around $382, with most homeowners spending between $246 to $500.
Be better prepared for emergency situations by finding a family plumber to fix the smaller plumbing projects you may have and build a relationship with them. Giving some business will help in the future for possible emergency repairs. When the plumber knows you’re a regular customer and trusts you, you’re more likely to have a reliable plumber for emergency repairs.
Natural Gas Line Installation
Opposed to the smaller project mentioned above, specialty plumbers can do larger projects like remodels, additions or natural gas line installations.
Gas line installations are one of the more labor intensive projects that require a higher-level skill set. Naturally, these will increase the cost of any gas line project. On average, homeowners spend between $250 to $700 on gas line services. The average cost to install a gas line is around $499. These costs can fluctuate depending on the type of gas lines you need and the current state of the system in your home. New installations may be required for home additions, outdoor lighting, grills or any other outdoor additions.
Sewer Line Installation
Sewer lines are very important because they help deliver waste from your home to the city’s sanitary sewer system. They require coordination with your local town or city to ensure that the job is done properly and under the required code. Your city will either be handling the installation themselves or you will have to hire a licensed plumber. The average cost to install a sewer line is $2,270. You can expect to pay between $1,900 and $2,640 to have a new sewer line installed.
Water Main Installation
A water main is another important part of any home. A water main connects your home with a primary water source so that you can have running water. With this being an important part of your home, it also comes with a required skill level and more labor than a typical plumbing project. The average cost to install a water main is around $1,385, with most homeowners spending between $846 and $1,525. There are a couple of factors that affect the total cost, one being the types of pipe being used, and two, the distance between the water source and your home.
Luckily, not all plumbing projects require permits if it’s a smaller job. So, when do you need a plumbing permit? Permits are required for the following:
- Replacing water heaters
- Replacing underground piping
- Work on existing plumbing inside a wall, ceiling, floor or any new installations
- Any emergency repairs including alterations or replacing pipes that exceed 5’ in length
- Remodels or additions of sewage, water service or drain pipes
You don’t always need a plumbing permit, like stated above. Some minor homeowner plumbing projects do not require any permits:
- Ordinary repair work on existing fixtures and appliances
- Ordinary replacements on existing fixtures and appliances
- Maintenance on existing fixtures, parts and appliances
- Emergency repairs/replacements to piping that does not exceed 5’ in length
Where to Get Plumbing Permits
If you’re looking to get a permit for a project, they’re issued at the Building Codes Division Offices or your local building department. You can expect to fill out a form, pay a fee and then receive the permit. If you’re planning on hiring a contractor, then it’s their responsibility to get the required permits and ensure that proper inspections are done. Permits will be issued in the name of the responsible party performing the work.
Homeowners can act fast to prevent some plumbing problems. Always remember that maintaining any appliance will help prevent future problems and save you money. This includes using sink traps to catch hair and other waste so it doesn’t clog your pipes. Using baking soda and vinegar can also help keep pipes clean. You should follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintaining their washing machines and water heaters. Other plumbing issues are best left to a licensed and experienced plumber, as improper repairs could result in more extensive and costly damage.
Find A Plumber
Luckily, most homeowners can handle sink trap installations and ordinary maintenance projects. However, the bulk of plumbing projects should be left to the professionals. Small plumbing projects that aren’t fixed properly can lead to future damage, and naturally higher costs.
All in all, when you have an emergency you simply can’t tackle plumbing issues on your own. You need expert plumbing services. Call Cricket Plumbing!