How Much Does A Plumber Cost?
While there are some plumbing repairs that can easily be done by a homeowner, still others require a licensed professional plumber to avoid doing the wrong thing and creating the need for a more extensive repair. It is never unreasonable to want the best service from a repair person as possible at the lowest rate. Knowing what to expect before the need arises will help you make the best choice.
Word of mouth may be the best way to find a reputable plumber, and asking friends and family or neighbors is a good place to start. Bear in mind, though, that everyone’s experience with household repairs is a bit different, and what works for one homeowner may not work for another. Try to find someone with a reputation for outstanding customer service and honesty. Attempting to save money by choosing someone on price alone is not always a good idea. Plumbers, as other repairmen, usually give an estimate based on the length of time the repair may take, compared to other similar jobs, travel time and what parts may be needed.
A simple repair may cost a lot less than you would expect, and even if you think you can do it yourself, if it is more than a leaky faucet, it is probably best to contact a licensed plumber and at least get an estimate. Unless you are really sure that you can do plumbing work, you may find after something is dismantled that the job is beyond your capabilities, or needs certain tools you may not have. If you get into a bad situation and have to call a plumber’s emergency service, you can expect to pay more than you would have by calling them in the first place.
The plumber you contact should give a detailed, itemized estimate according to the size of the repair. If it is a simple leak confined to one place, you may be given a minimum charge estimate or an hourly rate. For a larger repair or installation of a toilet, for instance, the plumber would most likely come to your home to do an estimate. If there are additional repairs needed, or those that may cause a problem in the future, a reputable company will explain the need to you, but not pressure you to have it done immediately.
Many plumbers charge from $100 to $150. an hour, but this figure will vary greatly by state and local area. If you are in need of something more extensive, such as replacing a bathtub, installing a whirlpool bath, or a new shower stall, for instance, expect to pay at least $1500 to $3000. For such major work, contact more than one plumbing service and get detailed estimates from each. Keep in mind that renovation rates for older houses are generally more expensive than work done for new construction. Be sure to ask about guarantees on the workmanship or if the plumber must return because the repair has not lasted. Get any guarantees in writing.
If you are having a fixture such as a bathtub, sink or toilet installed, ask for a copy of the receipt from where-ever it was purchased. If the plumber buys in bulk and does not have a single receipt, have the information written on your bill. Always know where any item in your home was purchased, and when. Ask for the manufactuer’s warranty for each item you purchase. Keep all your home repair records together and in a safe place with your important papers.
If you base your decision to hire a plumber on local references and the company’s reputation, it will help to ensure that you get the best work for the most fair and reasonable price. Most plumbers are reputable, because they will not stay in business long without good word of mouth advertising. However, taking the extra steps of checking them out and getting statements in writing will help to protect you and provide a satisfying experience when you need a plumber.