Understanding the Costs of Hiring a Plumber


by Marcus Pickett

Before you begrudge your plumber his or her service fee, ask yourself how much you would charge to root through biohazardous waste while possessing the training and knowledge that fewer and fewer people seem interested to undertake. There are too few plumbers for too many leaky pipes and clogged drains. Still, as a resident or homeowner, you have some things working for you. Here's what you need to know about plumbing costs and what you need to do to manage these costs for your household.

How to Avoid Unnecessary Costs

There are two huge things to know in order to avoid high and/or unnecessary plumbing costs. First, learn how to use a plumber's snake. Between watching what you put down the drain and cursory knowledge about this basic plumber's tool, you can handle 99.9% of your clogged drains.
Read more about dealing with clogged drains.

Second, know how to turn your water off. Locate the water main outside your home, either in a hole in the yard or near your meter. You may need one of several types of keys, a meter key, buffalo key, etc. Know which one you need and have it on hand. Individual fixtures may have their own shut-off valves. Should disaster strike, timely action will reduce the extent of the damage. Hopefully, you can also avoid the need for an emergency house call. Service fees can double or even triple during an emergency.

Average Costs of Plumbing Repairs

To manage the cost of plumbing repair, you need to know what these repairs cost. Naturally, the following average costs may not directly reflect the cost of your repair. Each job, each location, each situation is different, but these figures will present a ballpark cost, based on the cost of repairs as reported by homeowners who actually hired a plumber throughout the last two years:

Other Plumbing Services

When most homeowners think of plumbers, they think of late-night repairs and/or coping with a flooded basement. In fact, plumbers can offer a wide range of services that improve your home's energy efficiency and comfort. Some plumbers even specialize in remodeling services that may enable you to act as your own general contractor and save thousands of dollars on your kitchen, bathroom, or basement remodel. Don't wait until things go wrong to consider what a plumber can do for your home.

Average Costs of Plumbing Services

-- Marcus Pickett is a senior home improvement writer with ServiceMagic.com. He has written more than 1200 articles on managing your home and home improvement trends.