No matter how many times we experience them, plumbing problems always seem to take us by surprise. When our plumbing system is in proper working order and all plumbing fixtures are in mint condition, we rarely think about the pipe and drain infrastructure carrying water to and from our house. Our attention is required when the seemingly perfectly working plumbing system unexpectedly malfunctions. Along with the annoying realization that we must now begin our quest for a professional plumber, comes another, far more intimidating thought: how on earth will we ever overcome the anticipated plumbing costs?
While the troubling image of the expected bill can be quite paralyzing, it's important to remember that putting off calling a plumber because we are afraid of the rates, will, in the long run, take even a bigger toll on our wallet. Left unattended, a leaking faucet not only means a senseless waste of water, but will also affect our bill and may even culminate in an even bigger plumbing disaster. Perhaps if customers knew more about the components of a plumber's tariff in advance, they would be less apprehensive when it's time to call the experts.
So what does the standard plumbing cost entail? How are average plumbing costs in fact calculated? First of all, the type of job, its scope, and the specific plumbing fixture which needs to be fixed are crucial factors when it comes to the bill. Unclogging a kitchen sink drain, for instance, is not as complicated or as time-consuming as replacing old bathroom pipes and installing brand new ones. Your specific location will also affect the overall price: if you reside or work in a major city, you are likely to pay more than if you live in the countryside. The distance the plumber has to travel to reach you, and the amount of time he will spend on the road, will also factor into the price. The cost of any plumbing materials the plumber will require in order to complete the job at hand are also an integral part of the bill. A plumbing emergency will obviously cost more than any other job, especially if it is carried out during the night or over weekends and holidays (which, by definition, is what constitutes an emergency…).
Plumbers costs by the hour
Some plumbers charge according to an hourly rate system, meaning the costs are determined by the length of time it takes the plumber to successfully tackle the job in question, in addition to the price of any materials he may require. When it comes to relatively simple projects, then, there is obviously a big advantage to plumbers' costs by the hour.
At the same time, it is important to remember that plumbers' hourly rates are usually determined according to the specific contractor's seniority and years of experience. Accordingly, a master plumber will charge more than a journeyman plumber or an apprentice plumber. While this is a factor which affects the overall costs, it is always recommended to hire a professional and licensed plumbing contractor who knows the ins and outs of any plumbing system, be it a residential or a commercial one. Although he may charge more, his expert work will keep your plumbing fixtures in perfect working order.
The price list of the project at hand should be clearly detailed in a comprehensive plumbing quote and should be submitted to the customer before he or she hire a specific contractor, so that they have a clear picture of the expected costs. Comparing between several quotes and several plumbers is highly advisable, as is asking for recommendations from friends and acquaintances. After all, you want to make sure the costs you are required to pay accurately reflect the plumber's skills and quality of work.