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How Much Does Plumbing Cost?

TechXpert verified by Rob Ilie

Smaller plumbing jobs like unclogging a drain may cost you anywhere from $100 to $300. Larger lifts, like fixing a leaky pipe, can cost you upwards of $500. Between hourly rates, minimum transport fees, and the actual plumbing service itself, you’ll likely spend more than $100 dollars to have a plumber and solve the problem in person.

Why Do Costs Vary so Much by Service?

Plumbing service costs are based on a few factors: task, timing, and location. The factor that impacts total cost the most? That’s the plumbing job itself.

The bigger the job, the higher the price. Fixing a burst or leaking pipe is a job that takes longer to address, and unless it’s dealt with immediately, can lead to significant and expensive consequences, like water damage. Many plumbing jobs may be beyond repair, so you’ll also want to consider the cost of replacing any necessary parts for installation. For example, purchasing a new water heater, while expensive, may be better than continually repairing your existing one.

Smaller jobs are typically far less expensive for the same reason that bigger jobs can cost a lot. For instance, the amount of time, attention, and investigation that goes into fixing a clogged drain is relatively low: this is a simple task for an experienced plumber, rarely requiring any replacement of parts.

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