How much do plumbers charge in 2019?

Posted on 4/5/2019

How much a local plumber will charge depends on several factors, including

  • Where you live
  • The time and materials needed for the job
  • Timing – is it an emergency? Weekend, bank holiday and 24 hour call outs are also likely to cost more

You should check with your local plumber the cost of the average job, how much their hourly rate is and how long the job is likely to take. The final plumber cost is normally a combination of the time taken plus the costs of the parts.

It also depends how big the plumbing job is going to be.

Fixing a leaky tap is obviously going to be a lot quicker and cheaper than replacing a standard hot water tank.

Most plumbers will charge between £20 and £40 per hour, but the total cost will depend on the work

A local plumber will usually give you their hourly rate. However, many plumbers including Local Heroes will normally price the job after seeing the property.

Things likely to impact how long a job takes, and inevitably the final cost, include:

  • What plumbing systems are involved
  • Ease of access of the job
  • If there are isolation valves in place
  • Whether they will need to drain the system

You may be able to save money by taking responsibility for waste disposal, as these charges are higher than ever. On smaller jobs it may pay for you to take any waste to your local recycling centre.

Prices vary depending on whereabouts in the UK you live. London and regions of the south-east are typically more expensive than other areas. Bear in mind that the final plumber cost will be dependent on travel and transport ease of access and parking charges.

The average plumber per hour cost in the UK can be anywhere between £20 and £40 but as most plumbers carry out many different kinds of jobs including many different kinds of parts on a regular basis, pinning down the "average cost of a plumber" can be difficult to calculate.

Because of this, Local Heroes has created lists of average pricing data for the most common plumbing jobs:

Average Local Heroes plumber prices 2019

Updated April 2019

  • Installing an electric shower

    The cost of installing an electric shower will depend on whether it is replacing an existing electric shower or installing an entirely new one.

    Average prices

    Price range: £117 - £316
    Average (most common) price: £162

    Read more or book electric shower installation


  • Fix a dripping tap

    A dripping tap can waste as much as 95 litres of water per day1, adding substantial amounts to your water bill. Fixing the issue sooner rather than later can save substantial amounts of both water and money.

    Average prices

    Price range: £70 - £130
    Average (most common) price: £94

    Read more or book tap repair


  • Fix a leaking pipe

    As well as causing damage to walls and other home decoration, a leaking pipe can also lead to issues with your boiler pressure and even affect your central heating system.

    Average prices

    Price range: £75 - £140
    Average (most common) price: £99

    Read more or book leaking pipe repair


  • Fix a leaking radiator

    A leaking radiator is not only inconvenient, it can lead to damp in the home.

    Average prices

    Price range: £76 - £158
    Average (most common) price: £100

    Read more or book leaking radiator repair


  • Repair a continuously filling toilet

    A continually running or filling toilet is a common issue usually caused by a problem in the cistern, typically with the handle chain which can become tangled or stuck. Fixing this issue is fiddly but straightforward.

    Average prices

    Price range: £77 - £125
    Average (most common) price: £96

    Read more or book toilet repair


  • Replace a sink

    A bathroom or kitchen sink is a heavy duty item which should always be removed and replaced by a qualified professional.

    Average prices

    Price range: £125 - £263
    Average (most common) price: £175

    Read more or book sink replacement


  • Replace a toilet

    Replacing an entire toilet is a relatively large job and should always be carried out by a professional plumber.

    Average prices

    Price range: £130 - £296
    Average (most common) price: £195

    Read more or book a toilet replacement


  • Install a radiator

    The cost of radiator installation will depend on whether it is replacing an existing raditator or installing an entirely new radiator in a new location.

    Average prices

    Price range: £144 - £326
    Average (most common) price: £235

    Read more or book radiator installation


For more prices, view the Local Heroes plumber data sheet.

At Local Heroes we only recruit trusted, local plumbers. We check that all of them are qualified for the job they are doing, have positive customer reviews, they have to be fully insured and follow the Local Heroes code of conduct.

Our guarantee, backed by British Gas means all work is guaranteed for 12 months and if there’s a problem your Local Hero will come back to fix it.