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How much do plumbers charge?

Posted on 23/02/2018

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.

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 between regions with London and the south-east being the most expensive. 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.

Because of the variance, it can be easier to list average prices for common plumbing jobs.

Average Local Heroes plumber prices

Updated October 2018

  • Installing an electric shower
    • Price range: £117-£316
    • Average (most common) price: £162
  • Fix a dripping tap
    • Price range: £70-£130
    • Average (most common) price: £94
  • Fix a leaking pipe
    • Price range: £75-£140
    • Average (most common) price: £99
  • Fix a leaking radiator
    • Price range: £76-£158
    • Average (most common) price: £100
  • Repair a continuously filling toilet
    • Price range: £75-120
    • Average (most common) price: £96
  • Replace a sink
    • Price range: £125-£263
    • Average (most common) price: £175
  • Replace a toilet
    • Price range: £130-£296
    • Average (most common) price: £195
  • Install a radiator
    • Price range: £144-£326
    • Average (most common) price: £235

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.

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