plumbing-costs-ukPlumbing can be extremely tricky and mistakes can cause thousands of pounds worth of damage and some major inconvenience, so make sure you hire a professional plumber. Here’s a guide to plumbing prices and costs. Most plumbing cost is per hour plus materials.

Average plumbing prices UK

The plumbing cost can be difficult to ascertain as every job is different but certain jobs will take a certain amount of time and the plumber will quote accordingly. Pricing will depend on:

  • Type and size of the plumbing job
  • Where you live
  • Plumbing materials needed to complete the job
  • Whether the price is an hourly rate or a fixed price
  • Is it an emergency situation? Weekend and public holiday rates per hour will cost you more

How much should I pay a plumber per hour?

This will be dependent on your location and the time of day and night.

Some average costs for plumbing work have been compiled to give you an idea of what to expect when you need a plumber:

  • Hiring a plumber to fit a bathroom cost an average: £140
  • Call out fee for an emergency cost an average: £135
  • Plumbing installation services cost an average: £80
  • Replacing a kitchen sink cost an average: £400
  • Fixing a blocked toilet cost an average: £100
  • Replacing a hot water tank cost an average: £480
  • Replacing a bath can cost an average: £185
  • Replacing a washer in a leaky tap is an average: £60

Labour costs for plumbers

The rates for plumbers vary significantly and depends on if a plumber charges by the hour or by the project cost. Always get a quoted price so you can budget for the plumbing costs. It is common for repairs to be charged at an hourly rate. Ask the plumber how long a job like this would normally take him and this will give you the price the job may cost.

Average hourly rate for a plumber in the UK is between £60 and £80. 

ACO drain price guide

ACO drains are designed to funnel any water away from a property and prevent flooding. These are good drains for sloping blocks and in areas that are prone to flooding. The price will depend on size of drains and the material used.

  • Average cost of ACO drain installation is around £189

Plumbing price guide

We have listed some common plumbing work along with the price you can expect to pay for the job.

How much does it cost to unblock a drain?

 Blocked drains  can be a serious issue over time and can cause flooding and damp that penetrates into your home. A minor blockage is easily and quickly cleared by a plunger but a more serious blockage will need the services of a qualified plumber. The prices will vary depending on the size and location of the blockage.

Average cost to unblock a drain:  £98.

How much does a CCTV drain survey cost?

If you are constantly having problems with blocked drains you will need a  CCTV survey  carried out to determine the cause. A professional plumber will insert a camera inside the drains to find the cause.

Average CCTV survey cost: £93

How much does drain lining cost?

Drain lining is applied to drains and pipes to increase their life span and to repair minor cracks and holes. Get a professional plumber who will install the lining without taking the pipes apart. Prices vary depending on the length of pipes being lined.

Average cost of 10 metres of drain lining: £900

How much does drain cleaning cost?

Always hire a professional to clean out the drains on your property as they will use the proper equipment and cleaners. They will also advise you of any other work that is needed.

Drain cleaning prices

  • Initial inspection can cost up to £150
  • The plumbing cost of unblocking a toilet can cost around £100
  • The plumbing costs for a system scrub and clean of your gas central heating system is an average price of £450

Steel and copper pipe prices

Price Range = £2.66 to £6.72     Average Cost = £4.91   Cheapest Price = £2.66

steel and coper pipes prices

If you are building a home, adding a bathroom or replacing old plumbing it will need to have new pipes laid. Pipes are made of different materials but the best to sue are steel or copper pipes. Galvanised steel pipes are hard wearing and will last a long time. Steel is more expensive than copper but copper is not as resilient as steel.

  • Average price of new steel pipes in a four bedroom semi-detached house is around £20,117 for the entire plumbing system.
  • Average cost of installing new copper pipes in a four bedroom semi-detached house is around £13,954 for the entire plumbing system

How to find a plumber

Before you contact a plumber it is worth finding the emergency water shut off valve on your property. This may sound obvious but there are people who have lived for decades in their house without knowing where this is! Shutting off the water supply will mean you can delay calling out the plumber, saving you money because you do not need to call them out to prevent flooding!

Finding a reliable local plumber is relatively easy. There are a number of directories and websites where you can contact them. However it is worth making sure you find someone who is located relatively close so that you do not have to pay extra to cover the travelling expenses.

Request plumbing quotes

When contacting plumbing companies it is worth asking them what plumbing services they offer. For example some may specialise in bathrooms and repairs while others may specialise in boiler installation or exterior drainage.

When you get a quote from a plumber specify the kind of work you want them to do. For example it is recommended that you replace the pipes in appliances such as dishwashers in order to prevent grey water leaking from them (these leaks can increase the risk of sickness and discomfort so this is worth doing!)

Emergency plumber callouts

Another factor to consider is whether or not you can get an emergency plumber to come out at short notice. Often this will be an additional charge, especially if they need to be called out late at night. If this is not specified when they give you a quote ask them to explain this further (if they are hesitant look elsewhere for a plumber who will properly discuss the details with you!)

A good deal

As with any other service it pays to compare carefully when looking for local plumbers. Friends and family can often help and can point you to someone who is reliable (this is especially worth noting if the same person gets recommendations from various people!)

However if you are new to a local area you may not have friends or family nearby to offer recommendations. Fortunately if you look online there are various websites and social media where you can ask people in the local area to recommend someone for you.

In short if you are prepared to do a bit of research then you will find the right plumbing service in your local area to suit your needs!

What to look for in a plumber

How do find the best plumber for you? You need to find a qualified and reputable plumber and to do this you will need to ask some questions:

  • Ask to see proof of professional qualifications.
  • Find out if they are registered with Gas Safe.
  • Make sure they are insured.
  • Ask if they guarantee their work and materials used.
  • Find out if they are a member of a trade association such as Association of Plumbing and heating Contractors (APHC) or the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers (CIPHE).
  • Check reference.
  • Ask for the work they are going to carry out.


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