How Much Does A Plumber Cost?

Problems with the plumbing can seem like a financial burden that you want to ignore, but you shouldn’t. Whether you are having a plumbing emergency or are planning to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, there are some tasks that arise that are better left to professional help. But what is it going to cost you? Should you redo your entire budget to fit in plumbing rates? Luckily, the average cost of hiring a plumber is affordable, so you don’t have to shoulder the burden of doing plumbing by yourself.  

Figuring Out The Charges

Typically, the rate a plumber charges you will depend on the severity of the problem or project. The sooner you call a plumber to repair an issue, the less money the job is going to cost. Conversely, if damages are widespread, such as a catastrophic leak, the bill you receive will certainly be much higher.   However, it is not just a question of difficulty. The longer the job takes and how supplies the plumber needs to use will increase the cost of labor. Additionally, some plumbers may charge fees for the call and will charge you for the items required to make the repairs or replace faulty equipment. Whenever plumbing services are needed overnight, on the weekends, or during an emergency, you might see an increase in the rate per hour. Furthermore, whenever a plumbing issue results in water damage, you can expect to pay for someone to repair the affected drywall, floors, and ceiling. Often, plumbers in Ottawa also charge a call-out fee. This applies to the cost of coming to your home and giving you an estimate on the damages. Most have a flat fee if you are located within a specific radius. Should the plumber advertise not having a call-out fee, you often find it supplemented by another charge in the bill.  

Common Plumbing Projects

Most plumbers will charge an hourly rate of $40-$200 per hour. Licensed professionals will be somewhere in the middle of that range, around $70-$150 per hour, while the less experienced handyman will fall towards the cheaper end of the spectrum. Since some projects are less complicated than others, such as fixing a leaky faucet or unclogging the shower drain, the cost will be much less than if you needed a replacement water heater. Another option for plumbing rates would be flat-rate. This means that the plumber already has a set price for certain jobs, like fixing a toilet, and will charge that amount since they cannot charge by hour. This can oftentimes range anywhere between $100-$400 for the project, but you can expect variances in the range.   Some typical projects include (prices are an estimate and may vary):

  • Fixing a leak – $150 to $700
  • Water heater installation – $750 to $1,500
  • Unclogging drain – $120 to $300
  • Sewer line cleaning – $175 to $450
  • Toilet repairs – $150 to $300
  • Shower installation – $1,000 to $6,000
  • Water heater repair – $200 to $1,000
  • Sump pump repair – $300 to $700


Finding The Right Plumber


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You might be wondering why plumbers are so expensive, but the reasons why is clear: Plumbing is a specialized field that requires a long time of training and utilizes a lot of equipment. In order to guarantee top-notch serve to you, plumbers need to charge a reasonable fee. Remember, you should never skimp on getting an experienced plumber to help with your plumbing projects or issues, since inexpensive plumbers may not have liability insurance nor the skills required—and that can cost you even more in the end if they make a mistake. Now that you know the typical cost of hiring a plumber and some terminology when it comes to rates, you can find the right plumber for your project. While plumbing rates may seem high, just remember that nothing is better than having a professional on board for repairs and renovations.