Looking for a plumbing company in the Suffolk area?
Customers are often concerned at the cost of plumbing being maintained or fixed. When they need an emergency plumber in Ipswich, their concerns are often magnified.
A large and unexpected bill is something customers really want to avoid. How much do plumbers charge? It depends…
What a plumber charges for their work depends on several variables including:
- Location and where you live
- The time and materials needed to complete the job
- The time you call them out – for example, emergency plumbers can charge an additional premium for a short notice call, as they may for weekend jobs, bank holiday call outs or as part of a 24 hour call out charge
Getting an accurate quote or estimate
For planned work, you can seek quotations from a number of different plumbers so you have a firmer idea of what is involved in the work, how long it will take and the materials needed as well as the overall cost.
Most plumbers will offer quotations without obligation and will only charge more after consulting with you. When charges become less clear, it’s usually because the call is an emergency.
It could be a blocked sink or a leaking pipe, for example, that needs immediate attention. What you don’t want is a large, unexpected bill for the plumbing work. When you’re facing a plumbing emergency and need a plumber, check prior to them starting work what the call out fee is (not all plumbers charge a call out fee), what their hourly rate is and how long the job is likely to take.
You will also want to know what materials will be needed and what their cost is too. This is known as an estimate. A plumber will look at the job in hand and give you an overall figure as to how much it will be to repair the problem.
Be aware though, an estimate can go up, although sometimes it can be a lot less too. As an average figure, most plumbers will charge between £20 and £40 an hour, but don’t forget the costs of materials on top too.