When a plumbing disaster strikes at home, your first instinct is to call an emergency plumber and get them out as soon as possible. Whether it’s a water leak, a radiator leak or a boiler problem, an emergency plumber can come out and help. But it’s important to know how much it will cost before you pick up the phone.
Important: To avoid damage to your home, if you discover a water leak, shut off your water supply at the stopcock in your house, often under the kitchen sink, or at the external stopcock that is often on your water meter (if you have one). Try to contain any escape of water with buckets and mop up any standing water.
Emergency plumber costs vary all over the country, but generally the cost will be split into two parts:
It’s easy to panic when you’re dealing with an emergency situation and just go with the first plumber you find, but there’s still time for you to contact a few professionals and get an idea of costs before making your decision.
If your job looks like it’s going to be a long one, an emergency plumber will usually charge you a day rate. You should expect a plumber to charge at least £350 per day.
Not all plumbers charge a call out fee, but most emergency plumbers will, especially if you want them to visit outside of normal working hours. This covers the disturbance to their usual home or family time, so you should expect a call out fee from any reputable tradesperson in an emergency.
However, if you think your plumbing issue could wait until a plumber’s next available time slot or during working hours, they might not charge a call out fee. That’s why it’s important to contact a few plumbers in your area to get an idea of what the average cost is.
An emergency plumbing issue is usually something that will cause serious damage to your home or affect your quality of life if left until a routine appointment. This could include problems like:
Problems like your water not heating up normally, strange noises coming from pipes or a constantly running toilet are generally not considered emergencies, so to save money you might want to book a normal appointment for a boiler repair or jobs like a replacement float valve.
How long it takes for an emergency plumber to come all depends on their availability and whether they are dealing with another emergency at the time you call them. They will assess any jobs that they have outstanding and decide who takes the most priority. It could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours for an emergency plumber to come - and the further away you are from a town or city, the longer the wait time.
It’s likely that your emergency plumbing issue will take more than the tightening of a stopcock or bolt to fix, so you need to consider the costs of materials too. Replacement parts and plumbing materials won’t be included in the call out charge or your plumber’s hourly rate.
It’s also worth remembering that while plumbers will keep basic materials for repairing common problems with them, if they require a more specialised part they will have to source and purchase it separately. This will add more time, and therefore cost, onto the job.
Here are some average costs of common materials plumbers will use during an emergency callout:
£20-£600, depending on type and style
Boiler heat exchanger
If an emergency plumber has told you the issue is a large one that will require lots of time and specialist parts, it’s reasonable for them to ask for a deposit to cover the cost of materials. It can feel scary giving someone money before they have completed any work, so make sure you ask for references or check their reviews to make sure you’re happy. Never pay for the entire job up front - no reputable tradesperson will ask you to do this.
Emergency plumbers are expensive because they have to be on call all the time - even after they’ve had a long day at work. Plumbers have to undertake lots of training and qualifications to be able to trade, especially if they work on gas boilers, and this training can be expensive. They also have to make sure they leave your property in a safe condition and prevent any further damage from being caused by water - a big responsibility.
It’s vital that you keep your costs to a minimum by getting a range of quotes before engaging an emergency plumber. Make sure you check for reviews before you ask anyone to complete any work on your home. Post a job on HaMuch nowto get quotes from reputable emergency plumbers in your area.
|Cost to fix a leak||£240|
|Cost to unblock a clogged toilet||£69|
|Cost to unblock a sink||£68|
|Cost to install a thermostatic mixer shower||£245|
|Tap replacement cost||£120|
|Cost to seal or re silicone a bath or shower||£56|
|Cost to install a shower booster pump||£252|
|Cost to replumb a house||£3750|
|Cost to replace toilet float valve||£41|
|Cost to replace a toilet||£110|
|Cost to replace a bath||£200|
|Cost to remove and refit a kitchen sink||£110|
|Cost to plumb in an outdoor garden shower||£302|
|Cost to replace mains water supply pipe||£350|
|Cost to replace kitchen mixer tap||£151|
|Cost of public liability insurance for plumbers||£6.00 per month|
|Cost to install or remove a dishwasher||£70|
|Cost to install a power shower||£780|
|Cost to install a washing machine||£70|
|Cost to fit a sink waste disposal||£75|
|Cost to install an ice machine||£66|
|Cost to plumb in a hot tub Jacuzzi||£450|
|Cost to replace heating expansion header tank||£134|
|Cost to fit a home garden sprinkler system||£575|
|Cost to fit a new bathroom basin||£162|
|Cost to fit an outside garden tap||£68|
|Cost to fit a water softener||£110|
|Cost to fit a macerator||£80|
|Cost to find a leak||£165|
|Cost of an emergency plumber||£280|
|Cost to replace a cold water storage tank||£130|
|Cost to fit a boiling water tap||£70|
|Cost to install a bidet||£256|
|Cost to install a basement sump pump||£660|