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Plumber cost per hour

Plumber cost per hour

If you have an emergency leak or small pipework job then you will hire a plumber by the hour and the average daily rate for a plumber in the UK is £41 per hour. Ask your plumber if there are any other charges such as; call out, parking, materials and collection etc. You can ask for an estimate for the job over the phone or a full quote so you know exactly how much you will pay (this will probably require a visit, possibly with a call out cost).

Rates can vary from £27 to £80 per hour depending on where you live, so expect to pay more in the South of the UK. In London for example, the average rate is £55 per hour.

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Plumber cost per day

If you have a large plumbing project like re plumbing a house, fitting new radiators throughout your home or fitting a new bathroom, then you should agree to a quote based on the day rate. A plumbers average daily rate in the UK is £256 per day but the regional fluctuations vary so you can pay as little as £180 in some areas.

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How to get the cheapest quotes when looking for a plumber

Plumbers who work for themselves are just as qualified and experienced as those working for a large plumbing company. They may have even started working for a larger plumbing company to gain experience before starting their own business.

By being an independent, self-employed plumber, the small plumbing business avoids many business costs, charging less for plumbing jobs and giving you the same quality of work.

Get quotes from self-employed plumbers and talk directly with the person who is going to do the job.

Choosing a plumber

Plumbers have vast knowledge with extensive skills and need a strong stomach to handle some jobs that can come their way like an urgent blocked toilet. Plumbers install, service and repair pipes as well as any items to do with a connection to water e.g. jet blasting a blocked outside drain or replacing a kitchen sink, plumbing in the water supplies to the tap and ensuring the sink is watertight.

To make a plumbing project less overwhelming, HaMuch has put together information including questions to ask to keep the project running smoothly, to how much to budget, as well as how to find the right plumber for you. We have prepared a table so you can compare rates of plumbers in your area and use our estimator to work out how much a plumbing job will cost. We have also prepared a table to help you with basic plumbing costs in your home.

Get comparison quotes

When choosing a plumber try to get 3 comparison quotes so you have a feel for the value of service and what is being offered at what price. Most important is to check what qualifications the plumber has – if they have a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and how much experience they have had in the plumbing world as so much to do with plumbing is down to problem solving.

Ask if your plumber is VAT registered and if yes, check if the quote includes VAT or if it still must be added. Don’t be afraid to insist on a ‘written quote’ to avoid any miscommunication errors during or after the project. Ask what different plumber’s payment terms are, if they only accept cash, bank transfers or have card facilities.

Nowadays people are moving away from paying by cheque so if that’s your preferred payment method, it is worth seeing beforehand if they will accept cheque payments.

When receiving a quote, material costs are often not included. Get advice from the plumber if you have to first source parts e.g. kitchen sink, bath hot and cold taps, bath or sink waste pipes on which trade / consumer shops they could recommend for you to pick up the parts you need at trade prices.

Also ask for the plumber’s opinion on their favoured brand to last the test of time (many companies have their own preferred prestigious bathroom suite… Bristan vs Grohe vs Mira).

If it is a company or even a ‘man-in-van’ you are choosing, having a quick Google for any reviews on their plumbing capabilities to see if other clients have had a positive experience. If you are using your plumber for a big project like a complete bathroom refurbishment, ask to see photos showing a ‘before and after’ of a comparable project.

As plumbing so often involves water at high pressure, chose a plumber who is insured and perhaps it is a good time to double check your own home emergency cover. Always when handing money over, protect yourself and ask for an email or paper invoice to create a paper trail of monies handed over and amounts still owing.

If you live in an area with parking restrictions, out of fairness to the plumber, organise parking nearby the property as he will need to make a few trips to his van for tools and parts during the visit and it is better he can focus on his job at hand rather than walking a mile to the van or worrying about getting a parking ticket.

When a plumber arrives to quote your job, be prepared with us much detail as possible; tell them why you have needed a plumber, explain how the system behaved before, if there is any leakage from a pipe or a drip from a tap clearly point that out, show any broken parts, move furniture or anything that may be in the way hindering a good visual inspection, explain what is happening that is your cause for concern, how long the system has been behaving in this way, give your opinion on what it might be, after all you have a better idea on the history of your property and finally be honest about any attempts made to fix the issue, whether that means having called in a previous plumber or yourself.

E.g. If the washing machine or dishwasher is not draining, say when you first noticed this, when last did it work correctly, make a note of any strange or unusual smells / noises associated with this issue and clear out the cupboard under the sink so the plumber has access to the waste pipes.

It is also important that if you have an idea of where you stopcock is, that you locate this before your plumber arrives, ready to show them, so if they do need to shut off the mains water supply for further investigative work, it is easy and possible, which will also keep down labour costs for less time in your home and an easier safer way to work.

A small repair job like fixing a pop-up plug or tightening a valve on a dripping kitchen tap might be easily rectified when the plumber arrives to have a look but a more involved job like a wet-room not draining or a power shower losing pressure will most likely involve a call out to quote before coming back with correct parts to carrying out the repair. Even a quick seemingly simple job to swap a traditional brass stopcock with a modern more effective Surestop might require two visits to your property.

Good communication keeps the plumbing costs down. This page is designed to help you understand how much a plumber will cost for plumbing work in your area. Click on a plumber link in your area to find a plumber near you.

Cost to fit kitchen tap or fix a leaking pipe

Cost to fix a leak £200
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 £55
Cost to install a shower booster pump £250
Cost to replumb a house £3750
Cost to replace toilet float valve £41
Cost to replace a toilet £80
Cost to replace a bath £150
Cost to remove and refit a kitchen sink £80
Cost to plumb in an outdoor garden shower £300
Cost to replace mains water supply pipe £350
Cost to replace kitchen mixer tap £150
Cost to install or remove a dishwasher £70
Cost to install a power shower £650
Cost to install a washing machine £70
Cost to fit a sink waste disposal £75
Cost to install an ice machine £65
Cost to plumb in a hot tub Jacuzzi £450
Cost to replace heating expansion header tank £133
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 £80
Cost to fit a macerator £80
Cost to find a leak £150
Cost of an emergency plumber £170
Cost to replace a cold water storage tank £130
Cost to fit a boiling water tap £70
Cost to install a bidet £250
Cost to install a basement sump pump £660
Accessible pipes, emergency call-out, mains water supply can be isolated £100
Fix a standard mixer tap that is dripping, assumes isolation valves are present £60
Exterior wall behind kitchen sink £115
This may require a Saniflo or Grundfos toilet waste macerator pump pushing waste further to the sewage pipe £600
Replace a section of pipework £80
Replacement in an average 3-bed, including conversion of older pipework £400

Rates for other trades

Plumber hourly rate and daily rate
Plumber: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK for 2024 (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Plumber near Aberdeen£38£269
Plumber near Amber Valley£39£229
Plumber near Angus£37£267
Plumber near Arun£45£264
Plumber near Ashfield£38£227
Plumber near Aylesbury Vale£50£277
Plumber near Barnsley£36£227
Plumber near Basildon£46£260
Plumber near Basingstoke & Deane£55£267
Plumber near Bassetlaw£34£229
Plumber near Bath & North East Somerset£38£254
Plumber near Bedford£48£269
Plumber near Belfast£32£214
Plumber near Birmingham£39£228
Plumber near Blackburn£37£230
Plumber near Blackpool£36£243
Plumber near Bolton£39£238
Plumber near Bournemouth£43£262
Plumber near Bracknell Forest£55£280
Plumber near Bradford£39£232
Plumber near Braintree£45£258
Plumber near Breckland£30£219
Plumber near Bridgend£35£218
Plumber near Brighton£49£275
Plumber near Bristol£37£250
Plumber near Broadland£42£238
Plumber near Broxtowe£38£228
Plumber near Bury£39£237
Plumber near Caerphilly£34£222
Plumber near Calderdale£39£229
Plumber near Cambridge£44£269
Plumber near Canterbury£44£243
Plumber near Cardiff£35£228
Plumber near Carmarthenshire£29£204
Plumber near Charnwood£38£225
Plumber near Chelmsford£46£260
Plumber near Cheltenham£44£292
Plumber near Cherwell£48£281
Plumber near Chester£37£225
Plumber near Colchester£45£253
Plumber near Conway£31£206
Plumber near Coventry£38£230
Plumber near Crewe & Nantwich£36£229
Plumber near Dacorum£52£280
Plumber near Derby£38£223
Plumber near Doncaster£36£230
Plumber near Dover£44£238
Plumber near Dudley£40£228
Plumber near Dumfries & Galloway£34£237
Plumber near Dundee£40£267
Plumber near East Ayrshire£39£219
Plumber near East Devon£34£246
Plumber near East Dunbartonshire£39£261
Plumber near East Hampshire£44£259
Plumber near East Hertfordshire£51£281
Plumber near East Lindsey£35£254
Plumber near East Riding£38£222
Plumber near Eastleigh£43£258
Plumber near Edinburgh£40£257
Plumber near Elmbridge£55£287
Plumber near Epping Forest£55£286
Plumber near Erewash£38£225
Plumber near Exeter£36£256
Plumber near Falkirk£40£261
Plumber near Fife£40£263
Plumber near Flintshire£36£230
Plumber near Gateshead£39£245
Plumber near Gedling£38£227
Plumber near Glasgow£39£261
Plumber near Gloucester£62£306
Plumber near Guildford£55£285
Plumber near Gwynedd£32£227
Plumber near Halton£38£232
Plumber near Harrogate£35£227
Plumber near Havant & Waterloo£40£250
Plumber near Highland£40£320
Plumber near Horsham£52£270
Plumber near Huntingdonshire£44£268
Plumber near Ipswich£46£275
Plumber near Isle of Wight£40£244
Plumber near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£33£232
Plumber near Kingston-upon-Hull£38£223
Plumber near Kirklees£40£231
Plumber near Knowsley£37£228
Plumber near Lancaster£37£257
Plumber near Leeds£39£229
Plumber near Leicester£37£227
Plumber near Lisburn£33£216
Plumber near Liverpool£37£227
Plumber near London£55£284
Plumber near Luton£52£285
Plumber near Macclesfield£38£237
Plumber near Maidstone£45£253
Plumber near Manchester£39£236
Plumber near Mid Bedfordshire£49£274
Plumber near Mid Sussex£52£274
Plumber near Middlesbrough£40£258
Plumber near Milton Keynes£48£270
Plumber near Neath Port Talbot£36£224
Plumber near New Forest£42£260
Plumber near Newbury£56£268
Plumber near Newcastle-under-Lyme£35£224
Plumber near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£39£245
Plumber near Newport£34£226
Plumber near North Ayrshire£38£236
Plumber near North East Lincolnshire£36£255
Plumber near North Hertfordshire£51£279
Plumber near North Lanarkshire£39£262
Plumber near North Lincolnshire£35£219
Plumber near North Somerset£37£245
Plumber near North Tyneside£39£244
Plumber near North Wiltshire£45£291
Plumber near Northampton£45£265
Plumber near Norwich£41£240
Plumber near Nottingham£38£225
Plumber near Nuneaton & Bedworth£38£228
Plumber near Oldham£39£238
Plumber near Oxford£50£291
Plumber near Pembrokeshire£26£202
Plumber near Perth & Kinross£38£271
Plumber near Peterborough£40£268
Plumber near Plymouth£31£235
Plumber near Poole£43£262
Plumber near Portsmouth£40£247
Plumber near Powys£42£280
Plumber near Preston£36£238
Plumber near Reading£55£276
Plumber near Redcar & Cleveland£41£257
Plumber near Reigate & Banstead£56£284
Plumber near Renfrewshire£38£261
Plumber near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£35£215
Plumber near Rochdale£39£239
Plumber near Rochester-upon-Medway£45£280
Plumber near Rotherham£35£228
Plumber near Salford£39£236
Plumber near Salisbury£42£263
Plumber near Sandwell£40£227
Plumber near Scarborough£35£241
Plumber near Scottish Borders£45£350
Plumber near Sefton£36£227
Plumber near Sevenoaks£52£269
Plumber near Sheffield£35£229
Plumber near Slough£54£285
Plumber near Solihull£39£229
Plumber near South Ayrshire£38£231
Plumber near South Bedfordshire£48£269
Plumber near South Cambridgeshire£45£262
Plumber near South Gloucestershire£38£251
Plumber near South Kesteven£39£262
Plumber near South Lanarkshire£40£266
Plumber near South Oxfordshire£51£280
Plumber near South Somerset£32£247
Plumber near South Tyneside£39£246
Plumber near Southampton£42£256
Plumber near Southend-on-Sea£43£251
Plumber near St Albans£53£285
Plumber near St Helens£38£229
Plumber near Stafford£40£226
Plumber near Stockport£40£239
Plumber near Stockton-on-Tees£40£258
Plumber near Stoke-on-Trent£35£223
Plumber near Stratford-on-Avon£42£239
Plumber near Stroud£43£282
Plumber near Suffolk Coastal£45£276
Plumber near Sunderland£39£246
Plumber near Swale£44£246
Plumber near Swansea£35£225
Plumber near Tameside£39£236
Plumber near Teignbridge£37£252
Plumber near Tendring£46£270
Plumber near Test Valley£42£264
Plumber near Thamesdown£52£299
Plumber near Thanet£42£242
Plumber near The Wrekin£62£234
Plumber near Thurrock£48£264
Plumber near Torbay£38£254
Plumber near Trafford£40£238
Plumber near Vale of Glamorgan£36£224
Plumber near Vale of White Horse£50£292
Plumber near Vale Royal£38£234
Plumber near Wakefield£39£231
Plumber near Walsall£40£227
Plumber near Warrington£38£234
Plumber near Warwick£40£235
Plumber near Waveney£42£243
Plumber near Waverley£54£279
Plumber near Wealden£47£254
Plumber near West Lancashire£37£230
Plumber near West Lothian£42£269
Plumber near West Wiltshire£45£291
Plumber near Wigan£38£229
Plumber near Windsor & Maidenhead£53£283
Plumber near Wirral£37£229
Plumber near Wokingham£56£279
Plumber near Wolverhampton£40£227
Plumber near Wrexham Maelor£38£239
Plumber near Wychavon£41£261
Plumber near Wycombe£54£291
Plumber near York£35£226

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