Plumbing Cost Estimator

Plumbing Estimates

The cost of a plumber ranges from $175 to $450 for a typical job with the average cost per hour ranging from $45 to $200. This can include jobs like repairing faucets, toilets, sinks or bathtubs. Depending on the job, some plumbers charge a flat rate, or service fee of $300 on average.
When something goes wrong with your plumbing system, speed is essential. The faster you address the problem, the better off you and your wallet will be. Water can quickly cause thousands of dollars in damage. Leaks can soak floors, ceilings and foundations, causing rot and mold that may make your home uninhabitable. Get a direct quote from a professional plumber.  Continue Reading
  • Hire a Plumber Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $172 - $452
    Average cost:
    $308
    Low cost:
    $95
     
    High cost:
    $828
  • Repair a Clogged Drain Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $134 - $299
    Average cost:
    $216
    Low cost:
    $85
     
    High cost:
    $550
  • Install a Water Heater Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $766 - $1,442
    Average cost:
    $1,103
    Low cost:
    $325
     
    High cost:
    $12,000

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Hire a Plumber
(70,503 projects)
Average National Cost:
$308
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Repair a Clogged Drain
(22,832 projects)
Average National Cost:
$216
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Install a Water Heater
(19,149 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,018
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Repair a Water Heater
(12,641 projects)
Average National Cost:
$569
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Install or Repair Gas Pipes
(6,228 projects)
Average National Cost:
$520
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Install a Faucet
(4,901 projects)
Average National Cost:
$246
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Install New Plumbing Pipes
(4,635 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,050
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Clean Septic Tank
(4,167 projects)
Average National Cost:
$388
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Repair a Sump Pump
(4,149 projects)
Average National Cost:
$492
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Repair a Well Pump
(3,818 projects)
Average National Cost:
$848
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Install a Water Treatment & Purification System
(3,796 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,774
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Install a Water Main
(3,595 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,491
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Repair a Toilet
(3,357 projects)
Average National Cost:
$220
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Clean a Sewer Line
(3,015 projects)
Average National Cost:
$300
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Install a Sewer Main
(2,247 projects)
Average National Cost:
$2,985
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Install a Shower
(2,176 projects)
Average National Cost:
$3,620
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Install a Bathtub
(1,966 projects)
Average National Cost:
$3,178
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Repair a Water Treatment & Purification System
(1,910 projects)
Average National Cost:
$464
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Install a Tankless Water Heater
(1,624 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,970
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Install and Replace a Sump Pump
(1,160 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,176
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Repair a Drain Line Breakage
(1,160 projects)
Average National Cost:
$696
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Repair a Septic Tank
(1,115 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,535
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Repair a Water Main
(1,065 projects)
Average National Cost:
$829
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Install a Toilet
(931 projects)
Average National Cost:
$370
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Replace a Well Pump
(762 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,571
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Sewer Camera Inspection
(728 projects)
Average National Cost:
$514
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Install a Sink
(705 projects)
Average National Cost:
$379
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Install a Septic Tank
(662 projects)
Average National Cost:
$5,808
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Repair a Sewer Main
(645 projects)
Average National Cost:
$2,668
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Install a Bathtub or Shower Liner
(615 projects)
Average National Cost:
$3,042
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Remove a Water or Fuel Storage Tank
(407 projects)
Average National Cost:
$970
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Replace a Fuel or Water Holding Tank
(150 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,952
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Install a Solar Water Heater
(99 projects)
Average National Cost:
$3,515
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On This Page:

  1. Plumbing Repair Cost Guide
  2. Average Cost to Replace Plumbing
  3. Rerouting Plumbing Prices
  4. Whole House Rough in Plumbing Costs
  5. Plumbing Inspection Charges
  6. Cost Tips

Plumbing Repair Cost Guide

Hiring a plumber costs between $175 and $450. Most jobs are billed hourly at $45 to $200 per hour. Labor is almost always going to be your biggest expense. The more involved the job, and the more that must be torn up, the costlier the project.

Slab Leak Repair Costs

Fixing an under slab leak costs anywhere from $500 to $4,000. Detecting the leak costs anywhere from $125 to $400 and requires special equipment.

Slab leaks are leaks in pipes under the slab of the home. Fixing one requires jackhammering out portions of the foundation, digging to and repairing the pipe, and repairing it.

Cost to Fix Leaking or Burst Pipes

Leaking pipes cost an average of $150 to $350 to repair, while diagnosing leak locations can add an additional $100. This doesn't include repairing the wall after the fix. Drywall repair costs an additional $250 to $750 depending on the size and location of the hole.

If the pipe burst, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 in water damage cleanup and repair fees. Frozen pipes may also require the price of addressing insulation or heating needs in your home.

Gas vs Water Leak Repairs

Gas pipe repairs cost $250 to $750. Our guide on gas line repairs goes in depth into why prices are slightly higher than water line, though you'll use a plumber for either job.

Repairing Pipes in a Ceiling

Serious plumbing problems might require both replacement of pipe and cutting into walls or flooring. Ceiling repair costs average $675. Cutting into any wall, floor or ceiling incurs additional construction costs on top of the average plumbers' fees.

Main Line Leak

Leak repair runs anywhere from $300 to $4,000 depending on if it needs a repair or replacement.

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Clogs - Sink, Bathtub, Toilet, Disposal

Clearing drain clogs costs about $200. Our drain clearing cost guide covers the types of drains and factors that affect cost. Clogs represent the No. 1 plumbing problem, but they're not always serious. A backed-up toilet, for instance, might just need swift work with a plunger.

Sink issues often involve the garbage disposal. Don't put corn husks, celery, grease, meat or starchy foods in it – toss or compost these items. Always run plenty of hot water while it's in use. If it does get clogged:

    Try plunging it first.
  • If it doesn't turn on, it's jammed or overloaded. Follow any troubleshooting steps in the user manual for jams or resetting the unit.
  • Always unplug it before attempting any fixes.

If none of these measures fix the problem, consider hiring a professional plumber.

Sewer and Septic Issues

Sewer repairs tend to be rush jobs. The expedited nature of the job might cost you a bit more, but it will keep your family safe and will hinder further damage to your home. Fixes range from a simple clog to replacing a section of pipe.

Address septic tank issues immediately. Pricing ranges depending on the work you need done.

If you find you have a sewer or septic tank issue, keep your family away from the leak, and call a plumber immediately. Waste water can contaminate your ground water, surface water and your yard with bacteria. The key is to act quickly.

Fixing a Water Heater

Water heater repairs run $550 on average. Our water heater repair cost guide covers common problems like heating elements, thermostats, control valves, thermocouples, anode rods and tank cleaning.

Sump Pump Repairs

Repairs run $300 to $700 on average while installations range anywhere from $650 to $1,800. Our sump pump repair costs guide covers all considerations of submersible and pedestal types and common signs it needs repairing. The sump pump installation cost guide details the types of units and sizing considerations.

Toilet Repair

Toilet repair runs $140 to $300. For details of the pricing of various parts and labor costs, see our toilet repair cost guide.

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Average Cost to Replace Plumbing

Replacing plumbing costs anywhere from $350 to $2,000 or more depending on the size of the project. Regardless of repairing or replacing, plumbers cost anywhere from $45 to $150 an hour, usually with a minimum charge, a higher first hour charge, or a trip fee.

Plumbing Prices per Fixture

The most common fixtures include sinks, faucets and toilets.

Bathtub & Shower Prices

    Replacing a bathtub costs between $1,000 and $5,000, varying mostly due to the type you install and the surround that goes with it.
  • Shower installation pricing is slightly higher at $1,200 to $5,500. They come in fiberglass, acrylic, tile and glass - often a mixture of these materials.
  • Tub or shower liners run $1,500 to $4,100. Discuss adding acrylic linings with your general contractor.

Replacing the Water Pressure Regulator

Water pressure regulators are $250 to $350 to replace. The part averages $50, the rest is labor. It takes about three hours to install.

The regulator reduces the pressure from the main line running into the home. It also keeps pressure surges from damaging your homes pipes.

P Trap Replacement Prices

The p-trap, also known as a sink trap, runs between $200 and $325 to replace. Costs will vary by location -0 urban areas with higher costs of living can expect higher installation prices. Sink traps are required by building code to keep sewer gasses from entering your home.

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Main Water Shut Off Valve

The main water shut off valve is $175 to $250 to replace. Most of this is labor as the materials fall under $25.

This valve is required by code and necessary to work on most home plumbing issues. The first step in any plumbing repair project is shutting the water off.

Plumbing Stack Replacement

Main stack replacement costs anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000 depending on accessibility and length. Well-maintained brass, cast iron or steel stacks last anywhere from 70 to 100 years or more. PVC stacks are much easier to work with but only last 30 to 40 years.

Well Pump

Replacing a well pump runs $1,500 while repairs are $800 on average. Our well pump installation cost guide covers all costs and considerations for jet, submersible, solar and hand pumps as well as replacement factors. The well pump repair guide covers what a one does and problems that may occur.

Water Heater Installation

Installation pricing depends on which type you choose: standard, solar or tankless. Consider each one of these installation guides before choosing which route to take.

Water or Gas Holding Tanks

Holding tank replacement costs $1,500 to $2,400. Simply removing a holding tank runs $500 to $1,350. These two articles walk you through all considerations including why you'd move one, size considerations and choosing between a buried or above ground type.

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Rerouting Plumbing Prices

Rerouting a single line averages $650 to $800. However, length and accessibility are both key factors. A line under a slab is much more expensive than a line in a crawlspace of basement. The best way to get pricing for your project is to source multiple bids from licensed contractors.

Whole House Rough in Plumbing Cost Calculator

For a 2,300 square foot home with 2.5 baths, it will cost $11,500 to $14,500 for rough-in plumbing. This type of work is usually done by plumbing contractors who specialize in new construction and major renovations. New plumbing pipes cost about $1,000 in established homes with new additions.

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Plumbing Inspection Charges

Plumbing inspectors charge an average of $165 though rates may vary depending on your location and if it's bundled with other home inspection costs of $250 to $500. A plumbing inspection isn't always necessary for purchasing a new home, though it is cheap peace of mind.

Plumber Cost Tips

Saving money on a plumber doesn't mean you need to cut corners. In fact, hiring a licensed pro means knowledgeable and insured work that avoids costly future repairs. Follow these tips to find the right plumber, keep in budget and avoid future problems.

    It's always best to shop for a new plumber BEFORE your kitchen sink turns into Niagara Falls. Waiting never makes a plumbing problem better.
  • Get a firm estimate in writing. Make sure you're apprised of any problems that arise.
  • Multiple factors affect cost: fixture quality, quantity, job time, location and when you need the job done. Holidays, weekends and after-hours emergencies cost more.
  • Be aware of first-hour and trip fees. Most plumbers and rooting companies charge upfront fees or higher rates for the first hour just for showing up, though those fees usually can roll into the cost of repairs and renovations.
  • Going for the lowest bids can be problematic. Some companies offer lower hourly rates, but then tack on equipment fees and other extras you might not have anticipated.
  • Not all companies employ licensed plumbers. If the job is a simple root-out-the-clog, that might be okay, but licensed plumbers are almost always better at diagnosing tricky problems. Expect them to bring micro-cameras and other fun gadgets, and to warranty their work.
  • Consolidate jobs to save money. If you know you've had a leaky faucet in your bathroom for weeks, ask your plumber about it while he or she is working on your toilet. It could save you money in the long run. Learn more about how to fix a leaky shower faucet.
  • How to Estimate Plumbing Jobs

    Estimating a plumbing job is best left to the professionals. However, our guides linked to throughout this article are the best first step to understanding pricing. Understanding basic plumbing is an excellent second step. Not only does this help you diagnose potential problems before they become costly ones, but it'll help you understand what a plumber does.

    Free Plumbing Quotes

    Most plumbers offer free quotes on large jobs. With water coming through your ceiling, a free quote may be the last thing on your mind. Get multiple quotes for larger jobs such as remodels, water heater replacement and home additions. Find the best plumbers in your area to get free quotes on your next plumbing project.


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