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How Much Does A Good Plumber Cost?


Plumbers are one of the most hired trades in Australia, they’re integral to ensuring essential water supplies in your home are in good working order. From repairing toilets and unblocking drains, to installing solar hot water systems and new plumbing for kitchens, chances are you’ll need to call in a plumber from time to time.

While changing a tap washer may be within the realm of most DIY handymen, fixing or installing most plumbing jobs will need to be completed by a licensed professional. As Domain says “the fines for illegal work are dizzying and your insurance company certainly won’t cough up if there’s evidence of illegal plumbing work.”

So if you’ve established you need to get in a plumber, here are the kinds of costs you’ll be looking at.


How Much Does a Good Plumber Cost? 


The first charge you’ll be looking at is the callout fee. This can cost anything from $60 to $150 + GST and may or may not include the first hour’s work. Depending on the plumber’s skill level, and where you live, the hourly rate can vary markedly, but $100 to $120 p/h is standard.

Paying by the hour means you’re not always sure how much the final bill will be and, if parts are needed, you’ll pay for those as well. Some plumbers offer flat rate charges for standard plumbing jobs so customers know how much they’ll pay.

Some of these charges can include:

  • Unclogging a drain - $150 approx.
  • Fixing a leaking pipe - $180 approx.
  • Replacing a broken tap - $120 approx.

For non-standard jobs such as replacing a hot water system, replacing a drainage system or re-plumbing an entire house, you’ll be looking at thousands of dollars instead of hundreds.

Always check your quotes for extra charges and question anything that you’re not sure of, and beware of plumbers that seem to cheap to be true. Always check that a plumber can issue a certificate of compliance, which you’ll need for insurance purposes if anything breaks and causes a flood.


Cost of Emergency Services 


Speaking of floods, sometimes with plumbing jobs speed is of the essence, especially if a tap has broken or it’s a full blown leak. Getting it repaired asap is crucial. You should easily be able to get a plumber who responds to emergency callouts but be aware, if it’s a weekend or odd hours you may pay extra than the normal callout fee.

With emergency callouts you may end up paying quite a high fee regardless of how long the plumber was on the property to fix the issue, i.e. even if he was only there for 10 minutes.


How to Choose a Plumber 


Word of mouth is a good way to find a reputable plumber with reasonable rates. Ask around your friends, family and neighbours for anyone they’ve had dealings with. But don’t forget any plumber they recommend will need to be legal for insurance purposes.

Your 70 year old neighbour may be a retired plumber and happily providing his services to the neighbourhood, but if he’s not licensed then you could run into problems down the track.

Another way to find a plumber in your area is to simply list your project or job on Bricks+Agent for free. Get at least three fully itemised quotes before you commit to hiring anyone (to compare price and level of service), and ask for references that you can follow up.

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Topics: Tradie Advice

Rafael Niesten

Written by Rafael Niesten

In his early 20s, Perth local Rafael Niesten, won a scholarship to study in Canada, with that came the opportunity to volunteer at a local radio station. That spawned his entrepreneurial streak, returning to Perth in 2001 he set up community radio Groove FM. More by luck than design, they became successful, too successful as they took a significant chunk of the Perth Market. This sent up the red flag with his commercial competitors who saw to it that he came before the Australian Broadcasting Authority and on technicalities such as the number of volunteers he was forced to move on. He received the citizen of the year award for Western Australia (youth) and was a finalist in the Australian of the year awards (Youth). Falling on his sword he turned to running small and large scale events, all the while buying, renovating and selling properties. Buying and selling land and renovated houses provided a grounding in the property industry. He founded a cloud based medical grade voice recognition company, followed by co founding the first true cloud application for private practice in the health sector. He successfully exited these ventures at the end of 2016 and began building Bricks+Agent.

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