How Much Does a Local Emergency Plumber Charge?
Often plumbing repairs are predictable, giving you freedom to get estimates and allow plans for your After Hours Plumbing Service to visit to your home during normal operating hours.
But, sometimes you don’t have time to procrastinate.
How much is an Emergency Plumber going to cost you? Knowing in advance can save you money.
How Much Does an 24/7 Plumber Cost?*
If your emergency plumbing job happens during normal working hours and you can wait for the plumber to fit you into his agenda that day, you’ll probably only have to pay their call out fee plus materials and the time spent on the job.
Call out charges can vary between $50 and $150, with around $85 being about the average. Very few After Hours Plumbing Company’s do not charge call out costs and unless you know them well, it’s best not to trust a plumber who does not charge one. The call out bill covers their travel time and other business expenses.
A plumber who does not charge a call out cost may not have insurance or an up-to-date licence.
If the plumbing emergency occurs outside of normal working hours, you will have to pay an emergency call out rate.
Emergency call out rates can vary highly.
Some plumbers charge around $150 as an emergency call out fee while others charge $250 or higher. If they have to stay to finalise a challenging job, the charges can become very high because their hourly emergency rate will also be higher.
It’s not rare to find a job that might cost $350 to $450 during normal working hours costing $850 or more if it has to be done outside of normal daytime hours.
How to Save on Emergency Plumbing
When an emergency plumbing job arises, you don’t have time to shop around and find the best rates.
Rather than be grudgingly forced to take the 1st plumbing company you can find at 2 a.m., prepare in advance by finding 24/7 plumbers in your area and keeping their contact details handy. A simple foresight like this can save you 00’s of dollars later, when a plumbing emergency arises.
Another way to avoid emergency plumbing costs is to get those plumbing problems taken care of before an emergency happens.
For example, if your drains are partially blocked and home remedies don’t work, get them cleaned rather than wait until they become completely blocked.
*Cost and prices in this blog post are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.