Plumbing Prices and Costs Guide

Plumbing can be extremely tricky and mistakes can cause thousands of pounds worth of damage and some major inconvenience, so make sure you hire a professional plumber. Here’s a guide to plumbing prices and costs. Most plumbing cost is per hour plus materials.

UK plumbing prices

Average Plumbing Prices

It can be difficult to establish an average plumbing cost as prices vary considerably depending on a number of factors, including:

  • The type and size of the plumbing job – a simple drain unblocking job, for example, will only take a couple of hours at the most and will cost a lot less than installing a whole new bathroom plumbing system, which  could take a few days.
  • Where you live – the cost of hiring a plumber will vary depending on where you live. Hiring a London plumber, for example, is likely to cost more since prices for all services are generally higher in the capital compared to the rest of the country.
  • Plumbing materials – don’t forget that you’ll need to factor in the cost of plumbing materials in addition to labour prices when budgeting for plumbing services. Often, plumbers will be able to get discounted rates for materials.
  • Whether you pay a fixed or hourly rate – it’s better to get a fixed quote for your plumbing project before work starts, however, many plumbers charge per hour rates instead.
  • If it’s an emergency – if you need emergency plumbing services, you may be charged extra, especially if you’re calling a plumber out in the middle of the night, at weekends, holidays or busy periods like winter.

How much should I pay for a plumber per hour?   This will be dependent on your location and the time of day and night.

Some average costs for plumbing work have been compiled to give you an idea of what to expect when you need a plumber:

  • Hiring a plumber to fit a bathroom can cost an average of £1018.

  • Call out fee for an emergency can cost an average of £135.

  • Plumbing installation services can cost an average of £164.

  • Replacing a kitchen sink can cost an average of £575.

  • Replacing a toilet can cost an average of £115 for labour only.

  • Replacing a hot water tank can cost an average of £460.

  • Replacing a bath can cost an average of £185 for labour only.

  • Replacing a washer in a leaky tap is an average of £50.

Labour Costs for Plumbers

The rates for plumbers vary significantly and depends on if a plumber charges by the hour or by the project cost. Always get a quoted price so you can budget for the plumbing costs. It is common for repairs to be charged at an hourly rate. Ask the plumber how long a job like this would normally take him and this will give you the price the job may cost.

  • Average hourly rate for a plumber in the UK is between £20 and £40 according to What Price

Plumbing Price Guide

We have listed some common plumbing work along with the price you can expect to pay for the job.#

How Much Does it Cost to Unblock a Drain?

Blocked drains can be a serious issue over time and can cause flooding and damp that penetrates into your home. A minor blockage is easily and quickly cleared by a plunger but a more serious blockage will need the services of a qualified plumber. The prices will vary depending on the size and location of the blockage.

  • Drain unblocking will cost around £88

Get more information on drain unblocking prices.

How Much Does a CCTV Drain Survey Cost?

If you are constantly having problems with blocked drains you will need a CCTV survey carried out to determine the cause. A professional plumber will insert a camera inside the drains to find the cause.

On average a CCTV survey costs around £120

ACO Drain Price Guide

ACO drains are designed to funnel any water away from a property and prevent flooding. These are good drains for sloping blocks and in areas that are prone to flooding. The price will depend on size of drains and the material used.

  • Average cost of ACO drain installation is around £189

Get more ACO drain prices.

How Much Does Drain Lining Cost?

Drain lining is applied to drains and pipes to increase their life span and to repair minor cracks and holes. Get a professional plumber who will install the lining without taking the pipes apart. Prices vary depending on the length of pipes being lined.

How Much Does Drain Cleaning Cost?

Always hire a professional to clean out the drains on your property as they will use the proper equipment and cleaners. They will also advise you of any other work that is needed.

Drain cleaning prices:

  • Initial inspection can cost up to £150

  • The plumbing cost of unblocking a toilet can cost around £80

The plumbing costs for a system scrub and clean of your gas central heating system is an average price of £370

Get more specific drain cleaning costs.

Steel & Copper Pipe Prices

If you are building a home, adding a bathroom or replacing old plumbing it will need to have new pipes laid. Pipes are made of different materials but the best to sue are steel or copper pipes. Galvanised steel pipes are hard wearing and will last a long time. Steel is more expensive than copper but copper is not as resilient as steel.

  • Average price of new steel pipes in a four bedroom semi-detached house is around £20117 for the entire plumbing system

  • Average cost of installing new copper pipes in a four bedroom semi-detached house is around £13954 for the entire plumbing system

  • A 3 metre length of 28mm diameter copper pipe costs on average £6.72

Get more steel and copper pipe price information.

What to Look for in a Plumber

There are likely to be hundreds of plumbers in your local area, so how do you choose who to hire? Here are some tips to make sure you hire a qualified, reputable plumber:

  • Ask for proof of their professional qualifications – many plumbers will have completed relevant training courses such as NVQs or City and Guilds.
  • Find out whether they’re registered with Gas Safe – by law, anyone dealing with gas work or appliances must be registered with Gas Safe, so if your plumbing project involves dealing with gas pipes hire someone Gas Safe registered.
  • Check they’re insured – all tradesmen should have valid public liability insurance. Ask for proof that your plumber is insured so that you’re covered if something does go wrong with your plumbing project.
  • Ask whether they offer a guarantee – good plumbers will usually guarantee the work they carry out and the materials they use.
  • See if they belong to a Trade Association – while not essential, many good plumbers belong to trade associations like the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).
  • Check their references – ask the plumber to provide details of at least three recent clients and follow these up for references.
  • Draw up a contract – make sure your plumber provides you with a contract before work starts; this should detail what the project entails, how much it should cost and how long it should  take to complete. Read the contract carefully and discuss anything you’re not sure about with the plumber before you sign.

*Sources: ServiceMagic customer survey, Which?, Whatprice, Gas Safe, the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, Drainage Online, Toolstation UK, MBI Bathrooms, Bathroom 2U, Homeserve, Claim4Drain, Drainawaysouthwest.co.uk, Dyno-rod,  Drainfixservices.co.uk, Blockeddrainkent.co.uk, Discountedheating.co.uk

Gail Evans says:

Could you please advise me how much you would charge to replace two heads to a kitchen mixer tap?

sdeshmukh says:

Hi Gail, It won’t cost you much but I would recommend to fill in this form and our approved plumbers with provide you with no-obligation quotes.

Pat Tagg says:

I’m trying to get some estimates together for a funding application. The main job is plumbing a toilet trailer to an existing system. The trailer can be sited according to professional advice. There is mains water but no mains sewer. The current system is a mobile home chem loo plumbed to a collection pit. The replacement is proposed to be a three loo toilet trailer. Anybody able to give me broad estimates for plumbing the trailer in please? Second job, on same site is to plumb in a sink and a wall mounted water heater in a kitchenette. I don’t think there is water plumbed into the workshop where I need this kitchenette, and currently no idea how far the building is from mains connection (I think it’s pretty close as building is close to road). Anyone able to give me a broad estimate for the kitchen plumbing please? Timeframe – job needed in May, but need estimates now for funding application. Many thanks. Pat

sdeshmukh says:

Hi Pat,
Please fill in this form describing your project and you will receive up to 4 free no-obligation quotes from our plumbers.

elizabeth sherriff says:

i need quotes for fixing my kitchen sink

sdeshmukh says:

Hi Elizabeth,
Fill out the relevant form – Kitchen fitting or Plumbing and UP TO 4 tradesmen will get in touch with you. Make sure you add detailed description of your project in the form to get better service.

Andy says:

I have a 3 bed semi In Huntingdon ,Cambridgeshire.
How much would it cost to fit a central heating
With copper pipes going to 7 rads an the sink
& bath.

Just fit! As I will buy sonewhere

samrat says:

Hi Andy,
Cost will vary depending on the size of project and location. To get free no-obligation quotes from local central heating specialists, please fill out this central heating form and depending on your project and location UP TO 4 contractors will get in touch with you. For other home projects you can visit our website – http://www.servicemagic.co.uk and fill out the relevant form to get free quotes. Thanks.

michael houston says:

could someone tell me how much it would be to replace bath with shower and replace sind and toilet and tile floor and tile all walls the size of the bathroom is 21 meters thank you

mjackson says:

Hi Michael,
Thanks for your post.
The cost would depend on whether you opt for the cheap and cheerful budget option, the luxurious top of the range goods, or somewhere in the middle however, to give you a basic idea, in an average semi-detached three bedroom house, it will cost about £3,500 to refurbish the entire bathroom.

If you are looking for official quotes from local professionals, we suggest filling in this form and we will aim to match you with up to 4 who will each contact you to arrange a free quote.

We hope that this information helps.

Mark @ Servicemagic

andrea says:

a nail has gone through a under floor copper heating pipe and caused leaking. how much would it usually coast for an out of hours plumber?

mjackson says:

Hi Andrea,

The costs would depend on the company you choose to carry out the work as hourly rates will vary.

We recommend placing a request with by filling in our online plumbing form. Once received we will aim to match your request with up to 4 local companies who will each contact you in order to arrange the free quotes.

We hope to assist further in the future.

Mark @ ServiceMagic

Ruth says:

The water board have told me that i have a leak under my house and it is my responsibility to fix this.
Does anyone know an average cost of this so i know what to expect?

mjackson says:

Hi Ruth,

It can be difficult to establish an average plumbing cost as prices vary considerably depending on a number of factors, including:

– The type and size of the plumbing job – a simple drain unblocking job, for example, will only take a couple of hours at the most and will cost a lot less than installing a whole new bathroom plumbing system, which could take a few days.
– Where you live – the cost of hiring a plumber will vary depending on where you live. Hiring a London plumber, for example, is likely to cost more since prices for all services are generally higher in the capital compared to the rest of the country.
– Plumbing materials – don’t forget that you’ll need to factor in the cost of plumbing materials in addition to labour prices when budgeting for plumbing services. Often, plumbers will be able to get discounted rates for materials.
– Whether you pay a fixed or hourly rate – it’s better to get a fixed quote for your plumbing project before work starts, however, many plumbers charge per hour rates instead.
– If it’s an emergency – if you need emergency plumbing services, you may be charged extra, especially if you’re calling a plumber out in the middle of the night, at weekends, holidays or busy periods like winter.

We recommend obtaining quotes from local plumbers for the work you need doing.

Please feel free to fill out our online plumbing form and we will aim to match your request with up to 4 local plumbers who will each contact you in order to arrange the free quotes.

Thanks for posting

Servicemagic

Luke says:

Id love to know where you get a 3m length of 28mm copper from for £6.72

mjackson says:

Hi Luke,

Thanks for your post.

We obtain our information from a number of sources which are displayed at the bottom of our articles.

Our information is constantly updated and your feedback has been noted.

Thanks again,

Mark @ Servicemagic

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Newsletter subscription

For the latest news about improvement, tips and advice.

Thanks for subscribing to ServiceMagic newsletter.