Nick's Plumbing Average Cost Guide

Nick's Plumbing Average Cost Guide will give you examples of how much your plumbing repair might cost.

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*** All costs are based on an average. Your costs, however, may be different from the estimated cost structures written. This guide is meant to be simply that of a guide, not final cost. Please call us to schedule a free estimate for your specific plumbing needs.

  • General Plumbing
  • Water Heaters
  • Leaking / Running Toilet Repair
  • Dripping / Leaky Faucet Repair
  • Garbage Disposal Repair
  • House Repipe
  • Sewer Line Repair
  • Plumbing Fixture Installations

The average cost to hire a plumbing company typically ranges from $170 to $430. The cost is usually calculated in one of 3 ways:

1) Per-hour rate, usually a 2-hour minimum with drive time
2) Service call fee + hourly rate
3) Flat rate fee per job/task

Expect to pay a premium for emergency plumbing service after hours, possibly weekends, or on holidays.

Professional plumbing companies handle a wide range of essential tasks, a short list would be repair or replacement of old fixtures or pipes, installation of new plumbing, gas leaks, repair or adding lines.

Water Heater Installation - When you're planning to install a new water heater, expect to pay in the range of $800 - $2,200, including the heater itself, supplies, and labor.

The cost to install a water heater varies according to several factors:

Power Source - Electricity, Natural Gas, or Solar
Style - Tank or Tankless
Any Necessary Upgrades

The cost to install a water heater will typically include:

Materials and Supplies - Tank style is the traditional type of water heater; 40-50 gallons is the most common size. A tankless (also called "demand") model is a little more expensive initially to purchase and install but can save you money over time. A solar heater, powered by the sun's rays, is the greenest of all. However, you will need a backup hot water source for cloudy days.

Labor - Labor includes the basic water heater installation by a licensed plumbing company. If you need upgrades, for example to the gas supply or electrical panel, that will add to the expense.

Cleanup - If you have a water heater replaced, there may be an additional charge to remove and dispose of the old heater.

Water Heater Installation (Tankless) - Lots of factors go into this price. You may have to redo your gas system to be able to give the tank less enough gas.

$2,500 - $8,500
Water Heater Repair - If you need your water heater repaired, you'll typically be looking at the cost of $170 - $450. The cost to repair a water heater will vary, based on:

The cause of the problem
Size and type of heater (tank or tankless; gas, electric, or hybrid)

The cost to repair a water heater will usually include:

Supplies - Small parts and supplies are generally included in the cost of the repair.

Labor - Your plumber may calculate an hourly fee (with a minimum) or a per-job charge for the repair. If it is necessary to replace your water heater, expect to pay extra for the labor involved in installing it, as well as the cost of the new heater.

Cleanup - Hauling costs for your old water heater, if necessary, may add to the expense of this project.

Toilet Clog Clear


Toilet Repair - Depends on brand of toilet. Some parts can go as high as $450.00

$160 - $450

Toilet Replacement - Without Toilet - (install of a Toto toilet with bidet could go as high as $1,000)

$275 - $400

Faucet Repair or Replacement - Depends on brand. Parts can be costly.

$125 - $475

Plumbing Leak Repair - Depends if it is high pressure or drain system.

$170 - $1,210

Kitchen Sink Install - Depends if it under counter mount or above mount.

$350 - $650

Garbage Disposal Repair - Stoppage

$125 - $180

Garbage Disposal Installation - Without Disposal

$190 - $390

If you are looking into replacing your home's water plumbing pipes, you will typically spend between $4,500 and $25,000 for PEX piping OR between $7,500 and $35,000 for copper piping, including labor and materials.

To narrow that down, re-piping a small 1-bathroom home with PEX costs about $4,500 - $7,500. For a 2.5 bath, 3 bedroom home, the cost will be $12,000-$18,000 or higher. Copper pipes will add approximately 25-35 percent to these figures.

The cost to re-pipe your house varies according to:

1. Size of your home and number of stories
2. Number of plumbing fixtures (sinks, toilets, tubs, showers, etc.) and water-consuming appliances
3. Accessibility of plumbing system
4. Whether you use copper or PEX pipes

Sewage backups, which occur in only 2 locations- either under the house or in the yard, pose health risks caused by contamination from harmful bacteria and mold. A blocked or broken sewer line is the obvious culprit. Underground pipes, especially concrete, clay and cast iron, are subject to decay from groundwater, shifts in the surrounding soil and chemicals we put down our drains. Once a pipe breaks or rots, soil and tree roots can enter, blocking the flow of waste water. If the break is large enough, the pipe will act as a conduit for large amounts of soil and groundwater to escape, which can create a depression or sinkhole in your yard.

Cost - 1 example. 40 foot sewer line 3 to 5 foot deep. Cost also depends on how hard it is to excavate (i.e. roots, concrete in the way, patio, fence, etc.)

$2,400 - $4000

These are average cost examples - No fixture prices included except on water heaters example.

Faucet Installation - Having new faucets installed can vary depending on what brand you choose. Learn more information about Faucet Installation.

$154 - $335

Toilet Installation - The install of a Toto toilet with bidet could go as high as $1,000

$275 - $400

Bathroom Sink Installation - Depends if it is under counter mount or above mount

$250 - $650

Bathtub Installation - You have a standard tub to Jacuzzi tub

$1000 - $4500

Dishwasher Installation - Depends on brand

$450 - $770

Garbage Disposal Installation - Without disposal

$190 - $390

Kitchen Sink Installation - Depends if it under counter mount or above mount

$350 - $650

Water Heater Installation - Depends if gas or electric and location (i.e. attic or garage)

$1,200 - $2,400

Water Heater Installation (Tankless) - Lots of factors go into this price. You may have to redo your gas system to be able to give the tank less enough gas

$4,000 - $8,000

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