Which? surveyed a range of recommended plumbers in 2012 to find out about the prices of common jobs. In early 2018, we contacted some of our Which? Trusted traders to update this information and bring you a snapshot of current prices.
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Common plumbing jobs and completion times
Many plumbing jobs are charged by the hour and the final cost will be a combination of time, plus any parts involved and VAT.
One way to reduce costs is to take responsibility for waste disposal. Charges for waste disposal are higher than ever before, so on smaller jobs, it may be cheaper if customers take any waste to the recycling centre themselves – commercial businesses will be charged to do so. If traders need to use a hippo bag or a skip there will be an additional cost.
All the Which? Trusted traders we spoke to emphasised that they would normally price a job after visiting the property and seeing the systems involved, the ease of access, whether there are isolation valves installed or whether the system requires draining before starting work. All of these variables can affect the time involved and therefore the price charged. Note that this guide provides a rough outline only and does not include VAT.
Prices will also vary between regions – London is going to be more expensive than Cumbria, for example. Travel or transport costs, parking charges and accessibility of properties will also affect costs.