How Much Does a Emergency Plumber Bill?
Often plumbing jobs are predictable, giving you breathing space to get estimates and allow options for your 24/7 Plumbing Service to attend to your house during 9-5 operating hours.
But, sometimes you don’t have time to delay.
How much is an 24/7 Plumber going to cost you? Knowing in advance can save you money.
How Much Does an Emergency Plumber Cost?*
If your emergency plumbing issue happens during normal daytime hours and you can wait for the plumber to fit you into his schedule that day, you’ll probably only have to pay their call out costs 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 charges and unless you know them well, it’s best not to confidence a plumber who does not charge one. The call out fee covers their travel time and other business expenses.
A plumber who does not charge a call out bill may not have insurance or an up-to-date licence.
If the plumbing emergency occurs outside of normal daytime hours, you will have to pay an emergency call out rate.
Emergency call out rates can vary strikingly.
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 complex job, the charges can become very high because their hourly emergency rate will also be higher.
It’s not exceptional 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 working hours.
How to Save on Emergency Plumbing
When an emergency plumbing job arises, you don’t have time to shop around and find the cost effective rates.
Rather than be enforced forced to take the 1st plumbing company you can find at 2 a.m., prepare in advance by finding After Hours plumbers in your area and keeping their contact details handy. A simple safeguard like this can save you hundreds 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 attended to 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 ly and are subject to market forces.