Plumbing tends to be taken for granted by most people, until they find themselves facing major plumbing issues that the DIY YouTube videos they have been watching can’t solve. A well-maintained plumbing system is crucial to our comfort and health! This is why homeowners will always need master plumbers to help save the day. When your toilet backs up at 2 a.m., you need to be ready to pay any repair cost.
*Please note, Adams and Son Plumbing offers this guide to the most common plumbing repairs and their average cost. The costs listed are based on national averages and are not intended to be considered a quote for services performed by Adams and Son Plumbing.
1. Clogged Pipes
There are many reasons for clogged pipes, such as environmental (tree roots) and foreign objects (baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, etc.). The most common type is toilet clogs. The average cost to repair can range from $152 to $202.
2. Blocked Drains
Blocked drains are caused by waste water accumulation – such as built-up grease and food, which is common in kitchen sink drains. They are the direct result of clogged pipes. A broken drain pipe could lead to a plumbing emergency, such as flooding and water damage. To repair a drain pipe could cost around $549, depending on the circumstances.
Most bathroom drain clogs result when dirt, skin flakes and hair binds to soap scum on the walls of drain pipes. Over time, this gunk accumulates and reduces water flow. Blocked drains are also a common problem for washing machines, and can cost anywhere from $120 to $500 to repair. All these problems could be reduced or avoided by waste monitoring, and by refraining from flushing foreign objects. If neglected, drain problems could be highly costly and frustrating to deal with, not to mention the serious health risks they can cause.
3. Leaky Faucets
Another common plumbing problem is leaky faucets. If neglected, they can turn into a very costly repair averaging around $341. In addition, leaky faucets can waste thousands of gallons of water over time, and result in higher water bills. The repair may be relatively simple, or require installing a new faucet.
4. Water Heater Repair
The water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home. Problems can include water leaks and low hot water pressure. The most common problem is issues with heating elements. What could be more frustrating than hopping in the shower and not finding any hot water? While some minor plumbing fixes can be done on your own, replacing a heating element – or the water heater itself – requires a plumber. National average to repair a traditional tank-style water heater is $460. This cost could depend on other factors, such as the type of water heater, and the possibility of needing additional repairs.
While some types of problems are the inevitable result of passing time and mechanical parts wearing out, others, as you’ve seen, can be prevented – or at least postponed. If you’re the type who isn’t intimidated by plumbing issues and enjoys being hands-on, you could be a plumber yourself! Licensed plumbers can make a comfortable living and receive great benefits. Depending upon where they live, they can earn $160 to $430 for a typical project, with hourly rates varying from $45 to $150. An emergency plumber can make up to $100 to $125 per hour. As we discussed in a recent blog post, older plumbers are retiring and leaving room for a new generation. A plumbing career could be worth considering.
So whether your call is at 2 a.m. for an emergency plumber or during regular business hours for a non-emergency fix, it’s always best to have an experienced plumbing contractor you can depend upon. Every plumber at Adams and Son Plumbing is a state certified Master Plumber, ensuring the highest possible level of service. Contact us today.