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How Much Does a Plumber Cost?

plumber connecticutA leaky pipe or clogged drain can cause stress if you aren’t well-versed in plumbing. We understand that getting quotes from a professional can be a hassle when you aren’t sure what the work should cost. It’s hard to shake the fear that you might be getting taken for a ride.

With that in mind, we want to take you through the variables that affect the cost of plumbing jobs that Homestead Comfort handles in Windham, Tolland, and Hartford counties. We’ll also give you some tips for limiting how much you spend when hiring a plumber.

Factors That Affect a Plumbing Expense

Many variables affect how much you pay for even run-of-the-mill plumbing jobs.

  1. The area of the country you live in determines the average rate for plumbing work.
  2. The type of job is a significant factor. For example, a clogged drain will require less time and labor than installing a new sink.
  3. The materials involved will affect the cost. Particularly for an installation, high-end materials will tack on additional expenses.
  4. Urgency is always a factor. An after-hours emergency repair to restore hot water can be pricier than a non-urgent job.
  5. The personnel required generally affects the cost. Work that involves multiple assistants will be pricier. But as we’ll discuss later, choosing a cheap, unlicensed plumber is not a good idea.

Additionally, plumbing work can escalate. You might have outdated pipes or valves that need to be replaced, or there could be water damage or mold. The unforeseen issues will increase the cost of the work.

4 Tips for Limiting How Much You Spend on Plumbing Work

The costs listed above aren’t minor. So how can you be sure you’re getting a fair deal for quality work? Here are four ways to limit your financial risk when it comes to plumbing.

Get to know your home’s plumbing

You don’t need to become a professional. Just learn the basics, like where your main shutoff valve is and approximately how old your pipes and water heater are. This will help a lot when discussing your plumbing service needs.

Ask for written estimates

As discussed, plumbing jobs can balloon in cost. When looking for a plumber, ask for written quotes so you can compare the services included.

Use a licensed plumber

You might be tempted to go with the cheapest option out there, but this can lead to more expenses down the road. At Homestead Comfort, all our plumbers are licensed by the State of Connecticut, certified by manufacturers, trained, experienced and insured. You can be confident that our quoted price will be transparent and fair — and we’ll do the job right the first time.

Arrange multiple plumbing jobs on the same day

If you already have someone coming for a plumbing installation or repair, think about whether there’s other work they could do. If there’s an old faucet you’ve meant to update or a clogged drain in the guest bathroom, consolidate these jobs into one visit. It will probably save you money!

For the most dependable plumbing team in eastern and northern Connecticut, contact Homestead Comfort today.