The Ultimate Guide to Plumbing Repair Costs

Matt Marandola
Written by Matt Marandola
Reviewed by Joseph Wood
Updated April 12, 2022
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Plumbing repairs cost around $325 on average, but it comes down to the individual job

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Plumbers tackle all sorts of repair jobs. Whether it’s something simple like unclogging a drain, or something major, such as installing new water treatment and purification systems—they handle it all. Because of this big variety in repair jobs, you could end up paying anywhere from $175 on the low end up to $3,000 on the high end.

How Much Do Bathroom Plumbing Repairs Cost?

The average cost of 5 common bathroom repairs, averaging $200 to $300 per type

From hot showers to bubble baths, you count on your bathroom to help you get ready in the morning or relax after a long day at work. So when something goes wrong, whether it’s a leak or low water pressure, you want to get it fixed fast. Here’s a look at a variety of plumbing repair issues and what their costs could be.

Bathroom Clog Costs

Clogs in the bathroom can happen in the sink, toilet, and tub. Often, the biggest culprit to clogs is too much hair or other debris stuck in the main drainage pipe of that particular system. If the plunger isn’t getting the job done, it’s time to hire a local plumber.

For simple unclogs in any of these areas, expect to pay a flat rate of around $200.

Toilet Repair Costs

Toilet repairs are often simple, as most of the repairs take place in the tank or in the drainage system itself. Expect to pay around $250 for parts and labor for a toilet repair. If the ceramic of the toilet itself is damaged, it might be recommended to buy a new toilet. A new toilet costs around $400 on the low end and over $10,000 for high-end models.

Bathtub and Shower Repair Costs

Problems with the drainage systems, cracks to the surface of the tub, and leaks springing from the wall are all common bathtub and shower problems. The cost to repair the surface of a bathtub or shower is around $300 on average. But this will vary depending on the amount of damage.

Leaking pipes will cost around $250 to fix, but this isn’t the final cost. You’re likely going to need to pay for drywall repair afterward, which is around $500, depending on the size of the repair.

Faucet Repair Costs

Sometimes the faucets of a sink or tub fly off when you least expect it. Or maybe the cold water only spits out hot water. Faucet repairs cost around $250 because it’s typically easier to replace the faucet rather than trying to repair it.

Sink Pipes Repair Costs

There are a few signs your bathroom plumbing needs repairs other than a leak. Water pressure problems, oddly colored water, and a knocking sound are all signs of a sink piping problem. Expect to pay around $300 for sink piping repairs.

How Much Do Kitchen Plumbing Repairs Cost?

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The kitchen is often people’s favorite place in the home. It’s the place where you daydream about leftovers and grab yummy snacks late at night. So when something goes wrong here, it typically needs attention ASAP.

Kitchen Sink Clog Costs

Tackling a kitchen sink clog is different than a bathroom clog, as there’s a garbage disposal that needs to be worked around carefully. If you have a double-sink, then this only adds an extra step to the process. Expect to pay around $300 for kitchen sink clogs.

Garbage Disposal Repair Costs

If it’s the garbage disposal giving you a headache, then you’re looking at around $400. Like faucets, it’s often better to replace the system rather than trying to get an old one to work and hoping for the best.

“If you’re already having plumbing repairs done in your kitchen, consider putting in a new disposal,” Joseph Wood, Expert Review Board member and Master Plumber and Founder of Boston Standard Company. “It’s a great time to consider upgrading your kitchen.”

P-Trap Repair Costs

The P-trap pipe is a pipe that helps keep sewer gas from stinking up the house—especially in the kitchen where you’re meant to make food that smells delicious. A P-trap repair will cost around $275.

Dishwasher Repair Costs

It can feel disheartening when you open your dishwasher after running a load and everything is still dirty. This could be a problem with drainage, the dishwasher filter, or with the dishwasher jets. Dishwasher repair costs around $300.

How Much Do Home System Plumbing Repairs Cost?

Average costs for 9 major plumbing repairs, with a drain line averaging at $700

Home systems refer to anything that impacts the home as a whole, rather than only specific portions. This includes the water heater, sewer mains, or the plumbing materials that run throughout the house.

Water Heater Repair Costs

Unless you’re a fan of cold showers, you’re likely going to notice if your water heater isn’t working. Water heater repair costs around $550 on average.

Septic Tank Repair Costs

Septic tanks are one of the most time-consuming repairs. It requires digging and often even means disconnecting it from the home to inspect it. Because of these factors, expect to pay around $1,500 for a septic tank repair, depending on the hourly rate set by your plumber.

Sewer Main Repair Costs

Sewer mains also require quite a bit of digging. But since this pipe can run the entirety of your yard and into the street, there’s going to be a lot of dirt swung around. If your sewer main needs repairs, expect to pay around $3,000.

Water Main Repair Costs

Water mains help bring water in and out of the house that doesn’t interact with the sewage system. Since this is more localized than sewer mains, you’re likely only going to spend around $900 typically.

Drain Line Repair Costs

Drain lines help bring the waste and water from the home into the sewer main. These plumbing repairs will cost around $700, depending on which part of the drain line needs the repair.

Water Treatment and Purification System Repair Costs

Water treatment and purification systems tackle the minerals and toxins that can build up in the water. Instead of letting it get on your skin or in your body, this system clears them out so that your water is safe to use. A water treatment and purification system in need of repairs will be around $500.

Well Pump Repair Costs

While well pumps aren’t as common as they used to be, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. If your home has a well pump and it breaks down on you, expect to pay around $900 for well pump repair, depending on where your pump is located. Problems underground tend to raise the price significantly more than the pump portion found in the home.

Sump Pump Repair Costs

The sump pump helps remove water from areas like the basement so they don’t flood. One of the signs your sump pump needs repairs is if you start to notice flooding in one specific area of the home rather than from the windows or pipes. Sump pump repairs typically run around $500.

Home Repiping Costs

Unfortunately, homes built 30 to 40 years ago used piping materials that are no longer allowed. This could be because of toxic metals, easily damaged materials, or simply poor quality for piping. When you hire a plumber, they’ll let you know if your pipes are out of code and you need to update them.

If you need to repipe a home, expect to pay around $5,000. However, this depends on the square footage of the home.

FAQs About Plumbing Repairs

How much does an emergency plumber cost?

An emergency plumber that requires work to be completed after normal business hours or on holidays will be around $150 extra. Though this may fluctuate based on whether the plumber charges a flat rate or an hourly rate.

How long do plumbing jobs take?

Because plumbing repairs have a wide range in terms of scope, job completion may vary. Simple jobs such as an unclog, garbage disposal replacement, or toilet repairs will only take two to three hours. Large jobs that require digging up yards and checking pipes may take upwards of one to two weeks.

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