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Hourly and Fixed Rates of Plumbing

December 30, 2020
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If you are looking into the services of a plumber, there are two types of pricing you need to keep in mind. The first option is paying an hourly rate whereas the other option is paying a fixed rate. Since there are two very different types of pricing that exist, it’s up to you to determine which option is best for your budget and the project you need work done on. 

Fixed-Rate Plumbing

For this type of pricing, your final bill is decided due to the project, not the number of hours that were taken to complete it. For example, if you need help with a leaky drain, there are set prices for this type of service, even if it takes ten minutes or three hours. There are a few exceptions that come with this type of pricing. 

Even if your plumber fixes the problem area, there might be some additional work that’s required. This additional work will be charged differently from the fixed price you were originally playing. For instance, if the blocked drain that your plumber is fixing shows signs of damage, they might require to fix it. From there, another cost will be added to get the job done right. Because fixing the additional issues along with the initially blocked drain is crucial, the customer will need to decide if this is a charge they are willing to pay for. 

With many fixed rate plumbing services, there will be an additional fee for calling out a plumber to your property. Sometimes this fee can range from $50 to $100, depending on where you are located. A large benefit of deciding to pay per project is that you may be able to include added fees into the price. By discussing any additional charges prior to the job starting might allow more freedom in what the plumber is allowed to repair and what they should leave alone. 

Plumbing Services Charged By the Hour

The second method of payment is how most workers get paid, which is by the hour. This means that no matter the issue needed to be fixed, the amount of payment will solely depend on the amount of hours worked. For example, if you called for a plumber to fix a clogged toilet and they took three hours to do the job, then the payment would be charged for 3 hours. However, similar to the fixed payment option, additional features will be charged a different rate. 

Depending on the plumber, each hourly rate differs. If the plumber you are calling is very experienced, they may charge hourly from around $90 to $160. The benefits of hiring a plumber hourly is that many companies that supply these workers are 24/7, allowing any issue that you have the easy fix. The only downside to this option is that comparing prices may be more difficult because you will have to consider the time it will take one worker over the other. 

Deciding Which Type of Payment Is Best

In order to hire the right kind of plumber for the services you require, will be made easier by doing your research. By looking  at different companies and different ways of paying for their work, you will be able to find the right fit. It helps to speak to each company and find out what exactly is included in the set price, and what would be additional fees. Its best to keep in mind that sometimes the cheapest cost wont always bring the best services and solutions, so by doing your research and trusting your gut, you will get your money’s worth.