How much is a plumber in London?


    How much do plumbers charge? This question plagues many homeowners.

    With every new year, there is always something new to do in a property. Whether it is a new plumbing installation, or a gas boiler installation, it cost you money. But the question is: how much?

    There are several things to consider before asking for a quote:

    • Your location compares to the company location. It is the biggest factor which can make a big difference in the prices.
    • What kind of work needs to be done. ( It is plumbing work, heating work or perhaps gas work, like boiler installation?)
    • The length of the work. Most of the plumbers are charging per hour. There is a really important reason for it! Some work is just cannot be estimated.
    • Materials. If you need materials, that is obviously an additional cost.
    • Timing – is it an emergency? Weekend, bank holidays and 24-hour call outs will cost you more.

    What is the hourly rate of a plumber?

    Costs for hiring a plumber vary according to the type of job, the length of time it will take, and whether or not it’s an emergency. The rates you find on plumbing sites are for labour only. Any materials needed to be used are additional expenses on the to of the plumbing labour.

    Hourly labour rates

    A professional plumber is working on an hourly basis. Typically, no matter how small the job, they will charge for at least an hour to cover their overheads, salary, parking, time etc.

    Discounted Half a Day and Daily rates

    A daily rate means 8 hours of work and is normally calculated less than the hourly rates.

    • We estimate that a typical day rate will range from around £300 to £350
    • We estimate that a typical day rate will range from around £450 to £550.

    Let’s break it down.

    1. Plumbers in London

    Prices vary depending on your whereabouts in the UK. London and the southeast are typically more expensive than other areas in the UK. Because we are talking about London, bear in mind the cost of the parking, congestion charge on top of final labour and material cost. ( not to mention the parking restrictions)

    The average plumber/hour cost in the UK can be anywhere between £20 and £60, but in North London, this labour price starts at £60 and can go up as high as £120+VAT. ( These are the standard charges from 8 am – 5 pm)

    We already mentioned the parking cost, but there are some other things that can impact the final cost of the plumbing work.

    • Disposal of any appliance. You may be able to save money by taking responsibility for waste disposal. Just take the waste to your local recycling centre.
    • Ease of access to the job ( Parking restrictions etc.)
    • Whether they will need to drain the system
    • If it is really a plumber work, or not. ( some customers are not aware of differences between plumber qualification, and heating or gas engineer. Heating engineers and gas engineers are more expensive to hire)
    • Material pick-up ( like everyone else, the plumber’s time are not free. Their schedule is very strict and well calculated. They cannot just pop into the nearest Screwfix to pick up materials, which would cost a delivery otherwise unless it’s agreed. Normally there is a material pick-up charge. ( starting from £30 or £40/ pick up)
    • Cancellation fee

    However, the final plumber cost is normally a combination of the time taken and the costs of the parts.

    We made a list of the average charges and length based on the North London plumbers

    Plumbing work prices in North London

    1. To Fix a dripping tap

    bathroom tap

    Fixing the issue asap can save significant amounts of both water and of course money.

    Average prices and length

    • Price range: £75 – £160
    • The average length is 1 to 2 hours.

    2. Install, or replace a tap

    Accessing the water source is one of the main components when calculating the length of the repair, or installation.

    Average prices & length

    • Price range: £95 – £186
    • The average length varies, can be an hour of work, but in some extreme cases can take 3 hours.

    3. Fix a leaking pipe

    • As well as potentially damaging your property, it can cause boiler pressure issues, as well as heating system problems. Time and price are vary due to cause differences.

    Average prices & length

    • Price range: Starting at £90
    • The average length varies, can be an hour of work, but it can be days, depending on the main cause of the issue.

    4. To fix a leaking radiator

    • A leaking radiator not only will cause you higher bills, but it also won’t heat your home properly.

    Average prices & length

    • Price range: Starting at £95
    • The average length varies, can be an hour of work, but it can be hours, depending on the main cause of the issue.

    5. Leaking toilet

    • A leaking toilet can cause damage to your floor, but more importantly, it is wasting a lot of water, therefore your water bills will be very high.

    Average prices & length

    • Price range: £80 – £260
    • The average length varies, can be an hour of work, but it can be hours, depending on the main cause of the issue.

    6. To replace a toilet

    • Replacing an entire toilet is a relatively large job and should always be carried out by a professional plumber, who holds public liability insurance.
    Average prices & length
    • Price range: £260 – £400
    • The average length of replacing a toilet is around a half-day work ( 3-4 hours), depending on the circumstances.

    7. To replace a sink

    • Any kind of sink is a heavy-duty item that should always be removed and replaced by a qualified professional.

    Average prices & length

    • Price range: £120 – £260
    • The average length of replacing a sink is around a half-day work ( 3-4 hours), depending on the circumstances.

    8. Install a radiator

    • The cost of radiator installation is depending on the type of installation. Whether you need a replacement to the same location, or you will have a brand new radiator to be installed to a new location.

    Average prices & length

    • Price range: £150- £800
    • The average length of replacing a radiator is around 1 or 2 hours, however, to install a new radiator in a new location will take much longer, depending on the number of the radiators.

    For more accurate prices, check the costs near you

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    Why choose MML Plumbing plumber’s in North London

    All Plumbers:

    • Are qualified
    • Are gas safe registered
    • Are insured
    • Providing a good customer service
    • Trustworthy and reliable

    Why choose us as a company

    If you are looking to hire a local plumbing company, but are not sure how to find a good plumber, click here to see our guide on how to find a good plumber near me.

    As a reputable local company, we can reassure you that you are in good hands with our experts.

    Our prices are friendly and affordable. Our pricing system is transparent and within competitive rates.

    We are covered by Public Liability Insurance

    We are gas safe registered

    Online customer support at 24/7

    Online price request opportunity

    Just to name a few.

    Our rates – value for money and transparent

    MML Plumbing Ltd is the only North London based plumbing, heating and gas services company that has a clear and transparent pricing system. 

    Hope this little calculation of the average cost of the plumbing job helped you to get an idea of how much you are looking at when calling out a plumber in north London or around the UK.

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    Bear in mind that not all plumbers are qualified to work on your central heating system, such as radiators, water heaters especially not on boilers.

    Plumbing costs are different when you call an emergency plumber.

    Emergency plumber costs are vary depending on the location and the call out time.

    Call out fee is not common, but it can happen. Most plumbers are charging the first our reasonably.

    The most common plumbing jobs such as plumbing repairs and new installations are charged on standards plumbing hourly rates which is the labour costs only.


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