At first glance, it might seem like plumbers are charging too much. But when you break it down, the price begins to make sense. This is not always the case, though. There are plumbers that have no problem exploiting their clients. Hence the reason for getting at least 3 quotes before making a final decision.
As for working with honest professionals, here are common reasons why plumbers charge so much.
They Have To Cover Costs And Labour
Always remember that plumbers need to make a living like everyone else. In other words, a profit has to come from the work they do. This means they have to take into account certain factors and costs. For example, travel expenses to and from your home or business will make up a small percentage of the quote. Then you have to consider the parts they need to do repairs or installations.
Plumbers Bring All The Necessary Tools
In order to do a good plumbing job, you need the right tools. But how many people make it a habit to stock up on plumbing tools? There is also the matter of using these tools correctly. At the end of the day, tools can get expensive, especially if you have to purchase them. The good news is that plumbers bring all their own equipment and tools. And while the cost of the tools does not formally add to the quote, it forms part of the overall service. You’ll likely be surprised to understand just how expensive trade plumbing supplies can be, and that’s at no fault of the plumber.
Much of the pipework is made of copper and steel, and there are certain situations where plastic simply won’t do. You have to appreciate the quality materials they bring to the job because it essentially means you’re likely to have too many issues in the future, such as leaks and burst pipes. If there are any plumbers that rely on the cheapest material, it’s unlikely their work workmanship will be as ‘bulletproof’. So always take a vested interest in the materials they use, because it does affect the quality of installations to some extent.
They Do The Job Very Quickly
If you have to be honest with yourself, how long will it take to fix a pipe or unclog a drain? For someone without experience and tools, the task can take quite long. And the longer it takes to fix the problem, the more inconvenient it makes your life.
A plumber will quickly assess the problem before they get to work. Their knowledge and experience allow them to get through repairs and installations much quicker, and this is something to think about when looking at the price.
You Typically Get A Workmanship Guarantee
A professional plumber will always leave you with a workmanship guarantee. So, if the same problem surfaces or you have issues with new pipes that were installed, you can call the plumber and ask them to come back. But this time around, you do not pay.
Once all the elements of a plumbing service are listed, the cost does not seem as expensive anymore, does it?