Setting the Right Budget & Costs

Estimated Cost for Plumbing

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Disclaimer: Please note these prices are average, do not include materials and are offered as guidance only, to help you budget when posting a job on contacted 52 independent Tradesmen across Ireland to give you an idea of the approximate costs for a range of work on external doors. 

We asked for the average price on the following:


  • Shower
  • Bath Tub
  • Toilet
  • Water Tank
  • Radiator
  • Appliance
  • Taps
  • Wash Basin or Sink

Removing Blockages

  • Toilet
  • Wash Basin
  • Sink
  • Shower
  • Bath


  • Water Tank
  • Appliance
  • Pipe
  • Radiator
  • Taps
  • Wash Basin & Sink
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Toilet
  • Boiler




Shower Installation €125 €300 €175 €425

The overall cost of your new shower, as well as how much your plumber will charge, is largely down to the kind of unit you buy as well as the parts that go with it. Obviously, installing a stand-alone shower will cost much more than a shower that uses your bath as the shower pan. Likewise, adding shower doors (rather than curtains) will add to the cost, as will more fancy shower heads.

Installing a new shower

The main choice when picking a new shower is whether to go for a gas boiler-powered shower or an electric shower. Opinions on which is best differ wildly and can also depend on the pressure you get from your mains water. But it is always best to consult your plumber or a specialist shower installer for their opinion.

Electric shower and power shower units usually come in at more than the mixer and temperature control that is needed for a shower that can run from your combi boiler. But the price differences are not so significant as to be a real deciding factor in the long run. Some plumbers prefer to not deal with electric showers, so you should find one who can deal with both types if you want an honest opinion about what is best for you in terms of installation and running costs.

Shower add ons

Choosing your shower head is one of the most personal parts of buying your shower, as you can pick from something that offers power or something that is perhaps more pleasing on the eye and even has that vintage watering can look to it. Whichever you choose, your plumber should be able to install it and can even offer advice up front.

The same goes for shower pans and other add ons such as sliding height adjusters that hold your shower head. Your plumber can also advise on taps, wet rooms and the installation of fans to remove moisture from the air when you shower. This is especially important in small shower rooms. Just remember, the more complex or unusual your plans, the more you can expect to play your plumber to carry them out.


Bath Tub Installation €200 €300 €250 €425

The bath tub itself will doubtless be the most costly part of your new bath installation. But labour costs from your plumber or other tradesmen can add up if you are introducing a bath to a new room, moving the location of your bath or fitting something unusually-shaped. Some of the cost will be down to moving or installing pipes, taking down settings and fittings from the existing bath and making good any damage that removal causes. This could be replacing tiles, repairing plaster or even re-laying flooring.

Installing your new bath

The material your bath is made of will determine its price, but the quality and materials of the surround, taps and fittings will also add up. An experienced plumber will usually know how to get the look you want for the least cost, so do invite them round for advice as well as simply for a detailed quote.

Also, if you want that clawfoot tub in your bedroom you will have to realise that there are plenty of extra plumbing costs involved that will make sure the water gets to your bath and that your floor does not end up a sodden, dangerous mess. You should also take bath capacity into account, as a larger bath will cost you more in both water (if metered) and heated water from your boiler or hot water tank. If you have a small hot water tank and not a combi boiler then you may have to consider a larger tank to go with your larger bath installation.


Toilet Installation €150 €250 €175 €400

Installing a replacement toilet should be a simple job for your plumber, as most of the fittings are standard and there are not a huge number of variables as far as the installation goes. If, however, you are having a toilet installed in a new or different location then your costs will rise, as you will need to have new plumbing installed and (naturally) the toilet hooked up to your waste system. Most toilets come with a water-saving dual flush nowadays, but your plumber should be able to advise you on any other eco-friendly or water-saving innovations.

Installing a toilet

Part of the labour of fitting a new toilet is in taking the old one out (if there is one). This can be time-consuming in labour terms, as can removing it and disposing of it. Similarly, some toilets can be cumbersome items to bring up the stairs and install.

It won’t be a five minute job, but it should not take too long for a simple installation. The pan itself should be quick to install once the old unit is removed, but setting up a cistern can take a while to get right, as it may need some fine tuning.


Water Tank €175 €300 €250 €425

The main costs when installing a new water tank will arise from the need to remove the old tank and then install the new one, which could mean a considerable amount of labour hours. Obviously, these are large and heavy items, so your plumber will generally need a hand with the job from a colleague when installing and removing water tanks. Installing a new tank may mean the need for new or altered plumbing, especially if the location of the tank is being changed.

Replacing cold water tanks

With the rise in use of the combination (or ‘combi’) boiler, there is less need for cold water tanks in houses in the UK nowadays. These tanks were used in the past to provide water to refill the hot water cylinder and also to provide (non-drinking) water to some taps in the house.

A new water tank would now mostly only be installed to replace an old or corroded water tank without the need to change your water heating or central heating set up. Your plumber should be able to advise the best course of action should your water tank fail and be beyond repair.

Installing hot water tanks

The chances are that if you are having a new central heating or hot water system installed then you will opt for a combination boiler rather than use a hot water tank to heat and store water. This is because the new combi boilers are more eco-friendly and more economical in their use of fuel. But if you already have a hot water tank that is beyond repair then you will need to install a new one. Your plumber will need to drain and remove your old tank before installing the new one.

This can be time-consuming, so you need to factor that into your final bill. Any changes in location or type of hot water tank will also increase the cost of the job, as this may require extra plumbing work and new pipework. When asking for a quote do ask if the scrap value of the old water tank is included in that calculation. Copper tanks and pipes can be valuable as scrap and some plumbers may give you a discount for this, whereas others will just automatically factor that into the cost. Replacement electric immersion heaters will also add to the cost of a new hot water tank installation.


Radiator Installation €150 €225

When you are installing radiators a large amount of the cost will be down to the radiators themselves, which can range from DIY store basics to salvage yard vintage and modern designer models. The number being installed will also drive costs, along with whether you are putting radiators into an existing central heating system or starting from scratch with a new system.

Adding one more radiator in the spare room or a downstairs bathroom should not take more than a few hours, although this will depend on how your system is set up and the accessibility of pipes. Each radiator that is fitted will need to be measured, hung, set up and fitted into the plumbing system of pipes, which will mean cutting and soldering or sealing pipes. The radiators will also need to be tested as a part of the whole heating system. So you will need to multiply the time taken for one radiator by the number of radiators you are having fitted to give an idea of cost and time.


Appliance Installation €75 €125 €100 €200

Installing a new appliance, such as a washing machine, washer-dryer, dishwasher or dryer is very much bread and butter work for your plumber. If you have not had a similar appliance before, or if you are moving appliances, then your tradesman will have to plumb it into the water supply and hook it up to an outlet for drainage.

They will then run the machine to make sure that it works. Where you are replacing an old appliance then your plumber will simply hook the new appliance up to the existing set up, replacing any hoses or pipes as necessary. They may also take away any old appliances (always check this first). Many appliance retailers offer this install and take away service as a part of their after-sales service nowadays.


Tap Installation €50 €150 €75 €200

The main cost when installing new taps or mixers in your bathroom will be the taps themselves, which range from very standard budget items to the precious metal versions you might see in your average footballer’s mansion. But you largely get what you pay for in terms of quality and materials.

Tap choices are generally about what you like the look of and you should be able to get good advice on what is right for your at your local DIY outlet. Your plumber can also help you with your selection and come along if you wish, but that would be an additional cost. Alternatively, if you are just replacing broken taps then your plumber should be able to pick you up something similar from his supplier.

Fitting new taps

Fittings are mostly standard on taps, but you should check to make sure they will fit the bath or sink you want them for, as this will save wasted time for your plumber (which is time you will be paying for). If you have the taps before your plumber arrives then do get them out and check the fit, as well as that all the parts are there.

This is especially important if you have bought reclaimed taps or second hand taps. Whether you wish to fit your taps to a new wash basin or an existing sink, you will find that your plumber will be able to fit and have the taps working in a very short space of time. No plumbing changes should generally be required to fit taps.


Wash Basin €125 €250 €175 €350
Sink €125 €250 €175 €350

The price of your wash basin or sink will determine the overall cost of installation, but the main price cost as far as your plumber is concerned is whether you intend to change your set up or not. If you are replacing like with like then the installation time will be minimal. But if you are getting a larger sink, a pair of basins, or moving their location, then the plumber may have to change pipework, install new plumbing and remove old fittings.

Do also consider that you may find that you need to call in a tiler or decorator to fill gaps where the old sink or wash basin was. Before buying your new sink or wash basin you should measure up to make sure they fit in the space you want them in. Sinks and wash basins do not come in standard sizes, so it is not as simple as just picking the one you like at the DIY superstore or bathroom showroom.

Installation of your new sink or wash basin

If you are having a sink installed in a new location or a wash basin installed in a new bathroom or toilet in your house then your plumber will have to run pipes to that room, but otherwise they should be able to simply fit the wash basin to existing pipes. Any old lead pipes will need to be replaced with copper or plastic and your plumber will also earth any metal pipes for safety. He or she will also seal the point where the basin or sink meets the wall (if it is wall mounted), or work tops, to avoid water running down the back of it and ruining your décor.




Toilet Blockages 100 250

Blockages in your toilet are usually down to items that have been disposed of in the pan and flushed away. These can vary from toilet paper to nappies, or even toys dropped down there by children. But if a plunger does not remove it then your plumber will have to come out, inspect the problem and remove the blockage. The scale and the location of the blockage will determine the time taken and hence the cost.

Simple local blockages can be broken up or removed by your plumber, using tools or flexible hoses. If you think of the route that your waste takes to get from your toilet to the sewage system, then this is the length of pipework that your plumber may have to investigate and potentially inspect so that he can remove the blockage and get your toilet working again. This can be very time-consuming, especially if he has to replace or repair pipework that is beneath your floor. Removing blockages may involve cutting and removing lengths of pipe and this will tend to be more unpleasant and time-consuming when dealing with waste pipes.


Wash Basin Blockages €50 125

Wash basin blockages tend to be the result of compacted hair, cosmetic products or items that have been dropped down the plughole at some point. If you have tried a plunger or a commercial unblocking product then you should call out your plumber, who will investigate the blockage by using tools or a flexible hose to snake out the problem, or by undoing and removing pipework.

In most cases the cause will be found local to the wash basin, in the trap between the plughole and the pipes to the drain. This will make for a very quick repair. But if problems are down to cracked, corroded or broken pipes further down the line then removal of any blockages can be both time-consuming and costly. This is because your plumber will have to investigate the pipes that lead from your wash basin to your drain. Pipes may have to be cut and replaced at any point along this pipework, some of which will be beneath your floorboards.


Sink Blockages €50 125

Blockages that occur in your kitchen or bathroom can be down to anything from food waste and fat, to hair or items that have been dropped down the sink. These are common problems and your plumber should be able to remove any blockage, even if using a plunger or an unblocking product such as caustic soda has not worked.

Removing a blockage will usually just mean undoing the pipes beneath your sink and removing any accumulated waste. But your plumber may have to use tools such as a flexible snake hose to feel out deeper problems. If tools cannot break up or remove any blockage simply your plumber will have to investigate the pipework itself, which can be a painstaking process that can take a good deal of time, especially when dealing with pipes that run beneath the floor. Pipework may have to be cut and replaced to removed blockages, with outside pipework needing the once over as well. Any corroded, damaged or cracked pipes will also have to be replaced.


Shower Blockages €50 125

If your shower is flooding or not draining as fast as it should be, then the chances are that there is some form of blockage between your plughole and the drain. Plunging should remove any simple blockages, such as hair, and caustic soda, or a branded drain unblocking product, should shift most build ups of soap or dirt. But there are some blockages that cannot easily be removed by the homeowner.

Happily, most blockages will be able to removed by your plumber within an hour or two, with the use of a flexible hose or by taking some pipes apart by your plughole. If, however, the blockage is deeper down or is due to corroded pipes then it will take longer to remove and, in some cases, could be an all day job. This is because your plumber will have to investigate the pipes that run from your shower to the drain. They may have to unscrew sections of pipe or cut in to them to remove the blockage, as well as replacing any damaged pipework.


Bath Blockages €50 125

If the bath water is draining away slowly or even not at all, then it is likely that you have a blockage somewhere in your set up, whether that is just below the plughole or right down in the pipework. A simple plunging or use of a drain unblocking product from the supermarket should be enough to solve most blockage problems, but there will also be cases where you need to call out your local plumber.

In many cases your plumber should be able to simply remove any panels around your bath, access the pipes that connect it to the waste and remove blockages of hair, soap or even the odd dropped toy or razor. Anything deeper into the system can mostly be dealt with by your plumber’s tools, such as a flexible hose or tools used to break up blockages.

But in some cases, your plumber will need to fully investigate your pipework. This can take some time, as the pipework runs from your bath to your drain, going underneath floorboards as it wends its way out of your house. In some ways the removal of blockages is a trial and error affair, but your plumber should have the expertise to know where the problem is. In serious cases pipes may have to be undone, removed or cut open and it can take time to do this as well as to replace or repair pipes that have become blocked, whether due to wear and corrosion or by the introduction of a foreign object.




Water Tank Repair €100 €200 €200 €500

If your loft contains a water tank then there is every chance that it may leak or develop corrosion at some point, which can be a major problem. The usual fault this type of tank develops is down to corrosion due to age. But the cold weather or wear can cause problems with the washer or ball valve, leading to leaks from the overflow and the need for repair.

These leak problems are usually simple for the plumber to remedy and should prove to be an inexpensive job. But sadly, most leaks, due to corrosion of the tank, are only usually spotted once the water leaks and damp marks start to appear on your ceiling. If this is the case then your plumber will need to empty the tank completely before repairing it.

Repairing a water tank

In the majority of cases your water tank can be repaired with epoxy resin adhesive or by using an epoxy coating. Any further signs of corrosion can be repaired at the same time or the tank can be blasted with grit to clean the surfaces and stop further corrosion. Some experts may advise that the tank is further lined to finish the repair and give a greater level of peace of mind.

Mending a water tank can be a time-consuming repair and may take most of the day. But repairing your water tank will almost certainly be far cheaper than purchasing a new one and having it installed. If you have to call a plumber in for any other reason then do get them to give your water tank the once over. It may well save you a call out charge later on, as well as some expensive redecoration work.

Repairing a hot water tank

Your hot water tank may well become corroded and eventually fail over time, with pinhole leaks or small cracks in the tank being the main problem that needs repairing. Repairs to the tank can usually be made with heated copper or with epoxy. This should hold the repair and stop any further leakages. Bear in mind that the repair may take a while, as the tank will usually have to be drained or tested to find the leak and repair it.

New tanks can be costly, so it is usually worth having a repair rather than replacement if you are on a budget. But do remember that any repair will also eventually fail. If you decide to have a new tank instead of a repair then you should ask if your plumber will give you any discount if they can take away the old one to a scrap dealer. Many will factor this into the price, but it is good to be clear about this when the cost is agreed.


Appliance Repair €50 €150 €100 €250

Your washing machine, dishwasher or even your tumble dryer can all need the attention of a plumber at some point in their lifespan. Although your plumber is more likely to be called out to deal with leaks caused by faulty machines, pipework or blockages than a technical malfunction with the appliance. Your plumber should be able to repair or replace any damaged or leaking pipes or hoses in next to no time, but they may take a little longer to discover the problem if your kitchen flood is down to a blockage somewhere in the pipes that these appliances empty into.

Some plumbers can also deal with technical or electrical problems with appliances, or have someone on their team who specialises in this. It is always worth checking the troubleshooting guide in your appliance’s instructions or visiting the manufacturer’s website before calling out a plumber, especially if your appliance is still under guarantee. As a general rule, if you think the problem is outside the appliance then call the plumber, if the problem is inside the appliance then call the manufacturer. This may save you a call out charge from your plumber.


Pipe Repair €125 €200 €250 €350

When they are working, your pipes are a very simple system of moving water around your house, whether for drinking, washing or heating. But when they go wrong they can be a real pain, with the cost of repairing them can stretch from just a few pounds to a few hundred pounds. Symptoms of leaking pipes vary from loss of water pressure or boiler pressure (and your pilot light going out) to damp patches on the wall or ceiling.

You will certainly notice a burst pipe (which often happens due to freezing), but most pipe problems that require repairing are tiny fractures or pin-prick holes that are due to age and wear or problems elsewhere in your system. Though, of course, there is always that day when you go to hang a picture or nail down a floorboard and hit a pipe instead. The leak there should be obvious and getting on the phone to a plumber once you have tried to stem the flow is essential.

Repairing pipe leaks

Those hard-to-find leaks in pipes are where your plumber’s expertise comes in and allows him to find and get on with repairing the problem pipe, whether it is plastic, steel or copper pipe. In most cases, the solution will be to replace the length of pipe that is damaged, or replace a part of it and make a new joint.

Similarly, repairing leaky pipe joints will usually involve replacing the failing piece of your pipework. Temporary repairs are possible, but if a pipe is damaged in one area it is likely to fail in another, so replacing the whole of the leaky pipe is best.


Radiator Repair €125 €200 €250 €350

Radiators are one of the items in your house that you should consider having checked annually, or at least every other year. Radiators work far more efficiently if they are bled regularly, which is something your plumber can easily show you how to do yourself. This will keep them running well and may stop the need for later call outs.

Your heating expert can also give the whole central heating system the once over. Bleeding the radiators means that the whole of the radiator heats up, rather than just a part of it. A well-maintained system keeps your house warm and saves you money on your energy bills. Repairing minor faults with radiators before they become a problem is always a worthwhile investment and this should be a fairly quick job.

Repairing leaking radiators

If you have leaking radiators then they will not be working efficiently and will need immediate attention to stop the problem getting worse. If you have such a leak your boiler pressure may drop without warning and you may notice drips or dampness around the joints on pipes or at the base of the radiator. Any good plumber should be able to repair this quickly. However, it can take more time to solve the problem if the leak occurs in pipes beneath your floorboards.

Your plumber or heating engineer will locate any leaks and then test the system to make sure it is running properly before making any necessary repairs. If bleeding the radiators or repairing leaks does not lead to fully functioning radiators then your plumber may decide to powerflush your heating system. This involves sending pressurised water through your radiators and pipes, collecting corroded metal flakes and parts via a magnetic filter. This is not a lengthy process, but it will require specialised equipment and often mean an extra charge.


Taps Repair €75 €125 €125 €250

Calling your plumber out in order to repair a tap may appear to be a job that is too minor for them to be concerned with and too small for you to pay for. But the irritation caused by a dripping tap and the potential harm that the leaking tap may cause, mean that it is well worth bringing in a professional.When your tap is dripping, or when water is bubbling from one of the joints in the tap, you are wasting water. And if you are on  a water meter that also means you are wasting money.

Right tools for the tap repairing job

Your plumber knows about fixing or replacing all types of taps, as well as having specialist tools to do the job right. Having the work done early may save you the need to replace costly taps and you can also ask your plumber to check other taps, as well as carrying out any other small jobs or tasks you may have in mind.

An experienced plumber will be happy to use the time you are paying for to carry out preventative maintenance work, rather than simply solve the problem quickly and then leave, charging you for a callout. Water pressure issues and heat issues are all things that your plumber can help you with in relation to your taps and these are usually fairly simple to solve by fixing other parts of your hot water system or repairing leaking pipes.

Repairing a dripping tap

Simply disassembling the tap and replacing the washer is largely something of the past in terms of modern plumbing. Most mixer taps now contain a cartridge-style washer. These can be replaced, but it can be both simpler and cheaper to replace a whole tap or mixer than to repair them in many cases.

Then there is the fact that it is not simply the washer in your taps that can wear or become faulty and need repairing. This really is a case where some of what you are paying for is the plumber’s expertise and their ability to diagnose a fault, whether it is the trapped air that causes strange banging noises or a persistent drip. In most cases, your professional will have the parts needed for a repair in their van or at least know of a nearby plumbers’ merchant who can supply the materials right away.


Wash Basin Repair €50 €125 €125 €250
Sink €50 €125 €125 €250

Taps can be the most troublesome items in your bathroom, but you may also have occasion to call your plumber out to repair your wash basin or kitchen sink. The main problems that you may encounter are blockages or the actual basin or sink coming away from the wall. In the case of the sink or wash basin becoming detached from the wall, there is usually a simple solution and your plumber should be able to repair it and reaffix it without too much trouble.

This can mean filling or re-drilling holes in your wall, as well as strengthening the point at which the sink or basin attaches to the wall. Leaving the sink detached may mean damage is caused to the wall, the sink or the pipes that run through the base of the wash basin. It may also cause water to spill out more easily and damage fittings or skirting boards. Your plumber may reapply sealant at the point at which the sink or basin top meets the wall to stop water getting below the sink or basin and causing more problems.

Problems in the sink or basin

Blockages in the plughole, trap or waste pipes are the most common problems that people find with their sink or wash basins. Plungers or chemical unblocking products you buy in the supermarket should help with the most basic of blockage problems, but if this does not help then a plumber will need to assess the problem.

Undoing pipes may look tempting to you, but plumbers are far more adept at undoing plastic or copper pipes and seeing what the problem is. Corroded or damaged pipes are a common cause of blockages, but waste products such as hair are often the problem. If your sink isn’t draining correctly then your plumber may well have to flush the pipes and explore any potential problems that could occur with external waste pipes and drainage.

Repairing the cracks in wash basins and sinks

Ceramic or porcelain wash basins that have become scratched or cracked can still be repaired and sealed by experts and your plumber should be able to help with basic repairs. Extensive repairs to, for example, antique sinks will require a restoration expert and with cheaper standard sinks, you may find replacement cheaper than repairing the basin. Ask your plumber for an assessment of the problem and for a quote as to whether repairing your sink or basin will be more economical than buying and installing a replacement.


Shower Repair €125 €250 €250 €450

A broken shower can ruin your whole day, whether you use your shower to wash your hair of a morning or to get clean after a trip to the gym. So making an early call to a plumber to repair any faults with the shower is a good idea. You will usually find that the cost of repairing a shower is far from excessive and you may well end up with a better service from your shower as a result of having it serviced. The most common problems with showers relate to heat and water pressure, with both usually being insufficient.

A plumber should be able to help with these, whether your system runs off an electric unit or via your gas boiler. But do check first, as not all plumbers deal with electrical units. For an expert, repairing the issue with low or high shower water heat could be as simple as making some small adjustments to your boiler. Similarly, a plumber could offer to fit a pump to help with water pressure or simply advise using a different type of shower head. Many plumbers will have a spare shower head and other parts on their van and should be able to show you how a different type of shower head could improve your mornings. They should also be able to descale your current shower head to make it more efficient.

Repairing faulty showers

Leaks and drips in your shower are often the result of faulty taps, shower heads or shower hoses. In most cases your plumber will be able to repair these parts or advise on reasonably-priced replacements that will improve your shower experience. A plumber can also investigate your whole water system and see how other parts of it may be responsible for drips, water pressure problems or situations that cause your taps to run unevenly or not at all.

Many plumbers will also be able to inspect the bathroom fan that keeps your shower from causing condensation. These ventilation fans can sometimes become clogged with dirt, dust and even hair and become inefficient over time. They can also come away from their fitting on your ceiling or wall, but repairing them should be fairly cheap and simple.

Repairing shower doors and shower pans

Any experienced plumber will also be able to help with repairing the shower pan or the shower doors, whether your problems with these concern leaks or physical damage. Leaks often occur when the seal on your shower door perishes or it can be down to poor fitting or assembly. Shower doors can be re-sealed, repaired or adjusted as necessary and this should not be a lengthy job.

Similarly, poorly fitted shower pans that have begun to leak can be repaired. This usually requires taking the pan up and adjusting the levels of the surface beneath it. Cracks and cosmetic scratches on your doors or shower pans can be repaired, although a specialist expert will need to to deal with any deep scratches. Making this kind of repair should still be cheaper than buying a replacement, especially if you have something more than standard range pans or doors.


Bath Repair €50 €125 €150 €250

A bath can be one of the most costly purchases we make when designing our new bathrooms, so you will want to ensure that you repair any problems as they occur, to avoid extra costs. Repairing a bath is standard work for most plumbers, who will have worked with a variety of models, from plastic to porcelain or even cast iron. The main hitches that plumbers are called out to repair are leaks and problems with taps. Leaks are often down to drainage problems, which can be the result of a bath being improperly installed or subsequently slipping so that it cannot drain efficiently.

There may also be problems with the drainage, plughole or pipes. Your plumber can investigate all of the possibilities and can utilise their expertise to diagnose the problem before repairing it. Having a plumber in to make repairs means that the problem is looked at as a whole rather than just dealt with one piece at a time. So your plumber can repair taps or fit replacement taps as needed, while also looking at drainage issues or leaks due to loose or corroded pipes.

Plumbing problems are often connected or have an effect on other parts of the system, such as heating. An experienced and qualified plumber will be aware of all potential problems and you should always remember that you are paying for his expertise as much as for any physical work that may need to be carried out.

Repairing your bath and fittings

The amount of time that a plumber takes on dealing with problems with your bath or fittings, may depend on how your tub is set up. If your bath is built into a tiled setting then it can take more time to carefully investigate and repair than if it were a freestanding clawfoot tub. Scratches, chips or scrapes in your bath can be dealt with by your plumber in many cases, but ask first, as they may also work with a specialist who is adept at repairing surfaces on your bath, regardless of the materials it is made of. Simple repairs will be quick and inexpensive, whereas resurfacing work in your bath could be expensive as it may require a specialist.


Toilet Repair €50 €125 €150 €250

The majority of problems that may lead to your toilet needing repairing will be down to clogging, overflowing or the flush not working properly. If using a plunger on the toilet bowl, or re-attaching the flush mechanism, does not solve the problem then you will need to call a plumber out immediately.

Expect to pay an hourly rate for a plumber repairing your toilet, which is usually a simple job for a professional. Your plumber should be able to locate the problem quickly and they should carry any common parts needed on his/her van.

Blockages are generally easy for a plumber to repair, but the problem can consume more time and thus become more expensive if there is a fault with the drain or the outlet to the sewer. The reassuring thing about paying for a plumber to effect repairs is that they will be able to rule out all possibilities, as well as liaising with neighbours or service providers when dealing with problems that require this.

Your plumber will also be able to repair any toilet seat problems. These usually occur where the toilet seat becomes loose and moves around or becomes uncomfortable. In repairing your toilet seat, your tradesman can replace nuts or screws as needed, as well as advising on whether it may be best to fit a new seat.


Boiler Repair €175 €375 €350 €800

If you have ever had to call out a plumber or heating engineer to repair your boiler on a freezing cold wintery morning then you will know how costly and time-consuming a process that is, as well as how ecstatic you feel once it is working once again. The need for repairing your boiler can often be avoided by annual maintenance, but everything has its shelf life. There is every chance that your boiler will eventually fail, break down or become faulty.

In most cases your boiler can be repaired, rather than replaced by a Gas Safe-registered plumber or heating engineer. You should always check that anyone repairing your boiler is on the Gas Safe Register, as registration is a legal obligation. This should ensure that whoever does the repair and maintenance work on your boiler is up to date with the latest in boiler technology. Unqualified gas engineers may well be cheap, but an incorrectly-repaired boiler is likely be extremely dangerous. It is always better to pay for the cost of a qualified professional than worry about whether the repair is safe.

Why your boiler may need repairing

Reasons that your boiler may need to be repaired include the fact that it is losing pressure, not firing up properly (especially with an ‘on-demand’ combi boiler) or the timer switch is malfunctioning. The most dangerous fault with a boiler is one where fuel is not burning correctly and the pilot light is burning orange rather than blue, sending carbon monoxide back into your home. Purchasing a simple carbon monoxide detector will help you avoid any such dangers, but a qualified plumber or heating engineer can check and service your boiler to make sure that no such dangers exist.

Ignition problems with your pilot light may be due to mineral or dirt build ups on the ignition mechanism and your plumber should be able to repair this quickly. Problems with the system staying ignited are often down to a simple loss of pressure over time, which is usually quick and simple for your plumber to diagnose and resolve. A good heating engineer will be happy to show you how to remedy simple pressure problems by topping up the pressure via the valves underneath your boiler.

Repairing your boiler rather than replacing it

Boilers are fairly simple in terms of engineering, but parts can go wrong and may need replacing. Even if your boiler develops a complex fault your heating engineer or plumber should be able to diagnose and then repair it. Most boiler repair experts will have replacement pipes, timers or switches on hand, although some more specialist parts may need to be ordered in.

Modern boilers may need circuit boards replacing in order to get hot water and heating on the go again and this can prove expensive in some cases. But even this kind of repair is preferable to replacing the boiler in cost terms. Always remember that boiler failure is often a symptom of a problem elsewhere in the system, such as a leak. Any time taken by your plumber in diagnosing the problem ahead of repairing a boiler or central heating problem is always money well spent and will save you cash in the long run. A good boiler will last you up to 20 years, so it is always advisable to buy a good brand named appliance and have it regularly serviced.


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