Plumber under sinkDiscovering a plumbing problem usually creates two stress points. The first is worrying about whether the issue will result in water damage or a messy cleanup. The second stress point is cost. It’s nearly impossible for a homeowner to estimate how much a plumbing repair will cost before calling the plumber. All you can do is take a deep breath and trust that you’re putting the repair in the hands of a qualified professional. While you’re waiting for the plumber to clear up the problem, consider the following factors about bathroom plumbing repair in Pittsburgh, PA, and how they impact your cost.

Type of Plumbing Problem

If you look at a schematic of the plumbing system in your home, you’ll see a system made up of pipes and water lines. The pipes appear to meet in a central location, the main sewer line. You’ll also see water lines. Don’t forget the vents designed to prevent sewer gases from entering your home. Schematics sometimes make things look so simple, don’t they? What drawings can’t do is identify ordinary vs. complex plumbing repairs. Repairs for dripping faucets, running toilets, and clogged sinks won’t usually cost as much as a sewer line break or a septic tank leak. Replacing a worn faucet washer costs less than replacing a leaky U-joint under the sink.

Location of the Job

Another factor that impacts the cost of home plumbing repair is the location of the problem. For example, if you have a stubborn clog in the bathroom sink, your plumber has easy access to the trap. If the plumber discovers the reason for your toilet backing up lies in the sewer line, things can get complicated. If all the plumber needs to do is deal with a major clog at the cleanout, it’s a relatively simple job. Cost increases if you have a leak in your sewer line. Plumbers use specialized equipment and need more time to determine the location of the sewer leak or break. The repair usually requires digging up part of Burst pipeyour yard or driveway.

Is the Repair an Emergency?

Most plumbers have a 24-hour phone line for customers to call when they have a plumbing emergency. That clogged sink or the toilet leaking from around the base isn’t an emergency. When a pipe bursts, a water heater springs a major leak, or sewage backs up into your home, you have a real plumbing crisis. If you need emergency plumbing service at night or on the weekend when it’s after regular working hours, most plumbers charge more than for a routine visit. It’s a little like going to the emergency room. You’ll pay more than what you would pay if you wait to make an appointment with your doctor. Few things impact the cost of plumbing repair in Pittsburgh, PA, more than time. Most plumbers have a standard charge, an hourly charge, and an emergency visit charge. If you need help with a plumbing problem, contact the team at Stahl Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re available 24/7 when you call 412-273-1000!