How Much Does Plumbing Cost?

There is never a convenient time to have a plumbing problem, but getting plumbing issues fixed as early as possible should be a priority for homeowners in Oakville and Halton. After all, the sooner you get a problem fixed, the less likely it is to become a bigger and more expensive problem.

Oftentimes, people worry that when they call in a plumber to their Oakville or Halton home, that it is going to come with a big price tag. While professional plumbing services can be expensive, they don’t always have to be so. Here are a few factors that go into determining the cost of plumbing service.

Labour Costs

Perhaps the most significant factor in any plumbing job is going to be the amount of labour involved. Generally speaking, the amount of labour needed to unclog a sink is going to be much less than the amount of labour needed to install a water heater.

While many companies - including ours – offer 24/7 emergency service, the cost for labour will also usually be higher when the work is done outside of regular business hours. If you have a real plumbing emergency, however, you will often find that the extra cost is worth it and that it will still be less expensive than waiting and having to pay for repairs from mould or water damage later on.


Another factor to consider is whether you will require any parts to be installed during your service. Routine maintenance or fixing a clog will likely not require any parts at all, fixing a toilet may require a very inexpensive part, but replacing pipes or a water heater could be quite costly.

The complexity of the Job

As you might suspect, some plumbing jobs are routinely easier or more complex than others. What you might not realize is the same service in one home might be more complicated in another home. Take installing a sewer line, for example. In one house, it might be reasonably straightforward where the connecting line is in close proximity to the mainline. But with another home, there might be a greater distance to cover, which can increase the cost. And if there are obstacles such as trees or landscaping in the way, it can affect the cost even more.

That’s why for certain jobs, a plumber may have to visit your home in order to give you an estimate.

Energy Efficiency

While a visit from a plumber may cost you money in the short-term, it is also important to consider how it might save you money in the long run. One way that a plumber can help you save money is through energy efficiency.

Energy-efficient showerheads, toilets and faucets can reduce your water usage by as much as 70%. This will add up over time on your utility bills!


Another consideration when calculating the cost of plumbing service is the rebates that you might be eligible for. Utility companies and municipal programs often offer rebates for switching to energy-efficient fixtures or for installing a sump pump. Residents of Oakville and Halton can contact McKenna Plumbing to find out which rebates they might qualify for.

At McKenna Plumbing, we always make sure that our prices are fair and competitive. If you require plumbing service in Oakville or Halton, give us a call today.