The national average cost to repair a faucet will be around $196. The true cost will depend on location, labor, parts, number of repairs, the cause of the problem and how much damage there is to fix. Depending if you decide to hire a plumber, the cost of doing it yourself may be more cost effective if everything goes well. When you decide to do-it-yourself there are still risks involved even if you’ve rewatched that youtube video 5 times, it may be that your faucet is completely different then from the type they are showing. Regardless of the outcome it would still be a good idea to have a plumber check to see if you’ve repaired your faucet correctly as this may be of benefit and will cost much less than having a plumber repair it from the start.
Lets say your faucet needs an immediate repair and its best to replace the entire sink, the cost to install a new sink will be anywhere around $75 -$215 plus the cost of the sink. A leaky sink will spike up your water bill if the amount of water is continuous. Hiring a plumber when faucets begin to leak will in many instances pay itself off within a few months as nothing is severely damaged in the first stages. Along with leaking faucets come bigger worries such as water damage on flooring, drywall or furniture near faucet(s). If a plumber sounds too pricey at first, get a free estimate before you decide the route you will go with.
Many common problems faucets have are faulty plumbing and fixtures. Its tedious work that by taking care of can decrease water bills and not cause damage to your home. The US Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that the United States alone wastes 1 trillion gallons of water annually from leaky faucets. On average 10% of homes across the nation leak more than 90 gallons a day which increases water bills by an average of 10% a year.
If you’re unaware or are curious to figure out if you have a leaky faucet you may want to do the following. First start by checking your water meter and writing down the number it shows. Then you’ll want to refrain from using any water from your home for at least 2 hours, this means water that’s connected to your fridge, toilet or hose. When the 2 hours are up go back outside to check your water meter and write down the numbers it shows. Compare both numbers to see if there’s a difference, if there is a difference this may suggest you do in fact have a leak somewhere that’s gone undetected.
A leaky drain may have given rise from a clogged drain if so the cost of repairing a clogged drain will be added to the cost of repairing a leaky faucet. On average a clogged drain costs between $150-$200. Most clogged drains are found in the kitchen or toilet as food particles and oils over time will not allow water to drain correctly. Lucky for your most clogged drains are taken care of with pouring down a large pot of boiling water. You’ll notice that the use of chemicals down drains are never at the top of a plumbers list as these chemicals sometimes do more bad than good which can later ruin any pipes the chemicals latch on to.
Still going over your options here are a few more. Check your faucets’ warranty before you replace it, higher end brands have longer year warranties that may cover your needs. Before replacing your faucet go over the types of warranties offered and pick the overall best. Don’t buy the first faucet you like, check prices online and in person to get the best offer. And as always before having a plumber fix your faucet make sure they stop by to give you a free estimate before you commit.