To answer this appropriately, yes many plumbers tend to be more expensive on weekends and may add in an additional fee if it’s an emergency. Plumbing rates will usually depend on the company or plumber if they consider weekend plumbing a luxury. It comes to no surprise why plumbers will charge an additional fee if you have a plumbing emergency on a weekend. Many cultures and societies view weekends as the days off for the work week. We understand most emergencies happen on weekends when the majority of the labor force has these days off to spend more time indoors and invite guest over. On the contrary, a large portion of plumbing companies will not charge additional fees for emergencies on weekends, personally we view this as a cheap way to take advantage of clients in need. Honest plumbing companies will likely have an hourly rate ranging between $45-$200, based on the job. For simpler tasks, such as replacing a faucet or unclogging a drain, these plumbers tend to have a flat fixing rate ranging at $70-$120 even if it’s a plumbing emergency. If the assignment is more complex, rates increase to $100-$400 dollars. Naturally, you will find plumbers charging extra for weekends because those days are also their days off. As a plumbing company ourselves we know emergencies don’t wait for a weekday.
Do plumbers work 24/7?
Similar to the question above, the answer is based on the worker and business. However, since plumbing emergencies occur at any given time many plumbers will work 24/7 and require an additional charge. It’s a myth, emergencies don’t rest on weekends; pipes can burst in the middle of the night. A bursted pipe needs to be dealt with quickly because it will have a negative impact on the structure and surrounding areas near the break. It’s true, restaurants that operate 24/7 can suddenly have a gas leak at 4 am. Larger plumbing services will likely be there to rescue anyone whose plumbing company operates 24/7, like ours. Freelance workers may not have the ability to be at two places at once when they are called for an emergency, instead they have to decide who is in greater danger. High Speed Rooter treats every emergency with the proper care they need and we will never have to decide whose emergency is greater since we have licensed professionals on duty at all hours of the day. Remember for your safety it is important to always have multiple contact information of plumbing services to secure the safety of your home or business in case you run in to a company who doesn’t offer a 24/7 operating plumbing service.