Setting the right budget

How much should you expect to pay?

We know it's difficult to estimate how much a project will cost, that's why we've surveyed our tradesmen to give you an idea of how much you should expect to pay for specific jobs. Tradesmen all across the country have contributed to the cost guides, so the costs you see are an approximate national average.

Wash basin and sink

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Wash basin repair £50 £100 £100 £200
Sink repair £50 £100 £100 £200

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.

Rated People surveyed 49 of our plumbers across the country to give you an idea of the approximate costs for a range of work in your home. 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 Rated People. For a free quote tailored to your specific requirements, please contact our local plumbers.


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