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.

Water tank

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If your loft contains a water tank then there is every chance that it may leak or develop corrosion at some point, which can be a major problem. The usual fault this type of tank develops is down to corrosion due to age. But the cold weather or wear can cause problems with the washer or ball valve, leading to leaks from the overflow and the need for repair.

These leak problems are usually simple for the plumber to remedy and should prove to be an inexpensive job. But sadly, most leaks, due to corrosion of the tank, are only usually spotted once the water leaks and damp marks start to appear on your ceiling. If this is the case then your plumber will need to empty the tank completely before repairing it.

Repairing a water tank

In the majority of cases your water tank can be repaired with epoxy resin adhesive or by using an epoxy coating. Any further signs of corrosion can be repaired at the same time or the tank can be blasted with grit to clean the surfaces and stop further corrosion. Some experts may advise that the tank is further lined to finish the repair and give a greater level of peace of mind.

Mending a water tank can be a time-consuming repair and may take most of the day. But repairing your water tank will almost certainly be far cheaper than purchasing a new one and having it installed. If you have to call a plumber in for any other reason then do get them to give your water tank the once over. It may well save you a call out charge later on, as well as some expensive redecoration work.

Repairing a hot water tank

Your hot water tank may well become corroded and eventually fail over time, with pinhole leaks or small cracks in the tank being the main problem that needs repairing. Repairs to the tank can usually be made with heated copper or with epoxy. This should hold the repair and stop any further leakages. Bear in mind that the repair may take a while, as the tank will usually have to be drained or tested to find the leak and repair it.

New tanks can be costly, so it is usually worth having a repair rather than replacement if you are on a budget. But do remember that any repair will also eventually fail. If you decide to have a new tank instead of a repair then you should ask if your plumber will give you any discount if they can take away the old one to a scrap dealer. Many will factor this into the price, but it is good to be clear about this when the cost is agreed.

Rated People surveyed 49 of our plumbers across the country to give you an idea of the approximate costs for a range of work on 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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