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We know, we know – you can Google the answer for nearly anything these days, or YouTube for that matter.

Although here are some of our answers to the most common questions or a few stories about our experiences that you can learn from.

How much does a plumber charge per hour?

The general rate or charge for a qualified plumber per hour is $90 plus GST.

An apprentice plumber charge per hour is $60 plus GST.

In all cases though it is best to get a confirmed quotation as each plumbing service job will vary in terms of location, difficulty and what is required. We provide Free Quotations.

Do plumbers charge by the hour?

A plumber may charge by the hour or a fixed charge depending on the scope of work required.

Some jobs are quick and simple and done with a fixed cost charge while others may be a little more involved and would require an hourly rate.

How much does it cost to get a plumber to unclog a toilet?

The cost to get a plumber to unclog a toilet in Sydney will vary between $90 and $500.

A process of elimination is required starting with a simple plunge but it not resolved, moving to jet blasting or even a CCTV camera inspection of the blocked pipes. Given there is not complete access available sometimes it isn’t a simple cause to know what is clogging your toilet. 

How much does it cost for a plumber to fix a leak?

The cost for a plumber to fix a leak can really vary depending on the type of leak it is e.g a tap leaking, a water leak on the floor, water logged backyard etc.

So the cost to fix a leak could vary from $90 to over $10,000 depending what or where the leak is located, what access is like and how major the leak is.

How much does a plumber charge to install a toilet?

A plumber’s charge to install a toilet actually varies based on different factors such as;

  • Does this include removing the existing toilet?
  • Supplying a new toilet?
  • Rubbish removal of existing toilet?
  • New tiling required around the base or wall?
  • Addressing any clogged pipes.
  • Moving a toilet to a different part of the room.

Every scenario is differnt so the cost for a plumber in Sydney to install a toilet will vary greatly.

What exactly does a plumber do?

A plumber provides a range of services such as;

  • Tap maintenance.
  • Clearing blockages.
  • Hot water systems.
  • Digging new pipes.
  • Detecting leaks etc


Plumbers install and repair pipes that supply water and gas to, as well as carry waste away from, homes and businesses.

They also install plumbing fixtures such as bathtubs, sinks, and toilets, and appliances, including dishwashers and washing machines

That may mean clearing existing sewers , running new services, fixing old services, maintaining existing services

Why is plumbing so expensive?

A plumber service is expensive as it is a highly skilled trade which requires a license & involves a high level of risk for people or properties.

After 6 years of education a plumber can then deal with  gas, storm water mains to a house, sewerage etc. Any errors can cause a flood, an explosion or more.

It is extremely labour intensive work on one of the most crucial parts of a business or house – no water or sewage means no showers or going to the toilet.

All plumbers need to abide by the National Construction Code (NCC) put in place by the national governing body for plumbing regulation the Australian Building Codes Board.

Do you have to pay a plumber up front?

Sometimes you need to pay a plumber up front if the job is small or ‘on the spot’

At other times it may be agreed to pay via Invoice or if the job is on a larger scale a payment agreement will be put in place.

What questions should I ask a plumber?

It seems a little silly but these are the questions you should ask a plumber before allowing them to work on your home or site.

  • Are you qualified?
  • Are you licensed?
  • Do you have any references?
  • How long have you been in the trade?
  • Is there any warranty on the work?
  • If this was your site what would you do?
  • Is there any customer satisfaction guarantee?

What are the main types of plumbing systems?

Plumbing systems are typically made of either steel, copper or plastic.

Are lead pipes illegal?

No. Copper pipe and tubing were widely used for domestic water systems in the latter half of the twentieth century. Demand for copper products has fallen due to the dramatic increase in the price of copper, resulting in increased demand for alternative products including plastic or steel.

What is considered a plumbing emergency?

  • A burst pipe.
  • An overflowing pipe.
  • A blocked sewer.
  • A gas leak.
  • A gas smell.
  • Sewerage in a public place.

How can you tell where a water leak is coming from?

“Where is a water leak coming from” is a million dollar question we get asked all the time. In most cases it isn’t as simple as finding the leak where the water is gathering. The water could be travelling from another location or even from multiple spots. Using our experience, specialist equipment and expertise we can find a leak, then fix it.

How do plumbers unclog drains?

Yes a plumber can unclog a drain using various techniques such as an electric eel or a jet blaster depending on how tough the situation is.

Can you use a sink auger in a toilet?

No. Although if you do consider doing this, can you have someone film it with a mobile phone and upload it to YouTube, we think it could be entertaining.

How do I unclog my main sewer line?

Unclogging a main sewer line could require various approaches depending on how bad the blockage is. We can use a CCTV camera to inspect the lines and then professional equipment like a water jet high pressure blaster to clear the problem.

How do you check if I have lead pipes?

You can check if you have lead pipes by organising a site inspection by a qualified plumber in Sydney. We can use our CCTV high resolution camera to look into your pipes.

Do all plumbers charge for estimates?

No, a plumber typically does not charge for estimates. They may charge for their time if they are required to source products or dispose of rubbish.

How much does a 24 hour plumber cost?

A 24 hour plumber normally costs double the daytime hourly rate. Nu -Trend can provide a quotation over the phone. 

Keep in mind that typically an 24 hour plumber in Sydney is leaving their family in the middle of the night to come and provide you an emergency service, hence the cost is higher than normal.

How much do plumbers charge for emergency calls?

An emergency call normally costs double the daytime hourly rate. Nu -Trend can provide a quotation over the phone. 

Keep in mind that typically an emergency plumber service in Sydney is dropping everything to attend to your needs, hence it is a higher charge.

How do I know if my plumbing is bad?

You can work out if your plumbing is bad based on how many times your drains clog, your taps leak or you have smells from sewage. We can provide a complete inspection of your site to give you an assessment.

Do plumbers unclog drains?

Yes a plumber can unclog or fix blocked drains.

What are signs of sewage backup?

You can detect sewage backup by paying attention to ;

  • Bad smells.
  • Leaks.
  • Gurgling.
  • Toilet filling up.
  • Overflowing drains

Will Drano unclog sewer line?

Well let’s just say that sometimes marketing hype can overtake the actual delivered results.

How do you unclog a toilet quickly?

The fastest way to unclog a toilet quickly would be to get a toilet plunger and clear it yourself. If that is unsuccessful you may have another underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

How much water is used in a 5 minute shower?

Well Google says you might use 10-20 litres mer minute during a 5 minute shower, although a lot will depend on your piping system, where your water comes from, the type of taps or even shower head you use.

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