Let's clear things up right away. Finding a plumber at $20 an hour is impossible. Finding an affordable plumber to unclog a sink or toilet or to repair a water leak is a very popular search on Google.
Every week, we receive hundreds of calls and service requests for a plumber from individuals or businesses. All seek a plumber that is available, professional and especially cheap. But what is an affordable plumber?
The price of a plumber seems to be a very strong criterion of choice, which passes surprisingly before the plumber’s:
- Accreditations (like his RBQ license and his insurance)
- Guarantees offered
- Customer service
Find an affordable plumber
Finding a plumber at $20 or 30 $ an hour as we sometimes hear is impossible. The reason is simple. The prices of plumbers are not free. In Quebec, plumbers' fees are set each year by the Corporation of Master Plumbing Mechanics of Quebec (CMMTQ). For the most up-to-date rates, refer to the hourly rates of reference. Depending on the nature of the work, plumbers also have financial obligations to respect towards the RBQ depending on the work to be done.
Price of a plumber for residential work
The price of a plumber for residential work will range from $70 to $100 an hour depending on his experience, location and nature of work. The reference hourly rate of the CMMTQ is $96.31. Hourly rates are generally doubled for emergencies, evenings, weekends or holidays.
Price of a plumber for commercial work
The price of a plumber for commercial work will range from $100 to $160 an hour. The reference hourly rate of the CMMTQ is $103.21.
Whether the work is residential or commercial, hourly rates are generally doubled for emergencies, evenings, weekends or holidays.
You see, finding a cheap plumber for like $20 an hour as we sometimes hear, is not really possible because plumber prices are somewhat regulated.
The price of travel and equipment rental for plumbers
Plumbers charge travel expenses to visit the premises. Travel expenses are usually from $40 to $80. They also charge rental fees for equipment such as a camera, a data feeder or a leak locator. Again, there may be a higher charge for work done on the evenings, weekends, and holidays.
What plumbers' prices include in Quebec
To be in business, plumbers have fixed costs that they must cover with each hour worked:
- Social advantages
- Compensation Fund
- Security equipment
- Health and Safety (CNESST)
- Health Services Fund
- Employment Insurance
- Quebec Parental Insurance Plan
- Régie des rentes du Québec
- Training Fund
- Residential sector contribution
- Qualification fund
- CMMTQ contribution
- AECQ contribution
- Contractor's License
- Contractor's License Bond
- CCQ levy
- Service Truck
- Equipment and tools
- Overhead (administration, advertising, etc.)
Doing business with a professional plumber that gives the highest value for your money
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