Plumbing Costs In Singapore (Updated 2021)

Almost every home will experience a time when you urgently need a plumber. Be it a burst pipe or a leaking faucet, when something goes wrong with your plumbing system, the speed of repair is crucial.

Leaks can soak floors, damage foundations, or cause mould, which can make your home unpleasant. In this case, you may want to look for plumbers directly and get a direct quote.

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Plumbing Prices In Singapore

The cost of hiring a plumber depends on what the job is. We provide a cost estimate below, but do note there are several factors involved when it comes to hiring the right plumbers.

In general, the more experienced and more complex the job, the more expensive the plumbing project will be. Be sure to arrange for a PUB licensed plumber to visit your place to fully assess your problem and advise you on the total repair costs, giving you our most competitive pricing.

Another good tip is to get an onsite assessment of your plumbing problem or give the plumbers as much information as possible over the phone so that they can provide the best estimate to you.

Bathroom Plumbing Rates

Description of services Rates
Clearing clogged toilet bowl/toilet bowl choke $60 – $200
Rectify water discharge into the toilet bowl (replace new siphon) $80 – $140
Supply & installation of toilet bowl $200 – $300
Replacement of bottle trap for sink $50 +
Supply and installation of WC $250 +
Replacement of WC flush cistern $80 +
Replacement of water tap From $60
Replacement of shower set From $140
Supplying & replacement of toilet/WC flush system From $140
Replacement Instant Water Heater To ask professionals
Replacement Storage Water Heater To ask professionals

Kitchen Plumbing Rates

Description of services Rates
Replace kitchen sink/basin tap/faucet $60 – $150 +
Supply & installation of basin $150 – $180 +
Replacement of kitchen sink/basin $50 +
Supply & Replace Bottle Trap for Kitchen Sink $50 – $70 +
Replacement of Sink Basin $40 +
Replace Sink/Basin/Cistern flexible hose $30 – $50
Supply & installation of basin $150 +

Water Leakage Detection

Description of services Rates
Labor & equipment to detect water leakage of concealed pipes in HDBs and condominiums $120 – $200
Labor & equipment to detect water leakage of concealed pipes in a landed property including underground pipes S$250 and above

General Plumbing Rates

Description of services Rates
Labor & material to repair exposed copper pipe leak or UPVC Pipe $80 – $200 +
Supply & replace bottle trap for kitchen sink $60 +
Replace Sink/Basin/Cistern flexible hose $60 +
Clear floor trap choke/clogged floor trap $50 – $150
 Supply Labour & Material to Install Piping for Whole House $800+

Emergency Plumbing

Description of services Rates
Transportation / Troubleshooting From S$80

***PRICE LIST: Actual cost is calculated after the onsite access. Prices will differ between companies. The prices listed here are only an estimate based on information Homees has and is not representative of the whole industry.

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Factors that Affect Plumbing Project Costs

When it comes to hiring a plumber, prices may differ depending on the following factors:

  1. The complexity of the job: The more complex a task, the more expensive it will be. Factors such as fixture quality, quantity, job time, location and when you need the job done.
  2. Years of Experience: In general, the more experienced the plumber is, the more they will charge per hour.
  3. The urgency of the job: The more urgent the job, the higher it will cost. Be prepared to pay extra for services at after-working hours or odd hours. Holidays, weekends and after-hours emergencies will cost more.

Plumber Cost Tips

Hiring a reliable and knowledgeable plumber can save you money in the long run. Follow these steps to find the right plumber while keeping in budget and avoiding future problems:

  • Get a firm estimate in writing. Make sure you’re apprised of any issues that may arise and get them to send you the estimates (preferably with black and white, even in digital form).
  • Be aware of first-hour and trip fees. Most plumbers and rooting companies charge upfront fees or higher rates for the first hour just for showing up, though those fees usually can roll into the cost of repairs and renovations.
  • Compare quotations: The lowest bid may not always be the best, as these are tactics often employed to attract customers before charging extra for add-ons. Clarify possible add-ons before starting the project.
  • Consolidate jobs to save money. If you know you’ve had a leaky faucet in your bathroom for weeks, ask your plumber about it while he or she is working on your toilet. It could save you money in the long run.
  • Company background. In Singapore, most plumbing areas require a license to operate. Check out our article on questions to ask plumbers.

 

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Cost To Install A Faucet

Most homeowners need to replace their faucet after a few years of use. It is also common for homeowners who are renovating their bathroom or kitchen or doing a remodelling or upgrade.

Faucet comes in all kinds of brands, and having a durable one with the correct installation can save money in the future and may help to increase the value of the home.

Types of Faucets

Though there are many different brands of faucets, they can be generally grouped into the following:

  • Kitchen faucets
  • Bathroom faucets
  • Faucet finish
  • Types of metals: brass, stainless steel, copper, chrome, zinc and other metals and materials, including plastic, glass and wood.

Faucet Installation Cost Factors

  • Job supplies for faucet installation – the price of the faucet itself
  • Equipment allowance for faucet installation – per job basis
  • Removal of bathroom faucet – per tap basis
  • Faucet installation cost – per tap basis
  • Basic labour for faucet installation
  • Removal of faucet installation waste

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Cost To Install A Bathtub

Bathtubs, if installed in a bathroom, will definitely transform the look and feel of the bathroom. Due to it being a major project, there are many factors to take into consideration. You may want to look for bathroom remodelling professionals for advice.

Types of Bathtubs

Like faucets, there are many different kinds of brands and bathtubs for you to choose from. A few of the more popular ones include:

  • Alcove tubs – walls surround these tubs on three sides. They help maximise space in a smaller bathroom.
  • Corner tubs: As its name implies, corner tubs are installed in a corner, and are typically bigger
  • Freestanding tubs: These tubs are not installed on a wall, and are sometimes used to be statement pieces.
  • Under-mount tubs: These are luxurious options, where they are designed to be installed at floor level.

Bathtub Installation Cost Factors

  • Bathtub installation cost – depending on the tub itself. Expect to pay more for higher quality, luxurious tubs like high-end marble or cast iron.
  • Basic labour for bathtub installation – hourly basis
  • Job supplies for bathtub installation
  • Removal of bathtub installation waste

Installing a bathtub can be tricky, as the product itself may be brittle and may shatter upon the possible heavy impact installation works. The tub also needs to be level to ensure it drains properly.

As such, it is advisable to engage a bathtub installation company for such a project.

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Cost To Install, Repair and Remove A Water Heater

Installing a water heater typically require a higher level of skill compared to usual plumbing works. It is best to talk to a few water heater installation companies and compare the catalogue and quotations before hiring one.

Water Heater Installation Cost Factors

  • Heater cost
  • Labour costs
  • Job supplies
  • Equipment allowance
  • Debris disposal

Water Heater Repair Cost Factors

For water heater repair works, the cost factor is much more straightforward. Depending on whether the problem can be fixed, the cost is usually based on labour and perhaps miscellaneous travelling fees. If nothing is done, there is usually a charge of consultation or miscellaneous fees.

Depending on the company, it can range from S$20 to S$50.

Water Heater Removal Cost Factors

Water heater removal cost is also straightforward. A plumber or handyman can complete this project.

  • Labour
  • Debris disposal charge (one-time)

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Cost To Install A Sink Drain Pipe

When it comes to installing a sink drain pipe, how much you pay the plumber is being affected by the following few factors:

Sink Drain Installation Cost Factors

  • Pipe cost
  • Labour cost
  • Job supplies
  • Equipment allowance

Cost To Install A Water Line

Installing a water line definitely requires experience and technical expertise. You may want to consider hiring a plumber for this task. Waterline related projects are subjected to the following factors:

Water Line Installation Cost Factors

  • Labor
  • Job supplies
  • Equipment allowance
  • Debris disposal
  • Removing water line

Water Line Installation Cost Factors

  • Labor
  • Job supplies
  • Equipment allowance

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Cost To Repair A Toilet

Needing a toilet repair can be an extremely frustrating experience. While most homeowners engage a plumber to fix it for them, some may choose to Google and do it on their own.

Should you decide to hire a plumber, keep in mind the following cost factors that will affect your cost of hiring them.

Toilet Repair Cost Factors

  • basic labour for toilet repair
  • job supplies for toilet repair – depending on your case, you may need to buy new supplies for the repair work.

The toilet repair cost will be dependent on what is needed to solve the issue. It may range from a simple replacement of a part to a more extensive repair, such as replacing a wax ring or closet flange.

Cost To Repair A Leaky Faucet

Leaky Faucet Repair Cost Factors

  • basic labour
  • job supplies for plumbing leak repair

Fixing a leaky faucet can be a tricky task. You may want to consider a faucet repair contractor for such issues.

Cost To Clean Sewer Line

Sewer Line Cost Factors

  • labour
  • sewer line equipment allowance

Cost To Move Plumbing

There may be times where a fixture in a particular location at home can be unsightly, or that your bathroom designer simply coaxes you into getting a new bathroom look and engage in move plumbing.

Chances are, you need to engage a plumber or piping specialist for this task.

Move Plumbing Cost Factors

  • Labour for plumbing relocation
  • Job supplies for plumbing relocation
  • Equipment allowance for plumbing relocation
  • Removal of plumbing relocation waste
  • Removal of the waterline (optional) 

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How to Estimate Plumbing Jobs

We strongly advise seeking the help of several professionals (at least 2-3) in an accurate estimate of the plumbing job.

However, the guides that we have linked throughout this article are an excellent first step to understanding pricing. Pricing in this article serves only as a guide as prices differ between different plumbers based on various factors.

Find Free Plumbing Quotes

Homees plumbers offer free quotations, usually for home projects which are larger (and non-emergency). Get multiple quotes for larger jobs such as remodels, water heater replacement and home additions.

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Additional Resources

In Singapore, there are a few useful sites you can check out regarding financing, insurance and tips on handling costs for your home expenses. They are:

Plumber Singapore Price Infographic

Before we proceed further, we have prepared a handyman cost guide for your easy reference.

Check out the infographics we’ve created regarding handyman price in Singapore, click on the image to see the full infographic.

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Cost of Other Home Improvement Areas

You can check out the cost of hiring professionals for other aspects of your home improvement project. Some of the usual cost guides can be found below:

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