Plumbing work is also charged per-hour for small jobs. However, some jobs are given a fixed price when a site inspection can be completed. The common hourly rate for plumbers is around 150 AED - 200 AED. Usually a minimum one-hour charge applies. This takes into consideration the full time it takes a team to complete the work including transportation time to and from the job.
Drain blockages can occur in the sink, shower, bidet or toilet. Sink and shower drains can occur over time due to the mineral accumulation found in the water. Overtime, this will accumulate to block the path for water to be flushed away causing the sink and/or shower to accumulate water. Another cause of drainage block in sinks or showers is the accumulation of hair over time and especially after shaving. Toilets are usually clogged when attempting to flush large items that block the pipes such as toilet paper rolls.
To unblock drainage, a common suggestion is to use chemical products usually found in supermarkets or hardware stores. While this solution is the most time-efficient, and possible lowest cost, it does have issues. The first issue is that these chemicals damage the pipes due to their corrosive nature. The second issue is that this solution does not always work as it may not be strong enough to clear out the drain and pipes.
The alternative is to use nitrogen to open the drain. This solution requires a professional plumber, with the correct equipment to perform this.
Leakages can occur due to the failure of the fixture itself (such as the faucet mechanism), or more commonly due to the failure of connections between fixtures and pipes. In most common cases, it is the failure of the connection, where the rubber seal breaks or gets damaged by becoming dry. When this occurs, most plumbers will have the materials to fix the issue on the spot by replacing the rubber seal with a new one.
If the leakage occurs due to the failure of the mechanism itself, it usually must be replaced. It is almost always cheaper to replace the faucet completely than to send it to be repaired somewhere. A site inspection is required to determine the main cause of the leak.
When new fixtures are bought, such as shower heads, faucets, or even toilets, installation is not as straight forward as it may seem. A direct fixture replacement cannot always happen as the connections from the main pipes in the walls may not be compatible with the newly purchased item. Even a different of a few centimeters will require the plumber to add an extension to the the existing pipe or remove a small section.
Plumbers will usually price this type of work only after an inspection to ensure they have full knowledge of the work ahead in order to avoid a headache both for the customer and themselves. Most plumbers will conduct a free inspection of the work before carrying it out.