The national average cost to repair a shower is $140 – $180. Shower repairs vary in price, depending on the type of project, the cost of parts, the extent of labor required and any necessary taxes.
Most plumbers can fix a wide range of problems that come up with bathtubs and showers, including slow or clogged drains, leaky fixtures, insufficient water pressure and more. A non-working shower can be a major nuisance, so you’re most likely looking to get it fixed ASAP. Let’s explore what types of things can affect the cost of your repair, how to hire a shower repairman (and save money while doing it), and the benefits of hiring a professional to complete the repair. Ready? Let’s dive in.
What’s in this cost guide?
- What’s in this cost guide?
- What Affects the Cost of Repairing a Shower?
- Slow or clogged drain
- Water pressure
- Temperature control
- Shower or tub surface
- Leaky or dripping faucet
- Examples of Shower Repair Pricing
- How to Hire a Plumber
- How to Save Money on Shower Repair
- Benefits of Professional Shower Repair
What Affects the Cost of Repairing a Shower?
Whether it’s a leaky shower head, a clogged drain, or insufficient water pressure, the repairs will vary in price, depending on the cost of parts, the extent of labor required, and any necessary taxes.
Slow or clogged drain
Plumbers on average charge around $150 to fix a slow or clogged drain nationwide. Tubs or showers that drain slowly or not at all can generally be fixed by having a plumber cable (or "snake") the drain to remove debris or an obstruction.
It costs roughly $400 to improve water pressure problems caused by pipe obstruction. Typically, a repairman will look to clear out water lines obstructed by debris, calcification or pipe erosion to increase water volume. If water pressure is too high, you may be using more water than you need, which will result in a higher water bill. Additionally, in some locations of the country, using excess water may not be allowed by law. Most plumbers offer services to install a pressure reducing valve (PRV): either a 3/4-inch pipe, which is the most common, or a 1.5-inch pipe (which is less common).
Issues with temperature control often can be traced back to the hot water heater, which may just need to be turned up or down. As a homeowner, you can easily do this yourself. If it turns out that the water heater has a problem, most plumbers can repair or replace it. The cost for water heater repair or replacement varies widely, depending on what type of water heater you currently have (tank or tankless, powered by gas or electricity) as well as what type you replace it with.
Shower or tub surface
Shower or tub Resurfacing costs between $250 and $300 on average nationwide. Simple resurfacing could save you the cost of replacing a tub or shower entirely!
Leaky or dripping faucet
Typically, it costs between $150 and $500 to fix a leaky or dripping faucet, depending on severity of the leak. Repairing a broken diverter will cost you around $125 on average.
Below is a breakdown with examples of nationwide shower repair pricing.
Examples of Shower Repair Pricing
- Slow or clogged drain: $150 to snake the line
- Water pressure: $400 to clear line of obstructions, $485 - $700 installation cost to install a pressure-reducing valve (PRV)
- Temperature control: $200 – several thousand dollars to replace a water heater, depending on the type you currently have and the type you replace it with
- Shower or tub resurfacing: $250 for fiberglass surface, $350 for porcelain surface
- Leaky or dripping faucet: $150 – $500
- Broken diverter: $125
How to Hire a Plumber
There are a few steps you can take to aid in your decision making and to ensure that you hire a shower repairman or plumber who will be the right fit for you and your home:
- Determine your budget: Figure out how much you have to spend on professional plumbing and repairs. Aligning in the upfront about your budget will save both you and your plumber time and energy in the long run.
- Gather multiple quotes: Shop around at a few different shower repairmen or plumbers to make sure that you're getting the best project cost price. Plumbers and repairmen will usually give free quotes to potential customers.
- Repair or replace?: Before you tear out and replace your entire tub or shower, determine if a simple plumbing repair will fix a non-functioning shower.
- Nail down the costs: At first glance, the job may appear simple – but as the repairman gets further, they may realize that the damage is more extensive. Be sure to get a cost estimate, including labor and parts, before the work has been started so you don’t get stuck with a huge surprise bill.
- Ask for reviews: Ask for reviews and follow up with references to make sure you're choosing the right repairman or plumber for your home.
For more tips on smart hiring, see our safety tips.
How to Save Money on Shower Repair
Homeowners like to save a little cash from time-to-time, too. Here are some ways to save money on the cost of repairing your shower:
- Try to DIY it: If the repair is simply a clogged drain or leaky faucet (and you're feeling handy), try to DIY the repair yourself before calling in professional reinforcements.
- Know your limitations: If you’ve never resurfaced a tub before, your bathroom is not the place to start your home improvement career, Tim Taylor. Sometimes, it’s cheaper to hire someone who knows the ins and outs of the job – you’ll end up saving money in the long run because they won’t mess it up.
- Change your showerhead: If low water pressure is your issue, try changing out your showerhead to a head with fewer holes. The fewer holes the water passes through, the more overall pressure. This change can usually be completed with a wrench in less than five minutes.
Benefits of Professional Shower Repair
When dealing with water in your home, it’s important not to mess around. Water damage is devastating to a house and can lead to mold, mildew, damage to furnishings and carpets, leaks and structural damage to your home, swelling baseboards, cracked bathroom tiles, and water stains. By hiring a professional to handle your plumbing or shower repairs, you can ensure quality results, reduce errors in the work, and eliminate recurring problems.
The bathroom is arguably one of the most important rooms in your home. If you only have one bathroom in your home, getting it back in working order is a top priority. When you hire a professional, you are paying for both their knowledge in the field and their experience and expertise. A professional plumber or shower repairman can get your shower back in working order in a matter of hours.