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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much do plumbers charge per hour?

Depending on the service you need (unclogging a drain, fixing a pipe, installing new pipes, etc.), plumbers charge anywhere from $45-$165 per hour. Plumbers often operate on a fixed rate model, too. Some won’t charge hourly rates because the variables involved in their work makes it less practical to do so. 

Plumbers will scope out the work, calculate the cost of parts, and roll it together with other fees to give you an estimate for the job. They may even offer standard flat rates for things like installing a toilet or a sink. Reach out to plumbers near you to get an accurate cost estimate for your project or repair.

Does a plumber need to enter my home?

A plumber will need to enter your home to fix plumbing issues like dripping faucets, clogged sinks or toilets and leaky pipes. They might not need to come into your home if the faulty appliance is located outdoors or in the garage. Before you begin the project, contact plumbers near you to find out they will need to enter your home.  

How long is a water heater supposed to last?

Your water heater is an essential part of your home, heating water for showers, dishwashing, laundry and more. On average, a traditional water heater will last 8-12 years. The general consensus is that it’s better to replace your water heater with a new one than to repair one that’s 10 years old or more. Older models are less energy-efficient and thus more costly to run than newer models with better technology. Here are some indicators of when it may be time to replace an old water heater instead of repairing it:

  • Leaks: If leaking is not caused by loose connections, the water may be seeping out through slight fractures in the metal of the tank that have formed over time.
  • Strange noises: Clanking, rumbling and other noises can mean that sediment has formed on the base of your tank, contributing to fissures leaks, and inefficiency.
  • Age: If it’s more than 10 years old, it’s probably time to replace.
  • Discolored or rusty water: Have a pro check it out; if the problem isn’t resolved by draining and cleaning, you’ll want to replace the heater.
  • Lack of hot water: Inconsistent heating and hot water supply that runs out too quickly likely means it’s time for a new unit.

What happens when a water pipe bursts?

When a pipe bursts, the water can cause indoor flooding and damage your home. If the pipe is in an accessible location, you will likely notice puddles of water right away. However, if the pipe is underground or behind a wall, it may cause reduced water pressure, a sulfur smell or discolored water. All of this can cause significant (and expensive) damage, which is why you should always contact a plumber near you if you suspect your pipes are leaking.

Can a leaking pipe burst?

Yes. A leak in your pipe can build up pressure and wear through the material. Left unchecked, this pressure can cause the pipe to burst. This is why it’s so important to fix your pipes and contact a plumber as soon as you notice a leak — no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. 

Smaller leaks are easier and inexpensive to fix, saving you time and money in the long run. In addition, many insurance policies will not cover water damage for pipes that burst due to gradual leaks.

What do you do if you have a burst pipe?

First, switch off the water supply to reduce the water damage. You should also turn off the electricity for the part of your home that has sustained the leak, as it can be extremely dangerous if the water comes into contact with an electrical socket. Next, drain the remaining water from your faucets so it doesn’t freeze inside the pipes. 

Once you’ve done all of this, search for qualified plumbers in your area and ask them to provide you with a quote. 

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a plumber during the COVID-19 pandemic?

If possible, it’s best to set up a virtual consultation or phone call with a plumber near during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can send a message to a professional plumber near you and ask if they are available to video chat or have a phone call. Use that time to discuss the work that needs to be done. Make sure to ask any questions you have about the project. And lastly, ask the plumber how they handle payments and whether they have any specific safety precautions in place to comply with social distancing. 

What are the signs of a burst pipe?

If your water pressure has suddenly dropped or your sink and toilet have unexpectedly started clogging, you may have a burst pipe. Other tell-tale signs include watermarks on the wall of your bathroom or laundry room, drips or puddles in your home or basement, or water from your faucets that have suddenly turned brown. You may also notice a strange rotten-egg smell or the sound of gurgling water in your home.

If you notice any of these signs, contact a plumber near you to fix your pipes immediately.

Does insurance cover a broken pipe?

Sudden water damage may be included under most homeowners’ insurance policies, but it’s typically not covered if the damage could have been avoided with proper maintenance.

For example, if a pipe in your laundry room suddenly bursts and causes damage to the flooring and walls, that is usually covered by insurance. But if a pipe under your sink has been leaking for months and causes your wood floors to rot, your policy won’t cover that damage.

Always double-check with your insurance agent (or another expert)  to see what your policy covers.

How much does it cost to repair a broken pipe?

The national average cost to repair broken pipes ranges from $120 to $170. Prices can vary depending on the type of damage, whether the pipe is easily accessible, the materials needed and where the pipe is located. For example, an exposed pipe under the sink will likely cost much less than a pipeline in your yard that requires digging. 

Your overall cost will also depend on the hourly rate of the contractor. Most plumbers charge between $60 and $65 per hour for standard pipe repair, and up to $95 per hour for complex plumbing work. 

Contact the best pipe repairers in your area to find out how much it will cost to fix your pipe(s). 

To learn more about pricing factors, read “How much does pipe repair cost?

Reviews for Goodyear plumbers
Kathy T.
They showed up promptly and solved my plumbing problem quickly. Bishop Fine Plumbing is trustworthy and not out to rip off the customer in order to make more money.
Bishop Fine Plumbing-Water Heater SpecialistBishop Fine Plumbing-Water Heater Specialist
Amanda V.
Awesome experience! Showed up on time and did a clean job. Very polite and professional. We will definitely be using Simba Plumbing again in the future. Highly recommend!
Simba Plumbing LLCSimba Plumbing LLC
Ronald E.
I appreciate the quick response and repair of my clogged sink. He updated me on his ETA and fixed the problem quickly. Will definitely reach out to them if I have any plumbing issues in the future.
The Family Plumber, LLCThe Family Plumber, LLC
Michele P.
I needed to have my water heater replaced and Dylan quoted a fair price and then matched a competitor's price. He was very prompt, knowledgeable, and professional. I would hire him again for my plumbing needs.
Orion Water Heaters and More LLCOrion Water Heaters and More LLC
June H.
Great job...on time.....professional....What more could I have asked for? He did the job professionally, quickly, and charged a very reasonable price. I will hire this plumber for all of my future plumbing needs. Five stars plus!
Simba Plumbing LLCSimba Plumbing LLC
Tony D.
Juan from Merlos Plumbing was fantastic! He responded to my request on Sunday and was at my house at 8am on Monday. His work was fast, efficient and professional. I already discussed with him about future projects coming up that I will be using him for.
JP Merlos Plumbing & RooterJP Merlos Plumbing & Rooter
Wayne H.
I had a kitchen faucet that had come loose. Robert was able to reach under the sink and tighten the loose nut without removing any of the reverse osmosis equipment. And he charged me a reasonable fee. Will use him again for my plumbing needs. And will recommend him
The Family Plumber, LLCThe Family Plumber, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We used Mr. Lopez to install our whole house filtration system and installing pure water outside hose bibs. He is very professional, knowledgeable with lots of field experience, friendly, courteous, reasonable and extremely thorough. We intend to call only him for all our future plumbing needs.
Right On Time PlumbingRight On Time Plumbing
David W.
When you're looking for professional services the two most important things are honesty and competency - Justin has both. I contacted Justin with some basic plumbing needs and he contacted me back almost immediately to find out more about my project. He quoted me a fair price and we scheduleded an appointment. For follow-up purposes, I sent him some pictures of my issue and within 5 minutes he called me back with a suggestion. Over the phone he talked me through how to fix my problem at no cost to me. Now, obviously not all issues are able to be fixed over the phone, but my experience showed that Justin is honest, caring, and professional. Rather than make money off my silly mistake, he took the time to help me (without knowing me), something that NOT everyone would do. If you need some plumbing work done don't hesitate to give Justin a call. I gaurantee you won't be disappointed.
Southwest Plumbing Services, LLCSouthwest Plumbing Services, LLC
Ryan L.
I contacted the team today because I woke up and found water leaking from under my oven. They were unable to get out to me today and promptly put me on the schedule for Monday. However thanks to the owner Larry, who reached out to me, and help me, I was able to resolve the issue on my own. This is above and beyond anything I could’ve gotten from any other service I’m sure. Although this was a minor issue I could fix, if I have any other plumbing related issues, this company will be the first company I will contact!
AZ Water SystemsAZ Water Systems
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