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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.

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 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?

Do plumbers offer remote or virtual services?

If you see a profile that states the plumber is offering remote services, contact the plumber before hiring them to see what those services include. Although plumbing is a job that has to be done in-person, you can ask them if they offer virtual consultations or an online walk-through. 

How much does it cost to install a hot water heater?

You’ll know when it’s time to install a new water heater. Water heater installation costs average between $360 and $780 nationally, with rates increasing depending on the project. The total project cost will be higher when you include the cost of the heater itself. Select your new water heater based on the number of occupants in your home and the number of gallons of capacity you’ll need. Installation costs can vary based on the type of water heater you are removing and the type you are installing, any necessary repairs, regional cost of labor, and whether disposal of the old heater is included. Natural gas water heaters retail on average between $650 and $900 for standard models. Electric water heaters range between $300 and $700 for standard models. Tankless electric water heaters retail on average between $250 and $700 for standard models. Tankless gas water heaters retail on average between $200 and $1,300.

A company may charge approximately $1,000 to replace a 50-gallon tank-style electric water heater (not including any upgrades required by building codes). Replacing a gas-powered water heater might cost $1,100 (not including code upgrades). Some companies roll the disposal of an old heater into the overall cost of the new water heater installation. Other professionals charge an additional removal fee that can range from $35 to $150.

Reviews for Tucson plumbers
Joseph N.
Geoff was polite and professional. His plumbing workmanship and parts installed are good quality.
Plumbologist, LLCPlumbologist, LLC
Dave L.
Very knowledgeable and timely when others stated performed plumbing inside the home and not on the outside.
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David R.
Great work. Fast, affordable and reliable. This will be my go-to for all my plumbing needs.
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Daniel T.
Got here same day for me to fix a plumbing issue for a dishwasher install. Definitely recommend.
Plumbologist, LLCPlumbologist, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Geoff was very professional, prompt, and considerate, we would hire him again for any plumbing job.
Plumbologist, LLCPlumbologist, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Geoff arrived exactly on time and was very pleasant and thoroughly cooperative in solving some quirky plumbing issues. He did superb work at a very, very fair price. Outstanding!
Plumbologist, LLCPlumbologist, LLC
James V.
Geoff finished changing out the old plumbing in our newly remodeled shower/tub area and sink/vanity area. Professional and friendly, wrapped up the job in a just a few hours.
Plumbologist, LLCPlumbologist, LLC
Billie R.
Arrived promptly, was pleasant and friendly. Gave me options between a high end repair and an economic repair. I appreciated that. I will use him again for plumbing or other household/handyman work.
Plumbologist, LLCPlumbologist, LLC
Lorraine T.
Stephen Diaz did an outstanding job installing my kitchen sink. He reconfigured the plumbing under the sink so the water would drain better and properly. I highly recommend the company.
Apex PlumbingApex Plumbing
Judith A.
This company provides excellent professional service in all aspects of plumbing. I had a sink, reverse osmosis and water softener installed in a house built in the 1960s. The friendliness, knowledge and willingness to go the extra distance make this company stand out.
Apex PlumbingApex Plumbing
Lauren E.
Jeff was a breeze to work with. He was quick to respond to messages, punctual, and courteous. He left the job site clean and most importantly did a beautiful job. I'll definitely be calling him next time we need any plumbing work.
Ronald R.
Jeff was very profession and easy to work with. The quality of work was excellent, priced fairl and most importantly he left the work area Very clean. Much appreciated by my wife. Highly recommend TS plumbing. Ron Riga, home owner
Julia S.
I cannot say enough positive things about Elite Rooter. I will always call them for my plumbing needs. They went out of there way to help me with worries about what caused my $750 water bill. They are 10 stars!
Elite RooterElite Rooter
Thumbtack Customer
We had a gas leak in our foundation that required a re-routing of our gas lines from the meter to our various appliances. Agile gave the most reasonable price of the four estimates we received. Daniel was quick in delivering his quote and began work the next day. He and his crew were very professional, worked without delay, and communicated what they were doing throughout. I am happy with the completed job and the inspector even remarked on how well the work was performed. These guys were responsive, well priced, and full of useful plumbing tips. I had a great experience and highly recommend them for any of your plumbing needs.
Agile Plumbing Sewer and Drain
Megan C.
Stephen is trustworthy, knowledgeable, and so prompt. He had the parts he’d need already with him when he arrived, so he didn’t have to go buy them after diagnosing the problem. He’s extremely knowledgeable, prompt, and was not expensive at all. I will be using this company for all plumbing repairs in the future. Thank you Stephen!!
Apex PlumbingApex Plumbing
Sheila M.
Her husband is not a licensed plumber and I paid $135 for a problem he did not or could not fix. She said he would come back out if it is a problem of faulty labor. Sylvia said he is a handyman, not a plumber, so he should not respond to plumbing issues in the future. I contacted a licensed plumber to fix the problem.
Sylvia ZapataSylvia Zapata
Joan M.
Geoff installed two new plumbing fixtures outside my house that were corroded by calcium buildup. Brand new copper fixtures. There was one glitch dealing with my drip irrigation. He came by the next morning, at 5:30am on a Sunday and fixed the problem. Great guy and excellent work ethic. Would not hesitate to use him again.
Plumbologist, LLCPlumbologist, LLC
Susan A.
I needed to have a reverse osmosis system installed that I had purchased online. I had contacted a few handyman services and a few plumbing companies. Geoff was quick to respond to my initial contact and gave me a competative estimate over the phone. A few weeks later when I decided which company to go with, Geoff was accommodating and professional. The day of installation he called with an ETA and arrived accordingly. He and his assistant Javier where both hard working and timely which reduced the time of installation and reduced my out of pocket cost. Geoff and Javier answered all my questions about the system and where every thorough in explaining how to maintain the system going forward and they left my kitchen in the same condition they found it, clean! I will refer Plumbologist to friends and plan to use this company again for any of my plumbing needs.
Plumbologist, LLCPlumbologist, LLC
Christine P.
When Guillermo came over to give me an estimate for some leaking outside pipes, his price was very reasonable & he was ready to do the job right then. There was no reason to look any further for a plumber. He finished the job quickly & also gave me very reasonable estimates for putting some faucets around the outside of my house & putting in the plumbing necessary to install a washer & dryer in a few months. Thanks for everything, Guillermo!
Bob B.
Stephen was absolutely fantastic. He's very professional, responsive and does good work. He's also not out to gouge you. I simply needed a new shut off valve to my toilet so I could fix the flush valve myself and he was kind enough to help me find the specific flush valve I needed (a dual flush that can be hard to find). I will be happy to hire him again the next time I need plumbing help!
Apex PlumbingApex Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Geoff is professional, calm, knowlegable and fair. He fixed my shower - two others walked off the job leaving me with no water!!! Thank you, Geoff! I had you come back to successfully diagnose and fix what many other plumbers could not fix over the last 8 years! You are my go-to guy and I highly recommend you to anyone who needs plumbing work. Thank you also for keeping a clean job site and cleaning up after yourself at the conclusion of your job. You are the BEST!
Plumbologist, LLCPlumbologist, LLC
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