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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.  

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. 

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 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 Aliso Viejo plumbers
Nichol R.
Manny & Mario were very professional, courteous & informative about my plumbing issues. We would definitely hire them again for future plumbing needs!
Allstar RooterAllstar Rooter
Angela P.
Victor was very prompt, professional, and was able to figure out my plumbing issue right away. He ran and picked up the part needed, installed, and had me up and running with proper water pressure. I will be sure to contact Tighten Up Plumbing with all my plumbing needs.
Tighten up plumbingTighten up plumbing
Jeffrey B.
Showed up quick. Finished the job. Charged a fair price. Great guy, definitely hire him if you need any plumbing fix.
Duggan Plumbing and Rooter ServiceDuggan Plumbing and Rooter Service
Tony D.
Highly recommend SoCal-1 Plumbing. Frederico was extremely knowledgeable and replaced my main water line the same day. Expert work and very friendly and professional.
So-Cal 1 Plumbing & RootingSo-Cal 1 Plumbing & Rooting
Sepehr B.
Excellent service! Fast, friendly, and diligent. He found good creative, and reliable solutions to my plumbing problems. Thanh went above and beyond. Highly recommended
Thanh TruongThanh Truong
Lauren B.
I had easy Plumbing put in a new bathroom sink faucet he did a great job was on-time clean and very polite I will use him again
Z n D Plumbing 0620Z n D Plumbing 0620
Kathy T.
Donny was great. He was very professional and knowledgeable. He did awsome job figuring out our dishwasher's issue. We will work with him more for our future plumbing jobs.
Elite PlumbingElite Plumbing
Andrew I.
Right on time. Knew the answers very quickly. Friendly, thorough, and professional. Reasonably priced, and the kind of person that does honest work. I will be using him every time I have a plumbing issue. Thanks so much guys!
Elite PlumbingElite Plumbing
Dana J.
Erik did an amazing job replacing two bathroom sink faucets and found a valve that was about to break due to hard water corrosion. He did an excellent job and charged less than the other two companies. I will use Erik again for any plumbing issues or repairs.
Erik GutierrezErik Gutierrez
Mike E.
Donny responded super-fast to my job request to install a kitchen faucet, came out same day and provided exceptional value for the price paid. He was friendly, courteous and respectful in all ways. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend his services and hope that whoever may be reading this endorsement will strongly consider hiring this A+ plumbing pro.
Elite PlumbingElite Plumbing
Marc B.
AJ and his crew went above and beyond to ensure that I was 100% satisfied with the work done. The work performed was of the highest quality, they cleaned up beautifully and above all else they were passionate about their work and cared about making me a satisfied customer. I will definitely be using AJ for all my plumbing needs.
Elite PlumbingElite Plumbing
Crystel L.
Fantastic experience again with Ocho plumbing, who was able to stop by the same day I contacted them (within an hour even!). I needed help replacing the inner workings of my toilet after one of the pieces snapped off and I was unable to install the new kit myself and they had no problem doing it and doing it fantastically!
Ocho plumbingOcho plumbing
Victor G.
Northstar customer service (Jessica) Was friendly informative and prompt in responding to my requests. Unfortunately I was not be able to keep my appointment due to family emergency. However I will be saving their contact for future reference when needed? Thank you Northstar⭐️ Thank you for your prompt response and diligence in trying to help me solve my plumbing issue.
Northstar plumbing, heating and air conditioningNorthstar plumbing, heating and air conditioning
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