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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 Berkeley plumbers
Kelly B.
T and C plumbing are the best. They were detailed and thorough in explaining what needed to be done. They gave me a fair quote and any questions I had was followed up with a response in a reasonable amount of time. I hired T and C plumbing, they showed up on time. Their job performance was excellent with NO hidden costs! They proved to be trust worthy. T and C plumbing is now my go to plumber and I recommend them for all plumbing jobs small or large.
T&c plumbing and rooter incT&c plumbing and rooter inc
Jay W.
Was able to get the plumbing fixed within an hour! Super fast and responsive
Caltek Plumbing & Rooter IncCaltek Plumbing & Rooter Inc
Nataly D.
I know who I'll be calling for all future plumbing issues!
Forsyth PlumbingForsyth Plumbing
Jonathan P.
Bay Star Plumbing handled our water heater install quickly and efficiently.
Bay Star Plumbing IncBay Star Plumbing Inc
Carol M.
Everyone I dealt with at Oak Plumbing was great. They are very responsive and able to address issues quickly.
Oak PlumbingOak Plumbing
Devin G.
We needed a significant amount of finish plumbing items to be accomplished for inspection, and Ray’s Plumbing came through and handled everything efficiently with solid professionalism and integrity. A top addition to our network of specialty subs, we will be doing more business very soon. - Devco Building Enterprises.
Ray's Service One PlumbingRay's Service One Plumbing
Natalie B.
Gary, of Costello Plumbing, responded to my two recent requests for service immediately, sending one of his techs the very next day. Each tech came on time, possessed excellent interpersonal and diagnostic skills and solved my plumbing issues for me. Gary was always available to consult with me and to troubleshoot with his techs during each job. I also considered the rates charged for the services performed to be fair. I will be using this company for my future plumbing needs!
Costello's PlumbingCostello's Plumbing
Bilal C.
Great work and very engaging, I would both recommend and work blue sky plumbing again
Thumbtack Customer
Didn't end up doing any plumbing but was very helpful diagnosing the problem and was timely, kind, professional.
Aqua Stat Plumbing, Inc. CSLB LicensedAqua Stat Plumbing, Inc. CSLB Licensed
Niranjan S.
Wil was available on short notice to install our kitchen sink faucet. The installation was done well. Wil also helped diagnose a couple of other plumbing issues. I am glad to have found Wil and will be reaching out to him for any future plumbing work. He is a super nice person!
Dirk J.
Toilet float valve replaced; plumbing team arrive 1/2 hour early; Rick, the owner was on site, very knowledgeable.
Night & Weekend Plumber & Handyman ServiceNight & Weekend Plumber & Handyman Service
Deb d.
T& C Plumbing was quick to reply and professional - we didn't get to work with them this time but would try them again another time.
T&c plumbing and rooter incT&c plumbing and rooter inc
Deb d.
Costello's Plumbing responded quickly and provided a reasonable quote - we didn't get to work w them this time, but would try them again in the future.
Costello's PlumbingCostello's Plumbing
Sam K.
Wil did great work on the gas lines in my house. Friendly, experienced, and fairly priced. I would recommend him for any plumbing project you have.
Gabrielli D.
I can't say enough about the quality of work and the great price!!! It was a pleasure doing business together from start to finish. Erik knows the plumbing skill very well!
Martynn Plumbing and Drain CleaningMartynn Plumbing and Drain Cleaning
Jeffrey T.
Reliable and responsible. Very professional and highly skilled. Did a great job. No job too small or too big for Jose. Would definitely call on him again for future plumbing needs.
Platinum PlumbingPlatinum Plumbing
Adrienne S.
Super pleased with service. He even checked out and repaired other plumbing issues I was having. Arrived quickly, assessed and repaired quickly and was reasonably priced. Will definitely hire again!
Ray's Service One PlumbingRay's Service One Plumbing
Lindsay N.
Fantastic experience with JG Drain Cleaning. Jordy came out super quickly, was knowledgeable, professional and well-prepared, and solved a tricky plumbing issue in under an hour. I would highly recommend.
JG plumbing & drain cleaningJG plumbing & drain cleaning
Shad R.
Victor was very knowledgeable an went the extra mile sealing the connectors with plumbing tape to assure no future leaks. He also informed about water pressure and my water heater being drained for longevity of use.
Costello's PlumbingCostello's Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
I am not a plumber, but Oscar is. An exceptional one, who is both friendly and professional. He snaked a tough clog, brought the plumbing up to code and was professional and courteous at all times. I will use him in the future and recommend him to friends.
Aqua Stat Plumbing, Inc. CSLB LicensedAqua Stat Plumbing, Inc. CSLB Licensed
Lynn V.
Wily was exceptional. Very responsive. He replaced a kitchen faucet and a shower head and had things done, cleaned and wrapped up in less than an hour. Very fair quote for the work. I wouldn’t hesitate to call him again for any plumbing issue I had.
Austin d.
Troy was a joy to work with! He was punctual, efficient and communicative with me. He replaced my kitchen faucet and helped troubleshoot a dishwasher issue quickly - super painless! I highly recommend him if you have a plumbing need in the future. Would definitely ask him to come back if another need arises.
Troys Plumbing ServicesTroys Plumbing Services
Renee Y.
Our toilet hardware just quit and Gary at Costello Plumbing returned my message very quickly. Then he arranged his plumber Victor to come over within a couple hours, who explained everything clearly replaced the toilet and all with great attitude. Good value for price. Will call them again.
Costello's PlumbingCostello's Plumbing
Matthew B.
Steve helped me with some plumbing and a sink install, which included both soldering copper pipe and glueing ABS, as well as caulking. He had an issue with another customer that delayed his arrival, but was very communicative and generous in making it up to me, so my work could be done in time. Thanks Steve!
Steve's faucet and plumbingSteve's faucet and plumbing
DIana B.
Ray's Service One Plumbing is a joy to work with. He came out within a couple of hours of my call, on a Saturday, at no extra charge and solved our problem within an hour or so. Ray is knowledgeable, efficient, well-spoken, polite, respectful, and just generally perfect in every way. I recommend him highly.
Ray's Service One PlumbingRay's Service One Plumbing
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