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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 Burlingame plumbers
Jacquie K.
Valentino is great, my go to for plumbing needs.
Deals on Wheels PlumbingDeals on Wheels Plumbing
Aaron M.
Great experience...will definitely use Larry’s plumbing again
Larry's PlumbingLarry's Plumbing
Lorna G.
Such a great experience with these guys. Will be using them for my future plumbing needs.
A1 Budget PlumbingA1 Budget Plumbing
Joseph T.
Valentino helped us out when a plumbing issue caused water to leak out of the ceiling down the walls. He was able to come on super short notice, and he stuck around until he resolved the problem. Highly recommend him for future plumbing needs.
Deals on Wheels PlumbingDeals on Wheels Plumbing
Simon K.
Integrity Plumbing changed my kitchen garbage disposal and a lot of old piping promptly and efficiently - very happy with the work! They went above and beyond!
Integrity First Plumbing, Inc.Integrity First Plumbing, Inc.
Carol n.
Second time using Best Bay Plumbing and both times have been a pleasure. Abel and Eddie were both easy to work with and fixed the issues, and so friendly and professional. HIghly recommend!
Best Bay Plumbing & RooterBest Bay Plumbing & Rooter
Kelly A.
Don was excellent! He answered my inquiry quickly and gave me a ball park figure for our plumbing issue. He was available last minute for our guests at our airbnb. He kept me informed throughout the process. It’s also super convenient that he texts and accepts payment via zelle & venmo. He was friendly, courteous, punctual and got the job done.
Drain Doctor DonDrain Doctor Don
Sheethal S.
Mete is absolutely amazing at what he does. He was able to fix a very serious problem with my plumbing where I was only getting hot water for years. I reached out to a few plumbers and almost everyone suggested replacing the whole system. But not mete. He suggested he could take a stab at fixing what is broken. And he did fix it! I am never going to another plumber unless Mete is not around.
June A.
I contacted Jacob to replace a leaking water heater and to install a new shower and faucet. Within a few minutes, he responded to my inquiry and we were able to schedule a consultation the following day. Upon thorough inspection, Jacob recommended possible options of replacing individual water heater parts to replacing the heater with a new unit, but it was decided a new water heater would be the better option. I also asked him about the advantages and disadvantages of a traditional water heater versus a tankless water heater. He was extremely patient and informative in comparing the two units, and after making an informed decision, the decision to install a tankless water unit was chosen. Jacob returned, a couple days later and removed the damaged water heater and replaced it with a tankless water heater. My wife was amazed at how clean Jacob maintained his work area and how little space the tankless water heater required His work quality and attention to detail were impeccable. Not only did he replace the water heater, he made sure that the new unit connected seamlessly with a solar water heater system connected to our swimming pool. He came back the following day to ensure no leaks were present and decided to install a part to maintain proper water pressure in the pipes. The installation of the shower unit was a breeze. Choosing Sovereignty Plumbing was a positive experience. Jacob was punctual and courteous. He was in constant contact with me and explained why he was doing certain procedures throughout the installation process. His professionalism and work ethic were greatly appreciated and will use his services again for other plumbing projects. Sovereignty Plumbing is highly recommended!
Sovereignty PlumbingSovereignty Plumbing
Donna C.
If I could give this company 6 stars, I would. They have exceeded my expectations in so many ways. Our water heater failed and it was obvious that we needed a replacement asap. I didn't know much about water heaters and had so many questions since it was an investment. I had questions ranging from wanting to know what types of systems would work for our house, to the nuances between brands and models. Best Bay Plumbing & Rooter patiently answered all of my questions. I asked questions during the day and even had some late into the evening (not expecting a response) before we finally made our decision on a model early the next morning. That same morning, they came and replaced our old water heater with the one I specified. They really care about their customers and genuinely work hard to do a good job. Customer service is top notch. Their prices are very competitive, and they are patient and knowledgeable. In less than 24 hours, we went from stressing out about how long we would have to last without hot water for the family, to having a brand new heater installed and old one removed. I absolutely recommend them for your water heater needs!
Best Bay Plumbing & RooterBest Bay Plumbing & Rooter
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