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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 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. 

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 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.

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.

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?

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 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.
Reviews for Cupertino plumbers
Yao C.
Bueno plumbing quickly provided an estimate and fixed my plumbing issue. Thumbs up!
Bueno Plumbing and RooterBueno Plumbing and Rooter
Santosh H.
Francisco is highly experienced and knowledgeable in his trade. He has awesome attention to details that is needed to get every aspect to a complex plumbing job get right. If you are looking for a reliable company for your next big plumbing project, Quick 1 Repipe & Plumbing will get it done.
Quick 1 repipe and plumbing, IncQuick 1 repipe and plumbing, Inc
Manoj P.
I had great experience with Aaron's Plumbing. I put request for my Toilet System not working, They gave me appointmnet right next day, arrived on time and replaced the unit at very affordable price. Work Quality was great and also after work they explained the whole mechanism and best practces to last longer. I highly recommend Aaron's Plumbing for any Plumbing or Rooter issues
Aaron’s Plumbing & RooterAaron’s Plumbing & Rooter
Barbara D.
Very knowledgeable and through. Arrived on time, fixed issue and gave great advice. Would use again for plumbing issues.
SWAGS Plumbing and RooterSWAGS Plumbing and Rooter
Gopi C.
Was very professional and joined me in talking to neighbors explaining a plumbing issue I had and made it very easy would recommend and hit him again
Cali'z Plumbing Inc.Cali'z Plumbing Inc.
Jeff W.
Kevin was able to come out and fix our toilet and sink issues very quickly. He was polite and organized and I would recommend him for other plumbing issues.
Bueno Plumbing and RooterBueno Plumbing and Rooter
Thumbtack Customer
Kevin replaced my kitchen sink faucet. The work was done with professionalism, speed, and cheerfulness. I would have no hesitation in calling Kevin again for any plumbing related work.
K&M  ServicesK&M Services
Akila S.
Alexander was able to accurately assess the work by looking at the pictures that I had provided. He was responsive, very professional and thorough with his work. Will definitely hire Alexander for my next plumbing work.
Sahagun PlumbingSahagun Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Kevin did an excellent job fixing the plumbing issue at my house. Kevin was very knowledgeable, professional and dedicated to solving the issue. He was willing to stay late to ensure that the job is not left unfinished. Excellent service and reasonable price. I highly recommend him
K&M  ServicesK&M Services
Christine N.
Kevin was extremely patient with my complicated dual faucet install. The process was long and required some tricky maneuvering. He stayed the course and didn’t get frustrated by new issues developing. He was fair in negotiations and compared to others had a very keen understanding of the plumbing solution. Highly recommend his services.
K&M  ServicesK&M Services
Andre Q.
I had a leaky faucet and needed help changing it as well to install some more equipment. I tried to do this with another plumber but ended up with an open uninstalled faucet and without the right pieces, it was a messy and he was trying different approaches as things got worse. After that awful experience needed more help. I called Swags Plumbing and Rooter, and they knew what was my issue and were able to help me after a call! They were punctual and explained me why the previous approaches failed and gave me a further plumbing health checks to verify that there weren't any other issues. They even helped me installing my new irrigator and made sure it was working properly, they even helped me cleaning up the messy fixes of the previous guy. I'm super happy with their work and working with my HOA so they can help us with more work.
SWAGS Plumbing and RooterSWAGS Plumbing and Rooter
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