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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 El Cajon plumbers
Frank W.
Simple problem that he offered simple solutions rather than a big plumbing bill. Highly recommended
iFix It Home servicesiFix It Home services
David L.
We had a very good experience with Terrific Drains and Plumbing. A very quick response to our request and showed up right on time. Professional and personable. Each step of the task was explained and no questions went unanswered. The repair work was excellent. I would highly recommend Terrific Drains and Plumbing.
Terrific Drains and PlumbingTerrific Drains and Plumbing
Johnny W.
Couldn't have gone any smoother. Affordable and efficient job done by Garcia Plumbing. Highly recommend without hesitation!
Garcia plumbingGarcia plumbing
D. H.
Changed out all of our faucets and hose bibs. We are so happy with the Steven's workmanship and highly recommend FixRite Plumbing.
FixRite PlumbingFixRite Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Juan was THE BEST -- very professional, articulate, efficient and knowledgeable. Without hesitation, I would recommend JEM for any plumbing need!!
JEM PlumbingJEM Plumbing
Nyaomi A.
Felipe was super fast and efficient. He really is such a great person and I will definitely be using him for all my plumbing needs. Thank you again Felipe!
All About Drains & PlumbingAll About Drains & Plumbing
Patricia C.
Rodger and his team were able to help us with our water heater mess. It was affordable and nice service. We will use alert for our future plumbing needs.
Alert Plumbing and DrainsAlert Plumbing and Drains
Naz r.
My experience was awesome with Alex He was very easy to talk to and knew what the problem is and gave me options to fix it . I will definitely use them again for plumbing service .
Elite RooterElite Rooter
Ms M.
Juan was very helpful. Responded immediately. Arrived on time and work was completed, area cleaned & a great installation. I would highly recommend Juan for your plumbing needs. GREAT JOB !
JEM PlumbingJEM Plumbing
Mike S.
Cameron was fantastic. He was able to schedule with us immediately and fixed our issue fast. He is very knowledgeable, honest, polite, and punctual. We will definitely hire him for the rest of our plumbing needs.
XP PlumbingXP Plumbing
Cris R.
Excellent experience. I had a leak in my wall, they identified the problem and was fixed same day. Very friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend. Will continue to use them in the future for my plumbing needs.
San Diego's Finest PlumbingSan Diego's Finest Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
I want them to remove our leaking water filtration tank and replace a corroded piping in our fire sprinkler. I called All Time Plumbing after calling 2 other "brand name" plumbing companies. One company is going to charge me $42 non refundable fee just to come out and evaluate the job, the other can't even give me a definitive time when they're coming so I can plan my day. So I called All Time Plumbing as a last resort and "oh boy!" I'm glad I did. I explained to Ruben over the phone what I want done, he came over right away to evaluate the job, went to get the parts and fixed my problem right away that same day. That's what I call world class "SERVICE". I'm very happy with the job result and I'll definitely call him again the next time I have a plumbing problems. Only this time he will be the first one I would call.
All Time PlumbingAll Time Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Jose called me within 10 minutes of my request and was able to come take care of my plumbing issue within 1 hour. He was efficient, courteous, and professional. I would recommend him highly!
E-Z FixE-Z Fix
Thumbtack Customer
I'm very glad I hired Robert! Did a great job at an awesome price. He took care of my house and then even went over to my grandparents' house and took care of their plumbing issue the same day. Thanks very much!
Pro 365 PlumbingPro 365 Plumbing
Lori C.
I had a leak under my manufactured home. When Phil took a look, he noticed an even bigger pipe problem further under the house that I would have never realized. Phil was thorough, professional, showed me pictures of the pipe problems, and explained what he was doing along the way , and he made it clear what the estimated cost would be. Although it cost more than I had originally anticipated when I called for plumbing help, Phil saved me what could have been a lot of money had my subfloor been damaged by the other pipe issue. I will definitely call them again for any other plumbing needs that might come up.
EZ Plumbing Pipes & DrainsEZ Plumbing Pipes & Drains
Steve R.
They responded quickly to my work solicitation and had Chris come out and give me a quote pretty soon after. He gave good advice on the unit I had bought prior to the job, and gave me a few recommendations on other units that would work better for the size of our homes and the amount of people living here. I researched the unit and was convinced that it would indeed work out better for our home. Once I called Happy Plumbing back to confirm the job, they were quick about setting up a work date and went over the financing. Once Chris came back out to my home, he got to work right away. It’s obvious that he is very knowledgeable and skilled in his trade which just reinforced my choice in choosing Happy Plumbing.
Happy PlumbingHappy Plumbing
Morgana M.
Andre is a true professional. I have known him as a plumber now for over a year. I hired him the first time to help identify why my washing machine was backing up and not draining water. He quickly identified the issue and provided several affordable options (snake and hydro flush)to try to fix the issue. Turned out even after hydro flushing, it still wasn’t clear, sent a scope down and it was a root that broke into my cast iron. My cast iron was original from the 1970’s... and of course it was buried in concrete... but I made the call to replace all the cast iron I’m under my home and have ABS installed. Fast forward, a few weeks after, I was super pleased with his service that I called him back to install my hot water heater. Now this week, I was faced with yet another plumbing issue. You’d think having brand new pipes you wouldn’t have any issues. However I have a toddler who had flushed a toy down my toilet causing it not to flush. I reached out around 9am, and he was able to work me in same day. He arrived earlier than expected, and eager to get to work. He was able to unclog my toilet and that was it. He advised me to buy a snake, a simple one from Home Depot and give it a go if it happens again. Couple things I’d like to point out about Andre is he has great customer service skills. He remembered my family and asked how they were doing. He is reliable and friendly, on time, professional and affordable. Will be calling him for all my future plumbing needs.
Pro Grade PlumbingPro Grade Plumbing
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