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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 can I find out if a plumber is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Generally, plumbers are often considered essential service providers. Essential service providers vary from state to state and city to city, however. For the most accurate information, check your official state or city government website to see whether a plumber is considered an essential service in your area.

Read CISA’s publication on identifying critical workers to find out more information on a national level. Some, but not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a plumber when social distancing?

Contact plumbers near you beforehand to see if they can complete the project without entering your home — for example, by entering the garage to fix a broken water heater. If the plumber needs to enter your house to do the job, you should proceed only if both parties feel comfortable with the project. Consider taking extra steps such as waving instead of shaking hands, staying 6 feet apart, using digital payments and sanitizing common areas.

Can I use digital payments to pay for plumbing services?

Some plumbers accept digital payments -- Zelle, PayPal, Venmo, etc. -- for their services. Before you hire a plumber, ask them if they accept your preferred online payment. Many also feature digital payment options on their profiles. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, digital payments are typically considered safer than cash and credit cards.

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.  

Do plumbers offer remote or virtual services?

If you see a profile that states the plumber is offering remote services, contact the plumber before hiring them to see what those services include. Although plumbing is a job that has to be done in-person, you can ask them if they offer virtual consultations or an online walk-through. 

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.

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. 

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 Foster City plumbers
Dolly J.
Ali is great, came and fixed my plumbing issue within the hour.
A1 Budget PlumbingA1 Budget Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
On time, easy fix, Nick even looked at some other plumbing issues.
Nick's Quick FixNick's Quick Fix
Emily N.
Matt fixed our problem perfectly and he taught us extra knowledge on our plumbing system. We really appreciated it~ Plus he is a very nice person to communicate with, easygoing and polite. I definitely will contact him next time I have plumbing issues and will recommend him to my friends!
My HandymanMy Handyman
Larry R.
Jose arrived on schedule , worked efficiently and was pleasant. The job looks good and I would definitely call on him again for plumbing.
Jjs plumbing servicesJjs plumbing services
Lorjie L.
Great service, communicated very well & went out of his way to fix our plumbing issue. Gave us one-year warranty as well.
Forsyth PlumbingForsyth Plumbing
Tosin O.
Omar came quickly to fix our burst pipe. Got it done fast with good work. Professional and helpful in providing tips and advice for maintenance of plumbing
PegaServPegaServ
Lance J.
I highly recommend Maximus Plumbing. My water heater broke down, they responded quickly with the best pricing and installed the water heater promptly the next day.
Maximus Plumbing & HeatingMaximus Plumbing & Heating
Aditya D.
I needed to replace the valves in my laundry room and fix a leaky shower head. Valentino from Deals on Wheels Plumbing reached out with his phone number and agreed to come in the very same day. He arrived on time, looked at the issues, quoted a fair price up front and completed the job very efficiently. Valentino is very personable, friendly, professional and I would definitely hire him again for any plumbing needs.
Deals on Wheels PlumbingDeals on Wheels Plumbing
Daniel S.
Working with Felix and his crew was great. Actually, they did the work, including having to makes changes to the plan. They finished on time, we’re punctual at all times. The flexibility, not only in their work but within that schedule and they finished the work nicely. We thank them and recommend them if your considering any kind of plumbing work.
Flex One Plumbing & Rooter IncFlex One Plumbing & Rooter Inc
Rebecca H.
Erik helped me resolve the clogging due to the roots in the main with great professionalism and dedication. It’s an old house with extension. So the pipes were complicated. Erik found ways to identify the issue and addressed it to my satisfaction. He made it his priority and didn’t mind working long hours. I strongly recommend Erik if you need plumbing services.
Martynn Plumbing and Drain CleaningMartynn Plumbing and Drain Cleaning
Bopeng L.
John Wes Mayyam from Good Neighbor Plumbing is very professional, sincere and transparent. I had a small leak in a plastic pipe in the front yard very close to the house, which was not a very big problem. Before meeting John, I met with a few other plumbers, several of which encouraged me to make big changes such as changing the whole water pipeline in the front yard, which I later learned is not necessary. John explained to me very clearly what needs to be done for the fix and what is not necessarily needed (no need to change the whole water pipeline, and definitely no need to change it to copper pipe, since plastic is better for my area). Then he and his man showed up on time and did exactly what he promised to do with great quality, no hassle, very smooth and nice experience for me as a client. I would highly recommend John and Good Neighbor Plumbing!
Good Neighbor Plumbing IncGood Neighbor Plumbing Inc
Jiashi C.
Damiano did a great job fixing the leaking pipe under our bathtub. He replied to my request and showed up quickly. He figured out the issue and came back the other day to do the work. He worked really hard for a few hours and made sure it’s fixed and cleaned up everything after his work was done. I highly recommend D’s plumbing.
Dom’s PlumbingDom’s Plumbing
Imran P.
JJ was awesome. He was one of the few people that was willing to give me a rough estimate on Thumbtack. When he arrived, the job initially looked smaller than expected and his rate was super reasonable. It turned out to be a bigger job than expected and still ended up at the estimate that he had originally given me. He did quality work and I would gladly hire him for any future plumbing work. Thanks Jose!
Jjs plumbing servicesJjs plumbing services
Kazu O.
Drain Doctor Don was great! My washer was flooding (as was the sink adjacent to it), and I had baby laundry to do! Donald was very quick to respond, and sent his father (I guess they're a father-son team?) to my place to deal with the issue within an hour. The price was fair, and his father even found a crack in one of my pipes which he fixed for only a small additional fee. I'm very happy with them and will be calling them again next time I have plumbing issues.
Drain Doctor DonDrain Doctor Don
Thumbtack Customer
Oscar is the BEST plumber!! He responded quickly to my search, then came out on short notice to clear a shower blockage. He offered a flat rate with a hard to beat backing. He and his asst. cleared the problem, and also cleaned up the mess. I then asked about a couple of other plumbing issues, and Oscar gave me honest suggestions. He agreed to help with my sump pump and honestly, went above and beyond in getting it fixed! Super professional, pleasant, and reliable! I will be recommending Oscar to my friends!
Aqua Stat Plumbing, Inc. CSLB LicensedAqua Stat Plumbing, Inc. CSLB Licensed
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