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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 Fremont plumbers
Srikrish S.
Ben did a great job with our plumbing needs. Highly recommend him
Cali'z Plumbing Inc.Cali'z Plumbing Inc.
Kali G.
The folks from Unlimited Building and plumbing cheated me by giving false quotes and charging me a lot of money and didn't do their work and didn't show up to complete it. Never hire this Unlimited Building and plumbing for any work they are just cheaters.
Unlimited Building & Plumbing ServicesUnlimited Building & Plumbing Services
Varun N.
Ever Plumbing service is excellent. I had a kitchen sink drain backing up issue. The detailed job done by Ever plumbing helped to fix the issue but also the level of effort his team put to resolve the issue shows the ownership. He used his camera to show us the clogged drain and helped clean the mess which was much appreciated. I highly recommend them for any plumbing issues!
Ever plumbing underground
Tian J.
Martin was extremely professional and responsive. He was fast at solving our plumbing issues. Also had very good covid protocols (wear new gloves and shoe covers when coming into the house..etc) would highly recommend for any plumbing issues.
Universal plumbing & rooterUniversal plumbing & rooter
Manu R.
Kevin refixed entire plumbing after a countertop job. Great job and great value !!
K&M  ServicesK&M Services
Thumbtack Customer
Very happy w GreG gallegos. Will call him again for my next plumbing work
Rooter-Tec Plumbing and DrainRooter-Tec Plumbing and Drain
Prasad M.
Excellent work by Hugo and his team on the new plumbing work. Would hire him again!
Fast Repipe and PlumbingFast Repipe and Plumbing
Shailee D.
Very smooth experience with our plumbing problem. He came with the right part and finished the job quickly.
Ayodele W.
He did a very good job. I would recommend him for all your plumbing needs.
Stratton PlumbingStratton Plumbing
Alex G.
He did a very good job and should I require plumbing services in the future, he will be called first.
Handy Andy Plumbing ServiceHandy Andy Plumbing Service
Da m.
Jose will be on my speed dial for all my life (plumbing) problems :) he did a great job, showed up on time, did it the right way - no work arounds, had practical solutions to our unusual plumbing problems, was fair in his pricing and a great attitude. Jose Senior should be proud of his son!
Platinum PlumbingPlatinum Plumbing
Priscilla R.
Jerry was great! He got the job done fast and was very professional. I definitely recommend JB Rooter and Plumbing!!
J B Rooter and Plumbing IncJ B Rooter and Plumbing Inc
Anish K.
I contacted for a water leak in my kitchen. Eddie from Best Bay Plumbing was very punctual and arrived at the promised time. He was very friendly and professional to work with. Eddie was able to figure out the problem very quickly, and went beyond and above what is required. I would highly recommend him for any Plumbing work. Thank you!
Best Bay Plumbing & RooterBest Bay Plumbing & Rooter
Kamala g.
We have a few bathroom sinks where water has not draining well for a while now. We already tried a few solutions advertised online but nothing worked. I connected with Costello Plumbing Saturday morning. Miguel arrived in less than an hour after my call. He was very professional and explained to us what he was doing every time and was very knowledgeable. He fixed the issue quickly and the fees were very reasonable. We loved working wit Miguel and Costello's plumbing and will certainly call them again for all our future plumbing needs,.
Costello's PlumbingCostello's Plumbing
Venkata V.
Great service and instant resolution without much hassle. Would definitely recommend him for any plumbing related problems and will hire again.
J B Rooter and Plumbing IncJ B Rooter and Plumbing Inc
Fabian B.
My experience with Ever Plumbing was excellent. His quality of work was very good and on time. I will certainly will use his service in the future again.
Ever plumbing underground
Charlize Z.
My washing machine is leaking and I could not figure out how to fix it. Bill really did an excellent job to help us! He brought professional tools and new valve needed. He also helped on some other small plumbing problems we had. I would definitely recommend Bill for any house plumbing issues! Thank you Bill!
Bill's  Quality  Tile & MarbleBill's Quality Tile & Marble
Saurabh M.
Jj was responsive,and diagnosed a solution which was quick and easy. His quote was value for money, and I would hire him again for my next plumbing need.
Platinum PlumbingPlatinum Plumbing
Prateek j.
This is probably the first super positive experience that I've had with someone we've hired to get work done on our house. Ray is nice, pleasant to talk to and arrived right on time. He seems very knowledgeable and figured out the cause of our toilet leak and fixed it quickly. He also answered some other unrelated plumbing questions for us. Will definitely hire him for any future plumbing needs. :)
Ray's Service One PlumbingRay's Service One Plumbing
Sean installed my water conditioner system. He was very professional in providing estimate, communicating the timeline and his work was clean. I will hire him for my future plumbing needs.
Horizon Plumbing, LLCHorizon Plumbing, LLC
Heavenz K.
Vidal did a great job replacing my toilet tank. He was quick and efficient and also helped me dispose the original tank. I highly recommend his plumbing service.
Vidal's Plumbing and RooterVidal's Plumbing and Rooter
Om M.
We wanted to get our water heater replaced in quick time over the weekend. We looked around for plumbing company's and got multiple estimates. Andy came the same day, around the time they'd promised at very reasonable rate and completed the job within 3 hrs. Very happy with his service and we will definitely be calling Andy back if we have any plumbing issue in the future - very friendly and great customer service. Thank you!
Handy Andy Plumbing ServiceHandy Andy Plumbing Service
Raymond t.
Great quality work and real professionals. Eric and his team quickly identified the problems and provided timely fixes for the plumbing issues I had in the kitchen area. I’ll highly recommend them.
Thumbtack Customer
David communicated well, arrived at the stipulated time and solved the plumbing problems we had previously discussed on phone. What else could you ask for from a service provider? Thumbs up!!
Gomes HandymanGomes Handyman
Nagesh V.
I recently hired Ben to get some plumbing work done under my house . Ben was very courteous , punctual and finished the work in the promised time . He was very easy to work with and I’d definitely recommend him .
Cali'z Plumbing Inc.Cali'z Plumbing Inc.
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