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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. 

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.
Manu R.
Kevin refixed entire plumbing after a countertop job. Great job and great value !!
K&M Handyman ServicesK&M Handyman Services
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
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
Ayodele W.
He did a very good job. I would recommend him for all your plumbing needs.
Forsyth PlumbingForsyth 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
Max G.
great can-do attitude, very professional, completed multiple plumbing and electrical projects in one day, would hire again!
Elite Home Repair & Drain CleaningElite Home Repair & Drain Cleaning
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
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
Apurva B.
The work turned out to be smaller than expected and Josh was honest about it and informed us that we don't need the plumbing that we thought we needed.
Pecks plumbingPecks plumbing
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
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.
Shobhika P.
I called William for fixing the toilet draining problem. He fixed it immediately. I was really impressed with his work. He also replaced my under the sink filter. I definitely recommend for any kind of plumbing services.
Ornelas Water Heaters/Whills Handyman servicesOrnelas Water Heaters/Whills Handyman services
Rochelle s.
i had some plumbing for my washing machine and utility sink. He was able to come the same day, quote and do the job. Service was fast and pricing reasonable. I will keep Jjs in my list of contractors for future projects.
Platinum PlumbingPlatinum Plumbing
Andy R.
Wil is a licensed professional plumber. He knows what he's doing. He just does plumbing -- nothing else. And he does it well. Very responsive and punctual. I will definitely use him again and would recommend him to everyone.
Pramod K.
Very happy with Troy’s work and professionalism. He went out of the way to figure out a solution to a unique problem and did a great job. Would gladly have him back for more projects. Wholeheartedly recommend him for all plumbing and related jobs.
Troy’s PlumbingTroy’s Plumbing
Saurabh J.
Nick contacted me within minutes of posting my request on Thumbtack; Arrived on the time he mentioned and unclogged our drain quickly. Gave us advise on how to prevent it from happening in the future. Will use Nick's services again if I have plumbing issues.
Nick's Quick FixNick's Quick Fix
Ma Karen e.
Abel and his team did a very good job on our originally a small project then finding out the problem was bigger than we expected (though deep inaide I know). Abel explained everything clearly. He made sure he asdessed the situation to give us the best Solution to the problem. Our front lawn was constantly a bit soft and out water bill doubled. We highly recomment Best Bay Plumbing! Worth every penny and it comes with 15 years warranty. We hopefully will not need to call them again but if we end up having a new problems we will seek out the service of Abel’s team from Best Bay Plumbing.
Best Bay Plumbing & RooterBest Bay Plumbing & Rooter
Alex G.
I needed my toilet fixed asap and Nick was not only able to fix it, but he did it in a short time at a reasonable price. I would definitely call him again should I require his services, and would highly recommend him to others who need help with their plumbing.
Nick's Quick FixNick's Quick Fix
Sangeetha C.
We had a leak under the kitchen sink and needed help to fix it. Nick was quick to respond and arrived on time. He fixed the problem and took the time to explain the cause and provided suggestions for improvement. We are very happy with his service and would definitely contact him for our future plumbing needs.
Nick's Quick FixNick's Quick Fix
Chris K.
Andrew came to fix my house's bathtub gurgling issue. Fix was resolved and he checked several times to ensure the gurgling noise is gone. I am very happy with his quality work and his kindness in explaining what the issue was. I absolutely recommend Andrew for other plumbing tasks.
Handy Andy Plumbing ServiceHandy Andy Plumbing Service
Nidheesh P.
Eduardo is very professional and helped fixing my toilet issues with great care. He is very good in communicating the details of the issue and gave me confidence of his work from the beginning. I would recommend his work for any plumbing projects and I would definitely consider him for my future work.
Jr plumbingJr plumbing
Vishwas T.
I had called them to check some drain leakage. Abraham came on time and was very courteous. He carefully diagnosed the entire area and suggested a very reasonable solution. He also tried to check the other pipes and pointed out some issues. I would definitely recommend Abraham from Sahagun plumbing.
Sahagun PlumbingSahagun Plumbing
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