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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 Irvine plumbers
Dennis Y.
Would definitely work with Elite Plumbing again
Elite PlumbingElite Plumbing
Prashanth K.
Great work. Fixed all my plumbing issues
Main PlumbingMain Plumbing
Heather S.
Manny and his team were awesome. They were able to come out to my house quickly and resolved my plumbing issue. He explained clearly and even showed me videos of the they needed to do in order to replace my plumbing. I will absolutely use them again and would refer All Star plumbing to all my friends and family.
Allstar RooterAllstar Rooter
Keith N.
Took care of my plumbing needs with no issues. will use again in the future.
Clark PlumbingClark Plumbing
Sean k.
Elite plumbing is great to deal with, prompt and responsive. Quality work and part provided. Highly recommended!
Elite PlumbingElite Plumbing
Cc F.
I can't say enough thank you to Mr. Almando Ramirez @ Caliber One Plumbing and Const. He saved me from the plumbing nightmare and also $$$$. I appreciate his logical reasoning to attack the source of problems and fixed in good time. He is kind and respected my property. And, I was comfortable and trusted him and his work. I am already hiring him for next plumbing problems. Thank you Almando and Renae. Cheers, Chung Cha Fitch
Caliber One Plumbing and constructionCaliber One Plumbing and construction
David S.
Izzy was great in helping us out and giving professional opinion on plumbing issues at my parents house. Thanks again
Ez Plumbing ServiceEz Plumbing Service
James L.
Anthony from AJ Plumbing was excellent! Right from the start he was very communicative and I was able to schedule him to come out same day to install a new touchless faucet in my kitchen. Everything looks and functions great, I’ll definitely reach out again if I need any further plumbing related items looked at.
Elite PlumbingElite Plumbing
Glenn O.
Knowledgeable and completed the job pretty fast. He also provided some advice plumbing advice to reduce my risks. Will definitely consider hiring him again.
US Plumbing & DrainsUS Plumbing & Drains
David L.
Kevin was honest, helpful and knowledgeable. He worked hard to troubleshoot the leak and was able to give me a few tips. I would highly recommend NuGen Plumbing to anyone.
NuGen Plumbing 💧NuGen Plumbing 💧
Betsy G.
This is the second time I used EZ plumbing. This visit they replaced my bathroom sink faucet and drain, in addition to repairing my toilet. I’ve been extremely pleased with their prompt response, availability and workmanship! I really appreciated their suggestions for exactly what was needed, since I ordered the wrong part for my drain. The job was done quickly and professionally with zero mess left behind, and I’ll be using them again for my next plumbing job!
Z n D Plumbing 0620Z n D Plumbing 0620
Matthew D.
Ysidro was great! I reached out in then morning and EZ plumbing was able to fit me in right after noon. Fixed two clogged drains in less than an hour. Will be using EZ again in the future.
Ez Plumbing ServiceEz Plumbing Service
Gang C.
We had a countertop replacement and Matt came over to help us finish the plumbing reconnect. It was our first time to meet with Matt and we highly appreciated his professional work and on-time arrival.
Barefoot PlumbingBarefoot Plumbing
Shahrooz T.
I will definitely recommend him. He has super friendly attitude and a fair person. His quality of work is excellent with fair pricing. He went above and beyond educating me on some plumbing skills.
Erik GutierrezErik Gutierrez
Ramit d.
Donny’s a professional. Was responsive from the get go and showed up on time. Most important he was honest on the issue, someone who would become my go to person for all plumbing issues moving forward, highly recommend!
Elite PlumbingElite Plumbing
Lana A.
Manny was very responsive and communicative. He was helpful in resolving our teens' faulty toilet in a timely, efficient manner! He brought drop cloths to protect our flooring and was extremely professional. We highly recommend Manny for your plumbing needs!
Allstar RooterAllstar Rooter
Kareem M.
Jose came out with short notice and completed the job of unclogging the kitchen sink, which ended up not being easy. I highly recommend his services for any plumbing related job. Also his pricing is very fair and competitive.
Down the Drain PlumbingDown the Drain Plumbing
Jon F.
Robert was an absolute professional, went above and beyond. I even after the job recommended him to my mother! Literally!! So thankful for him and the faucet he installed for us, will reach out to him again for sure for any plumbing needs!
Hagan PlumbingHagan Plumbing
Andrew L.
AJ plumbing went above and beyond to help us in our hour of need. Very professional and was able to come out within 30 minutes of reaching out to them. Had everyone done within an hour. Did a great job! Would highly recommend.
Elite PlumbingElite Plumbing
Natasha T.
Phenomenal! - Answered me in just a few minutes after I reached out, and he was at my house in an hour. He got my shower unclogged within 5-10 minutes, and was super nice. Planning to hire him for any future plumbing needs. Thanks Joseph!!
Newport-Mesa DrainsNewport-Mesa Drains
Jeanne C.
Really happy with Donny Dushaj from Elite Plumbing!! He arrived in time & even texted me a eta! Was able to solve my issue in a timely manner, efficiently & professionally & as a bonus left the work site spotless! I highly recommend him! You won’t be disappointed!!
Elite PlumbingElite Plumbing
Leslie T.
I will definitely be using Allstar Rooter again for my plumbing needs. Manny and Elias were great on installing my toilet. They were very professional and informative on what I needed. And they were a great value. Until next time thank you for your help. Leslie Tunnell
Allstar RooterAllstar Rooter
Courtney B.
Erik is very responsive and was able to help me out right away, even though my issues weren’t emergent. He arrived on time, fixed the issues quickly and had very fair pricing. I would definitely contact Erik again in the future for any plumbing issues!
Erik GutierrezErik Gutierrez
Justin M.
Anthony was fantastic and whole heartedly recommend him to anyone for plumbing needs. He was super-responsive, helpful, showed up on the dot, great work, finished quicker than expected, and had the most reasonable quote. Just all round, end to end great doing business with him.
Elite PlumbingElite Plumbing
Alex F.
Bruce did a fantastic job installing our new sink and garbage disposal. He was able to explain everything that needed to be done and genuinely wanted to do a great job. We really appreciated his expertise and would highly recommend him to anyone needing plumbing assistance or installations. Thanks Bruce!!
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