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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 Milpitas plumbers
Jaime was very knowledgeable about quality plumbing. Pointed out poor workmanship from previous plumbing work done on our home to what should've been done. Swag has my business from now on.
SWAGS Plumbing and RooterSWAGS Plumbing and Rooter
Troy was great! I would pick him for my future plumbing needs.
Troy’s PlumbingTroy’s Plumbing
Gopal B.
Responsive and thorough with his work. Would hire him in the future for other plumbing jobs.
Jerameel Madagat (jmplumbing)Jerameel Madagat (jmplumbing)
Anil R.
Very thorough with his job and I'll definitely hire him again for future plumbing work.
Jerameel Madagat (jmplumbing)Jerameel Madagat (jmplumbing)
Samarendra M.
Jerry was very responsive and punctual. He was also quick at his work. He identified my problem quickly and charged me a fair price. He did a fantastic job fixing my issue and suggested how to protect pipes and other plumbing items. Will definitely recommend Jerry for plumbing services.
J B Rooter and Plumbing IncJ B Rooter and Plumbing Inc
Karen L.
Ben was very responsive and was able to resolve the plumbing problem on the same day at a fair price. I will call him again in the future.
Cali'z Plumbing Inc.Cali'z Plumbing Inc.
Jay A.
Great service.Cruz plumbing is a very professional company. They answered my needs on time and came to resolve an emergency at my home. They did the plumbing repairs on time, cost efficient and with impressive professionalism. I truly recommend this company to anyone planning to give them a call and I will continue usong their services for all my house needs. Great company to work with.
Aathira N.
We contacted Sahagun plumbing to replace our leaky main valve, pressure regulator and hose bib. They responded in a timely manner and provided us with a competitive quote for the work. Sahagun showed up on time the next day and answered all our questions before starting the work. We are happy with his work and will definitely consider him for our future plumbing works as well.
Sahagun PlumbingSahagun Plumbing
Arun P.
Nick helped me with installing a new valve for the kitchen refrigerator water outlet. He did a nice and clean job. Will definitely contact him for my future plumbing needs.
Nick's Quick FixNick's Quick Fix
Abhinav K.
We had a clogged drain pipe in the master bathroom and the Knockout Plumbing team addressed it on the same day. Jorge was the designated plumber and he was exceptional and took the time to explain everything in detail. Once the job was done (which involved moving the toilet seat from it's base); Jorge cleaned the entire space behind him. And he also solved another issue with our incinerator without charging us for it! Highly recommend Knockout Plumbing!
Knockout Plumbing & Repipe Inc.Knockout Plumbing & Repipe Inc.
Kuldeepak A.
He was quick to understand the issue , gave detailed diagnose of the situation and was most reasonable in giving quote. From now on he is my go to guy for plumbing needs. Have already referred him to all my friends. Good luck Nick.
Nick's Quick FixNick's Quick Fix
Ranjan B.
Resonably priced. Came with another person and replaced our tankless water heater. Good quality work. Came on time. Stuck to quote. Knew how its all done. Suggested on servicing heater. Everything is working as normal now. Recommend him for any plumbing projects.
Marvin PlumbingMarvin Plumbing
Keshav P.
We have used Al for the first time. I called him and he immediately responded and came on time. He was very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. He root caused the plumbing issue immediately and also helped with other issues we had in the house. We will definitely recommend him to friends.
Al’s Plumbing ServiceAl’s Plumbing Service
Ram C.
They are very responsive and professional. I found them when I started looking for gas pipeline connection. They visited our home for an initial estimate & provided Great suggestions on our new pipeline connection. Their charges are reasonable for their quality of service. I would definitely hire them for all our plumbing services
Quick 1 repipe and plumbing, IncQuick 1 repipe and plumbing, Inc
Saurabh T.
Nick was very quick in responding and very professional. He explained to us what the problem was and what it would take to fix it. He made couple of recommendations but gave us a choice on whether to do it or not. His recommendations made complete sense and we went ahead with that. I would highly recommend Nick for plumbing jobs.
Nick's Quick FixNick's Quick Fix
Nikhil H.
Expensive, but job very well done ! My kitchen sink drain was clogged and needed urgent attention. I reached out to UP&R and they gave me same day appointment. Martin is very professional. He cleaned the build up in the drain and restored the system like new. I highly recommend UP&R for your plumbing and rooter needs. All five stars here !
Universal plumbing & rooterUniversal plumbing & rooter
Sudipa B.
My toilet was clogged and it was a stressful situation as I did not know whom to contact. Late at night, I posted a project at Thumbtack. By next morning, I got a response from JB rooter and by noon, my toilet was all functional again 😊. Now I know whom to call in any plumbing situation. Jerry was straightforward, gave me a direct quote for toilet clogging and that’s it. He was also wearing mask, wearing shoe covers. I found him quite professional in his demeanor. I will hire him again.
J B Rooter and Plumbing IncJ B Rooter and Plumbing Inc
Susan L.
This guy gave two different bids before he came to the house. He did the plumbing all right but he put all the fixtures on the wall that had no sheet rock. And one of the pieces was not necessary for him to test the function of the valve. The guy knew we had to take these pieces off to put up the tile but he threw all the packaging away. It made sense to try them on but he didn’t need to leave them on. The smart thing would have been to show that the fixtures fit and put them back in the box. And when he wanted to be paid he made me fill out a quote sheet as if to show he gave this to me before he got started.
Bueno Plumbing and RooterBueno Plumbing and Rooter
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