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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.

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 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?

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 much does it cost to install a hot water heater?

You’ll know when it’s time to install a new water heater. Water heater installation costs average between $360 and $780 nationally, with rates increasing depending on the project. The total project cost will be higher when you include the cost of the heater itself. Select your new water heater based on the number of occupants in your home and the number of gallons of capacity you’ll need. Installation costs can vary based on the type of water heater you are removing and the type you are installing, any necessary repairs, regional cost of labor, and whether disposal of the old heater is included. Natural gas water heaters retail on average between $650 and $900 for standard models. Electric water heaters range between $300 and $700 for standard models. Tankless electric water heaters retail on average between $250 and $700 for standard models. Tankless gas water heaters retail on average between $200 and $1,300.

A company may charge approximately $1,000 to replace a 50-gallon tank-style electric water heater (not including any upgrades required by building codes). Replacing a gas-powered water heater might cost $1,100 (not including code upgrades). Some companies roll the disposal of an old heater into the overall cost of the new water heater installation. Other professionals charge an additional removal fee that can range from $35 to $150.

Reviews for Newark plumbers
Thumbtack Customer
ABC Plumbing was very responsive and timely. They did the job, and appreciate their willingness to accommodate our project on short notice. Thank you ABC Plumbing and Drain!
ABC Plumbing and DrainABC Plumbing and Drain
Sudaksh C.
High quality professional plumbing company. Satisfied with diagnosis and repair work. Will hire again
Elite RooterElite Rooter
Pranit M.
Got the job done. Reasonable price. I'll get his services again for plumbing issues.
S A.
I highly recommend Sons Of Glory Plumbing for all your plumbing needs. Pedro was great to communicate with and he and his team were kind, respectful, punctual, and so knowledgeable. He was quickly able to identify our issue, purchase, and replace the part all in under two hours. Excellent service.
Son of Glory PlumbingSon of Glory Plumbing
Satya N.
Nick is awesome in his service. I highly recommend for any quick fixes and plumbing stuffs ! Thank you for your help.
Nick's Quick FixNick's Quick Fix
Mubeen A.
Abraham did an excellent job fixing our toilet leak. The root cause of the leak was something completely different to what I thought, and Abraham fixed it perfectly. On time, very professional, excellent workmanship. I would recommend him 200% for all your plumbing needs. I have a few more plumbing projects lined up, for which i’ll have Abraham come do those.
Sahagun PlumbingSahagun Plumbing
Hadijah I.
Troy is awesome! He's responsive, kind, and professional. He came to replace my parent's broken kitchen sink faucet, and was fast! I highly recommend booking him for any of your plumbing needs.
Troy & Nina ‘s PlumbingTroy & Nina ‘s Plumbing
Mubeen A.
Victor from Al’s Plumbing came over to install a new Kohler Sensate faucet. The one we had bought had an incorrect fastening nut in the box, as Victor found out. So he had to put the old faucet in, we returned that faucet and got another new faucet in a few days. Victor came over again to install it and did an excellent job! The newer faucet had an issue with the water flow regulator, so Victor found a by-pass and made it work. Extremely professional, consistent and patient! Would definitely recommend and hire him again for my next plumbing job.
Al’s Plumbing ServiceAl’s Plumbing Service
Alisha H.
They did very well with my plumbing issues. Abel is really nice and patient with all my questions, and he and his technicians are willing to explain the questions that I asked. Also, they did the work so fast and professionally! I’m so glad that I found them to repair the leaking drains.
Best Bay Plumbing & RooterBest Bay Plumbing & Rooter
Vivian C.
Nick is super professional and knowledgeable. He fixed our clogged kitchen sink and bathroom sink within an hour. He checked triple times to make sure there’s no leaking before he left. His service charge is fair and reasonable comparing to others. I highly recommend Nick if you are looking for plumbing services.
Nick's Quick FixNick's Quick Fix
Raghavendra K.
We called this business to help fix our clogged kitchen sink . The team has been very flexible and provided a good rate . While fixing the clog they noticed and help address the knocking plumbing sound and replaced our leaky faucet at a discounted rate . Thank you team , I am looking forward to working with you on future projects.
Legacy plumbing & rooter incLegacy plumbing & rooter inc
Malinda D.
Kev and his son were absolutely amazing. They came through fixed an issue we had with a new sink and garbage disposal install. I was going to initially hire Kev for the job and should’ve went with my instinct in the first place. The job would’ve been done right the first time. I’m grateful for their help and he is at the top of my list for any plumbing issue. I will definitely refer him to family and friends.
K&M  ServicesK&M Services
Mohammad M.
I hired them for a couple of plumbing repairs. They did the first one - replacing the main water valve fine. This triggered some new problems. Many of the faucets got jammed due to dart being pushed to the water line. This is perhaps expected but I was not warned about it. So this caused a leak in the master bathtub faucet which wouldn’t stop running. This is where things got really weird. The requirement was to replace the bath tub faucet. They told me the only way to replace that is to cut hole through the ceiling of first floor - as the bathtub was on second floor. I was a bit skeptical so asked them if this is really necessary. The funny thing is, they DID NOT EVEN COME once to see this issue. They pushed really hard saying cutting the ceiling open is the only way to do it. I thought it’s ok but why not come see it in person once. But No. They were completely adamant that that’s the only option. They actually went ahead and started giving me quotes on that ceiling job for about $2000. At this point I was suspicious of their intentions and tried calling other plumbers. I tried 2 plumbers and NONE of them even mentioned cutting ceilings. Then i hired one of them and they did the job in an hour the next day, to finally stop the running water. These guys were NOT honest. There is simply no way of giving them any benefit of doubt. The fact that they did NOT want to even come once to see it before pushing me to break the house, tells the story.
Legacy plumbing & rooter incLegacy plumbing & rooter inc
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