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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. 

Why is the water in my house not getting hot?

If the water in your house is not getting hot, it may be time for water heater repair. Nationally, the average water heater repair cost ranges between $120 and $200, although prices can range up to $400, depending on the problem and materials. Competent homeowners may also be able to try DIY fixes, whether they have a traditional gas or electric water heater or a tankless gas or electric heater. Troubleshooting the different issues that can arise with each of the styles requires some knowledge of how they operate and what red flags to look out for. For a natural gas water heater, the first step is to check whether the pilot light has gone out. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s directions if you want to relight it yourself. If you smell gas, stop everything and call your gas company — the smell could signal a dangerous gas leak. If your household’s water is not getting hot enough, you can try increasing the temperature on the water heater’s front dial above the standard setting of 120 degrees; for safety, always turn off electricity to the unit before adjusting temperatures. If you keep running out of hot water, your household may simply need a higher-capacity water heater, so consider upgrading. Quick professional fixes include replacing the thermostat or heating elements and cleaning and repairing the thermocouple.

Reviews for Pacifica plumbers
Stephanie G.
I highly recommend plumbing pure. They are responsive and professional. If you are experiencing plumbing issues, contact them!
Plumbing PurePlumbing Pure
Shahrier A.
Super friendly dude. I'll be sure to reach out again with future plumbing needs. Thanks K!
K&M  ServicesK&M Services
Justin V.
I had a plumbing problem that had been plaguing me for over a months. I had four plumbers come and take a look at the problem and only one - Selvin - figured out what the problem actually was (and it turned out to be much simpler than what all of the other plumbers were suggesting). I would strongly recommend Selvin for any of your plumbing problems.
Selvin Plumbing And RooterSelvin Plumbing And Rooter
David C.
Antonio came over immediately to help. He was fast, efficient, and left the sink area sparkling clean. I will definitely call Antonio for any future plumbing issues.
Plumbing & Rooter Service (Antonio Cárcamo ReyesPlumbing & Rooter Service (Antonio Cárcamo Reyes
Justin V.
Working with Maximus Plumbing & Heating was a pleasure, mostly because he was (1) extremely honest and (2) very capable. I was extremely impressed with his professionalism, and recommend him highly.
Maximus Plumbing & HeatingMaximus Plumbing & Heating
Frank j.
Tom is very professional and knowledgeable. He takes the time to explain what is needed in detail and does very high quality work. I will hire Plumbing Pure again in the future.
Plumbing PurePlumbing Pure
Shalina D.
Great customer service. Super helpful in helping me understand my plumbing issues so it made sense to me. Tried every resolution and was able to fix my sinks quickly. Would def recommend!
Ray's Service One PlumbingRay's Service One Plumbing
Susmita S.
Wil was great to work with! Quick to respond, punctual and very knowledgeable! He offered great advice for the job at hand as well as other minor plumbing issues we had. Very reasonable rates. Overall, a pleasure to work with!
Aaron R.
Antonio did a beautiful job replacing the old hot and cold valves in our showers with new single handle valves, keeping the tile work intact when all the other plumbers we talked to said they would have to open the walls, and did the work for a better price than anyone else offered, especially factoring in the cost of tile repair he enabled us to avoid. Will definitely call him for future plumbing work.
Plumbing & Rooter Service (Antonio Cárcamo ReyesPlumbing & Rooter Service (Antonio Cárcamo Reyes
Patrick C.
Valentino arrived within 24 hours of my initial contact with him. He was right on time to when he said he would arrive. He ran into a couple of additional issues as he was repairing the leak, but he told and showed me step by step why he was doing each item. In the end, the problem was resolved in a very timely and professional manner. I will contact Valentino again if I need any assistance with a plumbing matter.
Deals on Wheels PlumbingDeals on Wheels Plumbing
Terri S.
I contacted Victor to come and fix a leaky toilet and to install a new faucet for my kitchen sink. Victor responded to my inquiry within the hour and was able to come out on Monday. He was punctual and showed up in his COVID required mask and gloves as well as plastic shoe covers to wear inside my home. He was quick and efficient in his work and very professional. He is genuinely a nice person and would call him again anytime I have plumbing needs.
Al’s Plumbing ServiceAl’s Plumbing Service
Owen B.
Mete installed a new kitchen sink and faucet in my home. He was very responsive and gave me a fair quote for installation the following day, a Saturday. Mete arrived on time and completed the job in about 2.5 hours, wearing a mask the entire time. He looked over the sink area, removed the old sink and faucet, and then explained his installation process. There were some installation restrictions due to the small kitchen sink cabinet, but Mete was creative in finding solutions that worked and still provided a professional look. Overall, I am very pleased with the new sink and faucet and would recommend Mete for this type of work and any other plumbing tasks.
Misa G.
We bought a house built in the '60s that had never had any plumbing improvements made, and there were a few issues that needed repair. We had a very small window between getting the keys and getting the repairs done, and I wanted to find a quality plumber who would be able to work quickly without breaking the bank (since the house already did that). I reached out to Valentino at Deals on Wheels and he was super responsive, super friendly and professional. When we finally met on site he assessed the areas that needed repair, gave honest opinions on what was essential and what could wait, and sent back estimates within an hour or two of leaving the house. He was able to start work the next business day (which was the day before we moved in!) and got the job done in a few hours while I wasn't even home, so no one was affected by the water shutoff. What really went above and beyond for me was that he called me from Home Depot as he was buying supplies to tell me that he'd figured out a way to repair my kitchen sink plumbing without needing to cut open the wall (he had originally thought he'd need to move the drain line down, opening up the drywall and requiring me to have to hire someone to patch the wall) by rearranging some components, which would save me money. There ended up being a few unforeseen items needing replacement so the savings were ultimately offset, but I was grateful that he went out of his way to problem solve and reduce my costs. Plus, his work was really clean--it's hard to find people who take pride in a job well done these days. I would highly recommend Valentino to anyone, and I'll be sure to give him a call in the future should I need any work done.
Deals on Wheels PlumbingDeals on Wheels Plumbing
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