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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

How can I find out if a plumber is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Generally, plumbers are often considered essential service providers. Essential service providers vary from state to state and city to city, however. For the most accurate information, check your official state or city government website to see whether a plumber is considered an essential service in your area.

Read CISA’s publication on identifying critical workers to find out more information on a national level. Some, but not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a plumber when social distancing?

Contact plumbers near you beforehand to see if they can complete the project without entering your home — for example, by entering the garage to fix a broken water heater. If the plumber needs to enter your house to do the job, you should proceed only if both parties feel comfortable with the project. Consider taking extra steps such as waving instead of shaking hands, staying 6 feet apart, using digital payments and sanitizing common areas.

Can I use digital payments to pay for plumbing services?

Some plumbers accept digital payments -- Zelle, PayPal, Venmo, etc. -- for their services. Before you hire a plumber, ask them if they accept your preferred online payment. Many also feature digital payment options on their profiles. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, digital payments are typically considered safer than cash and credit cards.

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.  

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 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.

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 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.

Reviews for Palo Alto plumbers
Arvind K.
Omar is great to work with. Highly recommend him to any one for plumbing assignments.
Viviane L.
Jose did great job installing all 3 toilets. Would recommend for any future plumbing needs.
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Mikhail K.
Kevin was friendly and did an excellent job fixing the toilet plumbing issue at my house replacing 4 toilets kits . Kevin was highly knowledgeable, professional and dedicated to solving the issue. He was quick to respond to my job request. He was flexible and worked with my work schedule to fix my toilet plumbing issue in a very timely manner. I will use him again in the future and highly recommend him.
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Thumbtack Customer
Kevin was knowledgeable, courteous, respectful and did the two jobs in a timely manner. Would definitely be calling Kevin for any future plumbing or handyman jobs, as will my landlord who was also suitably impressed. Thank you Kevin!
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Anuj P.
I had issues with a clogged bathtub. Nick responded immediately, and was so kind to drop by the same evening. He was very friendly, and fixed the issues. Next time I have drain/plumbing issues, I will definitely be calling Nick.
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Sean and Vivid Rooter and Plumbing are outstanding and we will definitely use them again for any and all of our future plumbing needs. Sean is the consummate professional and went above and beyond and easily unclogged our sink and bathtub drains and even gave us some great advice on a shower water pressure challenge We were having. We give them our highest recommendation and will definitely use them again. We trust Sean 100% and he is honest and does amazing work at a very fair price. Thank you Sean, we truly appreciate it!
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Brennan O.
Kevin replaced a touchless faucet in our kitchen sink that was no longer working. He did a great job at a fair price and was very helpful informing me during the job and pointing out things for us to keep aware of around our plumbing. Very happy and will call him again.
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Thumbtack Customer
My experience with Kevin was outstanding. He executed a challenging job (replacement of a high-end bathroom sink fixture) with skill, patience, thoughtfulness and thoroughness. He communicated effectively throughout the process, including a follow-up call to confirm that the new fixture was operating properly. I will have no hesitation in retaining Kevin for future plumbing jobs.
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Ana R.
Strongly recommend Frias LLC. Responsive, punctual, effective. We were in a kind of urgent situation. They managed to show up the next morning, fix the draining issue in our bathtub, and even do the same for our other shower, all for the same price. Everything was extremely efficiently done, and Frias did it all for the price lower than what other plumbing companies that I contacted asked for.
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Jim V.
I hired Kevin, using Thumbtack, to change two kitchen faucets, two soap dispensers, and two water filter cartridges. He was responsive, prompt, and stood by his estimate. The job of installing two faucets proved to be much harder than what he expected, but, he stood by his estimate. And he did a first class job. I would hire him again for plumbing jobs around my house, that for sure.
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