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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 Pico Rivera plumbers
Linda E.
Frank was on time, and figured out our problem quickly. Great guy and will definitely call Bernal's plumbing again for any plumbing needs.
Bernal's PlumbingBernal's Plumbing
Diaz M.
I am very pleased with Allstar Rooters. Manny arrived on time and started the installation right away. He went above and beyond to address my plumbing issues and answered all the questions I had. I inquired about other plumbing projects and Manny proposed necessary and affordable solutions and his work is to be commended. I highly recommend this company and I will definitely be using them in the near future for all my plumbing needs.
Allstar RooterAllstar Rooter
Robb B.
EZ responded almost immediately and made it out same day to both inspect and fix the problem. Aside from responsiveness, promptness and professionalism, they made it very easy (EZ) to business with. They’re my guys for all future plumbing needs.
Ez Plumbing ServiceEz Plumbing Service
Brandon H.
A small job turned into a big one but Manny and family were good about explaining what my plumbing problem was and showing me with their cameras. And now a couple months later everything is still working great; they stand by their work too with a solid warranty. Recommended
Allstar RooterAllstar Rooter
Cesar L.
I was fortunate enough to select Moises to install my tankless water heater. He was very knowledgeable and his patience in answering all our questions was immeasurable. I would sincerely recommend his services to fellow homeowners. As a consumer we often overlook customer service. With Moises. I felt he was proud and confident in his work and work ethic. I’m definitely going to utilize his services for future plumbing needs at my home.
Mj the plumber incMj the plumber inc
Brandon H.
Ricardo joins my list of reliable pros that I've found on Thumbtack. He responded immediately. I needed him to install my new water heater the next day and that's what he did; arrived right on time. Made the whole process simple. He cleaned up and hauled away my old heater when he was done and the new one is working great. He gets my recommendation for all plumbing issues 👍
Ricks Plumbing ServiceRicks Plumbing Service
Jennifer h.
Very great customer service. Very punctual and honest. Work ethic is great, he struggled to fix my plumbing issue, but that's because I have an old home with Very old pipes and alot of the pieces weren't original which made it difficult for him to fix as the person before damaged the valve pretty bad. I've had many plumbers check this issue out and they always want to charge me beyond what I can afford. Hugo never gave up and resolved my issue, and with a decent affordable price. I will definitely keep him in my contacts for future repairs.
Cova plumbing & Rooter Lic#1051927Cova plumbing & Rooter Lic#1051927
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