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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.

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.

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. 

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 Rancho Santa Margarita plumbers
Brett B.
Michael is an amazing plumber, very knowledgeable, polite, reasonable, and willing to help you make the right decision. He did an amazing job repairing our plumbing leak. For whatever plumbing jobs I have in the future, I will be calling Michael. I highly recommend Duggan Plumbing!
Duggan Plumbing and Rooter ServiceDuggan Plumbing and Rooter Service
Lanie F.
This is the second time I have used Mr. Johnson services to handle our plumbing needs. Once again we received superior service from Bruce. I will use him for all our plumbing needs in the future and much more. I highly recommend Mr Johnson!!
John & Brianna R.
Michael Sudakow was responsive to the request, punctual and the utmost professional. He diagnosed and troubleshoot the plumbing issue we were experiencing and thoroughly explained his findings and solution. We highly recommend Michael and if we need plumbing services in the future will definitely be giving him a call. Thank You again Michael.
Duggan Plumbing and Rooter ServiceDuggan Plumbing and Rooter Service
Thumbtack Customer
Very impressed with the service from Spencer. He was timely, very knowledgeable, and got the job done quickly and for a fair price. We will definitely use him again for any plumbing/handyman needs.
Large PlumbingLarge Plumbing
Adam S.
Chris was outstanding. He was just here replacing our guest bathroom shower and tub fixtures. He was thorough, diligent, and even offered us tips to ensure the longevity of the fixtures. We won’t be looking anywhere else when it comes to our future plumbing needs.
MWH/ STAT Emergency PlumbingMWH/ STAT Emergency Plumbing
Olenka P.
Oscar came in time, his price was more reasonable compare to others. He made quick evaluation of my project with shower renovation. Next day Sebastian and Alder started their work on our bathroom tile, plumbing and new shower installation. They were punctual, clean and professional. The job was done in 3 days with good quality. I am very pleased with the way it turned out and highly recommend them.
Exert Construction ServiceExert Construction Service
Lanie F.
I was a bit hesitant to use an online service but went with Thumbtack based on their reviews of Mr. Johnson and other customer reviews. From the start Mr. Johnson was very prompt in his response. The initial contact he answered all my questions and provided direction on potential problems. The service appointment was on time. Mr. Johnson was very knowledgeable and provided an excellent service call to meet our needs. I am more than satisfied and will use him in the future for any and all plumbing needs. It was a breath of fresh air to have a company provide outstanding service and have it done by a very nice individual. Thank you Mr. Bruce Johnson!!
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