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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.  

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. 

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 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 Redwood City plumbers
Julie M.
We were very happy with Abraham at Sahagun Plumbing! We will be contacting him with any future plumbing needs. He was great!
Sahagun PlumbingSahagun Plumbing
Rachel A.
I recommend Maximus Plumbing & Heating.
Maximus Plumbing & HeatingMaximus Plumbing & Heating
Heather F.
Nick came and inspected our plumbing without recommending unnecessary repairs!
Nick's Quick FixNick's Quick Fix
Jayn F.
Second hire of JJs Plumbing, and just as happy & satisfied as the last time! Great job all around!
Platinum PlumbingPlatinum Plumbing
Ann G.
Kevin was extremely responsive, professional and efficient. Would definitely use him again for future plumbing jobs.
K&M  ServicesK&M Services
Jake L.
Valentino fixed our plumbing issues perfectly! Had clogged pipes that he hydrojetted out and needed some new pipes installed. He offered very competitive pricing and finished all the repairs the same day we contacted him. He's secured all our future plumbing business, and I highly recommend him.
Deals on Wheels PlumbingDeals on Wheels Plumbing
Tara S.
I had a great experience with Deals on Wheels Plumbing. Very Responsive, punctual and assessed the work and gave us options for the fix.
Deals on Wheels PlumbingDeals on Wheels Plumbing
Emmett f.
Nick did an excellent job repairing a toilet and a leak from a kitchen faucet. Will always call Nick for any future plumbing issues. Thanks Nick!
Nick's Quick FixNick's Quick Fix
Anupam D.
Responded promptly. Was able to quickly provide the service within a couple of hours of my call. Polite, professional, helpful. I would call him again if I had a plumbing issue!
Deals on Wheels PlumbingDeals on Wheels Plumbing
Jayn F.
JJs Plumbing did a wonderful job! We were able to get an appointment the next day, he was on time, did the toilet installation in record time, was pleasant & friendly, and everything went perfect. Would definitely hire this company again.
Platinum PlumbingPlatinum Plumbing
Chris C.
Valentino was great in helping us fix a slow drain bathtub. He was honest /fair in pricing, helped us to understand the problem, and resolve over an afternoon. Very good cleaning up after work as well. Highly recommend him for your plumbing needs 👍 Thanks Valentino!
Deals on Wheels PlumbingDeals on Wheels Plumbing
Jennifer H.
Max and Beto are both highly recommended to do all your plumbing and Hvac projects. They deserve a 10 star rating. I cannot thank them enough for all the work they did to install our tankless water heater. Not only are they very professional but did a clean job and very good price.
Maximus Plumbing & HeatingMaximus Plumbing & Heating
Russ J.
The work quality was excellent! For us, this was a project that involved replacing 5 bathroom sinks that we purchased, replacing all the angle stops, related plumbing, and installation of 5 new faucets. We are very happy with Max and his technician Beto's professional work and will not hesitate in the future to use their services again. They were very responsive, on time, and gave us a very fair price.
Maximus Plumbing & HeatingMaximus Plumbing & Heating
Thumbtack Customer
Oscar did a great job on our plumbing project. He worked on the weekends for our schedule and redid anything that the inspector wanted redone. He replumbed our whole house due and was also able to redo the main line from the house to the street which involved removing a tree stump. Oscar was far cheaper than other bids and we past our final inspections.
Aqua Stat Plumbing, Inc. CSLB LicensedAqua Stat Plumbing, Inc. CSLB Licensed
Thumbtack Customer
Majid is great. I had him come check out a sewer line issue in our new home. He knew what he was doing, and gave me good tips on future maintenance. He also gave me great tips and advice on other plumbing/shower/water heater components. Also very friendly and professional, great customer service. I would def recommend him and Active Plumbers.
Active Plumbing & Water HeatersActive Plumbing & Water Heaters
Rich P.
Troy was amazing! Had a really hard problem for him to solve (disabling the touch sensitive part of a kitchen faucet) and he just quietly and cleanly got to work on the puzzle, went and purchased the parts he needed and got it done. He didn’t even get mad when I messed up and ran dirty water through the area he was working in. Really great attitude, work and fair prices. Will definitely call Troy next time I need plumbing help!
Troy’s PlumbingTroy’s Plumbing
Ali M.
I had a leaking basement ceiling on Sunday morning and contacted Marco on thumbtack. He responded immediately and set up an appointment for the next hour. He provided an ETA when he was in the way and showed up on time. Checked the issue, opened the ceiling and provided an estimated cost. He bought the necessary parts and fixed the issue in 1-2hours and finally cleaned the area. Very professional, punctual and friendly personality. He is definitely going on my speed dial for emergency plumbing issues.
Marco's PlumbingMarco's Plumbing
Anne P.
We used Asire Plumbing to help us with what seemed to be a small problem, but had turned into a big problem, and we couldn’t have asked for a better crew. They were professional, friendly, super helpful, and helped us diagnose a problem that was really screwing our house up. They also let me watch what they were doing so I could learn. I can’t thank them enough for such a great job at short notice. 10/10 would hire again for any issue.
Kenneth Asire PlumbingKenneth Asire Plumbing
Lilian W.
Jorge came on time on the day I called them. At the beginning, I am a little bit nervous, as Legacy seems to be a small company and don't have enough reviews. But because of the urgency of my case, we have to fix the water pipe broken issue immediately, otherwise, there is no water in my house. I hired Jorge work on this project. Jorge is very polite and easy to work with and explained the root reason of this accident. He completed the repaired quickly. His quote is reasonable and promise two year warranty. I am happy with this result and will hire him again if we have any plumbing issue in the future.
Legacy plumbing & rooter incLegacy plumbing & rooter inc
Na y.
Overall my experience was very positive all around from Communication to quality work to professionalism to value etc. Larry’s plumbing responded to my request very quickly, which was on a public holiday, and scheduled a free estimate on the next day. The technician came and made an estimate, they didn’t pressure me to use their service at all, and left it to me to decide to use them or not, since I was hoping to have someone fix the issue right away and they had to go buy the parts needed and come back the next day. The technician came the next day, very professional and pleasant, he explained what he would do and he quickly fixed all the issues. And the charge was very reasonable. Highly recommend!
Larry's PlumbingLarry's Plumbing
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