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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 Richmond plumbers
Janis L.
Willy from Blue sky plumbing is experienced, has refined expertise in plumbing skills.
BLUE SKY PLUMBINGBLUE SKY PLUMBING
Georgette B.
I received a communication from Rooter Team plumbing within an hour of my inquiry. I was impressed by the professionalism and punctuality. My job was started and completed on the same day! I will use the rooter team plumbing again, and again.
Rooter Team PlumbingRooter Team Plumbing
Janis L.
Castellano Plumbing was thoroughly professional in solving the shower leak. His work is patient and thorough and I recommend this company!
Costello's PlumbingCostello's Plumbing
Jazz H.
Me. Cruz, Arrived promptly and immediately fixed the problem. He also took a look at my water heater and others plumbing issues.
Cruz.Comp.llcCruz.Comp.llc
Jordan B.
Will did a great job installing a utility sink in our garage. Our old plumbing was pretty funky, but Will found a way to make it work!
WilWil
Sheila C.
Ray was very professional and responsive. He installed a washer & dryer hookup for us and it came out clean. I will definitely call him again if any other plumbing needs come up!
Ray's Service One PlumbingRay's Service One Plumbing
Kelsey C.
I contacted Paiz Plumbing and heard back same day. I had horrible water pressure in a 1940s house. My guess is the pipes have never been replaced. Javier came the next day to evaluate the problem and gave us a quote. He was knowledgeable about the different materials and suggest we replace all the hot and cold water pipe with copper. Once we agreed to move forward he was there the next day and did the job quickly. He always showed up on time and worked hard the entire day. He did the job as fast as possible so we could have the water we needed. Now I have excellent water pressure and I'm happy with the updates to my house. Would recommend Paiz Plumbing and will call him in the future for my plumbing needs.
Paiz plumbing & rooterPaiz plumbing & rooter
Enosh N.
Omar is hardworking plumber, and spend countless days helping us with water leak and gave the best estimate! He provided the best value out of all plumbers we have tried! Will hire him again for any plumbing project!
Rooter Team PlumbingRooter Team Plumbing
Crystal s.
Ray and his assistant were able to come over the same day. They were very professional and within minutes they were able to diagnose and fix the problem. I highly recommend them and I will use them again for any plumbing issues.
Ray's Service One PlumbingRay's Service One Plumbing
Colin H.
Ray made really quick work of a clogged drain and rebuilt the pipes below the kitchen sink, all done before lunch at a more than reasonable rate. 10/10 work hire or recommend Ray again for any plumbing related needs!
Ray's Service One PlumbingRay's Service One Plumbing
Judy C.
I've been having problems with my bathroom sink for months, and Javier saved it today. In such a short notice, he found time to fit me in his busy schedule. Prices are SUPER affordable. Save yourself a headache and hire him for your plumbing needs!
Paiz plumbing & rooterPaiz plumbing & rooter
Kevin A.
Highly recommend Demetrio. He removed a difficult to remove kitchen faucet and then installed a new one. He was prompt, responsive and fast. He also explained a few things about the plumbing that will be helpful going forward. I thought his rate was very reasonable too.
D.Lee plumbingD.Lee plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Erik did a great job with my kitchen sink drain. He snaked the pipes and made sure that it was done properly. He was very thorough and precise, explaining everything that he's about to do. I will call on him again for my future plumbing needs. Thank you!
Martynn Plumbing and Drain CleaningMartynn Plumbing and Drain Cleaning
Paul G.
Kent came by and helped me figure out what was causing my water flow problem. With persistance and the right tool he got it working again. He then helped me resolve another plumbing problem while he was here. It was very easy to talk with and trust Kent and will have him come help me with some other projects in the future.
Handyman CreationsHandyman Creations
Renae M.
Javier responded immediately to my request related to a sewage backup in my basement and they were able to come out within a couple of hours. After using their equipment to find the hole in the sewer pipe, they stayed late into the night to fix the issue immediately, which I wasn't expecting but was very grateful for. Because I wasn't feeling well, I stayed away from them but Javier texted me photos from the garage where they were working and kept me in the loop the whole time, which I really appreciated. They went above and beyond to clean up the mess from the backup and did a great job removing the concrete garage floor to get to the leak, repairing the pipe, and replacing the concrete. Communication was really great and they were honest and fair. I highly recommend Paiz Plumbing and will definitely be calling them again. I recently bought my first house and it's reassuring that I know who to call next time I need plumbing help!
Paiz plumbing & rooterPaiz plumbing & rooter
Lesley W.
Javier was so nice. He responded immediately, and was able to come by the same day. Though he couldn’t quite diagnose why my toilet was making a crazy noise, he took the time to explain what might be going on and was so respectful about not just charging me to do some tests that wouldn’t determine a result. He also was able to determine I had a leak in a pipe in the front of my house and fixed it immediately for a super fair price! Will definitely be using Paiz again for plumbing needs.
Paiz plumbing & rooterPaiz plumbing & rooter
Zackery R.
Ray was great, showed up early and got the job done very quick. We had a toilet installed that had a flange that was sticking up out of the floor, we couldn’t figure out how to make it work ourselves but Ray did. Ray snaked the shower drain also and cleared some funky stuff from 20 years of previous owners. Would recommend and will use again! Local plumbing company wanted $740 to install toilet, Ray installed the toilet and snaked the drain for $300. Veryyyyy fair pricing.
Ray's Service One PlumbingRay's Service One Plumbing
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