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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 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. 

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 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 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.

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?

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.

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
Terry C.
Cory is an excellent choice for your plumbing needs. He promptly responded to help me on a Saturday evening for a broken main line. He and his team are thorough & courteous. He kept me in the loop with pictures of all he was doing & always called to explain what needed to be done. You should definitely hire Cory for all your plumbing needs.
Kings camera and locateKings camera and locate
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 plumbingPaiz plumbing
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
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 plumbingPaiz 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
Richard H.
Rasheed came on time and was very professional. My wife felt like Rasheed was not out to nickel and dime us, and she was impressed by his work. The job was done for $500 less than a big plumbing firm in the area. Strapping the water heater was extra, but only $50 including the parts. Thanks Rasheed! Now I can take a shower.
Plumbing for LessPlumbing for Less
Howard L.
The reason I decided to choose king's camera and locate to re-pipe my house is because of Cory. He is truly passionate about what he does and will work with you to get the job done at a price that's right. He is also a believer in offering great customer service and satisfaction which resonated with me. There were some minor things that came up during the work but Cory made sure everything was resolved and taken care of ASAP. So far, they have done an awesome job and I have nothing but great things to say. I know who I'll be calling in the future for any plumbing needs, highly recommend these guys!
Kings camera and locateKings camera and locate
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