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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.

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 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?

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 much does it cost to install a hot water heater?

You’ll know when it’s time to install a new water heater. Water heater installation costs average between $360 and $780 nationally, with rates increasing depending on the project. The total project cost will be higher when you include the cost of the heater itself. Select your new water heater based on the number of occupants in your home and the number of gallons of capacity you’ll need. Installation costs can vary based on the type of water heater you are removing and the type you are installing, any necessary repairs, regional cost of labor, and whether disposal of the old heater is included. Natural gas water heaters retail on average between $650 and $900 for standard models. Electric water heaters range between $300 and $700 for standard models. Tankless electric water heaters retail on average between $250 and $700 for standard models. Tankless gas water heaters retail on average between $200 and $1,300.

A company may charge approximately $1,000 to replace a 50-gallon tank-style electric water heater (not including any upgrades required by building codes). Replacing a gas-powered water heater might cost $1,100 (not including code upgrades). Some companies roll the disposal of an old heater into the overall cost of the new water heater installation. Other professionals charge an additional removal fee that can range from $35 to $150.

Reviews for Rocklin plumbers
Carlos B.
Lagos plumbing is amazing, fast, reliable and super helpful! I would call Lagos Plumbing in an instant if and when I need help with plumbing issues. This is the way to go and don’t get fooled by the other companies trying to make a quick buck and over-charge customers. Call Lagos Plumbing! You’ll be happy you did in stressful plumbing issue times!
Lagos PlumbingLagos Plumbing
Vijay A.
For any issues related to plumbing Niza is best.
Niza Plumbing & Drain llcNiza Plumbing & Drain llc
Zak Z.
I was very impressed with Pro-Plumbing. I had a plumbing emergency on Thursday night - I received a response from them on the same night and a plumber arrived the next morning. Great responsiveness. He was very professional, fixed the issue, and did great work. I highly recommend Pro-Plumbing. Thank you.
Pro-Plumbing IncPro-Plumbing Inc
Matt O.
Overall perfect and fast service. Received service appointment right away after request. All repairs and concerns were completed and Niza provide detailed explanation of everything. Will definitely use/recommend Niza for all plumbing needs.
Niza Plumbing & Drain llcNiza Plumbing & Drain llc
Chris G.
I got lucky with these guys. I have had plumbing issue since I moved in , not anymore. Very notable with a fair price. They are coming back to install a tankless water heater. Thanks Ken and James, it was my pleasure. Chris Goldman
A Better Plumbing, Heating and Air Company Inc.A Better Plumbing, Heating and Air Company Inc.
Kristen W.
I can’t thank Niza Plumbing enough for their amazing service! They provided an extremely quick response time and project turnaround - had our issues (2 shower valve installations and 2 shower heads lifted higher) scheduled and resolved in a matter of hours. They are a wonderfully nice team and I will absolutely be asking them back in the future! Thank you, Niza! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Niza Plumbing & Drain llcNiza Plumbing & Drain llc
Priscilla S.
I am thrilled with the excellent job that NC Home did today! I reached our yesterday for a time sensitive project and NC Home accommodated us after hours to be sure we stayed on track with our project.  NC Home was on time, friendly, professional, and did an EXCELLENT job on our plumbing needs. Fantastic job, very reasonable rates, no wasted time. I highly recommend NC Home!!!
NC Home RepairsNC Home Repairs
Mark H.
Vitali did an excellent job, was early and communicated appropriately. Cleaned up after the installation and insured everything was working properly before leaving. He had a competitive bid and was well worth it. I had a couple other quotes, talked to other plumbers and Vitali knew what he was doing and what he was getting into. I had a drop-in sink, faucet and water filter installed that required cutting some of the existing countertop, drilling a hole in the new sink for the filter faucet and rearranging under sink plumbing.
Western Star Plumbing Inc.Western Star Plumbing Inc.
Betty D.
I had “Jack hammer” noise coming from my toilet when flushing. Jon was able to come out same day, came at the time he said, and within 30 seconds discovered someone had turned off water supply valve to crazy is that! He still charged me the $125 visit fee, though, so I had him look at a couple faucets, and he cleaned out my somewhat clogged up dishwasher supply line. Turned out ok, but was little annoyed that I still had to pay the$125.....maybe charge a little reduced rate, or better yet, ask client on phone to try fixing the most obvious step, like “turning the valve to make sure it’s open all the way” prior to making the service call. However, with that being said, Jon was very pleasant, punctual, professional, and seemed to know his plumbing business. Therefore, the 4 stars.
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