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Q & A

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.  

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.

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. 

What are plumbers and what do they do?

Plumbers are skilled professionals who are trained to install and maintain pipes and systems for drinking water, sewage and drainage. They usually have trained through four- to five-year training programs, which include apprenticeships, via trade schools and community colleges. Plumbers’ areas of expertise typically go beyond pipes to include mathematics, blueprint reading, plumbing codes and water distribution. They handle plumbing emergencies, such as broken pipes or clogged drains, and install and maintain everything from a new piping system to a replacement faucet. Plumbers also know how to install bathtubs and showers, toilets, water heaters and dishwashers. Plumbers may work on residential or commercial sites, sometimes designing and laying out a pipe system during construction.

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.

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 do you find a good plumber?

Whether you need a plumber to perform drain repair, install a new fixture, or replace rusty pipes, you need to make sure you hire someone reliable who will finish your job on time and within budget. Start by asking the plumbers on your short list these questions:

  • What is the total cost? Make sure your estimate includes materials and labor. Find out whether the plumber will be providing the materials and whether you’re being charged an hourly rate (which is variable) or a flat fee.
  • Is removal and cleanup included in the job? Some plumbers leave behind old parts, while others include the cleanup in the cost.
  • Is the work guaranteed? Find out whether the work (as well as the parts or fixtures) are guaranteed under a warranty.  

Follow these additional tips for confidently hiring a plumber or other skilled professional.

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. 

Reviews for San Francisco drain cleaners
Swati K.
They came on time and were able to solve the issue of the tub drain not draining out. We actually had a hair catcher inbuilt in the tub but didn't know how to reach and clean it.
Bright Ideas Plumbing and RooterBright Ideas Plumbing and Rooter
Thumbtack Customer
Efficient and professional. Just cost much more than expected for the drain cleaning work done.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of San FranciscoMr. Rooter Plumbing of San Francisco
Elizabeth H.
Thanks to David, the rusted iron grate in our patio is moveable, and the years of storm drain stuff is gone. The drain is draining! I was worried we'd have to jackhammer up the pavement but David got everything working again. He was also great at communication which I appreciate (texting ETA, offering different options for the drain, and so on.) I appreciated that he cleaned up after the job, too!
David GonzalesDavid Gonzales
Thumbtack Customer
Prompt scheduling of a call, very courteous and professional, was able to schedule clean-out of our entire drain system on the same day and was satisfactorily completed.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of San FranciscoMr. Rooter Plumbing of San Francisco
Natalya S.
Valentino did the job quickly and fair priced. Now pipes are clean and drained) moreover I ve got 6 m warranty on his job. Highly recommended!
Deals on Wheels PlumbingDeals on Wheels Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
He bid $125 to clear the drain of a light well. Came within the half hour arranged arrival window. Swept clean the roof area. Found after the water initially drained that water backed up again. Determined that there was another clog underground near the sewer connection. Since there was no cleanout at the ground level and drain pipes were corroded (I had patched holes with plumbers putty and duct tape) He replaced the pipes for another $250 plus parts. This involved cutting away some cross beams to pull the pips out. Only minor complaint I noticed the next day that was that he didn't close tight the faucet to get water for testing the drain so there was a slow drip.
Jose GarciaJose Garcia
Heidy H.
Ray showed up in less than 20 minutes and unclogged my bathtub drain. Very professional, left everything clean and functioning. Glad I found a good, reliable plumbing service that I can keep using in the future!
Ray's Service One PlumbingRay's Service One Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
We had a very slow shower drain. Jose was able to come within an hour and fixed it quickly. He even cleaned up our bathtub and the rate was very reasonable! Would definitely call him for our plumbing needs in the future. Thanks, Jose!
Jose GarciaJose Garcia
Patty N.
We had clogged drain that was causing dishwasher to not work. Don showed up right on time, quickly figured out problem and fixed. I appreciated that he took care to keep the area really clean and also took time to make sure that the problem was fully resolved after fixing it.
DDD Plumbing Emergency Drain CleaningDDD Plumbing Emergency Drain Cleaning
Tiffany C.
Jose came right on time and fixed our issue quickly and efficiently. He cleaned up all the areas he worked on and was super patient, answering all my questions. Not only do I have unclogged drains and leak free pipes, but I have a better understanding of the plumbing system. Thanks Jose!
Jose GarciaJose Garcia
Gurcharan W.
Got the job done quickly and professionally! Luis arrived promptly and ready to work. We had a blocked kitchen drain, which was completely backed up. Luis took the time to understand the problem fully and was clear and concise with his intended solutions, like a plan A and B approach. We are really happy with the results and that Luis cleaned up after himself well.
Andrea C.
Marco came same day to unclog my shower drain. He cleaned what he could, but he also identified that a larger project of cleaning the pipes outside the building would unclog it more completely. Since this would require my landlord's approval, we did not move forward. Since he didn't feel like he was able to get the job done (even though his work was great and helpful for the interim), he didn't charge the full rate. I appreciated Marco's transparency and the information he gave me to share with my landlord to finish the job.
Marco's PlumbingMarco's Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience! Highly recommend them! They are very professional, friendly, prompt, clean and licensed. They do background check on all of their technicians is what I heard. I received a call after I made the appointment online. They call you 10-30 minutes before the technician is expected to arrive. You also get an e-mail about the technician profile. This was very helpful! During the whole process of scheduling, the communication was fantastic. The technician was very friendly, clean and on-time. He had a uniform and he wore booties before entering my house. He cared to keep the place very clean; he covered my floor before putting anything down on it. I had a kitchen side sink that was not draining for over a year. He fixed it in less than 30 minutes (includes cleanup too!). I paid $193 for the service. After he left, I had no cleaning to do. He cleaned everything before leaving.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of San FranciscoMr. Rooter Plumbing of San Francisco
Thumbtack Customer
Ronnie was very professional and efficient. We had a clogged kitchen drain that had us worried for the past few days. After few unsuccessful attempts at trying to fix it ourselves, we gave in and decided to use Thumbtack to hire a professional. We are glad we called in Ronnie. Even though the clog was deep down the main line and took around 3 hours to fix, Ronnie was patient and explained the issue in detail. He did the job with no mess and cleaned up after. We would definitely recommend him to other people with similar issues.
Bright Ideas Plumbing and RooterBright Ideas Plumbing and Rooter
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