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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 do I find a good plumber in San Francisco?

You can locate a reputable and professional plumber near you by conducting an online search of the top-rated San Francisco plumbers. By doing this, you can see ratings and customer reviews, as well as customer-uploaded photos of actual work done by the plumbers. 

You should also make sure the plumbers you’re thinking about hiring have a license. You can learn more about license requirements (and verify a license) by visiting California’s Contractors State License Board

Once you’ve chosen a shortlist of plumbers, compare quotes and estimates among them to narrow down your options. Ultimately, hire a plumber with a good reputation and affordable pricing.

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.

Reviews for San Francisco plumbers
Thumbtack Customer
Jn and son plumbingJn and son plumbing
Peter W.
Fast, Professional, Clear the plumbing issue.
Drain Busters PlumbingDrain Busters Plumbing
Jackie C.
Donald responded very quickly and was able to come out the same day to solve two separate plumbing issues. He was thorough and pleasant and I have already recommended a friend reach out to him for their plumbing project. We will call him again when we have any plumbing issues!
Drain Doctor DonDrain Doctor Don
Patricia B.
I’d recommend Donald foe your plumbing needs.
Drain Doctor DonDrain Doctor Don
Thumbtack Customer
JN and Son Plumbing was great. Very friendly and on time.
Jn and son plumbingJn and son plumbing
Rebekah W.
I reached out to Maximus Plumbing after a bad experience with a contractor who left us with an incomplete plumbing job. This team was quick to respond, professional, and accommodating. Will definitely be using them again.
Maximus Plumbing & HeatingMaximus Plumbing & Heating
Ivan T.
Great experience, will call again when if need help with plumbing.
Jose GarciaJose Garcia
Catherine B.
Dwayne did an amazing job fixing our kitchen plumbing system. He is very professional and highly knowledgeable. He will definitely be our go to person now if we ever have plumbing issues again!!
I Rooter & PlumbingI Rooter & Plumbing
Tamara R.
Well what can I say I had last minute plumbing issue with new residents moving in. Last minute plumbing repair. Kenneth came repaired less than 1hour. Fast, professional and was knowledgeable!! I will use him again for all my plumbing issues going forward Thank you for all your help KA Tamara
Kenneth Asire PlumbingKenneth Asire Plumbing
Nikhil B.
Jose is great. I will hire him again for future plumbing projects.
Jose GarciaJose Garcia
Thumbtack Customer
excellent. very caring and satified with his work. very knowledgeable with plumbing.
Jose GarciaJose Garcia
Thumbtack Customer
Ray was very speedy to respond, figured out my plumbing issues (clogged shower and kitchen sink) and fixed both quickly. I would definitely call Ray again when I have plumbing needs again.
Ray's Service One PlumbingRay's Service One Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
José is very meticulous, kind, and considerate, and he is quite knowledgeable about plumbing.
Jose GarciaJose Garcia
Steven S.
Ali with A1 Budget Plumbing was great. He was extremely polite and professional, he was responsive and punctual, and he worked quickly to make a repair to a (relatively) simple outdoor plumbing/sprinkler/irrigation issue. I would definitely hire him again.
A1 Budget PlumbingA1 Budget Plumbing
Minsoo C.
Great job handled efficiently and fast. Was on time. Will call again for any plumbing needs
Costello's PlumbingCostello's Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Oscar did some plumbing work at our Noe Valley office in San Francisco. He was very responsive to our emails and calls. Oscar showed up on the date and time we had scheduled for the job. I'd hire Oscar again for plumbing work.
Aqua Stat Plumbing, Inc. CSLB LicensedAqua Stat Plumbing, Inc. CSLB Licensed
Alec H.
Marco and Alejandro were really professional and quick. Will hire again if I have plumbing issues.
Marco's PlumbingMarco's Plumbing
Denise H.
Valentino provides quality service and would not hesitate using him for other plumbing issues or projects!
Deals on Wheels PlumbingDeals on Wheels Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
C plumbing was great! It took a couple tries to find a coordinating time for C to come install a kitchen faucet and soap dispenser due to my hectic work schedule but Cam was patient and accommodating. When we finally settled on a time, he and his partner showed up on time, and we're quick, efficient, and friendly. Our new kitchen faucet is exactly what we wanted and would recommend C plumbing for any plumbing jobs.
handyman servicehandyman service
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were great. They were able to work around all the issues the sprang up because of the very old plumbing in our house. They came in, fixed the problem and then cleaned up afterwards all while being incredibly polite. I highly recommend Athens plumbing.
Maximus Plumbing & HeatingMaximus Plumbing & Heating
Jean C.
Donald was quick to respond, punctual, and professional. I would hire again for any plumbing needs.
Drain Doctor DonDrain Doctor Don
Monique P.
On time and was able to diagnose the problem, which wasn’t a plumbing project but rather a job for the appliance service.
Deals on Wheels PlumbingDeals on Wheels Plumbing
Alan E.
Ronnie works with integrity and the utmost professionalism. I highly recommend him for your plumbing work!
Bright Ideas Plumbing and RooterBright Ideas Plumbing and Rooter
Scot V.
Valentino was very responsive, punctual, and professional. I would highly recommend Deals on Wheels Plumbing.
Deals on Wheels PlumbingDeals on Wheels Plumbing
Rahul C.
Ronnie was fantastic! He arrived on time, showed me how to test if the plumbing was working, and advised me against doing any work at the moment. In short, he's honest, knowledgable, and puts the customer first. I highly recommend calling Ronnie for any of your plumbing needs.
Bright Ideas Plumbing and RooterBright Ideas Plumbing and Rooter
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