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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 San Jose plumbers
Assad U.
A&Z Plumbing promptly responded to my request and completed the work right on time. I highly recommend A&Z Plumbing for any kind of Plumbing work required.
Desmond C.
Fast response, good plumbing work
Bueno Plumbing and RooterBueno Plumbing and Rooter
Gwen M.
Great customer service and high quality work! I would absolutely recommend Aaron's Plumbing! I plan to call Aaron's the next time I have plumbing issues.
Aaron’s Plumbing & RooterAaron’s Plumbing & Rooter
John C.
Jamie was able to quickly assess my problem and provide a detailed solution for our leaky pipe. The work was done the next day and looks to be too notch work. I’d highly recommend working with Swags Plumbing for your plumbing needs. I know that any future plumbing issues I will call Swags
SWAGS Plumbing and RooterSWAGS Plumbing and Rooter
Dee W.
Nick’s work was great and I will use him for future plumbing needs!
Nick's Quick FixNick's Quick Fix
Arifa N.
Jose did a great job at two different plumbing jobs for us.
Platinum PlumbingPlatinum Plumbing
Tanuj A.
Jerry inspected and fixed several plumbing issues and did a great job
J B Rooter and Plumbing IncJ B Rooter and Plumbing Inc
Alex A.
Bueno Plumbing was very friendly and responsive in setting up the appointment to assess our plumbing issue. During assessment, Kevin was clear and concise about the work that needed to be done and it’s potential costs. The work itself was done by two of his colleagues and they were very friendly as well and did a successful job. I highly recommend using their service for any of your plumbing needs!
Bueno Plumbing and RooterBueno Plumbing and Rooter
Clement N.
Abraham responded promptly and was able to slot me in for the next morning. He showed up on time, assessed the issue and got the work done. I will definitely hire Sahagun Plumbing for all my future plumbing needs. Thank you, Abraham!
Sahagun PlumbingSahagun Plumbing
Lavanya R.
Bueno was quick to respond to a plumbing issue. They came in few hours and fixed the problem fast
Bueno Plumbing and RooterBueno Plumbing and Rooter
Kedar B.
We had to repair our toilet leak. The plumbing work was done professionally and on time.
Bueno Plumbing and RooterBueno Plumbing and Rooter
Noel C.
Excellent work on 3 issues at my house. Highly recommend this business for your plumbing needs.
Bueno Plumbing and RooterBueno Plumbing and Rooter
Dana K.
Nick was punctual, professional, and repaired plumbing issues is a timely manner. I will hire him again.
Nick's Quick FixNick's Quick Fix
Herman G.
Jose gets the job done quick and as described, 100% using him again for other plumbing needs.
Platinum PlumbingPlatinum Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
My best experience with plumbing to date. Very reasonable charge, efficient and appropriate service. Highly recommend.
K&M  ServicesK&M Services
Darlene v.
I could trust him and his professional opinion how to best resolve my plumbing issues
Fast Repipe and PlumbingFast Repipe and Plumbing
Kristie N.
He was very helpful with our plumbing issue and was quick to respond! We got the issue solved fast.
Pretty Good PlumbingPretty Good Plumbing
Alicia T.
Toilet needed a minor fix and Jr plumbing did a great job! Super responsive and was also the best quote.
Jr plumbingJr plumbing
Neelu m.
Thank you Aaron for helping us with this difficult plumbing issue. We would love to hire Aaron again in future
Aaron’s Plumbing & RooterAaron’s Plumbing & Rooter
Pallav L.
Jose was punctual and professional. It was a great experience working with him. He will be in my speed dial for any plumbing related work.
Platinum PlumbingPlatinum Plumbing
Lily F.
We had good experience with R.P.S plumbing service . Thomas was very patient and explained everything before &after fixing the leaking pipe.
R.P.S. Ribbs Premier Services Plumbing - RooterR.P.S. Ribbs Premier Services Plumbing - Rooter
Michael W.
Had a good experience with Chandler's Plumbing. They had to reschedule our original appointment time, but gave us a discount and came the next day.
Chandlers PlumbingChandlers Plumbing
Margarita K.
Alex is awesome - super responsive and professional, and great quality of work. He diagnosed the problem after I initially sent him pictures of the leak in my kitchen sink. He fixed it super quickly and for much less than what other plumbing services charge. I highly recommend him, the name of his business speaks for itself - Pretty Good Plumbing :).
Pretty Good PlumbingPretty Good Plumbing
Amit B.
I had a very nice experience with Jose for the plumbing work in my garage. He did not only help me with the work but also advise what was wrongly installed by an earlier contractor and fixed that too. All Work was done very professionally. I would recommend Jose for anybody as well as for any plumbing work I have in the future. Good Job Jose.
Platinum PlumbingPlatinum Plumbing
Ronald W.
Troy did a great job replacing my three outdoor water faucets. I will definitely use him again for my plumbing repair needs!!
Troy’s PlumbingTroy’s Plumbing
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