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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 San Mateo plumbers
Steve K.
Jerry took care of plumbing issues at 2 locations for me. He did a great job completing both jobs efficiently, I appreciate Jerry’s help repairing our plumbing problems at both homes.
J B Rooter and Plumbing IncJ B Rooter and Plumbing Inc
John V.
We had a plumbing emergency and they fixed everything in a timely and professional manner
Rivera’s HandymanRivera’s Handyman
Dolly J.
Ali is great, came and fixed my plumbing issue within the hour.
A1 Budget PlumbingA1 Budget Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
On time, easy fix, Nick even looked at some other plumbing issues.
Nick's Quick FixNick's Quick Fix
Hyun G.
Luis verified the source of the leak professionally and also helped with other minor plumbing works at our home when he visited. I asked him about other plumbing questions and he gave me very honest and thorough answers. 5 stars.
Larissa F.
Plumbing professional was very easy to communicate with, and was able to pinpoint the issue quickly. I would definitely recommend!
Maximus Plumbing & HeatingMaximus Plumbing & Heating
Maria M.
Very efficient work, courteous, prompt and a good value. Will be requesting Don’s assistance in the future for any home plumbing problems. Thankyou
DDD Plumbing Emergency Drain CleaningDDD Plumbing Emergency Drain Cleaning
Larry R.
Jose arrived on schedule , worked efficiently and was pleasant. The job looks good and I would definitely call on him again for plumbing.
Platinum PlumbingPlatinum Plumbing
Hannah b.
Such a great experience working with Angel! Punctual, great value, and honest. Would definitely work with him again for other plumbing needs.
Local Water Heaters and PlumbingLocal Water Heaters and Plumbing
Dong C.
Donald went to my place and fixed two drainage problems under one hour. Definitely recommend future customers to consider Donald for plumbing projects.
DDD Plumbing Emergency Drain CleaningDDD Plumbing Emergency Drain Cleaning
Lorjie L.
Great service, communicated very well & went out of his way to fix our plumbing issue. Gave us one-year warranty as well.
Stratton PlumbingStratton Plumbing
Lance J.
I highly recommend Maximus Plumbing. My water heater broke down, they responded quickly with the best pricing and installed the water heater promptly the next day.
Maximus Plumbing & HeatingMaximus Plumbing & Heating
Larissa F.
Martin was able to come on short notice and address my issue with my toilet. I would highly recommend universal for any of your future plumbing needs.
Universal plumbing & rooterUniversal plumbing & rooter
Ashish S.
Ray was great - honest, responsive and most of did great work. Even did a little extra work. I will be using him again for any plumbing needs
Drain Busters PlumbingDrain Busters Plumbing
Aditya D.
I needed to replace the valves in my laundry room and fix a leaky shower head. Valentino from Deals on Wheels Plumbing reached out with his phone number and agreed to come in the very same day. He arrived on time, looked at the issues, quoted a fair price up front and completed the job very efficiently. Valentino is very personable, friendly, professional and I would definitely hire him again for any plumbing needs.
Deals on Wheels PlumbingDeals on Wheels Plumbing
Greg K.
Glenn was really responsive and quick to fix our plumbing problem. He offered a few different solutions and was transparent with the pros and cons of each. We would definitely work with him again.
Plumbtree Plumbing and Rooter, Inc.Plumbtree Plumbing and Rooter, Inc.
Kapil P.
Amazingly responsive and super quick turnaround times! We had an unusual ask, where we needed expert guidance and Best Bay Plumbing & Rooter immediately understood our requirements. Our issue was resolved over text in less than 10 minutes! Best of all? They did not charge us. That is really nice of them because we had a non-standard ask and they were kind enough to be accommodating! Definitely coming back to them for future plumbing needs.
Best Bay Plumbing & RooterBest Bay Plumbing & Rooter
Brad N.
I had a great experience with Universal plumbing. The plumber was very responsive and flexible with his time as he did the work on a Saturday and Sunday. He was friendly and did a great job and he was reasonably priced.
Anand T.
Antonio was just amazing! He communicated aptly, did the job to fill perfection and gave me the right guidance for next steps. I would highly recommend him for any plumbing needs. Stellar!
Plumbing & Rooter Service (Antonio Cárcamo ReyesPlumbing & Rooter Service (Antonio Cárcamo Reyes
Hannah R.
Abraham was great! He was very punctual, was able to figure out the problem quickly, and worked efficiently to get it fixed. He was very professional too. I will definitely hire him again if I have any plumbing issues!
Sahagun PlumbingSahagun Plumbing
Kate L.
Donald was amazing! Gave us clear updates on arrival time, viewed the issue and then provided an estimate before starting work. Completed the work quickly and cleaned up afterward. Will definitely call him for any future plumbing needs!
DDD Plumbing Emergency Drain CleaningDDD Plumbing Emergency Drain Cleaning
Tejas D.
I had a really good experience with Wil. He was prompt in his response, committed to a time, made it on time and completed the job (kitchen faucet replacement) as promised. I would absolutely recommend him for all things related to plumbing.
Amitabh A.
I am impressed by Cornelio’s professionalism, customer service and work ethics. He strives hard to meet customer expectations. I would hire Elite Rooter again next time when I have any plumbing projects.
Elite RooterElite Rooter
Phil O.
Jerry is awesome. He helped us replace a broken toilet, dispose of the old one, and even installed my old over-the-top bidet free of charge on the new toilet. He was on time, very responsive, and did great quality work. Will call him for any future plumbing needs.
J B Rooter and Plumbing IncJ B Rooter and Plumbing Inc
Tony T.
This is the second time I used JJ with great results. I was not at the location and he worked with my 84 year old mother-in-law. She could not been happier with how he treated her, the quality, and speed of the work. I would use JJ everytime I have a plumbing need.
Platinum PlumbingPlatinum Plumbing
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