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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.  

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 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.

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 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 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.

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?

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.

Reviews for San Mateo plumbers
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
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
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
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
Drain Doctor DonDrain Doctor Don
Tosin O.
Omar came quickly to fix our burst pipe. Got it done fast with good work. Professional and helpful in providing tips and advice for maintenance of 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.
Drain Doctor DonDrain Doctor Don
Lorjie L.
Great service, communicated very well & went out of his way to fix our plumbing issue. Gave us one-year warranty as well.
Forsyth PlumbingForsyth Plumbing
Jimmy C.
Found out the problem right the way and provided solution with a very reasonable price. Able to fix it within the same afternoon. Will hire again for other plumbing issues.
Larry's PlumbingLarry's 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
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
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
Ariel L.
Larry’s plumbing was very responsive in answering all requests, including quote, actual work and invoice. Rick did a great job helping us install a new water valve for sprinkler. Much appreciate it.
Larry's PlumbingLarry's 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!
Drain Doctor DonDrain Doctor Don
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.
Ann v.
Rick with Larry's plumbing quoted a job by the hour and completed it in the hour. He replaced a shower drain that was leaking. He was competent and efficient. I would definitely hire these plumbers again as I found their pricing fair and reasonable and their work excellent. Thank you!
Larry's PlumbingLarry's Plumbing
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
Daniel S.
Working with Felix and his crew was great. Actually, they did the work, including having to makes changes to the plan. They finished on time, we’re punctual at all times. The flexibility, not only in their work but within that schedule and they finished the work nicely. We thank them and recommend them if your considering any kind of plumbing work.
Flex One Plumbing & Rooter IncFlex One Plumbing & Rooter Inc
Rebecca H.
Erik helped me resolve the clogging due to the roots in the main with great professionalism and dedication. It’s an old house with extension. So the pipes were complicated. Erik found ways to identify the issue and addressed it to my satisfaction. He made it his priority and didn’t mind working long hours. I strongly recommend Erik if you need plumbing services.
Martynn Plumbing and Drain CleaningMartynn Plumbing and Drain Cleaning
Bopeng L.
John Wes Mayyam from Good Neighbor Plumbing is very professional, sincere and transparent. I had a small leak in a plastic pipe in the front yard very close to the house, which was not a very big problem. Before meeting John, I met with a few other plumbers, several of which encouraged me to make big changes such as changing the whole water pipeline in the front yard, which I later learned is not necessary. John explained to me very clearly what needs to be done for the fix and what is not necessarily needed (no need to change the whole water pipeline, and definitely no need to change it to copper pipe, since plastic is better for my area). Then he and his man showed up on time and did exactly what he promised to do with great quality, no hassle, very smooth and nice experience for me as a client. I would highly recommend John and Good Neighbor Plumbing!
Good Neighbor Plumbing IncGood Neighbor Plumbing Inc
Jiashi C.
Damiano did a great job fixing the leaking pipe under our bathtub. He replied to my request and showed up quickly. He figured out the issue and came back the other day to do the work. He worked really hard for a few hours and made sure it’s fixed and cleaned up everything after his work was done. I highly recommend D’s plumbing.
Dom’s PlumbingDom’s Plumbing
Imran P.
JJ was awesome. He was one of the few people that was willing to give me a rough estimate on Thumbtack. When he arrived, the job initially looked smaller than expected and his rate was super reasonable. It turned out to be a bigger job than expected and still ended up at the estimate that he had originally given me. He did quality work and I would gladly hire him for any future plumbing work. Thanks Jose!
Platinum PlumbingPlatinum Plumbing
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