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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 Pablo plumbers
Sheila B.
Ray is very professional, punctual, and informative! He produces high-quality work at competitive prices, and goes above and beyond to resolve plumbing issues. He was quick and responsive during our emergency plumbing issue, and I will definitely be contacting him again in the future for any plumbing concerns.
Ray's Service One PlumbingRay's Service One Plumbing
Jesse W.
Had a faucet leak that became a big problem and Sunar plumbing was great! Super fast response, within 4 hours my leak is all fixed! Couldn’t have asked for more. Great price, punctual and professional. Will definitely be calling Sunar for future plumbing.
sunar plumbing and Drainsunar plumbing and Drain
Abegale P.
Marvin was responsive and professional with his services. Definitely would recommend him to others needing help with any plumbing issues within their property.
Marvin PlumbingMarvin Plumbing
Keith P.
Eric did a great job! He really seems to know what he’s doing. I’d call him back for more work in the future for my plumbing needs.
Rajeev R.
Wily did an awesome job on replacing my water heater and putting in a new shut off valve new copper pipe from the water heater to outside to bring it up to code and flexible hoses. Very responsive, answered all questions I had throughout the whole process will be recommending him to anyone that needs water heater or plumbing related help he will be my go to guy for all plumbing related work from now on
Monique A.
We had a big issue with our sink and garbage disposal and needed it repaired fast. Forsyth Plumbing was very professional, maintained timely communications and answered all questions. Very punctual and overall great service for a great value. We will use them again.
Stratton PlumbingStratton Plumbing
Sara L.
Pedro is responsive to my questions and give me a quote. He finished the new water heater installation in a few hours. He did it professionally and brought the new water heater up to code. After the work is done, he cleaned the work area. He is pretty professional with his work, I highly recommend him for the plumbing job.
Son of Glory PlumbingSon of Glory Plumbing
Andre J.
Ray, first and foremost, I thank you and your son for a job well done. My wife and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the outcome. Your reputation precedes you, and I now understand why. You are a true craftsman in every sense of the word. I’ve been working in the field of construction for approximately 30 years, and I definitely appreciate the fact that you communicated with me and explained in detail the process leading up to the task at hand. My wife , in particular, really liked the way in which you presented yourself ( sincere and down to earth). Don’t ever lose that quality!! Moreover, I respect and admire what you’re doing with your son. You’re teaching that young man RESPONSIBILITY.! What it means to work with your hands and be accountable for your deeds and actions. Bravo… Ray, I look forward to working with you on every future plumbing project that arises. And I unequivocally RECOMMEND Ray’s Service One Plumbing 😁😁 Respectfully, Andre
Ray's Service One PlumbingRay's Service One Plumbing
Brian S.
I needed a water heater installed so I reached out to 3 contractors. Pedro messaged me in just a few minutes. Within 45 minutes we had a time set for the same day. Pedro and Alex were both very friendly and professional. They did a great job on the installation and even hauled off my old water heater. Any plumbing issues that I have in the future will be handled by these guys. The price for their service was very reasonable.
Son of Glory PlumbingSon of Glory Plumbing
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