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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 Santa Clara plumbers
Sabrina C.
Ben did a great job for us to fix the plumbing issue of our dishwasher
Cali'z Plumbing Inc.Cali'z Plumbing Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Kevin is an excellent plumber and I will definitely asking him for any future plumbing issues.
K&M  ServicesK&M Services
Muthu M.
martin came in on time, fixed the plumbing and provided pics of the work. he was responsive and punctual
Universal plumbing & rooterUniversal plumbing & rooter
Jad F.
Abel and his team did fantastic work. I highly recommend best bay plumbing.
Best Bay Plumbing & RooterBest Bay Plumbing & Rooter
Utkarsh S.
I had an amazing experience with ABC plumbing. They identified all the issues with my trash hose and fixed it.
ABC Plumbing and DrainABC Plumbing and Drain
Krunal P.
Jarameel was absolutely fantastic. Very professional and knowledgable in the work he does. Would recommend for any of your plumbing needs!
Jerameel Madagat (jmplumbing)Jerameel Madagat (jmplumbing)
Sameer P.
Out of nowhere, I realized that sewer cleanout is blocked. Contacted 2-3 pros on Thumbtack and Aaron was quick to response. He quoted me reasonable amount for job and also helped evaluating state of plumbing at my house. I would not only recommend Aaron but also contact him for any future plumbing work.
Aaron’s Plumbing & RooterAaron’s Plumbing & Rooter
Vaishali T.
Nick was very helpful. He arrived on time and got the job done. I would recommend him for any plumbing work.
Nick's Quick FixNick's Quick Fix
Sunil D.
David was responsive, gave quick overview of the issue and fixed our plumbing issues. I would hire him again if there is a need.
Gomes HandymanGomes Handyman
Zhanpeng F.
Vidal is very responsive and good at his job. I would recommend his service to anyone who need plumbing work done.
Vidal's Plumbing and RooterVidal's Plumbing and Rooter
Thumbtack Customer
Hired Dinh for fixing a kitchen sink leak. He agreed to come in on a Saturday night and replaced the faucet. Very happy with the service. Will hire him for other plumbing jobs as well
Four Seasons Construction & LandscapingFour Seasons Construction & Landscaping
Jay Y.
It was a very pleasant experience to work with Aaron and Steven. Their work is top notch, these guys are the real deal. I highly recommend Aaron's Plumbing. Don't hesitate to contact them, they are friendly and quick to respond.
Aaron’s Plumbing & RooterAaron’s Plumbing & Rooter
Yinghuan P.
Excellent service! Kevin came by in one of the hottest days. But he never complained and did the job perfectly. I will definitely come back to him if having more plumbing or light electrical issues.
K&M  ServicesK&M Services
Akilesh K.
Marco is a great person to work with! He came by to fix a loud toilet flush problem. He was punctual, professional and very friendly! I would definitely recommend hiring him for any plumbing issues!
Marco's PlumbingMarco's Plumbing
Alok K.
Aaron plumbing did a great job at my place. Their technician Michael was a thorough professional. He came and gave me an honest estimate, was willing to take on even some adhoc work that I had initially forgotten to mention and that we realized on the job. He started with the tasks and was very efficient, clean and when he realized that some unplanned parts were needed, went and got that from the store too. He cleaned up everything after himself and was going to take out the work trash too which I had to tell him wasn’t needed! I am very impressed and will for sure call Aaron plumbing for any future needs. I highly recommend this team for any of your works. Thanks Michael and team
Aaron’s Plumbing & RooterAaron’s Plumbing & Rooter
Atul M.
Very happy with the new toilet installation. They were very responsive and extremely efficient in completing the job. We had 4 toilets across 3 floors and with the intense labor of bringing down the old toilets and carrying the new toilets up, they finished the entire job in 2hrs!! I was super impressed with their work rate and work ethic. Thank you! Would recommend Martin and team for any future plumbing projects.
Universal plumbing & rooterUniversal plumbing & rooter
Teresa C.
Jaime arrived on time and respected our home and property while following Covid safety guidelines. The original project I asked him to help me out with was a bit more than I realized. I thought my sink was only backed up. Jaime explained everything that occurred and the steps we need to take to fix the plumbing issue. He took the time to show me what he was seeing and explain everything which I truly appreciate. I highly recommend and will definitely use their services again!!
SWAGS Plumbing and RooterSWAGS Plumbing and Rooter
Thumbtack Customer
The initial problem was several connection leaks on the house water main line. There was a house shut-off valve, a T-bracket, and a hose hose bib all within 12 inches of the copper water line. My wife made a serious mistake - and explained the leak problem to a neighbor. He immediately said - "Oh this is easy. I can do this, no problem." About 8 hours later, he finally admitted he couldn't do the job - and destroyed a lot of expensive plumbing fittings. No water AND it was 9 PM. The wife came raging at me and dumped the problem in my lap - no water in the house. I connected with Kevin, explained our desperate circumstances (no house water) and asked (no, I begged & pleaded) for his help. He made sure we had provisioned for drinking water (yes), and promised to show up after his scheduled appointments. (Unbeknownst to him, that job was tougher and more difficult and took him longer to complete.) A concerned call to check on a possible arrival time indicated that he would keep his promise to make sure we had water today. It was dark when he arrived, and with the help of several light sources, was able to restore life-giving water to our home. ;-) And, during the job, had to solve several pipe problems caused the the fool. What a great fella - he and his son together worked to save us. You need something done? Work with this guy - he has decades of experience in making things go right! He is a super hero!!!
K&M  ServicesK&M Services
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