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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

How can I find out if a plumber is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Generally, plumbers are often considered essential service providers. Essential service providers vary from state to state and city to city, however. For the most accurate information, check your official state or city government website to see whether a plumber is considered an essential service in your area.

Read CISA’s publication on identifying critical workers to find out more information on a national level. Some, but not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a plumber when social distancing?

Contact plumbers near you beforehand to see if they can complete the project without entering your home — for example, by entering the garage to fix a broken water heater. If the plumber needs to enter your house to do the job, you should proceed only if both parties feel comfortable with the project. Consider taking extra steps such as waving instead of shaking hands, staying 6 feet apart, using digital payments and sanitizing common areas.

Can I use digital payments to pay for plumbing services?

Some plumbers accept digital payments -- Zelle, PayPal, Venmo, etc. -- for their services. Before you hire a plumber, ask them if they accept your preferred online payment. Many also feature digital payment options on their profiles. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, digital payments are typically considered safer than cash and credit cards.

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.  

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 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.

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. 

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 Van Nuys plumbers
Eugene S.
MJ plumbing was quick and responsive to my need and addressed it in a professional and timely manner at a good value
Mj PlumbingMj Plumbing
Therese M.
The guys arrived early and fixed a major plumbing leak that day. Gabriel did a great job and was professional.
Cosio’s Plumbing ServicesCosio’s Plumbing Services
Robert L F.
Jose did a fantastic job fixing our plumbing issues, replacing sewer line and the drainage in the crawl space.
J. R. Rooter & Plumbing, IncJ. R. Rooter & Plumbing, Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Jesus was fantastic! Professional, proficient, quick and very polite the entire time. I had him install insulation to the hot water plumbing lines under our house. Great work for a great price. Really nice guy and easy to get a hold of. I will definitely be calling him again for any future plumbing needs.
Eugene S.
Had an urgent plumbing issue and Don and his team were available within the day to take care of it. Work was done quickly and in a professional manner
New Line Plumbing and RooterNew Line Plumbing and Rooter
Gannon W.
Al was great! He answered my call on a holiday, and rushed right out the next day. He diagnosed the problem and fixed it promptly. Would definitely recommend him to anyone with a plumbing issue!!
Al's Rooter service/ plumbingAl's Rooter service/ plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
We bought a 1950's house with plumbing in quite a state of disrepair. We basically needed all the old iron pipes replaced. Mike and his right hand man Robert were amazing. Super professional and great at their craft. I would recommend them in a heart beat.
Mike Blank Plumbing Inc.Mike Blank Plumbing Inc.
Evie S.
This was the best plumbing experience ever! It all started with clear communication via Thumbtack messaging. They understood what I wanted, provided a written estimate, and were easy to schedule with. When the two gentlemen arrived (on time), they were very friendly and professional. The job was completed sooner than I expected, while looking and functioning perfectly. While they were not the cheapest bid, they were priced reasonably and you get egat you pay for. I still can't get over how smooth an experience this was.
Alliance Plumbing Pro Inc.Alliance Plumbing Pro Inc.
Miriam Z.
10 stars out of 5 - these guys were such a blessing and so personable!! Unexpectedly, I had to get a gas line moved, to fit a new stove, and really needed it “NOW”. Amazingly, they came over within a couple hours and completed not only that, but 3 other kitchen jobs that I was tired of waiting for a GC to finish in a kitchen remodel job. (3 week remodel turned 2 month nightmare) In a matter of a couple hours, this team made a stressful situation HISTORY. Thanks to them, I now have a fully functional kitchen. This was my HAPPY FRIDAY moment. Oh, and, I need to mention, the price was more than fair!! I will absolutely use them from now on. It’s always good to have a reliable, fair and honest plumbing team!!
Plumbing Empire & Drain CleaningPlumbing Empire & Drain Cleaning
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