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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 Middletown plumbers
Tammie M.
I learned a lot about plumbing
Alvins plumbing and heating llcAlvins plumbing and heating llc
Kofi N.
Ray was knowledgeable and gave me some idea of what to do about my plumbing issues at home. I will use him again for future problems if it arises again and also will recommend him to anyone who wants their plumbing issues resolved.
Ray’s PlumbingRay’s Plumbing
Daniel B.
Sophisticated Rooter Service sent out two technicians to diagnose the source of a leak I had and to provide an estimate. The techs called me when they were on their way and showed up right on time. Even though it turned out not to be a plumbing issue, the technicians were understanding and professional. I will definitely call them for any future plumbing needs.
Service Relief LLC.Service Relief LLC.
Sharon S.
I will be using TJ Plumbing again. Lee came early, found my leak issue in no time. Very polite and finished in a timely manner. Great overall experience
TJ Plumbing Supplies and ServiceTJ Plumbing Supplies and Service
Kia M.
I have been trying to get my plumbing issue fixed for the last 3 months. I had a different plumber come multiple times and could not figure out the issue . CCS Plumbing figured out the issue in 20 mins. He was flexible professional fast clean and did an amazing job . Im single mom with not a lot of extra funds and he did not over charge me. Thank you so much
Ccs plumbing LLCCcs plumbing LLC
Ronda T.
I was very pleased with the work completed by Moore plumbing. The owner was helpful, honest and efficient. I already recommended him to a friend. Definitely keeping contact info for future use.
Moore Plumbing & Heating LLCMoore Plumbing & Heating LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Job entailed making repairs to bathroom plumbing installed early 'Fifties. Since some parts were not available Eddie was able to rebuild/refurbish parts to avoid replacing entire sink unit. Now one week later and no leaks or drips.
Roto King LLCRoto King LLC
Kristin H.
Tom came the same day and did what he could to try and fix the problem. When it was something bigger he gave me an estimate of what the cost would be and explained everything to, I have no clue about anything plumbing related. He came back as soon as he could and did exactly what he had said he would do and fixed my shower in less time then he thought it would take. He was very friendly and explained everything to me and answered all my questions. I would 100% use them again for any plumbing issue I may have in the future.
Services & Home MaintenanceServices & Home Maintenance
Isaac J.
Eddie was very responsive and punctual. He answered and responded so quickly it was actually pretty shocking. Came to my home same day and rectified my plumbing issues and provided preventative knowledge in short order! Best of all my issues were resolved fairly quickly.
Roto King LLCRoto King LLC
Tina B.
Ray responded to my questions and concerns that I had via text prior to the work within minutes. NOT hours.....minutes!! He showed up exactly when he said he would. He was professional and polite. I will definitely contact him for any future plumbing work needed. Thank you Ray for changing my sump pump!!!!
Ray’s PlumbingRay’s Plumbing
Patricia L.
Omar patiently helped me explore the possibilities in modernizing my home plumbing. He used better quality products than the previous plumbers, who simply wanted to make more $ in their pockets. Omar also brought a professional carpenter on-site when we required the opinion of a skilled carpenter and it most certainly paid off, because we installed an antique bathroom sink, too. I absolutely will recommend Omar to my friends and family.
Omar’s plumbingOmar’s plumbing
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