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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’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 plumbers and what do they do?

Plumbers are skilled professionals who are trained to install and maintain pipes and systems for drinking water, sewage and drainage. They usually have trained through four- to five-year training programs, which include apprenticeships, via trade schools and community colleges. Plumbers’ areas of expertise typically go beyond pipes to include mathematics, blueprint reading, plumbing codes and water distribution. They handle plumbing emergencies, such as broken pipes or clogged drains, and install and maintain everything from a new piping system to a replacement faucet. Plumbers also know how to install bathtubs and showers, toilets, water heaters and dishwashers. Plumbers may work on residential or commercial sites, sometimes designing and laying out a pipe system during construction.

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. 

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. 

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.

How do you find a good plumber?

Whether you need a plumber to perform drain repair, install a new fixture, or replace rusty pipes, you need to make sure you hire someone reliable who will finish your job on time and within budget. Start by asking the plumbers on your short list these questions:

  • What is the total cost? Make sure your estimate includes materials and labor. Find out whether the plumber will be providing the materials and whether you’re being charged an hourly rate (which is variable) or a flat fee.
  • Is removal and cleanup included in the job? Some plumbers leave behind old parts, while others include the cleanup in the cost.
  • Is the work guaranteed? Find out whether the work (as well as the parts or fixtures) are guaranteed under a warranty.  

Follow these additional tips for confidently hiring a plumber or other skilled professional.

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.

Reviews for Columbia Heights drain cleaners
Michael T.
Very fast and effective response to cleaning out our driveway’s French drain.
Adam T.
I had a great experience with the professional, quality work and the excellent communication of Adams Drain Cleaning! i will definitely use them again in the future if I have any problems.
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Andrew B.
Fantastic experience: quick response on the app, scheduled the next day for estimate and work, very clever solution for fixing our unusual deck drain, got the work done quickly and professionally, cleaned everything up afterwards
Kim f.
I contacted the Drain Fighter Hydro Jetting and Drain Cleaning company through Thumb Tac on Saturday Feb 13th and spoke to Mike. We agreed to meet on Monday 15 February between 1 and 3 to address a possible leak in the home plumbing system. On the 15th, this company did not show up for the appt. They did not call, or text or anything. I called and texted on that day. Today is the 16th, and still no word. They are unprofessional, unreliable and unapologetic.
The Drain Fighter Jetting and Drain CleaningThe Drain Fighter Jetting and Drain Cleaning
Herman R.
These guys are great. I had a multi unit problem and Jose was able to sweet talk my neighbors into letting us check for leaks. He also did an excellent job cleaning an external drain. All around amazing work.
H2O Plumbing & Remodeling Services, LLCH2O Plumbing & Remodeling Services, LLC
Matt S.
David was hired to fix a clogged drain. He was able to come out the very next morning and was right on time (texted me when he was on his way with an ETA). He identified and fixed the issue in about 20 minutes. Cleaned and sanitized the space when he was done. Very pleasant to have in my home. Would hire again!
ActFast Drain & Jetting SolutionsActFast Drain & Jetting Solutions
Michael S.
Updated Review: while my initial review was 5 stars and is visible below, I've updated to 1 star. Just a few days after snaking my outdoor drain, heavy rain proved again the drain was still backed up. I reached out to Moe and he let me know that he'd check with his tech and get back to me. He never did. A couple weeks later, after yet another back-up, I reached out and got no response. Finally, a month later, I pinged him again and received no response. It was clear he is uninterested in revisiting his past work. I got a new plumber out today who snaked the nearby plumber's clean-out (the crux of the problem) and the outdoor drain again that Moe completed the first go-around, in addition to a second outdoor drain. I'm a bit confused as to why Moe didn't identify the root cause and, even more so, why he chose to go radio-silent on a customer that had provided him a 5-star review. In any event, both are unacceptable. I will not be using him again. Previous review posted 10/27 Moe was fantastic. He was on-time, knowledgeable and fixed the issues quickly. His pricing was very fair and I wouldn't hesitate to use him again.
Moes MechanicalServicesMoes MechanicalServices
George B.
James and his assistant were a pleasure to work with. I got a lightning fast response when I was desperate to find someone to fix a drain problem ... he fit me into an already busy schedule in order to accommodate getting to the job on the same day ... and gave me at least two status calls to estimate when he would arrive. Job took an hour and was pretty messy ... but the kitchen was clean when he left and the problem was completely fixed. Nice job, gentlemen.
The Drain Fighter Jetting and Drain CleaningThe Drain Fighter Jetting and Drain Cleaning
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