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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 Tenleytown plumbers
Oswaldo U.
Jhon provided professional and effective solutions to our plumbing needs. I will certainly call him again for future plumbing issues
Jhon cruzJhon cruz
Janice O.
Very impressed with the professionalism, promptness, courtesy and job ethics. I plan to make Affordable Plumbing my "go-to" for future plumbing jobs.
Affordable plumbingAffordable plumbing
Austin C.
Will call for all future plumbing!
MaryBeth M.
Our plumbing needs were not urgent but Supreme Plumbing & Heating performed the work quickly to our complete satisfaction. Both our appraiser and technician were excellent at their job and prompt with their service. I would definitely use them for future plumbing work.
Bruce H.
Run plumbing was phenomenal after talking on the phone the plumber was at the work site within two hours and quickly diagnosed the problem. A pipe that had been leaking and it seemed that the big name company’s couldn’t figure it out Run plumbing came in and got the job done and made it look better than what it did before. With run plumbing you have more than just a plumber he’s the go to man for all your plumbing needs Thanks run plumbing job well done
Melissa B.
I highly recommend Quality Plumbing.
Quality PlumbingQuality Plumbing
Molly D.
Julian was amazing- he went above and beyond to fix out plumbing issue (clogged kitchen sink). I highly recommend him for your plumbing needs!
Plumb Agent, LLCPlumb Agent, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Evergreen Plumbing corrected a leaking toilet in my guest bathroom. Javon was on time and professional. I would happily recommend them for any additional plumbing need.
The Evergreen Plumbing Co.The Evergreen Plumbing Co.
Rajeev G.
Run plumbing has helped us with snaking of a clogged bathroom at a very reasonable costs with same day service. Very happy with their work, responsiveness, and plumbing experience.
Lakeisha D.
Mohammed was extremely professional and courteous. He went above and beyond diagnosing the plumbing issue and also helped the tenants with other plumbing questions that they had on the spot. I would certainly recommend him and the company to others for plumbing items. Pricing was very reasonable and the ease of scheduling was convenient as well.
Exceptional Plumber LLC.Exceptional Plumber LLC.
Sunny D.
Will be using him again for future plumbing projects.
Preferred Professional Services, LLC.Preferred Professional Services, LLC.
Arthur B.
Quality Plumbing came through for me today. It was a bit of a emergency plumbing situation at my Airbnb. He communicated great with me and went out of his way to fix the issues.
Quality PlumbingQuality Plumbing
Joaquin C.
Bond Plumbing responded quickly, showed up the same day on three day weekend when it’s hard to get help with an urgent plumbing problem, and got the job done.
Ellis R.
Duad and his brother were available an hour earlier than our scheduled appointment and after a 5 minute assessment they promptly went to work correcting my plumbing issues. All three of my plumbing issues were corrected in less than 60 minutes. Both gentlemen were very knowledgeable, professional and did excellent work. I highly recommend supreme plumbing and will definitely employee their service for all of my future plumbing needs.
David B.
Brian was prompt, communicative and resolved our plumbing issue.
Brian Rogers ServiceBrian Rogers Service
Derek C.
Great job! Look no further for your plumbing needs.
Old School Plumbing LLCOld School Plumbing LLC
Elgan J.
Did good plumbing work at the house, fixing faucet.
Gil's Reliable Repair Service'sGil's Reliable Repair Service's
David B.
Great service for running toilets and other plumbing needs
Quality PlumbingQuality Plumbing
Stacy B.
Outstanding service! Will definitely use PPA Plumbing and Heating in the future.
PPA Plumbing and heating llcPPA Plumbing and heating llc
Melissa D.
This is a really great plumbing team to work with. I would recommend
Von Drain & Contracting LLCVon Drain & Contracting LLC
Tiffanye P.
Jc was great! I had a plumbing problem and he came over the next day to fix. He had the supplies I needed with him. I would recommend anyone use him for your plumbing needs.
Jhon cruzJhon cruz
LaTonya M.
Nick's plumbing was there when I needed them, and did an excellent job!
Nick's PlumbingNick's Plumbing
Aidin R.
Great work and very professional and on time. I highly recommend Franco’s plumbing.
Franco’s PlumbingFranco’s Plumbing
Ricki K.
On-time, efficient, reasonably priced. Would use quality plumbing again in a second!
Quality PlumbingQuality Plumbing
Harmonee F.
I had a great experience working with Daily Plumbing and Drain LLC. They showed up on time and were able to install the 2 Keurigs to the waterline in my office building. Would certainly reach back out for any additional plumbing needs.
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