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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 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.

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?

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.

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 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.

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 Wilmington plumbers
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Wolfe plumbing to take care of a vandalism job in which copper plumbing was stolen from an investment property. Ryan was great and very reasonable. He did an excellent job, and was very professional. He was in and out and took care of our issue in a timely manner and the job was done correctly. I would certainly hire Wolfe Plumbing for future plumbing work and would refer them with confidence. Satisfied customer!
Wolfe PlumbingWolfe Plumbing
Sean C.
Malcom has over 30 years of plumbing experience and his wealth of knowledge on plumbing issues speaks volumes. He was very responsive to messages and showed up on time for the toilet install. He finished the install of the toilet in about and hour and gave great suggestions for future installs. I will absolutely utilize the services of M. Brotman Plumbing again.
M. Brotman plumbingM. Brotman plumbing
Aubrey D.
Very professional A gentleman, I had some plumbing issues that need to get taken care of: One major plumbing issue and the other was minor, but very reasonable. The best part is he even works on weekends
Smith's Handyman Services, LLCSmith's Handyman Services, LLC
Tahj S.
Diligent worker who was knowledgeable and relentless with troubleshooting mu plumbing concerns
Penn Del Plumbing LLCPenn Del Plumbing LLC
Bernard B.
Penn Del Plumbing I would highly recommend they came out did the job and now I’m worried free Excellent job.
Penn Del Plumbing LLCPenn Del Plumbing LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Kevin was kind and courteous. He was thorough with his work, fair with his pricing and I will call him again when a plumbing issue arises.
Kevin Mc Tear Construction and Handyman ServicesKevin Mc Tear Construction and Handyman Services
Thumbtack Customer
Wolfe Plumbing responded to my request in a very timely fashion. Was professional, reasonable pricing, and reliable. Very easy to work with. I will be hiring them for future projects!
Wolfe PlumbingWolfe Plumbing
Jerry D.
Ryan installed my replacement water heater. He was showed up as promised, was professional, and the price was reasonable. I would recommend him for any future plumbing work.
Wolfe PlumbingWolfe Plumbing
Amy S.
Zachary was professional, super fast and thorough, he made sure the problem was resolved and he cleaned the entire area before he left. I would highly recommend him for any plumbing need.
Drain cleaningDrain cleaning
Stephanie L.
Quick response and fixed price. Came out within a couple hours and fixed up my plumbing issue in under an hour. Everything is piped well and no more cracked or sliding parts. Plus there’s a warranty!
Smith's Handyman Services, LLCSmith's Handyman Services, LLC
Tim M.
Being new to Thumbtack, with Smith Handyman Services the first contractor we utilized, we cannot be more pleased with the results. Proprietor Oleg Smith proved to be a consummate professional, providing excellent work quality and tremendous value. We feel very fortunate to find a handyperson with extensive plumbing experience and skills. Oleg replaced two leaking faucets in our Wilmington, Delaware condo (bathroom and kitchen), plus he performed several other related plumbing repairs identified during his work. This additional work was out-of-scope but was performed with prior authorization and at a reasonable rate. In addition to being quick, clean, and efficient, working with Oleg was indeed a pleasure. My wife and I also own a Victorian age home in the Princeton, NJ area, which we have renovated and maintain either ourselves or via local contractors. We are delighted to have found Oleg Smith via Thumbtack and plan to utilize Smith Handyman Services for future renovation and maintenance projects in both our home and condo. Timothy & Geralyn McDermott Dayton, NJ
Smith's Handyman Services, LLCSmith's Handyman Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I placed a search for a plumber before 7 AM on August 3, Ryan wrote back to me not 15 minutes later. We agreed to meet that day around 4:30 PM so he can assess the job and gave me a quote. I needed to have two pieces of galvanized pipe in the kitchen ceiling and one in my powder room removed and new piping placed, and reset the toilet in the upstairs bathroom. Fortunately, the ceilings were already open due to a leak in the kitchen and powder room but Ryan had to extend the openings a bit in both as well as open a small portion of the wall under the vanity in the upstairs bathroom. We scheduled for work to be competed on Saturday, August 6. Ryan was professional, courteous, prompt and completed the work that day and at a great price. I will definitely contact Ryan for any future plumbing work and recommend him to friends and family.
Wolfe PlumbingWolfe Plumbing
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