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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 Homestead plumbers
Michael L.
Carlos was excellent and cleared out my clog in the shower in no time and stayed to make sure that the water was flowing through fine. I would definitely recommend Carlos and JCN Plumbing for any plumbing work that you may need done!
JCN PlumbingJCN Plumbing
Blanca P.
I am using Ven for all my plumbing needs and he is a very hard worker, has complete knowledge of plumbing and has fair prices. He is punctual and responsible. He will be my lifetime plumber and I recommend him highly
Villa's PlumbingVilla's Plumbing
Jason W.
I got same day service for a toilet replacement. Price was much better than the Roto Rooter estimate I got. My tenant was very happy with the quality of the work. I will keep Dolphinz Plumbing in my phone for future plumbing needs.
DOLPHINZ PLUMBINGDOLPHINZ PLUMBING
Sandra P.
Dolphinz plumbing was prompt in responding and offering me multiple options to replace the water heater. He came the same day even though it was raining. The technician was able to replace the water heater the same day by completing the job in a few hours and kept the work space clean. I highly recommend their services. Thank you Dolphinz Plumbing!
DOLPHINZ PLUMBINGDOLPHINZ PLUMBING
Joycelyn F.
Breon and his team member worked with confidence and were professional and friendly. I will not hesitate to refer Bigflush Plumbing to friends and relatives.
Bigflush PLUMBING LLCBigflush PLUMBING LLC
Jason p.
Brian from Dade County plumbing was great. Promised service was provided in a punctual and professional manner, as well as reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend their services.
Dade-County PlumbingDade-County Plumbing
Tess S.
Brian did great on the job we hired him to do. I would definitely hire him again for any future plumbing needs. Thank you!
Dade-County PlumbingDade-County Plumbing
Briana O.
Luis did a fantastic job replacing our old pedestal sink with a cabinet/vanity sink. He was great communicating, on time, and the workmanship was excellent. I would hire him again for our plumbing projects!
Miami Rooter Plumbing Inc.Miami Rooter Plumbing Inc.
Lori M.
Very pleased with his service, professionalism, knowledge, value... He came on the same day and fixed my issue and explained what caused it and how to prevent it from happening again. Will definitely use him again for future problems and all plumbing needs! Highly recommend!!!! A+++++++
Miami Rooter Plumbing Inc.Miami Rooter Plumbing Inc.
Martina G.
I needed to replace my toilet asap. I put the request our Wednesday evening, the day before Rafael responded immediately, purchased the toilet that night and installed it Thursday morning! On Thanksgiving no less. We will reach out to him again for any other plumbing needs.
REB Quality Service inc.REB Quality Service inc.
Miguel C.
They came right when they said they would. His wife was knowledgeable, kinda and did a amazing job for the best price (I mean way low then the other estimates I tried before she arrived). I will definitely be using these plumbers for any of my plumbing needs. Thank you.
professional plumbing servicesprofessional plumbing services
Courtney E G.
my drain in my bathtub was clogged I came to thumbtack and i am so glad Steven's company responded! 🙂🙂Customer service was amazing . He arrived in less than 20 minutes and got the job done! i look forward to the company replacing my shower head . Hands Down best plumbing service around town . I wish i could give 10 stars !! 🤩🤩🤩🤩 thank you !!
S.M PlumbingS.M Plumbing
Yesenia I.
Lazaro was excellent from start to finish! My inquiry on thumbtack was responded to within a few hours on a Friday evening! I was able to speak to Lazaro and tell him exactly what I needed. He gave me an estimate and we scheduled for Monday morning. This morning Lazaro was at my house right on time, he explained to me what he would be doing and everything came out amazing! I will definitely contact Lazaro again whenever I need any plumbing related work and I will be recommending him to my neighbors and family members. Thanks Lazaro!
Lazaro. Rooter Plumbing ServiceLazaro. Rooter Plumbing Service
Sandra H.
Sam provided excellent and thoroughly professional service from the beginning to the end of each job requested of him. From his business name, you could be mistaken that all he does is plumbing, but he converted my garage into a master bedroom with a bathroom, and also put up a pavilion in my backyard. He is a pleasant, professional young man, and is very meticulous at his job. I would have no hesitation in recommending him for any job asked of him. If he says he can do it, he can, he will, and you will not regret hiring him!
Loyal Plumbing ServicesLoyal Plumbing Services
Oneika O.
My experience with Brian from Dade-County Plumbing was nothing short of excellent! He responding almost immediately to my quote request and allowed me to explain what I needed. He confirmed that he could do the job and arranged to come the SAME DAY And AFTER work hours. I was so grateful because I needed help making sure I didn’t have leak in my bathroom pipes ASAP. Upon arrival, Brian was professional, kind, and caring and allowed me to show him my bathrooms and ask tons of questions. He confirmed that he could fix my issue, quoted me a reasonable price, and went to work. He installed my shower head and replaced/installed a new tub spout securely, where previously there was not a secure one. I absolutely plan to hire him again to replace my shower panel. Brian inspected that shower and made recommendations and said I can message to ask question to assure I buy the right products. Overall, I had an excellent experience with this company that I only just found on Thumbtack a few hours ago. Brian was punctual, responsive, professional, and knowledgeable. I would absolutely hire them again and will be recommending them to my friends and family. Thank you, Brian!
Dade-County PlumbingDade-County Plumbing
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