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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. 

Why is the water in my house not getting hot?

If the water in your house is not getting hot, it may be time for water heater repair. Nationally, the average water heater repair cost ranges between $120 and $200, although prices can range up to $400, depending on the problem and materials. Competent homeowners may also be able to try DIY fixes, whether they have a traditional gas or electric water heater or a tankless gas or electric heater. Troubleshooting the different issues that can arise with each of the styles requires some knowledge of how they operate and what red flags to look out for. For a natural gas water heater, the first step is to check whether the pilot light has gone out. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s directions if you want to relight it yourself. If you smell gas, stop everything and call your gas company — the smell could signal a dangerous gas leak. If your household’s water is not getting hot enough, you can try increasing the temperature on the water heater’s front dial above the standard setting of 120 degrees; for safety, always turn off electricity to the unit before adjusting temperatures. If you keep running out of hot water, your household may simply need a higher-capacity water heater, so consider upgrading. Quick professional fixes include replacing the thermostat or heating elements and cleaning and repairing the thermocouple.

Reviews for Alpharetta plumbers
Srikanth P.
Good profession Plumber
In His Hands Plumbing ServicesIn His Hands Plumbing Services
Jason B.
Repeat customer! Great guy, great plumber.
Easy Clean Septic LLCEasy Clean Septic LLC
Owen K.
Plumber was on time and punctual to each appointment...... Prices were fair for work performed.
SMART Plumbing, LLCSMART Plumbing, LLC
Tavoris L.
Very professional company who fixed something I hired another plumber to do TWICE! Georgia rooter is my new go to plumber. A company who does something right the first time and even cleans up well after they are done.
Georgia Rooter Services LLCGeorgia Rooter Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Our experience with Anthony Cornelius was wonderful. We had a problem that needed immediate attention. Our usual plumbers could not come out till the following week. Anthony came that evening, solved the problem and the price was very fair. We now have a new usual plumber!
A Valdez and Sons PlumbingA Valdez and Sons Plumbing
Mark I.
Excellent business! The plumber was professional, responsive and the price was fantastic. I guarantee that I will use them again.
Kingdom Plumbing, LLCKingdom Plumbing, LLC
Yong W.
Very quick response and professional. I have used David and his crew for years. Best and capable plumbers out there
Valu-Rite PlumbingValu-Rite Plumbing
Bob R.
On time. Fair pricing. Did a great job. Houston is now my go to plumber. Would highly recommend HEC
HEC Handy Services Inc.HEC Handy Services Inc.
Kristen W.
Fabulous experience with Demetrius. Responsive, honest, and very efficient in fixing the issue. He’s my go to plumber now. Thank you!
Harryton PlumbingHarryton Plumbing
Michael J.
Found my go to plumber. Excellent work and value. Already have other projects scheduled with Will. Don't bother with anyone else.
Plumbing at its BestPlumbing at its Best
Jim H.
Miguel will be my plumber going forward! I have been looking for a good plumber and I was very fortunate to find Miguel. Miguel does GREAT work. He was very conscientious about how he entered my home with regards to Covid-19. He repaired three toilets all with broken flanges and his price was very competitive. On top of that Miguel is one of the nicest gentlemen you will ever meet. Do yourself a favor and give Miguel a call for your plumming needs. Once you give Miguel a chance he'll be your plumber for life.
Miguel MendezMiguel Mendez
Dustin C.
Patrick was great! Very friendly and he did an awesome job installing our new garbage disposal. I would definitely recommend The Neighborhood Plumber!
The Neighborhood PlumberThe Neighborhood Plumber
Tammi G.
True professional in every way. He exhausted the lower cost option and kept me advised of all steps. He's my new plumber and he should be yours.
Plumbing at its BestPlumbing at its Best
Matt M.
Kris was great! Our water heater sprung a leak. Kris had it fixed within 24 hours, and quoted a very fair price. I've found my new plumber!!!!
Plumbing ContractorPlumbing Contractor
Therese M.
What a great experience! And rare when it comes to other plumbers we've hired. Sergio was prompt, quick and efficient. We highly recommend his services and will use him again.
SPP PlumberSPP Plumber
Mike P.
Ross was great. He communicated, explained, and even when the situation changed was very professional and fair (problem was found that was not known about). Five stars. He’s my plumber from this point on!
Georgia Plumbing BrothersGeorgia Plumbing Brothers
He Z.
Probably the best plumber I have ever had. Would definitely hire again in the future. Will recommend to anyone! Super professional and know exactly how to do the work. Very reasonable price.
All AspectsAll Aspects
Cory M.
Rescued me and the wife from a bad experience where our water heater exploded on Easter and the home warranty company's designated plumber was jerking us around. The knowledge and professionalism won us over.
Plumber NowPlumber Now
Greg K.
The team called me with 15 minutes of posting my service need on Thumbtack and had a plumber come to my house within 30 minutes. He was very knowledgeable and quickly repaired the leaking pipe behind the wall in my bathroom. The price was reasonable. I highly recommend the company.
Kingdom Plumbing, LLCKingdom Plumbing, LLC
Adina C.
Great experience! My initial fear was that I was going to be over charged due to my lack of knowledge regarding plumbing. The representative was straight forward and honest with me and very informative. I really appreciate the service received and would definitely recommend Plumber Now LLC for great service, quick response time, and professionalism. Thank you so much!
Plumber NowPlumber Now
Jermaine P.
No one ever wants to wake up to a basement full of water, but these things happen. Alex helped relieve my extremely stressful situation and left me with a sense of calm and reassurance after replacing my busted water heater. Fair pricing, fast service and knowledgeable. Explains all your options and provides a recommendation without the sales pitch! Glad I no longer need to search for a trusted plumber!
Bonds Plumbing LLC.Bonds Plumbing LLC.
Ashish B.
I contacted good neighbor about a water leak in my house. The response I received was amazing. He let me know how he would go about sourcing the leak and was very professional in trying to help me find solutions economically. Ultimately we sourced the issue and did not need a plumber but the integrity and professionalism showed by good neighbor is something I would definitely recommend and use again!!
Good Neighbor Plumbing llcGood Neighbor Plumbing llc
Seun O.
Jeff responded promptly to my request and he made sure to keep apprised about how long it was going to take him to get to my place. Once he arrived, he proceeded to quickly evaluate the situation, isolate the cause of the water leakage, and he promptly fixed the issue. I will certainly be calling on Jeff for any future plumbing related issue. I'll recommend Jeff to my friends and anyone looking for a top notch professional plumber.
Jeff's PlumbingJeff's Plumbing
Anil m.
Steven was very professional knew his job and did it very efficiently, would have given him 5 stars but held back one because he refused to look at the sink connected hot water valve which would have taken less than 5 to 10 minutes to check and repair. He quoted 125$ for it even though I offered 50$ for it he did not do it. In my opinion he got greedy. Normally any plumber would have have done that as a goodwill gesture.
Good Neighbor Plumbing llcGood Neighbor Plumbing llc
William W.
Southern Sewer & Drain Plumbing did an outstanding job replacing my 18 year old gas water heater. They are honest, only recommend replacing parts that absolutely need it. No fast talking. They listen to your concerns and needs and address them specifically. Vincent, owner of the company didn’t hide any information and answered all my questions. Extremely professional, absolutely fair pricing and delivered outstanding workmanship. I have a new plumber. If you need one who is trustworthy and fully licensed and insured, this is who to call.
Southern Sewer & Drain Plumbing ContractorsSouthern Sewer & Drain Plumbing Contractors
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