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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. 

How much does it cost to install a hot water heater?

You’ll know when it’s time to install a new water heater. Water heater installation costs average between $360 and $780 nationally, with rates increasing depending on the project. The total project cost will be higher when you include the cost of the heater itself. Select your new water heater based on the number of occupants in your home and the number of gallons of capacity you’ll need. Installation costs can vary based on the type of water heater you are removing and the type you are installing, any necessary repairs, regional cost of labor, and whether disposal of the old heater is included. Natural gas water heaters retail on average between $650 and $900 for standard models. Electric water heaters range between $300 and $700 for standard models. Tankless electric water heaters retail on average between $250 and $700 for standard models. Tankless gas water heaters retail on average between $200 and $1,300.

A company may charge approximately $1,000 to replace a 50-gallon tank-style electric water heater (not including any upgrades required by building codes). Replacing a gas-powered water heater might cost $1,100 (not including code upgrades). Some companies roll the disposal of an old heater into the overall cost of the new water heater installation. Other professionals charge an additional removal fee that can range from $35 to $150.

Reviews for Alpharetta plumbers
Kelly S.
Gabe was punctual, helped us with our minor plumbing problems and offered advice on other plumbing issues. Would highly recommend Georgia Rooter for your plumbing needs.
Georgia Rooter Services LLCGeorgia Rooter Services LLC
Marius M.
Kingdom plumbing did an excellent job. Quick and clean! And was very courteous. I highly recommend him for any plumbing issue.
Kingdom Plumbing, LLCKingdom Plumbing, LLC
Sam R.
Miguel repaired the plumbing problem to our satisfaction
Miguel MendezMiguel Mendez
Meetali J.
Great new plumbing company! They were so kind and responsive to my needs, and patient when I needed to get parts to complete the job. Highly recommend them for your plumbing needs!
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of AlpharettaBenjamin Franklin Plumbing of Alpharetta
Rajesh S.
Very responsive, and came on Christmas day and helped plumbing repair.
Mclaughlin LLCMclaughlin LLC
Brian R.
The guys at Pure Plumbing were very responsive, professional and got the job done.
Thumbtack Customer
Scott was able to fit in my simple plumbing repair immediately. Very professional and friendly.
5K Construction and Handyman Services.LLC5K Construction and Handyman Services.LLC
Seleta G.
David was extremely helpful with my plumbing problem. I submitted my request late in the evening and received and immediate response. He was courteous and knowledgeable and I would definitely use him for any plumbing needs in the future and I highly recommend his service.
Valu-Rite PlumbingValu-Rite Plumbing
Pitchaya P.
Plumb Medic was the correct choice for me because they were on time, very knowledgeable with t he work they do, everything finish wonderfully I would hire them again if I have a plumbing needs. These guys was very friendly, polite, and very professional.
The Plumb MedicThe Plumb Medic
Sergey M.
Nice quality of work and fair price. I will hire him again for the next plumbing project.
Kingdom Plumbing, LLCKingdom Plumbing, LLC
Joseph L.
Didn't go with them, gave great and honest advise! Will certainly contact for future plumbing works.
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of AlpharettaBenjamin Franklin Plumbing of Alpharetta
Marco S.
Steven was very responsive to my plumbing issue. Very Professional and Friendly and will indeed use again
Good Neighbor Plumbing llcGood Neighbor Plumbing llc
Derion B.
Domingo was did excellent and fast work. I would recommend him to anyone who needs plumbing work.
L&B PlumbingL&B Plumbing
Bharat S.
Jaden was too good and he resolved our issue. He is really a great guy with very bright future. I will refer Benjamin Franklin plumbing to anyone. They found root cause of other plumbing company who messed up my install and provided official reasoning. Appreciate you all.
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of AlpharettaBenjamin Franklin Plumbing of Alpharetta
Hasan s.
Advanced plumbing did an excellent job. They were were punctual and professional. I would highly recommend them.
Advance Plumbing RepairsAdvance Plumbing Repairs
Ben G.
Did a great job and very quickly. Was communicative regarding schedule changes and was able to fix a difficult plumbing problem.
Jeff's PlumbingJeff's Plumbing
Tom H.
Miguel always does a great job diagnosing and fixing plumbing problems around the house. We highly recommend him!
Miguel MendezMiguel Mendez
Bill S.
They responded quickly, did a professional job at a good price. I will use them for all my future plumbing needs.
Georgia Rooter Services LLCGeorgia Rooter Services LLC
Craig C.
Ryan was great. Was on time and did an excellent job. Will hire him again when I need any plumbing repairs. 👍
Cosmic Plumbing and Drain LLCCosmic Plumbing and Drain LLC
Michael A.
Ricky replumbed our sink after a countertop change. We are very happy and would recommend him for any plumbing job.
Ricky Barrett's handyman servicesRicky Barrett's handyman services
Ross A.
Peter was great. Was able to fix our toilet and water pressure regulator the same day as the request. Would highly recommend SMART Plumbing.
SMART Plumbing, LLCSMART Plumbing, LLC
Kyra C.
Ben with Kennesaw plumbing was wonderful- not only did he give me a reasonable estimate for the job I originally contacted him for, upon learning we had just moved in he took the time to show me how to do some annual maintenance. He was frank and honest in his explanations- I highly recommend him for any plumbing needs.
Kennesaw Plumbing ServicesKennesaw Plumbing Services
Leanne R.
Billy did a great job repairing our outdoor shower plumbing that was leaking and broken. He was responsive and on time. Everything is working great now.
Southern Sky Home RepairSouthern Sky Home Repair
Stephen P.
Bill contacted me on way to my house and was there when he promised. I would recommend him fir any of your plumbing needs
Atlanta Faucet ProAtlanta Faucet Pro
Angela M.
We will definitely be calling Valu-Rite again whenever we have plumbing issues. They were very responsive and great to work with. Highly recommend!
Valu-Rite PlumbingValu-Rite Plumbing
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