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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 Buffalo Grove plumbers
Deyu z.
The owner of SAV Plumbing is very responsive during the initial bidding process for a hotter water replacement project. Andre took time to answer my questions as I am a detail oriented person and did not over sale the service. The pricing is also competitive compared to other big plumbing providers around the area. Andre was on time and communicated the process well on the day of the installation. I would recommend SAV plumbing if you are looking for plumbing related work.
Anurag S.
Volodymyr is the best in business . He knows his stuff and very patient and helpful . For any plumbing needs I recommend him and will work with him for any of my home plumbing needs .
Sean P.
Had an emergency on a Sunday and Gino came out and was able to quickly fix the plumbing issue.
Excellent plumbing inc.Excellent plumbing inc.
Brad M.
Chris was great. Polite, helpful and very neat. I plan on using his services for all plumbing needs!
Speed Plumbing SolutionsSpeed Plumbing Solutions
Prakarsh G.
Highly recommend Mike for your plumbing needs. He is very transparent and professional which gives you a lot of confidence. He gave us the right advice for our situation.
Mike The PlumberMike The Plumber
Queen O.
Great company. I left a request for sewer line cleaning and TempCare performed the service same day with financing options. Very clean and professional service. I definitely recommend TempCare for any plumbing needs.
Grand Comfort Plumbing, Heating & Air ConditioningGrand Comfort Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
Ajain t.
Its always rare to find a plumber with 5 star rating. I have changed few of the bathroom faucets and a toilet with ABC plumbing. Estimates were lower than others and Volodymyr completed the work professionally and promptly. Thank you so much Volodymyr.
Robert S.
Konstantin is very professional and responsive. He has been out to my home twice. He repaired my bathtub drain and replaced a garbage disposal. He knows what he is doing and gets right to work. He is very friendly and personable as well. I highly recommend Emergency Plumbing services.
Sharan K.
I had a great experience with Vill. He was very honest and professional. He had made my lack of experience w/ plumbing, sink, and pipe painless. I am very happy with my outcome. I am so glad that I had called him. I will definitely recommend him to everyone.
Star plumbing servicesStar plumbing services
Vijay T.
Joel was very prompt with responding. He arrived at the appointed time, even though we had a heavy snowfall that morning. We had problems with an unpleasant odor in the basement. The problem was an ejector pump well that was not completely sealed. Joel helped seal this. He also took the time to check the sewer line cleanout to make sure there was no other blockage. The price was very reasonable for this visit. Will definitely be reaching out to Illinois Sewer and Drain for future plumbing needs.
Illinois  sewer and drain inc.Illinois sewer and drain inc.
Roman S.
Sergei was excellent. He does business with a rare combination of the highest quality, great value, and respecting clients' schedule. He did all the plumbing for my townhouse renovation. New kitchen layout and 2.5 bathrooms. Sergei recommended the best possible options for relocating pipes, which helped me to eliminate some walls and partitions. All the work was done right, which helped with inspections going smoothly. He also respected the mutually agreed schedule and was flexible enough to accommodate some of the changes, which helped me to meet my timeline. Finally, I feel I paid an honest price. Sergei will be my go-to plumber for all the future renovations. Highly recommend.
Zubr Plumbing Inc.Zubr Plumbing Inc.
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