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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 Chicago plumbers
John R.
Mike was flexible and responded immediately to my request. I will use Gentryfied Plumbing for all of my future plumbing needs.
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Brian D.
I highly recommend Home Service Plumbing. They were extremely responsive, professional and fixed my plumbing problems quickly.
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Thumbtack Customer
Very friendly plumbers! They figured out the problem and fixed it quickly. I would definitely recommend Red's plumbing for all your plumbing needs.
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Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Cervantes aka Red's Plumbing is prompt, honest and very thorough. Serviced same day, unclogged kitchen drain in about 30 minutes. Prices are very reasonable. Very clean and I would highly recommend Red's Plumbing for your plumbing & emergency needs.
Red's Plumbing  Drain and Sewer (camera services)Red's Plumbing Drain and Sewer (camera services)
Jessica M.
After several bad plumbing experiences with large local plumbing companies, I reached out to Will and was so happy that I did. He was responsive, punctual, and explained everything as he worked. His pricing was very reasonable and he will be my first call for future plumbing needs.
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Blessing N.
Adrian completed plumbing for my bathroom and kitchen and did an exceptional job. Great communication and responsiveness, definitely recommend and will utilize his services for additional plumbing projects.
Luigi r.
It was great working with speed plumbing professional work
Speed Plumbing SolutionsSpeed Plumbing Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Alberto was prompt, responsive, fair and professional. His plumbing skills were comprehensive but his attempts to repair the wall after completing the plumbing project were dilligent but a work in progress.
Green ContractorGreen Contractor
Tanya M.
Hands down best plumbing pro I’ve worked with.
J&B ConstructionJ&B Construction
Vivian S.
I had a pleasant experience with Medina’s Plumbing. I explained the issue to Edgar who proceeded to diagnose the problem. After that, the rest was icing on the cake! I wasn’t charged an arm and a leg and it didn’t take all day. I will definitely contact Medina’s Plumbing in the future when plumbing issues arise. Thank you!
Medina’s PlumbingMedina’s Plumbing
Joyce R.
arrived on time,diagnosised the problem and repaired the same day,called them back two days later for a second plumbing problem and was very pleased with the work and the advise on after care of my plumbing.
Red Hot Sewer and DrainRed Hot Sewer and Drain
Paulette W.
I was very pleased with the professionalism and service of Gus’s Plumbing. He was punctual and completed the repairs quickly. When the parts arrive for two other projects, I’ll definitely call Gus’s Plumbing again.
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Kim J.
Great job! Prompt and knowledgeable about my plumbing job.
Red Hot Sewer and DrainRed Hot Sewer and Drain
Shavonne J.
Chris is Great! Definitely will be calling him for more plumbing jobs!
CJS PlumbingCJS Plumbing
Omar V.
I had red hot plumbing come inspect a drain, gave us a bid immediately, and started the work that same day and finished! Highly recommend this company, we will be using them for further plumbing projects.
Red Hot Sewer and DrainRed Hot Sewer and Drain
Maurice W.
Great communication and service! I’ll definitely use CJS Plumbing again!
CJS PlumbingCJS Plumbing
Arlin m.
Definitely will be calling him again for any plumbing issue I have !
James N.
This is a great plumbing team who handles your job with attention and care!
CJS PlumbingCJS Plumbing
Matthew S.
We just moved into a new house and which had a few plumbing issues( broken toilet, drains not working) and they were able to quickly fix the problem with both. Will use again if any further plumbing issues come up.
Carroll PlumbingCarroll Plumbing
Guwan T.
Great service and great price. I will hire them for any plumbing project
H2flow Sewer&Drain LLCH2flow Sewer&Drain LLC
Bob C.
Adrian Plumbing was very responsive and got the job done fast and with good quality
Christopher T.
This a great company I would not call anyone else for my plumbing fixes.
Sum drain and plumbing servicesSum drain and plumbing services
Joseph H.
Great guy...came out the day I requested took a look at plumbing issue. He also gave some great advice! He saved me a good amount of money! Def will call him with my next plumbing issue
J&B ConstructionJ&B Construction
Raghu N.
Adrien is outstanding. Helped with several plumbing projects in the house, extremely professional, punctual and neat.
Daniel S.
Got the job done for a reasonable price! Thanks for all your help Goose Plumbing!
Goose Plumbing & SewerGoose Plumbing & Sewer
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