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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.  

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.

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?

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.

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 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.

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.

Reviews for Chicago plumbers
Carmen R.
Professional and knowledgeable at what they do, if you need a peace of mind with your plumbing problem C.I.D Specialty Plumbing got you covered.
Cid-Specialty Plumbing & contractingCid-Specialty Plumbing & contracting
Chuck W.
Very responsive and professional. Our schedules didn’t work out but I will definitely consider CID Specialty Plumbing for future plumbing projects.
Cid-Specialty Plumbing & contractingCid-Specialty Plumbing & contracting
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.
Red's Plumbing  Drain and Sewer (camera services)Red's Plumbing Drain and Sewer (camera services)
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)
Sam M.
plumbing masters were great to work with.
Plumbing Masters IncPlumbing Masters Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Fast and reliable service! Todd was professional and explained in detail what my plumbing issue was. I will absolutely use All Pro for all my plumbing needs!
All Pro PlumbingAll Pro Plumbing
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
Shavon M.
C.I.D speciality plumbing was professional and responsive, and very knowledgeable
Cid-Specialty Plumbing & contractingCid-Specialty Plumbing & contracting
Tara B.
Nick was fantastic! I highly recommend him for your plumbing needs. He was on time, flexible, professional, and tidy. Pick, Nick from Proper Plumbing to get your job done right!
Proper plumbing and drainProper plumbing 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.
Gus's plumbing serviceGus's plumbing service
Shavonne J.
Chris is Great! Definitely will be calling him for more plumbing jobs!
CJS PlumbingCJS Plumbing
Sharon O.
Cid's plumbing came to my home and provided quality work. He was professional and explained what issues with the plumbing that would need to be addressed. The price of service was reasonable. I would highly recommend his work.
Cid-Specialty Plumbing & contractingCid-Specialty Plumbing & contracting
James N.
This is a great plumbing team who handles your job with attention and care!
CJS PlumbingCJS Plumbing
Britta S.
My experience with Proper Plumbing was excellent! They responded to my inquiry within minutes and scheduled service for the very next day. Nicholas was friendly, timely, and very informative. I will definitely call Proper Plumbing again for future needs! 🪠🪠
Proper plumbing and drainProper plumbing and drain
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
Ervin K.
Very professional and knowledgeable in solving my plumbing problems. Highly recommend them
Cid-Specialty Plumbing & contractingCid-Specialty Plumbing & contracting
Samuel P.
Although I had small plumbing issues, the problems were quickly resolved.
Cid-Specialty Plumbing & contractingCid-Specialty Plumbing & contracting
Bob C.
Adrian Plumbing was very responsive and got the job done fast and with good quality
Monina Q.
Roosevelt was punctual, quick, and did a fantastic job with my toilet replacement. I also consulted with him regarding plumbing-related questions which he answered honestly. I would not hesitate in using him for my other plumbing projects.
Roosevelt KennersonRoosevelt Kennerson
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
Melissa C.
Bob and Todd from All Pro Plumbing responded to my request within minutes and handled my plumbing emergency that afternoon! They were fairly priced, professional and saved the day in my house! I would recommend them to anyone on Thumbtack and beyond.
All Pro PlumbingAll Pro Plumbing
Charline M.
CJS Plumbing responded quickly to my request for a plumber. I appreciated being given an estimate prior to the start of the job. My request was answered quickly and I was given a time for which the work could be started. Within an hour and a half of my request, the work was being completed. The work site was left clean, my sink was back functioning. I would definitely call CJS Plumbing for any future plumbing need.
CJS PlumbingCJS Plumbing
Maggie d.
While I ended up not needing pro services after all, Carroll Plumbing was very responsive. They were quick to help and have excellent customer service. I'll be reaching out to them for all of my future plumbing needs. Thanks especially to Matthew!
Carroll PlumbingCarroll Plumbing
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