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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 Evanston plumbers
Kenneth S.
Star plumbing did an excellent job repairing my bathroom sink. Will came out to take a look at the problem and fixed it immediately. I will definitely use Star plumbing again.
Star plumbing servicesStar plumbing services
Matt C.
Mo - was quick and extremely professional. Was able to solve our quick plumbing problem promptly. Will use him again.
HVAC HeroesHVAC Heroes
Charles T.
Adrian was excellent. Took care of job and left everything spotless. Would and will hire again in the future for other plumbing work
Adrian - JJP SOLUTIONS INCAdrian - JJP SOLUTIONS INC
Cliff R.
Matt got to my house right on time. got right to work. Had my kitchen drain taken care promptly. very professional. very reasonable. Definitely will call him again with any plumbing problem in the future. Highly recommend him.
Carroll PlumbingCarroll Plumbing
Jane W.
I used Star Plumbing for the 1st time for a kitchen sink replacement. Vil removed my old sink , shopped for a new sink and faucet and expertly installed everything. He even had to adjust my countertop to be able to do the installation. The finished project looks amazing!
Star plumbing servicesStar plumbing services
S. N.
We had the pleasure of working with Kyle. He addressed three separate plumbing issues at our house and also installed some shutters for us (last minute request). He was very knowledgeable and quick, and explained everything to us that was wrong and how he fixed it. Cannot say enough great things about Kyle and his work. So glad we found Fixer!
FixerFixer
Sachin W.
“I don’t play games,” Will said when I asked about his great reviews. And he didn’t. He was responsive, cleaned out our sewer line quickly, replaced the broken cover, and gave me 10 minutes of free advice on plumbing maintenance. He charged about half of what previous plumbers did. A great experience and excellent value! Will definitely use his services again.
Star plumbing servicesStar plumbing services
Kai J.
I had a sink repair in a tenant unit that needed to be addressed. Adrian was very responsive to my request and was able to get out the following morning. He assessed the issue, contacted me to explain what was needed and made the required repairs. Adrian was prompt, thorough, and very professional. He communicated well with both myself and my tenant. I will definitely be reaching out to him when future plumbing issues arise.
Adrian - JJP SOLUTIONS INCAdrian - JJP SOLUTIONS INC
Purab K.
Mike responded to my project request on Thumbtack and was here in half an hour after calling! He did a thorough inspection to identify the problem and gave a fair quote upfront before starting work. He had all the tools and parts needed and worked diligently and left the work area clean. Mike wore a mask and disposable gloves and wore booties to ensure my house didn't get any dirt from the work area. Thank you Mike. Would happily recommend you to anyone needing no fuss, professional and safe plumbing care.
Mike The PlumberMike The Plumber
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