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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 Hoffman Estates plumbers
Praveen G.
Em Plumbing was on time, did a quality job, fast, and efficient. They even had to go to the hardware store because one of the specialty splitter included with the toilet was broken. I will contact them again for any plumbing work in the future.
Art A.
Gino & Alex very professional.Gave me options that worked for my situation.Highly recommend for all plumbing needs.
Excellent plumbing inc.Excellent plumbing inc.
Avik D.
He was a great guy. Came on time, hands covered in gloves and a mask on. Skillful and knowledgeable. My to-go guy from now for plumbing related issues.
Mike The PlumberMike The Plumber
Juan T.
Great affordable work, they ran new plumbing in my house. On time and finished same day with great work they will also be doing my floor at a affordable price
Euro Pro RenovationEuro Pro Renovation
Janet C.
Volodymyr did excellent plumbing work on my 30 year old sink faucets and pipes. He was on time and completed great work! Will definitely hire for other future projects.
Chris P.
Will was awesome! He responded within minutes and was even able to squeeze me in the same day even though it was very late in the evening. I will make sure to pass his info to others and will be working with him for all my other plumbing needs! A+++++
Star plumbing servicesStar plumbing services
Naren M.
We hired Epic Enterprises, a plumbing contractor to install a new standard gas water heater for our house. We are very happy with an excellent job John and his son did for our house. John is the owner. I talked with several plumbing contractors over one week and selected Epic Enterprises. John answered all of my questions and provided me with a quote for a new Bradford White gas water heater with a reasonable price immediately after discussing the details about the project. John is highly skilled, very smart, intelligent, and experienced. John and his son paid attention to details and did an exceptional quality job for our project. At the end John completely cleaned the working area and hauled away the old unit. I have recommended Epic Enterprises to my friends and relatives. I would definitely hire John and his team again. I recommend strongly that if you have any plumbing project at least talk to John and get his input and quote for your project. What do you have to lose? Why not have an honest, professional, punctual, intelligent, and hardworking Epic Enterprises team on your side?
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Elexis R.
Pierre was able to come out to our house the same day and take a look at our bathroom and water heater. He was incredibly knowledgeable, nice and professional! As new home owners, my husband and I have a lot of learning to do and Pierre took the time to educated us on what we need to know. We will definitely be using Prestige Sewer & Plumbing going forward and you should to!!
Prestige Sewer & Plumbing Co.Prestige Sewer & Plumbing Co.
Robin C.
Mike was terrific!! He and his worker came within 30 minutes to give me an estimate and was actually able to do the needed work immediately. My toilet had been clogged for two weeks and he fixed it. He also cleared a sink clog while he was at it. They both were very professional and wore masks which I really appreciated. I will certainly use him again if I need any plumbing work.
Mike The PlumberMike The Plumber
Nicole O.
Wow! Konstantin was the first to respond and even after comparing rates from other pros, his was the best. Plus, he was able to come out right away, arrived ahead of schedule and had a new water heater installed within just 3 hours of my initial contact. My only complaint is that Thumbtack limits the review to 3 items. I wish I could have checked all 5! Will definitely use Emergency Plumbing again and will refer friends and family as well!
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