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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 Rolling Meadows plumbers
Thumbtack Customer
I had several plumbing issues the Mr. Garcia resolved at a very reasonable rate. There was a missed appointment due to illness. I will definitely call him again if a plumbing issue arises.
Green ContractorGreen Contractor
Cindy T.
Chris was very responsive and did a great job with our plumbing issue.
Speed Plumbing SolutionsSpeed Plumbing Solutions
Kim S.
2nd Chance Plumbing was nothing short of amazing! They were responsiveness to my request, punctual on showing up to complete the job, they were efficient, and they did a great job installing all of the toilets in the home. I highly recommend 2nd Chance to anyone looking to have their plumbing needs met!
2nd Chance Plumbing2nd Chance Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
We had a big plumbing issue where the pipe going out to the the sewer was just completely blocked off. Since we recently bought the property, we believe there was probably no maintenance done by the previous owner in a long time. It was a rather expensive call since the pipe that connects to the city sewer was covered in roots. Drains Inc. came out and took care of the problem the very next day from when we contacted them and we are very satisfied with the service. I would definitely recommend them to anyone having plumbing issues.
Drains Inc.Drains Inc.
Jonathan E.
Martin did excellent work on our kitchen sink. He arrived at the initial appointment on time and identified the problem immediately. He gave honest advice about his recommendation to remedy the problem. When he came back later that week, he was thorough and prompt and made sure I knew what he was doing by explaining to me what he was doing to fix the problem. I would highly recommend Martin for all of your plumbing needs!
Brad G.
The Zoom Drain team was amazing from start to finish! We will use them again in a heartbeat for any future sink, drain, or toilet work. Read on for more on our experience… We initially thought we had a persistent clog in our basement toilet or possibly our sewer line - despite our prior efforts to snake and plunge - on a roughly 2 year old fairly high end toilet bought from a big box retailer that was installed by a different contractor. We’d let the toilet sit for a few months but finally reached out on Thumbtack for professional help late on a Sunday night to try to get it fixed by Memorial Day Weekend. It was not an emergency so we weren’t expecting or needing a super fast turnaround. Anna’s reply early Monday AM blew all of the other replies received this week out of the water! She thoroughly outlined their process (including a free estimate, unlike others), on the spot repair if we approved the estimate (no need to book a 2nd trip), and offered many options to coordinate a tech visit. Within just a few messages on the site we had techs scheduled later that same day - even working around limited availability on our end! Enter 2 amazing technicians (Christian and Antonio) early afternoon to investigate what turned out to be the toilet repair & replacement from hell! They did an exhaustive detective work to find the cause - which proved elusive and was actually multiple issues! Given the issues, I was tempted to just replace it right away but Christian believed they could fix the issues for cheaper than the replacement, hated to see me potentially waste money, but thoroughly walked me through both repair & replace options and even offered to credit the repair fee towards a replacement later if it was still needed. Talk about wow - not being strong armed into the upsell was such a refreshing change from other home repair experiences I’ve had! The guys proceeded with the repair attempts, but like that car that just doesn’t want to be fixed, this toilet fought every their every effort! A few hours later, we all agreed they should just call it a lost cause and replace it. Christian and Antonio returned promptly the next morning as agreed - as the toilet I wanted wasn’t a model they keep on their truck ready-to-install + they were going to swing by their plumbing supplier to try to get a replacement t-valve for the bidet we that was leaking - yet another unexpected problem they handled with a “wow” factor! They had the new toilet installed quickly and even managed to get the leaky t-valve to work with some creative engineering - as it turns out the bidet has all custom connections and a replacement wasn’t readily available. And just when we thought it was all set - they had to go back and remove & reseat the new toilet due to a tiny leak thanks to our uneven basement floor. The guys went above and beyond from their comprehensive investigation to tackling the many blockers they encountered. I know I would have been beyond frustrated were I in their shoes - but they were nothing but smiles & problem-solving persistence! We cannot thank them and the rest of the Zoom Drain team (who were likely impacted by being stuck on our job for far longer than anyone expected). What an amazing team and an outstanding company all around! While we hope to not see them again anytime soon, we definitely know who we will be calling for our next sink, toilet, or drain dilemma!!
Zoom DrainZoom Drain
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