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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 South Holland plumbers
Sandra T.
They responded right away, showed up on time, assessed the problem I had with numerous plumbing issues, and quickly and competently repaired them correctly. I will definitely be using them for all my future plumbing needs.
Goose Plumbing & SewerGoose Plumbing & Sewer
DeAndre R.
I would definitely use A1 Experts again,they were awesome at solving my plumbing problem.
Chicago Sewer ExpertsChicago Sewer Experts
Janice J.
Just purchased my home 6/13 and I am happy to say: This company will be my GOTO for any of my future plumbing needs.
H2FLO plumbing and SewerH2FLO plumbing and Sewer
Thumbtack Customer
Great job on the installation of our vanity & vessel sink! Everything was done professionally and with great precision. We appreciate the boss dropping in to oversee the project. Whenever we have future plumbing needs, this company is definitely who we will do business with. Very affordable and fair in their pricing. THANK YOU!!!!!
W. Bragg Plumbing, Sewer & DrainW. Bragg Plumbing, Sewer & Drain
Shamika K.
The plumbing technician was able to assist with my main line back up the same day I contacted him. He was kind and worked quickly. At the end of the service he provided a long term solution on how to prevent the issue from occurring again. I will use this company again for future projects. Thanks again!
H2FLO plumbing and SewerH2FLO plumbing and Sewer
Helen C.
My husband and I hired H2flow to repair our kitchen and bathroom sinks water would not come out the faucets. They responded within 24 hours and was out to my house I completed the job the same day. They were very professional and service was Great, we will definitely be using them again for any plumbing needs in the future
H2flow Sewer&Drain LLCH2flow Sewer&Drain LLC
Spencer T.
I saw RootBusters on Thumbtack so I decided to give them a call. I contacted Phil by e-mail, He responded, I told him my problems and we set up an appointment date. He said he would notify me when he was 20 minutes away, which he did. He arrived and saw the leak under my Kitchen Sink. I also showed him that my toilet was a 1/2" above the floor. He gave me a quote for my issues and I agreed on the price. He replaced all the Chrome pipes under the kitchen sink. He raised the toilet, put it to the side and cut through the pipe from the basement. He replaced the pipe and added a new flange that was level to the floor. After completing everything he checked for leaks. Phil and his apprentice were here for 3 hours and did a FANTASTIC JOB. They did not make a big mess and cleaned the area before they left. I am a very satisfied customer and will recommend Phil to anyone with a plumbing problem. Mr. Hardy
RootBusters Plumbing and sewer drain cleaning inc.RootBusters Plumbing and sewer drain cleaning inc.
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