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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 Streamwood plumbers
Sajid S.
John was nice and have good plumbing knowledge . Good work
Gottfried Sewer RoddingGottfried Sewer Rodding
Manila K.
I will definitely hire him again for all my plumbing needs.
Diana T.
Able Plumbing helped with my kitchen sink. Punctual and good quality work.
Able PlumbingAble Plumbing
Jennifer W.
Service was fast and he came on time! I would definitely recommend emergency plumbing!
Urjit A.
Very professional, good work ethics, and very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend, and will use him for future plumbing services.
Waterbender Enterprises, LLCWaterbender Enterprises, LLC
Mary R.
I called Smooth Flow Plumbing to add a gas line and connect it to a gas dryer. Chris was very responsive and arrived within an hour to begin the service. He accessed the situation, obtained the supplies and completed the job in a very reasonable amount of time. The work was professional and complete. Chris even reattached the accordion doors when the project was finished. Great experience with Chris and Smooth Flow Plumbing.
Smooth Flow PlumbingSmooth Flow Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Gino for some of our plumbing issues and he did a great job fixing the issues we were having. He is a honest, reasonable and professional handyman.
CrackerJacks Handyman ServiceCrackerJacks Handyman Service
Matt Z.
Perfection! Vlad showed up early and got everything done much faster than anticipated. I highly recommend him and he will be my go to contact for any plumbing needs!
Shayan S.
These guys are very proffessional. Konstantin does a great job and he knows what he is doing and once he is done fixing, he explains what he did and what was the problem. They also give warranty if the problem happens again, they will fix it free of charge. I would highly recommend Emrgency plumbing.
Nicole F.
I will be reaching out to Volodymyr again for any plumbing issues I may have. I needed my main water valve replaced, and I am very satisfied with the job that was performed. He was responsive, timely, professional, and willing to make sure the job was done correctly prior to leaving. Very satisfied with the results and would recommend him to my friends and family for futures services.
Thumbtack Customer
The plumbing work was done satisfactorily. However, as soon as Ron walked in he told me that his $50 an hour went to $80 because he was bringing his son to help. It was probably good because Ron really just walked around and maybe was physically unable to do the job and it would have taken him a very long time to complete it. Honestly his son seemed to know exactly what he was doing so I was wishing I had hired him alone. Although Ron expressed his expertise was needed. They were here from 10 am until 1:30 which included evaluation, going out to the store for parts, a half hour lunch while they were out and the repair. I was charged $80 an hour for the 3.5 hours including paying for lunch time. I was charged $60 for parts with no receipt provided. I was told parts were about $60. All and all the price wasn't above what I would have paid a plumber but certainly more than some of the other quotes I received with flat rates. The plumbing experience is what determined who I chose not price alone.
Remodeling AssociatesRemodeling Associates
Mehwish B.
Glad we went with Tony to replace our faucets and kitchen sink. He was super efficient and changed out the bathroom faucets in no time. The kitchen sink we initially purchased ended up not fitting, but Tony tried to do everything he could to try and get it to fit. Once we realized it was impossible, he made sure we knew exactly what type of sink we needed. He also came back a day later to install the new sink. Definitely will ask him to come back for other plumbing jobs!
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