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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 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. 

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 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 Ashburn plumbers
Lester I.
Benny was great fix my plumbing very professional goes the extra mile good price and will use him for all my plumbing needs. Highly professional and on point.
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Tamarah p.
I found my new plumber. I am very pleased with the toilet replacement. He was on time. His price is fair and the work was stellar. If you are on the fence with hiring a plumbing professional, you won't regret choosing D & A Plumbing. I highly recommend him!
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Ali P.
Worked with the management office and responded to a plumbing emergency quickly and communicated well on what was done and next steps.
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Jovita L.
This was my 2nd time using Mike for plumbing service. Fixed the clog and leak in my bathroom sink & tub. Very reliable.
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Robert E.
Angelo was the best came within the hour and got the job done in no time. Thank you will be calling you for all future plumbing needs
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Lamar d.
D&A plumbing came and resolved our problem to our extreme satisfaction. Very punctual and communication was top notch. Good quality work.
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Nora L.
I had a great experience using R&R plumbing. Responsive, easy to make an appointment. Punctual for appointment time and remedied issue easily.
Krystal T.
William was EXCELLENT!! He was very prompt, and kind while fixing the drain quickly. If I ever need plumbing services, he will be my go to person!!
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Jeanette B.
I was pleased with the job. He is extremely responsive, punctual and knowledgeable in regards to the job. I highly recommend him and will continue to hire for any future plumbing jobs.
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Lisandra V.
Benny came over to fix a leaky toilet. He did excellent work and was very quick. HIs price was reasonable. I will definitely call Benny again for future plumbing issues.
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Idowu O.
I'm a Top Pro on Thumbtak but had no idea on Plumbing, this Company made all the wrongs made by my supposedly professional contractor right. I'll definitely recommend them any day any time.
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Nanetta H.
Very respectful, diligent worker. Extremely fast, shower leak repair completed in under 2 hours, including trip to Home Depot for replacement part. Will call for any additional plumbing work needed.
Reasat c.
Mike is the best person you could hire to get your plumbing problem fixed. He is an honest person and very upfront with the expectations. He is very friendly and hardworking. I would recommend him to the fellow users.
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Justine H.
I wasn’t able to choose more than three options regarding Rocky’s work ethic but he was also punctual and provided high quality work. He was fast, knowledgeable and very professional. He is my new plumber for all my plumbing needs!
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Arlene T.
Frank was a great plumber. He was the first plumber to respond to my needs on Thumbtack. Also, he came promptly and fixed my drains fast. I will definitely recommend him to my family and friends for all of their plumbing need, because his really, “Fast and Serious!”
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Humaira Z.
Benny was easy to communicate with and he worked efficiently. He fixed corroded pipes under my sink in less than an hour. He was extremely pleasant, priced very reasonably for his expertise and I would recommend him to anyone who needs plumbing work done.
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Nykia R.
Angelo, immediately set my mind at ease when he pointed out safety hazard and began to remove debris from the work area. He was prompt, professional and reasonably priced. We will definitely call Angelo again if we should need plumbing work done.
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Yahaira V.
I had a rusted kitchen pipe that needed replacing. I was happy Fabian was available to respond and take care of the issue the next day. He showed up on time and prepared and handled the issue quickly. I would call Him again for any plumbing needs! Thanks again.
Flow Star Pipe Repair &Drain Cleaning Corp.Flow Star Pipe Repair &Drain Cleaning Corp.
Alice W.
The two owners of R&R Plumbers responded the same day I called with an urgent request to repair my non- functioning toilet. They arrived on time and resolved my plumbing problem quickly and efficiently. Their friendly, courteous attitude only added to a very pleasant experience. Highly recommend!
Rochelle S.
My experience with Fenix Pipe was great! They showed up almost immediately. They were able to get the clog in my bathtub fixed. The job was more complex than I originally thought but they were able to get it done at a great price. I definitely will use them for future plumbing issues!!
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Michael E.
Angelo responded right away, got to my place within one hour, price quote was reasonable and did a quality job - replaced faucet and fixed a leak in another faucet. I would recommend him to friends and family and will hire next time when I need plumbing services.
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Jules d.
Ishmael was very professional upfront punctual and extremely honest about my plumbing issues. He handled the job as if it were his own home. I commend his hard work and dedication to making the customer happy, you are in great hands if you hire Ishmael for service! 10/10 recommend.
Borough plumbing & DrainBorough plumbing & Drain
Luis R.
I’m located in the Bronx. I called Frank at about 7o’clock and at 7:30 he was already at my door ready to get the job done. Extremely professional and explained everything to me as he was doing the work. He also gave me a three month warranty on the job he did. I will be dealing with him direct now for all my plumbing needs.
Fast&Serious pipe repair and drain cleaning corp.Fast&Serious pipe repair and drain cleaning corp.
Sue F.
We had a really bad sewer backed up problem, that effected shower and toilet, plumber came in full of energy (on a Saturday morning) to fix the job right. I waited a few days to place this review, to be able to allow time to make sure the job was done right. I will definitely call him again if we have any additional plumbing issues. Thank you!
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Nana t.
I had a burst pipe in my basement leaking a lot of water. Angelo responded right away and came to see the problem the same day. The next day my pipe is fixed and he even fixed the wall through which he used to repair the pipe. He will be my regular plumber now for all my plumbing issues. I highly recommend him
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