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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 do I find a good plumber in Boston?

To find a qualified plumber in your area, search online for Boston’s top-rated plumbers. Review several profiles and look for reviews from past customers. This will help you assess whether the plumber is competent, easy to work with and professional.

Look for photos of their past work and services to make sure they will be a good fit for your project. Then, contact at least three to five plumbers and request a quote. 

Also, don’t forget to double-check their credentials. For example, you can search the Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters to find information about licensure requirements in Massachusetts.

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. 

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 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.

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.

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 Boston plumbers
Dan F.
Wagner was quick, responsive and professional. He did a great job and I’d highly recommend him to anyone who needs plumbing help.
Wag."Jack of all trades"Wag."Jack of all trades"
Kevin P.
The leaking under the kitchen sink was minor but we had no idea what caused it. Fortunately Ladd Plumbing came to help. They were able to identify the source of the problem, a washer installed incorrectly, perhaps during the garbage disposal installation. It was a small plumbing job and it was in an area where parking was difficult. The guys came on time for the job and was very professional in solving the problem. Thank you very much for the help.
Ladd PlumbingLadd Plumbing
Seeratt D.
Kyle was very knowledgeable about the plumbing repair. We had a toilet that has been leaking for awhile, he came and fixed it very efficiently. He was clear, clean, professional and friendly.
Madden Home ServicesMadden Home Services
Michael R.
Really impressed by how quickly they were able to come by to replace a broken valve on my toilet. The work was done well and very efficiently. I’ll definitely plan to call them for future plumbing needs!
Carvalhal Contracting CorpCarvalhal Contracting Corp
Andrew C.
Jon fixed my sink in a couple of days when other plumbers were asking me to wait 3 weeks. He was quick, responsive, and did a great job. I will happily call him again for any future plumbing needs.
jon carterjon carter
Gina M.
DREW IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST! Thank you so much for prioritizing our project based on our availability- and for fixing the toilet faster than we could imagine! We will always recommend Quality Deluxe, LLC to our friends and family, and will absolutely be using them for our own plumbing needs!
Quality Deluxe, LLCQuality Deluxe, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I had an issue with my washing machine - no matter the setting, the water was always hot! Circumstances out of his control set him back getting to my appointments, but he was sure to make it up to me with great service and significant discounts! He was easy to communicate with and very flexible with scheduling! I will be sure to use him in the future for any of my plumbing needs!
Quality Deluxe, LLCQuality Deluxe, LLC
Ashley R.
Ralph is a great plumber and kind man. Within 2.5 hours, I contacted him for a quote, and the service is already done...and at a price which beat the others. Most notably, while a toilet clog can be embarrassing, Ralph handled the job with kindness and professionalism, which was much appreciated. I will absolutely call upon Abby Plumbing again, and I highly recommend!
AbbydraincleaningandsevicesAbbydraincleaningandsevices
Shyana H.
Frederico was quick to respond to our blocked bath tub. He was able to accommodate my job within hours of my getting in touch. He communicated well with regular updates on his time of arrival. He was very professional and got the job done efficiently and well. I will definitely plan to use him in the future for all our plumbing needs. I would highly recommend him.
Carvalhal Contracting CorpCarvalhal Contracting Corp
Michael R.
Jerry and Frederico showed up when they said they would. They were neat, clean and professional. We're really hopeful that the plumbing leak has been fixed, they were very knowledgeable and we feel confident in their work. They also have a guarantee which brings piece of mind. They cleaned everything up at the end of the day, which being in a common area, was much appreciated. I would recommend them and will be using them again in the future.
Carvalhal Contracting CorpCarvalhal Contracting Corp
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