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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 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. 

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 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?

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.
Reviews for Somerville plumbers
Ben W.
Ralph is responsive, did a lot of plumbing work at my house at a very competitive price. Everything looks good. I recommend Ralph.
Wendy L.
Fantastic work done for a few plumbing projects. Great communication and quick responses. I will definitely use again for a few more upcoming projects.
Up&Up ServicesUp&Up Services
Thumbtack Customer
Within hours of my request, David was at my house and unclogged my disposal unit. Along the way he provided several plumbing insights. David is on my list.
David's Handyman ServiceDavid's Handyman Service
Thumbtack Customer
Eric is responsive, organized, responsible and has solid follow through. You can trust this kid to communicate clearly and do good plumbing work. Would hire again.
Quality Deluxe, LLCQuality Deluxe, LLC
Katy C.
Karim was punctual and very professional. He did an amazing job replacing a faucet for me. I highly recommend him and will definitely use him in the future for plumbing needs I may have.
Yandiss home serviceYandiss home service
Katy C.
I highly recommend Atlas Plumbing and Heating!!! I had a big plumbing job that included replacing cracked and corroded cast iron pipes in the basement. I couldn't do laundry for a while because the pipes kept leaking. Steve came out on Wednesday and looked at the job. After checking with his supplier he gave me an estimate. On Thursday Steve found out that the estimate his supplier gave him was for different materials. Steve immediately informed me about the confusion because it resulted in a higher price. He apologized and he sounded really sincere. I still wanted to work with Steve and I was not disappointed. The following day, Steve arrived on time to complete the work and it came out great. I could tell he really takes pride in his work because he contacted me Saturday morning to swing by to pick up a tool he had forgotten. While he was there,, he decided to do some more work on the positioning of the pipes so they would have more reinforcement. This is a guy who really loves what he does and wants to make sure his customers are satisfied. For any plumbing needs, Steve is your guy! Tell your family and friends about him, because I sure will.
Atlas Plumbing & HeatingAtlas Plumbing & Heating
Joseph G.
We had an emergency plumbing situation at one of our residential apartment buildings and Elsayed responded immediately to my thumbtack request, reached out to let me know the timeframe that he could be available and came asap (within the front half of that window, as promised). He was very professional and performed high quality work at a very reasonable price. In addition, he also came back on short notice to take care of another somewhat emergency issue and coordinated with my tenants to get it done on a weekend. I highly recommend OSA and definitely will hire again. Thanks Elsayed!
OSA Home ImprovementOSA Home Improvement
Sofia H.
Unfortunately, I did not have a good experience with Chris, and want to let other customers know so they can consider my experience when hiring Chris. Chris mismanaged my project, ignored emails, messages, and instructions, lost proprietary parts because of his disorganization, damaged property, disrespected me and my GC and my space, delayed finish for over 3 months, and blamed everyone else but himself for the delays and errors. Chris has cost me over $1200 because of his delays and mistakes, not counting the time I myself took off of my work to run his errands and help him with his mistakes. I hired Chris to replumb a two-family house as part of a gut renovation, including 5 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, and installing tankless water heaters. The project is 3.5 months past original agreed upon completion date and I am having to find another plumber to finish the job. I still cannot live in my house. The rough work went fine, but Chris's slowness caused me to delay many other contractors, regardless of my repeated communications with him on what was due next by others. I had to have him stop for 2 weeks in the middle of rough because he just didn't finish and I needed the house sprayed for mold and couldn't wait for him. After rough inspection, things got worse. There have been major mistakes (e.g. hot and cold water lines crossed, diverters mixed up between bathrooms and plumbed wrong, hoses not connected). Chris threw away or misplaced every single product box and manual and can't tell me what he installed where. He threw things all over the house and lost unique screws and parts that can only be obtained from the manufacturer. He has damaged my floors (wood and tile) and vanity and opened the same walls up multiple times because of his errors. He did not communicate with any of the other contractors that would affect his work. For example, the tiler cut the trim hole too big and it paralyzed Chris for days. Errors happen, but Chris' reaction were extreme and rather than trying to work with us to find a solutions (which were often simple, like a $3 tile plate), he would leave for the day. In addition, he has been belligerent and blamed others for things that never happened (e.g. insisted we ordered the wrong parts even though receipts, calls to the supplier, and calls to the manufacturer prove everything is correct). I've taken days off of work to serve as his assistant and gone to the plumbing supply and troubleshooted mistakes with him. Chris failed inspection because he forgot to attach the gas line to the stove. Further, there is a long list of things still needed to make the house livable even if inspection does pass (no dishwasher hooked up, no shower functioning, etc). I even advanced Chris a portion of his final payment because he said he needed the money, even though this was not in contract. We have been patient, kind, and accommodating with Chris because he is a nice guy and sometimes seems to try, but we cannot have him working for us anymore. I now have to transfer the permit to another plumber and wait for someone to have time to finish the job before I can live at my house. I told Chris I plan to pay him his final amount less the cost of hiring someone else to complete the work. I think this is more than fair, and I am not even charging him for the variety of already paid expenses because of his mistakes. Chris may be capable of smaller, discreet jobs, but he is currently not suited for large-scale projects on his own.
CSB PlumbingCSB Plumbing
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