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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.

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 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?

Do plumbers offer remote or virtual services?

If you see a profile that states the plumber is offering remote services, contact the plumber before hiring them to see what those services include. Although plumbing is a job that has to be done in-person, you can ask them if they offer virtual consultations or an online walk-through. 

How much does it cost to install a hot water heater?

You’ll know when it’s time to install a new water heater. Water heater installation costs average between $360 and $780 nationally, with rates increasing depending on the project. The total project cost will be higher when you include the cost of the heater itself. Select your new water heater based on the number of occupants in your home and the number of gallons of capacity you’ll need. Installation costs can vary based on the type of water heater you are removing and the type you are installing, any necessary repairs, regional cost of labor, and whether disposal of the old heater is included. Natural gas water heaters retail on average between $650 and $900 for standard models. Electric water heaters range between $300 and $700 for standard models. Tankless electric water heaters retail on average between $250 and $700 for standard models. Tankless gas water heaters retail on average between $200 and $1,300.

A company may charge approximately $1,000 to replace a 50-gallon tank-style electric water heater (not including any upgrades required by building codes). Replacing a gas-powered water heater might cost $1,100 (not including code upgrades). Some companies roll the disposal of an old heater into the overall cost of the new water heater installation. Other professionals charge an additional removal fee that can range from $35 to $150.

Reviews for Gaithersburg plumbers
Joan S.
I called with a plumbing issue and Lal from LP plumbing was here within an hour His price was very reasonable. He solved our issue and cleaned up nicely after I would absolutely call him for any future plumbing issues and would highly recommend!
LB Plumbing and Drain Cleaning L.L.CLB Plumbing and Drain Cleaning L.L.C
Shanna W.
LB plumbing is great to work with. Communication was clear and prompt. They were punctual for the estimate and completed the job the same day. Final pricing was within 5% of original quote. Plumbing looks great!
LB Plumbing and Drain Cleaning L.L.CLB Plumbing and Drain Cleaning L.L.C
Michael O.
Plumbing install for a wet bar, very happy with the services provided
BNH Home services LLC  .General plumbing  servicesBNH Home services LLC .General plumbing services
Anup S.
He was great and have knowledge on the field of plumbing. Fixed leaking issue
Zo plumbing and Drain Cleaning LLCZo plumbing and Drain Cleaning LLC
Lavanya r.
Very fast response to plumbing issue and came to my house same day.
Heather C.
BT was fabulous. Trustworthy. Will call him for all of our plumbing needs. Highly recommend!
Martinez W.
Lal was excellent! Arrived earlier than scheduled and was able to resolve my plumbing issues.
LB Plumbing and Drain Cleaning L.L.CLB Plumbing and Drain Cleaning L.L.C
Andy l.
Miguel is excellent contractor who resolved our plumbing Problem Quickly. The price is Reasonable.Highly recommended
Connect PlumbingConnect Plumbing
Yi L.
I am happy with the job. Zam fixed a plumbing issues that others were not able to do.
Zam The Plumber,LLC plumbing and drain cleaningZam The Plumber,LLC plumbing and drain cleaning
Robert L.
Highly satisfied! Very excellent and prompt work. Would highly recommend for your plumbing needs
Amir S.
Thang is an exceptional plumber who went above and beyond to fix the plumbing issues in my home. He was punctual, professional, and explained the problems clearly to me. Thang's dedication to his work and excellent customer service skills make him a valuable asset to any plumbing project.
Edward Z.
Excellent plumbing services, good value, very happy with the recommendation on kitchen faucet and easy to work with! Recommended! A+
Erika s.
Got a small plumbing project done quickly and efficiently. Will definitely use Charles in the future and recommend him.
Uc charles servicesUc charles services
Karen Y.
Bridge plumbing did a great job. No complaints at all! Will use them in the future. Thank you Bridge!
Bridge Inc.Bridge Inc.
Clay H.
Super responsive. Was able to come out and fix a plumbing issue the same day. Would definitely hire again.
Gifted HandsGifted Hands
Abbas S.
Technician came promptly and provided a reasonable estimate. We had an issue with the shower faucet. Technician also made suggestions for future plumbing improvements and alternatives. Technician was professional and did not charge any hidden fees. I recommend 24-7 plumbing and would use them again without hesitation!
24-7 Plumbing & Drain, LLC - Maryland24-7 Plumbing & Drain, LLC - Maryland
Thumbtack Customer
Plumbing work is generally expensive. But the guy was honest at saying what happened and fixed the problem, even if in an unconventional way.
24-7 Plumbing & Drain, LLC - Maryland24-7 Plumbing & Drain, LLC - Maryland
Debasis G.
I got my faucet replaced along with a leaky supply line valve that I originally didn't know about. Plumbing work is never cheap, more so if you are in this area. But I would consider the service reasonably priced. I would recommend Charles for plumbing work. Thank you!
Uc charles servicesUc charles services
Daniel M.
Mr. Rema was very helpful and responsive in determining the cause and solution to our plumbing issue. We are so satisfied that we asked him to come back to finish a few more plumbing services for us. I will highly recommend him to anyone. Great service, reasonable price and knowledgeable to accomplish the services required.
REMA PlumbingREMA Plumbing
Tanmoy K.
James is an excellent plumber. He is honest, efficient and punctual. I will hire James for all my future plumbing needs
Rehoboth Plumbing & Drain LLCRehoboth Plumbing & Drain LLC
Ye E.
Highly recommend this company for any plumbing job you need. Very professional, friendly, and prompt. It was a great experience to us.
BNH Home services LLC  .General plumbing  servicesBNH Home services LLC .General plumbing services
Roland t.
Work quality was great. Did not have some basic plumbing components at their disposal, ie plumber putty. Outrageously priced.
Gods WorkersGods Workers
Milind S.
Great and effective work product. Definitely will hire again and added to my short list of goto contractors for plumbing work.
LB Plumbing and Drain Cleaning L.L.CLB Plumbing and Drain Cleaning L.L.C
Siddhartha B.
Lal and his team were on time and completed the work in no time. Would definitely recommend them for future plumbing work
Rosemary L.
Rema Plumbing did a fantastic job for us! I cannot express how impressed I was with their professionalism, punctuality and overall desire to make sure we were 100% satisfied with their work. I would highly recommend Rema and will definitely be using them again for any future plumbing needs. Thanks for doing such an excellent job!!
REMA PlumbingREMA Plumbing
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