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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 Mayfield plumbers
Carrie J.
Excellent BW Plumbing to the rescue!
BW plumbing and drainBW plumbing and drain
Wanda J.
Recommend for your plumbing needs
BW plumbing and drainBW plumbing and drain
Kelvin E.
Save The Day Plumbing & Drain Cleaning LLC was very eager to help resolve the plumbing issue. Moreover, the plumber was knowledgeable & honest in his assessment in correcting the problem without suggesting unnecessary repairs/replacements that would be costly to the customer. Undoubtedly, Save The Day Plumbing... is an A1 company.
Save The Day Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, LLCSave The Day Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, LLC
Dontavious J.
Manny from B.K Plumbing came out promptly to fix a leaky sink. He showed extreme professionalism and gave me a solid quote before even arriving. He was in and out in less than 15 minutes. I would highly recommend B.K plumbing for any plumbing needs.
Mary P.
Oleg installed a backflow prevention valve in the basement and corrected some plumbing violations making the work in compliance with Baltimore Cory code. We recommend him for plumbing projects.
Smith's Handyman Services, LLCSmith's Handyman Services, LLC
Jerry C.
Great experience, will use for future plumbing needs.
AAA Drain & Sewer SpecialistAAA Drain & Sewer Specialist
Jamila w.
Came out to provide an estimate and gave an assessment of the work I needed, even though he noticed it wasn’t a plumbing issue anymore. Will hold on card for future plumbing needs.
24-7 Plumbing & Drain, LLC - Maryland24-7 Plumbing & Drain, LLC - Maryland
Daniel P.
Very professional and very honest and truth full. I am extremely satisfied with the plumbing issue that was carried out by Daud from supreme plumbing and heating. He resolved the issue efficiently and did not charge me anything because it was a minor issue. He charges you very reasonable price for any major jobs compared to other plumbing companies. I highly recommend Daud (Supreme Plumbing and Heating) for any plumbing issues that you might encounter. You will be greatly satisfied by his efficient service and a very reasonable labor charge that he will put forward for you. Daud is an outstanding gentleman in his profession that I would recommend as the first choice for any one having any plumbing issues.
Shawn J.
MRSR Plumbing & Drain were professional, prompt, competitive pricing, and quality of work is second to none. I will be working with their company whenever I have plumbing and drain issues again.
Bonita B.
BW Plumbing was responsive to my needs yesterday via Thumbtack and text messages to schedule an appointment with me the next day. He explained the approach and cost; and then instantly solved the plumbing issue.
BW plumbing and drainBW plumbing and drain
Aaron P.
Didn’t move forward with White Plumbing, but will consider in the future
Whites Plumbing LLCWhites Plumbing LLC
Carla R.
Very thankful to Khai for fixing the plumbing issue with the kitchen faucet. Water now flows freely down the drain consistently. Highly recommend. Will definitely call him for any other plumbing issue.
Davida L.
Whites Plumbing did a PHENOMENAL job executing my vision for my pedicure platform, from plumbing to tile work. My project was very difficult but Keith and his team figured it out and got the job done in a timely manner. He was very responsive, communicative, prompt, professional, and offered fair pricing. I highly recommend Whites Plumbing.
Whites Plumbing LLCWhites Plumbing LLC
Nancy S.
Very happy with Oleg and his effort to fix our plumbing issues.
Smith's Handyman Services, LLCSmith's Handyman Services, LLC
Marc J.
I have hired them for numerous plumbing projects and their work is excellent.
24-7 Plumbing & Drain, LLC - Maryland24-7 Plumbing & Drain, LLC - Maryland
Yaya C.
Just got my drains clogging fixed. Joe is very professional . Taking care of my drains issues fast and nicely done. Highly recommended for anyone who has the Plumbing problems. Just call The B.K. Plumbing.
Patrick C.
They were very prompt and reasonably priced for a plumbing issue that was causing trouble for my tenants.
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Richard S.
He came to my house was professional and friendly. He got to work figured out where the clog was quickly. Cleared the clog and made sure everything was working correctly. Top notch service and cost less then most of the big plumbing services. Will definitely call again for plumbing needs.
Water Field plumbing LLCWater Field plumbing LLC
Jeff W.
Nick was careful, professional, knowledgeable and Very efficient! I will be calling Nick first, for future plumbing issues.
Nick's PlumbingNick's Plumbing
Raechelle M.
Ron Plumbing was great at communicating changes and explaining things. They were also on time and got the job done.
Jennifer H.
Yates plumbing was quick to respond to my inquiry in a professional manner. I really appreciated the thoughtful communication!
Yates PlumbingYates Plumbing
Suzanne F.
Josh was great, he was able to complete the job quickly and he was very knowledgeable about plumbing issues.
Joshua EdwardsJoshua Edwards
Keenen O.
Reached out to BW plumbing for help unclog a very slow draining shower. Lal responded within minutes of my inquiry to schedule an appointment the next morning. Lal diagnosed and addressed the issue within 30 mins and offered a reasonable price. I would not hesitate to reach out to BW plumbing in the future.
BW plumbing and drainBW plumbing and drain
April s.
Very professional and knowledgeable. I had great service and my plumbing issue was fixed quickly. The work was top quality.
Eckers plumbingEckers plumbing
Jennifer H.
I had a kitchen faucet replaced and the trap under the sink replaced. The work was done quickly and efficiently and I was clearly informed of what needed to be done and if additional work that was needed. I would definitely recommend Water Field Plumbing & Drain Service to anyone with a plumbing problem as I was more than satisfied with the finished job!
Water Field plumbing LLCWater Field plumbing LLC
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