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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 Richfield plumbers
Scott t.
Discount Rooter and Plumbing made good on unclogging a drain and repairing a leak in the line. I will be returning to them with future plumbing and clogging issues. Thank you, Discount Rooter and Plumbing!
Discount Plumbing And Drain CleaningDiscount Plumbing And Drain Cleaning
Jay V.
Chris arrived on time and was very informative as he was addressing my plumbing issues. I would definitely recommend Chris to anyone looking for plumbing work.
Chris HalsteadChris Halstead
Martin G.
Came in time and fixed my plumbing issues
Champion Plumbing, LLCChampion Plumbing, LLC
Dan S.
Very quickly diagnosed and repaired our plumbing issue.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Twin CitiesMr. Rooter Plumbing of the Twin Cities
Randy F.
Had Tony out to replace a valve and re-do the drain plumbing under the kitchen sink. Tony worked quickly and got the job done with a fair price. I'll plan to contact him again for future plumbing work.
Twin Cities Premier PlumbingTwin Cities Premier Plumbing
Ben J.
Excellent service!! Will definitely hire again if any plumbing needs come up.
Cutting Edge Sewer and Drain LLCCutting Edge Sewer and Drain LLC
Laura S.
Quick to reply and able to fix our plumbing issue in less than an hour!
All State Plumbing Heating and CoolingAll State Plumbing Heating and Cooling
Thumbtack Customer
He was friendly, quick, knowledgeable, and honest. Will call again for next plumbing issue.
Spitfire Plumbing LLCSpitfire Plumbing LLC
Daniel S.
I had a great experience with Spitfire Plumbing LLC. He was very responsive, and had my leak fixed the same day and did a really great job! Very pleased and will be contacting him first with any of my future plumbing needs.
Spitfire Plumbing LLCSpitfire Plumbing LLC
Toni J.
Chris was great, informative, friendly & efficient. Will definitely use him for future plumbing needs! :)
Dependable DrainDependable Drain
Paul G.
Work to remove an out of code bathroom. Fixing rotted out plumbing drain lines. Fixing plumbing main line and replacing faucets. Allen knows his stuff and is very professional. He delivered as promised and I would highly recommend his services.
Spitfire Plumbing LLCSpitfire Plumbing LLC
Mark P.
Excellent work, and finished faster than expected. Will go back anytime i have plumbing
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Twin CitiesMr. Rooter Plumbing of the Twin Cities
Julie R.
Mike was personable, efficient, and resolved all my plumbing issues. He removed a sink and installed a new pedestal sink/faucet. He successfully tackled a clog and low flow issue. He honored a previous quote. I definitely will contact him for future plumbing needs.
New Concept Plumbing, LLCNew Concept Plumbing, LLC
David F.
Abraham fixed my plumbing issues quickly and he was a professional. I would use him again.
All State Plumbing Heating and CoolingAll State Plumbing Heating and Cooling
Mike B.
Chris was great! Arrived early and did a great job. Highly recommend this company for any plumbing needs.
Dependable DrainDependable Drain
Amy A.
Eric came to assess a plumbing need. We ultimately did not go with the service but everyone was responsive and great communication.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Twin CitiesMr. Rooter Plumbing of the Twin Cities
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience! Knowledgable, flexible, and even included a whole house plumbing inspection. I would definitely recommend!
Spitfire Plumbing LLCSpitfire Plumbing LLC
Kristin C.
Provides excellent work, on time and professional! Will definitely add him to my go-to list for any future plumbing work.
Twin Cities Premier PlumbingTwin Cities Premier Plumbing
Aakif S.
On time, Speed, Knows what he is doing, Good work... Will definitely recommend others using his plumbing services.
Phenomenal Plumbing INCPhenomenal Plumbing INC
Susan Y.
Thank you GBG Plumbing/Mechanical!! My husband and I searched for quite some time for a reasonably priced plumber, and thankfully we found Gary with GBG Plumbing on Thumbtack. We contacted him and immediately following our conversation, he was so great about working with our schedule to set up a day/time that worked for us. Honestly I was somewhat nervous about the plumbing experience, assuming that our toilet/sink issues would possibly cost us a quite a bit... but long story short, Gary took on the job and completely saved the day for us! Very knowledgeable, fairly priced, professional and overall just a great guy in general. Definitely recommend GBG Plumbing/Mechanical to anyone in need of a Professional Pro, thanks again Gary!!
GBG Plumbing/Mechanical LLCGBG Plumbing/Mechanical LLC
Cena O.
James did a great job! Communicated clearly with me and did wonderful work. I'd definitely hire Spitfire Plumbing again.
Spitfire Plumbing LLCSpitfire Plumbing LLC
Eric T.
Great service, would def recommend to friends and family. We will be using Spitfire again when/if plumbing needs arise. Thanks again!
Spitfire Plumbing LLCSpitfire Plumbing LLC
Tom S.
In my request on Thumbtack, I was very specific that I was seeking a bid for plumbing work for a bathroom remodel. A Discount rep (who didn't give their name) scheduled me for a 4-hour window of time to get a free estimate. I got a phone call during the window from the estimator saying he was 15 minutes away. An hour later, John arrived. When he arrived and saw the bathroom floor torn up (ready to begin a plumbing rough in), he hesitated and said the company does repairs only -- not plumbing for remodel. To give Discount Plumbing the benefit of the doubt, this might be a problem with the info that Thumbtack provides to the vendor or a problem with the how the vendor triages the request (though looking at the ticket that was created in Thumbtack, with all of the info I gave about the remodel, I believe it was the latter). In either case, it was a total waste of time -- for them and for me.
Discount Plumbing And Drain CleaningDiscount Plumbing And Drain Cleaning
Sunil S.
Mr. Maison plumbing team is very knowledgeable very thorough in their inspection for water heater repair, shower repair or any plumbing needs. Maison was able to proactively find out critical issues for the water heater and corresponding reinstallation of water heater was done. Very quick in water heater installation and took care of replacing the old one at Homedepot as well. Excellent work and very neat clean work. To be honest I have taken service from different plumbers in Minneapolis and thumbtack but Maison Plumbing team were most knowledgeable in plumbing among them and provided the best customer service so far for a very good price as well. I highly recommend since they provide correct precise advice and very respectful as well to customers. He even clarified other bathroom remodel queries as well for prospective work. Overall great work!
Mr. Maison Plumbing and Drain, LLCMr. Maison Plumbing and Drain, LLC
Josh D.
Very knowledgeable. Made us feel he knew what he was doing. In and out in about and hour and completed the plumbing for a tub and and exterior faucet.
New Concept Plumbing, LLCNew Concept Plumbing, LLC
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