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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. 

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?

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.

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.

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.

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
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
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
Mike B.
Chris was great! Arrived early and did a great job. Highly recommend this company for any plumbing needs.
Dependable DrainDependable Drain
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.
Tony HyserTony Hyser
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
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
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
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
Amy A.
Mike was great! Had an unfinished basement room I wanted to add a craft sink with no nearby water source. He came out and gave me an estimate in just a few minutes and was able to get the job done the day I needed it completed. He was on time and finished within just a few hours. I had other inspections (electrical, HVAC) scheduled later that day and one city inspector was a general so I had an unscheduled plumbing inspection approved in that same visit. I definitely recommend him for your plumbing needs! We will be calling Mike for all future plumbing needs.
New Concept Plumbing, LLCNew Concept Plumbing, 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
Julie R.
Aaron provided detailed explanations of my plumbing issues and the means to resolve the problems. He was pleasant, efficient, and cleaned up after the work was completed.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Twin CitiesMr. Rooter Plumbing of the Twin Cities
Christopher F.
Chris repaired our leaking valve quickly and at a very reasonable price! We look forward to working with him again on future plumbing jobs.
Chris HalsteadChris Halstead
Brad R.
Dale was great, you can tell he's passionate about his work. I highly recommend him and will be using him for future plumbing work.
Phenomenal Plumbing INCPhenomenal Plumbing INC
Thumbtack Customer
They were quick, efficient, and professional. They warranteed their work for 90 days. Their prices are very reasonable. Definitely will be calling them again for any other plumbing issues.
Cutting Edge Sewer and Drain LLCCutting Edge Sewer and Drain LLC
Sherie C.
James did an exceptional job on the multiple small to mid-size plumbing projects I needed in my home to list for sale. The quality of his work cannot be overstated, nor his level of professionalism. I'm very pleased I've found my go-to guy for all my plumbing needs. Highly skilled, competitively priced, honest and ethical -- you can trust James to do a great job!
Spitfire Plumbing LLCSpitfire Plumbing LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I would highly recommend Allen for tackling any plumbing job. He was very professional and did exactly as promised. Allen will be the only plumber I use in the future.
Spitfire Plumbing LLCSpitfire Plumbing LLC
Matt O.
Can't really rate Mr Rooter's Plumbing experience since I had to cancel the appointment. However, phone conversations were very professional and customer-service oriented.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Twin CitiesMr. Rooter Plumbing of the Twin Cities
John M.
Mike is a great plumber who does quick, high quality work. He did plumbing for our 1200 sq ft basement, and we have had no issues.
New Concept Plumbing, LLCNew Concept Plumbing, LLC
Rose N.
I highly recommend Chris: A+ communication, quick, professional and excellent quality of work. 5 stars! Chris - I've saved your number for future plumbing needs. Thank you!!!
Chris HalsteadChris Halstead
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