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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. 

Why is the water in my house not getting hot?

If the water in your house is not getting hot, it may be time for water heater repair. Nationally, the average water heater repair cost ranges between $120 and $200, although prices can range up to $400, depending on the problem and materials. Competent homeowners may also be able to try DIY fixes, whether they have a traditional gas or electric water heater or a tankless gas or electric heater. Troubleshooting the different issues that can arise with each of the styles requires some knowledge of how they operate and what red flags to look out for. For a natural gas water heater, the first step is to check whether the pilot light has gone out. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s directions if you want to relight it yourself. If you smell gas, stop everything and call your gas company — the smell could signal a dangerous gas leak. If your household’s water is not getting hot enough, you can try increasing the temperature on the water heater’s front dial above the standard setting of 120 degrees; for safety, always turn off electricity to the unit before adjusting temperatures. If you keep running out of hot water, your household may simply need a higher-capacity water heater, so consider upgrading. Quick professional fixes include replacing the thermostat or heating elements and cleaning and repairing the thermocouple.

Reviews for Raytown plumbers
Jamie W.
I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Pierpont Plumbing for all your plumbing needs! They were on time, efficient, friendly and affordable!
Pierpoint PlumbingPierpoint Plumbing
Thomas G.
Took care of all my plumbing issues, and pointed out other areas of concern not related to plumbing, which I appreciated.
Pierpoint PlumbingPierpoint Plumbing
Sherri S.
Eric was Professional he addressed my Plumbing issues and was honest! I will definitely use and recommend ES Plumbing for my future needs. Highly Recommend
ES Plumbing ServicesES Plumbing Services
Thumbtack Customer
Great service. Got my plumbing issue fixed quickly!
Sewer Surgeon LLCSewer Surgeon LLC
Sarah M.
Great, fast and quality work. There was full transparency on the quote and no surprises. Highly satisfied customer and would recommend to any one needing help with plumbing. Will definitely use the team again for any plumbing projects.
Kelley Plumbing & Construction LLCKelley Plumbing & Construction LLC
Marine N.
I will be calling Higgins back for any plumbing needs. Excellent service.
Higgins Sewer & Drain CleaningHiggins Sewer & Drain Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional, skilled plumber! Will contact him for future plumbing needs and services. .
Sewer Surgeon LLCSewer Surgeon LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Plumbing work under kitchen sink. Well done and very reasonable price.
Maintenance Solutions LLC.Maintenance Solutions LLC.
Vivian B.
Great experience with Pierpoint Plumbing, LLC. They gave me a free estimate on the work and their bid was much lower than the other company that came out. They did a great job on my plumbing and I would recommend them to friends and family.
Pierpoint PlumbingPierpoint Plumbing
Harmony S.
Great job, super responsive and quick to come out for a non-emergency plumbing issue!
Plumbing WhizzardsPlumbing Whizzards
Ky C.
He did a really good job with my plumbing issue. He even replace the wall for me after the water damaged it and he replaced two valves! If I ever have a plumbing issue again, I will call him. Before and After photos!
Kelley Plumbing & Construction LLCKelley Plumbing & Construction LLC
Viral P.
Very punctual. Knew his stuff and resolved my plumbing issues despite running into unexpected complications.
B&L Plumbing Service, Inc.B&L Plumbing Service, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Brett did a wonderful job with my plumbing needs and I will utilize his other services in the future.
A1 Home Repair and Maintenance, LLCA1 Home Repair and Maintenance, LLC
Leto B.
Quick response time. Had my plumbing issue fixed the next day. Will use them again!
Two Pillars PlumbingTwo Pillars Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
What a pleasure it was to have Temo come and do my basement drain cleanout. He was polite, professional, explained the difficulties he was encountering and did everything he could to alleviate the problem (darn tree roots!!). I will use this plumbing service every time my old house has a plumbing need!!
Sewer Surgeon LLCSewer Surgeon LLC
Ryan P.
Great guys! Came out, gave options to fix plumbing, fixed problem, and gave fair price. Will hire again!
Sewer Surgeon LLCSewer Surgeon LLC
Matthew G.
Sewerworks did excellent work at a reasonable price - about half what the local corporate plumbing company was going to charge. Highly recommended!
Royce T.
On time and professional, Sam did great work replacing old busted cast iron plumbing with PVC that had been leaking for years.
Sewer Surgeon LLCSewer Surgeon LLC
Victoria C.
Kevin diagnosed and fixed our plumbing issues quickly and professionally. I would recommend his services to anyone looking for a reliable, responsive professional.
Plumbed 2 PerfectionPlumbed 2 Perfection
Steve H.
This is a great company showed up when scheduled and did excellent work and great price value. Highly recommend them for any plumbing needs.
Sewer Surgeon LLCSewer Surgeon LLC
Shaun Q.
Blain was excellent to work with. He is straight forward, honest, respectful, knowledgeable, and responsive. He gave us an honest estimate and was up front about concerns he had. He showed up when he said he’d be there. And he answered every question I had. Cantrell plumbing will have all of my plumbing business as well as any my friends have.
Cantrell PlumbingCantrell Plumbing
Viral P.
Great communication. They replaced my toilet and hauled the old one off in about 20 minutes. Definitely will call their services for my future plumbing needs
Pierpoint PlumbingPierpoint Plumbing
Darleen S.
Mark was able to come out and take care of a plumbing issue the same day I contacted him. Very friendly and got the problem resolved quickly!
Higgins Sewer & Drain CleaningHiggins Sewer & Drain Cleaning
Josh D.
Sean with Kelley Plumbing and Construction did a great job replacing our old, leaky water heater! He was able to come out the day after I contacted him and performed the job at the price he quoted me. The new water heater works great - so much hot water! I would recommend using Kelley Plumbing and Construction and will use them again next time. Thanks, Sean!
Kelley Plumbing & Construction LLCKelley Plumbing & Construction LLC
Kierra R.
Very honest about the issue I was experiencing. Although, I didn’t have a true plumbing issue, this company recommended repairs for my true issue. Would recommend!
Sewer Surgeon LLCSewer Surgeon LLC
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