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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 Apex plumbers
Ted D.
Very pleased with the service from PlumbServe. Professional, courteous and solved my plumbing leak problem right away. I've used PlumbServe before with excellent results. They are first on my list to hire whenever I have a plumbing problem.
PlumbServe, LLCPlumbServe, LLC
Daphne P.
He was thorough in finding my plumbing issues. He was very patient also.
Santy's Plumbing, LLCSanty's Plumbing, LLC
Brett r.
No complaints with Arbor plumbing. Work done professionally at a reasonable price. It is refreshing working with a company who you can tell values the customer.
Arbor Plumbing & BackflowArbor Plumbing & Backflow
Kory L.
Simple Plumbing did an excellent job installing two new toilets. They even came on a holiday! I would definitely use them again.
Simple PlumbingSimple Plumbing
Arun P.
I hired their services to install 3 bidets. The entire process was smooth. They are quick in responding to messages. I would definitely recommend them for any plumbing services.
Make It DrainMake It Drain
Leon x.
Wilson and Michelle did a great job replacing the sink. They were very detailed to ensure everything is done correctly. I strongly recommend Wilson and Michelle for any plumbing needs.
Wilsons Home ImprovementsWilsons Home Improvements
Jennifer H.
Santiago was very thorough, professional and honest. His response time was immediate as I had a plumbing emergency. I would definitely use him again. Thank you, Santiago!
Santy's Plumbing, LLCSanty's Plumbing, LLC
Reggie S.
The team came out and executed as they said they would. Painless on my part. They were quick to respond with their availability and SHOWED UP when they said they would. I’ll hire them again if I have plumbing work to be done.
Royal Flush Plumbing LlcRoyal Flush Plumbing Llc
This was a wonderful experience working with Specialized Plumbing. He was able to schedule on the day I was available, had the product(s) needed; punctual, professional and reasonably priced. I would contact them again for any needs in the future.
Specialized PlumbingSpecialized Plumbing
Ravi R.
Todd responded first thing in morning, he was confident and knowledgeable for the plumbing situation I had. He showed at the given time and completed the work. We do not wear shoes in our home and he was courteous enough to notice and respect and remove his own.
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
Jeff C.
Had Everett our for a routine check of our drain. He had a fair price and made sure to explain everything to us and was honest and up front about not doing unnecessary repairs just to inflate the cost. Will use him again for future plumbing needs.
Specialized PlumbingSpecialized Plumbing
Scott S.
Everett was great! Professional, prompt, and knowledgeable. He wore a mask and was able to schedule my appointment earlier than expected. Worked quickly and got my dishwasher and sink ready to roll. I will definitely seek him out if I have other plumbing needs.
Specialized PlumbingSpecialized Plumbing
Patrick G.
First off, one of the only companies to respond. I know this is a low bar or should be but in today’s world quite honestly service sucks all around. But not with plumb serv. The y quickly responded and showed up right on time and explained everything they were going to do. Great job guys. Would certainly use you again amd will be telling others.
PlumbServe, LLCPlumbServe, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Incredible job Leroy did. Great price, knew exactly what the problem was , and fixed in a timely manner. Very professional . I had a very difficult sink issue and he was able to take care of it. Afterwards he cleaned up afterwards and most important asked are you completely satisfied before he left. Great guy I will use him for all my plumbing needs
LAB PlumbingLAB Plumbing
Kaushik P.
Wilsons did a great job for my regular faucet replacement with a combo faucet with drinking water line. He was punctual, his quote was reasonable. He seems quite motivated for what he does, also seemed a good person. He is definitely my go to plumber for future needs. He is much much better than those big plumbing companies out there who are always ready to reap you.
Wilsons Home ImprovementsWilsons Home Improvements
Gary P.
My sewer line had been backing up for the past 3 years. It had been cleared with a snake and a bladder but this kept happening every month or so. Ryne showed up on time and got right to work. He located the problem using a camera and locator. We found the pipe was directly under a fence post that has been there for at least 15 years. The pipe was broken under the fence post and was filled with roots. Ryne dug out the pipe, cut off the bottom of the post, cut out about 2 feet of pipe, cleaned out the remaining pipe and spliced in a new piece of PVC. After the repair he ran the camera the entire length of the pipe so that we could see the pipe was smooth and clean all the way to the street. I now no longer worry every time I flush or run the washing machine that the sewer will back up into the shower. I can definitely recommend Ryno's Plumbing to anyone needing the services of a Honest, Dependable and Skilled Plumber.
Ryno's Plumbing and Backflow IncRyno's Plumbing and Backflow Inc
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