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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 Brier Creek plumbers
Thumbtack Customer
Great job and honest. Plumbing work
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
J. K.
I highly recommend Optimal Plumbing Solutions.
Optimal Plumbing Solutions, Inc.Optimal Plumbing Solutions, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Leroy was such a pleasure to work with, he came out quickly and got the plumbing hooked up to our 3 new sinks in record time. Will definitely use him in the future for any plumbing needs!
LAB PlumbingLAB Plumbing
Wanda M.
I had an urgent plumbing issue and they got back to me within 5 minutes with their availability this evening! Fortunately I found someone to come out immediately but I will keep Plumbing Partners info!
Plumbing Partners LLCPlumbing Partners LLC
Steven K.
This guy is on point! Loved having him repair my plumbing.
Adrian HernandezAdrian Hernandez
John W.
The plumbing repair was great and the pro was timely. Thanks for a job well done.
Mowses Home Services LLCMowses Home Services LLC
William B.
Santy's Plumbing exceeded my expectations. I reached out with a major sewer issue and they responded the very next day! I own several rental properties and I will work with Santy's Plumbing exclusively from now on.
Santy's Plumbing, LLCSanty's Plumbing, LLC
Melina G.
Everett was quick, communicative and well priced. Will definitely be using Specialized Plumbing in the future!
Specialized PlumbingSpecialized Plumbing
Clay S.
Great work. Very knowledgeable and fast. I highly recommend LAB Plumbing
LAB PlumbingLAB Plumbing
Ed R.
They came out on time and were courteous and professional. They looked at my issues and solved them explaining what they did. I’m completely satisfied with the quality of the work and the timely fashion in which they completed it. They are a great value coming in and doing the work at less than my other estimates. I’ll only be calling Specialized Plumbing for any future plumbing work. I highly recommend them for all of your plumbing needs.
Specialized PlumbingSpecialized Plumbing
Hannah C.
Specialized Plumbing fixed a leaking shower head and did a great job. Messaged them in the morning, showed up a few hours later and now my shower is fixed! Reasonable pricing as well. Highly recommend. Will use again for any plumbing needs.
Specialized PlumbingSpecialized Plumbing
Robert m.
A bit expensive, but Andy took care of the plumbing issues promptly, safely (mask) and professonally
PlumbServe, LLCPlumbServe, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Todd was very helpful in our plumbing need and we will certainly be calling him again!!!
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
Gregory S.
Had a great experience with Make it Drain, and would highly recommend them, their work, and the whole experience. Will hire them again next time I have a plumbing issue. They promptly replaced the under-sink plumbing, the garbage disposal, and replaced my leaky faucet as well.
Make It DrainMake It Drain
Travis H.
Exceptional service from beginning to end. Communication was constant and fixed all my plumbing issues
PlumbServe, LLCPlumbServe, LLC
Rene N.
I can’t say enough good things about Specialized plumbing!! Responsive, punctual, reasonably priced, friendly, repairs made quickly and without any hassle. Top quality service and will be on the top of my list for future plumbing needs. I highly recommend this top notch company!
Specialized PlumbingSpecialized Plumbing
Justin G.
I strong recommend specialized plumbing. On time and got by bathroom back in working order. Thank you!
Specialized PlumbingSpecialized Plumbing
Jordan e.
Affordable and professional. Quick in and out service. We will call them back for any more plumbing needs.
Make It DrainMake It Drain
Thumbtack Customer
Quickly available, good price, very friendly guy. I will certainly hire Todd for future plumbing needs.
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
Thumbtack Customer
Plumbing repair in our office. Very swift responding, did exactly what we needed. Very Professional
Mr Rooter of Wake CountyMr Rooter of Wake County
Thumbtack Customer
Quick, professional and honest. Enjoyed working with Ryne and would recommend his plumbing services to my friends and family.
Ryno's Plumbing and Backflow IncRyno's Plumbing and Backflow Inc
Thumbtack Customer
He came on time, fixed the leak fast, and was very trustworthy, I would use him for any plumbing issues.
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
Patricia D.
I highly recommend Specialized Plumbing. Everett was professional, on-time and did a fantastic job with installing my garbage disposal.
Specialized PlumbingSpecialized Plumbing
Anisha A.
I will definitely use Make It Drain for my future plumbing needs. They were very quick to respond and professional to work with.
Make It DrainMake It Drain
Sean F.
Plumbserve was helpful. Arrived 2 hours late due to prior plumbing emergency. The price seemed high for the time they actually worked.
PlumbServe, LLCPlumbServe, LLC
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