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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 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.

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?

Reviews for Durham plumbers
Derrick W.
This is the second time I’ve used Specialized Plumbing. This will be my only plumbing professional. He is amazing and trustworthy. I would definitely recommend to you if you are weighing different options.
Specialized PlumbingSpecialized Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Mr.Butler was very professional & knowledgeable of my plumbing issue. He gave me a quick written quote of my future plumbing needs. I was very impressed & will definitely call him again.
LAB PlumbingLAB Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Rynos plumbing did an excellent job. Was very timely. Ryne was a great person to work with.
Ryno's Plumbing and Backflow IncRyno's Plumbing and Backflow Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. McDowell was punctual and very pleasant. I'm very pleased with the plumbing work he done and will certainly be referring him to many others. His price was very reasonable considering all the work he did. I highly recommend him to anyone for their plumbing needs. Thanks again Mr. McDowell!!!
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
Jennifer C.
Everett helped us with a tricky plumbing issue that stumped another professional, was pleasant to work with, and charged us fairly.
Specialized PlumbingSpecialized Plumbing
Cierra P.
Miranda Plumbing was great. They were prompt to provide service and were extremely thorough and knowledgeable. I highly recommend
Sidonio Miranda FuentesSidonio Miranda Fuentes
Lisa M.
Fixed my toilet at a reasonable price. I will definitely use their service again for any of my plumbing needs.
Specialized PlumbingSpecialized Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Todd was prompt, courteous and very helpful with a couple plumbing projects at our house. We'll be using him again!
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
Rachel B.
I can not say enough good things about Specialized Plumbing!! We had a fairly urgent plumbing issue, and they responded promptly to my online request. When they heard what was going on, they went the extra mile and came out on a weekend to address the issue. They were professional, prompt, and very knowledgeable. They fixed the issue, and gave us some helpful tips to help prevent clogs in our old pipes in the future. A five star experience for sure. I will definitely be calling them for all future plumbing needs, and would recommend them to anyone who needs a plumber!
Specialized PlumbingSpecialized Plumbing
Lee M.
What a great experience. He was down to earth, upfront and very reasonably priced. Will definitely be calling him for any plumbing needs in future.
Specialized PlumbingSpecialized Plumbing
Angela C.
No one enjoys having plumbing issues, let alone having to pay for the repairs. I will say, though, that this experience was both pleasant and enlightening. Travis was wonderful. In the process of assessing the reported plumbing issue, he discovered yet another issue I was unaware of regarding the hot water heater. He took it upon himself to ensure that it was rectified and safe going forward.
Triad Drain Cleaning LLCTriad Drain Cleaning LLC
Joseph P.
Travis identified issue and fixed water tekp in less than 30 minutes. We will only call Travis moving forward to fix our plumbing.
Triad Drain Cleaning LLCTriad Drain Cleaning LLC
Lucas G.
Travis and Eddie were great! They were very professional and informative! I would definitely use them again and I recommend them to anyone that is having plumbing issues.
Triad Drain Cleaning LLCTriad Drain Cleaning LLC
Amanda G.
Quick to respond to my request. Didn’t have to wait long for an appointment. Quick to finish the job. I’ll be hiring Rest Assured again for future plumbing needs. Great job!
Rest Assured Plumbing LLCRest Assured Plumbing LLC
Christina M.
Arrived quickly for urgent repair need. Went above and beyond and fixed issue in under an hour. Very reasonable price and friendly! Would absolutely recommend the anyone needing plumbing repair.
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
Jason H.
Todd was great! He fixed my plumbing problem real quick. He showed up on time. The parts he used were a good value. I highly recommend him.
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
Sheri S.
Post the installation of bathroom vanity granite countertops, Todd installed the new faucets, reconnected and tested the plumbing. All work was done efficiently and effectively even though the granite installers had removed some of the parts that Todd needed to complete his work. Todd was able to provide these parts at no additional cost. I really appreciate his professionalism and flexibility and getting the job done in a very timely fashion. I will certainly engage him for any and all future Plumbing work.
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
Tavia J.
Will & his wife came after hours to service a pesky spigot leak that needed repair. A+ service, A+ quality and super affordable. They will be my first call for any future plumbing needs. Thanks guys!
Wilson’s Home ImprovementsWilson’s Home Improvements
Alex B.
Todd did an awesome job. He was way cheaper than the quotes we got from a plumbing company to replace our water heater. He was super helpful and got the job done.
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
Barb R.
Had a wonderful experience working with Everett from Specialized Plumbing. He was responsive and punctual. Did not pressure me into spending more when it came to replacing my hot water heater. Highly recommend.
Specialized PlumbingSpecialized Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
A great experience working with Michael. Three rather small repairs to the plumbing inside the house. Michael was very timely (even on a Sunday morning!). Quick worker, kept me informed, overall an excellent job.
Michael Childress PlumbingMichael Childress Plumbing
Morgen B.
Great experience working with Todd! He did a great job on the project (faucet install) and educated me a lot on the plumbing in my old home. I will be hiring him for another job in a few weeks.
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
Kerney Y.
Mowses was very responsive. He came by my house to look at my plumbing on the same day of my request. He explained to me what the problem is and discussed possible solutions. He charged a reasonable amount.
Mowses Home Services LLCMowses Home Services LLC
Tammy L.
Todd worked quickly, showed up on time, and beat the other estimates I received by a mile. I highly recommend him and will be using him for all of my future plumbing needs. Thank you Todd!!
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
Nakita C.
Amazing job fixing my kitchen sink and dishwasher. Super friendly and knowledgeable. They fixed someone else’s bad work and I will now keep them on speed dial for any other plumbing concerns. Thank you!
Royal Flush Plumbing LlcRoyal Flush Plumbing Llc
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