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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 Albuquerque plumbers
Thumbtack Customer
I would describe Jesse of Specialized Plumbing as honest, efficient, pleasant, and committed to doing good work. I was very impressed with his initial bid for installing a hot water heater in my home. Unlike the "big plumbing company" I had contacted, he gave me detailed information and answered all of my questions. And unlike that company, he did not try to sell me services/products I did not need, and he remained true to his price quote. His workmanship was excellent, and he cleaned up the area in my garage after he was finished. He also "went the extra mile" to help me with another small plumbing repair.
Specialized Plumbing & HeatingSpecialized Plumbing & Heating
Peter D.
What can I say, Tanner’s service matched all the reviews I read. And he finished under the time he estimated. I’m going back to them for further plumbing for sure
Parker's PHC LLCParker's PHC LLC
Jade W.
This was my first experience using Thumb Tack. We had a plumbing leak that needed a professional. We requested help on line from 3 possible plumbers. Tanner Parker responded within the hour. He was at our house within 2 hours. He was efficient and able to solve our problem. We would use him again.
Parker's PHC LLCParker's PHC LLC
Craig R.
I contacted Parker’s on Friday for a leaking water heater. He responded within the hour and said he could replace it on Monday. I messaged him about getting a higher rated model and was told no problem. They showed up promptly Monday morning to work and were done within a few hours even with some unexpected issues. I highly recommend Parker’s for any plumbing issues and will keep him for future calls if needed!
Parker's PHC LLCParker's PHC LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I needed a minor plumbing job done (fix a leaking hose bib). I called Arthur and he was able to come out within a couple of days, much faster than any of the big companies I talked to. He assessed the problem, bought the correct replacement parts, and fixed the leak, all in less than an hour. I now plan to have him work on a few electrical tasks at my house. Very easy to work with, good value, I highly recommend him!
Thumbtack Customer
Did Specialized Plumbing & Heating do a good job? All I can say, is WOW! My plumbing problem was much worse than I thought but only because I had another plumber at my house who made a complete mess! Jessie Romero fixed all that and more! Jessie responded quickly to my posting here on Thumbtack by calling and scheduling a Bid time within an hour of my posting! Needless to say, his bid was the best one out of the many I entertained. He is honest, dependable, and VERY clean. He performed all of the work in less than a week and stayed a full day each day, stopping just long enough to "swallow" lunch sometimes. He arrived when he said he would and often stayed late but the best part, HE CLEANED UP AFTER HIMSELF AND HIS CREW! He used his own vacuum and equipment in the areas where he worked EVERYDAY that he was on site before leaving for the day! His price was reasonable and he was very respectful. He gave me a new faucet in the guest bathroom and poured a patch of concrete on my back porch that the other "Plumber" broke up! From now on, Jessie is OUR plumber!
Specialized Plumbing & HeatingSpecialized Plumbing & Heating
Thumbtack Customer
Jesse thank you for being an honest and fair plumber/person. We had two issues in the house plumbing wise. He told us how to fix the one that we did ourselves and saved us money from him having to do it. He fixed the other issue with great expertise. Everything is working perfectly now. We liked everything from the get go. He was here when he said he'd be here, went a more thorough way to fix the problem than what the others who came had presented. We told him before he left he would be our plumber from now on. Thanks so much Jesse. Thanks Thumbtack for helping us find Jesse. Sincerely, Mary and Sam
Specialized Plumbing & HeatingSpecialized Plumbing & Heating
Michelle H.
Punctual. Professional. Listened to me as I explained the problem I was having with the temperature control with my shower and/or waterless tank. I had originally contacted him to perform maintenance service on my home's waterless heating tank. When I mentioned the problem with the temperature control, he took it upon himself to figure out if the tank was the problem (as I had assumed) or something else. It turned out to be something else far far less expensive to fix. (He could've just serviced the tank as I had hired him to do.) And I was grateful for his commitment to discovering the actual problem and for his thorough explanation of what needed to be done. He is now my "go to" guy for my plumbing and HVAC needs. Fair. Honest. Knowledgeable. And important to me, I was comfortable having him in my home. Highly recommended.
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