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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 Rio Rancho plumbers
Thumbtack Customer
Quick and knowledgeable plumbing faucet in bathroom.
Sun-Up Entps: 2 GUYS & a dolly~2 GALS & duct tape!Sun-Up Entps: 2 GUYS & a dolly~2 GALS & duct tape!
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience with Total Plumbing. Very professional and considerate. Would definitely hire again.
Total PlumbingTotal Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Ruben Mendez repaired our leaky kitchen sink faucet & adjusted flush knob of toilet successfully. I was charged exactly what he quoted & arrived at the time he stated he would. I will definitely be hiring TOTAL Plumbing for all my future plumbing issues!!
Total PlumbingTotal Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
I initially chose Total Plumbing because out of all of the responses I received, they were the only company that listed a liscence # and that they are insured. (It's important for my piece of mind) It was an added bonus that the hourly rates were very reasonable. I live in an 80's built home in Rio Rancho that (up until yesterday) has/had all of it's original plumbing fixtures. The bathroom faucet handles were leaking 24/7, the hot water tap for my washing machine was dead to me because of a gnarly leak while it was on and I had an unstable toilet that was steadied by shims because the floor ring was trashed. Ruben was very honest and ethical with the costs involved (which were a lot lower than I had anticipated) He gave me a set cost for the time it would take and then provided receipts for any parts that were purchased to replace the rotted ones. My plumbing "to do" list is finally completed along with a new pressure valve and draining for my water heater! Total Plumbing is officially in my contacts list for any future plumbing needs. ^_^
Total PlumbingTotal Plumbing
Merritt C.
Performance went well above all expectations during our home re-piping project. This was a long distance project carried out while my wife and I were in Colorado, They kept us well informed, and offered cost effective solutions to problems found during the project. We are incredibly pleased with the project results, and will definitely use Performance plumbing again for any plumbing projects we may have in the future, Thanks guys
Performance PlumbingPerformance Plumbing
Justin T.
Buck is great. He replaced the main water shutoff in my house and fixed the inlet pipe to a toilet. He was also able to get a job in for my parents the same day, which they needed to get done ASAP. He'll definitely be the guy I call if I have any other plumbing issues.
CoolAC, Plumbing and HeatingCoolAC, Plumbing and Heating
Dan D.
I noticed the hot water heater leaking on Sunday. Put a request on Thumbtack. Ruben responded right away with a quote and a time. He showed up at 9:30 the next morning and he was done by 1 pm. His work was excellent. He had to add a valve and cut a hole in the wall that wasn't in the original quote but only charged for the price of valve. I have used 4 plumbers in the last few years and Total Plumbing is the one I will call back. The A O Smith water heater he install is not from a big box store, it is the ProLine commercial grade.
Total PlumbingTotal Plumbing
Paul L.
Today 3/2/2017 Ruben from Total Plumbing arrived @ my home at 9:30 A.M. He arrived a half hour earlier than the appointment scheduled. How great was that. Finally a man that keeps his word and shows up on time in this case a half hour earlier--fantastic. He and his assistant installed my two toilets and they did an excellent job. They were polite, clean and went about their duties in an exceptional manner. The price was FANTASTIC and worth every penny. I am so impressed that he will next install my two sinks for me. I have no doubt I will be calling him again and again to not only take care of my home but also my other properties. I recommend Ruben to anyone who wants prompt professional work at great prices.
Total PlumbingTotal Plumbing
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