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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 Las Vegas plumbers
Jayson O.
805 plumbing was perfect. Very understanding and really helpful. If you have a plumbing issue, hire these guys. Will hire again for any future issues.
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David N.
Great working with David and Xavier. I requested various plumbing projects that needed special attention and they were ale to deliver. A great team to have for your plumbing needs.
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Anne P.
LV Plumbing is wonderful. Max quickly fixed a stressful situation when two plumbing companies not on thumbtack were overcharging and unavailable. I’m glad I found him!
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Kimberley q.
I would highly recommend 805 Plumbing. Danny was very professional. He kept me informed as he was working and solving the plumbing job at hand. If I have any other issues I will be calling 805 Plumbing. The price was very reasonable. My beagles thought Danny was here for them.🐾
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Taylour F.
805 Plumbing fixed all the issues I had.
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Cynthia Y.
From the beginning of my plumbing request, Anthony was knowledgeable of what my plumbing problem was, made his plan of action clear and gave me a reasonable quote. I added an additional service and Anthony accepted with no hesitation. He was on time and completed both toilet jobs perfectly. I am happy with his work and will recommend his plumbing services as well as use him for any future plumbing issues that may arise. Thank you so much Anthony.
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Deborah F.
Max responded immediately to my plumbing issues and arrived right on time. He was very professional and pricing was very reasonable. I’ll be using him for all my plumbing needs in the future and HIGHLY RECOMMEND him!!!
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Richard C.
Great experience working with 805 Plumbing. Received a response to quote request within minutes! Danny was very professional and completed the washing machine valve replacement within an hour! Would use again for plumbing repairs.
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Tyrone m.
Great job and price by Dan of 805 plumbing will always call in the future
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Kelli W.
Kingdom Plumbing was great. My appointment was between 2 and 4, Jason text at 1 and said he was on his way. Very professional, mask, gloves and booties. Will definitely be coming back if we have any plumbing needs again!!!
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Gary L.
I believe that you have to pay to get the best. That would be Kingdom Plumbing.
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Ofek H.
Excellent service. Professional and timely. Would hire again for any of my plumbing needs.
Call Of Dooty LLCCall Of Dooty LLC
Drain Busters took care of job promptly, professionally and politely. Will use for future plumbing services.
Julius C.
Was great service great knowledge of hard ware and handling our plumbing issue highly recommend
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Arial D.
So happy we chose to work with Pacheco Plumbing. They were quick to contact us, had appointment available right away, knew what the problem was immediately, completed the job quickly, were more affordable than everyone else we contacted and helped with a plan for other projects that we had to do!!! Way exceeded expectations!!! Thank you Pacheco Plumbing for the help! We will be referring everyone we know that needs plumbing help your way!
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Bill S.
Jasson was prompt and knew his plumbing. I will call him when i need help again.
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Zach A.
Super friendly and fast. Would hire Max again in an instant. Look no further for your plumbing issues.
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Mary A.
Worked hard to fix my leaks. Went the extra mile. Great choice for your plumbing needs.
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Joe O.
David was quick to respond to my request to work on my plumbing. He came early, pulled out his tools and was quickly hard at work. I am very satisfied with his work replacing my kitchen faucet and I would recommend him to anyone who needs plumbing work done.
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Gina M.
I'm so glad I found Anthony on Thumbtack. His keen ability to spot the root of complex plumbing issues mixed with knowledge, skills, responsiveness, honesty and professionalism are just a few of the reasons I'll use his services again when needed. I highly recommend Anthony for any plumbing needs.
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Gabriel w.
Amazing service and affordable pricing. It took about 20 mins to respond to the repair I needed. David is definitely the subject matter expert in plumbing. He also educates you while he is working. I'm glad I went with them because they are now my go to with any plumbing issues. Thank you again!
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Moe H.
I am so thankful to have met Anthony and really appreciate the work he completed at my home. He is genuinely a great spirited person full of love and life! So to make this business happen with my plumbing issue he made it comfortable and worry free! He will be locked in for any further plumbing issues I have TRUST THAT!
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Rocky J.
Dan is the man! Not only did he connect my new Pex pipe to the copper house plumbing and the water meter, he also installed two valves; the main shutoff and another for my irrigation. The work quality was top notch, he was punctual and his rate was reasonable. If I have any plumbing issues in the future, he will get the job.
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Danielle O.
First time contacting Flo-Pro and received a fast response and great service. I will keep them in mind for any future plumbing projects.
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Gary R.
He was quick to response on our plumbing request and completed the work on time. I highly recommend him and will hire him again if he's available.
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