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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

How can I find out if a plumber is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Generally, plumbers are often considered essential service providers. Essential service providers vary from state to state and city to city, however. For the most accurate information, check your official state or city government website to see whether a plumber is considered an essential service in your area.

Read CISA’s publication on identifying critical workers to find out more information on a national level. Some, but not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a plumber when social distancing?

Contact plumbers near you beforehand to see if they can complete the project without entering your home — for example, by entering the garage to fix a broken water heater. If the plumber needs to enter your house to do the job, you should proceed only if both parties feel comfortable with the project. Consider taking extra steps such as waving instead of shaking hands, staying 6 feet apart, using digital payments and sanitizing common areas.

Can I use digital payments to pay for plumbing services?

Some plumbers accept digital payments -- Zelle, PayPal, Venmo, etc. -- for their services. Before you hire a plumber, ask them if they accept your preferred online payment. Many also feature digital payment options on their profiles. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, digital payments are typically considered safer than cash and credit cards.

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.  

Do plumbers offer remote or virtual services?

If you see a profile that states the plumber is offering remote services, contact the plumber before hiring them to see what those services include. Although plumbing is a job that has to be done in-person, you can ask them if they offer virtual consultations or an online walk-through. 

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.

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. 

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 Albany plumbers
Amy K.
Gerard is quick, professional, and a nice guy. We recommended Algonquin plumbing
Algonquin PlumbingAlgonquin Plumbing
Nate W.
Fred is great, would highly recommend to anyone who needs help with plumbing or drain repairs/maintenance!
F K Plumbing ServicesF K Plumbing Services
Faisal C.
Robert performed an excellent job in a very difficult plumbing situation. He was punctual, courteous, respectful, and honest! We will definitely hire him again!
White Glove Building MaintenanceWhite Glove Building Maintenance
Thumbtack Customer
I had a hole in a drain pipe, causing water to be in the basement when I took a shower. Evan was kind, professional, and so pleasant. He replaced the pipe expertly for a very reasonable fee. I will call him again for any plumbing needs.
Van's PlumbingVan's Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
I had a big plumbing project that included removing an old, weepy cast iron drain pipe. Evan did a terrific job, going above and beyond my expectations! He is knowledgeable and highly skilled. He is also tidy, and he cleans up after the project. I recommend him without hesitation!
Van's PlumbingVan's Plumbing
Jenna M.
Could not recommend Mike more. I had a pipe leaking and water coming through my ceiling. He was able to find the correct pipe when others couldn’t and had the part needed by the next day. I’m on a tight budget and he was able to offer me an excellent price. I will absolutely be calling him again in the future for any plumbing emergencies.
Mike ThomasMike Thomas
Ian T.
After moving away from my hometown to go active duty Army, I no longer had my handy friends around to help me with the endless issues that arise as a homeowner. After going through a couple of terrible contractors, who did shoddy work for inflated prices, I stumbled upon Dave with Night Owl Mechanical. My ceiling had just collapsed in my living room, and I was in a panic. Dave showed up, with his outstanding crew, and they had the plumbing issue fixed, ceiling sheet-rocked and painted in less than 24 hours, and it looked beautiful. Dave fully restored my faith in humanity that day, saving my home and just being a true professional throughout the process. Since then, Dave has saved my ass countless times - showing up at 6am to fix a burst pipe; another time he came by at 10pm and fixed a hot water heater on the fritz. I can’t say enough about the quality of work, professionalism and attention to detail. As long as Dave is in business, he will be my go-to guy for any issues with my home - thanks Dave!
Night Owl MechanicalNight Owl Mechanical
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