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Q & A

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 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 Schenectady plumbers
Nancy H.
I would certainly call him for future plumbing needs .
Year3Year3
Thumbtack Customer
I've hired Van's plumbing 3 times now. I'm very happy with the work. Trustworthy and reliable.
Van's PlumbingVan's Plumbing
Teddy W.
Gerard was phenomenal! He took care of us throughout and fixed every issue we had while also answering all of our questions as new homeowners. Prices were extremely reasonable with excellent work quality. We’ve already recommended Gerard to close friends with plumbing issues. You will not regret working with Algonquin Plumbing!
Algonquin PlumbingAlgonquin Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Vans plumbing was a great experience. Evan was very honest and his work is excellent. I would recommend anyone to these guys so bring ur business to them.
Van's PlumbingVan's Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
We needed a plumbing repair late Sunday afternoon at my parents home (60 year old house with original copper plumbing). They had found water on the floor of their finished basement. It was not gushing, but a steady drip. We shut off the water to the house. Matt responded quickly through Thumbtack, and was at the house within a couple hours. It was a cracked fitting, which he repaired. Price was reasonable, he was professional and we will use him again. He also called the next day for follow-up.
M.D.S Home Repair & More N.Y.C.M.D.S Home Repair & More N.Y.C.
Thumbtack Customer
All the employees were wonderful! They explained in detail what was going to be done and how! They answered all my questions. They did a great job efficiently! Would definitely hire them again for all my plumbing issues!!
Living Service LLCLiving Service LLC
Steven C.
I contacted this guy to do some plumbing work. Didn’t show up, then called said he got held up on a job. Second time he indicated he had a family emergency which is the reason he didn’t show. Then the third time just straight up no call no show. I would not hire this guy!
Bilal TurnerBilal Turner
Randy S.
Bilal does excellent work. Goes the extra mile to make sure things are done right. He did a complicated plumbing repair on a toilet that had leaked and destroyed the subfloor to which it was attached. Uncovering problem after problem, he stuck with it and found solutions until everything was fixed. On top of that, he is a pleasure to deal with and his prices are very reasonable . I recommend him highly.
Bilal TurnerBilal Turner
James K.
I had a plumbing emergency. Alberto answered my call immediately, and was at my house within an hour. He was able to stop a bad leak and save my kitchen. I am having him back to replace some bad pipes as soon as I can arrange to have the town shut off my water. He was great; professional, friendly, as most of all efficient. I recommend him highly!!!!
Living Service LLCLiving Service LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great work on our plumbing project. Evan replaced the seal on our tooled and the sewage pipes in our basement. He worked alone and was fast but accurate. He used really good judgement when he re-routed the pipes in a more sensible path. I thought he did really nice work for a really decent price. He found a connecting pipe that is also corroded but would require more intensive labor, and gave us a quote. If we do decide to get that work done, we will definitely go with him.
Van's PlumbingVan's Plumbing
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