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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 White Plains plumbers
Siran L.
R & R plumbing responses to my request really quick and they did a good job solving my plumbing problem.
Franco T.
Emigert quality of work and expert knowledge not only fixed current issue, but also recommended a fix to avoid any future plumbing issue- will work with Emigert on any future plumbing projects
MG Pipe Repair & Drain Cleaning Corp.MG Pipe Repair & Drain Cleaning Corp.
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional and great at what he does. Inwill definitely use EM plumbing for my next project
EM Plumbing & HeatingEM Plumbing & Heating
Kaushikkumar P.
Work quality is great. Josue responded quickly and was able to job complete within a day. I would recommend him for plumbing related tasks. Thanks,
josue plumbing and heatingjosue plumbing and heating
Carla E.
Mike was very responsive to my plumbing issue. He was able to fix the drain problem swiftly. Everything was placed back neatly. I would recommend.
Fenix Pipe Repair and Drain CleaningFenix Pipe Repair and Drain Cleaning
Kevin H.
Gio was outstanding. Showed up on time and was in and out when replacing my new hot water tank. He was very helpful with chatting in chatting with me about the right unit and walked me through the process. Absolute professional! Will without a doubt use for future plumbing needs!
M&A ServicesM&A Services
Doron K.
Gio was great. Super responsive and helpful, showed up when he said he would. When something went wrong a little later in the evening, he came right back to fix another piece that needed a little tweak. He was considerate, helpful, and a great communicator. Highly recommend Gio for your plumbing needs.
M&A ServicesM&A Services
Mr. K.
Kristian of Radi Plumbing & Heating is a great plumber. He does quality work at a fair price- most importantly he helps his clients on cost saving options. From a leak, to a dishwasher install to more complex jobs Kristian is highly recommended. I will continue to use his services going forward and have already scheduled him on another job. Thanks Kristian, great work.
Radi Plumbing&HeatingRadi Plumbing&Heating
George H.
Gio gave me one of the best plumbing experiences I've ever had. Our sink had a leak, our toilet didn't work, we had a faucet that hadn't turned on in over 20 years. In sum, we did not know what to do. I am so glad we got Gio. He showed up, and as soon as he fixed one problem, he'd spot another. As I stood there with baited breath, he calmly walked through how we could unclog a pipe, how our toilet was over 30 years old, but he thinks he knows where to find a part that would fix it (without having to replace it!), and how he can go buy us a new faucet (the one that hadn't turned on in 20 years). I let the master do his work. It was amazing to watch 20 years of grime and dirt were flying around as he in the span of 2 hours Gio updated (read: modernized) our plumbing. It was like we got a new bathroom! I am so happy. Gio's rates were very affordable, and he worked extremely hard. He was punctual, professional, understanding, intelligent, strong, and CALM AT ALL TIMES. I had this work done for my mother, so she could have an easier time with our house. We are so happy we worked with M&A Plumbing and we highly recommend them. Thank you Gio, and thank you Thumbtack!
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Tom A.
I would like to express my high satisfaction with the work that G & B plumbing did. My job, water supply valve & all internal tank parts replaced, was on the simply side, but upon deciding to hire them for this project, they arrived on schedule and completed it in a prompt & professional manner. I have been through 3 plumbers in the past 3 years, but I would definitely recommend Gio highly as well as use them in the future.
M&A ServicesM&A Services
Howah H.
I reached out to Anthony yesterday evening and he responded to me within minutes. We walked through the scope of the job by text (including the sharing of pictures of the job) and he provided me a fair estimate promptly. He arrived punctually this morning and did the agreed-upon work professionally, adapting to changes without any hesitation (we have an old house, adjustments are always necessary). I recommend Anthony highly and will be definitely be hiring him for our ongoing plumbing needs. A+
Anthony Plumbing & heatingAnthony Plumbing & heating
Michael y.
Angelo was great! He answered my message immediately and was at my house within minutes. Even through Covid-19 he wore a mask, kept up with social distancing, and he even wore protective uniform as an extra measure of safety. He reviewed my needs and gave me a reasonable quote for my water heater pipe leak. He was very professional, reasonable, and personable. I would recommend him and will definitely be calling him for future plumbing repairs.
Express Sewer, Drain Cleaning & Repairs IncExpress Sewer, Drain Cleaning & Repairs Inc
Jack m.
We give Gio a 5 Star rating because he deserves it! He communicated with us about what the needs were, and even texted us before coming over. Gio was timely and professional. He is very nice respectful and answered any question we had. I recommend Gio to anyone who wants a job done right and I will definitely hire Gio in any future plumbing work we need. I found his price was fair and job was done to our expectation. Thank you Gio . Maria and Jack
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Justin B.
Gio was very helpful and responded very quickly to my thumbtack job request. I had a 50 gallon water heater that was leaking and a noise that was coming from a dual check valve. I purchased a 75 gallon water heater and Gio picked it up from and installed the water heater and removed the old broken heater. He had to make some adjustment to the plumbing lines in the process. He also took out the old dual valve check and installed a pressure regulating valve. The psi in my house was really high and I didn’t not have a pressure regulator valve installed before. Gio is very informative and answers your questions. Will contact him for other work. I recommend Gio.
M&A ServicesM&A Services
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