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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.

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 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?

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 much does it cost to install a hot water heater?

You’ll know when it’s time to install a new water heater. Water heater installation costs average between $360 and $780 nationally, with rates increasing depending on the project. The total project cost will be higher when you include the cost of the heater itself. Select your new water heater based on the number of occupants in your home and the number of gallons of capacity you’ll need. Installation costs can vary based on the type of water heater you are removing and the type you are installing, any necessary repairs, regional cost of labor, and whether disposal of the old heater is included. Natural gas water heaters retail on average between $650 and $900 for standard models. Electric water heaters range between $300 and $700 for standard models. Tankless electric water heaters retail on average between $250 and $700 for standard models. Tankless gas water heaters retail on average between $200 and $1,300.

A company may charge approximately $1,000 to replace a 50-gallon tank-style electric water heater (not including any upgrades required by building codes). Replacing a gas-powered water heater might cost $1,100 (not including code upgrades). Some companies roll the disposal of an old heater into the overall cost of the new water heater installation. Other professionals charge an additional removal fee that can range from $35 to $150.

Reviews for Cincinnati plumbers
Jennifer Z.
Seth was very knowledgeable about the issues with my old plumbing and knew exactly what to do to get it fixed a timely and professional manner. I had already had someone from a big name company tell me that my plumbing was to old to be replaced. It all needed to be new. Not only was Seth knowledgeable about the plumbing but he knew exactly what needed to be done to get my bathroom operational again and saved me thousands of dollars. I will definitely call him for any future plumbing needs.
McGuire PlumbingMcGuire Plumbing
Ellen S.
McGuire plumbing was the 4th plumber I have had to fix a shower drip. They were prompt with an appointment and on time. Seth explained the Problem to me in a way I understood. I will definitely call them again when I need plumbing work done.
McGuire PlumbingMcGuire Plumbing
Camerron C.
R&T plumbing do great work I would 100% use them again.
R&T PlumbingR&T Plumbing
Shawna R.
Super responsive and knowledgeable. Highly recommend and I will use this company again for my plumbing needs
McGuire PlumbingMcGuire Plumbing
Thomas D.
The job was quickly and expertly completed. If I need a plumber again, I will certainly contact McGuire Plumbing.
McGuire PlumbingMcGuire Plumbing
Tanner G.
Quick communication, reasonable rates, and arrived on time. Overall, job well done and would use McGuire Plumbing again.
McGuire PlumbingMcGuire Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Fixed two leaking faucets in my bathroom at a great price. Would definitely call him for future plumbing needs.
J.J Christian ConstructionJ.J Christian Construction
Kyle M.
Seth was great from the start. After having multiple scheduling issues with a larger plumbing company, I gave up on them. Called Seth and he gave me a price from a photo and stuck to it at almost half the price. I would and will call McGuire again if and when I need anything done with our plumbing.
McGuire PlumbingMcGuire Plumbing
Barbara W.
Cody was very knowledgable and quick to help us install a new toilet. I will definitely reach out again for any future plumbing needs
Felicia W.
It was a relief to get an appointment within the same week…several other companies that I contacted were booked out 1-2 weeks. Sam was great start to finish! He arrived on time, assessed the issue and fixed it during the trip. The work was on point and Sam did a nice job explaining everything. I would use Blue Chip Plumbing for future plumbing needs.
Blue Chip PlumbingBlue Chip Plumbing
Megan M.
Cody is great! He provided great advice and was able to install a new utility sink quickly for me! I will go to him for all my plumbing needs!
David C.
He was very flexible and worked with us to find the right solution for the project. Very professional and workmanship was of a very high quality. Will definitely call him again for other plumbing projects.
McGuire PlumbingMcGuire Plumbing
Kevin M.
I had them come out to quote a job for bathroom remodel and plumbing work. Very competitive pricing. Waiting to close on house to contract for work and will review again after.
R&T PlumbingR&T Plumbing
Mike D.
Joe did an excellent job with my bathroom,he was on time and quick at what he does...Im going to refer him to all my friends that need plumbing done...Thanks Joe
Licensed Master PlumberLicensed Master Plumber
Brian K.
Had a great experience with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, prompt response and a great replacement water softener installed. Also fixed some older piping leading to it, and swapped out water filters at the same time.
Benjamin Franklin PlumbingBenjamin Franklin Plumbing
Colleen B.
I had a big box company reschedule at the last minute. I entered the work needed to be done in the app and McGuire Plumbing responded in an extremely timely manner. I read through the 5 star reviews and was impressed before even having the work completed. Seth was so kind and professional. He cleared my bathroom sink drain, took out my very old vanity/sink/faucet and installed the new ones. I highly recommend him and will be calling him for any other plumbing needs!
McGuire PlumbingMcGuire Plumbing
Gino L.
Seth was friendly and knew his stuff. He replaced worn sections of plumbing that were tough to get to and had been leaking since before I bought the house. I’d highly recommend his services.
McGuire PlumbingMcGuire Plumbing
JoshCat S.
Incredible work. Cody just became my go-to guy for any plumbing / excavation issues. He was very professional. He was upfront with me about costs to avoid any surprises. It was a very pleasant, refreshing experience.
John C.
Justin communicated well and helped me creatively solve a weird plumbing problem. He went to Lowe’s and got the parts we needed. I was pleased he was able to fix the issue. He did a great job!
Justin Jordan The HandymanJustin Jordan The Handyman
Rogers K.
Ben is professional, trusted, and dependable. He saved the day for me. I called him although he was busy, he was able to send his partner right away and they were able to clear the drain open in 5 minutes; a job that someone else had tried to do and they couldn't get it done for hrs. I would recommend them 100% anytime to any of my friends, family, and anyone who needs plumbing work. For all your plumbing work, go to Ben the Plumber, keep him on speed dial. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
Ben the plumberBen the plumber
Channelle J.
Ryan and his team was nothing short than amazing. He was on time, professional and explained what he was doing every step of the way. I would 100% use him for any plumbing service I have as well as recommend him to others
R&T PlumbingR&T Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Jerry to do all of the plumbing for my new kitchen (install dishwasher, sink and fridge) as well as my new vessel sink in my bathroom. His bid was quite a bit higher than other plumbers, however his work was top notch. He went over everything before hand and I didn't need to stay there with him to make sure it was all done right. He even reworked some old plumbing to bring it up to code. It took the entire day, and cost a bit more but in the end the work was good and I know I won't have any issues going forward.
J.J Christian ConstructionJ.J Christian Construction
Megen S.
Contacted Cody to replace our bathroom faucet and he got us on the schedule right away. Cody came out and installed the faucet quickly. Cody is friendly and very professional. I will be recommending him to anyone I know and will definitely contact him for any of our plumbing needs.
Brenton B.
Cody was quick to respond and resolve the issue I was having with my sink on the same day!! He supplied a new garbage disposal for a very reasonable price and installed it all within an hour. I will always look to Cody any time I need some plumbing work done.
Will B.
I contacted this group for a clogged kitchen sink. They responded to me, scheduled me, and fixed my problem in less than 48 hours. Plumber was professional and told me how to prevent my issue from happening again. Great advice but if i fail I will be calling Maximum Plumbing again
Maximum PlumbingMaximum Plumbing
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