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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 Milwaukie plumbers
Hari P.
David is a great plumber, professional and knowledgeable in all areas of plumbing. I definitely recommend him if you want excellent plumbing and an honest plumber!!!
David the PlumberDavid the Plumber
Tim B.
Justin did stellar work for a quick plumbing project!
Justin EnterprisesJustin Enterprises
Lili B.
I recommend Mark for any plumbing projects and he is definitely my go to person for any future plumbing projects for sure. He was very quick to respond to my urgent plumbing issue. He seemed very kind and sincere, and knew what he was doing. I am happy to support these independent contractors that are proud of their work and not all about making profits.
Rapid drain and plumbingRapid drain and plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Matt updated our plumbing by removing old galvanized pipes and installing new PEX lines, installed a new drain and lines for a utility room re-model, and rough plumbed a half-bath for us. It was a pleasure working with Matt. Outstanding workmanship, great work ethic, and a very personable individual. Matt will most certainly be our go to for future plumbing work.
Grizzly PlumbingGrizzly Plumbing
Eric H.
3point Handyman Services did a great job installing plumbing and water supply for a new utility sink in the garage next to the wash machine. Very good communication throughout the project. I’d hire again for plumbing needs.
3point Handyman Services3point Handyman Services
Michael M.
Kurtis was punctual and very professional. Highly recommended for your plumbing needs.
Franklin Install & RepairFranklin Install & Repair
Pam L.
David was great and I will call him again for any plumbing needs!
David the PlumberDavid the Plumber
Cynthia P.
So happy that I went with Anderson Plumbing for my new bathroom! The price was good, and the work was done carefully and exactly as planned. I will be hiring Jarrod again to replace the plumbing in my basement next month. Highly recommended!
Anderson Plumbing ServiceAnderson Plumbing Service
Brenna M.
Very helpful and knowledgeable about plumbing issues; would absolutely use again.
3point Handyman Services3point Handyman Services
Ian T.
Mark responded rapidly and was available immediately to help us resolve a plumbing issue and install our new dishwasher. He was knowledgeable and cheerful, and executed the work quickly. I’d definitely look him up for our next plumbing project.
Rapid drain and plumbingRapid drain and plumbing
Michael M.
David was quick and efficient with my plumbing needs. Would definitely hire again.
David the PlumberDavid the Plumber
Dan M.
Team came out and did a great job on short notice. Also offered great tips and advice for my new homes plumbing. Really appreciate the customer service and quality of work. I will be using them to finish my kitchen plumbing.
Advanced Plumbing LLCAdvanced Plumbing LLC
Michael W.
Very prompt and efficient. I will definitely be calling them for my next plumbing issue.
ActFast Drain & Jetting Solutions LLCActFast Drain & Jetting Solutions LLC
Joslyn B.
Joe was great to work with. He is very responsive and helpful and our plumbing problem was fixed quickly.
Goliath PlumbingGoliath Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Corey was on time and informative about a quick plumbing repair. He was in and out and solve our problem.
Corey's Handyman ServiceCorey's Handyman Service
Michelle W.
Raphael came promptly to fix an urgent plumbing issue. Very professional and communicative. Glad he was available
PDX Top finishesPDX Top finishes
Kathleen A.
Worker B Plumbing was fantastic to work with! Alan was proactive with communication, very prompt, and thorough with investigating my issue. He and Shanna left the room cleaner than it was before and even identified a non-plumbing issue for me. I will definitely call them again when the next project arises!
Worker B PlumbingWorker B Plumbing
Tera H.
Joel came out the next day to resolve a plumbing issue. He was very communicative even on a holiday weekend!
Handy VanHuff (Joel)Handy VanHuff (Joel)
Ricky M.
PB Plumbing installed my new water heater, they did a great job, would recommend & will be calling again!
PB Plumbing LLCPB Plumbing LLC
Claire T.
Jarrod was friendly, communicative, reliable, honest, and fair. I would happily hire him again for any plumbing needs.
Anderson Plumbing ServiceAnderson Plumbing Service
Mel K.
Great Northwest Installations was professional and got the job done! I will definitely hire them again for future plumbing needs.
Great Northwest InstallationsGreat Northwest Installations
Karen W.
Jarrod responded quickly, was professional and answered all my questions. I will be hiring him again for another plumbing project.
Anderson Plumbing ServiceAnderson Plumbing Service
Michelle F.
Always quality work with excellent customer service. Will definitely be our go to for all our plumbing needs. Thank you!
1-800-Plumber +Air Pacific Northwest1-800-Plumber +Air Pacific Northwest
Nick R.
David was quick to respond, punctual, and addressed things quickly. I would happily call him again for our plumbing needs.
David the PlumberDavid the Plumber
Hilda M.
Knowledgeable, professional, helpful, explained situation/problems well. I will call him again if we need assistance with plumbing in the future
Goliath PlumbingGoliath Plumbing
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