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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 Baldwin plumbers
Dolores K.
They are my first choice for plumbing.
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Ashley N.
We’ve been having issues with our shower plumbing for a long time. Brian from First Due Plumbing came out within a few days to replace everything - our shower knobs, valves and pipes. Price was very reasonable and quality of work was great! He was very responsive and professional! We won’t go anywhere else for our plumbing needs. Highly recommend First Due Plumbing!!!
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Michael B.
I won't contact anyone else for plumbing issues. These guys are fast, honest, and reasonably priced. They'll get my business anytime I have a plumbing problem.
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Ben G.
Rob with First Due Plumbing was excellent! Excellent communication.
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Danyel C.
First Due Plumbing was great!! I will definitely be using them in the future.
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Sharon h.
These folks know exactly what they are doing. They were in and out in no time with a job well done! Great value, quick response, professional, and on time! Do yourself a favor. If you need plumbing expertise call First Due Plumbing!
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Heath L.
Asked for several items to be completed but was told they couldn’t complete all of the plumbing tasks.
Calfo Home ServicesCalfo Home Services
Ross D.
This is the second time I've hired First Due Plumbing. Replaced a toilet in our powder room that was leaking. Job was scheduled and completed a day after I posted to Thumbtack. Very satisfied with them and will continue to use for all my plumbing projects.
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Molly E.
Brian was friendly and knowledgeable. We definitely recommend First Due Plumbing and will hire them again!
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
David C.
Very responsive and easy to work with, and did the job well. Will hire again for any future plumbing issues.
Thomas Lily Plumbing Heating and Cooling LLCThomas Lily Plumbing Heating and Cooling LLC
Joseph M.
I recommend anyone needing plumbing services to check out First Due plumbing. The team gave an initial free and accurate estimate, and I was able to get the job scheduled quickly. First due installed a hose bib to the exterior of my house. The team was quick and professional, and the job was done right. Thanks!
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
I actually had plumbing issues the day after I scheduled with him, so I canceled the job. I had the plumber install the vanity, however, Jason was very responsive, and knew what he was talking about on the phone. I will request him for other projects, but had to hire somebody else due to plumbing emergency.
Four-Square BuildersFour-Square Builders
Pete S.
First due plumbing did a fantastic job fixing our leaking pipes and we would absolutely suggest them to anyone.
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Emeka C.
Posted the plumbing work today, and the contractor was onsite the next day. Excellent workmanship and quality of work. Will certainly hire them again.
Boyle Home SolutionsBoyle Home Solutions
Linda S.
He came the same day and solved the problem quickly and efficiently. We're very pleased and will use First Due Plumbing again as necessary!
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Khalil B.
Came in for an emergency repair, found out plumbing wasn't up to code. He first visited Saturday afternoon and had it all fixed by Monday evening. Amazing.
Jarrett Smith Plumbing and ConstructionJarrett Smith Plumbing and Construction
Heather S.
Rob was friendly and easy to work with. He was easy to schedule with and very communicative prior to the appointment. I’m already planning to bring him back for another small plumbing project.
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Terry M.
I used First Due twice to do sink plumbing for my bathrooms and kitchen. The team was responsive, prompt, friendly and did great work. Definitely recommend them!
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Andrew A.
I had a plumbing issue at a rental property I own and I reached out to First Due Plumbing for assistance as the shower drain was backing up. I received a message from them in about 15 minutes and someone was at the house 30 minutes later. From the moment I put in the request on thumbtack to the time the job was done and paid it was under 2 hours. I would highly recommend them based on my experience!
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Yoshiya T.
Rob came out to look at the job that needed to be done. He gave an estimate and the next day he sent a crew to do the work. I will highly recommend First Due Plumbing.
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Shawn M.
I’m absolutely impressed with the work Brian did on my kitchen plumbing. First due Plumbing responded the same day to my work request and scheduled my repair the next day. They even send you an update within the window of your appointment with when exactly they will arrive!! The cost for repair were reasonable and fair. I only post a review when I feel like a company went out of their way and exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend!
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Sandy Z.
First due plumbing did a great job with the leak under my sink. Their plumber was dispatched quickly and had good input on another issue I inquired about. Overall, highly recommend.
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Maryann p.
Worked with Rob and he did a great job. Came when he said he would and the cost was very reasonable. Even less than originally quoted. Will hire them for future plumbing needs
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Ross D.
We had discovered water on our basement floor near the main stack that serves our upstairs bathroom and kitchen. I though it was from the bathroom. Rob contacted me within minutes of posting the project. Brian showed up at the house within 2 hours. Brian examined the problem areas and deemed that a kitchen bulkhead would have to be opened up. Gave me a reasonable estimate and I gave him the OK. Brian, Rob and 1 other worker showed up the next morning and found the problem. Had to open up a wall behind our stove as well. Problem was some plumbing that was left behind after a kitchen remodel. Removed that plumbing and replaced a section of the stack. The crew was easy to work with, seemed knowledgeable and experienced with this kind of problem. Will definitely go to them first for my next plumbing project.
First Due PlumbingFirst Due Plumbing
Shana a.
We'd had ongoing plumbing problems for years at our rental property. At least a dozen other plumbers have done work there and it was never fixed. Bridge city came in and diagnosed the real problem and had it resolved quickly. Would recommend!
Bridge City SewersBridge City Sewers
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