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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 Center City plumbers
Ileana J.
Auto Plumbing was available that day for my plumbing emergency.
Best PlumbingBest Plumbing
Sahana R.
They did a great job on our plumbing and would recommend them to anyone who needs plumbing work done.
Hart’💙 Plumbing&HeatingHart’💙 Plumbing&Heating
Patrick A.
Real plumbing professionals. 5 out of 5 stars, they came in replaced a leaking valve at a fair price and answered all my other plumbing questions I had around the house. I will be using them as my main plumbing contact
Zip to Zip Plumbing LLCZip to Zip Plumbing LLC
Syd R.
I will have all of my plumbing work done by fairfax plumbing! My wife and I were very pleased with the work. Highly recommended!
Fairfax PlumbingFairfax Plumbing
Jaime C.
would 10/10 recommend New Age Plumbing!
New age plumbing and drain cleaningNew age plumbing and drain cleaning
Angela B.
Kevin from Egan’s Plumbing did a very good job installing my new toilet. He was very professional and he got the job done quickly and efficiently. Customer service was exceptional. Any questions that I had were answered quickly. I would highly recommend Eagan’s Plumbing for all plumbing needs.
Egan's Plumbing Repair, Inc.Egan's Plumbing Repair, Inc.
Season C.
Great experience! At Plumbing star, they were prompt and easy to book
Srini R.
Extremely glad to have hired Egan Plumbing. They were in site at the apoo
Egan's Plumbing Repair, Inc.Egan's Plumbing Repair, Inc.
Edward S.
Kevin Egan is now the go to guy for all my plumbing needs.
Egan's Plumbing Repair, Inc.Egan's Plumbing Repair, Inc.
Kayla R.
Highly recommend! I sent a message on Wednesday, and Mohamed came the next day and fixed two plumbing issues I had. Mohamed was professional and on time. I will hire him again if I have any plumbing issues in the future.
Linda B.
I am so pleased with my experience with Fairfax Plumbing. I was able to get my issue resolved within 3 days after contacting them. He explained the issues and how it would be resolved. This will be my “ go to” plumbing company.
Fairfax PlumbingFairfax Plumbing
Ed h.
Kevin is a professional through and through, he was upfront, punctual and very knowledgeable about his craft. My plumbing needs were met quickly. The quality of his work is second to none. I would highly recommend Egan’s Plumbing to family and friends.
Egan's Plumbing Repair, Inc.Egan's Plumbing Repair, Inc.
Christopher M.
Kevin is an excellent plumber and I will be using him for all my future plumbing needs!
Egan's Plumbing Repair, Inc.Egan's Plumbing Repair, Inc.
Karen C.
very accommodating and worked with me to come up with a solution for our plumbing issue quickly.
Solution Based Plumbing and Heating, Inc.Solution Based Plumbing and Heating, Inc.
Eugene J.
I highly recommend Mohamed for your diverse plumbing needs. Kind regards. Dr. Jacquescoley
Tessa J.
Great, friendly and fast service! Will definitely be our new go to for all our plumbing needs.
Egan's Plumbing Repair, Inc.Egan's Plumbing Repair, Inc.
Laura H.
We've hired Mohamed twice now and will continue to hire him for any future plumbing jobs. He responded in minutes to an emergency plumbing issue and arrived the next morning and fixed the problem within 30 minutes. He is friendly and works quickly. Don't hesitate to hire him!
Carolynne K.
Our experience with New Age plumbing was fantastic! Sam reached out immediately upon my inquiry, provided a reasonable quote and was fixing our issue the next day. He did a wonderful job installing our bidet and fixing our botched plumbing work... (always go with the professional first...). He was quick, courteous and wore a mask the entire time which we appreciated. We will definitely reach out again for any plumbing issues in the future. Thank you!
New age plumbing and drain cleaningNew age plumbing and drain cleaning
Kathleen C.
They responded quickly and was efficient. I have stored their number. I will be using them for my plumbing needs.
New age plumbing and drain cleaningNew age plumbing and drain cleaning
Nicole G.
Excellent service provided Plumbing & Heating. Affordable, prompt and excellent customer service. Would definitely recommend!
Hart’💙 Plumbing&HeatingHart’💙 Plumbing&Heating
John E.
Sam was very responsive, and easy to work with when scheduling the plumbing job. He was here within 24 hours. Upon arrival, Sam did an in depth analysis of the issue, and was able to resolve it within 30 minutes. I will definitely utilize the New Age team for all future plumbing issues.
New age plumbing and drain cleaningNew age plumbing and drain cleaning
Ryan L.
Both guys did a great job troubleshooting the plumbing issue. Great work, friendly and quality of work was excellent
Steve D.
These folks are awesome. Tiny was very responsive and punctual. Also stuck to the estimated price! Highly recommend for plumbing work.
Buckman Home Improvements LLCBuckman Home Improvements LLC
Brian S.
This is an unusual review, but I had to write one. I contacted Egan Plumbing Repair to help solve a problem that I was in with another plumbing professional that I chose. I needed some water lines separated and a new hot water tank installed for a multifamily unit. I had a deposit already with that other plumbing professional, but after the fact, I was feeling less confident about the professional's responsiveness and availability. Stephanie and Kevin responded quickly, setup a time to see the project, and followed up in short time with an estimate. They gave a reasonable estimate, but I was unfortunately a little too deep in with materials and deposit with the other professional, who was "mia" during this time. Egan plumbing even tried their best to close that gap with me. Even though I couldnt make up the loss with Egan Plumbing, I am very confident that they could have done the job. I ended up making an agreement with my general contactor to do some of the preparation work at a cheaper price and do the plumbing through a sub. This decision helped to close some of the financial loss that I had, but not all. If I was to have done it over again, I would have chose Egan plumbing from the beginning. I intend on using them in my next project. They were responsive, understanding, prompt, and knowledgeable. Thx for considering my project
Egan's Plumbing Repair, Inc.Egan's Plumbing Repair, Inc.
Missy H.
Justin was so great! Speedy work and at a fair price. Will use him for any of my future plumbing needs.
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