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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 North Charleston plumbers
Benjamin H.
Showed up on time and took care of both plumbing issues I was having.
Newman’s PlumbingNewman’s Plumbing
Shawn R.
Replied to my inquiry quickly and finished the job in under an hour. Overall, very happy with Newman's Plumbing!
Newman’s PlumbingNewman’s Plumbing
Brandon c.
Allen helped us out with a plumbing issue for a house we were representing in a sale. His communication, professionalism, quality of work, and value were outstanding. Could not recommend anybody more qualified!
Allan's Emergency Drain & Sewer Service LLCAllan's Emergency Drain & Sewer Service LLC
Tre E.
Contacted Henry’s plumbing and was able to come out the same day! Was able to quickly diagnose the problem and had me fixed up in no time! Will definitely use for any issues in the future and highly recommend!!
Henry Plumbing SolutionsHenry Plumbing Solutions
Anne f.
Josh responded to my request for plumbing help immediately and came out the next day on time. He diagnosed the low water pressure problems we were having with a new kitchen faucet and gave us a very fair price to replace with a new one. It's now working perfectly! We will absolutely call him again if we need any additional repairs.
Drip Doctor Plumbing LLCDrip Doctor Plumbing LLC
Don B.
I knew I had an issue when my toilet kept gurgling after every flush. Allan came out, diagnosed my issue on one day and came our and fixed it the next. I also had a weird rush of water sound coming from the shower and lo and behold, the previous owner didn't put in a water run off from the bathtub. Allan took care of that too. I highly recommend him for your plumbing needs!
Allan's Emergency Drain & Sewer Service LLCAllan's Emergency Drain & Sewer Service LLC
Hillery H.
We called Allan after having another plumber out, only for our issue to return the following weekend. I cannot say enough good things about Allan! Not only did he fix our problem but was able to include us in the process so we knew what went wrong and why. We have not had any issues since having him out. I wish he had been our first call and he will be for any plumbing needs in the future!
Allan's Emergency Drain & Sewer Service LLCAllan's Emergency Drain & Sewer Service LLC
Shirley P.
Zach is amazing. Responded to me before 6 am. Kept in touch with me throughout the day until we were able to get together. Brought everything with him that was need to do the job and worked diligently until were satisfied that the issue had been resolved. Very professional and courteous. Did not leave before checking everything to make sure I had no more issues. Would never hesitate to recommend Zach to anyone needing top notch service at a very reasonable rate. He is my permanent go-to plumber for all of my plumbing needs.
Drain cleaningDrain cleaning
Cissy G.
Daniel was very prompt, he responded to me the same day and fixed my sink. Although a little pricey I would call him again if I had more plumbing issues. He came to my home and fixed my leaking pipe and faucet. The next morning I discovered the leak was still there . I called him and he was in my pleasant at the time he came to my house within 30 minutes and saw the problem was with the faucet construction. He immediately went and got a different model of faucet and fixed the problem. I am extremely happy with his work and would recommend him to my friends. Thank you Daniel for your professionalism!!
360 Home Repairs LLC360 Home Repairs LLC
Lawanda J.
I contacted thumbtack for a plumber. To be honest I was very nervous about using the app to look for someone to help with this matter. The first plumber took a while to respond, and when he did he was too busy to handle my issue. I thought long and hard about contacting one of those well known companies at this point . Also I am a believer that everything happens for a reason. I received a message from a willing handyman/plumber to take the job on . I responded immediately and spoke with a professional who was very kind and concerned about resolving my plumbing issue. He was punctual with arrving and ready to do the job. The work quality and service I received was professional, I was well informed and it was done with care My house is a older house and it took a long time handling the repair, but I was reassure that my house would be completed and my water restored. The best news I had all day! I would highly recommend this to my friends and family.
Door #1 SSSDoor #1 SSS
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