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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 Knoxville plumbers
Sonja M.
Poore’s Plumbing (Austin) is the best. They were top notch in installing a new sink in my garage. Very reasonable and super communicative. I highly recommend Austin and team Poore’s Plumbing!!! They will take great care of your plumbing needs.
Poore’s PlumbingPoore’s Plumbing
Katrina K.
Thanks for fixing all the plumbing issues and your prompt responses. Highly recommend!
Poore’s PlumbingPoore’s Plumbing
George B.
Excellent service and a great person to deal with. Highly recommended for all your plumbing needs.
Zach Thomason PlumbingZach Thomason Plumbing
Angela L.
When having an older home, a fixer upper, plumbing issues can turn out to be tricky like ours and by process of elimination can be resolved. B & G Home Services fixed our plumbing problems and guarantees their services. They are very knowledgeable, professional, courteous, and relentless when solving any and all plumbing issues and they do so at a great price point that is affordable and guaranteed. Thank you B & G Home Services!
B&G Home Services LLCB&G Home Services LLC
Islam S.
Was a pleasure to work with, hard working and knowledgeable, will be my first call for all my plumbing needs.
Zach Thomason PlumbingZach Thomason Plumbing
Angela M.
Justin did a great job fixing the plumbing to my washer. I highly recommend him, and will use him again!
Jb’s plumbing & HandymanJb’s plumbing & Handyman
Michael F.
Zach was a great handyman! He knocked out two small plumbing related projects quickly, was knowledgeable, professional, and would definitely recommend!
GroveBoyz Handyman ServicesGroveBoyz Handyman Services
G. S.
Mr. Poore fixed the problem quickly and in good order. He was truly professional. I would recommend him for any plumbing work.
Poore’s PlumbingPoore’s Plumbing
Tyler B.
Came out and tried to do some work on my plumbing but we couldn’t get to the pipe today. Great communication and will be using in the future.
Poore’s PlumbingPoore’s Plumbing
Kim B.
Great work! Got me up and running super quickly and explained all my options to me! Will be using them in the future if I ever need plumbing services.
Poore’s PlumbingPoore’s Plumbing
Rick W.
He adjusted his schedule to get here within an hour to fix leak in waterline behind a wall. Got it fixed quickly. Definitely will use him again for plumbing and beyond.
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Lisa D.
Professional, quick to respond to my messages, very knowledgeable, great value, and cleaned out our clogged kitchen drain quickly. Will definitely use them in the future for any plumbing needs.
Poore’s PlumbingPoore’s Plumbing
Kayleigh J.
We thought we just had an issue with out toilet and it turned out to be one of the pipes. Poore’s plumbing was fantastic and very well priced ! They were very responsive and finished the job quickly!
Poore’s PlumbingPoore’s Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
We had a plumbing issue and Mark came out very quickly, did a great job, and was very reasonably priced. I would highly recommend Mark and we will definitely use him again!
Mark BoltonMark Bolton
Candy O.
Zach was very professional. He told me up front what he would and would not be able to fix. My problem was not plumbing related after all and he only charged me a minimal fee.
Zach Thomason PlumbingZach Thomason Plumbing
Jay F.
Zach was great! Contacted him on a Saturday evening to help us out with a significant pipe leak leak in the wall behind our shower....had to shut off water to the whole house. We really appreciated Zach coming out on super bowl Sunday to make the repairs. He was very personable, professional and skilled. Zach made the necessary repairs at a very reasonable price...much less than the big name plumbing companies would have charged. We will definitely reach out to Zach for any future plumbing needs.
Zach Thomason PlumbingZach Thomason Plumbing
John F.
Excellent execution and communication from Zach. He was straight forward and to the point as we worked through replacing the plumbing in the whole house. I appreciate his honesty and quality he brought. Going to be recommending him to friends for sure.
Zach Thomason PlumbingZach Thomason Plumbing
Kathy B.
Justin, JB Plumbing, saw my predicament on Thumbtack and wasted no time. He was almost to my house when he called me. He did the job quickly & professionally. I will be calling on him the next time I need a plumber! Awesome experience!
Jb’s plumbing & HandymanJb’s plumbing & Handyman
Libio R.
This team does a wonderful job. I am so pleased to have chosen them for relocating the washer and dryer to garage. Also did some additional plumbing work inside for a very reasonable price. I will definitely be calling him for all my repair needs around the house.
Jb’s plumbing & HandymanJb’s plumbing & Handyman
Rob B.
Excellent experience with Justin and Craig. They showed up with little notice on a Saturday and really saved the day when we had a pipe break. I had them back a few days later to install a tankless water heater and correct a bunch of plumbing issues. Honest pricing and great work, I highly recommend them.
Jb’s plumbing & HandymanJb’s plumbing & Handyman
Bobby L.
Zack responded promptly to my original request to repair a plumbing leak. When the time was agreed upon Zack showed up right on time with a professional look and manner. He checked out the problem (which was not an easy leak repair because it was in a joint were more than one pipe came together). Zack went to work on the problem right away and was finished much sooner than I thought he would be able to do the repair, also he had all the parts, tools and supplies needed to complete the job and cleaned up all the old parts. Also I can say Zack was very reasonable on his prices for the difficulty of the job. I want to say I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND ZACK and will call him the next time I need any plumbing work.
Zach Thomason PlumbingZach Thomason Plumbing
Karen. R.
We had a sink stopped up and he was able to get to us the next day, even on a Sunday. Zach great at communicating when he would arrive. He was quick with his work, cleaned up everything when he was done. The sink works perfectly now. We highly recommend his work and we will call him again for other plumbing projects.
Zach Thomason PlumbingZach Thomason Plumbing
Kim Y.
I can not recommend Mr. Poore highly enough! He and his assistant are very pleasant, professional and straightforward. His honest evaluation and work saved me around $550! He looked at the toilet for 2 minutes and knew exactly what to do and gave me an estimate right there. I will be keeping this plumbing business in my phone as my go to for any future work!
Poore’s PlumbingPoore’s Plumbing
Craig H.
Just started the job and Zach has done great. He is doing everything he said he would do. This is a entire house re-plumb so he will be working over the next few weeks. I will give more info and photos as job progresses. I am very excited to find such a good worker and satisfied that he will live up to his billing here on Thumbtack.
Zach Thomason PlumbingZach Thomason Plumbing
Jacob R.
I got several quotes before deciding to go with JB’s plumbing. Every single one told me to do something different. JB’s explained thoroughly why he quoted the way he did. On top of that instead of waiting weeks he was working within hours of the utilities being marked. He went above and beyond. The only issue I have had with the whole experience is thumbtack won’t let me add another star.
Jb’s plumbing & HandymanJb’s plumbing & Handyman
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