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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 Alamo Heights plumbers
Kady E.
Super fast response to immediate plumbing issues! Will hire for future plumbing needs!
HR Home Repairs  🏡 Hernandez & RamirezHR Home Repairs 🏡 Hernandez & Ramirez
Billy H.
Juan's plumbing was professional, affordable and resolved our plumbing issue very quickly. Would highly recommend
Juan's Plumbing Services LLCJuan's Plumbing Services LLC
Mattie H.
Had a plumbing leak at tub spout. Hannah was professional and understanding. Plumbing was done properly With quality of service and punctuality. Would definitely recommend
Precision Plumbing Solutions LLCPrecision Plumbing Solutions LLC
Andy S.
Juan Plumbing was very responsive and charged a more than reasonable price for the work performed. Highly recommend his service for your plumbing needs.
Juan's Plumbing Services LLCJuan's Plumbing Services LLC
Will S.
Precision and CO plumbing came out to my house and fixed several problems as well as accessed my entire plumbing system!! Will be using them again
Precision Plumbing Solutions LLCPrecision Plumbing Solutions LLC
Larry S.
I didn't hire "I plumb" but I found that I plumb was easy to deal , very knowledgeable, had a good attitude. In hope to do business with this company at a later date.
I plumbI plumb
Breanna P.
Amazing plumbing company, very responsive and high quality!!!
Revilla’s Plumbing CompanyRevilla’s Plumbing Company
Vada B.
Was very impressed with Juan's ability to diagnose and recommend what we need to do to solve our plumbing issue. He is a licensed plumber. It involves renovation which he does not do but I will call him in the future for any plumbing issues. He is easy to talk to and I appreciated his quick response and generous sharing of his knowledge of plumbing.
Juan's Plumbing Services LLCJuan's Plumbing Services LLC
Jourdaine K.
Highly recommended, I will be calling again for any future plumbing needs.
Juan's Plumbing Services LLCJuan's Plumbing Services LLC
Joshua S.
Did a great job fixing our plumbing issue. Will use again.
RUALRA PlumbingRUALRA Plumbing
Jillian B.
I cannot thank Simple Service Plumbing enough for their excellent work fixing our major plumbing issues caused by foundation issues that the previous home owner supposedly fixed. They were honest, open, and informative about our plumbing problems. They provided explanations along with pictures of the issues, and they continually kept us informed of the process. I do not hesitate to recommend them. Thanks, Tristian!
Simple Service Plumbing & DrainSimple Service Plumbing & Drain
Wilfredo P.
Fantastic service and quick response. Won’t hesitate to use this plumbing company again!
Revilla’s Plumbing CompanyRevilla’s Plumbing Company
John-Paul R.
I appreciate the value received on our last plumbing project. Great job!
I plumbI plumb
Nick n.
I would definitely recommend this plumbing company to my peers and upcoming projects.
Precision Plumbing Solutions LLCPrecision Plumbing Solutions LLC
I wont be using anyone else for plumbing, I am very satisfied after working with Good Guy Services! Timely, quality, and honest work. I highly recommend. Thank you again for helping with all of our plumbing needs!
Good Guy ServicesGood Guy Services
Thumbtack Customer
Great communication. Professional, and great quality. I will use again for any plumbing needs!
SA MechanicalSA Mechanical
Crystal M.
Helpful, quick and informative. I'd definitely call IPlumb for my next plumbing emergency.
I plumbI plumb
Randy C.
This is the second time I hired I plumb (Armando) to fixed my leaking water control valve. He replaced the old valve with heavy duty. He is professional and reliable. I will hire Armando again if there’s a plumbing problem in the future. Highly recommended to anyone!
I plumbI plumb
Thumbtack Customer
SA Mechanical was very responsive, efficient and professional from start to finish with our plumbing repairs.
SA MechanicalSA Mechanical
Jennifer L.
Excellent service. Very professional and I would use them again for any plumbing issues.
Precision Plumbing Solutions LLCPrecision Plumbing Solutions LLC
Britt P.
Juan did a great job repairing our plumbing problem. He was quick to respond and professional.
Juan's Plumbing Services LLCJuan's Plumbing Services LLC
Alex B.
Timothy and the company deliver exceptional quality and service, they are at the top of our list for subsequent plumbing needs!
Revilla’s Plumbing CompanyRevilla’s Plumbing Company
Ilse C.
Rualra not only responded immediately to my request, but resolved my plumbing issues immediately. Highly Recommend!
RUALRA PlumbingRUALRA Plumbing
Donna H.
Highly recommend and we will definitely be using this company for all our plumbing repairs! Very reasonable prices!
Lee’s RepairsLee’s Repairs
John L.
Great experience with Rockstar plumbing, this is my second time using them, and they continue to do an amazing job.
Rockstar PlumbingRockstar Plumbing
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