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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 Allen plumbers
Kerry M.
Lorenzo Acm Plumbing stands by their work and delivers on their promises. Does right by their customers.
LORENZO Acm plumbingLORENZO Acm plumbing
Cynthia J.
Jacob was very knowledgeable of the issue and promptly repaired it. I will definitely use their plumbing services again!
GO Heating, Air & PlumbingGO Heating, Air & Plumbing
Kitcha J.
Showed up on time, knowledgeable and fixed the problem like a champ quickly. I recommend Michael for plumbing work.
Michael OkoronkwoMichael Okoronkwo
Patti D.
I had a half bath added to our house and Boone's Plumbing bid and completed the Plumbing job. The price was great and they communicated throughout. Price did not change and worker showed up on time each day. The owner was very responsive and caring about any questions I had. Thank you for helping!
Boone’s PlumbingBoone’s Plumbing
Dawn T.
Excellent service, very professional, well done job! Would highly recommend and plan to use for any future plumbing needs at our home!
GO Heating, Air & PlumbingGO Heating, Air & Plumbing
Excellent service. Provided an upfront quote, arrived on time and completed the job requested. Will definitely use him again and recommend h for any plumbing service.
Eduardo LozanoEduardo Lozano
Jeff R.
Did a great job doing an emergency drain line clear for me and I will be calling him from now on for all my future plumbing needs
LORENZO Acm plumbingLORENZO Acm plumbing
Mike D.
Highly recommend Diego. He was quick to respond, very professional both online and in person, and did a great job diagnosing and fixing my plumbing issue. Will use Diego again!
Diego's Home RepairsDiego's Home Repairs
Melissa L.
Worked with DJ and he’s the best! He was super professional and was very honest in his work. I’m so glad we got Go Plumbing to fix our drains! Thanks!!
GO Heating, Air & PlumbingGO Heating, Air & Plumbing
Melanie L.
I am very happy with the service I received from Connor. He’s extremely customer oriented and fair in pricing. I will definitely contact Connor in the future for any plumbing issues.
MasterTex Home ServicesMasterTex Home Services
Edward B.
Luis replaced two toilets for us and checked out a sink while he was at my house. He showed up when he said he was going to. Will definitely use him again for any plumbing needs.
Fast-Fix PlumbingFast-Fix Plumbing
Dan C.
Luis and his colleague showed up on time and they were very thorough with the work, stopping midway to confirm the quality of work with me before finishing the job. Also helped inspect another area of the home free of charge. Will use again for any and all plumbing work. Thank you!
Fast-Fix PlumbingFast-Fix Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
I was so extremely impressed by Mike and his completely thorough knowledge. He worked on my original projects and gave me guidance on another couple of extra plumbing issues. I know I've found my plumber for life. I'll call him on my next projects. I'm already planning.
Christian RestorationsChristian Restorations
Tim C.
I was a successful contractor for over 15years. Now I inspect all types of properties for a major city. During my career there seemed to be certain qualities/characteristics of the good contractors I worked with/was around. Diego seems to have those qualities. He should be a strong consideration for anyone needing plumbing work.
Diego's Home RepairsDiego's Home Repairs
Peg D.
Our toilets were overflowing and a gentleman named Devin came to our rescue! He cleared our lines; explained options to improve our plumbing and completed the work in a fast and efficient way. I highly recommend this company. Reminds me of the excellent downhome service we had in Mn before retiring here!
Hackett Plbg. & RemodelHackett Plbg. & Remodel
Deb M.
Valerich did a great job. He quoted me a very reasonable price to unclog the slow drain to my washing machine and went above and beyond what was expected to make sure the drain flowed freely again. I highly recommend and will use him again whenever I need any plumbing work done!
Valerich's ServiceValerich's Service
Tamara S.
Eduardo did an awesome job installing new sinks and faucets in my home. He was patient with me as I had other work being done so he made multiple trips to accommodate my schedule. He diagnosed an unrelated issue as well. I will definitely call him again with all my plumbing needs.
Eduardo LozanoEduardo Lozano
Mehdi B.
Excellent company to work with! Francys was the best! On time, professional and went above and beyond to fix all issues. He even came back next day to check on a small leak and fixed it. His work comes with warranty and is always responsive. I’m glad I found him and will be using him for all my plumbing and HVAC work.
Vinoth S.
Valerich helped us with our broken shutoff valve. He responded quickly to our thumbtack request and gave us an estimate based on the photos I sent. He came out the next day and made the repair under budget. We’ll be calling him the next time we need plumbing service. Thanks Valerich!
Valerich's ServiceValerich's Service
Harsh A.
Great experience Robert was very professional and everything was done as described prior to starting work. After completion he walked me through all repairs, made some suggestions on few other things that he suggested I can take care of myself. Even after the work I reached out with some question and he was very responsive. I recommend him for plumbing and drainage related work.
Zoom DrainZoom Drain
Jill F.
We’d previously hired a handyman to install our garbage disposal. It wasn’t done correctly and we found out we had a leak that was causing some structural problems. I wanted it fixed ASAP so we could dry out the damage and make a plan before the weight of my quartz countertops completely ruined the under-cabinets. He responded quickly and came out immediately afterward and charged exactly what he said he would even though he had to go buy a part after looking at it. I don’t want to NEED him again but I will definitely use him again if I have plumbing issues.
The Plumbers ClubThe Plumbers Club
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