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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.

How do I find a good plumber in Houston?

Searching online is the quickest, easiest way to find the top-rated plumbers in Houston. Review several plumbers’ profiles to see photos of their past work, how long they’ve been in business and what kinds of services they offer. You should also pay attention to ratings reviews from past customers. Contact several plumbers to request a quote for your project so you know how much you should budget.

Once you’re ready to hire, verify that the plumber holds a license from the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners, along with current liability insurance.

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 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?

Do plumbers offer remote or virtual services?

If you see a profile that states the plumber is offering remote services, contact the plumber before hiring them to see what those services include. Although plumbing is a job that has to be done in-person, you can ask them if they offer virtual consultations or an online walk-through. 

Reviews for Houston plumbers
Courtney R.
I reached out to Trust Plumbing to help with a plumbing repair that another plumbing company failed to fix. They responded right away and came the next day to fix the problem. I highly recommend them for ANY of your plumbing needs.
John H.
Sadat Plumbing is outstanding!
Sadat Plumbing ServiceSadat Plumbing Service
Eric B.
They are real people trying to provide quality plumbing solutions. I enjoyed working with them and hearing their advice for my plumbing problems
Texas Affordable PlumbingTexas Affordable Plumbing
Tanya W.
B&P Plumbing responded right away to an emergency plumbing issue and was at my house within the hour to fix the problem. Thank you so much. You will be the one I call if I ever have a future plumbing problem.
B&P PlumbingB&P Plumbing
Did a good plumbing job.
Gus Home ServicesGus Home Services
Thumbtack Customer
Clayton Marshall of Rocking M Plumbing was great. On-time, knowledgeable, and did a great job. I will definitely hire again for future plumbing needs.
Rocking M PlumbingRocking M Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Greg and his team are very knowledgeable and professional. From start to finish, Four Star Plumbing followed through, and delivered on every expectation. They even clean up! I have already referred Four Star Plumbing to several of my family members and friends. Thank you Four Star Plumbing for renewing my faith in the plumbing industry - honest, reliable, and hard working.
Four Star PlumbingFour Star Plumbing
Giridhar Sai G.
Best recommend for all plumbing works
Precise Plumbing Service/LLCPrecise Plumbing Service/LLC
Leonard M.
Great job Plumbing was done very pro
Precise Plumbing Service/LLCPrecise Plumbing Service/LLC
Mikelle N.
Sadat Plumbing came out in our time of need. They addressed all of our concerns and issues and were very professional. I would definitely recommend Sadat Plumbing to others.
Sadat Plumbing ServiceSadat Plumbing Service
Blake H.
Today I had a plumbing issue and Ace Plumbing came through in amazing fashion. Dylan with Ace arrived promptly and evaluated my blockage in my kitchen. Dylan worked diligently to clear the blockage using a few different techniques. Not only did Dylan complete the task he even put back all the items under the sink without being asked. For anyone in need of plumbing repairs I recommend Dylan and Ace Plumbing.
Aces Plumbing Co.Aces Plumbing Co.
Mike U.
Came quickly and did a nice clean plumbing job
Gal Plumbing IndustriesGal Plumbing Industries
Jeremy A.
Good choice for plumbing needs and water heater installation.
CMP Plumbing, LLCCMP Plumbing, LLC
JoAnn P.
Helpful and gave pointers on other plumbing maintenance issues
Lone star plumbing servicesLone star plumbing services
Stephen S.
Shortys Plumbing did an EXCELLENT Job! They are responsive, fast and most importantly their quality of work is top notch! I will be using them for all my sewer and under slab plumbing needs!
Shorty's Plumbing & Drain DoctorsShorty's Plumbing & Drain Doctors
Brittany D.
B&B plumbing responded quickly and I was able to immediately address a leaking pipe. They were great to work with and professional. I will be using them in the future for any of my plumbing needs
B&P PlumbingB&P Plumbing
Lisa C.
I will hire the company again for any plumbing issues.
B&P PlumbingB&P Plumbing
Chelsea I.
Great job will work with Sadat for all plumbing needs
Sadat Plumbing ServiceSadat Plumbing Service
Madhav S.
Excellent experience with B&P plumbing. They were prompt and fixed my leaky pipe in no time. The team was professional and easy to work with. Will definitely use them for any future plumbing needs.
B&P PlumbingB&P Plumbing
Tracy M.
B&P Plumbing contacted me right away and took care of the work in a timely manner. I have used them before for plumbing issues and both times were a great experience.
B&P PlumbingB&P Plumbing
Shabih s.
Do shop before you hire for any plumbing work . Trust plumbing service would be my number one. They're reasonable and work efficiently . Would definitely hire them again
Keirre T.
Responded quickly and did an inspection. Turned out not to be a plumbing issue.
Precise Plumbing Service/LLCPrecise Plumbing Service/LLC
Mark R.
Ed from Optimum Plumbing came through for me today when I had a leak from my bathroom faucet. He was prompt, professional and repaired the issue. Thanks Ed and Optimum Plumbing.
Optimum Plumbing SolutionsOptimum Plumbing Solutions
Al F.
This Guy will get all my plumbing work from here on!!!
Mike plialrMike plialr
Craig D.
I had plumbing issues that seemed like it wasn’t possible to fix I had a big company like ARS plumbing come out and those guys couldn’t get the job done, I called Sadat Plumbing and those guys took great care of me and got the job done! I would highly recommend them
Sadat Plumbing ServiceSadat Plumbing Service
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Plumbing services available in Houston.

Professional plumbers can provide various services in Houston and its surrounding areas. For example:

  • Residential plumbers can help homeowners solve common plumbing problems and projects such as pipe leaks, clogs, burst or frozen pipes, gas line installation, sump pump repairs, water heater services, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, and much more.
  • Commercial plumbers can also diagnose and fix common plumbing problems for businesses. 
  • Sanitary plumbing specialists focus on installing and maintaining plumbing systems that involve sanitary systems in bathrooms.
  • Water supply plumbing specialists are trained to install new water supplies, including in bathrooms and kitchens. 

What areas near Houston do professional plumbers serve?

Businesses and residences in Harris County, Texas, count on professional plumbers to help with renovations, remodeling and emergency services. Houston area plumbers often travel to surrounding suburbs and neighborhoods, including: 

  • Downtown Houston
  • Montrose
  • Memorial 
  • Houston Heights
  • Museum District
  • Midtown
  • River Oaks
  • Uptown
  • Greenway/Upper Kirby

Why you should hire a professional plumber.

Plumbing systems can be dangerous and complex if you don't have the necessary tools, equipment and expertise to fix and maintain them. A professional plumber understands how to diagnose and repair plumbing problems without damaging your plumbing system. 

Plumbing work must meet Houston's local building codes and regulations. Professional plumbers understand Houston building codes and can perform work that meets the city's standards.

Hiring a professional plumber can also save you time and money in the long run. They have professional-grade tools and equipment that you probably don’t have in your garage or tool shed. Plus, hiring a licensed, bonded and insured plumber can provide peace of mind while protecting your home or business from future liability issues.

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