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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 McKinney plumbers
Virginia B.
Excellent experience and value. I would recommend Morales Plumbing and will certainly call them for any future plumbing needs.
Morales Plumbing ServicesMorales Plumbing Services
Joe F.
Thomas @ Pro Source Plumbing was punctual, courteous, fair priced and did a fantastic job replacing our hot water heater. I'd strongly recommend him for any plumbing job.
Pro Source Plumbing Service, LLCPro Source Plumbing Service, LLC
Pooja V.
Very responsive and job well done.Thanks. I would definitely recommend him for any plumbing service.
Thumbtack Customer
Sergio was very polite and respectful throughout the job. Excellent communication, quality parts and components, and I know our plumbing needs for the shop buildout were done the right way. Very happy with him and will have him out again to do the finish install of fixtures as well as address plumbing concerns from the original build of our house. Thanks again!! A+
All in one serviceAll in one service
Thumbtack Customer
We had 3 plumbing jobs which were completed and we are completly satisfied. The work was done quickly and for a fair price. Thank you.
Spouses in LaborSpouses in Labor
Letha P.
Derek was awesome and efficient!! I highly recommend him coming to solve anyone's plumbing problems!! Thank you so much for a job well done!!
DJ Drain expertDJ Drain expert
Andrew D.
Steve was very quick and professional while installing our new kitchen faucet. Walked through a couple of other projects we have planned to give an idea on time and costs. I will definitely use Steve in the future for any plumbing work!!
Spouses in LaborSpouses in Labor
Alonzo S.
Spouses in Labor performed a plumbing service for me and I’d rate them A++. Great price, on time, truth worthy, went the extra mile to fix my faucet. Definitely went above and beyond for me. I’m recommending them to everyone I know.
Spouses in LaborSpouses in Labor
Charla K.
Mr. Logan installed my toilets the same day I contacted him. He even picked up the toilets and brought them to my house, installed them, did a beautiful job and the price was good. I will be calling Mr. Logan again for all my plumbing needs!
Spouses in LaborSpouses in Labor
Robert B.
Abraham was very quick to respond to my emergency plumbing repair. I have an issue with a failed water supply valve under my master bathroom sink. He showed up right away was great with my dogs, honest, friendly and did great work. Thanks again!
Abe’s plumbing solutionsAbe’s plumbing solutions
Asim S.
Valerich was here at the scheduled time and pointed me in the right direction with regards to the issue we were having with our plumbing problem. With his insights I was able to identify the problem and now know what needs to be done to resolve it. I plan to use him again in the future for other projects.
Valerich's ServiceValerich's Service
Steve C.
Connor and team did a fantastic job. We converted from water heater tank to tankless. Of course, we had many questions. Connor walked us through the process covering all the options and costs. He also covered water recirculation (instant hot water at the tap)! This guy knows plumbing.
MasterTex Home ServicesMasterTex Home Services
Thumbtack Customer
Everything went well, prices were reasonable and repairs were completed on the same day I called! Steven was professional, incredibly kind, and open to millions of questions from this hovering customer. I couldn't be happier with the service provided. Our plumbing issues are resolved and I wouldn't hesitate to call Spouses in Labor again.
Spouses in LaborSpouses in Labor
Jordain P.
Great experience working with Conner and GT plumbing. They were very fair priced, showed up to work on time and actually early. Professional throughout the process and went above and beyond to make sure the job was done perfect. They went the extra mile where most companies would have cut corners. Would definitely use them again.
MasterTex Home ServicesMasterTex Home Services
Kevin K.
If you need your severe plumbing job done right, hire Diego because he doesn't offer anything less. Diego replaced a valve and trim package that another so-called handyman made a mess of (see photo of Diego's work). Highly recommend and will use him again for the rest of my fixture replacements and other pending home improvements.
Diego's Home RepairsDiego's Home Repairs
Shawna G.
Thomas was professional, thorough knowledgeable, and very quick to respond to questions. He gave us s very fair price was able to make having two water heaters changed out a great experience!! The work looks great working great, and he cleaned up after the install. We will definitely use Pro Source Plumbing again! Thank you!
Pro Source Plumbing Service, LLCPro Source Plumbing Service, LLC
Nikki D.
Mike was extremely professional and dedicated to doing the job perfectly! Mike installed one new toilet and three bathroom sink faucets, and when he discovered that we needed additional parts to complete the job, Mike gladly purchased the new parts and finished the job in a timely manner. He is very humble, kind, and hard-working. I'll gladly call on him for my future plumbing needs!
Christian RestorationsChristian Restorations
Daniel S.
Good; JWR offers great prices. Great job on the fan install. Overall, he is a nice guy. Bad: left the fan box laying around which is very unprofessional. He installed a water purification system that he had to come back twice for because it started leaking as a result of his installation. I do appreciate him coming back to fix it, but it should have been done right the first time. He also was repairing our plumbing under our sink. He had us run to home depot and buy the wrong parts for the plumbing. Then, I gave him a cash tip to go back to the store himself and buy the correct parts. He came back with parts and then determined his parts would also not work. He did not return our cash tip. I guess we tipped him to buy the wrong parts, which we didn't even get to keep to return. In conclusion, we decided we would not hire him again. He overbooks himself with work, causing him to do an unprofessional job.
JWR Home ServicesJWR Home Services
Eleasha C.
Sam was very great. He was on time very professional. He was very honest. The issue I asked him to fix turned out to not be a big issue. He was very honest and told me it was a small repair job. He also checked my air conditioner unit and told me that one was low on refrigerant. He checked it added the needed refrigerant and added a pad under my other unit. He will definitely be my go to HVAC and other plumbing issues guy. He was very reasonable in pricing. You will be very happy using his services.
Handyman & Plumbing CompanyHandyman & Plumbing Company
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