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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 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. 

How much does it cost to install a hot water heater?

You’ll know when it’s time to install a new water heater. Water heater installation costs average between $360 and $780 nationally, with rates increasing depending on the project. The total project cost will be higher when you include the cost of the heater itself. Select your new water heater based on the number of occupants in your home and the number of gallons of capacity you’ll need. Installation costs can vary based on the type of water heater you are removing and the type you are installing, any necessary repairs, regional cost of labor, and whether disposal of the old heater is included. Natural gas water heaters retail on average between $650 and $900 for standard models. Electric water heaters range between $300 and $700 for standard models. Tankless electric water heaters retail on average between $250 and $700 for standard models. Tankless gas water heaters retail on average between $200 and $1,300.

A company may charge approximately $1,000 to replace a 50-gallon tank-style electric water heater (not including any upgrades required by building codes). Replacing a gas-powered water heater might cost $1,100 (not including code upgrades). Some companies roll the disposal of an old heater into the overall cost of the new water heater installation. Other professionals charge an additional removal fee that can range from $35 to $150.

Reviews for Hampton plumbers
ChefLa J.
Resto Plumbing fixed my plumbing situation and I can wash clothes with no problem.. Thank you
ALL START services LLCALL START services LLC
Joe J.
WK Plumbing was very responsive to my plumbing needs. I needed him to pickup the faucet to be replaced and that was no problem. I would use them again.
WK Plumbing and Home RepairWK Plumbing and Home Repair
Thumbtack Customer
Michael installed a complete new plumbing system. He completed the project ahead of schedule and without any issues. I highly recommend Michael for any of your plumbing needs.
Michael Loar PlumbingMichael Loar Plumbing
Ronda G.
We had a wonderful experience with Brun’s Plumbing! He came to check out one problem that ending up not being a plumbing issue and fixing another problem in a quick minute!! Thank you so much! Highly recommend!!
Brun’s Plumbing ServicesBrun’s Plumbing Services
Ryan H.
Brun’s Plumbing service was superior! Quick responsive service for an economical price! Would totally use again.
Brun’s Plumbing ServicesBrun’s Plumbing Services
Robert C.
Very good experience. He was very professional and did quality work. Would hire again for plumbing needs.
Always Plumbing LLCAlways Plumbing LLC
Sarah P.
VERY satisfied with his services. We would recommend them for sure and will be using them again when we have plumbing needs!
The Happy PlumberThe Happy Plumber
Heather S.
Great urgent plumbing repair! Excellent communication, response time and great service! Definitely going to have him on speed dial from now on!
WK Plumbing and Home RepairWK Plumbing and Home Repair
Justin H.
Brian was speedy and professional, he did a wonderful job on my sink and fixed the problem in no time. I highly recommend using him for any of your plumbing issues.
Brian O Plumbing CompanyBrian O Plumbing Company
Michelle J.
Kenny does excellent work and knows his stuff! He’s our go to Handyman when it comes to plumbing or installation. We’ve used him several times now and he doesn’t disappoint!
Kenny's Handy ServicesKenny's Handy Services
De A.
A good plumber is hard to find. Until you call Brun’s plumbing he made sure the service was complete and went the extra mile to help me out. I will definitely use again
Brun’s Plumbing ServicesBrun’s Plumbing Services
Ed A.
Calen Brun is Brun's Plumbing Services. He's a one-man-shop and one of the best plumber's I've ever had the pleasure of working with. He's very knowledgeable and has loads of plumbing experience. Calen installed an electric tankless water heater, a whole house water filter, and a descaler filter as part of my kitchen renovation. He was patient, professional and very understanding. He's Mississippi-born and has a wonderful Southern accent which makes him easy to talk to. He was so helpful that I asked him to return the following week to install a dishwasher, a garbage disposer, and kitchen faucet, and he worked to fix a tub/shower valve. His prices were reasonable and he was always very transparent with his supply purchases. I really appreciated his help and would very much recommend Calen Brun and Brun's Plumbing Services.
Brun’s Plumbing ServicesBrun’s Plumbing Services
Ryan A.
My wife loved the new kitchen faucet install. He also helped us figure out the cause of our high water bill. I’ll definitely be using him for all our plumbing needs in the future.
Brun’s Plumbing ServicesBrun’s Plumbing Services
Thumbtack Customer
Within 12 hour acceptance of workorder quote, fixed a leak at the curbside water meter area after someone unknown drove over it, breaking a connection. Very pleased with the job performed by Micheal Loar and would hire him again for future plumbing problems.
Michael Loar PlumbingMichael Loar Plumbing
Devin A.
Calen arrived on time was extremely punctual professional, and solved the problem of our leaking kitchen sink fast. We will be working with him for our garbage disposal installation. Brun’s Plumbing was a very good find for us, and we are very appreciative. Thank you again Calen!
Brun’s Plumbing ServicesBrun’s Plumbing Services
Jared L.
Calen was extremely responsive and punctual and worked very smoothly with a tenant while I am out of state. He gave a fair quote quickly and there was no bait and switch like you often find in the industry. Will definitely be working with Calen again for all of my plumbing needs.
Brun’s Plumbing ServicesBrun’s Plumbing Services
Greg O.
I had a fairly decent project as my new home was built in 1963, water heater was short and under the kitchen counter. I need room for a washer/dryer combo. He moved my water heater to closet and ran plumbing for my new kitchen. No surprises, fairly priced, and moved my project forward. Thanks Calen!
Brun’s Plumbing ServicesBrun’s Plumbing Services
Julian W.
Chaz was awesome! He showed up when he said he would, took the time to figure out what was going on with my faucets and toilet, and then proceeded to fix them. He was very professional and very knowledgeable. I will definitely be calling him in the future for any other plumbing issues and I would highly recommend him to others.
Family Home Repairs Inc.Family Home Repairs Inc.
Dionne b.
I can not say enough about this company! I had some last minute maintenance and water heater needed to be replaced last minute and he came out on time and completed the job and was so Understanding. If you are looking for a company that understands your needs and communicates every step of the way! WK plumbing is the company you need. Trust me you will be glad you did.
WK Plumbing and Home RepairWK Plumbing and Home Repair
Tiffany C.
Marcus performed nothing less than an exorcism on my plumbing problem. He showed up on time, quickly determined the problem and when my old house threw him a curve ball, he quickly dealt with it. He battled that clog for the better part of the afternoon and evening, but he had to return because it was that bad of a clog. Definitely a man who takes pride in his work. I would love to hire him again, but I hope I never have to.
Lions Head Drain Cleaning, LLCLions Head Drain Cleaning, LLC
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