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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.  

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 Portsmouth plumbers
Christopher j.
Hired to replace plumbing in a very old house. Excellent communication and work done very quickly. Highly recommend!
M&J servicesM&J services
Ed G.
Mr. Stevens is professional, personable and did everything to accommodate my needs. Highly recommended! I will call him in the future for any and all plumbing work.
Stevens EnterpriseStevens Enterprise
Thumbtack Customer
Tom is AWESOME!! He came out and replaced my kitchen faucet, checked all my plumbing in the house for leaks, and installed my water heater. He gives CLASS A SERVICE! Thanks TOM!
T & C Maintenance Co. LLCT & C Maintenance Co. LLC
Misha T.
Calen did an excellent job with my repair. He was quick to respond and is very knowledgeable about his craft. I'm very pleased with the work and will definitely hire him again for future plumbing jobs!
Brun’s Plumbing ServicesBrun’s Plumbing Services
Wesley D.
Call Mr Stevens for your plumbing needs! You wont reget it. He responded quickly, gave me an estimate and stuck to it. set up a time and date. He arrived on time, was very professional. I even added an extra job last min and he knocked it out no problem.
Stevens EnterpriseStevens Enterprise
Michael E.
Maintenance Worx is a good all in one (plumbing, electrical and HVAC) company to hire. Working with Mark was great! He was very professional, thorough and provided good customer service. Not to mention the rates were very reasonable. I plan on using their service in the future and I highly recommend Maintenance Worx for your project.
Elite Service Pros LLCElite Service Pros LLC
Michele K.
I loved him he was very professional and told me everything he was doing, I will have him has my plumbing man from now on he is fair in his coast Thank you so much. We had a man come and charged us 150.00 dollars and messed it all up ,Callen Brun is the man to go too 5stars
Brun’s Plumbing ServicesBrun’s Plumbing Services
Andrew T.
Travis responded quickly and was accommodating to my schedule. He was able to come make the repairs on the same day we started talking. He was very knowledgeable and showed me all the work he completed while explaining how the parts work and what caused the problem initially. Travis was a true professional that I would highly recommend to anyone who needs plumbing services!
Stevens EnterpriseStevens Enterprise
Sarah S.
Jason is awesome!! I contacted him the morning of 3/29 about an issue with my kitchen sink, and within minutes, he had me on his schedule for the morning of 3/30. Jason was friendly and punctual, arriving right on time. I was nervous to call a plumber out during the pandemic, but Jason followed social distancing protocols while he worked on my faucet, which really put me at ease. He was quick to assess and take care of the problem, and I appreciated that he also explained how it happened and how he fixed it. Jason at The Happy Plumber is my new go-to person for plumbing problems. He’s professional, has great energy, and knows his stuff. Thank you so much for your help this morning, Jason!
The Happy PlumberThe Happy Plumber
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