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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 Richmond plumbers
Jasmine J.
Beck Taylor Plumbing was awesome! I will certainly be using them for my plumbing needs moving forward :-)
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Robert M.
Had to get a plumbing issue with the shower faucet addressed the same day. Reached out to Beck Taylor Plumbing and they were out the same day and got it taken care of immediately. Top notch service, which is why we keep coming back to them for plumbing needs.
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Sherilyn E.
Fantastic! I’ll use for all my plumbing needs.
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Heather C.
We love our new sink and working with Beck Taylor Plumbing was a great experience from start to finish! Will definitely use them again for anymore plumbing needs. Thank you for the superb work!
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Zoee a.
I had the BEST, happiest experience with JBJ Plumbing!! They gave me an estimate that was affordable, and they arrived exactly when they said they would. I had been concerned that my plumbing problem was an extensive one, and estimates from the other plumbers indicated that that was the case. JBJ Plumbing spotted the problem within minutes, and sorted the problem quickly. They even took extra care to ensure that my plumbing problem would not rise up to bite me again. They were wonderful to work with. I recommend them highly!!
Felicia H.
I contacted Jacob regarding an emergency plumbing issue at my mother’s house. In less than 24 hours Jacob had responded and fixed my mother’s plumbing issue. I will call him and recommend him to others in the future.
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W. T.
Abner is the best!! He arrived on time and completed the work in no time. He is excellent. I would recommend A.R.M Plumbing before you call anyone else. A++++ service all the way around! I will be contacting A.R.M Plumbing for additional work.
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Bernie F.
Plumber Near Me is a very responsive and professional vendor. Will contact again for any plumbing needs.
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Dorrie T.
I highly recommend Banks Handy Solutions. Mr. Banks came out on a Sunday to deal with my plumbing issue. He was professional, friendly, and solved my complex plumbing issue. His prices are very reasonable— a great value! I’ll definitely use Banks Handy Solutions again!
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Ashley m.
We had a great experience with ARM plumbing. They were quick, professional, and dealt with our two issues. Recommend them!
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Robert M.
We needed a toilet replaced and Beck Taylor Plumbing did a fantastic job! They were a fantastic value, and very professional.
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Andrea L.
They were here within an hour and completed the job quickly and efficiently for a fair price. Will absolutely use for any future plumbing needs!
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Scott A.
Shaun is awesome and stands by his work. I would definitely use his company for all my future plumbing needs.
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Charles Z.
Family's Plumbing was great to work with. Anthony called to discuss our issue and we scheduled an appointment to get the work done. He was on time but still sent me a text to provide an eta. He was thorough and explained everything and the end price was exactly as he quoted. I would use Family's Plumbing again in the future and would not hesitate to recommend him to friends and family.
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Kevin F.
Banks Handy Solutions and Plumbing Service was quick to respond to my request . I had several plumbing issues that needed to be addressed, including a repair made by a different tech last year that had failed. While offering me options for repair as well as preventative future maintenance options, the jobs were completed in quick time. Pressure free solutions, quality and timely work. Traits often hard to find these days. Jacob was courteous, personable and I highly recommend his services. I also found him to be very price competitive. Thank you Banks Handy Solutions and Plumbing Services.
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Gail S.
Wonderful experience with Beck Taylor Plumbing! He came in, diagnosed and fixed the issue right away. Great communication and customer service. Definitely recommend!
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Jessica H.
Anthony explained all the steps and options and answered any questions I had. I would highly recommend him for your plumbing needs!
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Chaunda K.
Johhnie of JBJ Plumbing did a wonderful job on my kitchen sink. He was prompt, professional and affordable . I will definitely be using JBJ’s services again.
Eric A.
David was prompt, efficient, and very professional. Excellent customer service and he did a great job quickly finding and fixing the plumbing issue. Would definitely recommend!
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Rudy R.
When my cold water pipe busted I called Handy Somutuons and Plumbing Servuces. Jacob was both punctual and professional and would reach out if it need future work.
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Eddie G.
Justin was willing to crawl around under the house to identify the issues we had. He then prepared an inspection report with photos and sent it to us so we knew what was wrong with the plumbing.
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Karen I.
He did an awesome job made sure it was done correctly I would highly recommend him and I will most definitely use again for my plumbing needs Great work..
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Dionne C.
Had Anthony the owner come and fixed two salon gasket leaks. He was on time and did great work. He was professional and very affordable. I will have more projects for him and I would highly recommend him for ANY plumbing work. He knew exactly what he was doing and went out his way to save us as much as he could in cost. Thank you Anthony …I will only use Family plumbing going forward. 5 stars
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Mariah A.
I will absolutely be calling him again! He was quick to respond, came the same day and went above and beyond to help with my plumbing issue. He was professional, kind & affordable - highly recommend!
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Sabiha R.
Beck Plumbing came on time and did a great job fixing the piping under the sink. They were able successfully get rid of the leaks on the first try, for that I am very grateful. Thank you
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