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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 Des Moines plumbers
Sujan D.
Excellent and responsive service. They showed up quickly for my plumbing emergency and fixed the problem and did not overcharge me. Will go back to them for my plumbing needs.
Westview Plumbing, LLCWestview Plumbing, LLC
Karen N.
Pacific NW Green Plumbing responded promptly to my request. JT, the plumber that came to my house, was professional, polite, and very competent. I definitely recommend Pacific NW Green Plumbing.
PNW Green PlumbingPNW Green Plumbing
Rob A.
The pro did a great job working around old plumbing to create a quick fix.
Danika Plumbing LLCDanika Plumbing LLC
Shailly T.
Very happy with the service. We were in the middle of a renovation and needed some last minute plumbing job. Ryan gave us a fair quote and was able to take care of the job same day. Will definitely reach out to him for future plumbing needs.
Heafey's PlumbingHeafey's Plumbing
Virginia M.
Awesome experience with Volodymyr! He was able to come out immediately and address a plumbing issue and sink install which required some plumbing and cabinetry retrofitting. He is much more skilled than your average handyman! We will be keeping his number handy.
Acumen Handyman LLCAcumen Handyman LLC
Soumya M.
Solved my kitchen plumbing problem swiftly and very professionally. Would totally recommend. Thanks.
Steady Flow Sewer & Drain CoSteady Flow Sewer & Drain Co
Chris R.
Justin and Ferris were prompt and fast getting my plumbing needs taken care of. Thanks!
Danika Plumbing LLCDanika Plumbing LLC
Varun S.
Danika Plumbing crew was great when they came down to look at a leaking exterior yard faucet. They identified the problem and proposed an economical fix which ended up being great value for money and actually fixing the problem. Highly recommend them for any plumbing jobs.
Danika Plumbing LLCDanika Plumbing LLC
Sam B.
If you are looking for a honest and hard working plumbing company, 100% you have found them. Aaron was super efficient and didn't leave until the project was done, which ended up being super late. Thanks PNW Plumbing, will use you for all future projects!
PNW Green PlumbingPNW Green Plumbing
Anthony D.
Quick and responsive! Very informative as well! We will be coming back from all of our plumbing needs
Heafey's PlumbingHeafey's Plumbing
Michael A.
Shane was professional and really know his craft. We would hire him again for plumbing needs.
Professional Plumbing llcProfessional Plumbing llc
Graham M.
Great work thank you! Hired for plumbing work - Fixed up my clogged main line!
Montes servicesMontes services
Mimi B.
H2FLOw Plumbing was a wonderful company use for my problem. Hassan answered my email quickly. He was very thorough in checking out every place the leak could be. He found the problem quickly and fixed it quickly. I will definitely call him again for other plumbing matters.
H2flow plumbingH2flow plumbing
Jay H.
Chris has the best quote and was the most responsive. He arrived on time and was extremely helpful with our plumbing issue.
Baikal Services®Baikal Services®
Aparna S.
Great service, Ryan was professional, kind and very efficient. I'll be calling Heafey's for all future plumbing needs!
Heafey's PlumbingHeafey's Plumbing
Hawo S.
Heafy’s plumbing did excellent work at my mom store. They were Efficient and patient. Would definitely recommend !
Heafey's PlumbingHeafey's Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
On time and professional! Quick and efficient installation of new toilet and shower head. Will use again for plumbing issues/projects.
Pierce County Plumbing, Inc.Pierce County Plumbing, Inc.
Amber E.
Max was incredibly helpful during our emergency plumbing situation. He fixed our outdoor water main quickly and delivered the project within the initial quote he gave us (for free). I would recommend Max to anyone and I'll be saving his contact info for future plumbing needs.
PLC ServicesPLC Services
Thumbtack Customer
Just wanted to say Danika Plumbing was prompt, courteous and professional. Their response time was incredible! I highly recommend these guys!
Danika Plumbing LLCDanika Plumbing LLC
Stephanie C.
I highly recommend using Chris for any of your plumbing needs! He was extremely responsiveness and truly helped me diagnose the root problem of my plumbing issue! All of the other plumbers said I need to replace my entire faucet (which was a unique, expensive piece). He immediately went to work trying to find a replacement part and found one. He also did some investigative work to determine the water pressure is 40 to 45 psi higher than max by Plumbing Code (throughout my entire condo building). This was the reason for the faucet leak and for my toilet issue as well. I was extremely appreciative for how thorough he was. I would look no further if you ever have a plumbing need!!
Baikal Services®Baikal Services®
Mickey J.
I met H2Flow Plumbing a week ago when I needed a quote for some plumbing repairs to a home we just moved into. The price was right and the work was completely quickly and efficiently. A+ work included installing a high dishwasher loop and replacing "form/fit flexible" p-traps (not to code) with p-traps that meet code.
H2flow plumbingH2flow plumbing
Tina P.
Ryan was great! I just came across some additional plumbing items that need repair, and will definitely be using Heafey's again.
Heafey's PlumbingHeafey's Plumbing
Shanna C.
Danika Plumbing was quick to respond and help provide a solution to our water heater issues. Would recommend and work with them again.
Danika Plumbing LLCDanika Plumbing LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Needed a utility sink plumbed in. Arrived on time, completed the job under estimated time. Pleasant and informative. Would use them again.
Evergreen Construction Group, LLCEvergreen Construction Group, LLC
Seth C.
Very unprofessional, said they could plumb out hookups for a washer and bathroom. Then comes on site and mentions it wasn’t a good fit. Waste of time.
Convey PlumbingConvey Plumbing
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