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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 Kent plumbers
Joy S.
Eric did a great job fixing a plumbing issue/leak in our home. He responded quickly and made it out to us the next day.
Wanderlust Handy Work, LLCWanderlust Handy Work, LLC
Ashley M. W.
Very very responsive to my request. Was able to fit me in within 24 hours and resolved 3 plumbing issues in 1 visit. Would highly recommend.
Jim Dandy Sewer and PlumbingJim Dandy Sewer and Plumbing
Keaton O.
David from Bob Larson Plumbing came out to our house today. Both my husband and myself were impressed with his knowledge and his punctuality. He was able to provide us with a lot of good information. He also saved us from having to do unnecessary work. We will be holding onto the information for Bob Larson Plumbing and definitely using their services in the future. 10/10 would recommend!!
Bob Larson Plumbing LLCBob Larson Plumbing LLC
Alex M.
Shane was super helpful, communicative, and awesome to work with! Not only did he help me with my needs, but also provided a thorough walk-through of the plumbing in my house and some tips and tricks to keep it all in good shape. I will absutely use Shane again and would recommend him to family and friends.
Professional Plumbing llcProfessional Plumbing llc
Omar H.
First. My home is old. I am talking possibly original plumbing. My tech came came out. No complaints. Went to work, got it done. Had to do a little extra due to the old plumbing, but made it work!. Very honest and good work. After he left, I noticed a small leak. I immediately reached out and they said they'd come back out. Scheduling was not working for me, but a few days later, the leak stopped. I reached back out and let them know all was good and they said, if the leak returns, reach back out. Only issue I had, but was able to let go, was that the "new" faucet had some either scratch or defective cosmetic on the faucet. I also wish the plate they used to attach to the sink better matched the new faucet. Again, cosmetic, but a huge improvement to what i had before. The service was great. I ld recommend them for sure.
Thumbtack Customer
Our main waterline to our house broke and we did the digging of the line and found the leak but were stuck with how to plug it. Called Joe and sent him a few pictures and he showed up with his team after dark and got the job quickly. Joe is very personable as well as professional. I have never had such a pleasant experience when dealing with a plumber. I defiantly will be calling Joe the Plumber for all future plumbing needs. John Mahan Kent, WA.
Pierce County Plumbing, Inc.Pierce County Plumbing, Inc.
Hannah D.
Dennis was awesome about communicating. He responded right away (on the weekend) and was in my house the same day! He texted updates on exactly when he would be here. He offered to pick up my water heater and expansion tank that I ordered from HD which was a huge help! He was extremely affordable, wayyy more so than a typical plumbing company. He worked efficiently and paid attention to details. He even took away my old tank. Such a lifesaver! Will definitely hire him again!!
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