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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 Tacoma plumbers
Donna A.
They will definitely be my new go to for plumbing repairs.
Karla T.
Fantastic and friendly service!!! Will definitely call on them again for my plumbing needs.
Chris' PlumbingChris' Plumbing
Syvilay S.
I contacted Chris plumbing to have my toilet replaced and I was more than pleased with the work performed. He came right on time and completed the work effectively and efficiently. I would definitely recommend Chris Plumbing to friends and family.
Chris' PlumbingChris' Plumbing
Anthony G.
Really professional, great work and reasonable priced. I will call them for all future plumbing, and will recommend
Hal B.
Was able to come to my house the same day I called and resolved my problem very quickly. Max was a pleasure to deal with and didn't mind answering a bunch of questions I had about planned plumbing renovations. Very fair pricing and I will be using PLC Services for all of my future plumbing needs. Thanks Max!
PLC ServicesPLC Services
Chris D.
Trick issue with a cement floor and old plumbing. He got right on the Job right away. Everything flowing just right.
Siri a.
The technicians were extremely helpful, informative and went above and beyond to get the job done! Now I know who to call and recommend for plumbing!
Bob Larson Plumbing LLCBob Larson Plumbing LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I would have to say Ron came out and did a very good job with several projects I had lined up for him, it took a little longer then expected but he managed to get everything finished for me. I will be having him come back in the Spring and tackle a few more Plumbing projects. Highly recommend Ron for all your plumbing needs.
Ron LoveRon Love
Sheena F.
Tyler is a great guy. He gets to your home quickly gets the job done and done right. I would recommend him to anyone with a plumbing problem
Stacey S.
Super fast response time and very professional. Cleared the drain quickly and was on his way. I will definitely call Aaron again if I have a plumbing need.
PNW Green PlumbingPNW Green Plumbing
Eugene C.
Nailed it did a great job, he was extremely responsive and able to complete my job in less than 24hours. 10/10 would recommend to anyone needing plumbing services!
Nailed it plumbing and sewerNailed it plumbing and sewer
Menzelle J.
Definitely not out to take advantage of people! I am blown away by the integrity of the gentleman that came out. They have earned my trust and I will call them for any of my plumbing needs.
Atlas Home ServicesAtlas Home Services
Joshua W.
Incredible service. They look out for their clients and are very honest with you, and they’ll teach you things along the way. I would highly suggest contacting Atlas for all of your plumbing needs.
Atlas Home ServicesAtlas Home Services
Kevin Z.
Max was great, he showed up on time, always communicated, assessed the situation and worked through it in a timely manner. Great job, great person, would definitively hire again for any of my plumbing needs.
PLC ServicesPLC Services
Nicholas W.
Very quick to respond and get someone here to estimate the job. Went straight from estimate to working on the project. I was very satisfied with the speed and quality of the work. Would hire Jafco again for future plumbing projects.
Jafco Plumbing and SewerJafco Plumbing and Sewer
Thumbtack Customer
Tyler showed up early and quoted me a fair price for the 3 plumbing project I needed fixed. He got right to fixing them and left my place clean and everything was working like it was brand new! He is very friendly and knowledgeable. He even offered me some tips and tricks to fix things myself and make my water pressure better. I definitely will have him come back when I need some more plumbing fixed. I highly recommend Tyler!
Thumbtack Customer
Joe's team did a great job with installing new faucets in my kitchen, bathrooms as well as garbage disposal. They were very courteaus and left the site clean and double checked everything to ensure there wasn't any leaks. Their pricing was very fair. I would definitely recommend Joe's plumbing.
Pierce County Plumbing, Inc.Pierce County Plumbing, Inc.
Kyeli S.
We have worked with Chris' Plumbing several times now, and the techs are always kind, knowledgeable, and honest. They are great about giving clear explanations and instructions when needed, and their prices are competitive in their field. They are my go-to guys when anything in their wheelhouse goes wrong! We will absolutely continue working with them.
Chris' PlumbingChris' Plumbing
Cassandra w.
After closing on our new-to-us home, we needed a shower to work properly (leaked behind handles). The plumbers helped me locate the main shutoff and diagnose another issue I could work on later. They were able to fix the shower with new parts and help me prioritize the other plumbing issues for another time.
Bob Larson Plumbing LLCBob Larson Plumbing LLC
Jeff P.
James responded in just a few minutes each time I had a question for him (even on the 4th of July!). He replaced he plumbing under my kitchen sink at a competitive price and the workmanship looks great. I will go back to Loyalty Drains and Sewer the next time I need some work done!!
Thumbtack Customer
Joe the Plumber contacted me immediately - pricing was reasonable and top quality product. His team came out within 24 hours and installed new water heater, removed the old. Very professional, left zero mess - I highly recommend this company to anyone with plumbing needs! I will most definitely use them again.
Pierce County Plumbing, Inc.Pierce County Plumbing, Inc.
Yodel G.
Aaron and his team are very professional and punctual. With more than 27 years of experience with the job, he quickly identified the problem and proposes a solution on the spot. You can really see the high quality of his work and a job well done. I would recommend PNW Green Plumbing for others and I'm also forward to working with them with other drainage projects.
PNW Green PlumbingPNW Green Plumbing
John S.
James fixed my plugged up bathroom sink and replaced the drain and faucet. He did a great job at a very fair price. James knows what he is doing and gets stuff done fast. There was absolutely no mess left when James finished. He is an easy going gentleman who is a pleasure to do business with, and I will use him for any future plumbing needs.
Lauren A.
James was an absolute pleasure to work with. We are very inexperienced, first time home owners who needed help with a leak and shower/tub update. James took the time to understand our issue, explain process and reassure us of the work that needed to be done. He didn’t add any extra fuss and got the job done right! Great value for the hard work he and his colleague put into our plumbing rebuild.
Syvilay S.
I was very happy that James came out to do an inspection on my plumbing. He really put my worries at ease, and gave me reassurance that issue was an easy fix! I was definitely pleased to hear the news. I’m so very grateful and thankful that his price is reasonable. He was very thorough in explaining to me all areas of my concern. I would definitely hire him again and refer him to friends and family.
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