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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 Tacoma plumbers
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.
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
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
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
Juan C.
From start to finish, very professional. Informed me step by step. Keep me updated as things went along. For what i asked to be done, most definitely got the five star treatment. Would and will use again for any and all of my plumbing needs.
DrainFlo LLCDrainFlo LLC
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
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!!
Shayne W.
I tried several approaches to cleaning my clogged kitchen drain, but had zero luck. Blaine from Steadfast showed up the same day and had it completely cleaned within 30 minutes. His rates were very reasonable and his work was top notch. I would definitely recommend them to anyone needing plumbing work and/or repairs done.
Steadfast Plumbing ServicesSteadfast Plumbing Services
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.
Thumbtack Customer
James came to take a look at our dishwasher water connection situation and suggested a Plan A that would not require us to hire him. If Plan A were not to work Plan B would be for us to hire him and his team to help us. Well, his Plan A worked so we do not need his service this time. I really appreciate his honesty. He will our the first person to call when we have other plumbing problems.
Jason D.
Sewer backed up for the last time that I wanted to deal with it myself. So I submitted the request and Shane was one of the first to respond. I requested to speak with him due to the nature of the situation and he was very quick to reply with contact info. Upon speaking with him I was able to get answers to questions and a decent ballpark estimate which is something most companies will not do without sending a technician out. Shane on the other hand was very helpful and informative over the phone, not something you’ll find elsewhere. He is very polite and friendly, I felt more like I had a friend over who fixed my sewer line rather than a tech just wanting to make a buck. After clearing the line he was able to get a look with a camera and found that the pipe is broken (old concrete). I have scheduled to have him out to fix the line later (have to get permits, excavator and such first). I would highly recommend Shane for any plumbing issues you might have. Especially if you’ve got an estimate elsewhere, call Shane before you have anyone else do the work.
Professional Plumbing llcProfessional Plumbing llc
Justin F.
I had contacted Hunt's through Thumbtack to come out and take a look at some plumbing issues that were called out by an inspector while selling my home. In my project description I lead off with that I'm selling my house and listed the items I needed to have checked. Hunts responded back, not a problem we can send someone out the next day to take a look. We normally charge a $59 fee to take a look but will waive it because of covid right now. I think great, please come take a look and give me an estimate on the work. So fast forward to when their service techs show up. He begins to tell my wife that because we're selling our home and they never make any money on these kind of estimates. That he's going to need over $150 to climb into the crawlspace of our house to inspect the pipes for the estimate, and that we will need to pay almost $400 to scope the pipes so he can give us his estimate. My wife kindly declined and that ended our experience with hunt's service. Now I would of gladly paid the $59 that they originally said they normally charge to do an estimate and did just that for another company that had came out earlier that day. Or if they would of been honest about their pricing up front it would save us both a good amount of time. I can only imagine the extras this company would of been charging if we had gotten an estimate from them. Do yourself a favor and stay away from hunt's.
Hunt's ServicesHunt's Services
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