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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 West Allis plumbers
Alan M.
Very informative and very reasonable and only recommended the necessary upgrades to help me with our toilet issues and plumbing. Definitely would recommend to anyone needing plumbing services
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Paige L.
I had a great experience and will use this business for future plumbing needs.
Exceptional Repairs LLCExceptional Repairs LLC
Wesam A.
This guy amazed me with how he fixed my plumbing system.
Costner Enterprise LLCCostner Enterprise LLC
Marina P.
Victor was amazing and helped solve prior plumbing issues due to poor plumbing from another contractor. He was prompt, responsive, and fixed all my areas of concern within 24 hours of messaging him. I will always use his services!
Exceptional Repairs LLCExceptional Repairs LLC
Sam W.
I will always come to Dashaun for plumbing needs. It was an absolute pleasure to do business with him!
Dashaun Pro ServicesDashaun Pro Services
Thumbtack Customer
Plumbing repair. Shower installation. Great job! I will definitely call him again for another project.
Wrei LLCWrei LLC
Dahir N.
An amazing gentleman with outstanding quality of service. I would highly recommend to anyone seeking high quality plumbing services.
Mo’ PlumbingMo’ Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
I had some simple plumbing issues and small handyman jobs. Everything went well and the charges were reasonable!
Wrei LLCWrei LLC
Wade B.
Did a great job swapping out a water heater. I will be hiring them again for any future plumbing needs.
Jansen’s Plumbing ServicesJansen’s Plumbing Services
Sam S.
Victor is one of the best contractors I have had the pleasure to work with. I completely recommend him for your plumbing needs.
Exceptional Repairs LLCExceptional Repairs LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Brian did an excellent job fixing our plumbing issues (sink and toilet). Very knowledgeable, very personable, very flexible, and honest!
Wrei LLCWrei LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Personable and took care of business. Would definitely hire again for other maintenance needs. He took care of a plumbing issue for us..
360 Degree Maintenance360 Degree Maintenance
Ira L.
Victor was great to work with. We. Needed to fix a leaking tub faucet and replace the tub fixtures.The old plumbing was a challenge, but project was completed successfully.
Exceptional Repairs LLCExceptional Repairs LLC
Roni L.
The service was on point. He was very prompt, professional and cleaned up after the installation. I will most definitely contact him for additional plumbing jobs.
Exceptional Repairs LLCExceptional Repairs LLC
Joel S.
Victor was excellent! The price and time quoted were exactly as promised. I'll be hiring him again for any other plumbing needs I may have.
Exceptional Repairs LLCExceptional Repairs LLC
Jaishree B.
Excellent communication and Great work ethics. Very happy with plumbing work victor did in our toilet to fix the leak. Will definitely recommend him to family and friends.
Exceptional Repairs LLCExceptional Repairs LLC
Troy P.
Very communicative throughout, fair prices and was prompt. Did good work on some plumbing projects we had built up (replace toilet, replace a section of a leaking pipe).
Exceptional Repairs LLCExceptional Repairs LLC
Roman V.
Great experience! Victor installed a new toilet. He was punctual, professional and explained the ins and out of the new toilet. Would highly recommend and will use him again for plumbing projects!
Exceptional Repairs LLCExceptional Repairs LLC
Jean p.
Victor was awesome! Arrived on time and professional from start to finish. I would recommend him for any and all of your plumbing needs inside and out. Very neat and professional. I don’t know anything about plumbing and he explained everything that he did and how to keep from outside spigot from freezing and causing damage. I can’t praise his work enough. Efficient, timely, competitive price, and professional. Thank you! Would hire again!
Exceptional Repairs LLCExceptional Repairs LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Was knowlegeable, extremely fast, came with all tools necessary for a plumbing job I had never done before, and affordable. Was an over-all excellent experience. Would definately re-hire for further projects.
B.H. Handyman ServicesB.H. Handyman Services
Christopher T.
It is refreshing to see a young man such as Reggie with Mo' Plumbing take pride and great concern in assuring tha the customer is satisfied. He went above and beyond to ensure the job was done correctly. He explained clearly what needed to be done and made sure I was more than satisfied with his work. It would be a great privilege to recommend him to anyone because of the excellent work he does. Thanks again Reggie and Mo' Plumbing for a job well done. I pray that God will enlarge your business in every area.
Mo’ PlumbingMo’ Plumbing
Tom G.
Victor was great!!! He gave us options, explained what he is doing every step of the way, and was absolutely fair with prices. I would recommend Victor to anyone looking for some plumbing won’t be disappointed!!!
Exceptional Repairs LLCExceptional Repairs LLC
Chue V.
Victor was very easy to work with. He responded timely to my messages and arrived on time and finished the job quickly, and even charged less than the amount he originally quoted. I’d hire him again for future plumbing projects.
Exceptional Repairs LLCExceptional Repairs LLC
Julie E.
If you're looking for a plumber, look no further...definitely hire this one! Travis was knowledgeable, helpful, flexible, and really went out of his way to provide excellent service. We will definitely be keeping his contact information for any future plumbing needs!
W. Trapp PlumbingW. Trapp Plumbing
Samantha G.
Working with Victor was great! I explained that I was without water and he fit me in the same day and did an amazing job with both my kitchen and bathroom sinks, both needed new pipes. I will definitely be using Victor for ALL my plumbing needs!
Exceptional Repairs LLCExceptional Repairs LLC
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