Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Anaheim?
- 2 How Does the Water in Anaheim Affect Your Plumbing?
- 3 How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Anaheim?
- 4 Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Anaheim?
- 5 When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Anaheim vs Hire a Plumber?
- 6 When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Anaheim?
What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Anaheim?
As the home to the happiest place on Earth, a.k.a. Disneyland, Anaheim is a popular destination for tourists, but it is also a great place to live. It is warm, but not scorching hot, and it does not get a lot of rain. Homes in Anaheim are affected by plumbing problems that are common around the country, but some problems are more common than others.
Low Water Pressure
Anaheim’s water supply ranges from moderately hard to very hard. The hardness of your water is determined by the amount of different minerals in your water, specifically calcium, magnesium, and sodium. High levels of sodium soften the water, while high levels of calcium and magnesium harden the water. What does that have to do with water pressure? Well, calcium and magnesium, particularly when heated, harden and form mineral deposits that get stuck in your pipes. The same way a stalled car on I-5 will slow traffic down, mineral deposits in your pipes will slow your water down.
Anaheim is also located along the San Andreas Fault, one of the most active faults in the world, which means a fair number of earthquakes. Damage to pipes is very common after earthquakes and there are also problems that result from poor water supply after an earthquake. Additionally, clogged drains, problems with your water heater, and leaky faucets are common plumbing problems no matter where you live.
How Does the Water in Anaheim Affect Your Plumbing?
Most of Anaheim’s water supply comes from groundwater that is pumped from local wells, with the rest being purchased and imported from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). Water that MWD imports comes from the Colorado River and Northern California as a way to supplement local supplies. Water from the wells comes from the Orange County Groundwater Basin, which is a combination of local runoff, imported water, purified recycled water, and water from the Santa Ana River. According to testing done by Anaheim Public Utilities, the groundwater supply is very hard, and the water imported from the MWD is moderately hard. Hard water has higher levels of calcium and magnesium which can cause mineral deposits to form in your pipes, which can result in low water pressure.
How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Anaheim?
Repairs to plumbing can be one of the more costly home repairs, particularly if repairs are put off and not done immediately. On average, plumbing costs in Anaheim are between $111 and $807. Inspection costs, as well as permit fees, are not usually included in these prices. Neither is sales tax on materials. Additionally, installation or repair of larger fixtures or systems, such as a water softener system, is often much more expensive. For example, a new water softener system can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000 depending on the size of your home. There are a few other key factors that will affect the cost of your plumbing repairs.
Size and Difficulty
The bigger a problem is, and the more difficult it is, the more expensive it will be to repair. And if you attempt to fix the plumbing yourself first, become overwhelmed, and make it worse, your costs will increase. Costs can also increase quickly in homes with plumbing that is in poor condition when more problems are discovered during the project. Fixing a dripping faucet might seem simple initially, but it could expose problems, such as damaged pipes and mold, that are more expensive to fix.
PVC plumbing is generally the most common pipe used and is also the cheaper option for pipes. If for some reason the plumber needs to use copper, stainless steel, or ABS pipes, your cost will be higher. Sales tax for materials, which is currently 7.75%, is also a factor in your cost. Some installation projects, such as installing a water heater, will use a fixed fee which will typically account for the cost of materials.
Fixed Fee or Hourly Charge
Depending on the repairs, you may be charged a fixed fee or an hourly charge by our plumbers. Projects such as toilet installation or replacement usually have a fixed fee. More complicated projects will almost always be charged using an hourly rate. An hourly rate generally does not include the cost of supplies and materials.
Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Anaheim?
You bet! By spending a little more initially on plumbing repairs or updates, you usually end up saving money over time. Preventing more expensive future repairs by addressing them promptly will not only save you money in general, but it can also help you save money somewhere else. Your utility bill. A dripping faucet might seem relatively insignificant in terms of plumbing repairs, but it can end up costing you around an extra $20 a year, and that can add up. It also wastes a lot of water – over 3,600 gallons a year, which is enough to fill an above-ground pool. Not to mention only 1% of the water on the planet is suitable for human consumption. And having an extra $20 in your bank account is never a bad thing, plus it will probably earn interest as well! Here are a few more ways that better plumbing can save you money.
Having more efficient fixtures not only conserves water but saves you money on your utility bill. Additionally, the State of California offers rebates on energy-efficient washing machines as well as water heaters. Anaheim Public Utilities also has various rebates and they also have energy programs you can participate in, one of which involves a free shade tree.
There are some other rebates at the California Water Service website you can take a look at.
Increased Home Value
By promptly fixing leaks and slow drains, installing energy-efficient fixtures, as well as installing a dishwasher if your home does not already have one, you can increase the value of your home and often decrease your property tax at the same time through rebates.
When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Anaheim vs Hire a Plumber?
The majority of the time, our plumbers can assist you with plumbing problems. However, in some instances, the utility company will need to be called. Sometimes it is simply something where only the utility company can step in and it would be illegal for our plumbers to intervene. You might also run into a situation where the problem is just not something our plumbers can help with. If you don’t know whether you should call us or the utility company, having our plumbers come and check out the problem is a good option and they will let you know if you need to involve the utility company. Here are some common issues where it might not be clear who you need to call.
If it seems like your house is out of water, this might be an issue with the city water supply, which would require a call to your utility company. But check with your neighbors before you call. If you are the only person in the neighborhood having problems with their water supply, there is probably something wrong with the pipes in your home, and we would be the best call to make.
For water leaks, whether it is your responsibility or the responsibility of the utility company to fix them is determined based on where the leak is. For leaks on your property, you are responsible. Leaks from a broken water main would be the responsibility of the utility company. If you suspect a break in your water line and the shut-off valve does not work, or you aren’t even sure where it is, our plumbers can typically assist you. However, you still may need to contact your utility company if the leak is from the city water main.
Always call the utility company if you think there is a leak in your neighbor’s home and they do not appear to be home. Even though it might seem like the best course of action, do not shut your neighbor’s water off yourself. It is illegal for you, or a plumber not employed by the utility company, to turn someone else’s water off. The utility company can evaluate the situation and turn off the water if they need to. If you think your bill needs an adjustment, you will need to call your utility company.
When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Anaheim?
It might seem like a good idea to fix your plumbing without a professional plumber to save money, or maybe show off to family and friends. In many cases, though, plumbing jobs can become complicated and overwhelming very fast, even if it seemed like it could be an easy DIY project. Additionally, you might need to get a permit from the city. In most cases, if it involves an existing appliance or parts that are already in place, you do not need a permit. Additionally, replacing something like a toilet seat, or anything that does not require water to operate, does not need a permit. Here are some situations where the City of Anaheim does require a permit.
- If you are installing or modifying a plumbing or piping system
- If you are installing, repairing, or removing a well or a water softener system
- If you are adding or changing any fixtures or drains, such as a dishwasher
- If you are adding or remodeling a residential swimming pool or spa
- If you need to cap off pipes from fixtures that have been removed
- If you are installing lawn sprinkler systems or backflow prevention assemblies for lawn sprinkler systems
- If you are installing a non-metallic (plastic or CVPC) plumbing system to replace a metallic (copper or galvanized steel) plumbing system (in addition to a plumbing permit, you will need an electrical permit as well, since you will probably need to install a new grounding electrode)
- If it involves sewer lines, sump pumps, or septic systems. A septic system cleaning does not typically require a permit, but it should always be done by a licensed professional.
It is probably best to call our professionals if your job requires a permit from the city. Our plumbers already know which permits are needed and they should either already have them or know how to obtain them from the city if needed.