Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Covina?
- 2 How Does the Water in Covina Affect Your Plumbing?
- 3 How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Covina?
- 4 Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Covina?
- 5 When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Covina vs Hire a Plumber?
- 6 When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Covina?
What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Covina?
Imagining a small town that is laid back, and located just outside of Los Angeles is not easy for anyone who has never traveled to Covina. That is exactly what people who live here love about it. It is a break from the big city, just 22-miles away. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few special things about this “suburb.” It is special in its own right. Just ask any resident!
We personally love the small businesses, the approximately 50,000 residents, and its beautiful location. As you look back through history, it wasn’t always the quaint little town that it is now. When early settlers moved in, they found cacti and sunflowers, which had to be cleared out for their farms. Instead of native plants, the town became a major orange producer. Grapefruit was also a popular and well-growing fruit for the area.
It wasn’t until after WWII that people decided the oranges and grapefruit should be removed. By doing so, it would allow more people to enjoy the beauty of San Gabriel Valley. And the people did come!
However, as with other Californian valleys, there are some people who worry about the water quality in Covina. It was, after all, a farming town for more than 60-years.
Some of the most common plumbing concerns in Covina include:
- Sewer Drain Issues
- Water Heater Repairs/Replacements
- Clogged Drains
- Leaky Faucets
- Running Toilets
- Low Water Pressure
- Stinky Drains
Each of these issues is common no matter where a person calls home. Most of it stems from hard water issues, which is also common throughout California.
How Does the Water in Covina Affect Your Plumbing?
The City of Covina gets water from the Main San Gabriel Groundwater Basin and the San Gabriel River. With its past, Covina does have quite a few contaminants that are in the soil. With runoff over the years since its farming days, there are quite a few that have also ended up in the water. They include:
- Microbial Contaminants
- Inorganic Contaminants
- Radioactive Contaminants
- Organic Chemical Contaminants
Water treatment plants all over the U.S. deal with these same types of contaminants. Most will never come into contact with your plumbing or your home. However, some may. Generally, these contaminants are picked up on the way to your home through pipes from the city or your own water lines.
For this reason, your own plumbing should be of higher quality if you hope to avoid contaminants, which can damage your plumbing. For instance, did you know that lead was used in plumbing until around 1986? If your home was built before then, the lead in your water could be causing damages as it corrodes. The risk of corrosion is even higher in areas with high acidity or low mineral content. High acidity can eat holes through copper piping.
Hard water is a common problem in Covina. It can also cause corrosion, leaks, and other issues for your home’s water supply. Hard water can cause mineral buildup in plumbing, fixtures, and water heaters,
It is a revolving door of issues for plumbing in Covina. Even the fact that there is a steady need for water conservation can lead to problems with your plumbing. Why? In short, your home’s foundation can become weaker when there are periods of dryness and then heavy rainfall. The constant tug and pull on your home’s water and drain lines can cause them to weaken. It is not a simple fix since you cannot change nature to provide consistent rain, but you can keep watch over your plumbing.
The best thing you can do to prevent issues with your plumbing is to have it inspected often. It will save you worry and perhaps a little money.
How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Covina?
When it comes to plumbing work, there is no way to accurately pinpoint a homeowner’s cost out-of-pocket without seeing the job beforehand. Any plumbing company that tells you otherwise, isn’t being honest.
We can tell you that on average, homeowners in Covina can expect to pay between $115.00 and $850.00 for plumbing repairs and services. It simply depends on the job that needs to be done for that home or business. To break it down more, most jobs end up costing around $480.00.
What does this mean for your plumbing issues? Nothing much. Your price could be more or less depending on several factors. Some of these factors may make your cost lower or higher than the average.
Every job is different and every plumbing setup is unique. If you need us to come in and repair a leaking faucet, your price will be on the lower end of the price scale. However, if you have a leaking faucet and we discover a bigger problem with the pipes that may be causing your leak, this will have to be fixed. It could increase your cost because the job will become more of a challenge for us.
Beyond that, new installations that require pipes to be laid and connected will cost more than simple repairs of what is already there. This is why we say that it is an unpredictable cost factor. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all price range for a job because your needs may be different from someone else’s.
For us to know your cost, we would also need to know what will be required to complete the job to your satisfaction. If you want a sink faucet installed, you will have the price of the installation combined with the cost of the faucet, unless you have the faucet already. The same is true for hot water heaters, water softeners, etc.
You will also have to consider the cost of permits that may be required for some jobs.
Emergency or Business Hours?
Your cost of service will also vary based on whether you need emergency services or if the job can be done during normal business hours. A burst pipe on the weekend or on special holidays will cost you more than one that happens during the week. However, if your job has to be moved to the top of the list during the week, then you may also pay a little more for the rush.
Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Covina?
One of the biggest things we can urge Covina residents to do is upgrade their appliance efficiency. By changing faucets, showerheads, and toilets to “low-flow” you will conserve water and save money on your water bills. For most people, it will check off several “must-have” boxes in one easy upgrade.
Beyond that, we recommend upgrades for efficiency when it comes to water heaters and dishwashers. Even over the last 10 years, appliances have become much better at doing their job using less power and less water. Water heaters are thicker and hold heat more effectively. Dishwashers use less water and may run shorter amounts of time. Both of which can save you money if you have older appliances.
Water softening systems may save you money over time as well. They are designed to filter out the stuff that is in the water, even hardness and chemicals that may damage pipes over the years ahead. The benefit is that your hair and skin will be healthier, and your pipes will not end up with buildup that may damage them.
When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Covina vs Hire a Plumber?
Do you know who to call for a water emergency? There are some situations when you will want to call us and others when the right place to call is the Covina Public Works. You have to figure out which one is going to be best suited to help you with the emergency you are dealing with.
In Covina, you are urged to call the Public Works or the Covina Police Department Dispatch for emergencies that include:
- Broken Water Mains
- Water Leaks (especially those that are off your property)
- A Total Loss of Water to Your Home
- A Complete Lack of Water Pressure to Your Home
- Unusual or Suddenly Discolored Water
For non-emergency water issues on your property, you will want to contact us. We can help you tackle situations that include:
- Clogged Drains
- Leaking Pipes
- Water Heater Replacement/Maintenance
- Sporadic Water Pressure
If you are not sure who the right person to call for your particular problem is, you can start by calling us. We will help you decide whether we or the water company is going to be best because we understand plumbing better than anyone. We also know what it takes to keep up with code enforcement in Covina.
When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Covina?
Covina does require permits for a lot of different construction projects and repairs. They also require permits for some basic plumbing needs. You will need a permit if you are:
- Changing, Upgrading, or Altering the HVAC
- Replacing the Tub/Shower Enclosure
- Changing Water Heaters
- Repairing or Installing Water, Sewer, or Gas Lines
- Adding, Remodeling, or Removing a Swimming Pool or Spa
- Bathroom Additions
If you are remodeling your kitchen or your bathroom, you will need a construction permit. In most situations, you will also need to have the approval of the City Planning and Building and Safety Division. You are urged by the city to consider hiring a licensed contractor when a permit is required. It will make the process go smoother, but it is not a requirement.
Having us to help you through is a good idea, whether the job is big or small. Covina has a lot of building codes that you will need to follow. You wouldn’t want to do a job and find out that it violates the Covina building codes, which could mean it ends up costing you more in fees and penalties.