Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Culver City?
- 2 How Does the Water in Culver City Affect Your Plumbing?
- 3 How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Culver City?
- 4 Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Culver City?
- 5 When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Culver City Vs Hire a Plumber?
- 6 When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Culver City?
What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Culver City?
Our beloved Culver City, located right in the ‘sweet spot’ as we say, between downtown Los Angeles and the mighty Pacific Ocean, or to be more exact, the upscale community of Marina Del Rey. There are multi-million dollar homes all with state-of-the-art plumbing and fixtures throughout Culver City and the swank of Beverly Hills just to our north, and not a single one of these homes are immune from plumbing issues. The greater Culver City area, or to be a bit more precise, the immediate downtown area of Culver City has undergone exponential growth in the past decade with restaurants, bars, and other upscale dining experiences that have put a strain on the plumbing fixtures in Culver City. Our most common plumbing issue is leaking faucets. Nothing glamorous or pretty; just leaking faucets!
Then there are the other issues that we do see regularly such as:
- Slow/Clogged Drains
- Constantly Running Toilets
- Clogged Toilets
- Leaking Toilets
- Water Heater Issues
- Water Pressure Issues
Most of the recurring plumbing issues in Culver City are in homes that were built in the Culver City construction boom in 1961. Southern California was a hotspot for construction activity in the early 60s, and over three-quarters of the homes in the greater Culver City area were built during this time frame. Those above-mentioned plumbing issues are the result of aging infrastructure with regard to plumbing lines, both water and sewer. Constant use from a densely packed population, water quality, age of systems, and of course, the infamous San Andreas fault that creates all that seismic activity are the main culprits for plumbing issues in Culver City.
How Does the Water in Culver City Affect Your Plumbing?
Of course, it does. All water, no matter how pure or contaminated, will eat away at plumbing lines if left totally unattended. Just look at what constantly running water did to the Grand Canyon! That is the same effect that running water through plumbing lines has.
The water in the City of Culver City is, according to their latest water quality analysis report, above average for what the EPA considers safe for human consumption. Read that same report a bit further and see the number of actual contaminants that are added at the water treatment plant to make your water ‘safe’. Actual pesticides, germicides, and other additives that, even though they are filtered, still have a heavy particulate form and can cause an abrasive action when run through water plumbing lines. This effect can actually eat away at your plumbing lines without you ever knowing a thing until one day you notice a small wet spot along a wall or a fountain springs up in your yard.
Yes, your water is safe to drink and has below-normal amounts of lead, but it is sandblasting its way through your plumbing lines from the additives that make it safe to drink.
How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Culver City?
Despite all the upscale living and trendiness that surrounds the greater Culver City area, the overall price paid for a plumbing repair isn’t all that bad. In fact, when comparing other locations in and around the Southern California area, Culver City ranks in the lower third of those homes that required a plumbing repair in the past year. So, that is what we are going to put up for you here. These are the averages paid to have a plumbing issue repaired in Culver City with regard to the low, high, and overall average price paid for plumbing repairs in Culver City:
- Average low cost for a plumbing repair in Culver City, CA – $120
- Average high cost for a plumbing repair in Culver City, CA – $874
- Average overall price paid for a plumbing repair in Culver City, CA – $497
Those figures include miscellaneous charges for:
- Average labor cost in Culver City, CA
- Misc. Fees for machinery and/or equipment rental
- Site prep and clean-up
Those figures do not include the following charges that will vary according to your specific plumbing issue:
- Fees for permits/inspections
- Materials/supplies state sales taxes
- Materials/supplies local sales taxes
Now let’s take into consideration a few things that can cause those figures to jump:
Cost Factor: Size and Scope of Your Plumbing Problem
Just how involved is your plumbing problem in Culver City? Is it a plumbing repair for a leaking faucet or do we need to entirely replumb your home? Bigger, more involved jobs take longer, require more manpower, and ultimately, end up costing you more money.
Cost Factor: Where is Your Plumbing Problem Located?
This can cost more. A broken water line in your outdoor hydrant fixture or a broken water line under your concrete slab driveway? This scenario will also have a direct effect on our next cost factor.
Cost Factor: Demolition and/or Reconstruction
Is your plumbing repair going to be one of those issues that have to be demolished to get to and reconstructed afterward? Think of a broken water line inside a living room wall. Demolition followed by the actual repair and subsequent reconstruction, all charged accordingly. Cha-ching!
Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Culver City?
Obviously, our answer to this is yes. Of course, we want you to have better plumbing installed. But this is no sales pitch. Nothing but the facts, right? If we have been out to your Culver City home three times this past year to repair the same broken water line (same line broken in three different places because its getting old, and old plumbing springs leaks), wouldn’t it save you money, just in service calls, to have the entire pipe replaced, and be done with it? The cost for a new pipe installation as opposed to three more service calls to repair said pipe over the next 12 months… do the math!
Okay, here’s another money saver. Leave that pipe alone for a moment and take a quick look at your plumbing fixtures. Your faucets, both kitchen and bath, and your toilet(s). If they are still the original ones that were installed when your home was built, they are costing you money even if they do not leak a drop.
Upgrade those old water-guzzling fixtures to the new more efficient Water Sense fixtures that use 20% less water to do the same job, saving you money on your monthly water utility bill.
If you are the type of person who thrives on data, here is a nice 55-page report on these Water Sense products.
When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Culver City Vs Hire a Plumber?
The geographical location of Culver City is such that there are so many communities within such a small area, the requirements for a plumbing permit are set forth by the Los Angeles City government to include areas like Culver City and all other municipalities within the city limits of Los Angeles. This keeps all the requirements the same as you go from city to city without having certain requirements for this city and other requirements for an adjoining city. It just keeps the confusion down. Now, you may have to get multiple permits for multiple cities, but the rules and regulations are the same from city to city
Most, if not, all professional plumbers that are licensed to do business within the City Limits of Culver City will apply and purchase the permit(s) for your plumbing repair and simply reflect that charge on their final bill. This is part of their plumbing repair package and is considered to be an integral part of their plumbing repair policies and procedures. You should never have to worry about whether your plumbing repair or improvement is going to need a permit or not as it is the responsibility of our professional plumbers to do so. That being said, if you are concerned about your plumbing repair, you can go ahead with the application process of the plumbing permit and pass that application along to us just so you know that it is done. However, you should never have to worry about your plumbing repair permit for Culver City if you hire Mr. Blue Plumbing!
If you are simply curious about the plumbing permit process, there are several FAQs here on the Culver City webpage that address that very issue.
When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Culver City?
Basically, any type of contracted plumbing work that you hire us to complete within the city limits of Culver City will require a permit from the local city government. Our professional plumbers are very well-educated about this process and will be able to answer any questions that you may have regarding your need for a permit to complete the job.
In the section above, we pretty much outlined the scenarios for applying for the permit, as well as our professional plumbers’ responsibilities regarding the permitting of your plumbing repair in Culver City. When the team of professionals here at Mr. Blue Plumbing is contracted to do your Culver City Plumbing Repair, we will work in unison with the City of Culver City to make sure that you are properly permitted for a smooth plumbing repair project in the greater Culver City area!