Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Goleta?
- 2 How Does the Water in Goleta Affect Your Plumbing?
- 3 How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Goleta?
- 4 Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Goleta?
- 5 When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Goleta Vs Hire a Plumber?
- 6 When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Goleta?
What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Goleta?
Clogged drains are the most common plumbing problems Goleta homeowners have to deal with. Some of the most common culprits for clogged drains include soap, hair, small objects, mineral buildup, and food waste.
Though you can buy drain-cleaning chemicals, but these products sometimes do more harm than good and can erode cast-iron drain pipes. And because the chemicals typically don’t remove the entire clog, the problem is likely to recur, forcing you to use the chemicals repeatedly, eventually causing significant damage to your pipes. In the end, you’ll go from needing a simple plumbing service (snaking the drain) to replacing your pipes, a costly endeavor. This is also why the City of Goleta is involved in several Drainage Improvement Projects.
Running toilets is another common plumbing issue we encountered in Goleta. It may seem like a minor annoyance, but a toilet that continues to run after you flush it wastes a lot of water. Also, a running toilet doesn’t flush as well, which increases the chances of waste blockages in your bathroom pipes. You may have a running toilet if the tank has too much or too little water, the toilet chain inside the tank is broken, the flapper flush or seal is broken, or the toilet leaks.
Other common plumbing issues in Goleta include:
- Low water pressure
- Faulty faucets
- Leaky pipes
- Water heater problems
- Sewer problems
How Does the Water in Goleta Affect Your Plumbing?
Since 1956, most of Goleta’s water supply has come from the Cachuma Project, located in the mountains just north and west of the District. A portion of the city’s water also comes from Gibraltar Reservoir and groundwater sources. As water travels over land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals such as calcium and magnesium, causing the water to be hard. As a result, the city’s water has a hardness range of 20 to 25 grains per gallon.
While water hardness doesn’t affect your health, it can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. Some of the most visible effects of hard water on your plumbing include deposits, stains, or limescale buildup on faucets, showerhead, bathroom fixtures, and sinks. Minerals in hard water also accumulate inside your pipes over time, reducing water flow and corroding your pipes. This increases the risk of clogs, sewer backups, slow drains, burst pipes, and leaks.
Limescale can also build up inside your water heater, making it less efficient since the heater will take longer to heat the water, resulting in increased energy expenses. Limescale buildup can also reduce your water heater’s lifespan. Your best protection against long-lasting damage from hard water is a regular inspection by us. We can address hard water problems and help you avoid expensive pipe, sewer, and appliance repairs.
How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Goleta?
The average cost of plumbing in Goleta is $396, but it ranges between $100 and $803. This is a wide range because there’s no single solution to plumbing issues, and every situation is unique. Some factors affecting the cost of plumbing in Goleta include:
Complexity of the Job
Consider the level of complexity and skill that the job requires. Will it take one hour or several? A simple service such as unclogging a drain won’t take more than two hours, while a more intricate project like replacing your pipes or installing a new water line can take several hours or even days. We tend to charge an hourly rate for more complicated jobs, which can have unexpected outcomes such as more extensive damage than anticipated or the need for additional materials. Complex jobs also require a bigger crew and more expensive materials or pricier replacements, adding to your overall cost.
We also factor in your location when estimating your plumbing cost. Trip fees range from $50 to $300 depending on your location and the distance we will need to travel. This fee is in addition to the labor charge and helps offset traveling time to and from job sites. If you’re outside our service area, expect to pay more. We often don’t disclose the traveling charges. Instead, we roll the rates into the service fees or hourly rates.
Plumbing emergencies often call for immediate action, no matter the time of day. For example, if your pipe bursts or water is leaking all over the floor, and it’s the weekend, you cannot wait until Monday for us to come. Luckily, most of us provide a 24-hour emergency service, but at a higher hourly rate or a flat fee. You may have to pay an additional $70 to $400 per hour for an emergency or a flat rate fee of $100-$350. Some of us may charge you time-and-a-half to triple our hourly rate depending on when the call comes in – if it’s a holiday, weekend, or night.
Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Goleta?
Your plumbing system is one of the most critical aspects of your home. As with most other things, you will always save money in the long run with proactive maintenance rather than dealing with sudden emergencies. By giving your plumbing a little regular attention, you can spot plumbing issues before they develop, prevent leaks, improve water pressure, avoid costly repairs and prolong its life. Here are some ways you can improve your plumbing, to ensure its reliability and efficiency and save money in the process.
Install Water Softeners
Since Goleta has hard water, installing a water softener is one of the best things you can do to make your plumbing more efficient and prolong the lifespan of your pipes and plumbing appliances. A water softener is a unit used to soften water by removing the minerals that cause the water to be hard. With soft water coursing through your plumbing system, you don’t have to worry about leaks, clogs, slow drains, and scale buildup on your fixtures.
Install Water-Efficient Fixtures
Though the Goleta Water District has invested in a diverse water supply portfolio to meet customer needs, there is never enough water to waste in this semi-arid climate. To play your part in water conservation, you should consider installing water-efficient plumbing fixtures, such as:
- Shut-off nozzles: Provide an automatic shut-off capability and help to save water.
- Low-flow showerheads: These showerheads make showering more efficient by slowing the rate at which water flows through the showerhead. A low-flow showerhead is estimated to produce savings of 2,000 gallons per year.
- Low-flow bathroom faucet aerators: Faucet aerators help you use less water and save money. Aerators use air to break up the flow of water into multiple streams, so while they reduce the rate at which water flows through the device, most people won’t notice a difference. Each faucet aerator is estimated to conserve approximately 700 gallons per year.
- Showerhead shut-off valves: These devices make it easy to turn off the water in the shower without adjusting the temperature settings, letting you save water while you shampoo or shave.
- Water-efficient washing machine: Laundry generally accounts for 14-40% of a typical household water usage. A standard washer uses 40-45 gallons of water per load, while a high-efficiency washer uses 14-25 gallons per load. This saves you money on both energy and water bills. In addition, you can take advantage of the city’s water-efficient washing machine rebates of up to $150.
Get a Tankless Water Heater
A traditional water heater holds 40 gallons of water or more in a tank, which it keeps near a target temperature (usually just below 120°F). This consumes energy and takes up storage space. On the other hand, a tankless heater doesn’t store water; instead, it heats the water instantly by running it through the coils on its way to your home’s hot-water supply line, saving energy. Tankless units also last for more than 20 years, nearly double the lifespan of a traditional water heater. If you want to enjoy hot water on demand, increased savings on your energy bill, and a longer-lasting appliance, installing a tankless water heater is the way to go.
When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Goleta Vs Hire a Plumber?
Water-related problems are inevitable, but knowing who to call between your water utility company and us can be challenging. While every situation is unique, here are a few guiding principles to help you decide.
If you suspect a leak, monitoring your home’s water meter will give you a definitive answer. Turn off all water faucets in your home and make sure the washing machine and dishwasher are not running. Then check the water meter and make a note of the numbers you see. Come back in an hour and check again; if the numbers have changed, there’s a leak somewhere.
To determine if the leak is inside the house or outside, turn off the shut-off valve on your home’s main water supply pipe, then check the water meter. Wait for an hour, then check again. If the numbers have changed, the leak is in the buried water line that runs to the house. You can also know you have an outside leak if there’s a puddle in the yard or driveway. Since you’re responsible for maintaining the pipes on your property, you have to call us as soon as possible. The city of Goleta requires all leaks to be fixed within 24 hours.
If you see a leak on the street, such as a broken water main, call the Goleta Water District immediately on (805) 964-6761. The city is responsible for water leaks beyond your property line/water meter located near your street/property line. You should also call the utility company when your home’s water goes out entirely. This may be because of scheduled service maintenance or an outage in your area, and your utility will let you know when the water will be restored.
When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Goleta?
To promote water conservation, Goleta doesn’t require permits for residential greywater systems (provided that no cutting of existing plumbing is needed), and as long as you meet all the requirements. You can legally pipe gray water from your bathroom sinks, showers, and tubs onto their landscaping without having to apply for a building permit, get an inspection, or pay fees. However, you’ll need a permit if you want to:
- Install or replace your water heater
- Repair or replace your pipes
- Install a main water line or sewer line
- Relocate your plumbing system