Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Menifee?
- 2 How Does the Water in Menifee Affect Your Plumbing?
- 3 How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Menifee?
- 4 Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Menifee?
- 5 When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Menifee vs Hire a Plumber?
- 6 When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Menifee?
What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Menifee?
Most of the plumbing issues we see in Menifee are universally common for homeowners across the country. Here are a few of the ones we see most often.
This common problem happens most often when substances like hair, soap scum, or grease build up inside your pipes. If water is draining slowly or your drain is completely stopped up, call us for help. We know how to effectively locate a clog and break it up quickly so your water can flow freely again.
Oftentimes, homeowners in Menifee try DIY techniques that include harsh chemicals. We don’t recommend this practice because it’s dangerous for the homeowner and their pipes. It often just doesn’t work very effectively. Instead, call us and we are equipped with the right tools to get rid of your clogs safely.
Leaky Pipes and Fixtures
Leaks and drips are easy to ignore, but the expense can add up quickly to your water bill. If you notice a puddle of water under your sink or if your faucet is dripping, your plumbing needs a little TLC. Without repair, you risk the growth of dangerous fungi like mold and mildew, and your water bill will likely be much higher than normal. These simple fixes are something we see every day and the service call is much easier on your wallet than an alarmingly high water bill.
The Eastern Municipal Water District owns and operates the water and sewer system in Menifee. You can call them at 800-698-0400 for emergencies with either the water or sewer system, or to report leaks or spills.
Low Water Pressure
Many homeowners in Menifee resign themselves to living with low water pressure and that’s just no way to live at all. If your showers or faucets have weak pressure, call us to check it out. We can diagnose the problem and come up with a plan to fix it. Sometimes low water pressure is nothing more than a bad aerator, and other times, it’s a symptom of a much bigger problem. Either way, we’ll help you figure it out and get your water pressure up to speed for good.
Trees can be enormous and beautiful, but what goes on the underground can significantly damage your sewer line. As tree roots grow and expand, they can poke through sewer pipes, causing sewage to back up and making for a smelly, messy disaster in your home. If you notice a bad odor or have sewage issues, call us right away. This issue is not one that you want to ignore.
How Does the Water in Menifee Affect Your Plumbing?
Eastern Municipal Water Department releases a water quality report each year to show that Menifee’s water continues to surpass all the standards required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as well as the State Water Resources Control Board. The EMWD performs over 50,000 water tests each year to ensure that the water coming from your tap is safe, delicious, and crystal clear.
You can be certain that the water coming down the pipes is considered absolutely safe for your family to consume, but there are a few things to be concerned about. Arsenic levels are below the actionable level, but they were detected in very small amounts. Lead and copper weren’t detected in the EMWD water supply, but they can leak into your water supply from your home plumbing pipes and fixtures. These contaminants are especially harmful to small children, pregnant women, and immunocompromised individuals. We can test your water and tell you exactly what’s coming out of your tap. If you’ve got contaminants leaking in, we can talk about replacing pipes or adding a water filtration system to what you’ve got.
How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Menifee?
The answer to this question is “it depends on a lot of factors”. We do all kinds of jobs and it’s impossible to quote a price without knowing your specific needs. If you are in need of plumbing work, call us for a quote. In Menifee, you can expect to pay us an average of $87.85 per hour. We’ll consider several factors before giving you a price for your specific job. The top three factors are listed below.
Most of us charge an hourly rate for our services, so the longer it takes to get the job done, the more you’ll likely pay. This factor will be the largest variable in determining your final price, so it’s always best to get a few quotes from different professional plumbers like us before committing to one.
Parts and Equipment
As with any home repair, we may need to install new parts or equipment to get your pipes working again. When providing a quote, we’ll list all the parts needed along with their prices so you know upfront what you’ll be paying for. You may want to purchase some items yourself, like a new toilet or water heater. Other parts may just be easier for us to purchase and bill you for later. We’ll discuss it all with you ahead of time so there will be no surprises.
Plumbing emergencies can happen at all hours, and for some reason, pipes like to cause us trouble at the worst possible times. If you need emergency services, you can rest assured that many of us in Menifee are available 24 hours a day. You can expect to pay a higher hourly rate for emergency service calls on weekends or outside business hours and some of us charge a flat emergency fee for our services. The extra cost is well worth the quick response you’ll receive during a true plumbing emergency.
Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Menifee?
Most people don’t think about their plumbing until something goes wrong and they need to pay to have it repaired. Consider these cost-saving actions you can take to save money on your plumbing in the long run.
Take Advantage of Programs and Rebates
EMWD offers several ways to save money on your plumbing through water-saving programs and rebates. Consider having a Smart Controller installed on your irrigation system to save over 13,000 gallons of water each year that you’d otherwise be paying for. Similarly, EMWD offers free Deep Drip Watering Stakes for your irrigation system and a free conservation scorecard so you can see how well you’re doing.
Homeowners can also take advantage of many SoCal WaterSmart rebates. The rebates cover a variety of plumbing parts and equipment that will save you money and conserve water over time. Some of these rebate items include toilets, sprinklers, rain barrels, and washing machines.
Fix Leaks, Drips, and Clogs ASAP
Don’t wait to call us if you’ve got a minor issue. Small plumbing problems like leaks, drips, and clogs cost very little to repair and can lead to enormous problems down the road. If you notice a water leak or a dripping faucet, call us right away. The problem isn’t going to fix itself and you’ll be paying for wasted water until you have it repaired. In the same sense, a slow drain isn’t going to get any better without a little attention, and it will most likely get much worse. Don’t stress your pipes with unwanted clogs and call us right away to fix them.
When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Menifee vs Hire a Plumber?
Well, it depends on where your plumbing issue is located. EMWD is responsible for handling all of the plumbing maintenance beyond your water meter and main sewage line. Anything on your side is your responsibility to manage. That means that you’ll need to call us about any leaky pipes, water heater issues, or irrigation problems you encounter. You’ll also need to call us to investigate any bad odors or sewage issues you notice in your home.
If you notice a plumbing emergency outside your home plumbing responsibilities, call EMWD’s Integrated Operations Center (IOC) immediately. These issues include water main breaks, sewage backups, and fire hydrant leaks. A representative is available 24/7 at 1-800-698-0400 or 951-928-3777 ext. 6265 and they’ll get someone to take care of the problem quickly.
When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Menifee?
Before any work is done, it’s always best to research the permit requirements in your city. In Menifee, the Building and Safety Department processes building permit applications for a variety of projects, including home plumbing maintenance. For the following work, you’ll need to have a permit in hand.
- Water Heater Replacement
- Pool and Spa Work
- Minor Plumbing Work
To obtain a permit, you need to call City Hall at (951) 672-6777 so you can make an appointment regarding your plumbing needs.
Many plumbing repairs and replacements don’t require the issuance of a permit. These include:
- Leak repair in pipes, valves, and fixtures, as long as you aren’t replacing or rearranging them.
- Replacing dishwashers and garbage disposals when the original dishwasher or garbage disposal had been installed with a permit.
- Installing water lines to refrigerators for ice makers.
- Unclogging drains (unless the excavation is needed).
- Exterior water line repair as long as you’ve got an approved cross-connection device between your repair and potable water supply.
- Installing irrigation pipes.
Although not required, the Building and Safety Department recommends that all plumbing work is completed by a licensed contractor so you can be sure that your plumbing is working at professional standards.