Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are The Most Common Plumbing Issues In Visalia?
- 2 How Does The Water In Visalia Affect Your Plumbing?
- 3 How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Visalia?
- 4 Can Better Plumbing Save You Money In Visalia?
- 5 When Should You Call The Water Utility Company In Visalia Vs Hire a Plumber?
- 6 When Do You Need Permits For Plumbing Service in Visalia?
What Are The Most Common Plumbing Issues In Visalia?
Plumbing has always been an issue in Visalia, CA, along with much of California. An extensive plumbing report found that as many as 208,000 Californians had inadequate toilet access, and 211,000 didn’t even have access to proper hot and cold running water. That number has since declined, and the state and City of Visalia are working hard towards better solutions with their Human Right to Water principle.
However, with the continued growth in plumbing access comes the need for more information on the topic to ensure homes can easily identify and safely maintain plumbing efficiency in their homes.
Some of the most common plumbing issues in Visalia include the following.
Although many homeowners in Visalia often overlook it, especially compared to other plumbing issues that can arise, a leaky faucet and/or pipe can lead to (or be a sign of) bigger problems. First and foremost, they lead to hefty water bill costs that can be a pain to keep up with. However, that cost is nothing compared to what it would be if the leaking water pressure wasn’t because of your faucet. In worse cases, it can be a sign your pipelines are weakening and/or corroding — creating cracks that cause your faucet to leak occasionally.
Low water pressure
When it comes to low water pressure throughout your entire home, it’s safe to say the problem is plumbing and not just one or two fixtures breaking down at once. You can usually correct this common plumbing issue at your main water line by checking the water pressure. Still, if the problem continues or gets worse — it’s always better to call our plumbers in Visalia for an inspection.
Signs of low water pressure can include:
- Water flow slows down when two or more fixtures are going at the same time.
- The washing machine takes a while to fill up.
- Pipes make a whistling sound.
- The toilet tank doesn’t fill up as quickly when another fixture is running.
Water heater issues
Water heater issues can come in one of four ways. There’s either a problem with temperatures, leaks, discoloration, and/or unusual noises. In Visalia, the most common of these issues is water temperature, like the plumbing report stated. The most likely cause of your water temperature being off is because your thermostat isn’t working properly or is set too high. Before jumping to conclusions, check that your thermostat is set at 120, as the U.S. Department of Energy recommended.
However, if you notice discoloration, you should contact our experts because it could be rusting and in need of replacement. Noises can be a sign of buildup and usually can be fixed by flushing your water heater but will have to be replaced if that doesn’t resolve your problem. As for leaks, you can first check and tighten any loose plumbing connections and bolts before making a call to our professionals.
Clogged pipes, sinks, toilets, etc.
There are several signs to look out for when it comes to clogged pipes, sinks, toilets, and more. Fortunately, they’re all pretty similar, so you don’t have to remember a long list of different signs. The best rule of thumb to go by if you think your problem is due to clogging is to check for:
- Slow drainage
- Gurgling noises
- Water level changes
- Frequent back-ups
- When using one fixture causes water to come up another fixture.
How Does The Water In Visalia Affect Your Plumbing?
The water in Visalia is considered moderately hard, which means it can play a role in the efficiency of your plumbing. It’s only moderately hard (not classified as ‘hard’) because it contains an abundance of minerals like copper, magnesium, calcium, etc., but it does not contain a large abundance. This is good news!
However, it can still cause buildup in your plumping pipelines without proper maintenance. This can cause mineral-deposit clogging, low-quality drinking water, and in worse-case scenarios — buildup can lead to increased pressure that causes cracks and pipe bursts. Fortunately, this isn’t as common of an occurrence in areas like ours, where the water is only moderately hard compared to areas classified as hard water.
How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Visalia?
When it comes to budgeting your plumbing costs and getting an idea of what you can expect to pay to solve your problems, it’s extremely important that you keep in mind that there are cost factors that can influence the price to go in either direction. For plumbing in Visalia specifically, this can be because of the work you need to be done, the hourly rate of our plumbers, and/or the added inspection for times when you’re not sure what the problem is (or if there is a problem).
However, in most cases, the average cost of plumbing in Visalia is $327, with some jobs being as little as $175 or up to $480 or more.
Cost Factor: Service
Plumping costs in Visalia depend primarily on the job you need to be done. This makes it hard to say exactly what you can expect in expenses, but we can give you an idea. Standard jobs like clearing drain clogs and repairing water mains, faucets, pipes, and fixtures can be as little as $50 and as high as hundreds of dollars. On the other hand, bigger jobs like a bathtub or water softener installation can cost thousands of dollars.
Cost Factor: Hourly Rates
Many plumbing jobs call for hourly rates, but our expert plumbers can sometimes provide fixed rates for jobs with little risk for unforeseen problems.
Note that the service you request can also influence the specialist we send to complete the work. Typical rates can be between $60 and $70 for all the standard plumbing jobs (not including parts/materials) you need to be done, but if you’re looking at a more complex plumbing job — you may look at rates close to $100 per hour.
Cost Factor: Inspections
It’s not uncommon for homeowners to be unsure what their plumbing problem is, and in some cases, the obvious problem signs can mean various things (i.e., a leak can just be a leak, or it can be water pressure buildup, etc.). If this is the case, you’ll likely need an inspection before your plumbing problem can be resolved and can expect to add a couple of hundred dollars to your final costs.
Can Better Plumbing Save You Money In Visalia?
Short answer: Absolutely! Better plumping can save a lot of homeowners in Visalia money because bad or deteriorating plumbing nearly always leads to unnecessary costs and sometimes big repairs and/or replacements. The common assumption is that the damage done would’ve happened anyway, but believe it or not, it could’ve been prevented in most cases.
Here are two of the most important reasons to keep up with your plumbing:
- Lower utility bills — those stubborn leaks in your home may just look like an eyesore, but there are more problems than that if you let the leak go on for a long time. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Better yet, they say taking care of household leaks can save you as much as 10% on your water bills.
- Avoid higher costs — A pipe leak can do more damage than an increased water bill. Many people don’t think about the water damage, mold/mildew buildup, clogging, and pipe cracks that can happen due to leaks that haven’t been taken care of. These repairs are much more expensive and major than the minor leak would’ve cost you.
When Should You Call The Water Utility Company In Visalia Vs Hire a Plumber?
It can sometimes be challenging to know whether your plumbing problem can be resolved by our professional plumbers or one that should be reported to the water utility company in your area. The best rule of thumb to go by is if the problem you’re experiencing (i.e., leak, low water pressure or quality, etc.) is one that your neighbors are also experiencing, then it’s likely a city problem. However, if you’re the only one experiencing this, then it’s best to hire our experts and let them advise you on the best next steps (and whether that would include city help).
With that being said, water conservation is extremely important in Visalia, CA, so Cal Water Service urges residents to immediately report any leaks on streets and near water meter boxes or common water waste like a broken sprinkler, water running down the street, sprinklers on during the day, and more.
When Do You Need Permits For Plumbing Service in Visalia?
The City of Visalia says ‘Plumbing Permits as applicable may be required’ and to contact the Building Safety Division (559-713-4444) for more information, meaning there are small jobs that may not need a permit. If you’re unsure if you need one, consult our plumbing experts, and they will be qualified to tell you. Any big job (like water heaters), however, will certainly require a plumbing permit.
According to the California Plumbing Code, the City of Visalia does require a plumbing permit to install, replace, remove, lower, or relocate any water heater. You just obtain the permit before the job is started, or you’ll likely be hit with some extra fees. You should also note that Visalia residents are never allowed to install water heaters in their bedrooms, bathrooms, or closets, and every job should pass a final inspection (inspections that are scheduled but not ready will cost another fee).