Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Cartersville?
- 2 How Does the Water in Cartersville Affect Your Plumbing?
- 3 How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Cartersville?
- 4 Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Cartersville?
- 5 When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Cartersville vs Hire a Plumber?
- 6 When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Cartersville?
What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Cartersville?
Cartersville is an old community, and older buildings within our town may lend themselves to certain plumbing problems that may not be as prevalent in other cities with less history. Even in newer homes, though, residents here frequently experience the same plumbing problems that are common in other communities across the country. The plumbing issues we tend to see folks having problems with the most frequently in Cartersville are:
- Leaking fixtures and pipes– As mentioned above, Cartersville is home to many older buildings, which come with older plumbing. Older plumbing and fixtures are more prone to leaks. This also means Cartersville residents of our beautiful older neighborhoods commonly require fixture replacements and replacement of aging or corroded pipes.
- Clogs and slow drains– Cartersville has hard water, which may cause mineral buildup in pipes and result in a higher incidence of clogged pipes.
- Low water pressure
- Sewer and septic backups
- Mineral buildup in fixtures and aerators– Since Cartersville has hard water with more mineral, mineral buildup is common in fixtures and aerators.
How Does the Water in Cartersville Affect Your Plumbing?
The water we receive from the city water department in Cartersville is relatively soft for the area, which means that the water in Cartersville causes fewer problems over time in plumbing than in other cities in the region. Still, at a hardness of 60 ppm, Cartersville water is considered moderately hard. The hardness of water indicates how many small particles of minerals have collected in it. While the Clarence B. Walker Water Treatment Plant removes harmful contaminants in water, these trace minerals can be extremely difficult to remove from water. They pose no threat to humans who drink the water. Still, over time these tiny particles can collect in your plumbing system, lessening water flow and potentially causing clogs and reduced efficiency. Hard water can also build up scale on fixtures that can be difficult to remove and can diminish the lifespan of fixtures like faucets, toilets, and showers in your home.
How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Cartersville?
Costs for plumbing services in Cartersville tend to be right at the national average for similar services. This means that simple fixes like pipe repair or clog removal can cost anywhere from around $120 to $200, while more involved services can vary greatly in price depending on the exact circumstances. There are a few different factors that can influence the cost of services in Cartersville.
Age of Building
With a history dating back to before The Civil War, Cartersville has a lot of older buildings. Older buildings without renovated and updated plumbing can be hiding serious hazards that are only discovered once work is being performed. Even buildings built in the middle of the 20th century could be concealing corroded pipes or outdated and potentially hazardous materials.
A plumber won’t ignore a potentially hazardous situation they encounter while working on a plumbing issue. If we encounter dangerous materials, code violations, or serious weaknesses in your plumbing system, those problems must be dealt with as soon as they are discovered. While unexpected costs associated with these surprises hiding in the plumbing of old buildings may be less than ideal, it’s necessary to ensure that your plumbing system is modern and won’t adversely affect the health of your household or expose you to the risks of flooding.
Frequently older homes can be a continued annoyance over the years as lingering outdated parts of the plumbing system fail one after another. Renovating your entire plumbing system could be rather costly but will save you money in the long run by saving you maintenance costs over the years.
Complexity of Work
Bigger jobs have higher costs – no surprise there. For plumbing, however, this can be doubly true since your entire plumbing system is a delicately engineered, interconnected system. For large jobs, careful planning will be required to account for how changes to the plumbing system will affect other parts of your plumbing infrastructure. Diligent and careful planning can cause extra labor costs, but it’s essential to get the job done right the first time. Your plumbing needs to withstand the test of time, and there’s no room for cutting corners in plumbing. When you invest in plumbing improvements and repairs, you need quality work that you can rely on for years to come, which requires verifying that installed solutions are the absolute best they can be.
Easy access to the Atlanta metropolitan area allows access to a wide range of plumbing supplies and components for us plumbers, but materials still carry a cost. Like other contractors, we usually add the cost of materials to the invoice for a service. Most plumbing components are affordable, but depending on the size of the job, material costs can add up to increase the cost of your bill. Rare or specialized components that are needed may be harder to acquire, costing a bit more to import or order.
Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Cartersville?
Better plumbing solutions are an investment in your home’s infrastructure, and over time usually prove wise investments for saving money over the years. Regular maintenance prevents serious issues from developing and can detect potential problems before they grow into costly emergencies.
Especially in a community with as much history as Cartersville, staying on top of plumbing maintenance is absolutely essential. Even the most durable of plumbing systems don’t last forever. Pipes are often rated to last three to five decades at most, and failure to update older plumbing could result in serious risks for the health of everyone in the home, as well as increased risks of burst pipes and other plumbing disasters as pipes corrode and degrade over time.
Updating older fixtures can also save you money in the long run in Cartersville, both on your water bill and in future plumbing costs. Modern fixtures are more durable than older models and use water more efficiently to get the same utility while using significantly less water. Regularly updating fixtures will ensure that you conserve as much water as possible while also avoiding frustrating and potentially expensive problems like leaking faucets and other fixtures. New fixtures can also add value to your home to further increase the financial benefits of updating those older fixtures.
When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Cartersville vs Hire a Plumber?
While The City of Cartersville Water Department is responsible for maintaining the infrastructure of the public water grid in our town, private property owners will be responsible for any plumbing issues that occur beyond their home’s connection to the water main. This means that if you have no flow or reduced flow, the water utility company may be able to inform you if there is an issue affecting the water supply that they are working on, or they can test your pressure to ensure that you are getting what you should from the city system. If everything is fine on their end of the water supply, however, they will not help with plumbing problems within your plumbing system.
If you have water flow in parts of your home but not others, the problem likely rests within your home. In that case, we’ll probably have to come to look at your plumbing and see what can be done to rectify your specific problems. While contacting the water utility can narrow down whether the problem is within your home, there are times you should never delay calling us since plumbing problems can spiral out of control quickly under extreme pressure from water within the system.
If you spot a leak or flooding anywhere in your home, call us immediately. Even pinhole leaks can escalate into serious problems quickly. If water is escaping from your plumbing system, that means that your plumbing already has a serious weakness, and water is persistent. Continued pressure will only make leaks bigger, and flooding can be extremely costly and potentially cause irreparable damage to your home if leaks aren’t dealt with right away.
When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Cartersville?
In Bartow County, permits will be required for any plumbing work that repairs, replaces, moves, or adds to any plumbing system within your home. This means adding new fixtures, repairing any pipes, installing a new water heater, or most anything that adds materials to your plumbing system. Simple issues like clog removal will not require a plumbing permit, but nearly any other work will. Any plumbing work that requires alteration to the wiring or structure of your home may require additional permits as well beyond just a plumbing permit.
Permits can be obtained through The City of Cartersville’s online permit application, which will require a fee to obtain a permit. For most residential repairs, this fee will only be $50 and will meet compliance for the entire scope of the work. The city will also require our plumbers to submit their Georgia State contractor’s license and prove to The State of Georgia regulatory agencies that the work is being handled by a trained and certified professional.