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- 1 What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Middletown?
- 2 How Does the Water in Middletown Affect Your Plumbing?
- 3 How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Middletown?
- 4 Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Middletown?
- 5 When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Middletown Vs Hire a Plumber?
- 6 When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Middletown?
What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Middletown?
There are a few common plumbing issues known to all plumbers, and location does not vary them too widely. Clogs, water heaters, leaks, and constantly running toilets are at the top of the list. Here are a few tips to help with the common occurrences:
- For a toilet that is constantly running, check the flap by lifting the lid and flushing the toilet. While the water starts filling up if the flap is not going down all the way to seal the hole, it will continue to let out the water. Wiggling the handle tends to make the flap move and sometimes seals the hole but is not a solution. The flap can be easily changed.
- Water heaters tend to be one of the most broken water-consuming appliances in the home and when they break it is costly. Extending the life of the water heater depends on having a great maintenance program in place. Annual inspections, flushing the tank, testing the valves and temperature control, and visually inspecting the tank can alert you to potential problems before leaking begins.
- Clogged drains ruin an afternoon of fun, however, there are things to do to prevent a drain or toilet from clogging. First, watch what is being put down the drain. Fatty skins, oils, and fibrous wastes can clot or clump to make a clog, and anything that comes down after will add to it until it backs up. Try using baking soda and vinegar to help break up clogs.
- Leaks can be so well hidden that the only reason you know it is there is when your water bill increases. Toilets are the number one cause of invisible leaks, but under sinks and bathrooms that are rarely used can have them too.
The best thing to do to prevent leaks and other problems from sneaking up on you is to have us inspect the plumbing at least once a year. With Middletown’s climate leaning more toward freezing temperatures, it would be best to have the plumbing inspected before the first freeze and after spring arrives to determine winter preparedness and damages.
How Does the Water in Middletown Affect Your Plumbing?
Water provided to the Middletown city is purchased from Hamilton and the Greater Cincinnati Water Works who pull from the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer and the Ohio River. The water is treated at the neighboring cities’ facilities and piped into Middletown. Water is typically hard and contains contaminants like iron and chlorine. Iron leaches into the water from pipes and deposits and chlorine is used to disinfect the water for drinking. Hard water tends to be harsh on pipes as the mineral content tends to leave deposits that can reduce pressure or clog the pipes over time. Deposits can also build up in appliances causing them to not work as well as when they were new.
How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Middletown?
The cost of a plumber for Middletown is $100-$800. This estimate could include the flat rate for fixing small problems like simple leaks and clogs. However, there are a few factors that will increase the cost of a visit, should the simple problem reveal more than expected issues. First, time is money and our time does not come cheaply, especially for a master plumber. Then, ordering and picking up materials and equipment to properly complete a job is usually extra. Lastly, the most expensive additive of a job is the emergency services.
Labor and Crew
There is an extensive process to becoming a licensed plumber in Ohio and a set of regulations that must be followed to maintain the license. The process is not an easy or quick one so we need to be compensated for the schooling and certification process. Once completed, certification allows us to register with Middletown and charge according to what meets their overhead and recoup their certification fees. An average of $90 to $120 per hour is normal, with a master plumber charging up to $200 per hour. Adding additional plumbers or technicians can increase the labor cost of any size project.
Materials and Equipment
Simple jobs only require the tools that we usually carry with us. We will usually have glues, sealants, tools, and small valves in our work vehicles. When we don’t have the equipment or the fixtures to replace broken ones, we will have to order them, or you will be depending on your preference. The cost of fixtures likes toilets and showers is usually in addition to the installation fee. If you are not concerned about brands or specific looks, we may be able to get replacement parts quickly. If a certain look is what is desired, it may be easier for you to obtain the exact measurements and order the pieces yourself. Equipment necessary for cutting into walls or excavating the ground to replace or install pipes requires maintenance, cleaning, and replacement part fees which will be added to the final bill.
Emergency services tend to be the highest charge on a bill. This happens because of two reasons. First, after-hours calls usually pull us from home to do the work, after we have already completed a full day, and an emergent call moves scheduled work down the line. We usually keep a person on the on-call list to help assist with after-hours calls, but they must charge more for the call to cover the increased cost of paying for on-call hours.
Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Middletown?
It is vital to check the plumbing yearly to determine if the water is damaging the pipes and appliances and to spot any potential problems before they become huge issues. Here are a few upgrades to make to assist with reducing water use which reduces cost in the long run:
- Install a tankless water heater for more instant water and less standing tank water.
- Install a temperature and water control center for your shower for the perfect low flow and heated shower every time.
- Install a dual flush toilet to reduce the amount of water when not flushing solids.
A whole-home water softener and flow meter will assist with reducing water usage and hard water deposits in pipes. It can also reduce the number of contaminants in the water. Softer water is not only good for pipes but for skin and hair as well.
When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Middletown Vs Hire a Plumber?
Water leaks can cause a lot of damage inside the home. Outside leaks can waste water and cause problems with vegetation and mold and mildew growth. If a leak is in the home or just outside, like in the garden, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to call us to repair it. However, leaks near the property line add confusion to the problem, is it the homeowner or the city’s problem? Here is a simple way to determine on which side of the meter the problem lies:
- First, turn off the water main. This will attempt to mitigate any further damages.
- Locate and look at the meter. If it stopped spinning, the leak is on the cities side. You will need to collect information and call the water company
- If the meter is still spinning, it is on your side, and a plumber is necessary.
Take care to take the time to determine which side the water leak is on because the water company will charge a fee for the call-out if the leak is on the homeowner’s side. You will have to pay this fee on top of the our expenses. Another way to find the most common leak is to check the toilet tank. Some leaks in the toilet are so small they do not cause a constant run. Here is a simple 10-minute check:
- Lift the tank lid and set it aside.
- Apply food-grade dye to the tank until there is enough that even a little will be visible.
- Let the dye sit without flushing for 10 minutes.
- If there is a dye in the bowel afterward, there is a leak, and the flapper needs to be investigated.
An annual inspection can reveal degrading pipes and failing appliances before they cause problems. Replacement costs can be daunting but repairing the damage a leak can cause will cost more. Save some time and money by replacing the failing appliances and pipes before they begin leaking and causing more damages to the home.
When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Middletown?
Permits are required for all large projects including installing toilets, showers, and new installations. Smaller fixes like under sink leaks and clogs will not need permits. Large projects will require an inspector to make rounds before water is restored to the home to ensure the work is up to code and no damage will come to the cities water supply.
Choosing the correct plumber for the work is a necessary step before any work is completed. Estimates can range by the company and some companies that advertise are not licensed or bonded. This can lead to subpar work which is not guaranteed and will sometimes need another plumber to fix and bring up to code. Ask for license documentation and be sure there are guarantees on the work to be done.