Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Cookeville?
- 2 How Does the Water in Cookeville Affect Your Plumbing?
- 3 How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Cookeville?
- 4 Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Cookeville?
- 5 When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Cookeville Vs Hire a Plumber?
- 6 When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Cookeville?
What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Cookeville?
You’re going to run into the same kinds of plumbing issues in Cookeville as you would any other city. We get calls for things like clogged drains, overflowing toilets, and dripping faucets on a regular basis. Occasionally, we also get to take care of unique plumbing issues such as:
If your Cookeville home was built or plumbed before 1986 and hasn’t been repiped, chances are you have lead pipes or copper pipes with lead solder. Lead was banned from use in ’86 due to the harmful health effects it causes. Pregnant women who drink water contaminated with lead can have babies with low birth weight. Children exposed to lead can have developmental delays and physical issues. Adults can experience severe headaches, abdominal pain, and other symptoms. Lead pipes have to be replaced to avoid these problems.
We get calls quite often about rust-colored water coming from the faucets in Cookeville homes. In some cases, the rusty-looking water also has an off-putting odor. This is a common problem that’s caused by corroded galvanized pipes. The interior of the pipe rusts over time due to exposure to hard water. Eventually, the rusty interior surface sloughs off and makes its way into your drinking glass and cooking pots. The only way to eliminate rusty corrosion is to replace the pipes.
Water Pressure Issues
Your Cookeville home’s water pressure may vary depending upon where you live in the city. While the city maintains a fairly constant pressure for water delivery, your elevation compared to the source, the condition of your pipes, and water demand all affect your water pressure. Most problems with water pressure are the fact that there isn’t enough pressure. Low water pressure is annoying, especially when you’re trying to bathe, and it’s also hard on your water appliances like the washing machine and dishwasher.
Amateur Plumbing Repairs
One of the things that we find quite often in Cookeville is do-it-yourself plumbing fixes. Many times they’re done incorrectly, don’t meet code and have failed, which is why we got the call. While there’s nothing wrong with changing out a faucet or installing a new shower head, you should never attempt much more. DIY plumbing always ends up costing more because you always have to have it redone by a professional.
How Does the Water in Cookeville Affect Your Plumbing?
Cookeville gets its drinking water from two natural sources, the Center Hill Lake and Mine Lick Creek. As happens in all-natural lakes, rivers, and streams, minerals like calcium and magnesium become suspended in the water. Signs that the water is hard include scale buildup inside your pipes and fixtures, mineral deposits on glassware, dry skin and hair issues, and difficulty cleaning spots and stains from clothing.
If hard water issues aren’t addressed, the minerals can build up inside pipes, eventually blocking them off completely. Mineral deposits will also affect all of your water appliances, corroding water inlet and outlet lines, degrading connections, and eventually causing the machine to quit working. Hard water shortens your water heater’s life and makes it vulnerable to a catastrophic breakdown.
How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Cookeville?
Hiring a plumber can cost you upwards of $200 per hour in Cookeville and the surrounding areas. But that’s not really a good way to try and figure out what you’ll end up paying. If the job is particularly easy, your rate may be much lower. It really depends on what you need to have done, how complex the job is, and how urgent the problem is. We take these things into consideration whenever we’re providing a quote for plumbing services:
The Scope of the Plumbing Work
This is the most important aspect of determining your plumbing bill. As you might expect, if you only need a faucet or two replaced, your bill isn’t going to be too bad. But, if your entire home needs to be repiped due to lead pipes or galvanized pipes, that’s another story. The bigger the job is, the more time and manpower it takes, which means your costs will be higher.
Outdoor plumbing work is also more expensive due to the extensive amount of work that’s involved. Not only must we locate the leak or clog, but we also have to remove soil to get to the pipes, so we can make the repairs. If the entire length of the sewer line or water main needs to be replaced, that’s going to be a higher bill than simple repairs.
Complexity of Your Plumbing
Not all plumbing is created equally. In newer homes, it’s generally quite easy to access points in the plumbing that need repairs. This isn’t always the case in some of Cookeville’s older homes. It can be very difficult to not only get to the plumbing, but also to make the necessary repairs and replacements without causing damage to the home’s historic features.
It will also be more expensive to make extensive repairs and replacements if you live in a home with more than one story. As you can imagine, it’s more complex to work out proper plumbing for a home with multiple bathrooms on different floors. So, we have to charge a little more. This is simply due to the amount of plumbing involved.
Planned Plumbing or Emergency?
You may already know this, but taking care of plumbing issues when they’re small is much more cost-effective than waiting for a big problem to come up. If you have a plumbing emergency, there’s a good chance that means water or sewer has been backing up into your home. This is something we encounter in Cookeville all the time. Unfortunately, emergency repairs always cost a bit more.
In addition to the emergency plumbing repair costs, you’ll also have to pay for cleanup, repairs, and you may even lose some of your personal possessions due to water damage.
Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Cookeville?
Whenever you take good care of your home’s systems, it’ll be good for your pocketbook. That’s certainly the case with plumbing. Annual inspections, regular maintenance, and timely repairs will save you from having a major plumbing issue down the road. In fact, a well-maintained plumbing system will require far fewer repairs than one that’s neglected.
If you also address your hard water issues, you’ll find that you’re saving money in some surprising ways. First, softer water requires less detergent to get your clothes and dishes clean. You’ll also use less soap, shampoo, conditioner, and other personal hygiene products. Those seemingly small savings add up over time, and you’ll notice a little more jingle in your pocket.
When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Cookeville Vs Hire a Plumber?
If you are having a plumbing problem, it can be difficult to figure out who to call for help. As a general rule of thumb, plumbing that’s on your side of the meter is your responsibility. So, whenever you have a plumbing problem that’s inside your home, you need to call a plumber. You might also need a plumber for outdoor plumbing issues if they’re on your side of the meter.
If the problem is with a city water main or sewer line, it’s up to the city to take care of it. You’ll want to contact the City of Cookeville Water and Sewer Department if you see the leak between 8 am and 4:45 pm. If the leak appears after hours, contact the Cookeville Police Department and they’ll forward the message to the Water & Sewer Department
When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Cookeville?
Building codes help ensure that structures meet minimum safety requirements in order to be safe for human habitation. Cities often have their own building code requirements. However, the City of Cookeville has adopted the 2018 International Building, Residential, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Fire Codes rather than specifically outlining new codes for the city. Under these rules, plumbing permits are required anytime you are:
- Adding or moving plumbing fixtures in a bathroom or kitchen.
- Modifying or replacing the waste drainage system, such as upgrading lead or galvanized pipes.
- Altering or replacing the water distribution system.
- Installing or replacing a sewer connection.
- Installing or replacing a water heater.
- New construction plumbing installation.
- Installation of a new floor drain.
Plumbing permits can be purchased at the City of Cookeville Codes Department. However, homeowners aren’t able to obtain a permit for plumbing. The only way to obtain a plumbing permit in Cookeville, however, is if you have a state-issued LLP or a state plumbing contractor license with the correct endorsements. You’ll also need to have a city plumbing license before you can obtain plumbing permits. We are well-versed in the plumbing codes and requirements for the City of Cookeville, and we handle all the permits.
We also know that there’s more to it than just obtaining a plumbing permit and taking care of the problem. In Cookeville, you also need to have plumbing work inspected when it’s completed in order to show that it meets the building code. A few of the jobs you need to be inspected include:
- Slab (water test required)
- Sewer line installation and replacements.
- Underground piping repairs and replacements
- Rough-In Plumbing (Water Test Required)
- Final inspection of plumbing work