Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Beaumont?
- 2 How Does the Water in Beaumont Affect Your Plumbing?
- 3 How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Beaumont?
- 4 Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Beaumont?
- 5 When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Beaumont vs Hire a Plumber?
- 6 When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Beaumont?
What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Beaumont?
The most common complaints we hear in the area are about discolored drinking water. It happens to most Beaumont residents at some point, and for many, it’s a recurring issue every year.
Discolored Drinking Water Is a Common Beaumont Complaint
Discolored drinking water is usually a water-source problem rather than a household plumbing problem. But it’s so common in Beaumont we must discuss it.
- Beaumont’s municipal water comes from three wells in Hardin County and the Surface Water Treatment Plant on Pine Street.
- Pine street receives water from the Neches River.
Natural minerals in the water, usually manganese and iron, are often the cause of discolored drinking water. These minerals are heavier than water and settle in pipes when water usage is low. Water use is usually lower in the winter months when Beaumont’s residents aren’t filling swimming pools, watering gardens, and power washing exteriors.
Then, when the water flow and pressure increase again in the springtime, those minerals are stirred up and flow to your faucets. The City of Beaumont website says the city has regular water flushing schedules, which helps flush out the settled minerals and reduce discoloration. If you have severely discolored water, call 311. The City will put you on a list and eventually flush the area.
- The City of Beaumont recommends that residents who discover discolored water run the cold water at a single faucet for five minutes.
- By then, you should see the water begin to clear.
- Don’t run hot water because that water comes from your water heater, not the city plumbing. So it won’t clear the discoloration and will only lead to your hot water tank filling with sediment-strong water.
Now that we know more about the minerals settling in your pipes, let’s think about how that could affect your household plumbing.
Sediments Can Settle in Your Hot Water Tank
Thanks to Beaumont’s sediment/discoloration issue, we recommend that you flush your water tank once a year. That will help prevent minerals from building up within your tank. Hot water tanks are not cheap, and the installation can range from $1,000 to $3,000. So be sure to put a yearly flush on your spring cleaning list.
How Does the Water in Beaumont Affect Your Plumbing?
Discolored tap water isn’t always problematic for your plumbing, but it could be troublesome. New residents should expect a minor amount of discoloration, especially in the spring when water use ramps up again.
- If the water doesn’t clear up after five minutes of running one faucet (cold water only), there might be a bigger problem.
- If the color is a deep rust-brown, there is probably a problem with your main water line, and you’ll need help from a professional plumber.
Other signs you’ll need a plumber include a significant drop in water pressure or increasing unexplainable water bills.
How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Beaumont?
That’s like asking, “How much does it cost to fix a car?” It depends on the problem.
There are so many factors that affect the cost of plumbing. It’s impossible to provide an accurate price off-the-cuff, so we’re reluctant to do so. Statewide resources suggest the average cost of “a plumbing job” in Texas is $327, with most jobs ranging from $175 to $480.
Regardless, plumbers aren’t cheap! The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states an entry-level plumber starts at $27 / hour. And we know experienced, independent plumbers who charge closer to $200 per hour!
However, some cost factors will always affect your plumbing costs in Beaumont.
Slab foundations, consisting of a single slab of poured concrete upon which a structure is built, are more common than they once were in Beaumont. Homebuilders and real estate developers love them because they are much faster and more economical than digging a complete basement.
But detecting a leak under a slab foundation costs a few hundred dollars because it requires special equipment. Then, repairing that leak can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. The total cost can change based on variables like:
- Slab thickness
- The depth of the leaking pipe
- Flooring that must be removed/replaced
- Rebar or vapor barrier removal
Fixing an under-slab leak requires flooring removal, jackhammering, digging down to the pipe, repairing/replacing it. The homeowner will likely need to replace the floor, too. So these repairs can cost many thousands of dollars in the end.
Simple Clogs Are a Fast Fix
On the other end of the cost spectrum are minor clogged pipes. Simple toilet or drain clogs may only cost $200 to repair professionally. After discolored water, household clogs are probably the most common plumbing problem in Beaumont. Some homeowners can tackle these issues themselves. A backed-up toilet might only need aggressive action with a plunger. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to contact a professional plumber. We can handle it with a snake.
Kitchen sink issues in Beaumont usually involve garbage disposal. If yours is clogged:
- Try plunging it.
- If it doesn’t turn on, it may be jammed or overloaded.
- Follow any steps in the manufacturer’s manual, like restarting it.
- Just be sure to unplug it before fixing it!
But some plumbing issues cannot be tackled by a homeowner. And there may be more expenses after the plumbing is repaired.
The Aftermath — Repairs and Replacements After Water Damage
Sometimes after the plumbing is fixed, there will be other repairs needed at your home. There may be holes in the walls, floor, or foundation. Sometimes we need to dig a hole in the yard, which will need to be backfilled. These costs can add up. The good news is that many homeowner’s insurance policies in Texas will cover repairs needed after equipment failure and storm damage (but not windstorm damage on the coast). You’ll need to pay a deductible, but call your insurer to learn about what might be covered.
Remember, you may need new carpeting, drywall, or electrical work to get it back to where it was before you had the plumbing problem.
Sewer problems, in particular, can become costly. There may additional cleanup costs involved to ensure your home is safe for your family and the environment.
Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Beaumont?
Absolutely! Old leaky pipes are an ongoing expense on your Beaumont water bill. When leaky pipes are fixed, many homeowners notice significant savings on their utilities. The fact that water conservation is good for the environment is icing on the cake.
When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Beaumont vs Hire a Plumber?
As discussed earlier, discolored tap water is a huge problem in Beaumont, especially in the spring. You should call 311 and report the issue to the city if the discoloration lasts more than five minutes of running cold water. The city will arrange to have the pipes in your area flushed.
Hire a plumber if:
- The discolored tap water is a dark rusty-brown
- You notice water pressure drops
- Drains are slow, or sinks seem clogged
- You see wet spots appearing in walls, ceilings, and floors that might be related to your pipes
One of our professional plumbers will be happy to help you assess the job and provide a quote. That quote may or may not include permits.
When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Beaumont?
We searched through Beaumont city ordinances to discover when you might need a permit for plumbing services. Simple tasks like unclogging a sink won’t require any special permits. But if your plumbing problem involves a septic tank or sewer issue, we need to notify the city. This is important because human waste can be extremely hazardous to your family’s health and that of your neighbors.
Texas law requires that we get a permit if we’re renovating a historic building and re-plumbing it completely. The same goes for new home builds and other types of new construction.
Most Bathroom Remodeling Projects in Beaumont Will Require a Permit
Even a bathroom remodel job requires a permit in Texas, so keep that in mind as you plan your project and create a budget. You will likely need a permit if the plumbing work includes:
- Demolishing a shower wall or dividing wall in the bathroom
- Adding a new dividing wall or building a new shower
- Changing the roofline, adding windows and skylights to your bathroom
When You Probably Don’t Need a Permit for Plumbing in Beaumont
You don’t need a permit to replace or repair existing items, like:
- When you’re replacing an existing sink
- When replacing or adding countertops
- Or replacing an existing toilet with a new one
Beyond those replacements and repairs, our plumbers can help you wade through the permitting requirements as they arise.