Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Texas City?
- 2 How Does the Water in Texas City Affect Your Plumbing?
- 3 How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Texas City?
- 4 Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Texas City?
- 5 When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Texas City vs Hire a Plumber?
- 6 When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Texas City?
What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in Texas City?
Texas sees the same problems with plumbing as the rest of the country. Some issues are exacerbated by our high temperatures, humidity, and inclination toward hurricanes and tornadoes. Here are the most common plumbing issues in Texas City.
Leaks of every type are the most common plumbing issue in this area. Most people associate leaks with pipes, but there are a lot of things in the plumbing system that can leak. Some things people don’t always associate with leaks are:
- hose bibs
- washing machine hoses
- water heaters
- outdoor faucets
According to the EPA, at least 10% of American homes have leaks that waste over 90 gallons of water per day. Anytime you suspect a leak, it’s worth checking out. Pipes are the biggest culprit. Over years, they develop cracks and pinholes that get bigger and bigger until the pipe bursts.
To make matters worse, the hard water in the area contributes to damaged fixtures and pipe corrosion, further worsening the issue with leaks.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure runs a close second to leaks for the most common plumbing issue in Texas City. Texas City has extremely hard water which is rough on plumbing systems. The mineral deposits from hard water build up until the pressure of the water is so obstructed it can barely trickle out. Other possible reasons for low water pressure include corrosion and broken pipes.
Is there anything more annoying when you’re trying to sleep than the constant watery drip of a leaky faucet? Probably not. Leaky faucets aren’t just annoying and expensive, but they could be a sign of something worse. The mineral deposits from Texas City’s hard water contribute to the the likelihood of dripping faucets, as they damage aerators, o-rings, and gaskets.
Clogs in drains and garbage disposals are another big reason for a call to the plumber. Clogs stop up the sink, but they put a blockage in the flow of daily life too. You can’t wash your hands, teeth, or clothes in a clogged sink. Garbage disposals also get clogged and stop properly chopping waste. While some clogs can be taken care of with a plunger, if the problem reoccurs, it’s probably more extensive than you think. Once again, the area’s hard water is partially to blame. The mineral deposits in your pipes restrict the flow and contribute to clogging.
Toilet problems are something no one wants to deal with and the reason for many calls to our plumbers. Toilets either run constantly or are clogged. Both problems are an easy fix if a bit messy. Most running toilets have a broken valve or one of the components in the tank needs to be replaced. These parts are inexpensive and take just a few minutes to install.
How Does the Water in Texas City Affect Your Plumbing?
Texas has extremely hard water, the 6th hardest in the country. Water hardness is over 200 ppm in most parts of Texas City. This means your plumbing will pay the price. When rain falls, it gathers in lakes and aquifers. Rock formations in the water slowly melt and enrich the water with dissolved minerals, like calcium. The more dissolved minerals in the water, the harder it is.
Hard water is rough on plumbing. It causes a variety of problems, including:
- Mineral buildup on faucets, showerheads, drains, and inside pipes and appliances
- Reduced water flow
- Higher chance of clogs and leaks
- Less efficient appliances
- Soap doesn’t clean as well
- Shortens life of water heaters
- Spots on cleans dishes
How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in Texas City?
Texas City is a busy community, and you reap the benefits of competitive pricing for plumbers. The specific cost for our plumbing repair services depends on a variety of factors. The base price for a small faucet change is roughly $80. More extensive jobs are more costly and can reach upward of $850.
The scope of the job is the number one price factor. Large jobs take a lot of equipment and labor. Smaller jobs may only take one of our plumbers and a plunger or snake. It helps to understand how pricing works with our plumbing professionals. The replacement parts you need for your repairs cost money. Those prices are added to the cost of our plumber’s labor and other expenses to get your final bill. If your job requires many replacement parts and a variety of equipment and tools, it will likely be costly to complete.
Location of Issue
The location of your plumbing problem has an effect on the final cost. A problem like a leaky pipe under the sink is easy to get to and a quick fix in most instances. As such, it’s going to be on the cheaper end of the plumbing rate scale. A sewer line backup is a much more extensive problem. It will entail some excavation in your yard and possibly your floors. Completing the job requires a variety of equipment and laborers as well as parts.
There are two ways the timing of your plumbing issue can affect the final costs. The first way is the time of year or season you have a problem. If there has been a major issue in Texas City and everyone is having problems, you’ll likely have to pay a bit more. Another way timing affects the price is if you need our plumbers after regular business hours. The cost of keeping our plumbers on-call is added to your final costs.
Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in Texas City?
Considering the level of water hardness in Texas City, it’s no surprise that better plumbing can save you money almost immediately. Start small if budget is an issue. The faucets, drains, and showerheads are a good place to start making replacements. Our plumbers can tell you if you need any replacement pipes. The next step is to replace the water heater and appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, and garbage disposals. Hard water deposits become so large after a while that the appliances no longer work as well and water pressure slows down to nothing.
Advancements in plumbing are continuously happening. Newer plumbing means plumbing made from the most advanced technology available to fight hard water deposits, corrosion, leaks, and soil-related issues.
When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in Texas City vs Hire a Plumber?
When the magnitude of your plumbing project calls for the involvement of the water utility company, our plumber will usually work in unison. However, there may be times when you need to seek the advice of the water utility company about your plumbing issue, such as when a city water main breaks.
If you have any questions regarding your Texas City plumbing project that might involve the water company, check the city website for the list of things that either do, or do not classify as needing help from a professional or a permit.
If your plumbing project is a simple leak or a toilet valve replacement, then you will not need a permit, just our skilled professionals to do the job right.
Water companies will only make repairs Texas City is responsible for, such as a broken water main in the street. Standing water on your property can mean an issue with the city utility company, but it can also mean a problem with your plumbing system. Most water utility companies will perform maintenance visits, but if the problem is with your system, they will charge you a fee, and you still have to pay for repairs.
An increase in your water bill over a few months is almost always an indication that there is a water leak in your system. Even a slow leak can cause extreme damage. It’s best to contact us right away.
If the water meter is running, the problem is always on your property. Another reason to keep a conscientious eye on the meter. If the water meter isn’t running, contact your water utility company right away.
When Do You Need Permits for Plumbing Service in Texas City?
Texas state law requires plumbing permits for most plumbing jobs. Only small jobs like replacing a faucet or showerhead can be done without a permit. Permits from Galveston County are required for replacing the following:
- water heater
- sink trap
- garbage disposal
- laundry trap
- roof drain
- air conditioning drain
- shower drain
- sewage pump
Permits can be obtained by hiring our licensed plumbers who have the authority to complete the job.