Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in the Woodlands?
- 2 How Does the Water in the Woodlands Affect Your Plumbing?
- 3 How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in the Woodlands?
- 4 Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in the Woodlands?
- 5 When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in the Woodlands vs Hire a Plumber?
- 6 When Do You Need Permits For Plumbing Service in The Woodlands?
What Are the Most Common Plumbing Issues in the Woodlands?
The kinds of plumbing issues you’ll encounter depend on how old your house is, how well-maintained the plumbing system is, and how you take care of the system. The types of plumbing problems we get calls about the most in The Woodlands are clogged sinks and toilets, dripping faucets, and water pipe leaks. Some other plumbing problems we also deal with regularly include:
If you turn on your water and rust-colored, off-smelling water comes out; it’s a complete turn-off. There’s no way you want to drink that or cook in it. You don’t even want to wash your hands in it. We understand.
In most cases, rust in the water is due to galvanized steel pipes that have begun to corrode. Unfortunately, you can’t filter out the rust or avoid it. Drinking or cooking with rust-colored water can cause health problems. It will also stain your clothing, fixtures, and tiles. The only way to clear the water in your home is to remove the galvanized steel pipes and replace them with better material.
For many years, home builders in The Woodlands and across the country installed lead plumbing pipes. In some cases, copper pipes with lead solder were used. Lead poisoning can cause low birth weight, physical and developmental delays in children. Adults can experience irritability, abdominal pain, mood disorders, headaches, and a host of other health issues from lead exposure.
Lead pipes are dangerous and should be replaced to protect the health and well-being of anyone living in the household. No one should drink water from lead pipes or use the water for cooking. It’s an even more urgent issue when a woman of child-bearing age, a pregnant woman, or young children live in the home.
Low Water Pressure
This is a plumbing issue we get calls to fix in The Woodlands and other parts of Texas. Low water pressure is frustrating, especially when you’re attempting to rinse the shampoo from your hair. It can also cause your water appliances, like the washing machine and dishwasher, to malfunction. But, more importantly, it’s a sign there’s a leak somewhere or that the lines are nearly full of corrosion and the water is restricted.
The water pressure issue may be caused by corroded pipes inside your home that restrict the water flow. It could also be a problem with the source water. If it’s a restricted pipe, we’ll figure out how to fix it. If it’s due to a water pressure issue from the city, we can install a pressure regulator to adjust it.
Bad Plumbing Repairs
One of the problems we see with The Woodlands plumbing all too often is a bad plumbing repair. This happens when an amateur handyperson attempts to repair or replace a pipe, fixture, or other parts of the plumbing system. This is a problem because most amateurs aren’t aware of the building codes in the city and often make mistakes that violate the code.
Most people tell us they had a friend of a friend take care of the plumbing problem because it was cheaper than calling a plumber. But, that’s rarely the case. For the most part, unlicensed plumbing repairs will end up costing more than a licensed plumber. Why? Because a licensed plumber, like us, will do it right the first time, won’t cause any damage, and the work will be guaranteed.
How Does the Water in the Woodlands Affect Your Plumbing?
The Woodlands gets its drinking water from the Evangeline and Jasper aquifers, which are accessed through three wells within the division. Although the water is treated with chlorine to kill bacteria and other pathogens, it comes from a natural source. That means you can always expect some dissolved minerals to be present in the water. Those dissolved minerals make the water in The Woodlands moderately hard, which can cause a few problems, including:
- Mineral Build-Up in Pipes Restricting Water Flow
- Clogged or Leaking Fixtures
- Mineral Stains on Glassware and Tiles
- Spots and Stains, Dingy White Clothing
- Dry Skin and Hair Problems
How Much Does Plumbing Usually Cost in the Woodlands?
Plumbing services in The Woodlands can cost anywhere from $45 to $200 per hour, depending on the type of plumbing issue you have. We can’t say how long it will take to repair your plumbing problem until we get up close and personal with it. Once we’ve given everything a thorough inspection, we’ll take a few things into account, including:
How Complex Is the Problem?
Some plumbing issues are relatively easy to fix, such as a clogged drain. We can usually take care of something simple in an hour or so. But larger, more difficult to diagnose, and repair problems aren’t as easy or quick. We’ll evaluate the complexity of your issue and determine the amount of time the repairs will take in addition to the supplies, materials, and incidental costs before quoting a price.
Where Is the Issue?
We’re well aware that many of the homes in The Woodlands have issues with plumbing that can’t be seen. It can be challenging to find the source of a problem, like a leak that’s causing low water pressure, especially if it’s inside a wall or under a floor. The harder the problem is to get to, the more expensive the repairs will be due to the amount of effort it will take us to get to the issue and make repairs.
Emergency or Preplanned?
Whenever you need plumbing services on an emergency basis, you’re probably in a whole of trouble. Odds are a pipe has broken, the water’s coming into your home, the sewer might be backing up, or some other plumbing catastrophe has befallen you. Because of all the additional cleanup and repairs, you’ll always pay more for an emergency plumbing repair than a planned plumbing maintenance visit.
Can Better Plumbing Save You Money in the Woodlands?
You can certainly save money by properly maintaining your home’s plumbing system in The Woodlands. An annual inspection of the entire system is a great way to find and repair potential problems before they get out of hand. Periodically cleaning drains and replacing fixtures will also help keep the water flowing in both directions.
If you’re experiencing issues with hard water, you may want to consider installing a water softener to counter the effects of the dissolved minerals. Doing so will help reduce the number of personal care products like shampoo, soaps, lotions, and conditioners that you need. You’ll also use fewer cleaning supplies, laundry detergents, and dish soaps. However, do keep in mind that you have to be careful about the type of water softener you use.
When Should You Call the Water Utility Company in the Woodlands vs Hire a Plumber?
The best way to decide whether you should call the water utility company or a plumber is to think about where the problem is. Anything that’s happening on your side of the meter will be your responsibility. So, things like faucet replacements, installing a new dishwasher, repairing leaks, replacing pipes, and performing annual inspections of the plumbing inside your home, are all up to you.
If, however, you notice a water main break that’s flooding the street, sidewalk, or other public areas, that’s up to The Woodlands Water Agency to manage. They have the crew, tools, and equipment necessary to take care of the problem quickly. They’re also responsible for the city’s sewer lines that have become clogged, backed up, or broken. If you are experiencing flooding in your home and need the water shut off, you can also call them for assistance. Remember, though, that they won’t fix the problem.
When Do You Need Permits For Plumbing Service in The Woodlands?
According to Texas law, anyone performing plumbing services in the state has to be licensed. However, that doesn’t mean that an unlicensed homeowner can’t make some minor repairs and replace fixtures. When the plumbing job entails any of the following, you’re likely going to need to obtain a plumbing permit:
- Installation of new plumbing pipes and fixtures
- Removal and replacement of plumbing pipes and fixtures
- Installation of a water heater
- Installing a new bathtub or shower stall
- Reconfiguring a water closet and replacing the pipes or fixtures
- Installation of new floor drains
- Repair or replacement of underground water inlet lines
- Repair or replacement of sewer lines
As fully licensed plumbers, we’re entirely in line with the state’s requirements, and we’re capable of performing all types of plumbing repairs and installation. We’re also well aware of the process of obtaining the appropriate plumbing permits. We’ll take care of everything. In addition to the permits, we’ll schedule the final inspections to ensure all the work we have done does, indeed, meet the building code for the State of Texas, the County of Montgomery, and The Woodlands.