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San Antonio Plumbing

Plumbing emergencies are not something that a homeowner can afford to ignore and the proper operation of plumbing systems is essential for the daily activities of a household to take place. That is why it is no surprise that over 500,000 plumbers across the country service homes every day and that the profession is growing at a rate of about 12% each year.

There are more than 34,000 plumbers in the state of Texas, and 2,080 in San Antonio alone serving a population of 1.4 million. As such, residents of of the city have their pick of plumbing professionals to work in their homes in emergencies or to help them with renovations and upgrades.

Service Areas in San Antonio Covered by Plumbing Professionals

San Antonio is the second largest city area in the state of Texas and home to almost 1.5 million people. Known by many as a large city with a small town feel, it sits at the southern edge of Texas's Hill Country. Its streets and roads follow the spoke pattern of a 19th-century wagon wheel, with the inner loop formed by I-410 and the outer loop formed by Highway 1604. Within those spokes are a variety of neighborhoods that house everyone from Mexican immigrants, to upper middle class professionals, to "old money" Texas families. Here are six of the most popular areas within San Antonio which plumbers popularly service:

Alamo Heights

Though it is only 10 minutes from downtown, Alamo Heights has a very quiet feel and is home to many of San Antonio's elite, "old money" families and their large, expansive homes, many of whom have lived in the area for generations. Originally established in 1890, Alamo Heights features a variety of high-end shops and restaurants along with the Witte Museum, San Antonio Botanical Gardens, and Brackenridge Park.

King William

The city’s first official suburb, the King William area was first settled in the mid to late 19th century and still boasts many restored homes and buildings from that era. Also referred to as "Southtown," King William has recently undergone a regentrification as young professionals and families have set about restoring these old homes. It is located just south of the downtown area.

Monte Vista

Located directly north of downtown, the Monte Vista neighborhood was first settled by wealthy cattlemen and politicians in the early 20th century. Home to both Trinity University and San Antonio College, Monte Vista has a lot of rental properties and a wealth of young residents and is well known for its nightlife district known as The Strip.

Stone Oak

While the average home price in San Antonio overall is $140,000, homes in Stone Oak are much more expensive, averaging about $350,000. This is a true suburb with a growing popularity thanks to high-rated schools and family-friendly features such as strip malls and box stores. This is a popular area for families where large homes with little surrounding acreage abound.

Mahncke Park

In many ways the "new" King William, Mahncke Park is another worn down area of the city enjoying a revitalization at the hands of young people with an eye for old bungalows and architectural revival. Immediately adjacent to downtown, Mahncke Park is home to San Antonio's Kiddie Park, a popular area for birthday parties.

Helotes

Just outside of the city proper, Helotes, which is Spanish for "corn" is a more rural area where families often move if they want larger pieces of land. Featuring newer homes, often with horse stables and other elements of the Texas ranching life, Helotes is a more rugged area of San Antonio with its own Main Street and particular country charm.

Local Cost Information for Plumbing Services in San Antonio

There are two main types of plumbing services, general plumbing, also known as emergency plumbing and contractor plumbing. General plumbing services happen on existing plumbing fixtures, often in an expedited manner, in order to prevent further damage from taking place and include everything from a clogged drain, to a leaky faucet, to burst pipes. Contractor plumbing occurs when new systems are added into a home, either on its initial build or during a renovation or upgrade process. This includes installation of systems and plumbing parts such as faucets, pipes, water heaters, pumps, and more.

The cost of plumbing jobs vary widely, with factors such as the timing of the incident and the experience of the plumber, all contribute to overall cost. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median hourly wage of a plumber in San Antonio for these services is $20.59, which is a bit lower than the national average of $24.36. The following statistics demonstrate what other homeowners in San Antonio and nationwide have paid for common plumbing services. These statistics include both common general plumbing jobs as well as contractor installation services:

  • Average Cost to Hire a Plumber, All Jobs
    • National Average: $280
    • San Antonio Average: $279
  • General (Emergency) Plumbing Project: Repair a Clogged Drain
    • National Average: $199
    • San Antonio Average: $194
  • General (Emergency) Plumbing Project: Repair a Water Heater
    • National Average: $482
    • San Antonio Average: $486
  • Plumbing Contracting Project: Install a Water Heater
    • National Average: $888
    • San Antonio Average: $954
  • Plumbing Contracting Project: Install New Plumbing Pipes
    • National Average: $1,182
    • San Antonio Average: $1,133
  • Plumbing Contracting Project: Install a Faucet
    • National Average: $245
    • San Antonio Average: $221

As shown by the data above, although their hourly rate is lower than the national average, San Antonio plumbers charge a total amount per project that is on par with the rest of the country's average. Homeowners concerned about cost, may want to question different plumbers about the amount of time a project will take in order to compare total final costs.

Licensing and Insurance Requirements for Plumbers in San Antonio

The state of Texas as specific laws regulating the operation of plumbing professionals within its municipalities and especially those working in buildings and homes utilizing public water and sewer systems. This includes both licensing as well as insurance requirements.

Plumbers Licensing Requirements

Anyone working inside a municipality and on public water and sewer systems within the state of Texas must be licensed to do so. Plumbing professionals are licensed by the state and defined at one of four levels according to their qualifications and experience:

  • Plumber's Apprentice: This is a non-licensed position. A plumber's apprentice must register with the state, however, and work under the supervision of a licensed Master Plumber
  • Tradesman Plumber-Limited: This is the first level of licensed plumbing positions in Texas. Tradesman Plumbers must complete 4,000 hours, about 2 years, as a Plumber's Apprentice before sitting for the licensing exam.
  • Journeyman Plumber: To qualify to sit for the Journeyman Plumber's license exam in Texas, plumbing professionals need to have 8,000 hours or 4 years of plumbing experience, either as an Plumber's Apprentice, a Tradesman Plumber, or both.
  • Master Plumber: To qualify to sit for the Texas Master Plumber exam, plumbers must currently hold a license as a Journeyman Plumber in Texas or another state for at least one year.

Each level of plumbing license in the State of Texas comes with an increase in hourly pay for plumbers. Therefore, homeowners must balance the increased cost of a higher-licensed plumber with the need for experience when completing a specific project.

Obtaining Insurance

The Texas licensing board has different insurance requirements for plumbers based on their license. Both a Tradesman Plumber and a Journeyman Plumber have no requirements to carry liability insurance. However, a Texas Master Plumber is legally required to carry liability insurance. Within a plumbing company, the insurance of the qualified Master Plumber may cover those working for him or her. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to check with the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE) regarding the insurance status of a plumber or plumbing company before hiring them to do work on their home.

How Plumbing Systems Impact the Value of a Home in San Antonio

Plumbing is a crucial system for any home. Plumbing systems are responsible for bringing fresh water in and taking wastewater out and any disruption in that system from a leak to a clog can cause huge problems. Homes need plumbing systems to work properly not just because they are essential in performing tasks such as taking a shower, but because a small problem, such as a leaky pipe, can quickly spiral into a major disaster as water damage can cost thousands of dollars to repair and lead to other issues such as mildew and mold.

Proper maintenance of plumbing systems is therefore an essential element of responsible homeownership and it is also important to make sure any upgrades or renovations that include plumbing are properly installed and secured in order to avoid those aforementioned emergencies in the first place.

Recent Job Requests for Plumbing Contractors in San Antonio, TX


New Lead
Project: Install or Replace a Shower
Location: San Antonio, TX
Date: 05/21/2019
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week

New Lead
Project: Repair or Install Gas Piping
Location: San Antonio, TX
Date: 05/21/2019
Is this an emergency?: No
Scope of Work: Supply gas line to appliance(s) in or near the home
Appliances in Need of Gas: Barbecue
Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Property Owner: Yes
After Business Hours: No
Comment: Want to add a gas hookup to back patio area to supply a grill and smoker. There is a gas line supplying a furnace in the attic area above desired location.

New Lead
Project: Repair or Install Gas Piping
Location: San Antonio, TX
Date: 05/21/2019
Is this an emergency?: No
Scope of Work: Supply gas line to appliance(s) in or near the home
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Property Owner: Yes
After Business Hours: No
Comment: I would like to get an estimate for wants to run gas line thru attic to stove about 80 ft long - 1 story home - already has gas service to her fireplace

New Lead
Project: Install or Replace a Bathtub
Location: San Antonio, TX
Date: 05/21/2019
Toilet: No - I will keep the existing toilet as is
Shower / Bath: Yes - I want to move or install a new shower or bath
Countertops: No - I do not plan to update the countertops
Cabinets / Vanity: No - I do not plan to update the cabinets / vanity
Extensiveness of Remodel: I plan to maintain existing bathroom floorplan
Flooring: No - I do not plan to update the flooring
Sinks: No - I do not plan to update the sinks
Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
Property Owner: Yes
Desired Completion Date: Less than 2 months
Covered by Insurance: No
Are you updating a shower or a bathtub?: Both
Requires Work on Historical Structure: No
Request for Commercial Location: No
Comment: This a standard size tub/ shower that I want converted to a full stand up shower.

New Lead
Project: Repair or Install Gas Piping
Location: San Antonio, TX
Date: 05/21/2019
Is this an emergency?: No
Scope of Work: Supply gas line to appliance(s) in or near the home
Appliances in Need of Gas: Stove/oven/cooktop
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Property Owner: Yes
After Business Hours: No

New Lead
Project: Install, Repair or Replace Plumbing or Fixtures
Location: San Antonio, TX
Date: 05/21/2019
Is this an emergency?: No
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Comment: Need to replace shower head and fix leaky spigot in shower tub

New Lead
Project: Clear a Clogged or Slow Drain
Location: San Antonio, TX
Date: 05/21/2019
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Is this an emergency?: No
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
Comment: Slow drain, I think either sewer broken or roots clogging?

New Lead
Project: Clear a Clogged or Slow Drain
Location: San Antonio, TX
Date: 05/21/2019
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Is this an emergency?: No
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
Comment: Dishwasher won't drain it is only been used 2 or 3 times and didn't empty

New Lead
Project: Install, Repair or Replace Plumbing or Fixtures
Location: San Antonio, TX
Date: 05/21/2019
Project Description: Repair a faulty plumbing item, Find and/or fix a leak
Is this an emergency?: No
Plumbing Repairs: Item not working properly, Poor water pressure
Plumbing Fixtures: Pipe, Water pressure valve
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
After Business Hours: No
Historical Work: No
Property Owner: No
Comment: Sold a Mobile Home, buyer has called complaining about low water pressure in the 2nd bath, bathtub. Sink and Toilet in 2nd bath have good water pressure, the tub does not. Wife said water pressure was good when she would clean the tub. We never used the tub in the 2nd bath, but my cousin, and 1 of my wife's friends did use it and no one complained of pressure issues. The Mobile Home was leveled by Lone Star Mobile Home Repair back on 12/17/18. Leveling is the only thing I can think of that caused the water pressure issue. I have tried to contact the levelers several times but no response back, and I have a 1 yr. written warranty from them. Anyway, I need someone willing to crawl under the mobile home and check out why all of a sudden I have lost pressure to the tub. I feel guilty because we sold it to a nice lady, that we did not even know their was a pressure issue, until she moved in and went to use the tub, and very little pressure. I don't know if the levelers, broke somet

New Lead
Project: Install or Replace a Water Heater
Location: San Antonio, TX
Date: 05/21/2019
Type of Water Heater: Storage Tank
Type of heat source : Electric
Location of Installation: Garage
Property Owner: Yes
Desired Project Start Date: Unsure about timing