Whether it's a clogged sink or a leaky water heater, plumbing is one of the most common home repairs. In our review to find the best plumbers in Kansas City, our partners at ConsumerAffairs looked at plumbing companies known for outstanding customer care that offer immediate, hassle-free service.
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The average cost of hiring a plumber in Kansas City ranges between $150 and $380, depending on the work to be done. The most common plumbing issue is a clogged sewer, sink or bathtub. While these aren't usually serious, they can become problematic if not handled quickly or correctly.
Factors that can affect the cost of plumbing include quality and number of fixtures, day of the week, time spent on the job and urgency. While comparing prices between plumbers is important, finding the lowest price doesn't always mean it's the best quality service. Make sure to read reviews before settling on a plumber.
Cost can be a huge deciding factor, but a cheap plumber may be unlicensed. You'll risk having plumbing that is not up to code. This also means that any damage caused to your property is not insured either. An unlicensed plumber is often uninsured as well. An uninsured plumber hurt on the job at your home may be able to sue you.
Hiring licensed plumbers is important because they understand building codes and regulations, are liable for issues that arise and are more likely to be skilled to handle any job. Before hiring a plumber, check their license number in the Kansas City online database.
For older homes in areas such as Westport and Waldo, sometimes you will need to replace the entire plumbing in the house based on the type and age of piping.
Between 40-70 years
Around 50 years
Between 20-50 years
Galvanized steel pipes, which are common in homes built before 1960, are more susceptible to corrosion and bursting and may need to be replaced sooner rather than later. In addition, homeowners should consider taking advantage of Kansas City’s partnership with Service Line Warranties of America for added insurance coverage.
Here are a few signs that it’s time to replace pipes in your old home:
Low water pressure
Sewage and water leaks
Changed water color due to rusted pipes
Weather impacts on plumbing in Kansas City
In winter, freezing temperatures in Kansas City lead to frozen and burst pipes. In spring, excessive rain from thunderstorms can back up sewer lines. Those with tree roots underground are at the most risk. Roots can crack sewer pipes and lead to extensive damage.
Kansas City Water Services launched a program in 2016 to help combat the problems caused by rain. Keep Out the Rain KC aims to fix improperly connected sewers that allow rainwater to overwhelm sanitary sewer pipes. Over the next six years, the program will tackle nearly 55,000 properties, starting with the Northland.
Roto-Rooter has been offering residents full-service maintenance and repairs every day since 1935. Technicians specialize in emergency service—and won't charge extra for it. Since 2002, Roto-Rooter has held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and reviewers find the service to be “thorough,” “prompt” and “affordable.”
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Services
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Services offer straightforward pricing and a satisfaction guarantee: If any repair fails within a year, their technicians will fix it at no cost. If their plumbers are late, they pay customers $5 per minute up to $300. This dedication to customer service is what makes them a top trusted name in KC plumbing.
Quality Plumbing, Inc.
With excellent reviews and an A+ BBB rating, Quality Plumbing's honest pricing and excellent customer service have given them customers for life. Time and time again, reviewers state the service was faster and better than they could have imagined, and they would highly recommend the services to friends and family.
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