If you’ve dealt with a pipe bursting in the middle of the night or taking a cold shower in the morning because of a broken water heater, you realize the importance of having plumbing repairs done quickly and reliably. Finding the right company to trust for major repairs can be difficult, though. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best plumbers in Bakersfield to get your plumbing system working correctly.
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Bakersfield has a wide selection of plumbing companies, but not all companies focus on the same things. With many new homes being built in Bakersfield, some plumbers specialize in constructing new plumbing systems or remodeling existing kitchens and bathrooms. Others focus on basic repairs and emergency service.
Some of the most common repairs in Bakersfield are:
Water heater repair or replacement: While some water heaters need to be replaced because of age or failure, saving energy and water is important to California residents as well. Many homeowners choose to upgrade to energy-efficient water heaters to cut their utility bills and conserve water.
Leaking pipes: Some Bakersfield residents experience line leaks because of polyethylene pipes that were installed during the 1960s. Although cheaper than copper pipes, the pipes degrade when they come into contact with chlorine, which is used as a disinfectant with water.
Replacing old fixtures or sewer lines: Even the best-made equipment eventually fails over time, and owners of older homes, like those in Oleander Sunset or Westchester, find they need to replace aging equipment to fix or prevent failures.
The cost of plumbing repair in Bakersfield
Some plumbers offer free estimates for repairs, while others charge a fee to visit your home and diagnose the problem. In many cases, the company applies the fee toward your final bill if you hire the company to perform the needed work. Be sure to get a written estimate that includes parts and labor before beginning any repairs.
Some companies may charge additional fees for same-day service or repairs made after regular business hours. If you live outside a company’s regular service range, you may also be billed for travel time. Ask the company about any additional costs that could cause your final bill to be more than expected.
Average costs for common plumbing projects in Bakersfield
Install water heater
$950 - $1,217 (unit not included)
Leak repair (pipe lining repair)
$95 - $102 per foot (plus materials)
Sewer line repair
$1,648 - $5,516
Faucet and fixture repair/installation
$152 - $338 (plus materials)
Clear clogged drain
$96 - $241
Choosing a plumber in Bakersfield
California requires plumbing contractor businesses to carry general liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage. Plumbers must also be licensed with California’s Department of Consumer Affairs’ Contractors State License Board. A company’s license number should be displayed on its website or readily available when you call. Consumers can check a plumber’s license status on the board’s website.
Certain types of repairs, including installing or replacing a water heater, require a permit in Bakersfield. Your plumber will be able to help you determine whether you need to apply for a permit. Kern County also provides information on what types of projects require building permits.
If a permit is not obtained at the time the work is performed, the county may levy fines later. Additionally, homeowners who do not have proper permits will not be able to sell their homes until fines are paid and inspections are performed.
Roto-Rooter is a national plumbing company with a location in Bakersfield. The company’s specialty is 24/7 emergency services, and it also has water damage restoration crews to assist after winter storms and flooding. Bakersfield customers are happy with the company’s quality of work, but a few reviews said Roto-Rooter’s prices were higher than average.
Advanced Plumbing Service
Advance Plumbing Service serves Bakersfield and surrounding areas in Kern County. The company’s owner is committed to using top-of-the-line technology to find the best solutions for customers, including trenchless sewer line replacement and video inspection for pipes or tanks. Bakersfield customers appreciate the company’s helpful customer service and quick response times.
The Honest Plumber
The Honest Plumber provides 24/7 service to Bakersfield and surrounding areas and has coupons available on its website. In addition to water and sewer services, the company also offers gas line repairs. Reviews from Bakersfield say the company has knowledgeable and prompt technicians who resolve plumbing issues quickly.
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