Plumbing is one of the most common repairs to homes and businesses. With many licensed professionals to choose from, consider these factors when hiring a plumber in San Diego: specialization, availability, ease of getting parts, experience with old or new construction and work guarantees. ConsumerAffairs researched the best plumbers in San Diego to help you find a contractor that fits your plumbing needs.
Leaky faucets are one of the most common problems fixed by plumbers in San Diego, along with septic issues and broken water heaters.
Plumbers might have fixed prices for common services like unclogging toilets and drains. Some charge per hour while some charge by the job. Parts are usually charged separately, especially custom components that repairmen do not have on their trucks. Be sure to ask about travel fees and emergency service surcharges.
Common repairs for plumbing in San Diego
Average price range
$113 - $290
$138 - $337
$85 - $600
Repair sewer main
$1,183 - $5,000
Replace/install water heater
$883 - $1,414
Some plumbers in San Diego specialize in kitchen and bath installations or remodels while others focus on repair of existing pipes and fixtures. Some provide 24/7 service for emergencies, like clogged or leaking pipes that can lead to water damage.
Neighborhoods with older homes, such as Point Loma and La Jolla, might have decaying galvanized pipes that cause water to have an odor or brown color. Some historic neighborhoods developed during or before the 1920s, such as South Park or Banker’s Hill, might still have original terracotta sewer pipes connecting them to city systems. A city-wide project to replace the clay pipes is underway.
Frozen pipes probably won’t affect most of San Diego County, but residents in areas that dip below freezing in the winter, like Julian, Alpine and other mountain communities, should be aware of the possibility.
A reputable plumbing company must be licensed with the state, as well as bonded and insured. You can check contractor licenses on the Contractors State Licensing Board website.
Pressure Reducing Valves (PRV) for domestic service
Contractors should be knowledgeable about the permit process. Unpermitted work can be removed if an inspector deems it unsafe or improper, leading to costly replacement. Municipal fines might also apply.
Roto-Rooter was founded in 1935 and is the largest plumbing provider in North America. They specialize in drain cleaning, plumbing and water damage restoration. Reviewers in San Diego liked their friendly, efficient service and thorough attention to problems. Check online for coupons.
Core Plumbing is a San Diego father and son team based in Rancho Penasquitos. They offer a full range of plumbing services with attention to craftsmanship. Reviewers consistently give this company five stars for great communication, professional service and knowledgeable employees.
Black Mountain Plumbing
Black Mountain Plumbing is owned locally in Scripps Ranch and operates in San Diego County. Their informative website gives tips on common plumbing problems and extensive information to consider when shopping for plumbing repair. Reviewers enjoyed their honest practices and many report being repeat customers.