SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — About 20,000 low-income families could get free plumbing work to help stop leaks and conserve water.
The Sacramento City Council is considering approving a program that would help the financially strapped families identify and repair leaking pipes. It will save money and water in the long run, but for some, paying a plumber isn’t in the budget.READ MORE: 1 Dead, 5 Hospitalized After Violent Night In Stockton
“The average plumber is $150 an hour to $250 per hour for labor. That’s not the cost of material,” said Tim Young with Taylor Plumbing.
A grant from the California Department of Water Resources could help the city create a pool of on-call plumbers who could do the work at no cost to low-income qualifying customers.READ MORE: Coast Guard: 1,200-Foot Ship Dragged California Oil Pipeline
Conrad Taylor and Young believe those who can’t afford a plumber can’t afford not to have one, especially with a leak hidden behind a wall.
“That trapped moisture turns into rotting the wood, rotting your drywall,” Young said.
That leak can turn into toxic mold, creating a health risk for families.MORE NEWS: Sacramento Non-Profit Aims To Help Single Moms During Holidays
Because it’s a state grant, the city council says there’s no cost to the city.