Sweetwater Plumbing Blog

Ways You Can Avoid Clogged Drains in the Future

January 15th, 2018

drain-with-chain-plugWhat is the #1 most common plumbing problem? It shouldn’t be any surprise to hear that it’s the drain clog. Everyone has dealt with a clogged up or slow drain at some point or another. Our professional plumbers handle unclogging drains in homes and commercial businesses all the time.

We know you’d like to avoid drain clogs if at all possible. Of course, we’d like to have your business whenever you need drain unclogging, but we also want you to have as few plumbing troubles as possible. To help out, here’s a few ways to keep clogged-up drains to a minimum.

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Scalding Caution for Your Water Heater!

January 9th, 2018

thermometer-going-redA hot water heater is a heating device that works in all seasons. Here in Southern California, where the mild winters mean home heating systems that work only for a short time, a water heater does the same steady work as always, no matter the month on the calendar.

But if you’ve noticed a recent change in the temperature of the hot water from the taps and shower heads, or you just don’t think you’ve ever gotten sufficient warmth from the water heater, please don’t turn up the aquastat (the water heater’s thermostat) to try to make up for it!

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Why Is My Ceiling Leaking?

January 1st, 2018

question-mark-badgeWater leaking from the ceiling of a house typically means the roof is damaged. Or at least it does in most parts of the country. But here in Southern California, where rain is uncommon, the sight of water dripping from the ceiling usually happens when there’s no rainfall on the roof. The dripping water comes slowly from a spot on the ceiling where there’s a growing spot of discoloration. This is a sign of a leaky pipe in the plumbing.

If you notice this happening, don’t delay at getting it fixed. Leaking pipes are a problem requiring a professional plumber in Corona, CA or wherever you live in Southern California. Don’t turn to amateurs, and don’t attempt to fix the problem on your own.

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Slab Leaks Are Tricky: Here’s How a Plumber Locates One

December 18th, 2017

slab-leak-crack-in-foundationThere are few plumbing problems a home might encounter that present more difficulties than a slab leak. What’s a slab leak? It’s the name for a leak in the pipes laid in the concrete foundation of a building. These leaks can occur in either hot water or cold water lines (around 80% are in the hot water lines) and lead to extensive water waste and eventually damage to the foundations.

What makes slab leaks a tough plumbing repair is that they’re difficult to locate and then to reach. Skilled plumbers can use a variety of methods to fix a slab leak once they’ve gotten its location. Using a jackhammer to dig directly down is one option, but plumbers can often use lateral tools to avoid excavation and instead put in new pipes to bypass the leaking section.

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How Much Will a Heat Pump Water Heater Save Me?

December 12th, 2017

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We work with different types of water heaters when it comes to new installations, replacements, repairs, and maintenance. The majority of homes still use storage tank water heaters, but the tankless and heat pump water heater are becoming more common because they can help a household save money on energy bills. A heat pump water heater is a highly attractive option for a home that doesn’t have a gas line, since it uses much less energy than a conventional electric water heater.

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Kitchen Sink Problems That May Require a Plumber

December 4th, 2017

kitchen-sink-faucet“Everything but the kitchen sink.”

It’s an old adage, one you’re probably tired of hearing. But for professionals like us, the kitchen sink is included in nearly everything! It’s a vital part of a home’s plumbing and one that undergoes a great deal of stress on a daily basis. We often receive calls to help out kitchen sink troubles. Although you can solve a few simple problems on your own, such as tightening a leaking faucet or clearing out a simple clog using a sink plunger, there are many kitchen sink troubles that will require the assistance of a professional plumber with experience in all types of kitchen plumbing work.

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There’s Never a Better Time for Drain Cleaning!

November 20th, 2017

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramIn our last blog, we offered some cautions about how to protect your kitchen plumbing during Thanksgiving. Plumbers are often busy on the day after Thanksgiving handling trouble with clogged drains and broken garbage disposals, but if you follow our advice you should be free to enjoy time with your family over the weekend.

We’re putting this post up a few days before Thanksgiving, and it’s the right time for another reminder: scheduling routine drain cleaning. There is no better time of the year to have this service done for your home, whether you get it done right before Thanksgiving or in the days immediately after.

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Some Friendly Reminders about Your Plumbing This Thanksgiving

November 14th, 2017

thanksgiving-cornucopiaThanksgiving is often one of the busiest work periods for professional plumbers. With the amount of cooking and cleaning and disposal of food that happens in kitchens around this time of the year, clogs and busted garbage disposals are extremely common repair jobs. However, most of these problems can be avoided by taking the right precautions.

We’re always here to help you whenever you need emergency plumbing in Fullerton, CA or elsewhere in our wide service area throughout Southern California. However, we understand that you don’t want to spend time away from your family having to deal with a plumbing trouble. Below are some tips that will help you take good care of your kitchen plumbing at this time of the year.

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Do Automatic Shut-Off Valves Really Work?

November 6th, 2017

home-floodingYour house may already have an automatic shut-off valve for its plumbing and you may not even know about it. If you find out that you don’t have one (and you can always ask one of our plumbers to check on this for you) then we strongly recommend you arrange for the installation of an automatic shut-off valve in Ontario, CA or wherever your home is in Southern California.

An automatic shut-off valve is an important way to stop flooding in your home due to a major plumbing accident. Having an automatic shut-off valve in place will give you important peace of mind about your home whenever you leave it empty, whether for the day or for when you go on extended vacation. An emergency shut-off valve is helpful even if you are home: in case of a sudden broken faucet and water spilling everywhere, you won’t have to dash to find and turn the manual shut-off valve: the automatic system will take care of it for you.

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How a Professional Plumber Fixes Slab Leaks

October 23rd, 2017

water-line-repairWe’ve talked before about slab leaks, one of the more difficult problems when it comes to residential plumbing, but we’ll go over them again to give you an idea what you (and our plumbers) are dealing with.

A slab leak is any pipe leak set down in granite or other hardscaping on a residential (or commercial) property. In most cases, when plumbers talk about slab leaks, they are specifically talking about leaks in the cold water and hot water pipes down in the foundation of a house, although pipes in slabs can be found elsewhere. Around 80% of slab leaks happen in hot water pipes, which expand with heat to abrade faster against the stones around them.

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