Sweetwater Plumbing Blog

Frequently Asked Questions About Drain Cleaning

April 9th, 2018

Handling drain cleaning in San Bernardino, CA and elsewhere in our wide service area is one of the most important jobs we do. Below we’ll go over a few of the questions customers often ask about this service, how it works, and why it’s important.

Q: Are drains clogs usually minor?

A: They can be. However, it’s risky to assume that any drain clog is as simple as a hair clog or a buildup of grease and soap scum. Drain clogs can indicate more serious problems down in the drainage system, such as a broken or clogged sewer pipeline, root infiltration in the sewer line, or blocked drain vents. If these larger issues aren’t dealt with, clogs could soon be in every household drain and sewage may start to flood into the lower parts of the house.

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Can’t I Just Watch a YouTube Video So I Can Fix a Plumbing Problem?

April 3rd, 2018

frustrated-man-looks-at-laptopOne of the strange things about residential plumbing is that homeowners often believe they can take on plumbing repair or installation themselves without the assistance of professionals. Few other skilled jobs have such an attraction to the DIY enthusiast—and few other skilled jobs are less suited for DIY!

The YouTube Trap

YouTube is a big part of the problem. Have you ever run into a plumbing issue, such as a tough drain clog or a leaking pipe, and thought, “I could call a professional—but there are professionals on YouTube who can show me how to do it myself for much cheaper”? We hope you didn’t give into the temptation to go with the YouTube video, because the word cheaper is appropriate—you’ll end up with a cheap, inferior repair that will cause bigger problems down the road, including potential water damage.

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5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Plumber

March 26th, 2018

plumbing-toolsThere are few areas of home service that more people think they can handle on their own than plumbing. “Plumbing’s not that hard!” they think as they look over all the plumbing wrenches and other tools for sale at hardware and home improvement stores. Even for people who would rather not do the plumbing work themselves often believe hiring non-professionals is just fine—and they’ll save money.

But plumbing isn’t easy. It requires licensed professionals to handle most jobs more difficult than changing the washers in a faucet. Below are five reasons to call for pro plumbers before calling an amateur or picking up the wrench yourself.

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Test Your Sump Pump this Spring

March 12th, 2018

closeup-of-surface-of-waterThe sump pump is a staple in the basements of many homes around the country. They help prevent water damage due to flooding, going to work automatically as they gather excess water in a pit (the sump) and then pump it out into either the wastewater system or a well.

Of course, most homes here in Southern California don’t have basements. People often don’t think of massive flooding as an issue either in the dry climate. But this doesn’t mean sump pumps don’t have their place. Homes in So. Cal have crawlspaces that can suffer from flooding, either from plumbing accidents or occasional rain that the stormwater system can’t handle. Water in the crawlspace is a major problem because it severely damages that foundation of a house, rotting away wood and create other hazards. It raises the humidity in a home and promotes mold and mildew growth. We recommend most homes in the area have a sump pump installation as an important precaution. If you already have a sump pump in Riverside, CA, spring is the time to test it so it’s ready for the rest of the year.

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What Is “Water Hammer”?

March 6th, 2018

woman-shocked-by-noiseNo, it’s not a magical item from a fantasy story—although that would be a neat weapon. Water hammer is the name for the loud thumping sound that may suddenly come from your home’s pipes. Water hammer is a common occurrence—in fact, in early plumbing systems, water hammer was what often caused people to believe their houses were haunted!

It’s not a ghost, so what is it?

What’s occurring when you hear water hammer is the abrupt stop and reversal of water flow in the pipes. This can happen when a faucet or other tap is shut off. The force of the water direction change creates a noticeable banging or thumping sound.

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How Long Should My Water Heater Last?

February 26th, 2018

water-heater-tankWhen people ask our experts this question—and it’s a question we hear often—what they usually want to know is if they should have their current aging water heater replaced with a new one. But it’s also something people ask when they get a new water heater so they know what to expect, and how much return they’ll receive from their investment in the new unit.

The question doesn’t have a single, simple answer. “It depends,” is one way to answer it, but that won’t satisfy anybody. Depends on what? And what can be done to see that it last for as long as possible?

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Is a Professional Plumber Necessary for Hydro-Jetting?

February 12th, 2018

plumbers-toolsYou can rely on a licensed and professional plumber in Corona, CA to handle any service you may need to repair, upgrade, or maintain your home’s plumbing. You’ll have a hard time finding a wider range of plumbing services in Southern California than what we offer: everything from basic fast fixes to full trenchless sewer line replacements.

But we hear what you’re thinking: “Do I need a professional for every plumbing job?” Maybe you think you can get by with some tools and an online guide. Or perhaps your friend knows a guy who says he can get those drains cleaned super-cheap. We’ll admit that there are some simple fix-ups you can do yourself, like putting in a new washer for a faucet. But anything more complex must be left to a licensed plumber with the right tools—yes, even if you go buy the tools yourself!

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The Big Troubles with Water Damage

February 6th, 2018

water-waveAn important service we offer our customers throughout Southern California—one you won’t find with every plumbing contractor—is water damage restoration. Both weather and plumbing disasters can create extensive water damage in a home or business. Cleaning up the mess isn’t as simple as using a mop. Water seeps into surfaces and through the tiniest cracks and openings, making eliminating it and preventing future problems difficult. Difficult, that is, unless you go straight to water damage restorationists.

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Think You Have a Water Leak? Don’t Wait to Call for a Plumber

January 29th, 2018

leaking-pipeAfter the clogged drain, the water leak is the most common and persistent trouble affecting home plumbing. Leaks in pipes and valves creates water damage, lowers water pressure throughout a plumbing system, wastes water, and can even create unhealthy conditions. For example, you don’t want leaks in sewer lines allowing bacteria and other contaminants into your house, and even fresh water leaks can create the growth of harmful molds.

This list of leaky plumbing problems is one of the reasons you should never wait to call a professional plumber to fix a leak. Any plumber will tell you that there’s no such thing as a “minor” leak. A leak can be small, but the accumulation of water still causes plenty of damage. Small leaks often get the opportunity to create problems because people brush them off and delay calling for a pro to fix them.

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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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