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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does a water heater last in California?

The average water heater has a serviceable lifespan of around 12-16 years though it may be longer for a tankless system. This range can be maximized with regular water heater maintenance provided by professionals.

Why would I need drain and sewer cleaning?

Drain and sewer cleaning can be both a solution to address clogs in your drain lines and can also be used to prevent those clogs too. Regular drain and sewer cleaning also helps to keep your drain lines in better health.

How long do plumbing pipes typically last in California?

The lifespan of your plumbing pipes can vary based on the materials they are made from.

  • Copper pipes can last up to 70-80 years before needing replacement.
  • PVC pipes can last up to 24-45 years.

The presence of hard water can also lead to reduced pipe lifespan.

What are the different types of water damage?

There are actually three types of water damage that you should be aware of:

Clean water damage: When you have damage caused by water from a pipe that delivers clean potable water, such as your hot water line or a sink or shower.

Grey water damage: This involves damage created by grey water such as the wastewater from your sink, kitchen, washing machine, etc.

Black water damage: Black water involves damage created by sewage, rising flood waters, seawater, as well as river and groundwater. This type of damage can threaten the health of anyone in the home.

How do I know if my water pressure is too high?

High water pressure can be just as bad as low water pressure. Indicators that you have high water pressure can include:

  • Banging pipes
  • Constantly running toilets
  • Dripping faucets
  • Hot water that runs out too fast

How do I know what type of water heater to install?

The best water heater for your home is the one that matches factors such as being able to provide enough water to meet the needs of the plumbing appliances in your home and can fit with your fuel options (ie. all-electric or gas).

How do I find my main water shut-off valve?

You can search the perimeter of your home to find the main water shut-off valve. This valve will often be just inside or immediately outside the house where your water supply enters the house. Look for a handle or knife-style valve.

What is a heat pump water heater?

A heat pump water heater is a type of water heater that moves heat into your water supply, rather than creating it through electrical resistance or burning natural gas.

Do you offer Financing for small jobs?

Yes! Sweetwater Plumbing provides helpful financing options for all kinds of home plumbing services through GreenSky. You can apply through our Financing page.

Why was my water bill so high this month?

High water bills aren’t something to ignore. They are often a sign of trouble in your home’s plumbing system. High water bills can indicate that you have a struggling water heater or leaks in your pipes.

Why do I run out of hot water so quickly?

If you run out of hot water within a few minutes after turning on a hot water tap, then you likely need to have your water heater checked. The system may need a repair to its heating elements. It may also have a leak that is allowing hot water to escape the system.

Why is my grass so green in only one spot of my yard?

Those lush patches of grass in your yard mean trouble. This is because the sudden growth is likely spurred by a leak from your sewer line. It sounds unpleasant but there are nutrients in the wastewater that can escape your sewer line which grass and other foliage love.

When should I replace my garbage disposal system (garburator)?

If your garbage disposal has stopped working entirely, it is a good time to replace it. Before this, however, you may want to plan ahead for a garbage disposal replacement if your current one is over 10-14 years old and needs frequent repairs.

Why does my toilet keep running water?

A continuously running toilet is going to be a toilet that has a leak somewhere in it. This can often be combined with phantom flushing. If you hear your toilet consistently running, have it checked by a plumber to see if you can get it repaired or to see if you need to replace your toilet.

Is my Tap water safe to drink?

Your tap water should be safe to drink unless your municipal provider has issued a boil advisory. However, you can ensure that you always have drinkable tap water by installing a water treatment system.

Who is the best plumbing company in Montclair?

The best plumbing company in Montclair is the company that takes the best care of its customers. This company should employ expertly trained, licensed, and certified plumbers who come prepared with the right tools and equipment to get just about any job done. They should also provide comprehensive plumbing services and offer reasonable payment options.

Thankfully, you won’t have to search far for a team like this: Sweetwater Plumbing already meets these standards and more.

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