Sweetwater Plumbing Blog

When to Consider a Heat Pump Water Heater for Your Home

August 12th, 2019

showerhead-ceiling-runningIs your old water heater no longer able to keep up with your household’s demands? Or are you planning on putting in the first water heater for a new house?

Whatever reason you’re considering purchasing a new water heater, we want to make sure you know about the heat pump water heater. It isn’t the best choice for all homes—but it may be the best for yours, and we don’t want you to miss out on this option.

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The Flooded Bathroom: Emergency Steps!

July 29th, 2019

closeup-of-surface-of-waterWe’ve sometimes written about emergency plumbing situations and how to handle them, such as when a toilet starts to overflow. In this post, we’re going to address a broader situation, which is flooding in a bathroom, regardless of its source. Because of the large amount of plumbing pipes, drains, and fixtures in a bathroom, it’s the room in a home most likely to experience flooding from a plumbing accident. The flooding can be due to an overflowing toilet, or it might be a broken water supply line or someone who forgot to turn off the bath.

Whatever is the cause, here are the steps to take to mitigate the damage and prevent injuries:

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Why You Should Never Hire Unlicensed Plumbers

July 15th, 2019

wrenchesNo matter if you have a basic plumbing repair you need for your house or you’re looking for service on the plumbing installations in your commercial facility, the best people to turn to are those offering cut-rate prices and who have no professional credentials!

Did that sound right? Of course it didn’t. But it’s surprising how many homeowners and business owners turn to unlicensed plumbers to do important work. If you need plumbing in Santa Ana, CA, you have a great licensed team only a phone call away to help you any time of the day or night: Sweetwater Plumbing. (CA License # 889182) And if you still feel tempted to call “that guy your brother-in-law knows” for your plumbing services, we have some excellent reasons why you should never go near unlicensed plumbers.

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The First Steps for Finding Plumbing Leaks

July 1st, 2019

finger-plugging-leakYou can’t see most of your household plumbing system because it’s hidden away. This makes it difficult to grasp how extensive the plumbing is, all the pipes running through walls and floors and underneath the property. A plumbing system this large leaves ample opportunities for leaks to start, even with up-to-date piping material. It’s also difficult to tell when leaks start unless they’re causing water to spill out onto floors or drip from the ceiling.

Locating and stopping leaks is a job you want taking care of as soon as possible. You’ll need a professional plumber for much of the work, since you don’t have the training and tools necessary to perform leak detection and access the pipes. But there are first steps you can take when you believe your home plumbing is leaking.

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Are Water Pressure Problems Really That Serious?

June 17th, 2019

leaking-pipeWhat counts as the right water pressure covers a wide range. If the water pressure is right, you’ll know it—it just feels “right.” You can shower in it easily, clean up the dishes without problem, and fill up a water bottle quickly without making it overflow.

If you want some actual numbers, the water pressure in a house should be between 40 to 45 psi. Once it moves past 60 psi, it’s too high. Under 25 psi and it’s too low.

You don’t want the pressure to swing too much in either direction—both are problems. You may want to shrug them off and hope that the problem will just fix itself. Sometimes it does, if the source of the problem is a temporary issue at the municipal supply. But if the pressure difference persists, you may have a serious problem in the plumbing that’s causing damage and will lead to bigger trouble.

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What Video Pipe Inspection Can Do for You

June 3rd, 2019

leaking-pipeMany of us who work at Sweetwater have been in the plumbing industry for decades, so we can tell you a bit about the “bad old days” of plumbing technology. When handling repairs for leaks or trying to diagnose drain and sewer clogging issues, a lot of guesswork was required. It was informed guesswork (at least if you had a trained and licensed plumber), but there was still no way a plumber could get a look inside the plumbing to make an actual visual inspection that could remove the need for guessing.

That time is behind us now—because we have video pipe inspection equipment. These tools consist of miniaturized digital cameras and LED lights mounted on long fiber optic cables. Our plumbers send these cameras down drains and clean-outs to investigate pipes from the inside and see the images transmitted back to a monitor.

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Rust in the Water—Where It’s Coming From, What to Do

May 20th, 2019

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This is a common occurrence for people who’ve been on vacation for a week or more and left their home empty: turning on the taps for the first time after returning and seeing a rusty-red tint to the water. However, this quickly fades as the buildup in the dry pipes is flushed out.

But what about the other times when that rusty coloration appears in the water? Is there something wrong with your plumbing in Fontana, CA that requires the assistance of professionals? And, if there is something wrong, where is it coming from?

These are good questions, and we’ll tackle them below.

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Replacing a Toilet? Some Options to Consider

May 6th, 2019

toilet-with-button-flushA bathroom toilet is designed for durability. In fact, people may think of a toilet as an appliance in their home that will never need a replacement. But this is not the case. If your home has a toilet that’s more than 20 years old, it’s time to put in a new one. Even putting in a similar model of toilet will use half the amount of water of a toilet that was made two decades ago.

Or you may be in a position where your old toilet needs to be replaced because it’s become too damaged or leaky to keep around.

Regardless of the reason, it’s time to call a plumber in San Bernardino, CA to put in a new toilet for your house. Which means it’s also time to make some choices about what type of toilet to put in—there are many more options than there once were.

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New Home? Here’s Some Plumbing Checks and Things You Should Know!

April 22nd, 2019

family-before-new-houseMoving into a new house is both exciting and stressful. Often overwhelmingly stressful. There are many steps you need to take before, during, and right after the move. These range from getting to know your new neighbors (which can be a great deal of fun) to inspecting the roof and the siding (a lot less fun, but necessary).

A plumber in Ontario, CA can tell you that inspecting new home plumbing is a critical step. The plumbing in a house isn’t easy to see on a casual inspection, and there may be repair jobs and replacements necessary to get the plumbing up to standards. Here are some checks and other plumbing jobs to do when you move into your new house.

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Important Considerations When You Have Water Damage

April 8th, 2019

pipe-about-to-burstWater may be one of the basics components of life, but it’s also a destructive force. When parts of your house are exposed to water from flooding and plumbing accidents, the damage goes much deeper than simply making surfaces wet. Water seeps into everything and cannot be easily removed. Over time, water damage will worsen, destroying drywall, creating wood rot, structurally weakening supporting beams, destroying wiring and HVAC systems, and creating dangerous black mold.

Remediating water damage is a specialized service requiring professionals. You can reach us for water damage restoration in Ontario, CA or elsewhere in Southern California. Below are a few important things to consider when you have water damage.

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