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3 Must-Have Plumbing Services Post-Holiday

December 2nd, 2019

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You did it; you survived hosting Thanksgiving dinner! Even if it was a simple affair among a few friends, hosting this even can be quite taxing on you…and on your plumbing. Your plumbing goes through a lot at the end of November, but you made it through the big day so things are probably fine right?

In actuality, after an event like Thanksgiving, there is a much higher risk of plumbing issues popping up. That is why it is always a good idea to schedule a visit from a plumber to check on just how well your home plumbing is doing.

We want to make things a little easier on you by telling you three of the best plumbing services you can opt for after the holiday that will benefit you the most to wrap up the year and start the next one off right.

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Is It Time for a New Water Heater?

November 18th, 2019

water-is-too-coldWe know you have plenty to do to prepare for the fast-approaching holiday season. We aren’t here to add to your already full plate. However, we do want to pose a question in order to help you tackle a task that you might not realize needs doing.

Is your water heater going to make it through the holidays?

If you hesitate when you answer that question, you may want to consider looking into finding a replacement sooner than later. When it comes to water heaters in Ontario, CA, we know every drop that you use counts, so having an ineffective system is never good. If you need a replacement, you may want to reach out to a professional for assistance with everything from selection to installation.

But first, let’s discuss how you can be sure that you need a new water heater.

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What’s That Smell? It Could Be a Clogged Drain

November 4th, 2019

water-down-drainNo one wants to smell the things that they flushed down the kitchen sink or one of their bathroom drains after it is out of sight. There are times though that these nasty scents seem to come back up the drain to haunt the house.

When this stinky event occurs you may wonder why. Do you need to clean your sink or toilet more often? The truth is that you likely have buildup forming in your drain, which can lead to a clog.

A clogged drain may sound like an easy fix but it is really something that needs to be addressed by a professional plumber. This is for the sake of the safety of your plumbing and we will explain why.

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5 Ways to Tell You Have a Leak

October 21st, 2019

pipe-copper-leakingWhen you come home the last thing you really want to deal with is a puddle on the floor. Even if it isn’t courtesy of Fluffy the dog, a puddle or pooling water anywhere in your home isn’t a good thing because it could be coming from a leak in your pipes.

While there are some leaks that are easy to spot, such as a leak in the pipes under the kitchen or bathroom sink, others may be a bit more well hidden. This is why it is important to keep your eyes, ears, and even your nose) alert for potential indicators that you have a leak on your hands.

If you aren’t sure what to look for, we have some ways to identify if you have a leak in your home. We suggest you make a call to get plumbing repairs if you notice even one of these signs.

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The Spooky Story of Slab Leaks

October 7th, 2019

slab-leak-crack-in-foundationImagine this horror story: You arrive home from dinner and your kid runs into the living room to grab their favorite toy. Suddenly you hear them ask, “Why are there mushrooms growing under the carpet?” Your blood chills as you realize something is seriously wrong–and that something is very likely a slab leak that went unnoticed.

The term “slab leak” sounds spooky to most people and it should. These leaks are talked about similarly to monster stories because they can easily create a large amount of expensive damage if they are unaddressed for too long.

If you believe you have a slab leak, or any leak for that matter, your best bet it to reach out to a professional about checking and repairing your plumbing in La Puente, CA. In the interim, we would still suggest you learn about what to look for to identify a slab leak early, before it becomes a bigger problem.

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Do You Know Where the Water Main Shut-Off Valve Is?

September 23rd, 2019

house-floodingPlease don’t skip over this question! And be honest. If your first reaction is “My house has a water main shut-off valve?” or “What’s a shut-off valve?” then you need to read the rest of this post. If you do know about the shut-off valve, but never thought it was important to pinpoint its exact location, then you also need to read this post.

Afterward, make sure everyone in your household knows about the water main shut-off valve location. It can make the difference in a small plumbing mishap and a huge plumbing fiasco!

The shut-off valve controls the flow of water into your house from the municipal water supply. In case of a plumbing disaster threatening to flood parts of your home and cause water damage, you may need to manually shut off the water to the house. Once you’ve done this, you can call our plumbers to repair the problem. (We’re also water damage restoration professionals and can help if your home does suffer from damage.)

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The DIY Mistakes We Often Find in Plumbing Systems

September 9th, 2019

faucet-and-wrenchAsk any professional plumber about “do-it-yourself” errors and they’ll tell you a slew of horror stories. Many calls for plumbing in Montclair, CA and the surrounding areas are because of a glitch made when an amateur attempted to fix a malfunction or take care of an installation.

You may have DIY plumbing troubles in your house you’re unaware of—because the previous owner is the one who made them! So even if you’ve never seized a tool belt to make a heroic but misguided attempt at a household plumbing adventure, you may still have amateur problems brewing in the pipes and fixtures.

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Plumbing Scams Exist! Here Are Ones to Watch For

August 26th, 2019

hand-holding-wrenchIn a recent blog post, we went over why it is so important to only hire licensed plumbers for any service you need for your home or business. We have a decade of history providing plumbing service to Southern California, and we’ve seen plenty of examples of the plumbing fiascoes non-professionals can cause. We end up fixing many of these rotten jobs!

Unlicensed plumbers can also be shady. Unfortunately, there are scams out there looking to steal money from homeowners and business owners with bad plumbing service and downright dishonesty. You can avoid these when you go to a licensed plumber first—a licensed plumber has the insurance and certifications to protect you.

To help you dodge these plumbing scams, we’ve listed a few of the ones you run across.

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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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