Sweetwater Plumbing Blog

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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The Reason the Toilet Is Leaking From the Base

March 25th, 2019

toilet-with-sprayer-and-phoneThe bathroom is the room in a house that contains the largest number of plumbing pipes and fixtures. Yes, more than the kitchen! And the bathroom toilet accounts for around 40% of indoor water use for a home, making it one of the most important plumbing fixtures in the whole house (even before considering the important job the toilet actually does).

When a bathroom toilet starts to leak, it’s a major problem that you’ll want fixed as soon as possible. Not only is wasteful of water and may cause the toilet to stop working, it also does water damage to the floor of the bathroom. This leads to mold, mildew, and wood rot that can even lead to catastrophic problems, especially if it’s in an upper level bathroom, if it’s allowed to continue.

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Getting Rid of Drain Flies (Because You Definitely Want To!)

March 11th, 2019

drain-and-spoonYou may have had this happen to you before in your home, or maybe it’s happening now: small flies buzzing around the drains in your kitchen or in your bathroom. Although these flies don’t bite, they’re definitely unpleasant to have around and don’t exactly contribute to the alluring beauty of the interior of a house.

These flies are often known as drain flies or sink flies. They don’t belong to any individual species, and there are over 2600 different species found around the world. Most are tiny, with slightly furry bodies that make them look something like moths. As we mentioned before, they don’t bite humans and aren’t known to carry harmful diseases. But you definitely want these pests out of your home. How do you do that?

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