Sweetwater Plumbing Blog

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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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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