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FAQ About Drain Cleaning

June 18th, 2018

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One of the important plumbing services we offer is professional drain cleaning. It’s also a service that people often have questions about: Should they schedule drain cleaning only for removing a clog or should it be done more often? Do they really need professionals for this job? We’d like to address these questions and a few others so you’ll know when (and why) to schedule drain cleaning in Corona, CA with our experienced plumbing team. We don’t charge by the hour, we charge by the job!

Is drain cleaning necessary for every clog?

No. There are some basic clogs you can clear out with a plunger or a simple hand-cranked drain snake. If neither of these work, or the problem returns frequently, you’ll need more extensive drain cleaning work from professionals to tackle the problem.

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The Basics About Sink Plumbing

June 4th, 2018
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Pouring water in the kitchen

Working on sink plumbing is one of the standard and everyday parts of our job as professional plumbers. It’s also one of the more complex parts. Homeowners often assume they can take care of the majority problems they may encounter with their sink plumbing. This may be true for a job like cleaning out the aerator in the faucet of getting rid of a simple clog using a plunger. But working with the plumbing beneath the sink, as well as large jobs above the sink, needs the assistance of a professional.

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Low Hot Water Pressure and Your Water Heater

May 29th, 2018

gold-faucetWhen you turn on the taps in your house, whether for a sink faucet or a shower head, and the water pressure feels weaker than normal, there are a number of different possibilities. In most cases, this is a municipal issue that will soon be remedied. But it could also be leaks, hard water build-up, or problems with the water main to your house.

If the low water pressure is coming only from the hot water taps, then the trouble can be narrowed down a bit further. You could have a build-up of corrosion, sediment, or other debris in the hot water lines for the home, but not in the cold water lines. Or … you may have hot water heater problems. If the low water pressure is occurring at all the hot water taps, this is probably what you’re dealing with.

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What You Need to Know About Leaks in the Plumbing

May 21st, 2018

leak-in-pipeHousehold plumbing can suffer from leaks. That’s just the way things are: the finest plumbing installation and maintenance work can’t prevent all potential leaks. The best way to deal with leaks is to have them fixed as soon as possible—and most of the time, that means calling a professional, licensed plumber.

Below are a few facts about leaks in your home we think you should know:

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Low-Flow Toilets: Yes, They’re a Good Investment!

May 7th, 2018

toilet-with-button-flushYou may have heard about the advances in water-saving low-flow fixtures for homes. Low-flow faucets are an easy choice to make, since there is little sacrifice in performance and the water savings are excellent. Low-flow faucets aren’t an expensive upgrade to make, either.

But when it comes to another major low-flow installation, the low-flow toilet, you might be more hesitant. Do these fixtures work as well as they need to? Considering the higher cost, will the new installation pay for itself? How much water do they really save? In short—are low flow-toilets a smart investment for your home?

You can already tell what the answer is: it’s in the title of this post. But we’ll go into some details about why replacing old toilets for low-flow models is a good use of home improvement money.

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Important Caution: Don’t Flush Cat Litter!

May 1st, 2018

cat-sleeping-on-radiatorThis is a post for all our cat-loving clients out there. It’s one of the big misunderstandings about plumbing that doesn’t get enough attention. You’ve probably heard a list of various items that shouldn’t be disposed of down a toilet: paper products aside from toilet paper, sanitary wipes, dead goldfish, and any type of trash that normally goes into the trash can. (And don’t pour chemical “drain cleaner” into a toilet either. If you can’t unclog a toilet with a plunger, call a professional plumber for drain cleaning in Fullerton, CA.)

Here’s another item to add to the “do not flush” list: cat litter.

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What Type of Water Heater Will Save Me the Most Money?

April 23rd, 2018
  • water-heater-modelQ: What type of water heater should I get to have the best money savings?
  • A: The right type of water heater.

We know that answer sounds like we’re being flippant, but it is the correct answer. There is no single type of water heater that is a guaranteed money-saver for a house because every household is different. A tankless water heater with a high efficiency rating may sound like a sure thing for cutting down on energy bills, but it might end up doing a bad job at actually delivering the hot water the household needs end have to be replaced early. That’s hardly saving money!

  • Q: So how do I find the right type of water heater?
  • A: Work with a professional plumber.

Thankfully, the answer to this question is straightforward. A new water heater installation must be handled by a plumbing professional, so you might as well involve the professionals from the start to select the ideal new water heater for your needs. A water heater must first be able to handle the hot water demands of your household, or else it’s not much good. Professionals can size the system (determining volume of hot water, flow rate, etc.) so your household will rarely run out of hot water or experience a drop in efficiency because of hot water demand. The pro plumbers then look for models that will cut down on your heating costs, but also make sure the model won’t be prohibitively expensive.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Drain Cleaning

April 9th, 2018

Handling drain cleaning in San Bernardino, CA and elsewhere in our wide service area is one of the most important jobs we do. Below we’ll go over a few of the questions customers often ask about this service, how it works, and why it’s important.

Q: Are drains clogs usually minor?

A: They can be. However, it’s risky to assume that any drain clog is as simple as a hair clog or a buildup of grease and soap scum. Drain clogs can indicate more serious problems down in the drainage system, such as a broken or clogged sewer pipeline, root infiltration in the sewer line, or blocked drain vents. If these larger issues aren’t dealt with, clogs could soon be in every household drain and sewage may start to flood into the lower parts of the house.

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Can’t I Just Watch a YouTube Video So I Can Fix a Plumbing Problem?

April 3rd, 2018

frustrated-man-looks-at-laptopOne of the strange things about residential plumbing is that homeowners often believe they can take on plumbing repair or installation themselves without the assistance of professionals. Few other skilled jobs have such an attraction to the DIY enthusiast—and few other skilled jobs are less suited for DIY!

The YouTube Trap

YouTube is a big part of the problem. Have you ever run into a plumbing issue, such as a tough drain clog or a leaking pipe, and thought, “I could call a professional—but there are professionals on YouTube who can show me how to do it myself for much cheaper”? We hope you didn’t give into the temptation to go with the YouTube video, because the word cheaper is appropriate—you’ll end up with a cheap, inferior repair that will cause bigger problems down the road, including potential water damage.

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5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Plumber

March 26th, 2018

plumbing-toolsThere are few areas of home service that more people think they can handle on their own than plumbing. “Plumbing’s not that hard!” they think as they look over all the plumbing wrenches and other tools for sale at hardware and home improvement stores. Even for people who would rather not do the plumbing work themselves often believe hiring non-professionals is just fine—and they’ll save money.

But plumbing isn’t easy. It requires licensed professionals to handle most jobs more difficult than changing the washers in a faucet. Below are five reasons to call for pro plumbers before calling an amateur or picking up the wrench yourself.

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