Sweetwater Plumbing Blog: Archive for September, 2016

You May Need a Water Pressure Regulator

Monday, September 26th, 2016

High water pressure in your home may sound like it’s a ­positive thing. After all, if the water pressure is too low, it makes it harder to clean dishes in the kitchen or take a decent shower. But what you really want in your house is balanced water pressure, around 80 psi (pounds per square inch). If the water pressure is higher than this, you’ll run into trouble with your plumbing leading to expensive repairs.

But there’s a remedy: a water pressure regulator.

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Why a Tankless Water Heater Is a Great Option

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

For many decades, there was only one choice when it came to residential water heaters: the storage tank water heater. This is the model that most people think of when they think of water heaters. It consists of a large cylindrical tank where water is kept at a constant temperature so it’s ready for use. You’ve probably lived most of your life in homes that used tank water heaters.

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How Can I Know I Have a Slab Leak?

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Slab leaks are one of the most difficult of all residential plumbing problems to find and fix. These are leaks that occur down within the concrete foundation of a house, either in the cold water or hot water pipes. (80% occur in hot water pipes.) These leaks waste large amounts of water and can lead to building damage—but since they are located under concrete, they are difficult to notice at first. How can you tell that you have a slab leak so you can call on professional plumbers to fix it? Below is a short guide to some of the more common warning signs of a slab leak:

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The U-Shaped Pipe in Your Drains and What It Does

Monday, September 12th, 2016

If you’ve ever looked under a sink or other plumbing fixture in a house, you’ll have noticed that the drain pipe has an unusual bend to it, a “U” shape, beneath the drain. If you’ve ever wondered what that peculiar bend in the drain is for, we have the answers for you here.

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