Sweetwater Plumbing Blog: Archive for October, 2016

Heat Pump Water Heaters: The Hows and Whys

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Are you thinking about replacing your home’s aging, inefficient water heater? Or are you planning to put in the first water heater for a new home? Whatever reason you’re on the hunt for a new water heater installation, it presents a good opportunity to break away from the traditional water heater and investigate fresh options. The advanced technology of newer water heater models offers improved energy savings and performance. One of the best of these new models is the heat pump water heater.

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Trenchless Technology: Fixing a Sewer Line without All the Digging

Monday, October 24th, 2016

One of the most important services that we provide to homes in Southern California is trenchless sewer line repair and replacement. Trenchless technology is a way to work on buried sewer lines without the need to tear open the property around a house. When most people think about working to repair a sewer line, they’ll envision power digging equipment ripping open a long trench to reach the pipe, making the outside of a home look like an archeological dig for days at a time. Our trenchless technology eliminates this mess and finishes the work in only a fraction of the time—often in mere hours.

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3 Warning Signs Your Tank Water Heater Needs Repairs

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The most common type of water heater found in homes is the familiar tank water heater. There are many great alternative options for new water heaters today (such as tankless and heat pump models), but if you still have a tank water heater, you’ll want to make sure that it lasts for as many years as it can before you need to think about a replacement.

A big part of ensuring that a water heater endures for as long as possible is to arrange for repairs the moment the system needs them. It can be tricky to notice some water heater problems, so we’ve provided a list of 3 common signs to watch for:

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Tree Roots and Your Water Line

Monday, October 17th, 2016

The water line is one of the essential parts of your home’s plumbing system. Without it, you don’t have freshwater coming in from the municipal system and to your faucets and appliances. Water lines are built to last for decades, but they’re still susceptible to damage from a number of sources. One of them is from tree roots that burrow down into the pipe, leading to blocking the line or causing it to break.

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How Plumbers Unclog Drains (Without Drain Cleaners)

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Last week, we wrote about why you shouldn’t use chemical drain cleaners to get rid of clogs and instead call on professional plumbers. But this brings up an important question: How do plumbing professionals take care of the job?

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Why We Don’t Recommend Chemical Drain Cleaners

Monday, October 10th, 2016

This is a scenario that most people are familiar with: A drain in the house clogs up completely. A plunger doesn’t do anything to clear it up. So the next step is to reach for a bottle of chemical drain cleaner and see if that does the trick.

Unfortunately, this familiar scenario is also one of the worst possible outcomes for a clogged drain. Our professional plumbers do not recommend that homeowners resort to a store-bought liquid drain cleaner to clear clogs. In fact, no professional plumber recommends this as a drain cleaning option. There are some very good reasons for this, as we’ll go into below.

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The Importance of Timely Water Heater Flushing

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

No matter the season, the water heater is an appliance that you will always need. There are numerous daily tasks that rely on easy access to hot water with just the turn of a handle or pressing “start” on a washing machine. But this ease and accessibility makes the source of this hot water—the water heater—easy to take for granted. Without regular service, the water heater in your home may one day fail on you, leaving you stuck with cold water until repair arrives.

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