Sweetwater Plumbing Blog : Archive for November, 2016

What Causes Slab Leaks?

Monday, November 28th, 2016

You may have heard about slab leaks before and not understood exactly what it meant. In plumber lingo, a slab leak is a pipe leak that occurs under a concrete or granite slab. Usually, it refers to a leak that happens in the foundation of a house, although this leaking can occur in other places. But as a homeowner, the type you’re most likely to encounter is the concrete foundation type.

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Troubleshooting Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Tankless water heaters are one of the best options available today for homes that want to upgrade to new, energy-saving technology. Because tankless water heaters only use energy when there’s a demand for hot water (which is why they’re also known as “on-demand” water heaters), they use a fraction of the energy of standard tank water heaters. Another great benefit is that they won’t run out of hot water—they’ll always heat up more! They also take up 80% less space than tank water heaters and can last for years longer.

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How Does Leak Detection Work?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

One of the most important of the jobs that we handle as professional plumbers is leak detection. At first, you might think that this isn’t that crucial of a task: you can find leaks by simply looking for where water is dripping from someplace it shouldn’t, right? But consider your entire household plumbing system. How many pipes are hidden from sight behind drywall, in floorboards? Most of them. And if your home has a concrete foundation, there are also pipes set down in that as well.

It’s not easy to tell if there’s water leaking from these hidden pipes until a large amount of damage has been done and gallons of water have been wasted. Plumbers have the tools and training required to pinpoint the covert leaks and get them fixed.

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When Should I Schedule Drain Cleaning?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Among the many plumbing jobs that our licensed plumbers perform, drain cleaning is one of the most important. Far too many homeowners often think of “drain cleaning” as something that comes out of bottles purchased at grocery stores, then poured down a drain to cut through a clog. But these “drain cleaners” hardly deserve the name: they’re a brew of caustic materials that only do the minimal work to eat through clogs and can cause damage to piping—as well as to people! Real drain cleaning is a professional process that uses special tools such as motorized drain augers and hydro-jetters.

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Pinhole Leaks! Beware Corrosion Gnawing at Copper Pipes

Monday, November 7th, 2016

“Wait a minute,” you’re thinking as you look down from the hyper title written above. “Copper doesn’t corrode! That’s why copper is used for modern plumbing instead of steel.”

Well, you’re almost right. Galvanized steel, once the Emperor of Home Plumbing Pipes, was toppled from the imperial indoor plumbing throne in the 1960s because of its tendency to corrode with time, not only leading to breaks and leaks, but also the contamination of drinking water. Copper replaced it: a material that’s not only lighter and less expensive, but also corrosion resistant.

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