Sweetwater Plumbing Blog: Archive for June, 2017

How Often Do I Need Professional Drain Cleaning?

Monday, June 26th, 2017

schedule-service-clockRegular drain cleaning is a maintenance service we recommend for all our residential customers. People often only think about doing drain cleaning when they have problems with clogs or foul smells coming from the drains. But routine drain cleaning not only stops these problems, it helps keep the drainage system in good shape and can even extend the life of the sewer line.

But how regularly should you schedule this service?

The answer to this question is that there isn’t a single answer that applies to all homes. Several different factors can determine how much wastewater is going down the drains and what’s in it. The more people in a house, the faster the drains will pick up build-up from hair and food waste products. Older drains will also require more frequent cleaning to avoid trouble developing. (We suggest arranging for repiping services if you have extremely old drain pipes made from outdated material.)

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Reasons Your Toilet Is Running

Monday, June 19th, 2017

toilet-with-sprayer-and-phoneOne of the most common plumbing troubles in the bathroom is when the toilet either won’t stop running or runs too long before it stops. You’ve probably encountered this before when you’ve flushed the toilet, walked off to do something else, and then noticed a few minutes later the sound of running water still coming from the toilet. You jiggled the handle, maybe flushed it a second time, and the sound stopped.

But what if the sound didn’t stop? Or what if the problem continued to occur? In either case, you have a problem with the toilet that wastes large amounts of water and can potentially make it impossible to flush the toilet. You’ll need to call for repairs for your bathroom plumbing in Fullerton, CA.

Below are some of the reasons this problem might happen:

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Plumbing Repairs and Replacement to Help You Save Water

Monday, June 5th, 2017

plumber-at-kitchen-sinkThere are many ways you can reduce the amount of water you use in your home:

  • Take shorter showers.
  • Collect running water while you’re waiting for the shower or tub to warm up, then use it for other tasks like watering plants.
  • Always turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth.
  • Only run the dishwasher and laundry machines with full loads.

You’ve probably seen all this advice before; it was spread around during our recent drought, and all of it is good advice. But what if you follow all these tips for lowering your water bills but you still find you’re paying more than you think you should? According to the U.S. EPA, a household of four people shouldn’t be using more than 12,000 of water per month. If your usage is higher, you almost certainly have problems with the plumbing, such as leaks or broken fixtures.

Don’t worry—it’s our job to help you in these situations. Below are some of the repairs and replacements we can do to help get those water bills under control and stop needless water waste.

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