Sweetwater Plumbing Blog: Archive for July, 2017

Corrosion on a Water Heater: Time to Replace It?

Monday, July 31st, 2017

water-heaterAs professional plumbers who work on everything from small leaks in homes to large scale commercial plumbing installations, we’re used to encountering one of the biggest enemies of all plumbing systems: corrosion. Corrosion is a chemical reaction between water and metal in the presence of oxygen, resulting in a weakening of the metal. There are different types of corrosion, but rust is the most familiar. No matter the type, corrosion is straight up bad news for metal because it eats into it and eventually causes it to flake away. (In fact, the word corrosion comes from the Latin word meaning “to gnaw.” Corrosion gnaws away at metal.)

The tank water heater in your home is an appliance that is in danger of corrosion because of the contact between metal and water. But, you’ve probably noticed, the water heater is quite resistant to corrosion. That’s because models are designed this way, with a number of safeguards to stop the tank or other components from beginning to rust.

However, corrosion can still affect a water heater. When that happens, does that mean it’s time to have the water heater replaced?

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What Counts As a Plumbing Emergency?

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

leaking-plastic-p-trapOur slogan is “We Are Always Open for Business!” That means whenever you have a plumbing emergency, you know who to call: our plumbers are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to see that you get the repair work you need to restore your plumbing and protect your home. Depend on us for emergency plumbing in Corona, CA and elsewhere in Southern California. You can relax knowing the best plumbers are on the job.

But this brings up a good question: what qualifies as a plumbing emergency, rather than something that can wait for a few hours?

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Warning Signs of Sewer Line Problems

Monday, July 17th, 2017

sewer-manhole-coverYou don’t want to have any part of your home’s plumbing system develop leaks or breaks, of course. But problems in the sewer line are especially troublesome! This is the pipeline responsible for removing the collected wastewater from the drains around the house to the municipal sewer system running down the center of the street. If the sewer line becomes clogged, starts to leak, or breaks, it can mean unlivable conditions in your home.

Fortunately, if you notice early warning signs that the sewer line is in trouble, you’ll know that it’s time to contact licensed professional plumbers. Repairing a sewer line is a large job—one of the largest a plumbing contractor can do for a home—but in the hands of people with the best training and equipment, the work can be done quickly and with minimal interruption to your house.

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Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

water-heater-modelIf you have noticed water starting to pool around the base of your storage tank water heater and you’re concerned about it … well, you’re already on the right track! The only place water should be escaping for a hot water tank is a few drips from the temperature and pressure relief valve. Anything else indicates trouble with the water heater. In most cases this will require calling for professional water heater services in Santa Ana, CA or wherever you are in Southern California. Fortunately, you have some of the best professional plumbers available any time of the day or night! Our plumbers are always here to help—because we’re always open for business!

Believe us, a leaking water heater isn’t something you want to ignore. Not only will the operation of your water heater be in jeopardy, but the leaks can also create water damage. (If this is already a problem, we offer water damage restoration services.)

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