Sweetwater Plumbing Blog: Archive for September, 2017

A Water Heater Needs Maintenance from Plumbing Experts

Monday, September 25th, 2017

water-heater-plumbing-repairsWhen the fall starts, HVAC companies remind their customers that it’s time to have maintenance done for their heating equipment. Even Southern California can get the winter blues! But plumbers also ask their customers to arrange for maintenance as well, and it’s for a heating system that Californians need every day, no matter the weather: the water heater.

You certainly have a water heater serving your household’s daily cleaning, washing, and cooking needs. But you may not realize how much work this appliance does: it accounts for almost 40% of the energy used in most homes! That’s a huge chunk of your utility bills. A device this essential that works this hard needs special attention every year.

Where do you go for professional water heater maintenance? An expert in plumbing in Riverside, CA or wherever you live. It takes plumbers to deal with the special needs of a water heater.

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Proper Sizing Is Critical for Tankless Water Heaters

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterIf you are considering replacing your old, inefficient storage tank water heater this fall, first of all—good for you! No reason to keep a power-draining and unreliable old water heater around longer than necessary. Second of all, we recommend giving serious consideration to replacing it with a tankless water heater. You’ve probably heard about some of the great advantages of going with a tankless system: they cost much less to run, have lengthy service lives, take up little space, require fewer repairs, and best of all they won’t run out of hot water!

But we’d like to address that last benefit—because this is one of the big pluses of a tankless water heater system that will completely vanish if you don’t have the water heater installed professionally. Unless an expert plumber correctly sizes the water heater to match the demands of your household, you’ll end up with a tankless system that won’t be able to keep up.

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Why Do I Need to Hire a Plumber for Gas Piping?

Monday, September 11th, 2017

gas-burners“Gas pipes” are not what most people think of first when they think of professional plumbing. “Plumbers” are people who work with pipes that carry water and sewage, as well as do installation and repair jobs for faucets, sinks, garbage disposals, sewer lines, etc. All parts of the freshwater and wastewater system of a home or commercial building.

But natural gas pipes are an important part of the services many professional plumbers offer. Not all, but if you are looking for a plumber in Santa Ana, CA or elsewhere in Southern California to take care of the gas piping for your home or business, you can depend on us. We’re a full-service plumbing company that can handle jobs big and small.

The Reason You Need Professionals for Gas Pipe Service

There’s a lot in common in the piping for a plumbing system (i.e. freshwater and wastewater) and the piping that carries natural gas. For example, the pipes are made from similar materials: galvanized steel, copper, and plastic. The majority of natural gas piping is made from copper because of its corrosion resistance and light weight. Gas plumbers use plastic pipes for some specific uses, such as flexible piping for small areas and narrow gas lines. A well-trained plumber knows that it’s vital to make sure gas piping has the same attention as other types of piping so there are no threats of leaks.

In fact, in most jurisdictions, it’s illegal for anyone to work on a pipe or appliance connected to a gas main unless they have a special license to do so. Not only are professional gas plumbers the only people with the skill to do the job, they are the only people who are allowed to do the job. There’s good reason for this limitation! Leaking gas lines are tremendous health hazards. Make sure you stay safe and see that properly licensed professional plumbers handle all your gas piping services.

Are You Looking to Expand Natural Gas Use?

Our gas plumbers do many repair jobs, but they’re also available to assist with new gas line installation. If your home or business could benefit from expanding how much it uses natural gas, talk to our plumbers to find out what we can do to put in more gas lines for new appliances. For example, you may be interested in a larger, more powerful commercial water heater for your building. If so, the new unit might require a larger gas line installation; we can do the job for you! (And we can install the commercial water heater as well.)

For your home, you may be considering changing out an old electric clothes dryer for a gas-powered one—a much more powerful unit, and also less expensive to run. To have the new gas lines put in to run the laundry machine, you’ll also want our professionals to do the work.

We encourage both homes and businesses to look into ways to increase their use of natural gas, which is a clean-burning, inexpensive fuel that’s domestically produced and readily available.

Sweetwater Plumbing serves Southern California. We are always open for business!

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