Sweetwater Plumbing Blog : Archive for December, 2017

Slab Leaks Are Tricky: Here’s How a Plumber Locates One

Monday, December 18th, 2017

slab-leak-crack-in-foundationThere are few plumbing problems a home might encounter that present more difficulties than a slab leak. What’s a slab leak? It’s the name for a leak in the pipes laid in the concrete foundation of a building. These leaks can occur in either hot water or cold water lines (around 80% are in the hot water lines) and lead to extensive water waste and eventually damage to the foundations.

What makes slab leaks a tough plumbing repair is that they’re difficult to locate and then to reach. Skilled plumbers can use a variety of methods to fix a slab leak once they’ve gotten its location. Using a jackhammer to dig directly down is one option, but plumbers can often use lateral tools to avoid excavation and instead put in new pipes to bypass the leaking section.

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How Much Will a Heat Pump Water Heater Save Me?

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

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We work with different types of water heaters when it comes to new installations, replacements, repairs, and maintenance. The majority of homes still use storage tank water heaters, but the tankless and heat pump water heater are becoming more common because they can help a household save money on energy bills. A heat pump water heater is a highly attractive option for a home that doesn’t have a gas line, since it uses much less energy than a conventional electric water heater.

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Kitchen Sink Problems That May Require a Plumber

Monday, December 4th, 2017

kitchen-sink-faucet“Everything but the kitchen sink.”

It’s an old adage, one you’re probably tired of hearing. But for professionals like us, the kitchen sink is included in nearly everything! It’s a vital part of a home’s plumbing and one that undergoes a great deal of stress on a daily basis. We often receive calls to help out kitchen sink troubles. Although you can solve a few simple problems on your own, such as tightening a leaking faucet or clearing out a simple clog using a sink plunger, there are many kitchen sink troubles that will require the assistance of a professional plumber with experience in all types of kitchen plumbing work.

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