Sweetwater Plumbing Blog: Archive for March, 2018

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Plumber

Monday, March 26th, 2018

plumbing-toolsThere are few areas of home service that more people think they can handle on their own than plumbing. “Plumbing’s not that hard!” they think as they look over all the plumbing wrenches and other tools for sale at hardware and home improvement stores. Even for people who would rather not do the plumbing work themselves often believe hiring non-professionals is just fine—and they’ll save money.

But plumbing isn’t easy. It requires licensed professionals to handle most jobs more difficult than changing the washers in a faucet. Below are five reasons to call for pro plumbers before calling an amateur or picking up the wrench yourself.

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Test Your Sump Pump this Spring

Monday, March 12th, 2018

closeup-of-surface-of-waterThe sump pump is a staple in the basements of many homes around the country. They help prevent water damage due to flooding, going to work automatically as they gather excess water in a pit (the sump) and then pump it out into either the wastewater system or a well.

Of course, most homes here in Southern California don’t have basements. People often don’t think of massive flooding as an issue either in the dry climate. But this doesn’t mean sump pumps don’t have their place. Homes in So. Cal have crawlspaces that can suffer from flooding, either from plumbing accidents or occasional rain that the stormwater system can’t handle. Water in the crawlspace is a major problem because it severely damages that foundation of a house, rotting away wood and create other hazards. It raises the humidity in a home and promotes mold and mildew growth. We recommend most homes in the area have a sump pump installation as an important precaution. If you already have a sump pump in Riverside, CA, spring is the time to test it so it’s ready for the rest of the year.

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What Is “Water Hammer”?

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

woman-shocked-by-noiseNo, it’s not a magical item from a fantasy story—although that would be a neat weapon. Water hammer is the name for the loud thumping sound that may suddenly come from your home’s pipes. Water hammer is a common occurrence—in fact, in early plumbing systems, water hammer was what often caused people to believe their houses were haunted!

It’s not a ghost, so what is it?

What’s occurring when you hear water hammer is the abrupt stop and reversal of water flow in the pipes. This can happen when a faucet or other tap is shut off. The force of the water direction change creates a noticeable banging or thumping sound.

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