Sweetwater Plumbing Blog : Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

New Home? Here’s Some Plumbing Checks and Things You Should Know!

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

family-before-new-houseMoving into a new house is both exciting and stressful. Often overwhelmingly stressful. There are many steps you need to take before, during, and right after the move. These range from getting to know your new neighbors (which can be a great deal of fun) to inspecting the roof and the siding (a lot less fun, but necessary).

A plumber in Ontario, CA can tell you that inspecting new home plumbing is a critical step. The plumbing in a house isn’t easy to see on a casual inspection, and there may be repair jobs and replacements necessary to get the plumbing up to standards. Here are some checks and other plumbing jobs to do when you move into your new house.

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Important Considerations When You Have Water Damage

Monday, April 8th, 2019

pipe-about-to-burstWater may be one of the basics components of life, but it’s also a destructive force. When parts of your house are exposed to water from flooding and plumbing accidents, the damage goes much deeper than simply making surfaces wet. Water seeps into everything and cannot be easily removed. Over time, water damage will worsen, destroying drywall, creating wood rot, structurally weakening supporting beams, destroying wiring and HVAC systems, and creating dangerous black mold.

Remediating water damage is a specialized service requiring professionals. You can reach us for water damage restoration in Ontario, CA or elsewhere in Southern California. Below are a few important things to consider when you have water damage.

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The Reason the Toilet Is Leaking From the Base

Monday, March 25th, 2019

toilet-with-sprayer-and-phoneThe bathroom is the room in a house that contains the largest number of plumbing pipes and fixtures. Yes, more than the kitchen! And the bathroom toilet accounts for around 40% of indoor water use for a home, making it one of the most important plumbing fixtures in the whole house (even before considering the important job the toilet actually does).

When a bathroom toilet starts to leak, it’s a major problem that you’ll want fixed as soon as possible. Not only is wasteful of water and may cause the toilet to stop working, it also does water damage to the floor of the bathroom. This leads to mold, mildew, and wood rot that can even lead to catastrophic problems, especially if it’s in an upper level bathroom, if it’s allowed to continue.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Leak Detection

Monday, January 28th, 2019

pipe-copper-leakingWe’re a full-service plumbing contractor offering both residential and commercial plumbing in Pomona, CA and throughout Southern California. We take pride in handling all jobs, large and small. And one of the most critical jobs we offer is leak detection. It’s basically what it sounds like: searching out hidden leaks in a building so we know how we can fix them.

But leak detection is a much more complicated business than just looking around for spots of water damage. (Although visual inspections are part of most jobs). Customers often have questions about leak detection, and we’ve put together answers to the ones we hear most often.

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Major Water Wasting Sources

Monday, December 17th, 2018

faucet-kitchen-modern-runningWater conservation is a big topic in California, and it has been since the state existed. There are many ways for homeowners to reduce their water consumption, which will both lower utility bills and benefit the environment.

Unfortunately, there are too many ways to waste water as well. In this post, we are going to shine a light on a few of the major ways your home may be wasting water—either from plumbing issues or the way people in the house use the plumbing. Our Montclair, CA plumbers can help you turn your plumbing system into a more water-saving one, but there are also basic steps you can take to get your water use under control.

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How to Tell It’s Time to Replace a Bathroom Toilet

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

toilet-with-button-flushThere is no such thing as “the last pair of shoes you’ll ever need to buy.” Nothing that receives use is durable enough to last forever—and this absolutely includes the major plumbing fixtures in your home.

Which brings us to the bathroom toilet. One of the most important functional items in a home, and one people often assume will just last for as long as they live in their house. But a toilet will wear down, develop numerous problems, waste water, and eventually need to be replaced. We’d like to help you to identify when your bathroom needs a new toilet. To get this job done, or any other plumbing in Riverside, CA you require, call us: we’re open all day, every day!

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The Running Toilet: Here’s What You Need to Know

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

toilet-plumbing-concerned-womanAfter a bathroom toilet is flushed, it should make a sound of running water for about a minute and then go quiet. This is the toilet refilling both the bowl and the tank with water brought in through the feed line from the wall. However, if the sound of running water continues, it’s a problem known as a running toilet. People sometimes ignore this sound, or don’t actually pay attention to it in the first place, and let it continue on without taking any steps to correct it.

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Why You’re Experiencing Low Water Pressure in Your Home

Monday, October 8th, 2018

showerhead-dripping-close-upWhen you turn on a tap in your home, such as a sink faucet or a showerhead, you have an expectation of the force of the water. If that force is weaker than anticipated, you’re experiencing issues with water pressure.

The first thing you should do if you notice low water pressure from a tap is to test other taps in the house. If only one tap is experiencing the problem, then it’s an individual problem. We recommend checking on the aerator on the faucet (if there is one) to see if it’s filled with silt. This is a common reason for a drop in pressure from a single faucet.

What if the water pressure drop is occurring throughout the house? What’s wrong, and do you need to call a plumber in Riverside, CA to fix it? We’ll take a look at the most frequent causes of a decline in household plumbing water pressure.

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Sewer Lines Can Be Repaired and Replaced Without (Much) Digging

Monday, September 24th, 2018

backhoe-of-construction-equipmentWhether you own a home or a business, the sewer line is in the same place: down in the ground, out of sight (and smell). Just where you want it. But this does create a if the pipe develops leaks, decays from corrosion, snaps because of an earth tremor, or becomes blocked by tree roots. How can plumbers fix a pipe buried a few feet down in the ground?

The obvious answer: they dig. And for decades this was the standard approach for sewer line repair and replacement. Plumbing contractors used powerful digging equipment to open a trench to access the line. This could mean ripping up a parking lot or shredding a bed of prize-winning rhododendrons. Not a good time for anybody!

However, this Big Shovel approach is no longer the only method to repair or replace a damaged sewer line. Our plumbers use trenchless technology in Riverside, CA to do the job with little to no digging.

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Here Are Warnings You’re About to Have Drain Problems

Monday, September 10th, 2018

plumber-under-sinkA clogged drain in your home—now that’s no fun. Sometimes you can clear out a clog using a handy sink or toilet plunger. Other times a basic hand-cranked drain snake can take care of it. (Never use chemical drain cleaners; they can damage drainpipes.) However, if neither of these solutions solves the stopped up drain, or the clog continues to come back, call for Santa Ana, CA drain cleaning with our plumbers and we’ll see you have your drains restored.

But we’d like to give you some help before­ you start to have drain problems in your home. A minor clog can sneak up on you, but bigger drainage concerns—the kind requiring help from professional plumbers—often provide you with warning signs. Here are a few to look for so you know to call for drain cleaning in time to stop major troubles.

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