Sweetwater Plumbing Blog : Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

The Spooky Story of Slab Leaks

Monday, October 7th, 2019

slab-leak-crack-in-foundationImagine this horror story: You arrive home from dinner and your kid runs into the living room to grab their favorite toy. Suddenly you hear them ask, “Why are there mushrooms growing under the carpet?” Your blood chills as you realize something is seriously wrong–and that something is very likely a slab leak that went unnoticed.

The term “slab leak” sounds spooky to most people and it should. These leaks are talked about similarly to monster stories because they can easily create a large amount of expensive damage if they are unaddressed for too long.

If you believe you have a slab leak, or any leak for that matter, your best bet it to reach out to a professional about checking and repairing your plumbing in La Puente, CA. In the interim, we would still suggest you learn about what to look for to identify a slab leak early, before it becomes a bigger problem.

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The DIY Mistakes We Often Find in Plumbing Systems

Monday, September 9th, 2019

faucet-and-wrenchAsk any professional plumber about “do-it-yourself” errors and they’ll tell you a slew of horror stories. Many calls for plumbing in Montclair, CA and the surrounding areas are because of a glitch made when an amateur attempted to fix a malfunction or take care of an installation.

You may have DIY plumbing troubles in your house you’re unaware of—because the previous owner is the one who made them! So even if you’ve never seized a tool belt to make a heroic but misguided attempt at a household plumbing adventure, you may still have amateur problems brewing in the pipes and fixtures.

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Plumbing Scams Exist! Here Are Ones to Watch For

Monday, August 26th, 2019

hand-holding-wrenchIn a recent blog post, we went over why it is so important to only hire licensed plumbers for any service you need for your home or business. We have a decade of history providing plumbing service to Southern California, and we’ve seen plenty of examples of the plumbing fiascoes non-professionals can cause. We end up fixing many of these rotten jobs!

Unlicensed plumbers can also be shady. Unfortunately, there are scams out there looking to steal money from homeowners and business owners with bad plumbing service and downright dishonesty. You can avoid these when you go to a licensed plumber first—a licensed plumber has the insurance and certifications to protect you.

To help you dodge these plumbing scams, we’ve listed a few of the ones you run across.

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Why You Should Never Hire Unlicensed Plumbers

Monday, July 15th, 2019

wrenchesNo matter if you have a basic plumbing repair you need for your house or you’re looking for service on the plumbing installations in your commercial facility, the best people to turn to are those offering cut-rate prices and who have no professional credentials!

Did that sound right? Of course it didn’t. But it’s surprising how many homeowners and business owners turn to unlicensed plumbers to do important work. If you need plumbing in Santa Ana, CA, you have a great licensed team only a phone call away to help you any time of the day or night: Sweetwater Plumbing. (CA License # 889182) And if you still feel tempted to call “that guy your brother-in-law knows” for your plumbing services, we have some excellent reasons why you should never go near unlicensed plumbers.

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Are Water Pressure Problems Really That Serious?

Monday, June 17th, 2019

leaking-pipeWhat counts as the right water pressure covers a wide range. If the water pressure is right, you’ll know it—it just feels “right.” You can shower in it easily, clean up the dishes without problem, and fill up a water bottle quickly without making it overflow.

If you want some actual numbers, the water pressure in a house should be between 40 to 45 psi. Once it moves past 60 psi, it’s too high. Under 25 psi and it’s too low.

You don’t want the pressure to swing too much in either direction—both are problems. You may want to shrug them off and hope that the problem will just fix itself. Sometimes it does, if the source of the problem is a temporary issue at the municipal supply. But if the pressure difference persists, you may have a serious problem in the plumbing that’s causing damage and will lead to bigger trouble.

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What Video Pipe Inspection Can Do for You

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

leaking-pipeMany of us who work at Sweetwater have been in the plumbing industry for decades, so we can tell you a bit about the “bad old days” of plumbing technology. When handling repairs for leaks or trying to diagnose drain and sewer clogging issues, a lot of guesswork was required. It was informed guesswork (at least if you had a trained and licensed plumber), but there was still no way a plumber could get a look inside the plumbing to make an actual visual inspection that could remove the need for guessing.

That time is behind us now—because we have video pipe inspection equipment. These tools consist of miniaturized digital cameras and LED lights mounted on long fiber optic cables. Our plumbers send these cameras down drains and clean-outs to investigate pipes from the inside and see the images transmitted back to a monitor.

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Rust in the Water—Where It’s Coming From, What to Do

Monday, May 20th, 2019

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This is a common occurrence for people who’ve been on vacation for a week or more and left their home empty: turning on the taps for the first time after returning and seeing a rusty-red tint to the water. However, this quickly fades as the buildup in the dry pipes is flushed out.

But what about the other times when that rusty coloration appears in the water? Is there something wrong with your plumbing in Fontana, CA that requires the assistance of professionals? And, if there is something wrong, where is it coming from?

These are good questions, and we’ll tackle them below.

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Replacing a Toilet? Some Options to Consider

Monday, May 6th, 2019

toilet-with-button-flushA bathroom toilet is designed for durability. In fact, people may think of a toilet as an appliance in their home that will never need a replacement. But this is not the case. If your home has a toilet that’s more than 20 years old, it’s time to put in a new one. Even putting in a similar model of toilet will use half the amount of water of a toilet that was made two decades ago.

Or you may be in a position where your old toilet needs to be replaced because it’s become too damaged or leaky to keep around.

Regardless of the reason, it’s time to call a plumber in San Bernardino, CA to put in a new toilet for your house. Which means it’s also time to make some choices about what type of toilet to put in—there are many more options than there once were.

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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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