Sweetwater Plumbing Blog

Frequently Asked Questions About Leak Detection

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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You Need Water Damage Restoration to Prevent Black Mold

January 14th, 2019

mold-on-wallOne of the many services we offer to our customers is one you won’t find with every plumber in Fullerton, CA—and that’s water damage restoration. When a home or commercial building suffers from water damage due to plumbing accidents or weather conditions, it isn’t something that can be patched up as a DIY job or with an amateur contractor.

Water damage restoration is a complex process, and it can even be hazardous when dealing with getting rid of bacteria from sewage water—or when dealing with black mold, one of the biggest worries that comes with water damage in a home.

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Not Getting Enough Hot Water? Here Are Some Possibilities

December 31st, 2018

hands-under-waterWhen you turn on the hot water faucet, you expect hot water. In fact, you don’t really expect it, you just take it as a given. But if you wait for the water to heat up, and it only gets to “lukewarm,” then you may have a problem with your water heater.

Before we take a closer look at the water heater’s potential troubles, make sure the problem isn’t restricted to only one fixture. If only one fixture is experiencing the issue, the trouble is probably with the mixing valve of that fixture, and you can direct your plumber right to the source of the problem.

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Major Water Wasting Sources

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

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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Thanksgiving Plumbing Precautions

November 19th, 2018

thanksgiving-cornucopiaAsk any plumber what the busiest day of the year is for their business, and you’ll hear the same answer: “The day after Thanksgiving.” While most people think of this day as “Black Friday,” when special sales bring holiday shoppers flooding through the doors, for plumbers this is “Grease Friday,” when homeowners are dealing with the consequences of kitchen plumbing that couldn’t handle the chores of Thursday night’s feasting.

Although we’re glad to have your business, we know you don’t want to spend part of your holiday weekend calling a plumber in Fontana, CA to fix clogged drains. We want to help you avoid this sort of trouble, and we have a few steps and precautions to follow that will help make this Thanksgiving as trouble-free as possible. (Sorry we can’t help you with great turkey-cooking tips!)

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Drain Cleaning in the Fall Is Highly Recommended!

November 5th, 2018

cleaning-drain-illustrationSouthern California isn’t at the mercy of seasonal extremes. We don’t have to give you advice about winterizing your home’s plumbing, and the problem of frozen pipes is nothing you’ll need to worry about.

But there are some seasonal jobs that can help your plumbing, and one of them is to schedule preventive drain cleaning for the house in fall—preferably before the end of November. You only have to call a professional plumber in Santa Ana, CA or elsewhere to arrange for the job. (Yes, this job takes professionals. Just pouring caustic chemical solutions down the drains won’t clean them, and it may damage them.)

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

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

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

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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