June 3rd, 2019
Many 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.
May 20th, 2019
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.
May 6th, 2019
A 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.
April 22nd, 2019
Moving 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.
April 8th, 2019
Water 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.
March 25th, 2019
The 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.
March 11th, 2019
You may have had this happen to you before in your home, or maybe it’s happening now: small flies buzzing around the drains in your kitchen or in your bathroom. Although these flies don’t bite, they’re definitely unpleasant to have around and don’t exactly contribute to the alluring beauty of the interior of a house.
These flies are often known as drain flies or sink flies. They don’t belong to any individual species, and there are over 2600 different species found around the world. Most are tiny, with slightly furry bodies that make them look something like moths. As we mentioned before, they don’t bite humans and aren’t known to carry harmful diseases. But you definitely want these pests out of your home. How do you do that?
February 25th, 2019
The water temperature in the water heater in your house can be adjusted using a device called the aquastat. However, before you start making any adjustments to try to find the ideal temperature—either to save energy or for comfort—we must caution you about what can happen if the water heater is set too low or too high:
- Too low: Both we and the EPA recommend you never set the aquastat lower than 120°F. The water must be hot enough to kill off bacteria and other disease-causing microbes that may develop in the tank.
- Too high: You create a risk of scalding temperatures in the house. We don’t recommend a setting any higher than 140°F.
February 11th, 2019
The commercial grease trap (aka grease interceptor) is a basic part of the plumbing and sanitary system of most restaurants and food service establishments. In order for an establishment to remain up to code, it must have a properly installed and working grease trap that receives regular maintenance to clean it out. And these jobs have to be done by a professional commercial plumber.
January 28th, 2019
We’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.