Sweetwater Plumbing Blog

The Reason the Toilet Is Leaking From the Base

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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Getting Rid of Drain Flies (Because You Definitely Want To!)

March 11th, 2019

drain-and-spoonYou 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?

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How Hot Should I Set the Water Heater?

February 25th, 2019

water-is-too-hotThe 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.

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How Does a Commercial Grease Trap Work?

February 11th, 2019

The commercial grease trap (aka grease interceptor) is a basic part of the plumbing and sanitary system of mossewer-manhole-covert 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.

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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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