Sweetwater Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Montclair’

Dealing With a Clogged Bathroom Drain

Monday, May 4th, 2020

drain-with-chain-plugStepping into your shower and finding that it to be partially filled with water already, even though the drain is un-plugged and it hasn’t been used since last night is a less than ideal situation, to say the least. The first reaction is going to be surprise and confusion, shortly followed by, most likely, a little bit of disgust because that pooling water has all the stuff you wanted to wash away!

After you step back out, change your plans for the day and rinse your feet off elsewhere, what is your next step? If it is to reach for a chemical drain cleaner, we urge you to reconsider. See, a clogged drain isn’t something that store-bought drain cleaner is going to fix in the long run, even if the packaging says it will. We can offer a long-term solution to your clogged bathroom drain.

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Reduce Your Water Use With These Tips

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

closeup-of-surface-of-waterWhen you live in California, the topic of water conservation comes up often. We live in a desert state after all. Did you know that there are more ways to conserve water than just shortening your showers though?

Water conservation and reducing your water use are important habits to have that offer benefits for both your bills and your plumbing in Montclair, CA. In an effort to help you out we have listed a few different tips for you that you can incorporate into your daily home life to help you use less water and save you some cash too.

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What To Do When You Have a Running Toilet

Monday, March 9th, 2020

toilet-with-button-flushIt’s the middle of the night and you wake up thinking that you are hearing things. After a couple minutes you realize that you are in fact hearing the sound of running water in your bathroom. You go to take a look and discover that the source of the noise is your toilet.

This whole incident seems very strange since you know that no one has used the toilet recently. So the question now is how and why is your toilet running on its own?

This is an event that we at Sweetwater Plumbing have gotten many calls about. That is why we want to give you some information on the “how” and “why” behind a toilet that seems to be running with a mind of its own. Because the truth is, your toilet is trying to tell you there is a problem

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5 Ways to Tell You Have a Leak

Monday, October 21st, 2019

pipe-copper-leakingWhen you come home the last thing you really want to deal with is a puddle on the floor. Even if it isn’t courtesy of Fluffy the dog, a puddle or pooling water anywhere in your home isn’t a good thing because it could be coming from a leak in your pipes.

While there are some leaks that are easy to spot, such as a leak in the pipes under the kitchen or bathroom sink, others may be a bit more well hidden. This is why it is important to keep your eyes, ears, and even your nose) alert for potential indicators that you have a leak on your hands.

If you aren’t sure what to look for, we have some ways to identify if you have a leak in your home. We suggest you make a call to get plumbing repairs if you notice even one of these signs.

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Do You Know Where the Water Main Shut-Off Valve Is?

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

house-floodingPlease don’t skip over this question! And be honest. If your first reaction is “My house has a water main shut-off valve?” or “What’s a shut-off valve?” then you need to read the rest of this post. If you do know about the shut-off valve, but never thought it was important to pinpoint its exact location, then you also need to read this post.

Afterward, make sure everyone in your household knows about the water main shut-off valve location. It can make the difference in a small plumbing mishap and a huge plumbing fiasco!

The shut-off valve controls the flow of water into your house from the municipal water supply. In case of a plumbing disaster threatening to flood parts of your home and cause water damage, you may need to manually shut off the water to the house. Once you’ve done this, you can call our plumbers to repair the problem. (We’re also water damage restoration professionals and can help if your home does suffer from damage.)

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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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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 a Professional Plumber Fixes Slab Leaks

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

water-line-repairWe’ve talked before about slab leaks, one of the more difficult problems when it comes to residential plumbing, but we’ll go over them again to give you an idea what you (and our plumbers) are dealing with.

A slab leak is any pipe leak set down in granite or other hardscaping on a residential (or commercial) property. In most cases, when plumbers talk about slab leaks, they are specifically talking about leaks in the cold water and hot water pipes down in the foundation of a house, although pipes in slabs can be found elsewhere. Around 80% of slab leaks happen in hot water pipes, which expand with heat to abrade faster against the stones around them.

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