Sweetwater Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Pomona’

How We Can Help Your Sump Pump

Monday, October 19th, 2020

flooded-drivewayCalifornia isn’t usually known for having heavy rainfall. However, as locals like us know, when the rain comes, it can really come down. Now, this is great for tackling drought and fire risk, but it isn’t great for the overly dry land that can become overwhelmed easily with a sudden influx of rainwater. Heavy rain and dry land add up to mean, you guessed it, an increased risk of flooding.

While some cities have been featured on the news when floods turn their roads into rivers, hopefully, the flooding that you have to deal with will instead be the type that can be handled with the help of a sump pump. If you have a system like this, you will need a Pomona plumber to keep it running effectively. That is where we can help.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions About Leak Detection

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

Monday, 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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How Long Should My Water Heater Last?

Monday, February 26th, 2018

water-heater-tankWhen people ask our experts this question—and it’s a question we hear often—what they usually want to know is if they should have their current aging water heater replaced with a new one. But it’s also something people ask when they get a new water heater so they know what to expect, and how much return they’ll receive from their investment in the new unit.

The question doesn’t have a single, simple answer. “It depends,” is one way to answer it, but that won’t satisfy anybody. Depends on what? And what can be done to see that it last for as long as possible?

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There’s Never a Better Time for Drain Cleaning!

Monday, November 20th, 2017

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramIn our last blog, we offered some cautions about how to protect your kitchen plumbing during Thanksgiving. Plumbers are often busy on the day after Thanksgiving handling trouble with clogged drains and broken garbage disposals, but if you follow our advice you should be free to enjoy time with your family over the weekend.

We’re putting this post up a few days before Thanksgiving, and it’s the right time for another reminder: scheduling routine drain cleaning. There is no better time of the year to have this service done for your home, whether you get it done right before Thanksgiving or in the days immediately after.

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Bad Smells from Drains: What Does It Mean?

Monday, August 14th, 2017

bubbling-drainWe know that you want to keep your house a clean, pleasant place. So when unpleasant odors start drifting through the rooms from the drains, you’ll want to do something about it. But it’s important to know that these bad smells from the drains can mean something much worse than an uncomfortable living situation: they often point toward significant plumbing issues in your home that require the work of professionals to fix—before they end up far worse and more expensive to repair, or even lead to damaging your house!

If you’ve noticed bad smells from your drains, you may need to call on professional plumbers in Pomona, CA. Below are some possible reasons you may have this problem. It could be a simple one you can remedy yourself—or it might be a bigger problem that calls for bringing in our plumbers.

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How Often Do I Need Professional Drain Cleaning?

Monday, June 26th, 2017

schedule-service-clockRegular drain cleaning is a maintenance service we recommend for all our residential customers. People often only think about doing drain cleaning when they have problems with clogs or foul smells coming from the drains. But routine drain cleaning not only stops these problems, it helps keep the drainage system in good shape and can even extend the life of the sewer line.

But how regularly should you schedule this service?

The answer to this question is that there isn’t a single answer that applies to all homes. Several different factors can determine how much wastewater is going down the drains and what’s in it. The more people in a house, the faster the drains will pick up build-up from hair and food waste products. Older drains will also require more frequent cleaning to avoid trouble developing. (We suggest arranging for repiping services if you have extremely old drain pipes made from outdated material.)

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Water Stains on the Ceiling: What’s Going On?

Monday, May 8th, 2017

leak-in-pipeIt’s not always easy to know where something is amiss with your household plumbing system. Sure, when you suddenly have no water coming out of your taps or the toilet starts to overflow, you’ll be certain you have a problem. (Thankfully, you can reach us 24 hours a day for emergency plumbing service.) But leaks and corrosion in plumbing can often go undetected for weeks, months, or even years before people notice them—and by that time serious damage and massive water waste will already have occurred.

We’re going to take a look at one sign of plumbing trouble you might see in your house; it’s a common one, the stain on the ceiling. When you suspect it’s time for plumbing repairs in Pomona, CA, give us a holler and we’ll be there to help out.

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When a Minor Drain Clog Isn’t So Minor

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Here is a common misunderstanding we often encounter in our work as professional plumbers: homeowners who think a clogged drain is only a minor problem that doesn’t require assistance from a trained plumber. Sometimes, a drain clog is a small hassle and only needs the application of a plunger or a hand-crank drain snake to clear it out. This isn’t always the case though. What seems like a standard drain clog may be a symptom of a more serious problem.

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