Sweetwater Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Riverside’

How to Tell It’s Time to Replace a Bathroom Toilet

Monday, 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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Why You’re Experiencing Low Water Pressure in Your Home

Monday, 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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The Major Warning Signs You’ve Got a Slab Leak

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

finger-plugging-leakSlab leaks are bad news for a home—they’re one of the most destructive types of plumbing problems, leading to a huge waste of water, flooding in the lowest parts of the building, and health problems from mold growth. But if you catch signs of a slab leak early enough, you can have our expert plumbers on the job to fix it. The sooner we can stop the leak, the easier the work and the less it will cost. Best of all, you won’t have water seeping up into your home through the floorboards!

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The Basics About Sink Plumbing

Monday, June 4th, 2018
water-from-kitchen-sink

Pouring water in the kitchen

Working on sink plumbing is one of the standard and everyday parts of our job as professional plumbers. It’s also one of the more complex parts. Homeowners often assume they can take care of the majority problems they may encounter with their sink plumbing. This may be true for a job like cleaning out the aerator in the faucet of getting rid of a simple clog using a plunger. But working with the plumbing beneath the sink, as well as large jobs above the sink, needs the assistance of a professional.

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Low Hot Water Pressure and Your Water Heater

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

gold-faucetWhen you turn on the taps in your house, whether for a sink faucet or a shower head, and the water pressure feels weaker than normal, there are a number of different possibilities. In most cases, this is a municipal issue that will soon be remedied. But it could also be leaks, hard water build-up, or problems with the water main to your house.

If the low water pressure is coming only from the hot water taps, then the trouble can be narrowed down a bit further. You could have a build-up of corrosion, sediment, or other debris in the hot water lines for the home, but not in the cold water lines. Or … you may have hot water heater problems. If the low water pressure is occurring at all the hot water taps, this is probably what you’re dealing with.

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Test Your Sump Pump this Spring

Monday, March 12th, 2018

closeup-of-surface-of-waterThe sump pump is a staple in the basements of many homes around the country. They help prevent water damage due to flooding, going to work automatically as they gather excess water in a pit (the sump) and then pump it out into either the wastewater system or a well.

Of course, most homes here in Southern California don’t have basements. People often don’t think of massive flooding as an issue either in the dry climate. But this doesn’t mean sump pumps don’t have their place. Homes in So. Cal have crawlspaces that can suffer from flooding, either from plumbing accidents or occasional rain that the stormwater system can’t handle. Water in the crawlspace is a major problem because it severely damages that foundation of a house, rotting away wood and create other hazards. It raises the humidity in a home and promotes mold and mildew growth. We recommend most homes in the area have a sump pump installation as an important precaution. If you already have a sump pump in Riverside, CA, spring is the time to test it so it’s ready for the rest of the year.

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Scalding Caution for Your Water Heater!

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

thermometer-going-redA hot water heater is a heating device that works in all seasons. Here in Southern California, where the mild winters mean home heating systems that work only for a short time, a water heater does the same steady work as always, no matter the month on the calendar.

But if you’ve noticed a recent change in the temperature of the hot water from the taps and shower heads, or you just don’t think you’ve ever gotten sufficient warmth from the water heater, please don’t turn up the aquastat (the water heater’s thermostat) to try to make up for it!

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A Water Heater Needs Maintenance from Plumbing Experts

Monday, September 25th, 2017

water-heater-plumbing-repairsWhen the fall starts, HVAC companies remind their customers that it’s time to have maintenance done for their heating equipment. Even Southern California can get the winter blues! But plumbers also ask their customers to arrange for maintenance as well, and it’s for a heating system that Californians need every day, no matter the weather: the water heater.

You certainly have a water heater serving your household’s daily cleaning, washing, and cooking needs. But you may not realize how much work this appliance does: it accounts for almost 40% of the energy used in most homes! That’s a huge chunk of your utility bills. A device this essential that works this hard needs special attention every year.

Where do you go for professional water heater maintenance? An expert in plumbing in Riverside, CA or wherever you live. It takes plumbers to deal with the special needs of a water heater.

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Warning Signs of Sewer Line Problems

Monday, July 17th, 2017

sewer-manhole-coverYou don’t want to have any part of your home’s plumbing system develop leaks or breaks, of course. But problems in the sewer line are especially troublesome! This is the pipeline responsible for removing the collected wastewater from the drains around the house to the municipal sewer system running down the center of the street. If the sewer line becomes clogged, starts to leak, or breaks, it can mean unlivable conditions in your home.

Fortunately, if you notice early warning signs that the sewer line is in trouble, you’ll know that it’s time to contact licensed professional plumbers. Repairing a sewer line is a large job—one of the largest a plumbing contractor can do for a home—but in the hands of people with the best training and equipment, the work can be done quickly and with minimal interruption to your house.

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A Few Spring Checks for Your Plumbing

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

tulips-in-springPlumbing in Southern California has a major advantage over that in much of the rest of the country: no intense low temperatures during the winter! This means pipes aren’t in danger of freezing, leaving homes with seriously damaged plumbing systems when the spring weather starts. And without snowmelt, there’s less worrying about problems with sump pumps.

However, we still recommend you make a few checks of your home’s plumbing in Riverside, CA and elsewhere in So. Cal this spring. You may catch some issues, allowing you to have them repaired early by our professionals.

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