Sweetwater Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Riverside’

5 Reasons to Call an Emergency Plumber

Monday, September 7th, 2020

It’s past five on a Friday and you are getting ready to have a relaxing weekend. At least, that was your plan until you go into the kitchen and discover a puddle of water growing from under the sink. You’ve got a leaking pipe!

After a scramble for towels, a bucket, and the valve to shut off the water feeding the sink, you sit back and start reevaluating your weekend plans. You can’t do much of anything until Monday since you can’t get a plumber to your home before then.

We are glad to tell you that you are actually wrong on this account! Leaking pipes are one of the many reasons that you can, and should, reach out for help from an emergency plumber in Riverside.

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What is a Heat Pump Water Heater?

Monday, August 24th, 2020

bathtimeAre you in the market for a new water heater? If your current water heater can’t keep up with the demands of your home and is edging towards 15 years of use, you probably do need a replacement. The sooner you reach out to us for that service the better it will be for your home comfort and your peace of mind.

With that said, you will need to make a pretty important decision: choosing a water heater. When it comes to water heaters in Riverside, you actually have more than one choice. Did you know that? And did you know that one of your options is a heat pump water heater? If you haven’t heard of this system, let us tell you a bit more.

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Slab vs. Pinhole Leaks: What’s Worse?

Monday, July 27th, 2020

leak-in-pipeA leak is a leak, right? They are problematic and if left unaddressed for too long they can cause some serious problems for your home. While this isn’t false not all leaks are created equal. While the team at Sweetwater Plumbing is able to provide leak repairs for all kinds of leaks around here, we do want to make sure you are informed about the impact that different types of leaks can have.

Let us ask you this: what is worse, having to replace drywall and flooring or having to replace your home’s foundation? Neither is a good situation, to be honest. Here is how to tell what type of leak you have on your hands so you know to contact a Riverside plumber ASAP.

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The Flooded Bathroom: Emergency Steps!

Monday, July 29th, 2019

closeup-of-surface-of-waterWe’ve sometimes written about emergency plumbing situations and how to handle them, such as when a toilet starts to overflow. In this post, we’re going to address a broader situation, which is flooding in a bathroom, regardless of its source. Because of the large amount of plumbing pipes, drains, and fixtures in a bathroom, it’s the room in a home most likely to experience flooding from a plumbing accident. The flooding can be due to an overflowing toilet, or it might be a broken water supply line or someone who forgot to turn off the bath.

Whatever is the cause, here are the steps to take to mitigate the damage and prevent injuries:

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Are Water Pressure Problems Really That Serious?

Monday, June 17th, 2019

leaking-pipeWhat counts as the right water pressure covers a wide range. If the water pressure is right, you’ll know it—it just feels “right.” You can shower in it easily, clean up the dishes without problem, and fill up a water bottle quickly without making it overflow.

If you want some actual numbers, the water pressure in a house should be between 40 to 45 psi. Once it moves past 60 psi, it’s too high. Under 25 psi and it’s too low.

You don’t want the pressure to swing too much in either direction—both are problems. You may want to shrug them off and hope that the problem will just fix itself. Sometimes it does, if the source of the problem is a temporary issue at the municipal supply. But if the pressure difference persists, you may have a serious problem in the plumbing that’s causing damage and will lead to bigger trouble.

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How Hot Should I Set the Water Heater?

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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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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