Sweetwater Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Santa Ana’

Drain Cleaning in the Fall Is Highly Recommended!

Monday, November 5th, 2018

cleaning-drain-illustrationSouthern California isn’t at the mercy of seasonal extremes. We don’t have to give you advice about winterizing your home’s plumbing, and the problem of frozen pipes is nothing you’ll need to worry about.

But there are some seasonal jobs that can help your plumbing, and one of them is to schedule preventive drain cleaning for the house in fall—preferably before the end of November. You only have to call a professional plumber in Santa Ana, CA or elsewhere to arrange for the job. (Yes, this job takes professionals. Just pouring caustic chemical solutions down the drains won’t clean them, and it may damage them.)

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Here Are Warnings You’re About to Have Drain Problems

Monday, September 10th, 2018

plumber-under-sinkA clogged drain in your home—now that’s no fun. Sometimes you can clear out a clog using a handy sink or toilet plunger. Other times a basic hand-cranked drain snake can take care of it. (Never use chemical drain cleaners; they can damage drainpipes.) However, if neither of these solutions solves the stopped up drain, or the clog continues to come back, call for Santa Ana, CA drain cleaning with our plumbers and we’ll see you have your drains restored.

But we’d like to give you some help before­ you start to have drain problems in your home. A minor clog can sneak up on you, but bigger drainage concerns—the kind requiring help from professional plumbers—often provide you with warning signs. Here are a few to look for so you know to call for drain cleaning in time to stop major troubles.

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Low-Flow Toilets: Yes, They’re a Good Investment!

Monday, May 7th, 2018

toilet-with-button-flushYou may have heard about the advances in water-saving low-flow fixtures for homes. Low-flow faucets are an easy choice to make, since there is little sacrifice in performance and the water savings are excellent. Low-flow faucets aren’t an expensive upgrade to make, either.

But when it comes to another major low-flow installation, the low-flow toilet, you might be more hesitant. Do these fixtures work as well as they need to? Considering the higher cost, will the new installation pay for itself? How much water do they really save? In short—are low flow-toilets a smart investment for your home?

You can already tell what the answer is: it’s in the title of this post. But we’ll go into some details about why replacing old toilets for low-flow models is a good use of home improvement money.

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What Type of Water Heater Will Save Me the Most Money?

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
  • water-heater-modelQ: What type of water heater should I get to have the best money savings?
  • A: The right type of water heater.

We know that answer sounds like we’re being flippant, but it is the correct answer. There is no single type of water heater that is a guaranteed money-saver for a house because every household is different. A tankless water heater with a high efficiency rating may sound like a sure thing for cutting down on energy bills, but it might end up doing a bad job at actually delivering the hot water the household needs end have to be replaced early. That’s hardly saving money!

  • Q: So how do I find the right type of water heater?
  • A: Work with a professional plumber.

Thankfully, the answer to this question is straightforward. A new water heater installation must be handled by a plumbing professional, so you might as well involve the professionals from the start to select the ideal new water heater for your needs. A water heater must first be able to handle the hot water demands of your household, or else it’s not much good. Professionals can size the system (determining volume of hot water, flow rate, etc.) so your household will rarely run out of hot water or experience a drop in efficiency because of hot water demand. The pro plumbers then look for models that will cut down on your heating costs, but also make sure the model won’t be prohibitively expensive.

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What Is “Water Hammer”?

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

woman-shocked-by-noiseNo, it’s not a magical item from a fantasy story—although that would be a neat weapon. Water hammer is the name for the loud thumping sound that may suddenly come from your home’s pipes. Water hammer is a common occurrence—in fact, in early plumbing systems, water hammer was what often caused people to believe their houses were haunted!

It’s not a ghost, so what is it?

What’s occurring when you hear water hammer is the abrupt stop and reversal of water flow in the pipes. This can happen when a faucet or other tap is shut off. The force of the water direction change creates a noticeable banging or thumping sound.

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How Much Will a Heat Pump Water Heater Save Me?

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

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We work with different types of water heaters when it comes to new installations, replacements, repairs, and maintenance. The majority of homes still use storage tank water heaters, but the tankless and heat pump water heater are becoming more common because they can help a household save money on energy bills. A heat pump water heater is a highly attractive option for a home that doesn’t have a gas line, since it uses much less energy than a conventional electric water heater.

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Why Do I Need to Hire a Plumber for Gas Piping?

Monday, September 11th, 2017

gas-burners“Gas pipes” are not what most people think of first when they think of professional plumbing. “Plumbers” are people who work with pipes that carry water and sewage, as well as do installation and repair jobs for faucets, sinks, garbage disposals, sewer lines, etc. All parts of the freshwater and wastewater system of a home or commercial building.

But natural gas pipes are an important part of the services many professional plumbers offer. Not all, but if you are looking for a plumber in Santa Ana, CA or elsewhere in Southern California to take care of the gas piping for your home or business, you can depend on us. We’re a full-service plumbing company that can handle jobs big and small.

The Reason You Need Professionals for Gas Pipe Service

There’s a lot in common in the piping for a plumbing system (i.e. freshwater and wastewater) and the piping that carries natural gas. For example, the pipes are made from similar materials: galvanized steel, copper, and plastic. The majority of natural gas piping is made from copper because of its corrosion resistance and light weight. Gas plumbers use plastic pipes for some specific uses, such as flexible piping for small areas and narrow gas lines. A well-trained plumber knows that it’s vital to make sure gas piping has the same attention as other types of piping so there are no threats of leaks.

In fact, in most jurisdictions, it’s illegal for anyone to work on a pipe or appliance connected to a gas main unless they have a special license to do so. Not only are professional gas plumbers the only people with the skill to do the job, they are the only people who are allowed to do the job. There’s good reason for this limitation! Leaking gas lines are tremendous health hazards. Make sure you stay safe and see that properly licensed professional plumbers handle all your gas piping services.

Are You Looking to Expand Natural Gas Use?

Our gas plumbers do many repair jobs, but they’re also available to assist with new gas line installation. If your home or business could benefit from expanding how much it uses natural gas, talk to our plumbers to find out what we can do to put in more gas lines for new appliances. For example, you may be interested in a larger, more powerful commercial water heater for your building. If so, the new unit might require a larger gas line installation; we can do the job for you! (And we can install the commercial water heater as well.)

For your home, you may be considering changing out an old electric clothes dryer for a gas-powered one—a much more powerful unit, and also less expensive to run. To have the new gas lines put in to run the laundry machine, you’ll also want our professionals to do the work.

We encourage both homes and businesses to look into ways to increase their use of natural gas, which is a clean-burning, inexpensive fuel that’s domestically produced and readily available.

Sweetwater Plumbing serves Southern California. We are always open for business!

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A Few Troubles You May Experience with a Tankless Water Heater

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

tankles-water-heater-repairWe’re big proponents of tankless water heaters in Santa Ana, CA—really, for any place we service in Southern California! But even though tankless water heaters are less prone to repair issues and breakdowns, they can suffer from some specific issues that may require you give our team a call to look into it. Below are a few of the more common tankless water heater issues.

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Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

water-heater-modelIf you have noticed water starting to pool around the base of your storage tank water heater and you’re concerned about it … well, you’re already on the right track! The only place water should be escaping for a hot water tank is a few drips from the temperature and pressure relief valve. Anything else indicates trouble with the water heater. In most cases this will require calling for professional water heater services in Santa Ana, CA or wherever you are in Southern California. Fortunately, you have some of the best professional plumbers available any time of the day or night! Our plumbers are always here to help—because we’re always open for business!

Believe us, a leaking water heater isn’t something you want to ignore. Not only will the operation of your water heater be in jeopardy, but the leaks can also create water damage. (If this is already a problem, we offer water damage restoration services.)

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Toilet Replacement: 4 Ways to Tell When It’s Time

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

toilet-with-button-flushA toilet that doesn’t work is one of the most unpleasant, and messiest, problems a home plumbing system can face. It pays to keep a close watch for signs your home’s toilet need repairs from licensed plumbers. Earlier in the year, we wrote a post of ways you can tell it’s time to contact our plumbers to fix your toilet before things go really bad.

In this post, we’re moving past repairs and into actually putting in a whole new toilet for the bathroom. At some point, it’s better to have an old, inefficient, and repair-prone toilet torn out and new one installed. We can help answer all your questions about bathroom plumbing in Santa Ana, CA or elsewhere in Southern California, from fast repairs to a toilet replacement.

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