Why Do I Have Multiple Clogged Drains in My Home?

August 3rd, 2020

root-clogged-pipeA single clogged drain in Santa Barbara, CA is an annoyance. Sometimes, the clog is a basic one that a sink plunger can remove, or a simple drain snake. Tougher clogs require the work of a professional plumber, not chemical drain cleaners. (We can’t emphasize enough that these bottles of acidic chemicals are both dangerous and ineffective when it comes to drain cleaning. Leave them on the shelf.)

But when more than one drain in a house is clogged, that seems … suspicious. Did they somehow develop the exact same stoppage near their drains at the same time? It sounds unlikely, because it is. Multiple drain clogs are warnings that there are other problems deeper down in the plumbing system that needs plumbers to investigate. Let’s take a look at why you may have this particular trouble in your drains.

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Can a Tankless Water Heater Really Never Run Out of Hot Water?

July 20th, 2020

tankless-water-heaterYou’re considering getting a tankless water heater in Oxnard, CA to replace the old, traditional water heater in your home. We think this is a good idea. Tankless water heaters have many advantages, and for homes looking to increase their energy efficiency and enjoy an unlimited supply of hot water, going tankless is an excellent option to consider.

But you might wonder if the tales of the advantages of a tankless water heater are too good to be true—especially that part about unlimited hot water. Is it accurate that a tankless water heater will not run out of hot water, or is this just hyperbole? Is there a catch?

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Here’s What Might Be in Your Water (That You Don’t Want in It!)

July 6th, 2020

water-testingWater isn’t just water. At least, not the water that comes from the taps in your house or into dishwashing and laundry machines. This water has different minerals and chemicals dissolved in it. Some aren’t harmful. Many others are, either for the health of the people who drink them or for the appliances and plumbing exposed to them.

We recommend looking into water filtration systems in Santa Barbara, CA to remove the unwanted chemicals, heavy metals, minerals, microbes, etc. that might dwell silently in your water supply. The best way to get started is to arrange for water testing services with us. We’ll be able to tell you exactly what’s in your water and how best we can remove it with filters, purifiers, etc.

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Is a Drain Snake or a Hydro-Jetter Better for Clearing Clogs?

June 22nd, 2020

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramIf you have a clogged drain in your house, you’ll probably reach for a plunger first to try to clear it. That’s a good idea. For simple clogs, a basic plunger can often take care of the problem. But if the plunger doesn’t do the trick, or the clog comes back only a short time later, what’s the next step? It’s not using chemical drain cleaners! Those are potentially hazardous for drainpipes and don’t take care of obstinate clogs.

The best option is to use either a drain snake or a hydro-jetter. Or, more specifically, call a professional plumber to use a drain snake or hydro-jetter. Although you can find basic hand-cranked drain snakes from stores, the tool we’re talking about is a powerful motorized device that only a plumber can operate effectively. And hydro-jetters aren’t commercially available since they’re dangerous in untrained hands (and too expensive for consumer use).

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Hard Water vs. Your Water Heater—The Bad News

June 8th, 2020

Wavy-water-lineHard water is water that has a high level of minerals suspended in it, principally magnesium and calcium. This isn’t harmful for drinking; after all, these minerals are found in food. However, those minerals are not good for the plumbing in a home, and they also affect the ability to keep both the house and people in it properly clean. (Soap doesn’t dissolve well in hard water, leaving to filmy deposits, itchy skin, flat hair, and more.)

Hard water is a common problem in Santa Barbara, but it’s often easy for people to ignore when they don’t see the major negative effects. We strongly recommend our local customers to find out if they’ve got hard water and to have a water softener installed if they do. There are plenty of reasons to do this, but we want to focus on one of biggest in this post—hard water can ruin your water heater.

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You Need to Hire Pros to Repair Your Home’s Gas Lines!

May 25th, 2020

copper-tubesThe gas pipes in your home that carry natural gas from the municipal line and to the various appliances in around the rooms (furnace, stove, range, water heater etc.) may not carry water like other pipes in the house, but they are still part of the plumbing. That means you need to hire professionals—and professionals only—when it’s time for gas line repair in Santa Barbara, CA. Our Husted Plumbing team is the one to call when you think you’ve got gas line issues. Please don’t hesitate, since gas leaks are hazardous! Shut off the gas main to the house first, then call us.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater a Good Option?

May 11th, 2020

tankless-water-heaterWe install both storage tank water heaters (the “traditional” type of water heater) and the newest models in tankless water heaters. Although the technology behind tankless water heaters goes back more than a hundred years, only recently have homeowners become more familiar with them. This means there are still plenty of misunderstandings about tankless systems, and you may be one of the many homeowners wondering if it’s feasible to switch to a tankless water heater when you replace your current one.

We can’t offer you a definite answer on a blog post, the same way we can’t give you a single price quote on a new system. We need to perform an estimate first to help you with making the decision about your water heater replacement in Carpinteria, CA. We can, however, offer you some generalizations about tankless systems and how they can work for homes like yours.

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5 Safe Drain Unclogging Methods (#5 Is the Best!)

April 27th, 2020

drain-in-metal-sink-waterThe last thing you want to deal with in a hectic life is handling a clogged shower or sink drain. Unfortunately, these nuisances are among the most common in homes, and even with the best prevention methods, they’ll still crop up to annoy you and bring parts of your day-to-day life to a halt.

There are solutions, of course. One of them is not chemical drain cleaners. These acidic chemicals are dangerous for drainpipes, and they’re dangerous for you and other people in your household. They aren’t that effective either, meaning you’ll end up paying a lot more in the long run for less thorough solution.

Below we’ve listed five safe methods to get rid of that pesky sink or shower clog.

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How to Tell You Have Hard Water in Your Home

April 13th, 2020

water-softener-tankHard water is a common trouble for many homes in California. Water is considered “hard” when it has a higher concentration of minerals such as magnesium and calcium suspended it. Even the best water treatment plants can’t prevent hard water, since the minerals enter the freshwater supply through groundwater seepage that occurs after the water has left the municipal treatment plant.

Why is hard water a problem? It’s not harmful to drink; minerals like magnesium are found in many foods. The trouble hard water creates is for a household’s plumbing system, appliances, and some basic daily routines. If you believe your home has hard water, we recommend you call our water treatment specialists to arrange for them to install one of our water softener systems in Santa Barbara, CA.

But… how can you tell you need this service in the first place?

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Water Hammer—What It Means for Your Plumbing

March 30th, 2020

woman-covering-earsIf you find yourself alone in the house at night, when everything is quiet and tranquil, a sudden metallic clang! from the walls is startling. But it’s not ghosts or intruders you’re hearing. It’s something inside your plumbing called water hammer.

True, the name water hammer can sound intimidating all on its own. It’s a common occurrence in plumbing and it can create trouble. However, it’s also something you can fix with the help of an Oxnard, CA plumber. We’ll look into water hammer a bit closer so you know what it is, what it can do, and what can be done about it.

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