Does Rust Mean Your Water Heater Is Finished?

January 20th, 2020

rusted-water-heaterYour home’s water heater is made of steel. What’s the biggest weakness of steel? Corrosion. Specifically, when it comes to a water heater, rust. The steel of a water heater is no match for rust once it gets a grip.

But manufacturers of water heaters design their products to resist rust for years. Rust can still occur, often when a water heater is extremely old, such as 20 years or more. But even younger water heaters may rust because of negligence. (This is another friendly reminder to have annual inspections and maintenance for your water heater.)

The conventional wisdom is that when rust appears on a water heater, the water heater is done. Time for a new water heater installation in Oxnard, CA. But is this always true? Let’s look at your water heater and find out.

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Do You Know How to Shut Off the Water Main? (We’ll Tell You)

January 6th, 2020

pipe-about-to-burstNo plumbing problem is worse for a home than flooding due to a broken pipe or busted appliance allowing water to run out of control. Water damage is expensive to remediate and brings with it hazards such as structural collapse and the growth of harmful molds.

Fortunately, you have a great plumber in Ventura, CA ready to come to your assistance when you have an emergency causing water overflow. But we can’t reach you instantaneously, no matter how much we’d like to. This is why it’s important for you and your household to know about how to shut off the water main in case of a major plumbing problem. Read over this blog entry, then check on where your shut-off valve is located. Make sure all the responsible adults in the house also know where the valve is located and how to close it.

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Need a New Gas Line? Only Let Professionals Take On the Job!

December 23rd, 2019

copper-tubesThe plumbing pipes in a house covers more than the pipes that carry freshwater and wastewater. Gas piping is also part of a home’s plumbing (at least if the house has a natural gas connection). The natural gas from the municipal source is piped into the house and then carried to the various appliances through copper and flexible piping. The exhaust is vented through pipes as well.

If you are planning to add a new gas appliance to your house, such as a gas-powered dryer, or you are making the switch in your kitchen from an electric range and stove to a gas range and stove, you’ll need to have gas line installation to deliver the energy source. But don’t go searching online to find a DIY guide for putting in a gas line! Yes, you’ll find info—but this is a job you absolutely must leave to licensed professionals. You’ve already found the right people for your safe gas line installation in Santa Barbara, CA.

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The Amazing Secret Powers of Tankless Water Heaters

December 9th, 2019

gas-fire-boilerThe tankless water heater.

When you first hear the term, it sounds almost impossible. Like an engineless car, or a wingless plane. But we can assure you, tankless water heaters are real, and they work. They often work much better for homes than the standard storage tank water heaters. It’s almost like they have superpowers.

The technology of the tankless water heater isn’t the stuff of comic books, however. We’re going to go behind the scenes and show you these “secret” powers and the way they can benefit your household. To learn more about tankless water heaters in Santa Barbara, CA homes and to see if one is a great match for your household, speak to our experts.

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What Good Is a UV Water Purifier?

November 25th, 2019

UV-air-purifier-lightWe offer several water treatment system installations in Santa Barbara, CA, such as different types of filters, reverse osmosis systems, and water softeners. We know how to install the purification and filtration system that will target the impurities in your water entering through the municipal supply.

One of the systems we often install is the UV water purifier. Customers often have questions about the usefulness of ultraviolet light for water purification. They want to know what specific purpose it serves and if it’s actually good at its job.

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Is It Time for a New Water Heater?

November 11th, 2019

water-heater-tankBecause we enjoy mild winters in Santa Barbara and Ventura County, we don’t place too much emphasis on our household heating systems. But there is a heating system in your home that works all around the year. It’s your water heater, and fall is as good a time as any to consider the future of your current water heating system. No water heater lasts forever, and at some point you’ll need to arrange to have it replaced.

Has that time arrived? Let’s look closer…

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The Reverse Osmosis System: How It Helps Your Household Water

October 28th, 2019

boy-drinks-waterWe have bad news for you. The fresh water in your house—the water coming from the bathroom and kitchen faucets, the shower heads, the dishwasher—is low quality. Or at least there’s a high chance that it is. Chemicals, heavy metals, hard water minerals, pesticides, sulfur, and many other contaminants can easily find their way through ground water into the pipes carrying fresh water to your house. Corrosion inside old pipes can also release lead and other impurities.

You can find out for certain if you need a water treatment system in Carpinteria, CA with a call to our water quality experts. We will schedule your house for water testing. When we receive the results from the lab, we can provide a rundown of exactly what’s in your water and if there’s too much of it. Then we can recommend a number of whole-house water treatment systems to counter the problem so you’ll have clean, safe water for your family.

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How to Get a Long Life From a Kitchen Garbage Disposal

October 14th, 2019

drain-in-metal-sink-waterWe’ve got important news for you: Your kitchen garbage disposal is not invincible. It will break one day and need to be replaced. Considering how much work it does every year (and even just November and December alone) it makes sense a disposal can’t last for the entire lifespan of a home.

We’ve got other important news: You can extend the life of your kitchen garbage disposal if you know a few basics about its care.

We wish more people understood these simple “garbage disposal wellness” facts, because it would save them plenty of grief and emergency calls. (Fun fact: the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest for plumbers, and busted disposals are one of the reasons.) Below are some basic tips to help your garbage disposal last for many years.

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Am I Responsible for My Home’s Sewer Line?

September 30th, 2019

broken-sewer-line-illustrationWhen something goes wrong with the sewer line from a house that connects to the sewer main in the center of the street (or wherever it’s located), is repairing the sewer line the responsibility of the city or the homeowner?

People don’t often run up against this question because the sewer line is doing its job. Unfortunately, problems like tree root infiltration, corrosion from age, or breaks due to shifts in the ground (like quakes) can damage a sewer line and require repairs or a full replacement. Then the question “who’s responsible?” becomes an urgent one.

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Low Water Pressure? Here’s What May Be Happening

September 16th, 2019

faucet-drippingIt’s probably something you’ll notice first when you take a shower: water coming from the shower head isn’t at the force you expect it. It might just be the shower head, but then you find that at every tap in the house the water pressure has dropped. What’s going on? Do you need to call for professional plumbing services in Oxnard, CA to fix it?

These are good questions to ask, and we’ll provide answers below. When in doubt about what to do, you can always contact us for assistance. We have more than eighty years of plumbing history, and we’ve seen it all.

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