Hot Water Just Not That Hot? Let’s See Why

January 18th, 2021

blue-question-markWhen you turn on a hot water tap in your house and no hot water comes out at all, that will set off the alarm bells. Something must be wrong with the water heater! We’ve addressed this issue before and what might lurk behind it. 

But what if the problem is that the hot water doesn’t feel hot enough? The water heater is doing something, since you can tell the difference between the cold water and hot water sides. But your showers have become uncomfortably lukewarm and washing dishes in the sink is more difficult. What might be going wrong?

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Why Not Drain Cleaning to Start the New Year?

January 4th, 2021

clearing-of-blocked-drainWe know that this may not sound like a “celebratory” way to begin 2021, but this is going to be a year of “back to the basics” for many. If you’re looking for a way to make this year easier than last, we strongly recommend you schedule drain cleaning in Santa Clarita, CA with us. It’s an important service for your home that you can easily have taken care of with a phone call. We’ll do all the hard work and you’ll enjoy the great benefits of getting your drains to almost “like new” condition.

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6 Ways to Tell You Have a Hidden Plumbing Leak

December 21st, 2020

mold-on-wallOne of the important services we offer as a plumber in Camarillo, CA is leak detection. Hidden leaks in homes account for massive water waste each year, often without the homeowners even knowing that they’re occurring. With our leak detection services, we can discover not only if your house has leaks, but where they are and the quickest and easiest way to fix them. 

We recommend customers have leak detection done every five years, especially if they live in a house built before 1970. If you’ve never had leak detection for your house, you’re probably due to schedule it. We can catch these problems before they become problems.

You should also arrange for leak detection if you have suspicions of leaks. But how can you know you have leaks if they’re hidden? There are several signs to watch for, and here are six of the most common:

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When Do I Need to Make an Emergency Plumbing Call?

December 7th, 2020

scared-womanDo you need an emergency plumber in Ventura, CA? That’s the question we’re addressing in this post, because homeowners often feel unsure if what they’re dealing with in their home qualifies as an emergency or not. Is the problem something that they might be able to fix on their own if they just know how? Is it maybe something that can wait for a few hours? Or is it serious and needs professional attention so it won’t cause extensive damage or turn into an even larger repair problem?

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How Do Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Systems Work?

November 23rd, 2020

boy-drinking-waterIf you are concerned about the quality of the freshwater entering your house, you’re not alone. People today are worried about the many types of pollutants, from bacteria to heavy metals like lead, that enter the freshwater system. 

To provide clean and pure water to a house often requires installing a water treatment system. Filters are a standard method, but they have limitations on what they remove from the water. One of the options you may wish to look into for your water treatment system is a powerful reverse osmosis system. Want to know more? We’ll get into it below.

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Is Repiping Your Home in the Near Future?

November 9th, 2020

cracked-pipePlumbing pipes age, and some pipe materials age faster than others. At some point in the history of a home that has been around long enough, the building will need some or all of its original pipes replaced with new, updated material. This is a large job, but one that professionals plumbers are familiar with and can handle in as short a time as possible—and the benefits are tremendous since it puts an end to numerous plumbing concerns, potential water damage, massive leaks, and inefficiency.

We know you’d rather not have to go through a job like this. But if it’s in your future, then now is the time to start planning and look to our Santa Barbara, CA, plumbing professionals for the job. Let’s examine some signs that a whole-house repiping is in your near future.

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Dealing With an Overflowing Toilet

October 26th, 2020

toilet-with-button-flushWe are an emergency plumber for Santa Clarita, CA, and we know what it’s like for a homeowner to run into a major plumbing fiasco at the worst possible time. There are troubles more likely to send a homeowner into a panic than others. And one of the big worrying events is when the toilet overflows.

Yes, if this happens to you, you aren’t going to like it. But it doesn’t have to be a horrible day-ruining experience. We can help solve this problem with our speedy-response emergency plumbing as well as our experience. We’ve been handling plumbing problems since the mid-1930s after all! We have advice for how to handle the trouble with an overflowing toilet so you can stay sane and see the problem is resolved with as little fuss as possible.

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Does My Water Heater Need Fall Maintenance?

October 12th, 2020

plumber-and-water-heaterWe can answer this question easily by first asking you another question: Has your water heater received maintenance this year?

If the answer is no, then our answer is: Yes, your water heater needs fall maintenance. A water heater must have inspections, cleanings, and adjustments once a year. You can have it done at any time since you always need a working water heater. If you haven’t had it done yet, however, fall is one of the ideal times. Water heaters work harder during cooler temperatures, and even if  water heaters in Santa Barbara, CA don’t undergo serious winter weather strain (Southern California, after all), you can still expect to put more demand on your water heater than during other times of the year. You want it to work at its best!

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The Top 5 Most Common Causes of Drain Clogs

September 28th, 2020

bubbling-drainIt’s almost impossible to avoid all drain clogs, although you can take cautionary steps, put in drain screens, and schedule regular drain cleaning from a professional plumber in Santa Barbara, CA to prevent most of them. But you know that one day you’ll find yourself with a stopped up drain that you can’t fix with a plunger or a simple drain snake. That’s when you can call our plumbers to clear the drain quickly and safely. (Don’t use chemical drain cleaners, please—they can damage the drainpipe.)

To help you better understand what you may be up against, and what you can do to prevent it, we’ve listed the five most common causes of clogged drains.

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Be Cautious of the “Pinhole” Leak in Your Copper Pipes

September 14th, 2020

pipe-decayLast year, we wrote a post about how there is no such thing as a “minor” leak. No matter how small the drip from the pipes in your house, it wastes water and can cause severe building damage—especially since it’s difficult to notice these leaks at first. And where there is one small leak, there’s a higher chance of others. Calling for professional plumbing in Oxnard, CA as soon as you have any notion there are leaks in your house is essential for protecting your property, your plumbing, and your water bills.

Today we’re going to talk about a specific type of leak we mentioned in passing last time: the pinhole leak. This is a persistent problem with household plumbing, and a problem we’ve often had to repair. Knowing the details can help you combat this most insidious of plumbing leaks.

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