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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There Is No Such Thing as a “Minor” Plumbing Leak!

September 2nd, 2019

bursted-copper-pipeIf you’ve ever thought you can put off a small plumbing issue such as a minor leak, we urge you to reconsider. There is no such thing as a minor leak in residential plumbing. The smallest leak—the pinhole leak—can be a costly problem for your home. As with any repairs in your plumbing system, call for a Ventura, CA plumber to look into it and fix it as soon as possible. We are ready to help you with prompt and reliable service, no matter the size of the plumbing leak in your home.

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What Counts as a Plumbing Emergency?

August 19th, 2019

woman-plungerNot all plumbing contractors offer emergency plumbing service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This doesn’t match the way plumbing emergencies often work, which is that they strike at times when it’s least convenient. No plumbing problem is “convenient,” but homeowners need to have access to plumbers to come fix urgent trouble at any time of the day or night, such as 6 AM on a Sunday!

Sometimes homeowners are confused about when a call for emergency plumbing repairs is warranted. We’ll start by saying that any plumbing problem you think is an emergency can be considered an emergency. Don’t take time to debate how bad the problem is—if you have any concerns that the issue must be resolved ASAP, then call for an emergency 24-hour plumber in Santa Barbara, CA.

Now that we’ve got that important disclaimer out of the way, we’ll go over some of the more common plumbing issues that we think definitely count as emergencies.

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Why You Should Only Hire a Licensed Plumber

August 5th, 2019

wrenchesPlumber. What does that word mean to you? You might think that anybody with a few wrenches and a plunger could be called a plumber. But when it comes to getting actual plumbing work done, the only plumbers you should think of are licensed plumbers. i.e. plumbers who have gone through proper licensing with the State of California. You can find many unlicensed plumbers who are willing to take on plumbing jobs, often at very cheap prices. But you’ll end up paying in multiple ways when you go with unlicensed plumbers!

Below are reasons to only hire a licensed plumber in Santa Barbara, CA, no matter what services you need.

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When Do I Need a Plumber for Whole-House Repiping?

July 22nd, 2019

PVC-pipesWhole-house repiping—it sounds intimidating. And it is a big job, requiring an Oxnard, CA plumber with the best tools and extensive experience to remove the old pipes throughout the house and put in new materials.

Having whole-house repiping done for your home doesn’t have to be a nightmare for you, however. When you rely on us, we’ll ensure the work is done fast, accurately, and leaves no mess behind. We’ve been in business since 1935, and we understand how best to upgrade a home’s piping to the modern age.

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How Hard Water Hurts a Home’s Plumbing

July 8th, 2019

water-softenerPeople are concerned about the quality of the water coming into their homes. Although most people think of the possible health problems from poor water quality due to lead, pesticides, and heavy metals, a more common problem is with hard water, which is found frequently in Southern California. Hard water isn’t harmful to drink, but it creates serious troubles in the plumbing system of the home. It needs the same attention from water treatment professionals as other water quality issues. The sooner you call after you find out you have hard water, the better!

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