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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How Can I Tell I Have a Slab Leak?

August 31st, 2020

slab-leak-crack-in-foundationThe slab leak is one of the most serious problems for a home’s plumbing. It’s not just because a slab leak wastes water and creates a danger of damage to building material. It’s because slab leaks are difficult to detect until they start to cause significant problems that are expensive to remedy. If your home has a slab leak, you’ll want a professional plumber in Santa Clarita, CA to fix it as soon as possible. But … how can you tell you have a slab leak in the first place? There’s the dilemma.

But it isn’t an impossible one to overcome. Below are the ways you can tell you may have a slab leak so you can call on our plumbers.

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7 Ways Water Is Wasted in a House (Maybe Your House!)

August 17th, 2020

faucet-drippingThe amount of water that goes to waste across the country each year is staggering. Some of it is due to poor habits people get into, but others are the fault of old plumbing appliances and plumbing that needs repairs.

Now that we’re deep into summer, and many people are staying inside more, the potential for waste is high. To help you understand better where that water is going, as well as what you can do about, we have listed seven major ways water is going to waste in your house.

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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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