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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Stopping a Clogged Sewer Line Before It Starts

March 16th, 2020

root-clogged-pipeJust looking at this title probably makes you a bit nervous. A clogged sewer line—that sounds bad. And it is. This is one of the biggest plumbing troubles a home can run into. The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone trying to fix it. In fact, don’t even think about it. Instead, call our plumbers for the sewer line cleaning necessary. We are experts with both sewer and drain cleaning in Camarillo, CA, and use the best tools to get the job done fast and right.

It’s better, however, to look ahead of the problem and think about prevention. Is a clogged sewer line something you can prevent? Absolutely! Not all factors are under your control, but most are. Below are the ways you can stop a sewer line clog before it starts.

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No Water? Here’s What You Can Do!

March 2nd, 2020

faucet-drippingThis is the plumbing scenario nobody wants to deal with: turning on a water faucet and finding nothing comes out, and then finding out this is true all over the house. Usually, this comes as a morning surprise when you step into the shower, and it’s about as bad a way to start your day as you can come across.

What can you do in cases like this? We’ve already offered one suggestion, which is to try other taps around the house to see if it is indeed a problem with the whole plumbing. Once you know it’s a broad issue, we recommend taking the following steps. (If it’s only at one tap, you’ll still need to find out what’s wrong and have it fixed, but it may not be an emergency.)

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Plumbing Smells Icky? It Might Be…

February 17th, 2020

girl-pinching-noseWhat do you want most from your home’s plumbing system? For it to work. And not just to work. You want it to work unobtrusively, without drawing any attention to itself. The toilets flush, the drains drain, the taps turn on… no fuss, no mess, no smells.

It’s that last one we’re looking at today, because plumbing that’s become stinky is no fun at all. Nobody wants foul odors drifting around their house. But when plumbing is in bad shape, this is often one of the side effects. Most of the time, icky smelling plumbing is a warning that you need to schedule repairs of some type. Below are reasons you might have bad-smelling plumbing.

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Ways to Give Your Pipes a Longer Lifespan

February 3rd, 2020

plumbing-leakWe tend to think of the piping in a household plumbing system as something that will last for as long as the house does. This isn’t remotely true. Pipes age and chemicals and minerals in the water can age them faster. Older pipe materials, such as cast iron and galvanized steel, are more susceptible to failure than plastics and copper, so if you live in a home built before 1970, you may be facing major pipe problems already. In these situations, extensive repiping is the best solution.

In this post, our focus is what you can do right now to protect the pipes you already have to ensure you won’t need to have repiping done for many years. These tips will help your pipes enjoy longer lives.

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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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