Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

You Need to Hire Pros to Repair Your Home’s Gas Lines!

Monday, 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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Water Hammer—What It Means for Your Plumbing

Monday, 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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No Water? Here’s What You Can Do!

Monday, 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…

Monday, 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

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

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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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How to Get a Long Life From a Kitchen Garbage Disposal

Monday, 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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Low Water Pressure? Here’s What May Be Happening

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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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