Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

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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What Counts as a Plumbing Emergency?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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