Posts Tagged ‘Santa Barbara’

Does My Water Heater Need Fall Maintenance?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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How Can I Tell I Have a Slab Leak?

Monday, 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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Why Do I Have Multiple Clogged Drains in My Home?

Monday, 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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Here’s What Might Be in Your Water (That You Don’t Want in It!)

Monday, 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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Hard Water vs. Your Water Heater—The Bad News

Monday, 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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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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5 Safe Drain Unclogging Methods (#5 Is the Best!)

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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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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