Posts Tagged ‘Santa Barbara’

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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The Amazing Secret Powers of Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, December 9th, 2019

gas-fire-boilerThe tankless water heater.

When you first hear the term, it sounds almost impossible. Like an engineless car, or a wingless plane. But we can assure you, tankless water heaters are real, and they work. They often work much better for homes than the standard storage tank water heaters. It’s almost like they have superpowers.

The technology of the tankless water heater isn’t the stuff of comic books, however. We’re going to go behind the scenes and show you these “secret” powers and the way they can benefit your household. To learn more about tankless water heaters in Santa Barbara, CA homes and to see if one is a great match for your household, speak to our experts.

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What Good Is a UV Water Purifier?

Monday, November 25th, 2019

UV-air-purifier-lightWe offer several water treatment system installations in Santa Barbara, CA, such as different types of filters, reverse osmosis systems, and water softeners. We know how to install the purification and filtration system that will target the impurities in your water entering through the municipal supply.

One of the systems we often install is the UV water purifier. Customers often have questions about the usefulness of ultraviolet light for water purification. They want to know what specific purpose it serves and if it’s actually good at its job.

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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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Am I Responsible for My Home’s Sewer Line?

Monday, September 30th, 2019

broken-sewer-line-illustrationWhen something goes wrong with the sewer line from a house that connects to the sewer main in the center of the street (or wherever it’s located), is repairing the sewer line the responsibility of the city or the homeowner?

People don’t often run up against this question because the sewer line is doing its job. Unfortunately, problems like tree root infiltration, corrosion from age, or breaks due to shifts in the ground (like quakes) can damage a sewer line and require repairs or a full replacement. Then the question “who’s responsible?” becomes an urgent one.

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