Posts Tagged ‘Santa Barbara’

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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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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Can You (Not) Dig It? We Can Repair Your Sewer Line Without Digging!

Monday, June 10th, 2019

backhoe-of-construction-equipmentProblems with a home’s sewer line are among the worst kind of plumbing fiascoes. A broken sewer line will soon mean sewage backing up into the house, clogged drains everywhere, and sewage flowing up to the surface of the yard or garden.

What makes sewer line troubles even worse is how difficult they are to fix. The sewer pipe from the house that connects to the municipal sewer pipe is set down in a ditch that’s only accessible by digging down to it so plumbers can replace sections or even the whole line.

Except… digging is no longer the only way to do the job. There is such a thing as “no-dig” sewer repair. It’s known as trenchless technology, and Husted Plumbing is proud to offer it as a solution to your sewer line woes.

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Moving In? Here’s Your Plumbing Inspection Checklist

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

plumberMoving in is stressful enough as it is. On top of it all, you need to make sure that the new home isn’t hiding any nasty surprises.

Since most plumbing repair issues happen out of sight, we urge you to consider looking at your new home from the eye of a plumber. That’s why we’ve compiled this checklist of some things you should have a plumber inspect for your new home.

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3 Questions (And Answers) About Trenchless Plumbing Services

Monday, May 13th, 2019

exposed-pipeIf you’ve only just recently heard about trenchless plumbing services, it’s most likely because you’ve never needed it until now. This is a specialty service reserved for very specific plumbing problems concerning your sewer and main water lines—it’s not for your everyday plumbing issues.

That being said, we’re happy to answer some of the most common questions about this service.

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Don’t Ignore Gas Line Safety!

Monday, April 29th, 2019

gas-burnerHere in California, getting access to natural gas lines isn’t nearly as difficult as it might be in other states. In other words, if you’re not using gas lines right now for your appliances, you should definitely take into consideration just how highly sought after they really are!

For example, running HVAC systems with electricity only is not cheap. Switching to a gas furnace can save you plenty of money during our colder months. Or, perhaps you simply want to start using more natural gas appliances, like your kitchen stove or your clothes dryer.

There are plenty of benefits to using natural gas, but it’s important to keep safety in mind. In the wrong hands, gas line installation can be a serious hazard. The safety of your family and your neighbors depend on gas line installation in Santa Barbara performed by a licensed professional.

Here’s everything you need to know about gas lines:

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