Ace Pelizon Plumbing Blog

Do You Have Hard Water?

May 18th, 2015

Most homeowners have what’s known as “hard water,” but many are not even aware. Hard water is not something that you should worry about as far as your health is concerned, but there are many other reasons to consider installing a water softener to correct the issue. Hard water can cause a lot of problems for your plumbing system and the most important fixtures in your home. Here’s why hard water is such a problem, and what you can do about it. Continue Reading

Choose Water Efficient Fixtures to Save Water!

May 11th, 2015

Here at Ace Pelizon Plumbing, we take water conservation seriously, and our experts work hard to make sure that homes in the area save as much water as possible during the California drought. During this time, you can help out by taking shorter showers and watering your lawn less frequently. But one of the best ways to save water, help the environment, and lower your monthly bills is by switching to water-efficient appliances and fixtures. Continue Reading

Are You Due for Any of These Plumbing Installations or Replacements?

May 4th, 2015

Is your plumbing due for an upgrade? Unfortunately, many people wait until it is too late to replace damaged plumbing components or to add in plumbing installations that can greatly improve their homes. Don’t wait too long to add any of these components to your plumbing system or to upgrade to a more effective fixture. Continue Reading

3 Tips for Maintaining Your Drains and Sewer Line

April 27th, 2015

When there is trouble with the drains in your home, it could turn into an unsightly and foul-smelling mess. This is the last problem you want to have to deal with unexpectedly, but preventive maintenance can potentially keep you from dealing with this issue at all. When you take all of the following steps in maintaining your drain and sewer line, your drains stay clean and clear and safe from damage. Continue Reading

Do You Have a Plumbing Emergency?

April 20th, 2015

A plumbing emergency can happen at any time—day or night. Luckily, you can seek out the services of a plumber who operates outside of normal business hours, like the friendly people at Ace Pelizon Plumbing. But how can you be sure that your plumbing problem is really an emergency? A plumbing issue is often an inconvenience, but sometimes you’re not sure whether calling a plumber is worth the trouble. Continue Reading

3 Facts about Your Gas Piping

April 13th, 2015

Natural gas powers the heating systems of over 50% of the homes in this country. Natural gas is also vital in operating many water heaters, clothes dryers, stoves, backup generators, and a number of other appliances. This fuel source is less costly than electricity, and is readily available in most homes. While a gas line should be fairly durable, you may occasionally need service from a professional. Read our guide to find out more about the natural gas running in your home, and call us when you need gas piping service in Pasadena. Continue Reading

Does Your Plumber Do Video Pipe Inspection?

April 6th, 2015

A major drain clog can be frustrating, especially when the blockage slows down more than one of the drains in your home. When this is the case, there is most likely blockage far along in the sewer line, which a plunger alone cannot reach. That’s when it’s time to call in a professional. Any quality plumber will perform a drain inspection before attempting to remove the blockage. But only select plumbers employ video pipe inspection to determine the exact source of the clog. When you choose a plumber for drain cleaning, be sure to ask whether they use video cameras for plumbing inspection.

Video Pipe Inspection Is Vital for Quality Drain Cleaning

In the past, locating the source of a drain clog involved a lot of guesswork. Plumbers essentially had to insert a drain snake into a pipe and hope for the best. Today, however, there are many different methods a plumber can employ for pipe inspection, but one of the most accurate is the use of a fiber optic video camera. The plumber inserts a cable with a small video camera at the end into the pipes and views a live video feed of the pipe.

This helps the plumber to determine the exact location of the blockage so they don’t have to go in blind. It can also make the job go by more quickly. Furthermore, after drain cleaning, the technician can view the pipes again to make sure the drains are completely clear.

Video Pipe Inspection and Hydro-Jetting Go Hand-in-Hand

When you choose a plumber who combines video pipe inspection with hydro jetting service, you can feel confident that your drains are clear of any debris or stuck-on grease and “sludge” that could lead to a clog later on. Hydro jetting involves using a thin hose under high pressure to blast blockage away from the lining of the pipes. This is perhaps the most effective method of drain cleaning and the best at preventing trouble from occurring in the future.

Call the professionals at Ace Pelizon for plumbing services in Pasadena, CA. We’ll make sure that drain clog is gone for good with our video pipe inspection services and hydro-jetting technology.

What to Do in Case of an Overflowing Toilet

April 3rd, 2015

Few home problems are as likely to cause instant panic as a plumbing emergency. When a plumbing problem threatens your home with flooding and water damage, you need to have repairs done quickly, and done by plumbers you can depend on to arrive on time and fix the trouble before it can worsen.

Ace Pelizon Plumbing is a top resource for emergency plumbing in Whittier, CA and throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Not only do we offer 24-hour service 7 days a week, but we specialize in handling all types of emergencies so the work gets done speedily. Our priority is your peace of mind.

Let’s look at one common plumbing emergency and the steps you can take to avoid additional issue: the overflowing toilet. Here’s what you should do if you encounter a toilet that is threatening to flood your bathroom:

  • First, shut off the water to the toilet. The feed line behind the toilet should have a shut-off valve on it. Turn the valve a quarter turn to the right and it will stop the water flow. This should take care of the immediate threat of flooding. As precaution, make sure you know where this valve is ahead of time.
  • Next, see if a standard toilet plunger will fix the issue. Sometimes toilet overflowing occurs because of blockage that a plunger can repair. HowHowever, the block may be either too tough, or the overflowing is happening because of a clog elsewhere in the plumbing that will require professional assistance.
  • At this point, call for an emergency plumber.
  • Clean up the water that has already overflowed from the toilet. You don’t want to give the water any chance to start seeping into the floor and cause damage that will be difficult to remedy later, such as mold growing under the floorboards. Cleaning up will also remove harmful bacteria that can escape with sewage.
  • Close off the door to the bathroom and make sure everyone in your house knows not to use the toilet in the room. Now wait for the plumbers to arrive.

Depending on the source of the problem, an overflowing toilet may be an easy fix (unclogging) or a complex one (cleaning out the sewer line itself). Professional plumbers will get to the source of the problem and see that you receive the right repair.

Give Ace Pelizon Plumbing a call the next time you need emergency plumbing services in Whittier, CA. We will be there fast and get the job done right.

Pinhole Leaks: Why They Are a Serious Problem

March 25th, 2015

One of the most common plumbing troubles that plagues homes today is pinhole leaking. These small leaks affect copper piping, the most popular metal used for modern plumbing because of its light weight and resistance to corrosion. Although these leaks are tiny, many of them can develop at the same time, leading to damage to walls and floorboards and cumulative water waste. If you home starts to experience problems from pinhole leaks, call on the Montclair, CA plumbing professionals at Ace Pelizon Plumbing. We will take care of whatever pipe repairs and replacements you need to eliminate these leaks.

The dilemma of pinhole leaks

Pinhole leaks are a major frustration in the plumbing world because nobody really understands why they occur. A condition called pitted corrosion appears along copper pipes, leading to the pin-sized leaks to start in the weakened metal, but studies have not yet determined what creates this corrosion in copper, which is otherwise resistant to the normal corrosion that occurs in other metals. One possible suspect is chemicals in the water supply, but no one is certain exactly what chemicals are at fault. Is it chlorine? Ammonia? Some other combination? At present, there is no consensus.

Pinhole leaks are a serious problem for homes because they can occur anywhere and often for little reason. You can take great care of your plumbing, with routine maintenance done every year, and still have pinhole leaking appear to waste water, create mold and mildew, and eat through drywall. Newer copper piping seems as susceptible as older ones.

At this point, the only defense against pinhole leaks is to have them repaired as soon as you notice them. Plumbers can replace the corroded pipes with plastic PEX and CPVC piping that is immune to pinhole leaks. At the first sign that you have a leak somewhere in your home (an increase in water bills, discolored spots on the walls, bumps under the carpet, mold and mildew appearing in odd places) call up Ace Pelizon Plumbing. We have many decades of experience repairing plumbing in Montclair, CA, and we will take care of any pinhole leaks fast and do our best to prevent them from returning in the future.

Drain Snakes and Drain Cleaning

March 20th, 2015

Cleaning the drains in your house is sometimes a job you’ll schedule to eliminate an obstinate clog that has blocked up a sink. At other times, drain cleaning is done as a preventive step, forming part of the regular maintenance done on your home’s plumbing. But whatever the reason you need to schedule drain cleaning, you must look to professional plumbers to handle the work. Sometimes you can manage to clear out a blocked drain with a sink plunger, but you shouldn’t attempt any methods more complicated than that. (You certainly should never resort to pouring toxic and acidic store-bought chemicals down the drain.) For excellent drain cleaning in Pomona, CA and throughout the San Gabriel Valley, call on Ace Pelizon Plumbing.

But what about using a drain snake?

Drain snakes, also known as drain augers, are a common plumbing tool used to clean out hair and other debris that can block up drains. You can purchase hand-crank drain snakes from many stores and numerous online retailers.

However, these commercial drain snakes are not really “drain cleaners” at all; they only work at removing some level of debris. Although much safer for pipes than any chemical drain cleaning liquid, they are often not much more effective. They will also do little to prevent clogs from coming back.

However, professional-quality drain snakes that use motors are one of the best methods available for drain cleaning. Professional plumbers use these drain snakes for numerous jobs, and they will usually attempt to use a drain snake before trying a method like hydro-jetting to remove a clog.

The way that a motorized drain snake works is that the plumber sends a flexible coil down into the drain, then turns on the motor to start rotating the coil. The coil drills down into the obstruction in the drainpipe with a corkscrew motion, then either pulls it out or breaks it up so it flows all the way down the pipe.

Only trained professionals should use motorized drain snakes. If used incorrectly, they can cause damage to drains. Plumbers know how to use these devices to get the best result, so make sure that you rely on licensed plumbers when you want drain cleaning.

Although drain snakes are one of the best tools for drain cleaning, a plumber from Ace Pelizon Plumbing will bring all the best equipment to any drain cleaning job. It doesn’t matter if you need an emergency clog removed or if it’s your annual maintenance visit to take care of your plumbing, you can trust us for excellent drain cleaning in Pomona, CA.