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What Is Hydro Jetting and How Will It Help My Plumbing?

December 10th, 2014

If you’ve ever seen a power washer clean anything, you know how easily the machine can remove stuck on debris and even peeling paint.

Hydro jetting is a similar thing, just specific to cleaning the inside of your home’s drains and pipes. Grease, sludge and roots can create significant blockages in your home’s plumbing system, and sometimes a plumbing snake simply isn’t enough to clear the debris. If you have stubborn build-up in your home’s plumbing and need drain cleaning in Diamond Bar, CA, it may be time to consider scheduling an appointment for hydro jetting.

What Is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro jetting is a process in which very high water pressure – up to 3,500 psi – is applied to your drains and piping. Like a power washer, the water streams from a hydro jetter can cut through debris, including rootwork, and wash it away without damaging your plumbing. The hydro jetting machine is placed at an opening on your plumbing system known as a “cleanout” at the downstream end of your plumbing system. When activated, the hydro jetter shoots water upstream into your plumbing so that all the loosened debris flows downstream and exits your plumbing system.

What Are the Benefits of Hydro Jetting?

  • Removal of FOG (fats, oil, grease) from your plumbing – FOG materials are very stubborn and can form serious build-up in your drains. Hydro jetting can remove these kinds of build-up without issue.
  • Removal of mineral build-ups – as with FOG problems, hydro jetting can remove mineral scaling inside your plumbing, freeing your water flow.
  • Good for maintenance – removing problematic build-up in your plumbing helps maintain it.
  • Complete cleaning – hydro jetting removes all materials from your drains completely, leaving them fully clean.

The cleaning of a hydro jetter is tough enough to remove all kinds of debris from your pipes, including roots, without damaging the pipes.

If you have been dealing with tough clogs for a long time, and think hydro jetting is a good option for drain cleaning in your Diamond Bar, CA, home, call Ace Pelizon Plumbing today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

Common Drain Problems That Require Drain Cleaning

December 3rd, 2014

It is the rare home that doesn’t experience a plumbing problem at least once. But staying ahead of drain problems can help reduce the amount of plumbing repairs that can occur. One of the ways to stay ahead of potential plumbing problems is to schedule professional drain cleaning service in Diamond Bar, CA. Aren’t sure if you need drain cleaning? We’ll outline some scenarios for you:

Slow Drainage

It can be tempting to ignore a drain that drains slowly – after all, it still drains the water, right? The problem is, it probably won’t do so for long. Slow draining can indicate the presence of a clog, build-up of grease or minerals on the inside of the piping or improper grading of your drainage system. Waiting to see if the drainage will get worse may cost you more money and time than is desirable, so call for plumbing repair.

Foul Odors from Drains

If your home is connected to a town or municipal sewer line, and you are smelling foul odors coming from your drains, this can indicate that a drainage issue has developed. This can be a serious issue, and should be addressed immediately. A secondary cause of foul odors is pollutant build-up in your drain. This will require professional drain cleaning as materials like grease stick to the inside of your pipes and can be hard to remove.

Recurring Clogs

Bathroom sinks and tubs are the drains most prone to having a clog re-occur because of the amount of hair and soap that these particular drains have to manage. Hair and soap scum create stubborn, hard-to-remove and hard-to-reach clogs, so it’s important to hire a professional who has the tools to reach and remove these types of clogs successfully.

Multiple Clogged Drains

If you have several drains that are clogging all at once, you likely have a clog in your main drainage system. This type of clog is deep in the system and requires a professional who knows how to reach these kinds of deep-system clogs.

No one likes to deal with plumbing issues, but getting ahead of them with a drain cleaning in Diamond Bar, CA can go a long way toward reducing and/or preventing bigger problems from developing. If you are experiencing any of the above-listed issues, call Ace Pelizon Plumbing today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2014

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at Ace Pelizon Plumbing, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Why Schedule Plumbing Installation from Professionals

November 19th, 2014

There are a lot of items in your home that are so easy to install, you might begin to think that all home installation projects can become do-it-yourself jobs. When you want a new plumbing installation, like a sink, water heater, toilet, or water treatment system, you may think that it’s a simple job you can complete on your own. Paying a contractor for the work may feel unnecessary, as it seems as though one can simply locate a guide and a few simple tools to install a new fixture.

However, plumbing installation is one job that you should always leave up to professionals. Why? Well, there is a myriad of things that can go wrong with improper installation and it’s simply best to let someone with training and experience do the work for you. Here’s a look at a few common installations that could go wrong without a professional.

  • Installing a Sink: Sink installation may seem like a simple process, but you’ll generally need to take a lot of steps in order to ensure proper operation, mounting, and water flow. If you want to mount your sink higher up or lower down from its previous location, you’ll also need a plumber to make a few pipe renovations, a job that requires a lot of tools and know-how.
  • Water Heater: There are a few reasons to never install a water heater on your own. Gas water heaters are connected to a gas line, which always poses a safety risk for an amateur. Furthermore, you may choose the wrong size for your needs as sizing requires complicated calculations, and the incorrect system could increase your energy bills or lead to early replacement.
  • Toilet: Choosing a professional for new toilet installation is simply the best way to safeguard your bathroom against leaks and clogs. The toilet must be completely sealed to the floor and connected to the plumbing in such a way that ensures proper drainage and refilling.
  • Water Treatment System: If your whole-home water treatment system (such as a water filter, water softener, or reverse osmosis system) is not properly installed, you may not get the filtration you need. Besides, you’ll have to call a plumber for water testing before you decide what type of filter is right for you.

Similar difficulties may occur with amateur installation of tubs, faucets, garbage disposals, grease traps, and more. If you call Ace Pelizon Plumbing, you can be sure you’ll get quality plumbing installation here in Pasadena, CA. Give us a call to talk with one of our experts today or schedule an appointment.

Reasons for Low Water Pressure in the Bathroom

November 12th, 2014

Reduced water pressure in your bathroom may not seem like worst plumbing problem imaginable, but it can certainly be a nuisance. Low bathroom water pressure makes it difficult to perform a lot of basic daily tasks such as showering, cleaning, and even brushing your teeth. But what many homeowners don’t realize is that low water pressure can indicate a major plumbing issue, and your bathroom plumbing could be in critical condition.

Here are a few of the reasons you may experience low water pressure in one or more faucets or fixtures in the home. Call Ace Pelizon Plumbing as soon as you notice a problem with your bathroom plumbing in Walnut, CA.

Hard Water

Hard water is a very common problem here in the United States, affecting the majority of homes. You may have heard the term before, perhaps when friends and neighbors discuss the white or yellowish-green deposits that form around their drains and faucets or the damaging effect on one’s hair. However, hard water is a larger problem than you may think, as mineral deposits, known as scale, can gather in the pipes and reduce the pressure of the water that flows past. A professional will have to descale the pipes if the problem is caught early on. If not, it may lead to costly replacement of pipes and/or fixtures, which is why we recommend a water softener for any homeowner at risk.

Leaky Pipes:

Plumbing systems are built tough to withstand a lot of pressure, but your pipes could still spring a leak for a number of different reasons. You may develop corrosion over time if your pipes are several decades old. However, a burst pipe is also likely due to changes in the soil surrounding it (such as resettling after a nearby construction project), faulty installation of joints and connections, or in some cases, tree root infiltration. A professional uses state-of-the-art equipment to find the exact source of the leak and decide the steps of repair. You may choose to schedule annual plumbing maintenance every year for a full inspection that could help prevent this from occurring in the future.

Clogged Water Filtration System:

Finally, you may experience low water pressure due to your whole-house water filtration system. A water filtration system works from a point-of-entry in your water supply to prevent pollutants like bacteria and nitrates from coming through all of the faucets in your home. If the filter becomes clogged, it could seriously affect the water pressure, and a plumber will need to come clean it out or replace it.

Let the professionals at Ace Pelizon Plumbing diagnose your reduced pressure problem and find a suitable solution. For professional bathroom plumbing repair in Walnut, CA, give us a call!

The Benefits of Regular Drain Cleaning in Monrovia, CA

November 5th, 2014

Drain cleaning is a service few homeowners take advantage of even though it could save a lot of money and trouble later on. The drains in your home take on many substances throughout the course of a year. Fats, oils, and greases enter the pipes through the kitchen drains (although most experts recommend dumping these in a separate trash receptacle) and may solidify inside of the pipes. Food waste and debris can continue to collect until a major drain clog forms. Or, hair and soap scum may be the culprit in your bathroom drain pipe or further along in the sewer lines.

No matter what the source of the potential clog may be, you can prevent it from inconveniencing your home in the first place by scheduling regular drain cleaning with a trained plumber every year. Plumbers have specialized equipment you won’t find in stores that helps remove clogs and keep them away. These include drain snakes (or drain augers) which move down the pipes to pull out tough clogs or break apart some obstructions so that they can easily move down the drain. They also use video pipe inspection and hydro jetting to clear clogs away for good. Here are some of the benefits of scheduling annual drain cleaning with a professional.

  • Safe for Your Drains: Unlike the toxic drain cleaning liquids sold in hardware stores, which can injure your skin and damage your pipes, the equipment used for professional drain cleaning is entirely safe for your drains.
  • Remove Clogs: Drain augers and hydro jetting can remove clogs entirely, so they will not inconvenience you during a family get-together or after a long, hard day at work.
  • Prevent Clogs from Occurring in the Future: Hydro jetting also helps to protect the pipes by blasting away any “sludge” stuck inside and keeping drain clogs from occurring in the future.
  • Learn about Problems in Your Pipes: Video pipe inspection comes standard with drain cleaning, and it may help your plumber to find out about any leaks or corrosion in the drain pipes as well.

Call Ace Pelizon Plumbing when you need professional drain cleaning service in Monrovia, CA.

Are There Any Plumbing Repairs I Can Do on My Own?

October 29th, 2014

Your plumbing system is a complex set of pipes and fixtures that runs throughout your home, behind the walls, and underneath your property. When you need plumbing repair, you may be tempted to try and save money by searching for do-it-yourself guides and purchasing some tools at a local hardware store. But an inexperienced plumber can cause further damage to a plumbing system and require more costly repairs later on.

In general, plumbing repair requires a specialist with professional-grade tools and the expertise to spot repair needs, make the appropriate repairs, and inspect the system for damages. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule, and we’ll go over them in this guide.

Leaks and Clogs

Leaks in the pipes can be difficult to detect. You may be able to spot the signs—reduced water pressure, water spots, or increased bills—but you’ll need a plumber to determine the exact location and the best way to tackle the job.

Advice found online simply cannot address your specific needs, and only a plumber has the right tools for the job. For tough clogs, some homeowners try harsh chemicals that are unsafe for humans and may damage your plumbing. Professionals have large drain augers to remove clogs safely, a tool which would cost a homeowner thousands of dollars.

General Repair Needs

You may feel you can tackle some general plumbing repair needs on your own. You may think, for example, that you can fix a running toilet with a simple part from the store. However, this potentially neglects a larger problem like a broken seal, which a plumber will be able to quickly identify. It’s best to have a plumber check out even some smaller problems like these to inspect for further damages.

Some Exceptions

However, there are a few things you may be able to repair on your own.

  • Clogs near the Drain Opening: Sometimes, a plunger can easily dislodge clogs that are near the drain opening.
  • Faulty Garage Disposal: Garbage disposal malfunctioning? Try pressing the “reset” button at the bottom of the unit underneath the sink.
  • Preventive Maintenance: Installing a hair trap is a great way to prevent clogs, as is proper garbage disposal usage. Avoid disposing of hard food items, fibrous foods, and fat, oil, or grease, and throw these away in a separate receptacle instead.

Call Ace Pelizon Plumbing to speak with trained professionals about any type of plumbing repair in La Verna, CA.

How to Avoid Kitchen Sink Clogs

October 22nd, 2014

The kitchen sink is central to most cooking and cleaning activities at meal time. So one of the biggest annoyances you can come across when rinsing the dishes or preparing for a big holiday meal is a major drain clog. Clogs prevent wastewater from moving down the pipes, which means tasks take longer to complete and odors may offend your house guests.

Avoid kitchen sink clogs by following these simple steps, and be sure to call a trained expert, like the helpful plumbers at Ace Pelizon Plumbing, at the first sign of kitchen plumbing problems in Pasadena, CA.

Dispose of Certain Items in Separate Trash Receptacles

The garbage disposal makes cleanup easy, but there are some items that simply do not belong. These include non-food items, such as cigarette butts and plastic wrappers, but the following items are also commonly mistaken as something the disposal can process. Be sure to dispose of these foods elsewhere.

  • Hard Food Items – Popcorn kernels, corn cobs, and bones from meat simply cannot be broken down by your garbage disposal, so they may become lodged in the blades, causing the motor to stop.
  • Expandable Foods – Expandable foods like rice and pasta will expand in water. In your drain pipes, they may become so large that they block the pipes, leading to backup into your home.
  • F.O.G. (Fats, Oils, Grease) – Fat, oil, and grease seem like fairly innocuous substances. However, these solidify as they cool down, which means they can stick to the lining of your pipes, accumulating debris until a clog begins to form.

Use the Garbage Disposal Wisely

One thing to keep in mind is that your garbage disposal cannot process large pieces of food at once. Break up food pieces before you throw them into the disposal in order to ensure your disposal continues to operate properly and prevents drain clogs.

You should also only run cold water whenever you use the garbage disposal. Cold water helps any grease to solidify more quickly so that the garbage disposal may break it down. This is a minor step that could save you a lot of trouble later on.

For professional kitchen plumbing services in Pasadena, CA, call Ace Pelizon Plumbing today to schedule an appointment!

Why You Need Leak Detection Services

October 15th, 2014

By the time you notice a major plumbing leak, it may have already caused some serious structural damage to your home. An unexpected home construction project is not ideal in any situation, which is why you should schedule leak detection services whenever you believe you may be at risk. Professionals use state-of-the-art equipment to find the exact source of a leak, no matter how small. Look out for the signs that a leak may threaten the well-being of your home and family, and call Ace Pelizon Plumbing when you need professional plumbing services in San Dimas, CA.

How a “Small” Plumbing Leaks Affect Your Home

If you notice the signs of a leak, you may believe that you can wait to call for repairs. There is never a convenient time for a major plumbing problem, but you don’t want to wait for it to damage your home before calling a technician. A seemingly “small” leak can become worse, leading to pipe replacement. Here are a few more ways a leak can affect your daily life.

  • Damages Your Belongings: Even though you may be unable to see a leak, it may worsen over time, leaking into your home and damaging irreplaceable articles.
  • Leads to Mold and Mildew: Puddles of water around your home create an environment for mold, mildew, and bacteria to thrive. This can make family members ill or aggravate preexisting respiratory issues.
  • Reduces your Water Pressure: A plumbing leak may keep your water supply at an unsatisfactory pressure, making showers unpleasant and creating hurdles for rinsing dishes and washing up.

Early Detection is Key

You may not always notice large pools of water or a loss of pressure when you have a plumbing leak. That’s why it’s important to schedule leak detection services as soon as there are any indications of a plumbing breach. You may notice some reduced pressure, water spots forming on the walls or ceiling, or wet patches of yard. Or, you may choose to schedule leak detection as part of regular plumbing maintenance for some peace of mind.

If you suspect a plumbing leak, act now—before a burst pipe threatens to take over your home. For plumbing services in San Dimas, CA, call Ace Pelizon Plumbing today!

Signs You Need Commercial Plumbing Repairs

October 8th, 2014

Major commercial plumbing repairs can mean big trouble for your business. In the event of a leak, high volumes of water can flood parts of the property or cause damage to the foundation of the building. And drainage or sewer line problems can cause sewage to back up into fixtures or around the building. Even smaller issues can affect the comfort of your staff, clients, and customers. So if you own or manage a commercial property, it’s important that you catch repairs early on.

The following list can help you determine when it is time to call for repairs. For commercial plumbing services in Glendora, CA, be sure to call the dependable plumbers at Ace Pelizon Plumbing.

  • Slow Drains and Toilets: Slow drainage usually means that there is a clog somewhere along the drain pipes. This may be a smaller clog around the drain opening, or it may be further down in the pipe, affecting multiple fixtures in the building. In either case, a plumber has the tools to remove the clog and examine the drain lines for other potential blockages.
  • Puddles around the Building: Don’t wait for leaks to damage your property. If you notice water spots or puddles, or if you feel reduced water pressure from the faucets, be sure to call a plumber right away.
  • No Hot Water: For some businesses, hot water is vital to operation. But for others, a lack of hot water simply means you will have frustrated employees or customers. To ensure the comfort of everyone involved in your business, call a plumber for water heater repair when you notice there is not enough hot water on your property.
  • High Utility Bills: Commercial properties generally have high utility bills as it is, but if you notice a sudden increase, it may be another early sign of a big leak. Call a plumber anytime you suspect a leak, as water in or around your building can lead to a mold or mildew problem.

Call Ace Pelizon Plumbing to talk to commercial plumbing experts in Glendora, CA. We offer 24-hour emergency service and quality service that keeps your pipes working as they should.