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Signs You Need a Water Purification System

February 16th, 2015

Depending on the area you live in, the quality of water flowing into your home could be as good as bottled water or barely drinkable. You’re probably pretty aware of the quality of your tap water as it relates to your health, but do you know the effects that your water is having on your home’s plumbing? Hard water can have a seriously detrimental effect on the health of your pipes, causing losses in water pressure and even complete blockages. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can identify that you have a hard water problem, and what you can do about it.

Hard Water and Its Effects

Hard water is characterized by a high mineral content, and is common in areas throughout the mid and southwestern U.S. Though many cities filter harmful chemicals and minerals out of the water before sending it to homes, a lot of the minerals in hard water are able to slip through the filtration process. These minerals are not harmful to drink, for the most part. However, they do have a very harmful effect on the home’s plumbing.

As hard water flows through your home, it deposits small amounts of minerals on the walls of the pipe. Over time, these deposits build up to the point where they can restrict or block the flow of water through the pipe. Deposits that have progressed to this point are called “lime scale.” Lime scale can cause quite a bit of damage to your home’s plumbing, and pipes with sufficiently advanced lime scale may need to be replaced.

So, how can you tell if you have a hard water problem? One way is to pay attention to your water pressure. A gradual decrease in water pressure is a sign of lime scale buildup in your pipes. Another way is to watch for white calcium buildup around your faucets and shower heads. This chalky substance is a very clear indication of hard water.

Water Purification

Water purification systems are filters designed to remove the extra mineral content from water before it reaches you. There are localized variants, which only serve one faucet, but if you have a hard water problem it’s going to affect the entire house. For that reason, it’s probably a better idea to install a whole-house variant. Whole-house water purifiers are installed in the home’s water line, allowing them to filter all water flowing into the plumbing. This is a great way to protect your entire plumbing system from the deleterious effects of hard water.

If you think you may have a hard water problem, call Ace Pelizon Plumbing. We provide water purification systems in the City of Industry.

How Bad Is Water Hammer for My Pipes?

February 5th, 2015

A mysterious knocking in your home may keep you on edge at first—until you find out that it’s occurring in the plumbing system. Many people dismiss loud banging noises around the house as water hammer, which they believe is a common occurrence that results in no obvious damage and is little cause for concern accept for the occasional disturbance it brings. But water hammer is not a generic noise for natural plumbing sounds; it’s the result of a poorly constructed pipe system which needs repair before damage is accrued.

Contact the plumbing experts at Ace Pelizon Plumbing if you’re unsure of whether water hammer is affecting your pipes. We can diagnose the problem and help you to find the solution best suited for your plumbing in Pomona.

What is Water Hammer And Why Is It Dangerous?

Water hammer occurs when water flowing through the pipes is suddenly forced to stop or change direction. Your water supply is kept at a high pressure so that water can easily flow from the pipes. But when flowing water stops suddenly, either because a tap is turned off or a valve on an appliance shuts, this pressure can trap air and create a shock wave, or water hammer.

Most plumbing systems have air chambers and other air locking features in place to prevent water hammer, but these can fail or they may be nonexistent in certain areas of pipe. And the shock wave can damage pipes and fittings, potentially leading to a plumbing leak. This creates a major mess and the potential for mold, mildew, and lengthy renovations.

What Can Be Done About It?

Plumbers have different opinions about what should be done to solve water hammer, but it often depends on the location and structure of your existing pipes. The norm was once to install more air chambers, but these are large and intrusive and won’t fit into most spaces. Sometimes, it’s actually recommended that you add on pipes to provide more of a cushion. But in most cases, a piece called a water hammer arrester is small enough and simple enough to do the job.

At Ace Pelizon Plumbing, we deliver a number of plumbing services in Pomona for noisy pipes, leaky fixtures, and more. Call us today; we’d love to hear from you!

Can I Do My Own Drain Cleaning?

January 30th, 2015

With so many tools available to homeowners, it can seem like as a homeowner, you can fix anything on your own. Unfortunately, this just isn’t true. Many tools, especially power tools, require some level of training, and using professional-grade tools when you aren’t a professional in that particular industry can be equivalent to using a flame thrower to light birthday candles on a cake: it’s a lot of power that may not be well managed. When it comes to drain cleaning in Rosemead, there are a few reasons why it’s important to hire a professional, like the ones at Ace Pelizon Plumbing:

  • Licensed and insured – using a trained expert who is both licensed and insured means that you are not liable for damage should any occur to your plumbing system or technician during the appointment.
  • Knows how to use the equipment – professional plumbing equipment can easily crack or break plumbing if not handled correctly; trained plumbers have been taught how to use the equipment correctly and effectively.
  • Knows what to look for – your plumber brings years of experience to every job; as such, he/she knows what to look for when arriving to your home.
  • Can handle additional problems – many times, a plumbing problem has been caused by another issue; a professional plumber will be able to handle any kind of repair, so should more work be required than originally thought, you’ll be in good hands.
  • Will perform repairs safely and to code – there are a great deal of codes that your plumbing must be in compliance with, and it is part of a professional plumber’s job to know and operate under these codes. He/she will also know how to maintain the correct level of safety while performing all work.

When you have drains that smell, drain slowly or have a clog, it can be very tempting to try and repair these things on your own; unless you have expertise in this kind of work, it’s best to leave drain cleaning and other plumbing repair in Rosemead to the experts at Ace Pelizon Plumbing. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

What to Do if Your Toilet Starts to Overflow

January 23rd, 2015

In the scheme of home disasters, overflowing toilets are fairly low on the scale, but on the “ick” scale, they are easily in the top three. So what should you do if your bathroom plumbing suddenly becomes disagreeable? Following are some suggestions from our Ace Pelizon Plumbing experts:

  • Don’t flush again – as tempting as it may be to get rid of excess water in your toilet, flushing again only adds more water to the already-excessive water.
  • Turn off the water to the toilet – the small valve at the back of your toilet, typically on the floor, is the water valve; turn it clockwise to shut off the water supply to the tank.
  • Try a plunger – toilets overflow because of clogs; if the clog is fairly close to the top of your toilet’s outgoing pipe, you may be able to clear the clog with a plunger.
  • Use baking soda and vinegar – baking soda and vinegar can be great for clogs as they won’t damage your plumbing and can actually clear a clog. However, it’s best if you can let the mixture sit for several hours, so this combination may not work if you only have one toilet in your home.
  • Call an expert – if these steps don’t help bring your toilet back to normal usage, it may be time to call the plumber.

While it may be tempting to employ the use of a toilet auger, it’s best to allow a professional to break out the “big guns”. Why? Tools like augers require knowledge; otherwise, they can become tools of destruction by cracking the porcelain of your toilet and/or damaging your plumbing. Another big no-no: do not put any kind of drain cleaner into your toilet. Drain cleaner is highly caustic and can damage your plumbing, and it isn’t all the effective on clogs.

Have an ornery toilet on your hands? Call the experts who can help with all your bathroom plumbing needs in Covina: Ace Pelizon Plumbing.

Why You Need to Get That Leaky Faucet Repaired

January 14th, 2015

A dripping faucet can be somewhat annoying, but many people feel they have the situation under control. Close the bathroom door before you go to sleep, and suddenly the dripping sound is no longer a bother, right? Well, while this may be true in your particular circumstance, the fact is that a dripping faucet can be a sign of a serious problem that requires immediate repair or replacement of the unit itself. And delaying sink repair also means wasting a lot of water, which is not only problematic for your monthly bills but also depletes our environmental resources.

Call on the expertise of professionals at the first sign of a problem with your Alhambra plumbing. Speak with the experts at Red Rock Mechanical for quality repairs today.

Think that small drip is no big deal? Even a dripping faucet that seems to be no major concern can waste gallons of water a day. In fact, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a faucet that drips only a small amount once every minute may waste up to 34 gallons of water a year. It turns out that a lot of homes in the United States have a problem with wasted water due to leaks, with some homes wasting up to 10,000 gallons of water per year. And while some of these leaks may be located underneath the property or behind walls (a problem that may be caught during annual plumbing maintenance), many leaks are visible but disregarded by the residents.

Besides the potential utility cost and the drain on the environment, you should also consider the potential impact on the fixture itself. If the problem is a worn seal or a corroded valve, it may eventually disintegrate or corrode to the point that water floods the fixture. And the added stress on the fixture can also take away from its lifespan.

Regardless of the size of the leak, you should keep in mind that repairing a leak is generally a job reserved for professionals. Professionals have the tools and expertise to diagnose the problem as quickly as possible and perform the necessary repairs with utmost accuracy. The specialists at Ace Pelizon Plumbing have years of experience repairing Alhambra plumbing systems and can get yours back to normal in no time. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Materials Used for Repiping Your Plumbing

January 7th, 2015

“Repiping” – the word itself can make the average homeowner grumble and cradle his or her head. But the truth is that repiping can solve the problem of a constantly-leaking or corroded pipe for a good, long time. The standard in repiping for many years was copper, but thanks to advances in technology, homeowners have another choice: flexible PEX tubing. So which should you use? We’ll take a look at both, but always remember that the experts at Ace Pelizon Plumbing are here to help with any plumbing needs you may have in Pasadena, including repiping!

Copper

As mentioned above, copper has been used as one of the main materials in plumbing since indoor plumbing became the norm for households, and there are a few reasons why. First, copper has a very long lifespan – over 50 years, and some piping has even last 100 years. It is fire resistant, can be used on the outside of your home as well as the inside of your home, and is bacteria and corrosive-resistant. However, the metal itself can be expensive, so the piping is, too. Copper also requires installation by a trained expert; it can’t be installed by just anyone. Installation can also take some time as copper is not flexible and soldering is part of the installation process.

PEX Tubing

PEX tubing is polyethylene, cross-linked tubing. Cross-linking is a way of binding the molecules in the tubing’s plastic in bridge-like shapes, which increases its strength and longevity; as such, PEX tubing is both flexible and durable. One of the great things about PEX tubing is that it is temperature resistant; this means they can expand and contract with the temperatures, greatly reducing the incidents of breaks. However, it cannot be placed outside, like copper. Additionally, PEX tubing has a 25 year warranty but can last much longer. The flexible nature of the tubing allows for much easier installation and far fewer joints. Lastly PEX tubing is much less expensive than copper, which can save homeowners significantly.

Which Is Best for Your Home?

Choosing repiping materials is a task best accomplished with a trained professional. The experts at Ace Pelizon Plumbing have worked extensively with both types of materials and can offer their expertise with every job. If you’re in need of quality plumbing services in Pasadena, give us a call today to schedule an appointment!

When New Year’s Day Was Not on January 1st

January 1st, 2015

Some holidays fall on shifting calendar days for every year, such as Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November) and Easter (the first Sunday after the first full moon to occur on or after March 21). Other holidays, such as Valentine’s Day and Halloween, are fixed. No holiday has a more solid calendar date attached to it than New Year’s Day. It has to fall on January 1st because it celebrates the first day of a new year. That only makes sense…

…except that, like most things that at first appear obvious, there is a bit more to the story. The beginning of the year was not always on the first of January. As with an enormous numbers of traditions in the Western World, the establishment of January 1st as the inaugural day of a new year goes back to the ancient Romans.

The modern solar calendar is derived from the Roman model, but the earliest Roman calendars did not have 365 days in a year spread over 12 months. Instead, there were 304 days spread over 10 months. The Romans believed this calendar originated with the mythical founder of the city, Romulus. If Romulus were a real person, we can credit him with a poor understanding of the seasons, as this abbreviated calendar soon got out of sync with Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Numa, one of the Kings of Rome (probably also fictional) receives credit for creating a longer year with two added months, Ianuarius and Februarius, bringing the number of days in the year to 355. The new month of Ianuarius, named after Ianus (Janus in contemporary spelling), the god of beginnings, would eventually be known in English as January. But when this new calendar was instituted, January was not the first month. March, named after the god of war, remained the first month, and March 1st was New Year’s Day.

This extended calendar still did not keep in synch with the seasons. In 45 BCE, Julius Caesar instituted reforms to align the calendar correctly according to calculations of astronomers, with an additional 10 days distributed across the year. January also became set as the first month, and offerings to the god Janus on this day started the tradition we now know as New Year’s. The date still fluctuated during the ensuing centuries, with a number of Western European holy days treated as the beginning of the year instead. It wasn’t until the next calendar reform in 1582, the Gregorian Calendar, that the date of the New Year was fixed at January 1st.

However you choose to celebrate the beginning of the current calendar, everyone here at Ace Pelizon Plumbing  hopes you have a wonderful 2015!

Why Do We Hang Up Mistletoe?

December 25th, 2014

Of course, you probably know part of the answer to this question already. You hang up mistletoe so that the people standing underneath can share a romantic holiday kiss! But what you may not realize is that the origin of this longstanding ritual predates many of the other holiday traditions we celebrate today. Why would a plant that has many poisonous varieties (most types sold for use in the home have few negative effects, but you can wrap it in netting to prevent children from consuming any fallen berries or leaves) be used as a symbol of holiday affection?

There are a couple of ways to explain the positive associations of (potentially hazardous) mistletoe. For one, this semi-parasitic plant has long been hailed as a treatment for illnesses and pain. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it to cure cramps, epilepsy, and more. Even today, mistletoe extracts are one of the leading alternative medicines studied for their effectiveness in killing cancer cells. And because the early Celtic Druids saw it as a sign of healing and life, they may be the first to bestow upon the plant its romantic associations, deeming it worthy of treating the infertile.

But it is Norse mythology that is likely responsible for a majority of the modern traditions associated with this small hanging bunch. One of the powerful Norse god Odin’s sons, named Baldur, was said to be invincible due to an oath his mother took to protect him from harm. But Loki, a god who often set out to make trouble for the gods, set out to find the one thing that could do some damage, and eventually discovered that Baldur’s mother Frigg had never included mistletoe in her invincibility oath. When mistletoe was finally responsible for her son’s demise, the grieving Frigg vowed that the plant would never again be used to hurt another living thing, and that she would plant a peaceful kiss upon anyone who walked underneath it.

And that is one of the reasons that, today, kissing under the mistletoe is viewed as a source of good luck. From our family to yours, we wish you a safe holiday season, and we hope that you and your family are full of joy and good fortune—mistletoe or not! Happy holidays from Ace Pelizon Plumbing!

Signs You Should Schedule Drain Cleaning

December 17th, 2014

Most people don’t notice their drains until there’s a problem with them; then, all focus goes to getting the problems with the drain fixed. But there is a way you can get ahead of serious plumbing issues: schedule drain cleaning. This does not mean use a harsh, over-the-counter, commercial drain cleaner; those kinds of cleaners can damage your plumbing and usually don’t resolve the problem. What we are referring to is a professional drain cleaning performed by a pro, like the ones at Ace Pelizon Plumbing. Not sure if you need a drain cleaning in Whittier? Let’s take a look at some of the signs:

  • DIY steps aren’t working – if you’ve tried boiling water, baking soda and white vinegar or plunging, and nothing is working to unclog a drain, it’s time to call for help. Professional plumbers use specialized tools that can unclog and clean your drains without damaging your plumbing.
  • Slow drains – do you have one or more drains that drain slowly? This can be an indication of build-up inside your pipe, or the development of a clog. Scheduling professional drain cleaning can remove the cause of the slow drainage and help avoid a more serious clog down the road.
  • Drains on the same plumbing line are slow – multiple drains on the same plumbing line that drain slowly can indicate a problem deep in your plumbing system. These kinds of problems require the use of professional plumbing tools as reaching them is an issue.
  • Gurgling sounds – gurgling sounds indicate that air is trapped in your pipes from build-up; the sound is created when air is released by the water heading down the drain. The next step with a gurgling drain is clogging, so if you are hearing a gurgling sound, call a plumber for drain cleaning.
  • Recurring clogs – if you have a drain that is constantly backing up, odds are you aren’t getting the entire clog or build-up yourself. Having a plumber clean the drain helps ensure that all the gunk will be removed from that drain.

Don’t wait for a full-on clog to develop before calling for a plumber. If you are seeing some of the signs above in your plumbing, schedule an appointment for drain cleaning in Whittier with Ace Pelizon Plumbing today!

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.