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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!

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.

What Are the 3 of the Most Common Kitchen Plumbing Problems?

October 1st, 2014

Modern kitchens make cooking and cleaning a breeze. Your sink can provide clean potable water anytime you need it, while your drain and disposal allows for quick and easy cleanup. In fact, many homeowners think their kitchen sink can handle almost anything, which is why kitchen plumbing repairs can come as a surprise.

To keep kitchen plumbing problems from occurring, be sure to schedule plumbing maintenance every year. With this valuable service, a technician cleans and inspects every component of your plumbing system, to reduce the chances that the following issues will occur.

  • Drain Clogs: Kitchen drain clogs can mean a huge mess as food scraps and liquids left in your sink move too slowly into the drain pipe. But not to worry, a trained plumber has the right equipment to get rid of the problem quickly. Drain snakes and hydro jetting, tools used by professionals to remove clogs, are simply more effective at removing blockage than a standard liquid drain cleaner, which could damage your pipes, leading to further repairs. Keep drain clogs from occurring by making sure drain cleaning is a part of your regular plumbing maintenance.
  • Leaky Sink: A leaky sink is an annoyance that can cost you quite a bit in bills and repairs if you let it go on for too long. There are many reasons a faucet can drip, and, while you may be able to find tutorials online about fixing some causes of leaky faucets, it could result in further damage without the proper training. A plumber can do the job quickly and accurately the first time around.
  • Broken Disposal: Finally, a broken garbage disposal can be a tough fix that sometimes requires replacement. If the reset button underneath your unit doesn’t do the trick, do not put your hands or any other object into the disposal. A plumber can assess whether the motor is still in working condition or if a new unit will provide you with better results.

Don’t let kitchen plumbing problems inconvenience you for very long before scheduling repairs. For kitchen plumbing in Monrovia, CA, call Ace Pelizon Plumbing today!

Methods Professional Use to Clean Your Drains

September 24th, 2014

When you have a slow or stopped drain, you may try to do anything you can to get it working like normal. Unfortunately for many homeowners, that means using toxic drain cleaning chemicals that may have adverse health effects for some people and are actually largely ineffective. In fact, these chemicals can damage the lining of your pipes, leading to costly plumbing repair.

So what are the right steps to take to clean your drains? First, try using a household plunger to loosen the blockage. But if this doesn’t work, professional drain cleaning is always your best bet. Professionals, like the plumbers at Ace Pelizon Plumbing, rely on advanced tools to ensure clogs are gone and that further blockage does not threaten your pipes. Let’s take a look at some of the tools professionals use for drain cleaning.

Drain Augers

The drain auger is a long wire, usually with a coiled end, that can reach into pipes and latch onto large clogs and pull them out through the drain. In some cases, drain augers, also known as drain snakes, may have separate attachments that can instead break up tough clogs so they can move down the drain with ease with the rest of the wastewater. These drain snakes may be operated by hand or they may be motorized, reaching deep into the pipes to get to clogs that are nowhere near the drain opening.

High-Pressure Hydrojetting

With hydrojetting, plumbers use a long, thin hose to distribute water through the pipes at a very high pressure. This blasts clogs through the plumbing system and into the sewer, but it can also help take care of any sludge or grease stuck onto the insides of pipes. It may even get rid of tree roots which have infiltrated your pipes, one of the most common threats to water and sewer lines.

Video Pipe Inspection

No drain cleaning service would be complete without video pipe inspection to ensure your pipes are cleared and no further problems threaten your plumbing. With this service, a thin cable is fed through the pipes, and a plumber views the live video footage to ensure your pipes are clean and that there are no additional problems such as leaks or corrosion.

Professional drain cleaning is an important service for those with clogs or those who just want to keep their pipes in good condition and avoid repairs. For professional drain cleaning service in Pasadena, CA, call Ace Pelizon Plumbing today!

 

How Can I Install a Water Heater on My Own?

September 17th, 2014

When you need a new water heater, it may be difficult to know what qualities to look for in an installation company. Besides, many homeowners look for a chance to save a few bucks with do-it-yourself projects that help them learn a thing or two about a new product in the process. However, there are a lot of factors involved in choosing the correct water heater and installing it correctly, so you should trust the job to an experienced technician.

First of all, water heaters need to be sized to suit the needs of your home. This involves knowing the intricacies of a plumbing system so you can determine the proper flow rate. You would also need to make some calculations about the temperature of the incoming water as well as the desired output temperature. A system that is too large may run up your energy bills while a heater that is small just won’t get the job done and you may need water heater repair early on. A professional can ensure that you don’t have a system that uses more energy than you need or a unit that will not keep water hot for long enough.

While water heaters aren’t altogether complex pieces of machinery, you’ll still need someone to safely connect it to the power source. A technician is trained to recognize potential problems upon installation so you probably won’t need water heater repair for years to come. And setup is not an easy job to take care of on your own. Your previous system will have to be drained and removed from the home, and a technician can dispose of a large tank properly. A technician will also check the water pressure and ensure that the burner or electric heating element heats to the desired temperature.

Whether you need a technician for installation or if you need water heater repair in La Verne, CA, call Ace Pelizon Plumbing. Our experts will talk you through the installation process, remove your old system, and replace it with a new one and provide professional services for any water heater repair or maintenance needs.