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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.

Indications You Need Water Line Services

March 11th, 2015

Your residential plumbing consists of two halves: a freshwater system that brings water into the house from the municipal supply, and a sewage system that removes wastewater safely from the house. The key component of the freshwater system—the part that makes everything possible—is the water line that delivers the fresh water to your plumbing, making possible numerous daily tasks.

You don’t see the water line, since it is buried underneath your property in a trench. But just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean that it won’t ever suffer damage or require attention. A water line can suffer damage from the growth of tree roots, development of corrosion, and the build-up of deposits from hard water. There’s also the concern with earthquake damage. You should be especially attentive to issues with the water line if you live in a home built pre-World War II, since it the line is probably built from galvanized steel and prone to corrosion over time.

So how can you detect water line troubles and know to call for a professional plumber in Rosemead, CA? Here are a few tips from the plumbing team at Ace Pelizon Plumbing to help you:

  • Drop in water pressure: As leaks start to occur in a water line, or if it becomes blocked because of tree roots, the water pressure around your house will start to drop. This occurrence can be a temporary problem with the utility company, but if it does not stop soon, call for a plumber.
  • Discoloration in the water: Breaks in the water line will allow dirt into the pipe, leading to a brownish tint in the water. This could also come from rust in the water heater and a number of other sources, but all of them require the fast services of a trained plumber.
  • Water pools on the lawn: When you notice pools of water appearing on your yard when you don’t expect it (i.e. they aren’t due to rain or sprinklers), you may have a leaking water line.

Don’t wait for the ultimate warning signs of a water line problem—a total loss of water flow or water geysering from the lawn or through the sidewalk—before you take action. At the first indications of water line trouble, call Ace Pelizon Plumbing for a skilled plumber in Rosemead, CA. We offer quality plumbing repairs for the San Gabriel Valley and have since 1957.

Signs You Need Sewer Line Cleaning

March 4th, 2015

The sewer line is one of the essential parts of your home’s plumbing, since it is the pipe that removes the collected wastewater from your home and carries it to the sewer main in the center of the street. But you probably don’t think much about your sewer line on a daily basis; it does its job unobtrusively and hidden from sight.

But a time may come when you will need to give your sewer line consideration in order to keep it working effectively. Sewer pipes can become clogged and congested, often with excessive levels of fat and grease. When this happens, a sewer line will need professional cleaning. We’ve listed some of the signs you should watch for that will warn you the time has come to arrange for sewer cleaning in Covina, CA. To arrange for this service, call the drain and sewer team at Ace Pelizon Plumbing. We offer excellent sewer cleaning services using hydro-jetting and other advanced equipment that will get the job done fast and effectively.

Indications it’s time for sewer line cleaning

  • Slow drains around the house: A single slow drain usually means a drainpipe that has a clog of hair, soap scum, or food waste. Often, you can fix these troubles using a sink plunger; other times a plumber will need to use a motorized drain snake to clean the clog. But if the slow drains are occurring throughout your home, it’s a warning that the sewer line itself has backed up because of obstructions. Call for sewer cleaning experts to take care of clearing out the line.
  • Bad drain odors: A foul sewer smell from a drain can be as simple a problem as a dried out p-trap. You only need to pour water down the drain to restore the water barrier that prevents these odors from escaping up the sewer line and into your home. But if these smells persist, and you detect a gurgling sound from the drains, then it means the sewer line is backing up and needs to be cleaned out. (The gurgling sound indicates sewer gas pushed up through the water in the p-trap.)
  • Water backing up into the tub or shower after the toilet flushes: There are a number of odd behaviors from your plumbing fixtures that will indicate the sewer line is becoming blocked. If water flushed down the toilet can’t make it through the sewer line, the water will re-emerge at the lowest point, such as a tub or shower. Call for sewer line work right away when this happens.

Our drain and sewer cleaners at Ace Pelizon Plumbing will use the best technology available to clean out your sewer lines without causing any damage, and we will do the job quickly so life can return to normal in your home. We’ve served the San Gabriel Valley since 1957, so you can trust us with your sewer cleaning in Covina, CA. Give us a call today.

Why You Shouldn’t Use Store-Bought Cleaners for Drain Cleaning

February 25th, 2015

One unfortunate occurrence in home plumbing that comes up too frequently is homeowners using store-bought chemical cleaners as a tool to eliminate tough drain clogs. Although these products are highly visible and often advertised as the easiest and least expensive way to clear a clogged sink, shower, or bathtub, no professional plumber recommends that homeowners use them. These chemical mixtures have a number of severe side-effects that can hurt your plumbing, the people in your house, and the environment.

The best way to cut through a tough clog in your home’s plumbing is to contact a skilled plumber. For drain cleaning in Alhambra, CA that will get rid of clogs without causing any other problems, call Ace Pelizon Plumbing today.

The troubles with store-bought drain cleaners

  • They are not fully effective: Pouring chemicals down a drain blocked with hair may break through the clog, but it will still leave most of the hair in the drain, making it easy for the problem to start up again. This hardly counts as “drain cleaning,” no matter what the label says. Professional plumbers use motorized drain augers and hydro-jetting equipmoent to fully clean out a drain so you will have few problems from it in the future.
  • They can damage your plumbing: Most drain cleaners consist of lye and sulfuric acid that remains inside the drain after cutting through the clog. Their acidic action can severely damage pipes over time, leading to expensive repairs and pipe replacements.
  • They are highly toxic: Lye and sulfuric acid are dangerous to swallow, making it wise not have these chemicals around your home if you have pets or small children. These chemicals also create toxic fumes that will linger inside rooms after used on drains, and can damage skin and eyes.
  • They poison landfills: Empty bottles of drain cleaner are never truly empty of liquid residue, and when these bottles end up in landfills, it means toxins seeping into the ground and eventually groundwater. Ever wonder how some unhealthy chemicals get into drinking water? Here’s one way.

It is simply not worth it to rely on chemical cleaners when you have to unclog a drain. If a standard sink plunger will not clear out the clogging, call for a professional who will use equipment that is better for your pipes and won’t endanger you, your family, or the Planet Earth.

You can rely on Ace Pelizon Plumbing for drain cleaning in Alhambra, CA that works fast and safely. We can come to your assistance any time of the day or night, so call us the next time you have a clog that won’t go away.

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!