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Do You Have a Plumbing Emergency?

April 20th, 2015

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

3 Facts about Your Gas Piping

April 13th, 2015

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

Does Your Plumber Do Video Pipe Inspection?

April 6th, 2015

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

Video Pipe Inspection Is Vital for Quality Drain Cleaning

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

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

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

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

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

What to Do in Case of an Overflowing Toilet

April 3rd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pinhole Leaks: Why They Are a Serious Problem

March 25th, 2015

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

The dilemma of pinhole leaks

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

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

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

Drain Snakes and Drain Cleaning

March 20th, 2015

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

But what about using a drain snake?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.