January 16th, 2017
When you own a commercial property, you have a lot of responsibilities. And that means that you may not have the time or resources to check on every part of your property for damage. In fact, even when you do have hired help on staff to maintain your property, there are some things they simply cannot be qualified to do.
The backflow preventer on your property—the large plumbing equipment outside—must be tested once a year. And you must call a qualified, certified backflow tester to do it. There’s simply no other way to see that this device is working properly, even if it seems you would be able to tell. Continue Reading
January 9th, 2017
Water pressure is a big deal when it comes to showers or when you rinse dishes in the kitchen sink. You need the water pressure to be high enough for your comfort and convenience, but is there such a thing as too much pressure? You bet.
The water pressure from the municipal supply is highly pressurized, so much that it can actually be problematic for your pipes and for your daily activities. A water pressure regulator helps to moderate this. Continue Reading
January 2nd, 2017
Home improvement is a big part of a lot of New Year’s resolutions—whether people realize it or not! If you want to make 2017 simpler and more effective, these 4 plumbing upgrades can help. Continue Reading
December 26th, 2016
Low water pressure is an annoyance that no one wants to put up with for long. It could indicate a number of problems, from a dirty aerator (which is easy to clean) to a leak in your water pipes.
But today, we would like to address one particular issue that could be at fault. The water pressure regulator is designed to bring the water pressure down to a level that is not too high. But over time, the water pressure regulator can go bad. Continue Reading
December 19th, 2016
Most commercial kitchens are required by local codes to have a grease trap in place. It’s a drain and sewer installation that requires pumping from time to time (depending on the size of the grease trap and the amount of use it gets). But you may be unsure of what, exactly, a grease trap does. Continue Reading
December 12th, 2016
Galvanized steel piping was once considered the be-all-and-end-all in plumbing. Galvanized steel piping stood the test of time—or so it seemed, until the years passed and plumbers found out this was not the case. Galvanization, coating the pipes with a layer of zinc, was meant to delay corrosion as water could not reach the metal of the pipe. But eventually, the lining of the pipes flaked away, leading to poor water taste and drastic corrosion of pipes.
Copper piping, which many homes have today, does not run into this type of issue. Small pinhole leaks are common, but a plumber can seal the hole so that you can continue to delay replacing your pipes until they live out their expected lifespans (hopefully around 50-70 years). So how do our plumbers take care of a pinhole leak? Continue Reading
December 6th, 2016
Unfortunately, we are no strangers to earthquakes in California. Scientists remain unsure of when a major earthquake could rock our state again, so it’s important to be as prepared as possible at all times.
There are many things you can do to prepare your home and family for an earthquake before it hits. Continue Reading
November 28th, 2016
In many bathroom plumbing systems, water pours from the bathtub faucet as soon as the water is turned on. But a simple switch or tab should transfer that water over to the shower when you need it. You expect it to transfer over completely to your showerhead, which is why it’s confusing when water continues to drip from the bathtub’s spout.
What’s the cause of this issue? And what can you do? While the answer may vary, a professional plumber is the best person to call for an accurate diagnosis. Let’s take a look at a couple of possibilities. Continue Reading
November 21st, 2016
You’ve probably dealt with your energy bills spiking when it’s extremely hot or very cold because you suddenly need to run your home comfort equipment all of the time. Luckily, you can choose how often you want to run this equipment, and at which setting. The problem with inefficient water heaters, however, is that they have to run all of the time—not just during a particular season. So your bills may be higher than they should all year long.
In order for a conventional tank water heater to work, you have to keep it running nonstop. It stores hot water in a large tank, which is a good way to ensure that you always have hot water available—but not the most efficient way. Continue Reading
November 14th, 2016
There are many things plumbers don’t expect homeowners to know about repairing things around the home. In fact, some things we don’t even want homeowners to attempt, since a plumber can do the work better and more safely.
But one thing we think every homeowner should know—something every person should know, in fact—is how to shut off the gas main in an emergency. Continue Reading