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The Very First Labor Day Celebration

September 1st, 2014

Labor Day as a federal holiday, held on the first Monday of September, has been with us now for 120 years. President Grover Cleveland signed the law that made Labor Day a national holiday in 1894. Ever since then, the three-day weekend has provided people in the U.S. with the opportunity for vacations, time with their families, shopping trips, and a general celebration of the conclusion of summer and the beginning of fall.

However, there were twelve years of Labor Day observations in the U.S. before it became an official holiday. The first Labor Day celebration took place in 1882 in New York City on September 5. According to the accounts from the time, it had a rough start and almost didn’t happen.

The main event planned for that first Labor Day was a parade along Broadway that was to start at City Hall. However, the parade ran into a bit of a snag early on. The marchers started to line up for the procession around 9 a.m., with a police escort to make sure the event went peacefully. However, the problem of the day wasn’t rowdy members of the parade—it was that nobody had remembered to bring a band!

With people ready to march, but no music to march to, it started to look like no parade would happen at all, and the first Labor Day would have ended up a failure. But just in time, Matthew Maguire of the Central Labor Union—one of the two men who first proposed the celebration—ran across the City Hall lawn to the Grand Marshal of the parade, William McCabe, to inform him that 200 men from the Jeweler’s Union of Newark were crossing the ferry to Manhattan… and they had a band!

At 10 a.m., only an hour late, the band from Newark walked down Broadway playing a number from a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera. They passed McCabe and the other 700 marchers, who then fell in line behind them. Soon, the spectators joined in, and an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people marched through Lower Manhattan.

According to the New York Times, “The windows and roofs and even the lamp posts and awning frames were occupied by persons anxious to get a good view of the first parade in New York of workingmen of all trades united in one organization.”

The parade concluded two hours later when the marchers reached Reservoir Park. But the party was only getting started. Until 9 p.m., some 25,000 people celebrated with picnics and speeches and beer kegs. It was an enormous success, and all thanks to the speedy arrival of jewelers carrying band instruments.

If those musicians from Newark hadn’t shown up, perhaps we wouldn’t have the holiday opportunity that we now have every year. However you celebrate your Labor Day, our family at Ace Pelizon Plumbing wishes your family a happy end of summer.

How Sump Pumps Are Installed

August 27th, 2014

If you’ve experienced problems with flooding in your home in the past, it’s an experience you won’t want to repeat. A flooded home or basement is a mess to clean up, and the water may damage your home’s foundation or some of your possessions. The best way to prevent your home from flooding due to high water tables or a burst pipe is by calling a plumbing installation expert to install a sump pump.

Sump Pump Installation

There are two basic types of sump pump, submersible and pedestal, both of which run on electrical power or with a battery. But no matter which type you end up using, a sump pump is usually installed at the lowest point of your basement. A technician digs a pit into the ground, otherwise known as the “sump,” into which is placed a large basin. As water flows into the basin and then through a discharge pipe, where a motor helps suck in the water and carry it out with your wastewater or to a well. From this point, the steps of installation differ for each type of system.

A submersible pump has a waterproof encasement so that it may be installed inside of the sump. The motor turns an impeller, which uses centrifugal force to push water through an outlet pipe near the top of the pit. A pedestal sump pump is installed above the sump, but a pipe leading down into the pit sucks up water in the same way as a submersible pump.

Why Trust a Professional

Sump pump installation is a job that’s best left to the professionals. Professional plumbers are trained to install these mechanical devices properly and check that they are work as they should. While the sump pump may fail over time due to mechanical issues, early failure is usually the result of improper installation. If your unit is the wrong size, if your sump is not deep enough in the ground, or if the unit is placed incorrectly, you may be left with a flooded basement once again. For professional plumbing installation in Monrovia, CA, call Ace Pelizon Plumbing today!

Benefits of Installing Attic Fans

August 20th, 2014

We’ve all had to go into our attic space during the summer, and most likely, you couldn’t get out of there quickly enough because of the intense heat. Excessive attic heat isn’t just uncomfortable; it can force your air conditioner to work harder as the heat radiates into your living space. Temperatures in your attic can reach over 140 degrees, and even with adequate insulation, heat transfer into the lower areas of your home can occur. A great way to dissipate the heat level in your attic space and help your air conditioner is by installing an attic fan. Using an Ace Pelizon Plumbing trained electrician, your Altadena home can be cooler and more efficient.

How Is an Attic Fan Installed?

An attic fan can be installed in a wall or on the roof; if you are not replacing an old fan, a new space may need to be cut in order to install the fan. The technician will create a frame for the fan which is affixed to the opening. The new fan will be mounted and secured to the frame. Attic fans come with thermostats that cue the fan to cycle, usually when the attic temperature reaches 90 degrees, so this thermostat is also mounted to the frame. The fan needs to be connected to the electricity in the attic, so the usual power source for an attic fan is an existing light fixture. If there is no light fixture, the electrician will find another source at which to connect. Once the electrician finds an adequate connection point, he/she will connect the fan and thermostat.

Benefits of an Attic Fan

There are multiple benefits to installing an attic fan:

  • Regulation of heat build-up – heat can seriously damage your attic by drying out the wood and overheating the underside of your roofing shingles, which contributes to premature aging. Installing an attic fan helps to circulate the air and cool the space, reducing and/or eliminating this effect.
  • Reduce air conditioning costs – without proper ventilation, your attic can heat up to over 140 degrees. This heat can transfer to your living spaces, even with proper insulation; as a result, you’ll most likely need more cooling, which will cost money. Properly ventilating your attic space can eliminate this.
  • Reduce moisture build-up – excessive heat can cause moisture to build in your attic space. When left unattended, excessive moisture can contribute to mold growth and rot.

If you have an aging, malfunctioning attic fan, or do not have one at all, it may be time to consider installing a new attic fan. Our Ace Pelizon Plumbing trained electricians in Altadena are here to help you, so call us and schedule an appointment today.

How to Tell if You Need Plumbing Repair or Replacement

August 13th, 2014

Your indoor plumbing is one of the most durable parts of your house. If you live in a home built post-1970s, most of your plumbing is made from corrosion resistant copper piping or PEX, PVC, and CPVC plastic piping, all of which can last for many decades without needing replacements or major repairs.

However, a plumbing system isn’t indestructible, and considering the amount of work that it does on a daily basis in your home, you will run into needs for repairs and sometimes even pipe replacement needs in your house. Don’t try to track down plumbing repair issues on your own and break out the amateur tool belt to fix it yourself. Instead, call professionals like the team at Ace Pelizon Plumbing. We offer high quality service for plumbing repair in Covina, CA and we have since 1957.

Here are some signs to watch for that will tell you it’s time to call for plumbing repair:

Continual Slow Drains and Drain Clogs

A single, isolated drain clog is usually nothing serious wrong with your plumbing, and if you can clear it with a standard plunger, you shouldn’t have anything more to worry about. But when heavy clogs that do not respond to a plunger start to occur on a regular basis, you could have major build-up of deposits in your drainpipes—or even damage to the sewer line—that requires the work of professionals. Plumbers will find out why your drains are developing constant clogs and provide the drain cleaning or sewer line replacements work necessary to fix the problem.

Signs of Leaking Pipes

Leaks along pipes are harder to detect than you might think: since most of your plumbing is hidden behind walls and floorboards, it may take days or even weeks for you to notice the warning signs. Look out for rusty stains along walls, warping or bulges under the carpet, mold and mildew appearing in unusual spots, and increases in humidity. Also keep a watch on your water bills for sudden rises that you cannot explain. Skilled plumbers will use leak detection to pinpoint where the leaks are occurring, reach the pipes, and then either seal the leaks or replace the pipes.

Drops in Water Pressure

If the water coming from faucets, showerheads, or other taps throughout the house start showing a drop in water pressure, you could have a number of major problems with your plumbing. Although it is possible that this comes from the municipal system, don’t take any chances: the issue could be breaks or leaks along your water line, and you will need to have line replacement done before you lose your water supply entirely. Water pressure drops could also come from serious leaking in other parts of the house, or a build-up of hard water deposits.

Call Ace Pelizon Plumbing whenever you need plumbing repair in Covina, CA. We handle all kinds of plumbing problems, large and small, and we’re ready to serve you any time of the day or night.

Why Security Lighting Might Be Right for Your Home

July 29th, 2013

Maintaining the security of the home is one of the top priorities for homeowners everywhere. You need to make certain that you are doing everything you can. One of the best ways of doing so is to install security lighting in and around your home. At Ace Pelizon Plumbing, we provide a wide variety of electrical services in West Covina, including security lighting that gives your home the illumination it needs to stay safe. There is no guaranteed way to keep your home protected, and lighting is only a deterrent. Still, it can often make an impact, and it’s better to have a range of protective measures at your disposal than none at all. Call us today to learn more about our security lighting options.

There are numerous reasons to consider security lighting for your West Covina home. The purpose of such lighting is to function like a deterrent to any persons on your property. It does not prevent an intruder from breaking in, but it does give them reason to pause if your home or property is dark and then suddenly illuminated.

Virtually any lighting setup could function as a deterrent for suspicious actions on your property, but security lighting often involves the integration of timers and sensors. A timer will activate your security lighting at a certain specified time, and then turn it off again. There are also sensors that serve similar functions. Motion-detection is an excellent way to remain alert to any unwanted persons on your property at night, and there are also day and night sensors that will activate the security lighting as soon as it gets dark out.

Security lighting also allows you to see parts of your property during the night that would be otherwise pitch dark. It allows you to see what’s going on in your backyard during the night so that you can keep an eye on things, and also so that you can navigate the dark territory without risk of injury. Call Ace Pelizon Plumbing today for all of your electrical service needs in West Covina, CA.

How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?

July 25th, 2013

A tankless water heater differs from a traditional water heater in the way it goes about its task: namely, by heating water only when it’s needed instead of all the time. That translates into less energy use, which in turn helps keep your monthly bills low. Tankless water heaters generally require a little more money to install, with the lower bills serving as a payoff for the up-front costs. A trained West Covina plumber can discuss the specifics with you, and explain how a particular tankless water heater may benefit your home. Call Ace Pelizon Plumbing for more details.

In general terms, a tankless water heater relies on a heat exchanger to raise the temperature of the water. When you turn on your hot water – to use a shower, say, or do the dishes – flow sensors activate the exchange. Water then circulates through it and is heated to the desired temperature before passing on to your faucet or shower head. When you shut the hot water off, the heat exchanger shuts down. In addition to saving energy, this theoretically provides an infinite supply of hot water (unlike traditional tanked water heaters, which rely on a tank of constantly heated water that may run out).

The drawbacks of this system include a certain amount of lag time as the heat exchangers warm up. Some tankless water heaters – called point-of-use heaters – are intended only for a single outlet or two. That keeps their size small and lets them be placed near the outlet they’re supposed to heat, which cuts down on the lag time for heating the water. Other tankless water heaters work throughout the household, with larger exchangers and an increased demand for power.

Tankless water heaters work best in smaller households that don’t use a lot of hot water: their increased efficiency in such households can translate to an energy savings of up to 34%, according to the Department of Energy.  That savings goes down with the more water you use, making tankless systems less desirable for larger households.

Regardless of your individual circumstances, however, it pays to consult a plumbing expert when deciding if a tankless water heater works for you. That’s why you should call on Ace Pelizon Plumbing to help you. We serve West Covina and most surrounding communities, and our experts can install tanked and tankless systems alike. Contact our hard-working team today and schedule a consultation.

Commercial Plumbing in West Covina: The Professional Difference

July 16th, 2013

When you operate a business, you need to surround yourself with reliable people, whether they’re employees, managers, or clients. But this principle also extends to the commercial service contractors you choose to work with. As one of the major parts of your system infrastructure, the plumbing within your commercial kitchen or throughout your commercial office building needs to be in tip-top shape to keep everyone pleased. There are several important factors to consider whether you need a new set of urinals installed in the men’s bathroom, or a comprehensive repiping project. Commercial plumbing requires the technical expertise and experience to handle larger equipment and to make sure that a given installation or repair job is completed properly. In today’s post, we’d like to look at what makes hiring the right commercial plumbing contractor so critical to your continued success. Call the West Covina commercial plumbers at Ace Pelizon Plumbing today for all of your plumbing needs.

  • Size. To put it simply, commercial plumbing fixtures and appliances are often much larger and more heavy-duty than their residential counterparts. And because of that, you need to make sure that they receive adequate service. Whether it’s installing new fixtures in a first-floor bathroom, or a comprehensive kitchen set-up for a restaurant, commercial plumbing needs to be taken care of by some who knows how to ensure your plumbing system performs well and consistently.
  • Reliability. Another factor to consider is that the quality of your commercial equipment must be matched by quality installation practices, those that only knowledge and experience in commercial applications can teach. The principle reason for this is that commercial plumbing equipment needs to be highly reliable, as it is often in use 24/7 and must be able to deliver greater performance levels in shorter amounts of time.
  • Response time. Another important factor to consider when thinking how to approach your next commercial plumbing project is the responsiveness of your plumbing company. You need to hire someone who’s not only well versed in commercial systems, but also who responds to your plumbing needs at a moment’s notice. You can’t let your business suffer from unnecessary delays. You need someone who can match your business needs.

Call Ace Pelizon today if you are in need of commercial plumbing services in West Covina, CA. We can make sure that your plumbing improves your business or property rather than hampering it.

Glendora Plumbing FAQ: What is Reverse Osmosis?

July 10th, 2013

Are you frustrated by your tap water supply or concerned about contamination? The quality of the water in your home is critical to your health and that of your family. It can even affect your plumbing. Depending on what type of contaminant or pollutant you are targeting, there is a diverse range of water treatment systems on the market today. One of the most comprehensive and popular is known as a reverse osmosis system. These can be integrated under the sink or at your water supply for whole-house coverage. Make sure you hire a professional plumber to take care of your water treatment system installation service. Ace Pelizon is the Glendora plumbing company to call to find out more about installing a reverse osmosis system in your home.

In any given container, water will seek equilibrium. Osmosis is the diffusion process whereby molecules of water move from an area of higher concentration into an area of lower concentration. A semipermeable membrane allows for pure water to pass through, but not trace minerals or other microorganisms like bacteria. Because water seeks equilibrium, this diffusion process continues until the concentrations are equal. In reverse osmosis, this process is reversed by applying pressure to one side of the membrane in order to purify the water molecules. Instead of seeking equilibrium, a reverse osmosis water treatment system seeks to purify the incoming water supply.

A water treatment system is a great way to ensure that your home water supply is purified and free of contaminants and foul tastes. There are a number of systems available, depending on what you would like to remove from your water supply. Beyond reverse osmosis, there are also water filters and UV water disinfecting systems. The first step to pure water begins with a water test, however, so that we can assess what exactly seems to be the problem with your water. If you’re at all concerned about the quality of the water in your home, particularly if it has changed recently, then make sure you look for a professional plumber.

Call Ace Pelizon Plumbing today to learn more about our plumbing services in Glendora, CA.

Happy 4th of July!

July 2nd, 2013

There are few things more “American” than baseball, apple pie and Independence Day. On this day over 200 years ago the second Continental Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence. The document, which was primarily authored by Thomas Jefferson, was a written explanation of why America wanted to be free from Great Britain. This bold move by the American colonies would start the Revolutionary War where many brave women and men would give their lives for the freedom that we now hold dear.

Over the years, our celebration of Independence Day has remained largely unchanged. John Adams, the 2nd president of the United States, said this about celebrating Independence Day: “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” We all remember going to family barbecues, watching fireworks, attending parades, picnics and fairs, building bonfires, and playing baseball.

However you celebrate this 4th of July, make sure that you take a moment to remember why we’re celebrating.

Glendora Plumbing FAQ: What is an Aerobic Bacteria Generator?

June 26th, 2013

Is your sewage system starting to fail? If you have a septic tank on your property, you are probably already aware of its importance. As the drainpipes moves wastewater out of your home, the sewer line brings all of it to the septic tank, where bacteria disintegrate and separate your home’s waste. The septic tank is therefore vital to the functionality and hygiene of your home, and because of its size and underground location, can be costly to replace. While replacement is sometimes necessary, there are some good reasons to consider alternatives that can breathe new life into the septic tank in order to avoid unnecessary or premature replacement costs. In today’s post, we’d like to take a look at a device known as the aerobic bacteria generator. Call the Glendora, CA plumbing specialists at Ace Pelizon today for all of your plumbing related needs.

An aerobic bacteria generator is a relatively small device, about 3 feet high and 50 pounds in weight that is placed at the bottom of your septic tank. As its name suggests, the ABG grows aerobic bacteria and releases it into the septic tank. Septic tank problems can often be the result of low bacteria levels, which means that the organic waste is not being properly broken down, thus leading to inefficient and ineffective treatment.

One frequent problem associated with the failure of your septic tank is actually due to excessive biomat in the drain field, which is the underground location where the gray water goes after it has been separated by the waste inside the tank. Biomat is a bacterial slime that occurs just below the soil of the drain field. While it is a necessary part of the wastewater disposal process, it can become a problem if it becomes too thick or blocks the effectiveness of the drain field.

You should make sure that your septic tank is serviced regularly to prevent problems. This also allows a professional plumber to take stock of your system, and recommend a solution such as an ABG, if necessary. Call the Glendora plumbers at Ace Pelizon today for all of your plumbing needs.