February 20th, 2017
Leaks underneath the kitchen sink can actually do quite a bit of damage in your cabinetry. Water damage and mold growth are serious risks, so you want to get the problem taken care of as soon as you can. First, you have to narrow down the source of the problem—the faucet, the drain pipes, or the garbage disposal.
A leaky garbage disposal is a common source of dripping underneath the sink. The good news is that a plumber may be able to help with a repair that lasts for a long time to come. However, this isn’t always the case. Continue Reading
February 6th, 2017
You probably know that most cities have a water purification process that cleans the water before it moves into the pipes in your home. However, that doesn’t mean the water in your home is truly as clean as you need it to be.
Impurities in the water supply change the taste of our water or give it foul odors. What’s worse is that it could make you sick, especially if someone in the family has an immune system disorder. Below, learn how to test and treat your water, with the help of a professional plumber or a water treatment specialist. Continue Reading
January 23rd, 2017
Often, a faulty water heater can be repaired rather than replaced. However, there are many circumstances in which the only safe and effective way to retain hot water is to replace the entire system.
A quality plumber does not recommend a water heater replacement where repairs are possible. Take a look at some of the possible causes and solutions for a leaky water heater, so that you have a better idea of what to
expect. Continue Reading
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