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Signs You Need Commercial Plumbing Repairs

October 8th, 2014

Major commercial plumbing repairs can mean big trouble for your business. In the event of a leak, high volumes of water can flood parts of the property or cause damage to the foundation of the building. And drainage or sewer line problems can cause sewage to back up into fixtures or around the building. Even smaller issues can affect the comfort of your staff, clients, and customers. So if you own or manage a commercial property, it’s important that you catch repairs early on.

The following list can help you determine when it is time to call for repairs. For commercial plumbing services in Glendora, CA, be sure to call the dependable plumbers at Ace Pelizon Plumbing.

  • Slow Drains and Toilets: Slow drainage usually means that there is a clog somewhere along the drain pipes. This may be a smaller clog around the drain opening, or it may be further down in the pipe, affecting multiple fixtures in the building. In either case, a plumber has the tools to remove the clog and examine the drain lines for other potential blockages.
  • Puddles around the Building: Don’t wait for leaks to damage your property. If you notice water spots or puddles, or if you feel reduced water pressure from the faucets, be sure to call a plumber right away.
  • No Hot Water: For some businesses, hot water is vital to operation. But for others, a lack of hot water simply means you will have frustrated employees or customers. To ensure the comfort of everyone involved in your business, call a plumber for water heater repair when you notice there is not enough hot water on your property.
  • High Utility Bills: Commercial properties generally have high utility bills as it is, but if you notice a sudden increase, it may be another early sign of a big leak. Call a plumber anytime you suspect a leak, as water in or around your building can lead to a mold or mildew problem.

Call Ace Pelizon Plumbing to talk to commercial plumbing experts in Glendora, CA. We offer 24-hour emergency service and quality service that keeps your pipes working as they should.

What Are the 3 of the Most Common Kitchen Plumbing Problems?

October 1st, 2014

Modern kitchens make cooking and cleaning a breeze. Your sink can provide clean potable water anytime you need it, while your drain and disposal allows for quick and easy cleanup. In fact, many homeowners think their kitchen sink can handle almost anything, which is why kitchen plumbing repairs can come as a surprise.

To keep kitchen plumbing problems from occurring, be sure to schedule plumbing maintenance every year. With this valuable service, a technician cleans and inspects every component of your plumbing system, to reduce the chances that the following issues will occur.

  • Drain Clogs: Kitchen drain clogs can mean a huge mess as food scraps and liquids left in your sink move too slowly into the drain pipe. But not to worry, a trained plumber has the right equipment to get rid of the problem quickly. Drain snakes and hydro jetting, tools used by professionals to remove clogs, are simply more effective at removing blockage than a standard liquid drain cleaner, which could damage your pipes, leading to further repairs. Keep drain clogs from occurring by making sure drain cleaning is a part of your regular plumbing maintenance.
  • Leaky Sink: A leaky sink is an annoyance that can cost you quite a bit in bills and repairs if you let it go on for too long. There are many reasons a faucet can drip, and, while you may be able to find tutorials online about fixing some causes of leaky faucets, it could result in further damage without the proper training. A plumber can do the job quickly and accurately the first time around.
  • Broken Disposal: Finally, a broken garbage disposal can be a tough fix that sometimes requires replacement. If the reset button underneath your unit doesn’t do the trick, do not put your hands or any other object into the disposal. A plumber can assess whether the motor is still in working condition or if a new unit will provide you with better results.

Don’t let kitchen plumbing problems inconvenience you for very long before scheduling repairs. For kitchen plumbing in Monrovia, CA, call Ace Pelizon Plumbing today!

Methods Professional Use to Clean Your Drains

September 24th, 2014

When you have a slow or stopped drain, you may try to do anything you can to get it working like normal. Unfortunately for many homeowners, that means using toxic drain cleaning chemicals that may have adverse health effects for some people and are actually largely ineffective. In fact, these chemicals can damage the lining of your pipes, leading to costly plumbing repair.

So what are the right steps to take to clean your drains? First, try using a household plunger to loosen the blockage. But if this doesn’t work, professional drain cleaning is always your best bet. Professionals, like the plumbers at Ace Pelizon Plumbing, rely on advanced tools to ensure clogs are gone and that further blockage does not threaten your pipes. Let’s take a look at some of the tools professionals use for drain cleaning.

Drain Augers

The drain auger is a long wire, usually with a coiled end, that can reach into pipes and latch onto large clogs and pull them out through the drain. In some cases, drain augers, also known as drain snakes, may have separate attachments that can instead break up tough clogs so they can move down the drain with ease with the rest of the wastewater. These drain snakes may be operated by hand or they may be motorized, reaching deep into the pipes to get to clogs that are nowhere near the drain opening.

High-Pressure Hydrojetting

With hydrojetting, plumbers use a long, thin hose to distribute water through the pipes at a very high pressure. This blasts clogs through the plumbing system and into the sewer, but it can also help take care of any sludge or grease stuck onto the insides of pipes. It may even get rid of tree roots which have infiltrated your pipes, one of the most common threats to water and sewer lines.

Video Pipe Inspection

No drain cleaning service would be complete without video pipe inspection to ensure your pipes are cleared and no further problems threaten your plumbing. With this service, a thin cable is fed through the pipes, and a plumber views the live video footage to ensure your pipes are clean and that there are no additional problems such as leaks or corrosion.

Professional drain cleaning is an important service for those with clogs or those who just want to keep their pipes in good condition and avoid repairs. For professional drain cleaning service in Pasadena, CA, call Ace Pelizon Plumbing today!

 

How Can I Install a Water Heater on My Own?

September 17th, 2014

When you need a new water heater, it may be difficult to know what qualities to look for in an installation company. Besides, many homeowners look for a chance to save a few bucks with do-it-yourself projects that help them learn a thing or two about a new product in the process. However, there are a lot of factors involved in choosing the correct water heater and installing it correctly, so you should trust the job to an experienced technician.

First of all, water heaters need to be sized to suit the needs of your home. This involves knowing the intricacies of a plumbing system so you can determine the proper flow rate. You would also need to make some calculations about the temperature of the incoming water as well as the desired output temperature. A system that is too large may run up your energy bills while a heater that is small just won’t get the job done and you may need water heater repair early on. A professional can ensure that you don’t have a system that uses more energy than you need or a unit that will not keep water hot for long enough.

While water heaters aren’t altogether complex pieces of machinery, you’ll still need someone to safely connect it to the power source. A technician is trained to recognize potential problems upon installation so you probably won’t need water heater repair for years to come. And setup is not an easy job to take care of on your own. Your previous system will have to be drained and removed from the home, and a technician can dispose of a large tank properly. A technician will also check the water pressure and ensure that the burner or electric heating element heats to the desired temperature.

Whether you need a technician for installation or if you need water heater repair in La Verne, CA, call Ace Pelizon Plumbing. Our experts will talk you through the installation process, remove your old system, and replace it with a new one and provide professional services for any water heater repair or maintenance needs.

The Benefits of Commercial Plumbing Maintenance

September 10th, 2014

There are so many things that can go wrong with a plumbing system, and on your commercial property, you want to avoid problems at all costs. Sudden commercial plumbing repairs can force you to take time out of your busy schedule. Furthermore, the people in your building will likely be inconvenienced, and, in some cases, business is forced to halt during major repairs.

If you have commercial plumbing problems, you know to call for repairs right away. But did you know that there is a way to keep these issues from occurring in the first place? Commercial plumbing maintenance is a service in which your entire plumbing system is thoroughly inspected and cleaned. Learn more about the benefits of maintenance here!

  • Reduce Clogging: Clogs can be a mess for your business, and unfortunately there may be substances in the drains right now that can cause major blockages in the future. Commercial plumbers are equipped with electric drain snakes to reach into pipes and pull out substances that may slow down the drains in your business. Or, they may use hydro jetting to blast clogs to the sewer instead.
  • Early Leak Detection: Plumbing leaks are a source of worry for many business owners. Water leaks are an inconvenience, but they can also mean serious repairs and higher-than-average water bills. During plumbing maintenance, a specialist can use video inspection technology and other methods to check for small leaks you may not have noticed. Or, the plumber may alert you to potential weak points that may cause problems in the future.
  • Longer Lifespan: If you have a major leak, parts of your plumbing system may be completely ruined. Plumbing maintenance can prevent this from happening, extending the life of your pipes and even some of your fixtures like sinks and water heaters.

When you call Ace Pelizon Plumbing for commercial plumbing in Covina, CA, you’ll get quality maintenance from dependable plumbing professionals. We have the right tools and the professional experience to protect your system and keep many problems at bay. Give us a call today!

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.