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Archive: November 2013

Water Heater Replacement in Sacramento

Published on November 18, 2013

Ask a Sacramento Plumber:  What Factors Should I Consider When Choosing a New Water Heater? If you are having problems with your water heater, such as a leak at the base of the tank or a lack of hot water, then you should seriously consider purchasing a new one. Here are some of the considerations that you should take into account before deciding on your new model: First, make sure that your old water heater cannot be repaired. If it has a leaking valve or a bad heating element, then you may be  | Read More » |

Toilet Replacement in Sacramento

Published on November 18, 2013

Ask a Sacramento Plumber: Is A Crack in the Toilet Bowl an Obvious Sign of Replacement? If you are thinking of either repairing or replacing your toilet, there are various rules of thumb you can follow to make your decision easier. If you have to have your toilet repaired on a regular basis, it would probably make more economic sense to get a new one. While most toilet repairs can be performed by do-it-yourselfers, they still require an investment of time as well as money. You may be better off in  | Read More » |

Shower Drain Clogs in Sacramento

Published on November 18, 2013

Hair and Soap Most Common Causes of Shower Clogs There are a lot of reasons why a clog can develop in your shower. Hair and soap are the most common culprits. When soap scum gets into your drainpipe it can stick to the sides of your plumbing and catch any hair that goes down the drain. You can install a trap to keep hair from going down your pipes, but you’ll need to make sure you clean it periodically. When we get a call for this type of problem, the first thing we typically do is use a plumber’s  | Read More » |

Slab Leaks in Sacramento

Published on November 18, 2013

Ask a Sacramento Plumber: Video Camera Sent in Pipes to Determine Exact Location of Leak A man was trying to sell his home and had an inspection performed. The inspector saw discoloration in kitchen flooring and wanted to see if there was some sort of leak in the home’s pipes. One of the ways that we check for leaks is by sending a video camera through pipes. This camera is attached to a flexible cable and sent through plumbing. It transmits a high resolution image to a monitor, which our plumber  | Read More » |

Toilet Clogs in Sacramento

Published on November 18, 2013

Ask a Sacramento Plumber: Never Know What You’ll Find as the Cause of a Clog You’d be surprised at what we find when we are called to a home to remove a toilet obstruction. It’s not at all uncommon to see toothbrushes and even small children’s toys in a sewer line. In this case, the customer’s toilet was clogged with paper towels. If you have an obstruction in your toilet, your first instinct may be to use a plunger. Make sure that you don’t use too much force if you choose this option,  | Read More » |

Water Heater Repairs in Sacramento

Published on November 18, 2013

Defective Thermocouple Doesn’t Send Signal to Light Pilot If you have a gas water heater and the pilot light doesn’t stay lit, the problem will probably be a device called a thermocouple. It is a temperature sensor that generates a signal to light the pilot. If yours has gone out, here are the steps you should take in order to replace it. First, look at how the present thermocouple is attached and make sure you’ll have enough room to work. You’ll want to turn off the water heater as  | Read More » |

Kitchen Drain Cleaning in Sacramento

Published on November 18, 2013

Try These Unclogging Methods Before Calling a Professional If you have the time and patience, there are a few different methods that you can use to remove a clog from your kitchen sink. If the clog is close to the drain and caused by grease, ladle out as much of the water or other liquid from your sink as possible. Then, pour about a half a cup of dishwashing soap down the drain and follow that with 8-10 cups of boiling water. Let the mixture sit until the water has cooled completely. The clog should  | Read More » |

Sewer Line Clean Out in Sacramento, CA

Published on November 18, 2013

Ask a Sacramento Plumber:  How Do I Access a Sewer Line in Case of Blockage? Many older homes don’t have sewer clean outs. A clean out is a part of a sewer line that juts out of the ground and has a removable cap. It attaches to the main portion of a sewer line and provides access should any sort of blockage be present. If you don’t have a clean out, the only way to access the sewer line would be to remove your toilet and go through your bathroom. If you have cast iron lines but no cleanout,  | Read More » |

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