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Tuesday, 23 June 2015
You have all your sewer pipes in place, everything works properly and there is no need to think about plumbing systems every again. Or should you? Here are the top three reasons to invest time and money in regular plumbing maintenance.
While everything may look fine from the outside, a licensed plumber can help you identify problems that you may not have noticed before. The plumber will visit your house to check all areas connected to the sewer system, including the toilets, water heaters and sinks.
The longer you put off addressing issues with your sewer pipes, the more likely that their problems will become worse. For example, if you take care of rust problems immediately, you can prevent corrosion from spreading and "save" most of the original pipe. However, if you ignore the issue, most likely you will have to replace the entire pipe or even multiple of them, spending considerably more money than you need to.
While you may be happy with your home plumbingalready, there might be ways to improve its performance further. A licensed plumber can help you with clogs and blockages that you thought you couldn't prevent.
Take care of your pipes now and invest in preventative maintenance. To get an expert opinion on how to maintain your home plumbing system, consult a plumbing contractor in Escondido.
Thursday, 18 June 2015
Ask us about chemical free maintenance for your septic system. Do your part to be eco-friendly while keeping your system operating well. Get your system pumped every three to five years for the best performance.
If your tank is leaking it can cause the tank to rust out and the bottom may fall out, which can flood your home. The valves and lines can also leak but they can be replaced. Some of the common signs of a water heater problem that can mean real trouble are as follows:
- Water loses its heat, or the hot water doesn’t last long – if the heater is losing its ability to do the job it’s time for replacement, but first check the thermostat or heating element for malfunction, or raise the temperature setting on the thermostat.
- If you have a gas heater and you smell gas, or if the pilot light won’t stay on.
- Heater has a bad smell.
- Rust or other contaminants in the water, or a metallic taste. This means a sediment buildup in the tank, which will corrode the tank over time. You can flush the tank to remove the sediment but if this becomes a common condition the tank should be replaced.
Any of these situations can mean your water heater should be replaced, but you might consider replacement anyway if the water heater is over ten years old. Water heaters are designed to last from 8 to 12 years. If you have a high energy bill, consider that the water heater can be up to 25 percent of the cost, and older heaters are less efficient. To learn more about water heating repair in Escondido, visit our website.
If you have a septic system, get advice from specialists who truly know and understand your system. While friends and family mean well, they often perpetuate myths about drains and sewers. Here are five common myths that seem to keep popping up.
Myth 1: Backups can be prevented by using additives.
Truth: If your system is backing up, it’s more than likely a plumbing issue or problem in your drainfield. All the additives will not help. Get a professional to find out the root cause of your backup so that it can be repaired.
Myth 2: Using additives keeps you from having to pump the system every three to five years.
Truth: The paper and waste in your system break down naturally, but leave solids behind that will need to be removed. Additives do not break down these solids, nor can the solids disappear. You will need to have your tank pumped.
Myth 3: Don’t pump your system until you notice a problem.
Truth: If you wait too long to have your system pumped, it will probably create a bigger, more costly repair bill. Regularly scheduled pumpings maintain your system more effectively.
Myth 4: Don’t worry about what you flush down the toilet.
Truth: With your septic system, anything you flush eventually ends up in the drainfield. Hazardous materials and chemicals could hurt the environment.
Myth 5: Use all the water you want.
Truth: Septic tanks need water conversation so that they do not become overworked. You don’t want to overfill the tank if too much water gets flushed into the system. To learn more about septic system maintenance in Santa Cruz, please visit this website.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
There is no shortage of plumbers, but finding the right one can save you time and money. When a problem happens, you don’t have to hire the first person who will answer the phone. Take a few minutes to learn about the company you are considering.
- Make Sure They are Licensed
If you need a ride somewhere, you don’t trust just anyone to drive: you want someone with a driver’s license. The same goes for plumbers; if they aren’t licensed, don’t give them the keys to your kitchen sink.
- Get In-Person Pricing
Yes you need someone to fix that leaky pipe now, but you don’t want to get ripped off. A reputable plumber knows he or she must see the job before telling you how much it is going to cost to fix it. If you do get a price over the phone, realize it will likely be a basic quote and may increase once the person sees your problem.
- Read Online Reviews
We live in a digital world, which means you can quickly find out if a company treats customers well, if their work is reliable, and if they guarantee the job. No amount of salesmanship or advertising will give you the information a few consumerreviews can.
Choosing a reputable plumbing company may cost a little more than others, but you can feel more comfortable knowing your problem will be cared for properly. Learn more about finding the best plumber in Vista for your needs at this website.
You probably don’t think much about your water heater until it starts making strange sounds or, heaven forbid, it stops working. You can extend its life with a few simple tips, like manually draining the water and sediment.