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Tree Roots: A Bigger Threat Than You May Realize

February 12th, 2018

Split drainage pipe caused by ingress of tree rootsIt’s no coincidence that your plumbing system’s sewer line is buried beneath your property and your yard. For starters, it’s obviously more attractive this way. Secondly, it’s safe and functional this way. Unfortunately, this means that not only is it out of sight and hard for you to spot problems with it right away, but it’s also prone to issues such a tree root infiltration, which is a more common reason for clogged drains in San Marcos, CA than you may realize, and a bigger threat than you may know.

Tree roots are known to cause severe sewer line damage, requiring the assistance of professional plumbers in order to repair. Tree roots crave water, and therefore even the smallest leak in your sewer line can attract them.

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How to Reduce Your Water Bills

January 29th, 2018

Money in the form of many large billsWhen it comes to running your home, there are many considerations you need to make. Are you paying too much for electricity? Is your home as secure as it can be? Are your appliances working as efficiently as they can? One thing that not many homeowners think of on a daily basis, and yet do use on a daily basis, is their Encinitas, CA plumbing system.

You might be surprised to find that you’re paying way more than necessary on your water bills, either due to inefficient plumbing fixtures or plumbing that has been damaged and is leaking. Keep reading for some not-so-widely-known tips on how to reduce your water bills!

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Don’t Let Your Bathroom Suffer from These Plumbing Mistakes

January 15th, 2018

silver shower head spraying water on a white backgroundIs your bathroom aesthetically pleasing to the eye? Is it as functional as it could be? Or maybe you’ve found yourself having trouble getting around it comfortably. Depending on your response to these questions, you might be considering a bathroom remodel, which of course means new plumbing installations or retrofits.

For this type of job, it pays to work very closely with a qualified and experienced San Marcos, CA plumber. Planning and preparation are vital with any type of installation, but particularly during a remodel. In fact, there might be factors you haven’t even considered yet, that could lead you to make plumbing mistakes—especially if you attempt any part of the process on your own without the assistance of a pro.

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Yes, That Tiny Pinhole Leak Is a Big Problem

January 1st, 2018

brown pipe with pinhole leakWithout the right equipment, tools, and experience, plumbing issues are hard to detect. Most of your Del Mar, CA plumbing system is hidden out of sight, after all. Therefore, the problems that typically affect it are subtle to begin with. Pinhole leaks are one of those problems.

The subtlety of plumbing problems is the main reason we recommend scheduling preventive plumbing maintenance on at least an annual basis. However, it’s also important for you to know the warning signs that you do have a potential problem with your plumbing system. Pinhole leaks, as we just mentioned, are fairly common. And however seemingly minor one is, it can quickly grow in size or quantity, and leave you with drastic consequences.

These consequences include the following:

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Is Routine Plumbing Maintenance Worth It?

December 18th, 2017

plumber working on the p trap underneath a sinkThe short answer to this is yes, of course plumbing maintenance is worth it. Although, we don’t expect you to take that answer at face value. Understandably, you want to know what makes it so beneficial and why it’s worth your time and money to invest in.

A working plumbing system is something many homeowners take for granted. Vital to many of the tasks within your home, you often don’t think about where you water comes from—but when you need a repair, it can be a major inconvenience. Some leaks and clogs are easy to spot and fix on your own, but if you really want to do all that you can to avoid huge plumbing emergencies, then scheduling annual plumbing maintenance in San Diego, CA is a wise idea.

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San Diego Businesses Required to Have Backflow Devices

December 4th, 2017

Backflow regulator with office building in the background.A recent mandate has been put into effect requiring that all businesses within the city of San Diego be equipped with a backflow prevention device. This is what’s used to protect potable water supplies from potential contamination or pollution caused by backflow. The city of San Diego, like many other municipalities throughout the country, is committed to ensuring the safety of the drinking water that homeowners and residents use.

If you need a backflow prevention device, also called a backflow preventer, installed on your commercial property or if you already have one, then there are some factors you should know about caring for it. For example, you should know that even with a backflow preventer, your area should be tested by a certified backflow technician. You can contact our team to be put in touch with one.

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What Are You Doing to Treat Your Water?

November 20th, 2017

shot of a boy drinking a glass of waterMost municipal water supplies provide a hefty level of filtration and conditioning to the water before it ever reaches the faucets in your home. And if you use ground water, you probably have your own water treatment system on site. But something many homeowners don’t realize is missing from their homes is protection from hard water, which the right Pacific Beach, CA water treatment system will resolve.

Hard water describes water which has a high concentration of minerals in it, namely calcium and magnesium. These minerals are not harmful to ingest, but can do a world of damage to your plumbing system. Hard water should be managed with a water softener as it enters the home, before it gets a chance to reach your pipes. Keep reading for signs that you’re being impacted by hard water.

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Do You Need Pressure Reducing Valves in Your Plumbing System?

November 6th, 2017

shower headYour plumbing system is one of those things in your home that you probably take for granted. It makes sense—it’s easy to forget about something that is mostly hidden behind walls and underneath the foundation of your home. Unfortunately, though, many homeowners may not realize there is a problem with their plumbing system until it’s become pretty advanced.

One problem that’s pretty noticeable, and easy to fix, however, is too high of water pressure. Okay, so maybe you’ve never heard of that complaint. Yes, it’s true, not many people are too worried about too much water pressure, in fact, most people prefer more! However, a Solana Beach, CA pressure reducing valve installation can do your plumbing system a lot of good. Keep reading to learn why.

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Why Your Water Heater Needs to be Flushed

October 23rd, 2017

water heater tank

Water heaters are probably one of the most forgotten about plumbing fixtures in a home, and yet they are a staple in any home. They provide heated water safely and effectively as easily as turning on a tap. They are typically out of sight—located in quiet corners of the house like the basement where nobody visits often, and they do their jobs pretty silently.

There’s a downside, however, to this quiet operation. When problems do arise they don’t always attract attention, and they can spread until they’re fairly extensive. In many cases, what could be a simple repair job becomes an unplanned replacement, driving up the costs and adding time as well as expense to the operation.

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Should You Make a Switch to Eco-Friendly Plumbing?

October 9th, 2017

white house symbol with sky in background and rainbow around it

Water conservation has been a hot topic in California in recent years. Even with our relatively heavy rains this past winter, our drought is not considered over—and thus, homeowners are doing all that they can to save this valuable resource, including having low-flow plumbing fixtures and other eco-friendly plumbing installed.

Of course, no matter what professional Del Mar, CA plumbing services you need, it’s important that you have a qualified and experienced plumber on the job, which is where we come in! There’s no exception when it comes to eco-friendly plumbing solutions.

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