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The toilet: a porcelain throne designed for one purpose, yet used for many. For some, the toilet is a small but necessary part of the day: a quick pit-stop in the middle of a busy routine. For others, the toilet is a place of comfort and relaxation: a seat on which to linger, located inside a room that is sometimes the best option for peace and quiet. While both of these toilet treatments are acceptable, there is one that is not. The time has come to spread the message: the toilet is not a trashcan.
Our plumbing experts here at 1-800-anytyme know it’s important to discuss the toilet and how to use it properly. Toilet users should know which items should and shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet, helping you save money and the environment! Read on to learn more about your toilet, and contact our team to schedule professional toilet repairs today!
Flushing Your Toilet: Where Does the Waste Water Go?
Once a toilet is flushed, toilet water (and everything else in it) is sent through pipes on a property that are connected to the city’s municipal sewer system. Once in the sewer, toilet waste water is sent to the city’s wastewater treatment facility. There, wastewater from homes, along with wastewater from businesses, industries, and other properties, is treated by a variety of processes to reduce or remove pollutants.
Wastewater treatment facilities use a number of methods to reduce and remove pollutants from water. These methods include primary treatments, which involve screening and settling out large particles. All municipal water treatment facilities also employ secondary treatment methods, which use bacteria to remove microscopic organic materials, as well as chlorine to kill off bacteria and disinfect water. Some municipal treatment facilities take things a step further and employ a final, advanced treatment process to reduce the presence of pollutants that are of special concern to the local waterbody (such as nitrogen or phosphorus). Once treatment is concluded, the water is piped back into the local water supply.
Bringing it All Together: Water Treatment, Plumbing, and What Goes Down the Toilet
With modern municipal water treatment facilities in place, it would seem that virtually anything could be flushed down the toilet — after all, it would just be filtered out, right? Wrong. Even the most advanced water treatment facilities can only filter certain materials out of water. There are other materials, such as many inorganic substances, that will remain in water even after filtration. Further, some substances are simply difficult for water treatment facilities filter out of water—if they even make it that far. Many large, solid objects flushed down toilets can damage plumbing and get stuck in pipes, leading expensive repairs and replacements for private property owners.
To keep your local water supply clean and protect your plumbing from unwanted damages, it’s vital that you flush only permissible items down the toilet. In the following sections, we cover which items should be flushed down the toilet, and which items should be saved for disposal by alternate means.
Things You Should Flush Down the Toilet
It may surprise the average property owner to read that the list of things you should flush down the toilet is surprisingly small. However, if given just a moment of thought, the “toilet shortlist” makes perfect sense. After all, toilets are designed to do away with human excrement and nothing else —flushing other items down these bathroom fixtures just doesn’t make sense (and can, in fact, cause significant damage in a number of ways). The list of things you should flush down the toilet includes:
• Human excrement. The true purpose of a toilet—to do away with human excrement. (This includes both number 1 and number 2.)
• Toilet paper. Toilet paper is a necessary item for many toilet-related duties. It is also fairly easy to filter and is best disposed of by being flushed down the toilet.
Things You Should Not Flush Down the Toilet
The above list covers all of the things that should be flushed down the toilet. As you can see, it is quite short. All items not on the above list should not be flushed down the toilet. This includes all other and liquids and solids — including a vast list of things that may disappear after being flushed.
Do not be fooled: if it disappears down your toilet, it can still cause damage down the line. Below is a list of common items that should not be flushed down the toilet (as well as reasons why they should not be flushed).
• Household products such as cleansers, beauty products, medicine, auto fluids, paint, and lawn care products. Wastewater treatment facilities are designed to treat organic materials, not inorganic hazardous chemicals. Flushing these chemicals down the drain can lead to the contamination of your local rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.
• Excess household grease (such as meat fats, lard, cooking oil, shortening, butter and margarine), diapers, condoms, and personal hygiene products. These materials can clog pipes and lead to costly plumbing repairs. In some cases, they can cause raw sewage to overflow in your home or yard, or in public areas, which can in turn lead to contaminated waterways.
• Motor oil and photographic chemicals. These chemicals are hazardous and cannot be completely filtered by municipal water treatment facilities. Their presence in the water supply can lead to severe water contamination.
• Large solid objects. Thinking of flushing your trash down the toilet? Think twice. Large solid objects can often et caught in pipes, which can lead to costly plumbing repairs and replacements for you.
Other Toilet and Bathroom Myths
To conclude this guide, we’ll spend a bit of space discussing and debunking several toilet-related myths. Ranging from the weird to the downright dangerous. Believing them could lead to environmental degradation, property damage, and money out of your pocket.
• Myth #1: “Flushable” toilet wipes are okay to flush down the toilet. These wipes may be marketed as “flushable,” but most of them aren’t nearly as biodegradable as toilet paper. They can clog pipes and contaminate waterways.
• Myth #2: A brick placed in the back of a toilet tank will save water. Bricks may take up space —but they’ll also deteriorate over time and cause other things in your toilet to break. The intended effect can also backfire, leading to too much water displacement and a necessity to flush twice.
• Myth #3: Toilet bowl tablets that contain bleach will keep the toilet clean. Cleaning your toilet bowl with bleach may seem like a good idea, but it’s really quite the opposite. If the tablet contains bleach and is designed to sit in the tank, it will destroy the working parts of a toilet within months. Nobody wants to have to buy a new toilet.
Toilet repairs and replacements From 1-800-anytyme
Even with the best toilet etiquette, accidents still happen. If you have a busted toilet in your home or business, it’s best to contact a professional in your area to address the problem efficiently and effectively. Here at 1-800-anytyme, we are proud to offer toilet repairs and toilet replacements to homes and businesses across the greater San Diego, CA area. Follow links above to learn more about our professional services, and head over to our Blog to read helpful posts on leaky toilets and more. Ready to schedule an appointment? Contact our team today!
What Can You Do to Protect Local Waterways? Where Does the Dirty Water Go? United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). December 2002. https://www3.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/centralized_brochure.pdf
Whether you live in warm and sunny Southern California, the sweltering and humid South, or any region where the summers go from hot to hotter, you need climate control to help you stay cool indoors. In today’s industry, there is no better choice for homes and businesses than high-powered air conditioning. Air conditioning systems uses chemicals that convert from gas to liquid and then back again quickly to transfer heat from an indoor space to the outdoors. Air conditioning is an essential for home owners and business owners looking to maximize the comfort of all those under their roofs. However, if improperly maintained, air conditioning systems will perform at much lower levels, expending more energy to cool your space and costing you a small fortune on climate control in the warm summer months. In this guide, our experts here at 1-800-anytyme provide 5 tips to help you keep your air conditioning system is functioning optimally this summer. Read on to learn more, and contact our team to schedule an appointment with our HVAC professionals today!
Tip #1: Regularly Check and Change Your Filter
The air filter in your conditioning system helps ensure that the air the moves through your system, and ultimately into breathing space, is clean and debris-free. While there are several types of air conditioning filters on the market today, one fact remains universal among them: all air conditioning filters eventually get dirty. The reason behind this is simple: it’s their job to catch dirt and debris. Unfortunately, what this simple principle also means is that an air conditioning filter in use for too long will have trapped too much debris and won’t be able to do its job properly. In fact, it will clog your system, forcing it to work harder to disperse cool air into your space. Not only does this mean it will take longer for your space to cool down—it also means your energy bills will increase markedly. By cleaning and changing your filters regularly, you can keep costs low and ensure that your air conditioning system will cool your space in as little time as possible when it counts.
Tip #2: Clean In and Around Your Outdoor Compressor and Condenser Unit
To understand Tip #2, we’ll first have to understand a bit more about how air conditioning systems work. Most air conditioning systems have three major components: the compressor, and the condenser, and the evaporator. Located indoors, the evaporator is the final component in the air conditioning process — it evaporates cooled refrigerant liquid into a chilled gas that’s filtered and circulated around an indoor space. The air conditioning cycle begins again as the low-pressure unfiltered gas is compressed into a liquid by the compressor. The compressor also heats the liquid and increases its energy. Heating and compression continues until the liquid is transformed into a hot gas. From there, the hot gas moves to the condenser, which dissipates heat and transforms the gas into a cooled liquid. This liquid is cycled to the evaporator to complete the cycle.
In most air conditioning systems, the compressor and the condenser are located outdoors. This is because they both generate heat and release it. As heat released indoors defeats the purpose of air conditioning, these components are almost always located on the exterior of a building to release heat into the outdoor air. However, this process of heat dissipation can be greatly impeded by objects located in or in front of the compressor on condenser. These objects include dirt and debris, foliage, and other structures — all of which can trap heat, forcing compressors and condensers to work harder. By cleaning in and around your outdoor compressor and condenser unit, you can keep obstructions out of these essential air conditioning components and improve the efficiency and performance of our air conditioning system overall.
Tip #3: Insulate Any Exposed Ductwork
Your air conditioning system sends air to each of its components and rooms in your home or business through pipe-like structures called ducts. Ducts should always be insulated as much as possible to prevent heat transfer, which will warm your climate-controlled air and make it harder for your air conditioning system to heat your space. Proper duct insulation is especially important where ductwork passes through areas that are not climate controlled, as heat transfer is more of a threat in these regions. (Plus, if your duct has a leak, it will be leaking cool air into a space that doesn’t need it.)
To ensure that your ductwork is properly insulated, you’ll wants to focus on materials first. If you’re getting ductwork installed, be sure that your HVAC technicians are using ductwork with the highest R-value (insulating power) possible. You’ll also want to regularly inspect your ductwork for any leaks that might be letting out cold air and letting in hot air. If you discover leaks, you’ll want to be sure to fix them by using UL 181-rated duct tape in the short term. In the long term, it’s best to schedule a duct replacement with a professional in your area. This will ensure that your ducts are doing their part to keep your air conditioning system running optimally year-round.
Tip #4: Stay Open and Close Down
In many cases, the effectiveness of your air conditioning has nothing to do with the performance of your air conditioning system itself. There are several steps you can take around your home or business to help contain and circulate climate-controlled air as effectively as possible. Most of these steps can be boiled down to two general rules: stay open and close down. “Stay open” applies to entryways between rooms. If you’re trying to cool down your entire property, closed doors can make it difficult for climate-controlled air to circulate. By keeping entryways open, you can help cool down your space quicker and help your air conditioning system work more efficiently.
“Close down” applies to entryways and other opening that lead to unconditioned air space. These include doors and windows to the outside, as well as holes or gaps in your walls, roof, or foundation. Keeping doors and windows to outside closed as much as possible is crucial for keeping outdoor heat out of your indoor space. (You should also consider investing in curtains and door sweeps for extra insulation.) It’s also important to regularly inspect your property for any holes or gaps and repair them as quickly as possible.
Tip #5: Hire a Professional
To truly get the most out of your air conditioning system in any season, you’ll want to enlist the help of a professional. By hiring a trained and experienced AC technician to inspect your air conditioning system, you can gain valuable information on all of the places where you can improve energy efficiency and overall AC performance. At 1-800-anytyme, we are proud to offer an inspection and AC tune-up for just $49.99 for properties across the greater San Diego region. During your appointment, our technicians will take a look at your air conditioning system and fix any small problems that may contributing to inefficiency. We’ll also make recommendations for further improvements to help you get the most out of your AC during any season.
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Want to learn more about how you can improve the performance of your air conditioning system this summer? Ready to schedule your AC tune-up for just $49.99? Contact our trusted team here at 1-800-anytyme to speak with our professionals and schedule today!
How Does Air Conditioning Work? Howard Air. https://howardair.com/how-does-air-conditioning-work/
With the rise of industrialization and urbanization, air quality has become an ever-growing concern across the world. Outside, emissions from manufacturing plants, automobiles and other manmade sources have contributed to small but significant changes in the chemical composition of the air in many developed and developing regions. However, air quality is not just an outdoor issue, your indoor air quality is likely significantly worse than the outdoor air quality. Indoors, a number of factors can contribute to poor air quality, which can in turn contribute to a number of human health issues. In this guide, our experts at 1-800-anytyme discuss indoor quality — how it’s affected and contaminated, the risks it can pose to your health, and steps property owners can take to mitigate that risk. We use also provide information on our very own professional indoor air quality services available to homes and businesses in the greater San Diego, CA area. Read on to learn more, and contact our team today!
Indoor Air Quality: The Truth
While we often think of air quality as an outdoor issue, the truth is that the air inside our buildings can be just as bad, if not worse than the air outside. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports: “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.” Furthermore, as most people spend the bulk of their time indoors, it is indoor quality, not outdoor quality, that has the larger influence on human health. Keep reading to learn about the many factors that contribute to poor indoor air quality in the following section.
What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Poor indoor air quality is the result of microscopic contaminants in an indoor air supply. These contaminants include a host of synthetic chemicals, molds, bacteria, dust, burnt material, and many other substances. They can come from a number of sources, including:
- Fuel-burning combustion appliances, such as stoves, grills, furnaces, water heaters and fireplaces
- Tobacco products
- Building materials and furnishings—including asbestos insulation, newly installed flooring, carpet, or upholstery; and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products
- Chemical products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies
- Central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; namely those that are not regularly cleaned
- Excess moisture
- Outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and general outdoor air pollution
Can I Measure My Own Indoor Air Quality?
When inside your own home or workplace, it can be difficult to determine the quality of your air with no mechanical assistance. In fact, many families and business go years without realizing that the air inside their buildings is contaminated to a degree that can cause health problems. In recent years, technology has been designed so that we can track our indoor air quality for a reasonably priced device and an easily accessible app. For $130 – $260, you can purchase an air quality monitor, this small device is placed in the environment you wish to measure. Accurate, live data is then transmitted to your phone, allowing you to keep track of the air quality, particulate matter, temperature, humidity and chemical pollutants in your home or business.
How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?
Now that you know the quality of your air, what can you do to improve your indoor air quality? Whether you have received less-than-desirable results from your air quality monitor or you are simply trying to preserve your indoor air, there are a number steps you can take to ensure that you have the highest indoor air quality possible.
What you need:
- An electronic air filter
- An air scrubber
- A clean duct system
The electronic air filter, in addition to catching particulates too large to pass through the filter material, the filter media is also electronically charged attracting smaller particulates to stick to it, making the whole system even more effective.
The air scrubber uses a process called photo-catalytic-oxidation to clump smaller particulates together. This means that the microscopic particulates which got through the electronic filter, once they reach the air scrubber are clumped together, becoming larger particulates, allowing the particulates to get caught in the electronic air filter the second time they cycle through your environment.
Furthermore, the air scrubber will render the remaining air contaminants inactive, killing mold, odors and other harmful substances. Not only will clean air be returned to your environment, but it will also transform the contaminants into oxidizers which are returned to the air
to seek out contaminants, destroying and sanitizing the surfaces in your home or business.
For the electronic air filter and air scrubber to be most effective, you need a clean duct system. The commonly used flexible duct systems today are structured in a way that is not very accessible for cleaning purposes. Therefore, the best solution is installing a new closed duct system with the electronic air filter and air scrubber so that the duct system never gets contaminated in the first place.
Together, these three components can create a significant positive change to the indoor air quality of your environment. Call us today to discuss improving the air quality in your home or business. Here at 1-800-anytyme, we proudly offer fast, affordable, and effective installation and replacement services for air filters, air scrubbers and duct systems. If you live in the greater San Diego, CA, there is no better indoor air quality team to call. You can check out all of our cooling services.
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In today’s homes and businesses, there are two types of water heaters primarily used: tanked water heaters and tankless water heaters. Tanked Water Heaters are the older and more common form of water heating system which have the benefits of lower installation costs and no natural gas or circuitry changes upon installation. Tankless water heaters are a newer type of water heater that does not utilize a storage tank, giving it the benefits of energy efficiency, space efficiency, and faster water heating times. In this guide, our heating and plumbing experts here at 1-800-Anytyme provide overviews for both types of water heating systems. Read on to learn more about tanked water heaters and tankless water heaters, and contact us at 1-800-anytyme for comprehensive water heater maintenance and installation services today!
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If you live in San Diego or Southern California in general, you’ve likely heard about hard water. Virtually omnipresent in our region of the world, hard water is a substance that’s still mysterious to many homeowners and business owners. Most know that it can be damaging, but few know what hard water actually is, how it’s caused, or how it can be treated. In this guide, our water experts at 1-800-Anytyme are here to clear the air (or water). Below, you’ll find a general overview of hard water—what it is, how to spot it, and whether or not it is safe for your property. You’ll also find information on several treatment options, including the eco-friendly and highly-effective Enviro Whole-House Filtration process, which is offered by our very own San Diego, CA service team. Read on to learn more, and contact our professionals at 760-477-2222 today! Read the rest of this entry »
Air: it’s everywhere on this planet. It has to be — otherwise we wouldn’t be here at all. Vital for all living things, the Earth’s air (a mixture of mostly oxygen and trace amounts of a few other gases) is one of our most important natural resources. Unfortunately, just like other natural resources, such as water and food, air can be contaminated. This is a fact most of us know too well. Those who live in densely populated cities or inversion-prone zones have likely viewed smoggy skylines from their windows. Others still have inhaled contaminated air from commercial emissions or natural disasters such as forest fires. But contaminated air isn’t something isolated to the great outdoors. It can happen indoors too. Read the rest of this entry »
In the cold winter months, our heaters have to work overtime to keep our properties climate controlled — and in many cases, they work harder than they should have to. Improper insulation, irregular system maintenance, and general inattentiveness to cracks, corrosion, and broken fixtures on your property can all contribute increased energy costs and heightened heat bills over the winter. By taking extra steps to keep your home or business insulated and energy-efficient, you can save hundreds to thousands of dollars on energy costs. In this guide, our heating professionals at 1-800-Anytyme will show you how. Read for tips and advice on your can lower your heating bill this winter, and contact our San Diego, CA residential and commercial heating team at 760-477-2222 today!
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At 1-800-Anytyme, we offer a host of high-quality services designed to help homeowners and business owners get the most out of their properties. From comprehensive HVAC repair and installations to emergency drain cleaning, we do it all — and all at affordable rates. Our master plumbers have decades of experience and utilize the industry’s latest tools and technology to bring our clients incredible results with each and every plumbing service we perform. Whether you need a small leak repaired or an all-new water heater installed on your property, our team has you covered. On this page, we’ve put together an outline on everything you need to know about our high-quality plumbing services here at 1-800-Anytyme. Read on to learn more, and contact our San Diego, CA plumbing team at 1-760-477-2222 today!
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Plumber terms every Homeowner should know
Plumber terms can be confusing to many property owners. However, having some understanding of these and the associated concepts will help you maintain your home’s plumbing better and even gain insights into the various tasks that plumbers do. Here are the ABCs of plumbing that you need to know.
This system’s primary purpose is to boost the efficiency of a septic tank in catching/collecting solid waste.
Also known as baggles, aerators are used to mix both air and water in a faucet in order to reduce splashing.
This refers to the side of the bathtub that goes from the floor to the top rim.
Backflow occurs when water from one system contaminates other parts of the main distribution system.
This refers to the device that helps prevent contamination of water between different systems.
This refers to the valve connected to water heaters. It controls water flow and balances heat.
These refer to different devices that either supply or dispose water. These include your sink, toilets, faucets and bathtubs.
A bidet is a bathroom fixture that is used to cleanse the body by spraying water.
The primary purpose of this grated container is to catch storm water run-off and prevent debris from going to natural bodies of water.
Cisterns are storage tanks that are typically buried underground. Their main function is to collect rain water.
Pipes corrode when the water in a household has low pH.
This refers to a connection that facilitates the entry of water between systems.
Cross-connection control system
This system acts as a barrier against wastewater which can contaminate other systems.
This device can either be decorative or functional and is used in various bathroom fixtures.
This refers to glass that has been ground to create fibers. It is typically used in bathtubs and shower stalls.
Also known as flush ball, it refers to the rubber disc or ball found inside a toilet tank. It facilitates the flushing of water to the toilet tank.
HVAC refers to heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
HDPE or high-density polyethylene pipes are used in trenchless sewer technology.
This is a device that is used to clear blockages in pipes by using high pressure water.
This is a type of toilet that has been built to help save water.
This system uses video in order to record the condition of drains and pipes. In turn, this allows plumbers to know the best solution to a plumbing problem.
This refers to safe and clean water that is fit for human consumption.
PVC means poly vinyl chloride, a type of plastic often used for plumbing and drains.
These refer to metal or plastic tubes that are connected to supply stop valves.
This is a tank that is used to hold waste when sewer lines and distribution systems connected to treatment facilities are not readily available.
This condition occurs when water leaks beneath either the floor or slab foundation. It may be caused by leaks in the water line or in the sewer.
This refers to a method used to clear blockages using a metal wire or coil.
Tankless water heater
In this type of water heater, the need for a storage tank is eliminated. Instead, water is heated as it passes through pipes.
This is a type of plumbing technology which eliminates the need to dig up foundations or landscape when upgrading existing water or sewer lines.
This is a type of ceramic material that has been treated to become non-porous. It is often used in tiles and bathroom fixtures.
This condition occurs when water leaks from one pipe or several pipes in a plumbing system.
Other Plumbing Resources
We are just scratching the surface on common plumbing terminology. Below are some of the best resources on the web for plumbing terminology that you may need to know about.
Safe Plumbing Glossary
PDF – Safe Water Resources
Vista Plumbers expose most common plumbing problems
While most professional plumbers are trained to resolve all kinds of gas and plumbing issues, Vista plumbers say most of the jobs they take care of are rather repetitive. The same issues are tackled over and over again, especially from residential areas. As such, they become more established experts in solving this particular set of problems and can get the job done quickly.
The most common house calls plumbers in Vista, CA take are for the following:
- Leaky pipes – These can create massive amounts of damage around the house, but most homeowners do not really want to get into those tight spaces where the pipes are so they always seek the aid of local plumbers.
- Dripping faucets – These are easy enough to fix, but most folks do not really have an organized system of remedying the situation and would prefer not to deal with the mess and extra wetness that may ensue.
- Clogged toilets – These are nasty problems and no homeowner really wants to deal with these directly.
- Running toilets – These waste a lot of water and require the technical knowledge and skills of the pros. Repair has to be carried out in a systematic way and it’s always smartest to have the experts perform the task.
- Clogged drains – Ones that cannot be remedied by all sorts of powerful drain liquids and are already flooding up certain parts of the house need special equipment and even repair skills of highly experienced plumbers.
- Low water pressure – The root cause of this can only be determined and solved by real plumbers.
- Ineffective water heaters – These are such an inconvenience for homes. The problem is that most homeowners usually have limited knowledge about the complete functionality of these implements. Plumbers are called in to determine the reason why a heater doesn’t heat up as expected – and usually, it’s because it is not big enough for the needs of the household. Plumbers can then help improve the functionality of the current system and provide sound advice on usage if homeowners do not want to replace the system with a new one.
- Installation of new plumbing implements – This job is completed much faster with the services of plumbers. In an hour (or even less), everything from heaters, to new faucets, to additional pipes can be in complete working order.
So, if your home has any of these problems, don’t hesitate to call the Vista plumbers at 1-800-anytyme right away; they’ll take care of it easily so you will be inconvenienced no more.
Driveway Leaking Water? Call an Emergency Plumber ASAP!
Water service lines can suddenly leak due to a wide variety of factors. These include age, change in temperature, the type of pipe material used, shifting of the ground, soil conditions and even the growth of the roots of a tree.
If a water service line suddenly leaks, who will be responsible for the repair?
If the leak occurs between the house and the property line, it’s the responsibility of the homeowner. That will include leaks occurring in the driveways. Beyond that, it’s the responsibility of the water utility company.
If your driveway leaking water is causing concern, get an inspection from a reputable San Diego Plumber.
You have to ensure that the problem is immediately addressed by qualified professionals, including an emergency plumber. Otherwise, the longer you wait makes for more water waste. But apart from that, you will also have to set aside enough money for the repaving of your driveway or even the reseeding of your lawn if you wait too long to address the issue.
The key thing to remember about plumbing emergencies, including leaking water lines buried beneath driveways, is that time is of the essence and prompt action is a must.
The first thing that you need to determine is whether you actually have a leak or you have a different problem. For this, you need to locate your external meter which is commonly found in gardens and driveways. After locating the water meter, ask everyone in the household to stop using water. Also, make sure that appliances that use water are shut off, including dishwashers and washing machines.
Locate and turn off the inside stop valve. This is commonly found beneath the kitchen sink. Now, turn on the faucet in the kitchen sink. If your stop valve is working properly, no water should come out.
Next, make one more check inside and outside your home, making sure that nobody is using water. Afterwards, make an initial reading of the water meter and then come back after half an hour for another reading. If you notice that the meter has changed, you have a leak on your property.
Next, you need to call in a Master Plumber in San Diego to pinpoint the actual location of the leak in your driveway. There are some firms that specialize in this specific service while there are other plumbers that can perform all the services you need to remedy your problem, from locating the source of the leak to digging beneath the driveway and patching up or replacing the leaking pipe.
Home Remedies for Slow-Drains from a San Diego Plumbing Service
Plumbing problems around the home never just happen instantaneously. They usually occur over time due to neglect or, in most cases, a lack of knowledge on how to maintain the system. One of the more frustrating problems you might encounter is the clogged drain. Home remedies for slow drains are likely solved with household supplies you have lying around.
A clogged drain, especially in a bathtub, is a pain in the neck. It will force you to move at a slow pace when you’re getting ready for work in the morning — about as slow as the water takes its sweet time to drain out of the tub. The snail’s pace drain happens because dirt and other elements, like hair, have accumulated, giving water insufficient amount of space to clear down.
Drain clearing, San Diego plumbing services point out, can be easy. As long as you resolve the problem early on, there is no need to worry about the cost of getting your plumbing checked and/or repaired. Older homes, on the other hand, may need the skills and experience of a plumbing service when it comes to clogged drains; older houses tend to have greater build up in pipes, and special tools may be required to clear the system.
On your own, and where simple slow-draining tubs are concerned, the following home remedies may work:
Clear Away Debris
One of the most simple home remedies for slow drains is to just get in and see what is clogging your tub’s drain. You can usually pull out clumps of hair without using any special tool. But use gloves if you’re not too crazy about pulling out slimy hair.
You should have one in your bathroom because it is pretty handy, and it doesn’t cost a lot for what it can do. Just put the plunger over the drain, and pump around 10 times. When you hear pressure being released, this indicates that air is passing through the pipe and your drains should be OK.
The Baking Soda and Vinegar Solution
One of the oldest home remedies for slow drains is baking soda and white vinegar contain individual chemicals that produce carbon dioxide gas. This can scrub anything it touches, like clogged drains. Pour half a cup of baking soda, followed by a cup of white vinegar, down your bathtub drain. Allow five minutes for the foam to loosen the blockage. Turn your hot water on and let it run for 30 seconds. Test your tub if the water starts draining better.
You can also use a plunger for added pressure, which should clear the blockage.
Commercial Drain Cleaners
Another option is to buy drain cleaners. But find one that doesn’t contain too many harsh chemicals. For stubborn bathtub drains, call professional plumbing services in San Diego. Don’t wait for the slow pace to manifest in different plumbing issues around your home. And get your slow drains fixed today.
A Brief Overview of Drain Cleaning in San Diego
Clogged drains are one of the more common plumbing problems encountered by households in San Diego and are caused by a variety of reasons.
The accumulation of grease, soap and other materials can cause blockages in kitchen drains while hair and soap buildup in the trap and drainpipe can result in blockages in showers and tubs. In bathroom sinks, clogging is often caused by the accumulation of hair, soap and toothpaste. Toilet drains become clogged due to toilet paper. Floor drains in laundry areas, garages and basements are clogged due to the accumulation of debris.
But how do you know that your drain is clogged and you need to call in professionals who clean drains
For the un-clogging of your home’s sewer drain, one sure sign that you have a problem is when two or more fixtures back up at the same time. For example, if you flush the toilet and water backs up to another fixture, like the shower, it is highly possible that your sewer drain is clogged. Other signs to watch out for are odors coming from the drains and water spots, especially in the basement.
Drain cleaning in San Diego
Drain cleaning is often classified as a plumbing emergency because clogged drains can be one big hassle that needs immediate attention. Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent this problem.
For example, you can slow down the accumulation of grease and debris in kitchen drains by regularly throwing away the garbage, food debris and grease. It would also be beneficial to use screens and drain gates to minimize the accumulation of hair and soap in drains found in the bathroom and the kitchen. Running hot water through the sink will also help prevent the buildup of grease in drains.
When the blockage is confined to one area, homeowners can easily solve the problem. However, when multiple drains are affected, that means that you have a problem with the main drain and you need to call in professionals to help you resolve the problem.
Also, if you live in an old home which probably used fired clay for the sewer lines, you might want to consult a plumber. Due to the properties of the material and their age, fired clay can become susceptible to tree roots. Plumbers can help clear the drain and assess whether your old drainage system will still hold up or if you are better off upgrading.
Also, take note that that your responsibility to clean and maintain the sewer line begins with its connection point to the main sewer system of the city.
How to do a Trenchless Sewer Repair
The charm of a house depends largely on how it is maintained. The older the house, pricier the sewer repairs. Things like sewer lines face severe damages over the years and traditional methods can often be very disruptive, spoiling the entire landscape of your house. But it is possible to do a trenchless sewer repair. How? Check it out.
How is your sewer system affected?
Accidents and gradual damage of the sewer system is common, but the most problematic ones are caused by nature. The intrusion of roots into the pipeline can badly damage the sewer system. Most pipes are made of clay, iron or a substance made from pitch and wood fibres. The damage in these pipes is uncontrollable. Trenchless methods for your home An older establishment needs special attention and trenchless methods are obviously the best methods available. But often new houses are connected to older pipes and plumbing system. According to experts the longevity of sewers depends on a number of factors, but if its age is more than 40 years, you might consider its replacement.
Trenchless methods came in vogue 10 to 15 years ago, but often we do not do enough research. There are two kinds of trenchless sewer repair systems available in the market:
. If you are looking to install a pipe liner a flexible tube is coated with resin and is pulled or blown in the pipe which is damaged and then it is inflated. The resin eventually hardens, creating a pipe within the damaged pipe. In the pipe bursting system, a new pipe is pulled through the damaged pipe, which helps the damaged pipe to be cracked outwards. In this method, you need to dig up access holes on each side of the lateral. Both the methods are equally effective and may come with warranties for about 10 to 15 years.
Advantages of trenchless methods
If you make a comparison between the trenchless methods and the traditional ones, you will find that trenchless method can save up a lot of money. Often experts will tell you that the cost of the trenches may vary depending on a number of factors like soil type, material prices and the depth of the sewer. Before you start the process, you should ask the contractors about the potential expenses and an approximate estimation. There are actually quite a few other advantages of trenchless methods. The whole process is complete within a day or even less than a day. Your normal life will be minimally disrupted. This method ensures that your landscaping remains intact and the lawn is less hampered. Most repair methods conform to industry standards and will last you quite long. Most experts use a variety of techniques to repair the sewer pipes. If you picture the expenses, energy and inconvenience
Have the Best 24-hour Plumber in San Diego on Speed Dial for Emergencies
There’s nothing worse than coming home after a long day at work, or waking up in the middle of the night, to find a plumbing problem in your home — one that you certainly cannot resolve on your own, regardless of your efforts (or your spouse’s). With your usual routine disrupted, that plumbing problem has now thrown a wrench into the rest of your plans and tasks for the day — and that can definitely ruin the entire household’s activities as well.
It could be something minor — or something that appears like a minor issue to your untrained eye — like a bathroom sink that refuses to drain water, or a small leak from your shower head or faucet. Or it could be something that is more alarming, like the drain in the floor of your shower area pushing up water whenever you flush the toilet. Worse, it could be a dilemma of epic proportions, such as a flooded basement or a burst pipe that is threatening to soak everything in the room, and looks about ready to flood the rest of the house as well.
In such instances, it helps to have the number of a reputable 24-hour plumber handy — preferably on speed dial — so that you can get the best available help right away and be done with this plumbing issue once and for all.
Giving you peace of mind during emergencies
It may be simple to get hold of plumbing specialists in your area during regular business hours, but this may cause you to assume that you can ring up these companies at any time of day, when a major plumbing problem comes up. Keep in mind that not all companies may provide 24-hour services. So once you do find a company that is happy to show up at your doorstep even during odd hours, it’s best to have their contact information easily accessible in the house so you can know exactly where to turn to for help in such crucial times.
A team of specialist plumbers that offers 24-hour support will always have licensed, fully trained and highly experienced individuals ready to answer your call and arrive promptly with the right tools for your specific situation’s requirements.
These professionals will understand how important it is that the plumbing issue is resolved as quickly as possible. You may be facing serious damage to your home from prolonged exposure to water and moisture. Maybe your family is at risk of being exposed to diseases because of the harmful substances in sewage that found its way inside your house. Perhaps you have guests coming over, or a party is scheduled to take place later on that same day, or the family is supposed to be going on an extended vacation and the plumbing problem sprang out all of a sudden.
Each emergency case will be treated as a top priority assignment so that the broken or damaged components can be replaced or repaired, systems can operate as good as new, and the client’s lives can resume as soon and as peacefully as possible.
It’s also important to select a proven reliable plumbing company with 24-hour services as such seasoned professionals will have excellent customer service down pat. They would be accustomed to treating clients and their properties with respect, and they would be checked and tested for drugs to assure customers that they are completely professional and fit to perform the plumbing work. Your home will be left clean after the job as they will have the proper equipment like floor savers and boot covers to avoid tracking dirt and messes across the house. The goal is to fix your plumbing problems and leave a clean work area behind at the same time.