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Is hiring a plumber for a home project worth it?

Posted by: Katherine Harvey

DIY Plumbing Projects That Are Best Left To Professional Plumbers

 

San Diego PlumberIn a day where everyone thinks they can do it themselves, there are some jobs that still require a professional plumber. The internet and DIY television shows have created a generation of men and women who believe that with the proper instructions they can do anything. It’s only when they are in over their head that they realize the mistake they’ve made by going it alone. Let us save you the effort. The following jobs are best left to a real plumber.

Any job that requires a permit also requires a plumber. Kitchen or bathroom remodeling jobs, home additions or moving existing plumbing all require a permit and professional help. A plumber will be able to perform these jobs and will know how and when to pull a permit. Also, a plumber will be able to do the job to code so it will pass all inspections.

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Why is it taking so long for the water in my home to heat up?

Posted by: Katherine Harvey

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Maintenance

 

San Diego Water HeaterA large majority of homes depend on their water heater for the proper functioning of their household. Doing basic tasks such as: washing dishes, showering, staying warm within the house, can be extremely difficult during the absence of a water heater, especially for homeowners that go through extensive periods of snow. With that said, it pays to be aware of some warning sings that may signal the need for some maintenance. This is an overview of 3 of the most common ones.

Leaking pipes are one of the most common signs that your heater needs some maintenance. No matter what kind of metal was used to create the pipes within the heater, overtime it will begin to corrode from the inside out. Plastic pipes on the other hand, usually leaks whenever there’s a slight change in the connection’s size over time or the gradual loss of glue holding the pipes together, due to normal wear and tear.

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Winter Blues: Fixing Leaky and Frozen Pipes in San Diego

Posted by: Katherine Harvey

Leaky pipes can cause damage any time of year, but they’re especially troublesome in winter when cold temperatures cause the accumulated water to freeze and create additional damage. If you notice a leaky pipe in your San Diego home, it’s essential that you get it fixed before the pipe freezes or bursts.

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When Your Main Water Line Breaks

Posted by: Katherine Harvey

As with all homeowners, residents of the northern San Diego area understand the importance of having constant access to usable water for everything from showers and baths to dishwashing and keeping plants alive. Nothing is more frustrating than having a leak or crack in the piping system of your Bonsall property, causing time-wasting errors and resulting in expensive repair–unless the break occurs at your main water line, connecting your entire plumbing system to that of the street.

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When Is Hydro Jetting Necessary?

Posted by: Katherine Harvey

Homeowners, after a period of time, understand the annoyance of experiencing a drain obstruction. Some are pretty easy to fix–a clogged toilet or shower drain–others, not so much. The deeper the clog develops, the more impossible it is to reach, and when the clog occurs in your sewer system or deep within your home’s plumbing, a plumbing specialist or professional equipment (including video inspection) may be required.

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What to Do When Your Toilet Cracks

Posted by: Katherine Harvey

Many San Diego and southern California residents can sympathize with the troubles a cracking toilet can potentially cause. The problem starts off small but, if left unrepaired, eventually turns into a plumbing nightmare. Nothing is more frustrating than an unusable toilet.

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When Is It Time to Replace Your Toilet?

Posted by: Katherine Harvey

Residents of San Diego and the surrounding areas are well acquainted, as most people are, with how frustrating a sudden bathroom emergency can be. When your toilet clogs and/or overflows, the resulting mess can take hours to clean up. Of course, the crisis usually occurs at the most inopportune time (when you least expect it), and you’re left to fix the problem or quickly find a plumbing specialist to perform the repairs you can’t. Even more dire is the necessity to replace the entire toilet unit. How do you know when your toilet is in its final stages and requires a replacement?

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How to Tell If You Have a Slab Leak

Posted by: Katherine Harvey

Anyone who’s experienced a slab leak can tell you about the extensive damage, as well as the huge headache and expense to repair it, that can result. Pinpointing the exact location of a slab leak is tricky since it usually originates in the piping within the concrete slab upon which a house is built–inaccessible without the proper equipment and out of normal sight to the residents. Once the leak is found, the proper method of repairing it usually requires breaking through the actual concrete slab to reach the damaged piping, which is a huge effort and costly repair to inexperienced homeowners without the help of a professional plumbing specialist.

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What to Do Before Your Sewer Backs Up

Posted by: Katherine Harvey

Most homeowners with a sewer system realize that the biggest nightmare of all is the system backing up and overflowing. Of course, the disaster usually happens at the worst, most inconvenient time. Although not all emergencies can be 100% prevented, especially where natural causes (tree roots, severe rainstorms, flooding) are concerned, there are measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of your responsibility in case your sewer backs up.

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Signs Your Drainage System Needs Serious Repair

Posted by: Katherine Harvey

Homeowners can empathize with anyone who is dealing with constantly clogged drains. Old plumbing that needs replacing can often be a reason, but a residence’s drainage system can be so complex it’s hard to tell–it encompasses every piece of piping from the shower or bathroom and kitchen sink drains to the sewer lines outside the home. Although diagnosing a serious problem with your drainage system could be tricky, there are several ways to determine whether or not you might need the assistance of a plumbing professional to fix it.

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Reasons Your Water Heater Isn’t Heating

Posted by: Katherine Harvey

Family members sometimes forget the importance of the home’s comfort equipment until something goes wrong and the convenience it provides disappears. Nothing is more obviously missed from a home than hot water; we use it for everything from washing dishes to doing laundry, from taking showers to cooking. So, when your water heater stops delivering that hot water, it’s no surprise that you scramble to figure out what on your unit is breaking down. Water heaters are comprised of many parts, any of which can break at a moment’s notice and leave you inconvenienced. When the hot water stops flowing, there are some do-it-yourself checks you can perform, until the time you require the help of a professional plumbing specialist.

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The Most Economical Toilet Flushing Systems

Posted by: Katherine Harvey

Residents of Riverside and the surrounding areas, like most people, are seeking ways to be less wasteful and more cost-effective in their home improvements. Many individuals are now looking into the possibility of installing high-efficiency toilets that prevent clogging and save water, all while doing the same amount of work as a generic toilet. How do these flushing systems work–and are they really more economical than the run-of-the-mill brands?

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The Advantages of Different Plumbing Materials

Posted by: Katherine Harvey

As residents of northern San Diego and the surrounding areas, you realize how important the piping system of your house is when it’s not functioning properly. Corroded or broken piping can cause widespread, expensive damage to repair–or replace. The materials that make up your pipes are just as important as their function. The safety to your family and longevity of your piping depend on which kind you choose to install in your home.

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How to Keep Your Toilet from Sweating

Posted by: Katherine Harvey

Residents of San Diego and its surrounding towns are no stranger to plumbing issues, whether large or small. A common problem is that of a “sweating” toilet, which can do major damage to your bathroom flooring–no matter what the material. Left unchecked, it can ruin your floor and rot the area beneath. Here’s how to stop it.

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What to Do When Your Toilet Overflows

Posted by: Katherine Harvey

Residents of northern San Diego and the surrounding areas know the household panic that ensues when a member of the family flushes a toilet and it promptly overflows. Depending on what occurred before the overflow took place, a fix to the problem should be fairly simple without having to call a plumbing specialist.

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