Saddleback Plumbing Heating & Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

What Causes Water Leaks in Your House

Monday, April 18th, 2022
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Water leaks are an insidious problem in homes throughout the country. Many residential plumbing systems have leaking pipes that stay hidden for weeks, months, even years, slowly causing building damage and wasting immense amounts of water. We recommend our customers schedule occasional leak detection for their homes to find out if they have hidden leaks. Once we’ve located the problem, we can easily use plumbing repairs in Orange County to solve the problem. 

But how do these leaks start in the first place? There is no single cause of hidden pipe leaks, which is why almost any home can run into this problem. We’ve listed several of the most common causes of a leaky home plumbing system. This knowledge can help you know what to watch out for and problems you can avoid.

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Why We Don’t Recommend Using Store-Bought Drain Cleaners

Monday, April 4th, 2022
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Nobody likes a clogged drain, and most homeowners want to solve these problems as soon as possible. There are ways to clean your drains, but one of the most popular (and harmful) methods is using a store-bought drain cleaner. We’ll tell you why we don’t recommend using these cleaners and suggest some safer alternatives in this post.

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A Late Holiday Gift to Yourself: Drain Cleaning!

Monday, December 27th, 2021
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Getting your drains cleaned is probably not on your holiday wish list, but making a New Year’s resolution to get routine drain cleaning is a great way to say, “out with the old!”

Drain cleaning isn’t only for clogged drains—it’s an essential preventive measure to keep them from clogging in the first place. And if you’ve had holiday parties and family visiting from out of town, your plumbing had to work harder over the holidays and may have more accumulation of food and paper products than usual. That accumulation can cause slow drains that lead to clogs, odors, backups, or costly repairs.

You may be tempted to tackle slow sinks and clogs yourself by pouring chemical drain openers down the drain, but here are the cold hard facts: they rarely work. They leave most of the clog behind and can damage your pipes. And they’re extremely toxic. You can do better!

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How Long Can You Expect Your Home’s Pipes to Last?

Monday, December 13th, 2021
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The age of your home is a good way to tell if you have pipe material that is out of date. The plumbing in Orange County is generally younger than you would find in, say, New England, where many people live in homes originally built in the early 20th century or even the late 19th. We don’t have homes of that vintage in the OC, but there are many houses old enough to have plumbing made from outdated material. The older the pipes, the more repairs they will likely need and the higher chance your house will benefit from whole-house repiping.

To get to the specifics in the title, how long you can expect your pipes to last depends on the pipe material. We’ll go over the most common ones and which you can expect to have in your house based on the building’s age:

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How Small Plumbing Troubles Can Warn of Big Ones

Monday, October 18th, 2021
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How would you define a “small” plumbing trouble? Probably something that’s a nuisance but which isn’t interfering with your regular day. It’s something you can have fixed … but not now, maybe later when you have time for it. 

We want to caution you against doing this. Any small plumbing trouble could be only the surface effect of a larger one. Or a small plumbing issue could eventually expand into a major fiasco. When you have a concern about your plumbing, no matter the size, always call a professional for plumbing in San Juan Capistrano, CA at your earliest convenience. Otherwise, you may have to make an emergency call when it’s extremely inconvenient. 

We’re going to explore some of the small plumbing issues that can mask or lead to bigger ones.

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The Slow Drain—It’s Not Clogged, But Don’t Ignore It!

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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The drain clog is one of the most common plumbing woes people run into. Everybody has dealt with a clogged drain and some point. Plungers can sometimes fix them, but if that doesn’t work, the next step isn’t to use chemical drain cleaners but to call for professional drain cleaning services in Orange County, CA. (Drain cleaners can cause damage to plumbing and leave behind most of the clog, making it likely to come back again.)

But what about the drain that isn’t clogged, it’s just gotten … a bit sluggish about draining out water? The slow drain is a plumbing problem that a surprising amount of people ignore. They may try a plunger,  but if that doesn’t clear the drain, they’ll try to work around it and hope maybe it’ll get better.

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Does Your Water Main Need Repairs? These Signs Can Tell You

Monday, September 6th, 2021
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Without a water main, you don’t have a working plumbing system. Plumbing requires water, after all. If the water main to your house becomes damaged because of age, corrosion, tree roots, earthquakes, construction, or clogs, you may soon have no freshwater in your house at all. Not a good time!

Handling repairs for a home’s water main is a major job for your plumbing in Irvine, CA, but you can relax when you know you’ve got a team like the one at Saddleback ready to help you. We offer fast and effective repair service for water mains and sewer lines. To help you know when to call us for assistance, look over this list of signs of a water main in jeopardy.

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Making Bathroom Plumbing Replacements During a Remodel

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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Everybody is looking to make some changes this year, to get a fresh start or some new energy into their lives after a not-all-that-great previous year. Doing some home remodeling is a great way to make a change to your house, and the bathroom is one of the best places to remodel. It may not be as flashy a remodel as a kitchen, but it contributes greatly to your personal comfort. 

If you are considering a bathroom remodel this year, something to focus on is making important plumbing replacements. The bathroom has more plumbing in it—from pipes to drains to fixtures—than any other room in the house. A remodel is more than new countertops and cabinets and storage; you’ll have some choices to make about plumbing replacements.

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How a Video Pipe Inspection Can Help Your Home Plumbing

Monday, January 25th, 2021
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The tools used for plumbing work have changed dramatically over the last few decades. One of the big leaps forward came about because of miniaturization, digital, and fiber-optic technology. Where once it was impossible to see inside the pipes of a house, tools such as video pipe inspection equipment allowed for technicians to get a close-up view of water mains, sewer lines, and other pipes.

Video pipe inspection can help with many jobs in residential plumbing. We’ll explain why this piece of equipment can make a difference in the service we offer for your home.

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I Have Hot Water in My Home—But Not in the Shower!

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
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Waking up to a cold shower in the morning: that’s one of the day-to-day nightmares we’re all afraid of. And even during a mild Southern California winter, the idea of having to get through the morning after you face a surprise cold shower, or even a lukewarm one, is a pretty unpleasant one.

Usually, when people think of their shower losing its hot water, they connect it with a loss of hot water to the entire house. If you have a shower that isn’t warming up or won’t warm up at all, you’ll probably first make the assumption that something has gone wrong with the household water heater. Often, this is the problem and you’ll need to call technicians to fix it. 

But what if only one shower has lost hot water? If you find that you’re still getting enough hot water at other taps, what has happened to the shower?

There are several possibilities, and you’ll probably need to call for professional plumbing in Irvine, CA, not to fix the water heater but to fix the shower’s plumbing.

The Broken/Worn Down Mixing Valve

What’s most likely happening is a problem with the shower’s mixing valve. The mixing valve is a control valve that creates the balance in the flow of water from the hot water line and the cold water line and blends the two together for your desired shower temperature. This valve can wear down over time or even break, and no fiddling around with the shower handles will be able to provide the right hot-cold mix.

You can’t see the mixing valve because it’s set behind the shower wall among the pipes, and we don’t recommend you try to access it by dismantling the faucet handle or anything else that requires you to take out wrenches and other tools. This repair requires professionals, who may need to replace the entire mixing valve. 

Failed Anti-Scald Device

You may have a device inside installed into your showerhead designed to prevent a surge of extremely hot water from creating a scalding hazard. This anti-scald device, also called a “hot limit stop” or “rotational limit stop,” is found in many modern faucets, and if it is set too high or it breaks, it may prevent almost any hot water from coming through the showerhead. The showerhead will need to be dismantled to fix or reset it. We recommend calling a plumbing technician to do this, since making an error with this device can create a scalding hazard, and not all showerheads come with this device.

There are a few other, less common possibilities, such as a broken cartridge in a point-of-use filtration system or cross-connected pipes. It’s best not to guess at what could be wrong, however. If you want your hot shower back as fast as possible, the quickest route is to call us and schedule plumbing service. Going DIY with your plumbing in general, and any plumbing connected to your hot water supply specifically, is a bad idea!

Saddleback Plumbing Heating & Air has served Orange County since 1981. Schedule plumbing service with our technicians today.

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