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

Know Where the Water Main Shut-Off Valve Is

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

plumbing-valves-and-tubesNobody wants to have a major plumbing emergency. At least you have a reliable plumber in the area who can help when you’ve got major trouble from the plumbing. Never hesitate to call us when you think you’ve got a plumbing emergency—if you wait, you’ll likely end up with a worse problem.

However, before you call us for help, there’s something essential to know in case of a plumbing mishap that’s threatening to flood your home. You must know where the water main shut-off valve for the house is and how to activate it. Share this knowledge with the other adults in the house so they also know how to stop the water flow into the house in case of emergency.

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Plumbing and Earthquakes: A Few Things to Know

Monday, August 26th, 2019

slab-leak-crack-in-foundationSouthern California recently experienced a number of powerful earthquakes, the most powerful in many years. Although we were fortunate to have experience minor damage here in Orange County, these quakes are an important reminder of how we need to be vigilant about earthquake safety and preparedness. There are many resources online to help you prepare your household for emergency situations from quakes. In this post, we want to talk specifically about earthquakes and your plumbing, since the plumbing system is one of the parts of a house most vulnerable to quake damage.

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The Myth of the “Small Leak” (No Such Thing!)

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Lpipe-copper-leakingeaks are what most people think of when they hear about “plumbing problems.” (Well, that and clogged drains.) Leaking faucets are wastes of water that often go without repairs for far too long. But the truly harmful leaks are pipe leaks that occur out of sight around a home, behind walls, in the ceilings, etc.

All pipe leaks need to have the professional attention of a plumber in Irvine, CA as soon as a homeowner starts to notice the signs of leaking—water spots on the walls, higher water bills, changes in water pressure, higher humidity indoors, mold and mildew growth. Because there is no such thing as a “small” leak that can be ignored. A leak may not be large and send out geysers of water that can be immediately seen, but it can still create significant damage.

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Water Savings Tips As We Head Into Spring

Monday, March 11th, 2019

faucet-drippingWater usage usually goes up for a household during the spring because of gardening—you’ll likely notice an uptick in your water bills for the first months of the season. However, if you’ve been dealing with higher water bills than normal, or you think your current bills could be lowered, you can take steps to save water.

Some of these tips are basic, common sense ones. Others will require you call a plumber in Irvine, CA for repairs, replacements, or new installations.

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THUMP! Water Hammer Is Hitting Your Plumbing!

Monday, February 25th, 2019

woman-shocked-by-loud-noiseWater hammer—it’s an intimidating name. But it’s appropriate, because the sound that water hammer makes in your plumbing can be quite intimidating. It’s the sound of a shockwave going through the pipes, an alarming thump! noise as if someone took a hammer to the piping. Water hammer has sometimes made people believe ghosts were behind the activity. The reality is much less spooky, but it’s something that requires attention from plumbers.

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Some Unusual Clogs That Can Affect Your Drains

Monday, January 28th, 2019

toilet-plumbing-concerned-womanDrain clogs are just about as common a problem as can affect the plumbing in a home. The usual culprits for clogged or slow drains are hair clogs, FOG (fats, oils, and grease), hard water minerals, soap scum, food, and more serious problems with the sewer line. If you can’t clear out a clog using a plunger or a basic hand-cranked drain snake, then it’s recommended you call for a plumber in San Juan Capistrano, CA who’s licensed and equipped to take care of the problem.

We have a long history with drain cleaning and unclogging, so we’ve seen many of the more … unusual things that can clog up drains. In this post, we’re going to look at some of these odder sources of blocked drains. Some may sound bizarre, but any of them could happen to you—and any of them we can fix.

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Saddleback Plumbing Wins the Angie’s List Super Service Award—Again!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

AngiesList-list-super-service-2018Everyone here at Saddleback Plumbing is proud to announce that we’ve again won the Angie’s List Super Service Award, this time for our work in 2018.

This award reflects our consistently high level of customer service. The Super Service Award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List during the year. According to Angie’s List founder Angie Hicks, “Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission. These pros have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”

To win the Super Service Award, a contractor must meet strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. Winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.

For over two decades, Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals.

Saddleback Plumbing has served Orange County since 1981. Rely on our award-winning customer service.

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How to Keep Your Plumbing in Top Condition

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Plumbing-MaintenancePlumbing systems are notoriously difficult to keep in good shape over the years. They have a multitude of different ways to develop problems, and when they do they tend to happen without you immediately noticing. You can take certain steps to make sure that your plumbing system stays in good condition, of course. You just need to make sure that you do it consistently. Follow our tips below to make sure that your plumbing system stays in good shape for as long as possible.

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Why You Should be Scheduling Preventive Plumbing Maintenance

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Plumbing-Maintenance-TechnicianPlumbing problems are not the sort of thing that you should just wait around to address. Most people won’t ignore a leak once it starts flooding their home, though. When we talk about waiting around, what we mean is that it’s not a good idea to wait for signs of a problem before you have it dealt with. The best way to have issues taken care of before they progress far enough to cause problems is to schedule preventive plumbing maintenance.

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Be Careful of These Plumbing Issues

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Corroded-Pipes Plumbing issues are really common in homes across the country. Ostensibly, your plumbing system should be one of the sturdiest parts of your home. Unfortunately, in many homes it tends not to be. Pipes are old, or made of the wrong material. Certain chemicals and elements in the soil or the water itself can cause the system to corrode. The best way to deal with these kinds of issues is to have a plumber inspect your system for you at least once every year or so. This will make it easier to find and resolve issues in the system before they have a chance to get any worse.

Even with maintenance, though, there’s still a chance for problems to crop up between appointments. That’s why you need to stay vigilant for any signs that your plumbing system is in trouble. The following are some of the more common plumbing issues that your system might run into, and their warning signs.

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