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

“Where Is the Water Going?” Reasons for Those High Bills

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Nobody wants to waste water, because it shows up as high water bills. But it’s easy to slip into patterns of water use that are wasteful, such as luxuriating too long in the shower, or leaving the water in the sink running as you do some other cooking task.

But when you see water bills that are abnormally high, and you feel certain you’re observing at least decent water-conserving measures, it can be concerning. If the rise in cost isn’t because of a general rise in water prices, you may have a problem that will require the help of plumbing professionals in San Juan Capistrano, CA to fix. We’ll take a look at where the water waste is occurring, and where that water is going.

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Safe Drain Unclogging Methods to Try Before You Call a Professional

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020
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Is there any regular plumbing problem more irritating than a clogged drain? True, there are plenty of worse plumbing problems you can think of (or don’t want to think of), but the drain clog is a nuisance everybody has encountered at some point, and they happen too often for most of us. There are ways you can prevent drain clogs with tools like drain strainers and regular professional drain cleaning services—but today we’re going to talk about what you can do when you’ve got a drain clog.

Calling our plumbing technicians is a sure way to see that you have any clog removed. In some situations, the clog may be a deeper issue down in the sewer line, and this absolutely calls for experts who know their plumbing in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. But we know you’d like to exhaust all the safe unclogging methods you have at home first before you call, so we’re going to go through the steps.

(And we want to emphasize safe—because there are methods you might try that can seriously damage your plumbing or you!)

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High Water Pressure in Your Home Is Bad for the Plumbing

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
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You probably know that low water pressure is a problem in your home’s plumbing. It’s hard to shower, difficult to clean, and generally an annoyance.

But water pressure can also be too high. The water pressure in a plumbing system should be between 45 and 55 psi (pounds per square inch). If the pressure rises above 60 psi, it can create problems for the plumbing, including damage to the pipes. In most cases of high water pressure, a professional must analyze the problem and find a solution.

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Why You’re Seeing Black Specks in Your Water

Monday, February 24th, 2020
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The water that comes from your taps is supposed to be clear. As crystal clear as possible. Although you may still have unseen contaminants inside clear water (which is why recommend scheduling regular water testing every few years), when the water turns muddy, discolored, or cloudy, you’ll know there’s something wrong.

A common visual issue you may see in your water is black specks. What causes this, and is it a reason to call a plumber in Newport Beach, CA to fix it? We’ll answer these questions below.

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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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