Saddleback Plumbing Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Orange County’

Professional Drain Cleaning vs. DIY Remedies

Monday, November 28th, 2022

Your drains are clogged or at least draining slowly. The shower fills up, your sink takes a while to go down, and it’s getting on your nerves. You may be tempted to run out and buy a bottle of the most recently-advertised drain cleaner you saw on TV, but is that really the best option?

To put it bluntly: NO. Drain cleaner isn’t the best option for actual drain cleaning. The solution looks attractive, but if you use a drain cleaner and call it a job well done, you don’t enjoy the benefits of professional drain cleaning in Orange County. Let’s explain.

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How Exactly Does Trenchless Pipe Replacement Work?

Monday, November 14th, 2022
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 Has your home needed sewer line repairs or have you been told your sewer lines are blocked or broken due to shifting soil, settling, or damaged pipes? Trenchless pipe replacement is one of the best tools plumbers have to repair or replace a sewer line. 

Although trenchless technology isn’t new, it’s becoming a popular option among homeowners who want a less invasive—and less expensive—method of sewer pipe repair and replacement.

Traditional methods of sewer repair are costly, and when you add to that the extra expense of fixing the landscaping it destroys in the process, trenchless pipe replacement makes a lot of sense for a lot of homeowners. 

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How Slab Leaks Get Started—And How to Find Them

Monday, October 17th, 2022
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If there are two words that have the most potential to strike fear in the hearts of California homeowners, it’s “slab leak.” Perhaps you know someone who’s had to deal with what can be an emotionally and financially draining home repair. 

Although slab leaks aren’t always preventable, as a proactive homeowner, knowing how slab leaks start—and how to find them—can help you catch them early. Read on to find out more about how slab leaks occur and, most importantly, how to detect them.

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Do I Really Need to Have a Sump Pump?

Monday, October 3rd, 2022
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If you know how sump pumps work, then you may have wondered if one would serve any useful purpose for your home. Sump pumps are usually installed in the basement of a house where they help to remove water in case of flooding. But you live in Southern California where 1) you don’t have a basement, and 2) major flooding is rarely an issue. 

So, do you need to install a sump pump?

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Why Am I Seeing Black Specks in My Home’s Water?

Monday, September 19th, 2022
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You turn on the faucet in your bathroom sink one morning and notice that there are black specks in the water collecting in the bowl. Or maybe you’ve seen these black specks inside a glass of water you just poured. Wherever you see these points of black, you know they shouldn’t be there. What’s happening, and what can you do about it?

This is a common problem, and there are several possible reasons for it. Our plumbers can help you diagnose what’s causing this and find the solution you need.

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What’s Clogging Your Drains?

Monday, July 11th, 2022
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Drain clogs are a household problem that knows no season. You can expect a clogged or slow drain to materialize at any time of the year. It’s part of life with a household plumbing system.

One of the reasons clogs are common is that they have multiple sources. Many different materials or objects can collect inside a drain and stop the flow of water. Below we’ll look at the ones you’re most likely to encounter.

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Electrical Failures in Your AC System

Monday, June 27th, 2022
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An air conditioning system is an electrical device. This probably isn’t news to you, because you know that your electrical bills rise during the summer as the air conditioner starts to put in more work. You may not realize just how much electricity an AC uses, however. It’s one of the highest consumers of electricity in most households, consuming 3,500 watts per hour on average. (For comparison, the air conditioner in “fan only” mode consumes 750 watts per hour). Only an electric water heater has a higher average electrical usage, and you may not even have one of those.

So you can understand why electrical failures in an air conditioning system are among the most common a unit can face. We’ll look at several of the electrical malfunctions from your AC that may lead to you calling us for air conditioning service in Orange County, CA in the future.

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Can a Ductless AC System Really Benefit My Home?

Monday, June 13th, 2022
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Ductless technology has become more popular with homes in the US over the last decade. You might be one of the many homeowners who has wondered if using a ductless mini split system to cool your home is a good idea. Making the change from a familiar central HVAC system that uses ducts can seem intimidating, but our technicians can help you with deciding about a ductless AC installation in Orange County.

So … is a ductless AC a good choice for your home? How can you benefit from one? 

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Corrosion vs. Your Water Heater: What You Need to Know

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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You can expect a service life from your gas-powered storage tank water heater (the most common type) of 12–15 years, possibly longer if you stay diligent with annual maintenance and always call for prompt repairs when anything goes wrong with the system. Electric tank water heaters can last for several years longer.

During the life of your water heater, corrosion is the biggest foe to watch for—the one that can bring your water heater’s service life to an end. Corrosion occurs when water meets metal in the presence of oxygen, so any water-using appliance made of metal is at risk of corrosion, particularly rust. 

Does corrosion on your water heater mean the end of the line for it? Can you have it repaired or is it time to call us for a new water heater installation in Orange County? We’ll address these questions below.

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What Will Intense Heat Do to an AC?

Monday, May 2nd, 2022
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We can expect another intense, hot summer ahead. The spring has already thrown a few 90+ days at us. This kind of heat may make you worry about whether your AC can stand up to it. After all, it’s a Southern Californian’s nightmare to have a home air conditioning system suddenly fail during one of the hottest days of the season.

The best weapon you have against AC failure during the coming heat is professional maintenance. We recommend calling us to schedule the service at your earliest convenience: spring is the ideal time to have the job done, and the summer is approaching fast. If you have this service, you can feel better about your AC’s performance for the season.

But we do want to address the issue of intense heat vs. an air conditioner and talk about what kind of effect heatwaves have on cooling systems. This can help you understand when you need to call us for air conditioning repair in Orange County

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