A Homeowner’s Guide to Flushing a Water Heater

September 20, 2021

Being a homeowner includes many maintenance responsibilities. One of these is flushing your water heater. This removes sediment buildup inside the tank. Not only will it help to extend the life of your water heater, but it can also ensure that it operates more efficiently. Turn Everything Off You’ll want to start by locating the cold water valve near the top of your water heater. The valve handle will likely be blue to help differentiate it from the hot, red valve. Turning off this valve will prevent any water from entering your equipment during the flushing process. Next, you’ll need...

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Why Are My Plumbing Pipes Making Noises?

August 3, 2021

Noisy plumbing pipes are not only a daily annoyance, but they’re often indicative of a serious plumbing problem. Concerns over pipe noise should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent any present issues from becoming worse. Here are some reasons your plumbing pipes are causing such a ruckus. Water Pressure When there’s a problem with the water pressure, you’ll most likely hear a banging sound coming from your pipes. If there are issues in the water line, air can become trapped in your pipes, affecting the flow of water. If this is the case, you’ll probably notice the noise...

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How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency

July 26, 2021

When your home has a plumbing emergency, it’s important to stay calm so that you can effectively deal with it. Not every plumbing emergency will result in damage to your home, but some can cause extensive damage if not handled promptly and correctly. Assess the Situation First, see if you can identify the problem. If you can tell how severe the emergency is, it will help in taking care of it. Gather information so that you can explain what’s happening to a plumbing company. Cut the Water Supply If the problem is localized, turn off the valve. There’s one behind...

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City Water and Well Water

July 12, 2021

City Water You’ve probably heard the fable about the town mouse and the county mouse – this blog could be called the town water and the country water. In cities, and in towns for that matter, we get what is referred to as “city” water through our local municipalities. Folks in the more suburban, rural or country settings may be using well water. For example, most of Ramona’s households are served by the Ramona Municipal Water District, yet it is estimated that roughly 1,000 homes in and around Ramona rely on their own wells. Pros and Cons of City Water...

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How Often Should Plumbing Be Updated?

June 28, 2021

Replacing the pipelines in your household is by no means a day or weekend project. It entails a lot of planning, preparation, money, time, and experience to safely and correctly update your plumbing. But before you go through all that trouble, do you really need to repipe your home? Here are four signs that say ‘yes.’ 1. Pipes Nearing the End of Their Lifespan If the supply or faucet pipes of your household were installed in the 1950s, they may be close to the end of their life expectancy. Old pipes can be unsafe as they can leak or snap....

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How To Hide Laundry Room Plumbing

May 13, 2021

When you’re upgrading your Ramona, CA, home, a laundry room is an excellent addition. One common issue is how to hide the plumbing required for an efficient laundry room. Here are three ways you can hide the plumbing without sacrificing storage space or functionality. 1. Hang a Curtain A simple, no-frills, and fast way to hide unsightly plumbing in the laundry room is to hang a curtain. The curtain rod can be mounted on the ceiling or wall. If your laundry room is small, use an adjustable shower curtain rod to fit the space. Also, you won’t have to drill...

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How to Save on Your Water Bill

April 5, 2021

If you are trying to reduce your monthly bills, you might consider analyzing your home’s water usage. If you live in the Ramona area, you understand how water bills can skyrocket if you are not cautious about your home’s water usage. Small savings on your monthly water bill can eventually add up to significant savings annually. Consider these water-saving tips to lower your water bills. Inspect Your Appliances and Fixtures One of the most effective ways to save on your water bills is to look out for drips and leaks in your appliances like dishwashers, washers, or water heaters. Leaks...

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How to Drain a Hot Water Heater

March 17, 2021

You rely on the water heater in your Ramona, CA, home for comfortable showers, convenient hand washing, laundry, and more. In order for your water heater to work as intended and have a long lifespan, it requires regular maintenance. An important part of that maintenance involves the occasional draining of the water heater’s storage tank. This is done to remove sediment. Follow these steps to drain your water heater’s storage tank. Turn Off the Water Turn off the power to the water heater. It should have a switch, or you can turn it off at the circuit breaker. For a...

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Can Too Much Rain Cause Plumbing Problems?

February 12, 2021

Heavy rain can cause many plumbing problems. The pipes in your home may get overloaded because of harsh weather, so it is essential to inspect your plumbing regularly and during a storm to make sure there isn’t a problem. Here are a few issues that heavy rain causes a home plumbing system. Broken Pipes When it rains, it can cause pipes to break because the ground can shift. The lines lay on soil and rocks that can move because of the saturated ground and then have added pressure that can cause them to burst. Signs of this are dirt in...

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Are Chemical Drain Cleaners Bad for Plumbing?

January 10, 2021

Chemical drain cleaners remain common products in grocery stores, but are they really appropriate solutions for clogged drains? Chemical drain cleaners may cause problems homeowners never expected, including some that could be quite dangerous. Harsh chemicals might also cause damage to plumbing systems. How Do Chemical Drain Cleaners Function? Obviously, the purpose of a chemical drain cleaner is to clear a drain. Anything clogging the pipes might end up dissolved by the corrosive agents in the fluid. However, “might” is the operative word because the clog might not even be dissolvable. Chemical drain cleaners usually work on organic material, but...

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