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Examining the Dangers of Flushable Wipes

Advertisements for new “flushable” wipes promise to leave you feeling clean and confident after using the restroom. However, what is often not advertised is the promise that you’ll likely have to call your Sacramento-area plumber for drain clearing or sewer repair. Despite being called “flushable,” these wipes may actually cause serious sewer and plumbing issues.

What Happens After The Flush?

Plumbing related issues with flushable wipes stem from how effectively they breakdown in water. Toilet paper is designed to stay strong while being used, but quickly break down when soaked in water. This makes toilet paper safe for flushing because it travels through your home’s plumbing and municipal sewer systems as small particles instead of large clumps.

However, flushable wipes don’t break down as easily in plumbing and sewer systems because they are plastic-based and designed to maintain their strength when soaked in pre-packaged liquids. This results in clogged drains, backups, and, in some cases, the need for emergency plumbing service.

The Financial Impact of Flushable Wipes

Some parts of the country have reported an increase in severe sewer and plumbing clogs since flushable wipes have become more popular. Fox News reports that many community sanitation commissions have spent hundreds of thousands, in some cases millions, of dollars in sewer repair and drain cleaning that can be correlated to the increase in flushable wipe use.

Other Non-Drain Friendly Products

Flushable wipes aren’t the only unsafe items clogging Sacramento-area sewers. Other items that often lead to clogged toilets and drains include paper towels, baby wipes, grease, tougher food waste, plastic, and hygiene products. To minimize your need to call an emergency plumber, always err on the side of caution and only flush toilet paper when you use the restroom.

If you’re struggling with a clogged drain at your home or business, contact Ace Plumbing. Our Sacramento area plumbers have 40 years of experience providing high-quality residential and commercial plumbing services including sewer and drain clearing, air conditioning repair, water heater installation and repair, and more. Call (916) 455-4548 to schedule an appointment or for emergency plumbing services.

A Look at Some Common Toilet Repair Problems

For your restroom and home to feel functional, efficient, and comfortable, a properly functioning toilet is essential. While some basic toilet repairs and adjustments can be done by the homeowner, others might require the expertise of a professional plumber. Here’s a look at some common toilet repair problems and what you have to do to address them.

Phantom Flushes

Is there a ghost using your bathroom? Probably not—if you’re hearing your toilet flush on its own or hearing water trickling into the toilet bowl, you probably have a leak resulting from a worn flapper or flapper seat. Tackling this problem might require draining your toilet tank and carefully dismantling the float mechanism and flapper. For this toilet repair project, it may be best to call a Sacramento plumber.

Leaking Seals

A leak inside the toilet bowl is a minor problem compared to leaks affecting the seals around the toilet tank or toilet base. These leaks will not only reduce flushing effectiveness, but can also contribute to mold buildup, rotting, and water damage in the area around your toilet. You may also detect the strong scent of sewage coming from the drain below the toilet base. Because these toilet repairs often require dismantling the toilet base and tank, calling your plumber is a definite next step.

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains every now and then are a reality of homeownership. In some cases, a plunger and a little bit of elbow grease may be all you need to clear your toilet drain. If you’re dealing with a particularly stubborn toilet clog, or if you’re experiencing chronic clogging, your plunger may not cut it. A professional plumber will be necessary to help diagnose the source of the clog and utilize more advanced drain cleaning techniques and tools to clear the clog.

Is your toilet in need of professional attention? Contact the Sacramento plumbing service with over 40 years of experience serving residential and commercial customers throughout the area— Ace Plumbing. Call us at (916) 455-4548 for toilet repair services or emergency plumbing repairs.

Steps to Take During a Commercial Plumbing Emergency

Plumbing emergencies can happen at any time of the day or night. When you’re faced with a Sacramento commercial plumbing emergency, here are steps you need to take to save time, money, and your business.

If possible, your first step should be calling your local commercial plumbing service. Describing what is happening to them can help them to begin to diagnose the issue over the phone. Your commercial plumber may also give you some specific advice on how to handle the issue until they’re able to arrive.

Second, shut off the water main. If you’re experiencing a burst pipe, overflowing toilet, or backed up drain, running water can actually exacerbate the problem. Try to minimize damage and buy more time for plumbing repairs to be made by preventing more water from pouring in.

Finally, document plumbing issues and damage carefully according to your insurer’s instructions to maximize your coverage. In commercial facilities, poorly maintained plumbing can lead to damaged merchandise or furniture, as well structural damage to the building itself.

In case of a commercial or residential plumbing emergency, keep Ace Plumbing’s phone number on hand. Our plumbing experts specialize in Sacramento emergency plumbing repairs for residential and commercial clients. Call (916) 455-4548 for 24/7 service.

Gas vs. Electric Water Heaters

If you require hot water heater repair or replacement in Sacramento, your plumber might ask you to consider switching to a gas or electric heater. Your choice will depend on a variety of factors unique to your home and family.

When you watch this video, you’ll learn how to evaluate a water heater for installation. If you’re considering electric, you’ll need to take the voltage into account, as well as the grade of wiring required. A gas heater, on the other hand, needs to vent excess gas through a pipe or chimney.

If you need help switching your water heater, call (916) 455-4548 to reach an expert plumber. Ace Plumbing can provide repair or replacement for gas, electric, or even tankless heaters, and we can provide emergency plumbers 24 hours a day.

Preserve Your Landscaping with Trenchless Sewer Repair

Your sewer line is incredibly durable, and will most likely outlast your roof and other structures. Durability, however, is no indestructability. Things can happen that may necessitate a repair or replacement of your sewer pipes. If you are facing sewer pipe repair or replacement, you have a few options. Your best option will probably be trenchless sewer repair.

How trenchless sewer repair works

In conventional sewer repair, heavy equipment is used to dig up all of the earth above a problematic pipe. The pipe is pulled out of the trench and a new pipe is laid. Trenchless sewer repair typically involves digging a relatively small hole at each end of the broken pipe. A cable is sent through the old pipe from one hole to the other so that a new pipe can be dragged through, bursting the old pipe outward in the process. In some cases, a pipe re-lining, which involves a small hole at only one end, may be a good option.

Why you should choose trenchless repair

Trenchless pipe repair has a couple of key advantages over conventional pipe repair. First of all, it costs far less. The bigger advantage, however, may be that it keeps your yard intact. A conventional sewer repair will often destroy a garden or driveway, with massive trenches being dug, concrete being broken up, and heavy machinery rolling over everything. Add to this the cost of putting things back in order again, and you can see why the relatively small holes needed for trenchless sewer repair don’t sound bad at all. If you needed another reason to go with trenchless sewer repair, consider that it’s also endorsed by the EPA.

If you live in Sacramento and need trenchless sewer repair, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548. Visit our website and learn and how we can repair your sewer line without destroying your yard or your bank account.

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