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Top Signs That Your Water Heater Needs Repair

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A water heater can cause expensive home damage if it breaks down. The water heater tank holds dozens of gallons, which could suddenly flood your home. Also, if an older water heater does not reach a high enough temperature, it can be a breeding ground for harmful microorganisms. If you notice any of the signs below, you should call a plumber for water heater repair.

Discolored Hot Water

If you notice a reddish brown tint to your water or tiny flakes coming out of the tap, you certainly have a plumbing problem. If the cold water runs clear, a failing water heater may be the source of the problem. However, if the cold water has the same tint or sediment as warm or hot water, the issue is likely elsewhere in your plumbing.

Lukewarm Showers

This is one of the most obvious symptoms of water heater problems. If you cannot get your shower to heat up past lukewarm despite the setting on your water heater’s dial, call a plumber to come inspect the appliance. Even if your home and water heater are relatively new, there could still be a malfunction or a manufacturing defect causing the issue.

Leaks Near the Water Heater

Puddles or damp spots on the floor near the base of the water heater often mean that you need to call a plumber schedule repairs. Also, if the water heater is on an upper floor, check the ceiling of the rooms directly under it for wet spots, paint bubbling, or excess mildew—these can all be signs of a leak.

Loud Noises During Operation

Any thumping, creaking, or other loud noises when hot taps are running could be a sign of water heater malfunction. Stand next to the water heater when another family member is taking a shower to determine if it is the source of the noise.

Call (866) 999-4703 to schedule an appointment with Ace Plumbing if you suspect that your water heater may need to be repaired or replaced. Our professional plumbers provide service to homeowners throughout the Sacramento area.

Tips for Choosing a New Furnace Filter

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Your furnace is a valuable home heating appliance, but it’s also an effective air cleaner—so long as the filter is clean. Dust and debris perpetually circulate throughout your indoor environment. When the furnace is running, air is sucked through the system and passes through the filter, removing allergens, pollutants, and other airborne irritants. Filters also prevent large particles from clogging up and impairing the home heating system. When choosing a new filter for your furnace, look for filters with a high MERV rating to remove the most particles from the air. While disposable filters tend to be on the low end of the MERV spectrum, these inexpensive filters are still effective at protecting your home heating system from large particles of dust and debris.

The heating repair professionals at Ace Plumbing of Sacramento can help you maintain your furnace throughout the winter and all year long. Call us at (866) 999-4703 or contact us online to schedule heating repair or maintenance for your furnace. You can also call us if you have questions about maintaining your furnace system. 

Plumbing Maintenance 10: [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s easy to take your plumbing for granted when it’s working properly. However, if you experience plumbing problems, you may wish that you had taken steps to prevent them from happening in the first place. A little bit of preventive maintenance can go a long way in keeping your plumbing running smoothly. Keep cooking grease out of your drains, as it will cool and harden, leading to clogs. Use drain screens on your sinks and showers to help keep hair, soap slivers, and small objects from going where they don’t belong. Do a regular check for leaks around your home, paying attention any dampness you find in cabinets, floors, or walls. Take a look at this infographic from the Sacramento plumbing experts at Ace Plumbing to learn more about maintaining your drains, pipes, and appliances. Please share with your friends and family!

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Tips for Preventing a Sewer Line Problem

Sewer line problems can create a number of problems, including sewage backups. While some sewer problems are the result of old pipes and creeping root systems, a large number of problems are caused by clogs in the sewer line caused by dumping or flushing garbage and non-disposable waste down the toilet and drains. Watch this short video clip for some tips on keeping your sewer line in tip-tops shape so you can avoid expensive plumbing emergencies.

Ace Plumbing of Sacramento can help prevent a major sewer line problem with video pipe inspections, hydro-jetting, and sewer repair services. We also provide trenchless repair services to get to the roof of your sewer line problem without disturbing your landscaping or driveways. Visit our website to learn more about our sewer maintenance and repair services, or call us at (866) 999-4703 to schedule a sewer inspection today

Tips for Avoiding a Backup in Your Sewer Line

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If there’s one plumbing emergency Sacramento homeowners fear most, it’s a backup in the sewer line. As you can probably imagine, raw sewage coming out of the drains and into your home can cause quite a lot of damage. A sewage backup can also expose your family to diseases and viruses that are spread by human waste and excrement. To protect your health and your wallet, here are some tips to keep your sewer line clear and prevent a backup.

Watch What You Flush

Your toilet isn’t a garbage disposal. The only thing you should flush down the toilet is waste and toilet paper. Cotton balls, feminine hygiene products, condoms, floss, paper towels, and even “disposable” sanitary wipes are just a few of the toiletries that can cause your sewer line to become clogged over time if flushed down the toilet. You should also watch what you pour down the drains, especially in the kitchen. Avoid pouring grease, fats, and oils down the drain to help keep your sewer line clear.

Schedule a Sewer Line Inspection

You should always be on the lookout for red flags of a sewer line backup. If you notice that your sinks and toilets take a long time to drain, for example, your sewer line may be clogged. Another telltale sign of an impending sewer line backup is water around the floor drain in the basement after your done showering or using the washing machine. If you notice any signs of trouble, request an immediate sewer line inspection with Ace Plumbing. A video inspection can identity any clogs in the pipe and determine the condition of the sewer line itself. Your plumber will then be able to recommend the most appropriate services to clear the line and prevent a backup.

Ace Plumbing of Sacramento can help you avoid a sewer backup thanks to our professional sewer line inspection and hydro-jetting services. Our plumbers are highly trained in sewer repair and maintenance. We can also install backflow preventers to keep non-potable water from contaminating your home’s water supply. Call us today at (866) 999-4703 to learn more about our residential plumbing services. 

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