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    Avoid These Common Causes of Toilet Clogs

    Last updated 7 months ago

    A clogged toilet is one of the most common reasons why people call a plumber. Fortunately, many toilet clogs can actually be prevented if you avoid flushing items that are widely, yet incorrectly, thought to be dissolvable. Read below for a list of the most common causes of toilet clogs.

    Toilet Paper

    Many plumbing systems and toilets can handle toilet paper, but only certain types. If your toilet is getting clogged by toilet paper, you may want to switch to single-ply toilet paper. Multiple-ply toilet paper and other types of strong or thick toilet paper will not dissolve easily, and can result in a blocked toilet.

    Other Paper Products

    Tissues such as Kleenex that are not designed to be put in the toilet are oftentimes responsible for toilet clogs. Never put paper towels, sanitary wipes, face wipes, dryer sheets, toilet-bowl cleaning pads, or floor-cleaning pads in the toilet, even if they are advertised as flushable—they are not designed to dissolve easily, and frequently cause blockage.

    Hygiene Products

    “Flushable” diapers, baby wipes, and other baby hygiene products are actually one of the most common causes of toilet clogs. Over time, dental floss can even cause a blocked toilet. Other personal products such as Q-tips, cotton balls, condoms, and feminine hygiene products should be put in the trash rather than the toilet.

    Other Products

    Cigarettes don’t break down and will cause a serious clog, so snuff them and throw them in the trash instead. Many people also throw hair in the trash, which will clog the toilet just like it clogs the shower drain.

    Is your toilet clogged, leaking, or otherwise not functioning properly? If so, contact the plumbing experts at Ace Plumbing, where we have more than 40 years of experience serving Sacramento. Call us at (916) 455-4548 or visit our website to learn more about the plumbing services we offer.

    When to Replace Your Existing HVAC System

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Modern air conditioning and heating were considered a luxury in Northern California until just a few decades ago. Today, they are commonplace in the Sacramento area.

    Heating and cooling systems are designed to last for a decade, give or take a few years. Even if it has been well maintained, a heating or cooling system that reaches this age will likely need to be replaced. The difference in operational efficiency between many older HVAC systems and the newest ENERGY STAR-qualified models is great enough that it makes sense for homeowners to upgrade even before their HVAC systems break down.

    If you find it difficult to control the temperature in your home, if your heating or cooling system is making a lot of noise, or if your energy bills have risen dramatically, it may be time for you to upgrade your HVAC system. To consult an experienced plumbing and heating repair professional about your energy-efficient upgrade options, contact Ace Plumbing in Sacramento at (916) 455-4548.

    Easy Ways to Lower Your Energy Bills

    Last updated 7 months ago

    During the winter, homeowners are reminded just how much energy their appliances are capable of consuming. As your HVAC system works overtime to keep your home comfortable and more fuel is used to heat water for showering, washing dishes, and cleaning clothes, your energy bills grow more expensive. Here are a handful of ways you can reduce your energy bills during the winter and throughout the year:

    Insulation Checks

    Poor insulation accounts for a great deal of energy loss in a number of homes. By checking your home for air leaks, sealing those leaks, and adding additional insulation to your attic or other poorly insulated areas, you may be able to achieve monthly energy savings of up to 30%.

    HVAC Tune-Ups

    On average, a furnace tune-up can cut a household’s heating costs by more than 10%. Hire a heating repair professional to inspect, clean, and maintain your heating and cooling system at least once a year. In addition to reducing your energy bills, HVAC system tune-ups can result in additional savings through the early detection of problems that only grow more expensive the longer they go undetected.

    Appliance Upgrades

    Aging, inefficient home appliances are a serious drain on energy. If your refrigerator, water heater, or HVAC system has been in use for more than a decade, or if you can tell that it is not working as effectively as it once did, replace it with a modern, ENERGY STAR-qualified system.

    Proudly serving the Sacramento area since 1975, Ace Plumbing understands that homeowners like to keep their energy bills low. We also understand the importance of conserving limited resources. To help homeowners and the environment alike, we specialize in the installation and maintenance of state-of-the-art, energy-efficient home heating and cooling systems. If you would like to have your HVAC system inspected or an ENERGY STAR-approved home HVAC system installed in your Sacramento home, call (916) 455-4548.

    How to Stop a Leaking Pipe as You Wait for Professional Help

    Last updated 8 months ago

    As far as home infrastructure nightmares are concerned, leaking pipes rank near the top of the list. Unfortunately, leaking pipes are common enough that most Sacramento homeowners experience at least one. Upon discovering a leak in your home’s plumbing, you should promptly call a plumber. While waiting for the plumbing professional to arrive, take the following steps to stop the pipe from leaking and reduce the water damage.

    Turn off Main Water Supply Valve

    Locate the main water supply valve for your home’s plumbing. Turn the valve to the “off” position. Hook a garden hose to an outdoor spigot and turn the spigot on to allow all water remaining in your home’s pipes to drain out.

    Clean Out Under-Sink Cabinet

    If the leak is confined to a pipe under a sink, remove everything from the cabinet underneath it. Locate the leak and use a rag to dry the leaking pipe.

    Measure Leaking Pipe

    To determine the size of the repair clamp you should use, measure the leaking pipe from edge to edge. If you do not already have a repair clamp, you should be able to pick one up at your neighborhood hardware store.

    Affix Repair Clamp

    Next, affix a repair clamp onto the pipe at the leak, rotating and adjusting until the leak is completely covered. To secure the repair clamp, you will need an open-end wrench, a socket, and a ratchet.

    Turn Water Supply On

    Once the clamp is securely in place, you can turn on the main water supply valve and start using your home’s running water again. Check under the sink frequently to ensure that the repair clamp is preventing further leaking, but the secure clamp should suffice until a plumber arrives to provide a more permanent solution.

    By taking the steps outlined above, you should be able to temporarily stop most leaking pipes. If the leak is major or a pipe has burst and parts of your home are soaking wet, you should call a plumber who offers emergency services and shut off the main water supply valve immediately. To speak with a reputable plumber who offers 24/7 emergency plumbing services throughout the Sacramento area, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548.

    The Importance of Water Conservation in Dry Winter Months

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Northern California has experienced an exceptionally dry winter, making water a scarcer-than-usual resource in Sacramento and the surrounding areas. To learn more about this problem and what you can do to help conserve water in your home, watch this KCRA news clip.

    Low-flow plumbing fixtures, especially low-flow toilets and showerheads, can noticeably reduce a household’s water consumption without changing your water use habits. If you do not already turn off the water when you are shaving, brushing your teeth, or hand-washing dishes, start doing so in order to save water.

    Leaky faucets, leaking pipes, and other plumbing problems are a huge hindrance to water conservation efforts. If you experience a plumbing problem in your Sacramento home that you cannot repair yourself, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548 to schedule repair services.

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