Last updated 7 months ago
While the garbage disposal has made the job of a home chef easier and less disgusting, even the most sophisticated blade-wielding garbage disposal is not damage-proof. To keep your garbage disposal in good working condition for as long as possible, familiarize yourself with the following garbage disposal setbacks and take precautions that will help you avoid them.
Clogged Disposal/Jammed Flywheel
Clogged garbage disposals are, unfortunately, very common. A clog can be caused by pouring grease, fat, highly fibrous foodstuffs, or expansive foodstuffs such as rice and pasta down the drain. Overloading your disposal can also cause a clog. Clogs can be avoided by using your disposal only as directed and cleaning it regularly with ice cubes, rock salt, and hot water. If using the tool that came with your garbage disposal to unjam the flywheel does not work, hire a plumber to safely and efficiently repair your disposal for you. Never put your fingers down the disposal and around its blades—even when the disposal’s power source is switched off.
Garbage disposal leaks can spring about at the top or the bottom of the appliance. Leaks are usually the result of poor installation or faulty parts, though they can also be caused by loose fittings. Tighten your disposal’s connections, but be prepared to call your plumber if this does not stop the leak.
Garbage disposal issues are not always related to misuse or the condition of the disposal. If your garbage disposal is not running at all, check the outlet, wall switch, or electrical panel to make sure the disposal has power before spending time, energy, and money trying to fix it.
If you have checked to see if any of these common problems is the cause for your kitchen garbage disposal’s stubbornness and the disposal is still not working, contact a trained and certified plumber. To speak with a dedicated, experienced, and highly qualified plumber in the Sacramento area, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548. We are available to help you solve your plumbing problems and avert plumbing disasters 24/7.
Last updated 7 months ago
No plumbing leak is ever a good sign, but a leak in your hot water heater is an especially worrying occurrence that should be dealt with as quickly as possible. To keep the damage sustained by your hot water heater and its surroundings to a minimum, take the following steps.
To find out how to correct your hot water heater’s leak, you must locate the source of the leak. Common leak origins include the tank’s inlet and outlet, the temperature pressure relief (TPR) valve, and the drain valve. After locating the source of the leak, refer to your most trusted plumbing resource to determine whether you can correct the leak with a DIY fix or will require professional plumbing assistance.
Test TPR Valve
A leak coming from the TPR valve can be very slow and easy to miss. If you suspect that the TPR valve is responsible for the leak, or if you are unable to discern where the leak is coming from, test the valve by lifting the lever that is attached to it. Be careful when you do this, as hot water should be discharged from the tank. Wait several minutes, and if there’s not even a trickle of water leaking from the tank, you may have solved the problem. If not, it’s time to enlist the help of a trained professional.
Call a Plumbing Professional
If you cannot pinpoint the source of the leak, or you know where water is leaking from but the quick and safe DIY fixes you put to the test are not stopping your hot water heater from leaking, contact your plumber. The sooner your water heater is attended to, the less expensive it should be to repair.
For nearly four decades, Ace Plumbing has provided Sacramento residents with cost-effective and long-lasting plumbing solutions. To arrange to have one of our trained and experienced plumbers take a look at your home’s water heater, call (916) 455-4548.
Last updated 8 months ago
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Last updated 8 months ago
Winter’s arrival sends many homeowners’ energy bills through the roof. Not everyone has the luxury of living somewhere with warm weather year-round, so even the most frugal individuals often have no choice but to switch on their heaters and hope for the best. But what many don’t know is that there are ways to stay warm in the winter without being forced to overspend. Tips for cost-effective indoor heating include:
Arm Your Home with Insulation
Additional insulation can potentially shave up to 30 percent off your monthly energy bill. It’s been proven time and again that insulating your attic is one of the most economical solutions to outrageous winter heating expenses. What’s more, this method also has the benefit of maintaining a comfortable temperature well into the summer; by minimizing heat transfer, insulation allows your home to stay warm in cold temperatures and cool when it’s hot outside.
Install New Windows
Many houses have windows that aren’t suited for proper climate control. Uninsulated single-pane windows promote heat transfer, causing unnecessary energy loss. Buy double-pane windows with dead-air space to keep your home from constantly losing heat. This will put less pressure on your heater and thus reduce your total energy bill.
Minimize Hot Water Use
Water heaters tend to stay active throughout the day. Because of this, they account for a lot of the money spent on energy. A good way to reduce spending is to reduce the heat by about 10 to 20 degrees. It’s also a good idea to minimize hot water use around the home, and if you have the means, you might replace your water heater with a tankless device.
Ace Plumbing aims to address any HVAC or plumbing concerns that Sacramento residents might have. Our technicians are fully certified and have undergone all the training necessary to help you get through any emergency. Just call (916) 455-4548 or have a look at our website to learn more about what we can do to keep you happy and secure.
Last updated 8 months ago
The first step to repairing a leak in your home is identifying its source. This may prove a little difficult at first, but it’s not very hard once you know how to follow the path of the damage. As soon as you figure out where the leak started, you can ask a technician about having the problem resolved. When tracing a leak in your plumbing, you should do the following:
Look for Conspicuous Deformities
Leaks tend to make their presence known through obvious water damage. Damp spots and visible water stains often form on wooden surfaces, and mold may grow in areas that have experienced prolonged exposure to moisture. Keep an eye out for warped panels, strange cracks, and damaged wallpaper. Bubbling paint can indicate a leak as well.
Rearrange Your Appliances
If an appliance’s supply line is nearby, you can try to determine the source of the leak by moving the device out of its usual location. Water tends to pool around appliances with damaged supply lines; if everything seems to be in order, there’s a chance that the issue lies with your plumbing system. If so, you should consult a specialist before taking further action.
Inspect Your Pipes, Basement and Crawlspace
The state of your piping can offer clues to help you trace the leak. You may be able to spot signs of corrosion on the supply line fittings and valves if you’re close to the source of the problem. Don’t hesitate to examine the piping in the deeper recesses of your home, as basements and crawlspaces are common sites of household flooding. Keep in mind that, since water flows downward, you may need to look around a bit before you find the exact location of the damaged pipe.
Ace Plumbing has over 40 years of experience serving residents of the Sacramento area. Our licensed technicians have all the skills needed to diagnose and resolve your problem in no time. Call (916) 455-4548 or contact us online for more information.