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How Thirsty Is Your Lawn?

During the last major drought, some homeowners took the drastic step of tearing up their grass and replacing it with artificial turf. Although this can indeed reduce your home’s water usage, artificial turf just can’t compare to the beauty and lushness of a real lawn. If you’d love to keep your lawn while still being mindful of California’s tendency toward frequent droughts, it’s time to evaluate exactly how thirsty your lawn really is, and to talk to your plumber about installing a custom irrigation system.

Types of Grass Seed

For personalized guidance about your lawn, consider talking to a professional landscaper. A landscaper will let you know which type of grass you already have, if you aren’t sure, and recommend some drought-tolerant varieties. Examples of hardy grasses for drought-prone regions include the following:

  • Zoysia grass (especially El Toro, Empire, Jamur, and Palisades)
  • St. Augustine (especially Floratam)
  • Buffalo grass (best for low foot traffic areas)
  • Bahia grass (ideal for poor soil and full sun)

Frequency of Watering

When your plumber installs your irrigation system, you’ll be able to schedule automated watering. As a general rule of thumb, most grass needs about one or 1.5 inches of water per week during the hotter months. However, if your lawn is already well-established, consider reducing the frequency of watering. Watering deeply, but infrequently encourages the grass to develop deeper roots. This helps the grass tolerate drought better, and allows it to make the best use of the water in the soil.

Frequency of Mowing

Check with your homeowner’s association, if applicable, to figure out the maximum height allowed for your grass. It’s best to keep your grass on the high side, especially during droughts and heat waves, since mowing stresses the grass. When you do mow, try to do so the day after a watering.

Ace Plumbing can design and install an irrigation system that keeps your lawn sufficiently watered without wasting water. We’ve been providing high-quality plumbing services to Sacramento-area homeowners and business owners for over 40 years! Questions? Call a friendly representative at (916) 455-4548.

How to Minimize Standby Heat Loss from Your Water Heater

For maximum savings and a minimized environmental impact, consider having a plumber replace your old hot water heater with a new, more efficient model. Even if you aren’t quite ready to replace your hot water heater, or you’ve already done so, you can boost your energy savings by adding an insulation blanket. Specially made insulation blankets for hot water heaters will reduce standby heat loss.

You can hear more about standby heat loss when you watch the accompanying video. This expert explains the new NAECA III energy efficiency requirements, which you can meet with the installation of an insulation blanket. He also demonstrates how these blankets are properly installed.

To hear how you can save money on your utility bill, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548. We offer reliable hot water heater repair and replacement in Sacramento.

Common Questions About Air Conditioners in Commercial Buildings

When customers walk into retail stores, restaurants, and office buildings, they expect to have a comfortable air temperature. This is especially true during the hot summer months in California. Talk to an HVAC plumber about your building’s cooling needs. He or she can recommend the right size of air conditioner if you need a new unit, and answer any other questions you may have.

When will I need to get my AC serviced?

You should schedule a routine service appointment for your AC at least once per year. It may also need routine inspections up to four times per year to ensure it continues working properly. If you have an older AC unit, it will probably need more frequent tune-ups. Check with your HVAC plumber for a customized maintenance and service plan.

How long will a commercial AC last?

It depends on the type of AC unit and how much use it gets. As a general rule of thumb, building owners should budget for a rooftop AC replacement about every 15 years. Know that if you don’t follow the recommended maintenance and inspection schedule, it’s possible that the system will fail prematurely.

Should I be concerned about humidity levels in my building?

HVAC systems like rooftop AC units play a critical role in controlling the air quality inside the building. Poor air quality can contribute to problems like mold spore proliferation. This is always undesirable, but can be particularly problematic if you run a restaurant, healthcare clinic, or hotel. Talk to your HVAC plumber about using the air conditioner to maintain ideal levels of humidity.

Does the size of my AC unit really matter?

Absolutely. The wrong size of AC will increase your utility costs. Your AC technician will calculate the right size of AC unit for your building.

For the answers to all of your questions about commercial heating and cooling systems, you can call (916) 455-4548. You can request 24-hour emergency service, routine maintenance, repairs, or a new AC installation for your commercial building. The experts at Ace Plumbing in Sacramento pride themselves on exceptional workmanship and honest service.

Using a Water Meter to Check for Leaks

Most people assume that they would know if they had a water leak, but the truth is that water can be leaking behind your walls without you seeing it. One easy way to determine if you could have a hidden leak is to monitor your water meter, so you can call your plumber at the first sign of an issue.

To use your water meter to figure out if you have a leak, check the reading on your meter. After noting the reading, stop using water in your home for several hours. When that time has passed, check the meter again. If the reading has increased, you have water leaking somewhere in your home. Your plumber can pinpoint the cause and make the necessary repairs to prevent further damage from occurring.

For professional plumbing repairs, including services from an emergency plumber in Sacramento, call Ace Plumbing. To make a plumbing appointment for your home today, call (916) 455-4548.

Spotlight on GROHE Shower Systems

If it’s time to upgrade your shower, treat yourself to the spa-like experience of a GROHE shower system. GROHE showers combine the very latest technology with a commitment to sustainable practices to provide an unbeatable shower experience. As you consider your options for a new shower, ask your plumber if a GROHE shower could be right for you. Here is a look at some of the features you can expect with this kind of shower system.

GROHE SmartControl

GROHE SmartControl systems allow everyone in your family to personalize his or her shower. This thin, wall-mounted system consists of control knobs that allow you to customize your shower to your preferences. A simple push of the button turns on the shower, and then you can easily set the temperature and the kind of shower spray you prefer. You can also control the volume of water in your shower, to allow for more or less pressure based on your preferences. One system can control up to three showerheads, hand showers, and body sprayers at once, with individual control of each fixture.

Multiple Shower Options

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all shower, so GROHE offers multiple designs to ensure that everyone can find his or her fit. From rainfall, mounted showerheads to hand showers and body sprayers, GROHE offers an enormous variety designed to suit every preference and bathroom style.

Sustainability

GROHE takes its responsibility to creating sustainable products seriously. The company’s EcoJoy system is incorporated into many of their showerheads and helps reduce shower and faucet water use by up to 68%. For outside of the bathroom, GROHE offers GROHE Blue, which lets you switch from tap water to sparkling water whenever you want to cut down on bottled water consumption and the associated waste it generates.

Ace Plumbing can help you explore your options for new showers and help you choose the right one for your plumbing and your family’s needs. You can schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers by calling (916) 455-4548, and you can visit our website to learn more about our services, including water heater repair and clogged drain services in Sacramento.

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