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Signs It's Time to Upgrade Your Shower Head

Your shower head is just one plumbing fixture and one aspect of your bathroom, but it’s not one you should forget about. If your shower head won’t stop dripping, it will waste your water and drive up your energy bills, which will then increase your carbon footprint rather than decrease it. Upgrading your shower head can fix these problems as well as any issues you might have with water pressure. Continue reading for some signs that it’s time for an upgrade.

Dripping Faucet

A leaky faucet is often a motif in horror stories, but the scary thing is that people don’t realize what even the smallest leak means for their plumbing system. Whether it’s your kitchen faucet or your shower head, the continuous drip will sabotage your efficiency and waste water until the problem is fixed. If your shower head leaks even the smallest amount, you might want to talk to your plumber to see if you should have it replaced.

High Energy Bills

You’re still paying for the water that comes out of your plumbing appliances, whether the water should be coming out or not. If you want to stop wasting water and lower your energy bills, then it’s probably time to upgrade your shower head. In addition to fixing the leak, a low-flow shower head upgrade will spray out much less water than older shower heads. You’ll still be able to take a comfortable shower, and your environmental responsibility may make you more comfortable as well.

Fluctuating Water Pressure

Speaking of comfortable showers, it’s tough to take one when you can’t get the right water pressure out of your shower head. Some older units seem to decide what kind of water pressure you get on their own, but modern units are more versatile and can be adapted to your liking.

If you’re still wondering if you need to upgrade your shower head, ask your plumber in Sacramento to check out your shower. Call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548 and let us upgrade your residential or commercial plumbing systems. See what our team of plumbers is about by browsing through our website.

Are Tankless Water Heaters More Efficient?

When it’s time to replace your water heater, one of the first decisions you will have to make is whether you want a traditional model or a tankless water heater. Homeowners have been increasingly embracing tankless water heaters for their energy efficiency, but are they really significantly better than traditional styles?

Tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand, so that you never have to experience a cold shower again. Since water is only heated when you need it, and it doesn’t sit in a tank cooling off, tankless heaters are often considered to be more energy-efficient. However, newer models of traditional water heaters have an increased amount of insulation, making them more efficient than they were in the past. To choose a water heater, talk to your plumber about which model meets your needs best.

Ace Plumbing offers water heater repair and installation for both types of systems. Let our plumbers help you choose a water heater in Sacramento that is right for your home. Call (916) 455-4548 for more information.

Water Heater Blankets 101

Are you concerned about the efficiency of your water heater? If so, a blanket could be the solution. Water heater blankets boost energy efficiency by easily and inexpensively adding insulation. Could your water heater benefit from having a blanket? Here is what you need to know.

What is a water heater blanket?

Water heater blankets are external sources of insulation that you can wrap around the tank of your heater. Blankets have insulative material on the inside and are covered in sheet plastic on the outside. They are rated as any kind of insulation is. Ideally, you should choose a water heater blanket with an R-value of 11 or greater to get the maximum benefits.

Why would I need additional insulation for my water heater?

Depending on the age of your water heater, the tank may not have an adequate amount of insulation to prevent heat loss. As a result, when water sits in your tank, it will cool off quickly. This causes the water heater to switch on again to reheat the water to the desired temperature. This cycle can repeat over and over again if the insulation in your tank is not sufficient. By adding a blanket, you can reduce the amount of heat loss that happens, so that your water stays at the appropriate temperature for a longer period of time, thus reducing the amount of time your heater is active and cutting your energy costs.

Can I install my own water heater blanket?

Although it is possible to purchase and install your own blanket, it’s best to allow your plumber to handle the job. Your plumber can advise you if your water heater can benefit from a blanket and install the blanket so that it provides the maximum amount of coverage.

Whether you need hot water heater repair or want to install a tankless water heater in Sacramento, the plumbers at Ace Plumbing will get the job done right the first time. For plumbing services, call us today at (916) 455-4548.

See How a Shower Valve Is Installed

A new shower valve can give your bathroom a fresh look and make your shower function better. Watch this video to see how your plumber will install your new valve.

To replace your shower valve, your plumber will first install the washers, followed by the cartridge and the fixture. Although the process is straightforward, any simple mistake, such as cracking the washers, will interfere with how your shower functions.

From small jobs, like installing a shower valve, to large projects like water heater installation and hydro jetting, the team at Ace Plumbing has you covered. Make an appointment with a plumber in Sacramento by calling (916) 455-4548.

Dos and Don'ts for Your Septic System

If you’re one of the many homeowners in the Sacramento area with a septic tank, then you know how important proper system maintenance is to preventing damage. If you notice any signs of problems in your system, call a plumber for septic service as soon as possible, before a small issue turns into a major disaster. Keeps these dos and don’ts in mind as well to keep your system in top condition.

Do Know Where Your Septic Tank Is Located

The first step in proper septic system maintenance is actually knowing where your tank is located. Many homeowners find this out the hard way, when something goes wrong with their system. Keep a map of your septic system on hand that you can reference as needed when you have a problem with your tank or when your plumber needs to perform services on your system.

Don’t Create Obstructions for Your System

It’s essential for water to flow freely through your septic system, without any obstructions or pressure on the lines. Avoid planting any kind of trees or shrubbery near the system, as the roots can grow into the lines and cause damage. Likewise, avoid building anything on top of the drain field. Doing so can put pressure on the system and prevent the free flow of water.

Do Think Before You Flush

Inorganic material has no place in your septic system. Never flush paper towels, diapers, or anything other than organic waste and toilet paper designed to break down in the system. If you have a garbage disposal, be vigilant about keeping grease, oils, coffee grounds, and other material that is prone to causing drain clogs out of the system.

If you do experience a problem with your septic system, Ace Plumbing can use video inspection to locate the issue without digging up your yard. When you need septic service in Sacramento, call us at (916) 455-4548 to make an appointment with a plumber for repairs.

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