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Plumbing Winterization Tips for Every Homeowner

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Plumbing that isn’t properly prepared for cold weather can result in burst pipes and other costly problems. With freezing winter nights ahead, thinking about ways to winterize the pipes and faucets in your home is more important than ever. Following these tips while working with a licensed Sacramento plumber is your surest way to a smooth winter season:  

Watch the Weather
Freezing nights don’t happen often in Sacramento, but when they do, you want to be prepared. Always watch the weather for reports of freezing temperatures. If a cool night is approaching, make sure the water valves to hose bibs are turned off and that all water is cleared from pipes. Insulating pipes can be another good way to prevent frozen and burst pipes. Foam rubbers sleeves and fiberglass insulation are both good insulators that can be found at most home improvement stores.

Fix Leaks
In the summer, water leaks are a messy inconvenience that can raise your water bill. In the winter, they can cause serious damage to your plumbing. If you suspect you have a water leak, turn off all water-using appliances and check your water meter. If it is still rising, you likely have a leak. Shut off the main water valve of your home and call a professional plumber right away. 

Leave the Heat On
If you’re thinking about winterizing a vacant home, leaving your heating unit running at a low temperature can make your job much easier. This will help ensure that no structural damage to your plumbing takes place. It is important to watch out for “cold spots,” or places like crawl spaces and garages where temperatures are especially low. Make sure any pipes running through these places are well insulated.

If you’re looking for ways to winterize your home this winter season, getting a full inspection from a highly rated plumbing service is a great place to start. At Ace Plumbing, we help Sacramento area homeowners with their plumbing, sewer repair, heating, and climate control needs. Call us at (916) 455-4548 to schedule an appointment. 

The Remarkable Power of TRIC Trenchless Pipe Replacement Technology

If you need a sewer or water line replacement, you may be worried about the need to excavate your yard space, walkways, or garden. With the latest in trenchless technology, however, pipes can be replaced entirely underground, with minimal damage to your yard.

In this video, you will learn more about the TRIC trenchless pipe replacement technology. Using a steel cable connected to a hydraulic ram, your Sacramento plumber can pull a splitting wedge and replacement pipe underground at up to ten feet per minute. In this all-in-one process, the splitting wedge destroys the old pipe while the polyethylene pipe connected to the steel cable provides the replacement. 

 

At Ace Plumbing, we use TRIC technology to conveniently replace water and sewer lines. To set up a meeting with our experienced Sacramento plumbing experts, call us at (916) 455-4548. 

Common Toilet Problems and Signs Your Toilet Should Be Replaced

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Knowing when your toilet can be repaired and when it’s time to find a replacement can save you time and money. Keep reading to learn about some everyday toilet problems and if they signify whether or not a toilet is past its expiration date.

Weak Flush
There is no need to replace a toilet that clogs now and then. If you are constantly plunging your toilet, however, a replacement may be a good option. Many older toilets in particular have weak flushes and clog often. Your Sacramento plumber can tell you whether repairs are needed or if a fix is possible. 

Overflowing
Water flowing out from toilets onto the floor is one of the most common toilet problems. This typically happens when you attempt to re-flush a clogged toilet. You shouldn’t stand by helplessly as water fills up the bowl—if you see that your toilet is about to overflow, remove the cover from the tank and press down the flapper at the bottom. This will block new water from entering the toilet. 

Continuous Running
After you have owned a toilet for a while, you may notice that it sometimes keeps running well after it is flushed. This could be a sign that you need a replacement for the flapper valve. Replacing a flapper unit is relatively easy; just turn off the water to your toilet, flush the remaining water from the tank, and follow the instructions on your kit.

Cracked Tank
Porcelain cracks are the surest sign that your toilet needs to be replaced. These cracks are often tiny, but they can cause a flood of water in your bathroom if they break open completely. Avoid this problem by replacing your toilet as soon as cracks develop.

Ace Plumbing is the source of all your toilet repair and replacement needs. If you need us right away, you’ll be glad to know that we provide 24-hour emergency plumbing service. Call us at (916) 455-4548 for more details. 

Why You Should Have Your Furnace Inspected Before Turning It On for Cooler Weather

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Winter is almost here, which means it’s time to have your furnace inspected by a home heating professional. Without regular maintenance, your furnace will not operate at peak efficiency and may even put your family at risk. With a few simple chores and a thorough inspection by a skilled heating technician, you can enjoy energy-efficient heating and peace of mind all winter long.

Safety Concerns
When a furnace’s exhaust system is functioning properly, carbon monoxide and other waste gases are safely directed out of the home. Unfortunately, a dirty furnace exhaust flue or a faulty burner can result in the flow of carbon monoxide gas into your home. Carbon monoxide is particularly dangerous because it’s odorless and can cause fatal poisoning. That’s why it’s important to install carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home, test the detectors’ function and batteries as directed, and have your furnace inspected before it sees heavy use this winter.

Efficiency and Comfort
Since your furnace loses efficiency each year it goes without maintenance, neglecting to call a service professional can lead to extremely high energy bills. Annual furnace tune-ups allow your unit to avoid breakdowns and run at its peak efficiency, thus saving you considerable money and grief. Changing your furnace filter once a month during the heating season can also vastly improve your indoor air quality. During your furnace inspection, you might consider installing a programmable thermostat to increase your energy savings and home comfort. If you already own a programmable thermostat but don’t see a considerable difference, ask your heating techinican to check its calibration.

Ace Plumbing provides more than just plumbing services to Sacramento residents—we also offer heating installation and maintenance. With a little help from our skilled technicians, you can enjoy a comfortable and energy-efficient home this winter. Visit our website to explore our special offers, or call us at (916) 455-4548 to schedule your furnace inspection.

The Basics of Tankless Water Heater Function

Switching from a traditional storage water heater to a tankless unit can save you a lot of money on energy. If you’re interested in buying a tankless water heater, you should know how they work and how much savings you can expect.

Tankless water heaters are simple. When you turn on a fixture, cold water enters the unit, becomes heated to the desired temperature, and travels to the appropriate fixture. Before you purchase a unit, you should make sure it’s the right size for your home and uses the correct energy type. It’s important to have professional assistance when choosing and installing a tankless water heater. For more information about gas and electric water heaters, watch this helpful video.

Call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548 to further discuss tankless water heater options. We’re happy to provide Sacramento residents with water heater advice, installation, and maintenance. 

 

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