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The Benefits of Back Flow Prevention for Your Plumbing System

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Home sewer systems are carefully designed to protect homeowners from using non potable sewer water. However, certain pressure changes in your plumbing system can quickly send water flowing reverse, causing unsafe water to flow into your home. This phenomenon, known as backflow, can result in overflowing toilets, unsafe water consumption, and other problems. Let’s take a look at how backflow occurs, and how installing a backflow prevention device can help you. 

There are two types of backflow. The first is backpressure backflow, which is caused when water pressure in your plumbing is weaker than the pressure pushing against it from the outside. This is typically caused by problems at your local water utility or municipal plumbing systems. The second kind of backflow is called back siphonage, which is caused when your home’s plumbing system creates a vacuum and sucks sewer water back into the home. Both types of backflow can send sewage flowing into your home through toilets, sinks, faucets, irrigation systems, floor drains, and more. 

Although normal home plumbing systems may not always protect you against backflow, specialized plumbing devices can help to prevent backflow from occurring. Backflow preventers are a very simple solution for stopping sewer water from moving in reverse. These preventers create a mechanical blockage that prevents water from flowing in reverse through your system. There are many different kinds of backflow prevention devices, including reduced principle assemblies, vacuum breaker assemblies, and double check valve assemblies. Your plumber can help you determine which type of backflow prevention device is right for your home. 

Are you worried about backflow in your home or business? Then contact Ace Plumbing for backflow preventer installation services in the Sacramento area. We specialize in all types of residential and commercial plumbing service, as well as residential HVAC repair and installation. Call (916) 455-4548.

How to Know If Your Home's Heating and Cooling Systems Are Efficient

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Your home’s heating and cooling system is essential to maintaining indoor comfort throughout the year. But are you paying more than you should be to heat and cool your home? Inefficient heating and air conditioning systems can drive up your monthly utility bills, and are a huge waste of energy. Here are some signs that your heating and cooling system could be running more efficiently.

 1.      Humidity Levels in the Home

Your home’s humidity is greatly affected by heating and cooling efficiency. Furnaces and air conditioners that are oversized for your home will use up a lot of energy, but won’t run for long enough. This causes moisture to buildup throughout the home, which can inflame allergies and promote mold growth.

 2.      Annual Electricity Costs

Compare your current heating and cooling costs to previous years’. If your utility rates haven’t changed but your heating or cooling bills have increased significantly, then you may be dealing with some heating and cooling inefficiencies.

 3.      Check Your Maintenance Schedule

Furnaces and air conditioners require regular maintenance to ensure efficient heating and cooling. If you haven’t had a heating or cooling professional inspect or maintain your HVAC system recently, then you’re probably paying more than you should every month.

 4.      Find your SEER and AFUE Numbers

Heating and cooling systems use special numbers to describe their energy efficiency. Heating units have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) number, while air conditioners have SEER numbers. AFUE numbers can be read like percentages, and SEER numbers start at 12 (the federal minimum) and go up. The higher each number is, the better. 

For help figuring out how energy efficient your heating and cooling system is, contact Ace Plumbing. We provide expert HVAC repair and installation services throughout the Sacramento area. Visit us online or call (916) 455-4548 for more information on our heating and cooling services.

 

Set & Save with ENERGY STAR

Adjusting your home’s temperature throughout the day can help to lower monthly heating and cooling costs substantially. However, remembering to adjust the thermostat can be a challenge for many homeowners. That’s why you should consider the many benefits of a programmable thermostat. 

This video from Energy Star discusses some of the many benefits of using a programmable thermostat. You’ll also learn about the different types of programmable thermostats available, and how to choose the right model for your lifestyle. 

Need help choosing a programmable thermostat? Then contact Sacramento’s heating repair experts at Ace Plumbing. Visit us online to learn more about our HVAC services today.

Want to Learn More About Video Sewer Inspections

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 If you’ve been interested in our recent blog posts concerning video sewer inspections or determining whether or not you have a leak in your house, then check out these related links. In Sacramento, all of your plumbing problems can be handled by Ace Plumbing. Call (916) 455-4548 or visit our website to learn more. 

  • Don’t take your water meter for granted, learning how to read it can help you find leaks and save money.
  • It can save a lot of time and money if you check for leaks even before you see any indicators that you may have one.

 

Important Steps to Take When You Have a Leak

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An undiscovered leak in a water or sewer line can cost you big money. Even a tiny hole in a water line can leak 10,000 gallons a month. If you think you might have a leak in your plumbing, then follow these steps:

 1.      Turn off any appliances that use water. These include showers, sinks, washing machines, spigots, and sprinklers. Make sure that they aren’t leaking water while in the off position.

 2.      Check the water meter. Normally there is a red or silver triangle on the meter that will spin if there is a leak. If there isn’t one then the actual meter dial should be spinning if there is a leak. If the leak indicator is spinning and all of the water using appliances have been shut off then you probably have a leak.

 3.      Find the main shutoff valve to the house and turn it off. The main shut off valve is usually located somewhere near the meter.

 4.      If, after turning off the main shutoff valve, the leak indicator is still moving then there is a leak between the meter and the customer-end shut off valve. If it isn’t moving then the leak should be coming from somewhere on the customer end including inside the house.

 5.      If you’ve determined that there is a leak, call a plumber to help locate exactly where the leak may be coming from. In some cases, the leak may be under the slab of the house and will require professional help to locate and repair. A quality plumbing company can find leaks under a slab and replace them before any foundation work is needed. 

If you have a leak somewhere in your water line, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548 to speak to one of our skilled technicians today. Ace Plumbing has over forty years of plumbing experience and can get the job done quickly.

 

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