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How to Change a Furnace Filter

Your furnace air filter protects your home and the furnace itself from a multitude of impurities. From pet dander and dust to allergens and pollutants, the air filter is a key component of any properly operating furnace, and it should be changed about once a month. 

In this video, you can see a demonstration of how an air filter is changed at the main unit of your furnace. Pay attention to the airflow direction indicator, as this will tell you how to orient the new filter. Remove the cover on your furnace, and you should see the location of your air filter fairly easily around the blower motor. Remove the old filter, insert the new in the proper orientation, and you’re good to go for another thirty days. 

Ace Plumbing can help you keep your furnace in good condition for this heating season. Give us a call at (916) 455-4548 to learn more about our heating repair services, or visit us online for further information.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from Ace Plumbing

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from everyone at Ace Plumbing.

Plumbing Problems Got You Down? Read This!

Pipes

Don’t let small cracks transform into a major plumbing malfunction. Protect your home from leaks and flooding by brushing up on routine maintenance tips. For more information, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548. 

  • About.com provides information on homeowners on keeping their garbage disposal clean and clear of debris. 
  • Learn how water jet technology can remove roots from underground drains with this eHow.com tutorial. 

Common Culprits of Clogged Drains

Clogged Drain

Homeowners unknowingly cause numerous clog problems. Review the following plumbing tips to avoid a backed up kitchen or bathroom: 

  • Greasy Combinations: Most clogs build up over time as homeowners allow food to flow down the drain. Clogs begin with a build up of sediment left by liquid grease and fatty oils from cooking. These sticky substances collect and congeal on the sides of a drainpipe. As this sticky buildup begins to restrict the movement of water down the drain, it also begins to collect additional food particles and hair that gets flushed. These tough clogs typically require the use of high-powered hydro-jetting to clear. The worst of clog ingredients can be kept out of your drains with a screen catch. 
  • Moisture-Hunting Roots: Tree and plant roots have developed acute systems for detecting water sources. It’s no surprise that plant life often makes its way toward underground water lines. Root invasions are even more likely when small leaks release water directly into the soil. These cracks in plumbing are typically the same points used by roots to access the insides of your pipes. Over time, roots become a natural net that begins to collect hair and grease inside the drain. Further build up can lead to devastating clogs and permanent pipe damage. 
  • Lost Objects: Homeowners should be diligent in keeping solid objects from traveling down the drain. Even the tiniest smallest objects can cause or contribute to a house-flooding clog. Food waste, like coffee grinds and eggshells, are common culprits. The toilet drains are more likely to clog due to flushed objects like nail polish, over-the-counter medication, and cat litter. 

Over time, a heavy-duty clog of debris and greasy oils may become impossible to remove. The growth of resilient roots may also splinter drainpipes and cause serious leaks beneath your home. In cases like these, consider an affordable trenchless replacement through Ace Plumbing. Dial (916) 455-4548 for additional strategies for clearing even the mightiest clogs.

 

What is Hydro-Jetting and When Is It Necessary?

Plumber Taking Notes

Don’t let tough clogs cost you thousands of dollars in plumbing repairs or water damage. Hydro-jetting is a great, new way to deal with the most resilient drain clogs.  Read the following overview to learn a bit more about this effective new technique. 

  • Hydro-Jetting Advantages: A typical hydro-jetting device employs an extendable hose and spinning hydraulic cutting head. Portable power sources make it easy for professional plumbers to remove most clogs with minimum scratching to the inside of customer drains. For heavily coagulated grease traps or durable tree roots, plumbers utilize vehicle-mounted power to ensure complete removal of blockage. After breaking through a debilitating clog, the same jetters can be used to polish the sides of the pipe. This reduces the need for routine maintenance and cleaning. 
  • Cutting with Water: At high pressures, water jets can be used to cut through stone and steel. The hydro-jetting secret is high-pressure water diverted through an extremely narrow opening. Tiny water jet nozzles can blast through the most resilient materials without fear of dulling blades or overworking motors. At 4000 PSI, industrial sewage nozzles provide more than enough power to remove grease, hair, and other common clogging materials. 
  • Options for Homeowners: A dependable plumbing team will provide you with a list of choices for repairing any drain clog. New technology allows us to view clogs located deep within the drain. A video inspection makes it easy for plumbers and homeowners to decide on their next course of action. A flow-stopping oil clog and developed networks of roots are both signs that a hydro-jetting repair is necessary. This investigation helps plumbers determine the right amount of pressure necessary to clear the clog. Video inspection for one problem may also help discover small leaks along the way. 

Hydro-jetting is a great option for homeowners looking to get rid of a troubling clog once and for all.  Call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548 to learn more about your drain-clearing options.

 

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