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    The Steps of Emptying a Water Heater

    Last updated 1 month ago

    There are many reasons why you might need to empty a water heater, and regular maintenance is high on that list. If not done properly, however, you could seriously damage or destroy your water heater.

    Turn off the main water supply to your water heater, then turn on all of your hot water faucets. Shut off the power to the water heater, attach a garden hose to the heater’s lower drain, and allow it to drain completely. Disconnect the hose, reverse the process, and you’re ready to go till next time.

    For more expert plumbing advice, or for plumbing services in Sacramento, contact us at Ace Plumbing. From drain cleaning to sewer and heating repair, we do it all and we’re here for you 24 hours a day. Call (866) 999-4703 to learn more today!

    Tips for Preventing Clogged Drains

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Clogged drains are a nuisance that can quickly turn into quite the hefty plumbing bill when not dealt with quickly and properly. While plumbers do offer drain cleaning services that you should consider taking advantage of regularly, preventing clogged drains in the first place is always the absolute best way to handle your home’s plumbing. Here are a few tips:

    Don’t Use Your Kitchen Sink as a Trash Receptacle

    Grease, coffee grounds, and oils from food can clog a drain quicker than you can say “don’t do it!” There is never a good reason to attempt to wash these items down the pipes. Pour your used cooking grease into a heat-resistant container to cool, and then dispose of it in the trash can. Or, you could collect it in a large container to donate to someone who recycles the oil. Coffee grounds make excellent additions to mulch or compost piles, but if you don’t have one of these, throw then in the bin, not down the sink

    Don’t Let Your Hair Wash Down the Drain

    Hair is a major offender when it comes to clogged pipe drains, particularly when it binds with soap scum. Keep as much of it from washing down and accumulating as possible by purchasing an inexpensive drain screen for your bathtub or shower drain. Hair will collect on top of the screen where you can collect it and throw it in your trash. It’s a little effort that could save your thousands down the road.

    Do Clean Your Drains Regularly

    Rather than waiting until your drains become clogged or slow, and then pouring harsh solvents down to clear them, use mild household products regularly to keep them smooth. Baking soda, vinegar, and even boiling water can all help keep things flowing freely. Never hesitate to call for professional drain cleaning services when needed.

    For expert drain cleaning and plumbing services in Sacramento, give us a call here at Ace Plumbing. Day or night, any day of the year, we provide emergency plumbing services in addition to our regular services and business hours. Call (866) 999-4703 for more information.

    A Guide to Preventing Common Plumbing Issues

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Plumbing problems can happen any time, day or night. From a backed up sewer drain to a water heater that gives out, there’s almost no end to the potential for plumbing headaches.

    With a little bit of preventative maintenance and the help of a good plumber, however, you can minimize the stress and keep your pipes in tip-top shape. One big tip: make sure you know where the main water shut-off valve is in your home just in case you ever need it to prevent your home from flooding! Check out this video to learn more.

    At Ace Plumbing in Sacramento, we want to be your trusted expert plumber. From 24-hour emergency services to basic maintenance and drain cleaning, we’re here for you. Visit our website or call (866) 999-4703 to speak to someone about your plumbing needs today.

    A Homeowner's Guide to Household Sewer Drains

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Whether you have a private septic tank or use a municipal sewer system, the basic plumbing of the drain pipes from your home to the receptacle are essentially the same up to a point. What many public sewer customers don’t understand, however, is that the plumbing in and from your house to the road is the homeowner’s responsibility, not the municipality’s. For that reason, it’s a good idea to understand your sewer drains and service them regularly.

    Avoid Causing Unnecessary Drain Clogs

    Anything you flush down the toilet or pour down the sink or shower has the potential to clog your drain pipes and cause problems. Certain products, such as toilet paper and the like, are designed to break down quickly and usually don’t cause problems unless you flush too much at one time. Other items like paper towels, feminine hygiene products, diapers, grease, paint, and the like do not degrade quickly and can cause major problems.

    Exercise Caution When Attempting to Clear Drains

    While there are many DIY methods and products for clearing sewer drains, many homeowners can actually end up causing more damage, and more expense, using these methods. The occasional need for a plunger or snake probably isn’t a huge problem, and most of the time can be done safely. If gentle use of these items don’t work, though, it’s better to call a professional plumber than to make a bad situation worse with aggressive and inappropriate techniques.

    Understand the Danger of Roots

    Tree roots can wreak havoc on sewer drains, either clogging them completely or destroying them to the point that your sewage leaks into your yard. There’s no way to tell whether or not roots are an immediate threat to your system without having a professional plumber coming out and doing an inspection. It’s an investment well worth making periodically.

    At Ace Plumbing in Sacramento, we provide expert full-service plumbing and 24-hour emergency plumbing services. From drain cleaning to sewer line inspections and more, we’re here to keep your pipes running smoothly. Call (866) 999-4703 today.

    Three Tips to Help You Prevent a Plumbing Emergency

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Plumbing emergencies can cause extensive damages that require costly repairs. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take in order to reduce the chances of these emergencies happening. Here are three tips to help you prevent a plumbing emergency.

    Educate

    You are automatically less likely to experience and more prepared to deal with a plumbing emergency if you are familiar with your plumbing equipment and appliances. Make a list of your plumbing appliances and add notes under each one. Notes may relate to maintenance procedures, what to do if the appliance breaks, or even just physical descriptions. Talk to your plumber in order to learn as much as you can about your plumbing system; this will help you provide the proper maintenance and prevent emergencies.

    Maintain

    Plumbing equipment that is properly and regularly maintained is far less likely to malfunction. Thus, providing this routine maintenance can limit the possibility of a plumbing emergency. This maintenance will not only increase your appliances’ working lives and durability, but it will also increase their efficiency. By improving the efficiency of your appliances you can expect reduced costs rather than expensive accidents. You can choose to maintain your plumbing equipment yourself or you can request the services of a professional plumbing company. Maintenance should typically be performed at least once per year.

    Connect

    It is always a good idea to foster a positive relationship with your plumbing service that involves consistent communication. In the event that any of your plumbing equipment malfunctions, it helps to know who to call; a plumbing service with which you have established a relationship will be more likely to respond at a moment’s notice and help you to avoid a plumbing emergency.

    Would you like more tips to help you prevent a plumbing emergency? Call Ace Plumbing at (866) 999-4703. We are happy to provide the Sacramento area with a variety of services including heating and sewer repair as well as drain cleaning and other plumbing procedures. Please feel free to visit our website or stop by and meet with us today if you would like more information about our business.



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