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    Identifying the Signs of a Main Sewer Line Clog

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Clogs in your main sewer line may lead to various negative consequences like inefficient appliances and even home flooding. Fortunately, there are signs you can look for to identify a clogged sewer line and hire a plumber before it turns into major problem. Keep reading to learn how to identify the signs of a main sewer line clog.

    Root Growth

    While a main sewer line clog could be caused by the flushing non-disposable items, clogs are also caused by outside forces. In many cases, trees that reside on your property may be the culprit for your clog. Tree roots grow towards water, and they do not discriminate between clean water and wastewater. Roots that grow towards sewer lines often cause clogs to occur, and sometimes they even break through the pipe completely. This tends to be more common in older homes with older sewer lines.

    Connections between Appliances

    When it comes to main sewer lines that are not impaired by clogs, all of your appliances that use water should function without affecting each other. But when your sewer line is clogged you may notice connections. In other words, the use of water in one appliance that affects the water in another may be a sign of a main sewer line clog.  For example, if you find water around your basement drain after you use your washing machine, this may be due to a clog in your main sewer line.

    Video Inspections

    If you suspect that your main sewer line is clogged but you are not sure, you can contact your plumber for a video inspection. This allows your plumber to see into the sewer line and visually determine if there is a clog.

    If you have identified signs of a main sewer line clog in your home, call Ace Plumbing at (866) 999-4703. We are proud to call ourselves Sacramento’s go-to plumbing service. If you would like to know more about our residential and commercial plumbing services, visit our website or stop in and meet with us today.

    The Steps of Unclogging a Toilet

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A clogged toilet can be messy and inconvenient, but there are a few methods you can use to efficiently unclog your toilet without having to call a plumber. Watch this video to learn about the steps of unclogging a toilet.

    A toilet can be unclogged using a plunger or a toilet auger. Put on a pair of latex gloves and insert the end of the toiler auger with the rubber piece into the toilet. Push down as you turn the crank; eventually the auger should push through the clog. Once you have cranked the toilet auger all the way down, crank in the opposite direction while pulling upwards.

    If you’re dealing with a stubborn clog, call Ace Plumbing. Ace Plumbing is happy to serve the Sacramento area with a variety of plumbing services. For more information about our residential and commercial plumbing repair and maintenance services please visit our website. If you live in the area, stop by and meet with us or call us at (866) 999-4703 today. 

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    Last updated 1 month ago

    Shower drain plugged on Saturday morning. Called another company and they couldn't make it util late afternoon,. Called Ace and they were there within 15 minutes. It was my lucky day. Main drain was cleared in short order and the problem was solved. Parker did a great job! Will call them first for now on. More

    The Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repairs

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Sewer repair can require extensive digging, which often requires a sizeable investment of time and money, and can completely mess up your landscaping. But at Ace Plumbing of Sacramento, we take a different approach to sewer repair: If we don’t have to dig, we won’t.

    With trenchless sewer repair, we can use one of two different methods to repair a pipe without digging. The first method is pipe lining, where we pull a liner through the faulty pipe and inflate it to create a pipe inside a pipe. If pipe lining cannot be performed, we will look into pipe bursting, where we pull a new pipe through the damaged one, which fractures the existing pipe outward. Both methods result in extremely durable pipes, but do not require the time, money, or landscaping disruption of traditional sewer repairs

    To learn more about the sewer repair services that we offer, give us a call at (916) 455-4548. At Ace Plumbing, we have more than 40 years of experience serving the Sacramento area. Visit our website for more information about the plumbing services we offer, including trenchless sewer repairs. 

    Understanding the Basics of How Your Toilet Works

    Last updated 2 months ago

    You use it every day, but do you know how your toilet actually works? If you are like most people, you don’t even think about your toilet until it breaks. Learn more about the basics of how a toilet works and which Sacramento plumbers to call if you need toilet repair services.

    Bowl Siphon

    Did you know that your toilet would work perfectly well even if you disconnected the tank, leaving only the toilet bowl? The important mechanism here is the bowl siphon, which is a mechanism that sucks the water out of the toilet bowl when enough water is poured into the bowl at once. You don’t actually need the flushing mechanism; all you need is a bucket of water that fills the bowl quickly enough to completely fill the bowl siphon and create suction.


    When you turn the flush handle it raises a chain attached to the flush valve, which covers a hole at the bottom of the toilet tank. As soon as the chain pulls up the flush valve, the water drains quickly out of the tank and into the bowl, which fills the bowl siphon and creates enough suction to flush the toilet.


    Once the water in the toilet bowl and tank drains out, the toilet automatically starts filling up again. This is possible thanks to the refill mechanism, which consists of a filler float and filler valve. The float is a device that floats at the surface of the water in the toilet tank. When the tank is full, the float touches the filler valve; as soon as the tank’s water level drops, the filler float sinks. The filler valve is designed to start filling the tank with water as soon as the float starts to sink. The water eventually brings the filler float back up to the filler valve, which shuts off the supply of water to the bowl.

    At Ace Plumbing, we have worked on toilets for over 40 years. We offer emergency plumbing services in Sacramento, in addition to heating and air conditioning services. Check out our website or call us at (916) 455-4548 for more information about our plumbing and HVAC services. 

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