• Hear About Pipe Lining Straight from the Manufacturer

    Did you know that most of the pipes underground in the U.S. are past their expected lifespan? But if you have a failing pipe, you might not necessarily have to get it dug up and replaced. Talk to your plumber about trenchless sewer repair, which can rehabilitate your existing pipe without having to dig up large sections of your lawn. 

    You can hear more about this innovative type of plumbing repair when you watch the featured video. The president and founder of a pipe relining company explain the technologies plumbers can use and how the process works. 

    Ace Plumbing is a proud provider of trenchless sewer repair, serving Sacramento and the surrounding areas. To find out if your home’s plumbing problem is a good candidate for trenchless sewer repair, give us a call today at (916) 455-4548.

  • FAQs and Answers About Plumbing Vents

    If you picture the internal workings of a plumbing pipe, you probably imagine it transporting water to your faucets or carrying wastewater away from the home. What you might not know is that it also transports air currents. Pipes rely on pressure and air to move liquids in the right direction, and plumbing vents are an essential part of that equation. 

    What are plumbing vents? 

    Plumbing vents are also sometimes called vent stacks or air inlets. They are short pipes that poke up from the roof. You might have noticed them before and thought that they were ugly. But without them, your home could get very messy. 

    What do plumbing vents do? 

    In a nutshell, plumbing vents equalize the pressure within the plumbing system. Picture a plastic bottle of water. If you uncap it and turn it upside down, the water starts to glug out of the bottle. It doesn’t flow in a steady stream. Instead, the water chugs and the sides of the bottle start to pull inward. This is because the pressure in the bottle isn’t equalized. If you poke a hole in the upturned bottom of the bottle, the pressure equalizes and the water flows freely. Plumbing vents allow air to be introduced to the system above the waste drains. This allows liquids to flow, and it also keeps the toxic sewer gases down the drain and out of your home. 

    Could my plumbing vents be broken? 

    If you suspect your plumbing vents are broken or obstructed, you need to call a professional to inspect and fix them. Often, the first sign of a broken plumbing vent is an abnormal gurgling noise coming from the drains. You might also notice that the drain is slow-moving. You might even have standing water left in the sink or bathtub. A broken plumbing vent can also cause foul odors to arise from the drains. 

    The expert team at Ace Plumbing can diagnose and correct all sorts of plumbing problems. We also service water heaters, provide heating and air conditioner repair, and offer septic services. Call our office at (916) 455-4548, and we’ll send one of our courteous, professional plumbers out to your home in Sacramento. 

  • Why Is My Toilet Whistling?

    It’s normal for a toilet to make noises after you flush. But sometimes, a toilet may make some very unusual noises, like whistling after you flush or at random times. If your toilet is making any abnormal sounds, you’ll probably need to call a plumber. A whistling toilet isn’t just irritating. It could also be wasting water and increasing your water bill, depending on the specific cause of the noise. 

    Water Supply Valve 

    One of the simplest causes of a whistling toilet is an obstructed water supply. Before you call a plumber, check the water supply valve in the back of the toilet. Try turning it counter-clockwise. If you’re able to turn it, then the whistling was caused by a valve that wasn’t fully opened. It’s handy to know where the water supply valve is, just in case your toilet is in danger of overflowing from a clog after you flush it. When this happens, shut off the water valve right away to prevent an overflow. Just remember to open up the valve fully once the clog has been cleared away. 

    Fill Valve 

    Plumbers often discover that a faulty fill valve is to blame for a whistling toilet. Old toilets that use a metal ballcock valve are particularly susceptible to this problem. The fill valve is responsible for regulating the amount of water that fills up the toilet tank after you flush. The ball is located on the end of a metal “arm.” When you flush, the ball drops and the aperture opens. The aperture then slowly closes as the water level rises. If the whistling noise is caused by deterioration of the fill valve, then a simple adjustment may be all that’s needed to fix it. However, you should ask the plumber to replace it entirely, since the fill valve may completely fail soon. 

    For professional toilet repairs, Sacramento residents can turn to the trusted team at Ace Plumbing. Our emergency plumbing services can fix everything that your plunger can’t. Call (916) 455-4548, and be sure to check out our website to view our other services, including hot water heater repairs, drain cleaning, and hydro-jetting. 

  • Steps to Take When Your Water Heater Is Leaking

    A little water can do a lot of damage to your home. If a water heater leak is severe enough, you might need to rip out drywall and carpeting, or else risk a mold infestation in your home. To minimize the damage as much as possible, you’ll need to take action right away. Here’s what plumbers recommend you do as soon as you notice a water heater leak. 

    Avoid coming into contact with the water. 

    The water coming out of the appliance can be hot enough to cause scalding burn injuries. Avoid making direct contact with it, such as by touching it. You should also avoid making indirect contact with it, such as by stepping into it even if you’re wearing shoes. 

    Shut off the power supply. 

    Electricity is dangerous around water leaks. Protect yourself by shutting off the power supply before doing anything else. If you have a gas water heater, you can shut it off with the on/off switch or dial on the appliance. If you have an electric water heater, go to the breaker circuit box. Flip the circuit breaker for the water heater to the off position. 

    Do not obstruct the T/P valve. 

    In some cases, the leak may be coming from the temperature and pressure (T/P) valve. This should be located on the side of your water heater, close to the top. A leak at this valve could mean that there’s excessive pressure inside the tank. Never try to plug up the valve to stop the leak, since this can cause an explosion. 

    Shut off the cold water supply. 

    After you’ve shut off the power supply, you need to shut off the cold water supply to the tank to minimize the amount of water leaking out. Look for a valve above the tank that has either a handle (which you’ll pull down) or a dial (which you’ll turn clockwise). Note that if you can’t reach the tank without coming into contact with hot water, you should instead use the main water shutoff valve for your home. As soon as you’ve taken these steps, call a plumber to request emergency hot water heater repairs. 

    Got a leaking water heater? Call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548 to request an emergency plumbing appointment. Our team of highly trained experts can perform prompt hot water heater repairs in homes near Sacramento. 

  • Why Is My Hot Water Rusty?

    Rusty-looking water is a common plumbing problem. If your water looks rusty regardless of whether it’s hot or cold, then it’s likely caused by something beyond your house. For example, the neighborhood might be having the hydrants flushed or a water main might have broken. But if only your hot water is affected, then the problem is most likely your hot water heater. 

    Rusty hot water can be caused by sediment buildup inside the water heater. It’s also possible that the tank’s lining or jacket has broken, allowing water to come into contact with the metal. This will cause rust to form. You’ll need to call a plumber promptly and request a hot water heater repair or replacement. Otherwise, your water heater could spring a leak, leading to far more costly damage to the rest of your home. 

    Ace Plumbing in Sacramento provides effective and affordable solutions for every plumbing problem, including hot water heater repairs. You can schedule a service visit by calling (916) 455-4548.

  • How Does Trenchless Sewer Repair Work?

    With trenchless sewer repair, plumbers can fix pipes without digging a trench in your yard. You can watch the accompanying video to get a step-by-step look at how the process works.  

    First, the plumber will inspect the pipe to make sure the problem can be solved with this method. Then, hydro-jetting is done to clean out the pipe. The new pipe liner is assembled and a mixed epoxy solution is poured into it. The pipe liner is then loaded into an inversion tank, which is filled with compressed air to force the new liner into the pipe. After a few hours, the new liner is cured and the pipe is fixed. 

    Ace Plumbing is pleased to offer trenchless sewer repair to our valued plumbing customers in Sacramento and beyond. Call our friendly office staff at (916) 455-4548 to get started.

  • A Quick Look at Backflow Prevention

    Backflow is a potentially dangerous occurrence that can lead to contamination of the public drinking water. Your local water supplier may require you to have a backflow preventer installed in your home’s plumbing system for this reason.  

    Watch this video to learn about the importance of backflow prevention. Any loss of water pressure in your home could allow contaminants, such as pesticides used on your lawn, to flow into the water supply. A backflow prevention system in your plumbing will prevent this from happening.  

    If you’re concerned about backflow prevention, talk to a plumber in Sacramento at Ace Plumbing today. Our team works on everything from small plumbing repairs to large, emergency plumbing jobs. Call (916) 455-4548 for more information.

     

  • Preserve Your Paving with Trenchless Sewer Repair

     

    One of the reasons that homeowners typically dread the idea of making sewer repairs is that the process of accessing the sewer lines makes this plumbing service extremely costly. Since many sewer pipes run directly under pavement, such as your driveway, plumbers typically have to smash the pavement just to access the pipes, leaving you with costly repairs to make. At least, that is how plumbers used to do sewer repairs. Thanks to trenchless sewer repairs, those days are over. Now, homeowners can preserve their pavement while getting the repairs that they need.  

    With trenchless sewer repairs, plumbers can fix sewer line issues through one to two small openings, rather than exposing the entire pipe to find the problem. They can dig through any access point on your pipe, so there is no need to target paved areas. Your pipes will be fixed, and you won’t be left with a new list of repairs that need to be made.  

    If you’re concerned about problems with your sewer line, call Ace Plumbing. With our trenchless sewer repairs in Sacramento, you don’t have to dread fixing sewer line issues. Talk to a team member today by calling (916) 455-4548.

  • Where does Sacramento Get Its Water? (And How You Can Conserve It)

    It’s easy to switch on your tap and expect water to start flowing without really considering how it gets there. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, most people simply don’t stop to think about the process that brings water to their homes, but knowing where your water comes from is the first step in considering how to conserve it. Here is a look at where the water that flows through your Sacramento plumbing comes from and some advice for conserving it in the future.  

    River City Water 

    Sacramento’s nickname of River City gives you a clue as to where the city’s water comes from. Nearly all of the city’s water supply comes from the surrounding rivers and waterways, including the American, Sacramento, Cosumnes, lower Mokelumne, and Yuba Rivers. Some of the water supply also comes from groundwater.  

    The American and Sacramento Rivers are the two biggest contributors to water in the city. Each of these rivers has an intake structure that feeds water in a treatment plant. On the American River, the water feeds into the E.A Fairbanks Treatment Plant, and on the Sacramento River, it flows into the Sacramento River Water Treatment Plant. Within each plant, the water goes through a treatment process before it flows into reservoirs to be distributed as needed to homes throughout the city.  

    Water Conservation 

    There are many things you can do to reduce the amount of water you use in your home. If you have any leaky drains, call your plumber to have them repaired right away. Even small drips can use a huge amount of water that could be saved with an easy plumbing fix. Don’t run the tap while you brush your teeth or wash dishes, and make sure you run full loads when using your dishwasher and washing machine. Installing low-flow taps and toilets can also make a significant difference.  

    At Ace Plumbing, our plumbing repairs and new system installations improve the efficiency of your plumbing so that you can minimize your water consumption. Schedule a service call with a plumber in Sacramento by calling (916) 455-4548. 

  • Comparing Electric and Gas Water Heaters

    When it is time to replace your water heater, you don’t only have to choose between traditional and tankless water heaters, but also between electric and gas systems. There are pros and cons to each type, so which one is right for your home? Your plumber can help you make the best choices for your needs. This comparison will also help you weigh your choice.  

    Cost to Operate 

    Gas water heaters are the clear winner in terms of operational costs, whether they are traditional or tankless water heaters. Although the exact difference depends on your local utility costs, a gas water heater usually costs around $30 per month, while an electric water heater costs about $42 per month to operate. These rates will naturally vary depending on how much hot water you actually use. Part of the reason that electric water heaters cost more to operate is that they take longer to heat up water, thus using more energy.  

    Cost to Install 

    Electric water heaters cost less up-front to purchase and install. Gas water heaters are more expensive initially, even if you already have a natural gas line, and the cost will increase significantly if you have to add a line. This is true of both traditional and tankless systems. Despite the difference in initial cost, you may recoup the difference over the life of your water heater through the reduced operating costs of a gas heater. The ability to recoup your investment depends on the initial price of the systems, your utility costs, and how much you use your water heater.  

    Other Factors 

    There are other factors to consider when choosing between gas and electric water heaters. Gas water heaters tend to last for slightly longer than electric models, while electric models are considered to be safer since there is no risk of a gas leak. Gas heaters will work even in the event of a power outage, but electric heaters are more efficient because there is less residual heat loss.  

    Let the experts at Ace Plumbing help you with selecting a system and water heater installation in Sacramento. Get answers to your questions about all of our plumbing services by calling (916) 455-4548.