• The Importance of Proper Water Heater Maintenance

    In the old days, people used to boil water and then pour it in the tub if they wanted to bathe comfortably. Today, most homeowners enjoy the convenience of home water heaters .

    To get the most out of your water heater, follow the advice offered by Angie Hicks in this 30-second video. Using softening salts and regularly draining a bit of water from your tank to keep sediment from building up are two important water heater maintenance measures.

    Has hot water been harder to come by in your Sacramento home lately? If so, a greater source of water heater failure may be to blame. To have your water heater inspected and your hot water problems solved, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548.

     

  • How to Determine if Your Home Has a Hidden Water Leak

    Water leaking

    There are two main types of leaky pipes—those that occur in a home’s structural plumbing system, and those that occur in the sewer or water lines beneath a home, called slab leaks. Both types have the potential to cause severe damage to a home, resulting in costly repairs and increasing a home’s susceptibility to hazardous mold. The sooner a leak is detected and a plumbing professional is called out to a home, the less severe the consequences will be. This guide is designed to help you recognize water leaks early on.

    Unexplained Water Bill Increase
    If your water bills have been higher than usual, but you have not had several long-term visitors or been using more water than usual, you may have a water leak. Perform a DIY check or call your plumber to get to the bottom of it.

    Pressure Gauge Check
    Turn off the supply of water to your home at the main valve. Attach a pressure gauge to a hose bibb near the shut-off valve. After the pressure gauge has been affixed, give the valve a quarter turn to reactivate your water supply. Do not run any of your home’s water fixtures. If the pressure drops (even slowly), you probably have a leak.

    Food Coloring Method
    Squeeze a couple drops of food coloring into your toilet tank, and do not use or flush your toilet for fifteen minutes. Once the allotted time has passed, take a look at your toilet bowl. If the food coloring has made its way from the tank to the bowl, you have a leak.

    Watch for Signs
    Slab leaks are more difficult to detect than other water leaks. Signs include unexplained dampness in your flooring or home’s foundation. If you notice that your floor is moist, and you have not just spilled a beverage or other liquid, call a plumber right away.

    At Ace Plumbing in Sacramento, we repair all types of water leaks. To arrange to have an experienced and helpful plumbing professional repair your leaky water line, call (916) 455-4548. Visit our website to learn more about our services. 

  • Common Plumbing Mistakes Made by Homeowners with Septic Systems

    Home Repair

    If properly designed and cared for, a septic system can safely and effectively manage wastewater from a home that is not connected to a main sewer line. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not know what proper septic system care entails. To learn about the most common plumbing mistakes unknowingly made by homeowners, continue reading this article:

    Harsh Cleaners and Other Non-Organic Waste
    Non-organic waste, including dental floss, tampons, cigarette butts, and cotton swabs, can clog drains in any home’s plumbing infrastructure. If these non-organic items reach the septic system, it leads to another concern—these items will not be properly broken down and can interfere with the separation of sludge from water in the septic tank. Other products to avoid pouring down the drain or flushing down the toilet include harsh chemical cleaners, oil, gasoline, and paint. These things can eat away at your system and interfere with its intended function.

    Tree Planting and Construction
    Trees are great because they thrive on the carbon dioxide we breathe out and generate the oxygen we need. Trees, fences, and other common backyard entities should not, however, be planted or constructed near your septic system, as they can obstruct its flow and function. Septic system damage can also occur when vehicles and heavy machinery are operated on the ground directly above the system’s components.

    Lack of Septic System Maintenance
    Maintenance-related mistakes people make include forgetting to have their septic tanks pumped every 3-5 years (depending on tank size and use) and neglecting to have their entire septic system inspected every couple years. More problems tend to arise when homeowners fail to call professionals at the first sign of septic system failure.

    Ace Plumbing of Sacramento has more than 35 years of experience designing, installing, inspecting, maintaining, and repairing septic systems. If your Sacramento area home requires septic service of any kind, or you have any other plumbing needs, call us at (916) 455-4548.

     

  • Learn from the Best Plumbers Sacramento Has to Offer!

    Showerhead

    With temperatures where they are now, it’s an awful time to have a malfunctioning furnace or water heater. Don’t know if your water heater needs a repair or replacement? Check out the helpful links below for more information and then give us a call if your water heater seems to be out of order. 

    • To better understand the potential problems water heaters can encounter, visit this page from HowStuffWorks.com to see  how they’re put together
    • Visit EnergyStar.gov for assistance in selecting a  new water heater  to replace your old unit with maximum energy efficiency in mind. 
    • Keeping your furnace in good condition with  routine maintenance  will help it stay efficient and working properly. Read more on this page from About.com. 

    Need the best? Call an Ace! Contact Ace Plumbing today at (916) 455-4548 and we’ll get your plumbing and heating back in working order in no time!

  • How to React to a Burst Pipe Following a Freeze

    Ice Flow

    Even if you employ preventative measures, your plumbing may freeze and burst. If it does, it’s important that you understand how to react to an emergency . Burst pipes are very common in the aftermath of a freeze, and can cause a large amount of damage in a very short time. The steps below can help you take control of the situation and minimize the damage of frozen pipes:

    Recognize the Freeze
    Knowing that your pipes are frozen is one of the most important steps in the process. If you turn on a faucet inside your home and no water comes out, it is very likely you have an area of frozen plumbing. Open cabinet doors and taps to help circulate heat and reduce water pressure, as high pressure is one of the chief causes of burst pipes.

    Shut Off Your Water
    Locate and engage the main shutoff valve for your water supply. This may be near your water meter, outside by the curb, or in the basement. Individual shutoff valves can help, but it’s recommended that you consult with your Sacramento plumber before shutting off an individual fixture and creating pressure issues in the system. Shutting off the main water supply can help prevent additional pressure build-up.

    Call Your Plumber
    Contact an experienced Sacramento plumber right away so they can help mitigate the effects of the burst pipe. While awaiting their arrival, you can use towels, blankets, or other materials to isolate the spread of water and protect your household items. You may also wish to shut off electricity to your home if the burst pipe is near electrical equipment or your service panel.

    Ace Plumbing can help protect your home in the event of a burst pipe and offer preventative services to keep your plumbing from freezing in the first place. Learn more by visiting our website. If you need service right away, call us at (916) 455-4548.

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