• Drain and Sewer Services: Hydro-Jetting

    Blocked and Corroded Steel Household Pipes

    When your home drains become clogged, you might be tempted to treat them with chemical drain cleaner. While chemical drain cleaners usually do the trick, they can be harmful on your pipes and the environment. For a quick, safe, and effective fix, you’re best off hiring a professional to perform hydro-jetting .

    During hydro-jetting service, a professional plumber will insert a nozzle down your clogged plumbing line. The nozzle will then spray water at an incredible 4000 pounds per square inch, clearing even the most stubborn blockage. Hydro-jetting is an excellent routine maintenance measure—particularly for restaurants that send large amounts of grease and food particles down the drain.

    If you have any questions about hydro-jetting, contact the experts of Ace Plumbing. Hydro-jetting is just one of the plumbing services we provide—we also offer sewer video inspection, heating and air conditioning repair, and water heater maintenance. Visit our website or call our Sacramento office at (916) 455-4548 to find out how we’ve earned our A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

  • Exploring the Effectiveness of Using Septic Tank Additives

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    Most homeowners would rather not think about what their septic tank does, let alone how to maintain it. For years, people have been relying on septic tank additives to help make septic tank maintenance easier—but do these additives actually help? This article offers a look at the effectiveness of septic tank additives:

    What Additives Are Supposed to Do
    Septic tank additives have been around since the late 1800s, and today there are over 100 additives available. Septic tank additives often contain yeast, enzymes, bacteria, and other organic materials. The producers of these additives claim that their products can aid your septic tank’s natural bacteria during the solid waste breakdown process, which becomes compromised when faced with bleach, ammonia, and other elements found in household cleaning products. Supposedly, additives’ role in the solid waste breakdown process reduces the number of septic tank problems.   

    What They Actually Do
    While some additives have short-term benefits, one study suggests that these benefits are counteracted by the negative long-term effects . A Kansas State University study found that additives make septic tank sludge decompose too quickly, causing excess gas buildup and system clogs. The Environmental Protection Agency does not recommend the use of septic tank additives, and Washington State has banned them altogether, claiming that additives can contaminate ground water.

    How You Can Maintain Your Septic System
    One of the best ways to take care of your septic system is to conserve water and use environmentally friendly cleaning products. You should also make sure to flush only liquids and organic materials down your toilet and drains. Instead of opting for septic tank additives, have a septic system professional come to your property and pump your tank once every three or four years. 

    Ace Plumbing can provide exceptional septic services to residents of the Sacramento area. We also provide heating repair, hydro-jetting, and numerous plumbing services. Don’t let your plumbing or septic system fall victim to prolonged disrepair—call us at (916) 455-4548 and let our experts resolve all your plumbing issues.

  • Sewer Repair: Why You Should Go Trenchless [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Sewer repairs are just about the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with. But why do so many people dread sewer replacement? Part of the reason why is that most people mistakenly believe that the process has to be disruptive and expensive. In reality, thanks to new trenchless sewer replacement techniques, you could have a new sewer line in a matter of days with little interruption of service. Trenchless sewer repairs are also more affordable. Since there is no digging, there is no cost to replace landscaping, driveways, and patios. Check out this infographic from Ace Plumbing to learn more about trenchless sewer replacement. If you think your sewer needs work, call one of our Sacramento plumbing experts for an evaluation. Please pass on this helpful information to your family and friends.

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  • Getting to Know the Basic Components of a Septic System

    Since the average septic system spends most of its life underground, many homeowners don’t even know what their system looks like. This video from AskTheBuilder.com offers a close look at the basic components of a typical septic system .

    The biggest component is the septic tank, which takes wastewater directly from the property and needs to be pumped once every 3-4 years. The distribution box takes the wastewater from the septic tank and sends it to the leech field via a series of pipes. Once in the leech field, the wastewater percolates through a layer of sand before rejoining the groundwater.

    To learn more about septic systems, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548. We’re proud to provide prompt sewer repair and plumbing services to homeowners throughout the Sacramento area.

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  • An Inside Look at How Drain Cleaners Work

    Hair Clogging The Drain

    When something in your home goes wrong, it’s tempting to go for the quick fix. When it comes to a clogged drain , many homeowners opt for chemical drain cleaner in order to clear the drain and get on with their lives. While using store-bought chemical drain cleaner is often quick and effective, it may not be the right choice in the long run. Here’s a closer look at how drain cleaners work and which drain-clearing alternatives you should consider: 

    Common Drain Cleaners
    Generally speaking, chemical drain cleaners work by initiating a chemical reaction with clogs . When cruising store aisles, you’re likely to see three main types of drain cleaners: caustic cleaners, which turn grease clogs into an easily dissolvable material; oxidizing cleaners, which clear clogs with heat and gas; and acid cleaners, which are very strong and difficult to find in stores. 

    Negative Effects
    Each of the above drain cleaners works by displacing the electrons within clogs, producing heat as a result. If used improperly, chemical drain cleaners can soften PVC pipe or cause substantial damage to older metal pipes. Some drain cleaners can also kill the bacteria in your septic tank and compromise the breakdown of solid waste. Even if you don’t actually use the chemical drain cleaner, it’s still risky to keep such powerful chemicals under your sink—especially if you have kids.

    Safer Alternatives
    Instead of putting your plumbing, septic system, and health at risk with chemical drain cleaners, you should have a professional come to your home and clear your clog with hydro-jetting. Hydro-jetting involves a special nozzle that can clear any clog with a high-powered burst of water. Of course, you’re best off avoiding clogs altogether by throwing food scraps and grease in the trash instead of letting them go down the drain.

    When in doubt, call the plumbing experts at Ace Plumbing. We’ve been providing top-quality sewer, plumbing, and HVAC services throughout Sacramento for nearly 40 years. If you experience a plumbing emergency , don’t be afraid to call (916) 455-4548 at any time. 

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