• Should You Flush Your Tankless Water Heater?

    If you have a tankless water heater, there is one part of maintaining your system you might be overlooking: flushing the boiler. Although most people associate flushing water with traditional systems, failing to flush a tankless boiler can lead to the need for hot water heater repair services.

    Watch this video to learn more about flushing a tankless water heater. Talk to your plumber about how often your system should be flushed, which depends on usage and the hardness of the water in your area.

    Let Ace Plumbing help you get the most from your hot water heater with tankless water heater installation and repairs in Sacramento. To make an appointment with a plumber, call (916) 455-4548.

  • Favorite Faucet Styles to Consider

    Choosing a new faucet can not only improve your water flow but also improve the style of your kitchen or bathroom. There is an enormous variety of faucet styles available. Your plumber can help you narrow your selections down to the best ones for your needs.

    Motion detection faucets are increasingly popular, especially in the kitchen, because they allow you to wash your hands after handling potential contaminants, like raw meat, without touching the faucet. Single-handle faucets are popular and affordable choices for both the kitchen and the bathroom, but many people also appreciate having faucets with separate handles for cold and hot water. No matter the style, low-flow faucets are increasingly favored for their environmental benefits.

    Let a plumber from Ace Plumbing help you choose the best replacement faucet for your specific needs. Our team is also on standby for plumbing repair services of all sizes, including commercial plumbing in Sacramento. Learn more about our work by calling (916) 455-4548.

  • Trenchless Sewer Repair Can Fix These Plumbing Problems

    Trenchless sewer repair is a reliable alternative to traditional sewer repair techniques that were much more costly and invasive. With trenchless sewer repair, your plumber no longer has to dig up wide swaths of your landscaping in order to access your sewer lines . Instead, through a small opening, your plumber can locate and repair leaks and even replace your entire line if necessary. Here is a look at just a few of the plumbing problems that can be fixed with trenchless sewer repair.

    Bad Odors

    A telltale sign of a sewer problem is a foul stench emanating from your drains. When a sewer line is clogged, either by a tree root or debris, sewer gas goes up the pipes in the wrong direction—which means it goes up into your drains. Don’t ignore these foul odors, as, over time, the sewer could send wastewater back up your drains as well. Keep an ear out for gurgling sounds that accompany the odor—these sounds can indicate that gas is building up in the p-trap of the drain.

    Clogged Drains

    Drain clogs aren’t uncommon, especially when they happen in one drain. When all of your drains start clogging at once, including drains that don’t get a lot of use, then your sewer could be the culprit. It is especially suspicious if the drains on the lower level of your home start clogging repeatedly. They are the closest to your sewer line and may be first to show the signs.

    Unexpected Fixture Behavior

    There shouldn’t be any mystery in how your plumbing fixtures work. For example, when you flush your toilet, the water and waste should leave the bowl, which should refill with water. If water bubbles up in your sink after you flush, or some other odd behavior occurs, the sewer line may be the problem.

    Ace Plumbing is pleased to offer trenchless sewer repair in Sacramento to help you get the service you need without destroying your landscaping. If you suspect you have a sewer problem, call a plumber today at (916) 455-4548.

  • The Watery History of Ancient Rome & Its Remarkable Plumbers

    When you call your plumber today, there is a good chance that ancient Rome is not on your mind. However, the work that today’s plumbers do is inspired by the astonishingly advanced plumbing that existed in Rome. Although historians and scientists are just scratching the surface of the roots of the plumbing system in Rome, what they have learned is remarkable.

    Running water was a norm in ancient Rome.

    Most people don’t think of running water existing in the ancient world, but Rome was anything but primitive. Most people in the city of Rome and in many locations throughout the empire had running water in their homes as well as a complex sewer system for moving away waste. Wealthy residents of Rome even had hot and cold running water in their homes. It is believed that the plumbing system in Rome was capable of bringing fresh water to homes from hundreds of miles away.

    Lead pipes were at the center of Rome’s plumbing.

    Rome relied on lead pipes to create their plumbing system. Once plumbers realized the potential of lead piping, the plumbing infrastructure expanded dramatically. Scientists have confirmed the use of lead in Rome’s pipes by testing soil in the waters in which Rome’s plumbing system is believed to have emptied. The sediment level that is congruent with the time of Rome’s empire contains lead from pipe runoff. Although some people speculate that lead poisoning was the trigger for the fall of Rome and that the runoff killed a large amount of marine life, there is little evidence to back up these claims.

    Plumbing is a sign of Rome’s power.

    The fact that Rome was able to conceive and build such a complex plumbing system is indicative of its unmatched wealth and power. Rome had to get the lead for its pipes from modern-day France, Germany, Spain, and England, which demonstrates its purchasing power, and the Empire’s ability to build and maintain the expensive system shows its wealth.

    For plumbing that is a little more modern, choose Ace Plumbing. We offer comprehensive plumbing services in Sacramento , including water heater repairs and trenchless sewer repairs. For more information, please call (916) 455-4548.

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