• The Basic Anatomy of a Septic System

    If you have a septic system, understanding how it works is an important part of keeping it in good condition. When you know the different parts of your system and how it should act, you’ll know when to call your plumber for septic service.

    Watch this video to learn the basic anatomy of your septic system. Failure of any of these parts can lead to costly damage to your home and lawn, so get regular maintenance septic service and call your plumber as soon as you notice any signs of malfunctioning.

    For septic service in Sacramento, call Ace Plumbing. Our plumbers provide maintenance service and repairs and emergency plumbing services any time you need them. For more information, call (916) 455-4548.

  • The Life Expectancy of a Water Heater (And the Things That Can Shorten It)

    You turn on the shower to get ready for work or flip on the faucet to wash some dishes, and it hits you: You don’t have any hot water. Most homeowners find out that they need a new hot water heater once it breaks down completely, usually at the most inopportune time. Knowing how long your water heater should last—and the things that you may be doing to shorten its lifespan—can help you get the most out of your current unit and get ready for a replacement before you’re caught unawares. Here is what you need to know.

    The type of water heater you have makes a difference.

    Traditional and tankless water heaters have different life expectancies. A traditional water heater with a tank can usually last between eight and 12 years. A tankless water heater can last for much longer. Most tankless water heaters last for about 20 years, and some can last longer than that. However, that doesn’t mean that a tankless water heater is the right choice for every home. Instead, let your plumber help you choose the model that best meets your needs.

    Several factors can impact how long your water heater lasts.

    You can’t control all of the factors that can shorten the life of your water heater. For example, if you live in a place with hard water, sediment will build up faster in your hot water heater, which can make it wear out faster than expected. You can control other factors. Avoid installing a hot water heater in a space where temperature fluctuations are common, like a basement, as your unit will need to work harder than if it is in a place with a controlled temperature. Failing to have regular maintenance performed by your plumber can also reduce the lifespan.

    You should start preparing for replacement before you need it.

    Try to plan for replacing your water heater about two years before you expect it to wear out. As it nears the end of its life, pay close attention to signs of failure, such as banging sounds, pooled water on the floor, and inconsistent water heating.

    Ace Plumbing provides hot water heater repairs when needed, and when the time comes, new water heater installation. Talk to a plumber in Sacramento about your hot water heater by calling (916) 455-4548.

  • Are Garbage Disposals Safe in a Household with Kids?

    When you have kids, your garbage disposal may seem more dangerous than functional. After all, the whirring sound of the blades makes kids irresistibly curious, but exploring could cause serious injuries. Fortunately, you don’t have to get rid of your disposal in order to keep your kids safe. With a few safety tips, you can get the functionality of a garbage disposal without putting your kids at risk.

    Know What Kind of Garbage Disposal You Have

    There are two kinds of garbage disposals: continuous feed and batch feed. Continuous feed garbage disposals are the most common type. They are controlled by a switch on the wall. Flip the switch, and the blades start spinning. Batch feed disposals have the same system of blades to grind up food, but they have a plug that sits on top of the disposal that must be turned to switch on the disposal. A batch feed disposal is the safest kind for kids since it is more difficult to use. If you have a continuous feed model, ask your plumber if you can switch it out for a batch feed.

    Teach Your Kids About Your Disposal

    A garbage disposal is certain to draw interest from your kids. Teaching them how it works can take the mystery out of it. Let your kids see how you use the disposal, and teach them that garbage disposals are for adults to use only. They may not understand how dangerous putting their hands inside the disposal—whether it is on or not—can be, so teach them about the risks and how to stay safe.

    Use the Disposal Safely

    Model the right way to use a garbage disposal by taking safety precautions yourself. Make sure the water is running when you turn on the disposal, and never stick your hands inside, even when the blades are off. Don’t attempt to put things down the disposal that could cause damage, like bones.

    At Ace Plumbing, our plumbers in Sacramento can fix your malfunctioning garbage disposal or help you install a new model that is safer for your kinds. Find out more about all of our plumbing services by calling (916) 455-4548.

  • Why Homeowners Prefer Our Trenchless Services

    Getting your water or sewer lines repaired used to mean creating a new problem: the destruction of your landscaping. That is because plumbers used to have to dig through lawns, gardens, driveways, and sidewalks to access the lines. After the plumbing was repaired, homeowners were left with the expense of restoring their outside areas. Now, there is an alternative: trenchless repairs.

    With trenchless repairs, our plumbers can run a new pipe through your existing water or sewer lines using only one or two small access points. Homeowners love this change because they can get the repairs they need without the additional expense of fixing their landscaping. Trenchless repairs can also be completed much more quickly than traditional repairs, so you can get back to normal faster than ever.

    If you need a plumbing repair, choose Ace Plumbing. From small drain cleanings to trenchless sewer repairs in Sacramento, our plumbers do it all. Schedule an appointment by calling (916) 455-4548.