• 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.