• How Can I Check the Age of My Hot Water Heater?

    The average water heater that has a tank will last between eight and 12 years. Tankless water heaters may last longer than 20 years. If your water heater is 10 years or older, it’s time to start thinking about replacing it before it completely fails. But what if you aren’t sure how old your water heater is? If you’re having a plumber do hot water heater repairs, you can ask him or her. Or, check the label on the appliance. 

    The manufacturer’s sticker should be located near the top of the water heater. You should see a serial number that starts with a letter. The letter represents the month of manufacture. Let’s say your serial number starts with A. A is the first letter in the alphabet, so it was manufactured in January—the first month of the year. The next two digits represent the year. If your digits are 06, your water heater was manufactured in 2006. Note that serial number codes can vary from one manufacturer to the next. You can check the manufacturer’s website if your serial number appears to be different. 

    The expert plumbers at Ace Plumbing can service, repair, and install all brands of water heaters. Call (916) 455-4548 to request a hot water heater repair in Sacramento. 

  • Tired of Your Old Bathroom? Consider These Easy Updates!

    An ideal bathroom is functional and aesthetically pleasing. If your bathroom doesn’t fit one of those categories—or either of them—it might be time to consider a remodeling project. A plumber can help you plan your project. He or she can advise you as to whether any of the pipes need to be moved and whether the new fixtures are compatible. 

    Bathroom Fixtures 

    Swapping out your old bathroom faucet for a new one is a quick, easy update that can make a big difference for the look and function of the room. There are lots of options to choose from. Some of the new fixtures offer a waterfall-type flow. You might even consider getting a motion sensor faucet installed, especially if you have young kids who need to be constantly reminded not to leave the water running. Note that if you plan to upgrade more of your bathroom than just the faucet, consider choosing this fixture last. You’ll want to ensure its style blends well with the rest of your new bathroom. 

    Bathtub to Shower Conversion 

    If your old bathroom currently has a fiberglass bathtub, consider updating it with a tiled shower. A sleek, modern glass shower door can replace that impossible-to-clean bathtub curtain. A contractor can remove the fiberglass tub. After that, the plumber may need to move some of the pipes around before your new shower can be installed. 

    Walls 

    A fresh coat of paint can complement your new bathroom fixtures and shower. Look for a high-quality semi-gloss or high-gloss paint that will resist moisture and be easy to keep clean. One of the latest trends in bathroom remodeling is the use of wallpaper. Modern wallpaper offers far more design options than ever, and some types are specifically designed for use in high-condensation areas such as bathrooms. Consider adding wallpaper to one accent wall for visual effect. 

    If you’re planning to remodel your bathroom, call the folks at Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548. Our plumbers in Sacramento can help you with a number of updates, including new fixtures and toilets. We stock fixtures by all major manufacturers, including Kohler, Toto, Grohe, and Noritz. 

  • Hear About Pipe Lining Straight from the Manufacturer

    Did you know that most of the pipes underground in the U.S. are past their expected lifespan? But if you have a failing pipe, you might not necessarily have to get it dug up and replaced. Talk to your plumber about trenchless sewer repair, which can rehabilitate your existing pipe without having to dig up large sections of your lawn. 

    You can hear more about this innovative type of plumbing repair when you watch the featured video. The president and founder of a pipe relining company explain the technologies plumbers can use and how the process works. 

    Ace Plumbing is a proud provider of trenchless sewer repair, serving Sacramento and the surrounding areas. To find out if your home’s plumbing problem is a good candidate for trenchless sewer repair, give us a call today at (916) 455-4548.

  • FAQs and Answers About Plumbing Vents

    If you picture the internal workings of a plumbing pipe, you probably imagine it transporting water to your faucets or carrying wastewater away from the home. What you might not know is that it also transports air currents. Pipes rely on pressure and air to move liquids in the right direction, and plumbing vents are an essential part of that equation. 

    What are plumbing vents? 

    Plumbing vents are also sometimes called vent stacks or air inlets. They are short pipes that poke up from the roof. You might have noticed them before and thought that they were ugly. But without them, your home could get very messy. 

    What do plumbing vents do? 

    In a nutshell, plumbing vents equalize the pressure within the plumbing system. Picture a plastic bottle of water. If you uncap it and turn it upside down, the water starts to glug out of the bottle. It doesn’t flow in a steady stream. Instead, the water chugs and the sides of the bottle start to pull inward. This is because the pressure in the bottle isn’t equalized. If you poke a hole in the upturned bottom of the bottle, the pressure equalizes and the water flows freely. Plumbing vents allow air to be introduced to the system above the waste drains. This allows liquids to flow, and it also keeps the toxic sewer gases down the drain and out of your home. 

    Could my plumbing vents be broken? 

    If you suspect your plumbing vents are broken or obstructed, you need to call a professional to inspect and fix them. Often, the first sign of a broken plumbing vent is an abnormal gurgling noise coming from the drains. You might also notice that the drain is slow-moving. You might even have standing water left in the sink or bathtub. A broken plumbing vent can also cause foul odors to arise from the drains. 

    The expert team at Ace Plumbing can diagnose and correct all sorts of plumbing problems. We also service water heaters, provide heating and air conditioner repair, and offer septic services. Call our office at (916) 455-4548, and we’ll send one of our courteous, professional plumbers out to your home in Sacramento.