• The Smelly Truth About Sewer Gas

    The noxious odor of sewer gas is instantly recognizable because of its rotten egg smell. Sewer gas is comprised of both toxic and non-toxic gases. They are given off by the breakdown of waste materials within the septic or sewer system. It’s difficult to live in a home affected by strong sewer gas odors, and the gas can even cause health consequences. Contact a plumber right away if you think you might have a sewer gas problem. 

    Health Risks of Sewer Gas 

    Some of the toxic components of sewer gas include ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and methane. In municipal sewer systems, there may be other additives such as chlorine bleach and industrial solvents. Exposure to sewer gas can cause short-term and long-term problems. Some of the short-term symptoms of exposure include: 

    • Dizziness 
    • Headaches 
    • Fatigue 
    • Nausea 
    • Nervousness 
    • Eye and throat irritation 

    On a  long-term basis, individuals exposed to sewer gas may become more susceptible to respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia. Hydrogen sulfide can result in fluid accumulation in the lungs, and at very high levels, this toxic gas can result in unconsciousness and death. It’s also important to note that both methane and hydrogen sulfide are flammable and explosive. 

    Reasons for Smelling Sewer Gas 

    Pipes contain plumbing traps, which seal out sewer gas with a water barrier. When a pipe goes unused for a long time, the water seal may evaporate. This allows sewer gas to seep upward into the home. Other possible causes of sewer gas leakage include a backed-up sewer pipe, clogged drains, and cracked drain pipes. Sometimes, plumbers discover that a deteriorating wax ring under the toilet is the culprit.  

    Steps to Take If You Smell Sewer Gas 

    If you smell sewer gas, take it as a sign that you and the other residents should step outside for some fresh air. Call the plumbing company from your cell phone and request an emergency visit. Note that sewer gas may also be harmful to your pets. Bring them outdoors while you wait for assistance. 

    Ace Plumbing provides emergency plumbing services in Sacramento and the surrounding areas. If you detect sewer gas in your home, give us a call at (916) 455-4548. We also offer water heater installation and repair.  

  • How Can I Replace My Pipes Without Tearing Up My Floors?

    The plumbing system of an average home can last for years, even decades. But eventually, even the most durable of pipes will need replacement. A major plumbing project like this can be a headache for homeowners, especially when they’re faced with the potential for a flooring tear-out. But thanks to trenchless sewer repair, a plumber can make your pipes as good as new without having to tear up your flooring, patio, driveway, or yard. 

    All that’s required is a small access hole. The plumber can conduct a video inspection with a small camera to confirm the condition of the pipes and the extent of the problem. Then, using trenchless sewer repair technology, the plumber can insert a brand new lining along the length of the pipe. The flexible, tube-like lining is blown into the pipe, inflated, and cured in place until it hardens and forms a new pipe. 

    If you’re interested in learning more about trenchless sewer repair in Sacramento, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548. Our experts can repair your plumbing problem with minimal disruption to your daily routine.

  • Is It Really That Bad to Pour Grease in the Drain?

    Plumbers often warn their customers to never pour grease down the drain. But is it really that big of a deal? Find out when you watch the accompanying video. Just as cholesterol clogs your arteries, so grease can clog your pipes as it accumulates. And if your home is connected to the public sewer lines, your grease will be adding to an even bigger problem. 

    Britain’s plumbing made headlines recently when a 17-ton “fatberg” was discovered in the sewer system. Fatbergs are huge globs of fats and grease that can back up an entire sewer system. Instead of pouring your grease down the drain, pour it into empty aluminum cans and discard once the grease solidifies. Use paper towels to soak up the grease that remains in the cooking pan. 

    If you have a clogged drain that resists your efforts to clear it, call a plumber in Sacramento at (916) 455-4548. Ace Plumbing provides fast and friendly service at affordable rates.

  • Common Causes of Low Water Pressure

    Aside from clogged drains, low water pressure is one of the most common complaints plumbers hear. It can be bothersome to get shampoo out of your hair or scrub your hands clean if your fixtures have low water pressure. When you call a plumber to check out the problem, he or she will consider the following common causes. 

    Aerator Clogs 

    Aerators are small devices placed near the tip of a faucet. They consist of a fine mesh screen. The screen breaks up the flow of water into many smaller streams, adding air in between them. The aerator reduces water consumption without interfering with water pressure. However, sometimes the aerator can become clogged, in which case the water pressure will drop. 

    Nozzle Clogs 

    A nozzle clog is similar to an aerator clog. It’s the likely culprit when the water pressure in your showerhead drops, but every other fixture isn’t affected. You may need to unscrew the showerhead and soak it in a de-scaling solution overnight, such as distilled white vinegar. 

    Mineral Deposits 

    If the problem isn’t a clogged nozzle or aerator, then the problem may lie in the water line itself. Over time, the line can become clogged up with mineral deposits from the water. A clogged line is most likely the problem if the water pressure is fine when you first turn on the fixture, but then the water pressure drops. 

    Pressure Regulator Failure 

    Some plumbing systems have a pressure regulator. As the name suggests, the role of this device is to regulate the water pressure within the pipes. A failed pressure regulator will result in either very low or very high water pressure. 

    Pipe Leaks 

    A leaky pipe probably won’t cause low water pressure unless the leak is severe enough to limit the supply of water that reaches your fixture. In this case, you can probably detect the location of the leak easily. Shut off the water and visually examine your ceilings and walls for water stains, mold, and buckling. 

    For all of your plumbing repair needs, you can turn to Ace Plumbing. We offer reliable and professional plumbing services to Sacramento-area homes and businesses. You can reach a friendly staff member at (916) 455-4548.