• What You Can Do To Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Most Americans spend more time in their own home than anywhere else. Indoor air quality is often worse than the allergens found outdoors. Here’s what you can do to improve your home’s indoor Air Quality.

  • June 22 is National HVAC Tech Day

    With the temperature rising here in Sacramento, June 22 is the perfect day to celebrate heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians. In honor of National HVAC Tech Day, Ace Plumbing would like to take a moment to recognize our hardworking staff who make indoor comfort a reality for each of our customers.

    HVAC: A Modern Technology

    It’s easy to take central heating and air conditioning for granted, but this contemporary invention has only been around for about a century, and it’s only been widely adopted in the last 50 years. In fact, the arrival of residential air conditioning shaped the growth of our nation, leading to the development of cities across the Sun Belt in the 1960s where triple-digit summer highs once made it unbearable to live there.

    Why Should We Appreciate HVAC Technicians?

    Recent advancements in thermostat technology and equipment performance give homeowners access to more efficient home comfort than ever before. And who is it that keeps our heating and cooling systems running day and night? That’s right – HVAC technicians. Let’s show them a little love!

    After all, extreme conditions are typical for HVAC heroes. When your home comfort equipment breaks down, you might have to last a few hours without heating or cooling until the tech arrives.

    But imagine the worker’s job, traveling from house to house fixing malfunctioning equipment all day long. These tireless techs brave swelteringly hot attics and freezing cold crawlspaces every day of the week on their quest to restore your comfort!

    Plus, every HVAC tech’s goal is to help you save money. During inspections, maintenance and repairs, technicians are eager to provide energy-saving tips. They propose specific thermostat settings, suggest ways to prevent energy waste and recommend zoning if your home needs it.

    When the time comes to replace your equipment, they even help you select an HVAC system of the perfect size and efficiency rating. Services from a knowledgeable HVAC tech keep you comfortable with more money in your pocket at the end of the day.

    How to Observe National HVAC Tech Day

    Celebrate this day with us and show your appreciation for HVAC technicians everywhere by using #NationalHVACTechDay on social media. Then, contact Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548 to schedule heating and cooling maintenance or repair in Sacramento from one of our fine HVAC technicians.

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  • Is Hot Water Necessary for Laundry?

    Readily available hot water is one of the many conveniences taken for granted by modern society. But despite its availability, it’s still important to be mindful about your usage. Moderating your usage of hot water can help keep your energy bills low and reduce your footprint on the Earth. Contrary to popular belief, plumbing experts say it usually isn’t necessary to use hot water for your laundry.

    Modern detergents do an excellent job of removing dirt and grime from clothing without the aid of hot water. This is good news for your clothes, which respond to hot water by shrinking and fading. There are a few exceptions, however. You should still use hot water if a family member has severe allergies (like dust mites), if the household has had a flea or bed bug infestation, or if a family member has a contagious illness.

    Find great deals on water heater installation and repair services at Ace Plumbing . You can get in touch at (916) 455-4548 to request our plumbing services in Sacramento.

  • How Thirsty Is Your Lawn?

    During the last major drought, some homeowners took the drastic step of tearing up their grass and replacing it with artificial turf. Although this can indeed reduce your home’s water usage, artificial turf just can’t compare to the beauty and lushness of a real lawn. If you’d love to keep your lawn while still being mindful of California’s tendency toward frequent droughts, it’s time to evaluate exactly how thirsty your lawn really is, and to talk to your plumber about installing a custom irrigation system .

    Types of Grass Seed

    For personalized guidance about your lawn, consider talking to a professional landscaper. A landscaper will let you know which type of grass you already have, if you aren’t sure, and recommend some drought-tolerant varieties. Examples of hardy grasses for drought-prone regions include the following:

    • Zoysia grass (especially El Toro, Empire, Jamur, and Palisades)
    • St. Augustine (especially Floratam)
    • Buffalo grass (best for low foot traffic areas)
    • Bahia grass (ideal for poor soil and full sun)

    Frequency of Watering

    When your plumber installs your irrigation system, you’ll be able to schedule automated watering. As a general rule of thumb, most grass needs about one or 1.5 inches of water per week during the hotter months. However, if your lawn is already well-established, consider reducing the frequency of watering. Watering deeply, but infrequently encourages the grass to develop deeper roots. This helps the grass tolerate drought better, and allows it to make the best use of the water in the soil.

    Frequency of Mowing

    Check with your homeowner’s association, if applicable, to figure out the maximum height allowed for your grass. It’s best to keep your grass on the high side, especially during droughts and heat waves, since mowing stresses the grass. When you do mow, try to do so the day after a watering.

    Ace Plumbing can design and install an irrigation system that keeps your lawn sufficiently watered without wasting water. We’ve been providing high-quality plumbing services to Sacramento-area homeowners and business owners for over 40 years! Questions? Call a friendly representative at (916) 455-4548.

  • How to Minimize Standby Heat Loss from Your Water Heater

    For maximum savings and a minimized environmental impact, consider having a plumber replace your old hot water heater with a new, more efficient model. Even if you aren’t quite ready to replace your hot water heater, or you’ve already done so, you can boost your energy savings by adding an insulation blanket. Specially made insulation blankets for hot water heaters will reduce standby heat loss.

    You can hear more about standby heat loss when you watch the accompanying video. This expert explains the new NAECA III energy efficiency requirements, which you can meet with the installation of an insulation blanket. He also demonstrates how these blankets are properly installed.

    To hear how you can save money on your utility bill, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548. We offer reliable hot water heater repair and replacement in Sacramento.

  • Common Questions About Air Conditioners in Commercial Buildings

    When customers walk into retail stores, restaurants, and office buildings, they expect to have a comfortable air temperature. This is especially true during the hot summer months in California. Talk to an HVAC plumber about your building’s cooling needs. He or she can recommend the right size of air conditioner if you need a new unit, and answer any other questions you may have.

    When will I need to get my AC serviced?

    You should schedule a routine service appointment for your AC at least once per year. It may also need routine inspections up to four times per year to ensure it continues working properly. If you have an older AC unit, it will probably need more frequent tune-ups. Check with your HVAC plumber for a customized maintenance and service plan.

    How long will a commercial AC last?

    It depends on the type of AC unit and how much use it gets. As a general rule of thumb, building owners should budget for a rooftop AC replacement about every 15 years. Know that if you don’t follow the recommended maintenance and inspection schedule, it’s possible that the system will fail prematurely.

    Should I be concerned about humidity levels in my building?

    HVAC systems like rooftop AC units play a critical role in controlling the air quality inside the building. Poor air quality can contribute to problems like mold spore proliferation. This is always undesirable, but can be particularly problematic if you run a restaurant, healthcare clinic, or hotel. Talk to your HVAC plumber about using the air conditioner to maintain ideal levels of humidity.

    Does the size of my AC unit really matter?

    Absolutely. The wrong size of AC will increase your utility costs. Your AC technician will calculate the right size of AC unit for your building.

    For the answers to all of your questions about commercial heating and cooling systems , you can call (916) 455-4548. You can request 24-hour emergency service, routine maintenance, repairs, or a new AC installation for your commercial building. The experts at Ace Plumbing in Sacramento pride themselves on exceptional workmanship and honest service.

  • Using a Water Meter to Check for Leaks

    Most people assume that they would know if they had a water leak, but the truth is that water can be leaking behind your walls without you seeing it. One easy way to determine if you could have a hidden leak is to monitor your water meter, so you can call your plumber at the first sign of an issue.

    To use your water meter to figure out if you have a leak, check the reading on your meter. After noting the reading, stop using water in your home for several hours. When that time has passed, check the meter again. If the reading has increased, you have water leaking somewhere in your home. Your plumber can pinpoint the cause and make the necessary repairs to prevent further damage from occurring.

    For professional plumbing repairs, including services from an emergency plumber in Sacramento , call Ace Plumbing. To make a plumbing appointment for your home today, call (916) 455-4548.

  • Spotlight on GROHE Shower Systems

    If it’s time to upgrade your shower , treat yourself to the spa-like experience of a GROHE shower system. GROHE showers combine the very latest technology with a commitment to sustainable practices to provide an unbeatable shower experience. As you consider your options for a new shower, ask your plumber if a GROHE shower could be right for you. Here is a look at some of the features you can expect with this kind of shower system.

    GROHE SmartControl

    GROHE SmartControl systems allow everyone in your family to personalize his or her shower. This thin, wall-mounted system consists of control knobs that allow you to customize your shower to your preferences. A simple push of the button turns on the shower, and then you can easily set the temperature and the kind of shower spray you prefer. You can also control the volume of water in your shower, to allow for more or less pressure based on your preferences. One system can control up to three showerheads, hand showers, and body sprayers at once, with individual control of each fixture.

    Multiple Shower Options

    There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all shower, so GROHE offers multiple designs to ensure that everyone can find his or her fit. From rainfall, mounted showerheads to hand showers and body sprayers, GROHE offers an enormous variety designed to suit every preference and bathroom style.

    Sustainability

    GROHE takes its responsibility to creating sustainable products seriously. The company’s EcoJoy system is incorporated into many of their showerheads and helps reduce shower and faucet water use by up to 68%. For outside of the bathroom, GROHE offers GROHE Blue, which lets you switch from tap water to sparkling water whenever you want to cut down on bottled water consumption and the associated waste it generates.

    Ace Plumbing can help you explore your options for new showers and help you choose the right one for your plumbing and your family’s needs. You can schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers by calling (916) 455-4548, and you can visit our website to learn more about our services, including water heater repair and clogged drain services in Sacramento.

  • Easy Ways to Reduce Water Consumption

    Conserving water helps you reduce your impact on the environment while saving you money on your utility bills. Calling your plumber to repair water leaks as soon as you notice them is one important way to reduce water consumption. This video offers more ideas.

    Conserving water doesn’t have to disrupt your lifestyle. By staying in the shower for 60 fewer seconds, you can save a significant amount of water each month. Simply turning off the tap when you brush your teeth will save gallons every minute.

    Let Ace Plumbing help you reduce the impact of plumbing problems on your water consumption. We offer extensive plumbing repair services in Sacramento, including water heater repair and toilet repair. To learn more, call us at (916) 455-4548.

  • Could You Have a Water Main Leak Under Your Driveway?

    Water main leaks are always something that homeowners dread, but a leak under the driveway can seem even more overwhelming. Fortunately, your plumber has the ability to find out what is happening under your driveway without ripping it all out. By recognizing the signs of a water main leak under your driveway and calling your plumber out for repairs as soon as you notice a problem, you can minimize the damage to your property. Here is what you need to know about the symptoms of water main leaks and how your plumber can help.

    Signs of a Water Main Leak Under the Driveway

    Many of the signs of a water main leak under your driveway are the same as any kind of water main leak. Low water pressure in your home is a common sign, as the loss of water through the break will decrease the flow of water to your home. You may also notice an increase your water bill, thanks to the water being spilled from the main. An easy way to spot a leak is to look at your meter when all the water in your home is off. If it is running, there is a leak somewhere. When the water main leak is located under your driveway, you may notice a wet spot on your driveway that spreads as the leak gets larger. Water may also begin to pool at the edge of the driveway.

    Fixing a Water Main Leak

    To fix your leak, your plumber will need access to the damaged pipes. When the pipes are under your driveway, this means cutting up the surface and digging down to the pipe. Fortunately, trenchless repairs let your plumber fix your pipes without digging up a large portion of your driveway, so you don’t face hefty driveway repair expenses.

    Don’t let a water main leak damage your home. If you notice the signs, call Ace Plumbing for plumbing repairs, including trenchless repair services . To schedule a service appointment with a plumber in Sacramento, call (916) 455-4548.

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