• The Benefits of Back Flow Prevention for Your Plumbing System

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    Home sewer systems are carefully designed to protect homeowners from using non potable sewer water. However, certain pressure changes in your plumbing system can quickly send water flowing reverse, causing unsafe water to flow into your home. This phenomenon, known as backflow, can result in overflowing toilets, unsafe water consumption, and other problems. Let’s take a look at how backflow occurs, and how installing a backflow prevention device can help you. 

    There are two types of backflow . The first is backpressure backflow, which is caused when water pressure in your plumbing is weaker than the pressure pushing against it from the outside. This is typically caused by problems at your local water utility or municipal plumbing systems. The second kind of backflow is called back siphonage, which is caused when your home’s plumbing system creates a vacuum and sucks sewer water back into the home. Both types of backflow can send sewage flowing into your home through toilets, sinks, faucets, irrigation systems, floor drains, and more. 

    Although normal home plumbing systems may not always protect you against backflow, specialized plumbing devices can help to prevent backflow from occurring. Backflow preventers are a very simple solution for stopping sewer water from moving in reverse. These preventers create a mechanical blockage that prevents water from flowing in reverse through your system. There are many different kinds of backflow prevention devices, including reduced principle assemblies, vacuum breaker assemblies, and double check valve assemblies. Your plumber can help you determine which type of backflow prevention device is right for your home. 

    Are you worried about backflow in your home or business? Then contact Ace Plumbing for backflow preventer installation services in the Sacramento area. We specialize in all types of residential and commercial plumbing service, as well as residential HVAC repair and installation. Call (916) 455-4548.

  • How to Know If Your Home’s Heating and Cooling Systems Are Efficient

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    Your home’s heating and cooling system is essential to maintaining indoor comfort throughout the year. But are you paying more than you should be to heat and cool your home? Inefficient heating and air conditioning systems can drive up your monthly utility bills, and are a huge waste of energy. Here are some signs that your heating and cooling system could be running more efficiently.

      1.      Humidity Levels in the Home

    Your home’s humidity is greatly affected by heating and cooling efficiency . Furnaces and air conditioners that are oversized for your home will use up a lot of energy, but won’t run for long enough. This causes moisture to buildup throughout the home, which can inflame allergies and promote mold growth.

      2.      Annual Electricity Costs

    Compare your current heating and cooling costs to previous years’. If your utility rates haven’t changed but your heating or cooling bills have increased significantly, then you may be dealing with some heating and cooling inefficiencies.

      3.      Check Your Maintenance Schedule

    Furnaces and air conditioners require regular maintenance to ensure efficient heating and cooling. If you haven’t had a heating or cooling professional inspect or maintain your HVAC system recently, then you’re probably paying more than you should every month.

      4.      Find your SEER and AFUE Numbers

    Heating and cooling systems use special numbers to describe their energy efficiency. Heating units have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) number, while air conditioners have SEER numbers. AFUE numbers can be read like percentages, and SEER numbers start at 12 (the federal minimum) and go up. The higher each number is, the better. 

    For help figuring out how energy efficient your heating and cooling system is, contact Ace Plumbing . We provide expert HVAC repair and installation services throughout the Sacramento area. Visit us online or call (916) 455-4548 for more information on our heating and cooling services.

     

  • Set & Save with ENERGY STAR

    Adjusting your home’s temperature throughout the day can help to lower monthly heating and cooling costs substantially. However, remembering to adjust the thermostat can be a challenge for many homeowners. That’s why you should consider the many benefits of a programmable thermostat. 

    This video from Energy Star discusses some of the many benefits of using a programmable thermostat. You’ll also learn about the different types of programmable thermostats available, and how to choose the right model for your lifestyle. 

    Need help choosing a programmable thermostat? Then contact Sacramento’s heating repair experts at Ace Plumbing . Visit us online to learn more about our HVAC services today.

  • Want to Learn More About Video Sewer Inspections

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      If you’ve been interested in our recent blog posts concerning video sewer inspections or determining whether or not you have a leak in your house, then check out these related links. In Sacramento, all of your plumbing problems can be handled by Ace Plumbing. Call (916) 455-4548 or visit our website to learn more. 

    • Don’t take your water meter for granted, learning how to read it can help you find leaks and save money.
    • It can save a lot of time and money if you check for leaks even before you see any indicators that you may have one.

     

  • Important Steps to Take When You Have a Leak

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    An undiscovered leak in a water or sewer line can cost you big money. Even a tiny hole in a water line can leak 10,000 gallons a month. If you think you might have a leak in your plumbing , then follow these steps:

      1.      Turn off any appliances that use water. These include showers, sinks, washing machines, spigots, and sprinklers. Make sure that they aren’t leaking water while in the off position.

      2.      Check the water meter . Normally there is a red or silver triangle on the meter that will spin if there is a leak. If there isn’t one then the actual meter dial should be spinning if there is a leak. If the leak indicator is spinning and all of the water using appliances have been shut off then you probably have a leak.

      3.      Find the main shutoff valve to the house and turn it off. The main shut off valve is usually located somewhere near the meter.

      4.      If, after turning off the main shutoff valve, the leak indicator is still moving then there is a leak between the meter and the customer-end shut off valve. If it isn’t moving then the leak should be coming from somewhere on the customer end including inside the house.

      5.      If you’ve determined that there is a leak, call a plumber to help locate exactly where the leak may be coming from. In some cases, the leak may be under the slab of the house and will require professional help to locate and repair. A quality plumbing company can find leaks under a slab and replace them before any foundation work is needed. 

    If you have a leak somewhere in your water line, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548 to speak to one of our skilled technicians today. Ace Plumbing has over forty years of plumbing experience and can get the job done quickly.

     

  • What Happens During a Video Sewer Inspection?

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    A video sewer inspection is a process through which the sewer lines connected to a house are inspected using a camera attached to a long fiber optic cable. What the camera sees is recorded and processed to be used in future repairs or possible replacements. Video sewer inspections are performed both as a preventative measure and to determine the cause of a leak or blockage.

    Some pipes, like galvanized steel pipes, don’t readily display damage on the outside. These types of pipes rust from the inside and form a corrosive buildup of blockages that can cause sewer systems to back up or spew rusty water from faucets. Tree roots or grease can also cause blockage. By pushing the fiber optic cable through the sewer pipe, technicians can determine the nature of a leak or blockage. This can aid them in determining the correct method for clearing the pipe. Other, more serious, issues can be determined by a video sewer inspection as well. An offset pipe caused by soil movement or frozen ground can be dangerous and costly to repair so it is imperative to know about it as soon as possible. 

    Another good time to have a video sewer inspection done is during the home inspection period while purchasing a house. The sewer system of a house is not always addressed during the home buying process. However, it should be a particularly important step during the home inspection process because a sewer system that needs to be cleaned, cleared, or even replaced can be a costly addition to a recent home purchase. Requesting a video sewer inspection can determine how well the sewer system is functioning and whether or not it needs to be replaced. 

    Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning provides expert video sewer inspection services. In the Sacramento area, call (916) 455-4548 to speak to a technician today.

     

  • Plumber Tips: How to Turn Off Main Water Service

    Knowing where to find your main water shutoff valve is extremely important. It can save your house from major damage should a surprise leak or burst sewer line suddenly appear. 

    In most houses the main water service is located in the garage, but this is not always the case. Check near your hot water heater for the largest line entering the house. The main water service shutoff is typically a lever that, when pulled down and exposed, is in the off position. Watch this video clip for more details. 

    It’s also helpful to know where the main water service shut off is to assist plumbers when they enter your home for basic plumbing work. In the Sacramento area, call (916) 455-4548 to speak to the plumping professionals at Ace Plumbing .

     

  • Water Heater Not Working As Well As It Used To?

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    Check out the pages below for more information on knowing when your water heater needs replacement and how to tell if your home heater is in need of repair. Contact Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548 for further information on these topics. 

    • To better understand the potential problems water heaters can encounter, visit this page from HowStuffWorks.com to see how they’re put together
    • Visit EnergyStar.gov for assistance in selecting a new water heater to replace your old unit with maximum energy efficiency in mind. 
    • Keeping your furnace in good condition with routine maintenance will help it stay efficient and working properly. Read more on this page from About.com. 

     

  • How to Tell if Your Water Heater is About To Go Out

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    The water heater is an important part of your home’s plumbing that works to keep the household supplied with hot water.  Like any other appliance, however, it requires regular maintenance. While water heaters can last for decades, there comes a time when replacement is the most viable option. Check out these symptoms that point to a water heater that’s ready to be put to rest. 

    • Hot water is sparse and unpredictable: If the water coming from your faucets or showerheads are too hot, too cold, or only stays warm briefly, then your water heater may be malfunctioning. It can be an energy supply issue, poor water flow, or something wrong with the heating element, all of which point towards a heater well past its prime.  
    • No hot water: A clear sign that something is wrong with your water heater is a lack of hot water entirely. This can point to a faulty heating element or an issue with your pilot light. Contact your plumber right away to minimize time spent without hot water.  
    • Strange noises: Water heaters occasionally whistle and make other noises as the metal expands and contracts, but loud clanking or repetitive and out-of-the-ordinary noises should always prompt investigation. An older unit may have some quirks, but these can be a sign it’s time to go with something newer.  
    • Visible moisture: Condensation on or around your water heater is a sign that something is wrong.  Any time you notice water underneath your heater, cut the power immediately and contact your plumber. It is likely there is a nearby leak that a plumbing expert will need to repair it quickly.  

    If you think your home is ready for a new water heater, call Ace Plumbing, Sacramento’s plumber of choice. We can diagnose and repair any issue your water heater may encounter, as well as replace it with a newer and more energy-efficient model. Contact us at (916) 455-4548 to schedule an appointment with our specialists today.

     

  • Signs Your Home’s Heater is in Need of Repair

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    The cold season is the last time you want to have your heating system suddenly fail. Knowing how to spot issues early on can help one avoid heating repairs and stay warm throughout the winter. Read on to learn about the sings of a home heater in need of attention, because winter is coming and you don’t want to be left in the cold. 

    Problem Indicators

    A home’s heater will often exhibit distinct signs when something is wrong, but they won’t always originate in the heater itself.  The most obvious tells are when the heater or furnace makes a lot of abnormal and loud noises, which can indicate that the moving parts are in need of lubrication or repair. Other, less clear signs can be a sudden and intermittent spike in your utility bill, a house that isn’t quite warm enough, or uneven heating. When some rooms are colder than others, it can point to several problems and not necessarily just your heater. 

    Consider contacting an experienced heating repair service to have a look at your heating systems in the case of suspected issues. Professionals quickly and accurately pinpoint the problem.  The earlier you catch something wrong, the sooner it can be repaired, especially before it potentially evolves into a larger issue.  

    Preventative Maintenance

    Before winter comes, it’s always a good idea to have your furnace or heater inspected by a heating repair company. There are a few routine measures that will extend the life of your heating system and keep it running efficiently, such as lubrication of the blower motor and changing the air filter. 

    At Ace Plumbing, we can take care of all your heating repair needs and ensure you will settle in for a comfortably warm winter. Call us at (916) 455-4548 to make an appointment or visit our website to explore our range of heating services today.