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Slab Leaks in Sacramento

Published on November 18, 2013

Ask a Sacramento Plumber: Video Camera Sent in Pipes to Determine Exact Location of Leak A man was trying to sell his home and had an inspection performed. The inspector saw discoloration in kitchen flooring and wanted to see if there was some sort of leak in the home’s pipes. One of the ways that we check for leaks is by sending a video camera through pipes. This camera is attached to a flexible cable and sent through plumbing. It transmits a high resolution image to a monitor, which our plumber  | Read More » |

Toilet Clogs in Sacramento

Published on November 18, 2013

Ask a Sacramento Plumber: Never Know What You’ll Find as the Cause of a Clog You’d be surprised at what we find when we are called to a home to remove a toilet obstruction. It’s not at all uncommon to see toothbrushes and even small children’s toys in a sewer line. In this case, the customer’s toilet was clogged with paper towels. If you have an obstruction in your toilet, your first instinct may be to use a plunger. Make sure that you don’t use too much force if you choose this option,  | Read More » |

Water Heater Repairs in Sacramento

Published on November 18, 2013

Defective Thermocouple Doesn’t Send Signal to Light Pilot If you have a gas water heater and the pilot light doesn’t stay lit, the problem will probably be a device called a thermocouple. It is a temperature sensor that generates a signal to light the pilot. If yours has gone out, here are the steps you should take in order to replace it. First, look at how the present thermocouple is attached and make sure you’ll have enough room to work. You’ll want to turn off the water heater as  | Read More » |

Kitchen Drain Cleaning in Sacramento

Published on November 18, 2013

Try These Unclogging Methods Before Calling a Professional If you have the time and patience, there are a few different methods that you can use to remove a clog from your kitchen sink. If the clog is close to the drain and caused by grease, ladle out as much of the water or other liquid from your sink as possible. Then, pour about a half a cup of dishwashing soap down the drain and follow that with 8-10 cups of boiling water. Let the mixture sit until the water has cooled completely. The clog should  | Read More » |

Sewer Line Clean Out in Sacramento, CA

Published on November 18, 2013

Ask a Sacramento Plumber:  How Do I Access a Sewer Line in Case of Blockage? Many older homes don’t have sewer clean outs. A clean out is a part of a sewer line that juts out of the ground and has a removable cap. It attaches to the main portion of a sewer line and provides access should any sort of blockage be present. If you don’t have a clean out, the only way to access the sewer line would be to remove your toilet and go through your bathroom. If you have cast iron lines but no cleanout,  | Read More » |

Shower Wall Leak in Sacramento

Published on November 18, 2013

Awareness of Leak Signs Would Help to Reduce Increased Damage Any sort of leak inside your bathroom walls can do a great deal of damage, leading to the need of an extensive excavation. If drywall has to be torn out, it could be several days before it can be replaced because you’d have to wait until your plumbing dries. This is why it is very important that you are alert to the signs of a possible leak behind your shower. If you notice paint or wallpaper beginning to peel, you see water accumulating  | Read More » |

Sink Replacement in Sacramento

Published on November 18, 2013

Sink Replacement Today, Remodel Tomorrow A customer called us to report that her kitchen sink had cracked. A few days before calling, she said her son had placed a hot plate in the sink without first cooling it off with water. She didn’t notice anything more than some discoloration at first, but then the crack developed. It progressed to the point where she wanted the sink replaced, so we installed a new one for her. Kitchen sinks are extremely durable in most instances, but can crack if something  | Read More » |

Sewer Backup in Sacramento

Published on November 18, 2013

Ask a Sacramento Plumber:  Should I Get a Plumbing Home Inspection Before Purchasing a New Home? A customer had just bought a new home, and had only been in it a few weeks before this problem occurred. We were able to find the source of the clog and clear it, and his smelly problem was quickly resolved. If you are thinking of purchasing a home it would probably be a very good idea to have the plumbing checked before you sign on the dotted line. A professional can provide a thorough inspection of  | Read More » |

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