Friday, September 18, 2020

5 Things Your Plumber Wishes You Knew

 


September 18, 2020 - Friday

5 THINGS YOUR PLUMBER WISHES YOU KNEW










We know just how easy it is to mess up a plumbing system. It’s something you use multiple times every day and like everything else, these systems are subject to normal wear and tear. In addition, some people mistreat their plumbing or make small problems worse by trying to fix them themselves. We certainly enjoy our job and fixing plumbing problems; however, there are a few things we wish you knew to keep plumbing problems from getting worse.

1. YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL CAN’T PROCESS EVERYTHING

Just as with toilets, some people assume that the garbage disposal unit in your kitchen sink can dispose of anything you put down the drain. While it’s true that disposals can handle many different materials, there are a few things [such as fruit rinds] that they can’t. Also, you shouldn’t drain things like paint or oil in your sink, even if you’re simply washing a bucket; they can collect in your pipes, causing bigger problems down the road.

2. DON’T PUT ADDED WEIGHT ON FIXTURES

Fixtures are not designed to support a lot of weight. Hanging a shower caddy on your showerhead is fine, but don’t overload it. And never use your tub spout as a foot rest!

 3. YOU CAN’T JUST FLUSH ANYTHING DOWN THE TOILET

Toilets are designed for a specific purpose. Trying to flush things that don’t belong in the toilet is a great way to ruin your plumbing system. Among the things we have found in clogged toilets include baby wipes, cotton balls, cat litter, paper towels, and disposable diapers. If you have small children, grab some lid locks for your bowls to stop them from flushing toys down the toilet.

4. ONLY DIY IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING

It’s understandable that you’d want to save money by fixing your plumbing problems yourself. In fact, there are a few DIY fixes that just about anyone can learn without the help of a plumber. But if you’re not careful, you can create bigger problems that can cost more down the line. For example, it’s very easy to create a leak by overtightening metal or plastic couplings. If you’re having a plumbing problem but aren’t quite sure how to fix it, don’t risk it! Call Anthony's Plumbing to diagnose and fix the problem!

5. FLUSH YOUR WATER HEATER ONCE PER YEAR

Water heaters are something a lot of homeowners tend to disregard. They’re placed somewhere maybe in your garage, and you don’t notice them much, but that doesn’t mean they are unimportant. Tap water that goes through your water heater carries a certain amount of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. After several months, these minerals start to accumulate in your tank in the form of sediment. This takes up valuable storage space and can lead to increased power consumption. Flushing your tank once every year limits these problems and can even extend your water heater’s lifespan

A RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL PLUMBING COMPANY YOU CAN TRUST

Anthony’s Plumbing is a full-service plumbing company serving the Inland Empire area, as well as Los Angeles and Riverside counties, with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and many people comment when our father-son team pays a visit. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a small fleet of well-stocked trucks and are ready to respond to all your plumbing needs 24/7.

 For more information or to get a free no-obligation estimate, you can contact us on our website [https://www.anthonyplumber.com/], message us on social media , send us an e-mail, or give us a call at (909) 823-3807.


Sunday, August 30, 2020

Top Residential Plumbing Questions Answered


August 30, 2020 - Sunday

TOP RESIDENTIAL PLUMBING QUESTIONS ANSWERED


Anyone who owns or rents a home knows what a challenge plumbing problems can be. Residential plumbing problems can be very stressful and can also be very costly if not taken care of immediately.

 

The following list includes some of the top plumbing issues commonly encountered by homeowners and their solutions so you can be ready for anything that comes your way. While many of these common at home plumbing problems can be solved through simple DIY fixes, some may need the expertise of a professional plumber. If that happens, Anthony’s Plumbing is here 24/7 for all your plumbing needs. 

Should I Turn Off The Water When I Go Away On Vacation?

Most people remember to check the stove and windows before heading out the door on vacation, but what about your water? Shutting off your water before you leave for an extended period of time is smart, but many homeowners choose not to. Keeping your water turned on always leaves the possibility open of your pipes leaking or bursting while you are gone. Though this is unlikely, even a small leak can be disastrous if you’re away from your home for days (or even weeks!). The situation you do not want is to come back home after a long trip to find your house flooded. Simply avoid this disaster situation by turning off the water before you leave for a trip. Not only will it prevent leaks and bursts, but it will give you peace of mind so you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

Why Is My Toilet Forever Running?

Running toilets are not only bothersome, but they can also be expensive and cost you hundreds of dollars (if not more!) in wasted water every year. Luckily, there is often a simple fix since the problem is usually caused by a faulty flapper or floater in the toilet’s water tank. If the flapper or floater is not responsible, then it’s likely you’ll need to replace your toilet to solve the running water problem. A quick way to determine if your toilet is leaking is to flush your toilet, then allow it to fill for the next ten minutes. After that, place several drops of food coloring into the tank. Allow it to sit for about 20-30 minutes. Then, check to see if there is color in the toilet bowl. If there is, then you have a running toilet leak. If you have a leaking toilet on your hands, identifying the cause of the leak will determine the fix. If the problem is due to a faulty flapper or floater, then all you’ll need to do is adjust the hardware or purchase and install a new one from your nearest Home Depot or Lowe’s. However, if it's looking like you’ll need a toilet replacement, then you should contact us for further assistance.

Can I Use Chemicals Drain Cleaners?

A common misconception is that chemical drain cleaners are the solution to residential plumbing problems involving clogs. In fact, the idea that chemical solutions are good for drain systems is not only false, but also the most hazardous. The chemicals in chemical drain cleaner products (like Drano) can corrode the piping and increase the risk of leaks, not to mention they could have potentially dangerous reactions to other things found in the plumbing system. A clogged drain can be fixed by a DIY job with all the main plumbing tools needed readily available at your local home improvement store. If you find yourself with a clog that can be fixed without the need for professional help, there are a few different home methods you can use to fix it on our own. Or, if you plan on hiring professional service, be sure they are a reputable company trained to handle the type of clogging found in your piping.

What Can I Put In My Garbage Disposal?

Garbage disposals can be notorious for breaking down or clogging. This is usually due to the homeowner treating them as trash cans - which they aren’t. By putting the proper waste down, you can avoid many common issues with your garbage disposal.

What to put in a garbage disposal?

Fruit scraps & pits; Vegetable scraps; Leftovers; Ice; Small bones, like those of fish; Cooked meat

What to avoid putting in your garbage disposal:

High fibrous or “stringy” foods e.g. celery and tough vegetables; Expandable rice or bread based products; Egg shells; Animal bones and fat; Paper or plastic materials; Cooking oils and grease.

Why Is There a Sewer Smell in my Home?

If you notice a persistent sewer smell in your home, it may be due to a broken sewer line. These odors are often the clearest sign that you could have a cracked drain pipe. You should never get an odor from your drains when your household plumbing is in proper working order. If you do, you need a professional plumber to inspect further to find the cause of why toxic sewer gas is making its way into your home. If your water smells like raw sewage, mold, or even decaying fish, the most likely culprit is bacteria building up due to decaying matter in your pipes. A variety of nasty things can grow in the dark recesses of dirty plumbing, including algae, fungi, and a range of bacteria, to create a musty water smell. While hydrogen sulfide is the most common culprit, it’s best not to take any chances when it comes to bacteria in the water. Disinfecting your water system with a shock chlorination treatment will typically kill off any foul-smelling bacteria lining your pipes.

Why Is There Never Enough Hot Water?

Constantly running out of hot water can be a frustrating inconvenience. Due to the type or condition of your hot water heater, there may be several reasons for your hot water heater to run out. Your hot water heater may be too small for your needs. If this is the case, don’t run several hot water appliances at the same time. For example, refrain from turning on the dishwater at the same time you shower. This can prevent running out of hot water in the middle of a shower. There may also be trouble with the gas burner. The gas burner may be getting too little gas - or too much - and cause a limited output for your heater’s hot water. For electric water heaters, make sure the heating elements are in good condition and replace them if necessary. If you suspect a problem with your hot water heater, call us to schedule a time when we can come by to inspect it. We can also consult with you about the advantages of upgrading your current water heater and considering a tankless water heater, if you don’t already have one.

Hopefully these answers help with your common residential plumbing problems! If your home plumbing requires repairs far beyond basic DIY skill, be sure to contact us to see what kind of plumbing fix would work best for you.

Do you have a critical residential plumbing question that you need answered, but don’t see in this blog post? Contact the experts at Anthony’s Plumbing today at 909-823-3807 or visit us online at: www.AnthonyPlumber.com!


Monday, August 3, 2020

HOW A SLAB LEAK CAN INCREASE YOUR WATER BILL

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August 3, 2020 - Monday

HOW A SLAB LEAK CAN INCREASE YOUR WATER BILL


If your water bill is higher than normal and you don’t have frequent visitors or changes in your daily routine, it may be the case that you have a slab leak. Slab leaks happen when a water pipe breaks underneath a concrete slab of your house or the foundation of your home. Slab leaks happen for a number of reasons and they can result in some very expensive repair if not treated immediately.

 

Slab leaks can be caused by corrosion of pipes due to heat, chemicals in the soil, and electrolysis inside the pipes. The constant vibration of water pipes can also produce friction on the pipes, leading to additional wear and tear. The shifting of soils can produce undue pressure on the pipes, as well. So can faulty construction or installation of the pipes.


Pipes underneath the house often run through a slab in several places. When a leak has started, this can also affect the slab, resulting in cracks, mold, a shifting foundation, and a host of other problems.

 

It’s good to know what the signs of a possible slab leak are. If you hear running water but all the faucets are turned off, there is a good chance that you have a slab leak. A really large water bill is also a big sign. If you have mold growth that can’t be explained, that could be another sign. Wet carpets, floors, and baseboards are also something to watch out for. A foundation that seems to be shifting could be a sign of a slab leak. So can low water pressure.

 

All of these could be signs of a slab leak, or not. At Anthony’s Plumbing, we specialize in leak detection and emergency services. All of our plumbers are licensed and insured, and we have been in business for over 20 years serving the Inland Empire and much of Los Angeles and Riverside counties.

 

If you suspect a slab leak, don’t hesitate to call us today. You can’t afford to take your time when it comes to a slab leak. It’s your house and its foundation that are at stake. We’re open 24/7 for all your plumbing needs. Call us now at 909-823-3807 or see more info on our website at: https://www.anthonyplumber.com/slab_leak_detection/index.php!



Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Snaking vs Hydro Jetting & Your Home

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July 29, 2020 - Wednesday

Snaking vs Hydro Jetting & Your Home

Hi Southern California, Anthony from Anthony’s Plumbing here to talk about Snaking vs Hydro Jetting! We get a number of calls that you have a blockage of some kind and that a plunger isn’t quite working. It usually means that your blockage is solid enough that a more forceful tool is required to clean the drain. Professional Plumbers like us will use one of two solutions for blockages and pipe cleaning which are known as “hydro jetting” and “plumbing snakes”. For us to decide which method is best for you we need to assess the root cause of the problem. Once the cause has been determined we can then tell you what will be best for your particular situation. Below we explain each method so you can understand better what we are talking about.

Your Snaking vs Hydro Jetting Guide

Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting is a very powerful tool. It’s a high-pressured hose that sends pressurized water through your pipes, attacking anything and everything that is causing your blockages. The perks of Hydro Jetting are listed below:

•  It’s Fast: It doesn’t matter how bad your clog is, the pressure of the water is a strong force and will have you unblocked and your water running in no time!

• Best Cleaner: Due to the power of the hydro jets, the water pressure will cut through anything that is blocking you, resulting in very clean pipes

• Pipe Materials: Regardless of what your pipes happen to be made of hydro jets can work through your clogs with ease

NOTE: If you have one of those older homes, you may well still have older and more fragile pipes. If this is this case the water pressure from these hoses could cause substantial damage. If fragile pipes are discovered, a plumber will most likely decide to go with the snaking method to achieve maximum results without causing you further problems.

Plumbing Snakes

Plumbing snakes (also known as plumbing augers), have been around longer that Hydro Jets and have always been recognized as an effective means of handling a clog. The snake is a steel cable with a coil at the end of it (see why it’s called a snake!); the cable is inserted into your drain lines, and the coil at the end is used to break through what is causing your obstruction while pulling it out at the same time. Below are the pros of using this method:

• Gentle: Snakes don’t have the power that hydro jets do. If your pipes are fragile this is the method you should be choosing to avoid damages

• Efficient: Even though it’s more gentle than a hydro jet, snaking your pipes is still very strong and will efficiently handle smaller to medium clogs without any issues

• Reliable: It’s reputation speaks for itself; you can’t go wrong with a snake

• Tree Roots: A snake is the only answer if you have tree roots. A hydro jet can be used afterwards should you choose, but the snake is the method you need to use in this situation.

 NOTE: The one downside to the snake method is that it only provides a temporary solution. It will break down and remove the debris, but buildup in your pipe will continue to grow which will means more clogs for you down the road. To truly rid your pipes of this issue, utilizing a hydro jet after the snake is a perfect combination.

If your plunger isn’t cutting through your blockages and/or you have any other plumbing questions, give us a call today at Anthony’s Plumbing and we’ll be pleased to send one of our knowledgeable professionals over to you right away to discuss these options with you further.

To discover more on the full range of emergency services offered by Anthony’s Plumbing, please call our offices today at 909-823-3807 or visit our website at www.anthonyplumber.com.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Before Using Liquid Drain Cleaners… Think Again

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July 1, 2020 - Wednesday

Before Using Liquid Drain Cleaners… Think Again

Let’s play “what if?” What if you have a drain that is slow or clogged in your kitchen or bathroom? In that case, calling a plumber might not be your first choice. Most people believe that using a commercial liquid drain cleaner you buy in the store is cheaper and requires very little effort, so why call for professional help. Actually, there are a number of reasons: your pipes, your health and the often poor performance of liquid drain cleaners, just to name a few.

Care For Your Pipes

Most liquid drain cleaners work by creating a chemical reaction right inside your drainpipe, often with the help of hydrochloric acid. These reactions typically generate heat, and that heat can do some irreversible damage to the pipe itself.

This is especially true if the cleaner doesn’t do a quick or complete job of dissolving the clog because the liquid chemicals will just sit on top of the clog while the chemical reaction is concentrated on one small section of the pipe.

If the pipe is plastic, the high heat could partially melt and deform the material. Metal pipes are more resilient, but the heat can weaken the metal in such a way that cracks and leaks become more likely down the line. This is especially true for older pipes.

Protect Your Health

If drain cleaning chemicals can do that kind of damage to your pipes, just imagine what they can do to you. The fumes released from the use of these products may prove irritating to the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.

Though not all drain cleaner formulas are the same, some may cause burns if you accidentally get them on your skin. Even worse is if you accidentally get some in your eyes, which is why it’s a good idea to always wear safety goggles and avoid splashing if you use these products.

Get Your Money’s Worth

Even if you manage to avoid damaging your pipes or compromising your health, there’s never a guarantee that a drain cleaner will be effective. The sad reality is: if the clog is caused by anything other than a simple hairball or grease buildup, the drain cleaner is unlikely to help at all.

One of the greatest advantages of calling a plumber to clear a drain is the ability to diagnose the cause of the clog. If there’s a break in a pipe that’s allowing other material to push inside, or if the root cause is located deeper in your drainage system, using a liquid drain cleaner is a complete waste of money.

Try Elbow Grease

Instead of immediately reaching for the bottle of liquid chemicals, try clearing a clogged drain the old fashioned way: use a plunger. Just be sure to practice proper plunger technique for the best possible results.

If that doesn’t work, you may be able to clear the drain on your own using a plumbing snake. There are scaled-down versions that can be powered by almost any electrical drill. They aren’t quite as powerful as the ones plumbers use, but they’re more than enough for your usual hair or grease clogs. Some people have found that a wire hangar can be effective if you bend the end to create a small “L” shape and use that to pull up any hairballs that may be causing the blockage.

Do you have a clog that needs clearing? Try the plunger, the snake or the wire hangar if you’re the DIY type, but resist the urge to choose the chemical solution. If you can’t extract the obstruction on your own, relying on the expertise of your local plumbing professional is always the preferred option. If you need us, we are here 24/7 for all your plumbing needs. Call Anthony’s Plumbing at: (909) 823-3807!


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Quality Plumbing Services You Can Trust


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June 28, 2020 - Sunday

Quality Plumbing Services You Can Trust


The average homeowner in the U.S. will call a plumber only once every three years. But when it comes to clogged drains, Fontana, CA homeowners shouldn't wait to call a professional plumber. When you wait to call a professional, a leaky pipe can quickly become a major disaster.

When dealing with broken, clogged, or leaky pipes Inland Empire homeowners deserve the most experienced plumbing services available. Anthony’s Plumbing is here to deliver.

With over 20 years of plumbing experience, Anthony’s Plumbing is the best plumbing service for broken or leaky pipes that Fontana has to offer. We also provide Rancho Cucamonga plumbing services, as well as plumbing services in Redlands, San Bernardino, Rialto, Colton, Highland, Riverside, Bloomington and Loma Linda. For a complete list of all the cities and areas in San Bernardino county, Los Angeles and Riverside counties that we cover, see our website for more information at: https://www.anthonyplumber.com .Whether you have a leaky pipe or a plumbing emergency, our professional plumbers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week ready to respond to your call.

At Anthony’s Plumbing, we pride ourselves on our customer service. We understand that your time is valuable, and no one has it in their busy schedule for a plumbing disaster. We dispatch our plumbers quickly to your home or business to make repairs as efficiently as possible so you can get back to your routine.

Our Plumbing Services

From plumbing repairs and installations to drain blockages, Anthony’s Plumbing is here to restore comfort to your property. Here are just a few of the professional plumbing services and repairs we offer:

Plumbing repairs and installations

Water filtration systems

Hot water heater tank safety inspections

Tankless water heater installation and repairs

Bathroom installations and repairs including showers, tubs, sinks and toilets

Hot water systems

Slab Leak Detection

Line tracing and locating

Copper and PEX Repiping

Hydro jetting

Emergency plumbing

Garbage Disposal installation and repairs

Residential and commercial plumbing

At Anthony’s Plumbing, it's our duty as experienced plumbing specialists to provide dependable and efficient solutions to any and all your plumbing issues. To learn more about our plumbing services and repairs or to schedule an appointment, contact Anthony’s Plumbing today.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Things You Should Know About Your Home Plumbing

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June 24, 2020 - Wednesday

Things You Should Know About Your Home Plumbing




In school, you probably learned many things that it seems like you can’t use anywhere today. Surprisingly, at times we seem uninterested in learning more about the things we really do need in our everyday life, but sometimes those things can be what matters the most.

A perfect example of something you need every day but you have probably never bothered to learn about is the toilet you probably just used this morning. Unless you don’t need your bathroom and kitchen, it’s good to know a few simple things about what you should do and should not do when using them. Your toilet, sink, shower and tub are all important parts of your household plumbing.

 Proper Care of Your Drain and Disposal Systems

First off, you should never pour grease, oil or oily water into your kitchen sink because the oil or grease can gather and eventually block your pipes. Although this will not happen immediately, and sometimes takes months to show, the oils and fats in the water will collect, and hot water alone is not enough to remove it. Sometimes, a situation like this might lead to you having to have a professional sewer line cleaning or a replacement of the whole clogged pipe. Isn’t it better to avoid spending money on things that you can avoid? It is best to dispose of that grease and oily water somewhere else, and avoid pouring it into the kitchen sink. Many people use an empty coffee can to pour used cooking oil or grease into.

 Use Garbage Disposals for the Solid Waste in Your Kitchen

Some waste should never be placed into your garbage disposal. Bones, shellfish shells, grease, metal items, paper and plastic should never be placed into your disposal. Really, only soft food items are safe. For the best long-term care of your disposal, it is best to teach your children why they should avoid inappropriate disposal of solid waste and that only waste that can be easily ground up should go into the garbage disposal. It is also recommended that you make sure there is water running in your sink whenever you turn on your disposal. Though it goes without saying, never reach into your disposal when it is running. If you hear a metal item start to grind, turn off the disposal immediately.

 Tips About Your Toilet You Should Know

Depending on the public waste disposal system implemented in your area, there is some solid waste that should never be flushed through the toilet. Often in the rural areas, you will find septic tanks in many homes. Cotton, sanitary pads, diapers and thick tissue papers should not be flushed in either toilets or septic systems. These waste items might lead to blockages in both types of systems. Flushing sanitary pads and other cotton materials through the toilet can lead to clogs that affect a wide area. During the recent toilet paper outages, many people bought paper towels since that was sometimes the only thing you could find, if that. Now that things are a little more “normal,” it is best to reserve the paper towels for spills, as they were intended.

 There are several other ways of protecting your plumbing system, and you are encouraged to continue reading our blogs. If you need our drain cleaning or any of our other plumbing services, you can contact us through our website www.anthonyplumber.com or give us a call at: 909-823-3807.