Sunday, August 30, 2020

Top Residential Plumbing Questions Answered

August 30, 2020 - Sunday


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:!

Monday, August 3, 2020


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August 3, 2020 - Monday


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:!