Drain, waste and ventilation. Or DWV

Have you ever heard the term DWV?  In the plumbing world it stands for drain, waste and vent.  In your home or property the outlet at the bottom of any plumbing fixture enters the drain system of your home.  Once entered, it is considered waste water and enters your municipality's sewer system.  The pipe that proceeds above any plumbing fixtures and exits the roof is considered a vent.  Much like opeing a container on both ends, the vent system enables a better flow of your DWV system and releases sewer gas into the atmosphere.  DWV Tags:

Training for plumbers

Make sure your plumber is properly trained.  Afterall, he is protecting the health of your home. 

The Super Plumbing Van

Does you plumber spend too much time running back and forth to the plumbing supply house.  Who pays for that?  You do! Make sure your plumbers stays on the job, saving you money.  Staying on the job with everything you need requires the super plumbing van.  Take a look.  Then, we put it into the hands of a trained, tested and certified plumber.

The plumber is the product

The most important criteria when choosing a plumbing company is the standard by which they are trained.  For sure, anyone can supply plumbing material.  However, not everyone meets appropriate standards of training.  Remember, the plumber, in many cases, represents a safe and sanitary decision.  Choose wisely.  For a great example of good training criteria, watch the attached video. 

Plumbing Truck Stolen

We had a plumbing truck stolen from our Eureka location last week.

When PG&E moves your Natural Gas meter. What's Your Responsibilty?

Most homes in Northern California have natural gas service.  The provider is Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).  What homeowners are responisble for is simple.  That is, all property owners are responsible for installing and maintaining all piping after the PG&E meter.  But here's an exception. Currently, PG&E is busy installing and uprgrading a large amount of their underground (UG) delivery mains.  At times that will require moving the meter on your property for safety concerns.  PG&E may dictate that your meter requires relocation.

It doesn't flow uphill

As our founder Wayne Maples always said, *&^%$ doesn't flow uphill.  So, in honor of national tape measure day, know that plumbers live by the tape measure.  Or in plumbing terms, by "grade".  Grade is the slope applied to the drains below your home, or your property's sewer line to the street.  A proper drain system below your home should have a minimum downward grade of 1" every 4'.  Most levels will show that slope as a 1/4 bubble. 

How do I know if I have a gas leak?

How do I know if I have a natural gas leak?  There a two ways to identify a leak.  First, natural is a intenionally odorized gas.  That is, you'll be able to recognize the leak by sense of smell.  Second, the local provider, may suspect a leak and notify the customer. 

Water Conservation 101

Here's the best water conservation tip.  Repair or replace at risk water piping or water distribution systems.  No amount of water conservation measures can overcome a leaking or burst domestic water pipe.  If you have a home built before 1965, and your water distribution system has not been replaced,  it is likely to be aged galvanized steel pipe.  That's the exact system that could deplete all your conservation efforts.  In this extended dry spell ini

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