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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

June 2015 plumbing tip. Drain clog first line of Defense

The strainer is your first line of defense for keeping your drains clog free.  A large majority of residential drain clogs are due to hair getting into the drain.  The stainer, as pictured here, will do a pretty good job of capturing the hair before it enters the drain.  These strainers.

Mapleservice is Multi Pure distributor

Mapleserivce is Multi Pure distributor.  The absolute best in water filtration for your home.

Plumbing tip May 2015

Here's our plumbing tip for May 2015.

Unclog you p-trap yourself.  All sinks have a p-trap.  That is, it's literally shaped like a P, and it traps sewer gas.  Water remains in the U shape, creating a "water-tight" block that the sewer gas cannot penetrate.  So, the sewer gas is "trapped" in the pipe.  It's also where hair freqeuntly gathers, and clogs the drain.  Clearing the p-trap is simple:

1. With a channel locking wrench and a a bucket in hand, locate the p-trap

HVAC Packaged Unit

HVAC packaged unit installed

on the roof of a market in Santa Rosa. 

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