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Radiant Heat and endless hot water

Radiant heat is the most comfortable heat.  Typically, it is installed as a warm floor.  Hot water is heated via a boiler, and circulates through the floor, heating the floor.  Then, the floor radiates the heat upward, warming the home.  For advanced efficiency, add an indirect-fired water heater to heat the domestic water.  Matching a high efficient boiler with an indirect-fired water heater will deliver virtually limitless hot water for bathing, laundry, dish

April 2015 Tip of the month

Take a picture before you close up that wall during a remodel.  The photo will allow you to know what's behind the sheet rock when its time to hang those pictures, or mount that TV.  The photo can prevent putting a nail or screw into that water pipe, or drain pipe. 

Building Sewer and Cleanout inspection and Repair at Time of Sale

Have you heard about the new time of sale requirements for testing property sewer lines?  In Norcal many municipalities are requiring that sewer lines pass a water test at the time of sale.  The concern is infiltration and exfiltration.  For infriltration, this occurs during heavy rains.  For example, root intrusion into sewer lines results in sewer pipe pentetration, or holes in the line.  When it rains, water enters the city sewer system via the holes left by root intrustion.  This causes undue over capacity at municiple treatment plants.  Simply, the pl

March 2015 plumbing tip

Here's our plumbing tip for March 2015.

Locate your home's sewer clean out.

What is good water pressure

Do you have a device like the one pictured?  If yes, then the water pressure on your home or property is being regulated, or reduced.  Residential water pressure should not exceed 80 pounds per square inch, or PSI.  Sometimes water is supplied to houses at 100 or even 150 PSI.  A water pressure gauge allows property owners to test thier water pressure.  A water pressure regulator can be installed at the service point of entry to the home.

Plumbing Tip February 2015, turn off that leaky faucet

Every have that leaky faucet that just won't shut off?  What if it becomes a steady stream, or even a gusher?  You'll need to shut off the water suppy, and it may be that you have to get it shut off quickly.  An emergency has just occurred.  Next question, where do I find the shut off?  Some may think the shut off is outside, at the point of entry for the water main.  More than likely, though, it's directly below the sink, in the cabinet.  Behind those cleansers and towels.  When you have time, take a look below your sink and see if your situation is

landscape protection and a sewer line install

Need to replace that old, clay sewer line but your concerned about protecting your lanscaping?  Alot of the time  a trenchless sewer line can be installed and your yard will be saved the large trench in the yard.  There are times, however, when a trenchless line is not a possible option.  When that happens you need the right equipment.  Many companies have very small excavators that dig straight and precise trenches, without creating a large footprint.  When you choose a plumbing company for your new sewer line, be sure they are prepared for all circumstances.&

Plumbing tip January 2015: Stop that running toilet

Plumbing Tip: January 2015, Stop that running toilet

1. Identify the float ball and float arm inside the tank.  This is the mechanism that shuts off the water.  Once it floats to the correct level it will activate the shut-off.

2. With tank lid off, and while the toilet is filling after a flush, observe to make sure the float is reaching the proper height.  If not, the toilet will continue to run, as the water will fall down the overflow tube.

Here's a tip that can keep your kitchen drain smelling fresh and clean.

Do you ever get a "whiff" of your kitchen drian?  It can kinda make you plug your nose.  Here's our plumbing tip for December 2014 to help keep your kitchen drain smelling fresh and clean. 

1. Peel yourself an orange.

2. Once peeled, send your orange peels down the disposal.

3. Your drains will smell fresh and clean.

Shower drain cleaning made easy

Here's a great tip for a simple shower drain cleaning.  Shower drain clogs are usually a result of hair in the drain, and it will stop up the drain like a cork.  Here's what you can do.   You'll need to remove the screws and drain cover, then:

1. Take a simple screw driver (flat preferred), and an old toothbrush.  Tape them together as shown.  Be liberal with the tape, as you want it to hold.

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