Plumbing

Video: How to Flush a Water Heater

Posted on February 27, 2019 by James Florence

NOVATO — Host, Sarah Rutan: The simplest way to increase your water heater’s operating lifespan is to flush its tank annually. Today we’re in Novato with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Daniel Gagne of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to learn how this is done.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Daniel Gagne: Hi, my name Daniel Gagne, and today I’m going to show you how to flush a water heater. The reason we flush water heaters – and it needs to be done at least once a year – is because there’s a lot of sediment in the water and sediment tends to sit at the bottom of the water heater tank. And if you don’t maintain your water heater or flush it yearly and take a look at certain components, Read more

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DIY Water Heater Maintenance

Posted on February 01, 2019 by James Florence

NOVATO — A crucial aspect of plumbing system maintenance is to drain your water heater’s tank at least once a year. This is important because of all the sediment in the water, which tends to collect and sit at the bottom of the tank. If you don’t flush the tank regularly, your water heater will gradually become less efficient and may even develop a leak at its base.

Fortunately, flushing your water heater’s tank isn’t difficult. Just follow these steps:

1. Shut off water to the unit. Locate the shut-off valve (usually on top of the tank) and turn it to the “off” position (since it’s already “on,” just turn it all the way in the opposite direction). Read more

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Video: DIY Garbage Disposal Solutions

Posted on November 28, 2018 by James Florence

AMERICAN CANYON — Host, Sarah Rutan: Whether your garbage disposal is jammed or just smells bad, you’ll be glad to know there’s a simple solution. Today we’re in American Canyon with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Lamine Elabed of LW Construction & Handyman Services to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Lamine Elabed: I’m here today to give you a few tips regarding garbage disposal. It does get stuck sometimes, it doesn’t turn when you flip the switch. A lot of times all you need to do is reset the switch right here — you just push it once, remove it, and turn the power on again and it should be okay. Read more

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Video: Second-Guessing Low Water Pressure

Posted on November 28, 2018 by James Florence

AMERICAN CANYON — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you think your home has low water pressure, you may be confusing this for a simpler issue. Today we’re in American Canyon with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Lamine Elabed of LW Construction & Handyman Services to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Lamine Elabed: This tip is about low pressure coming out of a particular faucet in your home, most likely the bathroom or a kitchen faucet. Over time — there is an aerator, which is a thing that hooks into the end of the faucet — and it’s an aerator, which means it has a filter supposed to reduce the water output to 45%. Read more

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Solving Garbage Disposal Issues

Posted on November 28, 2018 by James Florence

AMERICAN CANYON — When your garbage disposal gets jammed, you may think you need to call a plumber. However, with a little troubleshooting, you may be able to solve the problem yourself. The first thing you should try is resetting it. On the bottom of the unit, there should be an ON/OFF power switch and a red reset button. Set the disposal’s power switch to OFF and press the reset button. Set the power switch back to ON and see if the unit will work.

If this doesn’t solve the problem, the next step is to try unjamming it manually. Your garbage disposal should come with a mechanical hex key specifically for this purpose; Read more

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Video: An Effective Tool for Clearing a Drain

Posted on August 31, 2018 by James Florence

HAYWARD — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to clearing a sink drain, there’s one useful tool you may not have considered. Today we’re in Hayward with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Oscar Sanchez of Aqua Stat Plumbing to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Oscar Sanchez: So, we have a great tip for our customers, or for everyone, for kitchen sinks. You don’t always have to call a plumber to get your sink cleared. You can purchase a shop-vac, a 5-gallon, first, from Home Depot. It’s about $80. And what you can do is suck all the dirty water out of the sink. And you might have to do it a couple of times to rinse some water down. Read more

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Video: Maintaining Your Water Heater

Posted on August 31, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAFAEL — Sarah Rutan: Whether you have a traditional or tankless water heater, annual maintenance is crucial to ensure efficient operation. Today we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Kyle Barnhart of Mike Testa Plumbing to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Kyle Barnhart: All right, so when I go to a customer’s house to deal with water heater issues, whether it’s replacement or troubleshooting, even if it’s not working properly, one of the questions that I ask them is, when was the last time that they performed routine maintenance on their water heater, and almost always the answer is, they have never done so. And doing routine maintenance on your water heater is an important part of keeping your water heater working efficiently and lasting as long as it possibly can. Read more

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