Plumbing

Video: A Simple Way to Clean Your Drains

Posted on May 30, 2018 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: Keeping your sink drains clean and clear is easier than you might think. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Graham Jones of The Genteel Plumbers to learn a simple method.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Graham Jones: So, a nice Genteel Plumbers tip to keep your drains from clogging up is dish soap. You want to use dish soap maybe every six months. Pour a bunch of dish soap and hot water down your drains, and it will keep you from having to call a plumber. It will pull all the grease down with it, a lot of the hair, Read more

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An Easy Way to Maintain Your Sink Drains

Posted on May 30, 2018 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — To prevent clogged sink drains, it’s a good idea to routinely clean out your drain pipes. Rather than using a store-bought drain cleaner like Drano®, try a simpler method: dish soap. It’s no wonder that dish soap is an effective drain cleaner—after all, it can remove grease from dishes, so why not your pipes? What’s more, dish soap acts as a lubricant that pulls the grease, grime and hair down the pipe. Here’s the most effective way to utilize dish soap for drain cleaning:

1. Insert approximately 12 ounces of dish soap (or dishwasher detergent) into the drain.

2. Wait five minutes. If you rinse too soon, you’ll have a massive amount of suds coming out of your drain. Read more

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Video: Water Heater Air Intake Screen Cleaning

Posted on May 29, 2018 by James Florence

CONCORD — Host, Sarah Rutan: One often-overlooked aspect of water heater maintenance is cleaning the air intake screen. Today we’re in Concord with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Rod Tehrani of Absolute Plumbing and Drain to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Rod Tehrani: I have one simple tip to keep your water heater in good standing, working position. Which by cleaning it, clean both sides of your water heater. You can use your vacuum and get the lint off of the screen. That cause the—the pilot goes off when the screen has lots of lint, so the doesn’t get in there. There’s residue buildup on your pilot, and the water heater is going to stop working all of a sudden. Read more

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The Advantages of an Earthquake Safety Valve

Posted on May 18, 2018 by James Florence

CONCORD — Due to high levels of seismic activity, earthquake safety is no small matter in the Bay Area. If you’re a homeowner, this means ensuring your home is structurally reinforced with supplementary measures like bolting and bracing. It’s also a good idea to have a family exit strategy laid out in advance. However, there are additional ways to augment earthquake safety for your home and family.

One worthwhile measure is installing an earthquake safety valve onto your home’s gas line. When a major earthquake occurs, a home’s gas supply can become damaged, which can cause a leak that leads to fires or explosions. An earthquake safety valve guards against such catastrophes by sensing substantial seismic shifts and subsequently shutting off gas service to the home. Read more

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Video: How to Stop an Overflowing Toilet

Posted on April 06, 2018 by James Florence

SAN JOSE — Host, Sarah Rutan: If your toilet is running—or worse, overflowing—you’ll be glad to know there are easy ways to stop this from happening. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Bill Shepherd of Shepherd’s Plumbing Heating & AC to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Bill Shepherd: So, what I want to talk to you today about is shutting off your toilet, should there be a problem with the toilet running non-stop, or overflowing. If it’s wasting water, or water’s running down the drain and you can’t get that water to stop, there’s two things that you can do. You can either open up the back of the tank and look inside. Read more

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How to Prevent Toilet Problems

Posted on April 06, 2018 by James Florence

SAN JOSE — Even if your toilets work fine 95 percent of the time, problems are bound to arise once in a while. Whether your toilet is running non-stop or clogged and about to overflow, knowing what to do can help you avoid major consequences.

How to stop a running toilet

If your toilet won’t stop running, this typically means the rubber flapper in the tank isn’t forming a proper seal to stop water from exiting. Fortunately, this is easy to address. Remove the lid from the top of the tank and look inside. If the flapper isn’t closed, you can close it manually by pushing it down with your hand. Read more

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Video: Real Estate Sewer Inspections

Posted on March 30, 2018 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When ordering inspections for a prospective home purchase, don’t neglect the importance of a sewer inspection. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jonathan Millington of Ace Plumbing and Rooter to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jonathan Millington: Often I will see that people will have purchased homes, and they will have a home inspection. They will inspect the roof, the structure, the foundation, but oftentimes they will not have the sewer inspected by way of video inspection.

I highly recommend video inspection when purchasing a home to show you the quality of the sewer line and warn you of any upcoming expenses. Read more

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