Plumbing

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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Video: Proactive Care for Your Plumbing System

Posted on August 30, 2018 by James Florence

BENICIA — Host, Sarah Rutan: The best way to avoid plumbing problems is to be proactive about routine maintenance and inspections. Today we’re in Benicia with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor James Burton of Oak Plumbing to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, James Burton: The best way to avoid plumbing problems is to be proactive about routine maintenance and inspections. Today we’re in Benicia with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor James Burton of Oak Plumbing to learn more.

Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local, top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org. Read more

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An Effective Tool for Clearing a Drain

Posted on August 29, 2018 by James Florence

HAYWARD — When one of your sink or tub drains gets clogged, you may think you need to call a plumber to get it cleared. However, with the right tool, you may be able to do this yourself. While there are a variety of DIY tools and techniques for clearing a drain, one of the most effective is to use a shop vacuum.

A shop vacuum (often referred to as simply a “shop vac” or “wet/dry vac”) is a high-powered vacuum commonly used in construction and woodworking. Shop vacuums can be used to clean up wet or dry materials, and the debris is sucked into a fully contained, easy-to-clean unit. A shop vacuum can be purchased at a home improvement store for around $80—less than the average cost of a plumbing service call. Read more

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Maintaining Your Water Heater

Posted on August 29, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAFAEL — Most water heater problems stem from a lack of routine maintenance. Over time, sediment and mineral buildup can inhibit a water heater’s efficiency and water flow, leading to subpar performance and even premature failure. Routinely flushing your traditional or tankless water heater will prevent these types of problems and help ensure efficient long-term operation.

Tankless water heater maintenance

Tankless water heaters require annual flushing with a descaling solution. This helps clear any blockages caused by sediment or mineral buildup so the heat exchanger can maintain an uninhibited flow. Tankless water heaters also have air and water filters that need to be routinely cleaned to ensure an uninhibited flow of combustion air and efficient flow of water throughout the unit. Read more

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Thinking Proactively About Your Plumbing System

Posted on August 29, 2018 by James Florence

BENICIA — When it comes to maintaining your home, one of the best things you can do is think proactively. The health of your home is just like the health of your body. Most of us tend to think proactively about our health: We go to the doctor for annual check-ups, as well as when we think there may be something wrong. Doing so gives us peace of mind because we know the state of our health and what needs to be done if we have any ailments.

Unfortunately, few people think proactively about their homes, which includes their plumbing systems. The average homeowner doesn’t have a plumber regularly inspect their plumbing system, Read more

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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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