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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a plumbing company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified plumbing contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated plumbing company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Santa Clara County – Plumbing CATEGORY

Frans Cartwright is a 13-year veteran of the plumbing industry and owner of Better Water Heaters, a Diamond Certified company since 2006. He can be reached at (650) 557-3559 or by email.

Frans Cartwright

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Frans Cartwright: Recapturing Fulfillment

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN JOSE — After finding himself at a professional impasse, Frans Cartwright was considering his options when inspiration came from an unlikely source. “After several years as an engineer in the tech field, I started to feel unsatisfied with my work and was figuring out what I wanted to do,” he remembers. “One day, we had a plumber come out to replace our water heater, and I was struck with the notion that I could do water heater installation as a small business venture. After doing a little research, I decided to go to work for a local plumbing company, which enabled me to gain experience while I studied to get my plumbing license. Within a couple of years, I was ready to launch my own water heater installation company.”

Since founding Better Water Heaters in 2003, Frans says he’s recaptured the sense of fulfillment that had been missing from his prior occupation. “I really enjoy the problem-solving aspect of the trade because it allows me to exercise my engineering skills. However, I also appreciate the opportunity to interact with and take care of my customers, which is something that had never been a part of my former career. Altogether, it’s been a very satisfying experience.”

Originally from Southern California, Frans moved to San Jose in 1996, where he currently lives with his wife, Melinda, and their five children. “San Jose is a great place to raise a family, with a lot to do locally and many nearby national parks for spending time in nature,” he says. “In addition to attending different local events and festivals, we enjoy going camping at places like Yosemite and Big Sur, as well as skiing at Lake Tahoe.”

In keeping with his values as a devoted family man, Frans has made it a point to create a family-centered culture at Better Water Heaters. “I’m all about family, and that’s the type of environment we foster here,” he affirms. “A lot of my employees have kids, so I try to be accommodating with scheduling so they can take time off for family things. Obviously, making a living is important, but I think being there for your family is an equal priority.”

When asked what his future retirement might look like, Frans says it will hopefully involve plenty of exotic locales and fine foods. “My wife and I are foodies, and we also love to travel, so that will probably be the focal point of our post-retirement ventures. It’s been quite a few years since we’ve been to Europe, so we’d probably kick things off with a trip to France or Germany.”

Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: “The Usual Suspects.”

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Sen Dai Sushi in Milpitas.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: Early bird.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Marbles. I still have a bunch of them from when I was a kid.

Q: What’s your favorite newspaper comic strip?
A: “Pickles.”

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Considerations for Choosing a Water Heater

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SAN JOSE — When choosing a water heater for your home, you have two options: a conventional water heater or a tankless model. Before making your choice, it’s important to learn more about the costs and maintenance involved with each.… Read more

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SAN JOSE — Host, Sarah Rutan: When choosing a water heater, you'll need to decide whether to install a conventional or tankless water model. Today… Read more

Adam Garza is a 23-year veteran of the plumbing industry and owner of San Jose Plumbing, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2004. He can be reached at (408) 372-8978 or by email.

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Adam Garza: Plumbing Pride

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN JOSE — Adam Garza learned about plumbing from his father while he was growing up, but it wasn’t until later in life that he acquired a sense of pride in the family trade. “My father has been a plumber for 35 years, and he started San Jose Plumbing back in 1991,” he details. “As a kid, I used to ride around with him and he would teach me about the trade. However, it wasn’t something I wanted to do for a living—after all, not too many eight-year-olds aspire to become plumbers.”

Following high school, Adam enrolled at a local junior college, unsure of his professional path but confident it wouldn’t involve plumbing. However, when a family emergency struck, he suddenly found himself in the thick of it. “During my second year of junior college, my dad fell ill,” he recounts. “There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my family, so when he asked if I’d come on board and help out with the business, I dropped out of school and came to work.” Not long after getting into plumbing full-time, Adam noticed an unexpected development. “Somewhere along the way, I learned to really enjoy plumbing. I liked the fact that every day was different, and I enjoyed working with my hands and helping people. After my dad regained his health and returned to work, I decided to stick with it. Twenty years later, it’s turned out to be a great career for me.”

Today, Adam says his favorite part of his job is the opportunity to help others. “It feels really good to have a job where I get to help people every day. A lot of our jobs are emergency situations, so it’s very rewarding to show up, assure the customer that everything is under control and see them breathe a sigh of relief.”

A resident of Gilroy (where he lives with his wife, Mia, and their three children), Adam expresses an appreciation for his local community. “I was born and raised in San Jose, so I feel like I’m very much a part of this community,” he says. “I take a lot of pride in being able to serve my friends and neighbors.”

Outside of work, Adam likes to stay active with physical exercise and outdoor activities. “My job is very physically demanding, so I like to stay in shape by working out, running and mountain biking,” he affirms. “I also enjoy going camping with my family. We’re very outdoorsy, so we spend a lot of time in Tahoe going hiking and stuff like that.”

In his life and career, Adam espouses the importance of communication. “Communication is central to any good relationship, whether it’s with your family, your staff or your customers,” he asserts. “When there’s clear communication, everything is out in the open and expectations are real, but when there isn’t, it really limits your potential, so I always make an effort to keep those lines open.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Adam says he’d book an extended stay at his family’s favorite vacation spot. “I’d probably spend a summer at Tahoe with my family. We love it there and try to go a few times a year, so it would be a blast to do the whole summer!”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The Golden State Warriors.

Q: Music or talk radio?
A: It depends. During the day I listen to KNBR sports talk radio, but in the evening I enjoy music.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Italy. My wife is Italian and has family there, so I’d like to take a trip to meet them.

Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
A: The past. I really love the 1950s and ’60s, especially the muscle cars of that era, so it would be fun to travel back to that time.

Q: What’s your dream car?
A: A Mustang Boss 302.

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Plumbing Leak Prevention

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SAN JOSE — A minor plumbing leak may be easy to ignore, but over time it can constitute a substantial waste of water. Additionally, leaky plumbing connections beneath sinks and near floors often go unnoticed, which can lead to problems… Read more

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SAN JOSE — Host, Sarah Rutan: One of the simplest measures you can take to avoid a costly water bill is to routinely check your plumbing fixtures… Read more

Yussef Nesme is marketing director of Rayne Plumbing and Sewer Service, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2004. He can be reached at408-640-6107 or by email.

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Yussef Nesme: Expanding His Horizons

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN JOSE – While landscaping and plumbing may seem like completely different industries to many people, for Yussef Nesme and his career path, one led to the other. “I started out in landscape design,” he explains. “It seemed to me that plumbing was pretty similar to landscape irrigation, and since plumbing is something everyone needs, I decided going into that industry would be a good career move.” Today, as Marketing Director of Rayne Plumbing and Sewer Service, Inc., Yussef enjoys the professional diversity that his position allows. “I love every aspect of my job, whether it’s meeting with people and building relationships on the sales and marketing side or working with my hands in the field.”

A lifetime resident of the Bay Area, Yussef says he appreciates living in what he considers the “capital of technology.” “In terms of technological innovation, the Bay Area is where the action is, so it’s exciting to be a part of that. Our area is both home to some of the major technological leaders and innovators and the place where all the new startups want to come to get established.”

When he’s not working, Yussef likes engaging in a number of sports-related activities, including playing pick-up basketball, snowboarding, jet skiing and training mixed martial arts. He also enjoys spending time with his mother and sisters, as well as his dog, Capone, a 150-pound boxer-pitbull mix.

Throughout his career, Yussef has learned the value of the age-old maxim: the customer is always right. “A lot of times, people will get carried away trying to convince somebody else that they’re right,” he explains. “But the amount of energy, time and frustration involved is rarely worth whatever they’re arguing about. As a professional, I’ve found it’s much more beneficial to avoid arguments altogether and just do what I need to do to make the customer happy.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Yussef expresses a desire to expand his horizons. “I’d travel the world,” he says. “I’d especially like to visit Greece—besides the historical sights, I’ve been told it’s gorgeous and the people live really simply, which sounds like it’s right up my alley.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: If you had a theme song, what would it be?
A: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: “Dumb and Dumber.”

Q: What were you most known for in high school?
A: I guess I was the class clown.

Q: Who’s your favorite comedic actor?
A: Will Ferrell.

Q: Which Seinfeld character do you most identify with?
A: Kramer.

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Safety Requirements for Water Heater Installation

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SAN JOSE — An important yet often overlooked aspect of water heater installation is safety code compliance. Due to the potential safety risks posed by a water heater, you should be aware of safety code requirements and make sure they’re properly implemented.… Read more

How to Maintain a Water Heater

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SAN JOSE – The best way to maximize the lifespan of a water heater is with ongoing maintenance. This comes down to two primary tasks: flushing the tank and replacing the anode rod. Flushing a water heater tank The most basic step… Read more

A Green Way to Deal with Hard Water

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SAN JOSE — Hard water is a common problem in the Bay Area—not only does it leave people with a rough feeling when they come out of the shower, it often causes damage to homeowners’ water pipes, water heaters and… Read more

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SAN JOSE — Host, Sarah Rutan: Prior to replacing a water heater in your home, you’ll need to be aware of safety code requirements. Today we’re in San… Read more

Jin Lee is a veteran of the plumbing industry and owner of Smart Plumbers, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2005. He can be reached at (408) 247-2288 or by email.

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Jin Lee: Plumbing Smarts

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SANTA CLARA — Jin Lee has always possessed a mechanical mind, so it only made sense for him to enter a field where he could utilize its full potential. “As a child, I was fascinated with how things worked and was always taking things apart and putting them back together,” he remembers. “Not surprisingly, plumbing was something that really interested me. Later, while working in furniture manufacturing, I did plumbing on the side as a hobby. When I came to the United States in 1995, I finally got a chance to pursue plumbing as a career, and in 2002, I started my own business.”

Today, as owner of Smart Plumbers, Inc., Jin says his favorite part of his job is bailing customers out of bad situations. “When someone is without water or can’t use their toilet, it’s not just an inconvenience—it’s an emergency. When I’m able to fix the problem and restore their plumbing system, they tend to be extra appreciative, which is very rewarding.”

Originally from South Korea, Jin now resides in Santa Clara with his wife, Sylvia. Outside of work, his favorite hobby is playing golf. “I try to golf at least once a week” he affirms. “Sometimes I don’t have time, but I do my best to make it happen.” Jin also enjoys following professional sports like football and soccer, as well as spending time with his children and grandchildren.

In regard to his professional career, Jin emphasizes the foundational importance of sanitation. “Modern plumbing originated because of a need for sanitation, and that’s still one of its most important aspects,” he explains. “Unfortunately, some plumbers and handymen neglect this, which can lead to unsanitary conditions and consequent health hazards. As far as my company is concerned, sanitation is a top priority—we always make sure our customers’ plumbing is clean, safe and secure.”

When asked what his life might look like if he retired tomorrow, Jin says he would spend more time doing the things he currently enjoys. “I would definitely play more golf—I’d probably go from playing once a week to playing every other day. And, of course, I’d spend more time with my wife, kids and grandkids.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The San Francisco 49ers.

Q: Coffee or tea?
A: Coffee.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant?
A: Sizzler.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: A night owl.

Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Music.

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Locating Your Water Shut-Off Valve

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SANTA CLARA —One thing every homeowner should know is the location of their water shut-off valve. Since this valve controls the flow of water to the entire house, knowing where it is and how to use it can minimize water… Read more

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Video: Locating Your Water Shut-Off Valve

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SANTA CLARA — Host, Sarah Rutan: In the event of a major water leak, knowing the location of your home’s water shut-off valve can help you minimize… Read more

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Know What You Want
Know What Plumbing Services You Want from Santa Clara County Plumbers

Plumbers in Santa Clara County perform various plumbing tasks, so it’s important that you know what you need from a plumbing contractor before you pick up the phone. By having a clear idea of the type and scope of project, you’re more likely to find a good plumber that has the skills and experience to complete your job. Here are some sample questions to get you started.

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified electrical contractor that is rated highest in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • What do I need from a local plumbing company (emergency plumbing repairs, plumbing services, new construction plumbing installation, new plumbing fixtures, etc.)?
  • What is my budget for the plumbing work or plumbing repairs?
  • If I need new plumbing fixtures, is there a specific style or brands I’m looking for (i.e. Toto plumbing fixtures, Kohler plumbing products, modern plumbing supplies, traditional fixtures, contemporary plumbing fixtures)?
  • Do I plan to live in my home long-term or is this a rental property or home I plan to sell?
  • What characteristics and professional qualities do I want in a Santa Clara County plumber? These may include promptness, reliability, good communication skills, and follow-up services.
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What To Ask In Person
Questions to Ask When You Meet with Good Plumbers in Person

Your plumber should be willing to answer a few more questions before he or she begins working on your plumbing. Sample questions that you may want to ask include:

  • How much time will the job take, from ordering the new plumbing fixtures through installation?
  • Will I be able to stay in my home during the plumbing work? Or will the water be shut off for too long to comfortably stay?
  • If applicable, do you have energy-saving plumbing fixtures and other plumbing products that can save me money in the long run?
  • Have you completed any similar recent projects in my area of Santa Clara County?
  • Do you have a list of customer references I can call?
  • How do you finish the plumbing installations? Will you leave my bathroom or kitchen in the same or better condition than it was in before you started the work?
  • How would I handle future plumbing service issues? Are you responsible for warranty work if there’s ever a problem with my new plumbing fixtures or plumbing products?
  • What can I do to make the plumbing repair / installation process easier?
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  • What To Ask References
    Interview Previous Customers About Their Experiences with Santa Clara County Plumbers

    It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified plumbers because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from a plumbing contractor in Santa Clara County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.
    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    1. Were you satisfied with the plumbing repair/plumbing installation/plumbing service from _(company name)_?
    2. What was the type and scope of job they did for you (emergency plumbing repairs, new construction plumbing installation, fixture replacement, etc.)?
    3. Did they complete the work on time?
    4. Did the plumbers keep you up-to-date on the status of your plumbing project?
    5. Were there unexpected costs associated with your plumbing repairs or plumbing installation? If so, what were they for and were they avoidable?
    6. If you live in a smaller Santa Clara County town such as Alviso, Los Altos Hills, Permanente, Mt Hamilton, New Almaden, Saratoga or San Martin, did the plumbers charge extra to travel to your home?
    7. Did the plumbing contractors show up on time?
    8. Did they clean up after finishing the plumbing work?
    9. When you need new fixtures or plumbing repairs in the future, would you use this plumber again?
    10. Would you recommend their services to friends and family?
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  • Review Your Options
    Find and Hire Good Plumbers in Santa Clara County Including the Smaller Cities of Coyote, Blossom Valley, Permanente, Redwood Estates, Stanford, Monte Vista, San Martin, Holy City or Monte Sereno

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Whether you’re in need of plumbing repairs or you’re hiring a plumbing contractor to install new plumbing pipes and fixtures in your home, your choice in a plumber will dictate how smoothly the project goes and the quality of the work. Now that you’ve done the research, consider the following questions in order to decide on the best plumbing contractor for your needs.

    1. Can one or more of the plumbing companies meet your needs for plumbing services, plumbing supplies and materials, brands and installation requirements?
    2. Are the contractors knowledgeable about the plumbing repairs or the type of new plumbing installation you need? Can they tell you which plumbing products best suit your needs and why (i.e. copper piping, PVC pipes, Kohler plumbing fixtures, Toto plumbing fixtures, pipe snaking, drain rooter services, etc.)?
    3. Are the plumbing professionals sensitive to your budget? Can they offer various plumbing products and plumbing installations that match your resources? Most contractors will give you bids for good, better and best options that include choices of plumbing products, prices, brand names/manufacturers, warrantees and plumbing services.
    4. Will the contractors guarantee or warranty their work and fixtures in the event of a product failure or plumbing installation error? Do they put their guarantees in writing?
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  • How To Work With
    Encourage the Best Plumbers in Santa Clara County to Bid on Your Job

    Some homeowners have found it’s smart to hire a plumber for smaller projects before signing a contract for a major plumbing repairs or installation. Others like having a working relationship with a local plumbing contractor because it gives them the confidence to know who to call in a plumbing emergency.

    It’s important to know that some good plumbing contractors in Santa Clara County are choosy about which jobs they accept. This is because bids take time and expense to prepare, and some of these local plumbers have been taken advantage of by unreasonable homeowners.

    How can you encourage the best plumbing contractors to be interested in your job?

    • Show the plumbers you interview that you’re interested in a good value, not just the lowest bid. Oftentimes, the first questions plumbing contractors hear from potential customers is about the cost of a job. You can show them you know what’s really important in a plumbing installation and repair by asking about quality products, knowledgeable installation and overall value.
    • Be honest if you’re interviewing a few plumbers, but assure each that you’re accepting bids from a few select companies, not dozens.
    • Interview and hire local plumbing companies in Santa Clara County including the larger cities of San Jose, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and Milpitas. Most plumbers like to work in the local area, since it allows them to provide more timely service. It also helps you weed out less reliable plumbing contractors who travel long distances and install discounted products at a cut-rate that local contractors may not be able to compete with price-wise.
    • Be upfront about your needs and desires for your plumbing repairs or new plumbing installation. The more you share with your plumbing contractor, the easier it is for them to give you a reliable bid, the right plumbing services, and the follow-up service you need.

    Get a Contract that Protects You and Your Contractor
    Congratulations! You’ve found a good plumbing company that meets all of your requirements. Whether you’ve chosen a plumber from the larger cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Gilroy, Campbell and Morgan Hill or a smaller town, now is the time to request a contract for the work desired.

    The contract should include in detail the scope of the plumbing project, any items or services that are excluded, payment terms, the exact plumbing materials and products to be used and any warrantees and guarantees. Your plumber should be proud to install only the best plumbing products and materials. Often, especially with plumbing fixtures, you will recognize the brand names of the best manufacturers. You may pay more for these plumbing products initially, but installing quality plumbing materials can save you money in plumbing repairs and replacements in the future.

    Once your plumber has given you a contract, read it entirely and be sure you understand all the terms and exclusions before signing it. This contract will protect you and your property, as well as your local plumber. So never sign a blank or incomplete estimate. You may write in additional requests or verbal agreements you’ve come to with the plumbing company representative, including start and end dates, no-later-than clauses that stipulate the date by which all work must be completed, or any bonuses you want to offer for early completion.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    Simplify the Job for Your Santa Clara County Plumbing Company

    One of the easiest ways to get the most out of your contract with a local plumbing contractor is to be organized. This way, you can save the plumber time and save yourself money. You can reduce the billable time by having a written list of specific items you want addressed and a list of questions or concerns you want to talk about with your plumbing contractor.

    If you have a leaky sink or under-counter pipe leak, move all household items from the area so the plumber doesn’t have to spend his or her time clearing a space in which to work.

    Keep children and pets away from the area where the plumbing contractor is working for their safety and the safety and convenience of the plumber.

    Ask your plumbing company representative if there is anything you can do to help speed the job along. They may have specific suggestions of steps you can take to aid the plumbing repairs or new plumbing fixture installation and to shorten the duration of the job.

    How Can You Be a Good Plumbing Company Customer?
    It’s your plumber’s responsibility install quality plumbing systems and fixtures using the best possible techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your plumbing repairs and installations, too.

    Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Santa Clara County plumber.

    • Be clear and upfront with the plumbing contractor. Let them know what you expect from the plumbing repairs and installation, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways the plumbing company can satisfy your expectations.
    • Before you hire a plumbing service, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local plumbers occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your plumbing contractor if you should call to check on the progress or if they will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your Santa Clara County plumbing service has a phone number where they can reach you at all times during the course of the work.
    • Return calls promptly to help keep the plumbing work on schedule.
    • Pay your contractor promptly.

    Why would you want to be a good customer for Santa Clara County plumbers?

    Plumbers appreciate customers who are honest, straightforward and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may go smoother and problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Compare the Invoice with the Completed Plumbing Work

When your plumber has completed the work and before they leave the premises, most good plumbing companies will give you a written invoice for the work done. This invoice usually includes the following:

  • The name, physical address and license number of the plumbing firm.
  • A complete list of all work performed.
  • An itemized list of all new plumbing fixtures, materials and replacement parts.
  • The total cost, including the amount due for labor and plumbing materials.
  • Any applicable warrantees or guarantees provided by the plumbing product manufacturers and the plumbing company.

It’s smart to compare the work that was actually done to the written invoice. Ask your plumbing company representative to accompany you on a walk through the job site and show you the plumbing repairs or new plumbing installations. Check the work completed against the invoice.

During your walk-through, ask if there are any special instructions for operating your new plumbing fixtures and the best steps to take in maintaining them. If you have questions about what work was done or how the installation was completed, ask your plumber before he or she leaves the job site.

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Written Warranties
Ask for Written Proof of Plumbing Warranties

Get proof of warranty coverage before your plumber moves forward with the plumbing services. Not all plumbers in Santa Clara County back up their work and products with warranties, but get all warranty terms in writing if the plumbing company you’ve chosen does.

Your written warranty should include:

  • The plumbing firm name, physical address and contractors license number.
  • What plumbing products and work are covered, including whether the contractor will replace or repair the plumbing or give you a refund if you have to place a warranty claim.
  • Your responsibility if you need warranty work (i.e., if you have to pay for labor when filing a claim for plumbing warranty work or pay a prorated amount).
  • Terms and limitations of the new plumbing or plumbing repair warranty.
  • If the plumbing warranty coverage is transferrable to the new owner if you sell your home.
  • Any exclusions to the warranty and guarantee coverage must be in writing.
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Top 10 Requests
Common Plumbing Brands Installed and Repaired by Santa Clara County Plumbers

The following are some of the most frequently requested plumbing fixture brands installed by plumbing contractors in Santa Clara County.

  • Kohler Plumbing Supplies
  • American Standard Fixtures
  • Toto Toilets
  • Delta Faucets & Fixtures
  • Grohe Faucets
  • Price Pfister Faucets
  • Franke Plumbing Fixtures
  • Elkay Kitchen Sinks
  • Blanco Sinks & Faucets
  • Danze Faucets & Plumbing

Popular Plumbing Services Performed by Local Plumbers in the Santa Clara Area
Plumbing contractors in Santa Clara County often are called to repair and install the following top 10 plumbing service requests. See the paragraphs below for the definition of each.

Rooter Service
Rooter service, also referred to as plumbing snake service, is a drain-cleaning service that unclogs pipes, cuts tree roots out of sewer lines and clears home piping to allow for better plumbing drainage.

Toilet Repair
Toilet repairs in Santa Clara County include tank repair, toilet leak repair, toilet flange repair, wax ring replacement, toilet bowl repair, toilet valve repairs, repairs for running toilets, toilet part replacements, toilet handle repairs, toilet seat repair and flush repair.

Plumbing Services
Plumbing services (which may include emergency plumbing services) are any type of plumbing installation or repair. Some local plumbers in Santa Clara County including those in the larger cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Gilroy, Campbell and Morgan Hill are known for commercial and industrial plumbing services, while others specialize in residential plumbing services.

New Plumbing Installation
The installation of new plumbing systems most commonly occurs in new homes and other new construction, or as part of a remodel. However, new plumbing systems can be installed as part of extensive plumbing repairs. New plumbing installation generally involves installation of new plumbing pipes, drains, plumbing fixtures and plumbing materials.

Pipe Cleaning/Drain Cleaning
Sometimes referred to as rooter services or sewer services, pipe cleaning and drain cleaning involves the complete cleaning of a home’s pipes and drains. This service is generally performed to unclog pipes and drains or to prevent drain and pipe clogs. Pipe cleaning snakes are often used to clean pipes and drains.

Bathroom Plumbing
Bathroom plumbing is the installation and repair of the pipes, drains, and plumbing fixtures unique to bathrooms. These may include sinks, showers, toilets, bidets, bathtubs and sewer lines.

Kitchen Plumbing
Kitchen plumbing is the repair and installation of kitchen plumbing fixtures such as sinks, garbage disposals and dishwashers, and the repair of any kitchen plumbing fixtures and supplies. Together with bathroom plumbing repairs, kitchen plumbing repairs make up the most common plumbing emergency repairs.

Commercial Plumbing
Commercial plumbing services in Santa Clara County are those that deal with plumbing repairs and installations in commercial buildings, including stores, schools, offices, hospitals, libraries and warehouses. Commercial plumbing is often on a much larger scale than residential plumbing and may require a different set of tools, knowledge and skills. Commercial plumbers may also perform industrial plumbing services and plumbing for warehouses.

Plumbing & Heating Services
Some Palo Alto plumbers offer plumbing and heating services, since the two trades have so many facets in common. Many plumbing and heating contractors offer full-service plumbing and HVAC services including water heater installation and repair, plumbing system installation, solar water heating systems and plumbing and heating supplies.

Emergency Plumbing Service in Santa Clara County
Emergency plumbing services are any unscheduled plumbing repairs provided by a local plumber. These may include kitchen and bathroom plumbing leaks, clogged pipes, burst pipes, sewer line clogs, drain leaks, toilet repairs, and main water line repairs. Some Santa Clara County plumbers offer 24-hour emergency plumbing repairs.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Plumbing Terms and Definitions

Below are plumbing glossary terms and descriptions used by plumbers in Santa Clara County, including those who serve larger cities including Milpitas, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Gilroy, San Jose, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Campbell and Morgan Hill.

access panel
An opening in the ceiling or wall near a plumbing fixture that allows Santa Clara County plumbers to service the plumbing system or pipes.

Also known as: plumbing access panel, plumbing access

aerator
A device added to the open end of a faucet that mixes air with water. Aerating the water creates a more even flow of water. Faucet aerators are inexpensive to install and can help conserve water and make shower and faucet spray seem more full.

Also known as: low-flow aerators, aerator shower heads, aerating faucets, faucet aerators

backflow preventer

A backflow preventer is a device that stops wastewater and dangerous contaminants from flowing back into the drinkable water supply. Backflow preventers are often code requirements for sprinkler systems, hand-held showers, faucets with pullout spouts, and kitchen sink sprayers.

Also known as: wastewater backflow preventer, backflow prevention valve

bathroom plumbing
Any plumbing to bathroom fixtures, toilets, sinks, showers and bathroom piping is known as bathroom plumbing. Bathroom plumbing may be plumbing repairs, plumbing system installation or installation of new plumbing fixtures.

Also known as: bathroom fixtures, bathroom plumbing repair, shower plumbing, toilet plumbing repairs

commercial plumbing
Commercial plumbing is any plumbing repairs or plumbing installations in Santa Clara County that take place in a commercial building. Commercial plumbing is different than residential plumbing because it often deals with commercial-sized water heaters, boilers, larger piping and more involved plumbing systems. Some plumbing contractors in Santa Clara County specialize in commercial plumbing while others focus on residential plumbing. A few plumbing companies will provide plumbing services and repairs for residential, commercial and industrial clients.

Also known as: commercial building plumbing services, industrial plumbing, multi-tenant building plumbing, store plumbing, shopping center plumbing

coupling
A pipe coupling is a fitting that connects two pieces of pipe. Common couplings for piping and plumbing include elbow fittings, tee fittings, cMorgan Hill couplings, cap couplings, plug fittings, nipple couplings, barb fittings and pipe reducer couplings. Plumbing system fittings can include closet flange couplings, trap primer couplings, clean-out fittings, combo-tee fittings, sanitary tee and double sanitary tee couplings, sanitary cMorgan Hill fittings and wye fittings.

Also known as: pipe couplings, couplings, fittings, pipe valves, PVC couplings, CPVC couplings

drain cleaning
Drain cleaning is a method of clearing organic debris and other materials from plumbing, drains and pipes. Drain cleaning for residential structures and commercial buildings includes drain pressure washing, drain snaking, drain cleaning chemicals, clearing clogged drains, drain tree root clearing and pipe degreasing services.

Also known as: clog removal, degreasing, pipe cleaning, drain clearing, unclogging, clean drainage pipes

elbow
An elbow is a pipe fitting that has two openings and which changes the direction of the plumbing line. Pipe elbows come in a variety of degrees to account for the various angles of piping.

Also known as: el fitting, ell coupling, pipe elbow, plumbing elbow, plumbing ell

fittings
Fittings usually refer to faucets, shower valves, and tub fillers. Fittings may also refer to piping coupling such as elbow fittings, tee fittings and flange fittings.

Also known as: plumbing fitting, fitting, pipe coupling

fixtures
In plumbing, fixtures are the objects that water comes from. Plumbing fixtures include water spigots and faucets, shower, sinks, toilets, urinals, and external plumbing system fixtures.

Also known as: fixtures, faucets, kitchen fixtures, bathroom fixtures, plumbing fixtures

GPM
GPM, or gallons per minute, is the rate of water flow from faucets and shower heads. GPM flow is regulated by the federal government. New showerhead flow rates can’t exceed 2.5 GMP and new faucet water flow rates can’t exceed 2.5 GPM or 2.2 GPM depending on the pressure. Installing low-flow faucets and fixtures can result in water savings between 25 and 60 percent without a noticeable change in water pressure.

Also known as: gallons per minute, flow rate

GPF
GPF, or gallons per flush, is the amount of water a toilet uses per flush. The rate of water flow by which toilets and flush valves are measured and regulated. Current law requires maximum of 1.6 GPF. Older styles were usually 3.5 GPF.

Also known as: gallons per flush, flush flow rate, flush capacity

ID
ID is the abbreviation for “inside diameter,” which refers to the size of the diameter of a plumbing pipe when measured from the inside edges. All pipes are referred to according to their ID.

Also known as: inside diameter

kitchen plumbing
All plumbing and plumbing fixtures in a kitchen are referred to as kitchen plumbing. Kitchen plumbing systems often include sinks and faucets, dishwashers, garbage disposals, sink plumbing, kitchen piping, sink drains, S-traps, slip joints, drain lines and supply line water pipes.

Also known as: kitchen fixtures, kitchen pipes, kitchen plumbing repair, kitchen plumbing installation

new plumbing installation
New plumbing installation refers to the installation of new plumbing lines, water pipes, drain lines, faucets and plumbing fixtures. New plumbing in Santa Clara County may be installed in new construction or in existing homes.

Also known as: plumbing installation, commercial plumbing installation, residential plumbing installation, industrial plumbing installation, plumbing replacement, plumbing reinstallation

OD
The abbreviation for outside diameter, OD, refers to the dimension commonly used to size water pipes and tubing for plumbing.

Also known as: outside diameter

PVC pipes
PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is a hard white or cream-colored plastic that is used to form plumbing pipes. PVC pipes are often used in venting and waste water systems that are not pressurized. PVC will melt if exposed to hot temperatures, so PVC pipes are used for cold water distribution.

Also known as: polyvinyl chloride, PVC piping

rooter service
Rooter service is a drain-cleaning service that unclogs pipes, cuts tree roots out of sewer lines and clears home piping to allow for better plumbing drainage.

Also known as: plumber’s snake, drain snaking, drain rootering, drain rooting, pipe rooter service, pipe snaking

rough-in
The rough-in is the initial part of a plumbing installation that lays out all the basic plumbing lines without permanently connecting them. The rough-in generally includes water supply lines, water drains, water waste and vent lines that run to each fixture (toilet, sink, shower, etc.). Roughing in is generally done before the plumbing inspection.

Also known as: roughing in, to rough in, roughing

toilet repair
Some toilet repairs can be simple enough for some homeowners to handle themselves, or they may require a plumber to fix them. The most common toilet repairs in Santa Clara County include a toilet running continuously, a loose toilet handle or a sticking toilet handle, water on the floor around the toilet, leaking toilet tanks, poorly flushing toilets, clogged toilets, noisy toilets and toilet tank repairs.

Also known as: toilet problems, toilet problem repairs, toilet part replacement, toilet tank repairs, toilet unclogging, fixing the toilet

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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions About Plumbing Services

Read on to find the answers to the most commonly asked of and about plumbing contractors.

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified Plumbers?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a plumbing company with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only plumbers rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with in-depth and ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified plumbing contractor.

Q: Why won’t some plumbers in Santa Clara County give estimates over the phone?
A: Many good plumbers won’t give estimates over the phone because it can be hard or impossible to accurately diagnose a plumbing problem without seeing it first-hand. Since plumbing fixtures and materials greatly vary, plumbing contractors who give estimates over the phone may end up changing the diagnosis and the fee after arrive on the site to repair the problem or install the fixtures.

However, many plumbers will give free estimates when they come to look at the plumbing problem in person. Others may charge for estimates but might apply the fee toward your repair costs if you hire them to do the plumbing repairs.

Q: Is it an advantage to hire a Santa Clara County plumber who carries parts and equipment in their work trucks?
A: It can be an advantage to hire plumbing companies who has a well-stocked work truck. These prepared plumbers can usually repair common plumbing problems faster because they have with them all the materials required, rather than having to drive to a plumbing supply store.

Q: My plumber wants me to sign a Waiver of Right to Cancel for my emergency plumbing repairs. What is this and is it legal?
A: In the state of California, consumers who sign a contract with a company that comes to their home to provide a service or product have three days to cancel the transaction. However, while that might be a protection for the consumer in some cases, it can cost plumbers thousands of dollars if a consumer decides to cancel the contract after an emergency plumbing service has been rendered. That’s because unlike products, consumers can’t return services, so if a customer cancels the transaction, the plumber will have, in essence, don all the work for free.

For that reason, some plumbers ask emergency plumbing customers to sign a Waiver of Right to Cancel, meaning that they accept and will pay the charges for the emergency plumbing repairs. Asking a customer to sign this waiver is legal, but only if the repairs are for a true emergency. To protect yourself from plumbers who try to take advantage of customers by asking them to sign a waiver in a non-emergency situation, make sure the repairs you’re having done are truly required immediately.

Q: How can I prevent drain clogs?
A: Frequently hiring a plumber to unclog your drains can get to be expensive. If you find yourself regularly calling your plumber to fix clogged drains, there are some simple solutions that can help you avoid trouble in the future.

  • First, find out what type of pipes you have. Older pipes such as iron pipes or galvanized pipes can rust and clog more easily. You may choose to hire a local plumbing company to repipe your home using copper or PVC pipes, which are less likely to clog and will not rust.
  • Install stoppers and hair traps on all your sinks and bathtubs.
  • Do not pour cooking grease or other liquids down your sinks that may solidify when cool.
  • Regularly flush sinks and bathtubs with running water.
  • Remove hair and other debris from sink stoppers before it can be flushed down the drains.
  • Never use your toilet as a garbage disposal or flush baby wipes or paper towels.

Q: We rarely use our guest bathroom. Is there anything we should do to keep the plumbing and fixtures working?
A: Toilets, piping and fixtures should be regularly flushed with water. This keeps the water traps full and avoids the backflow of odors and gasses into the home. Once a week, you should use or turn on the fixtures to keep them functioning. You can also pour a bucket of water in each toilet, sink, shower and floor drain in the unused bathrooms in your home.

Q: What are on-demand water heaters?
A: On-demand water heaters, also called tankless water heaters, heat water as you use it rather than heating and storing hot water in a tank. Because tankless water heaters don’t waste energy storing and maintaining the temperature of unneeded hot water, their operating costs can be up to 30 percent lower than those of a traditional water heater. And with the emphasis on energy-saving appliances, tax credits may be available to consumers purchasing an on-demand water heater.

Q: Should I buy a low-flow showerhead or low-flush toilet? Why?
A: Low-flow plumbing fixtures like low-flow toilets and low-flow showerheads save substantial amounts of water over traditional showerheads and toilets. This saves water, energy and expense. Numerous water-saving fixtures have been available since the National Energy Policy Act that mandated low-flow toilets was passed in 1995. While some consumers complained that early models of low-water fixtures had weak pressure and didn’t work as well as the standard fixtures, modern

Q: What other water saving and energy saving plumbing fixtures are available in Santa Clara County?
A: These days, there are many options for energy-saving plumbing fixtures, or green plumbing solutions. Some include air-assisted toilets, gravity toilets, power-assisted toilets, aerators, green plumbing fixtures, tankless water heaters, gray water recycling fixtures, composting toilets, dual-flush toilets, waterless urinals, sensor-operated faucets, solar water heaters, hot water re-circulating pumps and many others. Call your local plumbing contractor in Santa Clara County for more information on available water-saving plumbing products and which ones will work best for you.

Q: My drains are running slow. Can I use a Liquid Plumber-type drain cleaner to clean out the pipes?
A: You may be able to fix clogged drains and stopped up sinks by using drain-cleaning chemicals you buy at the store or a non-toxic baking soda drain cleaner. However, for tough clogs that you can’t clear after a few attempts or drains and pipes that clog constantly, you may need to call a Santa Clara County plumbing company to professionally remove the clog or snake out your pipes and drains to keep clogs from forming in the future.

Q: I think tree roots may be growing in our pipes. What should I do?
A: First, have a good plumber confirm that you have roots in your piping. Some plumbers in Santa Clara County have camera equipment that can prove where the problem is, that it is roots growing in the pipes, and can give them a view of how to repair the problem. They can also advise you on the best method to prevent the problem. This may entail removing the bushes or trees that are growing into the piping, using a root-killing product, replacing the affected pipe with a stronger material, or snaking out the pipe or using high-pressure water to jet out the pipe and line it with an epoxy material.

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