Monday, July 9, 2018

When to Call for a Water Heater Repair

Spare yourselves from disappointments. Enjoy your warm water the moment you need it.
If you walk into the shower and you expect to have a warm and relaxing bath. But what you get is an icy cold water, which is truly disappointing. Then you realize that you need a water heater repair. It could have been prevented but then you’ve probably missed those little signs.

Signs that you need Water Heater Repair in Walnut Creek

1. The heat of the water is fluctuating

You don’t have to wait until hot water from your taps become a thing of the past. As soon as you notice that the temperature keeps fluctuating, it is time to take caution. What could be the problem? There could be mineral deposits. Once it builds up around the water heater, the water temperatures become unpredictable. Therefore, you should seek water heater repair Walnut Creek.

2. Leakage

As apparent as it may be, not everyone gets to notice it. The reason is that very few people inspect their water heater. Be keen on it. Otherwise, it might not be long before the hot water you are expecting is no longer there. How do you ensure that you don’t miss a leak? What about routine maintenance on a monthly basis?

3. Unusual Water

In this case, it is not necessarily that you need a repair. What do you do to make the decision? Check whether the discolored water with a metallic taste is from cold and hot water taps. If yes, there is a more significant problem. You need new plumbing. In the case of hot water taps only, that is a problem with the water heater. Upon realizing that, seek for water heater repair in Walnut Creek. If it smells strange, it shows mineral deposits. The best thing is to seek professional help. If you fail to do that, the damage will be irreversible within no time.

4. Low water Pressure

A reduction in the flow of hot water means that something is wrong. There are several possibilities. It can be due to poor piping design. The mineral deposits can be led to pipe blockage.

5. Noisy Operation

With an appliance like a water heater, it is typical to hear noises. That doesn’t come as a surprise given its big size. However, if it is too much like you are hearing loud cracks, bangs, and pops, then it could be a high time that you talk to a plumber for repair.

6. High Energy Bills

If your energy bills keep rising day in day out, heed this advice. Seek the assistance of a plumber. That is a sign that it is an overworked water heater or it is not working correctly.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to appliances that require a lot of investment, it is advisable to be keen on any changes. If they demand repair, don’t wait for too long. Ignoring the signs or the little changes may lead to replacing it. To avoid that, consider a water heater repair in Walnut Creek!

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Anticipation, It’s Making me Wait

So you turn on the hot water in the sink, and you wait. And you wait. You put your fingers in the water to test the temperature and they get numb from the cold. You wait some more. Ahhh…. ……Finally! A little bit of warm water starts coming through, and then it gets hot after that. Who has not been there before!

On the average, a home wastes around 29 gallons of water a day waiting for hot water. That’s more than 10,000 gallons a year! The average wait is a minute, which is longer than it sounds. When you total up the expenses of water waste and sewer charges, the typical home pours approximately $120 down the drain waiting for hot water.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. With a hot water recirculation pump you can skip the waiting, enjoy hot water immediately,

How a Hot Water Recirculation Pump Works:

Recirculation PumpHot water recirculation pumps work by generating a continuous flow of hot water in your home’s hot water supply line. Systems are available for existing homes and new homes. For an existing home, a retrofit system will work with your cold water line at three points – pipe, pump, and valve – to create a return line. For new construction homes, a dedicated return line is installed and then a circulator pump where the return line meets the hot water heater.

There are Three Big Benefits to Hot Water Recirculation Pumps:

1. Savings. Sending rivers of clean water down your drain every year simply isn’t cost-effective. A hot water recirculation system cuts back on water usage, which means savings on your water bill.
2. Convenience. Let’s face it; waiting for hot water is a pain in the neck and annoying. Hot water recirculation is becoming the standard for new construction homes for a reason: it’s a more pleasant, more efficient system
3. Conserving Water. As you probably know from various water conservation awareness campaigns, fresh water is a precious resource. Hot water recirculation is a cost-effective means of controlling water waste.

Oak Plumbing is Ready to Help!

If you are Interested in a hot water recirculation system, our experienced, expert technicians can help. Give us a call today: (877) 959-7030. We can schedule an appointment for an evaluation, then sit down and talk with you about your specific needs. Oak Plumbing a Diamond Certified company. Please remember to “Like” us on Facebook (click here) and follow us on Twitter (click here).

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

“You Kids Get Off My Lawn!” – Trenchless Repairs

Repairing underground sewer or water pipes can be messy, expensive and inconvenient. The process often includes tearing up your lawn, lengthy repair times and other costly services. If you are a home or property owner, sewer and water line repair will eventually be necessary, because you eventually will experience problems due to broken, cracked or corroded pipes. Sometimes pipes will even need to be replaced entirely.

What Is Trenchless Sewer Line Repair?

Trenchless Sewer RepairTo put it simply, trenchless sewer line repair means we won’t have to dig up your lawn. We can restore your sewer pipes and water lines efficiently and effectively, without tearing up your property. There are a number of techniques we can use these days to ensure that your yard stays in tact while we repair your pipes. Here at Oak Plumbing we can effectively address your sewer line problems.


How do You Know if You Should You Schedule Trenchless Sewer Line Repair?

Trenchless sewer line repair can solve a number of difficult problems surrounding sewer and water line repairs, including the following:

Damaged water pipes caused by movement in the ground or the house
Cracked pipes affected by continued freezing and thawing
Installation of larger water lines to the house
Piping beneath landscaping, homes, or apartment buildings
Blocked pipes that have burst because of root intrusion or other blockages
Improperly installed pipes that lead to constant sewer backups or leaky lines

Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Line Repair Include:
Repairs usually take less than a day
Less-intrusive techniques are better than traditional methods
Methodology keeps your lawn, landscaping, patio, and more in tact
Efficient services save you time and money
Repairs meet industry standards and are permanent

If you suspect sewer line damage, call Oak Plumbing at (877) 959-7030. Oak Plumbing provides plumbing maintenance, cleaning, and inspections. Don’t call someone who will needlessly damage your lawn.

Remember also: Being on an annual maintenance plan can save you the time and trouble or worrying about many of these things. An Oak Plumbing Club Membership is plumbing security for your home (click here). For only pennies a day, you can help prevent costly and annoying plumbing problems. With a membership, you become a high profile client with priority response from our expert plumbers for any plumbing need. Call today: (877) 959-7030. Please remember to “Like” us on Facebook (click here) and follow us on Twitter (click here).

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Seasonal Plumbing Maintenance Tips for Spring

“Spring Cleaning” is for much more than moving the furniture and airing out the drapes. Oak Plumbing provides these Spring maintenance tips to help protect you plumbing problems.

Bathrooms and Kitchens
• Turn the water valves beneath sinks and toilets on and off a few times to prevent them from sticking.
• Double-check that toilets flush properly. If the toilet handle jiggled held down to stop the water from running you may need to replace worn tank parts. Call Oak Plumbing for an evaluation.
• Clean mineral deposits from shower head. Vinegar is a good home remedy for cleaning. Soak overnight then gently scrub with an old toothbrush to remove deposits.
• Look for drips or leaks from pipes and faucets. Make repairs to save water.
• Be sure that all drains have strainers to prevent debris from clogging the drain lines.
• Check toilets for hidden leaks. Add some food coloring to the toilet tank. If there is a leak, color will appear in the bowl in about 30 or 40 minutes. If that happens, call Oak Plumbing to schedule an appointment.
• Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
• When you have your annual maintenance performed on your water heater, that will flush out corrosion causing sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater. You might want to get on an annual maintenance plan (click here).
• Think about replacing a water heater more than 15 years old. (The first four numbers of the serial number represent the month and year it was made.) Newer water heaters are more energy efficient.
• Hoses connected to the dishwasher, washing machine and ice maker should be checked for leaks or bulges. Call Oak Plumbing to replace hoses that showing signs of damage, or that are older than ten years.
• Do you have a sump pump? Make sure it operates properly by pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit. The sump pump should quickly turn on, discharge the water then shut off without any problems.
• Install a backflow valve in the floor drain if you live in an area where sewers sometimes backup into homes. This device will prevent future backups.
• Inspect for slow leaks in your home by taking a reading on your water meter before bedtime. The next morning, without using any water overnight, take another reading. If the reading has changed you have a leak that should be repaired.
• Pour a gallon of water into infrequently used drains (including floor drains) to fill the trap and prevent odors from entering the house. Slow floor drains should be snaked to ensure they will carry away water quickly in the event of a flood.
• Check exposed pipes under sinks and in the basement for signs of leaks.
Install flood alarms. Like a smoke alarm, a flood alarm is a battery-operated device that sounds an alarm when it comes in contact with water. It alerts you to potential flooding or leaks.
• Check faucets and hose bibs to make sure water flows freely. If an outdoor faucet drips or if there is leakage inside your home the first time the hose is turned on, you may have had a frozen pipe that cracked and needs to be replaced.
• Check to see that yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris.

Being on an annual maintenance plan can save you the time and trouble or worrying about many of these things. An Oak Plumbing Club Membership is plumbing security for your home (click here). For only pennies a day, you can help prevent costly and annoying plumbing problems. With a membership, you become a high profile client with priority response from our expert plumbers for any plumbing need. Call today: (877) 959-7030. Please remember to “Like” us on Facebook (click here) and follow us on Twitter (click here).

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Water Jet Sewer Cleaning: Why and When You Need It

Water and Waste infrastructure is crucial for a home, business or other structure. Sewer lines are critical, yet sewer pipes are not impenetrable or impervious to blockage. Clogs caused by grease, tampons, wet wipes and other items can build up on their own over time if the sewer line isn’t maintained properly. Trees are also a significant culprit. Their roots can penetrate sewer lines at pipe joints or damaged sections. Roots gradually obstruct the flow of sewage and eventually can cause a complete blockage of the pipe. Water jet sewer cleaning is the clear answer to these issues.

What is Jetting?

Water jet sewer cleaning leverages a high-pressure hose with a specialized nozzle on the end. The hose is connected to a machine that pressurizes water, directing it through jets on the nozzle head to thoroughly clean and clear out the pipe. High-pressure water jetting effectively breaks up the debris that may have accumulated in the pipe and flushes it out. It’s recommended to get a camera line inspection before doing commercial and municipal sewer cleaning in order to identify the location of the blockage and determine what other repairs may be required, especially if there are tree roots in the vicinity. Standard mechanical sewer cleaning is still the best and most affordable option for residential sewers. Water jetting is only needed to resolve the most serious residential sewer clogs. However, commercial sewers and municipal pipes are a different matter. Their larger diameter and capacity often make high-pressure water jetting a better option.

Water Jet Sewer Cleaning

Why You Should Use Water Jet Sewer Cleaning

A blockage in your sewer line could mean that the drains inside the structure begin to backup and overflow. Sewer pipes within your property are your responsibility to maintain, and water jet sewer cleaning is an extremely effective way to clear out the most serious clogs. The water jet is often described as working like a laser beam. It’s incredible pressure can direct streams of water to cut through virtually anything, even trees roots, dried concrete and even wood. The water jet pulverizes most any material into tiny bits and washes them away. Water jetting is also the best solution for eliminating any grease or grime buildup that may be clinging to the pipe walls. This ensures that your sewer line will be thoroughly cleaned right down to the pipe walls to prevent future clogs.
Water jet sewer cleaning can also be more economical and more environmentally safe than other commercial sewer cleaning options. Water jetting is environmentally safe because it doesn’t use any chemicals to get the job done, just plain water blasted at incredibly high pressure levels.

Businesses must maintain the sewer lines within their property to ensure optimal performance. Water jet sewer cleaning can help keep sewer lines open longer in a very effective, cost-efficient manner. Jetting is also useful for cleaning out driveway culverts and outdoor drainpipes. From Sacramento to the East Bay and more, call Oak Plumbing today to set up high-pressure water jet sewer cleaning for your lines: (800) 397-3799.
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What Are “Expansion Tanks” for Water Heaters

Have you ever seen a little tank on top of a water heater tank and wondered what it was? That is most likely an “Expansion Tank”. An expansion tank prevents pressure increases due to thermal expansion of your water. As your water is heated from 50° F to 120° F, it expands by approximately 2%.

If you have a “closed system”, which means there is a backflow preventer or other device that prevents your water from flowing back into the water main, thermal expansion will cause very rapid pressure increases in your plumbing system.

Frequently Asked Questions about water heater expansion tanks include:

What is a check valve?
The check valve is the mechanism that prevents backflow of thermally expanded water in the wrong direction. Without an expansion tank, increased pressure can cause unnecessary stress on your plumbing fixtures, including the water heater, and cut down on their working life.

Does the expansion tank have to be installed on the cold side?
Although expansion tanks can be installed on the hot side, we strongly recommend they be installed on the cold line, downstream of the shutoff valve.

Where should an expansion tank be installed in relation to the hot water heater?
Your expansion tank can be anywhere on your plumbing system and does not need to be installed in close proximity to the water heater. It is most commonly installed using a “T” at the cold inlet to the water heater. But, functionally, it can be installed anywhere on the cold inlet line.

Water Heater with Expansion Tank on Top

Can the expansion tank be installed at any angle?
The expansion tank can be installed in any angle. This will conflict with info that comes with any expansion tank you buy at a retail store. The installation instructions that come with retail expansion tanks say the tank must be installed in a hanging vertical position.

Retail expansion tanks come with a “Saddle Fitting”, which allows the installation into the system without any soldering, thereby making installation easier for the average homeowner. The saddle fitting is a device that clamps around the pipe and has female threads that will accept the expansion tank. A small hole is first drilled in the pipe, then the clamp is placed so the hole lines up with the expansion tank inlet. We do not recommend using such a fitting. They are unreliable, and allow placement of the expansion tank in the above mentioned vertical hanging position only.

If you are looking for an expansion tank installation or a complete new water heater, call Oak Plumbing at (877) 959-7030, and please remember to “Like” us on Facebook (click here) and follow us on Twitter (click here).

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

In Through The Outdoor Drains

There are many homes that have exterior drains and many times these drains are overlooked when it comes to cleaning. Your outside drain is different than an interior drain and serves a unique purpose. A normal drain system is made up of a network of pipes that eventually connect to the city sewer system. All of your indoor water, from the bathroom to the kitchen, flush wastewater to your home’s sewer system. This line usually flows under the lawn, driveway, or garden and delivers what is used in your home into the city’s sewer and from there to the city’s treatment plant.

Outdoor Drains

There are many types of outdoor drains and many of these drains can become clogged. Around your home you may have driveway drains, roof drains, and more. Like any drain, these drains can also become clogged. If you have heavy rains, leaves, and dirt around your house(which you likely experience) then you need to keep an eye on those outdoor drains and make sure that they don’t become clogged. Why? Your outside drains are connected to the sewer drains around your house just like your indoor drains are. You may also run into issues of root infestation.

What Problems Can A Clogged Outside Drain Cause?

A blocked drain can happen at any time of the year. However, most blockages occur during the Fall season due to leaves from just about any type of plant that sheds its foliage. Combine all of those leaves with a larger volume of water and your drain can easily get backed up. It’s bad for your drain and can cause flooding in areas below and around your home. Outdoor blocked drains can also become stagnant water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Outdoor flooding doesn’t just happen during the Fall. It can also happen during a freeze and thaw if your drains are clogged. When frozen water thaws in a rush, your drains may not be able to take in all of the rushing water and you can end up having a nasty mess in your basement and through your yard.

The Importance of Having Clean Drains

If your drains are not kept clear you may end up with nasty unhygienic backup issues that could cost you quite a bit in repairs. There shouldn’t be areas that are allowed to build up sediment and debris because that debris can flow down through the pipe and get caught up. If that happens then you’re going to want to talk to a professional drain cleaner. If you should need a blockage removed then calling the professionals is your best option.

Standing Water No Matter How Much You Clean Your Drains

There are times when, due to the topography of your yard and quite possibly soil permeability, you have blocked drains more than usual. Because water flows from the force of gravity it will always end up at the drains lowest point. Because of this, if you have a drain that is installed at a high point there’s a serious chance that this is the reason why you still have to deal with standing water after heavy rainfall. Due to this issue, it may be in your best interest to either install an additional drain or relocate the one that you already have.

It is not unheard of for homeowners (of older homes, especially) to have to call in professional help for a complete redesign of their outdoor drainage system. A redesign is not as costly as the ruination of your home’s foundation. If you think that this may be the case, most newer homes have the property’s plumbing plans at the local Department of Buildings.

Trees should be considered as a possible risk as well due to the roots of trees spreading for hundreds of feet, depending on the tree species. Keep in mind, too, that if you can’t find where the clog is located, plumbers have great tools at their disposal. A professional plumber usually has access to a sewer inspection camera. This is just one of many great tools that professional plumbers can use to make everyone’s life easier. Plumbing repair doesn’t have to be a headache when you have the right help on hand.

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