Knowing what type of pipe to use for what project is an important skill all beginner plumbers must master. We'll walk you through the basics of working with copper pipe, CPVC and plastic supplies, PEX tubing, and cast-iron pipes. We'll also show you how to install plastic drainpipes, composite pipes, and steel pipe. Finally, you'll learn how to run pipe through walls and floors and how to connect new pipes to old lines.
Water with high mineral content is called "hard water". Two of the minerals we encounter most in beautiful San Diego are calcium and magnesium. These molecules find each other and bind themselves together to create the powdery deposits we see on our fixtures and shower doors. Hardness affects everything it comes in contact with. It wreaks havoc on dishwashers and can drastically shorten the life of your tankless or traditional tank type water heater. Deposits attach to vital components of your plumbing system and adhere to the interior of your pipes, progressively getting worse and worse until it gets so bad it must be addressed. The best solution is an anti-scale device. We always encourage homeowners to do their research, but we recommend a device that sends a very light a.m. frequency (much like an a.m. radio) through the water column and disturbs molecules enough to keep them from binding together and ganging up on your plumbing system. The initial investment may be off-putting, but in the medium, to long run, it can save you tens of thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements, including plumbing fixtures like faucets, washing machines, dishwashers failure, failing pipes and flooding! So, do some research and find out what will best serve you. Our plumbing system experts are always happy to consult with you and help you get on the right path.
Electric hot water heaters use elements to heat the water, most have two. There are also thermostats that control them. If any of these parts fail, you will either have no hot water or reduced quantities available. Some simple electrical tests can help you to locate the mis-behaving part. See 'Electric Water Heater Thermostats and 'Water Heater Element Testing' for more information.
Water pressure should be checked at least once a year or whenever you have a plumber in your home. When we visit a doctor, no matter the reason, they will always check a patient’s blood pressure. Water pressure should be treated similarly. A pressure-reducing device in proper working order is incredibly important to maintaining a healthy water delivery system in your home. Water pressure should never exceed 80 psi. Anything reading above 80 psi. is an indication of a failing water pressure-reducing device and should be addressed as soon as possible. If you're unsure about your water pressure, we can visit your home and use a gauge to measure your incoming water pressure for you. Then we can discuss any options that might be available to give you peace of mind and ensure a healthy water system.
Don’t leave your home’s pipes and faucets in the hands of amateurs. We know how to get the job done correctly without wasting your time. For superior service and fast results, we’re the plumbers you can trust. We’re ready to take on any plumbing issue you have, from pipes that need to be replaced to garbage disposals that need to be repaired. Make us your first choice when you’re expecting top-quality results. Plumbers aren’t in short supply, so we’re ready to demonstrate the superior customer service that will earn your repeat business.
We got started to assist home owners and businesses in their repairs to water lines sewer and storm drains. The founder, when he worked as an inspector for the City of Columbus, saw just about every technique for installing underground utilities, and wanted to present an affordable option for trenchless for central ohio. He partnered up with a contractor who had over 20 years of experience in working with utilities in the field bringing the best of both worlds together for you, a decade of experience navigating the red tape of code with two decades of experience of actually doing the job. We offer all this at an affordable price due to our small size.
Natural and propane gas are popular inexpensive fuels for water heating needs. However, gas is dangerous and can explode. Gas water heaters have built in safety features that keep this from happening. The problem is that they 'Err' on the side of caution. See the articles on 'Pilot Lights' and 'Gas Water Heater Thermocouples' for some of the common failures.
Our technicians can quickly resolve any problem that you experience with your plumbing or appliances. We can quickly diagnose leaks and replace any pipes that may have been damaged. If your hot water heater isn't working, we can determine whether a repair or a replacement is in order. We routinely work with commercial clients, and we can handle even the largest project with ease.
Much of the plumbing work in populated areas is regulated by government or quasi-government agencies due to the direct impact on the public's health, safety, and welfare. Plumbing installation and repair work on residences and other buildings generally must be done according to plumbing and building codes to protect the inhabitants of the buildings and to ensure safe, quality construction to future buyers. If permits are required for work, plumbing contractors typically secure them from the authorities on behalf of home or building owners.
Wall thickness does not affect pipe or tubing size. 1/2" L copper has the same outer diameter as 1/2" K or M copper. The same applies to pipe schedules. As a result, a slight increase in pressure losses is realized due to a decrease in flowpath as wall thickness is increased. In other words, 1 foot of 1/2" L copper has slightly less volume than 1 foot of 1/2 M copper.