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How to Identify and Fix Sewer Gas Smell in Your House

By Scott Duncan | April 15, 2021

Unpleasant odors in your home can be quite irritating. But if there is a sewer smell in the house, similar to that of rotten eggs or cabbage, you may have a sewer gas leak. Gasses off-put by the sewer are a byproduct of the breakdown of waste. But the pungent smell they create is not…

10 Things To Remember When Installing Any New Faucet

10 Things To Remember When Installing Any New Faucet

By Scott Duncan | February 26, 2021

Faucet Installation Tips Although it is a simple job, installing a new faucet can be challenging.  Because of the location of the faucet, the tricky part is accessing the parts, says your local Santa Cruz plumber.  You will probably end up on your back reaching up behind the sink to loosen the faucet mounting nuts,…

Two Ways to Stop Leaks in Flexible Plumbing Supply Lines

Two Ways to Stop Leaks in Flexible Plumbing Supply Lines

By Scott Duncan | February 15, 2021

Flexible Plumbing Supply Lines Two basic types of flexible supply lines are available – tubing or braided hoses.  Plain and corrugated copper tubing and plastic tubing require ferrules and nuts for connections to the stop valve. The fixture ended differs for faucets or toilets.  Braided flexible supply lines – either plastic or stainless steel –…

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Bathtub Won’t Drain? Here’s What You Can Do About It

By Scott Duncan | February 8, 2021

There is nothing more unsanitary than a shower that fills with water because the bathtub won’t drain. This means that all of the dirt, germs, and soap scum that you have tried to clean off is just left to fester. The standing water from a bathtub drain that isn’t working properly will also make your…

How To Get Rid of Drain Flies

How To Get Rid of Drain Flies

By Scott Duncan | January 25, 2021

Sink Drain Flies Drain flies or sewer flies are common but often overlooked insects associated with moist, highly organic areas such as sink drains, sewage pipes or sewage treatment facilities, storm drains, dung, and rotten vegetation says the expert Santa Cruz plumber.  If you have a reoccurring problem that can’t easily be solved then most…

Ways to Solve Your Flooded Crawl Space Problems - santa cruz CA

Ways to Solve Your Flooded Crawl Space Problems

By Scott Duncan | January 18, 2021

A flooded crawl space can wreak havoc on your home. Whether your crawl space has taken on an abundance of water due to torrential rain, a sewer backup, or broken/ leaking pipes, one thing is clear. The resulting standing water is a major problem that must be addressed.Failing to remedy your flooding crawl space issues…

Effects of a Clogged Storm Drain and Its Possible Solutions - Santa Cruz, CA Duncan Plumbing

Effects of a Clogged Storm Drain and Possible Solutions

By Scott Duncan | January 11, 2021

A storm drain, which is sometimes known as a catch basin, is essentially used to collect water run-off from rainwater while channeling it out and away from buildings, yards, parking lots, or other areas where it might pool and potentially cause damage. Clogged storm drains negate this function, and if not taken care of quickly,…

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Is Hydro Jetting the Drain Cleaning Solution You Need

By Scott Duncan | November 3, 2020

Clogged drains and pipes stink – and not just literally. Blockages in the drains mess up the internal plumbing in your home, reduce water flow, and slow down drainage. This can lead to water backup – which could overflow and lead to some horrible situations. Prolonged blockages can also damage your pipes, cause leaks, or…

How to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

How to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing?

By Scott Duncan | December 12, 2019

As we approach winter, we are forced to adapt to long nights, chilly temperatures and large heating bills. One thing that you should be thinking about is the pipes in your house freezing. Even if it’s not ideal, you might need to pay for plumbing services. This is a very real and quite serious problem…