Plumbing News and Tips

Why Should I Flush My Water Heater?

By Scott Duncan | March 11, 2015

Spring cleaning can come in a variety of versions. Some people clean out their garage and have a yard sale, others might organize their attic and clean the clutter from closets. No matter what your plan of attack is for making the most of the spring weather – performing maintenance on your plumbing appliances is…

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New and Innovative: A Vessel-Sink Conversion

By Scott Duncan | January 23, 2015

Sink conversion trending One of the newest trends in interior design is cabinetry that looks like furniture.  You can cash in on this trend – and save yourself some cash – by picking an attractive piece of furniture (antique if you like the style), and converting it into a vanity for a vessel sink. Installing…

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Why Choose Water Hydro-Jetting Technology?

By Scott Duncan | January 8, 2015

Commercial or residential hydro-jetting Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) cool and accumulate on the side walls of sewer pipes restricting flow and causing blockages that can result in overflowing manholes, basement backups and Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs).  According to the most referred Santa Cruz plumber, this waste can discharge into storm drains, creeks and ultimately…

Saving Energy With Your Dishwasher

By Scott Duncan | January 1, 2015

Dishwasher Energy Tips Always was full loads, according to the Santa Cruz plumbing experts!  A dishwasher uses the same amount of hot water and energy whether it’s half-filled or fully loaded.  Use the rinse-and-hold cycle when you don’t have a full load. Let your dishes air-dry.  If your machine doesn’t have an Energy Saver switch…

Quick Tips To Keep Bathrooms Clean

By Scott Duncan | December 9, 2014

Bathroom cleaning tips Keep your bathroom sparkling clean in just 4 1/2 minutes a day.  Armed with a spray bottle of disinfectant cleaner, a sponge, and a paper towel, wipe down all bathroom surfaces.  Work from the cleanest (mirror) to the dirtiest (floor), covering the sink, tub, and toilet along the way. If you can’t…

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Prevent Scaling and Corrosion to Your Solar Water Heater

By Scott Duncan | December 5, 2014

SCALING AND CORROSION PREVENTION Two major factors affecting the performance of properly sited and installed solar water heating systems include scaling (in liquid or hydronic-based systems) and corrosion (in hydronic and air systems). SCALING Domestic water that is high in mineral content (or “hard water”) may cause the buildup or scaling of mineral (calcium) deposits…

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Tips for a Clog-free Thanksgiving Day

By Scott Duncan | November 26, 2014

Sluggish drains Thanksgiving A drain that runs sluggishly or is completely stopped up is usually clogged with grease, soap, hair, or a solid object. The pipes themselves are usually all right. As a preventive measure always use the toilet, not a sink, to dispose of semisolid waste. If your drains are sluggish before Thanksgiving company comes…

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Replacement Upgrade Your Sump Pump

By Scott Duncan | November 20, 2014

Remove old sump pump A sump pump assists in removing water from a wet basement, transforming it into a usable space.According to the Santa Cruz plumbing expert, before you buy a sump pump, first identify the source of the water in your basement.  If water seeps into your basement because of a high water table,…

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Home Maintenance Solar Water Heating Systems

By Scott Duncan | November 12, 2014

No Hot Water Check that the solar water heating systems circuit breakers are in the “ON” position. Turn the switch on the timer to “ON” and wait 15 minutes. If the water doesn’t heat up, turn the timer switch and water heater circuit breakers off and remove the top access cover on the tank with…