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Why Clean Your Grease Trap Frequently

By Scott Duncan | November 5, 2014

Cleaning your trap One of the most important reasons to clean your grease trap frequently is because the longer waste is trapped, the stronger the odors.  Also, according to your professional Santa Cruz plumber, fruit flies will accumulate and collect, resulting in a breeding frenzy that in most cases will require an aggressive growth inhibitor pest…

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Reducing High Pressure Saves Water

By Scott Duncan | October 29, 2014

Working with water piping Temperature and pressure relief valves, usually called T&P valves, release water from a water heater when the temperature and pressure inside the tank become dangerously high.  This usually happens when a thermostat sticks and won’t shut off.  People die from water heater explosions every year caused by defective (or missing) T&P…

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Basic Water Heater Anatomy: An Ounce of Prevention

By Scott Duncan | October 25, 2014

With the holidays approaching, few things will make your family and guests as grumpy as being without hot water for a shower when they want it.  Water heaters, according to the Santa Cruz plumbing experts, (which are powered by gas in about half the homes in the United States, and by electricity in the other…

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Restarting A Jammed Garbage Disposal Unit

By Scott Duncan | October 8, 2014

Waste disposal units Garbage disposers come in two designs:  continuous feed and batch feed.  The continuous units allow you to push the waste directly into the top opening so it can be ground up and flushed away into the house drain system.  They are switch operated, usually from a wall next to the sink. Batch…

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Repairing Older Faucets

By Scott Duncan | September 24, 2014

Stem Compression Faucets Older two-handle faucets, have stems that move up and down as the handle is turned.  A rubber washer at the bottom of the stem presses against a seat in the faucet body, says the plumbing of Santa Cruz experts, to seal out water.  If the washer or the seat becomes worn, water seeps…

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Run Water Lines To A Recirculator

By Scott Duncan | September 18, 2014

RedyTemp® system In a typical water system, there’s at least one faucet whose distance from the water heater requires running a significant amount of cold water down the drain until the hot water reaches the fixture.  According to your reliable Santa Cruz plumber, this practice is extremely wasteful, but with a recirculator, it becomes unnecessary.…

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Installing and Maintaining Solar Water Heater Systems

By Scott Duncan | September 10, 2014

Solar water heater installation The proper installation of solar water heaters depends on many factors. These factors include solar resource, climate, local building code requirements, and safety issues; therefore, it’s best to have a qualified Santa Cruz solar thermal systems contractor install your system. After installation, properly maintaining your system will keep it running smoothly.…

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Winterizing A Winter Home or Cabin

By Scott Duncan | September 2, 2014

Plumbing fixtures Preventive plumbing tips are provided to avoid working with water in cold weather.  If these tips are followed before a cold spell, homeowners will be able to relax and know that expensive repairs will not be necessary. If a cabin or summer cottage or home will be left unheated during the winter, take…

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Choosing A Water Heater

By Scott Duncan | August 28, 2014

Replacing a water heater If the new water heater is the same size as the old one and has connections in the same places, hooking up the water, gas, and flue will be simple.  If you need to move any lines, the job will take longer, according to the most referred Santa Cruz plumbing specialist.…