A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Signs that You Need to Call a Plumber

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

plumbing-clogsYour plumbing system is one of the most important parts of your home, and while most plumbing systems are built to last, sooner or later, all of them run into problems. It might be a tricky leak in a tough location or a clog that won’t respond to a plunger and a little elbow grease. It might be part of a kitchen remodeling project, or just an appliance like a sink or a toilet that need replacing.

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Drain Cleaning Pros Use Tools Such as Hydro-jetting

Monday, February 19th, 2018

plumbing-clogsWhen a drain becomes clogged in the plumbing of your home, the first instinct is to apply a chemical drain cleaner to it: purchased at the local supermarket. Stubborn clogs may elicit the purchase of a plumbing snake as well: a long flexible length of wire with a head on the end designed to break up blockages in your pipes.

In both cases, these are usually wastes of money. Properly trained plumbing services have access to a wide array of tools that make dealing with clogs much easier.

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Call in a Drain Cleaning Service Instead of Using Store-Bought Solutions

Monday, February 5th, 2018

plumbing-clogsClogs in your drain are a common occurrence and sooner or later every homeowner needs to deal with them. The usual reaction is to purchase a solution at the store, such as a chemical cleanser or perhaps a plumbing snake at the local home improvement center.

In most instances, however, that can be a big mistake. Store-bought solutions can’t compete with the more thorough and comprehensive drain-cleaning services that a professional can provide, and if you can’t clear a drain with a plunger and some elbow grease, your best bet is to contact a plumbing service right away.

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Don’t Rely on Store-Bought Solutions for Clogged Drains

Monday, September 18th, 2017

clogged-drain-repairClogged drains are a common problem in any household, and sooner or later you’re going to need to deal with a clogged tub or a stopped-up sink. The standard tactic for most households is to simply purchase a solution at the store: a cleanser, for instance, or perhaps a mechanical snake. Both are available at any supermarket or home improvement center, and both will usually resolve the problem, at least in the short term. That last part can be problematic, however, and a big part of why store-bought solutions for clogs really aren’t solutions at all.

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Plumbing Problems Need Professional Solutions

Monday, August 7th, 2017

plumbing-systems-repairHomeowners are accustomed to dealing with minor household problems on their own, and that can easily extend to the plumbing systems. We’ve all had to unclog our toilets with the judicious use of a plunger, or fished a hair clog out of a drain or two. That can lead many enterprising homeowners to attempt more ambitious plumbing repairs.

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Be Careful What You Throw Down the Drain

Monday, December 12th, 2016

The holidays are here, and chances are you’re going to have family and friends over for dinner, or perhaps a few football games on New Year’s Day. That usually involves a lot of cooking and preparation in the kitchen, and whether it’s a turkey dinner or just some munchies for football, you need to be careful about what you throw down the drain. We get a lot of calls to fix clogged drains in the Ontario, CA area during this time of year, but we’d much rather help you stop them in the first place than correct them after the face. A good place to start is to watch the foods you throw down the drain. Here’s a quick list of what to watch out for:

  • Fats, oils and grease, known collectively as FOG in the industry. These often get poured down the drain in heated liquid form, then solidify in the drain to create a sticky mess. The best solution is to pour the hot liquid into an empty can, then wait until it cools and throw it in the trash.
  • Fibrous vegetables, including potatoes, celery, carrots and the like. They can wrap around the gears of your garbage disposal. If you peel vegetables in the sink, always over the drain and make sure the peelings are cleaned up before your open it.
  • Coffee grounds, which can grind in the gears of the garbage disposal and create a significant problem. Toss them out instead of dumping them in the sink.
  • Bones and seeds, which most people know about, should never be tossed down the drain. The garbage disposal won’t be able to grind them up, and they will eventually break it.
  • Rice and pasta, which can be surprisingly strong, especially when they get tangled up. They can also expand when wet, creating a clogged mess.

Call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air to unclog your drains this holiday.

 

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3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Plumber

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Ontario, CA has its share of enterprising do-it-yourselfers, and when trouble arises in your plumbing system, you may be temped to attempt repairs yourself. In most cases, this can be a terrible mistake. Only licensed, bonded plumbers should work on your pipes or appliances like your water heater, not only for the sake of safety, but for overall cost-effectiveness and a host of other reasons. Need a few specifics? Here are three of them, all of which you should carefully consider before attempting plumbing repairs yourself. 

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Stop the Plumbing Leaks Before They Start

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Leaks rank among the most common plumbing calls we make in the Fontana, CA area. The problem with leaks isn’t that they’re hard to fix — a trained plumber can pinpoint it, patch it up and/or replace the damaged pipe reasonably quickly — but spotting the leaks in the first place. If the leak is obvious, it doesn’t take long to spot it, but many leaks take place behind the walls, in the basement and other places where it can be weeks or months before it’s noticed. In the interim, it can cause a great deal of damage to surrounding materials, such as drywall, furnishings and even electrical wiring. 

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How to Spot a Leak in Your Plumbing

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Leaks in plumbing can be tricky things. It’s easy enough to shut off the water and call in a plumber when you wake up to water spreading across the kitchen in your Rancho Cucamonga, CA home. But so much of your plumbing lies out of sight, in the crawlspaces of your walls or even underground in some cases. A plumbing leak that’s out of sight could go on for weeks or even months, causing a great deal of damage in the process. A good plumber can take care of the problem, but you need to know that a problem exists before you can contact someone. Here’s a brief list of symptoms to look for in order to do that.

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The Best Solutions to a Slab Leak

Monday, July 25th, 2016

We have few needs for basements here in Fontana, CA, and like the rest of Southern California, ours is a fairly recent community in terms of the age of out houses. Most of them were built directly onto concrete foundations and some of them have water pipes running beneath those foundations (or in some cases actually embedded in the foundation itself). A slab leak is simply a leak in one of these kinds of pipe. The leak itself could be easily repaired by any plumber worth his or her salt. The trouble is getting to the leak beforehand… and indeed because the pipe isn’t readily visible, spotting the problem can be difficult. (You can help your cause on that front by looking for any unusual activity: high water bills, puddles around the foundation, and warm spots on the concrete of your porch or foundation.)

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