Monday, June 30, 2014

What Are The Common Causes Of Slab Leaks?

We live in world that values logic so it is always important that we understand why something has happened so that we prevent the same mistakes from being committed. Because slab leaks can be so costly, it is even more important to understand why they occur so that we “leak-proof” our establishments.

The following are the most common causes of slab leaks in Rancho Cucamonga and elsewhere in California. 

Shifting Foundations.
Waterlines are fairly immovable so once they are laid and the underlying foundation of the house moves, then there will be slab leaks. The foundation of a house can move for a variety of reasons ranging from being based on a poor design or the ground underneath that foundation wasn’t firm enough to take the weight of the structure that was constructed upon it.
If for some reason the foundation moves, it will disrupt the water system and chances are very high that there will be a slab leak.

High Water pH
If the water that is supplied to your area has a higher than normal pH then it is possible that the pipes leading to your house will be corroded and tiny holes will be drilled into those pipes. It is from these pinholes that water will leak into the foundation of your house.

Water acidity can therefore be a contributory factor in causing water leaks beneath house foundations.

High Water Pressure.
Water pipes can only take so much pressure from the water they are carrying. If the water pressure gets too high, weak points in the pipes will give way and there will be a leak. If that happens deep under your house, then it will result in a slab leak.

Water Lines That Are Poor.
Some plumbers don’t pay sufficient attention to the quality of the materials they use when laying water lines. If you are unfortunate enough to hire such a shoddy plumber, then you will have slab leaks as time goes on because the poor materials used will not withstand the water pressure for long.
Aside from the quality of materials used, poorly laid lines can also result into slab leaks. The water pressure as water comes to your home is much higher than that if the waste water from your bathroom and kitchen. The Rancho Cucamonga plumber must know this and lay the system accordingly. If they fail to, you are a candidate for slab leak issues.

Some of the causes of slab leaks are due to human error so it is very important to hire the right plumber for the job when you have your home built or repiped. Routine maintenance work on water systems can also identify likely sources of leaks and, when fixed early, you will be spared the huge expenses that you would have incurred later on. Contact Option One Plumbing for an inspection of your plumbing system if you suspect you have a slab leak, or if you want to avoid costly repairs down the road.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Benefits of a Sewer Camera Inspection

Whether you have owned your home or business for years or you are planning to buy a new home, there are many advantages that come with making use of a sewer camera to inspect a drainage system. The discussion below looks at some of the benefits of a video sewer inspection in Ontario.

Pinpoint Damaged or Clogged Places.
A sewer camera is very useful in helping to determine the exact location of damage or the location of a clog. Without it, a lot of time is wasted in needless guesswork of what, and, where the problem may be.

Verify That A Clog Has Been Removed.
Once work has been done in a sewer, the easiest way to confirm that whatever it is that had been blocking a certain section of the sewer has been removed is to use a sewer camera to inspect that sewer line. The client can also see for themselves in real time as the camera makes its way through the sewer.

Establish Pipe Types Used.
It is crucial before any work is done in a sewer to know what types of pipes are down there. Even a home buyer needs to have this information before they buy so that their buying decision factors in the information collected.

The plumbing system may be an obsolete type that will need to be replaced as a matter of urgency so knowing this in advance will help in decision making.

Identify Problem Areas.
You should not always wait for a problem to occur then fumble to fix it. With sewer camera inspections, you can tell which spots are likely to develop clogs or get damaged. When you are able to tell these likely trouble spots, action can be taken to rectify the problem that could have clogged or damaged that sewer line.

Locate Hidden Pipes.
Sewer systems are well known for having pipes in all sorts of places. It is not always easy to identify where these pipes are and with the help of sewer camera inspection, the task of identifying those pipes that are underground or those that are located deep within walls becomes possible, without having to dig up or demolish large sections of walls as you look for pipes.

Inspecting New Sewer Systems.
Before a new sewer system is cleared for use, it has to be inspected to ensure that all is well with the pipes and everything connected to the system. Such inspection can easily be done with the help of a sewer camera so that there is confirmation that everything is as it should be.

Sewer camera inspection in Ontario makes work very easy because it isn’t necessary to send a man down there or damage infrastructure just because you want to know the condition of your sewer line. Suspect tree root intrusion? Is there a stubborn clog? Is your sewer line preparing to fail? A video inspection of your Ontario sewer line can answer these questions. The next time you need work done on your sewer, turn to the expert plumbers in Ontario at Option One Plumbing for state-of-the-art technology to minimize disruption to your property.

Monday, June 16, 2014

4 Signs of A Hidden Slab Leak

The phrase “slab leak” may be a bit misleading if looked at the literal way, but it refers to a water leak in the pipes located in the slab or foundation of your house. A slab leak therefore is more about the location of the leak rather than what is actually leaking.

Since it is hidden from view, it isn’t easy to tell that there is a leak until it gets out of hand and causes lots of damage. How then can you suspect that there could be a slab leak in your home? Look out for these signs. If you suspect you have a slab leak, contact the Montclair slab leak experts at Option One Plumbing to pinpoint the source of the problem and get it fixed quickly.

A Spike in Your Water Bill.
Utility bills normally hover around a certain range if the family hasn’t played host to a huge event or had people visiting. It is therefore possible to know how much you are likely to pay at the end of the month for water.

If you notice that your bill is significantly higher than usual and nothing can explain it in terms of your user habits, there is a high chance that a slab leak is the culprit.

Low Water Pressure.
There is a water pressure level that is usual for the water in your home, and you know it unconsciously. Should you notice that of late the pressure has reduced the reason could be that there is a slab leak causing it.

Water pressure doesn’t just reduce unless there is the problem. Leaks are the most common causes of low pressure.

Water on the Floor.
If your bathroom hasn’t been used for some hours and you find it wet, suspect that there is a leak. The same suspicion should occur to you if you find water on the floor where you cannot easily account for its source. If you see water where it shouldn’t be, chances are high that you have a leak to deal with.

Part Of Your House Has Sunk.
This is at times hard to detect because it happens gradually but if you take a keen look at your house and you notice that some segment of it is lower than it should be, it is possible that what has caused what you see is a slab leak.

Slab leaks cause house foundations to sink because they make the surrounding soil soggy and thereby cause that soil to spread out. Once that happens, the weight of the house pushes down on the foundation and it begins sinking. That is how bad slab leaks can be.

You may, or may not see a combination of the above telltale signs of a slab leak. However, if there is anything out of the ordinary with your water, get your system inspected for leaks by Option One Plumbing before massive damage is done to the house and your property.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Korean / Japanese invention: How to Unclog a Toilet | Jammed Toilet Unclogged

I am not sure if I would trust this invention. It seems clever, but messy.  After you use it, you are going to be left with a plastic cover that you have to peel off, probably leaving residue on your toilet rim and one side being covered in dirty toilet water.

A plunger still seems much more clean and efficient that this. Of course, our Rancho Cucamonga plumbers can fix any serious clog quickly and cleanly ;)

Any thoughts?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Considerations to Help You Choose a Hot Water Heater

If you have made the decision to have a hot water heater installed, do not just go out and pick the first one that your eyes fall upon. There are a number of factors that should guide your choice and the analysis below points out some of them.

What Power Source Do You Prefer?
There is a wide variety of hot water heaters that you can choose from depending on the power source that you would like to use. The main options are electric, gas or solar water heaters. For the electric variety, you will need a dedicated line just for the heater.

If you want the gas version, be sure that you have or can install a gas line. This can be either propane gas or natural gas. As for the solar heater, make sure that there is sufficient sunlight to power the batteries so that the water can be heated when you need it.

What Size Of Heater Do You Want?
You also have to decide how big the hot water heater you want to install should be. This decision should be made after you have thought about the hot water needs of your household so that you don’t get a tank whose capacity is too small or too large for your needs.

For an average home, a hot water tank with a capacity of about 50 gallons is sufficient for their needs but make your own decision after looking at your specific needs. A Fontana water heater installation expert at Option One Plumbing can help you determine the right size water heater for your household.

Do You Have Space For It?
Once you have made up your mind on the size, check that there will be space to house it. Shorter tanks require little vertical space but more horizontal space is needed while high ones will occupy less horizontal space while demanding for more vertical space. Ensure that the space available can accommodate the tank you want to buy.

Do You Want One With a Tank or a Tankless Heater?
Water heaters with tanks are more costly to maintain in the long run since they heat and store water even when you don’t need it. Instant or tankless hot water heaters are less costly in the long run since they only produce hot water when it is needed. Ultimately, the final decision is yours to make as to which variety is good for you depending on all the other factors that you have thought about.

Picking a hot water heater is not a random thing. The decision must be based on solid grounds and the factors presented above are some of the most important things that should be at the back of your mind as you make this decision. If you feel you can’t decide on your own, have a Fontana plumber at Option One Plumbing take a look at your house and make a recommendation.

Monday, June 2, 2014

How Trenchless Sewer Repair Costs Are Calculated

For those that may not be very familiar with Chino Hills trenchless sewer repair, it is a bit unclear how the final bill is determined. The following analysis breaks down what is involved in that work and therefore how the final cost will be arrived at.

Inspection Costs.
No plumbing contractor will take on a job before he or she has carried out an inspection of the system so that they know what they have to work upon.

The first item that will be billed for is the inspection. Depending on the scope of the inspection that has to be done and how difficult that inspection will be, the resultant cost will reflect these realities.
Many contractors will charge you upfront for this inspection but if you award them the job of fixing the problem then the inspection fee is usually offset from the final tab that you have to foot.

Pipe Bursting Or Relining?
The method of solving the blockage or damage also plays a part in how much you will have to pay for the work done.

Pipe bursting is one of the options on the table. It involves using a special machine that breaks up the old sewer pipe while at the same time putting a new pipe in the place of the old one.

With sewer relining, the old pipe is left in place and once the cause of the damage or blockage has been addressed, a new pipe is placed within the old one so that a seamless flow results.

Whether you choose to go with pipe bursting or you are in favor of pipe relining, no excavation will be carried out. This means that your porch, your lawn, your driveway, your garden, your walkways or any other structures will remain untouched by whatever is done to fix the sewer line problem.

There is another constant that will not be affected by the choice of repair method. In either method, you will be billed basing on the length of the area to be covered. The bill will therefore be calculated basing on how many feet of ground have to be covered as the work is done. The only difference is that pipe bursting will cost you about $10 less for each foot of ground covered.

That difference looks small on its own but if there is massive ground where the work is done, those few dollars can add up to quite a big sum at the end of their entire project.

Summing it up...
There are some people that will have questions about why they should go for trenchless pipe bursting rather than opt for pipe relining. This is a matter that you need to discuss with your service provider so that you can be in position to make an informed decision that isn’t purely based on monetary considerations.

Whichever way you opt for will definitely be much cheaper than the old way of having to dig out the whole old system and then replace it from scratch. That old way is bad for your pocket, bad for the environment and bad for your building. 

Contact Option One Plumbing and a Chino Hills plumber will inspect your sewer line and let you know if trenchless repair is an option, and give you an estimate so you can enjoy the benefits of a new problem-free sewer line in Chino Hills.