pipe: I realize that it is not leaking, you may want to fix the problem now. - 07/08/13 05:01 PM
Yes, I realize that it is not leaking, but you may want to address the problem now.
We come across items of potential problems while working on homes and apartments in Sacramento. What we see doesn’t have to be repaired by us, we are there for a different reason. It’s not that we are looking to squeeze out a few more dollars from you, we just know the signs.
Sometimes it just makes sense to fix these other issues while we are there.
We came across this pipe that is showing signs of corrosion while replacing a water heater. … (16 comments)

pipe: Do you think this sink drain has been repaired a few times? – Photo - 08/25/12 08:29 PM
 Do you think this sink drain has been repaired a few times?

I’ve seen my share of leaking drain pipes as a contractor in Sacramento, this drain line was not leaking. I am grateful for that; I’d have to find a fourth type of drain to keep the trend of unmatched parts.

pipe: Three Most Common Water Supply Pipes in Sacramento - 06/28/12 05:47 AM
Three Most Common Water Supply Pipes in Sacramento
I had a client who had very low water flow in several of their plumbing fixtures. After taking a few things, it became apparent that the pipes were the problem. The galvanized pipes have started to rust on the inside of the walls of the pipe. As the rust develops, it begins to reduce the amount of water that can flow through the pipe. Some of the pipes were nearly closed entirely.

Most Common Types of Plumbing Pipes
Galvanized Steel Pipe Copper Pipe Pex Pipe and Tubing  

pipe: Sometimes you just have to follow your intuition. - 12/15/11 02:44 PM
Sometimes you just have to follow your intuition.
An apartment manager had called me regarding a small stream of water coming from the laundry room wall. The water was just enough to keep the sidewalk wet, and even a little mossy.  After management shut off one of the washing machines inside the laundry room wall for a few days, the water on the sidewalk stopped. Because of that we knew it was in the drain line and only leaked when the water was being discharged.
We made arrangements to get into the laundry room to open the wall and repair … (18 comments)

pipe: Getting to the root of your drain problem. - 12/01/11 02:27 AM
Getting to the root of your drain problem.
We have all experienced the clogged drain pipe. You run the water for a few seconds and the water starts to back up into the sink, not usually a major problem. In fact, usually the clog can be found in the sink p-trap under the sink.
I got a call from a Sacramento apartment manager stating that they had a serious drain clog. Really? A serious drain clog? Thinking that this will be quick, I said, “Okay, I’ll take a look at it.” Running a plumbing snake through the pipes, proved … (10 comments)

pipe: How is Your Hot Water Flowing? - 11/18/11 12:55 AM
How is your hot water flowing?
I got an emergency water heater replacement call today; it’s an emergency for the residents who do not have hot water! Whenever we work on water heaters, we check for other potential problems because this would be the time to correct the problem. With the water to the unit shut off already, a couple of changes will cost next to nothing in additional labor. We always change the flex lines, check the straps, secure exhaust vent, and test pressure relief valve.
At the shut off valve there was a short galvanized pipe … (22 comments)


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