I vividly remember one Christmas Eve when toilet water backed up into my shower and flooded the entire bathroom floor and laundry room. Our many houseguests were taking showers every day and both toilets were being flushed more than usual. What we didn’t know (until it was too late) was that our main sewer line was clogged with tree roots. With extra stress on an already compromised drainage system, it was a recipe for disaster. Since that expensive and embarrassing emergency, I’ve had a professional clean my drains every year to make sure the roots are cut and the water has an easy path to the main line. I haven’t had this problem since. Continue reading “Avoid Plumbing Emergencies over the Holidaze” »
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Posted on December 20, 2016 by Chris Bjorklund
Posted on October 22, 2014 by James Florence
Plumbing has been part of human civilization for a long time—even ancient Rome had sophisticated systems to facilitate water delivery and waste disposal. And while plumbing technology has continuously advanced over the years, development has never occurred more rapidly than in recent decades. Modern innovations have brought improvements in terms of energy efficiency and water usage, which in turn have created solutions to age-old problems. We asked four Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to talk about some of these plumbing innovations and how they can benefit today’s consumers.
Sewer line backup prevention devices: Myles O’Dwyer of Pipe Spy Marin, Inc.
Due to the concealed nature of a sewer system, problems often go unnoticed until a catastrophic situation occurs, such as a line backup in the home. While backups have been an issue as long as modern sewer systems have existed, there are now devices that prevent this unwanted occurrence. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Plumbing in the New Millennium” »
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Posted on June 24, 2014 by James Florence
Hoping to benefit from attributes like increased longevity and energy savings, many homeowners are making the switch from traditional water heaters to tankless models. For some, however, the costs of conversion and installation are prohibitively expensive, while for others the estimated financial returns of going tankless are too minimal to make it a viable option. In either case, a more cost-effective alternative is to maximize the life of your current water heater. Continue reading “How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Water Heater” »
Posted on January 8, 2014 by James Florence
Some of the most substantial water wastage in the home occurs while waiting for hot water to reach a sink or shower. Researchers estimate that in an average single-family household, 5 to 10 gallons of water go down the drain in this manner on a daily basis—a figure that has implications for both water conservation and water bills.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to reduce water loss in your home. One way is to install an ancillary device to improve the efficiency of your hot water delivery system. A recirculation pump, for example, keeps hot water flowing throughout the home’s plumbing system on a continuous loop, making it available with almost no delay. Continue reading “How to Minimize Water Loss in Your Home” »
Posted on September 12, 2012 by Matt Solis
You can buy a standard or tankless water heater at any big-box hardware store, but that doesn’t mean installing it is a do-it-yourself job. In order for a water heater to meet basic earthquake and carbon monoxide safety regulations, it must be installed by a professional. Water heaters have to be strapped down properly with pressure release lines; otherwise, they become hazardous in the event of an earthquake. Also, in order for water heaters to burn and vent properly, their carbon monoxide levels must be regularly checked. Both of these things are incredibly important—you don’t want to risk your family’s health just to save a few hundred dollars. Continue reading “Water Heater Installations: Say No to DIY” »
Posted on August 22, 2012 by Chris Bjorklund