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My Plumber CA is Fixing Leaks for San Diego

From March 16 – 22 is National Fix a Leak Week. We are here to fix leaks to help in an effort to save water in our city. Water conservation is in everyone’s mind as California continues to see more effects of the ongoing drought. Trillions of gallons of water are wasted down the drain each year says The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  My Plumber CA of San Diego will do everything we can to help stop leaks and save all the water we can. For more information, see an article from The Times of San Diego.

Most Common Leaks for San Diego Residents:

  • Water Heaters

    Most water heaters have pans that catch leaking water and have a drain to control the water. Checking to see if the water heater is leaking can be a great way to track your water usage. Water heaters can leak from the tank, pipes, or drain valve. There can be many reasons why this is leaking, your best option is to call a plumbing tech for a free estimate for the water heater to do your part on saving in San Diego.

  • Garbage Disposals

    A single drip every minute can cause gallons of water to be wasted. Garbage disposals can leak from the top main seal, at the drain pipe, at the optional dishwasher inlet or along the garbage disposal body. To check the leaking disposal, wipe it dry, fill the sink with water and run the disposal. The leak should show itself. Call us today if your have a leaking garbage disposal.

  • Faucets and Shower Heads

    Gaskets and washers can get worn out and can cause leaks. An easy fix is to make sure your shower heads and faucets have piping tape, teflon tape, around all the connections and replace the gaskets and washers. This can have a significant impact on saving many gallons of water every year.

  • Toilet Leaks

    Most toilet leaks come from an old rubber flapper that is located in the tank of the the toilet. These rubber flaps are cheap and easy to replace but many people do not check on them. This stops the toilet water from running into the bowl and can save gallons.

Why do we need to worry about leaks in San Diego?

Simple leaks in a household can account for 10,000 gallons of water every year. Households with leaks, 10 percent of homes, have leaks that can account for nearly 90 gallons a day. With the continued drouth in California it is important that we all try and conserve as much as we can. Every gallon of drinking water we can save, the longer and better off we all will be. Take a look around your house to see if there are any leaks. Or call a local San Diego plumber to fix that leak you have been putting off.

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$99 Video Pipe Inspection

There’s a reason that we offer a great price on our video pipe inspection service. We think everyone in the San Diego area should have one done. These inspections can find problems in your pipes long before they become the catastrophes that can cost you thousands of dollars.

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Our real time video can snake through your entire pipe system to identify problems like:

  • Broken or cracked pipes – we can see small fissures in the interior of the pipe before they become full blown cracks. Then we can fix them with either a pipe relining or a full repiping of the area.
  • Collapsed piping – a partially collapsed pipe can put extra strain on your entire system. We can repipe the area and return your water flow and pressure to acceptable levels.
  • Misaligned pipes – if one of your pipes is offset, it could be leaking. This happens when pipes are set in shifting soil and usually happens with lateral drain lines.
  • Clogs and blockages – clogs happen. We can find them and determine what is causing the block. Then we can use a hydrojet or power auger to clear it.
  • Interior pipe corrosion – if the interior of your pipes are corroding they could be leeching contaminants into your drinking water. We can reline or repipe in these situations.
  • Bellied or bowed pipe sections – a bellied pipe can leave standing water in the pipeline, usually in the lateral sewer line. It can also lead to blockages as debris builds up in the low part of the pipe.
  • Broken pipe seals – pipe joints are the most likely place to find a leak. They can happen anywhere and often are found in connection with corrosion.
  • Root infiltration – tree roots love water and will seek it in your lateral line. We can determine if your sewer line log is from tree roots with our video inspection.
  • Off grade piping – we can identify pipes that never should have been installed in the first place or are not up to current code.

Being able to identify these problems via and interior video scoping allows us to check your entire home from just a few locations and with absolutely no exploratory holes being put into your walls. We can even check the pipes that run beneath poured slab. Our $99 video pipe inspection is a service that all of our customers should take advantage of. Help us get San Diego’s pipes in tip top shape, starting with yours.

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Got Problems with a Leaking Garbage Disposal

As a plumber in San Diego, one of the most common questions we field is that of leaking garbage disposals. Garbage disposals tend to get a lot of abuse, are often not well maintained, and frankly, no one really wants to be poking around in a machine designed to chew things to bits.

But, if you have a leaking garbage disposal, the answer may be simple. The first step is to pinpoint where, exactly the leak is coming from. Run some water in the sink, turn on the garbage disposal, and get under the sink with a flashlight and a bucket to see if you can find where the water is coming from.

If the water is coming from the sink flange, that is usually where the garbage disposal unit is mounted, so get a wrench and check that the bolts are tight. The fix might be just that easy! But if that doesn’t work, you might have to replace the seal or add some plumber’s putty. If that doesn’t sound like fun to you, you may want to dial us up, the most reliable plumber service in San Diego.

If it’s not the sink flange, the next most common place for leaks is the dishwasher connection. Check to see whether the clamps may have gotten knocked loose. The hose itself may also have worn out and started leaking, in which case you will have to replace it.

If it’s not the sink flange, and it’s not the dishwasher connection, we’re looking at the bottom of the garbage disposal unit itself. This is often caused by a flywheel seal wearing out, and if it is not fixed immediately, it will result in water getting into the motor and burning it out. Fixing this problem involves the total disassembly of the unit to replace the flywheel seal.

If you have a leaking garbage disposal, don’t hesitate to call your San Diego plumber, My Plumber Heating & Cooling– Same Day Service Guaranteed*! You can also visit our garbage disposal repair & installation page to learn more about how we can help.

Wendell and Mark's Favorite Plumbing Tips

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Our Favorite Plumbing Tips

It is easy to check for toilet leaks that might waste water and raise your water bill. Teach your children about water conservation by letting them help you. Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If colored water shows up in your toilet bowlbeforethe next flush (at least 15 minutes) thenyou know that you have a leak that iswasting water and costing you money.