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Plumbers Insights – Our Christmas Gift to You

When you call a plumber it will cost you over $100 just to get us in the door. That’s an expense you don’t want to have to deal with in the weeks leading up to Christmas. So what we’ve decided to do is give you a few insights from our experienced staff that will allow you to navigate your plumbing service this season. These tips and tricks range from DIY standbys for those of you who have a bit of technical skill and are willing to get a little dirty in the process to ways to limit water damage when you have a broken faucet or leaking toilet. Most plumbers won’t tell you this kind of stuff because they make a pretty penny on an easy fix, but in the spirit of the season, we’ve become quite a giving bunch!

  1. If you can wait until Tuesday or Wednesday to get service, schedule ahead. We get the most calls on Mondays when wives are calling us to fix what their husbands “fixed” over the weekend.
  2. Don’t know a reputable plumber in the area? Call us. Or, if you want to get an unbiased opinion, call a local plumbing supply company for a recommendation. They won’t usually work with unlicensed or below average plumbers.
  3. Don’t put a brick or half gallon of water in your toilet reservoir. Your toilet was designed to flush with a specific amount of water. Changing it could keep your business from going down the drain (not something you want to deal with if you have guests over the holidays). Instead, if you want to save money, invest in a low flow toilet. They aren’t excessively expensive and can pay for themselves in water savings in just a few years.
  4. If you do have a clog, avoid using over the counter liquid drain cleaners. They are caustic and not only can be harmful to you, but to your pipes too. Use a plunger, or better yet, purchase a hand auger (drain snake). The snake will come in handy and pay for itself on its first use.
  5. Clogs are the bane of most bathrooms. If you happen to have a long locked beauty in your home, invest in a drain cover to catch all of the excess hair that comes out during a shower. Not doing so can lead to slow running drains and even full clogs (another good use for that drain snake).
  6. Replace the rubber hoses on the back of your washing machine with stainless steel reinforced ones. The flimsy ones will break over time and are one of the top insurance claims from homeowners. Even a small leak can cause a problem because the washing machine is almost always in a low traffic area. The drip can go on for quite a while before being caught. We suggest (if you still have the flimsy rubber hoses) that you check the hoses every time you do the laundry.
  7. Don’t let drippy faucets and leaking toilets go. Get them fixed right away. A single dripping faucet can waste up to 8 gallons of water a day. A leaky toilet up to 200! If you don’t want to pay for the fix, you’ll be paying for it when your next water bill comes. And the bill after that and the bill after that. You get the picture.
  8. Do you find yourself jiggling the handle of your toilet to get it to work properly? If so, you probably need a new drain flap – they cost about $5. They are quite easy to install and will stop your need to jiggle without having to shell out a Benjamin just to get a professional plumber in the door.
  9. When you purchased your garbage disposal it came with an Allen wrench. This is a manual way to advance the interior grinding mechanism when the disposal gets jammed. Keep it under the sink (taped to the unit is best) so it is there when you need to clear a jam.
  10. Get multiple estimates for any large plumbing job that you need to have completed. The estimates should be within 25% of each other. Any that are excessively high or low may indicate either an overpriced company or a company that is going to try to nickel and dime you with hourly charges.
  11. Asking for quotes is good, but asking for references is better. Get them from customers that have used the service in the past 3 months. Also realize that plumbers can change their names or company name at any time they wish. So look for a well established company that has a good track record to be on the safe side. Again, if you don’t have any personal references to go from, contact a plumbing supply company to get their recommendation.
  12. Always work with a plumber that warranties his work for at least a year on all major installations and repairs. A plumber that doesn’t stand behind his work is a plumber I don’t want messing with my pipes.
  13. Don’t be afraid to ask us to check your water pressure or those pesky banging signs in the supply lines under your sink. Just do it after we’ve completed the work we have been contracted to do. Plumbers never turn down the potential for new work.
  14. Do you have a wire hanger handy? If you do you can easily fashion a hook that can be snaked down your bathtub drain to remove hair and soap scum clogs. Remember, about two inches down almost all bathtubs have a 90 degree drain turn. This is where the clog is likely to strike.
  15. Learn where your shut off valves are. This is an invaluable piece of information. When a leak starts you can literally have minutes until you are dealing with an interior flooding situation. Locate both the main shut off for your home and the interior shut offs (usually under the sinks and behind the toilets). Know where they are can literally save you thousands of dollars in damages.
  16. If you have some food coloring handy, you can check you toilet for leaks with a dye test. Simply drop a few drops of food coloring (we prefer green) into the reservoir and let the toilet it for half an hour. Check the bowl. If you see colored water you have a leak. The darker the color, the worse the leak. Replacing the flapper valve is usually the solution.
  17. Don’t buy a brand new low flow faucet to reduce your water usage. There are aerators that will thread on to your existing faucets for about 1/10th of the cost and will do the exact same thing.

 

Hopefully at least a few of our insights will help you save some cash or trouble. If you happen to have other questions or concerns about the plumbing in your house, send them in to our professionals. We will be starting a monthly readers question and answers section to our blog. And again, a happy holiday to yours from every one of us at My Plumber Ca!

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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.

Rigid Seesnake in use for a San Diego video pipe inspection

looking through the interior of a clean drain line

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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How Does Trenchless Sewer Installation Work?

A trenchless sewer installation is a non invasive way to replace your old, broken or failing lateral line with a new, seamless one. The process is both cleaner and faster than the old method of digging up half of your yard to remove the old piping and put in new.

Trenchless Sewer Installation

The process is rather simple. We dig two access holes to your sewer line – one at the connection to the city drain and one where the line leaves your home. A steel cable is run through your existing line and a large bursting head is attached to one end. A polyethylene pipe is attached behind the bursting head and then they are pulled through your existing line by a hydraulic motor.

The bursting pipe breaks the existing pipe and pushes the pieces into the surrounding soil while the new pipe fills in the vacated space. Once the entire run is completed, the bursting head is removed and the two ends of the pipe are secured to the home and city sewer system. You now have a new, seamless sewer line that is more resistant to root invasion and cracking.

How Much Will It Cost?

A typical trenchless sewer installation is going to cost between $100 and $200 per foot depending on the location of your sewer line and the type of landscape or hardscape above it. This is still much cheaper than a traditional dig job.

How Long Will It Take?

The project will take a couple of hours from start to finish with the majority of the time spent digging out the exploratory dig holes to thread the steel line.

How Long Will It Last?

Your new pipe will be made from High Density Polyethylene(HDPE). This pipe is corrosion resistant and highly flexible so shifts in the subsoil won’t crack it. This is something that traditional clay, PVC and cast iron pipes lack. And, the HDPE pipe is expected to last about 200 years. Replace it once and you never have to do it again.

How Do I Get Started?

Call the trenchless sewer experts at My Plumber CA and get an estimate today! You can also visit our trenchless sewer repair page to learn more.

My Plumber CA Fall 2012 Promotional Campaign

My Plumber is a top plumbing service with a 3 decade history in the San Diego Metro Area. Their emphasis has always been on educating homeowners on the importance of regular maintenance and inspections, and to that end they are announcing their Fall 2012 promotional campaign. This campaign will include special rates on drain inspection and servicing and is intended to underscore My Plumber’s commitment to service excellence by attracting new customers and serving the old ones.

My Plumber will provide a video sewer inspection for only $99. Mark Presgrave, My Plumber Vice President, expands on why video sewer inspections are good maintenance. “All bathroom and kitchen drains eventually lead to your home’s sewer system, so it’s very important to fix a small problem before a major backup occurs. Often times we can help save customers from a much larger problem by servicing drains at the first sign of a clog.”

If a stoppage is identified, My Plumber’s trained and certified plumbers will apply whatever drain treatment is most appropriate to the issue, whether it’s jetting the sewer, line repair or replacement, or relining the sewer.

Although it’s a Fall promotion, the new drain line repair service sale is part of a larger plan to promote high levels of customer satisfaction.

“By staying tuned in to what our customers need, and providing discounts on those services that are in high demand, we’re able to reach our customer satisfaction goals,” said Presgrave. “Customer satisfaction is all about understanding what our customers need and delivering on it.”

Clients can refer to My Plumber’s robust website for more information. Not only does the site contain detailed information about the services offered, but also about all the discounts and special offers, including the Fall video drain inspection offer.

About My Plumber:
My Plumber San Diego, LLP was founded on the principles of excellence, diligence and customer service. My Plumber of San Diego is an active part of the community with ties that run deep in North County, East County, and South Bay. They offer these communities repairs and installations of plumbing service as well as installation, service and maintenance of heating and air conditioning systems. For more information, please visit https://myplumberca.com.

My Plumber Commits to Charity: Water

If you’ve got clean, fresh water coming from your tap, you can thank a plumber. My Plumber San Diego has long been committed to educating our customers on various aspects of water consumption: ways to conserve water, the importance of water filters, and ways to minimize our carbon footprint by bottling water at home (rather than always buying new, disposable water bottles). So when we learned about Charity: Water, we didn’t hesitate to make it the exclusive charity that we campaign for.

We all know that water, along with air and food, is one of the absolute necessities in life. Yet, there are a billion people in the world without access to clean drinking water and 30,000 of them die each week as a result. Easily preventable diseases like diarrhea and dysentery, actually kill more people every year than all forms of violence including war.

In Africa alone, 40 billion hours a year are spent simply walking to and from the nearest water source, leaving that much less time available for education or work. Lack of safe, convenient water and sanitation eventually turns into $28 billion in economic loss.

When Charity: Water builds a freshwater well for a village, the hours formerly spent transporting unsafe water are reduced to mere minutes, and the water is safe to drink. Hygiene workers teach the necessity of sanitation, and latrines and hand-washing stations are constructed. The Water Committee set up to oversee the project provides leadership opportunities for people formerly limited by the demands of menial labor.  A convenient water supply and the free time it generates can allow for more food to be grown for one’s family, with a possible surplus left over to sell at the market.  Children who grow up with the provided basic necessities have a better chance to achieve the education necessary to become teachers and business owners.

A $20 donation to Charity: Water can give one person access to clean water. My Plumber of San Diego is excited to campaign for such a worthy cause, and we plan on raising money through customer and partner donations.

Give My Plumber San Diego a call today to schedule your plumbing repair, maintenance or installation service! Call1 (619) 447-5556

For general inquiries please email us at: WeCare@MyPlumber.com

 

Giving Something Back

My Plumber & The Arlington Food Assistance Backpack program

During October My Plumber Heating and Cooling employees turned their attention to Arlington Food Assistance Center’s Backpack Program for Children Living in Homeless Shelters.  This program provides preparation free (or microwavable) food for the weekends and holidays, to children who frequently don’t have easy access to a real kitchen.

The plumber service in Arlington and the heating and air repair technicians, as well as My Plumber Heating and Cooling’s office staff, worked together to raise money in support of this wonderful program. Office workers paid $5 for the privilege of wearing denim to work, Arlington plumbers and Arlington heating and air technicians collected food with dollars off coupons for 5 cans of food, and the management team paid $5 a head for each employee who dressed in costume for Halloween. In a move that has proved to be a real money generator for the Warm Hands and Full Hearts Food Drive program, My Plumber Heating and Cooling executives also assigned $1 to the food drive for each new “like “ the company received on Facebook. Between the three groups of people they raised 250 pounds of food and $230 that they used to buy easy open microwaveable meals, dried fruit, crackers and juice for the backpack program.  The drive was very successful.

For November and December, My Plumber Heating and Cooling, Stafford plumbers and Stafford heating and air technicians have decided to focus on raising food and support for the SERVE program.  On board for the program, My Plumber Office staff will have a favorite cold weather gear day.  Our technicians including Stafford plumbers and Stafford heating and air repair techs, will be collecting those five cans of food.   The executive management team have not told us what they have up their sleeves yet, but you can bet it will be something good.

If you would like to do something to help us raise food for Stafford SERVE then please take a moment to “like” My Plumber Heating and Cooling on Facebook.  Just Click Here to access the link.

My Plumber Plans to Revive Food Drive

Since the beginning of its Warm Hands and Full Hearts Food Drive program in 2004, My Plumber Heating and Cooling has collected about 85,000 pounds of food for those who are experiencing food insecurity in the area. Unfortunately, the economic slowdown has contributed to a dramatic reduction in collections in the last couple of years, but My Plumber has a plan to turn that around.

My Plumber will add a dollar’s worth of food to the Warm Hands and Full Hearts Food Drive for every member of the community who “likes” the company on Facebook (up to 5,000 people). The company hopes to see an outpouring of support for the food drive that begins with mouse clicks and expands to real world donations.

“We have had days that you couldn’t get through the office without tripping over the food,” said company Vice President Mark Presgrave recently. “Days that we took 500 pounds of food to a shelter it caused a celebration.” He added, “Providing food fits with the work we do. Plumbing service specifically addresses something that is basic and absolutely necessary to the health and well being of the community. Raising food is something that has become a part of our company personality. We had to find a way to ensure it continues.”

To “like” the Facebook fan page visit www.facebook.com/MyPlumberHandC?sk=app_392248091048#!/MyPlumberHandC?sk=app_392248091048.

To learn more about My Plumber Heating and Cooling visit the website at

www.myplumber.com.

The Heifer International Gift Catalog

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Do you know someone who has everything.Are you stressed outtrying to figure out what to give? Something, new, fresh and more importantly somethingthey don’t already have?

You might consider a hive of bees from Heifer International. When you donate to Heiferin a friends name, they are giving ahelping-hand to a family in need. Specify agift of bees and you insure that acommunity will as much as double, their crop production. The family will have honey, beeswax and newhives to sell and becausepart of theHeifer process is tolearn the art of “giving back” the gift will be shared with neighbors and friends, ensuring prosperity for the local community.

Heifer does not just “hand-out” the goods and walk away. They work with thier families, ensuring that they can carefor theanimals, rotate the crops, utilizethe gift they receive to its best advantage. They learn how to prosper, wherethey live.

Would you like to learn more? Here is the linkto Heifer Internationals websitehttp://www.heifer.org/site/c.edJRKQNiFiG/b.204586/.