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3 Plumbing Questions You Didn't Know You Had

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Plumbing and drainage systems aren’t something your average person on the street is going to know much about. We’ve been asked a few questions that maybe you’d like to know the answers to, but you just didn’t know it yet! Here are three of the more interesting questions we’ve seen, and our answers

 

. Why does it seem like commercial buildings always have tankless toilets, but residences always have tanks?

In the case of those tankless toilets, efficiency and convenience. A tankless toilet in a commercial setting allows for more people using the bathroom at the same time, users can flush more than once without having to wait for a tank to refill if needed, and they simply don’t need repairs as often. So why don’t all homes have tankless toilets, too? Tankless toilets require larger-diameter drains, and it’s tough to find a residence that can handle the increased size. You’ll see them occasionally in new-construction or flipped homes, but they’re still very rare.

. Why would flushing the toilet make the shower water run cold?

This is more common in older homes than in new construction. Basically, when you flush the toilet, you’re diverting water that would otherwise go into the water heater. This drops the hot water pressure, which leads to cold or lukewarm water briefly coming out while the water heater recovers. A pressure balance system can often be installed to overcome this problem.

. How much water am I really using when I take a shower?

Short answer: way more than you think. Showers alone make up roughly 17% of the average household water use according to the EPA. This can mean up to 45 gallons of water for a single shower! If you’re looking for ways to cut your water bill, cutting your shower time is definitely at the top of the list. Try to take your showers from 20 minutes down to 10 minutes and you could cut your water usage by quite a bit. (We have more information in this post on home energy use)

 

Maybe these questions have never crossed your mind, or maybe it’s something you’ve always wondered, but weren’t sure who to ask. Well, here we’ve taken three common questions and given you some answers! Remember, if you have any questions about your plumbing, feel free to give us a call at (818) 429 - 9500


How to Choose a Kitchen Faucet:

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)


There’s really no space in your home more utilitarian than the kitchen sink, but with the right faucet, this supremely practical spot could be a beautiful focal point.

Replacing your kitchen faucet is a fairly simple update, and it can make a world of difference in an outdated kitchen. Knowing how to choose a kitchen faucet to fit your sink or counter top goes beyond the styling, but it isn’t difficult.

Island Sink

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Plumbing an island sink is challenging. It can't be vented the same way as a regular kitchen sink. Here's how it works.

Plumbing vents (a network of pipes that carry air and gas outdoors through a pipe exiting your roof) are essential to supply enough air to keep equal pressure in the plumbing system. They keep water and waste moving through the pipes at the right speed. A flow that's too slow leaves behind debris that clogs pipes. If it's too fast, suction siphons water from the P-trap (see photo below), allowing harmful sewer gas to enter your home. A regular kitchen sink, adjacent to a wall, has a vent hidden in the wall that connects to the drain. So it won't plug up, the vent must rise 6 in. above the overflow level of the sink before the pipe goes horizontal. Obviously, a vent pipe in a kitchen island can't do that.

As an alternative, most plumbers recommend a special type of vent (photo below) that loops as high as it can go inside the cabinet before heading under the floor and over to the main vent in the wall. Always get approval from your local plumbing inspector before installing this type of vent. A second clean-out may be required in the vertical wall vent pipe.

The Plumbing Checklist Every Homeowner Should Have:

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

If you are like most homeowners, then your plumbing system is probably a bit intimidating to you. Many homeowners do not know how to troubleshoot common plumbing problems, and most could not answer if you asked them what type of maintenance plan they are following for their plumbing system. Because your home is most likely the biggest investment you will make in your entire lifetime, it is important to keep it in good repair If you want to avoid catastrophic plumbing problems, here is a plumbing checklist from City Wide Plumbing & Construction that every homeowner should have and follow.

 

1. Visual Inspection

Many plumbing problems can be caught in their earliest stages by simply inspecting your plumbing system visually on a regular basis. Here is a plumbing checklist of things you should look for:

• Visible corrosion on water pipes (green, yellow, or orange stains)

• Leakage in the visible portion of pipes or watermarks seeping through the ceiling or walls

• Mildew on or near your pipes

• Rust on pipes or water heater

• Broken or corroding parts inside the toilet tank

• Cracks in washing machine hoses

2. Test Faucets

Not all plumbing problems are visibly apparent, so it is important to include a physical test all faucets in your plumbing checklist. Make sure the handles work properly and do not leak when the water is turned on or off.

3. Test Toilets

You may have a plumbing problem if your toilets do not flush properly or if they are constantly becoming clogged. After testing the flushing speed of your toilets, give them a good shove and make sure they are securely attached to the floor. If they wiggle, you may be dealing with a plumbing leak that should be repaired.

If you encounter any problems during your inspection that require plumbing repair in Glendale, call City wide Plumbing & Construction at (818) 429-9500.

SEWER INSPECTIONS FOR BUYERS, Why they're a must have!

Posted on May 23, 2015 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Very few property owners are aware that they are responsible for the sewer line (sewer lateral) from the building to the city main. Broken, flat, bellied, offset, or root-infested sewer lines can cause sewage to back up into the house or commercial building leading to extensive property damage in the home or business. Sewer back-ups can cause thousands of dollars in property damage and loss of valuable operating time for businesses. Although insurance companies will usually pay for cleanup and restoration; repair or replacement of the line is typically excluded, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Standard home inspections do not cover the structural integrity or condition of sewer or septic lines. Having a sewer or septic line inspection prior to purchasing a property is a proactive and innovative approach to make an educated buying decision, plan for upcoming maintenance, budget for necessary repairs, or gain valuable purchase price negotiation.

City Wide Plumbing & Construction provides Sewer Video Camera inspection. Many buyers will use a Sewer video camera to see if there are any problems with the house being sold.

call us today at (818) 429-9500 to schedule for an inspection.

Will your homeowner???s insurance policy pay for damage done to your home caused by a water leak?

Posted on May 23, 2015 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

  Most homeowner’s policies will cover water damage caused by sudden or accidental natural events, like a defective washing machine, but many policies will not pay for damage resulting from improper maintenance. It is important to note that it is the “damage” to your home from the water loss that is covered; NOT the repair to the actual item that failed.

 Your Homeowners policy pays for the necessary costs to access (eg. cut open an undamaged wall to access a broken pipe and then pay to repair the wall) and repair the damage caused by the water. But, the broken pipe itself, which failed because of wear and tear, decay, defective materials or methods of construction is not part of the covered loss. The cost to repair the pipe or appliance is your responsibility.


Reading Your Water Meter

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you have a water leak? Do you know how to check your water meter?

If your not sure give us a call at (818) 429-9500 and speak with a licensed plumber today.

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NEED TO UPDATE YOUR SHOWER??

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

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How a Garbage Disposal Works

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

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Having a garbage disposal installed or replaced in your house is a great idea. It grinds the food waste from scrap or uneaten food into small pieces that can pass through the plumbing system easily.

Residential & Commercial

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Residential:

Inside or outside your home, the only one you need is City Wide. We are a full-service plumbing company that prides itself on superior workmanship and exceptional customer service. From leaky faucets and clogged drains to water heaters and sewer lines, City Wide even offers trench less drain line replacement. Our trained, licensed technicians will be there on time and do the job right. Plus, all of our work is 100% GUARANTEED.

 



Commercial:

Time is money. That’s why City Wide will be there on the double when you need any kind of plumbing for your business, shopping center, or restaurant. Sewer lines, leaky fixtures, grease traps, clogged drains we’ll fix any issue before it becomes a bigger one. We’re Smart, Neat, Fast and Economical, Unlike other companies all our work is 100% GUARANTEED.

Tankless Water Vs. Tank Water Heater

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)


 

One of the latest buzzes in home energy efficiency has been Tankless Water Heaters. Not only do they save you money on your energy bills, but they also promise immediate hot water. Both are excellent things, but tankless water heaters aren’t for everybody. For some people, tank water heaters may in fact be the best option. So our goal today is to clear up a few thing when it comes to water heaters, both tank and tankless, so that you can be the informed consumer that you should be.

Tankless Water Heaters

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of tankless water heaters first and then we’ll compare them to tank water heaters.

Pros

It’s no doubt that tankless water heaters are a step forward in home technology. Not having to wait for your morning shower to heat up is quite a nice convenience. They are convenient, yes, but are also efficient. They are able to save you up 40% on your energy bill. Now that’s some serious dough!

Not only will they save you some money, but they’ll save you some space as well. Actually, they’ll save you quite a bit of space. Tank water heaters are around 60” tall by 24” wide. Tankless water heaters on the other hand are around 28” tall by 20” wide by 10” deep and are usually mounted on the wall.

And finally, it is estimated that they can last up to twice as long as a tank heater. Standard water heaters usually last between 10-13 years, but tankless heaters can last up to 20+ years.

Now let’s tackle the con’s!

Cons

The biggest and most focused on con of tankless water heaters is definitely the cost, which is a valid point. Tank water heaters cost anywhere between $500-$800, while a tankless water heater will set you back a solid $2,000. Yikes. That’ll put a pretty big dent in your wallet. Another con is that because they are

such costly items, they are not always readily available for installation, so they may need to be specially ordered for installation. A tankless water heater is definitely an investment, though it may not be something that every household should invest in.

Tank Water Heaters

Alright, now let’s take a look at what tank heaters can do for us.

 

Tank Water Heaters

Pros

Well, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise but, the price of a tank water heater is significantly less than that of a tankless water heater. They are also much more commonly installed, so if your heater does have a problem, it is more likely to be quickly fixed or replaced than a tankless water heater.

Also, as technology continues to advance, we are seeing water heaters becoming more and more energy efficient. The number of energy efficient water heaters has grown significantly in the past 5 years and many may be good alternatives to tankless water heaters.

Cons

Tank water heaters are less efficient than tankless heaters. There’s no getting around that fact. They also take up quite a bit more space due to the bulky size.

But probably the biggest con against tankwater heaters is that fact that they don’t provide immediate hot water and they do tend to run out of hot water faster than a tankless water heater.

Conclusion

Well, with both sides taken into consideration, we’re going to be cliche and say that “It depends on what you need it for.” It really does though! A tank water heater would most likely be the best option for a small family that doesn’t have a large disposable income. They are cheaper than tankless heaters and there are now many that quite energy efficient.



Plumber

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)


The word “plumber” dates all the way back to the Roman Empire. In Rome, pipes were originally made from lead, which is “plumbum” in Latin. People who worked with lead were called Plumbarius, which was eventually shortened to the word we use today. Take a look at this one!

Sewer Pipe

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Spring has arrived, trees are blooming and their roots are getting active underground too! This chart shows some of the problems your sewer pipes may experience from roots and other issues beneath the surface of your yard.

plumbing inspections

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)


plumbing inspections is one of the services we offer, Our trained contractors inspect every part of the plumbing system and plumbing fixtures, write a detailed report, and provide a detailed estimate of possible necessary repairs to the homeowner or real-estate agent.

There are times in life like buying a new home when a more thorough plumbing inspection is called for that could ward off a potential major headache and will offer a great measure of comfort. If you are in the market for a new home it is often wise, and sometimes required, that inspections of major structures and systems take place.

The professionals at City Wide recommend that you also have us inspect the plumbing system to make sure your new home is everything you dream about. We check all the fixtures, plumbing-based appliances, drains, sprinkler systems, sewer connections, water pipes and mains to ensure they are working to peak performance and that you won't have to face unforeseen and costly repairs once you move into your new home. These plumbing inspection services range from having one of our professional and fully Licensed contractor check out every system in the house for any obvious problems, to more detailed diagnostic services if a potential problem is identified. The costs vary, as detailed diagnostics run the gamut from simple to complex yet plumbing issues could have very real material effects on a home-purchasing decision

A Complete Plumbing System Inspection before you buy will lead to years of worry-free ownership and the lifestyle you want.

Of course, home sellers could use plumbing inspection services to their benefit, as well. Often a system that isn't working properly will be the seller's responsibility to fix before a sale is consummated, and this could lead to unnecessary delays. Have the plumbing system inspected before the home is listed for sale, take care of any problems, and avoid any delays in making the sale happen on time.

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Copper repiping

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Copper repiping is what we do for over 10 years. Every member of our team specialized in the trade and dedicated to making sure that you are 100% satisfied with the best possible service in every aspect of the job.

The reason that we are so dedicated to this satisfaction guarantee is that over half of our business comes from referrals. So if you’re not happy, we’re not happy! From start to finish, we guarantee that you will have a clean, hassle-free experience. To ensure that every job is done to this highest standard of quality, a senior supervisor will oversee every stage of the job. Since copper repiping is what we specialize in, we feel confident that nobody can match our Price and Quality. All of these reasons are why we feel confident in offering a Lifetime Guarantee* on our work.

Do you have Low Water Pressure?

Do you get scalded in the shower when someone else flushes the toilet?

Do you have rusty water coming out of your faucets?

Do your pipes rattle or make noise when you use the water?

Have you had leaking pipes under your home or inside your walls recently?

Are you not able to take a hot satisfying shower in the morning?

If you have any of these problems, then the solution is to Repipe your home with a modern copper system. When new copper pipes are installed, it puts an end to the stress and discomfort caused by your old galvanized water pipes.

Repiping with copper eliminates the low water pressure problem and any rusty water coming out of your faucets. It allows you to enjoy a hot satisfying shower while using more than one fixture at the same time.

Your new copper pipes will operate efficiently to deliver clean, clear water to the fixtures for the life of your home. To learn more on how to have your home professionally Re piped by City Wide Plumbing & Construction.

call us now at 818-429-9500 to schedule your Free Estimate.

#copperrepipe #repiping #leak #waterpipe 

Pro Tip from City Wide Plumbing & Construction:

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

If your shower head is clogged with years of build-up from mineral deposits in the water, it may need a thorough cleansing. Instead of reaching for harsh chemicals which may damage you and your shower head, pour a cup of vinegar into a plastic bag, place it over the shower head, and soak.

Use a twist tie to hold it in place overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and use an old toothbrush to gently scrub off the mineral deposits to help restore water flow.

Attic Ceiling Leaks

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)


City Wide Plumbing & Construction in Glendale specializes in attic leak repair. An attic leak can cause large amounts of damage. Ceilings can collapse! Water damage can extend into the structure, walls, floors, ruining carpets, hardwood floors and cause countless other property damages.Call us today in Glendale and will schedule an appointment time for one of our professional plumbers to attend to your Attic Leak Repair so that way you will know exactly when to expect us, and provide you with the quality service and expertise you deserve our clean and knowledgeable technicians are available to answer all of your questions and we pride ourselves on completing our tasks in the most timely and effective manner possibleMore photos from City Wide Plumbing & Construction

Hard Water: Signs & Solutions

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Does your home have hard water? Unfortunately, hard water is more common than you may think; one survey of geology in the U.S found that over 85% of the country experiences hard water. Hard water can cause numerous problems in a home, from causing damage to plumbing to resulting in unclean dishes and laundry. However, there is a solution to hard water. With this guide, you will learn what hard water is, the common signs of hard water, and how to solve the problem of hard water in your home.

 

What is Hard Water?

 

Essentially, hard water refers to water that has a high mineral content, with the most common minerals being magnesium and calcium. Water obtains these minerals as it flows through rock and soil. Originally, this type of water was referred to as hard water because it creates difficulty in lathering soap. Although hard water is safe to use for cooking, drinking, etc., it can cause many different issues in your home, such as clogging pipes and inflicting damage on appliances, plumbing, and fixtures.

 

Do I Have Hard Water?

 

You may have hard water if…

 

Your skin feels dry. Hard water leaves a soapy film on skin, which can cause dryness as well as skin irritation and even breakouts.

 

Your hair looks limp and dull. Because hard water impedes proper cleaning, filmy residue may be left behind on your hair, causing it to look limp and dull, and making it more difficult to manage.

 

Scale has built up on your fixtures and tiles. Another tenet of hard water is the buildup of scale and a filmy residue on the fixtures and tiles in your bathroom and kitchen. Scale can also cause damage to your water heater, pipes, and fixtures.

 

Your clean dishes have spots and white film. If your dishes and glasses are left with white, filmy spots after cleaning, you may have hard water.

 

Your clothes are dingy and gray. Hard water inhibits sudsing during cleaning, which causes problems for your laundry. Your clothes may appear dingy and gray, and the lifespan of clothing may also be decreased.

 

Your coffee and tea have a strange taste. Because hard water is high in mineral content, it can make water-based beverages, such as tea and coffee, taste different.

 

Your utility bills are rising. Hard water leads to scale in your water heater, which does not conduct heat well. This means the water heater requires more energy to heat water, which leads to higher utility bills.

 

What Can I Do About Hard Water?

 

One way to deal with hard water in your home is to install a water softener. This water treatment system will ensure that hard water is permanently eliminated from your home. However, there are a number of factors to consider before choosing to install a water softener, such as the initial cost of the unit, and how much you will need to spend to operate it over time. To learn more about our water treatment systems and the benefits they can bring to your home, call City Wide Plumbing today at 818-429-9500.


Reline

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)


There can be few things more heartbreaking than having to dig a trench right through someone's prized yard, driveway, or paving. Thankfully, if you are in need of sewer or drain repairs in the Greater Los Angeles area you can call upon the City Wide Plumbing's 'trenchless' sewer technology to help you. It's sewer repair without the trench digging, and all with a level of service that is second to none.

 

 

 

PIPE LINING

 

 

Trenchless sewer repair is a way of repairing of your damaged sewer or drain lines underground - the big advantage is that it can save digging large trenches across your yard and driveway, and minimize the disruption for your home and your family. If you think that trenchless sewer repair might be useful for your home, consider City Wide Plumbing's professional workmanship and respect for your home and your time. All of our trenchless repairs come with 10 years warranty.

 

The damaged pipe is lined with a permanent epoxy resin that hardens to create a new pipe, solving your drain and sewer problems. We have options to save sewer lines that other companies can only replace.

 

 

 

10 years warranty

Cutting edge technology

Minimal damage to expensive driveways and landscaping

Satisfaction guaranteed

Rapid completion time to return service

Job sites are left clean and sanitized

What is the trenchless sewer relining process?

Our technician will visit the site and access what is needed.


 

The pipe is throughly cleaned using a high pressure jetting process. 


 

The liner is installed into the cleaned line. 


 

The repaired line is returned to full service. 


 


City Wide Plumbing & Construction

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)


City Wide Plumbing & Construction is a California State licensed contracting firm specializing in residential remodeling, room additions and plumbing.We perform all phases of construction work from new construction and owner remodel to services and repairs. We are a family-owned company based in Glendale, CA.  (818) 429-9500


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