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Low-Flow Toilets and Dual Flush Toilets: A Range of Benefits

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Homeowners throughout the region are now looking at ways to improve the performance of their home plumbing systems. Many are frustrated with the rising cost of water and the increasing maintenance requirements for their home toilets.

And this has led them to consider a number of potential alternatives. In this latest post, we’ll take a look at the leading alternatives to the traditional toilet setup – low flow and dual flush toilets.

Here, we’ll guide you on the full range of advantages these systems can bring to your home

Reduced Water Use

The average system requires 3.4 gallons of water per full toilet flush. With a daily water use average of 34 gallons of water per person in the home per day.

If you have children, this means you’re using over 100 gallons between you, your spouse and your children every day. And so, it’s important to find ways to reduce this level of water use.

The top low flow and dual flush toilets offer the ideal option. Low flow toilets only use 1.6 gallons of water per flush, cutting water use by at least half for most systems and by more for those who use older toilets.benefits_of_dual_flush_toilets

The Environmental Benefits

Water conservation is a critical consideration within local regions. Throughout the country, groups are devising techniques for minimizing the amount of wastewater we use within the home, to conserve our water resources.

By working with low flow toilets, you can not only reduce the amount of water used on your property but also help increase water availability in your area and beyond.

It’s an environment benefit that extends beyond the four walls of your home and throughout the region as we all begin to benefit from greater water resources.

Easier Installation

Because of the much smaller tank used within the low flow and dual flush toilets, you’ll discover the toilet system is much simpler to install than traditional toilet products.

This also means you have access to many more design options with a greater amount of space available as part of a full bathroom renovation project. It’s the ideal addition to any bathroom redesign process!

Our trusted team at Fix It Fast Plumbing in the Los Angeles area is available now to help you capitalize on the full range of benefits offered by low flow and dual flush toilets. To discover more on their benefits, and how you can use low flow toilets within your home, speak with our experts today at 805-526-9500.

The Differences Between Hydro Jetting and Snaking

The Differences Between Hydro Jetting and Snaking

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If you’ve been having issues with your home’s main sewer line which has been causing your drains to back up and overflow, then you need to start thinking about the options available to you when it comes to efficient clog removal services.

If a plunger just isn’t cutting it anymore, and you know that there is a clog located within your sewer line which needs to be removed, then you have two options: using a plumber’s snake, or calling for a professional technique called hydro jetting. Both of these options have their benefits and drawbacks, and today we’ll discuss them in detail:

plumbingsnakeGetting Started With a Plumber’s Snake

A plumber’s snake is the middle step between using a plunger to remove a clog, and having a plumbing professional use hydro jetting on your main sewer line. Plumber’s snakes look like long tubes with a wire inside, a hand crank on one end, and a coil on another.

Some benefits of using a plumber’s snake are:

  • Cheap: Plumber’s snakes are a cost-effective option
  • Gentle cleaning: The snake is gentle on your pipes and won’t damage them.
  • Can solve your issue quickly: Plumber’s snakes can remove most small clogs easily.

Some drawbacks include:

  • Limited range: The snake can only remove as much as the coil can reach, meaning if the snake is too small for your pipes it may leave some clogs intact.
  • Can’t break through tree roots: Most tree roots are too thick to be broken apart during this process.

When Should You Use a Plumber’s Snake?

Using a plumbing snake should be the next step after a plunger fails you, and is essential if your main sewer line is comprised of older pipes, which may not be able to stand up to the water pressure used during hydro jetting.

Hydro jetting: A Professional Solutionhyrojetting

Hydro Jetting is a technique which is employed by plumbers to remove stubborn, caked-on clogs located within your main sewer line. The process involves spraying highly pressurized water into your pipes, using the pressure to scrape away hardened grease, oil, and other types of buildup.

Some benefits of hydro jetting include:

  • Fast results: Hydro jetting works quickly and is an efficient way to remove clogs.
  • Removes all build up: The water pressure can leave your pipes sparkling like new.
  • Perfect for tree roots: Hydro jetting can quickly remove tree roots from inside your pipes.
  • Versatile use: Perfect for residential, or commercial properties.

Some of the drawbacks of this process include:

  • Costs: Hydro jetting, which is a professional technique, can be more costly that other clog removal services.
  • Not suitable for older pipes: Old pipes may be damaged as a result of the water pressure, so hydro jetting may not be an option.

Trust a Professional

Hydro jetting requires specialized tools and training to perform safely and efficiently, and it’s important to trust a qualified plumbing expert for your hydro jetting needs, or you may be putting your pipes at risk.

Depend on a team of qualified experts for all your plumbing needs and contact Fix It Fast Plumbing in Los Angeles, CA at (888)-465-7012 today.

3 Tips Will Help Get Your Water Heater Ready for Fall & Winter

3 Tips Will Help Get Your Water Heater Ready for Fall & Winter

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You probably don’t give much thought to your home’s water heater: few people ever do. That is until they step into the shower one morning to find that it’s only yielding cold water. Thankfully, there are a few simple and easy steps that you can follow to help prolong the life of your heater and reduce your energy costs at the same time.

Do a Safety Check

Your hot water tank has a temperature and pressure release valve designed to automatically open if the pressure or temperature inside gets too high to avoid a possible explosion or scalding. You can test the valve by placing a bucket under the drainpipe connected to the valve.

With the power and water supply turned off, lift the tab attached to the valve to allow water to run out of the drain. If little or no water comes out, or if water continues to run after you have closed the valve, it probably needs to be replaced. Drain the tank part way, remove the valve with the plumbing wrench and install a new one in its place.

It’s also a good idea to check the temperature setting on your water heater’s thermostat regularly. We recommend setting it to 120°F to avoid scalding. You can further conserve energy and save on your energy bills by setting it to a lower temperature.

Replacing the Anode Rod

The anode rod inside your water heater serves to prevent the rusting of your tank by drawing the corrosive elements in water and allowing itself to rust first. Once it has become too corroded, the water can begin to attack the integrity of your tank.

To check your anode rod, first turn off the power and water supply to the heater and drain several gallons through the drain valve located near the bottom of the tank. You can connect a standard garden hose to the drain valve to accomplish this. Next, loosen the hexagonal rod head found on top of the tank, using a 1 1/16-inch socket. Pull the rod out of the tank; if you conclude that it has corroded to less than ½ inch in diameter, it needs to be replaced.

Replacement anode rod can be purchased at plumbing supply stores and most home improvement centers. Wrap Teflon tape around the thread of the new rod and secure it tightly in the tank.

Draining the Tank

If your water heater is more than a few years old, the chances are that sand, grit, and other sediment has accumulated on the bottom of the tank, making it harder to heat the water. You can get rid of that sediment by emptying the tank. Again, with the power and water supply shut off, connect a hose to the drain valve placing the other end into a floor drain or somewhere outside where the water can drain safely.

Turn on a hot water tap nearby to allow the water to drain more easily and open the drain valve. Once the tank is empty, turn the water supply back on to stir up any remaining settlement. You may have to repeat this step a few times until the water runs out clear.

By completing these easy tasks, your water heater will perform better, last longer and deliver plenty of hot water throughout the coldest months of the year. Of course, you can also rely on the Fix It Fast Plumbing team in Los Angeles, CA for quality expert service and professional advice all year round. Call us at 888-465-7012 to schedule an appointment.

National Diabetes Awareness Month has Arrived

National Diabetes Awareness Month has Arrived

Across the country, November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Get active and start conversations to raise awareness around this disease that impacts a huge portion of the population.

With diabetes, in particular, small lifestyle changes can make a big difference. If you or someone you love has diabetes, this is the month to get involved. It’s not just a health issue either. The most recent statistics from the American Diabetes Association show that it costs $245 Billion a year to treat diabetes.

What can you do to help yourself or help others? Read on.

Take Charge to Reduce Complications

If you’ve got diabetes, you need to take care of yourself so that you don’t suffer from the many complications, which can often be fatal. You are at an increased risk of stroke and heart attack, so keep your weight healthy. Cut out salt, reduce red meat and alcohol. Do at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a day. Diabetes can cause blindness. Get your eyes checked at least on an annual basis.

Worldwide Event November 14th

Mark your calendars for November 14th, which is International Diabetes Day. The symbol of this day is a blue circle, which you can wear to show your support. Other ways you can get involved is by organizing a healthy eating seminar in your community, hosting a healthy meal or organize an event around this year’s theme which is “Act Today to Change Tomorrow.”

The key messages revolve around patient education and awareness about healthy eating, as well as influencing policy makers to make healthy food more accessible.

Your Support Network is Important

It probably comes as no surprise that you are far more likely to be successful in managing your diabetes and living your life to the fullest if you don’t try to do it yourself. Surround yourself with a supportive network that includes friends, family, technology and educational resources.

At the top of your list should be learning about healthy eating. You need to know about nutrition and portion sizes. Invite your family and friends to learn about healthy eating alongside you, so that you can do it together.

Download an app that can help you track your eating so that you can even out your blood sugars to a healthy range.

Strategies for Daily Management

You’ve got to start with getting the right medical care, which means regular checkups to monitor your medications and healthy lifestyle choices. If you smoke, now is the time to quit.

Diabetes can be better managed if you are a healthy weight, so if you are overweight, work towards reaching a healthy weight goal, and then maintain it with daily exercise and healthy eating.

 

There’s nothing more important than your health. You’ve got to focus on that and let others help you. Call Fix It Fast Plumbing in Los Angeles, CA  today at (888)-465-7012 for any plumbing issue, big or small.

Keep These Plumbing Tools Around the House

Keep These Plumbing Tools Around the House

When it comes to your health, you won’t try to set a broken bone on your own, but you do take steps every day to keep your body healthy—things like exercising and eating right. Similarly, while you wouldn’t attempt to remodel your bathroom plumbing without the help of a professional, you do take steps to maintain the systems in your house that are already in place.

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There are a few tools that you should have around the house that is used to keep your toilets and drains running, prevent and fix minor leaks, and do other handy things that don’t always require an expert.

  1. Screwdriver Set

A basic screwdriver set is arguably one of the essential tools that every house should have because screwdrivers can be useful in so many different situations. For instance, with the right one, you can do anything from fixing doors to prying open paint cans to building furniture to accessing the batteries in a kid’s toy (and so much more, of course). The thing about a screwdriver is that you never know when you’re going to need one, so it’s always best to have a few available.

  1. Flange Plunger

You might think this is a little specific for a plunger, but there are a couple of styles of plungers, and they aren’t always right for the same thing. Keep a flange plunger around because they are ideal for unclogging toilets, thanks to the rubber lip on the inside that forms an excellent seal with toilet drains.

  1. Caulker

A Caulker is a reusable gun that you use to apply caulk, which is a type of putty used to seal leaks and cracks. It’s good to have a caulker on hand because leaks in your home can allow tons of climate controlled air to escape or let the cold or hot air in, and this can cost you a lot on heating and cooling bills. By sealing leaks and cracks in your home, caulk keeps the outside out and the inside in, making your home more energy efficient.

Tip: A Caulker is important to have because you can’t apply caulk without one.

  1. Pipe Wrench

A pipe wrench is one of those things that if you don’t know what it is, you may not be aware of how much you can do on your own in the house regarding maintenance. A pipe wrench is an ideal tool if you ever need to tighten or loosen pipe fittings and fixtures, like when you have a leak, lose something down the drain or have a blockage that you can’t fix with a plunger.

  1. Cup Plunger

While a flange plunger is ideal for toilets, the cup plunger is your tool of choice when it comes to minor clogs in your sinks, tubs, and showers. The cup plunger is a little bigger than the flange style, and it’s perfect for removing drain blockages and keeping your lines running freely.

Tools can be tricky, because while they are incredibly handy, you also have to know how to use them to ensure you don’t do more damage than good. But with the right tools and a little know-how, you can do minor repairs and maintenance around the house, address problems, and work on projects of your own.

Just in case you do need some extra help, or have a bigger project in the works and need to call the professionals, call Fix It Fast Plumbing, Los Angeles, CA today at 888-465-7012.

Water Heater Maintenance Tips You Shouldn’t Ignore

Water Heater Maintenance Tips You Shouldn’t Ignore

It’s easy to take your water heater for granted. In today’s world, we simply turn on the hot water tap and get hot water like magic. Hundreds of years ago, homeowners would be required to boil water for washing, laundry and bathing.

home-water-heater-maintenanceIt seems that the only time we are fully able to appreciate our water heaters are when the systems break down or malfunction.

Avoid these complications and inconveniences with simple water heater maintenance. Keeping your water heater from breaking down, improving efficiency and saving money is easy when you follow these simple and effective tips.

Save Money by Lowering the Temperature

Did you know that most manufacturers pre-set water heaters to 140 degrees? For most homeowners, this is completely unnecessary. If we used water this hot, it would scald us. Water heaters set at 120 or 130 degrees are just as effective and offer significant energy savings on your monthly energy bills. Water heaters set at lower temperatures will also produce less sediment and require fewer repairs over time.

Prevent Future Repairs with Annual Cleaning

Minerals, such as calcium in our water react to being heated by the water heater and create sediment that sinks and gathers at the bottom of the tank. This sediment is dangerous for numerous reasons but is mostly bad because it causes blockages and creates an environment for corrosion within the tank.

To prevent these types of issues, we recommend cleaning your hot water tank at least once per year. This job may seem extensive, but the money you save from repairs and malfunctions will make it completely worth it. First, you must empty the tank and then proceed to clean out all the sediment. This is also a good opportunity to inspect the tank and see if any other spots require attention.

Improve the Longevity of the Water Heater with an Insulator

Insulating your water tank is a great way to combine savings, prevent repairs and improve the longevity of your water heater and tank. Water tank insulators can be purchased at almost any hardware store.

faucet-hot-waterIt’s usually sold in pre-cut jackets that retail for around $20. These insulators help the tank retain heat and put less strain on the heater itself.

By insulating your water tank, you are able to slow down wear and tear on your water heater and help it last longer in your home.

These easy tips and tricks are too effective to ignore. Simply taking the time to do these three maintenance tips will make a huge difference in the performance and cost of your water heater.

For professional assistance, call 888-465-7012 and speak with the team at Fix It Fast Plumbing servicing the Los Angeles, CA area today.

3 Things You Should Know About Summer Solstice

3 Things You Should Know About Summer Solstice

The summer solstice is going to be happening in just a few weeks, but many people do not realize the meaning or origins of this event. The summer solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years. It is commonly referred to as “the longest day of the year,” but this is not all that happens during the summer solstice.

What Is the Summer Solstice?

According to astronomy, a solstice happens when the tilt of a planet is most inclined towards the star it rotates around. This means that the summer solstice occurs when the Northern Hemisphere is pointed as far towards the sun as possible during its yearly rotation. In the summer solstice, the Northern hemisphere experiences the most hours of daylight during the year, and summer officially starts.

 

Why Do We Have Longer Days in Summer?

During the time around the summer solstice, the days are very long. This happens because the northern half of the Earth has tilted towards the sun, so it spends more time in the sunshine each day. Meanwhile, the farther half of the Earth has tilted away from the sun. Meaning that in certain places, like Australia, they will experience darker days and cooler weather during the summer solstice. However, if you travel far enough north during the summer solstice, the sun will appear to travel around the horizon instead of setting each night because the days are so long.

Where Does the Phrase “Solstice” Come From?

The name, “solstice,” comes from the Latin language. It is a combination of “sol,” which means sun,” and “sisto,” which means “I stand still.” Therefore, the basic phrase used to refer to the longest day of the year means “the sun stands still.” A solstice was called this by the ancient Romans because the day was so long that it seemed like the sun was practically standing still in the sky for most of the day.

Enjoy the long summer days in Los Angeles, CA without worrying about your plumbing. Call Fix it Fast Plumbing today at (888) 465-7012 to learn more about how we can meet your summer needs.

What Are Some Causes Of A Garbage Disposal Leaking?

What Are Some Causes Of A Garbage Disposal Leaking?

If you were unfortunate enough to discover that there is a leak coming from your garbage disposal unit, then you are too late to stop the leak before it started. Once you figure out the cause of the leak, you can be sure to use this information to help you stop leaks in the future and to prevent them.

garbage-disposal-connectionsIf you find a leak before it gets worse, then you can at least repair the problem, especially if you want to salvage your garbage disposal unit. Leaks are generally caused by the following:

  • The sink flange has a problem
  • Too much wear and tear
  • The bottom of the garbage disposal
  • There is a crack present
  • The dishwasher connection
  • The discharge drainpipe

Sink Flange- As long as the connection between the garbage disposal and the sink flange is secure, then no leak will be present, but a loosened connection can be the result of worn down plumber’s putty, which can cause a leak. It’s also possible that the mounting bolts that are keeping the garbage disposal tightened to the sink have come loose, which is also causing a leak. Check everything around the sink flange to determine where the leak is coming from before fixing it and reinstalling the unit.

Wear And Tear- You can always expect that they’ll be wear and tear on a garbage disposal when it’s used so often, especially after years of usage. If the unit has worn out so much to where the bolts are loosened or the connections have worn out, then you may find that you’re getting a leak from your garbage disposal.

The Bottom- At the bottom of the garbage disposal is where a lot of people are getting leaks, and this particular leak is the result of the flywheel seal. This seal can deteriorate over time and needs to be replaced if it’s worn enough to where it’s allowing the unit to leak.

If you choose to replace this part on your own, that’s fine, just make sure that the garbage disposal is turned off completely and removed before you do any work to it. Your plumber can also replace the flywheel seal if you don’t feel confident that you can do it on your own.

A Crack- Anything that’s metal can a crack at one point or another, especially if it’s made of metal that rusts. If the garbage disposal is rusted, then more than one crack may be present, which may be the reason why there is a leak coming from your garbage disposal unit.

garbage-disposalDishwasher Connection- The hose used for the dishwasher connection should have a clamp on it that should be very tight, and if it’s loose, that can contribute to the leak, especially if the hose itself has damage and is leaking. Make sure the clamp on the dishwasher hose is tightened, and if necessary, replace the entire hose if it’s leaking.

Discharge Drainpipe- The bolts that keep the garbage disposal and discharge drainpipe together should be tight, and loose bolts may mean that a gasket needs to be replaced to stop the leaking.

The Connections Should Always Be Checked

A garbage disposal unit will have one connection after another to make sure that the unit can take in food and push the food down the drain, and the garbage disposal unit is also connected to the sink as well. All the connections that help the garbage disposal to function and work should be checked when there is a leak, even though a leak may not be coming from the connections themselves.

Although the garbage disposal unit itself can have a leak as opposed to the links, all of the connections should be your first concern because that’s generally where a leak originates from.

Once the connections are examined to determine if they are leaking or not, fix the connection that has a leak, or replace the link if it’s necessary. In some cases, no connection replacements will help, but a complete replacement of the garbage disposal is required.

Taking Precautions Can Eliminate Future Problems

If you use your garbage disposal appropriately, then the likeliness of getting a leak is less likely, especially since many leaks can be caused by misuse of the product. Wear and tear is something that is inevitable with any product, particularly in something like a garbage disposal unit.

avoid-a-garbage-disposal-leakWhen the garbage disposal is turned on, vibrations will shake the unit continuously, making it susceptible to leaks, especially when the vibrations can eventually loosen the plumber’s putty as well as the bolts that are connected to the unit.

If the unit is not used in excess and does not receive foreign objects that should not go into it, then it’s likely that you’ll be able to keep your unit working properly for years.

Once you discover a leak, make it your priority to fix it, especially since it can result in a lot of water ending up on your floor and possibly damaging your wood flooring or other types of flooring you may have in your kitchen.

You know what to put into the garbage disposal as well as what to avoid putting in there, so as long as you avoid putting certain kinds of objects into the garbage disposal, those precautions should be enough to keep the unit from malfunctioning as well as leaking.

Looking For Any Cracks In The Unit

If you know that you have rust inside of your garbage disposal unit, then check for cracks, even if you don’t currently see any leaking. Cracks can be present anywhere in the garbage disposal, and having a crack may require that you replace the unit or send it away for repair. If you’re not certain how to check your garbage disposal unit, then hire a plumber to do so.

Your garbage disposal can work great again by calling Fix it Fast Plumbing in Los Angeles at (888) 465-7012.

Top 5 Reasons Professional Plumbing in LA Is Worth Every Penny

Plumbing issues in your home can be a major problem! If you have a plumbing issue inside your home, then a professional plumber is worth the cost. They will guarantee their work and ensure that the job is done to your satisfaction. These are only a few reasons why hiring a professional plumber is worth every penny.

  • LA PlumberExperience. Plumbers that have years of experience are familiar with most types of problems that occur in a home, like clogged drains and leaking water pipes. A plumber that is not experienced may can longer than necessary to correct the problem.
  • Licensed. This means work done in your home is done by a person that is properly trained. Plumbers will be bonded and insured to perform any type of plumbing work in the city.
  • Equipment. Plumbers will use a variety of specialized equipment to fix various problems. This includes removing clogs in drains or to clear sewage pipes.
  • You will save time. Attempting to repair a plumbing problem on your own may take longer than you expect. Work done by a professional will be completed properly and on time. Fixing problems quickly keeps you from having to determine what needs to be done.
  • Saving money. You may break a part on your fixtures or make a mistake that will require an expensive repair. Money will be spent to fix the problem and not on materials and tools to fix the problem yourself.

Research professional plumbers in your area if you need any type of plumbing work in your home. The plumber you use should provide an estimate of the work in writing. Hiring a plumber is the best way to ensure plumbing problems are fixed correctly!

To get your plumbing problems in the LA area fixed correctly and courteously, call Fix It Fast Plumbing Co at  888-465-7012! 

Replacing A Sump Pump In Your Home

Sump pumps play a valuable role in keeping humidity levels down and preventing costly water damage. Typically, sump pumps are in the basement, and they are usually below ground level. Once it is determined the pump must be replaced, the new pump must be compatible with the current drainage pipes. To ensure your new pump is compatible bring the old one with you when purchasing the new one. The standards drain line sizes are 1.25 to 1.5 inch PVC pipe.

Make sure the new pump has the same pumping capacity as the old one. The average sump pump can pump between 2,000 and 3,000 gallons per hour, using a .3 to .5 horsepower motor. Lower capacity pumps, during heavy rainfall, may not be able to keep up and will run continually.

Items Needed

• Hacksaw For Trimming PVC Drain Pipe
• Utility Knife For Trimming Rubber Drain Line If Used
• Screwdriver For Loosening Hose Clamps
• Channel Lock Pliers
• PVC Glue

The pump will be enclosed in a liner that collects the water. The floor is typically sloped to allow excess water to drain into the liner. When the water reaches a certain level, it will trigger a valve to activate the pump. Begin by unplugging the old pump and disconnect it from the drain line. In some cases, there will only be a rubber drain line held with a clamp. Newer model sump pumps will have a fitting to connect the PVC pipe. If this is the case, connect the pipe using the PVC glue. If the drain line is rubber and is, still serviceable it can be used. Simply secure it to the fitting using a hose clamp.

Make sure the liner that the pump is encased in, is still water tight. Otherwise, any water collected will seep into the basement floor creating humidity and the potential for mold. Now is a good time to ensure the drain line has the proper slope. Pumps can push water vertically to some extent but there is no point in over taxing the new pump, let gravity help remove the excess water. Once the new pump is in place and the drain line is connected plug the pump in, and fill the liner with several gallons of water. The pump will activate once the water reaches a certain level.