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3 Ways to Take Advantage of Your Plumbing Inspection

Plumbing Inspection

Start Planning Future Upgrades With the Help of Your Plumbing Inspector.

Are you constantly searching for ways to save money on your home? You’re in luck, because we have some plumbing pro tips that can help you save money. Here are three ways to start saving with your annual plumbing inspection.

Pro Tip #1: Start Keeping Track

One of the most useful pieces of information that you can bring into your plumbing inspection is an expiration date. Most of the parts of your plumbing system come an established lifetime expectancy. If you can keep track of these dates, you’ll have a better idea of when to schedule inspections and when to start planning your replacements. Speaking of replacements…

Pro Tip #2: Plan Your Next Upgrade

Most people wait till they’re in the middle of a plumbing emergency to start talking about replacement parts. Because these homeowners don’t plan ahead, they are consequentially left with fewer options, end up paying more (on average), and often have to settle for low-tier replacement parts. The next time you have an inspector examine a part of your plumbing, find out when that part expires. You can then talk with your plumber about ideal replacement options. You’ll be able to start saving ahead of time, and you’ll have access to more efficient replacement solutions when the time comes.  

Pro Tip #3: Get a Second Opinion

There’s nothing wrong with getting a second opinion; part of planning ahead is giving yourself time to ask for one. If a plumber suggests a repair process or replacement part that seems too expensive, call another company and ask for their input. You’d be amazed at the number of times our plumbers have prescribed a simple fix for a problem that another plumber said needed huge repairs.

If you’d like more information on how to maintain your plumbing system, or if you’d like to schedule a professional checkup for your home, talk with one of our experts at (909) 684-1915!

Top 3 Popular Water Filters for the Home

Reverse Osmosis System

There are Many Water Filters Available for You to Choose From; Try Searching for Yours Today!

Have your recently considered installing a water filter in your home? Filters offer more than just peace of mind; they also provide cleaner, tastier water for your entire family. It can be difficult selecting that perfect filter for your home, so here are three of the most popular water filters on the market today. 

Popular Filter #1: Carbon Filtration

Perhaps the filter most commonly found in homes today, a carbon filtration system utilizes a tight carbon mesh to clean out your system. While the semi-permeable weave lets water through, the carbon system traps chemical contaminants like colloidal iron and chlorine residue. There are numerous carbon filters on the market, varying in life cycles and protection. You should be able to find your special pick without any difficulty.

Popular Filter #2: Ozone Purification Filter

Ozone works to destroy the biological matter inside your water, such as bacteria, viruses and algae. An ozone purification filter can also break down dangerous chemicals into less harmful molecules, which is especially useful for any home that’s every had backflow problems. The end result is tasty, pure water.

Popular Filter #3: Reverse Osmosis Filtration

Reverse osmosis is essentially the nuclear option of water filtration. It sanitizes and purifies your water in three different filtration steps. Reverse osmosis removes harmful chemicals like fluoride and chlorine residue, leftover detergent and soap scum, lead, nitrates, sulfates, and pesticides. If your home’s water supply regularly suffers from chemical contaminants, reverse osmosis might be a great option for you.

For more information about water filters or water quality issues, you can give our team a call at (909) 684-1915. We’d love to answer all of your questions!

When Is It Time For Water Heater Replacement?

Water Heater

A New Water Heater Can Be A Costly, Stressful Endeavor.

Your water heater plays an important role in your home plumbing. You use it for washing dishes, clothes, baths and more. When it fails, it can cause a lot of difficulty in your home’s normal routine, becoming an emergency. In order to make sure your home never has to deal with sudden system failure, it is vital that you plan ahead and take note of when you may need a replacement. There are some specific signs your water heater gives that indicate that it may be time.

Signs You Need A New System

Your Water Heater Talks Back.

When your water heater kicks on, does it grumble or bang? Minerals and sediment in your water can build up in your system, causing damage and leading to a lot of very interesting noises. When you have this build up, repair and draining may help temporarily, but you may want to consider replacement.

It Has Leaks.

As it heats water, your water heater heats up too, The metal expands and contracts over time. This, combined with accrued sediment, can wear at the metal, leading to cracks, holes, and damage. If your system becomes cracked, a new system is in order.

You Can Never Get Enough Hot Water.

Have you ever gone to take a hot shower, just to find that after ten minutes all of the hot water is gone? This is a sign your system has decreased in efficiency, meaning that it is not performing well as it once did. This may be due to sediment build up or wear on its internal parts.

Your Water Heater Is Getting On In Years.

Keeping note of the age of your water heater is a great indicator of whether it is time for a new system or not. Most systems can last from eight to twelve years, depending on its service and maintenance. If your system is getting closer to this age range, review newer models and start planning a new system.

A O Dowd Plumbing Inc. is your source for quality water heater repair and service in Fontana, CA. We provide you with installation, repair, maintenance and more. Give us a call today at (909) 684-1915 for your needs.

What You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Regardless of popular belief, your garbage disposal is not a catch-all for all of your old or unwanted food. There are several items that should never be put down it. Some you can get away with once or twice, but there are certain foods and materials that are a huge no-no for your garbage disposals health.

Things to Avoid

Bones – This should be a given, but people have done it so we feel inclined to mention it here. Bones will not go down your drain, but they will destroy it so stay clear of doing this.

Grease – Grease will go down your drain easily, but once it gets into your pipes, it will start to clog and end up causing major issues in the long run. To prevent clogs and other problems with your pipes, just dump it in your trash to be safe.

Pasta – This goes for cooked and uncooked, oh and rice! Although rice is obviously not pasta, it will have the same swelling effect when it gets inside your pipes, blocking up the flow. This will cause clogging and end up making a mess in your drain.

Potato Peels – Putting a potato peel down your drain can make a huge problem and mess in your drain later on. It is best to avoid this altogether and just throw it in the trash.

These are Okay

  • Cold Water
  • Ice
  • Liquid Soap
  • Chopped Food

If you ever come across a drain clog and need a plumbing company that you can trust, call A O Dowd Plumbing Inc. at (909) 684-1915.