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Water Line Repair Under The House (video)

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Our reputation has leaked out!

Our Smartplumber Joey was dispatched to a familiar scenario where customers are too often faced with a sudden increase in their monthly water bill. In no time at all, our Smartplumber was able to quickly determine that the laundry room had sprung a leak; underneath the hot water line piping stone-tiled floor!   This was determined by using a thermal heat sensor that was used to locate the direction of the pipeline and where exactly the pipe damage was.  (This type of device reminds me of a Dr's stethoscope, where earphones and a sensor are used to detect and hear soft hissing sounds).Next, our Smartplumber Joey had to excavate a 1-foot hole beneath the stone tile directly above the heat source was and where the hissing sound was detected.
Hey, presto! Sure enough, there was a corroded hairline crack in the 3/4" copper piping directly below.  Joey, then went on to patch the copper piping with a soldering copper patch. (These copper patches are proven to withstand pressure in exce…

Water is the only drink for a wise man..Here are some tips.

Water softeners help remove minerals and other unwanted materials from your water supply before the water reaches the rest of the house. The softeners salt, "softens" hard water and reduces mineral buildup on showerheads and other appliances. Since water softeners are installed at the beginning of the plumbing system they can cause low water pressure.
Identify the problemFirst, verify that the water softener is actually causing the lost water pressure. Turn the valve on top of the softener that is labeled "bypass," (Which will allow water to flow straight through the pipes without passing through the softener.) Turn on a faucet after turning the bypass valve to see if the performance has improved. If it has, the water softener is the cause of the low water pressure; if not, the problem is likely located somewhere else, eg: water pressure regulating valve, rusty piping, supply, hidden leak, etc.All water softeners contain a sediment filter that traps dirt and debris …

The Best Seat in the House

Here at Smartplumber & Rooters one of our customers decided it was time to get a smart toilet. Namely a Toto Vespin tech toilet. It comes with a Double Cyclone flush technology that siphons water quietly, with two powerful nozzles to maximize cleaning and saves 20% water. The ceramic glaze prevents debris and molds build-up from sticking.   Therefore, less water usage. It's Calgreen, ADA, and CEC compliant. It also has a concealed trap that provides for a smoother and less utilitarian appearance and a built-in skirt that hides the discharge passageway from view. 
Smartplumber Joey goes to work isolating the shut-off valve and removes the old toilet, adding a new flange and pvc piping. This new design prevents the toilet leaking at the base and eliminates the chance of any nasty odors.
Smart plumber tip:  All there is left to decide is wether the toilet seat is left up or down?Personally, I never really understood the toilet seat up or down debate. The solution, as I see it, is sim…

We aim to please!

Our Smartplumber Joey was called out to the local Capitol Flea Market.
Smartplumber Joey quickly learned that the main drain line had a backed up 14 urinals inside which weren't able to flush.
 Joey got straight to work by whipping out his snake...The Model 100 drain cleaning machine that is! Perfect for the job at hand. Joey was able to climb on to the rooftop to snake out the main vertical drain line. Joey also learned that there was a separate drain line to 3 of the 14 urinals.                                                                                                                            

Having successfully cleaned out the blocked drain line. It is always good to remember, no job is finished until the paperwork is done...done away in the trash. We aim to please even if you don't! :)Call Smart Plumber & Rooters 24/7 408-247-2400

Garbage Disposal and Sink Pipe Repairs

We responded to a call involving leaking kitchen sink pipes recently. Chris the Smart Plumber discovered heavily-corroded pipes under the sink that the leak was coming through.

Chris replaced the pipes with rust-immune plastic and also swapped out their garbage disposal, leaving everything in new and working order.

by Hormuz B

10 Crucial Plumbing Tips

Plumbing is often one of the most overlooked systems both in high-rise buildings and residential apartment blocks which is much different than repairing a leaking faucet or running toilet bowl in your home.
Whether you manage schools, office buildings, or healthcare facilities you may face many plumbing issues. Faulty plumbing systems can affect the property in many ways from permeating the building with unpleasant odors aiding mold to develop in certain areas by creating moisture which overtime impairs the structural integrity of a building.

1) Faucets, sinks, pipes, and many other items leak overtime. Some property managers neglect preventative maintenance so in time repairs become vital. Assess damaged pipes and sinks and replace them with brand new ones.
From a business standpoint, it is cheaper to replace old pipes than completely renovate in the aftermath of a water-related accident.

You can ask a professional plumber to inspect your water system. Also, consider installing the lates…