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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
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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…

Water Heater Swap-Out

Water heaters have a relatively long lifespan of approximately 8-12 years. Certain factors, such as not maintaining a regular flushing schedule, can hamper this longevity and pose problems. One insightful customer suspected his water heater tank needed a flush. The unit was old enough that Chris the plumber went ahead and installed an entirely new unit.


Then we did something not typically done as part of our clean-up procedure. After we brought the old water heater back to the shop (as a courtesy we haul away the old one for the customer), Chris cut open the tank to reveal the insides. You don't get to see a water heater dissection done very often!


It turns out that there wasn't much sediment inside the tank, but it was heavily rusted inside - definitely warranting a unit change. Bang-up job, Chris!

Floor Drain Emergency

Here we're dealing with a backed-up floor drain at a local Chipotle restaurant. Being the lowest drain in a facility, the floor drain is the destination of wastewater when it cannot flow to the mainline. Once the mainline backs up it will have nowhere else to disperse to and overflow out of the floor drain.
A mainline backup in a residential property is bad enough; in a restaurant, time can be even more critical with customers milling about and the state of sanitation being in jeopardy. Luckily, we had an available plumber on the way within minutes of being called and were able to remedy the clog to get them back in business.

Live without love but not water!

Good Day readers! 😄A common problem that many household customers face is corrosion with their water heaters. 😖 Not a problem for our Smartplumber Joey. After draining the waterlines and isolating the connector valves, Joey went straight to work. As seen in the before photo the 3/4" galvanized nipple piping had visible signs of rust where calcium and oxidation had accumulated over a few years.
Joey replaced the nipple piping with a Heat Trap nipple. The purpose of the Heat Trap is to prevent humidity and heat from rising out of the water heater by convection. 
😉  Tip: (Not needed on this job as an internal gasket was used.) Teflon tape is often overlooked by many DIY home users but when used helps free threads from debris, aids in lubrication, and prevents pipes from sticking if needed to be replaced several years later. Here at Smartplumbers, we're here for you 24 hours a day 24/7. 365 days a year. Call 408-247-2400.

Please do take a seat!

Here at Smartplumbers, we tackle all jobs great and small. Recently, our Smartplumber Joey was called to do a relatively routine toilet repair which was leaking at the floor base.  Joey quickly got to the task in hand and saw that the reason for the leak was that the flange was damaged.
 It was old and cracked and whoever did the work prior did not remove the damaged flange. Instead, a new flange was placed on top of the old one.
 This type of shoddy work created an uneven surface for the toilet which was raised a little too high off the floor allowing leaks, mold growth, and unpleasant odor to manifest.
In short, our Smartplumber completed the task with a durable carbonized iron flange and threw in a free wax seal..nice one Joey!
Our customer was very pleased with Joey's professional work. We are Diamond Certified for  good reason. We pride ourselves on the expert work that we do. Please check out our reviews! Please call 408-247-2400 24/7days a week for all your plumbing needs!

Shower faucet installation? We got it covered.

Here we have our senior plumber Joel installing a new shower/tub faucet for a customer. In general, a shower faucet is more complicated a job than simply putting in a new kitchen or bathroom faucet since getting access to the interior of the wall is necessary. By calling a licensed and bonded plumber, you'll ensure the job is done by professional standards with a warranty. Our company is always reachable at (408) 247-2400 to take care of your plumbing needs.