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Leaking Shower Head? Smart Plumbers Can Fix That!

A long-time customer called complaining of a leak coming from their showerhead. We dispatched Smart Plumbers technician Christopher to assess the situation and make any necessary repairs. Behold, the before picture. Nice set-up, but the leak is posing a serious problem to the user. Chris proceeded to cut open the tile in order to perform some behind-the-wall shower surgery. With the guts revealed he was primed and ready to work on fixing the leak. Not only was the problematic showerhead replaced, but with the wall already open anyways the customer gave the go-ahead to...well, go ahead  and replace the shower control valve as well. Out with the old, in with the new.
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Shower Kit Installation

Smart Plumbers' expert technicians are here to provide professional-level shower repair and shower installation services including (but not limited to) running shower issues, unclogging shower drains, and shower replacements and installations. Modern bathrooms have a widevariety of shower and bathtub options including sophisticated shower heads, mist-providing water-saving choices, spa-like water jets, and many innovative faucet designs. We're here to help wih them all. Here we have Smart Plumbers' senior technician Joel installing a new shower kit for a customer. Should you find yourself in a situation where you need any new parts installed for your shower, contact Smart Plumbers & Rooters and (408) 247-2400 7 days a week, 24 hours.

Some extras tips to sink about..

Quick fix tips for your Garbage Disposal  Is your garbage disposal jammed, clogged, leaking or not draining? Here are some pointers that can $ ave you $$ .. 1) Push the reset button on the bottom of the disposal and then try it again. 2) Make sure the cord is plugged into a working electrical outlet or hardwired to an electrical box. If necessary reset the circuit breaker that supplies electrical power to it. 3) To clear a jam, insert a 1/4 hex wrench/Allen key into the hex shaped hole underside of the  garbage disposal and crank in both directions (counter and clockwise) a few times to free up the flywheel/blades. 4) If you don't have a hex wrench/Allen key, disconnect the power, place a short broom stick or plunger handle into the disposal; push it down against one of the blades and try to rotate back and forth to free the jam.                    NEVER PLACE YOUR HAND INSIDE THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL             Don't try to run the disposal if it hums, but doesn't grind. This
Any housing unit has INADEQUATE PLUMBING if it lacks one of the following: hot or piped WATER, BATH TUB or SHOWER, flush TOILET. For most Californians, handwashing is a matter of turning on their home faucet. And while it is no substitute for other guidelines, handwashing is a SURPRISINGLY effective model or methodology against Coronavirus SARS 2/COVID 19. Unfortunately, not everyone can implement this public health guidance. The state’s HOMELESS POPULATION has difficulties, and so do residents with INADEQUATE PLUMBING. The American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, collects national- and state-representative information about housing characteristics. In more than 6,300 housing units in California, people lack adequate plumbing, meaning they have no piped hot and cold water, no bathtub or shower, AND/OR no flush toilet. Californians across the state live in units with inadequate plumbing, including in COUNTIES MONITORED for coronavirus spikes due to worsening virus

Gas Line Repair

Depicted is our plumber Patrick conducting a repair on a gas line leak with his helper technician. The line underneath the concrete going to the house had sprung a leak. Gas leaks, especially ones inside the residence or business, have the potential to be dangerous. Thankfully, they can be easy to detect and the reliability of plumbing professionals like those at Smart Plumbers will ensure that the repair is done safely and thoroughly.  If you suspect you have a leak somewhere, we recommend calling PG&E as the first step you take. The PG&E technician will come out, shut the gas off, and assess the situation before telling you the next step. If they instruct you to contact a plumber, that's where we come in to conduct the repairs. As always, call Smart Plumbers at (408) 247-2400 or email us at


YOU NEED SEWER LINE REPAIR IF YOU SEE THESE SIGNS: Your toilet makes gargling noises. Drains aren't draining. Mold on walls. An increase in pests The toilet backs up when you flush.  Ever wondered why your bathroom smells of sewer gas odor? Without access to outside air the vacuum in the system might pull air from another plumbing fixture. For example, flushing the toilet could pull air from the bathroom sink removing the water from the P-Trap. So if you smell sewage out of the sink drain after flushing, this could be a sign of a larger ventilation issue. The P-Trap shaped piping is named after its shape. A small bend in the pipe to trap water creates a seal. This water seal prevents sewer gases and odors from leaking into your home via your drain. As water drains from the bathroom sink basin via the P-Trap, it draws air from the outside vent to equalize the pressure.  If the roof top vent is blocked by snow or some other debris then the trap seal could be sucked out by the drainin

If water runs through it, we do it!

  The main meter had a water line leak at the gate valve. Smart plumber Joel used a "Magpie" digital laser measurement device that measured the piping length that was needed to be replaced.   Approximately 60 feet, in length, and 18" deep trench from the house to gate valve. The underground main water line galvanized piping was found to have very bad corrosion creating a potentially a very high water bill for our unlucky customer.  Fortunately, our customer was smart enough to have Smart plumber & Rooters number dialed in for those unforeseen circumstances that can turn any day into a total washout! After identifying the location  and isolation of the leak our Smart plumber Joel got straight to work excavating an 18" trench. The corroded piping was quickly removed and replaced with 1" durable copper piping and regulating valve, complete with hose bib.  ..More digging! Vinyl mat for good, clean work ethic. Before: Old galvanized valve piping. Copper plumbing