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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

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.

THINK SMART..Think Smartplumbers & Rooters.

Get the security and peace of mind you need with chrome-plated, brass manual control water flow and pressure valves specially designed for your washer machineDesigned to efficiently and quickly shut off the water supply and reduce the flood risk in the event of a burst washing machine hose.  Be Smart and think like a Smartplumber. We're here for you 24/7. Call 408-247-2400

Like To Save Money? This Customer Does. Cleanout Installation Underway

In an earlier article we broke down what a property-line cleanout is and the function it serves in allowing easy access to your drainage system. Here is the process of installing a cleanout in action, courtesy of Smart Plumber Patrick.

This will save any homeowner substantial amounts of money in the future should they ever have to call a plumber. Without a cleanout, removing the toilet for drain-access or going on the roof to access the vent can amount to a job totaling twice as much or more than simply running a cable through the cleanout.

Preventative Maintenance saves time and your dime..Smart Plumbers & Rooters is here for you!

Preventative maintenance is key for optimal cost efficiency and longevity. Illustrated below is "Before and After" photos by our Smart Plumber Joel. The vertical main ball valve is corroded and is incorrectly fitted, notice the galvanize and copper piping are fitted together. Please note: galvanized pipes should not be connected directly to copper pipes due to the connection causing galvanic corrosion which consecutively is a source of an electrochemical reaction. Hence causing rust, clogging, and leaky pipes, both externally and internally.  
Here's a Smart Plumber Tip:You can make use of a dielectric union to ensure metals do not have direct contact.

Smart Plumber Before and After

Here we see a job where chrome brass piping was used and incorrectly positioned and is off-center to the tailpiece. The householder then used cheap flex drain piping as a short cut in his error to offset the gap. In doing so, debris and can easily collect and hasten to corrode and clog up internally leading to cracks and leaks. 
Our expert plumber Joel, keenly set an AVS PVC elbow 45-degree angle to fit directly beneath vertical piping for effective flow feeding to the P-trap leading to wall exterior where a flange may be fitted for the finishing touch.

Tackling A Toilet Clog For A Commercial Building

A clogged drain in your commercial building can be the cause of extreme inconvenience, an unpleasant mess, or even significant damage to the building or its interior. In cases where self-administered plumbing fixes at a basic level aren't enough, Smart Plumbers stands ready. Here we have Joel cabling a pulled toilet drain to make quick work of the back-up.

New Water Heater Install

Smart Plumber tech Federico recently installed a new water heater at a commercial facility, which is an especially critical situation given a business's urgent need for hot water at a temperature that is acceptable for an inspection. Way to go, Federico.

Personal Story: Broken Water Heater Burner

People in the plumbing industry need plumbing help now and then. Your humble author had his 4-year-old water heater go out. After a loud bang akin to a small explosion the heater stopped outputting any hot water. Patrick came out the next day and verified that the burner assembly was dead. Because it was under warranty our plumber didn't end up making the repairs but his expertise analysis and opinion, along with advice on where to turn to next in order to get it serviced, proved to be invaluable assistance.

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

Jammed Garbage Disposal

When you go to use your disposal and you hear a humming sound without the unit turning on, that's letting you know that something is stuck and it's jammed.  The humming sound is a good sign because that means the motor is working on the disposal.  The first thing you want to try is the reset button under the sink on the disposal (it will be a red button).

Push and hold for about one minute, then switch the power on to see if it works. You will need a flash light to see what is stuck inside the chamber; it could be something very small next to the walls of the disposal.  Never put your hand inside and make sure the power is off. There is no one way to get whatever it is that's stuck inside out of the disposal so try several ways, like maybe duck tape at the end of something long or a thin flat head screw driver etc. Sometimes a broom stick will work to help un-jam the disposal (put the end of the broom stick inside the sink hole and try to get the bottom or the blades of th…

Camera Inspections (video)

A plumbing camera inspection looks for and finds problems inside pipes or lines that cannot be seen with the eye. Most inspections are prompted by drain blockage, backup, and overflow or flooding. A camera can find damaged sections of pipe that have been cracked or rusted to the point of deterioration. It can also find misaligned joints or sections of pipe that have separated.

Items that shouldn't be flushed

Please be aware that these items should never be flushed down the toilet.  Paper towels and Flush able wet wipes.  Although the wipes say flush able they do not break down like toilet paper the same with paper towels..  These items will clog your drain and in time can be very costly.

We are taking necessary precautions to still be at your service through the Corona virus epidemic.

Call Smart Plumbers and Rooters 408 247-2400 for all your plumbing needs

Waterline Repair Report

Most homeowners experience house water main problems (or house water service line problems) at one point or another, and in many cases, a professional is needed in order to remedy the situation.

Your water main is the primary pipe bringing water to your home. Labeled “private water service line” in the diagram above, it’s usually located underground and connects your home to your community’s water source. Your water line should not be confused with your sewer lateral, which takes used water and sewage away from the home.
Here we have Federico and his helper finishing up a repair on a customer's water service line.

Sump Pump Repair

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New Water Heater Repair

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Drain Cleaning                                           Garbage Disposals
  Water HeatersFaucets & Toilets       Gas & Water Lines     Trench less Pipe Work
 Excavation/  Hydro-JettingVideo Line Inspection

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This is us....

This is what we do...

Drain Cleaning                                           Garbage Disposals
  Water HeatersFaucets & Toilets       Gas & Water Lines     Trench less Pipe Work
 Excavation/  Hydro-JettingVideo Line Inspection

 You can count  on our plumbers  to get the job done.

Plumber Profile: Rafael Balili

This is one of our plumbers Rafael Balili.  Although Rafael has not been with Smart Plumbers and Rooters very long, Rafael is knowledgeable, courteous, honest, friendly and hard working.  One of the things he likes about plumbing is the challenges, learning new things and working with our customers.  Rafael is always in good spirits and very positive.

Rafael has been Plumber of the month three times in the short time that he has work for our company.  He is an exceptional plumber and we are happy that he works for our company.  Great job!  Rafael keep up the good work.

Smart Plumbers and Rooters here to help with all your plumbing needs.  (408) 247-2400