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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

Bathtub Drainpipe Fix

Recently one of our customers called Smart Plumbers to report a smell coming from their bathtub. When our plumber Patrick investigated the crawlspace he observed a misaligned tub drainpipe. After removing the debris and installing a new coupling, the newly-sealed pipe prevented any untoward sewer smells from escaping through. Way to go, Patrick!

Water Line Repair Under The House (video)

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 i

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 problem First, 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 deb

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,

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 la

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 machine Designed 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