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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

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