Avant Rooter News & Articles

5 Common Water and Plumbing Myths

5 Common Water and Plumbing Myths 150 150 Avant Rooter Support Team

Water and plumbing are things in our lives that we often talk about. There are several ideas and beliefs that many people share, but not all of them are true. Here we will reveal some of those common plumbing myths, along with the facts.

  1. Bottled Water is Better Than Water in the Kitchen Tap

Most water bottling companies do not get their water from springs. They get the water you have running through your tap and attempt to purify it and add some nutrients. But you should also know that this water is put in plastic bottles, which can invite harmful chemicals into the water, so it is debatable if that water is safer than the kitchen water. Simultaneously, the pipes in your home may not be as clean as the water bottle. In short, it is a bit of a gamble when it comes to choosing the safest of the two.

  1. If Water is Flowing Through the Drain, the Drain is Not Clogged

Many people will not realize how clogged their drain pipes are until they are blocked. There are other ways to tell that a drain is blocked; you could lookout for a foul smell from the drain, which would mean something is stuck in there and rotting. A clogged drain may still allow water to go through, but it will drain slower than usual, and you may hear a gurgling sound as the water goes through, or you may even see bubbles as the water goes through.

  1. 8 Glasses of Water is the Optimum Amount of Water to Drink Every Day

Your weight, age, alcohol intake, physical health, the activity you engage in that day, and the temperature will determine how much water you need to drink. If you sweat a lot, you will need to drink more water to replace what you are losing.

  1. A Leaking Tap is Nothing to Worry About

For many, a leaky tap is merely annoying, and the amount of water being lost is negligible. This is not true. If you calculate the amount of water you would lose in a year if the tap kept on leaking, you will realize it is no longer negligible. A leaky faucet needs to be tightened to stop water loss; it will worsen if you do not fix it.

  1. You Can Fix any Clog with a Plunger.

Many homeowners believe if they have a plunger, clogging is not an issue. While plungers take care of most simple clogs in the home, clogs that occur more profound in the pipes need a plumber to unclog. Call us now to hire a professional plumber to take care of all your plumbing needs.

Contact us now for water heater installation and repair service and other plumbing issues in Southern California.

Need help! Call Avant Rooter – 213-432-2220

Recent Topics 

5 Things People Do That Ruin Plumbing
Plumbing and Social Distancing, Is It Safe To Call A Plumber
8 Plumbing Tips to Prevent Calling Your Local Plumber
3 Ways To Make Sure Your Drinking Water Is Safe

Get Service

Please fill in form below and our team will will respond fast!

Five Reasons To Invest In A Tankless Water Heater

Five Reasons To Invest In A Tankless Water Heater 150 150 Avant Rooter Support Team

Tankless water heaters are very popular now because of the cost-saving and efficiency benefits. Tankless water heaters have lower operating costs, a longer lifespan, and many other benefits than tank-based water heaters.

  1. Old Water Heater Is Wearing Out

Traditional, tank-based water heaters usually have a large tank. Its lifespan is 10-12 years, and it comes with a warranty of 4-6 years, depending on the manufacturer. Traditional water heaters are also bulky and take up a lot of space.

When traditional water heaters get older, they become less efficient. The heating elements get clogged with grime and corrosion, leading to higher heating costs and poor performance. Water heaters need to be inspected every year, particularly after the warranty runs out. Leaks, corrosion, and other issues can reduce your water heater’s lifespan and damage your plumbing.

  1. Lower Your Monthly Power Bill

Did you know water heaters make up nearly 17 percent of your home’s electrical usage? This percentage is more than other household appliances. So, if you are looking to save money on your electric bill, tankless water heaters are an energy and cost-saving option.

 Why? It’s all about the design.

Traditional, tank-based water heaters use a sizeable tank-based reservoir, usually ranging from 30 to 100 gallons, depending on the house’s size. The water in this reservoir is heated, and then it’s held in the tank, ready to be used when needed.

Whenever you’re not using hot water, your traditional water heater is still consuming power. It maintains a steady temperature even when you are at work, sleeping, or our of town, to make hot water is available whenever you need it.  In contrast, tankless water heaters provide your house with hot water on-demand. Water flows through an advanced electric or gas heating system, which instantly heats it. Hot water does not need to be stores in tankless water heaters, which boosts efficiency dramatically, using up to 34% less power.

  1. Do not run out of hot water anymore.

Running out of hot water can be annoying, particularly if you need to take a shower to get ready for the day, or if you’re trying to get chores like doing laundry or washing dishes out of the way.

If you have a smaller water heater, such as a 30-gallon model, you may regularly run out of the water if your family members tend to take long showers.

Once hot water d in the Tank-based water heater has been used, it takes a long time to heat water. You will run out if you use up your hot water faster than it can be replenished.

It works differently in the tankless water heater. They are rated to provide a certain number of gallons per minute (GPM) – this is the rate at which the heater can deliver hot water to all appliances and faucets.  If your tankless is large enough, it will be virtually impossible to run out of hot water.

  1. Your Hot Water Use Tends To Be Spread Throughout The Day

Tankless water heaters do have several significant advantages – but they are not ideal if your family tends to use a large volume of hot water simultaneously.

In this case, a large-capacity tank-based water heater, with a 65-80 gallon capacity, maybe a better choice because running two or more tankless water heaters can be quite expensive. You will still save money in the long run, but these savings will not be as significant.

  1. You are Willing to Pay Upfront to save long term

Tankless water heaters are more expensive than tank-based heaters. Tank-based water heaters. However, tankless heaters have a more extended warranty, usually up to 15 years, compared to 6 years. Tankless heaters typically have a lifespan of 20+ years and do not experience drops in efficiency as they age.

They also require a lot less service and maintenance on an ongoing basis. The average family will save $100-150 per year when using a tankless unit – so over 20 years, that adds up to $3,000, making tankless heaters a better investment. As an additional bonus, SoCal Gas offers $400-1000 rebates until December 31, 2020 if you purchase and install tankless water heater this year

Contact us now for water heater installation and repair service and other plumbing issues in Southern California.

Need help! Call Avant Rooter – 213-432-2220

Recent Topics 

5 Things People Do That Ruin Plumbing
Plumbing and Social Distancing, Is It Safe To Call A Plumber
8 Plumbing Tips to Prevent Calling Your Local Plumber
3 Ways To Make Sure Your Drinking Water Is Safe

Get Service

Please fill in form below and our team will will respond fast!

7 Ways To Reduce Your Water Bill

7 Ways To Reduce Your Water Bill 150 150 Avant Rooter Support Team

Water is what we look for when we discover a new planet. But for most of us, it’s the last thing on our minds. The average US household wastes 10,000 gallons of water every year due to leaks. About ten percent of homes have severe leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Damage from water is 5X more likely than theft and 10X more likely than fire.

Avant Rooter has information below to help you identify leaky pipes and save money on your water bill. If you have additional questions after this quick read, call us! Avant Rooter – 213-432-2220

Below are some tips and things to consider when it comes to leaky pipes and your water bill.

  1. Monitor the Water Bill

If your water use habits haven’t changed, but your water bill is rising, a leak may be blamed. You are probably using more water during COVID quarantine, than before you spent so much time in the house, so compare monthly bills during comparable months

  1. Watch the Water Meter

The best way to tell if you leak is to check the water meter. If you need help finding the water meter or reading the water meter, give us (Avant Rooter) a call at 213-432-2220

  1. Check for Patches of Greener Grass or Blooming Flowers

Water pipes beneath the ground and irrigation lines cleverly disguised in landscaping may begin as a slow leak and escalate into a more sinister problem. Green grass is a clear sign of excess water in the ground.

  1. Investigate Appliances and Fixtures

With so many facets in a home or business, it’s unreasonable to think at some point, one or more is going to leak. With each water drop, money is coming out of your pocket. A leaky faucet will drive up your water bill and cost you money.

The problem may be in the handle itself or deeper within the plumbing. Either way, the quicker the leak within a leaky faucet is identified and fixed, the quicker your water bill will go down.

  1. Dye Test the Toilets

If you notice your toilet running long after the flush has been finished, you probably have a leak. Humming, hissing, and low toilet bowl water are other indications that something is amiss. Toilet leaking is a common problem, can drive up your water bill and waste a staggering amount of water. A faulty flapper will cause water levels within the toilet to drop and promote constant water usage by filling and refilling. Waterline connections and cracks in sealants can also be guilty as charged.

  1. Stay Alert to Leaking Clues

A yellowish or brownish water stains on ceilings and walls or discoloration could indicate water leaking from behind the drywall.

Bubbling paint or bulging wallpaper could also mean that the wallboard is wet, and the paint or wallpaper is no longer adhering tightly. In some cases, you may also notice a bulge in the wallboard, which indicates the water damage is more extensive, and the wallboard will have to be replaced.

  1. Install a leak detection device, such as Flo from Moen

These smart plumbing devices (Flo from Moen)can monitor water usage 24/7 and can even shut off the water automatically if they detect that there is an extremely high water usage caused by pipe break. It can come in very handy, especially when you are out of town.

Need help! Call Avant Rooter – 213-432-2220

Recent Topics 

5 Things People Do That Ruin Plumbing
Plumbing and Social Distancing, Is It Safe To Call A Plumber
8 Plumbing Tips to Prevent Calling Your Local Plumber
3 Ways To Make Sure Your Drinking Water Is Safe

Get Service

Please fill in form below and our team will will respond fast!

Four Reasons Why My Drains Smell Bad

Four Reasons Why My Drains Smell Bad 150 150 Avant Rooter Support Team

There are several common reasons your drains might smell bad. Sometimes proper plumbing maintenance falls by the wayside and problems arise. Slow drainage caused by a clog and even drains that smell terrible are pervasive. Our team at Avant Rooter has listed the top four reasons why your drains and plumbing may have a bad-smelling order.

Dry P-Trap

Check P-Traps to make sure they are working correctly. Drains under a bathroom or kitchen sink will have visible P-traps. On the other hand, floor, shower and toiler drains are hard to see. However, most drains have an adequately vented P-trap, and most P-traps have a supply of water going through them to keep the “trap seal” working properly.

Clogged Vent Pipe

All plumbing systems have a vent system specifically for the plumbing in the home or building. Its purpose is to equalize the pressure caused by wastewater running through the system and allow sewer odors to escape. If this venting is somehow blocked, odors can’t be released outside and can build up inside the building.

The issue with Sewer Line

If you have ever walked into your home or business and smells like rotten eggs, you will most likely have a sewer gas leak. Sewer gas is a byproduct of the breakdown of natural human waste. The hydrogen sulfide in sewer gas is what gives it is signature rotten egg smell.

Improper Use of Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal can create a bad odor from some rotten tiny food particles that are either stuck or cling to the garbage disposal cylinder, cutting blades and sometimes the splash guard that cause the growth of bacteria that produces the foul odor.

Need professional plumbing services! Call Avant Rooter today – 213-432-2220

read more

Three Ways To Make Your Drinking Water Safer

Three Ways To Make Your Drinking Water Safer 150 150 Avant Rooter Support Team

Three Ways To Make Your Drinking Water Safer

Safe drinking water is essential for you and your loved ones. Below is the information you need to ensure that your drinking water is the best it can be. If you have additional questions after this quick read, call us for a free consultation. Avant Rooter – 213-432-2220

Why is Water Testing Important?

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states that 10 to 20 percent of the average American’s lead exposure comes from contaminated water. Even low exposure can become toxic over time, as lead accumulates in the body. You can request a copy of your water supplier’s water quality report from your town or city. You can also check using your zip code using the National Tap Water Data Base at www.ewg.org

Water quality can still vary widely between towns and cities, and you should test your water if your home has lead or other non-plastic pipes installed before 1986. Water testing is even more critical if you have a well.

Test For Lead Contamination

You can ask your water supplier to sample your tap water or purchase a city water testing kit at a home improvement store or online at www.watercheck.com. When you conduct your test, remember these tips:

  • Follow the instructions carefully.
  • For the most accurate test results, “first draw water,” which is the first water to flow from the faucet after sitting overnight.
  • Mail the water sample to a certified lab for testing.

How to Reduce Lead Exposure From Drinking Water

If test results show high levels of lead in your tap water, you should take immediate steps to reduce your exposure. Here are some ideas:

  • Install faucet filters or pour water into pitcher filters before drinking or cooking with it.
  • Clean your faucet aerators regularly.
  • Run tap water for 20 to 30 seconds before drinking, especially after it has sat unused for more than six hours.
  • When cooking, start with cold water from the tap and boil it on the stove. Lead is likely to be higher in hot water.
  • Mix baby formula in cold water.
  • Replace your plumbing and fixtures to remove the source of contamination.

Testing is the only way to find out whether your drinking water is safe. If you decide to take action and replace the pipes that increase your lead exposure, let the experts at Avant Rooter lend a hand. We can install new plumbing to meet your needs without endangering your health.

Test for Bacteria and contaminants

Water, like everything else on Earth, is full of bacteria and contaminants. Some bacteria are beneficial, and some are not. Some chemicals, such as chlorine, are added to the municipality’s water to disinfect any biological contaminants present. One of them is Escherichia coli (E. coli), a bacteria that can get into the environment, and if contacted by people, can cause health problems and sickness. Those disinfectants often remain present in the water when it arrives at your home.

Without a proper water quality solution the occupants if the home then bathes, drink and cook with that same water.

What contributes to bacteria and contaminants in drinking water?

  • Failing pipes
  • Open holes piping
  • Broken water line
  • Unmaintained water equipment
  • Large amounts of manure, livestock, or containments near your water
  • Poor sampling location

How To Reduce Bacteria In Your Water

The two best ways to reduce bacteria in your water is to boil and/or chemicals:

  • Boiling water for over 1 minute is highly effective in killing bacteria. Chemicals such as bleach or chlorine can be used in the minimal quantity recommended.
  • Filtration is effective in removing chemicals when used for these purposes, and there are several highly active filters on the market.

Test for chlorine

The municipal water supplies often contain more chlorine in drinking water than is recommended for a swimming pool. A good water filtration system such as the HALO 5 Stage Whole House Water Filtration and Conditioning System can remove chlorine and chloramines to undetectable levels. This system combines high filtration and water conditioning in one maintenance-free tank. The proprietary conditioning ION is contained inside the HALO 5. The system is placed on the main before the water enters the home protecting the entire home from contaminants and the harmful effects of hard water. The HALO 5 additionally removes existing scale formation from pipes that may have been present before the HALO 5 was installed.

The HALO ION Water Conditioner physically treats the calcium and magnesium in the water, to render those healthy minerals suspended and harmless to plumbing. Depending on the starting pH of the water, it can give the homeowner alkaline water from every point of access in the home, hard water protection for the entire home using no salt, with no additional filtration.

Get a water treatment consultation! Call Avant Rooter – 213-432-2220

Learn More:

Halo Water Systems from HALO Water Systems on Vimeo.

Recent Topics 

5 Things People Do That Ruin Plumbing

Plumbing and Social Distancing, Is It Safe To Call A Plumber

8 Plumbing Tips to Prevent Calling Your Local Plumber

Get Service

Please fill in form below and our team will will respond fast!

5 Tips to Prevent Emergency Plumbing Calls

5 Tips to Prevent Emergency Plumbing Calls 150 150 Avant Rooter Support Team

5 Tips to Prevent Emergency Plumbing Calls

Many of us have faced plumbing emergencies in one form or another. Instances in which your drains at home get clogged, taps and faucets leak, or inlet or outlet water lines become damaged unexpectedly are considered plumbing emergencies.

Every homeowner will face plumbing emergencies sooner or later. But, you can avoid these plumbing emergencies with proper preparation and knowledge. Following is a list of 5 plumbing tips that prevent you from calling your plumber in the middle of the night.

  1. Know Your Plumbing System but avoid DIY

It would help if you were the first to notice any issues with your plumbing system. Get to know your plumbing system, learn the signs of any plumbing issue, and know-how to shut off your main water supply.

If there is a plumbing emergency and not sure exactly about what you are doing, drop your plan of DIY or calling any plumber you find on the Internet. They can worsen your problem.

       2. Stay Away from Chemical Treatments & Schedule Regular Plumbing Maintenance

The commercial chemical cleaning solutions like Drain-O may not work on all clogs and make the situation worse. Annual plumbing inspection and maintenance avoids any plumbing emergency and ensures the smooth operation of your plumbing system. You should hire a qualified plumber to identify minor problems in the beginning and prevent major repairs.

       3. Water Heater

Water heaters are the leading cause of plumbing emergencies. Maintain and service them regularly to avoid any issues. Also, replace them every ten years before any disaster occurs. Consider replacing your old water heater with a newer technology tankless water heater

     4. Avoid a Flooded House

Dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters often cause floods. Prevent a flooded house by following the following tips.

  • Run your dishwasher only someone is home
  • Check washing machine hoses often
  • Invest in leak detection to prevent structural issues for your property
  • Consider installing a device like flo to monitor your water usage
  • Floods cause 10X more damage than fires, so be super careful

     5. Prevent Sewage Backups

Following are a few tips to avoid sewage backup,

  • Don’t flush paper towels, facial tissue, newspaper, cotton swabs, and feminine hygiene products down the toilet.
  • Don’t pour grease down the kitchen sink.
  • Use a mesh hair trapper in your sink and shower drains.

Need professional plumbing service? Call Avant Rooter today!

Recent Topics 

5 Things People Do That Ruin Plumbing

Plumbing and Social Distancing, Is It Safe To Call A Plumber

8 Plumbing Tips to Prevent Calling Your Local Plumber

Get Service

Please fill in form below and our team will will respond fast!

Plumbing and Social Distancing, Is It Safe To Call A Plumber?

Plumbing and Social Distancing, Is It Safe To Call A Plumber? 150 150 Avant Rooter Support Team

Plumbing and Social Distancing, Is It Safe To Call A Plumber?

The events over the last several months have left much uncertainty for many people. With social distancing orders in place and many businesses temporarily closed, many people have found themselves at home. This means that your plumbing system may be seeing more action than usual. With the increase in usage, leading to more clogs, your plumbing system may be working overtime. This can lead to all kinds of plumbing problems. Fortunately, plumbing is an essential business, so you don’t have to live in quarantine with a plumbing emergency. So is it safe to call a plumber while social distancing? 

Safety Precautions For Essential Businesses

With social distancing orders in place in most states and cities, essential businesses are still allowed to operate. However, under social distancing guidelines, many businesses like plumbers have adjusted the way they operate their business. Additional safety precautions outlined by the CDC are adapted to keep the health and safety of customers in mind as well as employees. These safety precautions include:

  • Screening and monitoring employees for symptoms
  • Screening house calls for symptoms
  • Wearing protective gear like face masks and gloves
  • Routine washing of hands and using hand sanitizer
  • Regular disinfecting and cleaning of workspace
  • Maintaining a social distance of 6 ft or more

At Avant Rooter, We Are Doing Our Part

In addition to adhering to the CDC guidelines, at Avant Rooter we want to make sure we are here for our customers while protecting their health and safety. Because let’s face it, your plumbing, won’t wait until social distancing is over to need service. Which is why we are also offering financing options to help lessen the burden of an unexpected expense. 

Your plumbing Won’t Wait.

With all this social distancing going, you are probably stuck at home. The last thing you want is to be at home with a plumbing emergency. Putting off repairs can cause more damage to your system and lead to more expensive repairs. For example, if you ignore a plumbing leak, you are potentially wasting thousands of gallons of water and increasing the risk of mold and water damage. Quarantine is no time to ignore your plumbing problems. Prolonging repairs can result in:

  • Health hazards like mold and sewage exposure
  • Damage to your home and surrounding area
  • More damage to your plumbing or HVAC system
  • Excessive water waste
  • Gas leak
  • Ineffective and inefficient heating and cooling

A well-maintained system will run more efficiently, effectively, and safely, and in the long run, save you money on operating costs. 

Keep Things Running Smoothly

During these unprecedented times, keeping your homes plumbing running smoothly is essential. The best way to keep your plumbing in good shape is to take preventative measures.

  • Watch what goes down the drain
  • Never pour grease down the drain
  • Always operate the garbage disposal with running water
  • Watch what your flush
  • Keep hair out of sink and shower drains
  • Monitor water pressure
  • Be proactive with leak detection
  • Be able to recognize the signs of a hidden leak: the sound of dripping or running water, water damage, unexplained puddles, the smell of mold or mildew, or a higher than usual water bill

coupon1If something seems off, don’t ignore it. A plumbing emergency can make social distancing a lot harder than it has to be. Avant Rooter is going the extra mile to ensure the safety of our customers and our staff. Contact Avant Rooter today to learn more or to schedule an appointment. 

Recent Articles
5 Things People Do That Ruin Plumbing
 

5 Things People Do That Ruin Plumbing

5 Things People Do That Ruin Plumbing 150 150 Avant Rooter Support Team

plumbing problem like a flooded toilet or or leaking pipe is enough to completely alter your day. Unfortunately many plumbing problems are self inflicted. Lack of knowledge about how your habits affect your plumbing contribute to many unnecessary plumbing problems. While some plumbing problems are out of our control, many are preventable. Here are 5 things people do that ruin plumbing.

#1 DIY Repairs

Some things are perfectly fine to DIY, like plunging a clogged toilet, however major plumbing overhauls are better off left to the professionals. Some plumbing repairs are pretty straightforward, however others require more expertise, like when dealing with various building materials and exposure to potential hazards. For example, a lot of older plumbing that predates the 1970’s may be surrounded by asbestos, in which case a professional who has been trained to handle asbestos should handle repairs. In addition some repairs may require soldering or other specialized skills that a professional has been trained to perform. Attempting to make these types of repairs yourself can result in further damage and poor quality repairs. This can make the problem worse and ruin plumbing, leading to more damage, and more expensive repairs.

Things that ruin plumbing

#2 Not Having The Right Tools

Not having the right tools plays into letting the professionals handle the job. Most people don’t have the array of tools a professional plumber has at their disposal. This forces them to either go out and shell out the cash for tools they won’t use that often, or cut corners when making repairs. The latter can have severe consequences and ruin plumbing. Not making repairs correctly or putting off repairs can allow the problem to fester, which can create an even bigger problem than you started with. In addition, if you have the tools, but don’t know how to use them, this is another problem. Professionals have been trained on how to use the tools of their trade, and so they are less likely to make a mistake.

#3 Not Knowing Where Your Pipes Are

Even if you aren’t trying to make plumbing repairs yourself, you can still do damage while making other household repairs. This is especially true if you don’t know where your pipes are before trying to make repairs. Even the nails you hammer into the wall to hang up a picture can cause plumbing damage. If you are unaware of where your pipes are, you could accidentally puncture a pipe, causing a leak. Which you may be unaware of, until it is too late. Your best bet is to invest in a stud finder. This way you can be sure you aren’t about to hammer into or accidentally puncture one of your plumbing pipes.

#4 Not Watching What Goes Down The Drain

This sounds simple, but you would be surprised how often plumbing damage is caused by the mistreatment of drains. The only things that should ever go down the drain or be flushed down the toilet are waste water and toilet paper. That is it. Some of the worst offenders for clogs include: grease, bones, starchy food that expands, coffee grounds, egg shells, paper, wipes, dental floss, hair, cotton swabs, and feminine hygiene products. These items have a habit of getting stuck in your pipes, this can obstruct the flow of water leading to severe clogs. In addition, disposing of harmful chemicals down the drain can also cause damage, some can even eat right through your pipes. So, always watch what goes down the drain and make sure you communicate with your friends and family members about what can and cannot go down the drain.

#5 Putting Off Repairs

Nobody likes to spend money on plumbing repairs, but in all honesty putting off repairs can make matters worse and end up costing more in the long run. For example, if you have sluggish drainage, and you keep ignoring it, the clog can get worse and cause excess pressure to build up inside of your pipes. This can cause a pipe to burst. Leading to more mess and more costly repairs. Do yourself, your plumbing, and your wallet a favor and be diligent about plumbing repairs.

car

 

When facing a plumbing problem you are much better off hiring a professional. Staying up to date on your plumbing maintenance like regular drain cleaning and water heater maintenance can help ward off plumbing emergencies. To learn more or to schedule service contact Avant Rooter today!