Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air Blog : Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Tips on Maintaining Your Garbage Disposal

Monday, August 31st, 2015

If you have a garbage disposal, you know how helpful it can be to significantly reduce the food waste in your home. You also know that when it breaks or malfunctions, it requires an expert to handle the repair. It’s strongly recommended that you schedule annual maintenance for your garbage disposal, but there are some basic maintenance steps you can take on your own to help keep your disposal in optimal shape: (more…)

What Is an Automatic Shut-Off Valve?

Monday, August 17th, 2015

We’ve all heard the stories of people coming home from vacation to find their living room under water. While this isn’t a common scenario, it isn’t uncommon for your plumbing system to develop leaks that you aren’t able to detect. This is because much of your home’s plumbing system resides behind walls and ceilings, and it is this kind of leak that can cause a great deal of water damage. One of the best ways to avoid water damage from even the smallest leak is to employ the use of an automatic shut-off valve. (more…)

Are There Things I Can Do to Help Maintain My Garbage Disposal?

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Garbage disposals are great for reducing food waste in your home. But for as tough as they may seem, it can be fairly easy to get off track with them if you aren’t careful. We are asked a lot about what steps homeowners can take to help keep their garbage disposals in good shape. While it’s never recommended that your try and work on your garbage disposal yourself – keep those fingers out of the drain! – there are a few things you can do regularly to help maintain your disposal: (more…)

Do I Have a Slab Leak?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

More than half of all homes in the US are built upon concrete slabs, making slab foundations the leading type of home foundations. To make the best use of slabs, many contractors will run plumbing pipes through the slab as its being poured. This helps protect the pipes and secure them. However, it is possible for these pipes to develop leaks, and when that happens to a piped encased in concrete, you’ve got a tough leak on your hands – but not when you call experts to help, like the ones at Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air. Our plumbing professionals specialize in locating and repairing slab leaks, and we do our best to make the repair as non-invasive as possible. Not sure if you have a slab leak? Here are some signs that can indicate you may have one: (more…)

Signs You Need to Call a Professional Plumber

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Recognizing plumbing problems can be a bit difficult. Most of your home’s plumbing is installed out of sight, after all, and you shouldn’t really be tearing open your walls to inspect the pipes. How, then, do you know when to call a plumber? Let’s take a look at some easy-to-recognize signs that you need to call a professional plumber.

Discolored Water

If the water coming from your pipes is red, brown, or yellow, you’ve got a plumbing problem. Often discoloration is caused by advanced corrosion in one or more of your home’s pipes. If not treated, the affected pipes could burst, causing widespread water damage to the surrounding area.

Slow Drainage

Many people think that drain clogs happen suddenly, that one day their drains work just fine and the next they’re hopelessly blocked. This isn’t actually the case. Clogs form slowly overtime, as the material that comprises them builds from the walls of the pipe towards the center. This gradually restricts the amount of water flowing through the pipe, until it eventually blocks it altogether. If you notice a drain start to drain more and more slowly, it’s a sure sign that a clog is forming in the pipe. You should call a plumber to clean it out before it blocks the flow of water completely.

Bad Smells

Horrible smells coming from your drain are caused by sewer valve issues. The sewer valve is a part that is designed to prevent backflow from coming up through your drains, keeping water flowing into the sewer in one direction. If that valve becomes stuck for some reason, however, it can allow material from the sewer to travel back up your pipes. This includes sewer gases, which are the cause of the bad smells coming from your drain. If your drain is venting bad smells into the house, it means you have a malfunctioning sewer valve. You should call a plumber right away, before worse problems like backflow result from the stuck valve.

If you think you may need a professional plumber, call Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air. We provide professional plumbing services throughout the Lincoln area.

3 Signs You Have a Plumbing Leak

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Plumbing leaks are a bit more difficult to identify than most other plumbing issues, mainly because they take place in pipes that are often completely hidden from view. Just because you can’t see a plumbing leak, however, that doesn’t mean that you have no way of detecting it. Leaks are a very serious issue, and can cause quite a bit of damage depending on their location and severity. The more you know about how to detect plumbing leaks, the better chance you have of mitigating their effects as much as possible. Let’s examine 3 of the ways you can tell that you have a plumbing leak.

Discolored Water

Brown, red, or yellow water coming out of your faucet or tap is a sign of advanced rust somewhere in your plumbing. Once a pipe degrades far enough to start releasing rust flakes in to your water, it is either already leaking or very close to doing so. If you see discolored water of any kind coming out of your faucets, you should call a professional immediately.

Loss of Water Pressure

A gradual or sudden loss of water pressure is another common sign that a plumbing leak has occurred. This is usually the sign that convinced most people to call a plumber right away, but there are a few who will ignore it until the flow of water slows to a trickle or stops completely. Don’t be one of those people. A leak that is large enough to noticeably reduce your water pressure is large enough to cause severe water damage if left alone. Eventually, the pipe may rupture completely.

Stains and Mold

Most pipes are hidden from view, running through the walls, floors, and ceilings of the house. When pipes start to leak, the water from those leaks ends up damaging those areas. Eventually, extensive water damage will become visible on the walls and ceiling. If you notice odd stains spreading across any wall or ceiling, or if you see mold growth, you should call a plumber to look at it as soon as possible.

If you think you may have a plumbing leak, schedule an appointment with Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air. We provide professional plumbing repair services in the Sacramento area.

Ways to Maintain Your Garbage Disposal in El Dorado Hills

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

While a trained professional should always handle any kind of repair to your garbage disposal, there are steps you can take on your own to help maintain it. These steps are fairly simple and don’t require any kind of mechanical work – just consistency and some common sense. If you do have a problem with your garbage disposal in El Dorado Hills, call the experts at Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air for repair.

Ways to Maintain Your Garbage Disposal

Here are some easy ways you can maintain your garbage disposal and help prevent repairs:

  • Run cold water before and after use – cold water helps lubricate the inside of the disposal before using it, and running the water afterward helps clear the drain of any food that may be clinging. It’s important to use cold water during this process as hot water can encourage sticking debris.
  • Clean with ice cubes once a month – ice cubes in your garbage disposal have a scouring effect which can help remove sticking debris. Simply put 3-4 cubes in your disposal and turn it on.
  • Don’t put potato peels in the disposal –potato peels can have a papier-mâché kind of effect on your garbage disposal because the potato part, when wet, can form a thick paste and stick to the blades of the disposal.
  • No FOG (fats, oil, grease) – FOG is notorious for sticking to the inside of piping and clinging, and it will do the same to your garbage disposal. Washing any kind of FOG down the drain with hot water doesn’t work, either, as hot water only melts it and sends it further down the drain where it will congeal. FOG should never reach your sink for any reason; it should be emptied into a can once it cools and thrown out.
  • Avoid “expandable” foods – foods like rice and pasta act like sponges in any kind of water and expand; they’ll do the same in your garbage disposal, which can cause clogging.

Maintaining your garbage disposal in El Dorado Hills can help you avoid repair and keep your disposal in good working order. Have questions about our garbage disposal services? Call the experts at Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air today.

5 Reasons to Call Your Local Plumber

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Your home’s plumbing system is one of the great amenities of the modern home. Talk to any old-timer and you’ll realize that life wasn’t always so easy. But despite the fact that today’s plumbing has never been more reliable, it’s nevertheless susceptible to problems just like any other part of the home. When professionally installed and maintained, such issues can be largely avoided, but you can’t prevent everything.

Here are 5 reasons to call your local plumber. It’s best to catch such problems before they get out of control.

  1. This is perhaps the most common problem that a plumbing system can have. Leaks can occur anywhere water is contained, and considering the network of supply and waste pipes that are installed in any given home, there are plenty of spots where leaks are probable. In general, you should keep an eye on water pressure levels, your utility bills, as well as signs of water damage such as staining on the floors and walls.
  2. The majority of plumbing systems encounter clogs at some point or another. They are prevalent in areas such as the shower drain where hair and soap scum build up, as well as in the kitchen drain where food scraps can easily get caught in the pipe.
  3. Overflowing toilet. This can be an unpleasant consequence of a deep clog within your drainpipe system, or just too much toilet paper. If you’ve tried to unclog the toilet by yourself, but are having difficulty doing so, then give your local plumber a call so that the job can be dealt with safely and thoroughly.
  4. Slow drains throughout the house. A system-wide issue with your drainpipes often stems from an issue with your sewer line. If you find that your drains are all slow or clogged, then you may need to have your sewer inspected by a video camera and possibly also cleaned, repaired or even replaced.
  5. Noisy water heater. A noisy water heater is often one that has too much sediment built up inside its tank, and this can lead to a number of problems in the future from a lack of hot water to premature replacement.

Call our plumbers today so that any such problems can be dealt with immediately. For professional plumbing services in Sacramento, call Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air.