“We’ve found that the most common reasons customers call us, fall into one of eight main categories,” according to Carini President and Founder Gabriel Carini. “A lot of homeowners can identify their plumbing issue, but not always the underlying cause of the problem. For example, uneven water pressure can be the main cause of all kinds of plumbing problems, including leaky faucets and problems keeping pressure in one room when plumbing appliances are being used simultaneously in another.”
Top 8 plumbing repairs in San Diego
1. Water Pressure Problems
Water pressure regulators can sometimes solve mysterious plumbing problems
One of the most severe and possibly expensive underlying causes for low water pressure is when old plumbing pipes become too corroded over the years. The scale and build-up in the pipes inhibits the free flow of water. Home water pressure regulators turn down the water pressure that comes into houses from the public water main. The water pressure is adjusted to a pressure that is usable by the homeowner and in line with normal household plumbing, fixtures and appliances. It also aids in preventing pressure surges from coming into household plumbing from the public water main. Hard San Diego water is a recurring theme for plumbing problems, whether for water pressure problems or stoppages in pipes and water heaters.
2. Water Heaters and Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand, heating cold water directly without using a storage tank. When someone turns on the hot water at a sink or shower, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. The water is heated by either an electric or gas burner. Tankless water heaters deliver a continuous supply of hot water. Unlike tank type water heaters, there is no need to wait for a storage tank to fill with enough hot water. Top tankless water heater brands include Noritz, Navien, Rheem and Rinnai
Water heater repairs include
Faucet with hard water damage
The hard water in San Diego homes is one of the main culprits behind tank and tankless water heater repairs. The calcium and magnesium in hard water, inside a tankless water heater can cause a ton damage if not dealt with. Experts say to perform a water flush once a year to provide protection against damage.
3. Quality of Water (Whole Home Water Filtration Systems)
Whole house filtration systems connect directly to the main water line coming into your home. That ensures that all the water dispensers in your home – kitchen and bath faucets, toilets, showers, and washing machines – provided treated water that is purified of a variety of potentially harmful chemicals and minerals. The whole house water filter connects to the main water line prior to splitting into the hot water heater
4. Drains and Sewers (Including Sewer Camera Inspections)
A stopped-up drain can be the result of a simple problem, or the first indication of a more serious issue with sewer pipes. A sewer camera video inspection may not the the first course of action taken by your plumber, but it could the the way to save you time and money by showing the underlying causes of the problems up close and personal
What is a sewer camera video inspection? It’s a process where your plumbing company runs a video line through your sewer pipes. The video can view all the way down your branch lines or down the house’s sewer line. A camera is at the end of the line that lets you see the line in real time.
5. Gas Line Repair
Gas fire pit or gas fireplaces may require gas line repairs in San Diego homes
The indicators that you might have a gas leak and require gas line repairs or replacement are pretty standard, no matter if you live in San Diego or Miami. Following are the most common gas line repair and installation applications:
Gas Leak Repair for Outdoor Appliances and Fixtures:
- Gas BBQ grills, fire pits and fireplaces, courtyard patio heaters
- Pool or Spa Equipment
- Gas Line relocation for Tankless or tank-type water heaters
Gas Line Repair for Indoor Appliances and Fixtures:
1. Boilers, Furnaces, Space Heater, clothes dryers, kitchen remodels
2. Main Gas Line from your home to the street
6. Shower, Tub and Sink Faucet Repair
Shower, tub and faucet repairs common due to hard water in San Diego
San Diego’s hard water affects faucets throughout the home, similar to how it affects hot water heaters. It’s not uncommon to see the familiar white calcium or limescale build-up on faucets. One popular solution for hard water is to combine a whole home water filtration system with an anti-scale system.
7. Toilet Repair and Replacement
Toilets come in different shapes and sizes for San Diego residential application
Depending on age, wear and quality of installation, toilets can be repaired or sometimes require replacement. Low-flow or low flush toilets use a lot less water than full-flush toilets, saving consumers on water bills and energy usage. Low-flow toilets typically use 1.3 gallons or less per flush, compared to 1.6 gallons per flush or more.
Finally, re-piping is a plumbing application that is fairly common but one that we all hope to avoid. Pipe technologies have evolved dramatically over the years, and many older homes still have original plumbing that will need to be replaced at some point in the future.