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Fix A Broken Shower Head in Minutes

Sals Plumbing, with its new location in Redondo Beach has been servicing the South Bay for 30 years wants to share how we fix, a common problems that we see every day on the job – Broken Showerheads.

Shower heads can have several problems. Leaks can occur most commonly where the head connects to the shower arm, which makes for a pretty intimidating problem for a person that is not familiar with plumbing.  Follow these simple plumbing steps and you will have the shower head fixed in no time!

For fixing a shower head leak at the arm connection, You will need only two materials:  Adjustable wrenches or strap wrenches and Plumbers’ joint compound or tape. To stop the showerhead leak, first unscrew the shower arm from pipe with strap wrenches. If you use different wrench, tape pipe to avoid scratching it.  Secondly, clean arm threads and coat them with plumbers joint compound or wrap plumbers joint tape around them. Lastly, screw the head back on and hand-tighten it. Remove any excess compound or tape.

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Going Eco Frendly In Your Bathroom!

Sal’s Plumbing, South Bay’s family owned plumbing business for 30 years is determined to bring our customers top of the line information when it comes to taking care of your home plumbing and many the other DIY needs for your household. This particular plumbing article is about keeping your bathroom “green”.

“Daily water usage in the typical single family home is 69.3 gallons, with showers accounting for 16.8 percent of the total. After washing machines and dishwashers, your shower is the third-largest water guzzler in your home.

By implementing a few simple changes, you can cut your bathroom water consumption significantly. For instance, installing low flow shower heads could help you save almost 8,000 gallons of water per year. If every American used just one less gallon of water per shower, the annual water savings would be more than Finland’s domestic annual water use.

With some green thinking, you can reap big eco-savings in the following areas of your bathroom.

Shower efficiency: Less is more

Low-flow showerheads, which use 2.5 gallons of water or less per minute, restrict the flow of water and create a high-velocity spray by forcing compressed air into the water stream. You’ll average five fewer gallons of water than a typical bath and can save up to $145 a year in electricity costs.In fact, these fixtures may reduce your water use by 7,800 gallons per year. Turn off the water while you soap up in the shower and you’ll save an additional 15 to 20 gallons per shower.

Toilets: Go with the low-flow

Your toilet is responsible for about 28 percent of your home’s total water usage.  In an effort to promote water conservation, Federal law mandates that all residential toilets manufactured after 1994 must use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf).   As of 1997, commercial toilets were also required to reach this standard, and  urinals were required to use no more than 1 gpf.  However, older models are still very common in many residences and use between 3.5 to 7 gpf.

Sinks: Watching what’s down the drain

American households consume 47 percent of the water supplied by US utilities with the average home using about 90 gallons of water a day. Over the course of a year, that really adds up. Indeed, bathroom and kitchen faucets are responsible for more than 15 percent of indoor water use in US homes—that’s more than 1.1 trillion gallons of water used annually. Using simple faucet, fixing leaks, and learning to turn the tap off when water isn’t needed are just a few of the ways to green-up your sink.”

We hope this factual article was helpful to you. Stay tuned for our blogs every week throughout the remainder of the Spring and Summer to get more DIY tips and informational facts for your home. We pride ourselves in being the most reliable plumber in Manhattan Beach and the surrounding South Bay Areas!

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Plumbing Tips – Unclogging Drains

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There are all types of drains in you home. They come from your Showers, Sinks, Bath Tubs, and Toilets. Each household structure requires a specific touch in order to free the drain from a clog. Check out these tips and learn how to unclog each of them.

Kitchen Sink and Bathroom Sinks: Make sure to have standing water on both sides of the sink. Place the stopper or towel on one side and plunge the other. It may be helpful to have someone help by holding the stopper in place since the plunging action may pop it out. If this doesn’t clear it try switching sides.

Toilet: A plunger works here most of the time and I believe you should have one handy for those emergencies. Some good back and forth plunging action can save you a service call from your plumber.

Showers: No air holes or overflow to cover; just put the plunger over the drain and plunge.

Bathtubs: Tubs are by far the most “daunting” to try to unclog. This is because the drains are a bit more intricately built. You have to block off that overflow before you give it a good plunging. All of the water and force generated by the plunging action will come out the overflow.

When in doubt just give us a call at Sal’s Plumbing  – (310) 782-1978.  

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Child Proofing Your Bathroom

Sal’s Plumbing cares about the clients and families that we serve every day here in the South Bay. We wanted to share with you an article we found to be very educational and interesting when it comes to keeping your home (specifically your bathroom) child-proof and safe for you family. This article was written by The Baby Center.com

 

Like the kitchen, the bathroom can be one of the more hazardous rooms in your home for your baby. The following tips will help keep your baby safe and out of mischief:

  • Make sure your baby doesn’t find his way into the bathroom unsupervised by installing a hook-and-eye lock high on the outside of the door or by placing a childproof cover over the doorknob.
  • Remember to keep the toilet lid down, and install a toilet lock to prevent your baby from lifting the lid. Small children are curious, uncoordinated, and extremely top-heavy. If your baby leans over to peer into the toilet bowl, he could easily lose his balance, fall in headfirst, and drown in as little as an inch of water.
  • Put razors, scissors, nail clippers, tweezers, and other sharp utensils in a locked cabinet or high up in a linen closet well out of your baby’s reach.
  • Unplug your blow-dryer, curling iron, and any other appliances that create heat, and put them away after each use to prevent burns.
  • Keep all cosmetics and medications — including prescription drugs, antacids, aspirin, and mouthwash (which contains more alcohol than wine does) — in a high cabinet secured with a child-safety lock. Even medications that have safety caps, which are only child-resistant and not childproof, need to be placed out of reach.
  • Treat all vitamins and other supplements with the same caution you’d use with medications, storing them in a high locked cabinet. Iron pills and multivitamins containing iron are poisonous to young children. Minerals, herbal remedies, and other supplements are hazardous, too.
  • Don’t keep anything plugged in near the sink or bathtub. Water conducts electricity, so if a hair dryer fell into the tub while you were giving your baby a bath, it could electrocute you both. To be extra safe, make sure all electrical outlets near the sink or tub are protected by a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), an inexpensive device that senses a change in the current and quickly stops the flow of electricity. GFCIs are standard in most new homes to comply with construction codes, but if you have an older home, an electrician may need to replace the bathroom outlets.
  • Set your hot water heater no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius). A lower water temperature helps ensure safe bathing by reducing the chance of scalding (it takes just three seconds for a child to get a serious burn). You can also install an anti-scalding device on your faucets.
  • Place a nonslip rubber mat in the bathtub and a nonslip bath mat on the floor next to the tub to prevent falls.
  • Put a soft plastic or rubber guard over the tub spout to protect your baby from accidentally bumping his head.
  • Never leave your baby alone in the bathtub, not even for a moment. If the doorbell rings, scoop him up in a towel and take him with you. Bring your cell phone or a cordless phone into the bathroom if you feel you can’t miss a call.
  • Teach your baby to stay seated in the tub at all times. If he’s the active type, you may have to repeat this message many times before it sticks, but his safety makes the effort worth it.”

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Tips to Keeping a Clean and Happy Home

-Sals Plumbing wants everyone to have a clean happy home. Here are some tips for home care! Use safe, non-toxic cleaners throughout the home. This includes bathrooms, kitchens and those shiny wood floors you have. You can either make them yourself, as I have posted about before, or buy over-the-counter cleaners from companies like Method or Seventh Generation.

– Be sure to use low or VOC paints and glues. These can be found anywhere paint is sold, and the quality is exactly the same as regular old toxic paint. Paint fumes can be a killer, and they off-gas for quite some time after going up.

– Avoid synthetic carpets, furnishings and clothing. This one is harder to do, as it is difficult sometimes to find these things at reasonable prices. But it is easy to find organic cotton mattresses, for example, or organic cotton jeans, like the ones I purchased the other day.

– Keep your home clean and mess-free. I know in our house we are constantly chasing dust bunnies everywhere, especially since our cat has been shedding like mad lately with summer coming. The more stuff you don’t have floating around, the cleaner your air will be.

– Open windows and/or skylights often. Some people will tell you NOT to do this as it lets in dirty air from outside, but nothing could be worse than trapping any bad air inside the house and not airing it out. Imagine sitting in a freshly painted room – you would not be able to breathe. So open up your house!

-Make sure your bathroom has a window you can open while showering, or at least a fan that pulls the steam out of the air. Wet, humid bathrooms make a good home for mold, which while in small amounts probably won’t hurt you, a build up can be very dangerous.

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Common Water Myths

Sals Plumbing wants to educate people on water quality and safety. We took this excerpt from the Water Quality Association website. This is very information and educational.

 

“Is softened water more corrosive?No.
Because the Langlier (calcium saturation) Index is lowered in      water that has had calcium removed, skeptics sometimes consider softened water to be more      corrosive. But softening of water via cation exchange does not make water more corrosive. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the American Water Works      Association have both recently corrected their enclosed brochures as to the misconception      that ion exchange softening has an effect on the corrosivity of water.

WQA has recently completed a research study with Tom Sorg and      Mike Schock in the USEPA Drinking Water Research Division in Cincinnati, Ohio to clarify      the noncorrosive effect of the ion exchange softening process. The study is on well waters      with 23 and 11 grains per gallon (gpg) total hardness and softening to less than one gpg      to examine any differences between the hard and softened waters in corrosion rates and      leaching from lead, copper, copper tubing with 50/50 solder, galvanized pipe, and brass.      Results from the study shown no increased dissolution of lead in the softened water. The      final research report is now available from the WQA Publications Department, and states      the same conclusion—that ion exchange softened water does not produce higher metal      levels than nonsoftened water.  Research results, such as these, confirm the minimal      effects of hardness minerals on corrosion.

WQA also has available other materials to show that ion      exchange softening does not affect any of  the factors which contribute to water      corrosivity. Neither the water pH, dissolved oxygen content, TDS concentration, electrical      conductivity, ammonia, chloride, or sulfide amounts, temperature, nor flow velocity are      significantly altered by home water softening. While it is true that soft water will      deposit less scale coating on metal surfaces, the softening itself will not change a      water’s corrosivity or lack of it. Corrosion of copper pipe, for example, is most often      caused by oxygen concentrations in the water. Oxygen corrosion is usually found with      surface water supplies and in deep well supplies in arid regions.

Municipal water systems often use calcium carbonate      saturation indices to help control precipitation in city water mains. This information is      useful where utilities try to lay down a protective film in hopes of retarding the rate of      corrosion in municipal distribution systems. The Langlier Index (LI) is such a calcium      carbonate saturation index that measures the potential of a water to deposit calcium      carbonate scale. Water with an LI greater than zero tends to be of higher hardness and      alkalinity and therefore to be scale forming. An LI less than zero represents water that      tends to dissolve CaCO3.

However, these calcium carbonate saturation indices do not      rate the corrosive tendency of the water itself, nor the effect of scale in household      plumbing. While some scales are capable of such protection, scales in a household water      system are often porus or soft and thus non-protective. It is rare that hardness scale      formation is uniform in household plumbing, for the heaviest scale usually forms at points      of greatest heat transfer and at low points in a system. In a water heater, for example,      most scale forms at the bottom where heat is applied, while the top of the heater tank may      show little or no scale. Thus, even in hard scale-forming water, thousands of water      heaters can show that corrosion has occurred under or through the scale, or in locations      where protective scale has not formed. Thus, it is clear that corrosion protection in      household plumbing is not assured simply because a water heater will precipitate calcium      carbonate, as indicated by various scale indices. Further, none of these indexing methods      take into account the effects of dissolved oxygen, ammonia, chlorides, hydrogen sulfide      and other sulfur compounds, water flow velocities, the presence or absence of solid      particles or the volume of water through the system which markedly affect water      corrosivity.

The simple replacement of hard water calcium and magnesium with soft water sodium or potassium has no detrimental effect on water contacting materials. In fact, the nonscaling characteristic of soft      water is a benefit to such pumping and plumbing appurtenances. Ion exchange      water softening neither causes nor controls corrosion. Please call the Water Quality      Association if you have any questions or would like to discuss any of these materials.”

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City of Manhattan Beach Municipal Water Codes

Being the best plumber in Manhattan Beach, Ca we would like to share an exceprt from the City of Manhattan Beach Water Codes. This is very important to know how to conserve water and  show what the city is doing to control pollution. for more details please visit the website . This information is invaluable to your home.
Pollution Control Measures:
Street Sweeping
Many local cities have enhanced street
sweeping programs, which include increased street sweeping frequency, more
thorough coverage and additional focus on commercial districts. Additionally,
other cities do not allow an opt-out program, thereby effectively sweeping every
street near the curb where pollutants are likely to accumulate.
Catch Basins
Locally, catch basin inserts and catch basin
screens/debris excluders of all types are among the most commonly installed
municipal best management practices to control trash from entering the storm
drain system. Cities subject to the trash Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)
requirements are particularly compelled to install such devices for trash
removal. For example:
    The City of Los Angeles has installed 9,970 catch basin inserts along with
    7,278 catch basin screens.

  • Santa Monica has installed 500 catch basin inserts.
  • West Hollywood has installed 195 catch basin debris excluders along with 57
    catch basin inserts.
  • Hermosa Beach has installed 41 catch basin inserts in high priority areas
    (downtown near the ocean and the beach) to collect and dispose of trash.
    Monitoring of annual catch basin cleaning records assists in properly
    categorizing catch basins for priority and determine if they should be either
    promoted or demoted in terms of frequency of cleaning.
  • Six other regional cities have installed between 5 and 70 catch basin
    inserts.
  • The County of Los Angeles has installed a significant number of catch basin
    inserts in County-owned catch basins.
Pollutant Excluder Devices
A total of 105 gross pollutant
separators (69 CDS units and 36 Stormceptor units) have been installed within
the Santa Monica Bay-Ballona Creek watershed management area (including those
installed in Manhattan Beach). Other cities in this watershed management area,
as defined by the Regional Water Quality Control Board, include: Beverly Hills,
Culver City, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles (portion of), Palos Verdes
Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills
Estates, Santa Monica and West Hollywood.
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Give your Plumbing some TLC this Valentines Day

This Valentines Day show your plumbing a little “TLC”.  Giving your plumbing a little regular attention can prolong its life, prevent leaks, and avoid costly repairs. Here’s how to care for the pipes in your house inbetween visits from a plumber.

Avoid chemical drain-clearing products. Clogged drains are the most common home plumbing problem, and you can buy chemicals to clear them. But these products sometimes do more harm than good. They can actually erode cast-iron drainpipes.

Reduce pressure. As nice as high water pressure can be when you’re taking a shower or filling a stockpot, it stresses your pipes, increasing the likelihood of a leak. You can measure your water pressure with a hose bib gauge, available at the hardware store for under $10. Attach it to an outside spigot and open the line. If it’s above  40 and 85 psi. in range, consider hiring a plumber to install a pressure reducer (around $400).

Soften the water. If your water has a high mineral content—known as hard water—it can shorten your plumbing’s lifespan. Those naturally occurring minerals, usually magnesium or calcium, build up inside your pipes and restrict flow, increasing the pressure. Plus, they can corrode joints and fittings. Although hard water can occur anywhere, it’s most common in the Southwest and parts of the Northeast.

A white buildup on showerheads and faucets is a telltale sign of hard water. Or, if your house receives municipal water service, you can easily find out how hard it is. By law, every municipality must file an annual water quality report with the Environmental Protection Agency. If you have a well, check your most recent water test report for hardness information. Anything over 140 parts per million is considered hard water.

The only way to effectively deal with hard water is by installing a water softener. Most use sodium to counteract the minerals in your water, but new electronic softeners use electromagnetic pulses to dissolve minerals, and have the advantage of not adding sodium to your water.

You’ll need a plumber to install a traditional, sodium-based softener, for $500 to $1,000. Electronic units start below $200, and because the pipes don’t have to be opened up, you can install one yourself. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll need an outlet nearby to power the unit.

If you opt for a sodium-based softener, consider installing a whole-house pre-filter at the same time. Since the plumber will already be cutting into your pipes to install the softener;  not only will it give you better drinking water by removing particulates and chlorine, you’ll reduce stress on your pipes that can occur when those particles clog faucet filters.

Keep your sewer lines or septic tank clear: *If you have municipal sewers, hire a plumber to snake your main sewage cleanout every few years. This will cost $75 to $150, and will remove tree roots that inevitably work their way into these pipes—leading to messy sewage backups. If you have a septic system, get the tank pumped out every three to five years, for $200 to $500.*

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    Plumbing Tools Everyone needs in thier home


    As Plumbers, we constantly see our customers not have the proper Plumbing tools in thier homes. We encourage them to have the tools just in case they need to stop a leak while waiting for thier plumber to come out.

    1. Propane Torch: Required if you’re going to sweat copper pipe and fittings. Spend the extra money for a self-igniting torch head ($30-$60) that lights at the squeeze of a trigger. You’ll find it much more convenient than using a striker or matches.
    2. Tongue-and-Groove Pliers: Commonly called by the brand name Channellocks, these pliers are the first tool plumbers reach for when they need to grab, pull, twist, hold, tighten or loosen something. Be sure to get two sizes: 10-in. ($10-$15) and 12-in. ($20-$25).
    3. Hacksaw: Use this versatile saw ($15-$25) to cut through metal pipe, hardware, screws, nuts and bolts and plastic pipe. Make sure the blade is tense in the frame for tough cuts, and be sure to keep extra blades on hand. In tight spots, wrap one end of a loose blade in a cloth to create a handle to slip the blade in for the cut.
    4. Metal File: This tool removes burrs and smooths the edges of metal pipes after cutting. It’s best to have two files on hand: half-round ($10), which has both rounded and flat surfaces, and a rat-tail file ($8), which is round and tapered.
    5. Basin Wrench: An invaluable tool ($10-$20) for tightening and loosening nuts that hold sink faucets in place. The tool’s long shaft and swiveling jaw can reach up and into the deep, narrow space behind a sink and lock onto the nuts. There’s no other tool that can do what this one does.
    6. Pipe Wrench: These large, heavy wrenches are used to tighten and loosen threaded pipes, fittings and nuts. You’ll need two–one for turning and one for gripping and holding. The serrated teeth help the wrench hold its grip but can damage a fixture’s finish.
    7. Hand Auger: Sometimes called a plumber’s snake, this hand-cranked drain-clearing tool ($20-$30) has a 25-ft.-long flexible steel cable that’s effective at clearing obstructions from tubs, showers, sinks, toilets and drain lines. Use it when the plunger fails.
    8. Plunger: This indispensable tool ($5-$10) isn’t called the plumber’s best friend for nothing. It’s the first tool to grab when you need to dislodge clogs from sinks, tubs, toilets, showers and floor drains. When using it in a toilet, press down, create a firm seal around the drain, and pull upward. The idea is to vacuum the clog out, not push it deeper.

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    Where do I find the most Qualified Plumber?

    Hire the Right Plumber

    Homeowners face all sorts of major and minor plumbing problems in their house. The problem could be anything from a simple tap leakage to a complicated drain clogging issue. But, you should not take any problem lightly and always look for professional plumbers who will do flawless repair work.

    Use a reputable plumbing directory!

    There are certain steps one should follow when searching for an experienced plumber to tackle your household plumbing needs.

    1. Choosing a Plumber in Los Angeles or any major city.

    There is no shortage of plumbers in the market, which makes it even more difficult to choose the right one for the job. Do a little digging and remember that the extra effort always pays off.

    2. Discussing the Problem with Plumbers
    If you describe the actual problem in the house, it will save you a lot of time and money. The right plumber will come prepared with the proper tools if you can give him an idea of what he will be dealing with. Some plumbers may also suggest a simple solution over the phone that will save you from having the plumber come out, or having to call another plumbing service.

    Inquire About the Plumber
    It is important to find out if the plumber has a work license approved by the Contractors License Board. Also look for any kind of feedback given by previous customers about the plumbers work.

    3. Talk to Different Plumbers
    Talking to several plumbers always works. Ask a handful of plumbers about their work quality, machines they use, and price quotes. This will give you a fair idea of what to expect from a good plumber and how much you will be charged for the service. You should also ask the plumber to give you a plumbing estimate in writing before starting the work. Make sure that he includes on the written estimate, the plumbing work, pricing, and a time frame for the completion. Read theirplumbing blog to get more information.

    4. Reviewing the Service Provider
    It is important that you check the job done by the plumber and make sure you get the kind of service that was expected before making the final payment.

    5. Know Your Rights
    Consumers do enjoy special rights that are granted by the Contractors License Board. In case of a dispute with the plumber, check for your rights.

    The last point to keep in mind is that you should not settle for a bad plumbing job or high prices. It is very important that you get what you paid for and the repair work done by the plumber is a lasting one. In case the problem re-emerges, your plumber should be willing to return and fix it without charging any additional fees.

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