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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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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.  

We’ve been helping our friends in the South Bay for 30 years!

 

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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Sal’s Plumbing – South Bay’s Family Plumber

Apartment Dwellers: Reduce your Plumbing costs and overall Utilities

Sals Plumbing serves lot of Aprtment dwellers in the Southbay areas. They always inquire if we have and advice or tips on how to reduce thier utility costs; check out these simple tips.

Turn Off the Faucet: people leave the faucet running when washing dishes or when brushing their teeth. Turning the faucet off in intervals when the faucet is not needed results in big savings in water and big savings on the water bill. Only turn on the faucet when you are wetting your toothbrush and again when you finish and rinse out your mouth. Clean dirty dishes instead of using water to push the excess scraps into the drain. Also when wetting a paper towl use a water bottle instead of turning on the sink.

Flush Less: Two to eight gallons of water are lost on average every time a toilet is flushed so save water by only flushing the toilet when necessary. While excrement should not usually be left sitting in the toilet, urine can be flushed the next time the toilet is used. Saving flushes even once or twice a day can result in savings on your plumbing costs while also helping the environment by saving approximately 3,000 gallons of water a year.

Leaks: A dripping faucet can waste gallons of water over the course of a month and these gallons add up to a lot of financial waste annually. Shut off each faucet completely when you are done using it and also inspect your pipes for water leaks. The apartment owner needs to pay for repairs as long as you didn’t cause the damage so have any leaks fixed immediately ( and preferably before you move into the apartment) to prevent getting charged for wasted water.

Showers are good…Taking baths bad: It takes significantly more water to fill up a bathtub than it does to take a shower on a daily basis. Baths waste a lot more water and are therefore a lot more expensive than showers are. Limit your bath-taking and only take one five-minute shower a day to reduce water usage and cost. This is the most well known way to save water and the cost of utilites but there are other ways as well.

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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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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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Easy Steps to Shut off your Water Supply

Folks Have been coming to us lately with problems with thier household water supply. There has been confusion on how to shut off the household water supply. This is super easy to do, but for the average person they do not pay attention to thier water heaters and drains…the problem kind of sneaks up on them so we though we would tell you how to at least turn-off the water in your home.

When you need to shut the water supply off to the entire house or when a local plumbing fixture has no local shutoff valve, the place to go is your home’s water meter.At the water meter you’ll find a water supply line coming into the house from the outside.Between it and the water meter is a shutoff valve. On the other side of the water meter is another shutoff valve.
To shut off the water to the house, turn off the valve located BEFORE the water meter, on the supply side.

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