How to Prevent and Thaw Frozen Pipes

Preparation and a little bit of education can go a long way toward helping you avoid the mess and expense that frozen pipes can cause. Even in warmer climates like Southern California, Arizona, and Texas (areas that Rooter Hero Plumbing serves), cold spells do occur and when they do they can take unprepared homeowners by surprise.

Here are some tips for preventing frozen water pipes and what to do if they do freeze.

Why Pipes Freeze

When water freezes it expands and can put pressure on piping. This pressure is quite powerful and even metal pipes are not strong enough to withstand the water’s expansion. Usually, pipes that freeze are those that are exposed to the cold because they are exterior pipes. These kinds of pipes may include any of the following:

  • Outdoor hose bids
  • Irrigation lines
  • Swimming pool supply lines

However, interior pipes can also be subjected to cold temperatures if they are in unheated areas such as garages, basements, crawl spaces, attics, or in kitchen cabinets that are placed along walls that are not insulated and exposed to the outside.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

During colder weather, it’s important to take certain measures to protect your home’s piping.

  • Drain all supply lines to swimming pools and irrigation systems when closing for the season.
  • Turn off and drain outdoor hose bibs.
  • Disconnect hoses from outdoor faucets.
  • Insulate piping that is exposed to exterior elements.
  • Keep the temperature in your house at a steady temperature. Some people choose to lower the thermostat during the day when no one is at home. In colder temperatures, suspend this tactic.
  • If you’re planning to be away from your home for a long period of time during colder temperatures, make sure your heating is still running at regular temperatures.
  • Open cabinet doors in kitchens and bathrooms when plumbing is up against an exterior wall to keep warm air moving over the pipes.

Thawing Frozen Pipes

If your pipes do freeze, don’t panic. Take a moment to collect your thoughts and do the following:

  • Apply heat to the section of the pipe you suspect is frozen. You can use a hot compress, hair dryer, or heating pad. Portable space heaters can also be used with caution.
  • Open the faucet to prevent it bursting when the water starts to flow again.
  • Keep applying heat until the pipes thaw.

Never use a blowtorch, gasoline, or kerosene. If you’ve tried everything you can do on your own and the situation is not remedied, call a licensed plumber for professional service.

If your pipes freeze frequently when temperatures drop, it may be necessary to relocate piping to a warmer, insulated place.  Also, adding insulation to basements, attics, crawl spaces, and exterior walls that are poorly insulated can also keep the problem at bay.

For more information, contact your local Rooter Hero Plumbing pro today. Don’t let warm Western temperatures trick you into thinking that your pipes can’t freeze. It only takes a quick burst of cold air to cause expensive problems.

What to Expect When You Call a Rooter Hero Plumbing Customer Service Representative

Rooter Hero Plumbing serves communities throughout Arizona, California, and Texas. Each week, we receive hundreds of phone calls from residential and commercial customers looking for fast, reliable, and budget-friendly service. While we hope your plumbing works without fail 24/7, if you do need plumbing repair or replacement service we are here for you.

When you call a Rooter Hero Plumbing customer service representative, here is what you can expect.

24 Hour Availability

Our call center operates around the clock. We take calls on your schedule, not ours. If your shower water heater stops working on a Sunday morning, you don’t have to wait until Monday morning to get repairs. We have plumbers available to go to work for you right away!

Premium After-Hours Service

We don’t take advantage of our customers when they find themselves in an urgent situation. When a sewer line ruptures or you have water flooding your basement, you need emergency plumbing services at decent prices. While other companies may charge after-hour service fees, we don’t. When you speak with a customer service rep, he or she will offer you the same great service at the same great prices our non-emergency customers get.

Friendly, Helpful Customer Service Reps

What makes Rooter Hero Plumbing stand apart from other 24-hour plumbing services in Arizona, California, and Texas? Our customer service representatives are highly trained and ready to provide top-rated service to you around the clock. Although our call center representatives are not plumbers and cannot answer plumbing related questions, they will get you in touch with a licensed plumber within 10-15 minutes of receiving your call.

Our plumbers are able to troubleshoot, provide pricing issues, and assist you with any other question you may have.

90 Minute or Less Service

After you place a call to our call center, we’ll have one of our scheduling partners give you a call to give you an approximation of when your plumber will arrive at your location. In many instances, we can be to your home or place of business in less than 2 hours.

Do you need a specific appointment time? Our plumbers work in two-hour increments. Let us know what day and time work best for you and we’ll fit you in.

If you have a plumbing emergency or just need help with a run-of-the-mill plumbing installation or repair, give us a call today. Learn firsthand what makes Rooter Hero Plumbing the preferred 24-hour plumbing service the #1 choice for residents of California, Arizona, and Texas.

Why Every Kitchen Needs a Garbage Disposal

Disposing of kitchen waste is a smelly, unpleasant job. Whether you keep your trash can out of sight under your kitchen sink or in your mudroom, it still has the potential to causes odors and attract insects in the home. These circumstances can lead to unsanitary conditions.

A garbage disposal is one way to cut down on the amount of food waste in your trash cans. Garbage disposals liquefy everything from fruit and vegetable scraps to coffee grounds allowing the food waste to be removed safely from your kitchen sink and into your septic tank or sewage system. Garbage disposals make kitchen clean up and food preparation more pleasant, reduce the number of trips you need to make to the trash can, and can even save you money by decreasing the number of trash bags you need to buy.

Did You Know Garbage Disposals Are Environmentally Friendly?

Landfills are filling up every day. When you throw away food, it doesn’t just magically disappear or decompose. If you throw it away with your everyday trash, it is put in the back of the trash truck and taken to the landfill.

Landfills contribute to the greenhouse effect. The less we rely on landfills, the cleaner the air is to breathe and the less likely it is that toxins will penetrate the earth.

Garbage Disposals Are Inexpensive Kitchen Appliances

Older homes with kitchens that have not been updated to 21st century standards may lack garbage disposals. Installing this appliance is quite straightforward and easy to do. A licensed, professional plumber like those at Rooter Hero Plumbing can install a disposal in as little as an hour or two.

Are you afraid of the cost? Garbage disposals are not a luxury item that is out of reach for the majority of the customers we serve. Today’s disposals are budget-friendly. High performing disposals can be bought for as little as $100 and installed at a flat rate.

Types of Garbage Disposals

When you begin shopping for a disposal, you’ll notice right away that there are many brands to choose from. While some brands may have better reputations than others, what you really need to pay attention to is the horsepower.

Low-end models will have a horsepower of 1/3. If it’s just you in the household and you will use the disposal infrequently, this may be sufficient horsepower.

For households that do a lot of cooking and have a lot of people to cook for, it’s better to get a higher performing model with a horsepower of at least ½. To achieve maximum performance, a disposal with a horsepower of ¾ or greater is best.

Continuous-Feed vs. Batch-Feed

Disposals are available as continuous-feed models or batch-feed. Continuous-feed disposals will run until the power is turned off. Batch-feed disposals run for a set amount of time before turning themselves off.

Which is the best one for you? Most homes opt for continuous-feed disposals, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for you. Some people, especially those with young children, prefer the batch-feed disposal because it requires a special stopper to be put in place before it can be used.

For more information about the benefits of garbage disposals and how to buying tips for this appliance, call your local Rooter Hero Plumbing technician.

10 Crazy Plumbing Facts You Didn’t Know!

Plumbing is serious work, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t fun or interesting facts that are part of the industry. At Rooter Hero Plumbing, we like to show our lighter side every once in a while. Today’s blog post is all about fun and interesting facts. Here are some things you may not have known about plumbing.

#1 – Albert Einstein may have been a famous theoretical physicist, but he was also an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union. After the union had heard him say if he could live his life over he’d be a plumber, they granted him symbolic membership.

#2 – How do you put the toilet roll on the holder? Did you know that 3 out of 4 people opt to have the flap in the front? Believe it or not, $100,000 was once spent on a study to find out people’s toilet paper hanging preferences.

#3 – Do you need a plumber the day after your Super Bowl party? It’s not surprising considering that the toilet is flushed more times during the halftime celebrations than any other time during the year.

#4 – Can you guess who the most famous plumbers are? The answer might surprise. Appearing in over 200 video games, Mario and Luigi have been the most well-known plumbers since 1985.

#5 – What are the most common items flushed down the toilet? Children’s toys are still popular items that can clog a toilet, but smartphones are slowly taking the lead. From phones falling out of pockets while in the bathroom to phones being used while in the bathroom, it may be a good idea to get that protection plan the next time you upgrade.

#6 – During the Vietnam War, intelligence leaks were common. President Richard Nixon created a White House Special Investigations Unit to plug these leaks. The group, which was covert in nature, were nicknamed the “plumbers.”

#7 – Why is the toilet nicknamed “The John?” John Harrington invented the first flushing toilet in 1596. As far the toilet’s other nickname? That came from Thomas Crapper who was responsible for helping the flushing toilet to gain popularity.

#8 – You may not be wasting away your whole life in the bathroom, but, according to studies, at least 3 years of your life is spent in this room.

#9 – If you were to test the water in sewer systems, you would most likely discover a large amount of drugs in the system. This is because 90% of all medicines including pain relievers are excreted through urine.

#10 – Plumbing can be traced back to the time of the Romans when lead pipe inscriptions were used to stop water theft. However, after this period in history, no other advances were made in plumbing technology until the 19th century. This is when sewage systems were created to abolish cesspools in populated areas.

Warning Signs of a Main Line Clog

Your home’s sewer line may be hidden, but that doesn’t mean it should be considered out of sight, out of mind. A damaged sewer line has the potential to cause massive damage inside a home if ignored. Unfortunately, the average homeowner doesn’t have much knowledge beyond the basics of how their sewer line functions. In fact, most people don’t even give the sewer line a second thought until a clog forms.

A main sewer line clog is not something to take lightly. This kind of obstruction can cause raw sewage to back up into the drains requiring extensive sewer line repair and replacement.

How can you prevent such a significant repair? Here are some things you should be observant about as you use the plumbing in your home.

Clogged Toilets

Sewage problems do not happen overnight. There are red flags that alert sharp-eyed homeowners to potential problems. If you listen to what your home is saying to you, it’s possible to thwart a major disaster.

Toilets that back up frequently or gurgle are trying to tell you something is wrong. Randall Smythe, a Rooter Hero Plumbing technician, says, “If you notice that when you drain the bathtub your toilets backup, this is a very big sign that something isn’t working the way it is supposed to.”

Blockages can occur in the secondary lines too, not just the main sewer line, Smythe reminds us. Ideally, secondary line blockages are easier to resolve and cost less to fix because the problem is isolated to one area of the home. You can tell if you have a secondary blockage if only one plumbing fixture is experiencing problems. For example, if you flush your toilet and it won’t drain.

Symptoms of a main line clog are flushing that same toilet and the water backing up into your bathroom sink or water pooling around a floor drain in your basement. In cases like these, you’re most likely dealing with a main line obstruction.

What Causes a Main Line Clog?

If you own a new home, main line clogs often occur because of poor flushing habits. Feminine hygiene products and too much toilet paper are the two main causes of clogs in newer homes.

Homeowners with older properties often have to contend with tree roots that have grown into the sewer line. Usually by the time this problem is detected the majority of the damage has already been done.  Tree roots can cause large amounts of the main line to be crushed and operation is affected.

Relieving the Pressure

Gaining access to the sewer clean out is a good way to alleviate the pressure and get waste water flowing out of the home and into the yard. Remove the cap that is over the clean out pipe. This will release the pressure. However, waste water in the yard is not a permanent solution.  You’ll need to call a plumber to help you repair the problem.

Calling a Plumber

When you call a plumber, ask for a clean out and also a video camera inspection. The average price for a clean out using a drain snake or hydro-jetting service is around $150 depending on the geographical area and the service you use.

If the pipe is damaged, you’ll need to have the line relined or replaced. This is a repair that is more extensive than the average clean out, but thanks to new technology like trenchless sewer line repair there are cost-effective repair options.

For more information about main line clogs, contact your friendly Rooter Hero Plumbing pro today!

What Is the Difference between Pipe Bursting vs. Pipe Relining

Broken water pipes or sewer lines require fast and precise repairs. In the past, cured-in-place (CIPP) lining was the go-to repair method. CIPP continues to be cost-effective and highly popular method “replacing” damaged pipes, but over the past several years pipe bursting has caught up in popularity in certain areas of the country.

What Is Pipe Bursting?

Pipe bursting is often referred to as trenchless sewer line repair. It replaces the conventional way of laying pipe using a construction trench. Pipe bursting is an effective repair method for fixing natural gas lines, sewer lines, and buried water pipes.

Trenchless technology can be used for hydraulic bursting, static bursting, lateral bursting, and pneumatic bursting. Each of the bursting processes breaks the damaged pipe before laying the new pipe. The difference is how the force is generated.

What Is Pipe Relining?

Instead of digging up a broken pipe and replacing it, pipe relining enables a plumber to spot repair or patch a broken pipe using no-dig technology. However, the term no-dig technology can be misleading. In most cases, a small amount of excavation is required to get to the pipe but it is very little when compared to conventional replacement methods. Pipe relining is extremely cost-effective because of the lack of extensive excavation needed and few labor hours. In many cases, repairs can be made in just a few hours compared to a few days for traditional methods.

Which Method Is Best for My Situation?

A plumber will need to access the situation to make that determination. The best method, though, will address the problem as quickly and efficiently for as little out-of-pocket cost and damage to yard or flooring as possible. If you’re experiencing problems with underground pipes in your home or place of business, connect with a Rooter Hero Plumber in your area today for a free, no-obligation inspection and written estimate.

Why Arizona Residents are Installing Graywater Systems

Gray water systems are becoming more and more prevalent in Arizona homes as a way to conserve water while maintaining beautiful landscaping. Instead of using drinking water, these homeowners are reusing waste water to water their yards and non-edible plants. Not to be confused with black water, gray water, when processed correctly, is safe to use and contains no raw sewage.

So, what is gray water?

Gray water is considered wastewater that originates from a laundry machine, shower, bathroom sink, or a bathtub. It is water that is collected separately from sewage flow. Sewage flow comes from toilets, dishwasher and kitchen sinks. Gray water may contain the following:
• Soap
• Lint
• Cleaners
• Fabric softener
• Grease
• Oil
• Cooking fats
• Elevated levels of borax, sulfate, chlorides, and sodium

Because of the elevated levels of some of these chemicals, it’s important to know the alkalinity level of your graywater to make sure the water is not harmful to sensitive plants.

Is a permit required to use gray water?

Municipalities like the city of Phoenix do not require residents to obtain an official permit. However, residents are required to adhere to 13 basic guidelines. These guidelines include things such as the following:
• Human contact with gray water should be avoided.
• Gray water can be used for irrigation and landscape beautification, but residents are responsible for containing run off.
• Gray water cannot be sprayed. It may only be used via flood or drip irrigation.
• Pipes carrying gray water should be labeled.
• If backup happens, gray water needs to be disposed of via regular waste removal.

Using a Gray Water Systems Seems Complicated. Can a Plumber Help Me Figure It All Out?

A full-service plumber like Rooter Hero Plumbing can help you figure out the best way to use a gray water system in your municipality. Conserving as much water as possible is important in desert climates where water is in high demand.

When you call your local plumber, you’ll get industry-supported advice for how to best use gray water for your irrigation needs.

I’m Not Sure I Want to Use a Gray Water System. Are there Other Ways I Can Conserve Water in My Home?

Absolutely! Gray water systems are wonderful, but they’re not for everyone. You can reduce the amount of water you use in your home by installing energy-efficient, low-flow fixtures. Toilets, showerheads, and faucets are available that use a small amount of water without affecting performance. And, not only do these fixtures save you money in terms of water usage, they are also quite affordable to purchase and install. There are plenty of models available in numerous price ranges to meet nearly all consumer budgets.

For more information about water conservation in Arizona, call your local Rooter Hero Plumbing professional today. We service the metro areas of Phoenix and Tucson. Connect with us today to see if we’re in your neighborhood. We offer same-day service, no-obligation written estimates, and 100% guaranteed workmanship on all of our services.

Common Plumbing Problems for Arizona Residents

Don’t let mild desert winters fool you into thinking you don’t need to winterize your plumbing system. Arizona homes and businesses are just as much at risk of developing problems with their systems when temperatures dip as structures in other parts of the country. If you live in an area of the state where temperatures fall below freezing, follow these suggestions to protect your building’s plumbing system.

Hot Water Problems

When the air cools, you may find a longer, hotter shower quite inviting. Hotter and longer showers put additional stress on your water heater, requiring more energy to maintain the heat. Before cooler temperatures arrive, we recommend that you have your water heater inspected. At Rooter Hero Plumbing, our technicians check the following during a routine inspection:
• Pilot light (gas models)
• Temperature sensor
• Pressure relief valve
• Wiring and connections

We can also flush your water heater to get rid of built-up sediment and clean the tank for optimal performance.

Frozen Pipes

A hard freeze in the Phoenix or Tucson area is not a common occurrence, but temperatures can fall enough for this to happen from time to time and it can take homeowners by surprise. Outside water lines that are not turned off can freeze when this happens and burst. Indoor piping may be better protected, but if it is not insulated well freezing can occur.

We recommend that Arizona residents have a plumber take a look at their pipes before the weather has a chance to turn cold. If you have an older property, your piping may not be insulated well enough to handle this sudden change in temperature. Also, protect your plumbing system by draining and disconnecting outdoor hoses when not in use.

If a pipe does burst, locate the main water shut-off valve and turn off the water before you call a plumber. This one small action can prevent flooding and extensive damage to your home.

Clogged Drains

The winter months seem to coincide with an increase in clogged drains. We attribute this rise in service calls to the increased amount of entertaining during the holidays and staying indoors more. To protect your drains, we urge our customers to use common “drain” sense when using toilets, sinks, bathtubs or showers.

Many clogs can be prevented with regular drain cleaning services like hydro-jetting. You can also protect your drains and sewer by doing the following:
• Only use septic-safe toilet paper
• Do not treat your toilet like a trash can
• Avoid flushing non-organic material down the toilet such as cleansing wipes, feminine hygiene products, and paper products other than toilet paper
• Dispose of grease, cooking oils, and fat in a mason jar or in the trash can. Do not put these substances in kitchen sinks or grind them up in the garbage disposal.

A little bit of drain sense goes a long way toward preventing drain and sewer problems.

Don’t Let Colder Weather Take You by Surprise

Arizona is a climate that boasts beautiful weather year-round, but sometimes Mother Nature likes to throw a curve ball. Be prepared during the winter months to protect your plumbing system from failure and expensive repairs. A quick call to Rooter Hero Plumbing can help you prepare for falling temperatures.

Rooter Hero Plumbing operates in major metropolitan locations such as Phoenix and Tucson, service communities like Buckeye, Gilbert, and Oro Valley. Call us today to see if we service your area.

Frequently Asked Questions by Landlords

Rental properties can be a great source of income. More and more people are opting to invest in this kind of real estate as a way to generate residual income. However, as with any investment, there are risks that can affect your profits. In the rental industry, the biggest risks are choosing the wrong tenant and dealing with unexpected repair costs. If you’re new to the rental business, check out these frequently asked plumbing questions by California landlords. Being in the know will keep you in business.

What Is a Habitable Residence?

In California, all landlords are required to make sure their properties are safe and habitable for their residents at all times. State and local building codes make it clear that if plumbing problems exist that threaten a building’s sanitation the structure could be deemed uninhabitable. An uninhabitable structure is a building that won’t generate income because, legally, you can’t have people living in such a state.

Here are just a few reasons why an inspector could deem a residence uninhabitable:
• Cold and hot water systems are not working properly
• Property is not connected to public sewage or a private septic system
• Plumbing components like water pipes, toilets, sinks, faucets, and other fixtures are not in working order

How Long Do I Have to Fix a Problem?

Landlords are allotted a reasonable timeframe to fix problems that arise. The exact amount of time you have varies depending on the problem and is not spelled out specifically in California Code. Let’s take a look at two different situations.

Example #1: A toilet in the master bathroom of your rental home in Mission Hills is backing up. Tenants call to inform you of the problem. There is only one other bathroom in the home.

In a case like this, the tenants have a reasonable expectation of fast service. Toilet clogs can usually be hydro-jetted, snaked, or otherwise fixed in a quick manner. Most plumbing services like Rooter Hero Plumbing can send a plumber to the residence right away to make repairs the same day. Therefore, in a situation like this, it shouldn’t take more than 24 hours for repairs to be completed.

Example #2: The sewer line in the backyard of your San Diego rental home has busted. Raw sewage is saturating the backyard.

This is a repair that may take an additional day or two to complete depending on the extent of the damage to the sewer line. Sometimes, trenchless sewer line repair can be done reducing the amount of time necessary for repairs, but the only way to know for sure is to contact a plumber for a complete evaluation.

When plumbing problems take several days to repair, it may be necessary to help your tenants find temporary housing or reimburse them for the expense of short-term relocation.

I Don’t Want to Pay the Costs for Relocation. How Can I Prevent Major Plumbing Problems from Happening?

Routine maintenance and proper usage are the best ways to ensure that major plumbing problems like busted pipes, slab leaks, and broken sewer lines do not occur. We recommend that landlords participate in regular preventive maintenance services like drain cleaning and video camera inspection service, so little problems can be addressed right away.

Tenant education is also important. If toilets or sinks are frequently clogging or backing up, speak with your tenants about what their flushing down the toilet or rinsing down the sink. Communication between you and your tenants is a great way to keep plumbing problems away.

Who Is Responsible for Payment?

In most cases, the landlord assumes this obligation. Any plumbing problem that is caused by normal usage is not the tenants’ responsibility. There are exceptions, though. If a tenant has purposely neglected a component of the plumbing system, you may require them to pay for repairs or reimburse you. Speak with an attorney for more information about these situations.

If you need plumbing service, call Rooter Hero Plumbing in California today. We have plumbers available around the clock to help you keep your rental property safe and habitable.

Clogs Sinks and Leaky Toilets: What Is Your Responsibility to Your Tenants?

As a landlord, it is your responsibility to make sure the dwellings your tenants occupy are safe and sanitary. One area that should not be overlooked is a building’s plumbing system. Your tenants rely on the plumbing system to work well. Toilets should flush, sinks and bathtubs should drain, and any leaks or backups should be taken care of right away. California law is very specific about landlords making repairs in a timely manner. Landlords that do not repair or replace faulty plumbing parts in a reasonable amount of time can face harsh penalties and could be putting their occupants’ health at risk.

Is Your Building Habitable?

A piece of property doesn’t have to look like it is a slum for it not to be the state’s requirements for habitable living. In fact, there are plenty of properties in many neighborhoods that look perfect from a cosmetic standpoint, but are, indeed, inhabitable according to state and local health and building codes. Landlords can use this checklist when inspecting their properties to make sure the structure is legally habitable.

Habitable Checklist

  • Working smoke detectors
  • Unbroken windows
  • Working locks
  • Safe and working electrical, heat, and plumbing
  • Accessible fire exits
  • Intact roof and walls

If any of these areas of the property are in disrepair, the building could be deemed inhabitable.

What Is Essential Plumbing?

In California, all rental properties are required to have working sinks, showers, bathtubs and toilets, according to California Civil Code section 1941. Of course, clogs and leaks can occur due to normal wear and tear. As a landlord, you should expect this to happen from time to time and have a plan to take action. While you are granted a responsible timeframe for making repairs, it’s imperative that you call for service as soon as possible.

Who Is Responsible for Calling for Service?

Each landlord has his or her own procedure in place when a toilet clogs or a sink won’t drain. Some landlords will allow their tenants to call a plumber of their choice to make the repairs; whereas, other landlords may have an existing relationship with a plumbing service like Rooter Hero Plumbing to expedite service. A lot of landlords prefer the latter situation because it makes billing and payment easier. In nearly every case, it is the landlord’s responsibility to pay for repair or replacement services.

But, not always . . .

When Is the Tenant Responsible for the Repair Costs?

When plumbing components breakdown due to normal wear and tear, it is always the landlord’s financial responsibility. In cases when gross negligence or outright neglect for a fixture or other component is evident, the landlord can require the tenant to pay in full for the repairs.

If you’re requiring your tenant to make the repairs, keep in mind that they may want to choose their own plumbing service. This is their right. However, if a tenant cannot make the repairs right away due to financial reasons, it is still your responsibility as the landlord to see to it that the repairs are made quickly to ensure a habitable environment.

In a situation like this, you may be able to recoup the expense from the tenants by deducting the amount from their security deposit, billing them directly, or adding the cost of the repair to their monthly rent amount in small increments. To make sure you’re protecting your property and acting within your rights as a landlord when collecting the repair costs, you may want to consult with an attorney.

Tenant Rights

Tenants have the right to withhold rent until repairs are made. So, if you have a unit with a leaky sink, a raw sewage problem, or any other plumbing issue, call your friendly California plumber right away to arrange service. Keeping your tenants happy and safe is always good business!