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It’s Monday afternoon and the kids are getting ready for school when you notice the kitchen sink is leaking. If this goes on much longer, your cabinets are going to get soaked and innumerable issues could arise. And to top it off, your offspring has water polo practice he just can’t be late for. So you rush your kids to school, come back, and realize you still need to address the leak but it’s almost time to feed the dogs. So you do what any smart parent, pet owner, and the homeowner would do: you call up So Cal Services and hire a professional plumber to fix your sink for you! This hypothetical situation is just one of the many reasons to hire a professional plumber to fix your nasty Plumbing problems. Below, we’ll delve into other reasons as well. Can’t I just do the work myself? Theoretically, you could do anything yourself, but it isn’t efficient and it isn’t recommended. Even with all the DIY tutorials out there on the internet, there will be setbacks, hidden costs, and frustrations. Simply put, there are tasks out there, plumbing included, that are just out of the realm of possibility for doing......

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Best Plumbers In Temecula We’ve all been there. One moment, everything in your house is working fine, the next, a pipe has burst below the sink and your bathroom is flooded. You turn off the water to your house, call your local plumber, and proceed to pick your jaw off the floor when you hear the cost to repair. Plumbing can be very expensive! Plumbing disasters happen, but you can prevent them by calling the best plumbers in Temecula. Save loads of money by following these handy prevention tips. Schedule plumbing maintenance Just as you schedule regular doctor visits to prevent nasty illness, or schedule regular car maintenance to make sure your car is safe, you should schedule regular plumbing maintenance to make sure your home plumbing is secure! The cost of a maintenance trip is far less than the potential cost of a nasty leakage, so be sure to do your part in making sure your plumbing is maintained. Be sure to also have your sewer lines inspected regularly, as damaged sewer lines mean smelly, and ruined yards. You should contact the best plumbers in Temecula and follow these tips. Inspect your home yourself In between plumbing maintenance visits,......

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Best Plumbing Inspection in Temecula and Murrieta Most likely your home will be the biggest investment you will ever make and the plumbing is a significant part of that investment. Anyone purchasing a home (new or older) should arrange for a plumbing inspection before making the decision to buy. Homeowners who have never had a plumbing inspection should schedule an inspection for diagnostic and preventative measure with the best plumber in the Temecula and Murrieta area. Although decorating your home is part of the fun of being a homeowner, the plumbing is not cosmetic. If you have a leaking pipe, a clogged drain or the potential for a plumbing problem, contacting a plumber is essential. You can live with the bright yellow wallpaper in the living area, but you can’t live with a toilet that won’t flush, clogged drains or a leaking pipe under the kitchen sink. Our technicians at So Cal Services are certified plumbers who use the best plumbing technology to locate any leak or clogged drain. A plumbing inspection performed in your home can help determine if there are any possible problems that need to be fixed immediately.  When any water issue is left ignored such as......

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4 Reasons Why Your Water Heater Reset Button Keeps Tripping Is your water heater reset button tripping frequently? Here is what it means and what you can do about it.  But first, let’s look at how your water heater works. Let’s Start With The Basics – How Your Water Heater Works To understand your water heater reset button, we need to look at the way your water heater works, which is quite simple.  Water in the pressurized tank fills and heats from the bottom up.  Fresh water supply flows at the bottom and the lower heating element heats that water.   The upper heating elements control the temperature of water as it fills to the top of your tank.  Every section has its own heating elements and thermostat. The water heater’s heating elements is controlled by the thermostat. Whenever the water stays a long time in the tank, it will start cooling off.  Then, the thermostat starts kicking in so it can reheat the water. Once the water heats up to the established temperature on the high-limit switch, the thermostat will shut off. Hot water is necessary for everyone’s daily routine, from taking a shower, washing dirty dishes, or doing......

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It’s a common mistake for people to interchange the terms “water softener” and “water filtration system”.  After all, the end goal of both of these systems is to deliver a better a quality of water. However, there is a huge difference between the two, but what is it? In this article, I’m going to explain the differences between both systems and where they might each be best suited. WATER SOFTENERS Let’s start first with water softeners.  As the name suggests, water softeners are meant to make hard water, well, soft.  But what is hard water anyway? Hard water is water with high mineral content, and it is formed when water trickles through deposits of limestone and chalk which are largely made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates. Hard water is more common in inner city areas or warmer places with low rainfall and a high mineral content in the soil (like most of Southern California), and it contains two main elements: Magnesium and Calcium.  These minerals are usually what causes the build-up of what’s known as lime-scale on all your surfaces, as well as the pipes in and out of your home. Eventually this buildup can cause appliance and plumbing......

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Has this ever been you – or is it you now – Help – My Ceiling Leaks!  Repairing ceiling water damage, whether it is from a broken pipe, an old roof, or heavy rains is very important for the overall upkeep of your home.   If it is left unaddressed, aside from being an eyesore, a water damaged ceiling will result in a weakened structure and mold.   Nothing can protect a ceiling against leaking water whether it is made from drywall, plaster, or other materials; that is why it is necessary to find a way to repair the damage once you spot a leak. How To Identify And Stop Ceiling Leaks Brown splotches on your ceiling and wet flooring are common signs of a leak.  A ceiling with a leak can also cause bubbling in the paint and wet walls. If you notice any of these, immediately address the problem, otherwise, the leak can lead to greater damage and growth of mold and mildew. Identifying The Leak’s Source Finding the source of the leak will determine how to fix it.  Finding the location of your leak isn’t always easy as water can travel long distances before it pools and drips.......

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The toilet is one among the most commonly used fixtures in anybody’s home which implies that if it’s clogged, it can be the end of the world—with a terribly unpleasant cleanup.    Getting a hold on why the toilet acts up can assist in the prevention of future blockage and keeps the plunger wherever it belongs: far from the toilet. Watch out for these 6 common toilet clog causes! Semi and Non-Flushable Items The primary reason for a toilet clog is toilet paper.  When using massive quantities of toilet paper, it’s best to first flush the waste then follow with a flush to get rid of the toilet paper. Also, fold the paper to produce the specified thickness, instead of making a ball.  The tightly bound balls of toilet paper usually are too large to fit through the narrow diameter trap. Minimizing any toilet paper used will just about eliminate toilet paper clogs.  Ended up with a clog anyway?  Begin by giving it a decent plunge with a toilet plunger.  Particularly stubborn clogs might need bringing in professionals (like us) to snake the drain. Tampons and sanitary napkins or pads are also typical reasons behind a toilet clog.  Tampons are designed to absorb wetness and expand.  It can do exactly that in the toilet trap.  Take note that most sanitary pads have plastic fibers. These cannot dissolve easily and the sheer size of most napkins forestall passage through the narrow diameter trap.  Call us immediately should the toilet become clogged by these items as the only certain fix is to snake the drain to get rid of the culprit. Another cause of a clogged toilet is a large clod of human hair or pet fur.  Have a habit of flushing hair from the brush down the toilet? Break it now!  Has continual flushing of......

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The average person uses varying amounts of warm water up to 20 times a day, 140 times a week, putting the demand on our water heaters into perspective.    You might say, your water heater is your closest friend.  It provides you warm water to keep your body washed, your dishes clean, and grants you peace of mind knowing you’re secure when the temperature outside drops. You cannot predict a water heater breakdown unless you’re a professional.  But these 7 reasons we listed below may be enough to convince you that a water heater replacement is necessary. Reasons It Might Be Time To Replace Your Water Heater – Before You Have An Emergency 1. Your Water Heater is Awfully OLD! In the course of living in your home, you are obligated to face the fact that eventually, you will need to replace your water heater.  As the saying goes, “Nothing lasts forever.” The problem is, most homeowners are not familiar with how long a water heater lasts and when it is approaching its replacement date. This can lead to bigger dilemmas when your heater starts acting up because it’s old. Most water heaters last between eight to ten years.  Although......

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TROUBLESHOOTING DISHWASHER LEAKS The most common reason for a dishwasher leak is that the kitchen sink drain pipes are clogged.  When this problem occurs, you might think your house is in big trouble since water is unstoppable. The leak may be coming from either the front of the dishwasher or from a component or part from the bottom.  Calling for help from a professional plumber is the best answer. However, if you are inclined to try to fix things yourself – here is a checklist to help you troubleshoot the problem.    Pump The function of the pump is to circulate water in the dishwasher and in some models, to drain the water as well.  The pump sits at the bottom of the dishwasher and typically consists of two separate compartments; one for wash or circulation and the other for drain. The circulation part of the pump will typically consist of the wash impeller and the filter components while the drain portion will consist of a drain impeller and a chopper blade or in some cases, a solenoid operated diverter. A defective pump and/or pump seal may be the cause of a dishwasher leak. The pump housing will have some......

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3 Easy Kitchen Upgrades That Won’t Break The Bank (Nor Your Relationship) Thinking of upgrading your kitchen with a new kitchen sink and faucet?  It is probably the “easiest” way to achieve a new look in your kitchen. So Cal Services provides several plumbing fixture installations every week and the change a new faucet can make to your kitchen is amazing. So, before you call the contractor in for a major kitchen re-do, and major inconvenience and stress as well, not to mention cost, consider these 3 smaller upgrades: 3 Easy Kitchen Upgrades:  1. A New Sink and Faucet Your kitchen sink gets a lot of use, and an outdated or banged up sink can really detract from the overall kitchen design.  Upgrading your sink to a new model can help ensure your kitchen stays both stylish and functional. Replacement is easiest of course, if the new sink is the same size as the old one, so consider this option first.   If you want to go larger, you probably will need professional help to cut a larger hole in stone or metal countertops, and finish things off properly. A new faucet can really change the look of your kitchen and......