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High water bill?

WaterYou may be using more than you expect. But, you can call a plumber in Los Angeles CA, and have your plumbing system inspected. Do you let the faucet run while brushing your teeth? While doing your dishes? You would be surprised at the amount of water that passes thru that faucet every minute!

Federal standard is 2.2 gallons per minute, or GPM. It adds up fast! Now, think about watering your lawn… Another big ‘gulper’ on the list… How about a dripping faucet? However, one thing MANY homeowners and business owners overlook is a running toilet. A toilet, left running, can waste over 1000 gallons a day! Even a slight trickle can add up! So, if you hear that trickle, or your toilet mysteriously flushes on its own, you need to call a plumber in Los Angeles CA, you need to call Patriot Plumbing! We will send a qualified technician to your home or business, find the problem, and fix it quickly and efficiently. With over 41 years of plumbing background, you can always count on Patriot Plumbing and Rooter to solve all your plumbing problems! We offer complete plumbing services, from faucet repair to complete plumbing installation, and specialize in water heater repair and replacement. So if your water heater went, we will replace it fast, and if your water meter is turning like crazy, you need to call. Water prices are skyrocketing these days. Municipalities are charging more and more for water service, and cities are becoming more populated. Water is at a premium. It would also be wise to look into ‘water saver’ faucets and toilets. These are designed to use less water. Ask a technician from Patriot Plumbing about getting a quote on these today! As a plumber in Los Angeles CA, we strive to help you conserve water, lowering your water bill. These items are a real money saver. We can be contacted at 800-349-6349.

Water Heater replacement…

You walk into the basement, and you see water on the floor. You begin to panic, as you notice it is trickling from the bottom of your water heater! It’s that time, time to call your Los Angeles plumbers to replace your water heater. If you’ve gotten between seven and 10 years out of your water heater, it had a good run. The water in Southern California is very hard, and it literally eats water heaters up.

The team at Patriot Plumbing and Rooter can easily assist! We are family owned and operated business, serving the greater Los Angeles community with over 40 years combined experience in residential and commercial applications. We will gladly meet with you to discuss your options. Whether you have a gas or electric water heater, we can easily replace it. At your option, we can also discuss the feasibility of installing a larger water year, if you find that do not have enough water heater to satisfy your demands, or we can even look at the option of installing a tankless water heater, otherwise known as an on demand water heater, these units are highly recommended by Los Angeles plumbers as they have no standing pilot or heating element constantly maintaining 130° in a 40 to 50 gallon vessel. These water heaters heat the water as it is needed, saving vast amounts of energy which translates into money for you. Also, these water heaters are so small and compact that they can be hung on a wall out of the way. No longer do they need to take up large amounts of space in your basement. So as you can see here, you have many options to choose from. But the first thing you need to do is contact your Los Angeles plumbers, the technicians at Patriot Plumbing and Rooter, and we will be on our way. We have a AAA rating with the Better Business Bureau, with thousands of satisfied customers. Our best form of advertising is the satisfied customers we have on a daily basis. Referrals mean everything to us! We are also members of the plumbing, heating and cooling contractors Association (PHCC) Give us a call at 800-349-6349

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Do your plumbing fixtures drain slowly?

If your bathtub drain slowly, or just running water in your sink can cause it to overflow, then it sounds like you definitely have a drainage problem. Sluggish draining fixtures can because by multitude of reasons. As any Los Angeles plumber can tell you, it is best to start at the simplest symptom and work your way up.

If a sink is draining slowly, check the pop-up to see if there is hair or soap buildup around the stopper. If this theory was clear, then your problem resides further down either in the trap itself, or in the drain line. Unless you have advanced mechanical skills we suggest you leave this to a Los Angeles plumber.

If a toilet is backed up and not flushing properly, the best thing you can do is try a plunger. Beyond this, a professional plumber is required, as it will probably need to be snaked, and in some instances the toilet may have to be taken up.

If a bathtub is slowly draining, you may be able to unscrew the pop-up actuator, pulling it out and inspect to see if there is soap scum buildup or hair around the mechanism. The only option you have if there is neither of these on it, is to reassemble it, put duct tape over the overflow section under this plate, and plunge the tub drain. If you have no results with this, your option is calling a Los Angeles plumber.

If you are experiencing multiple fixtures draining slowly, then the blockage is further down into the drain system and you need professional assistance. Not only could this be a drainage issue, but it may very well be a venting issue. Every fixture is vented to atmosphere, which allows them to drain properly. This is the pipe that extends 18 to 24 inches out of the roof of your home. In the same way a straw will hold soda if you put your finger over the top of it, your drainage system will not allow water to drain if there is no atmospheric pressure on top of it. So if you are having drainage issues contact Patriot Rooter, 24 hours a day seven days a week we are available to answer your call and will send a professional technician right over to your home or business. We can be reached at 800-349-6349.

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Are you opening a restaurant?

If you are opening a restaurant in the greater Los Angeles area, you are going to need a plumber with commercial experience. Commercial plumbing in Los Angeles can be tricky, as building code changes every year.

Whether you need three compartment sinks, hand wash stations, floor drains, grease traps, handicap bathrooms etc., the team at Patriot Plumbing and Rooter can make sure that your project is completed on time and within budget. With over 40 years of combined experience in our company, we are a family owned and operated business that strives for customer satisfaction. We have extensive experience in commercial plumbing in Los Angeles, and would like the opportunity to help you realize your goals.

Did you know that a toilet, otherwise known as a water closet, shall have an average consumption not to exceed 1.28 gallons per flush? Did you know that a urinal cannot exceed .125 gallons per flush? Or that all faucets in public restrooms shall be self-closing or metered faucets? We do!

Doing commercial plumbing in Los Angeles on a daily basis, it is our job and our responsibility to keep abreast on the local commercial plumbing codes. This is why you should hire a professional team like Patriot Plumbing and Rooter we will make the build out of your new restaurant as headache free as possible, so that when it comes time for a rough inspection, the plumbing inspector walks through, gives us his blessing, and signs the permit, just as he will do on the final inspection silly you can open your doors on your projected grand opening date. If you would like to sit and discuss with us your plans of your new restaurant, give us a call at 800-349-6349, and will be glad to sit down, go over the plans and make suggestions from a professional standpoint.

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Looking for a Los Angeles plumber?

Civil engineer reviewing blueprintThe first question to answer as you plan for plumbing a new fixture or an addition to your system is, “How will it be vented?” While designing a plumbing system, you may choose from several venting types; each option may present problems or complications. Your Los Angeles plumber, Patriot Plumbing can do this for you! If you are building an addition on your home, some walls may need to be ‘fattened out’ to contain Stacks, or vent runs… Lets go over venting.

Vent types

A true vent is a pipe that attaches to a drain which travels up and through the roof (VTR) .

If a fixture is in close proximity to the main stack, and on the top floor, the part of the stack above the drain serves as the vent. This is an example of Stack venting most often, this is not the case, and creativity comes into play when planning a venting system.

A Future vent is a vent, which is located in the basement, and runs up to the attic, tying into the Stack below the roof, or, left capped in the attic and the basement for future use, should you intend to install plumbing fixtures in the basement, such as a bathroom.

If two fixtures are back to back, they may tie into the stack with a Double wye; this is called a common vent and can be found on back-to-back sinks, and toilets such as in commercial Mens/womens bathrooms, where they share a common wall.

If a plumbing fixture is near a plumbing stack, a wet vent could be used.. In the case of a tub that is close to a stack, it can be vented thru the pipe that drains it.. This is a common practice known as ‘stack venting’.

For a bar or island sink, where no walls are available to enclose a vent pipe,, code may allow a bow vent. If re-venting is difficult and wet venting isn’t allowed, a separate VTR (vent thru roof) may have to be installed by your licensedLos Angeles Plumber, Patriot Plumbing.

An air admittance valve (AAV) or mechanical vent opens to let air in when waste drains, then gravity closes it to keep sewer gases from entering  into the room. Codes in many localities allow these relatively new devices to take the place of vent lines. AAVs can be used to vent multiple fixtures. They are usually installed at least 4” above the ‘flood level’ of a fixture. Your LA plumber, from Patriot Plumbing will be able to tell you if they can be used under certain circumstances.

The critical distance

A lot rests on math in these situations;An LA plumber can be sure to measure all factors correctly, taking into consideration developed length, fixture units, and venting types used. These are the reasons why plumbers need to be licensed. For anyone who thinks plumbing consists of remembering ‘hot’ is on the left and ‘cold’ is on the right, you need to take another look!

There is a lot that goes into figuring size and location of the venting for your plumbing system. Trust it to an LA plumber like the pros at Patriot Plumbing, and you will get a flawless drainage system with years of great service. If you are putting an addition on your home, and need to modify your plumbing system, contact Patriot Plumbing. We have been satisfying the plumbing needs of the LA area with over 40 years of service! We can be reached at 800-349-6349

Commercial plumbing in Los Angeles is our specialty!

Whether you need a storefront retrofitted for a restaurant, ice cream shop etc,  or you are doing a ground-up build, Patriot Plumbing is the answer to all your commercial plumbing needs in Los Angeles. Our licensed and knowledgeable plumbers are very well-versed on California plumbing code, and understand what needs to be done in the Los Angeles area to pass the stringent codes. Whether you need commercial appliances such as dishwashers, garbage disposers, or drainage run for ice machines and refrigeration, we can get it all completed without the headaches that you would expect.

We have built a long reputation when it comes to commercial plumbing in Los Angeles. Business owners know that when they call us, the problem will be rectified immediately and at a reasonable price. If we don’t fix the problem you don’t pay, it’s as simple as that. All of our work comes with a guarantee on labor and materials.

We offer:

  • Complete build outs of new commercial businesses and ‘ground up’ projects.
  • Appliance connections including dishwashers, water heaters, ice makers, gas stoves, hand wash stations, bar sinks, floor drains and much more!
  • Gas piping for gas stoves, roof top heating/cooling units,
  • Complete plumbing and drainage

So, if you currently own a commercial business, you already know how important it is to have water service. You cannot conduct business without running water, so the longer you water service is off the more money you lose. Give Patriot Plumbing a call with any plumbing concerns you may have in the future. We have earned a great reputation in the area, and look forward to solving all your commercial plumbing problems in the Los Angeles area.

Is a water heater replacement in YOUR near future?

There is no tried and true way to know precisely when a water heater needs replacement. Obviously, a leak in the body of the heater requires immediate replacement, and requires the attention of an Los Angeles  plumber If there is a major malfunction, such as complete or partial loss of hot water supply, leakage around plumbing fittings, or the appearance of excessive corrosion on the heater body itself or at the heater’s plumbing connections, AND the unit is more than eight years old, replacement may be preferable to repair (if a repair is possible). I would leave this up to your budget and time schedule. The company to call is Patriot Plumbing in Orange County, CA, They have the technicians and expertise to give you a fair price, and a quality job the FIRST time out.

All the active parts and most of the plumbing parts–the heating elements, thermostat, anode rod, and the various valves–are designed to be replaceable. The main obstacle to disassembly is corrosion. A water heater corrodes more quickly than other plumbing fixtures because of the constant high temperature at which it operates, and the fact that sometimes the water heater acts as an electric ground, accelerating this corrosive process. Corrosion makes replacing any parts chancy, since the replacement may leak, necessitating the replacement of the entire heater. So, like a conscientious Boy Scout, be prepared for the possibility of replacement even when the repair seems simple and straightforward. So it goes with plumbing!

Specifically, with a water heater more than 8 years old, repairs are probably not cost-effective, since the life expectancy of a water heater is only 8-12 years. As they age, they become less efficient. This is true for all heaters, but more for electric types. Modern water heaters have better insulation and are more efficient “out of the box,” so you may notice dramatic savings in fuel and/or electric costs by replacing it. While the initial cost for replacement is a bit higher, you should notice savings in your energy costs. So, if you need a water heater replaced, call Patriot Plumbing in Los Angeles for a headache free replacement. They can be reached 24/7 at 800-349-6349

 

A Los Angeles Plumber can get the job done right!

Let’s face it, nothing lasts in our homes as long as we want it to! Are you having problems with your faucets? If they drip, are hard to shut off, are rusting, or just plain looking ugly, then maybe it’s time to replace them!

Patriot Rooter, a Los Angeles plumber, is the company to call when you have any plumbing issues. We do everything from roughing new homes to changing a faucet stem. If it has anything to do with plumbing, we can fix it!

Patriot Rooter offers many services, including:

  • Rough installation of new plumbing
  • Water heater replacement
  • Re-Piping
  • Hydro Jetting
  • Sewer Relining
  • Complete bathroom remodeling
  • Sewer inspections with a full color camera system (Great for detecting and assessing blockages)
  • Backflow devices
  • Earthquake gas shut off valves
  • And much more!

Patriot Plumbing is a well-established Los Angeles plumber that is a member of the PHCC, and has over 40 years of combined service experience. Our staff is highly trained, licensed and bonded, and their commitment to quality service is top-notch. Our pricing is very competitive, especially for the L.A. area, and if you need a plumber today we are on the way! We are a company built on a foundation of integrity, quality, and a desire to provide innovative and reliable services for the consumer.

If you’re looking to repair or replace faucets, give us a call today! If you don’t know which type or what brand is reliable, we will gladly give you a professional opinion and point you in the right direction for a good quality faucet.

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What Should I Do if I Have Banging Pipes?

If you have “banging pipes” then chances are you have a problem known as “water hammering”. A “water hammer” (or, more generally, fluid hammer) is a pressure surge or wave resulting when a fluid in motion is forced to stop or change direction suddenly (momentum change). Water hammering commonly occurs when a valve is closed suddenly at an end of a piping system, and a pressure wave propagates in the pipe. It may also be known as hydraulic shock.

This pressure wave can cause major problems, from noise and vibration to pipe collapse or rupture. It is possible to reduce the effects of the water hammer pulses with accumulators or arrestors and other features. This is where Patriot Plumbing and Rooter comes in! As a leading plumber in L.A., they can solve this problem quickly. The problem itself is just “over pressurizing” as a valve (usually a faucet) is closed.  If the pipe is suddenly closed at the outlet (downstream), the mass of water before the closure is still moving forward with some velocity, building up a high pressure and shock waves. In domestic plumbing, this is experienced as a loud banging resembling a hammering noise. Water hammer can cause pipelines to break if the pressure is high enough. Air traps or standpipes (open at the top) are sometimes added as dampers to water systems to provide a cushion to absorb the force of moving water in order to prevent damage to the system. (At some hydroelectric generating stations, what appears to be a water tower is actually one of these devices, known as a surge drum.)

In the home, water hammer may occur when a toilet, washer machine or dishwasher shuts off water flow. The result may be heard as a loud bang, repetitive banging (as the shock wave travels back and forth in the plumbing system), or as some shuddering.

On the other hand, when an upstream valve in a pipe is closed, the water downstream of the valve will attempt to continue flowing, creating a vacuum that may cause the pipe to collapse or implode. This problem can be particularly acute if the pipe is on a downhill slope. To prevent this, air and vacuum relief valves, or air vents, are installed just downstream of the valve to allow air to enter the line and prevent this vacuum from occurring.

Other causes of water hammer are pump failure, and check valve slam (due to sudden deceleration, a check valve may slam shut rapidly, depending on the dynamic characteristic of the check valve and the mass of the water between a check valve and tank). So if you have water hammer issues, contact Patriot Plumbing in Orange County, CA. You’ll be happy you did!

What Should I Do About Water Hardness?

Many commercial and domestic water users are concerned about the hardness of their water. Hard water requires more soap and synthetic detergents for home laundry and washing, and contributes to scaling in boilers, water heaters and industrial equipment. Hardness is caused by compounds of calcium and magnesium, and by a variety of other metals. Water is an excellent solvent and readily dissolves minerals it comes in contact with. As water moves through soil and rock, it dissolves very small amounts of minerals and holds them in a solution. Calcium and magnesium dissolved in water are the two most common minerals that make water “hard.”

The hardness of water is referred to by three types of measurements: grains per gallon, milligrams per liter (mg/L), or parts per million (ppm). Water in The Orange County area is considered ‘very hard’ at 10-14 gpg.

If you are experiencing hardness problems, call the Los Angeles Plumber in LA, Patriot Plumbing! We will send a qualified technician to your home or business and assess the situation, and will install a water softener for you. A water softener does just that; it softens the water. Water softening is the reduction of the concentration of calcium, magnesium, and certain other metal cations in hard water. These “hardness ions” can cause a variety of undesired effects including interfering with the action of soaps, the buildup of lime scale, which can foul plumbing, and galvanic corrosion. So, in order to keep these contaminates from building up, call Patriot Plumbing Orange county CA, we can address all your water hardness issues.