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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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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!

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.

If your drainage system is slow, it is time to call a Los Angeles Plumber like Patriot Plumbing and Rooter! If your drains are just really sluggish, or worse, stopped draining all together, you probably have a blockage in the main drain line.

 

Somewhere between your home and the city sewer line, something is stuck. It could be something that was accidently flushed down a toilet and got lodged, or, it could be tree roots, growing right through the pipe.

 

In any situation, calling the professionals at Patriot Plumbing will get the problem solved fast.  We can come to your home or business, assess the situation, and send a camera through the drainage system to actually SEE the problem! The camera is on a long snake (hence the products name, the ‘See Snake’ by Ridgid tool Co.), and has a sensor built into it, so the farther down the drain it goes, the distance is logged on the 12” video monitor.

 

As you watch the camera go through the pipe, you know exactly how far in it is. This is a really great feature, as it gives the technician an exact location of the blockage, and allows them to give you a very accurate estimate on repair costs. So, once the blockage is located and you can actually see what it is, the experienced plumber knows precisely were to dig, and at what depth the pipe is.

 

This saves all kinds of time and effort, keeping them from digging in one place, and the blockage being five feet further away.  In many cases, we will not even have to dig. If it is a small root problem, there are blades they can attach to a drain-cleaning machine that will actually cut them as they spin through the pipe. If you are having drain problems, call a Los Angeles plumber in LA, Patriot Plumbing. We can be reached at 800-349-3439.

Tank-less water heaters are the latest in home efficiency technology. Just 10 years ago, these items were priced out of the market, and your average homeowner could not afford one. However, today, prices have come down considerably and are within reach of nearly every household budget. A Los Angeles plumber to contact is Patriot Plumbing. We are an excellent plumbing contractor, with a professionally trained staff.

With today’s technology, tank-less or otherwise known as “on demand” water heaters can keep up with the demand your family will put on it. These new water heaters do not have a standing pilot, or an electric rod that have to maintain 130° water in a 40 or 50 gallon tank, which wastes energy.

These units sense temperature change when you open a valve such as a faucet or shower, and fire up immediately, heating the water as it passes through the unit, thus saving energy. Your average homeowner can see a 70% savings on water heating, as they only heat water, as it is needed.

Also, with these units, there is no storage tank. So you will never face the nightmare of having a ruptured tank in your basement spilling 50 gallons of water all over the place. Another great feature of these units is the fact that they are ‘wall hung’ so they take up considerably less space in your basement.

An average water heater has a life expectancy of eight years, and that’s being generous. A tank-less water heater has a life expectancy of 20 years making tank was water heater ownership a no-brainer, as you will have peace of mind knowing that it will last. It is much more economical and feasible to install one of these units today than ever before. So if you want to start saving money, contact us today to install your next water heater, and make it a tank-less!

Most homeowners today do not replace their water heater until they have walked down into the basement to find water all over the place! If you maintain it properly, a water heater should last 8 to 12 years. Obviously, only the body of the water heater requires immediate replacement.

There are only a couple of repairs that could be done to a water heater. One is replacing the temperature and pressure relief valve. If this valve is leaking, it is either because too much pressure has built up in the water heater or the temperature has reached a maximum. This is a safety device that should not be plugged or tampered with.

If it is malfunctioning, the company to call is Patriot Rooter Plumbing for emergency plumbing in Orange County, CA. They have the technicians in the expertise to give you a fair price and a quality job the first time.

If you have no leaking, but also do not have any hot water, then you have a control issue. If it is a gas water heater then the problem may be in the gas valve or the thermocouple, both of which are replaceable. If it’s an electric water heater, it may be the heating elements. These are replaceable also, however, a qualified professional should do all of these repairs.

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 electrical ground accelerates this corrosive process. Corrosion may make replacing parts chancy, replaced parts may leak, necessitating replacement of the entire heater. It is not uncommon to have other things start leaking due to pressure put on certain lines when being taken apart. This is precisely why we call the trade professionals!

When a water heater is more than eight years old, repairs are probably not cost-effective, since life expectancy is only 8 to 12 years as previously stated. As they age, they become less efficient also. This is true for all water heaters, but more so for electric water heaters.
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 may seem a bit higher, you will notice savings in your energy costs. Call Patriot Rooter Plumbing in Los Angeles for a quick, safe and reliable replacement at 1-800-349-6349.

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