All Things Plumbing & HVAC: The Orange Coast Plumbing Blog

Need to know what’s an emergency and which problems can wait? Which problems you can solve DIY? The Orange Coast Plumbing blog helps you understand common plumbing, heating,  and air conditioning issues.

Bathroom renovation

Whether you want to make your home more livable or increase property value, a bathroom renovation is an appealing option. However, you’ve heard time and again about bathroom renovation challenges.

Fortunately, our plumbers and other specialists have identified the most common bathroom renovation challenges. we’ve also developed ways to solve those challenges and complete the renovation project of your dreams.

Plumbing toolkit

The toilet’s exploding. You’re facing a plumbing emergency.

Anything significant requires a plumber, but what about the smaller emergencies that arise? A clogged toilet? A blocked sink? Even a leaky faucet?

Do you have the right tools for a DIY repair or an emergency fix until the plumber arrives?

Installing a new garbage disposal

Most of the time, you may not give much thought to your kitchen garbage disposal. However, that situation can change in a hurry when something goes wrong. Without a doubt, clogs are the number one issue for disposal owners. You might not view a clog as an emergency in many circumstances. But if you rely on your garbage disposal daily or on special occasions, you’ll need to find a quick solution.

Clogged drain

There’s nothing like a slow drain to put a damper on a refreshing shower.

Worse, the water may not drain at all — it just sits in the bottom of the tub.

Fortunately, a clogged shower drain is usually an easy fix.

Ductless air conditioner

Ductless mini-split air conditioners rely on the same underlying technology as central ACs. However, they utilize that technology differently. First, as their name implies, they are not tied into a system of ducts. Instead, they connect directly to their own, non-ducted components. The evaporator and air handler sit in a unit attached to the wall or mounted in the ceiling. The compressor/condenser part of the system lies outside. Some mini-splits, called single-zone units, utilize completely separate components for each room. However, other setups feature multi-zone units, which use a single compressor/condenser for multiple rooms.

Disappointing shower

Wondering why is the water not hot enough in your home? Read about how to stop from your hot water going cold.

Top of water heater

Have you noticed a puddle near your water heater? That’s never a good thing.

Most water heaters last about 10 to 15 years, even with proper maintenance. And Orange County’s hard water can shorten the life of any appliance exposed to it.

But before you start shopping around for a new heater or even call the plumber, do a bit of DIY troubleshooting. Can you pinpoint the source of the leak?

As odd as it sounds, if the leak comes from the top, you’re in luck.

Movie popcorn

Water heaters don’t make popping noises when they’re working as designed.

That popping and crackling comes from exploding particles. Particles of what, exactly?

Particles of sediment. Scale and lime deposits.

The seemingly clear water from your tap is chock full of minerals.

Woman holding her nose

Water heaters should be set to about 120 degrees F. Anything higher carries the risk of scalding at the other end of the pipe.

If 120 degrees seem low, it is — for a bacterium. For humans, it’s more than enough for showers, dishes, and other household tasks where hot water is involved.

Sulpher bacteria thrive in that hot but not-too-hot environment, pitch their tents, and propagate. They have nothing better to do.

An icy dip

Cold showers are great for brown fat activation and controlling inflammation.

They’re not so great for comfort (unless you’re Wim Hof) or keeping the peace in the family.

Standard water heaters last an average of 7-10 years. Their performance often declines as they reach the 10-year mark.

A plumber can give you the lay of the land, report on the condition of your hot water system, replace your water heater if need be, and repair anything that needs fixing — including leaky hot water pipes.