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.

Dripping faucet

Faucet drips contribute to up to 10,000 gallons of water wastage every year. Keep your home faucets in good working condition to avoid additional charges on your water bill, but most importantly, to minimize the environmental impact of wasting water. Sometimes the leak can easily be remedied by a simple DIY fix. If you know […]

A faucet repair

Faucets endure heavy use and abuse. They’re exposed to corrosive minerals and chemicals in water, extreme temperature changes, and unkind human treatment.

It should be no surprise they sometimes spring leaks or cease to work altogether.

Fortunately, most common faucet problems are easy to fix.

Home value

Remodeling and renovation are often approached with hesitation because of their staggering cost. Even those who love DIY projects and home improvements may not have a lot of time on their hands to create a more enjoyable living space. However, it is still essential to take a good long look at your home and consider […]

Power savings

Your home appliances account for up to 20 percent of your monthly energy consumption. Using energy-efficient appliances doesn’t only benefit the environment — by reducing greenhouse gases and air pollutants — it also lowers utility costs and saves you money. Newer models require less power to operate and are packed with energy-saving features, such as […]

Piggy bank swimming in cash

When problems occur in your household or residential plumbing system, they can lead to the need for repairs that end up costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. However, not all of the issues that produce such major expenditures may seem like a big deal when you first encounter them. In fact, some of […]

Making a plumbing checklist

Summer is drawing to a close. If you still need to do your seasonal home plumbing maintenance, it’s time to get started! Taking time each season to check through your plumbing will ensure everything is running well; it can also reduce operating costs and reduce the need for repairs.

A nasty slab leak

On a scale of one to ten, a slab leak is the Chernobyl of plumbing disasters.

Not at first, but undetected, the leak grows and spreads, sometimes slowly and at other times in a burst. Untold damage ensues.

That biblical flood in your living room? It points to a slab leak.

A slab leak with mold

If you’ve never heard of a slab leak, join millions of American homeowners.

They’re relatively uncommon but especially devastating. Your first experience with a slab leak may be to return to a flooded and ruined home. Yes, they can go from drip to deluge that fast, and they can be that catastrophic.

Slab leak damage

Plumbing leaks are a nuisance. Some might cause a small amount of damage.

But slab leaks are a different beast; they all but guarantee significant damage to your home. And should a slab leak occur in your home, you’ll need your insurance to help with an expensive and extensive repair.

Slab leak damage

Most homeowners have never heard of a slab leak until a slab leak wrecks their home.

How scary are slab leaks?

Very, if you value your home and property.

Slab leak damage

A high water bill happens for a reason — carelessness with water use, extravagance, or maybe it points to a plumbing problem.

The problem could be minor, like a constantly running toilet you never got around to fixing, or it could be serious, like a slab leak.

Slab leaks often go undetected until a pipe bursts and floods your home, resulting in a costly repair that makes your water bill look like a tip for the barista at Starbucks

A new water heater

The life expectancy of water heaters vary; there are older models that still stand proudly at the age of 15, while a more recent model can fail early. A good repairman and proper maintenance can stretch your water heater’s service beyond its 10-year warranty. In some cases, consistent upkeep and servicing may not be enough. […]