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.

Ductless heating & AC

Are you wondering which heating or AC unit should I buy? There are many factors that go towards deciding which system is best for heating or cooling your home. One of the first things to consider is: Are you replacing an existing system, or are you starting from scratch? This is important as, for example, […]

Cracks from a leak

An Invisible Enemy: Risk Factors for Slab Leaks to Look Out For. A slab leak is a water or sewage leak under or inside of the concrete slab on which a house is built. So many things can cause slab leaks that it’s difficult to say without knowing your home just how likely it is […]

DIY plumbing

Whether you are a DIYer because you like to save a bit of money or because you enjoy fixing and improving your home yourself, be sure you are making smart decisions when you are working on your plumbing. Stupid DIY plumbing decisions usually lead to a costly emergency plumber visit. Or worse, it can devalue […]

Making fire with friction

Winter is here, which means that in most homes, the heat is on. For the most part, having the ability to heat our homes is a very good thing, but the increase it causes in the heating bill can be a shock. The market for domestic heating systems has taken an interesting turn in recent […]

Chemical drain cleaner

Chemical drain cleaners are a go-to DIY plumbing solution for homeowners with blocked or slow drains.

However, they come with risks and can damage your pipes and septic systems if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Water recirculation pump

A hot water recirculation system moves heated water around your plumbing so that it arrives in a fraction of the time.

At the heart of it is a recirculation pump installed on your water heater. It pumps heated water from the heater directly to plumbing fixtures. When the water in your pipes begins to cool, the pump kicks in and sends it back to the water heater to be reheated and recirculated.

The system includes a bypass valve, allowing you to control how much hot water goes into your plumbing and when the pump turns on. You can turn off the recirculation and save energy if you’re away from home.

A burst pipe

A plumbing disaster, if you’ve ever experienced one, is unforgettable. Even traumatic.

Imagine your panic when the living room floods at 10 PM and the shut-off valve fails to stop the flow. Many plumbers offer 24-hour service. Still, they may not arrive in time to prevent damage to your furniture and walls.

Pastoral homes

Studies show that “green” homeowners are more likely to perform routine maintenance on their equipment.  They thereby avoid many accidents and mishaps that would cause them to file for policy claims.

Insurance companies also know that many updated materials and systems are more efficient, cost-effective, and durable.  This helps avoid huge insurance claims typical of homes that use outdated or inefficient materials.

Big saver

Your plumbing is the most essential system in your home.  It transports water in, but also takes unwanted wastewater out.  It is up to the homeowner to keep the plumbing system healthy, but at the same time, it is a daunting task to undertake.  Fortunately, there are simple maintenance and repair measures you can take […]

Dynamite in toy toilet

Toilets clog for all kinds of reasons.

Sometimes, it seems like they clog out of spite.

More likely, someone put too much paper in the bowl, or the sewer pipe is getting long in the tooth and working at reduced capacity.

Most toilet clogs are minor and need nothing more than a DIY repair. But you need the right tools and knowledge for the job.

Teflon tape wrapped around a fitting

There’s a leak in the line connecting the toilet to your home’s water supply.

A visual inspection tells you the problem stems from the threaded connection between the water line and the bottom of the toilet tank.

Or the problem may lie with the threaded connection at the other end, between the supply line and the shut-off valve at the wall.

Those treaded connections! What’s a resourceful DIYer do? Run to the hardware store and waste an afternoon replacing the leaky connections?

Not when there’s Teflon tape lying about, an indispensable tool for any homeowner with more than a modicum of DIY repair ability.

It can certainly stop the leak, but you have to know how to apply it.

Envisioning a remodel

Complete Home Remodeling For Orange County & Los Angeles Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning provides expert renovation and remodeling services for Orange County and Los Angeles County. For a stress free experience with amazing results, our experienced technicians skillfully cover all aspects of the renovation from top to bottom. Contact us with your […]