Commercial Plumbing vs. Residential Plumbing Services

Most of us only call a plumber when we’re in a pinch. The toilet is overflowing on the brand-new floor, or it’s freezing cold and the hot water has suddenly stopped working. So we pick the first name that comes up on Google and dial the number. But not all plumbers are created equal. While the principles underlying the art and science of plumbing are universal, the devil is in the detail. The most appropriate plumbing service for your needs depends on three main considerations. First, think Continue reading

Leak Detection – How to Fix Home Leaks

Nothing leaves you feeling powerless like a plumbing leak. You don’t know where the water is coming from, and if you do it seems impossible to stop. Fortunately, fixing many common plumbing leaks is easier than you think. The simplest way to find a leak is to look for signs of water damage on floors, walls, and ceilings near your plumbing fixtures. Once you suspect you have a leak, the next step is to test your theory. From there you may be able to fix it yourself. Water splashing from your Continue reading

DIY Tips for Clearing a Clogged Sink

You’re rinsing off the dishes and you notice that the water is coming out the tap faster than it will go down the drain. We all know the dreaded feeling that comes with the prospect of having to call a plumber. When will he be able to get here? And how much is it going to cost? But in many cases, clearing a sink drain is pretty straightforward. In an ideal world, drains wouldn’t get clogged in the first place. By keeping the most common culprits—grease, hard or fibrous food scraps, and (in the Continue reading

Is It Possible to Unclog a Toilet without a Plunger?

In a previous entry, we explained how to unblock a toilet using a plunger. However, you may occasionally find yourself without one handy. Is it possible to unclog your toilet using other methods? Fortunately, the answer is yes. In this article, we share a number of possible methods for dealing with your toilet problem! Hot water and dish soap This method is extremely straightforward and will help to unblock most toilets. Apply a generous amount of dish soap to the toilet bowl. After, pour in Continue reading

Plumbing Maintenance Tips for 2016

Maybe you didn’t make a formal New Year’s resolution to take better care of your home’s plumbing this year, but by keeping in mind a few tips you may be able to avoid expensive plumbing bills in 2016. These simple suggestions will save you money, improve efficiency, and reduce energy consumption. The kitchen is where many plumbing issues begin. Fortunately, it is also one of the easiest places to prevent problems from arising. If you have a garbage disposal, washing hard objects or stringy Continue reading

4 Foods that Can Clog Your Drain

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, chances are that you will be busier than ever with organizing holiday parties and entertaining far traveled guests. In the crazy rush surrounding these events, you may not pay much attention to your plumbing situation. And why would you? As long as everything is working, this isn't something we tend to think about. However, you should be conscious about how you dispose of leftover food. Being careless can lead to expensive problems. In this article, Continue reading

What to do When Your Water Heater Stops Working

We've all been there. You wake up one morning and there's no hot water. What can you do in such a situation? In this article, we discuss the steps you can take towards resolving any problems with your water heater. Check the thermostat settingWell, you're only human. Sometimes, the “problem” can be as simple as an incorrectly configured thermostat. Check the temperature setting and adjust it upwards as necessary. Make sure your gas supply is OK If you use a gas appliance to heat up your water Continue reading

Tips to Avoid Holiday Plumbing Emergencies

The holidays are upon us and that means houses full of friends and family. While this is the time of year to embrace the old adage, “the more, the merrier,” with that comes extra stress on your plumbing system. With all the extra time spent in the kitchen and extra people in the house, plumbing issues can easily occur. The best defense is always a good offense; preventative maintenance. However, in the event of a plumbing emergency, Express Plumbing and Rooter in Los Angeles has a few tips to Continue reading

The Five Most Common Plumbing Problems Homeowners Face

When you become a homeowner, plumbing problems take on a completely different meaning than when you are renting. Rather than picking up the phone and calling your landlord, you either have to fix them yourself or call a reliable plumber like Express Plumbing and Rooter. With more than 20 years of experience fixing the most common plumbing issues you'll encounter, we can repair any problem and be out of your way quickly and easily. Here are a few of the common household plumbing problems that are Continue reading

Tips for Avoiding Electric Shock While Drain Cleaning

Proper safety procedures must be followed before any maintenance work is performed on a home. However, despite the best efforts of the homeowners and plumbing repair technicians, things can be overlooked that create dangerous situations for those involved. When working around water, these dangers (and particularly the risk of electric shock) are amplified. Here are a few tips to avoiding unpleasant zaps -- or worse – during any drain cleaning job. Use an electrical testing tool. Faulty Continue reading