How To Choose the Right Plumber

When you are dealing with a clogged drain or leaking pipes, it’s important to have a plumber that you trust to take care of the problem quickly. Since finding the right plumber requires much more than just calling the number on the first ad that you see, we’ve put together a short list of things to look for when hiring a plumber.

Confirm credentials

Ensure that the company you are considering only employs licensed plumbers by checking out their website ahead of time or asking them on the phone. You should also ask the plumber who shows up on your doorstep to show you their license, since they should always have it on them. It goes without saying that an inexperienced plumber is more likely to make mistakes that could end up costing you even more in the long run, so make sure that you are placing your trust in professionals.

Check out their ratings

Of course it’s smart to look at providers that have great reviews, but even more meaningful than five star ratings is the number of dissatisfied clients and why those customers were unhappy. It’s normal to see a few bad reviews, but check for how the plumbing company handles negative feedback. They should be professional and respond appropriately.

Some of the most popular review sites for home service providers include Yelp, Angie’s List, or Home Advisor. Depending on what you’re looking for these sites can have hundreds of options, so make sure to include a location, such as Costa Mesa or Anaheim, in your search.

Inquire about warranties and/or guarantees

If you called a plumber to help you install a water softener and three weeks later you notice signs of scale build up, you’ll be happy you asked about performance guarantees. It’s also always advisable to ask about warranties for any equipment that you purchase, especially if they are expensive or have a lot of moving parts with the potential to fail. Remember to keep copies of all of the paperwork in case a problem arises later.

Clarify pricing details  

Savvy homeowners take the time to ask for details on prices for labor, materials, and any other additional charges that may apply. These may include traveling fees, charges for work outside of normal business hours or handling fees for specialized equipment that may be required to complete your job. For some jobs it may be impossible to give you a quote over the phone, so remember to ask if they charge for a home visit and inspection.

As with many other things in life, plumbing customers often get what they pay for. It’s hard to know if a plumber’s rates are competitive until you get a few other quotes, so make sure to ask around before deciding. It’s also important to ask if the plumbing company charges by the job or by the hour. It doesn’t necessarily matter which method is used, but make sure to clarify before the work begins so you don’t end up being double charged.

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5 Signs You Need a Plumber in Costa Mesa

plumber holding toolsPlumbing issues are an unfortunate part of modern life that we’ve all dealt with at one time or another. Unfortunately, many people dismiss the signs of trouble until it becomes a major disruption or causes damage to your home. To help you avoid disaster, we’ve put together a list of 5 signs that you may need the help of an experienced plumber.

  1. Noisy Plumbing

Noisy plumbing is an indication that your pipes are (literally) trying to tell you something. Screeching, pinging, clanging, or rattling could be a sign that there is air trapped in your pipes –which could mean that your air bleed-off system needs attention. Whether you have a squealing faucet or rattling pipes, audible noises from your plumbing system is a good indication that it’s time to schedule a service with a plumber in Costa Mesa.

  1. Frequent Toilet Troubles

If you find yourself plunging a backed up toilet on a regular basis, this may be a sign that the septic tank needs to be emptied. Another possibility is that tree roots have grown into the pipes and are causing a blockage, or have even caused cracks to form in your pipes. If you are experiencing frequent toilet issues, Parzival Plumbing would be happy to do a simple inspection and determine if you need to consider pipe replacement to prevent any property damage.

  1. Weak Water Pressure

Low water pressure can make simple daily activities like showering or washing your dishes frustrating and time consuming. This common plumbing problem can be caused by several factors, including pipe blockages, a leak elsewhere in the plumbing or incorrectly sized pipes that are unable to provide sufficient water pressure. No matter the cause, we can send a plumber in Costa Mesa to locate the cause of your weak water pressure and repair the issue quickly.

  1. Slow Drainage

In most cases, slow drains are a sign that your pipes have become clogged. Blockages in pipes are commonly caused by food and debris, but Orange County’s hard water conditions can also cause lime scale build up on the inside of your pipes. Regardless of the cause, nearly every homeowner will require a drain cleaning at some point.

Parzival Plumbing can easily remove most clogs using either a traditional mechanical snake or by hydro-jetting the line after a video inspection. We also frequently use Bio-Clean, an incredibly effective and environmentally friendly drain cleaning solution, to dissolve blockages in pipes.

  1. Leaky Faucets

It’s an obvious fix if your faucet leaks when the water isn’t completely shut off, but an entirely different situation when your faucet drips constantly for no apparent reason. If left untreated, a leaky kitchen sink can waste hundreds of gallons of water per month. Although a leaking faucet may seem mildly annoying, in reality it could be costing you much more than you realize.

Unfortunately, trying to fix a problem you don’t understand on your own without consulting a professional may end up causing more damage and ultimately require expensive and time-consuming repairs. If you need help with a leaky faucet or any other plumbing issue,  contact Parzival Plumbing today.

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Bio-Clean: An Effective, All Natural Drain Cleaner

In my experience as a plumber in Costa Mesa, I’ve spoken with dozens of customers that have had major issues with liquid chemical drain cleaners. When life gets busy and a backed up drain causes mayhem in a household or business, these cleaners may seem like the perfect quick and cheap solution. However, many people don’t realize that using a chemical drain cleaner can cause more problems than it’s worth.

For starters, the chemicals in commercial drain cleaners usually have very high toxicity levels. The fumes hang around in the air wherever the chemicals were used, and can irritate your nose and eyes or accidentally be inhaled. Also, one of the main chemicals in these commercial cleaning solutions is hydrochloric acid, which can damage pipes and chew off of the enamel and other finishes in your kitchen or bathroom. Even further, if dumped down the drain these chemicals can end up poisoning fish and other wildlife in the ocean and/or contaminating our local underground water supplies.Tub of Bio-Clean drain cleaner

So what’s the best solution to your next clogged sink or drain? If using a plunger doesn’t help loosen the blockage, our experienced plumbers can provide you with an innovative natural drain cleaner called Bio-Clean.

In nature, enzymes break down large molecules in animal and vegetable matter into a size that bacteria can “eat”. Bio-Clean employs this same idea to biodegrade buildup in your pipes by using certain types of bacteria to digest the grease, food particles, hair, and organic waste that are common culprits behind clogged drains.

The billions of bacteria in this revolutionary natural drain cleaner are dormant in the jar, but once revived through contact with water the bacteria eat its weight of waste every minute and continue to eat, grow, and multiply through cell division. Under favorable circumstances, the number of bacteria can double in just 30 minutes! The bacteria simply digest the organic waste as their natural source of food and spread quickly throughout your plumbing system, even cleaning the sides and top of your drain pipes.

Over the course of a few hours, Bio-Clean quickly and effectively converts waste particles into water, carbon dioxide, and mineral ash that drain harmlessly out of your waste system and become excellent sources of food for nearby plants. Even better, Bio-Clean doesn’t use any environmentally damaging or poisonous chemicals, and creates no heat or fumes that could linger in your home.

Although usually utilized in septic systems, Bio-Clean can be used in all drain and sewer pipes in both residential and commercial buildings. You can even use it to help you get a good clean in your cat litter box or grease traps! After being applied to the system or surface, allow the Bio-Clean bacteria six to eight hours to become embedded into the waste so they aren’t easily washed out. With regular maintenance treatments, new waste build up never gets a change to take hold and guarantees no more slow drains or clogs!

If you are in need of a plumber in Costa Mesa or would like more information about how Bio-Clean can eliminate the hassle of clogged drains forever, contact Parzival Plumbing today.

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London’s Giant “Fatberg” is Another Example of Modern Sewer System Woes

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In highly populated cities such as London and New York, a hidden menace known as “fatbergs” lurk beneath the streets and threaten overly strained waste management systems. Disposable wet wipes combine with fats, oils and grease in sewers to form these disgusting lumps of toxic sludge.

Millions of liters of used cooking oil is produced each year, and unfortunately in many cases is not properly disposed of. It may seem inconsequential to pour hot oil down the drain after cooking your favorite meal, but oil solidifies into a greasy mess when it hits cold underground sewers. When you multiply that millions of times over, it’s easy to see how FOG (fats, oils and grease) dumped down the drain can cause major problems. Indeed the New York Times estimated that between 2013 and 2014 clearing up FOG backups in the sewers cost the city $4.65 million.

If you ask this plumber in Costa Mesa, the costs of New York City’s sewer maintenance is trivial compared to the massive fatberg recently removed from a London sewer. The fatberg was nearly 40 meters long, and at a weight of almost ten tons was so heavy that it broke the roughly 70-year-old sewer pipe where it was discovered. Repairs took approximately two months and cost London taxpayers about $600,000. Stephen Hunt, who oversaw the fatberg’s removal, stated that the utility company also had to replace nearly 100 feet of pipe in total.

As discussed in one of our previous blogs, wet wipes exacerbate the issue of FOG backups in sewer systems. The main issue is that although many wipes are labelled as ‘disposable’ or ‘flushable’, neither of these terms equate to being biodegradable. Wet wipes are specifically designed to be robust by using strong fibers to retain their shape even when wet and soiled. Once they arrive in the sewers, these wipes float on top of the wastewater, where they absorb oils and grease from the surface and clump together to form dense fatbergs.

Any knowledgeable plumber in Costa Mesa would advise people to discontinue the practice of flushing wet wipes down the toilet. As Rob Smith from London’s Thames Water said, “Bin it, don’t block it.” Additionally, we recommend that you check out the Costa Mesa Sanitary District’s website to learn more about your local residential FOG recycling program.

It’s also important for all homeowners to conduct regular sewer lateral inspections, regardless of whether or not you use wet wipes or dump cooking oil down the drain. In some cases, slight imperfections in the materials of your toilet paper can cause it to get caught in pipes and combine with other clogs already there. Without regular maintenance, sewer lines can become blocked and cause raw waste material to back up inside your pipes and potentially cause damage to your home or property.

Parzival Plumbing is always available to conduct comprehensive sewer lateral inspections in Costa Mesa and throughout the entire Orange County area. If you are concerned about the health and safety of your sewer system, please contact us today and ask about receiving a free estimate.

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Sewer Lateral Inspection Controversy in Philadelphia Suburbs

plumber in trench with pipeCheltenham Township, one of Philadelphia’s largest suburbs, is about to take on a major sewer improvement project that top local officials estimate could cost up to $80 million over the next decade.

Unfortunately, that number doesn’t include the considerable burden of cost that many individual property owners are now facing. Depending on lot size, people in the area may have to pay up to $10,000 to repair the main pipe that connects their home to the municipal sewer system, also known as the sewer lateral line. The township has said that many of the sewer pipes are made of a material called vitrified clay and in some cases may be up to 90 years old, requiring full pipe replacement rather than repair.

Township Manager Bryan Havir said it’s unclear how many property owners will have to replace their pipes until sewer lateral inspections begin, a process which could take up to seven years to complete. As an experienced plumber in Costa Mesa, I find this time frame to be rather worrisome. If sewer lateral lines are damaged, blocked, or otherwise impaired, waste material can begin to back into homes and the adjacent environment. Needless to say, it’s vital that these issues are addressed immediately.

Cheltenham Township’s struggle is just a small part of what state officials believe is a $30 billion infrastructure problem for Pennsylvania. State Rep. Steve McCarter said several other “inner-rim suburbs”, or those bordering major metropolitan areas like Philadelphia, across the state are also in equally grim situations. “Nobody wants to talk about what’s underground and out of sight,” he said, “But it’s going to cause a lot of consternation and disruption.”

In recent weeks, homeowners in Cheltenham Township have begun declaring their frustrations on social media, many with the hopes that a solution can be found to help manage the thousands of dollars in costs required to complete full sewer lateral replacements. At a recent meeting, one of the local commissioners also observed that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) are asking the township to make substantial and pricey upgrades to its nearly century old sanitation system in a considerably tight time frame.

Indeed, if property owners in Cheltenham Village are required to complete pipe replacements or repairs after a sewer lateraltion, according to the proposed ordinance they will only have 120 days to accomplish the improvements. Depending on the severity of the situation in the next few years, repairs in other neighborhoods may only be allowed to take between 60 and 90 days.

Although Havir also said improvements to the municipal system have already begun, if the $8 million a year estimate is correct, the township will have to issue bonds to continue to pay for further improvements over the next ten years. Township officials rapidly launched an informational outreach program to educate property owners about the massive project, and the municipal website has already posted the proposed ordinance.

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5 Reasons You Need a Whole House Water Filter

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Most tap and well water in the United States contain varying levels of contamination due to industrial and environmental pollution. These contaminants range from naturally occurring minerals to man-made chemicals that
find their way into our water supply. Although in many areas of the country the level of these contaminants is not high enough to cause immediate sickness, repeated exposure may cause chronic health problems.

Mesa Water District provides water service here in Costa Mesa, parts of Newport Beach, and other areas of Orange County. In their recently published 2016 Water Quality Report, Mesa Water outlines the quality of their water, which is sourced from local groundwater supplies. Although the intention of Mesa Water is to provide safe drinking water, without a whole house water filter the addition of chloramines and other harmful contaminants picked up along the way may mean that your water is not as clean as it could be.

5 Reasons You Need a Whole House Water Filter:

  1. Clean filtered water from every source in the house: Only a few contaminants are regulated by drinking water standards and treated by municipal sources, and so a water filtration system is an incredibly effective way to protect you and your family from harmful exposure to the hidden contaminants in your water. No matter if you are using the kitchen sink, the shower, or simply washing your hands your water is clean and safe to use.
  2. Extended life of water using appliances and household pipes: Over time, scale left behind by hard water can build up in your pipes and cause problems for appliances that use water, such as refrigerators or dishwashers. Installing a whole house water filter will eliminate the mineral deposits commonly found in city water that build up and cause damage. Regardless, as an experienced plumber in Orange County I still recommend annual sewer lateral inspections to ensure the functionality of your plumbing.
  3. Better tasting (and smelling) water: Chlorine compounds or other undesirable sediments, such as rust, present in your household plumbing system can give your tap water an unappealing scent or taste. If you and your family are struggling to drink enough water each day or simply want to ensure that your food cooked with water tastes even better, consider adding a whole house filter to your home.
  4. Healthier skin, hair, and body: Your water will be filtered at low temperatures to facilitate the removal of chlorine and other chemicals, which are commonly absorbed into the skin during showers and cause issues such as acne, eczema, and rashes. Further, inhalation of these chemical vapors in a hot, steamy shower can aggravate asthma and allergies for those who already suffer.
  5. Extra protection from breakdowns in city water supply systems: In the unlikely event of some kind of failure of the municipal water treatment and sanitation system, you will still have the peace of mind that your family has access to clean, safe water.

With the installation of a whole house water filter, your family can enjoy cleaner, better tasting, and less harmful water every day. If you are concerned about your water quality and would like a consultation with an expert plumber in Orange County, Parzival Plumbing can help!

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Are Flushable Cleansing Wipes Bad For My Plumbing?

Photo of Flushable Cleansing Wipes

In recent years, wet wipes that have long been used for baby care have grown incredibly popular with adults as well. Wet wipes are made to serve a variety of purposes, from removing makeup and dirt, to applying sunscreen, and even after using the toilet for that extra-clean feeling.

For these wipe manufacturers, major investments in adult products have definitely paid off. Indeed, market research cited in a 2014 Bloomberg News article suggested that between 2008 and 2013 sales of personal wipes had grown by 23 percent!

While the convenience of these wet wipes is a major appeal to consumers and a source of huge profits for industry manufacturers, they have become a major headache for sewer systems around the world, especially in highly populated areas.

As an example, In New York City, officials say that wipes that have been flushed down the toilet have caused over $18 million in equipment problems over the last five years, and the amount of materials extracted from screening machines has more than doubled since 2008. Inside city pipelines, the wipes combine with other materials, such as solidified grease and oil, creating tangled knots of waste matter that cause major clogs and sewage backups.

One piece of the problem is that consumers are in some cases simply unaware that these wipes should not be flushed. Many of these personal care products have also been branded as ‘flushable’, but several wastewater and environmental professionals say that the performance of the product in sewer systems does not support this claim. Even if these wipes don’t specify that they are ‘flushable’ or are labelled with a ‘do not flush’ logo on the packaging, instructions are often easy to miss or are listed in fine print that people usually don’t take the time to read.

Regardless, as an experienced plumber in Costa Mesa, I always advise that people discontinue the practice of flushing these wet wipes down the toilet. Even if they are labelled as ‘flushable’, the majority of wipes don’t biodegrade quickly enough to avoid clogging pipes. Wet wipes are made to be indestructible, and the durable fibers cling to interior pipe walls and clog pumps that transport sewage away to local treatment plants.

We also recommend an annual sewer lateral inspection for all homeowners regardless of whether or not they use wet wipes.  In some cases even the daily use of toilet paper, which is designed to biodegrade, can get caught in pipes due to slight imperfections in the materials or other materials already built up inside your sewer pipes. Without this regular maintenance, sewer lines can become blocked, and over time cause waste material to back up inside your pipes and potentially cause damage to your home or property.

If you are concerned about the integrity of your sewer system, Parzival Plumbing can put your mind at ease by conducting a comprehensive sewer lateral inspection on your home or business. Contact us today to get a free estimate from an experienced plumber in Costa Mesa that also serves the entire Orange County area!

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Plumber in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa Plumber specializing in Leak Detection and Pipe Replacement in Orange County. Thomas Pangrazio is a licensed pluming contractor specializing in service and value. We are also certified green plumbers who take pride in protecting the environment.  Check out our reviews on Google, Yelp, and Facebook to see what our clients are saying about us.  We also have underground cameras for pipe inspections and sewer lateral inspection.  Give us a call for a free estimate. Thank you, Thomas, www.ParzivalPlumbing.com

 

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Sewer Lateral Inspections

Just completed the Sewer Lateral Assistance Program (SLAP)  for the City of Costa Mesa.  Did you know the homeowner can get reimbursed up to $1500 from the Costa Mesa Sanitary District?  Here is the link to apply for the reimbursement, http://www.cmsdca.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=90&Itemid=387

Did you know that 90% of Costa Mesa residents have roots growing in their pipes?  The repair costs are far less when addressed sooner than later.  Call for more information, or if you think you might need a low cost inspection from Orange Counties most trusted plumbing company.

The purpose of the SLAP program is to encourage homeowners to regularly clean and maintain their sewer lateral line – the drain pipes leading from the house to the city sewer system. The homeowner is responsible for the entire sewer lateral from the building to the point of connection (including the connection) with the Costa Mesa Sanitary District’s main line.

If the plumbing company does not obtain the necessary permit from the CMSD, you will not qualify for your reimbursement.  I just completed the Sewer Lateral Assistance Program seminar with the City of Costa Mesa Sanitary District, and have all the necessary paperwork and know how to help you obtain your reimbursement.  If you think you have roots growing in your pipes, please call for a low cost inspection.  Thank you, Thomas

 

 

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Hello Orange County

Welcome to my new plumbing website. Many of our calls come to us from other happy plumbing customers here in Orange County. We get a lot of referrals because we thoroughly explain your plumbing problem, provide an accurate quote, take the time to do the job right, we get the job done timely, and we clean up properly. That makes the customer happy. They give us good reviews, and they refer their friends and family to us. If you have any plumbing problems, leaky slab or pipes, or need a new hot water heater or earthquake shut-off valve, please contact us for a free estimate. Once we complete your job, you too will be a happy customer. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you with your plumbing needs. – Thomas Pangrazio

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