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Is there a need to replace a Building Trap?

The City’s old houses are cozy or large, but they can be a nightmare for plumbers in Los Angeles. The old-fashioned fixtures and fittings are often very old and have lasted well beyond their intended life cycles.  Modern building codes require plumbers in Los Angeles to implement certain standards, and houses that still contain the original water pipes and drains cause headaches for many homeowners. Building trap replacement is one of the essential tasks for the owners of these homes, because the existence of traps is a major problem.

What is a Building Trap and  Why You Need to Remove It!

The building trap is a U-bend clay pipe that builders would install on the exterior sewer line of houses built before the use of modern plumbing fittings. The purpose of the trap was to stop odorous gases entering the home from the sewer, and it worked by “trapping” a small amount of water in the bend – just like the S-bend under your kitchen sink does. You can check whether your home has a building trap by searching in your front garden for a cast iron “cap” in the shape of a mushroom. It’s usually located on a pipe close to the surface.

Building traps cause a range of plumbing problems for Los Angeles homeowners, such as

  • Blocked drains, caused by the accumulation of waste in the bends of the trap. Because the trap essential consists of two 90-degree elbows, it’s not possible to clear it with modern plumbing equipment.
  • Sewer leaks, caused by cracks in the clay pipe that the U-bend is made from. This allows sewer water to leach out into the surrounding soil, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and odors.
  • Root infestation, which happens when tree roots detect the presence of water within the clay pipe and penetrate to access it. This causes a catchment area for loose debris, which eventually clogs the entire drain.

Modern building codes prohibit the use of building traps, which are no longer available. This means that any renovation of your Los Angeles home needs to include a building trap replacement.

Replacing the Trap

If you find your property has a building trap, check to see whether it’s inside or outside your foundations. Exterior building traps are typically removed by excavating near to the foundation, which is usually fairly simple. Interior traps, however, require lifting of the basement floor. When plumbers in Los Angeles remove building traps, they typically replace them with two-way cleanout that provides access to both directions of the drain. If necessary, they also install a backflow prevention valve to help prevent the sewer from backing up into the home.

If your home is built prior to 1970, contact your local plumber and get an assessment of whether you have a building trap that needs replacement. It costs much less to replace it before you experience problems than it will when you have extensive damages to repair and clean-up costs to add to the process.

Choosing An Energy-Efficient Dishwasher

Saving money by using energy-efficient appliances is simple. All a homeowner has to do is make a wise purchasing decision when choosing one and then you can sit back and enjoy the savings for years to come. In the case of your dishwasher, the largest cost of operation is the cost of the electricity used to heat the water that will be used during the washing process. It might surprise you to know that if you have a large family or if you wash dishes often during the course of the day, you might actually save money by using an efficient dishwasher rather than washing them by hand. However, for many people, the question isn’t whether or not to hand wash your dishes, but which dishwasher to purchase. So when looking for our next dishwasher, we need to be looking for a model, make sure to choose one with a great EnergyGuide rating, selectable cycle settings, and a booster heater.

The standard for appliances in the United States is the EnergyGuide ratings established by the Department of Energy. This is the tool that consumers can use in determining which unit is the most efficient in its use of energy. These ratings are attached to the units in the store and are pretty easy to read. But this number alone is not enough for a consumer to make his purchasing decision. Beyond that, the actual usage is equally important. The two main categories of dishwashers are compact and standard. While compact models tend to be labeled as the more energy efficient models, they will hold fewer dishes meaning you may have to use it more often than a standard capacity dishwasher. When deciding which model is right for you and your family, keep the wash size and frequency in mind.

When you are looking at the various models available, look for a model that will allow you to select from multiple cycle settings. When a unit will allow you select shorter cycles, you will use less water to wash your dishes. This results in less hot water being used which means more savings for you. Additionally, you get the satisfaction that comes from knowing you are conserving water as well.

If you want to get the best savings possible, take a look at dishwashers with a booster heater built into it. This clever addition will heat the water as it enters the dishwasher which means that you can lower the temperature setting on your hot water heater and save energy. These will cost a little more but the energy savings will be more than worth it over the long run.

We all have to purchase new appliances over the course of our lives and when we do, it is important for our wallets that we make good choices. One of the most widely used appliances in our homes is the dishwasher and by making an energy-efficient choice, we can save energy and money year after year. So, buy an energy-efficient model and, of course, be sure to always wash full loads.

Water Pressure | Water Pressure Tank

Problems with water pressure are one of the more annoying and undesired things that can go wrong in your house or apartment unit. Showers become running slow and less satisfying, dishes are even more of a chore than usual. These days many people live with these and many other water problems, simply because they aren’t aware of how to fix them (or prevent them in the first place). There are, however, many options available to change your water pressure from bad to normal.

Urban Water Pressure

Most people get their water from a municipal water company. In the main lines underground, the water pressure is very high. Due to friction, this water loses its pressure between the main line and your home. It loses still more pressure between where it enters the home and the faucet it comes out of. The smaller the space is for the water to move through, the more friction there will be. If water has low pressure when it comes out of a faucet, it means that somewhere between the main line and your sink, the water is experiencing too much friction.

Sometimes, the excess friction is caused by pipes being too small in the first place. A pipe that is 1/2 inch in diameter causes significantly more friction than one that has a 3/4-inch or a full inch diameter. If your home is full of 1/2-inch pipes, replacing the ones that are easily accessible with 3/4-inch pipe will make a noticeable difference. Paying a professional to come in and replace all the plumbing with 3/4-inch pipe will make an enormous difference. People building a new home can upgrade from 1/2-inch pipe to 3/4-inch pipe for a relatively low price and save a lot of hassle in the long run.

 

Recent Plumbing Innovations

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There is a new water-saving and easy to install urinal for public and semipublic applications. It automatically flushes after every use, thanks to an electronic “intelligent” control unit located underneath the hygienically sealed ceramic bowl.Through the sensor, the unit detects the user’s presence and activates a flush as soon as the user moves away. An automatic flush triggers 12 hours after the last use to maintain cleanliness.