Popular plumbing services in the Fremont area

As most homeowners know, it’s a good idea to have experienced service professionals already picked out so that you know exactly who to call when you need something repaired in your home. Here in the Bay Area, ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing is your best choice for your home’s plumbing repair, upkeep, and installation needs. For plumbing in Fremont and other parts of the East Bay, you’ll want to give us a call. In this article, we’ll review what services we offer and what makes ABC a trusted source for local plumbing services.

What plumbing services does ABC offer?

We’re your full-service plumbing team. Our plumbers are ready to handle any and all of your home’s plumbing needs, from finding and fixing a leaking pipe to repairing your water heater.

While many other plumbing companies here in the Bay Area specialize in just one or two plumbing services, our plumbers have the experience and equipment to handle all residential plumbing projects, no matter how simple or complex the issue is. So, whether you have a clogged toilet or are dealing with a slab leak, call us for service.

Our plumbing services in Fremont:

Our team is proud to offer the following plumbing services to homeowners in Fremont and the surrounding communities of the East Bay:

  • Bathtub & Shower Repair
  • Drain Cleaning
  • Drain Installation
  • Faucet Repair & Faucet Installation
  • Garbage Disposal Repair
  • Gas Line Services
  • Pipe Repair
  • Sink Repair
  • Sink Installation
  • Toilet Repair
  • Toilet Installation
  • Water Heater Repair
  • Water Heater Installation

In addition to the services listed here, we can help with your general kitchen and bathroom plumbing needs, ranging from installing water line connections to troubleshooting bathtub drain problems.

Call ABC when you need plumbing services in Fremont.

Call our team for plumbing services here in Fremont and the Tri-City area.

What are common plumbing service needs in Fremont?

Some of the most common plumbing needs and service calls in Fremont and the Tri-City area include water heater repair and installation, drain cleaning, and pipe repair. If you think about it, this isn’t surprising: every home has a water heater, so repair, maintenance, and installation calls are relatively common for our team. Similarly, drains are a key component of indoor plumbing, and clogged drains and toilets are a regular occurrence for most homeowners.

That brings us to pipe repair: while Fremont does have some new development, there are many neighborhoods in the East Bay that were built in the 50s, 60s, and 70s or even earlier. For homeowners in such properties, their existing pipes and plumbing are beginning to age. As such, we see more pipe repair and pipe replacement calls coming in here in Fremont.

How do you know when you need plumbing repair?

Some plumbing problems are immediately apparent. For example, when your water heater stops working and you can’t take a hot shower that morning, you’ll know you need to call a plumber. Other issues may be harder to notice, such as a water heater pressure-relief valve that is stuck and not discharging properly. Here are a few tips for determining when you need to take action:

  • Trust your gut: If something feels off about your water heater, your pipes, or your drains, don’t ignore your instincts. Follow up with a plumber. Homeowners are often very adept at noticing slight disruptions to their routine or changes in their home, such as slightly discolored water coming from the tap that may be an indicator of corrosion inside of their water heater.
  • Establish good maintenance habits: At ABC, we recommend you flush your water heater and check its pressure-relief valve at least once per year. This kind of preventative maintenance can not only prevent problems, but also give you a heads-up when you need to call in a plumber.

Why call us for your plumbing service needs?

Here are just a few of the positive qualities that set ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing apart from other plumbing service companies here in the Bay Area:

Experienced, friendly plumbers

Trust us: your home’s pipes and plumbing are not things you want to leave to an beginner plumber who is on their first job. In contrast, the plumbers at ABC are experienced, trained professionals who take pride in their work, service, and craftsmanship. When an ABC service vehicle arrives at your home, you can have confidence that the plumber inside is ready to address your home’s plumbing needs and get the job done right. In addition, all of our plumbers are background-checked for your peace of mind.

Super service

What separates average companies from great ones? We’d argue that it’s the people. At ABC, we make it our priority to hire the best plumbers and technicians here in the Bay Area, because we know that investment in our people pays dividends for our customers. We’re a service-oriented company that exists to help you and your home with your plumbing needs.

When you hire us, you can expect top-notch, friendly service from our plumbers, from the protective blue “booties” we wear over our shoes while in your home to our willingness to answer your questions and keep you informed throughout the project.

No additional charge for weekends

Plumbing problems don’t adhere to a traditional Monday-Friday schedule. At ABC, we don’t charge our customers extra for work on weekends or holidays. No matter what day of the week it is, give us a call and we’ll get a plumber out to your home to address your plumbing issue as soon as possible.

Our work is backed by our guarantees

Every great company should be willing to back their words and their work with real guarantees. In fact, all of our plumbing services come backed by two guarantees: our 100% satisfaction promise and our 1-year warranty on our labor. When you hire us, you deserve the peace of mind that comes with bringing a true plumbing professional onto the project. That’s what our guarantees bring you and your home.

What plumbing repairs should you avoid doing yourself?

In today’s day and age, many homeowners feel empowered by online videos and tutorials, and are tackling more of their home’s maintenance and repair needs themselves.

For the most part, this is a positive development: homeowners who are aware of their home’s maintenance and upkeep needs are going to prevent some plumbing issues from developing in the first place. However, there are certain plumbing projects that should be left to a professional. Here’s why:

  • Training: Even the most comprehensive of online tutorials is no substitute for the years of training and real-world experience that each of our plumbers have. Your home’s plumbing is a critical component of life in your home. Plumbing repairs are best left to professionals.
  • Tools: Even if you feel comfortable with how to do something, you may not have the right, specialized tools to complete the job, and it may not make sense to invest in those tools. Alternatively, completing the plumbing project with the wrong tools could lead to disaster.
  • Time: For busy homeowners, dealing with your home’s plumbing issues is a distraction from everything else you do on a daily basis: work, spending time with your kids, eating, and sleeping. DIY plumbing projects often turn into multi-day affairs, which is just that much longer you have to go without a working water heater or garbage disposal.

In general, we recommend calling a plumber for nearly all of your home’s repair needs. But, you should especially consider bringing in a professional when dealing with your pipes, water heater, or gas lines, as these represent areas of high risk.

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Since 1953, ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing has built our positive reputation here in Fremont by offering super service from a team of friendly, knowledgeable plumbers. Experience the benefits of working with true professionals by giving us a call for all your home’s plumbing needs. Our plumbers are ready to troubleshoot and fix your home’s plumbing problems.

4 water heater warning signs and when to call a plumber in San Leandro

In our previous blog, we discussed the importance of regular water heater maintenance and upkeep. But, how do you know if your water heater is having problems, and—if it is—what should you do about it? In this article, we’ll review common water heater problems and when to bring in a professional plumber in San Leandro.

At ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we’re here for all your water heater repair, upkeep, and replacement needs. Call us for fast, expert service here in San Leandro and the East Bay!

What are the warning signs of impending water heater trouble?

While there are some water heaters that just stop working, many water heaters exhibit symptoms and warning signs ahead of them failing. Here are some of the potential signs of trouble to look out for:

A plumber in San Leandro works on a local water heater.

If you’re noticing water heater warning signs such as leaks or performance issues, call ABC to have an expert plumber in San Leandro out to your home to identify and fix the issue.


Most standard water heaters last about 10-12 years before they need to be replaced with a new unit. Tankless water heaters generally last about double that, 18-20 years.

Where your water heater ends up inside of that range can depend on both upkeep and luck. With the right water heater maintenance—including the replacement of the anode rod about 5-6 years in—you can typically extend that lifespan by a few years. But, generally, homeowners should be starting to prepare for the possibility of replacing the water heater by year 8, and keeping an even closer eye on the system after year 10. After year 12, every year is borrowed time.

Less hot water

It’s not your imagination: the water may be getting colder. As water heaters start to fail, they often become unable to keep up with the hot water demands put on them by your family and your home like they once did. This is true even if your family’s hot water use has essentially remained unchanged over the past decade.

It’s not that the capacity of your water heater has been diminished, but that the heating element is not able to heat the water as effectively as it once did due to mineral buildup inside of the tank. Instead of a tank full of properly heated water, the water supply is lukewarm, resulting in colder water at the shower head or sink faucet. Regularly scheduled water heater flushes can help alleviate this problem, but hard deposit buildup is just a part of aging for most standard water heaters.


Most homeowners first spot water heater trouble in the form of a puddle of water underneath or around the tank. This typically indicates one of two problems—both of which should be addressed by a plumbing expert:

  • Excess Pressure: As mentioned in our water heater maintenance blog, the water heater pressure relief valve is designed to open and release water when excess pressure builds inside of the tank. If water is discharging from this valve on a regular basis, something is clearly wrong with the water heater and its temperature setting. Over time, excess heat and pressure in the tank puts additional strain on it, which can lead to the problem outlined in the bullet below.
  • Tank Leaks: Once it has finished “eating” through the anode rod, corrosion typically attacks the water heater’s interior tank lining and walls. The end result are small cracks and leaks that form, releasing small amounts of water onto the floor below the water heater. However, given that your water heater is pressurized, even the smallest of these leaks could suddenly burst open, releasing gallons of water into your basement, garage, or utility closet.

Here’s the bottom-line: if you see water on the floor beneath your water heater, don’t just assume it’s nothing. Call in one of the professional plumbers at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing and have us inspect your water heater to ensure that it isn’t on the verge of a catastrophic tank burst.

Other signs of trouble

In addition to all the warning signs listed above, call our plumbers if you:

  • hear any strange sounds coming from your water heater,
  • notice a significant change in your water quality,
  • or cannot get your pressure-relief valve to discharge hot water during an annual test.

These are all signs that your water heater may need to be repaired or replaced.

When in doubt, call a professional

While there are some aspects of water heater maintenance that homeowners can perform themselves (such as an annual flush), all water heater troubleshooting and repairs should be left to an experienced, licensed plumber with professional-grade tools. DIY water heater repair is dangerous and can often make the initial problem far worse.

For example, the hot water in the tank represents a scald risk for untrained people working on the heater or its valves, and the outcome of improperly completed maintenance and repairs could be a flooded home. It’s just not worth it: call a plumber.

Need a water heater specialist here in San Leandro? Call us at ABC!

We’re your go-to professionals for water heater repair and replacement services here in San Leandro and the East Bay. If you are experiencing water heater performance or efficiency issues—or have noticed the signs of trouble outlined above—call us for fast, reliable plumbing repair service from our experienced plumbers.

What homeowners can do to keep up with water heater maintenance

Every homeowner should create a home maintenance checklist filled with upkeep projects for you to tackle throughout the year. If you don’t already, make sure that water heater maintenance is on this list. You should flush your water heater tank and check the pressure-relief valve annually, and inspect the anode rod every 4-5 years. Skipping this essential maintenance can shorten the lifespan of your system, negatively impact your energy efficiency, and put your home at greater risk of a water heater tank burst.

Need assistance from a professional plumber here in Hayward and the Bay Area? Call the professionals at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing for expert water heater repair and replacement services.

An ABC plumber helps a homeowner with water heater maintenance here in Hayward.

If you’re unsure how to proceed, call ABC and have one of our plumbers out to help you with your water heater maintenance.

Schedule professional water heater maintenance

The purpose of a water heater flush is to remove the built-up sediment and minerals from the inside of your water heater tank. This both reduces the pressure that corrosion puts on the tank and makes your water heater operate more efficiently. As with all the recommended maintenance items in this article, this is something you have the option of either taking on yourself or calling us at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing to come help you with.

If you are flushing your water heater on your own, start by turning the system off. Then, turn off the cold water supply. In a bathtub in your home, run hot water—this ensures that the lines don’t suffer from a loss of pressure. Connect a hose to the drainage spigot at the bottom of the tank and route the hose either outside to your yard or to an indoor drain. You’ll then turn on the cold water supply and run it into the drain, bucket, or yard until the water is clean and clear of sediment.

A water heater flush is an essential home maintenance checklist item that you should complete at least once per year, but realistically will only take you about 20 minutes to complete. Again, if you run into any problems or have any questions during the water heater flush, be sure to call our team at ABC so we can send a plumber out to help you.

Check the anode rod

Generally, the anode rod in your water heater should be replaced every 4-5 years—about midway through the expected lifespan of most standard water heaters. This is because the anode rod is a sacrificial metal element—it draws corrosion away from the tank walls, eventually depleting the rod and reducing it to a fraction of its former size inside of the tank. Once the anode rod has been fully spent, corrosion will start to attack the interior walls of the tank, which can lead to leaks and a tank burst down the road.

Checking the anode rod is pretty straightforward. Turn off the water supply to the water heater and carefully drain the water heater (for obvious two-birds-one-stone reasons, this might be something you want to do during your annual water heater flush!). Then, remove the cap from the anode rod compartment at the top of the water heater. You’ll then be able to pull the rod out and visually inspect it. You should see some corrosion has eaten away at the rod. If the rod is nothing more than a spindly, rusted stick, it’s time to replace it with a new one. You can have one of the professional plumbers on our team assist you with finding the right anode rod for your model of water heater.

Timely anode rod replacement can greatly extend the lifespan of your water heater, putting off the day you eventually have to replace the entire tank.

Test the pressure relief valve

The pressure relief valve on your water heater is a critical safety component that prevents the buildup of excess heat or pressure inside of the tank. When the water temperature gets too hot (210 degrees or above) or the pressure gets too high (above 150 psi), the pressure relief valve opens and releases some water into the drainage basin around the water heater.

However, there are some situations where the valve can break—especially after “snapping back” into position after a release—or otherwise not be working as intended. This creates a dangerous situation where the tank is at an increased risk of bursting or exploding, releasing a torrent of water into your garage or home.

Our recommendation is that you carefully test the pressure relief valve on an annual basis. Position a large bucket underneath where the valve releases water and then flip the valve up. It should start to discharge hot water, which is a sign that it’s working as intended. Be careful: this water is hot enough to scald when released!

When it’s time, replace the unit

Ultimately, no amount of preventative maintenance and upkeep will keep an aging water heater around forever. Here are just some of the signs that you should call a local plumber and have your water heater replaced:

  • Your water heater tank has been compromised and has started leaking.
  • There are obvious signs of corrosion attacking the tank walls, such as rust in the hot water supply.
  • Your water heater is no longer able to keep up with your home’s hot water needs.

By replacing your water heater when you notice one or all of these signs, you can avoid both interruptions to your hot water use and the potential for a tank burst.

Call the professionals at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing

When in doubt, give our team a call for all your water heater and plumbing needs. Our plumbers can give you pointers on how to keep your water heater in great shape and advise you when it needs to be replaced. We provide great service throughout Hayward and the Bay Area.