We’re your local plumbing team here in Hayward, San Jose, and the Bay Area. We provide emergency plumbing repair service. Call us when you need water heater repair, maintenance, or other services. We’re a full-service plumbing company with experienced plumbers on our team.

4 DIY energy upgrades you can make in your home

Owning a home takes a lot of work and money. On top of the mortgage, property taxes, and maintenance costs, Bay Area homeowners can be in for a rude awakening when they open that first summer electric bill. Here’s the good news: there are actually quite a few ways for homeowners to make their home more efficient and lower their energy bills. In this article, we’ll review some DIY energy upgrades you can make in your home this summer for greater comfort and savings.

One of the best DIY energy upgrades is adjusting the temperature of your water heater.

Lowering your water heater temperature is one of the best DIY energy upgrades you can make in your home. If you’re not sure how to do this, call us and have a plumber from ABC adjust the temperature of your water heater.

Start with a home energy audit from our team

Before you can start upgrading your home, you need to know where to start. That’s why we recommend that you call our team to schedule your 26-point home energy assessment. Our certified energy experts run through a professional energy audit, finding the places where your home is both saving and wasting energy. We then translate the data from our tests into easy-to-implement recommendations for improvements.

While some of our recommendations—such as upgrading to a new, more efficient air conditioner or adding attic insulation—require the assistance of a professional HVAC technician, there are many projects that homeowners can tackle immediately to put their home on the road to future savings. If you do have ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing work in your home after an energy audit, we’ll perform another set of measurements after the upgrades have been completed so that you can measure the positive change in your energy efficiency.

Tackle these DIY energy upgrades and start saving!

Add weatherstripping

A majority of the energy used in the home typically goes to the air conditioner and furnace. That means homeowners here in the Bay Area spend a lot of their utility bill cooling and heating their home, depending on the season. Anything you can do to retain more of that cooled or heated air is going to have a positive impact on your energy use and costs.

Here’s a low-cost, easy way to prevent the loss of cooled and heated air: add weatherstripping around your doors and windows. You’d be surprised how much energy is wasted by drafty exterior entryways. Efficiency-boosting weatherstripping can be found at any hardware store, and the minor investment is typically well worth the results.

Lower your water temperature

Without knowing it, many homeowners keep their water heater at a much higher temperature than it needs to be. This is especially true since many manufacturers set the default temperature at 140 degrees, while the minimum temperature recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is actually 120 degrees. Why the difference? For one, higher temperatures in the tank kill off harmful bacteria faster, although the DOE notes that 120 degrees works just as well in that regard for most households.

Too high of water temperature actually has a number of negative effects. First, it can pose a serious scald risk, especially to children. Second, any additional heat in the water heater tank means additional pressure on the tank itself. Finally—and most relevant to this article—continually keeping water hotter than it needs to be for household use wastes money.

Your water heater should have a temperature dial where you can adjust the temperature setting. By lowering the tank temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees, you can save between 6-10% on your home’s energy costs. Not sure how to do this? Be sure to talk to the plumbers on our team for water heater service.

Put your lights on a timer

In addition to upgrading any older light bulbs to LED or CFL bulbs, you should also watch your household lighting use. Policing yourself or kids when it comes to turning off the lights can get, well, old for everyone in the house. We recommend that homeowners add timers to control when lights turn on and off for the night.

If you want to take things a step further, use smart switches or bulbs that allow you to control the lights from your smartphone. That way, if you forget to turn off the lights when you leave, you can always do it on the go. This upgrade is convenient and will help you cut down on your home’s energy use.

Upgrade to a smart thermostat

Just like your lights, there’s a lot of energy waste that occurs because humans just aren’t good at remembering to do small, repetitive tasks on a daily basis. For many homeowners, adjusting the thermostat back up when they leave is easy to forget, yet—as a mistake repeated day after day—can really lead to a spike in unnecessary energy use and higher electric bills.

A smart thermostat solves this problem by allowing you to put your home on a schedule that accounts for when you’re regularly away from home, such as days you’re at work for 8 hours. With this control, you can have the air conditioner take a break while you’re gone, and then set your home to cool back down 30 minutes before you walk through the door.

Not all smart thermostats are the same! Look for ones with other helpful features, such as learning technology that allows the thermostat to program the most-efficient schedule on its own. If you have questions about smart thermostats and which models are compatible with your HVAC systems, call our team.

For more energy-saving advice and projects, call your friends at ABC!

As it turns out, there are quite a few projects that Bay Area homeowners can take on themselves to improve their home’s energy efficiency. Many of these upgrades have twin benefits: they both make your home more comfortable and lower your energy bills. Just remember: some of the most impactful energy upgrades—from upgrading to a new air conditioner to having new insulation installed—will need to be handled by a professional. Don’t forget to plan and budget for those changes if you really want to start saving.

If you’re ready to get started using less energy and saving money, our home energy audit is a great place to start. With a checklist from our team, you’ll be able to start knocking out items and watch your electric bill decrease every month.

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.

We’re here for homeowners in the Tri-City area!

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.

Age

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.

Leaks

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.

Avoid a sewer catastrophe by watching out for the signs of a main sewer line clog

The most critical plumbing emergency a homeowner can face is a main sewer line clog. Without a way to properly get to the main sewer system or septic tank, the wastewater from your home will have nowhere to go besides up through your floor drains or back out of your fixtures and faucets. If you notice any of this happening or if your home’s drains clog simultaneously, you should immediately stop using the home’s plumbing all together and turn off the water.

In this article, we will discuss the signs of a main sewer line clog and what to do if you suspect you have a blocked sewer line. Contact ABC if you need plumbing services and emergency drain cleaning here in Hayward and the Bay Area.

Your home's sewer line carries wastewater away from your home. If a main sewer line clog forms, it could mean a serious backup problem into your home.What are the signs that you have a main sewer line clog?

1. Fixtures are clogged

Usually the most obvious sign of a main sewer line clog is when multiple drains are backed up at the same time. The first drain to experience problems will probably be the toilet, but other main-level fixtures like showers or tubs can also be involved, as well. If you suspect a sewer line clog, check the toilet first, following with the other drains in your bathroom.

2. Check the toilets

Toilets have the most direct path from the main drain and they also have the biggest drain pipes out of all of the fixtures, so this is why you can usually spot the problem here first. The toilet will do things like not flush properly, or make strange noises when water is running elsewhere in a sink, tub, or washing machine. This is a sure sign of a main drain problem.

3. Run sink water

Trapped air in the plumbing system can be a sign of sewer line issues. While running the sink water, you may hear the toilet making strange noises or notice the toilet’s water level rising.

4. Turn on the washing machine

A more unexpected sign of a main drain clog will come to light once you run your washing machine. If the water draining from your washing machine causes your toilet to overflow or backs up and starts to come out of shower or tub drains, it’s more than likely a sign the drain is clogged. Turn off the water supply to your home and call our plumbers for service.

What you should do if your main sewer drain is clogged

Immediately stop using your plumbing! Do not run any more water down the drains of sinks or showers and avoid flushing the toilets in your house. By adding water to the clogged sewer line, you are essentially just continuing to make the problem far, far worse.

As an added precaution, we recommend that you can shut off the main water line to your house so that nobody in the home accidentally runs the water. Then, call our local plumbers to have the drain and clog cleared. The plumbing professionals at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing have special equipment that will quickly and effectively remove any large clogs in main sewer lines.

Your home’s sewer lines are essential to carrying wastewater away from your home. If your sewer line clogs or breaks, it could mean serious trouble for your home.

Why hire the plumbers at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing?

You’ll find that our team is just as friendly as they are professional. Our plumbers are true professionals who take pride in a job well-done. This isn’t just a paycheck for them—this is their career. They’ll go above-and-beyond for you and your home during your service.

Whether you have a plumbing emergency or just need a broken fixture fixed, ABC can help. Our plumbers are ready to help you, and we back all of our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. At ABC, we care about our customers. That’s what sets us apart from other plumbers in Hayward, CA.

If you need plumbing repair, give our team a call or use the form to get into contact with our team. We look forward to working with you!

Here’s how to keep your main sewer line from clogging

A home sewer line clog can mean big problems for homeowners here in Hayward. When a sewer line can no longer effectively drain water and waste away from your home, that said water and waste has to go somewhere. If too much water accumulates, you could be looking at a disastrous home flooding situation.

If you're experiencing sewer line problems, it's time to call in a professional plumber.Thanks to quick, smart action on the part of the homeowner, most sewer line blockage incidents don’t rise to that level of destruction. Still, keep this in mind: if you even suspect that your home’s sewer line has been clogged or obstructed, shut off the water and call the plumbers at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing immediately.

In this article, we’ll review some of the reasons you need to deal with sewer clogs immediately, some of the signs of blockages to look for, and some preventative measures you can take to prevent sewer clogs in your home and on your property.

Understanding the root causes of sewer line issues

In order to put an effective prevention plan into place, you should understand the main sewer line clog causes. Knowing the most frequent reasons for these blockages can help you avoid creating the conditions that lead to them.

1. Avoid using your toilet as a garbage disposal

People often create issues in their home plumbing by using their toilets as all-purpose waste bins. You shouldn’t throw anything in your toilet that you would normally deposit in a trash can.

2. Keep a separate disposal container for kitchen grease

Even if you run the water while you pour kitchen grease down the drain, the oil will tend to block your pipes once it solidifies. A simple way to keep your sewer line clean is to put grease in a separate container, such as a glass jar with a lid that you can later throw away.

3. Check for potential issues on your property

At ABC Cooling Heating & Plumbing, we often see how insidious tree roots can invade pipes. Many homeowners don’t suspect trees on their property could be culprits in a sewage block. However, trees growing close to residential pipes can cause sewer line problems.

4. Don’t rely on commercial drain cleaners to resolve a clog

Although drain cleaners are marketed as effective ways to clear up a clogged pipe, these products can sometimes exacerbate the problem. A simple blockage can become worse if you dump the wrong chemical down your pipes.

Know when to call a professional

What you do with your home drains is directly connected to what happens with your main sewer line, which is the plumbing that leads to the public sewer system. If all of your home drains are blocked, this could be a sign of a clogged sewer line.

Contact the expert plumbers at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing when you suspect an obstruction has reached your main sewer line. Our trained professionals have the tools and the know-how to properly resolve your plumbing issue without creating any additional damage.

With our team, stopping leaks in your home is as easy as A-B-C

Whether it’s a faucet that won’t stop dripping, a toilet that keeps running, or a ceiling stain that continues to grow, there is often nothing worse to a homeowner than a leak. Left unchecked, stray water can cause damage that may not be easy to repair. Stopping leaks needs to be your top priority as a homeowner.

Fortunately, if you’re looking for plumbers in Hayward, ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing has the Bay Area covered. Give us a call for service!

Stopping leaks starts with calling a professional plumber

Left unchecked, water leaks can cause serious damage. Stopping leaks is a job best left to a professional plumber.

Drip, drip, drop

In many cases, a leak is easy to spot. Maybe it’s a pool of water emerging from under your dishwasher or the puddle of mud collecting by the outside faucet.

These kinds of problems do not always involve a straightforward fix and can cause significant issues if left alone. If possible, find the shutoff valve closest to the leak to minimize water damage before calling one of our plumbers in to take a look at the problem.

Hunting and stopping leaks

Hiding inside your walls and above your ceilings are a web of hot and cold water pipes that, over time, can develop leaks. These often invisible threats cause damage that can be expensive to repair, and—if left alone—can lead to mold or other hazards. Here are some ways to easily identify if there is unwanted water flow:

  • Brown spots spreading on the ceiling
  • Puddles or staining on the floor
  • Bubbling paint spots
  • Dripping noises behind walls or ceiling
  • The sound of running water when faucets and toilets are not in use

These danger signs suggest a leak might be hiding out of sight, and it may get worse with time. It’s worth noting that the place where water is pooling, gathering, or dripping may not be the actual source of the leak. A good example is a leak the develops in a pipe in the upstairs, but the water drops fall down a story to the wall of the first floor living room.

However, not all leaks are so easily visible. In the next section, we’ll review what you should do if you think there’s a leak but you can’t see the general area where it is in.

Determining if you have a leak

If you still suspect you have an issue but can’t find any direct evidence, your water meter can help determine if there is a problem. Built into most models is a leak detector, usually a dial that moves as water flows.

Don’t use water for about 20 minutes, then write down the number on that dial. Check it again later to see if the number has changed. If so, you’ve probably got a leak, and you should call in the experts to help you find where it is in your home.

Call ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing for expert local leak detection

Left untreated, a water leak can seriously damage your home. It can result in mold and mildew growth that is harmful for you and your family’s health. It’s important that you deal with leaks as soon as possible.

That’s why we recommend calling us for your leak detection needs here in Hayward and the Bay Area. We offer plumbing repair services, and our expert plumbers have both the equipment and experience to find and fix leaks without the need for removing drywall from entire walls at a time.

To schedule your next plumbing service, call us today!

Here’s why you should join ABC’s Guardian Maintenance Club

Between busy days at work and taking care of daily tasks at home, it’s easy to forget about what goes on “behind the scenes” in your home. Postponing maintenance on your heating and cooling system could lead to costly repairs down the line, but ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing has the solution. Just join the Guardian Maintenance Club!

In this blog, we’ll run through the reasons why you should join our maintenance club, from priority service to a discount on repairs.

Pictured: When you need air conditioning repair, call the friendly techs at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.We’ll help you remember

When you join the club, you won’t need to worry about remembering those maintenance tasks on your own anymore. We provide our club members with seasonal phone calls to remind you it’s time to perform maintenance on your HVAC system. All you need to do is schedule your appointment when we call.

You get priority service

Nobody wants to call for HVAC maintenance or repair service only to find out the company is backed up for days or weeks. We provide priority service for members of our maintenance program. If you call us to schedule an appointment, we bump you in front of non-members, including new customers.

We offer a 90-day guarantee

Spending money on HVAC maintenance means you don’t want to pay for repairs just a few weeks down the line. That’s why we offer a 90-day guarantee to club members. On the off-chance that your heating or cooling stops working within 90 days of your maintenance appointment, we’ll credit the cost of the maintenance service toward your repair.

You receive a discount

Joining our club means saving money. Members of the maintenance club receive a 15 percent discount on any services rendered. Whether we repair your furnace, install an entire system, or offer you our plumbing expertise, you’ll keep more money in the bank.

Your energy bill will thank you

Discounts, guarantees, and priority service are great, but they aren’t the only reasons to check out the Club. Routine maintenance means your systems work more efficiently. Efficient systems use fewer resources, so you may even see a drop in your utility bills.

Call ABC and join our maintenance club!

ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing has been keeping your HVAC systems running smoothly for more than 60 years. Contact us today to learn more about Guardian Maintenance Club or to schedule a service appointment.

Make the switch to a new demand-type water heater

If you are considering a water heater replacement, you should think about the numerous demand-type water heater advantages you can benefit from. If you are not considering a replacement, perhaps you should be.

In this blog, we’ll run through the advantages of switching to a new tankless system. To get started, contact our team.

Is it time to replace your old water heater?

How can you know if you need to replace your water heater? Here are some important indicators:

  • Your current water heater is 10 or more years old.
  • Your energy bill has gone up without significantly increased use.
  • Your hot water supply runs out more quickly than it used to.
  • There is visible damage to the water tank, such as a crack.

If any one or more of these things is true for you, a new water heater would be a wise investment in the near future, and ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing is here to help you make the transition.

The advantages of going tankless

If you haven’t already made the switch to a tankless water heater, now is the time to do it. Instead of storing hot water in a tank that must refill itself before use after it is emptied, tankless water heaters provide hot water continuously, heating the water as it flows. You won’t run out of hot water, even when multiple people are using it at once.

Here are some other demand-type water heater advantages for you to consider:

  • Fewer risks to your home – A tank in an old water heater can experience malfunctions or sustain damage that can lead to flooding or other problems in your home. Tankless water heaters have no tank to burst, and don’t endure the massive amounts of water pressure that can lead to issues.
  • Savings on your energy bill – Tankless water heaters are far more energy-efficient, which means you won’t need to spend as much money heating the same amount of water. In fact, you could cut your bill by more than 20 percent!
  • Longer-lasting equipment – Demand-type water heaters have roughly twice the lifespan of a water heater with a tank. They also have many replaceable parts, so repairs are easier and cost less.

Call ABC to learn more about a demand-type water heater

At ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we understand your desire to make the best decisions for your home, family, and finances. With our services, we offer fair pricing and full satisfaction to all our customers.

If you’re ready to upgrade your old water heater to a new demand-type system, contact us today for a quote.

Hard water and lime scale: the dangers they pose to your plumbing

Plumbing catastrophes: nobody wants them, but sometimes they’re just kind of a fact of life. From a burst pipe or leaks to no hot water, we’ve all dealt with something like this and it can pretty easily ruin someone’s day.

One thing that can gradually be doing damage to a plumbing system without a homeowner’s knowledge is lime scale and mineral buildup. Having a water softener installed by ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing may help to minimize harm that could be done to your home’s plumbing and appliances.

Pictured: Sink drain with some rust and lime scale deposits.Hard water basics

Hard water is water that contains an elevated concentration of mineral salts like calcium and magnesium, which are dissolved. It is a relatively slow but sure process, and over time these minerals build up inside pipes and drains as what we call lime scale. It is not something that can be avoided, but it is a challenge that must be addressed.

Hints of hard water issues in your home

It can be exceedingly difficult to detect hard water damage. Luckily, there are some helpful clues that can signify a lime scale problem:

  • Increase in the amount of soap scum in tub or washing machine
  • Dripping facets
  • Decrease in the availability of hot water

When hard water is causing damage to your pipes, it also decreases the efficiency at which your appliances are running, so an increased amount of soap scum in your washer or bathtub can be a sign of hard water problems, and so can difficulty getting hot water.

If there are facets in your house that don’t turn off all the way, this can sometimes mean that it’s trying to compensate for lime scale buildup. That is to say, don’t ignore these discrepancies; it is probably a good idea to have them checked out and consider having a water softener installed.

A reputable company for your plumbing needs

If you’re seeing signs of hard water problems in your house, then call ABC Cooling, Heating and Plumbing today at 510-471-8181. We will be able to promptly send dependable professionals to install a water softener to protect your pipes from lime scale.

In fact, you can trust us to handle all your plumbing repairs with proper care and expertise, because we will go above and beyond what a regular plumber could accomplish.