Home Plumbing

Home plumbing emergencies by nature catch you off-guard. They are difficult to be prepared for at all times. The need for these Home plumbing repairs are almost always at the most inconvenient moments, aren’t they?

Rocket Plumbing California is here to help!

Maybe you arrived at this page because you have guests coming over and find yourself with an overflowing toilet or a clogged sink drain that needs urgent repair? We handle these issues every day!

We specialize in handling whatever plumbing issues arising at home so that you don’t have to worry at all because we got your back!

Do you need a new bathtub or shower installed in and around West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Redondo Beach or Venice? Then contact us and we will be there in no time!

At our company, we understand that plumbing troubleshooting is quite an integral part of making successful repairs — in fact, it is the first step in the entire process of finding a solution for your plumbing issues. If the correct cause is not identified from the very beginning, then you might end up spending a lot of time, money and effort on a process that will go nowhere.

And this is where we come in!

By finding the symptoms early enough, we diagnose the right causal factor of your plumbing problems and quickly get to work on your home plumbing repair or replacement. Once we are done with this part, we assure you that your problem is as good as finished. We will have it fixed in no time!

Our company has offered these services for years; we are fully aware of our art!

We specialize in offering you all the home plumbing services you may be in need of. We have a team of honest and reliable plumbers that will handle all your plumbing needs in the most professional way.

With our company, rest assured that your home plumbing needs will be accomplished to the highest of professional standards just like you would expect from a highly reputable plumbing company of our caliber.

But in case you have any complaint at all, then don’t hesitate to raise your issue with us and we will be glad to help. We go for nothing less than absolute customer satisfaction for all our clients!

Don’t fret over your home plumbing problems anymore, just call us and we will be there in no time to take care of all of them!

Among our company’s specializations also include the installation of new home plumbing elements in and around the Los Angeles area. So, in case you are searching for a plumbing firm to upgrade your current faucets, toilets, sinks, bathtubs and/or showers or you have been frustrated by your past plumbers, then here we are for that task!

Home Plumbing Services

If you look around your house right now, you may be surprised to find that you have a plumbing disaster or two waiting to happen anytime. It could be a toilet that isn’t always working as it should; maybe some slow drains; or perhaps a slight leak under the kitchen sink; or another kind of plumbing issue that you could be ignoring without knowing how bad it can turn out to be in a few days or weeks. All these are warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore. Just make a call to us today and book for an appointment. Avoid last minute repairs that could cost you a dime.

We will offer you all the home plumbing services you need to prevent any major plumbing problem from happening in your home. Being an expert plumbing company, we have gathered together a professional team that is trained and has experience in troubleshooting any plumbing problems you may be experiencing at home. We will fix all your issues in a timely manner with as little inconvenience as is humanly possible.

Our expert plumbing contractors are available 24/7 for services that include:

– Kitchen plumbing repair

– Bathroom plumbing repair

– Trenchless sewer line repair

– Shower installation

– Replace bathtubs

– Backflow prevention

– Unclogging drains

– Re-piping

– Re-locating lines

Choosing us as your preferred Los Angeles home plumbing company guarantees you peace of mind since our staffed contractors make use of top-notch and updated technology when diagnosing and troubleshooting any plumbing problems you may be having at home. We fix all your drains, toilets, tubs, showers and kitchen plumbing issues without any hassle. We use a camera diagnostics system to detect and determine the exact location of leaks in your plumbing lines, in the end getting everything fixed with the least disruption to your property.

This technology saves you both time and money because we locate any trouble areas in record time, repair or replace them before they can cause major leaks or flood your house and disrupt everything. Our team of plumbers is competent, professional and reliable. We will provide you with state-of-the-art service for any plumbing job you give us.

Home plumbing company you can depend on?

Have any leaking faucets? It could be leading to the loss of up to 20 gallons of your water every day, water that you pay for! Don’t postpone getting that small drip fixed. Just get an appointment with one of our plumbing contractors and we will be there in no time to have it handled. After all, why lose money to pay for water being wasted via a leaky faucet yet you could spend it in better ways?

Being one of the highest rated and reviewed home plumbing companies in the Los Angeles area as well as the country at large, we fully understand the concept of hard work and value quite well. We will ensure that no money goes out of your pocket and down the drain for no reason at all!

It doesn’t matter the time you realize that you have a plumbing problem in your house, just call us and book an appointment with our technicians — any time — in the evening, over the weekend, on a holiday, 24/7!

Allow us to be that Los Angeles plumbing company that puts a smile on your face. Our plumbers will take the burden of bad home plumbing off your shoulders in no time: diagnosing for any plumbing issues in your home plumbing system, doing any necessary repairs, replacements and installations and any other task that concerns your home plumbing needs and services!

Rocket Plumbing… we actually pick up when you call!

 

Residential Plumbing Services For Los Angeles

Rocket Plumbing is proud to offer the complete and full range of plumbing services from sewer inspection, drain cleaning, toilet repair and replacement to even cutting edge leak detection. Recent water shortages here in California in general, and Los Angeles specifically, mean sprinkler systems and their maintenance are more important than ever. Don’t overlook sump pumps and the appliances in your bathroom and kitchen that are attached to your plumbing systems to.  The most common issue in both the bathroom and the kitchen?  A leaky or busted faucet.

Our team of expert plumbers who drive out fleet of smartly branded plumbing vans arrive equipped with all of the necessary parts for the job. All our vans are restocked at least nightly, so that we can be prepared to fix your plumbing emergency then and there upon arrival.

If you’re in Los Angeles and you have a a leak, an annoying clog, or you’ve got no hot water for showering or cooking or even a big problem like a burst main, we can and will repair it. You can even call us 24/7!

We have tailored our plumbing service to cater to convenience and personable service. All our plumbers are licensed to California’s highest standards, as well as being screened by the owner Brian McMahon.

Rocket Plumbing… we actually pick up when you call!

Do you need to replace your hot water heater?

Rocket Plumbing in Los Angeles as all of your home’s pipes, drains, and water heaters covered. Our experienced plumbers handle everything from drain repairs to garbage disposal fixes. Or, if your faucets are continuously shooting out cold water, we can take care of that, too! Call a Los Angeles emergency plumber that you can depend on (If your in Los Angeles, call (323) 992-6477)!

There can be several reasons as to why your hot water heater is not putting out the steamy water you expect. With a hot water heater’s average life expectancy at 8-12 years, you may be facing a repair or replacement depending on its age. At Rocket Plumbing, we can quickly diagnose your hot water heater problems as our licensed technicians are expertly trained to assess and repair or replace your hot water heater. Contact us today.

Commons Causes of a Faulty Hot Water Heater

  • Incorrect setting: Your hot water can be adjusted to put out a higher temperature of water. However, in some cases, this can be unsafe, such as when children will be turning on the faucets. Before you attempt to adjust your hot water heater settings, please set up an appointment with one of plumbing professionals to be certain you are keeping your family safe from scalding water.
  • Tripped breaker or blown fuse: If you suddenly run out of hot water, it may be caused by a tripped breaker or a blown fuse.Hot Water Heater Repair
  • Faulty thermostat: If your water is not as hot as you’d like it or suddenly feels a few degrees cooler, your hot water heater’s thermostat may be in need of replacement. This is a relatively simple and inexpensive repair when you contact Rocket Plumbing.
  • Defective heating element: Similar to what you will experience with a faulty thermostat, your water may not be as hot as it used to be, which can signal a defective heating element. This, too, is a fairly easy repair provided you choose a reliable, trustworthy plumbing company to service your hot water heater.
  • Pilot light unlit: If you have a gas hot water heater, your pilot light may not be lit. Always contact a plumbing professional when you are believe the pilot light needs to be relit as explosion can occur if you also have a faulty thermocoupler, which is a safety device that turns off the gas when the pilot light goes out.
  • Sediment buildup: Over time, sediment can build up in the bottom of your hot water heater causing damage. At Rocket Plumbing, we recommend having sediment removed twice a year to ensure that your hot water heater lasts as long as possible.
  • Wear and tear: It may be time to replace your hot water heater due to leaks or age. Trust your hot water heater needs to Rocket Plumbing and we’ll guide you to a unit perfect for your home or office within a budget that works for you.

NOTE: If you are in the greater Los Angeles area and require hot water heater servicing, contact the friendly staff of Rocket Plumbing Santa Monica today for superior service from dependable professionals. Whether you are having an emergency with your hot water heater or need another type of plumbing service, we are ready to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at a time that is most convenient for you. Call us today to discover why Rocket Plumbing is among the elite in the plumbing industry.

10 Things You Should Know About Your Home’s Plumbing

Plumbing emergencies can occur without warning, so you must be armed with information about how to tackle a tough situation when it arises. At Rocket Plumbing, we want to be certain our clients have the knowledge needed to protect their home from plumbing disasters. Contact Us in the event of emergency.

Here are 10 things you should know about your home’s plumbing:

  1. Your water bill can signal a problem. Know your average water bill and pay attention to any deviation from your average water cost that is not explainable.
  2. The meter on the side of your house can provide useful information. To check for leaks, turn off all the faucets in your house and check if the meter is still reading water usage.
  3. Excessive water pressure can cause leaks. Ask your utility company to check if your water pressure is at an optimal level.
  4. Behind your toilet is a shut off valve that you can turn off in the event of an overflow. Be sure you know where it is and how to turn it off.
  5. Underneath your sinks, there are shut off valves that you can turn off to stop a leak. Also, remember to shut off the water to the sink if you have unscrewed the u-joint underneath to avoid accidentally turning on the faucet and getting soaked.
  6. Your hot water heater has a water shut off valve that can be turned off to prevent flooding and cessation of water flow to the house in the event of a failure.
  7. Water can leak from multiple points within and around a washing machine. If the machine starts to leak, shut off the valve located on the wall.
  8. You can turn off the water going into your house. These shut off valves may be located in various spots, so be certain you know where they are and how to safely shut them off.
  9. Ignoring the warning signs of a plumbing problem is a big mistake. Be wary of the signs that hint it’s time to call a Rocket Plumbing professional, such as reoccurring clogs, flushing or dripping noises from toilets, water loss in the toilet bowl, screeching when turning on faucets, and malodorous smells from the floor drain or drain field.
  10. Regular inspection by a respected plumbing company, like Rocket Plumbing, can ensure that your home’s plumbing and septic system is working properly.

When you have a problem with your plumbing system, trust the experts of Rocket Plumbing to fix the plumbing in your home. We are a fully licensed and insured plumbing company ready at a moment’s notice to help get your home back in order. If you are in the greater Los Angeles area and need top quality workmanship at an affordable rate, contact Rocket Plumbing today.

Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. Rocket Plumbing provides information and suggestions around how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing, and how to thaw them if they do freeze.

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Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the “strength” of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.
Preventing Frozen Pipes

Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:

Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer’s or installer’s directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a “pipe sleeve” or installing UL-listed “heat tape,” “heat cable,” or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.

During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action

Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

To Thaw Frozen Pipes

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Future Protection

Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
Pipes can be relocated by a professional if the home is remodeled.
Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
For more information, please contact a licensed plumber or building professional.

Hot Water Heater Hook-Ups Made Easy

Hooking up a hot water heater is one of the most common home repair jobs there is. However if you don’t know what you are doing, or don’t know the first thing about hot water heaters, well then you could be in hot water…quite literally.

But installing a hot water heater can actually be a rather easy thing to learn. You just have to make sure you read all the directions before you start so you don’t get in over your head before you even start. The last thing you want to do is realize you can’t do this and then be stuck without any hot water!

The first thing you have to do is the most obvious. You have to disconnect and remove your old hot water heater. Doing this is pretty easy. You just have to be careful. Remember it is full of hot water still.

So, first turn off your gas or electricity that is connected to that water heater. You will then need to drain the water from the old unit. There should be a drain valve located on it.

On a gas heater, separate the vent pipe from the draft hood. The hood should lift off after you remove the sheet metal screw that holds it. After checking that the pilot light is out, disconnect the gas line at the heater and cap it.

Next remove the water heater from the water pipes. Be careful when doing this because the pipes may still have hot water in them. This water is hot enough to burn you if you are not careful.

You may need some pipe wrenches to get some of them off, but there should not be many connected so this step should not take too much time or effort. You may now take out the old hot water heater and throw it away.

Many local and state laws have certain restrictions on the disposal of these, so check with the local authorities on the disposal requirements.

Now that you have the old unit out, it is time to install the new unit. Move your new hot water heater to its new home by using a dolly. You don’t want to “walk” it or drag it. There are delicate parts inside that can be damaged if it is jolted or subjected to too much shock.

Position your new heater so that the pipes will easily reach it. If you are using gas, you want to be especially careful that the gas pipe can reach easily to avoid any potentially dangerous gas leaks.

Next connect the hot and cold water. This is usually a simple process of connecting the new water heater to the same connections as the old water heater. Then you connect the third pipe to the main water line that distributes the water to the rest of the house.

Refer to the user manual if there are no connections, or if you are confused as to which pipe goes where. This is the most common mistake made in installing a hot water heater. If you turn on the water and your cold water turns hot, and your hot water never heats up, go and switch the pipes.

Next you need to locate the relief valve on your newly connected hot water heater. The temperature and pressure relief valve is a very important part of your hot water system.

The relief system releases excess heat and pressure automatically so that your hot water heater does not explode. It is a very important and a valuable safety feature that comes standard on all hot water heaters.

The last step in connecting your new hot water heater is connecting it to the power. You have to connect it either to the gas line or the electricity for it to heat the water. Refer to the instruction manual on how to do this.

If you follow the directions there is no reason that you can not successfully connect your new hot water heater. It is a fairly easy job. It just takes a little time and patience and anyone can do it. It is simply a matter of reconnecting to the new hot water heater, everything that you disconnected from the old one.

Five Main Things to Know before Buying New Tub

Some people will walk into a home improvement store expecting to walk out with a new bathtub. However, they did not think of all that entails which deciding to purchase and install a new tub.

On the other hand, there are people like you who are reading articles like this. That is a very good thing. You are one of the persons who will be able to make an educated decision about buying a bathtub.

Five things should come to mind when choosing a bathtub. Those five things are listed and described as follows:

Know the dimensions of your bathroom.

In order to make an educated decision in purchasing a bathtub, you should the length and width measurements of your bathroom. You should also know how high the ceiling is from the ground.

Also you should multiply the length of the bathroom by the width of it, to give you the total square feet. This will help you determine approximately what size your tub should come in. Also, it will determine how high from the ground it will be raised.

Know the dimensions of where your bathtub will go.

Once you have measured the total square feet of your bathroom. You should decide how much space you want your tub to use. Some people d not mind if the bath tub takes up most of the space in the bathroom. Yet others will be concerned about it.