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Is Your Home Earthquake Safe?

September 17, 2014

Earthquake SafeCalifornia is undoubtedly one of the most comfortable places to live in the world. The weather, the beaches, the laid back lifestyle, these type of things make California the paradise that many people enjoy. Despite all of these wonderful elements there is one major concern that all Californians must prepare for and be willing to live with: earthquakes. Many Californians live on or near the massive San Andreas Fault and this keeps our state constantly at risk of earthquakes. Earthquakes can be frightening and quite destructive, but there are some simple steps that you can take to help protect your home and family.

Prepare Your Family

The first thing you…


6 Things You Should Never Flush

August 13, 2014

Avoid flushing these 6 things down the toilet to prevent clogs.

Never FlushIn theory, nothing belongs in the toilet besides waste and toilet paper. In practice, all kinds of other things get flushed. However, it is important to remember that just because an item disappears around the U-bend in the toilet doesn’t mean it was safe to flush it. Many items can get hung up in the pipes in your home, in the local sewer lines, or in your city’s wastewater treatment facility where they may cause costly clogs and even potential pipe damage. Simply not flushing these 6 things will greatly reduce the risk of toilet clogs and related…


Help Conserve Water By Fixing Leaky Plumbing Now

August 8, 2014

Finding and fixing plumbing leaks saves you money, protects your property, and helps conserve water.

LeaksLeaky plumbing can pose a whole host of problems, from annoying dripping sounds to high utility bills to potential damage to walls and floors. Plus, leaks waste water! This should be of particular concern right now as California has been under severe drought conditions for many months. Getting your plumbing leaks repaired can help conserve water and reduce strain on our resources.

Facts from the EPA

  • Household plumbing leaks in America waste over 1 trillion gallons of water per year
  • The average household loses over 10,000 gallons per year to leaks
  • Ten percent of homes lose 90 gallons of water…

Fixing Water Leaks—Fast

July 21, 2014

Tips for temporarily stopping a water leak until you have time to call a professional plumber.

Fix LeaksA leaky pipe or plumbing fixture can be an annoyance or a disaster, depending on the location of the leak and the volume of water that’s escaping. Even if the leak is very small, you probably don’t want to just let the water keep flowing until the plumber arrives to fix it. Here are some quick tips that will help temporarily stop water leaks to minimize damage while waiting for the plumber.

Shut Off the Water

Obviously, the most effective way to stop a leak is to stop water from flowing to the leaky pipe…


Do You Know Where Your Sewer Cleanout Is?

July 18, 2014

Avoid nasty sewer backups by using your sewer cleanout regularly.

Sewer CleanoutA backup in your main sewer line can be a very messy and expensive situation. Maybe you’ll be lucky and slow drainage will warn you of a problem before sewage has a chance to back up into every sink, tub, toilet, and floor drain on your property. But maybe you won’t be so lucky. Maybe your system will overload quite suddenly, or maybe we’re talking about a business or rental property where knowledgeable and conscientious individuals may not be present to take note of the warning signs. In this case you could be left with big bills for cleaning…


6 Reasons to Leave Drain Cleaning to the Pros

July 14, 2014

Don’t risk injury or damage to your property. Instead call L.A. Master Plumbers for professional drain cleaning.

6 ReasonsDo you have a drainage problem in your home or business? Don’t just call the company janitor or try to fix the problem yourself. Instead, call the professionals at L.A. Master Plumbers. We have the tools, skills, and experience required to clear any kind of clog in a fast and effective manner.

Professional Drain Cleaning is Convenient

If you’ve ever tried to clear a clogged drain on your own, you know that it can be a hassle. First you have to figure out what the problem is and what tools you need, then you…


Pros and Cons of Conventional Water Heaters

July 11, 2014

Get the facts to help you decide between conventional and tankless water heaters.

Water HeaterConventional water heaters may be the status quo now but considering how many of their drawbacks can be addressed by tankless water heaters, their time may be limited. Here are some important pros and cons of conventional water heaters to consider when you make your next purchasing decision.

Pros

Lower Price Tag: Unless you’re getting some really high-tech, souped-up model, a conventional water heater will generally cost half as much as a tankless model. Yet with proper care and maintenance, it is possible for a conventional water heater to last just as long as a tankless model.

Lower Installation…


Should You Buy a High-Tech Toilet?

June 30, 2014

L.A. Master Plumbers can install any kind of toilet you can find.

High Tech ToiletIf you’re looking to replace your toilet, either as part of a redesign or due to serious damage to the tank or bowl, you might want to consider taking advantage of some of the latest toilet technology currently on the market.

Low Flow Toilets

Nowadays, any new toilet you buy will be low flow compared to the 3.5-gallon-per-flush models you can find in homes built before the 1990s. However, within this category you can choose from the standard 1.6 gallon flush toilet or one with a dual flush functionality that allows you to choose between a 0.8…


What Homeowners Need to Know About Slab Leaks

June 27, 2014

Knowing the signs of a slab leak can help homeowners limit water damage and waste.

Slab LeakWhen pipes are located beneath your foundation, it’s much more difficult to keep on top of their maintenance. You may fall into an out of sight, out of mind mode. However, a leak beneath your slab can cause extensive property damage as well as high water bills, so it pays to learn as much as you can about them.

Causes of Slab Leaks

Pipes contained within slabs are subject to all your basic problems that can compromise pipes, in addition to a few new ones occasioned by their tight cement jackets:

  • Ground shifting
  • Poor quality foundation
  • Old pipes
  • Clogs
  • Root incursion
  • Excessive…

Tips for Fixing a Clogged Sink

June 25, 2014

Learn tips to try at home as well as when to call in the pros to fix a clogged sink.

Clogged SinkHas your sink been draining slower and slower until one day you realize it’s entirely clogged? Don’t panic. These tips will help you clear the clog yourself, or figure out whether a professional plumber’s help is needed.

Check for Other Drain Problems. The very first thing you should do when faced with a sink clog is confirm whether or not all the rest of your plumbing is working. If your tub or toilet is also clogged, you know that the problem is not with the sink itself but…