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Fall Plumbing Adjustments Around the House

Fall Plumbing Adjustments Around the House

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Fall isn’t just a time when the leaves start falling, the kids go back to school, and the summer ends. It’s also a great occasion to do stuff around the house, and in particular, plumbing. Now that the hectic pace of summer has died down, you finally have time to do all the things you wanted to do months ago. And since your plumbing has probably taken a beating due to lockdowns and quarantines, it’s the perfect time to get a jump-start on everything before winter rears its ugly head. Here’s what you should do.

The Water Heater Debacle

Traditional Tank water heaters aren’t a bad investment per se. But if you live in a family of five or more, you certainly don’t want to be the last person to take a shower. While a cold shower might invigorate you and conceivably save water as you rush through your bathing regimen, upgrading to an on-demand water heater is perhaps the better option.

Although a bit more expensive than tank water heaters, you’ll know just where your money went. Every time you turn on the shower or faucet, you have instant hot water, essentially circumnavigating the cold-water issues you had in the past.

Our team at Express Plumbing can evaluate your water heater situation and make a recommendation.  We have helped hundreds of homeowners in the Bay Area make the switch from a traditional water heater to a tankless water heater.

Garbage Disposal Repair

Have you noticed that your garbage disposal isn’t crushing up food particles as it has in the past? It’s nothing you did; it’s just the nature of garbage disposals. Like any other type of appliance in your home, it’s going to need maintenance from time to time.

To fix your garbage disposal, start with the easiest remedy: ice. When you pour ice down the drain and turn on the disposal, it effectively sharpens the blades, which could be the source of your problems.

If the problem is with draining, you have two other options. A plunger is a great way to remove clogs while baking soda and hot water solutions can help remove more stubborn clogs. Toss in a lemon afterward to clear the smell and your garbage disposal is like new.

Got any more questions about common plumbing problems?  Give us a call, we love helping our neighbors and residents throughout the Bay Area.

Sprinkler Maintenance

Depending on where you live, fall means more rainfall. In the spirit of water conservation and saving money, you may as well conduct some sprinkler maintenance and take care of nature’s natural watering. Some things to look for include:

  • Puddles of water, which indicates a leak in the system
  • Sprinkler heads spraying the wrong way, which means they’re clogged or obstructed
  • Dead zones, which may be the result of broken lines or mechanical malfunction

If you keep your eyes on these problems, you can make sure your sprinkler is ready for the spring and turn your yellowed lawn into the green envy of the neighborhood.

Since sprinklers run at odd hours, you may not see the problem right away.  Make sure to manually run your sprinklers during the day at least once a month and monitor each location for any leaks.  Avoiding or ignoring this problem can be costly in the long run.

Cleaning the Gutters

With the torrential downpours of fall also comes a potential flooding hazard with respect to your gutters. When gutters are clogged, water goes closer to your house, which may result in leaks in the basement foundation. By cleaning the gutters of debris, you force the water flow away from your house, keeping your basement bone-dry in the process.

Know When to Call a Pro

Not every fall plumbing adjustment is easily handled by a novice DIYer. For those jobs, enlist the help of a plumbing professional. With just a quick call, you can fix minor problems before they become a huge issue in the winter. All that’s left to do is enjoy the change in foliage, Halloween, and maybe just the idea of the kids being out of the house.

We have been serving the Bay Area for multiple decades.  EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing is equipped and staffed to handle any size project.  No job is too small or too big for our crew to handle, simply give us a call and we’ll be there to take care of your plumbing issues 24/7 including holidays and weekends.


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Clogged Garbage Disposal at Home What Should I Do

Clogged Garbage Disposal at Home: What Should I Do?

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You’ve probably been there before. You put some end-pieces of food down the garbage disposal, turn on the water, and flick the switch. Quickly the sink fills up with water, and even the grinding of the disposal does nothing. You have the dreaded clogged garbage disposal. But as frustrating as it is, don’t stress. By learning what causes a backup and following a few tips, you can get your garbage disposal up and running in no time at all.

Why is my garbage disposal backing up?

Our San Mateo plumbers serving the Bay Area have reported that several culprits can cause clogged garbage disposal, but the most common reason is improper usage. Many people throw all types of food in the sink that shouldn’t go in there. Furthermore, if you’re not using enough water when you use the garbage disposal, the system can’t flush the food particles down through the trap and pipes.

One of the less common reasons that you should consider if you’re using enough water and only flushing the right types of food down the drain is the condition of the blades. Over time, food can dull the blades of the system, and they’re no longer sharp enough to cut the food into small enough pieces.

Furthermore, a unit that’s 15 years old or more may be at the end of its useful life.  If you end up with a clog, give our experienced technicians a call.  As your local Bay Area plumber, we’re here to make sure drains flow properly so you don’t have to worry about it.

How to drain a clogged garbage disposal?

The good news is that you have several options to drain a clogged garbage disposal. Before getting into these, it’s important to note that you should avoid drain cleaners. While these may work, they’re not environmentally friendly and should only be used as a last resort.;

One of the most efficient ways to clear a clogged garbage disposal is to use a plunger. You can use a toilet plunger, but for sanitary reasons, you may want to consider a sink plunger, which is also a bit smaller and makes it easy to plunge away.

Another option is to use an environmentally-friendly mix of baking soda and white vinegar. Pour one part of baking soda down the drain followed by two parts white vinegar. This will cause a fizzy chemical reaction that can break down food in the line. Flush it clear with water after about 20 minutes.

As a last resort, you may have to give us a call to amend the problem. Don’t go under the sink and start taking apart pipes or the garbage disposal unless you’re confident in your abilities. Otherwise, you might make the problem worse or your sink inoperable.

How to avoid a clogged garbage disposal?

If you want to avoid a clogged garbage disposal, don’t put any of these foods down the drain:

  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Fruit pits
  • Pasta
  • Grease and oil
  • Celery
  • Bones

Each of these items can clog or even break the garbage disposal. If you have quite a bit of acceptable food, make sure to put it down the drain in small batches to avoid overworking the unit. You should also keep the water running while you’re grinding up food to flush it down the drain and through the pipes.

Finally, you should conduct proper maintenance on all your drains and plumbing throughout the house. Throw ice in the drain once a week to sharpen the blades, as well as a lemon, which can help break down certain foods and provide a better odor.

A clogged garbage disposal is a nuisance, but with preventive ideas and maintenance, you can steer clear of the problem altogether.

These tips and more are available from our experienced crew of plumbers in the Bay Area.  We’ve been serving our community for multiple decades and operate 24 hours if you ever need us.  We look forward to serving your home or business.


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What you get with an Infrastructure Engineering Contractor like EPS Inc.

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Complex construction projects require the expertise, experience, and planning that only an infrastructure engineering firm can provide.

Similar to civil engineering, infrastructure engineering coordinates, designs, and maintains various aspects of a construction project, with many of them highly specialized in water and sewage systems, drilling, and underground construction.

Like any other construction or engineering firm, you want the most reputable and experienced company you can find without breaking the bank. On your next construction project, put a priority on these qualities in your infrastructure engineering contractor for stellar results.

Infrastructure Engineering Experience

Infrastructure engineering is a relatively new aspect of commercial, residential, and municipal projects, giving only a handful of contractors the necessary experience to get the job done without any hiccups.

EPS inc has the skills and knowledge in infrastructure engineering and we are more apt to handle the planning, permits, and other pre-construction facets without wasting valuable time or getting behind schedule.

Once the project begins, we have the solutions and manpower to stay on task.

EPS Engineering has been serving the Bay Area for multiple decades, we specialize in heavy construction, civil engineering, and underground construction plumbing no matter how large or small the project is.

Civil Engineering Experience

Because infrastructure engineering is in its infancy, many civil engineering firms are building teams to deal specifically with this new industry.

While this may present a perceived lack of experience in infrastructure engineering, a company with a storied and reputable past in civil engineering is a solid choice for all your infrastructure needs due to their similarities.

By selecting a company with proven civil engineering experience, you can effectively increase the success and quality of your development plans.

Licenses and Accreditation

Before you hire an infrastructure engineering contractor, it’s crucial to determine if the company has applicable licenses and permits to complete the job.

Depending on the scope of the plans and project, you should check for state, city, county, or municipal permits that verify the company has registered with the appropriate government agencies. Failure to double-check these permits can result in construction delays that can derail or even bankrupt a project.

At EPS, we work with all local municipalities, understand local jurisdiction requirements and not only meet but exceed any stringent requirements.

A Diversified Portfolio of Prior Projects

Even the most qualified infrastructure engineering contractor doesn’t guarantee a successful construction project. This type of engineering has many areas of specialization and expertise, making it vital to see a portfolio of relative experience.

When you need someone to design and execute a plan for water, sewage, underground plumbing, and drilling, you should search specifically for prior experience in those fields. Contact us and speak with Nick Bechwati to view a wide range of hundreds of projects completed in the Bay Area.

Although other engineering firms may have the tools to complete these tasks, an experienced firm can provide quick solutions to unforeseen problems, forecast a proper budget, and adhere to your guidelines.

Personnel and Equipment

The right personnel and equipment are tantamount to success in a construction project.

Without an experienced, licensed staff and the right equipment, your infrastructure engineering contractor will cost you more than you had anticipated.

If you have to find extra workers or rent equipment for your contractor, it may be a sign that they won’t deliver on their promises or at the price quoted.

We hire the most qualified, licensed staff, and have equipment other contractors rely on in the Bay Area when they need it.

Regardless of the size, scope, and difficulty of your construction project, as your ideal infrastructure engineering contractor, EPS will find solutions to problems so you don’t have to. Contact Nick Bechwati for more details.

With the right partnership, you can focus on other areas of the process to stay on schedule, impress investors, and maintain profitability.


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What do Our San Francisco Underground Construction Projects Consist Of?

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When we talk about underground in San Francisco, one might automatically think of an underground nightclub.  Well, it’s not quite as exciting but for our underground construction crew, it’s just as much fun.  Being a Bay Area underground contractor, we see many projects in the area that involve new construction and existing construction.

Trenchless Underground Projects

No matter what the project involves underground, we use our expertise and advanced equipment to get the job done.  Trenchless is the way to go because it saves time, and money.  Something both the client and as an underground construction contractor we appreciate also.

Less disruption occurs to the surface above, therefore, less repairs to put things back in order.  View our recent sewer rehab project in Daly City involving 1700 feet of underground pipe.

 

Underground Pipe Replacement

The most common underground construction projects in the Bay Area involve pipe!  all kinds of pipe, whether it’s sewer replacement, pipe freezing, pipe reaming, repair and more.

Besides the trenchless method, we rely on other critical equipment that allow us to efficiently complete the various San Francisco underground construction projects such as laser guided bore, and more.

We are the #1 referred and preferred underground utilities contractor in the Bay Area.  Builders, homeowners, and business owners throughout the area call on our expertise and equipment to run conduit as far as the eyes can see.  Water, gas, electrical cable, and whatever else is needed.

Underground construction isn’t as simple as having one piece of equipment.  For over 25 years, we’ve been serving the Bay Area and have tirelessly invested in the most advanced equipment available to insure expeditious completion of projects.

EPS Express Plumbing is your source for underground utilities, commercial, residential, and municipal projects anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area.  If you have a project coming, contact us for a detailed proposal that will meet your schedule and budget needs.


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Trenchless Pipe Reaming Project in Daly City for a Sewer Rehab by EPS Express Plumbing

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When Daly City asked us to complete a sewer rehab in the Bay Area, the EPS Express Plumbing team was eager to comply using trenchless pipe reaming to get the job done.

What is Trenchless Pipe Reaming?

Trenchless pipe reaming can also be called pipe eating.  It’s a pipe replacement technique that removes the existing pipe and at the same time install a new pipe replacement without digging a huge trench.

Pipe Reaming Project in Daly City

“We enjoy challenging projects, we’ve been doing this type of work in the Bay Area since 1989” said Nick Bechwati, owner of EPS Express Plumbing.

The company is regarded as the best in the Bay Area for all projects involving trenchless pipe replacement for sewer, underground utilities, cable, and everything in between.  Using techniques such as pipe lining, pipe bursting, laser guided bore, micro tunneling with an emphasis on pipe reaming.

No matter what the size of the project, large or small, EPS is has the manpower and equipment required to handle it.

Pipe replacement in the Bay Area has been provided to all cities including the latest sewer rehab project in Daly City.

Daly City Pipe Reaming Sewer Rehab Highlights

There was 1700 feet of existing old 12″ vitrify clay pipe that needed replacement.  The project was managed by Nick Bechwati, our hands on owner and an entire crew that’s experienced and the best in the industry.

Using the trenchless pipe reaming technique 1700 feet of 18″ High-Density Polyethylene “HDPE” pipe was installed through the existing old 12″ vitrify clay.

A special thanks to the City of Daly City and to the entire EPS Express plumbing crew for properly organizing, and setting standards that meet stringent requirements while taking the community and the flow of traffic in the area into consideration.

If you’re looking for an underground construction, civil engineering company you can rely on, we invite you to rely on our expertise to get any size project completed in time and within budget.

EPS Express Plumbing has been serving the entire Bay Area for over 30 years including Daly City, San Mateo, Burlingame, San Francisco, Foster City, Brisbane and all surrounding areas.

We look forward to helping you with your next pipe replacement project.  If you have a civil engineering project, contact Nick Bechwati directly.


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