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Looking Locally in Temecula for a Plumbler Can Help You Save Money

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Whether you are planning on remodeling an existing structure or building from scratch, upgrades to plumbing fixtures and planning for the future are two of the best tools at your disposal. This article is here to explore some simple ways of saving money when installing new plumbing facilities.


Look Locally

Just like any employee commuting to work, distance has to be a factor to consider. When looking online, one of the top results when typing in a broad word like “plumber,” might be as much as 50 to 100 miles from your location. Localizing the search to your area (for example, let’s say “Temecula plumber”), and JC Plumbing will be one of the top results that comes up. This is because we cater to the local areas around Temecula including Fallbrook, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Rainbow Valley, and Murrieta. By searching for your technician locally, you limit their travel time and cost to get out to you. By cutting down on these costs, it limits their charges.

Another benefit of using local technicians and plumbers is that they can add that small-town feel without suffering small-town slowness. Having a plumber familiar with the facilities and the local water table gives them the added expertise and knowledge that might apply to your problem. For example, if a customer is having problem with drainage and backflow, they might assume the problem is in their sewer or septic system and call a plumber. A local plumber will also be aware if there have been heavy rains in the customer’s area which might be a factor in drainage. This gives them an advantage to take care of the problem by being familiar with the landscape versus another that might have to familiarize themselves when they arrive.


Empower Yourself

By learning more about your facilities and what needs to be done to upgrade them to the standard you would prefer, homeowners are able to empower themselves against people who might otherwise take advantage of their ignorance. Researching, learning, and comparing the differences between items associated with your new field of study are great methods for preventing yourself from being taken advantage of by a shady tech. JC Plumbing walks each of our clients through our services and educate the owner as we go along if they have any questions. No method is top secret. By educating our customers, we hope to share with them some of our power and encourage them to use us in the future.


Buy Direct

For upgrades and remodels especially, a great way for a homeowner or business owner to manage savings is by buying fixtures directly from the manufacturer. Search through hardware catalogs and design trend magazines is an excellent way to identify the make and model of fixtures you would like, however buying from these locations include surcharges for convenience that add up over time. Taking notes from these sources and purchasing the exact model number you prefer directly from the maker can cut down immensely on cost. However, before purchasing from the manufacturer, inquire with your service technician to see if their company might be able to save you even more money using their wholesaler’s license with the maker. JC Plumbing has that ability which can save the homeowner greatly as it also discludes guesswork in purchasing the right fixtures.


Copper or Pex?

The old saying, Copper is Proper, refers to the use of copper pipes in home plumbing. Copper works well as an insulating tool but has a tendency to build up rust and erosion on the inside, flaking off into drinking water. While the levels are acceptable for now, a new material has entered the market called Polyethylene Crosslinked Tube designed specifically for moving water. On the market, it is called PEX. Copper has also skyrocketed in price due to it being a prime component on computer hardware and microchips. Every electronic device has copper which makes piping a home more expensive than it has ever been. PEX allows for flexible or rigid construction and is a much more efficient, less expensive alternative to copper that has been rated to last longer than the former in day-to-day use. Pex connections are also slightly stronger than copper and less likely to leak. Overall it is a much more intelligent purchase than traditional copper lines. For more information on PEX piping, please visit this resource.

Water Conservation Tips from JC Plumbing: Part III

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You are now empowered to save water in your place of residence both inside and outside, but most people spend the majority of their time in their place of business. For the business owner, there are many opportunities to save water without putting a lock on the faucets. Through these simple methods, thousands of dollars can be saved versus previous years. Pleasing shareholders with efficient thinking is a prime way to stand out as a leader in your business.


Encourage Courage

Create a suggestion and incentives system at your organization to recognize water-saving ideas. You would be surprised what your employees might come up with. A simple $50 bonus offered as a reward could save the company thousands and is a wonderful team-building exercise.


Posting hotlines in company bathrooms and kitchens to report leaks or water waste to a facility manager or maintenance personnel is a good way to ensure your employees contribute to your water saving goal. If your company has a go-to guy like JC Plumbing, then you can post their information to guarantee they’re familiar with the building history before they enter.

Water Audit

Get a water audit performed by your state government to determine your building’s use. Once you have a number, you can use this as your starting point before beginning your water-saving campaign. Posting the progress of your water usage will also Encourage Courage among your team to reach a better goal of consumption.

Regular Maintenance

Having a go-to service tech or plumber is the best way to ensure quality maintenance. Having this person come in on a regular schedule (every six months to a year) to inspect, clean, lubricate, and tighten the premises can help you avoid trouble in the future should anything go unnoticed for too long.


If your building uses processed water, there are options that allow for water recycling and reuse through onsite reclamation facilities. Water can be re-directed to water inside or outside plants after it has been filtered from sinks and drains located throughout the building.


Consider invisible energy costs with your building’s water. What does the water pump cost to run? Water heating, chemical treatment, or sewer expenses? Low-tech options using ancient ideas of weight and levers might be a more affordable option than a loud industrial pump. The Egyptian method of moving water is a better option for irrigation than pumps while solar water heaters use old ideas to heat water. While some construction might be required to utilize this old way of doing things, once it is set up, it is more efficient than modern methods because these require little to no energy to keep running.


By becoming a Watersense Partner and participating in their events, educational seminars, and receiving their newsletter helps a great deal by both encouraging you and informing you to be more water-conscience. Watersense labeled products are located everywhere but using them in your business can give you great tax incentives at the end of the year. While this is only one method of saving, it can be a very important one as the amounts add up.


In Conclusion

There are many options available to you for saving water. Don’t let anything become an excuse to waste money. Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing to do.

Water Conservation Tips from JC Plumbing: Part II

Posted on by webeditors in Helpful Tips and Hints

With our last installment, JC Plumbing shared with you simple tips and tricks to save money in your home. Now we will focus on methods outside of your home that will save your pocketbook.

Save Water Outside


Water Cycles

Water your landscaping only early morning (before 6 a.m.) or evening (after 8 p.m.)

Sweep clean with a broom rather than waste water

Do not use your hose to water-sweep concrete driveways, patios and sidewalks. Use a broom.

Washing your car

Use a hose with a turn off at the nozzle. Use a bucket of soapy water. Soap the car and quickly hose down

Repair broken sprinkler heads

A single broken sprinkler head can cost a homeowner hundreds of dollars a year.

Install an efficient irrigation system to reduce overspray

By controlling the drainage in your yard, home owners can spread out the flow of water to prevent low spots and sink holes in their yard by directing the water to dry plants.

Install drip irrigation when possible to avoid water evaporation

Drip irrigation systems allow a constant flow of moister to your plants without required heavy spraying or exposure to the elements. Evaporation leads to about 25% of total water loss from lawns.

Mulch your landscaping to reduce evaporation

Mulch holds moister in while keeping weed seeds and stickers out of the dirt. Line the area with a weed cloth before laying down mulch to further prevent weeds and evaporation.

Turn off irrigation systems when rain is forecast

There is no sense in watering your yard when nature will water it for you. Save some cents by turning it off when rain is in the forecast.

Use insulated pool covers

Pool covers prevent water evaporation, debris from entering your pool filter, and retain heat without requiring an electric heater to warm your pool during winter months.

Plant drought tolerant plants. Ask your local Hardware store for more information.

By planting species that don’t require very much water or have natural fail-safes should water become scarce, the homeowner allows their yard to look green and lush without requiring a great deal of water to get it that way.


Now you should have a great deal many more tools to continue to save money and improve the efficiency of your home. See us next time for more tips and tricks!

Water Conservation Tips from JC Plumbing: Part I

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JC Plumbing understands that with every day people fall into the same routines and sometimes get a little slack with their conservation of resources. If everyone takes a little effort to save resources like water, then there will be enough resources for everyone. These are simple tips and tricks to help you save water in your home.


Save Water Inside


Turn off the water when you brush your teeth

You can also save up to 8 gallons of water a day simply by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth in the morning and at night. Do the same while you shave.

Shorten your showers by one or two minutes

Most shower heads say how many GPM that they jet out. Take that number and multiply it by 30 to determine how many gallons you are saving. Then figure out what the break down of your water bill would be to determine how much you would be saving by shaving off the two minutes of shower time.

Use low-flow showerheads

According to the new EPA WaterSense initiative, the average bathroom sink faucet flows at a rate of two gallons a minute. You can slow that flow by installing a new low-flow faucet.

Fix leaky Faucets

Using 1/4 milliliter (ml) estimate as the volume of a faucet drip:

  • One gallon: 15,140 drips
  • One liter: 4,000 drips

Repair running toilets

A “running” toilet can waste two gallons of water per minute. A silent leak in a toilet can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month.

Wash only full loads of laundry

The average family does six to eight loads of laundry a week. A standard washing machine uses about sixty gallons of H2O per wash, while a water efficient machine uses about forty gallons.

Run only full loads of dishes

A single full load uses more water and more energy than a half load, but a full load uses far less energy and water than two half loads.

Install low-flush toilets and water efficient washing machines

Energy Star washers have the government seal of approval for efficiency, and a full list is available on the Energy Star website (note that list includes some models that haven’t yet come out). The best models have a high “Modified Energy Factor” (MEF) score, meaning they’re energy-efficient, and a low “Water Factor,” meaning they use the least amount of water possible.

Install a circulating pump, or an instant hot, or a tankless water heater to get hot water faster

Many tankless water heaters come with leak detection shut off valves to limit damage to the property, a temperature lock to prevent unauthorized changes to water temperature, and a high certification rating with Energy Star.


These simple tricks can save you hundreds each year depending on your regular use. Next time, we’ll take you outside to save you water and energy.

The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Plumber in Murrieta, CA.

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The worse has happened. A leak, a back-up, no water pressure… On the other hand, perhaps you are planning a remodel or renovation. Whatever the matter, you have decided it is time to hire a plumber and trust a stranger with your home. How do you choose the right one? The most important part of the homeowner/plumber relationship is trust. If you can not trust this person into your home, you won’t hire them back. The majority of business J C Plumbing receives is from repeat business. This is because we build trust with our clients through open communication and reliable service for what we feel is an affordable price for our expertise. Here is a simple guide for determining the value of the person you hire based on our experience with our clients. We hold ourselves to these standards as you should hold every plumber to them.


Questions and Answers

Humans are an interesting people. We ignore our inner instinct. The method to trusting the right people is go with your gut. If you do not innately trust a person when you meet them, don’t hire them. It is okay to walk away and tell them “I’m sorry, but I’m still looking for the right person for this job.” The best way to do this is when you first encounter them. Their website and email communications can only tell your gut so much. The best method is to first call the company and then invite them over to your house if the call goes and feels well. Here is a list of questions you can ask them over the phone before inviting the wrong person to your house.


What kind of Licensing and Insurance does this plumber have and how can I verify this information?

All contractors have to register with their state in order to practice their profession legally. To identify if the plumber you are using has gone through this process you can visit the California State License Board’s website and check on their information to see if their license has expired or is active. J C Plumbing’s active license can be viewed here. Plumbers should also carry their plumber’s license, which is an ID card similar to a driver’s license. This can be inspected in person.


Is it cheaper to buy my own fixtures or use the ones that the plumber can provide?

Typically, a licensed plumber has access to a wholesaler’s license and a distribution network of parts that allows them to buy materials at a large discount unavailable to the public. Buying materials through the plumber ensures the parts are the correct ones and will be of a quality measure for the plumber to put himself behind it. Purchasing your own parts might not guarantee the correct sizes, lengths, or fittings will be available which might require the plumber to go to the hardware store to purchase the correct ones. While a plumber will have no problems installing the parts purchased by the homeowner on their own, it might increase the price by the margin of the higher material and labor cost.


Does your company provide estimates?

You should get a ballpark figure up front and know the hourly rate for the service you are providing. While hourly rates will differ from one company to another, asking for both the hourly and the ballpark will give you an idea of how long the job will probably take. If an hourly rate is low but the estimate is high, be cautious with hiring that plumber. Some plumbers will charge a small fee for a more accurate estimate from the ballpark. This is a cost-saving measure because the estimate is usually deducted from the cost of the work and it gives the homeowner a point of comparison if he chooses to interview other plumbers for the same job. Getting multiple bids ensures hiring the best person for the best price.

When to Leave it to a Professional Plumber

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For hundreds of years homeowners have fought against the demons of disrepair and decay by themselves. In Europe, it was common practice up until the mid 1800s to throw refuse and garbage into a central drain in the street. Internal plumbing wasn’t common in European cities until the latter half of the 1800s due to the cost and availability. Common knowledge of plumbing is something handed down from generation to generation. Everyone knows that pipes are required to move water or sewage from one place to another but the hows of hooking these pipes up correctly to each other for an air-tight seal, cutting, measuring, or knowing what diameters or parts to buy can be very confusing for the homeowner who has never encountered the details of plumbing before.

Saving money also means saving time. For larger projects, the cost of hiring labor might seem like an acceptable justification for not making the call to a plumber to begin with, but the homeowner must be aware that a plumber is trained and licensed to know the ins and outs of his business.

This added labor cost pays for that expertise so the job is done correctly the first time in the quickest manner possible. Jobs like replacing the O-ring for a toilet or installing a French drain in the yard to handle a sink hole look very easy in a series of pictures marking each step of the process, but the homeowner and the article writer might not anticipate the exact situation that might exist in reality. The installation guide might be using out of date fixtures or have optimal conditions which cannot be guaranteed in a real world situation. Free labor means your labor; the homeowner grunting and cursing under a sink, half blinded in one eye by sweat and a hot light smoking your hair behind you, your back bent into a cabinet four inches off the hard tile with no padding or support…as you realize you’re lying on your keys. No one likes being in this situation.


Common pitfalls

For those that plan on toughing it through the little stuff, keep in mind these simple tips.

  1. Don’t over tighten – The tendency of the inexperienced plumber is to make sure “it’s tight,” so the water won’t leak. Licensed and trained plumbers use tapes and adhesives to bond chemically PVC Plastic in pipes to each other to ensure the seal. Though many pipe parts  include threading to assist the gripping capabilities of these materials, the majority of the work is done by the chemistry itself. The novice to plumbing repair may not trust this process as much as they do their own elbow grease, so they go tighter and tighter until- a leak. Why? This is due to many plumbing parts housing an internal rubber seal that can crack, warp, and leak. Another reason is stripping the threading itself. This allows small holes for liquid to leak out.


  2. Use Plumber’s tape and putty – Chemically ensured to tighten seals and prevent leaks. In this case, more is better than less. For tape, completely wrapping the threading and having a bit of tape exposed over the fitting is perfectly acceptable. For Plumber’s putty, over-applying will only mean that the putty forces itself into tight spaces. When the fixture’s installation is complete and before the putty can harden, quickly wipe up excess that has squeezed out of cracks with a dry work towel. This also creates a clean seal.


  3. Inadequate drain slope – Building codes allow as little as a 1/16th in. per ft. of slope in rare cases, but the ideal is 1/4th in. per foot slope. This is to allow gravity to pull the water down. If an improper slope is installed, this could cause back ups, leaks, drainage problems, slab leaks, back flows, and other nasty occurrences best avoided by following the 1/4th in. per foot slope rule. This magical number is slow enough for solid wastes to pass but quick enough to scour the sized to prevent blockage. Oversloped pipes are as likely to cause problems and undersloped pipes. If you are unfamiliar with the geometry and math required to plan, plot, and measure this slope, hire JC Plumbers to guarantee the job is done right.


  4. Unvented traps – Plumbing traps exist to establish a sanitary barrier between the living spaces and the sewage system. Waste water and excrement is very pungent. Because of this, plumbers have figured out how to use physics to their advantage.  Sewer gas wants to travel upwards as it is lighter than liquids and solids which need to travel downwards. To push the solids and liquids down without allowing the gas to burp upwards, plumbers employ a trap system of a U-bend pipe to create a pocket of water as a barrier between both spaces. The inexperienced might forget to install a trap-arm to ensure a steady flow. This arm prevents explosive methane gas and vermin access into the home.

Helpful Tips Other Plumbers’ Don’t Want You to Know.

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JC Plumbing has been a quality plumbing service company in the Temecula Valley for over 15 years. The strong dedication from our technicians and staff towards customer service and handling call volume has us stand out from the crowd of our competitors. Though we’ve been in business for a long time, our website has recently been upgraded to bring a better experience to you, our customers.


Remodeling and Upgrades

Tankless water heaters, hot water recirculation systems, R.O. and Soft Water systems, and Solar Water Heater systems are all under our purview of expertise. Replacement of old water features and pipes can also save bundles each year from repairing leaky seals and cracked fixtures. Rust, silt, and other contaminants can also build up in house pipes over time causing blockage and a clog. Regular maintenance work of snaking the drain by your friendly-neighborhood plumber might save hundreds if not thousands of dollars and prevent some of the repair work mentioned below.


The Dreaded Repair

A slab leak is one of the worst repair jobs a homeowner could require. It is a violation of what a home means, built upon a strong concrete foundation, and stable. The very foundation of a home is at risk when a slab leak is discovered. This is caused when an underground water pipe (or even the primary water main) cracked and leaks a great deal of liquid into the ground and foundation of the home. Usually water is observed “pooling,” or bubbling out of a thin crack developing in the middle of the slab. This is usually a mystery to the homeowner who doesn’t realize how or why water can emerge from the middle of a floor thinking that Concrete is more solid than it is in reality.


Concrete’s Chemically Cool

Concrete, chemically, never “actually,” hardens. It can be damaged through many changes such as dramatic temperature shifts and freezing of trapped water. Frozen water forces itself to expand in the limited space, cracking the slab. Hydration of concrete into a solid form involves many different reactions, often occurring at the same time. As the reactions proceed, the products of the cement hydration process gradually bond together the individual sand and gravel particles and other components of the concrete, to form a solid mass. Though these materials are bonded, they are not combined into single molecules but instead still separated through strong carbon and weak hydrogen and oxygen bonds. While the process takes time, re-introducing water to concrete and keeping it in constant contact (E.G. Like a slab leak or a fast moving body) slowly weakens these bonds in the microscopic scale. Small fissures form which grow into tiny cracks, which separate into large cracks until the entire slab begins to crumble as the concrete’s base components begin to break apart from one another. The faster the water is moving, the quicker the process. But this degradation can be observed at any public location with large concrete structures. The slow wear and tear of time reveals the underlying rock structure in a pock-marked effect.

Imagine this pock marking on a smaller scale, under your home… and threatening your livelihood. It’s kind of like glass, which is technically a liquid despite it’s hardness. The chemical bonds between the molecules in a piece of glass are weaker than in a solid piece of matter. This weakened connection allows the glass to be transparent. It is also why older pieces of glass in historical buildings are thicker towards the bottom. When first pouring the glass, they were even, but over time gravity has pulled on the structure, thinning the top of thickening the bottom. Concrete acts like glass in this regard in that, over time, it breaks apart into it’s base components, but it takes centuries. Proof on concept are many of the old Roman ruins as these were made with concrete technology, a technology that was lost until it was re-discovered in the mid 1800s. Now, most of the population wouldn’t know what to do without it.


Expert Knowledge

“That’s interesting and all about glass and concrete,” you say “but what does this have to do with my plumbing needs?” Well, imagine this slab leak had happened to you. It’s 2am, you’re raiding the fridge in the middle of the night for a snack only to discover a puddle in the middle of your kitchen. You wipe it up, thinking it might have been a spill, but there it is again, as if it’s emerging from between the tile and the grout. “It can’t be… I’m on a solid foundation.” But you’re not. Not really. Not chemically… And JC Plumbing knows that, we have the expertise and experience to know how to help you without having the guess.