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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.

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