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  • Decorate Your Toilet Like a Christmas Tree and Other Bathroom Tips!

    There is an old joke that a dog sees his owner decorating the Christmas tree and thinks, “Finally! Indoor plumbing!”

    Now hopefully your pup won’t make that mistake, but we do have some tips to make your bathroom more festive.

    Christmas has more decorations than any other holiday (although Halloween and 4th of July might have a solid counter-argument), but one room that gets overlooked is the bathroom. The exterior of the house is covered in lights, the family room has the tree, and the kitchen smells like gingerbread cookies.

    Meanwhile, your bathroom has the same-old scenery and scent. You walk out of a winter wonderland and into a public urinal.

    That’s why we have some bathroom decorating tips to add a little flare this holiday season. Check them out!

    • Scented candles – Find aromas like pine tree, spiced apple cider, or peppermint to treat your nose to some holiday cheer.
    • Dress your toilet like a tree – You can attach a felt or paper tree to the tank with ornaments and lights. That will add some flare!
    • Shower curtain – Buy a festive shower curtain to use during the season.
    • Christmas lights – Hang a strand over your mirror.
    • TPresents – Wrap the extra toilet paper rolls in Christmas paper, so people feel like they are unwrapping a gift whenever they finish a roll.
    • Music – Play a Christmas soundtrack in your restroom.

    However you choose to be merry, don’t forget about the bathroom. It should be a fun way to spice up the holidays, as long as Santa knows which tree to deliver the presents to!

  • Holiday Plumbing Tips: Preventing an Emergency

    Season’s Greetings from Rooter Experts!

    The holidays are a hectic time of year- full of shopping, baking, decorating, and celebrating- and the last thing you want is to call a plumber out to your house to deal with an emergency.

    With that said, we would like offer you some tips to prevent a disaster and keep your plumbing operation during the Christmas season.

    1) Make a List, and Check it Twice!

    One of the biggest contributors to toilet clogs is an increased amount of usage. During the holidays, when relatives are in town and parties are being thrown, the toilet get used far more often than normal.

    Go through your house and make a list of every appliance that may need preventative plumbing performed. Check for poor drainage, clogs, and leaks. You can do it yourself or hire a professional, but either way it is better to prevent a problem than have to fix it while your family unwraps presents.

    2) Using the Garbage Disposal for Trash = Naughty List

    Families do more cooking during the holidays, which can create more pressure to quickly whip out a big meal. Chefs take shortcuts, such as washing waste down the kitchen drain, rather than throwing it into the garbage can.

    The problem is that animal fats, grease, and oil can congeal in the disposal causing backups and the blades to stop rotating. Make sure you properly dispose of these products.

    Likewise, seasonal nuts are always a favorite, but the shells can damage garbage disposal blades. Put these in the trash or compost.

    3) Beat the White Christmas with a Warm Shower

    I know it rarely snows in Los Angeles, but that doesn’t change the fact that most people prefer a warm shower in the morning. With house guests, the hot water can get overworked and get cold quickly.

    Along with staggering showers to maintain hot water, you should drain your tank before the season. Sediment builds up in the tank over time, so an occasional draining will remove it. This will optimize your water heater’s performance,

    I Ho, Ho, Hope these plumbing tips keep your holidays full of peace and good cheer!

  • November 19th is World Toilet Day!

    Today is World Toilet Day! It is a day to celebrate one of mankind’s greatest inventions, the toilet- aka the John, the can, the bowl, the porcelain throne, the head, el bano, or the pot.

    It might sound like a silly commemoration, but there is a serious side to this holiday as well. Around 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to clean or sanitary toilets, putting their health at risk. Combined with overpopulation, that forces 1.1 billion people to defecate in public, in a field, bush, or plastic bag, rather than the privacy of a bathroom.

    Additionally, toilets that are clean and bathrooms that are safe increase the likelihood that a girl will stay in school. Between menstruation and waste removal, girls require sanitary conditions and many young females drop out of school in third world countries for this reason.

    In America, we often take our toilet for granted. Did you know that you’re only supposed to flush human waste and toilet paper, yet most humans use it as an extra garbage can? Stop abusing your John with these other tips to keep your toilet operational . On Worold Toilet Day, you owe it to those who are less fortunate.

    If you would like to learn more about World Toilet Day and find out how you can contribute to relief efforts, follow this link:

    Today, let’s all recognize how much easier our lives are due to this seemingly innocuous, everyday invention.

  • 5 Things You Must Know About Plumbing

    If you stumbled onto our website, it is pretty likely that you’re looking for a plumber in Los Angeles to unclog a toilet, fix your pipes, or install a water system.

    While we understand that some people are exclusively “hands off” when it comes to plumbing, there are some pieces of information that are vital to learn.

    Remember when you finally moved out of your parent’s house into that new apartment and you suddenly realized that there were basic things you didn’t know how to do? Personally, I learned the hard way what happens when you use hand soap in the dishwasher. My whole kitchen was a bubble bath!

    You can let the professionals handle the big problems, but still have the know-how to fix the small issues with these 5 things you need to know about plumbing.

    You Must Know…

    1) How to read your bill and water meter. This is important so that you do not get overcharged and you can detect a leak. Check the reading on your water meter and make note of the figure to compare to next month’s bill. How much does your usage change each month? Does the bill payment match what you should be paying? Ask your local water company for more details.

    2) Where your main water sources are located and how to turn them off. You should have one or more water sources for your residence. Know where the main valves are located and how to shut them off in case of an emergency, such as a burst or leaky pipe.

    3) If your air conditioning condensation lines are working. AC units produce condensation when in use, which is extracted from the unit. If the lines are broken, the water could cause mold or building damage.

    4) How to shut off water to your hot water heater. When your hot water heater is broken or leaking, you cannot get warm water to wash your hands or shower. But shutting down the flow to the hot water heater, rather than the main valve, will mean that you can still have cold water usage for cooking, cleaning, and flushing.

    5) If your water pressure is under 80 psi. High water pressure is the main cause of leaks, so keeping it under 80 psi is crucial. You can buy a tool to take the reading for under $10 or ask your water supplier what your psi is.

  • Did the Mayans Invent Plumbing Before Europeans Arrived in The New World?

    It was long believed that the Spanish brought plumbing techniques to the Americas, then called The New World, but recent explorations have discovered the remains of plumbing fixtures in the Ancient Mayans civilization. Apparently they did more than simply predict the end of the world.

    I have previously written about the ancient Romans contributions to plumbing with public outhouses and the aqueducts, which you can read in our history of plumbing blog . Let’s take time to look over the ancient Mayans contributions to plumbing technology.

    Where was this ancient plumbing located?

    Located in the city of Palenque, current-day Chiapas in Mexico, evidence of pressurized water systems suggest that the Mayans may have had plumbing dating as far back as 250 A.D. Palenque was settled in 100 A.D. and reached prominence from 250-600. It was later abandoned around 800 A.D., but not before leaving behind a complex plumbing system, although not nearly on the scope of the Romans’ aqueducts.

    What were its main features?

    The landscape at Palenque made it very difficult to expand, forcing a tight-knit society. In order to support a big population, adjustments had to be made. One such advancement was redirecting streams through underground passages to city locations. The aqueducts also prevented flooding from nearly 10-feet of rainfall during the stormy season.

    The Piedras Bolas Aqueduct is located on a steep hill, where it collects up to 18,000 gallons of water at the top and lets it out at the bottom. The 20 foot decrease in elevation causes it to gain substantial pressure, allowing it to forcibly shoot out at the end.

    What was this water pressure for?

    Researchers are not certain about why they would need water pressure systems, but a few theories do exist. For one, it may have been used as wastewater removal to spray away waste. It could also have been inconsequential, and merely a side feature of the design.

    But one particular hypothesis is currently popular, that the water was used in a fountain. This would look attractive and allow anyone to access the water for personal use. There is evidence of a similar structure in the Palenque palace, further leading archaeologists to this conclusion

  • How Commercial Plumbing Services Benefit your Small Business

    If you are a small business owner, you have a lot of factors working against you. It is a tough economy, tax codes may be harsh, and you never know what a setback could mean for your company. Luckily, Rooter Experts understands these feelings; we are also a small, locally-run business in Glendale.

    Regardless of the economic state, people always are going to have emergency plumbing problems. The question is, will they have money to pay for them?

    In down times, a home owner might feel like feeding his family is more important than paying to have his toilet fixed, instead using a piece of duct tape or a bucket to catch water as the solution. We feel sorry that financial struggles have forced that person to even consider that decision.

    But as a small business owner, faulty plumbing can have dire consequences on your ability to earn money. Imagine meeting with potential clients, only to have the smell of a burst septic tank waft into the room. Or maybe you own a restaurant and your grease traps get clogged, start over-flowing, and force you to shut down or face fines from the health department.

    There are thousands of hypothetical, and real, situations that illustrate the same point: good plumbing is critical to the success of most businesses. That is why Rooter Experts works with small business owners to devise plans or action to prevent future damage and take care of existing problems.

    Services We Offer

    Contact us to speak to a representative about how we can help your business, but here are some of the basic actions:

    • We inspect your office, plant, restaurant, or work building to find potential areas of concern.
    • Drain and grease trap cleaning take care of clogs and prevent them expanding.
    • Our plumbers can find ways for you to save money by adjusting temperatures, water pressure, and other measurements of energy-efficiency.
    • Experience working on industrial equipment.

    As our client, we want to help your business succeed. Talk to us about making a thorough inspection or setting up regular visits to check on the plumbing. And, of course, we will always be there to respond quickly to an emergency.

    Best of luck!

  • Keep A Plumber’s Number in your Phone for an Emergency

    This might seem like common sense, but still many people don’t follow it: keep an emergency plumber’s phone number programmed in your cell.

    Now that everyone has smart phones, it is much easier to quickly find a plumbing business online. You can simply type “Los Angeles plumbing” into a Google search, and find plenty of great options.

    But what do you really know about those businesses? In an emergency, like a flooding septic tank, you will not have enough time to read customer reviews, look at services offered, or compare rates. You can bypass that stress if you just do the research ahead of time and be prepared in the event that an emergency plumbing incident occurs.

    And, if I can make a suggestion, Rooter Experts is a professional California plumbing company with fast response times and competitive rates. We can bail you out of an emergency situation and perform drain cleaning, HydroJetting, sewer replacement, and unclog toilets. So take down our phone number right now, just in case: 888-395-7117

  • 7 Cleaning Tips to Make Your Shower Sparkle

    Rooter Experts offers some tips to keep your shower and bathtub clean. This will prevent mold and bacteria from causing allergic reactions and slows down rust, which destroys piping. If you have difficulty keeping your shower clean, take a look at these tips.

    1) Dry your shower after every use. This tip takes a while to get used to, but using a squeegee to remove excess wetness will stop long term damage. You can also crack a window and turn on the fan.

    2) Start at the top. Whatever you preferred method of cleaning, you should start with the walls, move to the door, clear the ledges, then scrub the tub. This removes all dirt and scum, so it doesn’t fall on a clean area.

    3) For an inexpensive cleaning solution, mix one part bleach to five parts warm water. This is good for tiles, ceiling, and floor. Another solution is half-cup ammonia and one gallon of water in a spray bottle. Use this with vigorous brushing to remove soap scum.

    4) You can wash your shower curtain in the washing machine to save time and do a thorough job.

    5) Remove hairballs from the drain and throw them in the trash. You do not want them jamming up your drain.

    6) For porcelain tubs, use a damp sponge or nylon ball. Iron wool will damage the surface.

    7) Always wear rubber gloves when working with dangerous chemicals, like bleach. Also, keep the doors and windows cracked open to keep the bathroom ventilated, so you don’t inhale too much of the solution.

    If we come over to fix a leak or unclog your toilet, hopefully we’ll see a spotless shower!

  • Ten Totally Tremendous Toilet Trivia Tidbits!

    Everybody poops, but we don’t like to admit it. Even though humans spend 3 years of their lives using the toilet, what do we really know about it?

    That ends today! Here are 10 facts you probably never knew about the toilet.

    1) The first movie to show a flushing toilet was “Psycho,” and many audience members were upset at the indecency.

    2) Toilet handles have up to 40,000 germs per square inch! Make sure to use a piece of toilet paper to flush and wash your hands!

    3) More toilets flush during halftime of the Super Bowl than any other half-hour period of the year. Guess that’s why it is called the Super Bowl .

    4) Most toilets flush in E flat. Didn’t know they were musical instruments…

    5) The technology that disposes of solid waste in space shuttles costs $23.4 million. No wonder NASA is under-funded!

    6) Great Britain’s King George II died on October 25th, 1760 by falling off a toilet.

    7) Chinese Emperors were the first to commission toilet paper in 1391 AD.

    8) World Toilet Day is November 19. Mark your calendars and make sure to celebrate!

    9) The White House has 30 bathrooms and goes through approximately 636 rolls of toilet paper each day.

    10) Britain’s public toilets have been voted the worst in the world, followed by Greece, France, and Thailand. Remember that next time you have fish and chips at a British pub.

  • Do-It-Yourself: 5 Money-Saving Plumbing Techniques

    We know that plumbing fees can be costly, so we have collected a few ideas that will help reduce your bills and protect you from further damage.

    1) Put ice cubes in disposal: Ice and soap will clean your disposal blades, as well as sharpen the edges. It may be noisy, but it is effective.

    2) Don’t buy urinal cakes or in-tank cleaners: These scented items are supposed to keep your bathroom smelling fresh and clean the bowl, but are they worth it? Vinegar is a fine alternative that most people already have at home and these items actually get stuck in pipes and cause clogs.

    3) Wipe down faucets: Water corrodes metal. Everyone knows this, but assume it doesn’t apply to sink faucets. Spending an extra ten seconds to dry your faucet and handles if they get wet or soapy will save you money from replacing them down the line.

    4) Check your plumbing on a regular basis: Make sure the toilet is properly flushing and drains are letting water exit. This saves money over the long-term, when problems grow bigger.

    5) Don’t purchase warranties on cheap products: If you are cutting costs by buying a lesser-quality item, don’t get the warranty on it. You know it will break, but probably not until the warranty expires. Either spend more money on the best piece you can or simply expect to replace the bad product down the road when it breaks.

    Hopefully these help cut back on plumbing needs, while also saving you some dough.