Sewage spill into Marina del Rey triggers beach closure

This is a story from January 7th, which is a cautionary tale for all restaurateurs.

Sewage Spill into Marina del Rey

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Los Angeles County health officials have closed parts of the beach around Marina del Rey after a 1,100-gallon sewage spill.

Beachgoers were advised Sunday to avoid the water 100 yards up and down the coast next to the Ballona Creek outfall, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Officials said a sewer line blocked by grease caused the sewage to enter the storm drain that leads directly into the marina.

It was not immediately clear late Sunday how long the closure would be in effect. Visitors can still go to the dry areas of the beach.

Did you catch that? GREASE build up in a sewer line. It has been our experience that restaurants are particularly susceptible to these types of emergencies. The average restaurant should have their grease traps cleared out every 3 months.  If you are a high volume eatery doing extremely well, it might even be prudent to do that every month.  Not only do you want to prevent a catastrophe that could shut down your business for a day or two, creating a PR nightmare, but can you imagine dealing with the headache of a city government official seeking to place blame?  Do the right thing by yourself, your employees, and your customers, and make sure to have those grease traps and sewer lines cleared as needed.  Ask us about how we use what’s called a Hydro Jet to clear out these sewer lines, it is the very best technology for preventing  a sewer emergency on your property. Marina del Ray is a mere miles from our Venice Plumbing Service location.

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Residential Gas Piping And What The Los Angeles Do-It-Yourselfer Needs To Know

Did you know that every weekend, the big box home improvement stores host home owners who are building on additions to their homes, expanding man caves, or adding a gas grill in the backyard, and these people are walking away from these bog box stores more annoyed than ever?

You see, the big box stores offer gas pipe threading… this important and detailed work is often done at the big box store by an employee who is simply following written instructions on the threading. That’s a mistake. You see, what most people don’t know is this threading is incredibly important to having gas pipes that work correctly and safely. At Rocket Plumbing, we take it SO seriously, we make sure every Rocket Plumber on a residential gas pipe project in and around Los Angeles has access to our pipe threading tool.

That’s it right there, the Rigid (it’s a beauty, cost us over $6k).

So why are these home owners getting frustrated by the big box stores on their threading?  We hear about it all the time.  “I had to wait all saturday morning and afternoon, they had only one person on staff who knew how to do it.”  “I get home and the threading wasn’t done right.  Wasted my whole afternoon, and had to buy new pipes anyway.” “The measurements were all wrong, wasted all that material.” “Wasn’t done correctly, found out at the worst time, couldn’t get it done in time for my party at my home.”

According to Brian McMahon of Rocket Plumbing:

 

Most homes have leaks and don’t even know it, most don’t rise to the level of a major a concern. Usually they are only found when someone wants to sell a home, when the home inspection is done. Most state regulations pertaining to require an inspection, and gas leaks are a must on these inspections. Usually, home inspectors will mark these problem areas with colored tape.

Most gas leaks have to rise to 5% to 15% ratio of gas to air, combustion to happen. A lot of leaks are small, and undetectable. Most aren’t harmful, but some can be. They should be fixed over time. We call that repiping, in order to ensure the leak is fixed. Most homes have a leak, however small, as that is the nature and physics of pipe fittings. Almost all of these leaks are so small, there is very little chance of real harm. But there are enough out there, just from the normal wear and tear from every day use and physics, that the small leak can and do become problem leaks.

City does not fix leaks as they are so prevalent, so plumbers are needed. Additions like gas grills in the back yard, adding heater to the man cave, or garage. The DIYer often tries to do these, without realizing that gas pipes are a different animal than water pipes. For one thing, they need to be threaded, threaded to the right standards. Yes, the DIYer can go to Home Depot to have this done. Unlike pvc and such, the pipes for Gas must be threaded. Unfortunately, the big box stores cannot handle pipe threading correctly and in the amount often for additions

We get many customers for gas pipe repairs or installation because they do not get correct pipe rethreading from the big box stores. Many of our customers who have tried that route complain about long wait times at the store, the pipe thread is done by someone who is unaware of the correct details to watch, and often create pipes that are unusable. Note: A pipe threader costs $6k. We use and recommend the Rigid Pipe Threader.

Gas meters are exposed and sometimes need to be upgraded when additions to homes are made, in order to handle the new needed bandwidth or pipe to handle the new greater volume coming thru the gas pipes.

Let Rocket Plumbing handle your Residential Gas Piping for your next addition to your home.

Rocket Plumbing Los Angeles
2355 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(323) 992-6477
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iPhone Connected Bathroom And Kitchen Fixtures From Kohler?

Kohler, one of our recommended manufacturers of faucets and bathroom fixtures, has released a new high tech innovation we are very keen to see in action.

Kohler launches Kohler Konnect smart home range of iPhone-configurable bathroom and kitchen fixtures

Excerpt:

The new line of connected devices using Kohler Konnect mostly centers around the bathroom experience, with each including some element that users can fine tune to their preference. The Kohler Konnect companion app can be used to alter presets, such as temperatures and lighting, and in some cases, to remotely turn on elements.

A key aspect is the inclusion of voice control, allowing for the user to operate a kitchen faucet or intelligent toilet, change the lighting in a bathroom mirror, run a shower, or automatically fill a bath to a specified depth and temperature, all through vocal commands.

While the system runs on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, and has a greater focus on using Amazon’s Alexa for automation and commands, a number of items from within the range are also able to support Apple’s HomeKit, along with the Google Assistant. In theory, this means that some of the announced items could be automated in HomeKit scenes, or for features to be remotely triggered by Siri commands.

The main featured item in Kohler’s new product range is the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, which is claimed to be an industry first with Amazon’s Alexa built into the unit. Containing dual microphones and hermetically sealed stereo speakers, the mirror offers LED lights for illuminating the user, a motion-activated wayfinding nightlight, and the ability to access thousands of Alexa skills.

So how does all this technology make life easier?  In our mobile device, Google Assistant, Amazon Alex connected world, it means with this sort of plumbing technology installed in your home, voice activation is now possible:

Away from the bathroom, the Sensate Kitchen Faucet offers motion-based and vocal control for water dispensing. Commands can be used to turn the water flow on or off, or to dispense water to a measured volume, for example the vocal command “Pour eight ounces.”

These are nice quality of life improvements for just about everyone.  Not mentioned here is how these voice activated innovations can make homes more liveable and convenient for our friends and family who have physical limitations.  Anyone out there in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, or Venice who has physical limitations where these voice activated controls would help greatly, we would love to  be your preferred plumber on the spot to install the Kohler Konnect system here and check up with you after of few weeks of use to see how it works out for you.  Give us a call at (323) 992-6477, we would love to hear from you.

 

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Why Water Heater Installation Should Be Handled By Your Los Angeles Plumber

Great advice that we whole heartedly agree with, from Bradford White Corporation on Why Water Heater Installation Should Be Handled By Your Los Angeles Plumber:

1. WE BELIEVE IN THE BEST FOR YOU
We know how well water heaters can work and how safe they can be when properly installed. We also know the downfall and dangers of bad installations. That’s why we believe water heaters should be installed only by professionals.

2. THE RULES HAVE CHANGED
As of July 1, 2003 all conventional 30, 40 and 50 gallon residential gas-fired water heaters must comply with new, stringent standards regarding Flammable Vapor Ignition Resistance. Bradford White has created the Defender Safety System™, a cutting edge technology that fully complies with the new standard. Your professional installer knows that he can count on Bradford White to meet these requirements now and in the future.

3. A GROWING FAMILY NEEDS MORE HOT WATER
When your family grows or when you add a large tub, a shower or even an entire bathroom, your demand for hot water increases. A professional can help you with access to models specifically built for these types of changes.

4. THE SAFEST WATER HEATERS ARE INSTALLED BY PROFESSIONALS
The Bradford White Defender Safety System is only available to professional installers – people whose knowledge, skill and experience ensure that the right water heater, and one designed to be very safe when installed correctly. The peace of mind you realize by having a plumber install your water heater is a priceless commodity you can get at a reasonable price.

5. A PROFESSIONAL STANDS BEHIND HIS WORK
When you hire a professional to do the installation, he’s there to back up his work and to shoulder the responsibility that comes with the job.

6. TROUBLESHOOTING IS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL
If you’re not familiar with what causes that rattling noise, that sulfur smell or that sudden reduction in available hot water, it’s best to do the right thing first. Call a professional.

7. ONE CALL DOES IT ALL
When you call a professional to install your new water heater, you’ll get a complete and efficient job well done. The professional will answer all your questions and use all the right materials.

8. A PROFESSIONAL DOES A FULL SERVICE JOB
When you hire a professional, you’ll get delivery and careful handling of your new water heater, proper installation and removal of the old water heater from your home.

9. YOUR CHOICES AND OPTIONS ARE VARIED
A professional can show you water heaters with improved features and higher operating efficiencies and tell you how they may negate
the need for a large capacity model.

10. AVOID INSTALLATION MISHAPS
Installing a water heater can be a challenge. An inexperienced installer could inadvertently dry-fire the elements, damage delicate parts, crossthread gas connections or forget to elevate the water heater or use earthquake strapping where necessary.

11. A PROFESSIONAL UNDERSTANDS PROPER SIZING
Part of the professional’s job is to properly size the water heater. That includes calculating the demands from multiple bathrooms, dishwashers, clothes washers and any other points-of-use.

12. A PROFESSIONAL UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER VENTING
It is critical to vent the unit to the manufacturer’s specifications. Improper vent size, total length or configuration can lead to a dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide inside the home.

13. INSTALLING THE PROPER T&P VALVE
The temperature and pressure relief valve opens to relieve pressure. Improper installation or the choice of an inadequate valve can cause damage to the water heater or a hazardous pressure build-up.

14. WORKING SAFELY WITH A GAS FUEL SOURCE
Oil and Gas-fired water heaters require knowledge of the gas or oil fuel source and an understanding of gas connections supply lines and start up. A professional has this experience and knowledge.

15. USING THE CORRECT MATERIALS
The choice of material types and sizes for venting, water inlet and outlet pipes and electric feed lines is best left to a professional.

16. THE JOB IS DONE RIGHT THE FIRST TIME
When you have a professional install your new water heater, you get the most for your money as well as the satisfaction of knowing the job was completed with expertise and experience you can trust.

17. A PROFESSIONAL WILL HELP YOU AVOID SCALDING
Water heaters are factory-set at a certain temperature for your safety. Your professional will explain the settings and the dangers of improper use of the water heater’s thermostat.

18. A SIMPLE WATER HEATER…ISN’T
With new industry-wide design changes like the Defender Safety System™, today’s water heaters are more complicated than ever. Proper installation and service require that water heater manufacturers provide training and education. This valuable knowledge is only available to a professional installer.

19. PROPER DRAINAGE IS A MUST
After several years of good service, a water heater could leak or expel water due to pressure build-up. This could cause damage to floor coverings and other items. A professional will install a drain pan and pipe it properly to a drain.

20. GETTING THE RIGHT GAS WATER HEATER FOR YOUR HOME
Gas valves are designed to handle a specific type of fuel. Some gas-fired water heaters are designed for certain types of homes. Making the wrong choice can be a serious hazard.

21. KNOWLEDGE OF ELECTRICITY AND ITS USES
Installation of electric water heaters requires knowledge of the properly rated wiring material as well as knowledge of the home’s electrical capacity. An adequate electrical service is a requirement.

22. A PROFESSIONAL UNDERSTANDS THERMAL EXPANSION
Do you have an open or closed water system? Closed systems are subject to thermal expansion and pressure build-up. Open systems can become closed when check valves, water softeners or water
meters are added. A professional will add an expansion tank to avoid
problems.

23. PRESSURE BUILD-UP IS A SERIOUS MATTER
Even if your water heater tank doesn’t rupture from thermal expansion, pressure inside the tank can cause a constriction of the flue tube. This, in turn, can cause a back up of combustion gases and carbon monoxide inside the home.

24. MULTI-PURPOSE WATER HEATERS MAY BE THE ANSWER
Dual-purpose models can be used for space heating and snow melting when properly connected to a hydronic piping system. A professional knows where to find these special models.

25. MANY SPECIAL WATER HEATERS AREN’T SOLD TO CONSUMERS
As with Bradford White’s Defender Safety System™, some water heaters cannot be purchased by the public. There are literally thousands of models with important variations and safety features that you’ll never know about unless you call a professional.

26. IT MAY BE TIME FOR A TRADE-IN
Even if your water heater is functioning adequately, maybe you’re not getting as much hot water as you need. It may be time to upgrade. It’s tough for a retailer or non-professional to advise you. A professional can give you guidance and explain your options.

27. GETTING A PROPER DIAGNOSIS OF THE PROBLEM
If your water heater looks fine but it just won’t make hot water, a professional can diagnose what may be a simple problem. You may just need an inexpensive replacement part.

28. A PROFESSIONAL HAS THE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE IT TAKES
A professional has taken years to hone his craft. Installing water heaters is one of the things he does for a living. When a plumber comes into your home, he knows exactly what to do.

29. A PROFESSIONAL IS ON TOP OF NEW TECHNOLOGY
Because professionals often attend trade association meetings, events sponsored by water heater manufacturers and also subscribe to trade magazines, he or she is the first to know when more efficient models or technology changes are available.

30. LAWS GOVERNING INSTALLATION
In many parts of the country, state agencies and local municipalities have laws and codes governing the installation of water heaters. These laws state that a water heater must be installed by a licensed professional.

30 Reasons to Buy A Water Heater from a Professional Installer.” Bradford White | 30 Reasons to Buy A Water Heater

The Rocket Plumbing take?  We all take this luxury for granted until it’s gone, wouldn’t you agree?

Our years of experience with water heaters means we can get the job done faster and safer than most people can.  Value your time and family safety, let us handle it and enjoy the peace of mind and that luxurious HOT water for all your bathing and showering.

More Water Heater Industry News:

Tankless Water Heater Market to Reach an Estimated Value of US$ 25,498.5 Mn by 2024

“According to the latest market report published by Persistence Market Research titled ‘Tankless Water Heater Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2016 – 2024’, globally, the revenue generated from sales of tankless water heater market is estimated to be valued at US$ 16.9 Bn by 2016 end, and is expected to increase at a CAGR of 5.3% during the forecast period (2016–2024)”

Our take:  We see more and more tankless water heater projects every year, and are big fans of these in our own homes.  They really are terrific innovations, so those numbers don’t shock us in the least.

Heatworks Unveils New Connected Water Heater & Dishwasher – CES 2018

“Heatworks has just unveiled a new connected water heater and dishwasher called the Model 3 and Tetra respectively, two new smart home devices that consumers can look out for in 2018. The Tetra, a new device category from Heatworks, is a counter top dishwasher that aims to make washing dishes not only smarter but space-saving as it can fit on your kitchen counter. While this isn’t necessarily meant to replace traditional dish washers which have quite a bit more room, it could be used as a way to expand the amount of dishes you can wash at once, as running out of room in the dishwasher is a common issue that people run into often enough.”

Our 2 cents: In Los Angeles, where price per square foot affects nearly everyone, space is a premium.  A combo Water Heater/Dishwasher is a pretty neat idea.  We are hesitant to recommend new tech until we’ve had an extensive look at the technology and installation specs.  In the meantime, our recommendation for tankless water heaters are from Rinnai.  For Los Angeles Water Heater Installation, give us a call at  (323) 992-6477

 

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Happy New Year 2018 from Rocket Plumbing

Happy New Year from Rocket Plumbing California!

Your plumbing system can turn into a major headache. A new year means another year of wear and tear on your Los Angeles Pipes. Rocket Plumbing is here to repair or replace those garbage disposals, or check those pipes for leaks.

In the Los Angeles area, CALL ALL ROCKET PLUMBING, (323) 992-6477, TO TALK TO PLUMBING EXPERTS OR TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT.

We are licensed qualified plumbers servicing Beverly Hills, Mid-City, Sawtelle, Brentwood, Westgate, Pacific Palisades, Via De La Plaza and surrounding areas of Los Angeles.

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Gas explosion kills 8 in San Bruno, California

Gas explosion kills 8 in San Bruno, California

 The most important step for someone who knows he or she has a gas leak, or suspects there might be a leak, is to get to a safe location far away from the leak. The individual should be sure to refrain from using any electrical equipment, telephones, cell phones, or cars while leaving because this could create a spark, which could ignite any gas fumes present.

Source: https://rocketplumbingcalifornia.com/plumbers-voice-videos/gas-explosion-kills-8-in-san-bruno-california