Trust the professionals with your plumbing needs. Here at Allbritten, our plumbers handle all types of plumbing issues, from leaking pipes to broken water heaters to dripping faucets. There’s no job too simple or too complex for our team of experts! For emergency plumbing services here in Fresno and the Central Valley, call our team today. We’re ready to help.

Here’s why we value our HVAC technicians and plumbers

Allbritten has served Fresno and the Central Valley since 1932. In all those years, we’ve learned how to put together a phenomenal team of people. To give our customers the best experience, we need to hire the best. That’s why Allbritten has friendly HVAC technicians and plumbers on our team, ready to help homeowners with their cooling, heating, and plumbing issues.

In this blog, we’ll review some of the reasons and ways we aim to hire the very best here in Fresno and the Central Valley. If you’re ready to work with a team of passionate professionals, it’s time to call Allbritten.

Training for business, teaching for life

We are dedicated to giving our staff the tools they need to succeed. That’s why we provide our HVAC technicians and plumbers with extensive training in their trades. We would never send a technician to your home who isn’t prepared to do the job properly. We think too highly of our customers, and we think too highly of Allbritten techs not to give our best.

Of course, our in-house training is just the tip of the iceberg. Our team also receives top-notch training from Carrier—we are, after all, a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer—and our home performance experts are BPI-certified.

Compensating fairly for quality work

Sure, we could undoubtedly find cheaper labor than the top-notch people we employ. However, we believe in the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” Allbritten employees are paid fairly and given the opportunity to advance within the company. If investing in our team means providing our customers with the best possible services and products, it’s worth it. Judging by our customer reviews, we think it is.

Showing respect breeds respect

Albritten employees are renowned throughout the Central Valley for the courtesy they show our customers. When an Albritten technician enters your home, you will know that he or she understands what a great privilege the invitation represents. We demonstrate the meaning of respect to our employees every day.

Here’s a small gesture that goes a long way: before entering your home to work on your air conditioning or heating system, our technicians will put on protective blue booties over their shoes, so as to not dirty your floors. We believe in doing this because we, and our employees, respect your business and value your home.

Building pride in everything we do

We’ve always taken pride in what we do. For our team, home services isn’t just another job: it’s a career, and it’s a profession we’d be proud to pass down to our own children. We know our customers rely on us to understand our trade and to be professional at all times. That’s we let our employees know how much we value them, and we expect them to pass that value to our customers.

At Albritten, by putting our HVAC technicians and plumbers first, we make sure that our customers come first. Contact us today and let our team prove its level of commitment by doing what we do best—serving you.

Interested in working with the Allbritten team? Look at our current openings and apply online.

Here’s how tankless water heaters work

By now, you’ve probably heard about some of your friends and family investing in something for their home called a “tankless water heater.” Also known as a “Demand-Type Water Heater,” these systems are becoming increasingly popular with Fresno and Central Valley homeowners.

In this blog, we’ll explore the reasons why more and more local homeowners are making the switch to tankless systems. To learn more, or to make the switch yourself, contact Allbritten! We’re your local plumbing experts! (559) 292-4919

An endless hot water supply

Tankless water heaters, as the name suggests, do not have a tank in which they store hot water for eventual use by you and your family. Instead, a “tankless” system is a heating element connected to a water line. As hot water is needed, the line sends water through the system, rapidly heating it to the desired temperature.

Since the water heater isn’t storing a limited supply of water for use later and only heating it as needed, it can supply a virtually unlimited supply of hot water. This is useful for large families that go through a lot of hot water in a single period of time, such as when people are getting ready in the morning.

However, no matter what size your family is, this other benefit applies to you.

Saving money, both today and tomorrow

Tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient than their standard counterparts. Since they’re only heating water as it’s needed, there’s less energy wasted. All-in-all, one of the chief benefits of a tankless system is that they can significantly cut down on the gas or electricity used in your home, which in turn slashes your monthly energy bills.

Yet, that’s not all. These systems also last longer than standard water heaters; in some cases, a tankless unit can have double the lifespan of a regular water heater. While the upfront cost of a tankless system is typically higher than that of a regular unit, bear in mind that you may have to purchase two water heaters in the same lifespan of one tankless.

Safety and space-savings

As you probably know by now, tankless water heaters do not have a tank. Here’s another benefit to that: the water heater tank burst—a scenario dreaded by homeowners for decades—is out of the equation. There’s no more need to have that stressful thought in the back of your mind, and there’s no putting a price on that.

One final benefit: most tankless water heaters are wall-mounted in your garage, utility closet, or elsewhere. This frees up floor space in some of the most valuable and crowded parts of your home.

To learn more about how tankless water heaters work, call Allbritten!

Allbritten is your source for local, trusted plumbers here in Fresno and the Central Valley. We repair and install tankless systems, as well as standard ones.

To learn more or to get started on a quote for a new demand-type unit, contact us today, or give us a call at (559) 292-4919.

Hard water: What is it, and why do you need a water softener?

Most people take the water that comes out of their tap for granted. Beyond the other stuff that can be in your home’s drinking and potable water, there’s something else you need to think about: hard water. Here in Fresno, our exceptionally hard water makes a water softener a necessity.

A water softener treats a hard water problem by removing the buildup of minerals that can damage your  home’s plumbing. It effectively removes the minerals such as calcium and magnesium carbonates through an ion exchange process. The device can increase the lifespan of the plumbing fixtures, and reduce plumbing repair costs.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the reasons why it’s important to soften hard water by installing a water softener.

Hard water buildup and water softenerWhat is hard water?

Thanks to gravity, water is always on the move. In rivers, it can carve canyons and create valleys. Underground in aquifers and wells, water slips between rocks. All that time, the water is brushing against rock, scraping off minerals such as calcium and magnesium. It’s the presence of minerals that makes water “hard” as opposed to “soft.”

Does Fresno have hard water?

Yes, we do. Here in Fresno, our water, on average, is 122 parts-per-million. According to the scale developed by the Water Quality Association, that means our water here in town is classified as “hard.”

If your home’s water is drawn exclusively from underground sources, your water might even be harder than that. That’s because aquifer sources are typically “harder” than surface water sources.

So, what’s the problem?

First, let’s clear something up: there’s no health risk for you and your family as a result of hard water. (Although, there’s other reasons you should consider a whole-home water filtration system). However, hard water can do a number on your home’s plumbing and appliances. Let’s explain why.

As mineral-rich hard water passes through the pipes and plumbing of your home, those minerals leech out of the water and stick to the inside of the pipe. Over time, this results in the buildup of calcium commonly known as “scale”. 

What else does hard water impact?

The flow of water in your home can be reduced because of this blockage in the pipe. The result is that you’ll need to re-pipe your home—an expensive proposition—a lot sooner than you would have otherwise. It’s a major problem here in Fresno.

However, that’s not all. Those minerals are also being pumped into your dishwasher and washing machine every time you use them, causing damage and reducing the lifespan of your appliances.

Your water heater is particularly vulnerable. After all, it has water inside of it at all times. Mineral buildup can negatively impact the anode rod, and deposits of just 1/16 of an inch can negate your water heater’s energy-efficiency, increasing your home energy costs.

Hard water impacts your home comfort

The wrong type of water can have major impacts on your home’s comfort. Here’s just some of the ways that hard water negatively impacts your home:

  • Your laundry will be stiff and dingy because detergents will not work as well with hard water. In addition, the minerals in the water, over time, wear down the colors in your favorite outfits.
  • Your skin will be drier, itchier, and harder to deal with, and you’ll feel like your hair is under attack. Hard water can aggravate symptoms of eczema.
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioners will work less effectively and you’ll need to use more of them with each shower to get the same results you would have had otherwise with softened water.

How can a water softener help?

As the name implies, water softeners remove the minerals that make water hard, rendering it soft. Water softeners are popular here in Fresno because of our exceptionally hard water. 

A water softener is a good long-term investment to protect your appliances, water heater, and home plumbing. Plus, it’ll make your skin and hair feel great!

Call Allbritten to learn about our whole-house water treatment systems

At Allbritten, we’re proud to install HALO whole-house water filtration and treatment systems here in Fresno. The HALO 5 system is considered one of the best on the market. It not only operates as a water softener, but also cleans and purifies your water with some of the best technology available.

If you’re interested in learning more about our HALO systems and how your home can drink clean, softened water, call Allbritten at (559) 292-4919 or contact our team online to schedule your free in-home estimate on a new system.

Here are three tips to reduce pipe stress and prevent leaks

 

Pipe stress can lead to plumbing leaks. If you don’t take steps to address the problem, you will have to face costly plumbing repairs. The more you wait to act, the greater will be the damage to the pipes.However, the right proactive steps can help you avoid plumbing disaster later on.

In this blog post, we’ll talk about what pipe stress is, and how Allbritten can help you avoid problems and leaks.

What is pipe stress?

This isn’t your pipes being stressed about an upcoming exam or financial woes. Instead, pipe stress refers to pipes that are bearing too large of a load at too high of pressure. There are two primary drivers of pipe problems:

  • Water Pressure: The water pressure in your home’s plumbing is too high, which stresses the pipes, gaskets, and seals of your home’s plumbing.
  • Hard Water: As minerals from water leech out while passing through your plumbing, they collect inside pipes, forming hard calcification spots. Over time, this reduces the flow through the pipe, increasing the pressure and corroding joints.

The problems with pressure in pipes can be observed in your garden hose. Let’s say that you have the hose on at full capacity. If you were to then restrict most of the flow by pinching the end of the hose, the remaining water would shoot out of the end of the hose more forcefully.

That same phenomenon is happening your home’s plumbing every time you turn on the shower or sink faucet, or every time you start a load of laundry. Over time, that stress wears on pipes and fittings.

How you can address pipe stress in your home

Your home’s pipes don’t have to be doomed to a future of leaks and problems. The professional plumbers at Allbritten can help ensure that your pipes are looking good and have a reduced stress level. Here are the two steps we take to address pipe stress problems:

Step #1: Have Allbritten check the pressure on your pipes

Water pressure over 80 pounds-per-square-inch (psi) can lead to increased stress on your pipes, causing strain inside the pipe and damaging your fixtures.

High water pressure is particularly damaging to copper pipes. In order to avoid corrosion, copper pipes have oxide coating on the interior pipe walls. This coating gets damaged when the water pressure is too high.

Water pressure should ideally be between 40 and 80 psi. If the water pressure is higher than the maximum threshold, it can cause plumbing damage.

Call Allbritten to have us measure your home’s water pressure. If the water pressure in your home is too high, we’ll likely recommend a solution such as a pressure regulator, a device that reduces the pressure of the water entering your home.

Step #2: Have Allbritten install a water softener

People who use well water or municipal water should consider using a water softener. Especially when drawn from wells and aquifers, water is typically hard, not soft, in the Fresno area. This water can damage the pipes and restrict the flow of water. It can also cause corrosion in the joints. Also, the fittings that keep the pipe together can corrode due to hard water.

You should examine faucets and shower heads to find out whether there is any white colored stains and buildup. These are usually magnesium, or other minerals that are found in high quantity in hard water.

Another way to know about hard water is to have your water tested by the team at Allbritten. Above 140 parts per million (PPM) indicates hard water. You can easily resolve the hard water problem by calling us and having us install a water softener.

Call Allbritten for more ways to reduce pipe stress

Allbritten is Fresno’s trusted name in plumbing. Our team is known for fast, friendly service and our honest approach to doing business. To learn more about our water testing services, give us a call at (559) 292-4919 or contact us online.

Preventative plumbing: 5 ways to prevent major plumbing issues

How to prevent major plumbing issuesOut-of-sight, out-of-mind.

This old saying applies to your home’s plumbing. Most people tend to ignore the network of pipes inside the walls that delivers cold and hot water to showers, tubs, and sinks. They don’t think about the pipes that carry away waste and water.

However, giving your plumbing a little extra thought can help you prevent major plumbing issues. In this article, we’ll share 5 preventive plumbing tips that will help you avoid plumbing disaster.

Need help with your home’s plumbing, or have a plumbing issue? Contact our professional plumbers at Allbritten.

1. Address leaks immediately by calling Allbritten

A simple constant drip from the faucet can result in significantly increased water bills.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that leaky faucets results in the waste of more than three thousand gallons every year. A single leaky faucet can add about $15 to the bill. Multiple leaks inside the house can increase the bills considerably.

In addition, the environmental cost of the wastage of precious water can be great. That’s why it’s important that you address leaky issues immediately by calling in the professional plumbers from Allbritten.

2. Replace rubber hoses with stainless steel braided hoses

Your washing machine’s rubber hoses are at risk of unexpected bursting. This can happen when no one is around the house, resulting in massive water leakage—about five gallons per minute.

To avoid this problem, it’s important that you replace the rubber hose of the washing machine with a stainless steel braided hose. This will help you prevent unexpected plumbing emergencies.

3. Don’t pour grease down your drains

Grease buildup inside your drains is a major problem. Over time, accumulated grease can clog your sink or, worse, your sewer, causing a sewer backup. For this reason, you should avoid pouring grease down the drain.

Instead, you should consider discarding grease in a plastic container or jar. This will not only prevent plumbing issues, but also help out the environment.

Have a clogged sink or think you have a sewer backup issue? Stop running water and contact the plumbers here at Allbritten right away.

4. Prevent clogs, when possible

Another one of the major plumbing issues you’ll face as a homeowner is clogged drains. This is usually caused by the hairs that accumulate inside the drains.

The best way to avoid this issue is to place a drain screen. This will prevent buildup of hair inside the drain. The finer the screen, the better it will be able to prevent hair from clogging the drain.

5. Call Allbritten with both your minor and major plumbing issues

Don’t procrastinate when you have minor plumbing issues, or you risk them turning into major plumbing issues. Instead, contact us at Allbritten. We have a team of highly experienced plumbers who can perform all kinds of repairs at an affordable cost.

Avoid DIY drain cleaning and call the professionals

Why you Should Avoid DIY Drain CleaningWhen it comes to drain cleaning, most people think that they can do the task themselves. After all, DIY drain cleaning doesn’t seem to hard. There’s all sorts of products out there to dump down the drain.

However, while drain cleaning may seem like a simple DIY task, the reality is that it can be dangerous and could cost you more money than if you had called an expert.

Here, we will look at three main reasons why you should leave the drain cleaning to the experts at Allbritten.

1. You could damage your home’s drain pipes

Trying to clean the drain yourself can result in damage to the drain pipes. This is particularly the case if you use a commercial cleaner to clean the drain.

These products contain acidic solutions such as sulfuric acid that can corrode the pipes. Regular use of the cleaner can cause great damage to the pipes that will require costly repairs.

2. Most cleaners aren’t effective in clearing deeply clogged drains

You might be able to resolve simple clogs close to the drain through DIY drain cleaning. But the DIY approach will not work with clogs that are deep within the drain. Using metal snakes improperly can result in damage to the pipes. For serious clogs, you should always call an expert rather than try to resolve the problem yourself.

Different drain issues require different plumbing equipment. Professional plumbers have a large variety of plumbing tools. They know which tool will help in effectively cleaning the drain. You can save a lot of hassles and money if you call an expert plumber to clean the drain.

3. In some cases, DIY drain cleaning is dangerous

An important reason that you should avoid DIY drain cleaning is that it can be dangerous. The harsh draining cleaning chemicals can cause skin irritations if there’s exposure. You can also cut yourself on broken metal or get your hand stuck in a pipe.

In contrast, our professional plumbers are trained in the safe usage of drain cleaning chemicals and tools. They know what precautions to take when cleaning the drain. They are trained to perform the job safely.

Skip the DIY drain cleaning and call Allbritten for drain cleaning services

Trying to clean the drain yourself may look tempting. However, it’s recommended that you hire an experienced plumber to clean your drains. You can get injured or damage the pipes if you try to clean the drain yourself.

In fact, you can end up paying more money even when trying to fix a simple drain problem. The next time the drain clogs, it’s better that you save yourself from the problems and risks of DIY drain cleaning and call a professional.

Contact Allbritten. We have a team of licensed and certified plumbers who can help you with all types of plumbing problems.

Here are five ways to conserve water and make your home more water-efficient

Conserve Water In Your HomeWater is a precious resource that should be conserved in every way possible. However, while knowing the reality of its scarcity, we usually take water for granted and mindlessly waste water in different ways. What we should be doing is thinking about ways in which we can conserve or consume less water than normal.

By taking steps to reduce the water usage, you will be playing your part in making the Earth more habitable for others. What’s more, it will help in reducing the water bills, which will be a welcome change indeed. Here are five ways in which you can conserve water and save money as well.

1. Install fake grass instead of real grass

Every year, billion of gallons of water are wasted on natural lawns in the United States. In a state like California, this helps contribute to drought problems. Replacing the natural grass with a synthetic one will not just conserve water, but save effort and cost involved in maintaining a natural lawn.

2. Have Allbritten install a tankless water heater

Another great tip to conserve water is by having Allbritten’s plumbers install a tankless water heater in your home. The best thing about tankless water heaters is that they provide endless hot water, but they also use less energy. Learn more about some of the benefits of a tankless water heater.

3. Conserve water with water-efficient plumbing fixtures

Today, you can buy different types of efficient plumbing fixtures that can help conserve water. You can find different types of high-efficiency model toilets through online retailers such as Amazon.

Dual-flush and WaterSense toilets, for instance, can help reduce about 60 percent water usage as compared to traditional ones. This represents about 4,000 gallons of water for every person every year.

Apart from toilets, you can buy water-efficient taps, showerheads, dishwashers, washing machines, and many other fixtures that can help conserve precious water sources.

4. Fix plumbing leaks

Most people tend to ignore faucet and toilet leaks thinking that it won’t affect water consumption. However, the small leaks turn out to be a large wastage of water resources. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, average household leaks result in more than 10,000 gallons lost every year nationwide

Around 90 gallons or more are wasted every day due to the leaks. If you want to reduce water wastage, and reduce your water bill, it’s important that you immediately fix all the plumbing leaks. Allbritten is your source for plumbing repair in Fresno.

5. Turn off the taps when using the water

A simple way to conserve a lot of water is by turning off the tap when not using the water when brushing or washing the dishes. In this way, you could save about six liters of water every minute.

This will translate into huge savings if everyone inside the house uses discretion in using the water during brushing or dining the dishes.

Your source for plumbing repair in Fresno

If you reside in Fresno, you can contact the professional plumbers at Allbritten to install water-efficient plumbing fixtures and other appliances. We have been serving the Valley for more than 80 years.

The advantages of buying a tankless water heater

Guide: Buying A Tankless Water HeaterThinking about buying a tankless water heater? Read this blog post for a quick and easy guide!

What are tankless water heaters?

Tankless water heaters heat up the water when the tap is turned on. They provide instant hot water on demand. As a result, a tankless water heater can cut your energy bills in half. They are economical and efficient for both residential and commercial use.

If you are thinking about buying a tankless water heater, you must carefully consider the pros and cons before making the purchase.

Advantages of a tankless water heater

There are several benefits to buying a tankless water heater, including:

  • On-Demand Hot Water: The main benefit of buying a tankless water heater is that they offer on-demand hot water. You won’t have to wait long when you open the tap for the hot water.
  • They Take Up Less Space: Another advantage of tankless water heaters is that they take up less space as compared to traditional heaters. The compact size of the heater allows them to be installed in about any location of the house, although most are wall-mounted in the garage.
  • Advanced Features: Moreover, the latest tankless heaters boast several innovative features, such as improved pressure and flow control that offers greater convenience as compared to conventional heaters.
  • More Reliable: They deliver a continuous supply of water at the preset temperature without much maintenance needed. Also, they are more durable and have a longer life as compared to standard water heaters.

Things to consider

There are several things to consider when buying a tankless water heater, including:

  • Tankless water heaters cost about three times more than a standard water heater. Venting propane and gas requires stainless steel tubing, which can add to the installation cost. Note, however, that your energy savings over the lifetime of the system will probably help offset this upfront cost.
  • The water output is divided into multiple lines, but only one faucet can be served at a time. This means that someone will get a cold shower if multiple showers connected to the heating device are running at the same time.

Interested in buying a tankless water heater?

After reading about the pros and cons of the tankless water heater, you’ll now be able to make an informed decision. Get in contact with our team to learn more about buying a tankless water heater and our installation methods.

Why you should get water filtration in Fresno

When you buy a home and move in, you take the water that comes out of the kitchen tap, through the toilet, and out the shower head for granted. After all, it’s all just water, right? However, water filtration in Fresno is more important than you think, as your tap water could contain things that are dangerous to your appliances and your health.

In this blog post, we’ll outline just some of the reasons you should have Allbritten install a HALO water filtration system in your home. For a quote, give us a call at (559) 292-4919 or contact us online.

What is hard water?

Like much of the rest of the state, Fresno’s water is harder than in other parts of the country. Pumped from underground wells, this water has a greater proportion of minerals and salts than fresh water on the surface contained in lakes and rivers. Most experts agree that there’s nothing dangerous about drinking hard water—in fact, hard water can inadvertently supply your body with the nutrients you need. However, hard water has another impact that often leads people to install what are known as water softeners.

Over time, the minerals in hard water can collect on water fixtures, inside of pipes, and on drains. Known as “scale” (short for limescale), this discoloration can really make a mess of your kitchen and bathroom. Hard water is especially hard on your home appliances that intake water, such as your washing machine and your dishwasher. Their intake valves can eventually experience scale buildup so extreme that it partially clogs them.

There are other benefits to hard water, such as the fact that it often “tastes” better and helps you get soap out of your hair while showing. But, many owners looking for water filtration in Fresno are looking for a water softening solution to avoid damage to appliances.

Importance of water filtration in Fresno

In October, we wrote about how certain parts of Fresno were struggling with rust-colored water coming out the tap; a change in water chemistry at a water treatment plant led to corrosion in some water pipes in some Fresno homes. Allbritten has been helping some of those homeowners replace the pipes in their home. But, that problem and other issues highlight the importance of water filtration in Fresno.

Unfortunately, Fresno’s tap water might not be that great to begin with. Out of the nation’s 100 largest cities, the Environmental Working Group names Fresno as the city with the 11th worst municipal water supply. Over 30 chemicals have been found in the water, most principally nitrates—a common problem for cities surrounded by agriculture. This water issue has contributed to a negative reputation for Fresno’s water, and it’s why residential water filtration in Fresno matters.

HALO Water Filtration In FresnoYou have options

So, an in-home water filtration system sounds like a good idea. You’re in luck. Here at Allbritten, we install some of the most advanced water filtration systems on the market: HALO Water Systems. They have multiple models—whole-home, in-line, and guard—with different purposes and abilities. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • HALO’s whole-home systems, such as the HALO 5 and the HALO Pure Deluxe, not only remove contaminants from the water, but they also soften it. They’re a perfect solution for when you want complete water filtration in Fresno.
  • HALO’s in-line systems, such as the HALO Ion, can be installed on pipe and are designed to prevent the scale buildup from hard water. While they don’t soften water, they do protect your appliances from corrosion.
  • HALO’s water heater guardian is similar to the in-line system, but is specifically designed to protect your water heater from hard water corrosion. Again, this system doesn’t soften or purify water, but it does prevent your water heater from being damaged.

Learn more about HALO systems.

Have Allbritten install your home’s HALO system

If you’re ready to take steps to protect your home’s appliances and your family’s drinking water, give Allbritten a call today at (559) 292-4919. Our experienced plumbers will talk to you about your water filtration needs and match you to the right HALO system. Looking for another way to get in contact with us? Connect with us online, and we’ll get back to your message as soon as possible.

We replace rusted pipes in Fresno

Lately, the city of Fresno’s struggle with rusty and corroded piping in the northeast section of the city has come to the forefront in the news, although the problem has been around for quite a while. If you haven’t been following this story, here’s the issue: a water chemistry issue caused by a new water treatment plant coming online in the mid-2000s led to corrosion within the pipes of some homes in Fresno, particularly in the northeast section of the city served by the plant. As a result, some of these homes are having rust-colored water comes out of home faucets and water fixtures. This has particularly been a problem for older homes, but can also impact more-recent builds with galvanized iron pipes.

This is an unfortunate and complex issue, and legal arguments between the city and homeowners are still unfolding. However, experts have confirmed that the discolored water is coming from home piping itself, not the water supply. Corroded by the changes in tap water chemistry, the galvanized iron pipes are now leeching rust and other contaminants into the home’s water. In many cases, the only way to remove the problem is to partially or completely re-pipe the home, since part of the problem is that the pipes used in construction are themselves at fault.

We can replace galvanized iron pipes with PEX pipes, or pipes made from a different material.

Allbritten can replace your home’s galvanized iron pipes with pipes made from a different, corrosion-resistant material.

What are some signs that my pipes have been effected?

Typically, the first sign that your pipes are having problems is that the water coming out of the faucet is rust-colored, mud-colored, or the color is otherwise distorted in some way. This coloration may be minor, and it might only be able to be seen when filling something large with water, such as bathtub.

According to this article, there are two common factors in all the rust cases. First, that the homeowners had galvanized iron pipes and, second, that their water came from the city’s northeast treatment plant. If you aren’t sure if your home’s plumbing has been impacted, give the City of Fresno a call. They’ll help you find out if nearby homes have been effected.

Do these pipe problems post a health risk?

That’s still a matter of debate, and it really varies from house-to-house. In most cases, the impacted water is safe to drink and use for daily tasks, such as showering and bathing. But, in other cases, the water is running clear, but still showing levels of lead that are up to eight times the acceptable limit. Again, this is lead that is coming from the pipes themselves, as the city’s water is testing clean. This means that each house may have a different level of exposure, even when compared to neighboring homes.

What are my options, and how can Allbritten help?

Some homeowners are waiting to see what the city will do, and what impact—if at all—pending litigation might have. In the meantime, impacted homes have several different options. The City of Fresno says running the tap for two minutes can flush out any settled contaminants. If certain components of your home’s plumbing system have shown sides of corrosion, our company can replace them.

Another option is to have Allbritten replace all the galvanized piping in your home with a different type of corrosive-resistant piping, such as PEX or copper. This may seem like a big step, but it may be only way to be completely sure that galvanized pipes won’t continue to corrode, particularly because some reports have noted that some of the pipes used in construction in the 1990s were cheaply made, with a thin protective layer that has since been corroded by the aforementioned change in water chemistry.

If you do feel like you need to have Allbritten replace either a section of the piping in your home or all the piping in your home, give us a call today. We’ve been serving Fresno families with exceptional piping services since 1932. As a trusted, local company, we’re the best choice for effective pipe replacement. Contact us to learn more about this service and to get an estimate for such a project.

Get more information

If you have further questions about this issue, we recommend calling the City of Fresno’s Public Utilities Department at (559) 292-4919. They can provide you with more information and water testing, as well as advise you on the best way to avoid drinking water with corroded material in it.