Plumber in Pico Rivera

One Way Rooter has been proudly and enthusiastically serving our fellow neighbors in Pico Rivera. As a locally owned and operated company, we have solidified a stellar reputation spanning nearly a century as the area's most dependable and trustworthy plumbing company. Since we’re fully insured, bonded, and licensed, you can have complete confidence in our workmanship. Our team consists of dedicated, honest, and highly experienced professionals, each committed to going the extra mile for every customer. Whether you find yourself in need of residential, commercial, or emergency plumbing, we are delighted to be of service. Contact us without delay and become
another satisfied One Way Rooter customer!

5 star ratingCalled them to fix a leak in a water line that was under concrete. They were prompt, fair and honest. The quality of work performed was excellent as well. I will certainly reach out to them the next time I have a plumbing issue.
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Tips and Facts from Our Plumbing Service in Pico Rivera

All About Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting employs a specialized hose to propel pressurized water through a plumbing system. When you enlist our services for this non-invasive procedure, our first step involves inspecting the lines using a camera to identify any damage that might hinder the use of hydro jetting for clearing the clog. If no damage is found, we’ll continue with your hydro jetting service by inserting the hose and connecting it to a professional water tank. Careful consideration is given to selecting the optimal location before inserting the hose and beginning the process.

Using our extremely durable hose, the power of gravity, and highly pressurized water, we’ll begin flushing the debris from the system by forcing 20 gallons per minute of water through one forward-facing and many backward-positioned jets that propel the nozzle along to clear obstructions. Hydro jetting effectively eliminates clogs and rids your system of potential troublemakers like grease, mineral scale, tree roots, and other debris. If you have a deep clog, this method will likely be recommended by your trusted plumbing company.

Got Leaky Pipes?

The problem could be caused by…

…clogged lines. A clog could be caused by gutter debris, excessive hair, air handler drain pan blockages, chemicals, or a variety of other issues. If your pipes break (but are not frozen), drains become clogged, or toilets overflow, there is most likely a major clog in a line.

…improperly laid pipes. If your pipes were not installed by a licensed plumber or the job simply wasn’t done properly, extensive, emergency pipe leaks can occur. Water and gravity necessitate the cautious and accurate fitting of all pipes and connections. A One Way Rooter pro will gladly examine your pipework and let you know whether or not it was installed well.

...a broken seal. Contractors use rubber sealant at every connection point while installing appliances for optimal watertightness. As time goes on, this sealant can deteriorate, and you’ll begin to notice condensation on appliances, puddles of water near them, or other indicators of a broken seal.

…intrusive tree roots. Tree roots are complex and can reach deep beneath and throughout the ground, making them prone to growing into water lines. If you have trees growing near your house, observe a substantial loss in water pressure, see wet patches anywhere on your land, or develop a sinkhole in your yard, call your local plumber.

…a fixture crack. The usual cause of this sort of issue is physical impact. If this is the leak’s cause, there will probably be visible damage to the fixtures or pipes.

…pipe joint damage. Pipe joints are quite vulnerable because they are made of multiple pieces and because they have so much water constantly flowing through them. High water pressure, harsh temperatures, and age can all cause damage. If you hear a ticking or banging noise, especially when using hot water, the source of the sound (and issue) is most likely a damaged joint.

...loose water connectors. Pipes and hoses connecting appliances and water sources might become loose due to movement or shifting, resulting in a leak. These connectors are also susceptible to damage. Puddles near the appliance or water coming from your supply line are symptoms of this problem.

…ground movement. Earthquakes, flooding, and other natural disasters can cause the earth to move and shift, which then causes pipes cracking, twisting, bending, or separating. When leaks occur underground, your drains might slow or you might experience issues with your water supply. Only experienced plumbers can accurately inspect and rule out or confirm this kind of damage.

…high water pressure. While pipes are extremely robust, they are not immune to high water pressure and resultant leaks. When water pressure is too high (over 60 psi), pipes may even burst. If you're unsure about the cause of a leak, your plumber will do a pressure test as part of their in-depth assessment.

…corrosion. Plumbing systems contain numerous components, each of which might deteriorate or fail over time. Rust and other types of corrosion (which might be caused by minerals or a poor pH) can progressively corrode your pipes and create leaks. Galvanized steel pipes have an average lifespan of about 20 years, and brass pipes typically last for up to 70 years. If you notice a bad taste, a foul odor, or discoloration in your water, there could be corrosion affecting your pipes.

Got Bathroom Sink Problems?

If the issue is a…

…rotten egg-like odor coming from your sink, there is most likely a microbial infection in the overflow passage or drain. To solve this problem, simply treat with 3% hydrogen peroxide. If the problem persists, just contact One Way Rooter for plumbing services.

...malfunctioning drain stopper, the stopper may be damaged. The stopper allows the drain to open and close when you pull the knob on your faucet, but a loose retaining nut on the horizontal pivot rod is a common issue.

...deteriorating sink caulking, water damage is the most likely cause. With continued water exposure, caulking might mildew, mold, crack, or peel. Caulking should be replaced at five-year intervals.

...dripping faucet, corrosion, wear and tear, or a damaged o-ring, valve seat, or washer are all possible causes. Our plumbers near you will identify the source of the problem and immediately restore proper operation to your sink.

…slow or clogged drain, the most likely causes are buildup of hair or soap scum. If the sink is equipped with a mechanical drain stopper, check the horizontal pivot rod (right beneath the drain opening) and see if there is clog-causing buildup in this area. If the problem lies elsewhere, it’s time to reach out to us for more extensive troubleshooting and repairs.

Toilet Installation

When you contact our Pico Rivera plumbing service for toilet installation, we will first remove your old one. We'll inspect the flange, replace the wax ring, and position the toilet properly. We'll bolt the toilet in place before installing the tank, lid, and seat. Your installation is complete after we confirm there are no leaks. Unique models, such as those with bidets, electrical functions like heated seats, or wall-mounted models will necessitate additional steps.

Our plumbers can install all toilets, including:

  • Dual-Flush
  • Comfort-Height
  • Two-Piece
  • Waterless
  • One-Piece
  • Pressure-Assisted
  • Gravity-Fed
  • Wall-Hanging
  • Double-Cyclone And More!

Got Toilet Problems?

If the issue is a…

…tank-to-toilet leak, you'll notice water pouring from the area where the tank links to the toilet bowl. This indicates that your plumber will have to drain and remove the tank in order to repair the gasket.

…leaking water supply, signs like pooling water, noisy pipes, an increasing water bill, or diminished water flow might become noticeable. Even minor leaks might worsen quickly and become serious if we aren’t called for plumber services soon enough, so contact us immediately after shutting off the main.

...slow-flushing or clogged toilet, first try a plunger and see if it helps. If plunging does not clear the clog, your Pico Rivera plumbing contractor might need to utilize a snake to clear it. Rust, debris, lime, and/or calcium deposits may collect over time, resulting in a weak or "lazy" flush in older toilets. If this is the source of the plumbing problem, we may recommend having a new toilet installed.

...leak at the toilet base, your wax ring is most likely broken, improperly placed, or worn out. Water may collect gradually or come suddenly when you flush the toilet. For this type of plumbing repair, we’ll drain the tank, uninstall the toilet, and install a new ring. Depending on the source and severity of the leak, you may need a new tank and toilet.

...toilet overflow, please contact our plumbing service. A full septic tank, a sewage problem, a clogged plumbing vent, or a clogged pipe are the most prevalent reasons for this problem. We recommend turning off the valve that links to the tank (on most toilet pipes) to stop the flow. Turn off your water supply if you don't see a valve in this area. Do not reopen the valve or switch on the water supply until we have remedied the problem.

….toilet that keeps running, there may be a leak at the flush valve, which is located at the tank base. Another common cause is a misaligned or faulty fill valve, which can allow water to fill the tank continuously.

Got Low Water Pressure?

The problem might be the result of…

…a faulty fixture. If every fixture in your household has low water pressure, it’s unlikely that the fixtures are the cause. If you only detect an issue with one faucet, for example, the fixture itself could be the source of the problem. A clog or buildup may be causing the pressure problem, or the fixture may simply need to be replaced.

…a failing pressure regulator. Some properties don’t have pressure regulators. Not every property has a pressure regulator. If yours does, you can check your pressure using a water pressure gauge. If the gauge reads lower than the pressure regulator, there’s an issue with the regulator. If the gauge reads lower than the pressure regulator, the regulator is faulty. If there is no reading at all, this also signals a problem. The pressure regulator will be simple to troubleshoot and replace, if necessary, with the assistance of a plumber.

…leaky pipes. Leaks exist in a variety of sizes and types, and since they divert water, they reduce water flow. Look for wet areas or pools of water, then contact One Way Rooter and we'll fix the problem before it gets worse.

…your main house shutoff valve or water meter valve being partially shut. The water meter valve regulates water entry into a property, but it is owned by your local water company. The main house shutdown valve is normally positioned in your home near the main municipal supply pipe. Your water pressure will be impacted if either of these valves is not fully open. If you have ruled out a problem with your main shutoff, contact the city and request that they inspect your water meter valve.

…local regulations have changed. Water regulations may change abruptly, requiring utility companies to comply. If you learn that such a change has occurred in your city, you should talk to your plumber about installing a water pressure booster. Before we professionally install your booster system, we will meticulously inspect your plumbing to ensure there are no other issues.

…a problem with your water supplier. If neighboring residences or businesses have the same pressure problem, the source of the issue might be the supply. If you find yourself in this scenario, contact the water company and express your concerns.

…corroded pipes. The older the pipe, the more easily it can corrode - but only your dependable plumbing expert can diagnose this particular problem. If you have galvanized steel piping more than 20 years old, copper piping more than 50 years old, or brass piping more than 40 years old, corrosion is likely the cause of your pressure issue.

How We Install a Garbage Disposal

  1. Turn off the circuit breaker and carefully complete the electrical wiring.
  2. Install the drain flange.
  3. Install the gasket and mounting ring.
  4. Prop and mount the disposal to install the unit.
  5. Use pipe connectors to connect the P-trap (discharge pipe) to the disposal outlet.
  6. Tighten every fastener at both mounting and plumbing connections, then test for leaks by running water and running the disposal.

Got Kitchen Problems?

...water leak on the cabinet beneath your sink, a leak at the drain pipe joint is most likely. However, we've also seen this issue when the faucet water supply connections are defective. Modern kitchen faucets frequently have flexible hoses that connect faucets to water supply piping. Because the fittings at these connection points are hand-tightened, human error is possible. When seals or caulking fail, splashed water also has a propensity to leak into the cabinet below.

…dripping kitchen faucet, your cartridge might just need to be replaced. Contemporary kitchen faucets typically feature a single-valve cartridge, which is responsible for controlling cold and hot water flow. This problem is usually resolved when this component is replaced.

…slow sink drain, there is likely an obstruction, such as a stuck object, food debris, or buildup of grease or soap scum. When this type of obstruction arises, plumbing professionals are often required to snake the drain trap.

Five Most Common Plumbing Pipe Materials

PEX Piping is a modern plumbing solution that has gained traction for its durability, expandability, affordability, rigidness, versatility, and ability to bend (thus requiring fewer joints). The majority of licensed plumbers value its wide range of practical applications and numerous advantages. White PEX is used for water of all temperatures, blue PEX is only for use with cold water, and red PEX is made for hot water use.

CPVC Piping, which stands for chlorinated polyvinyl chloride piping, is crafted from a robust and long-lasting polymer material, surpassing copper piping in certain aspects. It boasts resistance to corrosion and quicker installation times. However, it does have some limitations - CPVC pipes are not as suitable for high-temperature environments as copper pipes, they are not ideal for regions with extreme temperature fluctuations, they have a tendency to be brittle, and they come at roughly twice the cost of standard PVC pipes.

Copper Piping is often used for home water supply line applications. Because it does not leach chemicals, is extremely durable, and is easy to cut, it is commonly used in tubs, sinks, showers, and other home fixtures - although it is relatively pricey.

Cast Iron Piping is usually found in older homes because it was widely employed for sewer drainage in the 1970s and 80s. This material was often utilized because it is long-lasting, practical, and resistant to damage. Cast iron pipes are no longer considered a viable option because they deteriorate over time, are heavy, corrode easily, eventually cause sewer backups, are heavy, and typically saddle homeowners with costly repairs that insurance companies tend not to cover.

PVC Piping is usually used for water line applications. Frequently beating out galvanized steel because of its affordability and durability, this type of piping maintains popularity - but it is not capable of handling high water pressure.

All About Frozen Pipes

Where and When Pipes Typically Freeze

The locations most vulnerable to pipe freezing are attics, exterior walls, and crawl spaces. Pipe freezing can occur when temperatures dip below 32 degrees, but the most significant risk exists when temperatures plummet below 20 degrees. Extended durations of exceptionally low temperatures pose the highest likelihood of pipes bursting, and remarkably, water can freeze in pipes in as little as six hours.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

You can prevent frozen pipes and related problems (such as burst or leaky pipes) by taking precautionary actions. We recommend: Run your faucets regularly Before temperatures drop, shut off outdoor spigots and drain water from lines Drip cold water in the faucet farthest from the main valve to keep water moving Keeping your heater on (55 degrees or higher) Keep under-sink cabinet doors open to keep pipes warm Ask your plumbing contractor to insulate your water tank and pipes

What to Do When Your Pipes Freeze

When you have a frozen pipe, the first thing you should do is turn off the main water valve. You can then either try to defrost the pipes yourself or contact our local plumbers. If you suspect that your water meter has frozen, do not attempt to thaw it yourself as this can cause extensive damage. Call your water company instead. To avoid broken or cracked pipes and costly repairs, be proactive and contact your One Way Rooter plumber as soon as you notice your pipes are frozen.

How Our Insured Plumbers Insulate Pipes

Each home has its own unique plumbing, so the first step your local plumbers in Pico Rivera will take is to decide how best to tackle pipe insulation. Usually, this will include selecting a quality insulation material to cover pipes in exterior walls, unheated attics, and/or crawl spaces. We may also recommend the use of heat cables or heat tape, depending on your plumbing and its condition. Your pipes will be ready to withstand low temperatures and you can prevent freezing or bursting when you opt for pipe insulation.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

  1. Ask your neighbors if their pipes are frozen, too. If so, there could be a water main break, rather than frozen pipes in your home.
  2. Turn off the water supply at the main.
  3. Open faucets.
  4. Heat pipes and the surrounding areas using a hair dryer, steering clear of flammable objects.
  5. Gradually turn the main back on and begin inspecting for cracks or leaks. Pooling water indicates likely pipe damage.
If you find it challenging to thaw the pipes using this method, feel apprehensive about attempting the thawing process yourself, or suspect a cracked or burst pipe, please don't hesitate to contact a reliable 24/7 plumber at (201) 666-8400. There are several risks associated with DIY thawing, such as potential cracking or melting of pipes (if heated too quickly or excessively), the risk of water damage (if cracks or leaks go unnoticed), and other potential issues. Your emergency plumber will respond promptly to your location, swiftly and efficiently thaw and repair your pipes, and resolve the situation.

Got Shower Problems?

If the issue is a…

...dripping shower head, the cause is probably mineral buildup on the head or a worn-out gasket. Hard water causes mineral buildup, which is composed of silica, lime, calcium, and magnesium. Mineral buildup is easily identified by white lines around the shower head. Soaking the head in vinegar should remedy the issue, but if it doesn't work or you need help replacing the gasket, we can help.

...smelly shower drain, you may have a mold, sewage gas, or bacteria problem. If the smell is coming from an infrequently used guest bathroom, there may be a dry P-trap in your shower drain allowing gas to escape. Your reliable plumber can quickly troubleshoot and eliminate this bothersome problem.

…clogged shower drain, there is probably hair buildup, soap scum buildup, a mineral deposit, a foreign object obstruction, or a broken pipe. Avoid using drain cleaner to clear clogs since these products can cause a wide range of issues that go far beyond a simple clog. If a plastic drain cleaning tool doesn’t do the trick, you may need our Pico Rivera plumbing company to use our professional equipment to clear the clog.

Gas Piping Services

Six Most Common Gas Piping Materials

PVC is a good choice for exterior, underground gas lines because this material is corrosion-resistant and impressively durable. This affordable piping is well-liked by plumbers, but they can’t use it in every region because they often break during installation.

Copper piping has a variety of stringent code requirements that restrict its use in many areas, and it usually has a 20-year lifespan. Many municipalities have actually prohibited its use altogether.

Galvanized Steel is an energy-efficient and durable piping material, frequently used for interior and exterior gas lines or water supply lines. Because it is a more labor-intensive material than others, it is no longer used in new construction and, for this reason, is typically only located on older properties.

Flexible Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing is an excellent solution for tight places or areas prone to natural disasters. These flexible, easy-to-install pipes may reduce damage, but they are vulnerable to cracking, making them only suitable for indoor gas lines.

HDPE has something in common with PVC: it's a fantastic choice for underground exterior lines. These lines are made of plastic and are both flexible and inexpensive. They are, however, easily harmed by subsurface rocks or tree roots.

Black Iron is the most well-liked piping material for both interior and exterior gas uses. This durable, robust, and heat-resistant material creates an airtight seal. Black iron, on the other hand, corrodes over time, and the sealant usually fails. If you have this type of gas line, you should have it serviced on a regular basis.

How Gas Piping Systems Work

Gas piping systems rely on pressure to deliver natural gas to a property. In these systems, gas moves from areas of higher pressure to lower pressure through a network of pipes. It travels through a pressure regulator, enters your distribution system, and ultimately enters your residence. The gas originates from mainlines and flows through a service line, both owned by gas utility companies. All components downstream (within your property) are your responsibility. When you activate a gas stove or furnace, the gas pressure increases slightly above atmospheric pressure, enabling the ignition of the heating unit.

Whole Home Water Filtration

The Filtration Process

The majority of residences are linked to a municipal water source. Before reaching homes, water is subjected to various treatment stages at a facility, including initial sediment pre-filtration, copper-zinc KDF and activated carbon treatment, and final safety and quality post-filtration. Subsequently, home water filters are installed to eliminate impurities such as contaminants, herbicides, pesticides, PFOA, PFOS, hard minerals, and heavy metals. The use of filtered water not only contributes to better health, but also prolongs the lifespan of home plumbing, faucets, and water-using appliances.

Benefits

You’ll enjoy a multitude of benefits when you install a whole-house water filtration system. They guarantee that you have constant access to delicious and safe drinking water, so you never have to worry about contaminants. You won’t just save money by eliminating bottled water, but you can also make an eco-friendly choice when you have less plastic waste. Filtration systems reduce mineral deposits and limescale, which reduces the likelihood of plumbing problems and expensive plumbing repairs. Your clothing will be softer and cleaner after washing, you won’t need to use as much soap, and your skin will thrive with the elimination of irritants. All in all, whole-house water filtration is a smart financial and health decision, and it’s environmentally friendly to boot.