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We are not the cheapest plumber nor do we want to be. We live in an age where consumers can get online and grind it out to find the cheapest plumber. We can’t count the times we had to fix “The Cheapest Plumber” work. Most of us are guilty of trying to find the cheapest price on products or services, but we don’t realize it until it hits home. At Big B’s Plumbing, we promise fast, reliable service at a good value.

Why we’re not The Cheapest Plumber

At Big B’s Plumbing, we complete background checks on all our employees for the safety of our customers. We are bonded and insured, and provide Workers’ Compensation Insurance on all our plumbers.  For your consideration, Big B’s Plumbing will take your call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We have a warehouse to store all our equipment and eight plumbing trucks to provide our customers with the kind of service they deserve.

We Believe In Giving Back

We’re a plumbing company that believes in giving back to our community, and that means extending ourselves to the elderly that could not afford plumbing services. We support the community with fundraisers such as golf tournaments, and little leagues and soccer teams have received our sponsorship.

We Use The Latest Plumbing Technology

Plumbing technology is a big part of what we implement at Big B’s Plumbing. Whether we’re repiping your home, installing a trenchless sewer line, or hydro-jetting your drain, our technology and equipment are top of the line which allows us to bring our customers excellent value. We’re ready on short notice to meet all your residential, commercial, and emergency plumbing services.

Free Estimates Whether We Get The Job Or Not

While we all need to watch what we spend, don’t let a few dollars stand between you and quality plumbing services. At Big B’s Plumbing, we give free estimates and free means free, whether we get the job or not. We may not be the cheapest plumber, but we know the value and service we bring all our customers.   License #986152

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When most of us think of plumbing, we rarely think about the advancements in technology, or online engagements. That’s because it’s so much a part of our lives now. For example, if you need a plumber, the consumer gets online and completes a search for a “plumber near me.” What that means is your plumbing company is optimizing(marketing strategy) their website to assure that their company comes up in the Google search results. In 2019 and beyond, we can expect companies to grow as new innovative marketing ideas surface for plumbing. The past year we saw significant changes in the Google search when Google came out with “Google locals” creating better search results and giving companies money back guarantee if not satisfied with the service.

Social Media – A Big Hit For Some Plumbing Companies in 2019

Social media is a big hit for plumbing companies to attract new customers. They’re putting their marketing efforts into Facebook and other social platforms and it’s acquiring many new clients. It’s proven to be a positive avenue for consumers because plumbers want your excellent review. But for some plumbing contractors, topnotch service is what they do whether they get a review or not. At the very least, if a consumer finds a plumbing company on a social platform, they know they need to provide the best service.  

Educating Consumers On Value vs The Cheapest

Educating the consumer is one of many plumbing trends in 2019. You can expect plumbing companies to educate consumers on cost. With the internet, it doesn’t take much for a potential customer to shop at the lowest price online. Plumbing companies are educating consumers on the value they bring and on the dangers of trying to find the cheapest plumber. The lowest price doesn’t always equate to good quality work, and many consumers understand that. They want a good value and fast, reliable service versus a cheap plumber.

2019 Is The Year Of Reviews

2019 is the year of reviews. Reviews are now making or breaking a company. A plumbing company will not last if they have a history of bad reviews. They understand that most consumers will write a bad review before they write a good one. With that said, we are still human and we do make mistakes, we also hire people that make mistakes, and it’s how those mistakes get handled that makes an excellent plumbing company. Reviews are among many plumbing trends in 2019.

Water Awareness Is Still A Hot Topic

Water awareness is still on the forefront even though we’ve had a great year for snow and rainfall. In 2019 California is proclaimed drought free. But most of us have learned from our past that our water cost will not be going down soon. We must be diligent with our water conservation efforts, and plumbing companies have to carry the torch for that in this year and beyond. They are on the front line when it comes to water saving products.  

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If you’re a home buyer, maybe even a first time home buyer and the house you’re looking at is an older home, beware of potential plumbing problems before you sign on the dotted line. If you have any specific concerns, have a list of questions ready for your home inspector. There are a couple of primary areas that may require a more detailed inspection, and it may cost you slightly extra; it could pay dividends in the future. If you purchase a house that’s had a home inspection and you find out a week later that your sewer lines cracked, you have no recourse. As much as we would like to think real estate agents and home inspectors want the best for their clients, they are not all the same. Potential homeowners need to step up in the home buying process with due diligence.

Have A Video Inspection Completed On The Sewer Line

Your home inspectors will examine the major systems in a home such as HVAC, electrical, and plumbing system. With that said, an inspector will not complete a video inspection of your sewer line. Clay and cast iron sewer line will likely be the sewer line present in an older home. On average they have a 50-year life expectancy, some may last much longer, while others may have a shorter lifespan. So if you’re purchasing a home that exceeds 40 years, it might be best to have a video inspection of your sewer line.

Complete A Water Quality Check Of Your Steel Galvanized Pipes

Remember that steel galvanized pipes were the pipe of choice up through the 1960s after that copper pipes were the pipe of choice for home building. Steel galvanized pipes have a lifespan of 40 to 50 years. So when purchasing a new home, have your inspector thoroughly check the pipes for rust and mineral build up. A water quality test might be helpful since what we’ve learned about the galvanized pipe is that over decades of use they tend to corrode from the inside out.

Check The Age On Your Water Heater

Your water heater has a 10 to 15-year life span. Your home inspector along with plumbing professional can tell you how old your water heater is, based on the model and serial number. If it’s still working but over ten years old, the sellers might be willing to allow for some compensation.

Have No Regrets When Purchasing A New Home

No one wants to move into a new house only to find things wrong with it. Our plumbing system is an intricate part of our homes function. A broken sewer line, rusted galvanized pipes and an outdated water heater can squash the joy of a new home buying experience, if not addressed before the purchase. To consult with a plumbing specialist before your home purchase call Big B’s Plumbing today. License #986152

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Most of us like to dream about the perfect bathroom or kitchen. The dreaming starts with new fixtures and appliances. In the kitchen, aside from the major appliances such as the stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, we want a sink and faucet that will set your kitchen apart from the rest. The farmhouse Matte White under mount sink would give most kitchens a unique look. Courtesy of LOWES

KRAUS Bolden Dual Function Sprayhead Stainless Steel Faucet

A great addition to the sink is the KRAUS Bolden dual function Sprayhead Stainless Steel Faucet with a single-handle pull-down sprayer. This five-star faucet is a workhorse around the kitchen. It’s 18 in high with 180-degree swivel some of the other features include corrosion resistant finish and a dual mode sprayer. Photo courtesy of Home Depot

Evolution Excel Garbage Disposal, 1H

While most of us may not consider our garbage disposal a design feature, think again. For those homeowners that leave no stone unturned the Evolution Excel® garbage disposal is a perfect choice. If you’re a person who sees value in quality appliances, this garbage disposal will blow your mind. By far the best in grinding technology it will also be the quietest disposal you’ll ever encounter. Although it is under your sink, it will only take a glance to view its style and beauty. Courtesy of Insinkerator

GROHE’s New FootControl Faucets

GROHE’s has done it again always staying one step ahead. Do you want to save time? Is convenience a priority in your kitchen? Then the new FootControl faucet technology if right for you and your kitchen. With the tap of your foot, your water can be turned on and off leaving your hands free. Two of GROH’s most popular faucets now have the latest FootControl technology. The sensor is easily installed at the bottom of the kitchen sink cabinet and is foot activated. Courtesy of GROHE

Are you ready to think outside the box? While pedestal sinks come in all shapes and size this one might be best suited for a small guest bathroom.
The sink has a unique shape with a smooth interior and a hammered look exterior. Solid constructed 16-gauge copper with nickel plating. It conveniently comes with a back opening for plumbing that cannot be seen. Courtesy of Ferguson

Oxford Cast Iron Pedestal Tub

Add style to any bathroom by installing an Oxford 60 inch cast iron pedestal bathtub. This superior porcelain enamel over cast iron tub will add character to any bathroom. Double ended comfort with the imperial ball and claw feet can be adjusted to the perfect hight. Additionally, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Courtesy of Vintage Tub & Bath

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Very rarely will we replace a plumbing appliance or fixture before it finally breaks for good. We see the signs such as a water heater that shows rust, or it does not sound right. You know in your mind that the heater is old, but you keep your fingers crossed hoping to squeeze another year out of it. How about those old water sucking toilets? If you’re not careful, they will outlive you. We all want to want to get the most out of our plumbing appliances and fixtures. With that said, there is a point where you get diminishing returns on old plumbing appliances and fixtures.

Toilets Can Last 100 Years, When Do I Replace Them?

Let’s start with our toilet, how long will they last and when do I replace them? Unless a toilet cracked or is leaking, you’d never have to replace it. In fact, a study completed by the National Association of Home Builders said your toilet could last 100 years and longer. The parts in the toilet will need to replaced every few years to keep it functioning correctly, but other than that, a toilet could last forever.

Here is the reality check; the new toilets maximum water usage is 1.6 gallons of water per flush, old toilets can use 3.5 gallons per flush or more. A family of four can save $110 a year in water usage and $2,200 over the life of the toilet. Toilets marked with the WaterSense Label use 20 to 60 percent less water. The average cost of a toilet is $100 to 350 dollars. In other words, change your toilets and save money.

Your Water Heater Expectancy Is 10 – 15 Years

Our water heaters are next on the list. When is it time to replace our water heater? Since water heaters cost so much more than replacing a toilet, convincing you to replace it before it completely breaks down may be difficult, but I’ll give it my best shot. Your water heater expectancy is 10 – 15 years and those numbers are very reliable. If your water heater is old and in bad shape, then replace it.

According to the EnergyStar®, a gas storage water heater marked with the EnergyStar label can save a four-person family hundreds of dollars over the lifetime of the product because it uses 10 percent less energy. Additionally, some California utility companies are offering $100 – $200 in rebates on tankless water heaters as well as storage tank heaters. EnergyStar is a voluntary program put on by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the purpose of protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.

Call Big B’s Plumbing Today!

If you need a new toilet or water heater, call the plumbing pros at Big B’s Plumbing. We have you covered with free estimates and emergency services 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

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You get up one morning and walk downstairs to find water all over the kitchen floor and cabinets. It’s apparent that a pipe burst from above the kitchen and the water damage is significant. The big question is, does my plumber handle flood damage or do I call someone else? It would depend on a few things, such as does your plumbing company handle insurance claims and flood damage repairs?  If you use a plumbing company that you’re comfortable with, chances are that plumbing company will give you a recommendation. The way it works is the referring plumbing company will usually be contracted out for the plumbing services, and the flood damage company will handle the water damage. Both companies work hand in hand.

Flood Damage and Plumbing Go Hand In Hand

There are some exceptions; for example, for a flood isolated to a small area like a laundry room your plumbing company may be best suited to handle the job from start to finish.  Flood damage and plumbing go hand in hand, but here lies the problem, while the plumbing was the cause of the flood the collateral damage to the drywall, cabinets, flooring must be repaired. Whatever the case, fixing the issue fast is strongly advised especially if sewage is involved. If the problem is not resolved, mold can begin to form in 24 to 48 hours. If left unchecked, spores can develop in 3 to 12 days and in 18-21 days, the mold is visible.

Don’t Get Overwhelmed With Your Water Damage

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when your home is overcome with water damage. The fact is, water damage isn’t some random event, statistics show that 37% of households claim to have had water damage to some degree and 14,000 people each day will experience a water disaster in the US each day.  Whether it comes from a storm, flood waters, or broken pipe we need to have a trusted place to turn and the most common place to turn is your trusted plumbing contractor. They will give you the direction you need to point you in the right direction. Your homeowner insurance may also have a recommendation.

Our Goal Is To Leave An Excellent Lasting Impression

At Big B’s Plumbing, we want to be your go-to plumbing company for all your plumbing needs and recommendations. We’ve been serving the Inland Empire, Riverside County and San Diego for close to a decade. Our goal is to leave an excellent lasting impression on all our customers. We’re an accredited with the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating and our reviews knock it out of the ballpark! Make Big B’s Plumbing “Your Plumber For Life.”

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Older vintage homes are in demand in Southern California but make no mistake about it, old vintage homes have their fair share of plumbing problems. You can plan to fix potential problems or wait until something breaks; for example, we can replace our old water heater that shows signs of age or we can wait until it stops working. The same is true for the old galvanized pipes in our home, we can fix them now or wait for a possible leak, even worse a slab leak. Homes built in the ’60s that have galvanized pipes are entering the end of their life span. High quality galvanized pipes can last 60 to 70 years, but that will also depend on manufacture quality, water quality, and the thickness of the galvanized coating.

Plumbing Problems? Understand The Signs!

Sometimes our old vintage home will talk to us, so we need to listen. I don’t mean like some ghost in our house. Here are some of the ways your home will speak to you: your pipes will begin to leak, maybe more than one, perhaps your water is no longer crystal clear, or your pipes are sounding rather strange. These are all signs that your pipes may need replacing. Why wait until your home experiences full-blown water damage? Consult with a Big B’s Plumbing repipe specialist to get all your options. Like every other facet of life, technology has not passed up plumbing services, and Big B’s Plumbing uses the latest technology and repiping techniques.

Another Major Plumbing Problem In Older Homes

Another plumbing problem we face with old vintage homes is the break down of our sewer lines. Over the last century, there are three types of sewer pipes installed: clay, cast iron, fiber conduit (Orangeburg), and plastic (ABS, PVC). Regardless of the sewer lines, the average life expectancy of any of these lines is 50 years, but under the right conditions, they could last 75 years or longer. With old vintage homes built before 1970, cast iron and clay sewer pipes were usually the pipe of choice. As durable as cast iron pipes are they can be damaged by tree roots, settling shifting soil, water quality and chemicals used in the home.

Clay Pipes

Clay pipes are another quality pipe known to last for years, especially if encased in concrete, but many homes did not encase them in cement. Unlike cast iron pipes, clay pipes are resistant to chemicals. Their tendency over many years is root infestation, leaky joints and sagging due to shifting soil.

Your Vintage Home Is A Dream Come True

For many homeowners owning a nostalgic vintage, home is a dream come true, but it doesn’t come without its headaches. Once a pipe starts to leak, whether galvanized or copper, think about replacing them, and the same holds true for your sewer line: for example, if your sewer line is backing up or leaking and it’s never been replaced, call your plumbing specialist at Big B’s Plumbing. Your old home is like a vintage car, rebuild the motor, complete bodywork, and repaint it then you’ll have something to be proud of for many years. License #986152

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Does your bathroom drains stink? Well, you’re not alone. The stuff that ends up down our drains such as toothpaste, hair, dead skin hair products is all a recipe for a stinky sink. The black gunk that builds up in your sink that causes the smell is called bio-slime. It’s a bacteria that forms from organic material. Left without regular maintenance it will clog your sink and began to stink like rotten eggs.

The Solutions For A Smelly Drain

If your drains have begun to emit that rotten egg smell, there are a few key reasons why this might be happening, and the good news is: the solutions are often for the Do-It-Yourself! So, here are a few things to look out for if the drains in your home smell less than pleasant.

While the P-Trap may sound like a technical plumbing apparatus, it’s a pretty simple device, with an important job! The P-Trap is a U-shaped pipe fixture; the U-shape works to retain a pool of water which blocks sewer gas from passing through and rising into your bathroom. If the P-Trap is not airtight, leaks, or is ultimately empty, you may have the cause for the stench. The toilet, shower, and sink in the bathroom should all have P-trap fixtures, so make sure you check all sources!

Solutions: Run the tap or pour water down the drain to refill the P-Trap, flush the toilet to refill the trap, pour water into the shower drain.

To prevent bio-slime from building up once a week boil a kettle full of hot water and slowly pour it down your drain.

Dirty Drains? The Fix Is For The DIY’er

If it’s been a while since the drains in your bathroom have had a proper cleaning, the matter has time to build up and potentially cause some significant odor. A gentle but effective DIY cleaner to give your drains a good flush may be the solution to unpleasant odors.

Solutions: Heat a cup of white vinegar and pour down the drain; it should be simmering. Pour ½ cup baking soda down the drain, as well. Allow this mixture to work its magic, foam up, and eat away the nasty stuff. Let it sit for a few, at least 15 minutes (an hour if you have some time), then run hot water down the drain for at least a minute as a final flush.

Need Help Give Us A Call!

Performing one, or all of these DIY fixes should leave your drains smelling fresh! If not, or if the problem returns quickly, it may be time to call one of our professionals at Big B’s Plumbing, serving all of Riverside County! If the smell is coming from the water itself or is emanating from multiple drains, it could signify a serious issue with your water supply or plumbing that requires professional help.

At Big B’s Plumbing, our experts can help accurately diagnose the problem, and ensure your drains are performing and smelling their best! License #986152

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If you don’t stay on top of your water leaks or manage your home plumbing system well, you might get an outrageous water bill, $23,000. What? Did that really happen? Yes, this happened, Loretta Maddox of Dekalb County in Decatur Georgia received a water bill for over $23,000.

Your Water Bill May Be Defective

Ok, so maybe this horrendous water bill did not come from a leaky pipe, or regular hot showers, from too many baths or even from washing dishes with running the water. I remember when we got a new swimming pool, and it took hours and hours to fill it up. I thought the water bill would hit the roof that month, but it ended up to be almost insignificant.  The biggest lesson from this news story is to make sure your water meter is working correctly. Monitor the meter for a few months, or you can call the City and have a technician come out.

Protect Your Water Bill From Going Up

When it comes to the plumbing side of things, Big B’s Plumbing has some maintenance solutions. It won’t take too much out of your day, and you might have to spend a little money to save some big money.

Look under your sinks and toilets for leaks or cracks. Look at the carpet for moisture or discoloration. Undetected leaks from a toilet could waste up to 100 gallons a day, and can lead to a disastrous future issue and avoidable expense. How about the faucets, showerheads, or sprinkler heads and hoses? Just a tiny opening or leak could do similar damage. As they say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Consider a newer high-efficiency appliance or fixture.

The United States Environment Protective Services (EPA)  has their website filled with ideas to save water and protect our environment. They have many products that they have considered and have met their “WaterSense” standards. It just might be worth it to go onto their site, then do your research to replace old inefficient appliances or fixtures. Also, look for rebates or vouchers for these items that can save you more money. If your water heater is ten years old, think about updating and upgrading that appliance. If your house is more than 50 years old, maybe you think of repiping your home.

Contact Your Local Plumber For Advice

If you are unsure how to proceed to avoid that $23,000 water bill, get some advice from your friendly plumbing company, Big B’s Plumbing. We have been in business for over a decade and know how to keep you on top of your home plumbing needs. We are knowledgeable about our industry and familiar with up and coming technology. Let us inform you and provide great plumbing services to your home. We offer FREE estimates, give us a call today.

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Some of you who have come to this page, you want the answer and nothing else.

YES, is the answer to “Are Plumbing Repairs Covered By My Home Warranty?” (That is if your home policy includes the particular service or parts and provider in the plan you chose.)

But, those of you who can take the time, please continue to read so you can fully understand what you are up against with home warranty service policies.

Read Your Policy Carefully

Seriously, you must get to know the details of your home warranty and how it works so that you can capitalize on the rates that you pay. Each contract writes differently, so each has different requirements and coverage. You better know your plan before you start spending money thinking somebody else is going to reimburse you.

Most people are familiar with an extended warranty for a car. Usually, you get this with a used car since you don’t know the history of how a past owner has taken care of the car, and you want to safeguard yourself from significant unexpected repairs. Similarly,  one can purchase a home warranty or service contract that protects the homeowner from high-cost unexpected system failures, appliance breakdowns or other issues that can arise in a home. Home warranty coverages are different from home insurance coverages. Just like the automobile or medical insurance, the policyholder offers many plans with corresponding rates depending on how extensive (or not) you would like them to cover. On the most part, a homeowner can customize the policy according to their priorities and budget.

Usually, a home warranty covers the major components and parts of your plumbing system. Again, refer to your service contract that provides precise details on covered plumbing services and parts.

Make Sure The Plumber Is Approved

Another critical item to remember is to make sure that the plumber you choose can coordinate with your home warranty provider. Can you imagine reviewing your service contract, being confident that the plumbing service is covered then come to find out, the plumber you used will not get paid out of the home warranty policy because that provider is not on their list of approved companies?

No need to fret, at Big B’s Plumbing, we work with many home warranty providers. We know the process and will educate you along the way if need be. Many times we are the one communicating with your home warranty company so you won’t have to deal with it.  We want you to get the best service and want to save you money while you are at it. Check out our reviews on Yelp, Facebook and Google+. We will not disappoint.

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