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What to Do If Your Toilet Flange Starts to Leak

May 17, 2022

What to Do If Your Toilet Flange Starts to LeakMost home toilets see a lot of use. Over the years, this constant use begins to wear on the parts of a toilet. This wear can cause damage that affects the operation of the entire toilet. One of the most common wear-related problems homeowners experience is failing toilet flanges.

What is a Toilet Flange?

The toilet flange (also known as a closet flange) is a circular pipe fitting connecting the toilet to your home’s drainage system. It also helps secure the toilet to the floor.

Toilet flanges can be made from a number of materials, including PVC,…


Why You Shouldn’t Pour Cooking Grease or Oil Down Your Kitchen Sink

May 12, 2022

Why You Shouldn't Pour Cooking Grease or Oil Down Your Kitchen SinkMost people don’t think twice about pouring hot cooking grease or oil down their kitchen sink drains. Hot grease and oil are fluids, just like water, milk, soda, etc. So, you should be able to pour grease and oils down the kitchen sink like you do those other fluids, right?

Wrong. Pouring cooking grease or oil down a kitchen sink drain can be a big mistake. Once down the drain, the oil and grease begins to cool and solidify. This can cause all kinds of problems, including persistent clogged sinks. And…


What to Do If You Have a Backed-Up Sewer Line in Oceanside CA

May 9, 2022

What to Do If You Have a Backed-Up Sewer Line in Oceanside CAThe sewer line removes wastewater from the plumbing fixtures in your home. Unfortunately, this sewer line can get clogged up blocked up, or damaged, preventing the wastewater from properly draining out of the house. When this happens the wastewater can begin to back up into the home, causing all kinds of headaches for the homeowner.

Common Causes of Sewer Backup

There can be many reasons why your sewer line is backing up. Some of the most common causes of sewer backups in Oceanside, CA include:

  • Too much food…

Is Your Hot Water Heater Telling You It Needs Help?

May 5, 2022

Is Your Hot Water Heater Telling You It Needs Help?

Like all the plumbing fixtures in your home, the components of your hot water heater experience wear as they age. This wear can affect the performance of the hot water heater. When this happens, the hot water heater will need to be repaired or replaced. Here are some of the ways your hot water heater will let you know it needs some attention:

No hot water

If there’s no hot water coming out of the hot water tap, then you definitely have a hot water heater problem. Depending on what kind of hot water heater you have, there could be many reasons…


How to Conserve Water While Saving Money in Oceanside CA

April 28, 2022

How to Conserve Water While Saving Money in Oceanside CAIn drought stricken California, there are two main reasons to reduce your water use: to conserve water and save money. Our customers are always looking for ways to do both.

Water Leaks are Water Wasters

One of the best ways to conserve water is to fix any water leaks in your home. Did you know that a leak of one drip per second wastes 1,661 gallons of water in a year? Fixing a leaking pipe or fixture is one of the easiest ways to conserve water and save money on your…


What is the Best Temperature to Set my Home Water Heater?

April 26, 2022

What is the Best Temperature to Set my Home Water Heater?At 1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration one of the most common questions we get when installing a water heater is: what is the best temperature to set my water heater? This is actually a good question. What temperature you choose to set for your hot water heater will have a big impact on its performance and efficiency, as well as the health and safety of you and your family.

Performance and Efficiency

The standard water temperature setting for most hot water heaters is 140 degrees F. However, the U.S. Department of…


Where to Search for a Hidden Home Water Leak

April 21, 2022

Where to Search for a Hidden Home Water LeakEvery home in Oceanside, CA will eventually experience a water leak resulting from a plumbing defect. Any water leak has the potential to cause thousands of dollars in home and personal property damage, including mold damage. The problem is these water leaks can sometimes be hard to detect, especially in their earliest stages.

Signs You May Have a Hidden Water Leak:

Here are some signs that you may have a hidden water leak:

  • Rising water bills
  • Your water meter is showing that you’re using water even when all the fixtures are shut off.
  • Unpleasant, musty odors

What’s Causing That Puddle of Water at the Base of Your Toilet?

April 12, 2022

What's Causing That Puddle of Water at the Base of Your Toilet?Does there always seem to be a puddle of water around the base of your toilet? A water leak at the base of your toilet could indicate several problems. What’s important is that you get the problem addressed as soon as possible. Ignoring the leak could eventually affect the function of the toilet, cause costly water damage, and trigger mold growth.

If you live in the Oceanside, CA area contact 1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration when you notice any water leak. They’ve fixed nearly half a million water…


Common Causes of Clogged Drains in Oceanside CA and How to Fix Them

April 7, 2022

Common Causes of Clogged Drains in Oceanside CA and How to Fix ThemClogs happen. And they can happen to any of the piping or water fixtures in your home. There are many ways your pipes and drains can become clogged. Sometimes unclogging a drain is a simple matter; in others, a professional plumber may need to be called.

Causes of Clogs

Food waste

Food waste is a common cause of kitchen sink clogs. Some foods that can cause a kitchen sink clog include coffee grounds, oatmeal, bones, fruit rinds, pasta, rice, and eggshells. You should try and avoid disposing of any…


Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters for Oceanside CA Homeowners

March 24, 2022

Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters for Oceanside CA Homeowners

Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand or instantaneous water heaters, are water heaters designed to instantly heat water as it flows through the device, providing a continuous flow of hot water. As the name suggests, they don’t heat or store the water using a tank. Cold water flows into a heat exchanger which quickly and efficiently heats the water.

Tankless water heaters are becoming a popular choice for Oceanside, CA homeowners who need to replace their home’s old water heater. That’s because tankless water heaters provide many advantages over tank-typed water heaters. Here are some…