At HP Mechanical, we often get questions from customers about shower pressure. Any loss in shower water pressure is an annoyance, even if it’s just a short disruption due to a flushed toilet. And of course, it’s much worse if it’s a chronic problem that makes it harder to rinse away shampoo and soap. There are several ways of fixing and preventing this common problem, but they vary depending on the root cause.
Published on: 09/13/2021 | Category: Plumbing
We have become familiar with wildfires here in the Northern California North Bay because we seem to get a major one (or two) almost every summer. At HP Mechanical, we have been busy servicing and maintaining our customers’ air conditioning units to ensure that they are not breathing in the smoke for many years.
Published on: 09/06/2021 | Category: Cooling Systems
Initially hitting the market in the 1970s disposable wipes were sold only in the diaper section of supermarkets, but now they are available. From being an alternative cleaning agent for babies during diaper changes, the product has evolved, with facial wipes and hand sanitizing wipes flooding the market. These handy disposable wipes, said to be “flushable” are mislabeled though. While you can flush them down your toilet, there are many horror stories of drain pipes and home septic systems getting clogged as well. Here are some reasons why you should not dispose of disposable wipes down your drain.
Published on: 08/23/2021 | Category: Plumbing
A plumbing vent is little more than a pipe that runs from a plumbing fixture up through the roof of the home. Look on the roof of any residential home and you’ll usually be able to spot these vents poking up. In very simple terms, this pipe allows air pressure to escape from the plumbing system. Contrary to what many people believe (and what many DIY explainers might tell you), its primary purpose is NOT to let air into the pipes. If you stop for a moment to think about it, every drain in the home is open. Air doesn’t have any trouble getting into the pipes to help gravity force the water through the plumbing.
Published on: 08/16/2021 | Category: Plumbing
Plumbing has a great history of amazing innovation and achievement and every day we are able to use it to better our lives. Here are five noteworthy developments in the history of plumbing, brought to you by all of us here at HP Mechancial.
Published on: 08/09/2021 | Category: Plumbing
Getting your HVAC unit tuned up is important to experience better performance. You should properly maintain your HVAC unit to enjoy the pollution-free warm or cool air. Many people do not think about tuning up their HVAC unit until it fails to work properly. A well-maintained HVAC unit lasts longer. Therefore, you should consider scheduling regular tune-ups with experienced HVAC contractors.
Published on: 08/02/2021 | Category: Cooling Systems
How long has it been since you checked your plumbing system? Unless you’ve had an issue, it’s likely that you’ve never actually checked it. By working with our experts at HP Mechanical, you can be sure will that all of your plumbing will be working properly, so that any problems can be found and dealt with before they become major issues and plumbing emergencies are avoided.
Published on: 07/26/2021 | Category: Plumbing
Improperly installed plumbing can cause significant property damage as well as pose a health risk to your family, which is why it’s important to choose a skilled, qualified professional to work on your pipes.
Published on: 07/19/2021 | Category: Plumbing
At HP Mechanical, we always work hard to offer affordable rates without ever sacrificing quality. We know that every family (regardless of its size), bills can add up, especially since we live in the Bay Area, one of the most expensive places to live in the world.
Published on: 07/12/2021 | Category: Plumbing
The White House is currently doing a big renovation, but are they going to work on the plumbing? Here are some intriguing factoids about the plumbing at the White House, brought to you by all of us at HP Mechanical.
Published on: 07/05/2021 | Category: Plumbing
While plastic pipe systems are now readily accepted as a viable alternative to traditional metal materials, there are still many in the building services industry that are mistaken about the performance capabilities of plastic pipe products.
Published on: 06/28/2021 | Category: Plumbing
Your water heater is one of the most important parts of your home. It is the power behind hot showers, fresh laundry and clean dishes, so there would be some big issues if it were ever to break down. From our experience at HP Mechanical, we know that the average water heater lifespan is roughly 11 years, but without proper maintenance it might not make it that long. Here's what you can do to keep it performing at a high level for at least 11 years.
Published on: 06/21/2021 | Category: Heather Systems
All the time, we get calls from customers who have run into problems such as the ones on this list. At HP Mechanical, serving Sonoma County, we have all of the skills and experience to do any plumbing job, so if you're not sure about doing something yourself, we are always here to serve.
Published on: 06/14/2021 | Category: Plumbing
Air conditioning maintenance is a vital part of keeping your system as healthy as possible. While prompt repairs are a good idea for mitigating damage to your system, it isn’t nearly as beneficial because it relies on waiting for a problem to develop before addressing it. Air conditioning maintenance is a proactive way to keep your air conditioner healthy, by isolating and fixing issues before they develop. In order to understand why air conditioning maintenance is so beneficial, have a look at some of the steps taken during a maintenance appointment.
Published on: 06/07/2021 | Category: Cooling Systems
Is your home plumbing giving you a some problems? Is it becoming tougher to sleep in while someone else in your house is taking a shower or using the water? Are your water pipes making a series of strange and annoying noises?
Published on: 05/31/2021 | Category: Articles Plumbing
Everybody wants to get clean, but we don’t all do it the same way. And when it comes to the choice between a nice hot bath and a fast shower, there are some pretty strong opinions on either side, but which is better overall?
Published on: 05/24/2021 | Category: Articles Plumbing
At HP Mechanical, we know our ABC's when it comes to plumbing, both commercial and residential. We strive hard to do every job by the letter and by achieving that, we're getting "A" grades from all of our customers. For a fun and interesting blog, here is the World of Plumbing from A all the way to Z.
Published on: 05/17/2021 | Category: Articles Plumbing
Spring is a great time to check your home's plumbing systems and perform preventative maintenance to protect your home against plumbing problems. At HP Mechanical, we know that by staying on top of your plumbing's maintenance, you can avoid further expensive repairs in the future, so here are some basic spring plumbing maintenance tips:
Published on: 05/10/2021 | Category: Articles Plumbing
Most of today's homes were not designed or built to accommodate aging adults or anyone with limited mobility, balance and strength. In particular, bathrooms, for example, are common places for slips and falls to happen. In order to keep older adults out of harm's way and help them stay in their current homes as long as they possibly can, it’s vital to make smart bathroom updates for aging adults.
Published on: 04/26/2021 | Category: Articles Plumbing
Each faucet and toilet in your house or office is connected to a water supply line. Each supply line connection has its own shut off valve (a.k.a. stop valve). Additionally, there is one main shut off valve that allows you to shut off the water throughout your entire home.
Published on: 04/19/2021 | Category: Articles Plumbing
Typically, you will contact a plumber because you’ve noticed a leak somewhere in the house or your garbage disposal is malfunctioning. In many cases, by the time you find out that your plumbing system is in need of repair, it’s already caused some damage.
Published on: 04/08/2021 | Category: Articles Plumbing
While the majority of plumbers are reputable, the plumbing industry has its fair share of sub-standard contractors who employ shady business practices. Here are the most common problems and recommended cures to prevent a leaky wallet.
Published on: 04/01/2021 | Category: Articles Plumbing