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The History of Fullerton, CA by The Fullerton Plumber

Fullerton PlumberThe History of Fullerton, CA by The Fullerton Plumber

In 1837, the area known as Rancho San Juan Cajon de Santa Ana was a part of a land grant to Juan Pacifico Ontiveros. Ontiveros was the Foreman of the Mission at San Juan Capistrano. The cities of Anaheim, Placentia and Fullerton would develop from this land.

Fullerton would grow to become a noted college town with 3 institutions of higher learning; CSUF, Fullerton College, and Hope Int’l University. Its downtown are would eventually become an incredible night-life destination due to its SoCo District.  But it would not surpass the fame earned by its sister city, Anaheim and the magic kingdom—Disneyland. Yet, Fullerton is still one of the coolest and historic towns in all of Southern California.

Fullerton Orange Groves, Guitars, and Greats

Fullerton, at end of the 1800’s, had more orange groves than any city in the entire country. It is also consider the birthplace of the electric guitar. Leo Fender opened his Fender Radio Service in Fullerton in 1938. After building and repairing amps and PA systems for bands and musicians Fender created the iconic Telecaster around 1950. It’s home to one of the most successful collegiate baseball teams in the country in the Cal State Fullerton Titans.

plumbing in FullertonTrains are also a rich part of the history of Fullerton.  In fact its name is due to the grand expansion of railroads through Orange County. The Amerige Brothers, George and Edward bought some land in northern Orange County and said they’d name the place after the George H. Fullerton if he ran his tracks through it. Consequently, he did and they did. They laid their claim on the corner of Harbor and Commonwealth near the main train station where Amtrak and Metrolink trains are in service today.

Prior to this the area of Fullerton was home to some prehistoric creatures. There’s bones and other artifacts to suggest the Mammoth and saber-tooth cats roamed the terrain in and around modern-day Fullerton. Ralph B. Clark park is woodland recreation center that stretches from Fullerton to neighboring cities Buena Park and La Mirada. It houses amazing fossils found in Fullerton including a 9,000,000 year baleen whale skeleton.

Early Fullerton

Find Your Fantastic Fullerton Plumber

Now, Mitch Clemmon’s Plumbing hasn’t been around that long. But since about 1992, Mitch Clemmons has been working as a plumber serving this same area where Mastodon’s and Smilodon’s ran free. While these prehistoric creatures and landmarks have left their mark in Fullerton and the surrounding area, Mitch has done the same with quality service, expertise, and affordable prices. He started out first laying sewer pipes for residential homes to servicing large commercial properties today. Therefore, the Mitch Clemmons Plumbing that legacy continues. The breadth of services our team provides range from:

  •     Rooter services to break up tree roots or large blockages in your plumbing.
  •     Leak detection to discover foundation or slab leaks that are difficult to find.
  •     Upgrading, replacing or installing gas or electric water heaters.
  •     Whole-house water filtration and water softener system installation to provide tap water that’s better than bottled water.
  •     Switching old pipes to oxidation resistant copper or the highly advanced PEX piping.
  •     Clearing drains and pipes with the super efficient, non-toxic and versatile pressurized system of hydro-jetting.

All these services provided by a Fullerton plumber come by way of extensively trained technicians using highly advanced equipment and products. So from using high density PEX tubing to or our efficient electronic leak detection system we have you covered like the tracks of the old Santa Fe that ran though downtown Fullerton. Give us a call!  (562) 242-3218

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Water Softeners – Are they really great?

History of the Water Softener

Water softening has changed dramatically over the years. It may surprise many to know that water softening has been around since the early 1920’s. A paper published on May 16, 1923 by John C. Whitehorn discussed the need to remove certain chemicals from water to address mental disorders. (We are not suggesting that is true.)

It was discovered that zeolites are a naturally occurring silicate. The zeolites serve as an ion exchange system. The minerals in the water stick to the zeolite bed. Then a salt water solution (a negatively charged ion) is then washed over the zeolite bed and they release the stored minerals which are flushed away.  The zeolites are recharged and ready to work again removing the damaging minerals the ruin plumbing, cause dry skin and hair, and leave a film on fixtures.

Even though water softening has been around for nearly a century, most homes still have hard water issues. According to the US Geological Survey over 85% of the country have hard water. The areas found with the hardest water were from West Texas, Colorado to Southern California.

Why Would I Need a Water Softener?

water softener diagramEach city in your area puts out a yearly water report. You can also buy a hardness tester at your local hardware store. One quick test you can do on your own is to put a little more than a cup of water into a bottle with a bit of Ivory soap then shake it. If the result is water that looks milky rather than having buoyant, bouncy, bubbles, you have hard water. There are some very noticeable signs around your house that you can look for that will almost assure you of a hard water issue:

  • Soap scum in the sinks and/or tubs
  • Pots, pans, or silverware have deposits or white film
  • Toilet bowl has a ring inside the bowl
  • Clothes washed feel stiff or harsh and never look bright
  • Faucets have noticeable ring of deposits or minerals at end of spigot
  • Drastic change in performance in plumbing–usually due to limescale build up
  • Calcified shower heads

So if you see any of these signs you can call your public water provider and inquire about your water. If that’s not an option you can find your local health department to schedule a test.

What are my Options for Water Softeners?

There are a few ways to soften your water. The most common option is connecting a water softener to your current plumbing. Most softening systems use salt to assist in the removal of calcium and magnesium; the common culprits in hard water. The process called “ion exchange” is basically a trade of minerals. Most water softener systems have a tank filled with beads (the zeolite bed we mentioned earlier) that carry a negative charge. And as you probably guessed, calcium and magnesium carry a positive charge. The salt (a negatively charged ion) comes in to help remove the build up of calcium and magnesium in the ion bed allowing the system to continue to remove those minerals.

What About Salt for the Water Softener?

water softenerMost softeners use salt to recharge the ion base. However, there are some systems that offer a “salt-less” alternative. These came out about 20 years ago and became quite popular. Some look to this option due to concerns with sodium intake. The issue is, they’re really not what they’re billed to be. A salt-free “softener” uses other methods to deal with some aspects of the hard water, rather than the traditional ion exchange method. This type of water softener is actually more of a water “conditioner” rather than true water softening. Or what some call descaling. It may stop minerals from forming or staining surfaces that the water comes across but it doesn’t truly remove the hard water minerals.

The truth is you have to add some sort of mineral or chemical to remove the another. So salt-less soft water units may have some value for other reasons but as far as helping your hard water issues, not so much. These systems are also very expensive so beware of anyone that is pushing this sort of system. For a more detailed article about this click on this link: Water Softener of Water Conditioner

Do I need a water softener or water filtration system?

Some of the things having a water softener can do:

  • No more soap scum in the sinks
  • No more bathtub rings
  • Pots, pans, or silverware are clean, without film
  • Toilet bowl stays free from hard water film
  • Clothes washed feel soft and bright
  • Faucets are spared the damage that deposits and minerals can cause
  • Drastic change in performance in plumbing. PIpes, faucets, and shower heads last longer.

Is Soft Water Healthy?

Some people worry about getting the minerals they need through the water they drink. However, minerals are better absorbed via the food we eat. In fact hard water has been linked to kidney stones. A study suggests that, in the preventive approach to calcium nephrolithiasis, soft water is preferable to hard water, since it is associated with a lower risk for recurrence of calcium stones.

Associated Article: Effects of water hardness on urinary risk factors for kidney stones ->

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With that, water also can carry substances that are not so helpful. Some homes have water filtration systems but they’re not the same as a water softening system. Softening units are great at removing hard water minerals, as we’ve mentioned earlier. However, if your water has problems different from just removing calcium or magnesium then you’ll need to consider a reverse osmosis system.

What About Reverse Osmosis?

That’s right! If your water has contaminants, chlorine, or fluoride that you want addressed you need a reverse osmosis system. It is not uncommon to install a softener and a reverse osmosis system to address all possible water issues. If installed properly and maintained these systems can prove to be a tremendous benefit to your family’s health and the welfare of your plumbing and appliances.

In addition to the reverse osmosis system that can be installed at the kitchen sink you can add a hot water machine. This provides instant hot water that can be used for tea, coffee, instant foods that use hot water, and so many other uses! It’s been a wonderful addition to my home and I would recommend it highly.

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Running Toilet? Call Us Today!

Running Toilet or Other Signs of a Leak?

Finding leaks aren’t things most people take time to do or want to. Leak detection is something that we, at Mitch Clemmons Plumbing, take seriously. Not only are you wasting water but you’re paying for it! Identifying and locating potential issues before they become a huge problem can save you money.

Each of our insured, certified, plumbers are specialists. They provide experience and skill, coupled with extensive training. These qualities allow them to locate water leaks with precision. We also use the latest in technology to help them in determining exactly where leaks maybe hiding or developing. It could be under your floors, driveway, sidewalks, lawn, trees, and even inside the walls. Of course that toilet running in the bathroom is a source of wasted water.

So, we find your toilet running or another type of leak, now what?

Finding where the leak is or could be is just the beginning. Getting to it and starting the process of repairing it is something else. Water leaks are tricky, quiet, agents of destruction. Much like a termite infestation, leaks in your pipes, slab, or elsewhere can be silently doing damage. This can go on for months or years before you see any evidence. Some leaks can be near electrical panels or wiring. These require quick action and the utmost in care and caution. With that in mind, here are some signs that you may have a leak:

Have you seen any signs of a water leak?

  • Steady drip at the faucet
  • Toilet running continuously
  • Water bill rising or higher than normal but usage steady
  • Walls feel soft in certain areas or have unusual stains
  • Smells originating from floor boards or drains
  • Water in tub or sink doesn’t drain
  • Damp sections on your concrete in your garage, patio, backyard, or wash room
  • Grass, plants, shrubs, weeds growing in odd areas
  • Mildew anywhere

There are other things to look for but those above are the most common.

Besides a running toilet what else do I need to know?

Leaks are no fun. Consider having your home, rental property, office building, or restaurant checked routinely. Not only are water leaks potentially expensive to repair but if they put your business on hiatus for an extended amount of time they’re going to become even more costly.  If you don’t see any signs but your water bill is sky high there’s obviously something going on. We can figure it out. Our highly-advanced equipment has a unique design to discover tough leaks and our technicians have insight and know-how in taking the best approach.

When maneuvering to get to a leak there’s a chance you may cause more damage. Our goal is to avoid having to remove existing walls or cut into slabs. We try and avoid taking any drastic measures to address the leak. We’ll always apply the most cost-effective approach without sacrificing the quality of work.

Water leaks, including running toilets, need immediate attention!

When you’re dealing with water leaks, you never want to take a laid-back approach. If you have suspicions, even the slightest of inklings, give us a call. If you hear your toilet running call us! We’ll do a detailed inspection of your property. Then we’ll make a best case/ worst case determination and give you several options. Now, there could be nothing seriously wrong. Let us, at Mitch Clemmons Plumbing, use our superior leak detection services to put you at ease. If it’s simply a running toilet the tightening of a hidden fixture or a coupling may fix it and you’re good to go! We will never do any more work than necessary but we’ll make sure to get the work done right.

Call Mitch Clemmons Plumbing today at 562-242-3218.

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Roto Rooter Inventor

Rooter vs Rooter

From Baseball Rooter to Roto Rooter… here’s the story

OR just contact us now for Rooter Service in Fullerton, Anaheim, & La Habra 562-242-3218:

The Baseball Rooter

Let me root, root, root for the Dodgers, if they don’t win it’s a shame! This is from one of the more iconic verses from a song we all know—Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Fans young and old have rooted for their favorite ball club using this anthem to cheer them on since 1908.
Now at one time, “rooter” was the term for one who roots for their team. It also was probably the name a few mascots like a Rudy Rooter, Rooter Robby or Scooter the Rooter. Fans or fanatic is the more modern label for such a die-hard follower.

The Animal Rooter

Then there are animals often labeled as “rooters”. Not because they are screaming a fight song but because they’re really good at digging up roots. Some root up plants that are deep within the soil. These animals can find roots and use either their snout, tusks, or even mouth to excavate the tuber. Very similar to a truffle hog or truffle that has a keen sense for the aroma of rare fungus. Some animals, like gophers, do this to roots we don’t want destroyed.  Remember Caddy Shack? <grin>

Roots in your Plumbing Pipes?

Then there’s roots that have their own destructive tendencies. How many times have you seen sidewalks, driveways, even walls cracked and broken due to the slow, methodical, brutish force of ever-sprouting roots. Some of their most notorious damage done to your home will be to its plumbing.
Trees, shrubs and large outdoor plants often have roots that can over time make their way into the foundation and damage the internal structure of your home. Once these roots run into an obstacle, they either go around it or through it. If that obstacle is one of the pipes running water through your home you certainly hope it goes around it. But, what if it doesn’t?

The Cure for Roots in Your Plumbing Pipes – Roto Rooter

Well fortunately for all of us, in 1933 Samuel Oscar Blanc combined a washing machine motor, wagon wheels, and a steel rope to create the first “rooter”. Motivated by a clogged drain at his son’s home, Samuel designed the machine that his wife would name the “Roto-rooter.” It was designed to remove roots that had invaded the sewer pipes. This invention would go on to be a huge commercial success. It’s creation removed the costly need of digging up pipes and clearing the obstructions by hand. Known also as a drain auger, roto rooter, or plumber’s snake there isn’t a credible plumber around who hasn’t used one of these instruments that clear roots in your plumbing pipes.
With improvements in construction and new technologies in materials roots are not the nuisance they were back in the 30’s. Yet, many houses and buildings still standing today are without these modern advancements. Therefore, the need for a rooter hasn’t lessened all that much. But the new wave of tools like hydro-jetting and chemical cleaners have made the good ole roto-rooter seem a bit obsolete—well, it isn’t. 

There are several benefits of using roto-rooter, here are a few:

  • Cost: When your kitchen sink or toilet backs up it could be a simple fix and a roto rooter could help fix the issue quickly. Some might suggest hydro-jetting which too could fix the problem but a substantial cost. So rooter offers an alternative that’s affordable and at times as equally effective as the much more expensive hydro jet.
  • Pipes: Older homes usually have older pipes. If they are the original existing pipes, they may be brittle in some sections. So using a high pressure spray like a hydro jet might be too powerful and cause more damage than the clog you’re trying to remove. That is why we would use a roto rooter type of device.
  • Non-hazardous: Chemical cleaners can be very effective in dissolving clogs caused by oils, foods, or even hair. Unfortunately, their effectiveness is often due to some highly toxic ingredients. This isn’t the case with a mechanical snake otherwise known as a roto rooter. While it may be a bit more laborious it’s far safer.
If you’ve taken a couple unsuccessful swings at a clog with a chemical cleaner, put us at Mitch Clemmons Plumbing in the game. We’ll knock that clog out of the park; well at least out of your pipes. Call today 562-242-3218.
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Toilet vs Toilette

Ah the French!

So sophisticated, so timeless, and the language!. Many French words have found their way into the English lexicon that we American’s, and many others, use today. Now we know this article is about new toilet installation but stay with us…. this is a great story.

Let us examine the word “toilette”…

Today when anyone uses this word it’s usually at the end of the phrase “eau de toilette”; which simply means toilet water. This is how we categorize our fragrances used by men and women. Did you know that eau de toilette is stronger than eau de Cologne. but not as strong as eau de parfum? Yet, the word toilette meant something different long before it had anything to do with washing, rinsing, or making yourself smell pretty. Back in those days what they wouldn’t give for a new toilet installation!

new toilet installationSo what’s the history of the word toilet?

Early on a toilette was merely a table that had some fancy decorations and maybe a nice tablecloth that adorned it. It may have held articles that a woman would be needing as she put on her attire for the day. However, towards the early 1900’s it became to mean a personal grooming station. It could include garments and apparel. Frequently it included irons, brushes, lotions, powder, make-up, and other morning essentials.

Then some time after the Great Depression, a couple World Wars, and Woodstock, the toilette became the toilet.

This is where it gets interesting…

Now, this was an entire room that contained a sink, maybe a vanity mirror, bath tub or shower and another French word, a commode. The commode was basically a chair, fashioned with a bowl, that you sat on to relieve yourself. Similarly, the word commode, much like toilette, in the 1700’s was any piece of furniture that made living in an area more suitable or more convenient. It’s where we get our word “accommodations” from. Isn’t that fascinating?

This brings us to 2017 where the word toilet or commode both refer to the ceramic bowl where we do our “duty” or handle some “business”. If you’re interested in a new toilet installation in your newly created or remodeled bathroom or replacing an old one there are several types to choose from:

  • Two-piece Toliet: The most common toilet for homes, apartments, and small offices. These also tend to be the least expensive and easiest to maintain.
Woodbridge Dual-Flush Toilet With Soft-Closing Seat
  • One-piece Toliet: Fashioned from one piece of ceramic, the one-piece toilet have the tank and bowl fused together. This version is very easy to clean and its minimalist design makes it easier to fit in certain spaces. However, if one part cracks you’re replacing the entire unit.
  • Smart Toilets: Yes, there are such things as “smart” toilets. And why not? You have TVs, phones, and cars that have “smart” variants why not your toilet? And as you could imagine these intelligent toilets can do a number of things. From seat warming to self-cleaning, these units can auto-mate a number of functions. Some are tankless and others come with settings that can conserve water. Yet don’t expect to conserve any money, not at the outset at least. These toilets are usually quite expensive and can be costly to repair. If you can afford the initial investment they can be worth it.
  • Wall-Mounted Toilet: If you really need to save some space, this is the unit of choice. The tank is usually behind the wall and the bowl is sits off the floor. This design can save a lot space and bring a very sophisticated looked to your bathroom.
  • Elevated Toilet: These are taller toilets usually for those who have a tough time sitting or getting up. Usually installed in homes for those that are elderly or have a disability making trips to the bathroom with lower toilets quite the hassle.

Where should I put my new toilet?

One thing remains a necessity when it comes to new toilet installation, where you put it. Designing the most accommodating facilities typically involves the placement of your tub, sink, and toilet. Now if you’re building your bathroom from scratch you have the opportunity to make installing these pieces very easy the first and each time after that. If it’s an old house from 1925 and the toilet is so close to the door that locking it is not only for privacy but for self-defense, then you have some other things to ask yourself:

How much space do I need for your toilet?

  • If you have a large space and can separate your bathtub from your toilet that can leave you with tons of options for your new toilet installation. Yet, what if all three have to go in the same space?
  • Do you change out the full bathtub for a stand-up shower? How easily can you install a wall-hung toilet in this space? If you have to have the toilet in the same area, how can you make sure it’s well-ventilated?

What kind of water source do I need for my toilet?

Your ideal bathroom may be a blank canvas or you may have all kinds of constraints that hinder that. For example, you may be challenged by where the water enters your property. Of course, there are numerous ways to re-route water to suit your needs but determining that first can save time and money for your new toilet installation. Therefore, take the time to map these things out before deciding on your toilet system.

What is going to be the function of my toilet?

Functionality, at the end of the day, is paramount when considering your new toilet installation. Depending on who and how many people will be using your bathroom may determine if you go with an elevated seat for the grandma or one with a flusher that’s easy for a child to flush.

Cost of a new toilet

Of course if money is no object you can go wild with toilets of different materials including steel, marble, porcelain, gold. You can also get one with a remote and some are touch-less. If you’re on a budget there are a number of options to meet just about any need. One word of caution, don’t go cheap. You will definitely find some cheaper units that seem to be just fine. Nevertheless, this purchase is not one you want to make again soon and certainly not one you want to have make because of an emergency caused by you trying to save a few dollars.

New Toilet Installation

After you’ve determined which toilet works with your space, decor, and overall use of your bathroom expect the unexpected. You may begin the new toilet installation process and find out there’s way more going on in the floor or behind the wall or with the pipes than you realized. If you aren’t sure what do next call us Mitch Clemmons Plumbing at (562) 242-3218. We will provide an estimate that not only includes the cost of installing your toilet but the repairs or adjustments needed to make sure your new toilet works appropriately and efficiently.

If the whole process seems a bit daunting well we can come and give your bathroom a proper inspection. Then we’ll advise on the best approach to replacing your toilet. If it feels like your toilet is about to give way soon, call us quickly.  (562) 242-3218 That toilet water isn’t the kind you want your home smelling like.

Check out our service and repair page for more info.

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Looking for a local plummer in the Fullerton area?

Some people search for “plummer” instead of “plumber”.  We wanted to make sure you can still find quality plumbing services from a reliable local plummer!
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local plummerNeed a Quality Local Plummer?

We are very picky about who we hire as our plummers and helpers.  Each plummer we hire we train and monitor to make sure they are providing excellent plumbing service and that they keep your home clean. Each and every day we send our plummers into the field to do small to large plumming jobs. You can count on a Mitch Clemmons local plummer to get the job done right the first time!

How Did I Become a Local Plummer?

I became a plummer about 25 years ago. I, too, was trained by great plummers that came before me.  In 2003 I started my own company so that I would offer quality service to my local community and cities like Fullerton, La Habra, Anaheim, Buena Park, La Mirada and everything in between. My goal is to provide quality plumming services to my clients, no matter how they spell plummer.

Why Would You Hire a Local Plummer Like Me?

Most companies will tell you that they offer quality work, fair pricing, say they will take care of your homes, and stand behind their work. However, with us you can verify that it is true!  We service our customers well and we hold very high standards. 

What do Others Say About Using Mitch Clemmons Plumbing as Their Local Plummer?

One of the best ways to find a local plummer is to read what others have said about them. Mitch Clemmons plumbing feels confident that you will feel good about this local plumber once you read our reviews. We do our very best with each and every ‘plumming’ job we do.

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Water Heater Installation

Mankind has Always Enjoyed Hot Water!

Since the dawn of man, fire and water have played an integral part in the survival of the species. Fire, with its heat, warming a home, lighting a dark path, or roasting a meal. And water, with it’s purity, washing stained garments, cleansing open wounds, and quenching a longing thirst. These two forces of nature, though elemental enemies can combine their power to provide man with even greater enrichment. Early man could have never conceived of hot water heater installation the way we can do it now!

Ancient Times and Water Heater Installation

In Kemet, the name of Egypt prior to the Greek invasion, the ritual of bathing in the Nile was a spiritual as well as a physical experience. In ancient India, bathing may have occurred 3 times a day as great attention was given to personal hygiene.  Now, many bodies of waters like the rivers, stream, ponds or lakes were often very cold, especially in the winter or in colder environments. Folks would travel for miles to find hot springs. These were useful to relax the body and the mind while also still acting as baths. Yet these could be very hard to find and the terrain difficult to traverse.

Creature Comforts Go WAY BACK!

Bathhouses and steam rooms began to find their way into ancient Rome, Greece, and even into Japan. The architecture and design of some of these buildings are still consider some of the wonders of the world.  Neanderthals liked their creature comforts too! Spanish cave suggests ancient man had HOT WATER and bedrooms!

Hot Water Naturally

While warm waters did much to heal the mind, body, and even the soul, what about even hotter waters? Hot to even boiling water has been useful for centuries to cook food, sterilize utensils, and even purify the water itself. Large pots or cauldrons made of cast iron would hold huge amounts of soup and stews and cook for hours before doling it out to a hungry crew. There isn’t a civilization on the planet that did not use large pots of hot, steaming water in some way. 

Appreciation for Water Heater Installation

Nowadays we may not have the regard for hot waters as those who went through painstaking measures to enjoy its benefits centuries ago. Mainly because it’s so readily available. In most cities around the world there’s not only cold running water but that same water, with the twist of a wrist, hot water. Currently, how that water becomes hot is usually due to some sort of tank that heats the water and holds it until summoning. Turning the knob marked “H” usually does this. This is done by your basic water heater. Often unwittingly called a “hot water heater”. Many to this day don’t see the duplicitous verbiage in calling it a “hot” water, “heater” but that’s fine.

Water Heater Installation Different types of water heaters one could employ: 

  • Conventional Water Heater: The typical water heater in most homes. Usually powered by natural gas or even propane but many are now using electricity. The conventional water heaters in these units can range in capacity from 25-75 gallons of water. So basically when you call for hot water, the tank empties. When the hot water tap is off, the tank fills and begins heating a new batch of water. 
  • Condensing Water Heater: Very similar to conventional heaters but much more energy efficient. The condensing part comes from the transforming of the vapor from the burned gas into water. They tend to be also more powerful than conventional heaters but more expensive. So if hot water is in high demand at your location, this might be a better choice than a conventional model. 
  • Solar Water Heater: As you would imagine, this is a water heater that uses stored energy from the Sun. There are active and passive types of solar water heaters. Active heaters use circulating pumps and passive units provide a system that uses levels and pressure to move and heat the water. 
  • Tankless Water Heaters: Also known as on-demand, demand-type, and instant, they send heated water directly to the tap without storing it.  The water travels through a series of pipes inside the unit and gains heat either by gas or an electric current. While tankless water heaters are much better at saving space and energy than conventional water heaters they aren’t the best at servicing large households. 
  • Heat Pump (Hybrid Water Heater): These work very much like a refrigerator but in the opposite direction. Heat pump heaters pull heat from the environment it’s in and then use it to heat the water. Consequently, you have to be in an area where it gets hot or never gets really cold. Usually powered by electricity, these heaters are very energy efficient. Because of their unique architecture they are more expensive to install but will recoup that money over the course of the year. 

When it comes to installing any of these water heater units there are a few things you must consider: 

  • Demand: How much water do you need? Is this for a small 2-bedroom condo or a new restaurant where several tanks may be necessary. These types of questions will help determine whether you need a few tankless water heaters, a large conventional water heater, or maybe something else. 
  • Space Considerations: Hot water heaters can be very large and need space not only for air flow but for you or your plumber to access them. If you’re looking for water heater installation and have space constraints you may buy something of similar size. However, if you’re remodeling and haven’t purchased one yet you may be able to opt for a larger unit when you consider water heater installation. Measuring out the space you need when considering water heater installation is imperative. 
  • Piping: Adding a new water heater to old pipes can be problematic. Make sure whatever water heater you’re adding, you’re existing pipes can support it. Also, make sure the old pipes and connections don’t have any leaks or cracks. 
  • Fuel Source: You typically won’t think about water heater installation until your old one goes out. Yet, one reason to consider a new water heater installation is because you want a different fuel option. Consider things like this:
    • Which fuel source works best with the type of water heater you are considering.
    • The water demands of your home, condo, complex or building.
    • Also talk to your local utility company before making a change to find out the cost of the fuel source you are considering. There may be rules, regulations, rebates, discounts for certain fuels.

Water Heater Installation – A Lot to Consider

So there’s a lot to consider when looking or needing to replace a water heater. The folks of yesteryear may have not needed to think about galvanized pipes or ventilation or surcharges when looking to take a warm bath. Then again, they also couldn’t draw one without considerable effort!
Making sure you secure a proper water heater installation from a licensed and bonded plumber. Call us today at (562) 242-3218 and set up your water heater installation. We can also provide routine maintenance thereafter.
Keep your family from returning to the ice age and schedule your water heater installation today. If you have any questions and need to make a change now or simply want to avoid any inconveniences give us at Mitch Clemmons Plumbing (562) 242-3218.
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Plumbing Terms Made Easy

Plumbing Terms Made Easy

The world of plumbing is so easily taken for granted. We use water in so many different ways throughout our day that it’s almost impossible not to. Then when one part of your system breaks down and a plumber shows up it’s like they’re seemingly speaking a different language. You feel lost and alone. It’s like you’re on foreign soil and you don’t understand a word this guy just said. Well, we here at Mitch Clemmons Plumbing wanted to put together a glossary of common plumbing terms and words to make you feel less like an alien when it comes to your waterworks. Call if you have any other questions for our plumbing pros!  (562) 242-3218

Actuator: Button used to start the flushing process. It’s usually on the left side or top-center of the tank. If you have a new toilet installation there will most definitely be an actuator involved!

Auger: A drilling device or drill bit. In plumbing the “plumber’s snake” or “toilet jack” is a flexible auger used to bore through blockages helping to dislodge clogs. 

Balancing Valve: A valve in water heaters that controls flow and balances the distribution of heat as water flows to each faucet.

Copper: Copper tubing or piping is the most commonly used to of line to deliver hot and cold tap water and also for refrigerant in HVAC units. Typically the tubing has a label of either soft or rigid. Rigid is the most common choice for water line and “soft” is common for moving water around impediments and obstructions.

Corrosion: The deterioration of a metal as a result of chemical reactions. Galvanic corrosion occurs when zinc erodes and the water attacks the underlying metal. The corroding zinc will ultimately cause lead build-up.

Galvanized: To layer or coat metal, iron or steel, formerly with tin but more commonly with zinc. Most older homes with galvanized plumbing are typically steel pipes with a protective layer of zinc.

Hard water:  Water that has high mineral content (in contrast with “soft water”), often the result of the water percolating through deposits of limestone and chalk resulting in liquids largely made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates. Hard water can even affect toilets with a build up. Take care of hard water with a soft water system today!

More Plumbing Terms:

Hydro jetting: Pressurized water ranging from 5,000psi to 50,000psi,  delivered through a hose and nozzle. The tank containing hot or cold water can be gas, electric, or a diesel-powered engine.

OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer.

OHM: Unit of electrical resistance.

one piece toilet
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One-piece Toilet: A toilet, usually with a lower profile, in which both the tank and bowl are together as single fixture. These are beautiful, sleek and easy to clean. Call Mitch today for your new toilet installation.

Oxidation: Any chemical reaction in which an element gives up an electron when it comes in contact with oxygen.

PEX: a medium- to high-density polyethylene containing cross-link bonds introduced into the polymer structure. PEX tubing has great freeze-resistant properties and its high-temperature properties  (250–300°) remain stable by reducing “creep”, the tendency to flow. Chemical resistance through resisting dissolution in enhances it’s integrity. PEX is the material of choice in some potable-water plumbing systems because tubes made of the material can expand to fit over a metal nipple and it will slowly return to its original shape, forming a permanent, water-tight connection.

Pilot: Small flame used to ignite the main burner of a gas water heater.

Reverse Osmosis: a method of extracting essentially pure, fresh water from polluted or salt water by forcing the water under pressure against a semipermeable membrane, which passes the pure water molecules and filters out salts and other dissolved impurities. Interested in clean drinking water? Check out our RO information.

Rooter: Derived from the removing of “roots” from drains and pipes. The machine is commonly called a “roto-rooter”. If you need your drains cleaned check this page.

Scale: An oxide, especially an iron oxide, occurring in a “scaly” form on the surface of metal brought to a high temperature.

Soft Water: In nature, this is the rain water made pure by rocks or through flowing rivers running over stony surfaces. In a home, this is possible with a system that removes the calcium, magnesium, and other metals that would over time cause limescale and build-up in pipes. A soft water system enhances the value of your home, saves pipes, and hot water heaters. Click here to learn more about getting soft water in your home.

Tankless Water Heater: Also known as instant or demand-type heater, these devices do not store water but provide water as needed. Water travels from the tap through the unit and is heated in the pipes either electrically or by gas. 

Venting: Usually associated with air conditioning but with plumbing, true vents, wet vents, revents, loop vents, or common vents, help to protect your drain, release dangerous gases, and increase flow. 
Water Softening: The removal of minerals and metal from water to avoid build-up or damage caused by those elements mixed with various soaps and various types of pipes.

Hopefully this list of plumbing terms was helpful in making some strange words seem not so strange. We’ll be periodically adding more words and terms to this list. As technology, building codes, and materials change we’ll do our best to keep you informed. And in the event you need one of our services, when we arrive at least we know, we’ll be speaking the same language.  (562) 242-3218


The Hydrojet vs The Hydroplane

Wondering how hydrojet pipe cleaning relates to the hydroplane?

Well… Man has always had a love for by speed; whether in the air, on land, and even on water. Since the 20’s many have used the laws of physics to skirt the waves of the ocean in order to achieve extreme rates of speed. Using the idea of “planing” to glide along the water to avoid the drag of the water’s surface. Hydroplanes gained much notoriety in the May issue of Popular Mechanics in 1935.

The hydroplane’s success only encouraged our need for speed. With each decade the water speed record seemed to be falling at greater and greater speeds. In 1978, Ken Warby of Australia set the record at 317mph and it still stands to this day.

hydrojetNow the “hydrojet” sounds like it would be the heir apparent to the hydroplane. Yet this hydrojet would only be successful in cleaning said vessel. High-pressure water cleaning has been around for nearly a hundred years but only recently has it been a method for clearing out pipes in your home’s plumbing system.

The most common method for clearing out blockages or clogs in your pipes has normally been the tried and true plumber’s snake. So why has the hydrojet become a go-to for plumbers today?
Here are a few reasons why go with hydrojetting over snaking or rooting:

  • Hydrojetting Provides Complete Cleaning

    Hydrojetting is a very comprehensive way to clean your pipes. The high-pressure water is able to remove limescale, grease, soap build-up, hair, rust and mineral deposits, and various types of debris. Some hydrojets are even powerful enough to cut through tree and plant roots.

  • Hydrojetting is Cost-effective

    Since hydrojetting is such a thorough way to clean your pipes it can often save you money. It does this by removing the need for other services down the road. Maybe you need to just clear a large hair clog? Consider that since hydrojetting is powerful enough to clear out those tree roots why not knock them out while you’re in there?!

  • Hydrojet Nozzles Have Excellent Accessibility

    The old school plumbing snake has changed and adapted over the years. One such adaptation includes various nozzles and tubing of a hydrojet can reach places a bit easier than a cumbersome auger. Also, shoving a metal snake down some pipes can damage older or fragile pipes. Hydrojets have an easier time navigating up and around pipes that bend at severe angles.

  • Using Hydrojet Cleaning on your Drains is Environmentally Friendly

    Not many things can be safer to use than pure water. Hydrojetting uses the force of high-pressure to remove stubborn build-up instead of harmful chemicals or solvents. Many of which run down your drain and out to the ocean, filling up the very waters you may be fishing later this summer. Not only does it not require the use of harmful agents it also can remove them like residue bacteria from foods and liquids.

Mitch Clemmons Plumbing offers advanced hydrojetting along with Camera Inspection Technology. This helps our plumbers to know exactly where the blockage is and attack the issue efficiently and accurately. Call us today for an inspection.

Leak vs. Leek

When you ask most folks if “they know anything about leaks?” most will ask, “you mean like a plumbing leak?” Or they could say, “you mean like a water main leak?”

Yet if you ask a cook, chef, or someone in food service that might say “Leeks? Yea, they’re great; especially in Potato and Leek soup.” YUM! Leeks can find their way into all kinds of dishes from all over the World. From your most basic salads to the famous Vichyssoise. The leek is one of the national emblems of Wales and is a heavy influence of much its cuisine. The Bible contains several references made to leeks being in abundance in ancient Egypt. Emperor Nero consumed leeks in excessive amounts in hopes that it would strengthen his voice, make him a great orator. Now while they are bloviating about the wonders of this garlicky, chive-like plant you have a pin-hole leak slowly filling your cabinet underneath your bathroom sink with water.

Now, much like veggie leeks around the globe, a plumbing leak can pop-up just about anywhere around your home. And there are several ways to go about looking and checking for leaks.


  • Several devices on the market can help you find the plumbing leak . A moisture reader helps to determine if there’s moisture in your walls which may have be the result of a leak behind the wall. Infrared cameras are also capable to help locate hot or cold areas that may be the result of moisture. You can purchase either of these at your local hardware or home improvement store.
  • Installing a flow sensor or fluid switch can help not only detect leaks but help to isolate the issue without having to cut off water to other areas of your property.
  • Specialized audio devices can also locate leaks behind solid walls or underneath concrete flooring. The process involves pushing air through pipes then the device finds where the air is seeping out from. This is most likely the origin of your leak.


  • If it’s notably colder in the winter in your area, disconnecting the hoses from your outdoor faucets can help prevent cracks forming in your pipes. Also for colder areas, adding pipe insulation for areas like basements, detached garages, or any exposed piping can help prevent pipes from freezing and cracking. With pipe insulation costing as low as .30-.40 cents a foot this can be a great cost-effective measure to save even more time and money down the road.
  • Keeping spaces underneath your kitchen and bathroom sink clear can also help prevent leaks. Often objects in a crowded cabinet beneath a sink can knock pipes around and loosen connectors and seals. Also, if there is a slight leak, objects underneath may block your view of your pipes and often a small leak that would be easily visible doesn’t become noticed until there’s a small puddle in your cabinet.
  • If you’ve ever disconnected any pipes in and around your property, it’s imperative that not only are they reconnected properly but that you use the appropriate compound and/or tape. Joints, connectors, and threading may still leak if not dressed properly before installing.


  • Plumbing leak in large concrete slabs can make it very difficult to address issues with your plumbing. Whether it’s finding pipes or accessing sewer lines, the repairs done inside a large chunk of concrete can be time-consuming, costly, and cumbersome.
  • Now if you have a slab foundation it can be difficult to know if you have an issue and when you do realize, it’s often too late. So unless you get a clue of the leak before any substantial damage you’re basically waiting for it to reveal itself.
  • In areas where earthquakes, flooding, and/or powerful storms are common, you should be testing your foundation for structural integrity frequently. Your local plumbing professional should be able to perform these types of test. They can also test your foundation prior to other types of repairs.
  • Getting a slab leak detection test before purchasing home is a great idea as well.

Always check to see if you home owner’s insurance includes water damage caused by pipes in your foundation. This may change the way you decide to attack repairs. Sometimes replacing old pipes in a slab may be cheaper than repairing old ones. In addition, if the old pipes have a crack now…they’ll probably crack again or in another area.


  • Turning off the main valve then switching off water to the problem area, if possible, should always be your first step. Once the water is off, turning on the faucet to remove any water left in the pipes is your next step.
  • If you’re going to tackle fixing any plumbing leak be ready for the worst possible scenario. Spillage, clogs, and possible further damaging pipes are possibilities so always start any job with the proper tools and equipment.
  • Most simple fixes can be handle with putty/ epoxy on a small leak. Sometimes a pipe may need complete removal. Depending on the prior installation, this can be as simple as buying a standard replacement or cutting out part of the pipe with a metal saw and soldering or welding in the new piece.

Now if the task seems a bit daunting and you aren’t sure if you doing it yourself is going to be cheaper contact Mitch Clemmons Plumbing. 562-242-3218

The pros at Mitch Clemmons Plumbing can give you a proper estimate that will not only explain the job-at-hand but a variety of ways to approach it. The plumbers at Mitch Clemmons Plumbing not only have decades of experience with a plumbing leak, leak detection and repairs but are continuously trained on the latest leak detection equipment.

The folks at Mitch Clemmons Plumbing are the very best at servicing leaks in your pipes and they have a great recipe for Braised Leeks too. Give em a call!