Monthly Archives: February 2010

New Employee

ABT Plumbing, Electric, Heating and Air Conditioning has just hired Gary Hughes to head up the Grass Valley company’s heating and air conditioning division.

Hughes has more than 34 years of experience in the HVAC trades. His father, Ira Hughes, started Hughes and Sons Heat and Air back in 1976. The younger Hughes took over ownership of his father’s company a few years back, but has moved on to join the ABT team.

He has extensive knowledge in both residential and light commercial heating, air conditioning and refrigeration.

Contact ABT Plumbing at (530) 478-0600. Continue reading

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Water Hammering Pipes in Grass Valley, CA.

Dear Banging Pipes in Grass Valley, Ca
This can be tricky. There are a couple things that can cause the water pipes to hammer. First I would check to see if the house has a pressure reducing valve on the water main. It would be installed somewhere along the main line either outside or just inside where the pipe enters the house. A pressure reducing valve uses a rubber diaphragm to regulate the incoming water pressure. Sometimes this diaphragm can become loose or worn and when water runs along it, it will vibrate like a reed on a wind instrument. The easiest way to solve the problem is to replace the pressure regulator with a new one. If this doesn’t solve the problem or if you don’t have a regulator you’ll want to install what’s called a pneumatic hammer arrester into the plumbing system Continue reading

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DIY Clearing a Drain In Nevada City, CA.

Keep a sharp eye out for signs of a sluggish drain. It’s easier to unclog a slow drain than it is to open a drain that has completely stopped. When the drain is slow, you can try a couple of easy things first. First try pouring scalding water down the drain to loosen any buildup of grease or soap scum. If that doesn’t help, you can clean the stopper, pop-up or drain screen. (This is not for the faint of heart. My wife makes a funny face whenever I clean the pop-up.) If this doesn’t solve the problem, the next thing you’ll want to do is grab a plunger. If you don’t have a plunger, or if you have one of those silly little guys from the grocery store, go out and buy a good one. Pick a plunger with a large enough suction cup to completely cover the drain and create an airtight seal against the surrounding sink. The one I use is black rubber with a yellow handle and has a cone on the bottom which can be folded up when I use it for clearing sinks or tubs. First cover the drain with the plunger and fill the sink with hot water and completely cover the suction cup. Seal off the overflow if you have one with a wet sponge or a rag. Push out any trapped air beneath the cup, and then give the plunger 5 to 10 vigorous up-and-down pumping strokes to jolt loose the clog. It may take 3 or 5 times to do the job. (One thing you should know is a plunger works with both the up and down stroke, so really tug up on it.) Continue reading

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