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NexGen What Are the Benefits of Hydro Jetting Services

To most homeowners, plunging and snaking are more familiar methods of clearing clogged drains and blocked pipes. However, plumbers often use a process called hydro jetting. They inject water at high pressure into a plumbing or sewer line. A plumber will first use a video camera to see what’s causing the blockage. The hydro jetting machine can then be used so long as the pipe isn’t severely damaged. Here are some of the benefits of hydro jetting services:

An Extremely Thorough Cleaning

Almost any type of clog can be broken up by pressurized water. The material blocking the drain or pipe is dislodged and forced through the system. No residue is left behind that can cause another clog, and particles of any size are flushed away. Hydro jetting removes household grease, hair, paper products, sand, soil, mineral scale, tree roots, and foreign objects.

Works with Any Pipe or Plumbing System

Hydro jetting is extremely versatile and works with residential and commercial plumbing systems. It can be used with steel, cast iron, and clay pipes, as well as resin-based pipelines and cement sewer lines. Suited for jobs of any size, the process will remove blockages and also bacteria, eliminating odors and potential health hazards.

Accessibility and Convenience

Severe clogs are resolved without breaking apart walls or digging up your lawn or yard. Hydro jetting avoids expensive, time-consuming work such as digging trenches. It rarely damages pipes, so it’s safe even in older homes and can be performed in a house or via a sewer pipe cleanout. It is also more sanitary as it won’t expose the plumber or your family to sewage or debris.

Long-Lasting Results

Traditional methods of drain cleaning, including liquid drain cleaners, work only temporarily. While hydro jetting may cost more than other methods, it minimizes the odds of a drain or pipe clogging up again anytime soon. Pipe walls are scoured clean so there’s less material for debris and grime to stick to.

Cost-Savings

Professional pipe cleaning comes at a cost. Hydro jetting is more affordable and avoids repeated clogs, sewage backups, burst pipes, floods, and water damage that can end up costing you much more. Since a plumber uses a camera to spot exactly where the issue is, they can work efficiently and don’t need to open up pipes or break through walls. This saves a lot of work and drastically cuts down on the cost of service.

Safe for the Environment

Hydro jetting uses a lot of water but doesn’t introduce harmful chemicals into your plumbing system. It doesn’t risk polluting lakes, rivers, or groundwater with volatile toxins. Therefore, it protects local ecosystems as much as it does pipe and sewer lines.

Schedule Hydro Jetting Services with NexGen

Equipped with industrial-grade hydro jetting machines, NexGen’s licensed and insured technicians can clear any pipe of any type of blockage. Our process uses pressures of up to 4,000 psi to clean the insides of household pipes and sewer lines. To schedule a diagnostic camera inspection and hydro jetting service in your home or business, call 833-729-9735 today.

The Top 5 Most Expensive HVAC & Plumbing Repairs

The Top 5 Most Expensive HVAC Plumbing Repairs

When you add up the expenses of major home repairs, you can understand why proper care and maintenance are so important. Major components and the labor needed to replace them can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. Here, we’ll look at some of the most expensive HVAC and plumbing repair jobs you might encounter:

  1. 1. Bathroom Water Damage

Leaking, standing, or running water will damage your home more quickly than you might think. It can soak through flooring materials, walls, and framing. Leaking pipes and fixtures are a common culprit. But a lack of caulking is a serious problem. Periodically check/replace the caulking or grout between tiles or water can easily percolate through and cause the underlying wood to rot. Mold and mildew may be growing below the surface before you know the extent of the damage.

If just everything around your shower space is severely damaged, replacing it all can cost $10,000 to $15,000.

  1. 2. Slab Leak Repair

Detecting a slab foundation leak alone can cost several hundred dollars. Thicker slabs may require more time not just to find a leak, but to fix it, especially the deeper the affected pipe is. Repairing a slab usually involves removing the overlying flooring, so the type of flooring material to take out and replace is a cost factor. Vapor barriers, rebar, and other materials as well as portions of the foundation may also need to be removed.

Expect to spend up to $4,000, but many variables can jack up the price, including the amount of digging and how much pipe-work is needed.

  1. 3. AC Compressor Failure

Of all HVAC repairs, compressor failure is the one homeowners dread the most. Fortunately, compressors are very durable and reliable. But dirty coils, low refrigerant, overheating, and electrical problems can strain the compressor and cause it to fail. Replacing it is time-consuming and requires a great deal of expertise.

The average cost to replace an AC compressor is $1,800, but parts and labor costs can be as high as $2,380.

  1. 4. HVAC Condenser Damage

The condenser, or outdoor unit, is designed to release heat. Unless it is protected, an exposed condenser unit can be damaged by debris. Electrical problems, refrigerant leaks, and various other problems can occur as well. There are many parts inside the condenser so diagnosing an issue can take some time. Fixing the unit can also take time depending on the location and scope of the problem.

Replacing the condenser coil can cost up to $2,800, depending on the size of the unit. Line and radiator blockages can be just as expensive to fix. Smaller repairs are generally in the hundreds of dollars. These are all far less than replacing the condenser, which can be about $4,000.

  1. 5. Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant lines run throughout your HVAC system. If you notice signs of a leak, a technician must take time to find where it is. Leaks can be detected electronically, via dye, using nitrogen, by looking for air bubbles or employing ultrasonic equipment. The cost of fixing the leak depends on accessibility, how much damage there is, and the age of the system.

On average, you may spend up to $1,500 on this repair, but fixing a refrigerant line can cost as much as $2,000. If the evaporator coil, condenser coil, or compressor needs replacement, it will increase the cost significantly.

Schedule HVAC or Plumbing Repair with NexGen

NexGen provides high-quality HVAC and plumbing repair throughout Southern California by licensed professionals. We know such repairs come with unexpected high costs. Therefore, we aim to make service as affordable as possible; members of our X Protection Plan receive a discount on repairs and benefits such as annual tune-ups, a guaranteed service window, and an extended parts and labor warranty. To learn more or request service 24/7, call 833-729-9735.

What Is a Septic System and How Does It Work?

What Is a Septic System and How Does it Work

For most people who rely on utility water and waste connections, a septic system may seem like a foreign idea. But not all homes are connected to a main sewage line. In fact, millions rely on septic tanks. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept and how it works, we will now explain it in detail.

What Is Septic System?

If your home has a sewer connection, waste flushed down a toilet is piped to a sewage treatment plant, where it’s filtered from water that’s discharged into the environment once clean. Leftover waste goes to the landfill or is converted to fertilizer. A septic system works in a similar way, but on a smaller scale. Your waste is essentially treated in an underground tank just 20 to 50 feet from your house. In addition to a tank, the system consists of inlet and outlet pipes and a drain field. 

How Does a Septic System Work?

The process begins as wastewater is transported via the inlet pipe from your house. It then collects in the septic tank, which typically has a 1,000-to-2,000-gallon capacity. The tank consists of two chambers; a larger chamber accepts waste that flow from the house. While solids settle at the bottom, liquids can flow over the partial wall into a smaller chamber. Wastewater is primarily moved through the system via gravity.

Anaerobic bacteria break down the solids and three layers form. Oils and grease form a top layer, while wastewater and particles form the middle layer. On the bottom are particles that are heavier than water; they form a thick layer of sludge. As solid waste is broken down, the liquids can separate and drain away, leaving behind material at the bottom that must be periodically cleaned out.

The second chamber of the septic tank has an outlet pipe. Liquid effluent flows towards the drain field through perforated pipes or plastic structures. The effluent can therefore drain into the ground, typically via a bed of gravel that helps disperse it. Remaining particles and bacteria are absorbed by the soil; the water is typically pure enough to drink once it reaches deep underground aquifers. The septic field is usually just one to two feet underground.

Do's of Maintaining Your Septic System

If your septic system isn’t properly maintained, you could have serious problems in your home. Of great importance is knowing the do’s and don’ts of maintenance, which we’ll explain below:

Don’ts of Septic System Use and Maintenance

Contact Nexgen Today

At Nexgen, we provide professional plumbing services by fully licensed and insured technicians. Serving much of Southern California, we’re relied upon for pipe, drain, water heater, garbage disposal, and septic system services. If you need more information on how a septic system works, to schedule maintenance, or request 24/7 emergency service, call us at 833-729-9735.

How to Find Your Sewer Line Cleanout

NexGen How to Find Your Sewer Line Cleanout 1

A sewer line cleanout provides direct access to the main sewer line serving your home. It may be located inside or outside your house and is primarily intended for use by plumbing professionals. If your main sewer line is clogged, or there are signs of a blockage such as multiple backed up drains, sewage coming from a floor drain, or water backing up in the shower when the toilet is flushed, the cleanout can be used to reach the source of the problem. 

What Is a Sewer Line Cleanout?

It is a 3-, 4-, or 6-inch diameter pipe leading to the main sewer line. Usually white or black, this pipe is often made of ABS plastic and contains a plug and cap (in older homes, it may be made of brass or cast iron). When opened, it allows access to the main sewage line between the foundation of your home and the municipal sewer system; or, in some cases, between a septic tank and drain piping downstream of the main house trap.

Where to Look

If you live in a colder climate, a standard home often has a drain cleanout inside. However, it may be outside if the house is built on a slab foundation. Sometimes the cleanout is in a garage, utility room, or bathroom. Houses in warmer climates usually have an outdoor drain cleanout. The yard is the first place to look for it.

Finding an Indoor Drain Cleanout

Start by following the drainage pipes that lead from each sink, toilet, washing machine, or dishwasher. These may be made of ABS plastic, copper, cast iron, or bronze. The cleanout is located after where the drainage lines meet the main sewer line. It is usually in the form of a T- or Y-shaped pipe fitting, topped by a threaded plug and square nut possibly covered by a plastic cap. If the drain cleanout isn’t on the main line, then check alternate spots for a fitting with this configuration.

In homes where the sewer cleanout is not on the main line, look in areas where drainage pipes are clustered together, such as a bathroom. Use a flashlight to check in dimly lit areas that aren’t frequently accessed. If you can’t find a cleanout there, look around a utility room or garage. The cleanout may be hidden in homes that have been renovated. Contact a plumber if you’re having trouble locating the sewer line cleanout.

Finding an Outdoor Drain Cleanout

First, walk toward the municipal sewer line or septic tank. The location of the sewer line is indicated by an “S” stamped into the concrete or where the nearest manhole is. The cleanout is typically in line with the septic tank or municipal sewer system. If you use a septic system, walk back towards your home and look for a protruding plastic pipe in your lawn or garden.

If the cleanout is on the municipal sewer line, you won’t see the drainage line. But follow a path through the yard to find the cleanout pipe. It’s usually black or white and sealed with a similar threaded plug and square nut as an indoor cleanout. Check the label as well; it may say “S”, “C.O.”, or “cleanout”. Various types of plastic caps or metal lids may be used so check for anything that may be concealing a 3-, 4-, or 6-inch pipe.

Are you still having trouble finding the sewer cleanout? Look where there are drain pipe clusters or move lawn decorations or foliage outside of bathrooms. You can also try estimating where the drainage line is and poking the ground with a long screwdriver, but you’re better off with a professional’s help.

Contact a Plumber

Once you find a cleanout, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, it will need to be tested. The plug may be difficult to remove after years of disuse. And once it’s removed, raw sewage may start backing up. At Nexgen, we offer professional drain and sewer cleaning services; our technicians are licensed, trained, and prompt. They’ll arrive at your home, diagnose the problem, and access the sewer line cleanout and fix the issue for good. To request service, call 805-301-6788 or book an appointment online.

Common Misconceptions About Water Filtration

NexGen Common misconceptions about water filtration

It is not a secret that adequate water intake is one of the most important determinants of a person’s health. Water is responsible for so many functions within the body. It carries oxygen and nutrients to cells, helps keep moisture in the eyes, nose, and mouth, and helps with proper joint function. According to Mayo Clinic, the recommended minimum intake for men and women is 15.5 cups and 11.5 cups, respectively.

In addition to drinking an adequate quantity of water daily, the quality of the water is also crucial. As water helps supply our organs and cells with the nutrients, moisture, and oxygen they need, we must ensure that our water is clean and safe for accomplishing this job. For this reason, water filtration has become a staple feature in many faucets and refrigerators. 

Water filtration is one of the most important advancements that allow us to drink safe and clean water. However, there are many misconceptions about water filtration, and below, we will address several of these misconceptions.

Chlorine is the Only Contaminant that Really Needs to be Removed

Chlorine isn’t the only contaminant that needs to be removed from water; it is one of the many contaminants. There are four categories of pollutants found in water which are defined below with examples:

  1. Physical - anything that alters the look or taste of the water, such as dirt, coloring agents, and sediments found in water reservoirs.
  2. Chemical - elements or compounds like bleach, salts, pesticides, metals, and toxins.
  3. Biological - organisms like microbes, bacteria, viruses, and parasites
  4. Radiological - chemical elements like cesium, plutonium, and uranium.

These contaminants are all concerning and can cause severe illnesses. Water filtration helps remove them to keep us safe and healthy.

Water Purification Removes Minerals that Your Body Needs

Not all water purifiers are created the same. Whether your water filtration system removes minerals or not solely depends on the type of filter you use. Carbon-based or ceramic filters do not remove minerals from the water. However, filters with reverse osmosis do remove a minimal amount of minerals.

Public Water Meets the Highest Quality Standards

The public water system is designed to meet only the standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Through the EPA, 90 contaminants have been identified as illegal and banned from public water. These contaminants are only the ones that were proven to be harmful to the health and wellness of its consumers. However, the EPA refrains from placing limits on what is only suspected to be a harmful contaminant. For this reason, water filtration is essential because water filters help remove all the toxic and potentially harmful chemicals, optimizing water quality to the highest degree.

If You Have a Water Softener, You Don’t Need a Water Filtration System

Water softeners are an excellent tool to have because they remove the hardness found in water. Soft water is better to drink and is used for washing your hair and body. However, water softeners do not remove contaminants from the water, leaving harmful particles in there for consumption and use. For this reason, water purification systems and water softeners must work together to optimize the quality of water we use.

Do I Need a Water Filtration System?

It is safe to say that water purification systems are a must in our everyday lives to ensure that the water we use in our homes is safe and clean. Because it plays such a significant role in our health and wellbeing, we must use high-quality water. Water filtrations are able to achieve this goal. To learn more about water filtration systems or to test the quality of your water, contact us today. Our skilled technicians will teach you all you need to know about water filtration systems and the options that are right for your home.

 

How to Avoid Costly Water Damage in Your Home

NexGen How to Avoid Costly Water Damage in Your Home

It is safe to assume that water damage is every homeowner's nightmare. They are the root cause of exorbitant repair fees and, at times, irreparable damage. Water damage has the power to damage the home in several ways. It can spread black mold, which can be toxic and harmful to your health.

There are many reasons why water damage is a nightmare and why homeowners want to avoid it like it's COVID-19. Learn about the steps you can take to prevent costly water damage in your home.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Downspouts provide a pathway for trapped water in gutters to travel through and flow out to the side of the house. Every now and then, downspouts can get clogged with debris that prevents the water from flowing properly. This may cause water to flow towards the house and seep into its foundation. If left unchecked, this water can cause significant damage to the foundation of the home.

Gutters are the railings alongside the roof of your home that hold accumulated rainwater. They promote easy water flow into the downspouts if they are clean. Guns trapped with dirt can cause water to spill outside the gutter and into the soil below. Ongoing spillage like this can lead to water seeping into the home's foundation. To avoid these disasters, it is recommended to clean gutters and downspouts once or twice a year.

Check Your Sump Pump

The sump pump is like the main security guard of your home's water management system. It is a small pump powered by electricity and located in a sump pit. It functions in the background of your home's water system, and its purpose is to monitor the water levels inside the house. When groundwater levels rise higher than usual, the function of the sump pump is to expel that water from the system.

If the sump pump isn't functioning correctly, those increased groundwater levels are not expelled as needed. As a result, that water spreads and causes damage inside the home. When checking your sump pump, here are some things to watch out for:

Main appliances

Major appliances like the freezer or refrigerator break down occasionally and cause water leaks. Excessive water leaks can seep into walls and floors. This water can cause structural damage and mold. If you notice water coming from the fridge or dishwasher, it may be time to have those appliances serviced.

Inspect Your Plumbing Regularly

Plumbing systems like the toilet, garbage disposal, and water tanks can leak water if broken. This water can damage walls, floors, and cabinetry if left unchecked. Mold in this case may be inevitable and significant repairs and replacements will need to be made to fix the damage. Take note of water on your floors and call a professional for a thorough inspection before issues like these get out of hand.

Hire Electronic Leak Detection Services

Electronic leak detection services provide a quick but thorough inspection of the water systems in your house. This advanced technology screens your pipes and walls for water to ensure everything is working as it should, without leaks. Periodic electronic leak detection ensures that you avoid water damage in your home. If a leak is found, fixing it would be much easier than fixing the damage caused by water. Water damage repairs are costly, and leak detection services will save you the headache and stress of such expenses.

Use NexGen For Your Leak Detection Needs

There is nothing worse than water damage in the home. But with the help of electronic leak detection services, many problems can be avoided. Contact us today for electronic leak detection services to save money and hassles associated with water damage.

 

Benefits Of A Summer Drain Cleaning

NexGen Benefits of a summer drain cleaning

Summer is the favorite season for various reasons for many people. Longer days and sunny weather are great for cookouts, vacations, and poolside fun. For others, summer is a time of rejoicing because the lack of rain means fewer chores and upkeep around the house. We get it: chores can be daunting, and nobody wants to strain themselves in the heat anyway?

If you want to commit to just one outdoor chore this summer, it should be drain cleaning. Now, you may be scratching your head at this point because the reasons for cleaning drains during the warm months aren’t always obvious. Cleaning drains isn’t on everybody’s priority list but is very important. This article will highlight a few benefits of summer drain cleaning and how this upkeep can help you in the long run.

Why Clean Drains In The Summer?

Clearing out drains seems a bit extra, but the following reasons will have you running for your cleaning supplies or a plumber who would clean those drains for you. Remember, gutters aren’t just outside. Some of the nastier ones are inside your home (i.e., your shower).

Save money while increasing your pipes’ lifespan.

The act of cleaning anything, including your drains, is an act of maintenance. Proper and regular maintenance will prolong your pipes' lifespan, saving you the hassle of repairs and replacements. Both repairs and replacements take time, which can be frustrating. And let's not forget the high cost! In today’s economy, maintenance of your property is doubly essential due to the rising costs that can quickly eat your budget.

Get rid of foul smells.

Drains develop a foul smell when they aren’t routinely cleaned. This is especially true if you forget to clean them after springtime showers. The accumulation of debris decomposes and rots those pipes, causing a terrible smell. This is also especially true with shower drains that don't regularly get cleaned, as hair clogs them.

Prevent health hazards                                                         

Health hazards aren’t always a concern surrounding the topic of drains and pipes. However, these pipes eventually end up with hazardous fumes and trapped bacteria that can harm everyone in your home. The buildup of harmful bacteria in your pipes can result in various diseases, including:

All the above mentioned challenges are truly concerning conditions that should be avoided at all costs. This reason alone is enough to inspire everyone to be more vigilant about the health of their plumbing system.

Is Draining Cleaning Needed in My Home?

So what do you think? Have we convinced you to clean your drains over the summer months? We understand that we all are living a hectic life, and some of the most basic chores frequently get pushed to the back burner.

You don’t have to put off your plumbing chores! We welcome you to contact us and set up a visit with one of our expertly-trained technicians who will handle drain cleaning for you. Contact us today or fill out an inquiry form on our website.