10 Plumbing Tips Every Renter Should Know

10 Plumbing Tips Every Renter Should Know

Eliminating the risk of losing your home value, the flexibility to easily move when your lease ends, and lower maintenance costs are just some of the many advantages of renting. While the landlord manages or owns the property, you still have responsibilities in order to keep it in good condition.  Here's a list of 10 plumbing tips every renter will be glad to know. 

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Castro Valley Tankless Water Heater Installation - Before & After

Castro Valley Tankless Water Heater Installation - Before & After

 

Alligator Plumbing will help you find the perfect gas or electric hot water heater for your home and lifestyle. From instant-on, energy efficient, tankless water heaters to traditional tanks. We've got the Bay Area covered.

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Garbage Disposal Demons - Plumbing Tips

Garbage Disposal Demons - Plumbing Tips

While the list of items we'd advise not to put down your garbage disposal is rather large, lets start with two items we frequently see and hear go down ones disposal. As much as we love rice and pasta they are notorious garbage disposal demons. 

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Castro Valley Water Heater Replacement - Before & After

Castro Valley Water Heater Replacement - Before & After

Is your water heater leaking? Hearing strange noises? No hot water? No problem. Alligator Plumbing provides services for all your water heater needs. We service all energy efficient, gas, electric, and tankless water heaters.

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4 Tips for Avoiding Common Garbage Disposal Smells

4 Tips for Avoiding Common Garbage Disposal Smells

A garbage disposal is a very useful appliance for eliminating waste in the kitchen and keeping your sink clean and tidy. Unfortunately, the bowels of a garbage disposal have a tendency to collect spoiled food causing bacteria buildup over time, which can culminate in a very unpleasant odor.

Here are four of our favorite tips to fight that stinky sink.

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8 Pre Vacation Plumbing Maintenance Tips

8 Pre Vacation Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Before you leave, take a look at the tips below to ensure your home is ready for “vacation-mode” too.

Here's our list of 8 pre-vacation tips to avoid plumbing problems while you’re out of town!

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One turn equals no water but how? - Plumbing Tips

One turn equals no water but how? - Plumbing Tips

Locating your main water shut off valve is a must for every homeowner. You may find the valve in the basement or crawl space below your house, on a wall near the front. If your home is on a slab, the valve may be near your water heater or in the garage.  The point is, you can't turn it off if you don't know where it is. 

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Water Spots

A common issue in homes is build up of  water spots on faucets, showers handles, shower heads, shower walls, doors and pretty much all areas that the water hits. These spots can have to do with “hard water” that can be heavily loaded with minerals. Those little spots you are seeing are actually calcium and magnesium in the water that leave hard deposits called lime scales , and over time if those calcium deposits are left to build up, they can actually start to block or restrict the flow of your water from faucets and shower heads.

The question is, what can be done to remove these mineral deposits without spending a ton of money to have a plumber install a whole house water softener. Well, with a little elbow grease, and some time, you can actually remove these deposits with a solution called CLR. This stuff works great and you can even soak shower heads and aerators or faucet screens in this solution to restore it to its original functionality. Some times it comes off easily but some times you may have to spend some time scrubbing away the build up of deposits. 

Mineral Deposit Build up on Shower Head