A Plumber’s History of the Toilet

Toilet History

We have so many euphemisms for the bathroom, but one of the most telling is one that’s gone out of use: the “necessary room.” Rather appropriate, for reasons that should be obvious. Why not show the bathroom — and the humble toilet — a little respect, though? After all, it has a longer history than you may realize. Let Ace … Read More

How to Avoid Disposal Disasters During the Holidays

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Holiday dinners are a mixed blessing. We’ll take the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, gravy, glazed ham, stuffing, and the gravy (and did we mention gravy?). Some things we could do without, like the fruitcake, the heartburn, and the cleanup. But someone’s got to clean up this mess, preferably without destroying the garbage disposal in the process. Here are some tips … Read More

Eco-Friendly Bathroom Upgrades

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If you’re remodeling your home with Mother Earth in mind, one of the best ways to approach your remodel might surprise you. Things like Energy Star-rated appliances, good insulation, and a strong roof help, but one area many people overlook is their water consumption. “Green” your bathroom remodel with an assist from Ace Plumbing and you can not only save … Read More

Tips to Prolong Your HVAC’s Life

New HVAC systems don’t come cheap. According to This Old House, the average furnace should last between 15 to 25 years and the average air conditioning unit between 10 and 15 years. The Ace Plumbing team has seen many units need expensive repairs — or replacements costing thousands of dollars — far before then due to neglect. How can you … Read More

Furnace Filter Replacement Schedule: 4 Ways to Remember When to Change Them

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According to the World Health Organization, 4.3 million people per year die because of indoor air pollution. The problem isn’t as acute in the developed world, but most people would be surprised at the sheer number of indoor pollutants in their homes: exhaust fumes, mold, mildew, pet dander, viruses, bacteria, pollen, and more are all floating in the air we … Read More

A Quick Guide to Furnace Filters

Furnace Air Filter

We’ve all become more environmentally conscious over the years. We drive lower-emission cars, buy green, and monitor air quality alerts in the Sacramento area. But there’s another environment — the one in our homes — that we too often don’t give a second thought. According to the EPA, indoor air quality matters, especially if you or a loved one have … Read More

6 Best Low Flow Shower Head Options

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Shopping for a low flow shower head? Good choice! Many of Ace Plumbing’s clients ask us about these water-saving shower heads. Some are concerned with their environmental footprint and want to save water; others just want to spend less on their monthly water bill. The one thing that unites everybody? Nobody wants to take a shower under a shower head … Read More

How to Winterize Your Basement

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Pop quiz: if your living room windows were drafty, letting cold air in during the winter, would you just shrug your shoulders and grin and bear it? Of course not. You’d address the problem, because you know those drafts mean your furnace works overtime, driving your energy bills through the roof. So why would you overlook drafts and other issues … Read More

5 Warning Signs You May Need to Replace Your Furnace

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 Is your furnace trying to tell you something? Sometimes your furnace chugs away for years, working perfectly ’til one day it doesn’t. Your first sign of a problem might be the furnace failing to start on a cold night, or — in a worst-case scenario — your carbon monoxide detector going off. But often as not, your furnace sends subtle … Read More

Fall HVAC Checklist from Ace Plumbing

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Preparing for Fall As summer winds down and turns to fall, it’s time to make sure that your HVAC system is ready for the transition. That means making sure your air conditioning unit is ready to “hibernate” for the colder months, and ensuring that your heating system wakes from its long nap rested and ready for the lower temperatures. After … Read More