It’s that Time of Year

As we enter into the 12th month of the year, the Holiday seasons are approaching very quickly. Stores and people are already preparing for holiday shopping. As we all know, things are very expensive these days and there is just not enough room in the budget for things to go wrong. However, that’s not how good Ole Murphy’s Law works. Of course when you are expecting all of your family from out of town to come stay the week with you, a leak happens.  So as you are preparing to write down your holiday list of meals and gifts, here is a checklist for you to make sure that the plumbing in your home is safe and will get you through the rest of the year.

First, and foremost, the weather can be a factor to your plumbing believe it or not. For those of you who live in the mountain areas or high desert, such as: Palmdale, Lancaster, Apple Valley, Victorville, Hesperia, Beaumont, Idyllwild, Big Bear, and Yucaipa, this pertains especially to you. If you have any plumbing pipes ran over head in the attic, make sure that both hot and cold pipes are insulated.  Insulating the pipes will protect them from freezing and splitting.

Check underneath the bathroom and kitchen sinks and inspect the angle stops and flex lines. Make sure there are no signs of green/blue residue or calcium spots (white crystal like substance).  If you notice this, make sure to have them replaced. If there is a bathroom that seldom gets used make sure to run all the fixtures.  This includes sinks, shower/tubs, and toilets for several minutes to make sure there are no leaks.  Turn the angle stops on/off to make sure that they will still turn and function properly.  

If your gas and/or electric water heater is 10 years or older and makes a popping noise like rocks are in it, it might be a good idea to have it replaced. In the winter time we use hot water more than in the summer. A water heater tank at its life expectancy is bound to have problems if it has to work harder.

Be sure to check for loose or wobbling toilets. Wobbling/rocking toilets are a sign of a failed wax ring, which means that water can, and eventually will, start to leak out around the bottom of the toilet. Listen for any continuously running toilets.  If you have to jiggle the handle for the toilet to stop making noise 5 minutes after it was flushed the inner toilet guts are worn out and need to be replaced.  This can also help reduce your water bill.

If you have any questions or would like further information and tips please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-333-5325.   


Tony Falco

Why are houses like Children?

house on trampoline

Houses need TLC, Just like your children do.

Having children means a lot of things. But today we are referencing the most important part of having children: TLC. If parents didn’t take steps to care for their children’s health, they would have sick, unhealthy kids and parents could face legal consequences. Also kids would feel mistreated and un-cared for.

How do you think your house feels? Not that it is physically a person but if it could talk, what would it say about how you care for it? Why does nobody inform us when we buy a home that it comes with responsibilities? There’s no owner manual to owning a home. Life lessons for adulthood aren’t taught in school. So how do people know to properly care for a home?

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Dran-o or Dra-NO!

sample of grease and grime build up from kitchen drain

How to properly maintain and clean residential drain-lines.

Ever get frustrated every time you wash your dishes or brush your teeth and the sink keeps filling up and drains slowly? There is a reason why this happens, in fact, there could be multiple reasons. Today, we are going to address one particular reason for slow draining drains. GREASE and GRIME.

Throughout the years, grease and grime stick and harden to the walls of the drain pipes creating “build-up.” This build-up reduces the actual circumference size of your drain line. Which means that the volume of water that usually flows down the drain line has now become minimized resulting in the slow draining process.

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Is Your at Plumbing Risk?

pressure regulator showing 85 psi

Plumbing, whether or not you know anything about it, is very important. It’s how your water comes into your home and how water exits your home. On occasion leaks and major floods can occur, but how? The number one cause of plumbing related leaks is too-high water pressure.

“Water pressure is like a car tire, if there is too much air in your car tire you could get a blow-out. If there is too much water pressure going into your home you could flood your house”

– Tony Falco, CEO Accurate Leak Locators.

What Does Too-High Water Pressure Mean?

Inside of your home are many water supply lines (flex lines) and angle stops. These are used to distribute at the water from the plumbing pipes in the wall or ground to the plumbing fixture, for example, a sink or toilet. An angle stop is put between the supply line and the plumbing pipe to turn the water off/on to the direct fixture in case of a leak. These supply lines and angle stops are very common to bursting and flooding a home within minutes due to too-high of water pressure.

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Hot water leaks accelerate mold growth rates!

Black mold in the corner of room wall

– Tony Falco, CEO Accurate Leak Locators

How to prevent mold in your home

Many homeowners are unaware that the number one cause of mold is excessive moisture. Without the moisture mold cannot grow. If you are a homeowner who cannot figure out where mold keeps coming from, you can use a hygrometer to check the humidity levels in your home. Experts say humidity levels should be below 55%.

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Homeowners Beware!


From the Desk of Tony Falco

When it comes to home improvements, maintenance, and remodeling some of us are not handy. 

While others are very handy, however there just is not enough time in the day to get the task(s) done. So sometimes it is easier to pay someone else to do it, like a Contractor.  While this might be reasonable and in most cases work out, there are some unfortunate people that get taken advantage of.   

How do you know if the Contractor you chose is the right contractor for the job?

Here are a few steps to help. Be careful choosing a handyman, it is recommended to use a licensed, trustworthy Contractor.

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Summer is here

house and sun illustration

From the Desk of Tony Falco,

As we all know, home maintenance is not always cheap, but it is a necessity. Just as our cars need to be maintained so does our home.   Accurate Leak Locators (ALL, Inc.) has a sister company, (DBA) Menifee Plumbing, Falco and Sons for those home maintenance needs.  Both companies are owned and operated by the same individuals however they provide different services.  Tony Falco and Accurate Leak Locators have been working for insurance companies for well over 25 years throughout Southern California. They specialize in plumbing work for insurance companies, as well as homeowners in over six counties. Menifee Plumbing is a local service company serving the Menifee Valley and its surrounding areas as a full service plumbing company.

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Wait, I have a Leak?

Modern faucet closeup with water drop

From the Desk of Tony Falco,

Did you know that in Southern California the number one cause for water loss claims are plumbing related leaks, causing over $10,000 worth of damages. You may be thinking what do you mean plumbing leaks? Isn’t water just there when I need it, there’s such a thing as a leak? For those of you who are not plumbing savvy, we hope this article will broaden your basic plumbing knowledge when it comes to protecting your home.

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Water is Precious—Part II 

From the Desk of Tony Falco

In last months’ article we covered the recent drought and how water is precious and ways to conserve water around your own home. Since April the weather has been changing; there has been frequent rain storms, volcano eruption, earthquakes locally and around the world, and tropical storms and yet, we are still in a drought. Governor Browns’ bill is already in full effect. Have you been to a hotel recently in the last month? Did you notice the sign on the bathroom counter from the hotel in regards to guests reusing bath towels? Or how about restaurants (mostly higher end restaurants) in the middle of the tables are courteous signs that state along the lines, in efforts to conserve water, refills of water will only be upon request.

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