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Common term used by plumbers:


A backup occurs when water overflows from a plumbing fixture. This typically happens when a clog develops in a pipe. If a backup occurs in a sink drain, there is probably a clog further down the line. If a backup occurs in a toilet, the toilet itself may be clogged, or there may be a clog elsewhere.

Question often asked to plumbers: What’s the easiest way to check for toilet leaks?

When water leaks from a toilet tank into the toilet itself, huge amounts of water can be wasted. The trouble is that such leaks aren’t clearly evident because water doesn’t end up on the floor. From time to time, put dye in the tank of your toilet. Check back again in a few hours. If the water in the bowl is still clear, you don’t have a leak. If the water is tinged the color of the dye, there is a leak. Contact a qualified plumber.


Berkeley Plumbing And Heating Products & Services: Plumbing

plumbing41When a plumbing problem strikes, it pays to know where to get help. The best plumbing contractors are the ones with experience, and Berkeley Plumbing and Heating has that in spades. Since 1906, we have been providing top-notch plumbing services to residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout the East Bay area. Our commitment to quality is evident in everything we do.

Even the best plumbing systems, equipment and components experience problems from time to time. Regardless of the nature of the problem, it’s crucial to have it repaired properly. When repairs are done hastily or incorrectly, they tend to crop up again in short order. The experts at Berkeley Plumbing and Heating know how to properly diagnose all manner of plumbing issues. Our team will arrive at your location quickly and get right to work on diagnosing the problem. Experienced plumbers will then methodically perform the necessary repairs, and they will not leave until they are confident that the work is complete.

Whether your plumbing issue is major or relatively minor, you can rely on Berkeley Plumbing and Heating. Do you have a faucet that just won’t stop dripping, or do clogs keep causing backups in your home or business? These kinds of things are messy and expensive. Perhaps your toilet keeps running. That can waste hundreds of gallons of water per day and make your water bills soar. No matter what kind of issue you’re experiencing, just call us and tell us about it. Our plumbers will know what to do.

Repairs are a big part of what we do, but we also perform plumbing installations and are regularly involved in remodeling projects. Our retail store offers a huge array of parts and equipment as well, so you can find precisely what you need for an affordable price.

At Berkeley Plumbing and Heating, we believe that quality creates quality. Therefore, we strictly use high-quality parts, tools and equipment when performing plumbing repairs and installations. Our plumbers are extensively trained and exceptionally experienced, and they never cut corners. For more than a century, we’ve been delivering first-rate plumbing services to the commercial and residential customers of El Cerrito, Oakland, Berkeley and the surrounding area. We’re ready to serve you too.