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Keep that Rinnai tankless water heater working!

Posted On: February 5, 2013 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

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Rinnai makes the best tank-less water heaters but they aren’t zero maintenance. A tank-less water heater by nature is a complicated and involved piece of machinery. There are many points of failure, though the best manufacturers provide great reliability. Even though Rinnai has likely spent millions of dollars to perfect their product, the homeowner still needs to do a few things to ensure your investment keeps providing all of that wonderful hot water.

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Summer is drawing to a close, time to prepare.

Posted On: October 2, 2012 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing


Sure, it was 105 in Paso Robles today but the hot days of Summer are coming to an end. Autumn is around the corner and then, Winter. Even though we all live on the beautiful Central Coast, it does get cold in the Winter months. Now is a good time to think about what you might need to do in order to protect your plumbing.

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We are now a Rinnai ASP!!

Posted On: August 18, 2012 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing


Rocksteady Plumbing is now a Rinnai Authorized Service Provider. We’ve completed the training and are now stocking parts for the best tankless water heater available!

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We Also Service Most Water Softeners

Posted On: July 18, 2012 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

G.E. Water Softener Repair

Rocksteady Plumbing is primarily a service plumbing company but we are also well versed in water treatment. Paul has spent many years working on water treatment systems and even worked for one of the largest water treatment companies many years ago. This allowed him to build a base of knowledge, specific to water softeners and reverse osmosis systems that many plumbers don’t have.

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Soften Your Water & Your Life is Hard Enough

Posted On: June 3, 2012 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

Hard Water in Paso Robles

Water in the North County is HARD. Typical water hardness is between 20 and 30 grains per gallon around here and will fog your glasses, silverware, shower doors and coffee pots. While these are annoyances, hard water can also hasten the failure of many of your appliances. Dishwashers, washing machines, ice makers, water heaters, etc.; they all wear faster with hard water.

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High Water Pressure Kills Plumbing

Posted On: May 28, 2012 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

High Water Pressure in Paso Robles and Atascadero

High water pressure is not good for your home and your plumbing. It speeds up the failure of fixtures, faucets, appliances and pipes while, at the same time, wasting thousands of gallons per year.

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Decrease Your Footprint With a Tankless Water Heater

Posted On: February 5, 2012 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

Rocksteady Plumbing can replace your leaking, failed or inefficient conventional water heater with a new and energy efficient tankless water heater by Rinnai. Why spend your money heating and re-heating 50 gallons of water while you sleep? How much money do you think is spent keeping your water hot when you don’t need it? It’s a lot. With a new Rinnai tankless water heater you will see lowered fuel bills as well as increased convenience.

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Check your water pressure!!

Posted On: January 3, 2012 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

Burst Water Heater in San Luis Obispo

According to the Uniform Plumbing Code (the code that the California Plumbing Code is based on) water pressure must be below 80 psi. If city pressures are above this limit, a pressure reducing valve must be installed to lower the pressure to a legal amount.  An ideal pressure is in the 60 psi range.  This is to protect your fixtures and pipes but will also save an enormous amount of water that is currently being wasted at higher pressures.

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Winter Is Still Here

Posted On: March 10, 2011 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

People often forget that sub-freezing temperatures can be felt here on the Central Coast. Sure, we all live in sunny California but every few years the temperatures here in San Luis Obispo county do drop well below freezing and can cause havoc on your plumbing system.  Because most people forget, pipes are left unprotected.  An uninsulated water line WILL FREEZE.

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The year's almost gone and so are the rebates

Posted On: December 20, 2010 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

Tax credits of up to $1,500 are currently slated to expire at the end of the year. Add in the rebates from the Gas Company and you can save another $200. Now is the time to get that tankless water heater installed and save some BIG BUCKS!!

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Sunrise to Sunset

Posted On: December 31, 2010 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

Rocksteady Plumbing is a 24 hour, EMERGENCY plumbing company. Just because the sun has set, it doesn’t mean we aren’t out working. This goes for weekends and holidays too.

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It's Water Heater Season!

Posted On: November 9, 2010 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

Winter is the season where you demand the most from your water heater.  Winter is also the season where more water heaters fail and when they do they can cause damage to your home.  If your water heater is over 6 years old, with the water that we have here on the Central Coast, you should plan on replacing it.  Preemptive replacement of your water heater will allow you to avoid the likely mess and damage as well as schedule  the replacement at YOUR CONVENIENCE.  Don’t come home to this…

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Water Filtration Makes You Feel Better

Posted On: June 26, 2010 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

Do you feel dried out after a shower?  Chlorine that’s added to municipal water isn’t good for your skin and hair.  You can easily, safely and affordably remove Chlorine from your water with a whole house carbon filter.  Carbon filters will also remove other odors and tastes from your incoming water and leave it smelling and tasting fresher.

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Rocksteady Plumbing Salutes You

Posted On: May 29, 2010 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

This Memorial Day weekend we ask that you take the time to remember those that fought and died for this great country.  While you may not agree with the actions of our government at all times, the brave men and women that have sacrificed their lives for us MUST be thanked.  Because of all they gave, we can enjoy the life we do.  Please take some time during this weekend to think about those that allowed you to have the freedom you do.

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Water Heaters; more than just Tankless

Posted On: May 16, 2010 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

Tankless water heaters are great, don’t get me wrong.  They provide nearly limitless amounts of hot water and can lower your gas bill significantly by not heating and re-heating stored water.  Even though they sound great, they’re not optimal for every situation.  Tankless water heaters have become a “buzz” in the plumbing world and dare I say it, a new fad.  Don’t blindly convert your conventional tank-style water heater to a tankless without considering the other available options.  There are lots of choices when it comes to high efficiency water heaters and the list is growing almost daily.

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Spring Has Sprung and it’s Root Season

Posted On: April 10, 2010 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

With the nice weather around the corner also comes root growth in your sewer lines.  Chances are if you have an older home with clay, cast iron or orangeburg drain lines, they have roots in them.  Trees are growing again and the roots will be causing you problems if you don’t take action.

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Happy Easter To All!!

Posted On: April 4, 2010 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

Everyone at Rocksteady Plumbing wants to wish our customers a very happy Easter.  We’ll be hanging out with the family but we’re also here if you need to call.  24/7 Emergency Service is what we do.

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We go where you don't want to

Posted On: February 2, 2010 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

Here is where I spent the last 2 days.  The crawlspace was tight with almost no room to maneuver but the plastic that the homeowner had laid down was much appreciated.  I was under the house to replace all of the undersized gas lines with new Trac pipe.  While under there, I also replaced a small amount of the water lines.

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Happy Thanksgiving From Rocksteady Plumbing

Posted On: November 26, 2009 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing


All of us at Rocksteady Plumbing would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We’re hoping that you are all able to spend some quality time relaxing with your friends and family this year. Watch some football on tv, maybe go see a movie, have too much food and just generaly relax. As you’re enjoying the day don’t forget to give thanks for what you have.

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Posted On: November 24, 2009 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing


What began as a typical mainline blockage turned into a much larger problem. This line was supposedly replaced not too long ago but as I found out yesterday, it’s original to the house. I really hope the customer wasn’t taken advantage of by a unsavory plumbing company. After clearing the line the cable was being retrieved when it got stuck under the street out front. Luckily, I was able to enlist help from another local plumber and his son/helper to get the line pulled back to within 35 feet of the house. It became bound up one more time and now it wasn’t going to cooperate. We had to dig up the line in order to remove the roots from the cutter head in order to remove the cable. A temporary repair was done to save the customer some money since the entire line needs replacement. What was thought to be relatively new ABS plastic pipe turned out to be 30+ year old clay with root impactions at multiple spots. Every day is an adventure.

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Please Use Caution When Clearing Drains

Posted On: November 1, 2009 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

There are a lot of rental companies that will rent anyone a profesional drain cleaning machine. You can also buy these machines from some hardware stores or tool supply stores. While they may seem simple, they can be very dangerous. In reality it takes years of experience to be able to work one in less than ideal circumstances. These machines pack a big punch and can go from good to bad very quickly if you get tied up in a bunch of roots or a broken sewer line. This is where the experience comes into play to keep your arms and fingers from being broke or worse.

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Shower Valve Replacement

Posted On: September 22, 2009 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

Old and Outdated Mixet Shower Valve

There comes a time when a fixture isn’t worth repairing. Obviously some products last longer than others but nobody has invented the “forever” fixture. Many times when you factor in the costs and longevity of a repair, replacement is a better investment.

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A.O. Smith Vertex Water Heaters

Posted On: July 31, 2009 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing


A.O. Smith, in joint venture with one of the nation’s leading design engineering firms, has developed a 76,000 BTU conventional tank-style water heater that promises a thermal efficiency rating above 90% and virtually “endless hot water.” We at Rocksteady Plumbing are extremely excited about its possibilities. Just imagine: the reliability of a tank style heater that just about every house is already plumbed for with the energy saving benefits of an on-demand heater. Not to mention the nearly endless supply of hot water that up until now only tankless heaters could provide.

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Resetting a Toilet

Posted On: July 18, 2009 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

Toilet with a Leaking Wax Seal

Often times a toilet will develop a small leak where it meets the floor.  Sometimes your only clue will be a wet rug, sometimes it’s much more obvious.  If there are no signs of leakage at the valve, supply line or tank area chances are good it’s the wax seal that’s leaking.  The wax ring that is used to seal the toilet to it’s mounting flange is not reusable and will need to be replaced with a new one. 

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Water Softener Repair

Posted On: July 14, 2009 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

Fleck 5600 Econominder Water Softener

Rocksteady Plumbing can also help you with your water treatment needs.   Whether it be repair of a non-working unit, replacement of an old water softener or a new installation.  Rocksteady Plumbing has knowledge that most plumbing companies don’t have when it comes to water treatment.  Nearly any plumbing company can install a new water softener, filter or reverse osmosis.   Very few companies can correctly repair a non-working softener or R.O. unit.  Many times the economical choice is to replace an old and outdated unit but sometimes the better choice is repair.  We are able to determine which option is a more sensible choice.  Rocksteady Plumbing can service water softeners and reverse osmosis units made by such companies as Fleck, Autotrol, Northstar, G.E., Kenmore, Ecowater, Watts, Watersafe, and many more. 

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Sewer Repair

Posted On: July 10, 2009 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing


These pictures are from a customer in Atascadero.  His main sewer line was heavily impacted with roots and the only available clean-out was over 115 feet away from the blockage.  In order to allow the line to be properly cleaned we excavated the main line 80 feet from the house and installed a new full size clean out.  After the new clean out was installed we were able to clean the line better than it’s been for many many years.  Now the customer can have the line maintained easily twice a year to keep the roots at bay until a further repair can be budgeted for.

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