Common Summer Plumbing Problems You Should Watch Out For

Some Santa Cruz plumbing problems are more common in the summer than at any other time of year. Here’s what you should be watching for this summer so you can keep your home working well all summer long. If you do experience these or other plumbing this summer, don’t hesitate to call your local Santa Cruz and Santa Clara plumber.

Flooded Basements

Sudden thunderstorms or downpours are more common in the summer than at other times of the year. These can flood your basement and do a lot of damage quickly. If you don’t have a sump pump, consider installing one. If you do have one, take a few minutes to test it before the next storm comes. 

Sprinkler Problems

Sprinkler heads break relatively easily, especially with increased foot traffic on lawns and with the weekly use of lawn mowers. These can cause all sorts of flooding and other plumbing problems. Make sure you check your sprinklers regularly during the summer and that you replace any broken parts as soon as possible. You can also check for overgrown or soggy areas on your lawn, as this can indicate a sprinkler issue. 

Clogged Shower Drains

When you spend time at the lake, the river, the beach, or even out in your backyard, you end up with more dirt and debris washing off in the shower. It can be hard for your normal water pressure to wash these all the way down the drain and into your sewer. You can end up with significant clogs after everyday activities. Do your best to rinse off with a hose before you shower to avoid needing drain cleaning services.

If you do run into any summer plumbing problems, call us at Rosenthal Plumbing right away. We’ll have an expert Santa Cruz plumber to your door fast!

7 Signs You Have A Plumbing Leak

When water is spraying everywhere, it’s usually pretty clear you’ve got a plumbing leak. However, leaks can be hidden or subtle, too. Here are some signs that you have a water leak and should call a local plumber fast.

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Signs You Have A Water Leak

  1. You have unexplained and persistent mold or mildew growth. Mold and mildew love dampness, so it’s important that you keep your eye out for them. If you’re constantly cleaning and it doesn’t go away, or you smell a musty odor even though you’ve cleaned and cleaned, chances are good that you have a hidden leak somewhere.
  2. Your water meter moves all the time. If you check out your water meter and it’s constantly ticking, even when you know no one is using water or you’ve turned off your main water valve to test it, then you have a plumbing leak somewhere. 
  3. Your water bills keep going up. If you keep spending more and more on water even though you aren’t using any more water, it’s time to look for a leak. Make sure that any spikes you see aren’t due to seasonal changes by comparing your bills now to the ones from a year ago. If there’s a significant change, look for a leak.
  4. You notice wet spots. Sometimes, you’ll notice a wet spot in your home or yard. You’ll clean it up, not thinking much about it, only to find it has returned the next time you check. This is a sign that you have a plumbing leak somewhere nearby. The water has to go somewhere, so it’s pooling in your wet spot.
  5. You hear the sounds of water moving. If you aren’t running any water but you hear water moving through your pipes or dripping, you’ve got a leak somewhere. Your water should stop entirely when you aren’t intentionally using it. 
  6. Your water pressure is low. If you can’t get your water pressure up to where it normally is, you probably have a leak somewhere. If the leak is small, you may not notice this very much. However, any changes in water pressure should be checked out by a pro. 
  7. You find new cracks in your foundation. It’s not unusual for your foundation to crack a little as it settles over the years. However, if you start seeing a lot of cracks all at once, it could be a sign of a water leak. When too much water seeps out into the foundation and other structural components of your home, leaks eventually result. 

Other Types of Leaks

There are several reasons types of plumbing leaks that can cause issues and damage to you and your home. Is there a puddle around your water heater? This leak is a clear indicator that you need water heater repair soon. If you notice a foul smell and dead vegetation in your yard, you may have a sewer leak and require sewer line repair. Gas leaks are trademarked by their foul, sulfur smell. If you smell rotting eggs, are dizzy and/ or nauseus, call a professional plumber near you and evacuate immediately. Water, sewer, and gas leaks can go unnoticed until they cause significant damage and require costly repairs. If you think you may have a plumbing leak, call your local plumber for leak detection and repairs.

Call Rosenthal For Pipe & Leak Repair in Santa Cruz

If you are ever concerned about the possibility of a water leak, call us at Rosenthal Plumbing. We are experts in leak detection and have highly skilled and trained plumbers standing by. They can get to you fast, assess your home for leaks, and come up with a plan to seal your pipes up so your water can flow the way it is supposed to once again. Get the peace of mind you need when you make an appointment with Rosenthal Plumbing for pipe and leak repair today. 

Solving the Problem of Hard Water

If you have hard water, it can take a toll on your appliances, your dishes, your skin, and more. You don’t have to live with these problems! At Rosenthal Plumbing, we know how to evaluate your system for hard water and help you buy and install the best water conditioning systems to banish hard water forever. 

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Signs You Have Hard Water

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Having hard water sounds awful, but it just means that certain minerals are more concentrated in your water than they are in other places. Install the proper water conditioner to remove these minerals, and your water will be soft again. You may have hard water if you are experiencing the following problems:

  • Dry skin. If you have dry skin year round — even when it’s not dry outside — you may have hard water. Some people are sensitive either to the minerals in the water itself or to the detergent that hard water struggles to completely wash off the body. Either way, the result can be skin that itches and flakes even when moisture levels in the surrounding air are high.
  • Soap scum. If you feel like you have to scrub your tub or your shower several times a week just to keep the soap scum at bay, it’s probably time to test for hard water. Minerals in your water can mix with chemicals in your soap, which causes scum in the first place. You can clean it as often as you want, but the scum won’t disappear until you solve the problem at its source.
  • Buildup around fixtures. If you notice a white or gray mineral buildup around the mouths of your faucets, you probably have hard water. The buildup happens when layers of water dry over time, leaving their mineral deposits behind. These can, ultimately, restrict the water flow in your faucet and shorten the life of your appliances. 
  • New clothing that looks old. Hard water can be hard on your clothes. If you notice that your colors seem to fade too fast, your clothing is scratchy, or it just doesn’t look as new as it should, hard water may be the culprit. It can combine with your detergent in ways that make the detergent less effective. 
  • Spots on your dishes. Do you feel like your dishes are never clean because, no matter what you do, they dry with white or gray spots on them? Hard water is probably your problem. The spots are similar to soap scum, caused by the combination of hard water and your detergent. These minerals will dry on your dishes every time you wash them until you get a water conditioner to solve your hard water problem. 

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If you have one or more of these problems, we will happily test your home for hard water. When we get the results, we’ll let you know and we’ll recommend the best water filtration or purification systems to solve your problem. We’ll oversee the installation of these units, too, so you can be sure that you are getting quality craftsmanship and the best savings around. Give us at Rosenthal Plumbing a call to schedule your water quality testing or water filtration installation in Santa Cruz.

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Water Conditioning

If you’re having trouble with your water quality in Santa Cruz or the surrounding areas, we have the water conditioning solutions you need. Contact us at Rosenthal Plumbing today for water quality testing and get the clean water you need ASAP.

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Water Quality Problems

Water can be of poor quality because of the water supply itself, or because of something that is going wrong within your Santa Cruz plumbing system. If you have any of the following problems, you may want someone to take a look at your plumbing system to see if there’s anything that can be done to improve the quality of your water.

Discolored Water

If your water is discolored, it usually means that something else is mixed into the water or suspended in it. Often, discolored water is cloudy, though it can also have a slight brown, green, blue, or orange tinge to it. This can happen when your water has high silt levels, or when metals are oxidizing and changing the water’s color. While this isn’t usually dangerous, it can definitely be an indication of a plumbing problem. 

If your water leaves blue or green stains on your plumbing fixtures, it indicates the presence of corrosive materials in your water and/or that your water has a low PH level.

Finally, if your water leaves gray or white film or buildup on your plumbing fixtures, as well as on any glass items that you wash in the water, your water is probably hard. This means that it has a lot of minerals, like calcium and magnesium, that are left over when the water dries out. 

Treating Discolored Water

If your water is discolored, you may need some sort of filter for your water. But if the discoloration is caused by oxidized metals in your plumbing system, you will need to replace some pipes or perform other repairs so that the metal in the system isn’t getting wet.

Treating Smelly Water

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If your water smells bad, it probably has sulfides in it. This most commonly causes a rotten egg smell. For bad smelling water, we usually suggest a water filtration system. The most common ones remove sulfides as well as other materials or chemicals that can cause those terrible smells. The good news is that, once installed, you will be able to drink your water without cringing. 

When water gets corrosive, we usually suggest adding acid neutralizing agents to your water. This can be done through a water treatment system, too. 

Treating Hard Water

Hard water is one of the most common water problems, and we have found that water softeners and purification systems offer the best solution. Most are long-lasting and make a huge difference in the quality of your water. 

These two solutions work by removing the chemicals like calcium and magnesium that can make water hard. Since the levels of these minerals can vary quite a bit even within the same town or county, it’s important to get your water hardness level evaluated before you decide how to treat it. 

Every water softener is set based on the results of tests done on your particular water, in your particular house. Most softeners use salt in the regeneration cycle, and so will have that mineral present in the softener head. If you ever feel like your water softener is using too much salt, you may need to reevaluate the amount and presence of minerals in your water. The best softeners allow you to change the salt levels easily, though some may require you to call a plumber to get the right amount. 

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If you are having trouble with your water quality or would like to test for the presence of hard water, call Rosenthal Plumbing to schedule an appointment today. Our expert plumbers are available to install water filtration or purification systems in Santa Cruz. We would be happy to come out, diagnose your water quality problems, and give you a free estimate for fixing them.

When Plumbing Noises are Serious!

Your plumbing may make noises all the time. Many homeowners just get used to the sounds that their system makes and don’t even think about them anymore. However, some plumbing noises can indicate a problem in the system. While the problems may not seem urgent because there’s not a plumbing emergency, they all indicate issues that can get worse over time if you leave them unrepaired.

Here are some sounds you might be hearing and what they mean for your system. At Rosenthal Plumbing, our team of expert plumbers know these sounds well and what repairs need to happen to fix your system, give us a call if your concerned about he following noises or your Santa Cruz plumbing.


Do you hear a bubbling or even a gurgling sound when you flush your toilet or drain water down your sink? This can indicate several issues:

Even if you have experienced these bubbles as long as you’ve lived in your home, they can indicate a problem that’s getting worse over time. Call us and we’ll get to the bottom of the issue, then repair it for you fast!


Do your pipes whine or squeak when you use your water? Maybe it just happens when you use one set of pipes, like the ones in your kitchen or an upstairs bathroom. High-pitched sounds coming from your plumbing usually mean a broken or defective pressure-reducing valve. 

Depending on when your home was built, you may have one valve for the whole house or different ones for the bathroom, kitchen, etc. Over time, leaving these broken can cause burst pipes, overflows, and more! Call for a plumbing repair and we’ll get things back to normal soon!


Even a slow drip can indicate a leak, and leaks can be costly. In fact, even a slow leak can raise your water bill significantly, and that’s outside of the cost of treating and repairing water damage. The sound of water dripping can also drive you crazy! If you are struggling with a drip that you can’t fix, give us a call. We’ll find the source of the leak and treat it before it gets bigger and causes serious damage to your home. 

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In fact, the skilled plumbers at Rosenthal Plumbing are here for you no matter what type of plumbing repair you need. Whether it’s a strange noise, a water heater repair, problems with frozen pipes, an overflowing toilet, or you need a drain cleaning, call us and we’ll get you back to normal fast. We hope to get a chance to work with you soon!