Feeling drained? Stubborn sinks and shower drains can get you down – we can help! If you’ve googled and tried all of the at home remedies and still need a hand – give us a call!
Just another day at the office…however, today included a little help from Auburn Crane and a big thanks to Ray Byers at Byers for getting Auburn Crane on short notice. When Maria’s Mexican Restaurant in Grass Valley needed a new water heater we were up for the challenge.
Craig Johnson Plumbing is a full service plumbing company able to meet all of your needs in a single bound – it’ a bird, it’s a plane…no, it’s a water heater!
Have you noticed the valve behind your toilet? This is your angle stop. If yours is one piece it should be replaced ASAP – it’s one of the leading causes of water damage in your home. If you suspect that you’re a candidate for a replacement give us a call – we can discuss options for you!
Have you looked at yours lately?
Happy and Proud to support the Colfax Falcons Basketball Program – We are so fortunate to live and work in an area with so many great local sports programs. Craig Johnson Plumbing believes in supporting our local programs and will do what we can – just ask!
Well the votes are in…drum roll please… The Union’s BEST PLUMBER (voted on by the local Grass Valley and Nevada City readers) is Craig Johnson Plumbing! We were honored with the runner up position for the last two years and with our dedication to customer satisfaction and our continued support of our community we our officially “The Best”.
In addition to the recent win in The Union we’ve had a lot of exciting things happening in our world of plumbing. We’ve moved in to our new location 10841 Rough and Ready Hwy Grass Valley, CA 95945 we’ve added a new member to our office, Terri – she’s been an amazing addition to our team, her bright and cheery disposition and dedication to customer satisfaction makes her the perfect fit with our company model.
Again, THANK YOU – we know you have a choice with your plumbing needs and we are so thankful to our community for this award!
Some things in life are just better when their taller – including your toilet. Comfort height toilets are compared to a chair height as well. The average “normal” toilet is around 15 inches high, a comfort height toilet is 17 inches – 2 inches is significant when you’re getting up. This year for Christmas we gave the gift of comfort to Grandma and she is absolutely thrilled. If you’re considering making your loved ones comfortable this year stop by and check out our comfort height toilet at our office – please stop by! 10841 Rough and Ready Hwy Grass Valley, CA 95945
We love a good recommendation – a GREAT one is even better! Imagine the panic when you have clients without water over the holidays – We understand your need for fast and courteous service and we deliver! See below one of our clients recent experiences with us over the holidays with our service tech Casey. Craig Johnson Plumbing Experience over the holidays
Nevada County Plumbers…Holiday Weekend Experience in Grass Valley California.
This weekend I had a client from Morgan Ranch of Grass Valley call me in desperation as they had no water on Christmas Day! I started calling plumbers trying to find someone that would help them. I left messages at about 5 different places. I started feeling hopeless which I can imagine is just how my clients were feeling too. Lucky for me Rich Hooper of Gold Standard Plumbing called back in less than 10 minutes from when I left him a message! He could not offer any help with servicing the problem, but was happy to offer three references to call.
I called the first reference but never heard back; I understood as it was a holiday. I called the second referral for a Nevada County plumber and left a message. And to my very thankful surprise I received a call back in about 3 minutes! It was Craig, owner of Craig Johnson Plumbing in Grass Valley!
Craig quickly assured me that he could help my clients right away. And he did just that! Within about 3 minutes one of his plumbers, Casey called us and we got the ball rolling. Casey was out to the house within less than 2 hours from the first phone call! My clients were not only happy for the help but they were also very happy with the kindness and the communication that Casey provided.
If you are in need of pluming services in the Nevada County area it is important to pick a dependable and caring plumber! One that not only gets the job down correctly and when needed, but also a plumber that cares, is available, and of course local.
A big thank you you Rich of Gold Standard Plumbing for taking the time to call us back on a holiday and care enough to offer references to plumbers.
And a big thank you to Craig and Casey for not only working on a holiday and providing excellent communication and availability, but also for offering such top notch respectable service to my Morgan Ranch Clients!
Please feel free to check out my list of referred Service Providers! Just select the ‘Buyers & Sellers’ tab on the home page of my website, then select ‘Service Providers’ in the drop down box to access an updated list of local service providers. Or better yet, here is link you can use and share! Nevada County Service Providers
If you’ve lived in the Grass Valley / Nevada County area for a few years or more–and especially if you live above 2500′ or so–chances are you’ve been pinched by the winter weather at least a couple times. And if that pinch involved your water pipes or plumbing, you probably don’t ever want to feel it again.
We don’t want you to feel it either–so we’ve put together 5 easy ways to make it through the winter without any plumbing-related pain.
The first and most obvious step to take to protect against is to insulate hot and cold water pipes in the crawlspace under your house as well as in the basement, attic, and exterior walls (if accessible) with snap-on foam insulation. Make sure foam insulation fits tightly without gaps. Apply duct tape to joints in insulation, and miter foam around elbows, so joints in pipes are completely covered.
Hose bibs–the outside faucets where you attach your hose–are one of the most common places for frozen pipes to burst. If you leave a hose connected to the bib, the water in the hose can damage the bib from the outside upon freezing. Disconnect and drain garden hoses from hose bibs.
Even with the hose removed, exposed bibs and the outside pipe are extremely vulnerable to the cold. Protect exterior hose bibs around your foundation, with insulated foam covers found at any local hardware store.
Water left sitting in the pipes of your sprinkler/irrigation system will expand when it freeze and that can cause a lot of damage–to your sprinkler heads and other components, as well as the pipes themselves. Some systems will have a manual drain, located at the lowest point of your irrigation. Other systems might not be so simple; if you’re unsure, call your landscape install professional or a qualified plumber.
Do you have any known leaks that you’ve been putting off? Fix them before they become a bigger problem. And take a few minutes (and a flashlight) to check the visible pipes and joints inside and outside. Better to find them now than in January (or worse, on Christmas Eve.)
If you are going out of town, don’t turn your furnace off. Instead schedule your thermostat to keep your home warm to avoid frozen pipes. The few bucks you’ll spend on that heat is a small price to pay to avoid coming home to a water-damage nightmare.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that the safest and easiest way to take care of all this stuff is to call your local full-service plumber and let them deal with it all. They know what to look for*, they have the parts and supplies needed to get the job done*, and they have the experience to do it right* so you can sleep easy (and dry) throughout the winter season, no matter what elevation in the Sierra Foothills you call home.
*They do for sure, if “they” are Craig Johnson Plumbing. We can’t speak for everyone! 😉
I need a what??? Backflow prevention devices are now a requirement for any building permit pulled in Nevada City, Ca. – See below for the new ordinance now in effect. Don’t worry – we can help!!
The backflow prevention device or BPD is a device that allows water and materials that back up to escape from the cleanout rather than flowing into the home. Your backup prevention device can be installed by Craig Johnson Plumbing.
A sewer BPD is often a mushroom shaped device in the yard near the house or a spring-loaded or weighted cover on a sewer line cleanout near the house and installed on your lateral connection to the sewer main.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NEVADA COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICT NO. 1, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ORDAINS AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION I: The Board of Directors hereby finds and determines as follows:
A. This Ordinance is consistent with and furthers the goals, objectives, policies, programs and implementation measures of the Nevada County Sanitation District Code by requiring sewers to be designed to preclude the backflow of sewage into laterals and/or buildings;
B. Sewer overflows into sewer laterals and private residences can be detrimental to the health, safety, convenience and welfare of our citizens and the community, and can be costly to correct. Sewer backflow can be caused by the introduction of foreign objects into the system; the buildup of grease in the sewer crown at locations where hydraulic jumps occur; high flow rates due to ground or surface water entering the sewer; blockages and undersized sewers. The use of low cost pop-off relief devices is a simple and cost effective mechanism for reducing the potential for sewer overflows into laterals and buildings. Similarly, the use of backflow prevention valves is a cost effective mechanism for reducing or eliminating the potential for sewer overflows into laterals and buildings. The most appropriate and cost effective time to install such devices is at the time of construction or significant remodeling.
SECTION II: Section 7.3 of Chapter 7 of Title 4 of the Sanitation District Code is amended to add the following:
“Sec. 7.3 Plates
The following plates are included as part of this Chapter:
1. Pipe Bedding
11. Backflow Prevention Device Installation”
A copy of Plate 11 is attached to this Ordinance as Exhibit A and incorporated herein by this reference.
SECTION III: Subsection C. 6 of Section 7.8 of Chapter 7 of Title 4 of the Sanitation District Code is amended to read as follows:
“Sec. 7.8 Design Criteria: Structures
C. Service Laterals
6. Backflow. Sewers shall be designed to preclude the backflow of sewage into laterals.
To prevent sanitary sewer overflows for municipal sewer customers, sewer laterals for new connections, significant remodels of 50% or more, and for replacements or repairs made to an existing sanitary lateral shall include:
A.) Installation of pop-off relief devices (pop-off caps) in the caps of all sewer cleanouts on the property.
B.) Installation of a backflow prevention device (backwater valve), to prevent sewage from the main sewer backing up into the private sewer lines due to cleaning or blockages in the main.
Backflow prevention and pop-off relief devices shall be installed as shown in Plate 11 of Section 7.3 of the Sanitation District Code.”
SECTION IV: The Board of Directors hereby finds and determines this Ordinance is exempt from environmental review under California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to the following categorical exemptions: Sections 15060(c)(2) (the activity will not result in a direct or reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment), 15061(b)(3) (there is no possibility the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment), and Section 15268 (exempting ministerial actions such as approval of individual utility service connections).
This Ordinance shall take effect and be in force at the expiration of thirty (30) days from and after its passage and it shall become operative on the 10th day of September, 2015, and before the expiration of fifteen (15) days after its passage it shall be published once, with the names of the Directors voting for and against same in The Union, a newspaper of general circulation printed and published in the County of Nevada. Passed and adopted by a majority vote of the Board of Directors of Nevada County Sanitation District No. 1 at a regular meeting of said Board, held on the 11th day of August, 2015, by the following vote of said Board: Ayes: Directors Nathan H. Beason, Edward Scofield, Dan Miller, Hank Weston and Richard Anderson. Noes: None. Absent: None. Abstain: None.
NEVADA COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICT NO. 1
Attest: Julie Patterson Hunter, Clerk of the Board, /s/ Edward C. Scofield, Chair.
Exhibit A is Plate 11 Backflow Prevention Device Installation. A complete copy of Exhibit A is on file with the Clerk of the Board of Directors and is available for public inspection and copying in that office and on the websitehttp://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/bos/cob/Pages/Home.aspx in accordance with the California Public Records Act, Cal. Gov’t Code sections 6250, et seq.