Tahoe vista plumbing

we are helping a new restaurant in Tahoe vista. The restaurant is called Pep’s. It’s in a fantastic location right at the lake in Tahoe vista. Pep’s will be serving breakfast and lunch and is conveniently located right across from a public beach! North lake plumbing was delighted to provide all the plumbing requirements for this new eatery.image

Ken North Lake Plumbing

Recent Testimonials

It’s always nice to hear that you’re doing a good job. Here’s what a few of our customers around North Lake Tahoe have had to say recently:

Thanks for getting our kitchen drain line back in service. We really appreciate your hard work and skill. I’ll bring you up something from San Jose on our next trip. -Thanks again, Gavin, Tahoe Donner

We appreciate your fast response and service. – Kathy, Tahoe City

Thank you for all of your help and kindness! It is wonderful to know I don’t have to worry about my sink, dishwasher or a garbage disposal anymore! Hope you have a wonderful week with your son. – Linda, Tahoe City



Frozen Pipes

Watch for frozen pipes!

Do you know where your main water shut-off valve is? If not, give us a call today at (530) 583-2478. With the recent cold temperatures we have been seeing in the Tahoe area frozen pipes are all too common. Don’t let the above photo happen to you!

Ken Fielding of North Lake Plumbing

How to winterize your Tahoe Home

Make sure you have a main water shut off located within your home that works. If it hasn’t been used in a long time it can freeze up and require replacement. If it is located in an inconvenient area of the house, such as a crawl space, we can put a rod up through the floor that is accessible under a cabinet. In some cases it may have to be relocated. The shut off at the street does not belong to the home owner, they are actually owned by the water company. It is critical to be able to turn your water off when you’re not home.

Some homes have automatic drain valves. Other homes you will need to open all faucets, including tub spouts, to drain the remaining water out of the pipes. If you have a dishwasher, run it for a few minutes after the water is turned off. To save energy with your hot water heater, turn down the control knob to the ‘vacation’ setting.

If you’re shutting down for an entire winter, add RV anti-freeze to your toilet tanks and bowls (about 1 cup each).

Ken Waterheater

Do I have the right water heater?

A lot of folks are wondering if now is the time to switch their tanked water heater over to a tankless. Although future energy codes require a certain efficiency rating on water heaters, there are a few other factors to consider.

Tankless water heaters are expensive to install, and repairs are generally more expensive on them. That being said, they are 15% more energy efficient than tanked water heaters. The staff at North Lake Plumbing are certified to install both Rinnai and Rheem tankless water heaters, and have been installing them for years. Here’s a list of pros and cons that Ken put together on tankless water heaters.

Pros – Tankless Water Heaters

  • Unlimited hot water, for multiple showers
  • Energy efficient
  • Space efficient
  • Altitude (Lake Tahoe is at 6,330 ft above sea level) requires a more powerful water heater. Water heaters are 22% less efficient at altitude. Tankless water heaters heat better than a tanked water heater.

Cons – Tankless Water Heaters

  • Expensive, you do not save money in the long run
  • Installation costs
  • Repair can be difficult
  • Hard to install
  • Government will require them in the future
  • They can freeze in the winter, requiring the whole unit to be replaced
  • They need to be cleaned once a year
  • Altitude: water heaters in Tahoe have to work harder to heat water. We are 4-6000′ higher than the Valley and Bay Area.