May 15th, 2018
A tankless water heater is a highly energy efficient way to supply your home with ample hot water. Have you ever seen one in action? It’s a sight to behold, and it’s easy on the wallet, too.
Whether you’re in the market for a new water heater because yours has died, or you’re outfitting your new building, and you’re exploring options, make sure hire a pro plumber (like those on our team) to ensure it’s a job well done. Read on to learn more!
April 30th, 2018
Your water heater is one of the most important components in your home: providing safe hot water for cooking, cleaning and bathing. Most water heaters do their jobs quietly and without a fuss, which means that problems can creep up on you without noticing. This is compounded by the fact that most water heaters sit in out-of-the-way parts of your house, and don’t receive much attention so long as they do their job. Because of that, by the time you notice that something is wrong, the situation may be much worse than it appears
In particular, the anode rod is a key part of keeping your water heater functional. It prevents rust in the tank, but it needs to be replaced every two or three years. Otherwise, your water heater can quietly fall apart without you ever realizing it. Here’s a quick breakdown of why the anode rod is so important. Continue Reading
April 16th, 2018
Plumbing systems are built to last for decades or longer, but sooner or later, even the most durable system suffers a leak. This is especially true here in Arizona, where hard water is a common problem and can be quite harsh on household plumbing systems. If you own a home, a leak in your plumbing is something you’re eventually going to need to treat. Continue Reading
April 2nd, 2018
Here in Arizona, homeowners are often spared some of the plumbing problems that afflict homes back east. Our winters are fairly mild, for example, which means we don’t have to deal with issues like frozen pipes or burst pipes very often.
That said, desert communities like ours have lingering issues with hard water, which isn’t usually treated by municipal water systems. And while not actively harmful, it can cause a great deal of plumbing damage if you let it. The good news is that a trained plumber can help you get ahead of the problem and stop it before it does anything to impede your plumbing. Continue Reading
March 19th, 2018
Water heaters are designed to do their jobs quietly and without a lot of fuss. That provides a lot of benefits – and tank water heaters and eminently reliable – but it also offers a serious drawback. When trouble does rise, it can be very hard to spot. Most water heaters are located in the basement or similar out-of-the-way locations, and as long as they continue to deliver hot water, you probably don’t think of them very often.
As a result, problems can get quite extensive, and if you’re not careful, they can force you to replace the entire water heater by the time you notice that something is wrong. Luckily, a trained plumber can help you get ahead of such problems with timely maintenance, and you yourself can perform certain tasks periodically to give you a leg up on the kinds of issues that can result in serious water heater damage. Continue Reading
March 5th, 2018
Plumbing systems have been with us since the beginning of civilization, and in some ways, they work the same way today that they did in ancient Rome. Plumbers, too still need old-fashioned tools like wrenches and hammers, along with a proper work ethic to get the job done. But technology doesn’t sit in a vacuum, and plumbing has moved well past those simple tools we used to use 50 or 60 years ago. New tools and technique can help plumbers in countless different ways, and that translates to more effective repair techniques that cost you much less to implement.
Among the innovations that might have been inconceivable just a few short years ago is video pipe inspection, which has rapidly become a staple in modern plumbing. It arms the plumber with accurate information that no technology before it could have, and in turn makes dealing with leaks and clogs far easier. Continue Reading
February 19th, 2018
Leaks are a common problem in any home, and sooner or later your plumbing system is going to develop one. That process can be accelerated by factors such as hard water – the presence of minerals such as calcium and magnesium in your water – which is very common in our neck of the woods. (Hard water is harmless to drink, but can lead to the corrosion of plumbing pipes and cause leaks over time.) It’s one thing if you spot the signs of a leak early, such as noticing when water comes spilling across your bathroom floor. But most of the pipes in your home lie hidden under the floors or behind walls, and a seemingly minor leak can go for weeks or even months without being detected. In that time, they can cause considerable damage. Continue Reading
February 6th, 2018
Water heaters are indispensable parts of your household: providing safe, reliable hot water for cooking, cleaning and bathing. They’re typically placed in out-of-the-way parts of the home, such as the basement or garage, and don’t make a lot of noise when they’re running. Most homeowners take them for granted, which unfortunately can turn around and bite them in the event of a breakdown. Continue Reading
January 22nd, 2018
Clogged drains are a common problem in most homes, and sooner or later you’re likely to run into one. They can be caused by a number of issues, but mostly it stems from tossing something down the drain that fails to clear your plumbing systems and instead remains stuck in the pipe. This most often appears in the kitchen drains, where food products such as hot fats and potato peelings can make for a nasty clog, and in the bathroom, where toothpaste, cleaning supplies and human hair can all create serious problems for your drains. Continue Reading
January 8th, 2018
Plumbing problems are an accepted part of life as a homeowner, and while most plumbing systems perform effectively with few issues, sooner or later, everyone will deal with a leak, a clog or a similar issue. Older appliances like water heaters periodically need to be replaced with new ones, and when pipes wear out or suffer damage, they can spread water to nearby part of your home. Continue Reading