4 Plumbing Problems That May Not Look Like Emergencies, But Are

Monday, March 1st, 2021

woman-with-plumberWhat counts as a “plumbing emergency” in your home? The easy answer to this is “Whatever feels like an emergency to you, the homeowner.” It’s a good adage, because even if you’re wrong about whether the plumbing problem you’re facing is an emergency or not, you’ll be glad you had the trouble investigated. Better to be cautious and avoid a big disaster.

There’s more to defining emergency plumbing needs, however. Sometimes, plumbing emergencies hide behind what look like lesser issues. Things that just don’t feel like big deals. Troubles you can get to later. These are the truly tricky and dangerous emergency plumbing jobs, because you’re much less likely to treat them as such and call us for emergency plumbing in Glendale, AZ to get the issue fixed before it becomes a major problem. 

To help, we’ve listed four plumbing problems you may encounter that may seem mild, but are a good reason to call our plumbers ASAP.

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Ways You Can Tell Your House Has Hard Water

Monday, February 15th, 2021

salt-based-water-softenerHard water is a common problem affecting residential water supplies. Even the best water treatment plants can’t prevent it, since most hard water minerals enter the water after it has left the treatment plant and is on its way toward homes. The minerals of hard water (primarily magnesium and various calcites) seep through the ground and into the freshwater pipes.

Hard water isn’t unhealthy to drink. In fact, you want some amount of these minerals in your water because they’re essential minerals for good health. But too high a level of these minerals is bad for the plumbing in a house and creates inconveniences with cleaning and bathing. It can even wreck important water-using appliances; the water heater is especially susceptible to damage due to hard water. 

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The Most Common Contaminants in Household Water

Monday, January 18th, 2021

water-hands“Do I need to have a water treatment system installed for my house?” It’s a question you may have asked yourself, as many other homeowners have. The tricky part about answering the question is there is no such thing as a “universal water treatment system” that removes all possible contaminants from the freshwater sent to a house. Some water treatment systems are more broad in scope than others, but it’s important to know what’s actually in your water so experts like our team will know the best way to treat it.

To find out what’s in your water requires scheduling water testing with us. Below we’ve listed the most common types of contaminants that we may find based on these tests:

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Does Rust on My Water Heater Mean I Need a New One?

Monday, January 4th, 2021

rusty-water-heater-old-houseYou probably know that the water heater in your house won’t last forever. But because the average water heater that receives regular maintenance can sometimes last for over two decades, it’s easy to slip into thinking that it’ll always be working for you and you won’t have to worry about it. 

Then one day you notice rust on the water heater, or a rusty discoloration appears in the hot water. Alarm bells go off in your head. Rust can’t be a good sign. In fact, it might mean the water heater is finished and it’s time to have a new one installed. 

But is this 100% true? Is a water heater with corrosion a water heater destined for the recycling yard?

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Do I Need a Professional Plumber to Handle Plumbing Maintenance?

Monday, October 26th, 2020

plumberIf it’s time for you to schedule maintenance for your household plumbing—which we recommend you do once a year—how should you do it? There are four options:

  1. Do it yourself. It’s easy to book when you go DIY!
  2. Call a buddy who’s good with tools and knows a few things about plumbing.
  3. Look up a company with “plumber” or “plumbing” somewhere in its name. Anyone will do.
  4. Find a licensed professional plumber and schedule service with them. 

We know that options “A”–“C” are tempting, and far too many people take them. But the correct answer is “D.” Any other choice for a plumber in Glendale, AZ isn’t really a choice for a plumber. You want a licensed professional for the job and nobody else.

The good news is that you’re already on the website for a licensed professional plumber. We have a history of experience and trust with our customers, and we also have the proper licensing (License# ROC 276768). We’re called the Trusted Plumber for good reasons!

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5 Common Kitchen Plumbing Problems You Might Face

Monday, October 12th, 2020

broken-kitchen-sinkThe kitchen has an enormous amount of plumbing and plumbing fixtures in it. The bathroom has a higher concentration of plumbing and pipes, but you need to take special care of your kitchen plumbing in Glendale, AZ or else it can turn into a serious nightmare. Below are five common kitchen plumbing troubles that may require calling our talented team to investigate.

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The Anode Rod and How It Helps Your Water Heater

Monday, September 28th, 2020

water-heater-technicianRust and other types of corrosion are the worst problems a water heater can face. When rust starts to develop on a water heater tank, that usually means the entire water heater must be replaced.

But if you care for your water heater properly with regular professional maintenance and repairs done as needed, you shouldn’t have to worry about corrosion until the system is reaching the end of its lengthy service life. Most of the thanks for that protection against rust and corrosion goes to a component called the anode rod. We’re going to focus on this part of your water heater today, because understanding it will help you remember why regular maintenance for a water heater is so critical.

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How Long You Can Expect Your Garbage Disposal to Last

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Pouring-water-kitchen-sinkPeople often think of the garbage disposal in their kitchen sink as an appliance that will never need to be replaced. To them, it’s just a part of the structure of the kitchen, and until the day the kitchen gets a major renovation, the garbage disposal will hang around and keep doing its job.

This isn’t true, of course. No mechanical appliance can last forever, and a garbage disposal handles an immense workload, operating almost every day. Although a broken disposal can be fixed, at a certain point it will no longer be worth repairing and it’s best to have a new unit installed.

The question is, how long can you expect your garbage disposal to last?

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Ways to Improve Your Home’s Plumbing

Monday, June 8th, 2020

thumbs-upWhen thinking of ways to make home improvements, you probably don’t first think about “plumbing upgrades.” We admit that it doesn’t sound terrifically exciting. But your plumbing is an essential part of your daily life, and upgrading older parts of it with fresh installations can make a huge difference. It can be a difference in convenience, or water savings, or problem prevention. Sometimes it can be all of these.

Below is a list of some upgrades to think about making this summer for your plumbing. We’re the Glendale, AZ, plumbers who can simplify the process for you and provide the installations and replacements that will have you set with great plumbing. (more…)

What Can Build Up in Your Drains When You Aren’t Looking

Monday, January 20th, 2020

drain-cleaning-diagramWe don’t mean to imply you need to stare into the drains in your house as often as you can spare the time. We mean that while you go about your daily routines of cooking, showering, bathing, and cleaning, imagining the drains are just fine, they may be picking up debris that will create slow or clogged drains in the future.

Below is a list of the most common build-up that forms in drains without you knowing about it—until something goes wrong. (more…)