How to Get Hot Water for Your Tankless Heater—Instantly

Monday, May 13th, 2019

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Waiting for hot water is a pain. And it seems that no matter what kind of water heater you have installed—even if it’s an “on-demand” tankless system—you’ll still have to wait for hot water.

Like many homeowners, you may have simply accepted this as fact. But what you might not be considering is just how wasteful it can be to wait for the water to warm up.

Regardless of whether you’re waiting for the kitchen sink or for the shower to warm up, you can bet that you’ll be draining several gallons of cold water before you can start using the warm water. Multiply that cost every day, and for every person in the home who uses hot water, and you’ll see that this is no longer just an inconvenience.

Fortunately, there is a way for tankless water heaters in Glendale to offer truly instantaneous hot water, and it requires the help of a recirculating pump.

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Reverse Osmosis Systems: Too Risky For Your Home?

Monday, April 29th, 2019

 

flooded-homeReverse osmosis systems are praised for their ability to filter just about any harmful contaminants out of your drinking water. They use a thin membrane to block anything bigger than water molecules from entering your drinking water. This makes them great systems for your entire house, or simply as point-of-use systems to be installed directly in conjunction with your kitchen sink.

But for all of its positive qualities, there’s one major drawback that all homeowners should be aware of:

Reverse osmosis systems are the number one cause of flooding in your home.

In this post, we’ll explain why this happens, as well as provide some alternatives for water filtration systems in Glendale.

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Do I Need a Water Heater Expansion Tank?

Monday, April 15th, 2019

blue-question-markIf you’ve never heard of a water heater expansion tank before, it might sound like nothing more than an accessory for your water heater. Or, maybe it’s some kind of device that expands the capacity of your water heater, so that you can use more hot water.

These are fine guesses, but in actuality, an expansion tank is a safety device that prevents your water heater from being damaged by water pressure. Not just anyone should have one installed, however. Whether you need one depends on how the city has configured your plumbing system.

Don’t worry—we’ll explain what expansion tanks are and if you need one.
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The Best and the Worst of Drain Cleaning

Monday, April 1st, 2019

hydro-jetting-sewerWhen you think of plumbing, you probably think of leaks and clogs. At least, these are two of the most common issues you’ll encounter with your bathroom plumbing in Glendale, AZ.

When it comes to clogged drains specifically, we can confirm that they’re never convenient or desired. However, they’re nearly inevitable if you don’t have your drains cleaned regularly.

People sometimes confuse “drain unclogging” with “drain cleaning” and think of them as the same service. In this post, we’ll explain some of the best and worst methods for drain cleaning, as well as which ones actually qualify as “cleaning.”
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Video Pipe Inspection Saves the Day

Monday, March 18th, 2019

video-inspectionBack in the day, plumbing was performed with a lot of listening, intuition, and even guesswork. The tools we have today simply didn’t exist back then, forcing plumbers to work with what they had. While they certainly did a great job of it and helped make the industry what it is today, there’s no turning back from today’s plumbing technology. In particular, we’re thinking of the video pipe inspection camera. Thanks to this tool, plumbers have been able to use this technology to save you from various plumbing issues.
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How Does Video Pipe Inspection Work?

Monday, March 5th, 2018

pipe-lime-scalePlumbing 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. (more…)

Professional Plumbers Use Proper Tools for Drain Cleaning

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

drain-cleaning-servicesClogged 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. (more…)

Flush Your Water Heater This Fall

Monday, September 18th, 2017

water-heater-maintenanceWe live in a desert community, and that means that hard water is a problem that every homeowner needs to deal with. Arizona drinking water often carries high amounts of calcium carbonate in it, and while that’s not actively harmful (the body can absorb it), it can be awfully hard on your plumbing system. This includes the water heater, which can suffer from sediment build-up and similar issues that can cause a great deal of damage if you let it. The good news is that you can take a simple step to minimize the issue with your water heater: flushing it periodically to remove the sediment. The process is simple and straightforward, and can be accomplished in just a few minutes.  (more…)

Signs Your Home Needs a Water Softener

Monday, July 24th, 2017

pipe-lime-scaleYour city water treatment facilities might be quite good, depending on where you live. They also might be pretty horrible. The effectiveness with which cities treat their water supplies varies more than it should, honestly. Regardless of how good or bad your water is treated before it gets to you, though, you should know that it will never be perfect. There is always a chance of trace amounts of harmful materials making it into your home’s water supply. One of the less dangerous contaminants to you, but more dangerous to your plumbing system, is hard water.

Hard water is water with a very high amount of magnesium and calcium particles in it. As it flows through the plumbing system, it will deposit small amounts of these contaminants on the pipe walls. Over time, the mineral deposits will grow large enough to restrict the flow of water through the pipes. This kind of deposit is called lime scale, and it can be a nightmare to deal with. Hard water can be treated with a water softener, which neutralizes the magnesium and calcium content in it. First, though, you need to know if you have a hard water problem at all. Have a look at some of the signs that your home needs a water softener. (more…)

Keep Your Plumbing in Good Shape with These Tips

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

underwater-houseIt can be pretty tough to keep your plumbing system in good condition over the years. It’s mostly hidden from view, and many of the problems that can develop with your plumbing system will typically not give off any warning signs unless they’ve been around for a while. Your plumbing system won’t last indefinitely, even under ideal circumstances. If you follow the tips below, though, you can at least ensure that your plumbing system will last as long as possible. (more…)