Hard Water Is a Serious Plumbing Problem

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

hard-water-showerHere 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. (more…)

Why Video Pipe Inspection is so Important

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

One of the biggest problems with maintaining your plumbing and sewer system is how difficult it is to detect issues with the system. Since much of the plumbing and sewer systems are hidden from view, homeowners tend not to notice problems with them until they’ve already inflicted severe damage. Even if you wanted to take a preventive look at your pipes, until recently the only way you could do that was by excavating and physically examining the pipes. Fortunately, that is no longer the case. If you want to catch these problems early, and thus mitigate any damage, you should schedule video pipe inspection at least once a year. Let’s take a look at video pipe inspection, and why it’s so important. (more…)

Beware of Pitted Corrosion

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Prior to the 1960’s, most of the plumbing pipes in a home were made of iron or lead. While the pipes lasted quite a long time, they had other issues that made them less than ideal for use in the home. Iron pipes were incredibly susceptible to rust, which often lead to leaks and pipe ruptures. Lead, meanwhile, simply poisoned the water that flowed through it. So, in the ‘60’s the primary plumbing material became copper. Copper is resistant to rust, and doesn’t bleed into the water that flows through it. However, it isn’t invincible. Read on to find out more about pitted corrosion, and what it can do to your pipes. (more…)

Corrosion that can Affect Your Pipes

Monday, October 12th, 2015

In the 1960’s, most of the plumbing pipes in new homes switched from iron to copper. This was done for a number of reasons, foremost among them that copper is more resistant to rust. Copper doesn’t degrade nearly as quickly as iron, and can last up to a century under the right circumstances. As strong as copper pipes are, though, they aren’t invincible. Let’s take a look at some of the corrosion types that can affect your copper pipes, and what to do about them. (more…)