The Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

Monday, October 28th, 2019

checkmark-greenPeople often groan when they hear about “annual maintenance” for almost any part of their house. Yes, we know that maintenance seems like a chore—but the benefits are tremendous. For example, the plumbing in your house undergoes an immense amount of work and strain during the year. All those drains, pipes, and appliances don’t simply hold up no matter what gets thrown at them. They wear down, and that means inconvenience, costly repairs, expensive replacements, and maybe even plumbing disasters like flooding or not having any water at all.

But you don’t need to worry. You have great plumbers in Peoria, AZ at The Trusted Plumber to handle the maintenance for you. When you sign up for the Trusted Plumber Maintenance Ultimate Savings Agreement Program, you’ll receive our annual 35-point comprehensive home plumbing inspection. (more…)

Watch for Signs of a Plumbing Leak

Monday, April 16th, 2018

ruptured-pipePlumbing 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. (more…)

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…)

Tools Used by Professional Plumbers

Monday, October 30th, 2017

plumber-sink-repairsWhen problems with plumbing arise, it can be easy to attempt repairs yourself, usually with a store-bought cleanser or tools purchased at the local hardware store. In most cases, this can be a dreadful mistake. Do-it-yourself measures are typically designed to treat a wide variety of problems, which means they rarely address your particular problem the way it needs to be. Professional plumbers, on the other hand, have access to high-end tools that can address the problem the right way. Such tools are usually too expensive for normal homes to want, since they won’t need to be used more than a handful of times at the most. But in the hands of a trained plumber — who usually needs them on a weekly basis, if not even more often. That means they can address your problem the right way and ensure that the repairs stick. A closer look at some of the tools used by professional plumbers can give you a strong idea of what you’re paying for. (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…)

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…)

When to Schedule Plumbing Maintenance

Monday, August 29th, 2016

It can be tricky, keeping your plumbing system in proper shape. The system could run for years without any complaints, but then suddenly rupture a pipe and flood an entire floor. The best way to make sure that your plumbing system is still in good shape is to schedule plumbing maintenance. If you’re not sure when to schedule plumbing maintenance, or how often, read on to find out. (more…)

Problems that can Lead to Pipe Replacement

Monday, July 13th, 2015

The pipes in your home are specifically designed to last a long time, up to a century in most cases. So, you may think that you’ll never have to worry about them. Unfortunately, there are still issues outside of rust and corrosion that can force pipe replacement. These can be addressed if caught early enough, so it’s important that you keep an eye out for them. Let’s take a look at some of the problems that can damage your pipes beyond repair. (more…)

What Regular Plumbing Maintenance Covers

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

If your plumbing system runs into trouble, it’s a huge inconvenience to your daily life. You use many of the fixtures in your home every day, so without proper water pressure, temperature, and/or drainage, the most important tasks around the home become nearly impossible. You want to keep plumbing repairs at bay as much as possible, which is why plumbing maintenance is such a valuable service.

For a one-time cost, a plumber inspects every portion of your plumbing system, making sure that nothing keeps you from getting through the parts of your day that require a supply of water and easy drainage. Parts of your system are also cleaned and adjusted, which means you may not have to worry about sudden clogs, burst pipes, or parts failure for a long time to come. So what does plumbing maintenance cover? Nearly every fixture and pipe in your home! Here are some of the parts that may need the most attention during a maintenance visit.

  • Water and Sewer Lines: Sudden leaks from water and sewer lines can cause big damage to your property, which is why it’s important for a plumber to inspect your pipes once a year. The plumber will tell you whether parts of your pipe have corroded and need replacement, or if they are at risk for other problems.
  • Drains: Drain clogs are not only an annoyance, they can also cause an imbalance with the pressure in your pipes, resulting in backup. Drain cleaning is a standard part of maintenance that can prevent future clogs from occurring.
  • Water Heater: A plumber will check for damaged water heater components such as a rusty anode rod or a cracked dip tube, and they may also flush the tank to drain any sediment.
  • Water Treatment System: If you have a reverse osmosis system or any other water treatment system, maintenance can give you peace of mind that your unit is still working as it should.
  • Various Fixtures: Plumbers also check toilets, faucets, and showerheads for leaks, problems with water pressure, or mineral buildup that needs descaling.

These are just some of the services a technician can provide during annual plumbing maintenance. For plumbing maintenance in Phoenix, AZ, call The Trusted Plumber today!

Why would I ever need a plumbing inspection?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

You’ve never had a plumbing inspection!?

The Trusted Plumber is not your average plumbing company.  Sure, we’re here to help if you come home and find water all over the floor.  We are the ones to call if you wake up and find no hot water in your shower.  We can even take care of that tiny drip from the kitchen faucet. What makes us different? We believe strongly that most of those major and minor plumbing events can be avoided easily through a regular inspection and preventative maintenance.  A thorough plumbing inspection can identify high priority issues, things that aren’t such an emergency but need attention, and things that may help you enjoy your home more, like a water saving fixture or whole home filtration.  The plumbing industry is evolving.  Even though plumbing has been around for thousands of years, technology has brought us new ways to save money,  save water, protect your home, and give you more options than ever before to use your water for cleaning and drinking.

 

What is involved in a plumbing inspection?

The Trusted Plumber does more than a thorough inspection.  We go above and beyond the expected.  It starts at the water main with a check to make sure the water can be shut off in case of an emergency.  We check the pressure  and have a walk around the exterior, checking hose bibs and looking for wet ground where there could be an underground leak. Inside, if the water heater can be flushed, we drain and analyze the water from the tank.  We also check gas, water, and electrical connections to verify everything is safe.  In the bathrooms each toilet is flushed and checked for leaks and function.  If possible, we turn each angle stop off, then back on, so they don’t become stuck or unable to turn from calcium buildup when they would be needed during an emergency.  The showers or tubs are turned on so we can observe their function and make sure they drain properly.  At the laundry room, we inspect the hoses for cracking or abrasion.  The valves are turned off then back on if they aren’t corroded.  The drain is tested with water to make sure the flow is correct.  In the kitchen we check disposal operation and make sure the dishwasher drains properly.  If we find issues we may run a small camera inside to see if there is an obstruction.  The kitchen aerator is removed and checked for calcium then cleaned and replaced.  An enzyme cleaner is put down the disposal to help remove any left over food and clean the drain out a bit.  Finally we check the water for chlorine, PH, and hardness.  At the end we give a detailed report on everything we find and create priorities for each item in need of attention.

If your just focusing on maintenance, how do you make enough money to stay in business?

The Trusted Plumber believes that when we take care of our customers minor needs, they will want us for their major needs too.  With the service and prices we have in place, our customers are the happiest in town.  Referrals are a huge part of our business and also increase that list of people that call us because they know they get the service they want at a price that is fair.  When we  help someone out of a major problem they often join our maintenance program so we can help them begin a program to avoid any more costly repairs.  The way we treat our customers is actually not something new…it’s just been forgotten so long it seems new.  Forty to sixty years ago companies treated their customers with respect and tried to give them good advice. The Trusted Plumber knows people miss those old fashioned principles and we want to be the start of bringing it back!