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5 Spring Plumbing Tips For a Great 2017

Spring plumbing is one of those things that few homeowners think of and even fewer want to deal with. Since your plumbing system is relatively self-sufficient, you probably don’t give it much thought unless there is a problem. However, waiting for problems to develop is a good way to find yourself in need of costly repairs. Keeping up with maintenance is much more affordable, and it’s a good way to avoid a visit from an emergency plumber. Spring is an excellent time to start thinking about what steps you can take to give your home’s plumbing system a bit of TLC. Here are a few tips Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tips Springtime brings on thoughts of spring cleaning, and it’s also a great time to clean out your plumbing system. Pour a gallon of hot water in drains that aren’t used frequently. This clears out buildup and allows you to check for clogs. Run a cycle of vinegar through your sump pump to remove mold and bacteria. Drain your water heater to get rid of build up. Pour white vinegar and baking soda in frequently used drains to remove buildup and odors. Have your sewer line inspected and cleaned to eliminate clogs and prevent backups. Now is also a good time to carefully examine any exposed pipes for leaks. Be sure to look under sinks and in other areas that aren’t used frequently. Have any small leaks repaired immediately to prevent larger problems. Spring Plumbing Maintenance in Phoenix If you need spring plumbing maintenance call your local Phoenix plumber – Plumbing Masters can help! We offer a full range of plumbing maintenance... read more

Water Heater Maintenance

Your water heater is one of your home’s more self-sufficient systems. Chances are, you don’t give yours a whole lot of thought unless it stops working. When you think about it, though, with as much as we rely on our water heaters every day, it only makes sense to give them a little TLC to keep them in good working order. We need warm water for everything from bathing to washing our dirty clothes, and a broken down water heater is a serious problem, which is why you should pay attention to your water heater maintenance. While water heaters don’t require a ton of maintenance, there are a few basic tasks you should keep up with. Check for leaks regularly, and flush the system a couple times a year to keep it in good working order. Also, pay attention to things like unusual sounds when water is heating or water that doesn’t get as hot as it used to. Keeping up with these basic tasks could save you big in the long run. Here are just a few of the ways in which water heater maintenance can save you money. Money-Saving Benefits of Water Heater Maintenance Whether you have a tankless water heater or a traditional heater with a storage tank, the money-saving benefits of keeping up with routine maintenance include: Fewer repairs. Keeping up with maintenance is one of the easiest ways to avoid needing a visit from your plumber. Plus, maintaining your water heater provides an opportunity to detect minor problems and repair them before they lead to serious problems. Increased lifespan. Properly maintained water heaters last... read more

Electric Water Heaters vs. Gas Water Heaters

When you’re in the market for a new water heater, one of the most important decisions you’ll face is whether to choose electric water heaters or gas water heaters. Since heating water is the second-largest expense in your home, according to the Department of Energy, you definitely want to choose the one that’s best for your needs and your budget. We’ve put together this guide to help you determine whether a gas or an electric water heater is best for your home. Electric Water Heaters Electric water heaters are your most affordable option upfront. If you’re replacing your current electric water heater, sticking with electric will also be less costly than installing a gas heater. Because they run on electricity, electric water heaters will have a major impact on your water heater, especially if it isn’t properly insulated. Electric water heaters also take longer to heat water and can take several hours to recover between uses. Gas Water Heaters A gas water heater will cost you more in the beginning, but it could save you significantly in the long run. In addition to heating water faster, they require less energy to do so than electric water heaters. This means that a gas water heater will have less of an impact on your monthly bills. Using less energy also means that gas water heaters are friendlier to the environment. Gas heaters also require additional safety precautions, and they need to be vented to the outdoors. The seal on the combustion and power venting needs to be maintained regularly to ensure safety. Choosing the Right Water Heater In addition to deciding... read more

What To Do If You Have a Leaky Toilet

Your toilet is likely one of the most dependable fixtures in your home, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll never have a problem. From time to time. Water may begin to leak from underneath the toilet onto your floor. When not remedied immediately, this type of leak can lead to serious water damage. The good news, though, is that leaky toilets are easy to repair, even if you’re a plumbing novice. How to Repair a Leaky Toilet In most instances, toilet leaks occur when the seal beneath the toilet fails. However, there may be another culprit, such as a faulty shutoff valve, loose supply line or cracked tank. Take a close look to determine exactly where to water is coming from. If it’s leaking from under the toilet, you may be able to stop it by simply tightening the bolts. Simply remove the caps covering the bolds, and alternately tighten each a little bit at a time. Avoid overtightening as this can crack the base. If this doesn’t stop the leak, you’ll likely need to replace the wax gasket, which is much easier than it sounds. Replacing a Toilet’s Wax Gasket First, turn off the toilet’s water supply at the shutoff valve. This is typically located behind the toilet, but you may need to turn off the main water supply, which is most likely located in your basement or crawl space. Remove any water from the tank using a cup and a sponge or towel. Next, disconnect the water supply tube by loosening the compression nut. Remove the caps from the bolts on the base and carefully loosen then.... read more

When Should You Get a Second Opinion for a Plumbing Project?

If your doctor gave you a troubling diagnosis, would you seek a second opinion? If you’re like a lot of people, you probably would. So why wouldn’t you do the same thing when you’re faced with a major plumbing project? Plumbing projects can be extremely expensive, and as a homeowner, it’s only natural to want to get the best deal possible and only spend as much as absolutely necessary to solve your problem. While you may need to find a solution as quickly as possible, taking the time to get a second opinion could save you a lot of stress, frustration and expense. Whether you need water heater repair, sewer line repair or just about any other type of plumbing service, there are a few instances in which you should get a second opinion on a plumbing repair. Not sure? Here’s is some general advice. If you don’t have a history with a particular contractor, it’s almost always a good idea to get a second opinion. You may also want to seek a second opinion for any projects and repairs that are estimated to cost more than $800. Have a gut feeling that a proposed solution or the price just isn’t right? Listen to your instinct and get a second opinion! Many reputable plumbing companies, like Plumbing Masters, are willing to provide prompt second opinions to help you make a more informed decision. Plumbing Second Opinion in Phoenix If you’re facing a problem with your home’s plumbing system and you’d like to get a plumbing second opinion in Phoenix, Peoria, Scottsdale, Glendale or the surrounding areas, Plumbing Masters can... read more

Have an Older Home? Find Out How to Tell If You Need House Repiping

If you have an older home – one that was built prior to the 1970s – that hasn’t been remodeled, you likely have old pipes that are due to be replaced. Today’s pipes are more durable than older pipes, and in some instances, they’re safer. Many homes built in the 1920s and before have lead and polybutylene pipes. Lead leaches into drinking water and can cause numerous health issues, and polybutylene pipes break easily. Even if your pipes are made from one of these materials, your older plumbing may still need to be replaced to prevent leaks. Does Your Home Need Repiping? Home repiping is a fairly simple process in which your home’s existing plumbing is bypassed with new piping. If you have an older home and yo ur plumbing hasn’t been replaced in several years, you’re likely due for a house repiping. Here are a few signs that could indicate a problem with your pipes: Inconsistent water temperature Inconsistent water pressure Water takes an unusually long time to get hot Shower or bath water goes cold when the toilet is flushed Leaky water pipes Rust-colored water Water has an unusual odor Choosing the Right Plumbing Pipes When repiping your home, it’s important to choose the right type of pipes to replace your old ones. The most common options for modern plumbing are copper and PVC. Copper pipe is extremely versatile and durable. It’s the longest lasting option, but it’s also more expensive. Copper is also a recyclable material that is naturally resistant to bacteria. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, pipes are a popular option because they’re affordable, and PVC... read more

Is Your Family Drinking Unclean Water? The Answer Might Surprise You!

Think the water that comes from your faucet is safe to drink? Think again! Last month, Harvard University published an alarming report that states that more than 6 million American homes have water that contains an unsafe level of a cancer-causing chemical. Phoenix-area residents should take note as Arizona is one of the states most impacted by these deadly chemicals. And that’s just one of the many chemicals that’s present in our water. Modern demands have taken their toll on the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, and many municipal water systems can’t even meet the most basic standards for water purification. If you’re like many homeowners, you’re probably wondering, “What can I do to protect my family from unclean drinking water?” Fortunately, there are a few options. What to Do About Unclean Drinking Water Purchasing bottled water may seem like the best solution, but did you know that even bottled water sources aren’t 100 percent guaranteed to provide clean drinking water? When purchasing bottled water, there’s also the cost and environmental impact to keep in mind. Do you really want to spend a fortune and have a negative impact on the environment just to drink water that may not be any cleaner than the water that comes from your faucet? When you want to ensure the purest, safest water for your family, a water filtration system is your best choice. With a whole home water treatment system, you’ll have great tasting, odor-free water that is safe to drink and excellent for bathing, washing clothes and dishes, etc. Phoenix Water Treatment Systems At Plumbing Masters, we offer top-of-the-line Phoenix water treatment systems... read more

3 Common Plumbing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Not every plumbing project requires help from a professional. In fact, there are several things that most homeowners can handle themselves, like changing out shower heads and minor pipe repair. Most homeowners aren’t professionals, though, and mistakes do happen. Here are a few of the most common plumbing mistakes and some helpful plumbing tips to help you avoid them. Avoiding Common Plumbing Mistakes Mistake #1: Scratched Fixtures Scratching the fixture is one of the most common rookie plumbing mistakes. Since many fixtures are chrome plated, even the smallest scratch will be extremely noticeable. These scratches usually occur when the homeowner attempts to tighter or loosen the fixture using a regular wrench. The teeth bite down or slip, and the rest is history. Instead of using a regular wrench, pick up a strap wrench. This tool is designed specifically for this purpose and uses a rubber strap rather than metal teeth. All you have to do is wrap the strap around the fixture, secure it in place, and you’re good to go for damage-free tightening and loosening! Mistake #2: Deformed Pipes A pipe wrench can easily turn a round pipe into an oblong pipe if you aren’t carefully, especially when dealing with old plumbing. To prevent this, make sure the wrench contacts the pipe in three places, not just two. The bottom jaw, the top jaw and the back of the wrench should all contact the pipe to prevent deformation. Mistake #3: Mismatched Pipes Minor water leaks are often pretty easy to fix without the help of a plumber. However, using mismatched pipes for the job can lead to a... read more

Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for You?

Most homes still have traditional, tank-style water heaters that store several gallons of hot water and keep it at a steady temperature to ensure that you have hot water when you need it. There’s a better option, though – a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, and they provide several other benefits. Though they’re great for many homes, they aren’t for everyone. Is going tankless right for you? Read on to find out! Should You Go Tankless? Tankless Water Heater Pros The main advantage of a tankless water heater is energy efficiency. Because they don’t need to keep water hot constantly, they don’t run all the time. Traditional tank-style heaters store water all the time, and that water is constantly cooling, so it requires frequent reheating. Tankless water heaters use little to no energy when not in use, and they only heat water when it is needed. Other tankless water heater benefits include: Smaller footprint. Tankless water heaters take up a lot less space in your home. Longer lifespan. When properly maintained, a tankless water heater can last up to 20 years. Increased home value. If you decide your home, your tankless water heater could boost your home’s value due to the energy saving potential. When Is a Tankless Water Heater Not a Good Choice? While tankless water heaters save a considerable amount of money in the long run, they require a significant upfront investment. Unlike a traditional water heater, a tankless heater absolutely must be installed by a professional. Tankless water heaters may not be ideal for large families. Though they heat water on... read more

Summer Triple Play Tune-Up

Summer is well underway, and now is the perfect time to tackle the plumbing projects on your to-do list. At Plumbing Masters, we’re here to help! This summer, we’ve decided to bring back our popular Triple Play Tune-Up Service to help our customers spend less on their plumbing maintenance needs. These deals are only available for a limited time, so take advantage of them before it’s too late!   Triple Play Tune-Up from Plumbing Masters When you take care of your home’s plumbing, it will take care of you. If you slack off on maintenance, though, you’re likely to experience plumbing catastrophes at the worst possible times. Just imagine coming home from vacation to a broken water heater or dealing with a backed up toilet during your next summer get together! By taking advantage of our Triple Play Tune-Up Service, you can rest assured knowing that your home’s water heater, drains and toilets won’t break down this summer. For a limited time only, you can choose your own price and save on our most popular plumbing services. Schedule by July 31st and get all three services for $159. That’s a HUGE savings compared to the regular price of $249! If you schedule by August 31st, you’ll pay just $189 Need some more time? No problem! Just schedule by September 30th to pay just $229 for your toilet, water heater and drain system tune up. Unfortunately, waiting any longer means you’ll miss out on the amazing deals. The sooner you schedule your Triple Play Tune-Up Service with Plumbing Masters, the more you’ll save! Why spend more money than you have to on maintenance or risk facing huge expenses when your plumbing system breaks... read more

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