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...

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...

Water Heater More than 10 Years Old? Read This to Avoid Disaster!

Did you know that if your water heater is more than 10 years old, you could be facing problems any minute? Conventional water heaters are only made to last for 10 to 13 years, and when they’re reached the end of their lifespan, their failure can cause major headaches. In addition to potentially failing at the worst possible time, your old water heater could be wreaking havoc on your wallet. Older units cost considerably more to operate than newer models, and if you end up needing repairs, you could end up spending a small fortune just to get hot water again. What to Watch Out For If you have an older water heater and have noticed any of these signs, you definitely should consider getting a new model before yours fails completely: Water that doesn’t get hot Water that takes longer to get hot than usual Water that doesn’t get as hot as it did in the past Strange sounds when using your hot water Noticeable drips or leaks coming from your water heater Hot water with an unpleasant smell or brownish tint Some water heater problems can be repaired fairly easily, but chances are, once you start needing to make repairs, your water heater is on its last legs, and you’re probably better off investing in a new water heater. Benefits of a New Water Heater Upgrading to a new water heater doesn’t just let you avoid eventual failure. Trading in your old water heater for a newer, more energy efficient model will also take some of the strain off your wallet. When you upgrade to a new...

5 Plumbing Projects That Are Actually Fun

(And Won’t Be Hidden Behind a Wall!) When you think of plumbing projects, “fun” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind. Usually, these jobs are just a lot of work, and often, the finished product is hidden behind a wall or under the floorboards where it will never be seen. But for you crafty folks, there is no shortage of enjoyable projects that use common plumbing supplies to create unique and functional household items. Here are some of our favorite fun plumbing projects: Copper Pipe Towel Rack Not only does this unique towel rack look amazing, copper also has natural antimicrobial properties. Wine Rack Made From PVC Pipe Even Martha knows that basic PVC from the hardware store can be spruced up into something amazing, like this sleek wine rack that will slip right inside an existing cabinet. Pipe Lighting Fixture Water and electricity normally don’t mix, but we will make an exception for this stunning light fixture made from plumbing pipes. Pipe Shelves and Hangers Pipes are extremely versatile for making attractive and durable industrial-style shelving. With various lengths and fittings, the options are endless. PVC Water Shooter Why buy dollar store squirt guns that shoot tiny trickles of water when you can make an awesome water shooter using PVC pipe? This is a simple project that little kids – and big kids! – are sure to love. Have you done any fun plumbing projects? Feel free to share in the comments below! If you have a not-so-fun plumbing project that needs tackled, don’t hesitate to contact Plumbing Masters today by calling (602) 296-1127. Whether you’re...