Summer Plumbing Tips in Phoenix Arizona

As the temperature rises this summer, you might find yourself using more water both inside and outside your home. In fact, Arizona plumbing experts estimate that the average family uses up to 50% more water during the hottest months of the year. If you enjoy hosting summer get-togethers, garbage disposals, toilets and other fixtures may get extra use as well. If you’re like most people, you’re probably always open to ideas on how to save money. Check out these helpful summer plumbing tips to learn how to save on your water bill, avoid costly repairs and keep your plumbing system in good working order. Money Saving Tips For Phoenix, Arizona If you’re going on vacation, turn your water heater down to conserve energy. Also, take time to examine your water heater for leaks that could be driving up your water bill. Upgrade older showerheads, faucets and toilets by installing water-saving fixtures. Water your lawn at the proper time of day. Watering early in the morning and in the evening after the sun goes down means that less water will be lost to evaporation. Check for leaks. Even a minor leak can waste thousands of gallons of water and significantly increase your water bill. To check for hidden leaks, check your water meter before going to bed, and make note of the reading. Don’t use your water at all overnight, and check your meter again in the morning. If there is any change, there is a leak somewhere in your home or on your property. Summer Plumbing Maintenance Tips If you’re entertaining family and friends, make sure no one puts...

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...

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....

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...

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...