4 Tips that will Help You Save Water in the Coming Summer

Save Water in the Coming Summer

4 Tips that will Help You Save Water in the Coming Summer

You can feel it already, the heat creeping into the middle of our days; before we know it our brief Arizona spring will be a thing of the past and Phoenix’s famous summer will be upon us.
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One of the only ways residents of Arizona and the Phoenix Metropolitan area such as: Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa can cool off during the long formidable summers is through water, lots and lots of water.  Pools are an extremely widespread luxury in Phoenix.  Their commonality is most evident when flying in to Sky Harbor, it seems as if every house has little aqua and blue squares in their backyards.

Though we treasure our pools, they do require a lot of work and upkeep.  The constant running of your pool equipment, more frequent showers due to perspiration and the need to cool off as well as the extra water you will have to distribute for your plants, yard and pets all will put additional pressure on your pipes and plumbing systems.

Before Phoenix’s summer hits in full force is the best time to make sure that all of your pipes and plumbing are in working condition.  Having your air conditioner break down in the middle of the summer is terrible, but having to turn off your water for a day to make repairs can be equally as terrible and frustrating.  Here are 4 preventative tips that you can take to make sure that your coming summer isn’t touched by a plumbing disaster.

1.  It is inevitable that your water and electric bills are going to go up during the summer.  In order to try and cut back on this as much as possible, go through your home and check for leaks.  Leaks can waste a larger amount of money then you can imagine and over time worsen and cost you a ton of money.  So get them fixed quick!

2.  The average swimming pool takes 18,000-20,000 gallons of water to fill.  Though you usually have to fill your pool all the way up just once, you should monitor it for leaks as well.  In order to conserve water, lessen your water bill and protect your pipes, you can look into getting a pool cover which helps a lot with evaporation.

3.  Sometimes cracks and clogging issues are hidden deep within pipes.  Moon Valley Plumbing has video technology that gives us a leg up on finding the leaks and problems even in the most inconvenient places.  We are able to thread the video equipment into the smallest pipes and crevices and the camera then records the images.

4.  Make sure that you are watering your grass and landscaping at night in order cut back on the amount of water that is wasted from evaporation when watering occurs in the middle of the day.  Also, make sure that your sprinklers are not constantly hitting the sidewalk or the driveway.  Adjust them so that the water is hitting its mark and not being wasted and make sure that you turn them off completely if it is going to rain.

These tips will help you save water and money money during the long, hot months of summers.  If you check your home for leaks and find one, give your friendly neighborhood plumber, Moon Valley a call.  We can also come out and perform a video inspection on any pipes that you are concerned about, so you can enjoy the water coming from your pipes worry free.

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Plumbing Tips: 5 Common Reasons to Call a Plumber

Plumbing tips – 5 Common Reasons to Call a Plumber

The plumbing in your home is a complex arrangement of pipes, joints, fittings, adapters, drains, faucets, and valves.  Even recognizing a problem can be difficult amidst the array of fixtures; not to mention that the majority of the plumbing may be hidden behind walls, under floors, or even buried in the concrete slab upon which your home sits.  The task of identifying a problem is bewildering enough, not to mention actually fixing the problem.  That’s why it is important to recognize a plumbing problem when you see one.  That way you’ll always be prepared to call your local plumber when you need advice or service.

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Let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons to call for plumbing repair:

  1. No water. After you’ve checked the water main and fixture valves, you may begin to wonder what’s going on.  If you’ve not defaulted on your water utility bill, then you should call a plumber to find out what’s going on with your plumbing.
  2. Leak.  Depending on your level of DIY confidence, you may try to repair a leak with whatever materials you have on hand.  That may well be fine, as long it holds the water in while you call a pro.  While some leaks are straightforward, small and slow leaks can be notoriously deceptive. You may have a leak in your walls for months with only a small brown water stain for evidence.  If you catch it early, then you can prevent a lot of frustration and damage later on.
  3. Decrease in water pressure.  Unlike your wastewater system, your potable supply is pressurized.  If you notice your shower and faucets reduce to a fraction of their previous pressure, then it could indicate a hidden leak somewhere in your system.  If you have a slab foundation, then there may be further evidence of a slab leak, if your foundation has shifted or settled.
  4. Inadequate hot water.  You depend upon your water heater nearly every day, but you probably don’t think about it too much.  That is, until you don’t have enough hot water for your morning shower….  Inadequate hot water can often be traced back to a worn-out heating element or thermostat issue.
  5. Frequent basement flooding.  Depending on the topographical grade of your property and the location of your house, you may be subject to frequent basement flooding. If you don’t already have a sump pump, it’s a great way to keep your basement clean and dry during inclement weather, when the ground swells with water.

 

Keep the emergency number of your local plumber handy in case you quickly need professional assistance.

About the Author

This post appears courtesy of Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, a trusted Manhattan, KS plumbing repair company. For more information, visit our Manhattan, KS plumbing blog.

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Integrating Plumbing into Your New Remodel, What You Need to Know

Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom is an exciting project that can really help turn a house into a home.  When you remodel your kitchen or bathroom you have a great opportunity to make these important rooms in your home more illustrative of your style and sensibilities.  It is definitely not a project that should be rushed into and you will need to research and find a contractor and plumber that you trust and one that has a good reputation.  Make sure that they can answer all of your questions and concerns regarding your remodeling project.

One of the first questions that you really need to ask yourself is exactly why you are remodeling these rooms.  Is it because their aesthetics do not appeal to you?  Or are you dissatisfied with any of the more practical, functional features of your kitchen and bathroom?  Obtaining a definitive answer to these questions prior to the start of the project with help prevent any second thoughts or change of heart once the remodel is underway.  If you are going to make the commitment to improve your kitchen or bathroom with a remodeling project then you should be 100% satisfied with the results.

There are many other considerations that must be made.  If you are remodeling your kitchen, for instance, do you want that to be strictly a functional preparation area?  Or would you like to dine and entertain in the kitchen as well?  If you do not have a separate dining room you will probably want to make the kitchen a comfortable place to sit down and eat.  If you do have a dining room you may opt for a central island in your kitchen to make it more convenient to prepare and create meals.

Even the selection of your toilet, shower and other fixtures must be carefully considered.  Do you have children?  Does your bathtub need any special features or accessibility options for older residents?  You do not want these rooms to be out of step with the style of the rest of your home, but you also must keep in mind any special requirements of these fixtures so that they are safe and comfortable for everyone in the home.

Make sure that you think about your vision for your new kitchen and bathroom and articulate that vision to your contractors and plumbers so that the project will be just what you envisioned.

About the Author

This guest post appears courtesy of Gary Bell of Bell Plumbing & Heating, a prominent Denver remodeling company specializing in kitchens and bathrooms with a gorgeous 8,500 sq. ft. showroom showcasing cabinets, vanities, tile, faucets, fixtures, tubs, showers, and more. Visit our YouTube channel for remodeling videos.

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4 Elements Every Reliable Phoenix Plumber Should Have

4 Elements Every Reliable Phoenix Plumber Should Have

Look for these important elements if you are in need of a Phoenix Plumber.

The people that you surround yourself with impact the person you are and the person you are becoming.  This piece of wisdom (usually first passed down to us from our parents when we bring a questionable friend home from school) coincides with business as well.
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A good litmus test of the character of your company is to see who is reaching out to partner with you.  Let us look at some of the other elements that every good plumber needs to have in their repertoire.

1.  Like we mentioned above, it is always good to see who is partnering up with a plumbing company, it is like getting a professional reference or a good Yelp review.  Moon Valley Plumbing is the preferred vender of Southwest Gas, a fact that we are very proud of and information that we gladly provide to our potential customers so that they know that we can be trusted.

2.  Providing plumbing services is a privilege, you are asking us into your home, your space, letting us engage with your family.  No plumber should take that privilege lightly, and MVP does not.  Never use a Phoenix Plumber who doesn’t provide the correct information on their employees.  They all should be screened and have had thorough background checks.  MVP is careful to perform background checks on all of our employees.

3.  Have you seen that commercial for Turbo Tax where “Bob” is a master plumber one day and a tax expert the next?  If you haven’t, watch it now:

 

That commercial is focused on the point that you need to have someone who knows what they are doing prepare your taxes, but on the flip side, you also need to have an actual master plumber be checking out your pipes!  Make sure that any plumber that you allow to service your home is licensed, bonded and insured.

4.  Our slogan is that we are honest, affordable and good, all of which are true, but every good plumber also needs to be one other thing.  Respectful, respectful of your property, by cleaning up after and not damaging any of your flooring or landscaping; also by respecting your time by showing up when we said we would and respecting your finances by always staying within our original quote.  Respect is one of the reasons why MVP always charges by the job and not by the hour.

Have you seen our new corporate video on our home page?  If you missed it, watch it here.

MVP is proud of the strides we have taken and the reputation that we have built.  We are protective of it and understand that a good reputation, honesty and trust are built job by job.  If you have any plumbing problems in Phoenix, Glendale or any of the surrounding areas, give us a chance to impress you and turn you into a lifetime client; after all, everyone needs a good Phoenix Plumber and we have all of the elements that every smart customer could desire.

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