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Plumbing Tip: Do Your Research Before Hiring a Plumber

Hiring a Plumber – Do you research before hiring him?

A quick guide with seven tips to help you Hiring a Plumber in the Phoenix area

If you’ve ever had issues with your toilet, sink, or any kind of piping at your home, chances are you’ve made a call to a plumber. Most of the time, you’re desperate enough to have clean, running water again that you could care less about who comes to fix your drains—you just want a plumber who gets there quickly.

Hiring a PlumberBut while there are good plumbers, there is also a fair share of bad plumbers out there. So, here is a quick guide on what to look for when hiring a plumber.

 

1) Types of Reviews

The first thing you should always pay attention to before hiring a plumber is the kinds of reviews they have. What is the average rating they get on each of their reviews? The most helpful reviews of any business tend to be the three and four stars, because they give the most honest breakdowns of what a business did best, and what they lacked.

 

2) Number of Reviews

Before hiring a plumber, check the number of reviews they have online. For instance, if one plumber has 12 total reviews at a four-star average and another has over 100 reviews at the same average, the decision is clear.

 

3) Personal References or Recommendations

Checking reviews online should go hand-in-hand with personal recommendations from friends and family members. If you know someone who has had a good experience with a plumber, that is probably going to be your safest bet.

 

4) License Status

Ever think to question if your plumber is licensed? Most states require plumbers to hold licenses for credibility purposes and regulation; Arizona is one of them, so make sure that your plumber is licensed.

 

5) Pricing or a Quote

It’s best to scan the field before you decide to go with one plumber. After finding some of the better plumbers in your area, it’s recommended to choose the plumber with a price range somewhere in the middle. The cheapest plumber often yields results that cost more money in the long run. Instead, look for a company that is in the middle of the pack, that has longevity to warranty your job and the reputation of doing quality work.

 

6) How long Have They Been in Business?

Experience is essential. Make sure to ask the plumber, or look online, to see how many years they have been in business.

 

7) Warranty on Parts Used

Make sure to ask your plumber about the parts they are using and the warranties they have on them, should the parts break or fail. Also, check to see if your plumber has any personal warranties or guarantees.

 

Moon Valley Plumbing: Taking the Guess-Work Out of Hiring a Plumber

Next time you have a piping or drainage problem, don’t be afraid to do a little research. And if you live in the valley, there is no better option than Moon Valley Plumbing. Owner, Travis Mingle, has over two decades of plumbing experience and his team is known throughout the valley for their honesty and professionalism. Moon Valley Plumbers are licensed, bonded and insured—and have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Contact Moon Valley Plumbing for all your plumbing needs.

Plumbing Tip: Be Careful of What You Put Down Your Sewer Line

Be Careful of What You Put Down Your Sewer Line

What You Should Never Put Down Your Drains? What are the Signs Your Sewer Line May Be Damaged? on this article?
In this article we will answer to those and other questions.

A particularly wasteful week at the house results in heavier trash bags piled on our curb. It’s unappealing, and perhaps makes us more conscious of what we do and don’t throw out.
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Our plumbing, on the other hand, tends to be a different story. Whether washing the dishes or flushing baby wipes down the toilet, it is not uncommon to neglect our sewer lines. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

The fallacy that our drains and pipes act as another trash can causes a great deal of damage to plumbing systems. In fact, sewer lines can be the most expensive portion of plumbing expenses for maintenance, repairs and replacement. Because of this, it is important to be conscious of what you put down your sewer line. The environmental implications and damage caused to pipes are too critical to ignore.

What You Should Never Put Down Your Drains

Generally, the rule of thumb is to only flush toilet paper and wash down environmentally safe soaps and shampoos. Even with a garbage disposal, food waste can cause buildup resulting in failure to your sewer lines. If you are ever in doubt of what can go down your sink or toilet, opt for the trash can.

Some commonly flushed and drained items that can cause serious damage to your sewer lines include:

  • FOG (fats, oils and grease)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Medications
  • Egg shells
  • Paper towels
  • Coffee grounds
  • Cat litter (even if it says “flushable”)
  • Car fluids
  • Paint
  • Cleaning liquids
  • Cotton balls
  • Condoms
  • Fibrous foods
  • Stickers found on produce

Additionally, you should always read and follow instructions for discarding chemicals of any kind.

Signs Your Sewer Line May Be Damaged

Although there may be many contributing factors to sewer line damage beyond improper waste flushing, such as an old system or tree growth interference, there are some symptoms to watch for that indicate your sewer line may be damaged, including:

  • Smelling sewer gas odors
  • Slow draining
  • Mold growth
  • Septic waste pooling in your yard
  • Sewage backup and blocks
  • Insects and rodents appearing in your home and around your house
  • Cracks in your home’s foundation
  • Sinkholes
  • Lush patches of grass near your leach field

If you notice any of these symptoms or signs, it is imperative you seek professional plumbing help immediately. Catching these issues earlier rather than later can save you a great deal of money and time, as replacing sewer lines can be expensive and time-consuming.

Do You Think You May Have an Issue with Your Sewer Line?

Whether your system was mistreated or your pipes are old and susceptible to cracks and leaks, contact a professional plumber for guidance and assistance. Stalling will only result further damage.

At Moon Valley Plumbing, we have over two decades of experience. Owner Travis Mingle and his team are not only experts in the field, they are also known throughout the valley for honesty, professionalism and dedication.

If you’re concerned about your sewer line, contact Moon Valley Plumbing today at (480) 588-1926.

We’re honest. We’re affordable. We’re good.

Plumbing Tip: Never Attempt to Repair a Slab Leak Yourself

Never Attempt to Repair a Slab Leak Yourself

While plumbing issues should almost always be attended to by a professional, it is absolutely imperative that you do not attempt to repair a slab leak on your own.

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What Is a Slab Leak?

There are water lines that run below the concrete flooring of homes. A slab leak occurs when one of those water lines begins to leak.

Signs of a Slab Leak in Your Home

There are several indications that you may have a slab leak in your home. The signs may include (source):

  • No hot water
  • Cracks in your flooring or walls
  • The audible sound of running water when the water is, in fact, tuned off
  • Mildew
  • Low water pressure
  • Shifting foundation
  • Moisture under your carpeting
  • Increased water bills

How to Find a Slab Leak

Without the use of proper equipment and professional assistance, you will cause damage to your home in the search for a slab leak. Plumbers utilize electromagnetic pipeline locators as well as electronic amplification equipment to pinpoint the exact location of the leak. Without these advanced instruments, finding the leaking water line would cause excessive and expensive damage.

Once the it is found, your plumber will be able to fix the leak fairly quickly and easily.

What Causes a Slab Leak?

Generally, slab leaks are caused by a reaction between copper pipes and drinking water; however, there are typically four reasons a slab leak could occur:

  • Electrolysis—Electrolysis can occur when two dissimilar metals come in contact with each other or when your soil has a high metal content.
  • Vibrations, expansion and contracting that happen from water flow within the pipes can cause contact against concrete, gravel, or other pipes. Over time, the constant vibration can result in a leak.
  • High water pressure can cause damage to improperly installed pipes under the slab. A good way to avoid this is to install a pressure reducing valve.
  • Construction Issue. Faulty workmanship during construction can result in slab leaks.

How Slab Leaks Are Fixed

There are several options your plumber will chose from when it comes time to fix the slab leak. The method he or she chooses depends on the assessed condition of your leak.

  1. Repipe or Rerout. This method entails replacing the entire water line that is leaking and problematic. This is perhaps the most common solution, as it is typically the most effective for older plumbing systems with a history of leaking.
  1. Epoxy Pipe Coating. Typically used for systems with many small leaks, this approach involves in-place pipe coating that is applied throughout the inside of the plumbing.
  1. Spot Repair. Spot repair involves opening up the slab at the location of the leak and simply repairing the leaking water pipe. This method is generally the most cost effective option for new construction.

How Long Do Slab Leak Repairs Take?

Depending on the condition and damage, a slab leak fix typically takes no longer than two days. This includes locating the leak and preparing the site for repair.

Contacting Professional Help

If you have any of the listed signs or symptoms of a slab leak, it is crucial that you seek professional assistance right away. Stalling or attempting to resolve the issue yourself will result further damage.

If you’re concerned you may have a leak, contact Moon Valley Plumbing today at (480) 588-1926. We are proud to be Arizona’s premiere plumbers since 2003.

We’re honest. We’re affordable. We’re good.

Plumbing Tip: Always Check Your Water Pressure

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Much like the human body, a home is composed of individual parts with specific jobs, working together for optimum efficiency. In this context, water pressure acts similarly to blood pressure within a body; if a home’s water pressure is too high, the rest of the house is put under stress and unable to function efficiently. Because of this, it is imperative to always check your water pressure.

Checking Your Water pressure: Why It’s Important

Low water pressure can be agitating for showers and dishwashing; however, high water pressure can cause a multitude of serious household problems. Water pressure over 75 PSI (pounds per square inch) can lead to:

  • Pipe damage
  • Water waste
  • Leaks
  • Costly damages

Fixtures such as water heaters, faucets and toilets may break down due to the ongoing stress of high pressure. What’s more, your water bill is bound to skyrocket if the pressure is not reduced to a safer level.

Signs Your Water Pressure May Be High

Perhaps your toilet runs late at night or you wake up in the morning to a pool of water around the faucet; these are both common signs that your water pressure may be too high. Additional signs include:

  • Banging pipes
  • A failing water heater
  • Spitting from your faucet aerator when it is turned on
  • Trouble with your washing machine and/or dishwasher

These signs are all indications that it is time to check your water pressure.

How to Check Your Water Pressure

Luckily, checking your water pressure is easy and affordable. All you need to do is:

  1. Buy a residential water pressure gauge from a hardware store. These affordable gauges should fit into any household hose bib. Some more expensive gauges, around $25, have a resettable needle to record water pressure overnight.
  1. Turn off any appliances that use water, such as faucets, washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerators with ice makers. If you do not turn off these appliances, you may receive a false low reading due to water moving elsewhere throughout the house.
  1. Attach your water pressure gauge to a hose bib. The water outlet should be close to your home’s main water supply source. Therefore, if your water supply comes from a well, use an outlet that is close to the well’s pressure tank; alternatively, if your water is supplied by the city, choose a faucet near the water meter. Once the gauge is attached, open the water supply valve slowly (source).
  1. Once the water supply valve is open, wait for the needle on the gauge to stop moving before reading the pressure.
  1. Once you get a reading, test the pressure again to ensure accuracy.

What Causes High Water Pressure?

High water pressure may be the result of multiple causes (source). Sometimes, municipal water suppliers set the local water pressure to a setting as high as over 100 PSI for fire hydrants or tall buildings, which can impact your own water pressure. Your water pressure may also increase due to expansion from your water heater, or in some cases, be the result of a home with a downhill slope.

How to Solve the Problem

If your water pressure reads above 75 PSI, contact Moon Valley Plumbing for assistance. We will happily install a pressure regulator, which ensures the pressure inside your home is maintained to a safe pressure.

Travis Mingle and his team of professionals at MVP are equipped with over two decades of experience known throughout the valley for their honesty and professionalism. Don’t put stress on your home. If you’re concerned about your water pressure, contact Moon Valley Plumbing today at (480) 588-1926.

Moon Valley Plumbing Has the Latest Video Technology – and It Can Save You Thousands of Dollars!

Moon Valley Plumbing Has the Latest Video Technology

At Moon Valley Plumbing we want to provide our customers with the best plumbing services in the valley – at the most reasonable cost. This is why we keep up with the latest plumbing technology and equipment, and every member of my team continually participates in ongoing training, as well as the yearly continuing education requirements necessary for plumbing licensure. We want to stay on the cutting edge – because that’s how we offer our clients the kind of service they can’t get anywhere else.

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Video technology means we can see problems – without digging up your yard or opening up your walls

One of the greatest advances the plumbing industry has come up with in recent years is video technology. We now have the ability to actually inspect the interior of your plumbing system in detail, through the use of video equipment specifically designed to view the interior of your underground and in-wall pipes from above-ground, or outside the wall, without digging anything up or tearing a hole somewhere to get at your pipes.

 

Video technology has changed our approach to servicing your plumbing – now we can often prevent a disaster before it happens

Thanks to the advent of video technology, Moon Valley Plumbing has a way to head off or fix a plumbing problem before it builds to the point of failure. Traditionally, plumbers have pretty much been emergency responders; one of the main reasons we were called out was often to fix a disaster that had already happened. Now, however – we can offer preventative care and solutions for plumbing problems before you’re standing ankle-deep in water.

 

Plumbing maintenance and health care – both use the preventative, pre-emptive approach

The health care industry is a perfect example of exactly the same kind of change. In recent years there’s been a switch away from “diagnostic” health care to “preventative” health care, namely – physicians now try and prevent health problems before they occur, rather than treating the problem with drugs and surgery after the patient is already sick and in the hospital. We can now offer our customers the same kind of approach – a solution to a growing plumbing problem beforehand. Why? Because with video technology – we can actually see what’s going on before it happens.

 

We can now see inside plumbing pipes no matter where they are – underground or inside your walls

It used to be that a home’s plumbing system was sort of mysterious – once it was installed, the pipes and fixtures of your plumbing system were largely hidden underground and behind walls. Who knew what could go wrong or when it might happen? Clogs could be building, pipes could be leaking – and you just didn’t know until something busted and your water either backed up, stopped – or came gushing up through a floor or down through the ceiling.

 

Now, thanks to video technology – we can take a look inside your plumbing system and find potential problems before they become actual disasters. We now have specially designed high-resolution video cameras so we can actually see what’s going on inside your plumbing, no matter how difficult it is to reach, or how small or tight the pipes may be. We can use this cutting-edge video inspection technology to locate blockages, cracks, breaks, roots and other serious plumbing problems before they cost you thousands of dollars in damages.

 

How video technology is used to diagnose plumbing problems

It’s amazing what technology has come up with, and how many ways it can be used. Digital camera equipment has been developed strictly with the plumbing industry in mind. We now have very small cameras that are specifically designed with hardened, waterproof casings, powerful lights, and Plexiglas guards which are mounted on the end of fiber-optic cables. We use these cables to push these tiny, high-resolution cameras through your pipes, and they transmit a recorded video back through the cables to our operators above ground. The video shows the interior of your pipes in fine detail, so we can pinpoint exactly what the problem is, where it is, and what can be done to fix it – fast.

 

We can keep the history of your home’s plumbing on record

In fact, we can keep permanent videos of your plumbing system in order to track what might be a potential problem down the road. This can be helpful if you have an older home with a plumbing system that was installed more than 25 years ago. These systems are often subject to invasive issues like root growth, or cumulative issues, such as pipes that were made of older materials which are degrading.

 

With video inspection technology Moon Valley Plumbing can:

  • find collapsed, cracked, or broken pipes that need to be repaired or replaced

  • reveal pipes that may have shifted or become misaligned

  • see blockages or buildups from objects, sludge, mineral buildup, etc.

  • find rusting or corroded pipes

  • detect pipes that may be sinking

  • determine where joints or seals may be leaking or broken

  • spot roots that may growing into pipes

  • determine that there are substandard or outdated pipes

 

Call today to schedule a video inspection of your pipes – for preventative care and peace of mind! Moon Valley Plumbing is always more than happy to schedule a low- or no-cost preventative maintenance video check on your home’s plumbing system. In fact, it’s a highly recommended preventative step if you happen to live in a home that’s more than 20 or 25 years old, as chances are good that there may be potential plumbing issues building up that you’re unaware of, but could cost end up costing you thousands of dollars.

 

Check your homeowner’s policy – you might be surprised at what plumbing issues it doesn’t cover

We also advise homeowners to carefully check their homeowner’s insurance policy. We’ve had a number of customers who were hit by plumbing problems that they then discovered their insurance didn’t cover, and that’s always a budget buster.

 

If you’re buying a home – inspect the plumbing more thoroughly

Finally – if  you’re even considering buying a home, especially one that’s more than 25 years old, you really should do a plumbing inspection that goes above and beyond the basic, generic “home inspection” that a real estate agent will tell you to do. In fact, it’s a smart idea to bring in your own electrician and HVAC expert as well; because buying and then moving into a new home, only to discover there’s a major repair that needs to be made within the first few months, can be a definite damper on home-ownership.

 

If you’ve been our customer in your old house, we want you to be happy – and problem-free – in that new one, so let us come out and do a “house-call” on your plumbing today!

Travis Says – Hard Water is Hard on You – and Your Home’s Plumbing Systems

It’s well known that the water here in the Valley of the Sun is notoriously hard – but do you know why? It’s because the rivers that feed the Phoenix reservoirs – the Colorado, Verde, and the Salt – are running through and over rocks and lands that are highly mineralized. (I mean – the “Salt River?” seriously?) Phoenix’s water is literally packed with minerals and chemicals that make your water taste terrible, leave deposits in your pipes, and a cloudy film on anything you try to wash – whether its your hair, your clothes, your dishes, or your dog.

But wait – what is hard water?

Hard water is water that has a high concentration of minerals in it, specifically – calcium and magnesium, and minerals are hard and solid, except when they’re dissolved in your water. When they’re dissolved in your water, they make your water – in effect – “hard and solid.” These minerals are what make the water taste bad, they deposit themselves on every plumbing pipe and appliance surface they touch, and they keep any kind of soap or detergent from doing it’s job.

Why is hard water “bad” – what does it do?

Hard water isn’t harmful, but it isn’t exactly healthy either. For one thing – it makes water taste terrible, and when water tastes terrible, it’s tough to get down the 8 glasses of it that we’re supposed to be drinking every day. And it’s certainly not convenient or helpful when it comes to cleaning either. Without going into a science project about negative and positive ions, soap simply doesn’t dissolve in hard water, which means it’s cleaning agents don’t “clean” the way they’re supposed to, and they don’t rinse off either, which creates the dreaded “soap scum” problem on your hair, glasses, clothing, etc.

Both the drinking and the cleaning problems cost a homeowner; either because they end up buying and carting in bottled water for drinking purposes, or from using way too much soap, bleach, and cleaners out of sheer frustration. But the biggest cost of having hard water in your home is going to be the scale and deposits that will build up in your pipes, your hot water tanks, your dishwashers, and washing machines. This build-up both reduces the efficiency of the appliances and requires that you use more water to get the job done, and it means that your appliances and plumbing will need servicing – or replacing – more often thanks to that build-up. Unfortunately, the hard water problem is truly hard – there’s simply no way around it.

Don’t just pick the first water softener you see – let us help!

You could just walk into a big box store and point to a water softener, have them load it up in your truck, take it home, and try and put it in yourself, and we have customers that do exactly that. Unfortunately, though, we sometimes have to go out and help them put it in the right way later. Either that, or sometimes we discover that they may not have gotten the right or best water softener for their needs. This is why – honestly, we’d like to advise you to give us a call and let us come out to help you figure out what water softening system is the best one for you. It will save you money in the long run, and you’ll know you’ve got the best system for your needs.

Here are just some of the considerations that many people don’t realize they need to look at in a water softening system.

  • How hard is your water – really? Before you buy a water softener, you really need to know how hard your water is. You can do this with a home testing kit, but the best answer is to give us a call and let us come out and test your water for you. Knowing exactly how hard your water is, and what degree of which minerals your dealing with, will help you choose the best system.

  • Size & Capacity A water softener needs to be large enough to handle the size of your family and your home, but you don’t want it so large that you’re paying for capacity that you don’t need and you won’t use. Water softeners need to recharge to remove the collected minerals every few days, and you need a softener that’s large enough to provide softened water while its recharging. Calculating the necessary capacity for your family will determine the size and kind of water softener that’s best for your home’s needs.

  • One tank or dual tank system? There are single tank and dual tank water softening systems of varying sizes, and one or the other may be a more economical choice for your home and the needs of your family. Obviously, if you’re a family with 3 teenagers there will be a lot more water going through your home on a daily – sometimes hourly – basis, than if you’re a retired couple with a Chihuahua.

  • Reverse osmosis, hot-water only, and saltless water softening systems  There are a number of choices and ways to treat the hard water in your home today, and some people would rather have a system that doesn’t use salt the way traditional water softeners do. The amount of salt used in most water softening systems is minimal, but sometimes people who are watching their salt intake prefer water softening systems that use potassium chloride instead. Or, we can help the salt issue by putting reverse-osmosis filters on the water taps can eliminate the salt from the water after its been softened. Another option for some people is to soften only the hot water in their home, leaving the drinking water untreated. And finally – there are completely salt-free water conditioners, but these operate differently from water softeners and “condition” the water rather than soften it.

Let Moon Valley Plumbing help you choose a water softening system:

At Moon Valley Plumbing, we specialize in water softening and conditioning systems. We do ongoing research and education around the best options for our customers, and we can come out to your home, test your water, and show you the number of different water softening and/or conditioning options available for your home. We’ll lay out the pros and cons of all the different systems on the market today, discuss the most economical options for you and your family, and then get it installed and up and running for you in a matter of hours. Give us a call today, and let Pam set you up with a consultation time; you’ll be drinking crystal clear water the next day!

Problem’s With Your Water Pressure? Arizona Homes Often Need Water Pressure Regulators

One of the aggravating things we have to deal with in the Phoenix metro area is higher than normal water pressure. Ideally, water pressure should be above 50 psi, but below 70 psi (Here’s the tech tip: “psi” stands for “pounds per square inch” – which is “pressure” – or how hard and fast the water comes out of your faucets). If you’ve got water pressure that’s over 70 psi – this isn’t a good thing, and different parts of Phoenix regularly have water pressure over 90 psi. If you own a home – this is definitely something you should check into, because this kind of high water pressure can affect your Faucet and fixtures, causing leaks from gaskets and washers. This will cause warranty issues with your appliances, as well as cause floods.

 

Problems that high water pressure causes

Why is too much water pressure a problem? High water pressure may be great for a good, hard shower, but it’s bad for plumbing, and it could end up costing you thousands of dollars in repair bills. The problems that high water pressure cause are:

  • Wasting water: Water that’s running at higher-than-normal pressure uses more water than needed, and given Arizona’s consistent water issues – this is a huge problem.
  • Higher water bills: If more water is gushing out of your faucets than you need – you’re running up your water bills unnecessarily.
  • Increase hot water cost: again – if hot water is flowing too fast through all the appliances that use hot water – dishwasher, washing machine, etc. – this means your hot water heater is operating longer and harder. It also means more wear and tear on every hose and gasket in contact with the water.
  • More expensive sewer bills: If you’re in a community that meters water usage on sewer charges – it’s going to be higher the more water your system uses.
  • Shorter lifespan for water heaters: not only does the water pressure wear out your water heater faster, there’s also the possibility of a boiling liquid vapor explosion, and this is definitely something you don’t want.
  • Shorter lifespan on dishwashers and washing machines: Again, water simply wears everything out (think what it did to the Grand Canyon); and too much of it flowing through your appliances will make them wear out far faster than they should. Also – if you happen to have an extended warranty – high water pressure may invalidate that warranty.
  • Leaks: Lots of water pounding through your pipes is going to cause leaks at joints throughout your home.
  • Moisture damage: moisture damage is the homeowner’s bane, and it can happen under the slab, in the walls – anywhere a pipe springs a leak. If the leak goes unnoticed it can cause a lot of damage, and sometimes the leaks caused by high water pressure are easy to miss.

 

How to tell if your water pressure is too high

Have you or are you experiencing any of the following problems? If you have – then you may have water pressure issues that are damaging your plumbing system, so look for:

  • running toilets
  • leaking faucets
  • water spitting out of pipes
  • water that gushes out when faucet first turned on, then slows to a normal rate
  • pipes that bang or make noise
  • water/sewer bills that seem excessively high compared to neighbors

 

Sometimes high water pressure may not be obvious

The problems above are definite signs of high water pressure, but sometimes it’s just not as obvious that this is what’s going on, and the damage that’s being done may go unnoticed until something leaks and/or fails. It’s possible that your water pressure may “seem fine,” or normal, and still have water pressure that’s running too high. This is because your fixtures may have flow restrictors on them that are regulating the flow, so none of the symptoms that are easy to recognize are happening.

 

You may not know you have a problem – it’s best to test

Because of the above, we’ve had customers that were shocked to find out that the problem with their plumbing was actually a result of high water pressure. This is why we feel it’s always “best to test.” When we’re out on a call, we’ll almost always test the water pressure while we’re at it to make sure there’s not an issue that can cause problems for our customers.

 

What’s the fix?

If in doubt – go ahead and call us so we can come on out and test your pressure. If it’s over 70 or 80 psi – a water pressure regulator is inexpensive and we can install it quickly and easily. It may also be a good idea to install braided stainless steel flex lines in certain places in your home, like under toilets and sinks, and at the washing machine connection. If the flex lines you have installed now are low quality, then they’ll continue to be a weak link, even if you get your water pressure under control.

The bottom line is – your home is your most valuable financial asset, so protect your investment by installing a pressure regulator. It’s a cost-effective fix that may save you thousands of dollars down the road, and at Moon Valley Plumbing we’re all about taking care of our customers – and their wallets, so ask us how.

 

 

 

 

 

Qualify for the Energy Efficient Tax Credit on Water Heaters This Tax Season

Qualify for the Energy Efficient Tax Credit on Water Heaters This Tax Season

Travis Says – Call Us to Find Out How to Qualify for the Energy Efficient Tax Credit on Water Heaters This Tax Season – and Next!

If you need to replace your water heater this year – in 2015…

As your plumber, it’s my solemn duty to help you choose the best products for your home and family, as well as to try and save you money along the way. And in case you haven’t heard, when it comes to energy efficient water heaters, the new Federal requirements are coming online this April 16th. This means that – if you have to replace your water heater this year – 2015 – please know how important it is to replace it with a water heater that meets these new federal energy conservation standards.

Do you know what the new energy efficient requirements for a water heater are now?

Now – if you need to know what these new energy efficient standards and requirements are, and which water heater you should buy – then – well, you can go online. However – if you go online you’ll discover that – like everything else about our government – they’ve made this about as confusing and difficult to understand as possible. So, after talking it over with my staff, we’d like you to know that you can give us a call because we will have operators standing by to help you with this. (:0) Yes, our team here at Moon Valley Plumbing will happily talk to you all day about your water heater, water heaters in general, and specifically – about which water heater will suit your needs as well your wallet.

Do you know how to choose a water heater that will qualify you for a tax credit in 2016?

Also – in addition to figuring out which water heater you have to buy to meet the regulations, it’s important to look at the long-term tax benefits that a new water heater could bring. Again, that’s something we understand and can advise you on as well, because you can save a lot of money on your taxes in 2016 if you do it right. And just so you know, it doesn’t matter to us which brand of water heater you buy – as long as it serves your needs and saves you money – both now and in the long run. Now, we just want you to know that we don’t sell water heaters, and we don’t represent any brand, we just do this as a service for our customers, because the government drives us crazy too.

But what about buying a water heater – and getting a tax credit for 2014?

In the meantime, though – what about water heaters and tax credits for 2014 – the tax year you probably already have spread out all over the dining room table right now? Well – if you bought a water heater and had it installed at any point in 2014 – it’s possible that you could save some money on your taxes when you file next month, even if you had no idea what you were doing when you bought it (just trust us on this).

Here’s the deal: the fact is that you could qualify for up to $500 in an energy tax credit if you replaced or upgraded any one of these following energy systems last year, and it met the Energy Star certified qualifications:

  • any kind of heating, ventilation, or air conditioning units
  • various kind of insulation
  • windows doors, skylights
  • metal or asphalt roofs
  • biomass stoves
  • and the biggee and our personal favorite for this column – a NON-SOLAR WATER HEATER

That means that you can save a nice chunk of change on your taxes if you installed an energy star certified, energy-efficient water heater at any in 2014 – right up until midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Wait – what’s so great about “energy tax credits?”

Everyone knows that a tax deduction is dandy and a great thing to have, because it reduces your taxable income; you get to deduct it as an expense. However, a lot of people don’t realize that a tax credit is better – really – it’s a whole lot better than a tax deduction, because a tax credit means you get the dollar-to-dollar reduction. This means that if you did it right and bought the right kind of water heater last year, and you qualify for the whole $500 tax credit – you actually pay $500 less in taxes this year. That’s right. A tax credit lowers your taxes by that amount, whereas a tax deduction just lowers your overall income, which may or may not result in a break on your taxes.
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Ok, I bought a water heater last year – but I don’t know if it qualifies or not – what do I do?

We realize that some of our customers who may have purchases a water heater and had it installed last year may be scratching their heads wondering if they “did it right” and if their water heater qualifies for the tax credit we’re talking about. If you worked with us – chances are – you did. If you didn’t work with us – again, give us a call, and we’ll help you research whether or not the water heater you installed last year qualifies or not.

Not only that – we’ll help you figure out how to file for the energy credit so you can get it in time for tax day!

So give us a call; we’re here to help our customers with all their plumbing-related needs, not just when a toilet backs up. It may be tooting our own horn, but there’s a reason why we’re on Angie’s List, and we got a 4.5 out 5 star rating on Yelp reviews – we know what good service is, and that’s what we give!

 

Energy Efficient Requirements For Your Water Heater

The price of a new water heater will go up on April 16th

As a plumbing company, the cost of water heaters is something we think about every day. After all, it’s our business, and one of the things we specialize in here at Moon Valley Plumbing. So, while we’re kind of wondering who chose April 16th – income tax day – as a good time to impose the new energy requirements on water heaters that will raise their prices – we’re not going to ask that question – we’ll just tell you to get ready for it – because it’s coming!

If your water heater will need replacing soon – why not buy a new one now & save some money?

Right now it’s impossible to tell exactly how much the prices for water heaters will go up; but it’s going to impact all electric, gas, and oil water heaters, as well as their installation costs. We’re very much into saving our customers some money, so here’s a tip: if your water heater is already about 8 to 10 years old, it’s going to need replacing soon anyway, so why not buy one of the current models now, before the prices go up. You’ll save money on the price, and you won’t have to deal with higher cost of replacing or installing it again for another 10 years.

How are the water heater standards changing – & what does it mean to homeowners & renters?

Here are some things that will be affected and why, and what they will mean to manufactures, builders, and you as a consumer:

More insulation required means changes in size of water heaters, and output

In order to comply with the new federal standards, water heater manufacturers will have to alter their equipment designs to improve the insulation for all water heaters, both gas and electric. This means that water heaters manufactured after April 16th, 2015, will either be significantly bigger, or – if their circumference remains the same – the hot water capacity will decrease by as much as 10%. This will result in higher manufacturing costs, which will be passed on to consumers.

Installation space requirements will increase – water heaters may need to be moved

Current homes have been designed and constructed with smaller spaces for water heaters that fit the current standards. For the new, larger water heaters, those spaces may have to be enlarged, or the water heater may have to be moved to another area if it doesn’t fit. This raises the cost of installation, which will mean that installation costs for water heaters will rise.

Changes will affect buildings with multiple units the most

Apartment complexes & condos will likely be hit the hardest, which will affect renters and the cost of rent. The older floor plans in these buildings don’t have any kind of extra space built in the way stand-alone homes do, so the larger tanks that will be required may not fit, and there’s nowhere else they can be moved. This means that apartment/condo owners may have to switch out their tank water heaters for a tankless water heater system, and that’s a bigger cost up front.

The new water heater standards will save both money & the planet in the long run

Change is never easy, even when it’s positive. And while we want to save our customers money wherever we can, we’re also very much into energy conservation here at Moon Valley Plumbing. So, while we want you to know that even though it’s going to cost a little more money up front, the good news is that the new energy standards for water heaters will mean savings of approximately $63 billion on long-term hot water costs from 2015 through 2044. And the even better news is that – for our planet and our children – these new standards will prevent 172.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from being released into the atmosphere. That’s the equivalent of the emissions that 33.8 billion automobiles would put out!

That alone is reason enough to make a change for the better!

Though the new regulations for water heaters will impact the manufactures and builders this year, it’s likely you won’t notice it the way we will at Moon Valley Plumbing, but we wanted you to know anyway. As a matter of fact, if you’re a homeowner, you might not even become aware of it until you find yourself in a cold shower some morning – when that old water heater finally gives out. But no matter what you’re dealing with – a hot water heater that needs fixing, replacing, or upgrading – Moon Valley Plumbing has your back!

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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