Pipes and fixtures maintenance

A regular maintenance schedule is vital to keep your pipes and fixtures in good condition.

This allows for the smooth and efficient distribution of either hot or cold water and/or gas in your home and office for the appropriate disposal of sewage. That’s why Moon Valley Plumbing is here in Phoenix to help you. Moon Valley Plumbing Service Company is a residential plumbing contractor dedicated to quality. We offer our plumbing services to clients throughout Phoenix, AZ. We are locally owned and have been in operation for more than two decades, allowing us to build trusting relationships with our clients and provide superior personalized services.
Pipes and fixtures maintenance
We are primed with re-piping effort funded by plumbing manufacturers to install, fix, remove and replace a defective plumbing system distributed throughout Phoenix, AZ. We understand the fact that every plumbing unit in every home is interconnected and due to the level of expertise of our team, we render excellent service across every sphere of plumbing. Our services include:

  • Drain and sewer cleaning;
  • Disposals;
  • Water softeners;
  • Water heater installation and services;
  • Slab leaks;
  • Waterline repair;

We urge our clients never to ignore or postpone any plumbing repairs or maintenance, as it may lead to bigger issues in the future. If plumbing issues are not attended to at the proper time, it may lead to a capital problem. It is a prudent idea to contact us for a trustworthy plumbing service provider to help you.

Also, water systems are one of the indispensable components that we use on a daily basis without even realizing it. When they get faulty, one of the dreaded issues when looking to a plumber to fix it is the callout fee, which usually cripples budgets. But hiring us guarantees you a minimal charge—excellent service for a lower cost.

Moon Valley Plumbing Service is a 24/7 licensed and insured Service Company. Our range of plumbing services is guaranteed around the clock. We send licensed, certified and professionally trained mechanical pros to your home or business 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Originally starting as just a plumbing company, Moon Valley has expanded into Heating and Cooling (HVAC) in order to serve you better.

So whether you do not expect plumbing problems to occur any time soon, or you have been enduring a pipe leak for quite some time now, it helps to have Moon Valley Plumbing Service to save you from all the trouble.

Better Repair or Replace your Water Heater

Replace your Water Heater or fixing it – make the right Choice.

Water heaters are systems that are of great importance to households and other kinds of settings such as hospitals and other establishments. They expressly come in handy during the cold days when it is practically impossible to use cold water. Water heater as an electronic component are however prone to getting damaged or spoiled over time and at this juncture you might be contemplating on either repairing the faulty component or replacing the old system. Either way, only a good repair services can help sort the situation.

Repair or replace

How do you know whether to repair or replace a water heater?

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A good rule of thumb is to never spend on repair more than half the cost of replacing your hot water heater. In most cases, water heaters that are out of warranty should be replaced. The cost savings from a new water heater’s efficiency far outweighs the repair cost and lack of performance of an old water heater. Water heater repairs are very important since they can help in cutting costs that could have been incurred when going for a new heater and having it all installed again.

You would get to know if you require water heater repair when you get hit by the icy cold water coming from the shower. This is the time when you need to make a decision of whether to have the heater repaired or have it replaced. If your water heating tank and the instruments installed in it is being used for more than a decade now then it is but obvious that you should have it replaced. On the contrary, if your heater has been there with you for just a few years then it is better to have it repaired. If that is the case then now you need to employ the service of a competent and licensed plumbing service- Moonvalley Plumbing.

Therefore, if you do decide to have your heater replaced with a newer model, Moonvalley Plumbing is your best option. We help you research the various options available before settling on one- heater design and capabilities, Tank size, heating capacity and speed of heating, etc.

Moonvalley plumbing is known in the whole of Phoenix for excellence. Once you get into contact with us, we send our repair professionals to you in order assess the fault and probably have it fixed, they will come with the necessary parts for the repairs and in case they do not have what is required they will always get it and fix your problem in no time. Our expert plumbers will make sure it’s safe and in good working order. Give us a call today.

Plumbing Tip: Be Proactive with Your Plumbing

Be Proactive with Your Plumbing

It’s easy to forget how much we depend on plumbing in our daily life. The web of pipes and water units inside our home, while resilient, can cause some serious problems and damage overtime if not properly maintained.
Plumbing Tip: Be Proactive with Your Plumbing
Protect your pipes, your home, and your wallet by being proactive with your plumbing.

 

What Units to Regularly Check

The most effective and proactive way to ensure your plumbing stays problem-free and functional is to check these six plumbing units in your home regularly:

  1. Toilets

With so many internal components, there are a lot of small things that can go wrong. From the float ball, handle chain, and tank plug to a leaky tank or faulty seal—one malfunctioning component can result in a lot of water and money waste.

Be proactive by regularly checking your toilets for leaks and running water—taking a look at the internal components at the first sign of malfunction. If something seems off, it’s time to call a plumber.

  1. Sinks and Drains

Remember, what you put down your drain can’t always go out. Keeping your drains clear will minimize your chances of clogs and pipe damage. If, however, you find yourself with a clogged drain that just won’t clear, it’s important to seek professional assistance right away. Slow draining pipes may be an indication of a larger issue, and ignoring a clog may lead to pipe damage.

Additionally, regularly check for leaks under your sink that can cause water damage to your home and seek a plumber at the first sign.

  1. Water Heater

It takes a lot of work to warm up the water for those showers. Be kind to your water heater and make sure to drain it once a year for optimal function and proactive plumbing. Keeping the unit clear of buildup with ensure efficient heating and minimize your likelihood of costly damages down the road. Learn more about water heater maintenance here.

  1. Plumbing Lines

Do you have an old house? There’s a good chance your plumbing system is weak and corroded. Replacing your old plumbing lines will keep your home safe from damages and expensive fixes down the line. Additionally, installing a water softener will keep your plumbing lines free of buildup that causes deterioration.

For regular maintenance and upkeep, make sure to treat your sewer lines with care, flushing only toilet paper down the toilet and environmentally-friendly soaps down the sink. For more information on taking care of your sewer line, click here.

  1. Water Softener

While water softeners are relatively low-maintenance, it’s important to regularly check your unit to ensure water going through the plumbing system has been treated for harmful minerals, as any piping or appliances in the system are susceptible to mineral buildup.

Make sure to avoid salt bridges and sale mushing and be selective with your salt choice.

  1. Washer

To reduce the chances of water damage, keep the plumbing lines to and from your washer clean. A clean water line results in better water flow to the machine and a faster filling time.

For proactive maintenance, opt for running the washing machine only when it is a full load, inspect the hoses for signs of wear, and replace rubber hoses with more resilient stainless steel braided hoses. Similarly, check any exposed pipes under sinks for signs of leaks. At the first sign of a leak or malfunction, contact a plumber immediately to remedy the issue quickly.

 

Notice a Plumbing Problem? Be Proactive!

Regularly checking your plumbing fixtures and seeking professional help at the first sign of a problem is a proactive way to keep your plumbing in tip-top shape.

Contact Moon Valley Plumbing with any questions or concerns regarding your plumbing. Being proactive will ensure a healthy, functioning system for years to come.

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.

Faucets – the “Drip, Drip, Drip” is the Sound of Money Down the Drain

Dripping faucets – probably the #1 plumbing problem in homes today

A dripping faucet – or two or three – is so common that people often don’t notice it. If they do notice it, they tend to just think of it as a nuisance rather than an honest-to-gosh plumbing problem, water-waster, and slow-moving money-melter.

 

A slow drip can waste 7 to 10 gallons of water per day, and that ends up to 3,600 gallons a year. Several slow drips – or a fast drip – can go through 30 to – well, hundreds of gallons of water a day. $60 to $200 a year buys a fair amount – or a lot of groceries!

 

The other problem with a leaking faucet is that – if you don’t fix them – they don’t get better on their own. A leaky faucet will not “heal” itself; it’s always going to get worse, and if it gets significantly worse, then it can mean repair problems that can cost upwards of $200 to $1000 or more. Hard to believe that such a minor problem can turn into such a major headache – but we’ve seen it happen, unfortunately.

 

5 Reasons your faucet might be dripping

The primary culprits when it comes to causing drips are corrosion, mineral deposits, or washers, gaskets, and “O-rings” that have gone bad. If you happen to have the tools and a little DIY experience, most faucet fixes can be done yourself. Here are some of the problems:

 

  1. Washers: Washers are one of the first parts to wear out; they’re what sits between the handle and the water source and tighten up to stop the water from flowing. Sometimes, they may be improperly installed, or they might be the wrong size, so check for all of these possibilities.

 

  1. Loose parts: These are easy to identify – if you can see water dripping or running from somewhere whenever you turn it on – whether it’s the handles, the spigot, or the entire faucet mounting – something needs to be tightened up, for sure.

 

  1. O-ring problems: There’s a small disc at the top of the screw that holds the faucet to the mount or water valve, and this is called the “O-ring.” This disc wears out with constant use, and can become loose. That’s often what causes a drip around the handle.

 

  1. Valve seat corrosion: The valve seat is the connection between the faucet piece and it’s spout. An accumulation of sediments can cause this to corrode, and that causes leaking around the spout area. This one often needs a plumber, however, as it’s a little difficult to do on your own.

 

  1. Broken plumbing: Occasionally broken fittings – or even a broken pipe – will cause a dripping faucet. Pipes develop cracks that disrupt water pressure and can lead to water dripping – somewhere. If you’ve tried all of the above repairs and nothing has fixed it – then chances are this is what’s going on. If this is the case, you need a plumber, because it’s usually not something you can take care of on your own.

 

If you don’t know an “O-ring” from a washer – give us a call!

We’re always interested in saving our customers money whenever we can, but if you don’t have a few wrenches handy, or think that duct tape is the world’s answer to home maintenance – then just give us a call. We’re always happy to come out and help fix anything you’ve got going on – as long as its plumbing related. Not only that – but it might even be time to do an inspection of your plumbing in general – because we think that heading off a problem before it becomes one is a great idea, so give us a call!

Travis Talks About….. Hydro Jetting – Power Wash Your Pipes for a Problem Free Plumbing System!

Travis Talks About….. Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting can clear problems that other systems of drain cleaning can’t touch, without resorting to powerful, toxic chemicals – or digging up your entire yard! Hydro jetting is not only environmentally safe, it removes debris so thoroughly that it leaves the inside of your pipes smooth and clean, the way they were when they were new. Hydro jetting can safely and effectively remove:

  • soap and scum buildup
  • hair
  • sand & silt
  • mineral buildup
  • hard water scale accumulation
  • grease & oil
  • food bits & pieces
  • paper products
  • organic & inorganic matter (i.e. kitty litters)
  • tree roots

Hydro Jetting & Tree Roots

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages that hydro jetting has over traditional snaking is that it deals with tree roots. If you’ve got any kind of landscaping in your yard, you’re going to have roots to deal with, because roots will eventually find their way into a sewer line if there’s one around. They like it there, because there’s a whole lot of water and nutrients flowing through it all the time!

If you don’t deal with a root system, the roots will actually grow into your pipes. The tangle of roots in there will catch the waste that would normally flow freely through the pipe. We’ve all seen sidewalks that are buckling, with the back of a tree root visible in the crack? Well – that’s the damage a root can do if left untreated.

Hydro jetting is the only way to actually cut through tree roots, and then flush them out of your plumbing system entirely. If you have an older home with a lot of older trees and shrubs, then regular hydro jetting can save you from having to replace those pipes entirely, at a cost of thousands of dollars!

Hydro Jetting & Old Pipes

If you have an older home, chances are good that you have older plumbing, and pipes that are made of cast iron or other materials that will become irregular, pock-marked, and bumpy on the inside. For example: cast iron drain or sewer piping will blister on the inside, causing a rough surface that will catch particles and attract scum and greasy residue.

If the interior of your pipes has a rough or irregular surface, it’s easier for clumps of waste to catch on and cling to the inside, causing the circumference of the pipe to grow increasingly smaller. Eventually this results in the kind of build-up that will plug up an old pipe entirely. Hydro jetting takes care of this problem – without harming your older pipes – by scrubbing the interior of the pipes so that they’re nice and smooth again.

Hydro Jetting & Really, Really Tough Waste

There is waste – and then there is WASTE, and you would be amazed at the things that go down plumbing pipes! Sometimes we deal with a clog that is caused by a material that no one would normally think to put down a toilet or a sink. We had one customer who thought that flushing her kitty litter down the toilet was the best way to handle it. Another customer thought that flushing old tax documents and records down the toilet was more effective than shredding them. When you have truly serious situations like this – hydro jetting your plumbing lines is the best – and sometimes only –solution. 

Hydro Jetting Can Do the Impossible – at a Greater Distance
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Another one of the many great things about hydro jetting is that it packs the same punch – whether the clog is 20 feet or 200 feet and more down your pipe. Our snake/cable machine puts out a lot of power to drill through tough clogs; but there’s a fixed amount of torque – or power – http://moonvalleyplumbing.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpto spin that drilling force. The greater the distance of the clog is from the clean out, the more line we have to put down a drain to clear it. And the further from that power source the snake gets – the more strength and speed the snake will lose, making it less effective. With a hydro jet machine the force of the blast of water that clears your pipes is equally as strong – no matter how far down you system we have to go.

Hydro Jetting Has Changed the Course of Plumbing History!

In case you’re wondering why we’re so excited about hydro jetting here at Moon Valley, it’s because it’s a pretty amazing innovation in the world of plumbing. It was first invented in the 1950’s to deal with the huge pipes in oil fields and on oil-rigs, as a means of keeping those massive systems clear. You can imagine what the buildup would be inside a pipe that pumps hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil a year!

From there, hydro jetting systems were developed to handle large commercial businesses that were running huge volumes of liquid through their plumbing systems, like manufacturing factories and restaurants.

Today, our technology has modified and refined the equipment used for hydro jetting so that we can offer this same powerful cleaning and clearing system to our residential customers! Moon Valley’s hydro jetting equipment isn’t as gargantuan as the systems they use in oil fields, but they’re just as effective. I take pride in the fact that I can offer my customers the answer to absolutely any plumbing problem they may have, particularly the seriously tough ones!

 

 

Travis Talks About…. The Top 3 Causes of Plumbing Panic!

Travis Talks About…. The Top 3 Causes of Plumbing Panic!

Hi, I’m Travis Mingle, and I’m the guy who started Moon Valley Plumbing almost 15 years ago, when I was in my early 30’s. The truth is – I went into plumbing because I love the work. Some people may think that’s crazy, but it’s the truth. It’s really interesting work, it’s different every day – and it’s never, ever boring. Plus – my team is a great group of talented and dedicated guys, and I’m proud to work with every one of them. Finally, my customers are some of the greatest people I’ve ever met.

Now, we are dedicated to handling your plumbing problems 24/7, because plumbing emergencies don’t always cooperate and happen conveniently, like – 9 to 5. No, emergencies will generally happen at the most inconvenient time, but that’s all right – because we’ll be there!

An emergency is an emergency, but – on occasion – that emergency causes flat-out panic. We call these our “911 Plumbing Panics.” This is a plumbing situation where “NOW” isn’t really quick enough. I guarantee that we’ll get there as fast as we can, but just as a sort of “FYI” – let me give you a few ideas that might help while you’re waiting for us.

Dropping a wedding or engagement ring down the drain:

While this one isn’t dire in terms of damaging your number 1 asset – your home, it is completely dire to a person’s mental health and well-being. This is – dropping the wedding or engagement ring down a drain (while wedding rings are awful enough, we have found that the engagement ring going down the drain will actually promote out and out hysteria at times, so…):

First, breathe, and immediately stop running water down the sink. Sometimes the following steps will work without calling us:

  • If you’ve got a sink where the metal drain plug pulls up completely, pull that out and look at it. Sometimes, even when things are running smoothly, there is still hair and debris clogged around the base of the drain plug stem at the bottom – your ring might be trapped in this.
  • If it’s not there – leave the drain plug out, and take a wire hanger apart and bend the tip into a small, narrow “U” shape – like a hook – so that it fits down the drain. Carefully thread that down until it hits the bottom of the pipe, move it around and see if it will fish up some hair or goo caught in the “U” shaped bend of the pipe – sometimes the ring will be caught in that.
  • Alternately, if you just cleared your sink a little while ago, and you think it’s pretty clear – try tying a kitchen magnet onto a piece of string (or attach it to the end of the hanger) and lower it in to see if the magnet will pick it up.

Then – call us!

Flooding:

This is one of those things you should figure out when you move into a home, but – well, if we did everything we’re supposed to do, life wouldn’t be as exciting, would it?

We will occasionally get calls from a panicked homeowner, telling us that water is pouring out all over the floor, and when we ask the homeowner – “Did you turn the water valve off?” they have no idea what we’re talking about – or they have no idea where it is.

Turning off the water supply valves on different fixtures:

  • There are two kinds of water valves, the first are called fixture supply stops – and those are inside your house, either under or around or behind every toilet, faucet, dishwasher, washing machine, water softener, and/or water heater in your home. Look for a handle, or spigot, or oval handle that looks like it’s “turnable.” These are usually located down towards floor level behind the fixture, or – in the case of sinks, open the cabinet and it will be under the sink and behind the pipes. To turn it off, remember that “righty-tighty” is off, and “lefty-loosey” will turn it back on when everything’s fixed, all right?

Turning off the main water supply valve to the house:

  • Occasionally – there’s a bigger problem going on, and turning off a fixture supply water valve doesn’t solve it; water keeps pouring out of something. This is when you – as a homeowner – should know where your home’s main water supply valve is located. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, and sometimes the main water supply valve can be a little tricky to find.
  • In Arizona, where the weather is warm and we don’t have basements, that main water supply valve is located on the outside of your home, usually on the front or rear of the house. The main water shut-off valve is generally somewhere near where the water meter is, or where a pipe comes out of the ground and goes through an exterior wall. Locate that, and determine where it is inside your house – and try there first. If that doesn’t work, or you can’t find it, then try the outside valve, just know that you may need some tools for this – notably a ratchet wrench.

THEN – call us!

Toilet backing up:

While water running everywhere certainly qualifies as a disaster, toilet water running everywhere can be even worse. In this case, when you have toilet water pouring over the rim of the toilet – so first –

  • Get that water valve off as quickly as possible! Fortunately – while main water shutoff valves can sometimes be tricky to find – the water shut-off valve is always right there behind your toilet, near the floor, and it looks like something you would turn to turn something off. So turn it, again remembering “righty-tighty,” etc. etc. to make sure you get it off.
  • While this is not our favorite topic to talk about, the fact is that you don’t want this water seeping into the cracks of your linoleum floor or the base of the toilet. So hopefully you have a hamper full of dirty bedding close by. We’re going to choose bedding and/or towels because, truthfully, these things can then be washed repeatedly in hot water, and/or bleached to within an inch of their lives. Clothing? Not so much.

Then — CALL US!

When I started Moon Valley Plumbing, my number one commitment was to create the kind of company that people believe in and trust. And if our reviews and our testimonials are to be believed – that’s exactly what we’ve done, and I’m proud of that! Some of our customers have been with us for years, and a lot of our new customers come because we’re recommended to them by our old customers, and I’d like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to every one of them!

How to Avoid Sewer and Plumbing Problems in Phoenix, AZ

ow to Avoid Sewer and Plumbing Problems in Phoenix, AZ

Avoid Plumbing Problems n Phoenix AZ

Nothing is more frustrating when it comes to the upkeep of a home or business then sewer or water line or Plumbing problems. Almost every homeowner and commercial property owner has their own horror stories of sewer and water line failures. Not only are the issues unsanitary, they always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times, and they can also be very costly.

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Here are 4 things you should know about the sewer and water lines under your home or business:

1. This point cannot be emphasized enough. There isn’t a plumbing problem in the world that gets better with time. Pipes are kind of like vehicles, the longer you let something go, the more likely you are to find yourself stranded on the side of the road, probably in the dead of summer. Leaks waste thousands of gallons of water and increase your water bill significantly and a sewer emergency is going to rack up the cost of a plumber much quicker than the cost of periodical upkeep or inspection.

2. 90% of slow drains are from blocked sewer lines. Blockages can occur from many different things, but some of the most common are: construction debris, tree roots, improper installation, and crushed & disjointed pipes. High-tech plumbers, like the professionals at Moon Valley Plumbing, have integrated video technology into our industry and we can now avoid tearing up a customer’s property looking for the problem area. Using a flexible, fiber-optic video camera that is threaded through the sewer or water lines, we can now view and record the inner workings of your pipes and diagnose any problem, efficiently and accurately.

3. Many water and sewer lines are made of: copper, PVC, galvanized steel; the worst material for pipes to be made out of is a product call Blue Polybutylene. Blue Poly is actually a type of plastic; in the past, it was thought to be a cheap and reasonable alternative to copper, but in reality it has been the culprit of disastrous leaks and even lawsuits. Thought leaders and industry experts, like Moon Valley Plumbing, replace the defective Blue Poly with Black Poly, a much stronger and proven substance.

4. When you are doing your research for a plumbing professional, take these thoughts into consideration. Does the plumber have an honest reputation? Check Yelp and other review sites.

• Does the plumber make an effort to show that they cultivate customer relationships? Unfortunately, there are many companies out there just to make a quick buck.
• Always check that the plumber you are considering is licensed, bonded & insured. See if they perform background checks on their employees who will be interfacing with your family or employees and the property.
• It is easy for an “afternoon job” to turn into a job that takes half a week; find a plumber that charges by the job, not by the hour and promises to stick to their estimate.

Avoid the hassle of a huge sewer or water line problem and find yourself a good plumber. You can download this coupon to get your free inspection of your house or business, and remember Moon Valley Plumbing has 24-hour emergency service, just in case you waited too long.

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The Scoop on Polybutylene Pipes

Leaky pipes can be a huge problem. If you’ve ever dealt with pipes that leak, you know it’s no laughing matter. Leaks can cause major structural damage to a home in addition to damaging to things like carpet and drywall.

Unfortunately, many homeowners who live in homes built between the late 70’s and mid 90’s are dealing with leaky pipes. That’s because pipes installed during this time period were made from polybutylene, a type of plastic resin that was intended to replace copper piping.

What are polybutylene pipes?
These “pipes of the future” were less expensive than copper and were supposedly easier to install. Unfortunately, installing cheap materials resulted in pipes that cracked and failed, causing damage to people’s homes.

Since the installation of polybutylene pipes, there have been numerous reports of leaks and other problems. Some experts believe that additives in the water, like chlorine, are the culprits of pipe failure. However, even homeowners that use private water supplies have had problems with these pipes.

How do I know if my home has them?
When was your home built? If it was constructed between January 1, 1978 and July 31, 1995, there’s a good chance you have polybutylene pipes. The pipes are mostly blue but can also be grey or black. Exterior pipes are usually blue and interior pipes are usually grey. Look for a diameter of either ½” or 1” and pipe connectors made of copper or plastic.

If you haven’t had problems yet, they’ll probably crop up sometime in the near future. It can take years for poly pipes to start failing – most leaks happen 10 to 15 years after installation. And, if you are planning on selling your house, poly pipes can make it more difficult. Houses with poly pipes tend to stay on the market longer and sell at a lower price.

What can I do about it?
If you suspect your home has polybutylene pipes, call Moon Valley Plumbing – we can inspect your pipes and provide you with an estimate for replacing them with a sturdier material. On our website you’ll find a valuable coupon – this month we are offering $100 off the replacement of polybutylene pipes.
You may also want to look into the recent class action lawsuit against polybutylene pipe installation. To read about eligibility, visit http://polybutylenelawsuit.com/guidelines.htm .

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Soaking Up the Sun

If we are soaking it up for too long it can burn us, but more often than not the sun is our friend; with its surface burning at10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, the sun is a hot commodity. It is enough that this star brings life and growth to our planet, but can it also line our pockets?  Utilizing the sun’s power is not a brand new concept, we have been using it to tan our skin, heat our homes and propel our vehicles for a while, but in the world of plumbing the sun offers another bright idea.

The concept of solar water heaters is one that is not very familiar to the public.  Much more hype has been place on solar home heating systems,but the energy of the sun is vast and so are the possibilities and opportunities to harness its power.  And since the sun’s price is well below the going rate it is also budget- savvy.  Like most green and top-notch technology, installing the initial device can be a little more costly than a traditional system, but over the long run, the solar device will help you save;www.energysavers.gov tells us that, “On average, if you install a solar water heater, your water heating bills should drop 50%–80%. Also, because the sun is free, you’re protected from future fuel shortages and price hikes.”

There are several different types of solar water heaters, the two most common are active and passive.  Active systems include circulating pumps and are more expensive and more intricate to install, but can handle more volume.  Passive require very little maintenance and are among the simplest to install.  When choosing your system, your region and the amount of water you use daily should be taken in to consideration.  Also, remember that switching over to solar doesn’t mean a whole new renovation, as you can read onwww.lower-my-energybill.com,“In most instances, solar hot water heaters are designed to accommodate an existing system. In effect the solar powered system is retro fitted to a secondary fuel powered water heating unit that serves as a backup. Since the sun’s natural radiation isn’t always accessible, a sufficient back up source is required.”

Being independent from the rises and falls in the market place and being able to rely on an entity as reliable as the sun is a good feeling, there are not many choices that can save us money and save our earth at the same time, so it is a good thing to look in to. That is at least until someone figures out how to place a tax on the sun.