Twas the Night Before Christmas, the Plumber’s Version

Twas the night before Christmas,
when all through the house
A stench was stirring, that could have killed a mouse.
The trash had been dumped by the garage with care,
Everything looked tidy, a smell shouldn’t be there.

The children’s socks were clean and they were in
their beds, but that unpleasant smell
still swirled above their heads.
Mamma was in the fridge and I was washing the pup,
trying to finding the source of that smell was
keeping us up!

When in the kitchen there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from washing the dog to see what was the matter.
Away to the kitchen I flew like a flash,
Thinking mama had found something new in the trash.

The kitchen was dark, my wet hands dripped on the floor,
Mamma was standing close to the refrigerator door.
When then, to my wondering eyes she pointed below,
But only to the sink and into the garbage disposal.

When I saw the culprit, I knew right away,
We needed to call a plumber today.
But who could we call on Christmas Eve?
I didn’t know what by tomorrow we could achieve.

Mamma’s eyes were full of tears,
This was coming true, her deepest fears.
“But Aunt May and Grace and Rosie are coming too”
“Everything must be perfect or what will we do?”

I dashed away and sprang to the phone,
I couldn’t bare my wife’s tears or her tone.
There has to be someone who
Can help us out of this mess.
I cleared my head and my worry I tried to suppress.

When out of my window I saw a white van,
Perhaps this was someone who could help my small clan.
The driver was waving and smiling and humming,
And painted on his van it said Moon Valley Plumbing.

I set the phone down, who could this be
Somebody working on Christmas Eve?
The man in the van asked if he could help
Mamma screamed and the wet dog gave a yelp.

The plumber didn’t looked dismayed by the clatter
He just simply asked “what is the matter?”
“Our kitchen sink is a wreck” I explained,
I reached for his hand and asked him his name.

He said my name’s Travis and rest assured
We are bonded, licensed and insured
I can get the sink fixed in a flash and
With that, to the kitchen he sprinted in a dash.

A second later he reappeared,
With a grin that stretched from ear to ear.
It’s all fixed he explained and handed me his card,
And the next thing he said caught me off guard.

He took a deep breath and said, it smells lovely in here
Mamma smiled and now cried just one happy tear.
Our Christmas was saved by the crafty plumber,
My heart felt warm like noon time in summer.

We stood by the window and waved a good-bye
The plumber jumped into his rig and started to drive
But through the window as he drove out of sight
I heard “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Free Plumbing Consultations in Phoenix: Moon Valley treating customers like family

Free Plumbing Consultations in Phoenix

Free Plumbing Consultations in Phoenix: Moon Valley treating customers like family

Free Plumbing Consultations in Phoenix
The phrase, nothing in life is ever free, was coined for a reason. In this modern dog-eat-dog world nothing seems to ever be given without interest, expectations or contracts attached to it. Well, call us old fashioned, but here at Moon Valley Plumbing we are giving something away for free. It is our advice and our expertise wrapped up in the nice package of a free, no hassle consultation.

We understand that sometimes you have a plumbing problem, but you don’t know if you have the money to fix it right now. You don’t always know if it is something that needs to be squeezed into the budget today or if you can save up for the repair and get it fixed in a couple months. In a time when everyone is pinching pennies and watching their money carefully, getting some helpful advice for free is extremely refreshing.

Our free consultations are offered to our residential and our commercial customers, so if you are having a problem at work that needs diagnosis, don’t hesitate to give us a call for that as well. Because we are giving you this helping hand for free, let us toot our own horn for a second and remind you that we are a preferred vendor of Southwest Gas and that all of our work and estimates are guaranteed.

We know that there are many plumbers out there that offer free consultations as well, but as your friendly neighborhood plumber, we want to remind you that unfortunately in our industry there can be many hidden cost attached to services so make sure that you ask the right questions and that you receive the service that you deserve. One of the right questions to ask (or make sure to look for it on their website) is whether a plumbing company is licensed, bonded and insured. Do not use any plumbing company who cannot assure you that they have these 3 elementary areas covered.

Just because we offer something for free doesn’t mean that our consultation service is not of high quality. Give us a call and we will send a professional plumber out to your home or business to do a thorough investigation of what is ailing your pipes. We are proud of the caliber of our plumbers; our customers have always found them clean, courteous and professional. Offering our customers the service of a free consultation is the least that we can do; after all, we all need the free word of a good plumber every now and again.

How to Know When you need New Water Heater

You probably don’t think much about your hot water heater on a daily basis. We wash the dishes, take showers, do the laundry, and run the dishwasher, all without giving a minutes thought to the utility tucked away behind the closet doors. That is, until it breaks. If you’ve ever had to take an ice cold shower, you know how easy it is to take your water heater for granted, and how essential a well-functioning water heater is to your home.

Even if your water heater hasn’t outright stopped working, there are several signs to look for that can tell you if your heater is on its way out. For example, if you are noticing dirty or smelly water, it could be an indication of a faulty hot water heater. If the heater is relatively new (under 10 years old), you may be able to flush the tank; if not, you probably need to start considering a replacement.

Is your hot water running cold too quickly, or not getting as hot as it used to? This could signify a heating element failure or dip tube failure. And take a look at the hot water heater itself – is it rusted, corroded or leaking water? If so, it’s time for a new one.

When looking for a new water heater, there are several types to choose from. Solar water heaters have recently become popular, especially in the sunny Southwest, because they use sustainable resources and can reduce energy bills in the long term.

Tankless hot water heaters are another good energy saving option. Tankless heaters heat water as it’s needed and delivers a constant supply of hot water (you don’t have to wait for the tank to fill up with hot water). The downside is that there is a limit to how much hot water you can get at once – which could make taking a shower and doing laundry at the same time an issue.

Heat pump water heaters heat the water tank by pulling warm air from the room and heating it up to the proper temperature. This can be another energy-saving option if you have a warm space for the heater year-round.

The most common type of water heater is the conventional storage water heater, which keeps a tank full of water and dispenses the hot water from the top of the tank. Purchasing a conventional storage heater with an insulated tank is a good idea to avoid unnecessary heat loss and high energy bills.

Moon Valley Plumbing can help you choose and install the right hot water system for your home. This month, we’re offering $50 off water heater installation on our website, . Contact MVP, mention the coupon on our website, and get your home’s hot water nice and toasty for the winter season.

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Top 5 Things NOT to Put Down Your Drain

If you own a garbage disposal, you know how annoying it is when it’s out of order. In addition to obvious things like utensils and measuring spoons, there are a number of food items that can cause serious problems with your disposal.
The good news is, if you have a clogged disposal you can always call Moon Valley Plumbing and we’ll get it running like new (we even have 24-hour emergency service). But it never hurts to take preventative measures to put a stop to clogs happening in the first place. We’ve put together a handy list of what not to put down your garbage disposal:

1. Starchy, Stringy Vegetables
Hairy Sweet Corn
Stringy foods like corn husks, celery, onion skins and asparagus are not good candidates for the garbage disposal because they can get wrapped around the disposal blade. And whatever you do – don’t put your potato peels down the drain. Vegetables with high starch content can end up getting glued together over time and clog the drain. When it comes to your disposal, don’t take any chances. Throw these veggie scraps away or even better – compost them. Vegetable scraps make a great garden fertilizer.

2. Coffee Grounds
A cup full of Coffee Grounds
Yes, that’s right. Coffee grounds are bad news for a garbage disposal. You may have heard the opposite, that coffee grounds can help “clean out” the disposal and get rid of odors. While this may be true, they are even more likely to pile up in the pipes and cause major clogs.

3. Egg Shells
An Egg Shell
Again, many people believe that the rough egg shell pieces can help clean out the disposal and sharpen the blades. But in reality, eggs have a thin membrane that coats the inside of the shell. This membrane can get wrapped around the disposal blade and cause backups. Instead, save those eggshells for the garden – they also make a wonderful fertilizer.

4. Cooking Fats and Oils
2 meat pieces
This one is a no-brainer. Once the fat/oil/grease cools, it will solidify. And if you’ve poured it down your drain, it will make its new (and permanent) home there.

5. Starchy Foods (Pasta and Rice)
Pasta and Rice in bowls
Pasta and rice both expand when subjected to water. That means they will expand more and more each time you put water down your drain. Eventually, they will expand enough to completely clog your disposal trap. Good news for the plumber, bad news for you.

In addition to these five foods, use common sense when it comes to your garbage disposal. Only put small amounts of food down the drain at a time and only run the disposal when the water is running. If you do end up with a clogged sink, don’t panic. Call Moon Valley – our professionals are the best in the business and can fix a blocked drain in no time.

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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 .

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1 Piece of Proof that MVP is Reliable

The internet has become a necessary life tool. Like our cell phones and our cars, we would be paralyzed and handicapped without it. Television and cable is streaming through practically every home; we as a nation are plugged in and constantly entertained. One of the companies that provides this access to the internet and makes all this entertainment available is COX Communications, one of Arizona’s primary cable and broadband providers.

COX Communications is the nation’s third largest cable, television and broadband company and they have about 6 million total customers. Through the years the COX Communications empire and Arizona’s Moon Valley Plumbing have developed a symbiotic partnership. Every cable company needs a reliable plumber on call, just in case of the event that a pipe gets hit or some other damage occurs to pipes and plumbing during the installation of cables. MVP is that reliable plumber and COX Communication’s pick to be their personal emergency plumber.

In addition to our solid relationship with COX Communications, we service many loyal residential customers across the valley as well. From Paradise Valley to Queen Creek and everywhere in between, Moon Valley Plumbing has worked hard to build lasting relationships with our customers. Our excellent service and reliability has resulted in repeat customers and client loyalty that makes us proud.

Whether it is at a commercial building or in a residential neighborhood, wherever COX Communications is, Moon Valley Plumbing is there as well. We know that you don’t know us from Adam, that you don’t know if we are a reliable company. But this partnership should erase some of the unknown from your mind. Companies choose to work with companies that know how to get the job done and our partnership with COX Communication proves that we talk the talk and walk the walk. We are preferred and chosen by companies that need agility and dependability.

Whether the job is big or small, for a large public company or for the neighbor next store, MVP delivers quality work. We show respect and thoroughness to each and every job and are diligent in the small things but able to head off the large things as well. All encompassing, reliable, down-to-earth and yet dependable is all wrapped up in your friendly neighborhood plumber, MVP.

2 Ways Moon Valley Protects Your Home

We have all heard these pleas: “Hey, wipe your feet, you’ll ruin the carpet,”Watch it with that, you’ll break a window,” “Don’t drink that on the couch please! You might spill.” Our homes are our biggest investments and as homeowners we want it respected whether it is by the roommate, the kids or the dog.

Moon Valley Plumbing understands that entering your home is a privilege. We always want to leave the house untouched and exactly in the shape we found it. In order to ensure this, we always use protective floor mats whenever we are working in areas that need to be protected. We don’t want to leave a mark, a footprint or negatively affect the aesthetics of your home in any way.

Two of our customers wrote the following, describing MVP’s respectful manner.

“Moon Valley Plumbing did a great job with this project. The staff was professional and courteous. Their price was reasonable, and I’m most pleased that they didn’t tear up our yard in the process. You could hardly tell that any work was done by the time they completed the project. I would recommend Moon Valley Plumbing to anyone who needs a plumber.”

-Amy and Jeff Holly

This is exactly what we like to hear from all of our customers. We want all of our customers’ home to be left untouched except of course for the eradication of their plumbing issues. Then we know that we are supporting our words and our claims with actions.

A few more words that come to mind when we are thinking about our homes besides respect are safety and protection. We know that when you call a plumber you are opening up your home to a stranger and that there is a big trust element involved. Besides closely screening all of our new hires with Crimshield, another safety step we take is to make sure that you know when a plumber is on your doorstep. All of our plumbers are attired in professional service uniforms each and every time they go out into the field. This is one way that Moon Valley Plumbing provides some additional safety, protection and peace of mind for our customers.

Whether it is remembering to wipe our feet or straighten our name tags, you can be sure that when you call Moon Valley Plumbing you are calling a team of professionals who understand your needs and respect your home. We can fix your leaks and install your water heaters or address any and all of your plumbing needs with ease of mind and high quality of work.

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MVP Has the Valley Covered

Accessibility and dependability are important qualities to have in a plumber. Owner Travis Mingle and his team at Moon Valley Plumbing understand that plumbers must be fast and reliable; for over two decades MVP has been providing expert plumbers to the valley and are known throughout Arizona for their honesty and professionalism. MVP is committed to having every important area covered. They are: union trained, licensed, insured and bonded. The MVP team has thousands of hours of hands-on experience to use in their practice and to pass on to our customers. They are skilled and ready to handle any plumbing issue. It is because of their proficiency and consistency that they are a safe and dependable choice for consumers.

MVP also is a very accessible team to turn to with plumbing needs. They have made sure to be where their customers need them to be, when they need them to be there; MVP is always right around the corner, ready to assist. Though Maricopa and the surrounding counties of Arizona are very spread out, MVP still manages to give reliable service and is easily accessible to their clients. Service is always performed with a professional attitude and proficient skills that our clients expect and deserve. Moon Valley Plumbing supplies services all over the Phoenix Metropolitan area and throughout the state of Arizona. The extensive list of areas MVP services includes:

  • Apache Junction
  • Glendale
  • Sun City
  • Avondale
  • Goodyear
  • Sun City West
  • Buckeye
  • Litchfield Park
  • Surprise
  • Carefree
  • Mesa
  • Tempe
  • Cave Creek
  • Paradise Valley
  • Tolleson
  • Chandler
  • Peoria
  • Wickenburg
  • El Mirage
  • Phoenix
  • Youngtown
  • Fountain Hills
  • Queen Creek
  • Gilbert
  • Scottsdale

MVP knows that actions speak louder than words and once MVP is seen in motion, consumers will see that they backup their promises and their description with the quality of their work.  MVP clientele is fueled by repeat customers. MVP is all about building and maintaining the relationships of our clients.  After you finish reading this blog, take note of this year’s savings that MVP is offering on water heaters that can help lower your energy bill.  Call MVP at: (602)-253-2600 for all of your residential or commercial plumbing needs in Phoenix, Glendale and other areas of AZ.  Moon Valley Plumbing will be on your doorstep in no time.  MVP offers safe, reliable, respectful, accessible plumbing services with satisfaction guaranteed.


MVP Protecting Consumers

Many people would greatly hesitate or most likely refuse to let a stranger into their home for any reason, even to just use the phone, but slap that person into a uniform with a name tag and a box of tools and they are usually ushered in without a second thought. People cannot get through the day without relying on some elements of trust. We trust other people to stay in their lanes and stop at red lights. We trust individuals at restaurants to follow proper protocol to protect our health. We trust banks to properly store and grow our finances. Moon Valley understands that trust is a large portion of life, but we also believe that, that trust should not be abused.

Arizona’s Moon Valley Plumbing goes to the utmost length to provide protection and quality for our clients. That is why all of our employees are certified by CrimShield, a company that performs in depth background investigations, checking for felonies and criminal history, so that we know exactly who we are hiring and who we are sending to your door for you to trust. Moon Valley thinks this is the minimum that we can do for our customers. Please do not assume that this is a step that every plumbing operation takes, some use shabby and unreliable “screening” processes and some do no checking at all. We frown upon other companies who don’t correctly and extensively screen their employees. We never take the fact that you welcome us into your home for granted.

It is Moon Valley’s desire that every member of our company correctly and proficiently represents us at all times. We hire the best of the best so that we can pass this quality to you. We get many compliments regarding the quality of our workmen, from their respectful and pleasant personalities, to the superiority of their workmanship. We have built a team that we not only take pleasure in working with but one that our clients enjoy as well. When you open the door to one of Moon Valley Plumbing technicians we want you to have a sense of security and know that you are in good hands.

In Moon Valley’s line of work we have to engage two important aspects of life, your home and your security and we take this privilege seriously. A home is the greatest investment that an individual or couple can make and there is nothing more precious than our families and their safety. Moon Valley Plumbing hopes that all Arizona consumers, who are in need of plumbing services in Phoenix or the greater Metro area, will make sure that the plumbing company that they choose has technicians who are all certified by CrimShield or another thorough and credited screening company. Moon Valley believes that you have a right to know who you are beckoning into your home and who is on you property. More information regarding CrimShield can be found at

Preferred Plumbing Perfection

Some people are ok with settling. “Good enough”, “as is”, “it is what it is” are all sayings coined from the feeling that sometimes you just have to take what you can get. In this life if we do not bend we will break and compromise is an important aspect to a productive business or life. Though sometimes we have to make do, we always have a preference or a direction in a perfect world that we would like to head towards. In a perfect world every plumbing job would be placed in the careful and professional hands of the plumbers at Arizona’s Moon Valley Plumbing.

Moon Valley Plumbing is proud to be a preferred vender of Southwest Gas and we are pleased that our reputation and the quality of our work has been recognized and enabled us to hold this position. We receive a lot of business through the Southwest Gas referral program and help customers with any issues regarding their outdoor BBQs and gas piping. We help educate consumers on the efficiency of gas and offer ideas and services on converting electrical appliances to gas appliances.

Often when you need a plumber, timing is of the essence. You don’t have a ton of time to do research; it can feel like a shot in the dark. Moon Valley Plumbing highlights the fact that we are a preferred vender of Southwest Gas to make you feel comfortable and more at ease with trusting us with your plumbing needs. This is of course for our first time customer only because we know that after you utilize our professional services, we will become your personal preferred vender as well.

Moon Valley Plumbing is in every area of the valley and is ready and willing to help with any and all plumbing needs with the quality and professionalism of a top-tiered vender. All of Moon Valley’s work and estimates are guaranteed and we are licensed, bonded and insured. We specialize in both residential and commercial plumbing as well. If you are looking for a clean, courteous and professional plumber in Phoenix or any other part of Arizona, and you don’t feel like settling but want to go with preferred perfection, contact Moon Valley Plumbing today.