5 Plumbing Tasks to Do Before Renting Out Your Property

You can make a great profit on your real estate investment if you rent out your property. But as a landlord, you’re responsible for ensuring all plumbing in the home is sound and safe for your renters and you’ll be responsible for all future plumbing repairs as well.

Have the following five plumbing tasks done by a professional plumber before you rent out your home to limit plumbing issues with renters now and in the future.

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3 Common Plumbing Problems Found by Home Inspectors

The time between having your offer accepted and closing can be crucial for determining if the house you hope to buy will be a good investment. During this period, a licensed, experienced professional should inspect all elements of the home including the roof, HVAC, foundation, and electrical systems to ensure they are in good condition.

Inspectors will also focus on the home’s plumbing, making sure there are no hidden dangers, which are all too common. Knowing which plumbing issues are most common is smart so you can have your potential new home evaluated and repaired by professional plumbers. Here are a few common plumbing dangers often found during a home inspection. Continue reading “3 Common Plumbing Problems Found by Home Inspectors” »

A 3-Step Approach to Better Water Quality

Water is one of the elements essential to life. Toxins or contaminants found in your drinking water supply could be detrimental to the health of your family. Although municipal water plants treat residential water before it is distributed throughout a city, this water can pick up contaminants as it travels through pipes and into your home.

The addition of a whole-house filtration system will allow you to rest assured knowing that your water supply is as safe and healthy as possible. You have many options when it comes to water filtration systems, but the best systems will offer a three-step approach to treating your home’s water supply. These steps include reverse osmosis, remineralization, and ionization. Continue reading “A 3-Step Approach to Better Water Quality” »

Does Your Garbage Disposal Need Repairs?

Your kitchen is much more functional with a garbage disposal. You likely use this unit in your sink nearly every day. When your garbage disposal is showing signs of distress, call a professional for help. Never attempt to fix your garbage disposal on your own; you could get hurt.

Here are signs your garbage disposal is in need of professional maintenance. If you see these signs, call a plumber right away to inspect the unit and make repairs as needed. Continue reading “Does Your Garbage Disposal Need Repairs?” »

Want a Tankless Water Heater? What You Need to Know

If it’s time to upgrade your water heater, you may be considering switching from a traditional water heater to a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters offer several advantages, so you may find they fit your home’s needs better than a traditional model.

Before you make your decision, you should know the downsides to tankless water heaters. However, for many people the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Keep reading to learn if tankless water heaters are the right choice for you. Continue reading “Want a Tankless Water Heater? What You Need to Know” »

Hair and Your Drain Pipes: A Guide for Homeowners

Did you know that the average person loses at least 50 hairs a day? For a family of four, that means up to 200 hairs per day could be headed down your shower drain. As it turns out, hair is a plumber’s worst nightmare – causing clogs, backups, and endless headaches. Below, discover the consequences of letting all that hair flow down the drain, along with some tips for keeping it out of your pipes.

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A Plumbing Tip for the Ladies: Don’t Flush Feminine Products Down the Toilet

A Plumbing Tip for the Ladies

Plumbing Tip for the Ladies. Find out exactly why plumbers urge you to toss – not flush.

Attention, women! This Plumbing tip is for you: How many times have you seen a sign at a public restroom begging you not to flush your feminine products down the toilet?
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The owners of those businesses probably had to call a plumber once or twice because someone flushed a feminine product—resulting in some serious repercussions.

While some products may claim they’re safe to flush, it’s best to follow the business restroom’s plea to refrain from flushing tampons or pads, even while at home. Here’s why:

  1. Tampons, on average, absorb about 10 times their size in fluid. This makes them hard to dissolve and can cause serious plumbing problems later, especially in older plumbing systems if roots have grown into the pipes.
  1. If the product makes it out of the plumbing system, there still may be blockages—this time, though, the damage can be more extensive. Sewage blockages can have a large-scale effect, causing plumbing problems for your nearby neighbors, and a more expensive tax bill for your neighborhood. Don’t make your neighbors hate you.
  1. The environmental impact is not strictly on landfills, where feminine products and their packaging can make up about .5 percent of the average woman’s “personal landfill load.” Tampons, which are more regularly flushed than feminine pads, contributed to more than $369.1 billion spent on public wastewater treatment from 2001 to 2008, which includes removing non-degradable items from the water that ends up in our ponds, lakes, streams, and faucets.

Oops! I Flushed. Now What?

So, the first sign that you might have a plumbing problem is water and waste not flushing down the toilet. Feminine products don’t break apart in water. You might think the best idea would be to use a plunger or hand auger, however more serious problems can arise from doing this.

Don’t Try to Fix It Yourself

Many homeowners want to try an avoid the cost of calling a plumber, but in many cases, DIY plumbing remedies can cause greater damage.

For example, there are many different plumbing snakes, and using the wrong one for the type of blockage can cause real damage to your plumbing system. You may end up scraping galvanized pipes, or cracking or breaking a pipe. Scratches on the toilet can also lead to rust down the road.

A Price Will Be Paid Over Time

You probably don’t want to hear this, but a buildup of feminine hygiene products and other non-flushable items can cause more unexpected issues. Plumbing often has a venting system to allow air to move and sewer gases to escape. Non-flushable items can cause a blockage in the drain pipe slope further down the line, creating a waste pool in the pipe. The result? Pipes and drains that gurgle and rattle. You might flush the toilet and hear your shower or kitchen or bathroom sinks make suctioning, rattling, or gurgling sounds. In the shower, your toilet might have water that shoots up because there isn’t enough suction. Not the best image to think about, huh?

Time to Call a Plumber

Since most situations requiring plumbers are emergencies, homeowners often dread calling in the professionals. Before you start looking for a plumber, find one who specializes in repairs, rather than in-home installation. Asking for recommendations is always a good idea, as your friends and family members can tell you who they like and dislike. They also might be able to give you a good idea on pricing and service.

If your plumbing situation hasn’t quite reached emergency level, consider calling several different plumbers to get quotes. Look for plumbers with the following:

  • Licensing
  • Positive reviews
  • Longstanding business experience

Moon Valley Plumbing has been providing quality service to homes in the greater Phoenix area for more than 20 years. If you find your toilets may have issues due to feminine products, we can help. Contact us today for honest, quality service and expertise.

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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.

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Plumbing Tip: Be Careful of What You Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

If you have a garbage disposal, there’s a chance you might simply dump your remaining food and scraps down the drain on a daily basis. It seems like a no-brainier: the garbage disposal is easy and keeps food from stinking up your garbage can—but did you know you’re probably overusing your garbage disposal? In fact, overuse can result in some huge problems for your plumbing system.

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What Your Garbage Disposal is Meant For

Your garbage disposal is meant to shred limited amounts of food waste into small pieces to help keep your kitchen clean and sanitary. It’s nice being able to rid your home of a noxious smelling food item that would really stink up your garbage can and the rest of the kitchen.

 

When running your garbage disposal, it’s essential to use cold running water rather than hot to keep the unit from overheating and to help flush the system. Feed the food into the system slowly, rather than all at once, to prevent it from being overburdened. For the most part, your garbage disposal is intended for softer foods, but there are some exceptions to this rule.

 

What Your Garbage Disposal is Not Meant For

There are a large number of foods that should never make its way down into your garbage disposal. Some things you should throw into your garbage can, rather than your sink, include:

 

  • Celery
  • Hard shells from eggs and shellfish
  • Artichokes
  • Grease
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Corn husks
  • Fruit pits
  • Peels from potatoes and bananas
  • Onion skins
  • Unpopped kernels of popcorn
  • Non-trash items

 

It’s also important to note you should never throw large quantities of food down your garbage disposal, even if they happen to be considered safe for your unit.

 

Plumbing Problems That Occur

When you use your garbage disposal the wrong way, a number of plumbing problems occur. The drain and pipes leading from your garbage disposal can get clogged to the point where no water can move through the pipes; grease is often a major contributing factor to these clogged drains. Additionally, the blades can become damaged or wrapped up—commonly caused by onion peels—which makes them ineffective for future uses; the ineffective disposal ultimately creates a clog in your system as well. Finally, the unit can overheat, which may require it to be repaired or replaced.

 

Fixing Garbage Disposal Problems

There are some quick, do-it-yourself tips to keep maintain your garbage disposal. If your blades are coated with food residue, put ice into your disposal. While this trick won’t sharpen the blades (a common misconception), it will help clear the system. You may even want to freeze some lemon juice into cubes to help with the cleaning and deodorizing process. Odor is a bit of an issue for some units, so be sure to keep it clean on the outside rubber portion, and you can run citrus peels through it to help with the potential for a bad smell.

 

Also, make sure to keep all of the materials that came with your garbage disposal if possible. A manual can come in handy in a pinch when things are going wrong, and can help diagnose the issue. There should also be a tool that came with your unit that can be used to unjam your unit if it freezes up.

 

When to Call in the Professionals

Although there are some maintenance tricks you can do yourself, ultimately you may need to call professional help for your safety—and to save time and money. If you have clogged drains, a frozen motor, or a mysterious issue caused by your garbage disposal, call a professional. A plumber will be able to best advise you on how to handle the particular problem you have going on, and fix it or install a new disposal unit if necessary.

Moon Valley Plumbing is here for you in your time of need when the frustration of dealing with your garbage disposal has gotten to be too much for you. Let us be your go-to source for all of your plumbing and garbage disposal needs.  Contact us today to learn more about our service.

Plumbing Tip: Does Your Home Have a Closed Loop System? Make Sure You Have an Expansion Tank

Plumbing Tip: Does Your Home Have a Closed Loop System

Another plumbing tip from our plumbers in Phoenix!

Most new homes today have closed loop systems. This means there are pressure reducing valves, or pressure regulators, that ensure water pressure remains between 50-80 PSI.
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Now, this also means the incoming water can only flow in one direction, which can cause issues when water is heated and expands with nowhere to go. Because of this, homes with closed loop systems need an expansion tank above the water heater.

 

What Is a Pressure Regulator?

High water pressure can cause serious plumbing issues. A pressure regulator is a valve that reduces the water pressure that comes from the main water line before it enters the plumbing fixtures of a home. This valve is typically located where the main waterline enters the home. Using a spring-loaded diaphragm, the pressure regulator constricts incoming water before releasing it into the home at a reduced pressure.

 

Pressure Regulators and Water Heaters: Thermal Expansion

Closed loop systems with pressure regulators are still vulnerable to pressure buildup caused by thermal expansion. When water is heated by the water heater, it expands and needs a place to go. This causes pressure to build rapidly in the tank and the house. Because of this, an expansion tank is necessary.

 

What Is an Expansion Tank?

An expansion tank protects closed water heating systems from pressure buildup.

The interior of the small tank is divided by with a rubber diaphragm. One side is dry, while the other side contains water and is connected to the pipes of the heating system.

The dry side of the tank contains highly compressible air. Water that expands from the water heater can flow into the expansion tank. There, the air compresses, which makes room for the expanded water. This gives the water a place to go without the pressure increasing significantly. As water pressure builds due to thermal expansion, the diaphragm moves compressed air to the other side of the tank.

 

Closed Loop Systems: Many Are in Need of an Update

Many houses with a pressure relief valve still don’t have an expansion tank, as it wasn’t required until recently. However, homeowners may have noticed water dripping intermittently from the relief valve on the water heater or washers that wear out quickly in plumbing fixtures. This pressure buildup due to thermal expansion can indeed cause issues, and installing an expansion tank will prevent further problems to arise.

 

Contact Moon Valley Plumbing to Install Your Expansion Tank

Is your home at risk of pressure buildup and plumbing problems? Make sure your home is safe and functional. Contact Moon Valley Plumbing to install your expansion tank and assess your system for safety and functionality today.

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