3 Ways to Avoid Plumbing Problems When Purchasing an Older Home

If you’ve decided to forego the plumbing inspection on your pre-existing home purchase, you need to rethink your decision. There could be hidden plumbing problems that you’ll want to know about before you make an investment. Before you purchase an older home, conduct the following tests to identify potential plumbing issues. Read more

4 Reasons to Choose PEX Lines for Your Commercial Facility

Whether you need water-supply lines in a new structure or need to retrofit the lines in an older building, cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) lines can improve your facility’s operation and its plumbing system. Here are four reasons to use PEX piping for new or replacement plumbing in your commercial facility.

1. PEX Can Reduce Hot Water Expenses

PEX pipes are made of plastic, which offers better insulation of hot water than metal pipes. However, the real genius of a PEX piping system is the plumber’s ability to create manifold connections with the material.

Manifold or parallel systems are like control centers for your water supply system. A series of pipes feed into one central connection. Each line includes a shutoff valve at the manifold connection so you have complete control of the lines in the system.

PEX lines run directly from supply to the manifold. Pressure drops are not a problem with the parallel lines attached to the manifold, so you can use multiple fixtures at the same time. Your hot water comes quickly and efficiently due to its higher velocity in the parallel lines.

Less heated water flows down the drain with a PEX system. Workers do not need to let water run from the tap to reach the desired hot water temperatures for their tasks. Heat does not dissipate as quickly from direct runs of hot water as it does from more complicated pipe arrangements with elbows and bends.

2. PEX Is Durable and Safe

PEX is a safe choice for drinking water. The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certifies that no toxins or heavy metals are in the material.

The material does not corrode, so your water does not leach rust and other unsafe particulates. Corrosion-free pipes do not pit, develop pinholes, or blow out under pressure. The interior surface of a PEX pipe is smooth, so scaling or mineral buildup lessen when the pipes are used with hard water supplies.

PEX pipes are also resistant to chlorine damage, so they work with chlorinated water supplies. Abrasion and notching of PEX lines are less likely due to the material’s flexibility.

3. PEX Requires Fewer Connections and Fittings

PEX plumbing systems require fewer connections and fittings. PEX line is on spools so the lines can roll out in long stretches. Fewer fittings mean fewer chances for leaks and flooding from fitting disconnections.

You do not need glue and solder to install PEX tubing. If pipes in a confined or hard-to-reach area need replumbing, you do not have to worry about strong adhesive fumes in the workspace or providing support for soldering operations. Its ease of installation makes PEX an ideal retrofit choice for older structures.

Plumbers can install PEX lines in less time than they can install pipes that need cut to fit around corners. Your plumbing labor costs are lower because your new PEX pipes do not have priming or gluing.

4. PEX Expands and Contracts With Temperatures

Pipes made of PVC and CPVC can split if they freeze and expand. When the water supply to a split plumbing line thaws, you have a serious flooding issue on your hands.

Your facility maintenance crews will have fewer frozen pipe and flooding issues when you install PEX water supply piping. PEX lines expand and contract with temperature changes.

Integrate PEX lines with existing piping to protect unheated areas or areas where pipes have burst. Your plumber can install PEX pipes in stages to reduce disruption in your facility.

Schedule your commercial PEX plumbing system installation in Phoenix by contacting Moon Valley Plumbing and Rooter Valleywide today. We specialize in water line replacement with cross-linked polyethylene products.

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Facts About Pipe Bursting And Pull-In-Place Sewer Lines

Pipe bursting and pull-in-place pipe installation are two techniques used in trenchless pipe repair. If your underground sewer pipes are deteriorated or fractured, these methods may be employed to fix the problem. Here’s more information about pipe bursting and pull-in-place pipe replacement. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

4 Signs Your Home Needs a Water Softener

Water is an imperative part of your life. Not only is it essential for your diet, but it is also a necessary tool for your home’s function.

As water moves into your home from the ground, a great deal of dirt, debris, and sediment also flows with it. This sediment contaminates your water, affecting the way it looks, tastes, and smells. In addition, the sediment can be unhealthy for your body and dangerous for your pipes, appliances, and plumbing fixtures. Thankfully, a water softener can help.
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Trenchless Sеwеr Rераіr

In the оld dауѕ, when a pipe аt your home or buіldіng’ѕ sewer ѕуѕtеm burѕt, hаvіng іt repaired оftеn іnvоlvеd digging up thе whоlе уаrd, tеаrіng uр thе driveway and thus ruining аll оf Grаndmа’ѕ dаrlіng rоѕе bushes. But nоw with thе uѕе оf thе trеnсhlеѕѕ sewer repair ѕуѕtеm, you no longer have tо go through ѕuсh hоmе and уаrd disruptions. Thе оnlу dіggіng you are going to bе соnсеrnеd about are the ассеѕѕ hоlеѕ nееded іn оrdеr fоr thе trеnсhlеѕѕ sewer rераіr tо be effectively done. Digging these two ассеѕѕ hоlеs will bе vеrу minimal, so thеу are not gоіng tо cause уоu аnу уаrd оr rose bush issues.
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Early Warning Signs That Your Home Has a Slab Leak

A slab leak is a water leak that happens below your home’s foundation. Slab leaks can cause a significant amount of damage underneath a home, leading to both mold and structural problems. The earlier you catch a slab leak, the easier it will be to repair. Here are some obvious signs of a slab leak that you may be able to catch before it’s too late. Read more