Ask a Plumber: Do I really need to worry about a dripping faucet?
It’s one of the most frequent questions we get, because to who hasn’t experienced this? You know the scenario: you’re lying in bed; the house is quiet… all of a sudden, you hear the sound of a dripping faucet. That telltale drip, drip, drip, sounds out, alerting you to a problem. There’s no denying it, the sound is definitely annoying, but is it really something you need to worry about? How important is it to repair?Read More
4 Great Summer Plumbing Tips
The weather is getting warmer, and in Southern Arizona, that means triple digits. That heat can spell trouble for your pipes, but with these simple summer plumbing tips, we can get you through the hot weather.
1. Save money. Save energy.
Planning a summer vacation? Don’t forget to turn the temperature of your water heater down. Turn the temperature of your fridge up for even for more savings. These are items you won’t be using, so while you’re away, there’s no reason to pay.Read More
4 interesting plumbing facts & trivia
Plumbing can seem like a boring or tedious topic at times. In fact, the only time many of our customers talk about plumbing is when something goes wrong. But we’re about to make plumbing a topic you’ll want to know more about. Just check out this plumbing facts & trivia for five nifty facts that we bet you didn’t know!
1. The Garbage Disposal was a Labor of Love
It was 1927; architect John Hammes was sitting in his kitchen as his wife clean up after dinner. He took note of how she had to wrap food scraps up in newspaper and dispose of them in the trash. Suddenly, inspiration stuck! What if there was a way to cut food into tiny pieces so that it would just go down the drain without having to deal with any sticky mess? His wife’s days of toiling over food scraps would be over! Working in his basement, Hammes spent years perfecting his invention, which he dubbed, “The InSinkerator.” Thus, the garbage disposal was born.Read More
4 Plumbing Myths that are costing you money
Plumbing can be a tricky business. There are tons of antiquated and inaccurate tips that are thrown at homeowners every day. But some of those “helpful” tips are hurting your plumbing. Before you do-it-yourself, make sure the advice you’re following isn’t one of these plumbing myths.
1. Lemons Clean the Garbage Disposal
Not even a little. They just smell nice. Instead, a soapy solution with warm water can do the trick. Just disconnect the disposal from it’s power source (IMPORTANT!), and pour the soapy mixture in. Give it just a few minutes to work it’s magic, and then scrub clean with a cleaning brush. We recommend you only use your disposal for tiny bits of food that get past your sink trap.Read More
4 Plumbing History Innovations that Changed the World
We have it pretty good here in the 21st century. Modern plumbing allows ordinary Americans to experience the quality of life that was once reserved for royalty. It’s been a long journey to achieve the cushy bathrooms that we take for granted these days. To honor the accomplishments of yesteryear, we’re giving you an intriguing look back at some of plumbing history’s most interesting and important innovations.Read More
The 4 Most Common Plumbing Problems
If you’re a new homeowner or are just inexperienced with plumbing, check out this article. We’ll discuss the 4 most common plumbing problems, as well as why they happen.
1) Leaky Faucets
Easily the most common issue that people experience with their plumbing is the leaky faucet. A leak which goes unfixed can drive up your water bill, cause unnecessary wear on your plumbing, and drive you up the wall with annoying noise. Most of the time, these happen due to a very small hardware issue. This can be a broken or cracked O Ring, a worn or damaged washer, or a small part being improperly installed. If you’re familiar with tools or are otherwise handy, these can usually be fixed fairly easily.Read More
5 Ways to Keep Your Pipes Safe in the Winter
It’s pretty much common knowledge that cold weather can result in burst pipes. However, what isn’t common knowledge are the easiest ways to prevent that from happening. In this article, we’ll take a look at what you can do to prevent those pesky pipes from cracking, bursting, and otherwise breaking during cold weather.
1) Keep the temperature up
The most obvious way to prevent your pipes from freezing is to turn the heat on in your home. Water freezes at 32 degrees and below, so as long as you keep your temperature well above that, you should be able to prevent any major issues. Keep in mind, however, that your home is designed to be insulated, which keeps the heat in your house. You’ll need to warm it up significantly past that freezing point in order to keep the insides of your walls above freezing.Read More
Don’t Try These At Home: 4 Times You Need To Call A Plumber
Do-it-yourself projects are great for the wallet and for the ego, but even the most experienced do-it- yourselfer needs a professional hand now and again. So when is it time to call in a plumber? Here are four examples of situations that you’ll need a professional to deal with:
4. Frozen Pipes
This is one we Tucsonans don’t have to worry about too much, thanks to our desert climate. But every so often, even in the desert, temperatures drop, and pipes freeze. If it happens to you, don’t wait. Close the main water shutoff valve, and call a plumber to help thaw things out and determine whether the pipes are damaged. Frozen pipes can cause extensive water line damage.Read More
4 Do-It-Yourself Tips To Unclog A Drain
It’s happened before. You know the signs. It starts with water draining just a little slowly in the sink; next thing you know, water is pooling in the shower. The smell of stagnant water lingers in your bathroom….It’s the dreaded clogged drain! But before you call us to do come out and fix it, you may wanna try these quick and easy fixes to unclog a drain yourself and save some green.