Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of gushing water. A real life nightmare. Your home depends on a properly functioning plumbing system. But as a homeowner you know a lot can go wrong. Clogs, leaks, broken pipes, burst washing machine hoses and sewer backups can lead to costly repairs and damage to your home. Here are some preventative steps you can take to make sure that your plumbing doesn't keep you up at night.
Burst washing machine hoses are a common cause of catastrophic water damage. A braided steel hose can prevent leaks. Look for drips, leaks and mold build-up around your dish washer, under sinks, and around the water heater. These areas should be dry. Catching a water problem early can be an easy fix.
Install a water shut-off device. When it comes in contact with water it automatically shuts of your home's water. Pretty cool.
Finally, know the location of your main water shut-off valve. It could be in your basement, or in your yard. And be sure to mark it with a tag. Knowing where to shut of your home's water could save you a lot of damage.
You can avoid unexpected plumbing problems. Have Anthony's Plumbing perform a whole house inspection so that those drips don't turn into disasters. If you would like more information on these preventative steps, give us a call.
Your water heater is one of the hardest working appliances in your home. It works all day, everyday to keep water hot for your entire home. Life without a water heater would be pretty cold.
Let's have a look inside. Your water heater is a storage tank for hot water.As hot water is used, it's replaced by cold water. A heating element heats the water so it ready to provide more hot water. This continual heating and reheating takes a toll. Years of use, rust and sediment build-up inside the tank. Rust and sediment would normally corrode the lining of the water heater. However, your water heater has a built-in safety device called an anode rod, sometimes called a sacrificial anode rod. It attracts the corrosion process, protecting the metal lining of the tank. Eventually the anode rod corrodes away. The loss of the anode rod means the inside of the water tank will begin to corrode, seriously reducing its lifespan.
How do you know if your water heater might be starting to break down. It gives off some obvious signs:
Less hot water available
There's no hot water at all
Water is leaking onto the floor
You hear a crackling noise while it's heating
According to manufacturers, the average lifespan of a water heater is 8-12 years. You can extend the life of your water heater and help it heat more efficiently by flushing the tank annually to remove sediment.
If you have questions about your water heater, give Anthony's Plumbing a call.
Hard water in the home can cause a range of problems that can make keeping your home clean more difficult, while also causing potential damage to your plumbing system.
Doing laundry with hard water can make clothing look dingy and feel rough and scratchy. The minerals in hard water combine with soils to form insoluble salts, making them difficult to clean. It can take more detergent to get clothing clean in hard water. Continuous laundering in hard water can damage cloth fibers, significantly shortening the life of clothing.
Bathing in hard water leaves an unpleasant film of sticky soap scum on the skin. This film can prevent the removal of dirt and bacteria. Soap curd can also interfere with the skin's natural PH balance, aggrevating conditions like eczema and dermetitis. Soap scum on hair can make it dull and difficult to manage.
When washing dishes, especially in a dishwasher, hard water may cause spotting and filming on your crockery. The minerals from hard water are released faster when it comes into contact with heat, causing an increase in the amount of spotting and filming that occurs. This problem is not a health risk, but it can be a nuisance to clean and reduce the quality of your dishes.
Hard water also contributes to inefficient and costly operation of water-using appliances. Heated hard water forms a scale of calcium and magnesium minerals (limescale deposits) that can contribute to the inefficient operation or failure of water-using appliances, such as water heaters and dishwashers. Pipes can become clogged with scale that reduces water flow and ultimately requires pipe replacement.
If your home has hard water problems, give Anthony's Plumbing a call. We have efective solutions that can help improve the water quality in your home.
Undetected water leaks can cost you money not only on your water bill, but in unseen damage to your home. The most common types of leaks we find are worn out toilet flappers, dripping faucets, leaking valves and pipes. Repairing these leaks can pay for itself in water savings alone.
When checking for leaks around your home, you first need to determine whether you're wasting any water, and then identify the source of the leak. Have a look at your water meter before and after a couple hour period when water is not being used. If the meter shows any increase at all, you probably have a leak somewhere.
You can identify toilet leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 15 minutes, you have a leak. The most common reason toilets leak is an old or worn out toilet flapper, also called a valve seal. Flappers are inexpensive rubber parts that can build up minerals or decay over time. Replacing them can be a quick and easy fix for your water loss. Also examine the toilet gaskets and fittings for any water leaks on the outside of the toilet.
The most common cause of leaking faucets are old, worn faucet washers and gaskets. While a few drips a minute may seem like no big deal, it can add up to hundreds of gallons of water wasted every year.
Old water heater tanks can rust and develop leaks over time. Inspect the area around the water heater tank for signs of water leaks or stains. If you are still experiencing water loss after checking the plumbing fixtures around your home, call Anthony's Plumbing. We can help you solve the more difficult water leak problems.
Buried deep beneath your front yard is a very important part of your home's plumbing system. It's the sewer line. When you flush a toilet, drain a sink, or run the washing machine the plumbing system inside your home sends waste water into the sewer line. Where it's removed from your home.
Over time, sewer lines can become damaged. There are many reasons a sewer line might fail. Tree root, looking for water and nutrients are drawn to the moisture in the sewer line. Small roots can grow into the pipe through joints, sometimes causing the drain to slow or clog. As the roots grow, they weaken the joints and waste water escapes, eroding the surrounding soil. The end result, the pipe collapses and the drain fails.
Shifting ground can result in pipes becoming mis-aligned. The result is the same, sewer drain failure. If your home was built before 1972, there's a chance you may have Orangeburg pipe. Orangeburg pipe is made from asphalt and wood pulp, esentially it's tar paper. Lightweight and brittle, this pipe material absorbs moisture and deforms under pressure.
The warning signs of a compromised sewer line include:
Gurgling sounds from pipes
Sewer waste backing up into the home
Frequent calls for rooter service
If you suspect you have a problem with your sewer line, give Anthony's Plumbing a call. We use video technology to inspect your sewer and drain lines to accurately locate and diagnose any problems. If problems are found our advanced sewer line repair technology can repair the lines with minimal disruption to your yard and landscaping.
Does your shower start out nice and hot, then rapidly run out after just a few minute? If the problem is only happening while taking a shower, it could be the shower mixer. A plumber should check the pressure balance and temperature control faucet. When they are not working properly, you will notice a reduction in the hot water pressure as when using a faucet. Temperature control shower faucets have a spring that turns the hot water supply down when it detects a change in the water temperature. As the spring ages and wears out it results in a loss of hot water temperature.
Another common cause of rapid hot water loss is a broken dip tube. This dip tube is a pipe inside the water heater that passes cold water through the hot water to the bottom of the tank so the burner can heat it up. If the dip tube falls off, the cold water empties into the top of the water heater and overruns the hot water outlet, sending cold water to the shower.
To determine if the dip tube is the cause of the problem and to stop the loss of hot water your plumber will need to pull the cold water inlet pipe out ot the water heater to check the condition of the dip tube.
A water heater will typically last around 10 years. Over time sediment can build up leading to corrosion. The burning will gradually become less efficient and will produce less hot water in the same period of time as it used to. Consider the age of the unit when deciding wether to repair or replace the water heater.
Have water heater problems? Call Anthony's Plumbing. We can help diagnose the cause and recommend effective solutions to get the hot water flowing again.
Dropping a piece of jewelry down the drain can be heartbreaking. But if you know what to do, there's a good chance you can get it back yourself. First, you'll want to shut the water off and leave it off. You don't wha to push the jewelry further down the drain. If the jewelry hasn't completely washed away it will be in the bent section of pipe called the p-trap. Every sink has one and it's designed to hold a small amount of water and keep sewer gas odors from entering the home. It also can help trap objects dropped into the sink, like an earring or ring.
Before removing the p-trap, place a bucket underneath to collect the water inside the pipe. In most cases the slip nuts connecting the u-shaped pipe can be removed by hand without any tools. Slowly lower the trap and drain the water from the pipe. If you're lucky the jewelry has stayed inside the trap. Before putting the p-trap back on clean out any muck inside to ensure the water drains freely. After screwing the p-trap back on fill the sink and check the connections for leaks.
If it has made it's way past the p-trap, stop using your home's plumbing and give Anthony's plumbing a call, we have video camera technology that can help locate the jewelry.
Chances are you'll never have a plumbing catastrophe, like a burst pipe. If you do, you can't afford to waste precious minutes searching for the main water shutoff valve. That's why it's crucial for every homeowner to know where this valve is and how to shut it off. The first thing you need to do is find your water meter. The main water shutoff valve is usally close to it. Now, where the meter is located can vary. In colder regions, where pipes could freeze in the winter, the water line usually enters through the floor of the foundation. locate the line entering your home, follow that line and you'll find your water meter. Keep following it and you'll see the shutoff valve. To stop the flow of water turn the valve handle clockwise, so the handle is perpendicular to the pipe. In older homes the shutoff vlave is closed using a circular handle. Turn the valve clockwise to shut of the flow of water. In warmer climate like Arizona, the shutoff valve will be outside of the house often near an outside faucet. If it's more cconvenient, you can have an inside shutoff valve installed.
Because there's no standard location for main water shutoff valves, you may have to do a little searching to find yours. Once you find it, make sure everyone in the household knows where it is. If you need help finding your shutoff valve, give Anthony's Plumbing a call. We'll be happy to locate it and apply a visible tag to make where it is.
A backed-up sewer line can cause a big mess and result in extensive damage to your home, in many cases requiring expensive repairs to your plumbing system. It's important to know the warning signs of sewer and drain problems to prevent the small problems from becoming drain disasters.
A home's sewer and drain system is designed like a tree, with branches of drain pipes leading to main trunk line that runs out of the house to the sewer main. If there is a clog in a secondary line it's going be isolated to that line. For example, if your bathroom sink is clogged and the toilet flushes normally, it's isolated to the sink drain. However, it the problem is with the main line, the toilet may percolate and waste water may come up from the shower or tub drain or floor drain in the basement.
Slow to empty drains and gurgling noises from toilets are often the first warning signs that your sewer system is obstructed. It's important to have a sewer line inspection as soon as possible to identify and correct the problem.
Most home owner's insurance policies do not cover sewer line problems and repairs and in most cities, homeowners are responsible for maintaining the sewer line that runs form the house to the sewer main by the street.
You can reduce the potential for sewer and drain clogs by keeping materials like cotton swabs, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, baby wipes and other waste products out of toilets. This would include products marketed as "flushable".
Pouring paint, grease and oil and other chemicals down the drain is not only harmful to the environment, it can cause problems inside the pipes.
Among the most common cause of sewer line backups and damage is tree root intrusion. A sewer and drain line inspection is cheap insurance and can find potential problems with tree root intrusion, broken or disconnected pipes, debris build-up and more. If problems are found your plumber has many tools to help clear or repair the line, including rodding, water-jetting, and trench-less sewer line repair. A follow-up video camera inspection will help to ensure that the repair was successful.
Have questions about your sewer and drain lines? Call Plumbing. From video camera inspections to sewer and drain line cleaning and repair, we can help.
Sewer lines can fail for many reasons, and the older the line, the greater the risk of damage from tree root intrusion, ground shift, and cracks. Because the connection from the house to the main utility connection in the street is the homeowner's responsibility, and is not covered by most homeowner's insurance policies, it's important to ensure that the line is in good condition. Keeping large tree roots away from the sewer line is one way to minimize potential damage.
In some cases you may get lucky and have early warning signs when there is a problem with your sewer line. The symptoms may include slow drains throughout the house, or unusual gurgling sounds when flushing toilets and using faucets. If left unchecked floor drains and toilets can start to backup, leading to expensive repairs and a big mess in your home.
To find out if your sewer line is clogged or damaged it's best to have a sewer line video camera inspection. A small camera is inserted into the line so a technician can view the inside of the pipe on a video screen and determine if there is an obstruction or damage.
If the sewer line is simply clogged, high pressure water jetting can often clear obstructions in the line. Depending on the severity of damage and whether the pipe is cracked or ruptured it may be possible to repair the pipe without digging. Trenchless sewer line repair is a permanent method of fixing broken sewer lines.
For your peace of mind, call Anthony's Plumbing to schedule a video sewer line inspection today.
Is it time to replace your old, wornout garbage disposal? Because there are different types of disposals with different horsepower ratings, you'll need to consider which model best meets your houshold's needs. Other important things to consider include: durability, noise levels, price, and the brand's reputation.
1/3 horsepower is typically the lowest power rating on disposals. While a 1/3 horsepower units are often the cheapest, we recommend avoiding lowest powered disposals. They are more prone to jamming and are often made from cheaper components that can rust and wear out prematurely.
1/2 horsepower garbage disposals are the minimum recommended power for a n under sink disposal. They are affordable and compact enough to fit tighter spaces. If possible, choose a disposal with stainless steel grinding components to increase the lifespan of the unit.
For most kitchens, a 3/4 horsepower disposal will work best. It will have plenty of power to handle all those holiday leftovers and can safely grind potato peels and fiberous foods with no problems. While they will require more space under the sink than lower power units, they will usually operate more quietly than 1/2 or 1/3 horsepower models.
If you do a lot of cooking and entertaining, consider a 1 horsepower disposal. It can take just about anything you can throw at it. High horsepower units feature a larger chamber premium stainless steel components that make quick work of everything from chicken and fish bones to fruit rinds. While 1 horsepower units are top-of-the-line, they can be pretty large, so make sure you measure first to ensure you have enough space under your sink.
Whatever size unit you decide to purchase it's important to always run plenty of water when operting the unit to ensure the waste does not build up inside the drain.
Have questions about choosing the right garbage disposal for your needs? Call Anthony's Plumbing. We can help you choose the right disposal for your needs and ensure it's expertly installed.
Do you have issues with your home's water quality? Bad taste, strange odors and colors and hard water are water quality problems we hear about all the time. Common syptoms of poor water quality include spots on glassware coming out of the dishwasher, soap scum buildup on shower enclosures, and rust stains in sinks. Water shouldn't have a noticable odor. If it has a chlorine smell like a swimming pool or smells of rotten eggs, it's a symptom of problems with the water treatment system.
Poor water quality can also affect your home's plumbing system, shortening the lifespan of water heaters and plumbing fixtures.
The solution to all of these water quality problems is a reverse osmosis water treatment system. Call Anthony's Plumbing for an in-home water quality assessment. We'll check the quality of your home's water and recommend solutions for cleaner, better tasting water.
If you have a tank-style gas or electric water heater you can extend the lifespan of the unit by regularly flushing the tank to remove sediment build-up that can reduce heating efficiency and shorten the lifespan of the unit. In some cases you may notice that your water heater is making a gurgling sound when heating. This often indicates that sediment at the bottom of the tank is causing the water to boil. You may also notice that the hot water supply is gradually reduced over time.
Sediment is caused by minerals like calcium in the water and rust from the plumbing system that can accumulate at the bottom of the tank. Flushing the tank regularly to remove sediment buildup helps the burner work more efficiently. It also reduces the likelihood that the bottom of the tank will develop corrosion and leaks.
How often you should flush the tank depends on a number of factors, including the size of the tank. As a general guide you should go by the number of people in the household and how hard your water is. Here is a general guide for how often you should flush your tank.
Need help maintaining your water heater? Call Anthony's Plumbing, we can help with all your home plumbing maintenance needs from sewer and drain to plumbing fixtures and water heaters.
Here's something you can do yourself to help your water heater live a rich, full life. Flush your water heater once a year. Why? mineral deposits and rust can collect in water heaters, which means they have to work harder to heat water. Flushing removes this sediment, allow your water heater to heat efficently.
Watch the video to learn the steps for flushing your water heater. Have questions about maintaining your water heater? Call Anthony's Plumbing, we can help answer all your hot water questions.
Buying a home in the Phoenix area this spring? There are many systems you will need to check, one of the most important is the plumbing system. There are many items on a plumbing checklist you can do yourself, but there are some, such as a sewer line inspection, where you should enlist the help of a professional plumber.
Ask the realtor or homeowner the age of the water heater. A water heater will typically last 10-15 years. Inspect the water heater for leaks, excessive rust and other signs of age and deterioration.
Check taps, pipes, appliances (including dishwashers, clothes washers, ice makers) for signs of leaks. Check for stains or signs of mildew that could indicate a hidden water leak. Because many leaks go undetected and can get worse over time, have a plumer check the system and repair any leaks prior to closing.
A broken sump pump can lead to major water damage. To test the sump pump, slowly fill the sump pump pit with water. It should turn on and remove the water.
To check the toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait a few minutes and check the bowl to see if the colored water has seeped in. Also check around the base of the toilet for signs of water leaks. It's also a plus if the home has newer, low-flow models. Toilets manufactured since the last 90's are mandated to use less than 1.6 gallons per flush. Older toilets can use a lot of water, increasing your utility bill.
Ask about the current age of the sewer line and whether it has been inspected within the last two years. Ensure that all drains empty quickly. A video sewer line inspection is cheap insurance that will help find potential trouble like tree root intrusion, cracks, blockages and other problems.
You can test the disposal by grinding a few cups of ice.
Need a plumbing inspection before your next home purchase in the greater Phoenix Area? Call Anthony's Plumbing, we will find all the problems and recommend solution for repair.
Tankless water heaters, or on-demand water heaters, have been around for over a decade now and have proven to be a reliable, and an energy efficient alternative to tank-style water heaters. When problems do arise is often a result of installation issues or a lack of maintenance.
Tankless water heaters are hi-tech appliances that heat water rapidly only when it's need, resulting in less wasted energy and a nearly continuous supply of hot water. When properly maintained they will last around 20 years. Here are some of the most common problems experienced with tankless water heaters.
Hard water can lead to scaly calcium buildup which can increase the maintenance requirements for the unit. The unit should be flushed with vinegar following the manufacturer's instructions to prevent minerals from reducing performance or potentially damaging the unit. If your home has excessively hard water, it's recommended that a water softener be installed to prevent excessive calcium deposits form accumulating in the water lines.
This is related to the above problem. Most tankless water heater manufactuers include a maintenance schedule in the owner's manual. One of these maintenance items is flushing the water lines, usually with vinegar, to prevent the accumulaiton of mineral deposits that can build up over time and reduce burner efficiency and water flow. Check your owner's manual for the correct procedure for your tankless unit. Or, call Anthony's Plumbing, we would be happy to help.
While you're more likely to experience corrosion problems with a conventional tank-style water heater, tankless water heaters can also be damaged by corrosion if condensation drips onto on the gas burner and causes problems with the gas supply.
Before installing a new tankless water heater your plumber will ask about your water usage to calculate which unit will best serve your hot water needs. If you exceed the capacity of the unit by showering, doing laundry and other water-intensive tasks simultaneously, the unit may shut down to prevent damage from over heating. If you use a lot of hot water at the same time in different areas of your home, you may be better off going with a larger tank-style water heater.
When a tankless water heater is installed it's essential that the unit have enough ventilation to allow excess heat to escape, and in the case of gas units, for exhaust gases to vent to the outside of the home. If not properly vented, the unit may overheat and automatically shut down as a safety precaution.
Have questions about tankless water heaters? Call Anthony's Plumbing. We can help answer all your water heating questions.
If you're noticing changes to the water coming out ouf your tap – such as strange colors, tastes or odors – the cause may be your water heater.
To find out if the water heater is the cause, note the following:
• Does the problem only occur first thing in the morning?
• Does it happen after the water has not been used for a while?
• Does the problem clear up after you run the water for a few minutes?
• Is the problem isolated to the hot rather than cold running faucet?
If any of the above cases is true, it could be caused by your water heater.
Bad smells, such as a sulphur odors, are sometimes caused by bacteria growing in the water heater tank. When the water heater goes unused for long periods of time bacteria, while usually harmless, can cause unpleasant odors. A sulphur, or rotten egg odor, is sometimes caused by a corroded anode rod inside the water heater. The rod should be inspected and replaced if needed.
Hard water can also cause sediment to accumulate at the bottom of the tank, causing odors. Installing a water softener should fix the problem.
Brown, red or yellow tinted water can be caused by rust from a corroded water heater tank, or pipes inside the home. The iron present in most water is not a significant health risk, but it can stain clothing and dishes and leave drinking water with a metallic taste. Your plumber can help track down the cause and determine if the water heater is the source of the problem.
White or tan particles in the water are usually a sign of calcium or magnesium. While not generally harmful to ingest, the minerals can clog pipes and drains over time. A water filtration system or water softener can remove the minerals from the water.
Have concerns about water quality in your home? Give Anthony's Plumbing a call. We can help identify the cause of the problem and recommend effective solutions for cleaner, better tasting water!
Knowing how old your water heater is can be helpful when planning for replacement and knowing when you're better off replacing the unit instead of putting money towards repairs. In most cases, if a water heater is more than 10 years old you should consider replacement.As water heaters enter their second decade the risk of developing leaks increases, which can potentially cause damage to your home. Tankless water, or on-demand water heaters, have a life expectancy of around 20 years when properly maintained.
You can find the age of your water heater by looking for the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker near the top of the water heater. The serial number contains the date that the water heater was manufactured. It will not be in a standard date formt, but will have a date code such as "G062052658".
G is for the month and G is the seventh letter in the alphabet, so it represents the seventh month, July. Next, the first two digits of the serial number are 06, which represents the year, 2006. So this water heater was made in July 2006. Each manufacturer uses a similar date code, but they may vary – so check the manufacturer’s website to learn more.
If your water heater is getting on in years you may begin to notice that it doesn't maintain hot temperatures long enough, or it quickly runs out of hot water after just a few minutes. Sediment build-up at the bottom of the tank can reduce heating efficiency over time. Flushing the tank at least once a year can remove this sediment, improving heating efficiency and extending the lifespan of the unit. Sudden loss of hot water is often a symptom of a broken dip tube. The dip tube sends the cold water supply to the bottom of the tank where the burner is located. If the dip tub breaks, the cold water will enter at the top of the tank, where the hot water exits, leading to a cold shower. Anthony's Plumbing can inspect the dip tub and make sure it is connected and working correctly.
If there are water leaks around the tank, or significant signs of corrosion, it may be time to consider replacing the unit before a major water leak occurs, causing damage to your home. A plumber should inspect the water heater to ensure it is in good working condiiton.
Have questions about your home's water heater? Call Anthony's Plumbing. We can help answer all your plumbing questions.
Keeping your kitchen drain flowing smoothly is simple if you follow a few simple rules.
1. Keep grease out of drains. Grease and fat are among the worse things you can pour down a drain. You may get away with pouring grease for a while without noticing any problems, but over time grease can accumulate inside the drain and slow the flow of water. grease can also cause food waste to cling to the inside of the drain, making a sticky mess. A safe way to dispose of oil and grease is to pour it into an empty plastic container that can be sealed and thrown into the trash. Thicker grease can be wiped off pans with a paper towel and thrown into the garbage.
2. Don't overload the disposal. While garbage disposals are a great convenience, it's important to to rely too heavily on the disposal to get rid of all your food waste. Scrape food waste into the garbage prior to rinsing dishes into the sink.
3. Starchy foods are bad for drains. Food that become sticky and expand when wet, such as pasta, patatos, rice, etc, can cling to the inside of pipes. and create stubborn clogs. Also avoid putting egg shells and banana peels down the disposal.
4. Maintain your drains. When using your disposal always run plenty of water , and let the water run for 30 seconds after turning off the disposal. You can also keep your drains in good condition by spreading a half a cup of baking soda into the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. After the solution stops fizzing, pour a few cups of boiling water.
If you notice that your drains are emptying slowly, give us a call, we can help clear the toughest clogs.
Your home's plumbing system will make a wide range of noises under normal operation. By understanding which noises are normal and which could be the sign of a bigger problem you can often prevent expensive plumbing repair.
If your home's plumbing system is suddenly makes a loud banging sounds, you likely have have a plumbing problem known as "water hammer". When water suddenly changes momentum under pressure, such as when a faucet valve is closed suddenly, a hydraulic shockwave is sent through the pipe, resulting in a bang as the energy is released. If the pressure change is severe enough it can lead to damaged fittings or even burst pipes. A properly installed plumbing system has air compartments that compress to absorb sudden changes in water pressure. In some cases these compartments can fail to work if the water has gradually absorbed air or the compartments have become filled with water.
If you are experiencing water hammer you can restore the plumbing system's air chambers by opening the faucet that caused the noise and allowing the water to completely drain out. Air will then replace the water and restore the shock absorbing capability inside the pipes. If the air compartment is below the fixture, you may have to drain the main supply lines to restore the air in the lines.
If the above steps do not cure the problem, the plumbing system may not have the necessary air chambers installed, or they may have become clogged over time. Your plumber can inspect the system to identify any problems and recommend solutions.
Whistling sounds are often caused by a toilet fill valve that is leaking. You can often stop the sound temporarily by remove the lid of the toilet tank and adjusting the fill valve mechanism until it stops. The fill valve should be replaced to eliminate the leak.
This is another sound often caused by a toilet's fill valve. When the gasket inside the top cap of the fill valve is old and worn, it becomes less flexible. When closed, the poor seal can cause vibrations in wall near the toilet. Check the fill valve by removing the tank lid and activating the fill valve from the arm. If the vibration stops, the fill valve is worn and should be replaced.
Rumbling sounds are often heard when a water heater has excessive sediment build up. When water is trapped in this sediment and starts boiling the heat is not transferred out of the flue as efficiently, causing turbulance and noise.
Carefully draining a few gallons of water from the water heater tank using hose attached to the drain valve can remove much of the sediment that has collected at the bottom of the tank.
Have questions about water hammer or other plumbing problems? Call Anthony's Plumbing, we're here to help.
Plumbing emergencies can range from leaking pipes and clogged drains to a faucets that won't shut off and leaking water heaters. Because plumbing emergencies can happen anytime, it's important that everyone in the household know the location of the shutoff valve for every plumbing fixture and appliance, as well as the home's main shutoff valve.
If a specific plumbing fixture or appliance is leaking or malfunctioning, first look for its shutoff valve and turn it clockwise to turn off the water supply just to the affected system.
The shutoff valve is usually located underneath the toilet or sink. Clothes washers will have two shutoff valves, one each for hot and cold water, often located behind the appliance
If the problem is not with a specific fixture or appliance, or you cannot locate the shutoff valve, locate the main shutoff valve to turn off the water to the entire house. The main shutoff valve will be on the inside where the main water supply pipe enters the house. Turn the valve clockwise to shut it off. If the valve is difficult to turn, keep a wrench near the valve for emergencies.
Have a plumbing emergency? Call Anthony's Plumbing. Our professional plumbers will be there in minutes to help fix the problem.
There are several techniques that are used to clear clogged drains lines. While snaking, rodding and other methods of physically removing obstructions are effective in many situations, the safest and most effective way to clear out stubborn clogs and thoroughly clean out pipes throughout your home's plumbing system is with a technique called hydrojetting. Over time, pipes inside your home can begin to accumulate limescale, grease and other debris that can gradually slow the flow of waste water, eventually causing drains to empty slowly or backup. Rodding and drain snakes can clear the obstruction, but the usually leave residue that will enable future clogs to form more easily. That's where hydrojetting provides an advantage.
How Does Hydrojetting Work?
Hydrojetting is a technique that plumbers use to scour the inside surface of pipes with high-pressure water. The process involves inserting a hose to the plumbing system's cleanout, an access point to the inside of a pipe. The hose is connected to a specialized pressure washer that controls the amount of water that is injected into the pipe.
A plumber must know the right water pressure to use depending on the condition of the pipes, so before beginning a small video camera is used to assess the condition of the interior of the pipe and determine the extent of the buildup so the pressure can be adjusted accordingly. The pressure required to do the job may be 5,000 psi or more, or as much as 20 gallons per minute.
One of the reasons hydrojetting is so effective is that it employs gravity to scour the pipe from the bottom up. The combination of the natural downstream gravity flow of the waste and the upstream pressurized blast of water scours the pipe wall, dislodging debris and flushing it down the pipe. After the pipe has been hydrojetted, the inside of the pipe is again inspected with a camera to ensure that the process was effective.
Even if your drains seem to be working fine right now, hydrojetting of sewer and drain lines is a good way to inspect and maintain your home's plumbing system to ensure that the small problems don't become major sewer and drain clogs down the road.
Have questions about hydrojetting? Call Anthony's Plumbing. We can help with all your home sewer and drain maintenance needs.
If the water pressure in your home doesn't seem strong enough there are a number of possible causes. First, if the water pressure is only low in a few places, such as a shower head or faucet, it could caused by a clogged shower head or faucet aerator. Mineral deposits can build up over time and reduce the flow of water. Soaking the shower head or faucet aerator in vinegar overnight will dissolve the buildup and get the water flowing again.
If low water pressure is a problem with all plumbing fixtures in the home, inside and outside, it's important to consider the age of the home. If the home was built in the 1960 or 1970s it may have galvanized steel pipes. The galvanization was designed to prevent corrosion of the steel pipes. However, when the galvanization wears away rust can build up over time. The result is gradually reduced water pressure. To fix the problem, the pipes will need to be replaced. If the house was built in the 1980s or later, there is likely another issue with the plumbing. Start by checking that the main water shut-off valve is fully open. If the water was turned off recently for plumbing work, it may not have been reopened completely.
Water pressure can be tested using a pressure gauge on an outside water spigot. Water pressure is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI), and normal water pressure is typically between 30 and 80 PSI. If the reading is less than 40 psi, the city may be delivering water at a low pressure. If the city can't boost the pressure, it may be worth installing a water pressure booster system.
Have questions about water pressure in your home? Call Anthony's Plumbing. We can help with all your plumbing needs.
Experiencing a clogged sink drain? Unfortunate, but the last thing you should do in this situation is not do anything. A clogged sink drain can turn into your worst nightmare if you’re not careful. This means you may lose access to one of the most essential plumbing fixtures in your home and rack up costs on repair & energy bills. Who would want to experience that? Hopefully not you, and that’s why you need to take action as soon as possible to ensure it’s fixed in timely fashion.
Of course, you can take comfort in knowing that Anthony’s Plumbing is here to provide you with service on clogged sink drains in Ahwatukee, AZ. Our team of plumbers offers the most effective drain cleaning service in the Ahwatukee area. Once you call us for service, we guarantee those clogs will be removed as soon as possible to ensure a better plumbing system for your home. Even better, we can also show you how to take steps in avoiding them in the future so you get more mileage out of your sink.
In addition to our services, please take the following actions with your sink to ensure clogs stay far, far away from your drains:
Contact Anthony’s Plumbing today if you are experiencing a clogged sink drain in Ahwatukee, AZ and we will be glad to help you eliminate it quickly.
One of the most specialized plumbing services we provide is slab leak repair . For homeowners who aren’t familiar with the term “slab leak,” it’s important to gain an understanding of this type of problem. A slab leak occurs when one or more of the pipes that run through the concrete foundation (or slab) of your home are damaged and spring a leak.
Because you can’t see the pipes that run through the foundation, it’s difficult to detect a slab leak. However, there are some signs that can alert you to the problem:
A slab leak is a serious plumbing emergency, and it’s imperative that you get it fixed as soon as possible.
Slab leak repair is complicated, because the pipes in question aren’t visible. The last thing you want is an inexperienced or unqualified person ripping up your entire foundation in search of the leak. That’s why you need to call a plumbing expert like Anthony’s. We use the very latest detection technology to find out how the pipes run and where the problem is located. This allows us to target the exact spot that needs fixing. And of course, we use cutting edge technology and materials to effectively repair the leak. Trenchless pipe-lining, for example, allows us to construct a new, durable pipe inside the existing one, while PEX piping offers a resilient and long-lasting solution for spot repairs.
So if you notice any of the disturbing signs that indicate you have a slab leak, call Anthony’s Plumbing immediately for a free assessment and estimate!
When hard water is giving you too much trouble, you should consider water softening in Glendale. Hard water is a common problem that will affect 85% of water in the United States alone. It’s called hard water for a good reason— it contains increased levels of minerals compared to soft water, namely calcium and magnesium. Water softening systems work these higher mineral levels so you’re receiving clean water for showering, cleaning, cooking, and so much more! Plus, you need to make sure family stays healthy!
Anthony’s Plumbing had a wide selection of water softening systems for you to choose from. One of our main goals as a service company is to see you with clean water for all purposes and we’d like to think our water softening systems will play a huge role in keeping it healthy. With Anthony’s Plumbing, you can expect us to consult with you on how water softening can fit in with your home and install one quickly so you’re not wasting another moment with dirty water!
Our water softening systems are here to provide you with the highest-quality filtration and if you want to know how they can help you, take a look at the following benefits:
Contact Anthony’s Plumbing today if you want to install a high-quality water softening system that will water free from any contaminants!
At the end of the day, you want to be able to take a nice hot shower or bath. But if you have a problem with your water heater, then that nice hot shower or bath might have to wait. Fortunately, with our water heater maintenance guide, you can prevent issues that could get in the way of your comfort.
Five Steps for Maintaining Your Hot Water Heater
Keep your appliance in good working order by following these five steps:
Insulate the Tank and Pipes
Did you know that you can save energy and protect your pipes from cooler temperatures by insulating your water heater tank? You can purchase special insulation sleeves at your local hardware store or online. Note that modern models have built-in insulation, so check the manufacturer’s manual before investing in any insulation materials for your hot water heater.
If your water heater needs professional work, give us a call. Our water heater technicians have seen every problem possible, and we’ve got a fully up-to-date arsenal that will let us solve any issue you have, including (but not limited to):
• Faulty temperature sensors
• Improper installation.
• Sediment build-up in pipes
• Defective heating element
• Damaged pilot light
• Leaks around fittings or valves
At Anthony’s Plumbing, we want you to have the best possible equipment at the fairest price. We offer deals on American-made, Bradford White brand water heaters that are high efficiency, affordable, and durable so you won’t need to worry about another breakdown anymore.
For all of your water heater needs, call Anthony’s Plumbing today!
When you’ve got a tough clog in your drains, you need drain cleaning in Glendale before it’s too late. There’s nothing that will sink the quality of your home’s plumbing system faster than a clog that goes untreated. Dirty drains may not seem like much of a concern, but they come out of nowhere and throw a wrench into your day-to-day operations. It’s not fun when clogs impact your ability to use fixtures like showers and toilets, isn’t it?
Anthony’s Plumbing is here to tell you about the steps you can take to ensure you’re not stuck with a huge mess of clogs. The best part is that these solutions are free of charge and with the right resources, they can be found in your own home. Contrary to common belief, you don’t need to be this super-intense do-it-yourselfer to do your share in keeping drains clean and improving your home’s plumbing.
Anthony’s Plumbing dedicates itself to finding the easiest solutions to your drain problems and part of that is educating customers on the things they can do to ensure their drains are 100% clean. Here are 3 easy solutions for you to use:
Contact Anthony’s Plumbing now if you want to learn more about drain cleaning in Glendale! We’re always to ready to help!
If you truly value crystal clear water in your home, then you should invest in water filtration in Glendale. You rely on clean water for more than just a glass of drinking water. In fact, you rely on it so many times a day that if it’s contaminated in any way, it can really throw off life in your home. Clean, clear water is useful for cooking meals, washing dishes, doing your laundry, and more. There are several things that can contaminate your water supply including sediment, minerals, dirt, debris, and bacteria. Of course, you need to rid them from your water supply immediately or else you risk putting the health of your family at risk.
If you’re looking for a solution to your water supply woes, then please consider water filtration in Glendale from Anthony’s Plumbing. Our plumbers can install whole-home, faucet, and appliance filters to guarantee you’re kept away from the threat of contaminants. Our team can consult with you on determining what sort of water filtration systems would fit in best for your home. Overall, we want what is best for you, and will always go the extra inch in ensuring it!
As a responsible homeowner, you’ll do anything to make sure your family is living with a clean water supply, which is why choosing us for water filtration in Glendale is your best bet. When you call us, here are 5 major plusses you’ll receive:
Contact Anthony’s Plumbing today for water filtration in Glendale, especially if you want to experience these 5 benefits!
Often times when you’re having trouble with your sewer system, you’ll try to use a drain or sewer cleaning machine, and maybe a hydro-jetting service, but those approaches still don’t solve the underlying issue. When these cleaning services, and repair services aren’t enough, it’s time to consider a full sewer replacement.
Our licensed professionals at Anthony’s Plumbing specialize in providing full sewer replacements in Glendale for residential and commercial properties. We will perform a complete evaluation of your sewer system and give you our expert opinions on the best ways to approach the project.
To help you identify if you need a sewer line replacement for your property, there are several conditions or signs you can look out for.
Our experienced plumbers at Anthony’s Plumbing have successfully completed all kinds of sewer replacement projects with professionalism and efficiency with these kinds of obstacles in the way.
2 Factors That Affect Pricing for Sewer Replacement in Glendale
So if you’re concerned that you might need a full sewer replacement, one of your initial thoughts will probably be about pricing. We would like to advise you on a couple components to take into consideration when trying to ballpark a price:
Call the plumbing experts at Anthony’s Plumbing to take care of your sewer replacement project in Glendale!
Your water heater only has one job: to supply your home with readily available hot water. You rely on it to keep your showers hot and your dishes clean, but without the right water heater, those seemingly simple tasks are frustrating and expensive. Traditional water heaters are slow, clunky, and inefficient, and your family deserves a better hot water solution. That’s why you need tankless water heater installation in Glendale, AZ. Anthony’s Plumbing, a top-rated plumber in the Glendale area, specializes in tankless water heaters, and they want to share these three ways that installing a tankless water heater in your home will benefit your entire family.
Anthony’s Plumbing has spent the last 15 years building a business based on honesty and quality service. Deciding whether or not tankless water heater installation in Glendale, AZ is right for your property is an important decision, and the trained technicians at Anthony’s Plumbing will give you honest reviews and advice. Schedule a consultation by calling them today.
Water leak repair in Tempe, AZ isn’t like that room in your house you’ve been meaning to clean for the past three months—you can’t just put it off until later. A single leak in your plumbing system can cost you gallons of water and send the costs on bills skyrocketing. Even worse, leaks may result in water damage in your home, such as dampened walls and floors, that can later lead to mold growth and thousands of dollars lost on restoration services. Let us repeat: you can’t put it off until later. Leaks need to be repaired immediately.
Anthony’s Plumbing should be your number-one choice for water leak repair in Tempe, AZ. We have a team of licensed plumbers who know exactly what steps to take to ensure leaks are fixed immediately and won’t be bothering your plumbing system any time soon. The key to our repair services is having a wide range of repair solutions that will effectively put a stop to leaks. We want to give our customers options, especially when it comes to the betterment of their plumbing system, and we’ll be sure to have a solution that meets your needs exactly.
Repairs can save you tons of money on bills down the line and if you’re looking for the perfect solution to your leak problems, please consider the following:
Contact Anthony’s Plumbing today if you want to learn more about water leak repair in Tempe, AZ. We can help you stop leaks once and for all!
If you’re an Arizona homeowner looking to increase the health of your family and your property, then you’re best advised to look into water filtration in Glendale.
Arizona is one of the states that’s known for having hard water; i.e. water with high concentrations of magnesium and calcium. These minerals have a serious impact:
However, you can’t control where the water in your main comes from. So short of using bottled spring water for everything from drinking to bathing to laundry to household chore, you’re stuck with hard water, right?
Wrong. You can enjoy clean, pure water—and at a much lower cost that paying for it to be delivered to your home by truck. The solution is to install a whole-home water filtration system. This has the following three benefits:
Not to mention one of the absolute best benefits: your hair, skin and nails will feel so much healthier!
If you’re interested in learning more about water filtration in Glendale, call Anthony’s Plumbing. With over 14 years of experience in the Glendale area, we understand the issues homeowners run into with hard water. That’s why we’re 100% qualified to advise you on the best water filtration system for your home. We’ll always explain to you exactly how it works, how it needs to be maintained, and what installation involves. So if you’re ready to invest in your home and yourself, call Anthony’s Plumbing today!