Phoenix Plumbing Service & Repairs

Do I have a Sink Leak?

Drip. Drip. Drip drip drip. Drip. We’ve all heard it at some point in our homes and offices. It’s the Edgar Allen Poe Beating Heart of the plumbing world:  a sink leak. Before going crazy from the drips, take action. There are certain things you can look for before you call for professional help! First, determine the source of the leak. You will not be able to repair your plumbing fixtures if you are unable to find the source of the problem. If the leak is big, you may be faced with a water puddle, and if the leak is minor, you may simply find a damp wall or cabinet in front of you. Either way, understanding the problem is the first step towards resolving it. A sink leak can be caused by a wide variety of reasons. There are two questions to ask: Is the leak coming from the main water supply or from your own drain? […]

What IS Hydro-jetting: Plumbing’s Secret Weapon

Jedi’s have lightsabers, wizards have wands… Deer Valley Plumbers have hydro-jets. If you’re having problems with your water pressure or are experiencing dirty (or gritty) water, your pipes might be due for a cleaning- but we promise it won’t be as traumatizing as the dentist. As debris builds up within pipes and on surfaces, they tend to become less functional over time. In fact, they also pose several hygiene issues which should be addressed immediately. When it comes to pipes and drains in particular, regular maintenance is of paramount importance. Here are DV Plumbing, we take hydro-jetting very seriously. […]

Hot and Cold Shower Temperatures: Why You Should Reroute a Leak

It’s a struggle to be awake on Monday mornings (we know). It’s even harder when your shower won’t cooperate with you and commit to a steady warm temperature. Is your shower “hot and cold”? Is it “yes and then no”? Is it “up and then down”, so “wrong when it’s right”? Take back your mornings and (sing along Katy Perry time)!
Do you need to reroute a leak?
Let’s start by making sure that the water heater’s […]

By |May 7th, 2015|Leak Locate Tips, Shower Tips, Water Line|0 Comments

What is Smoke Testing?

Have you seen the city throwing what look like smoke bombs into the ground? Wonder what’s going on? In order to avoid nasty backups and leaks in the pipe and sewage system, regular testing and maintenance must occur. One way of identifying problems within sewage lines is that of smoke testing (which we love for the drama of having large amounts of smoke in pipes!). The smoke test is relatively short and shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete. It involves opening manholes and public utility easements and pumping smoke into them. This smoke is completely non-toxic and safe, and has no adverse effects on humans, animals or even plant and vegetation. It is, however, suggested that you stay away from areas where smoke tests are being conducted if you have a history of respiratory illness. […]

By |April 30th, 2015|Shower Tips|0 Comments

Mineral Buildup in Solar Water Heaters

THE DOCTOR IS IN! Deer Valley Plumbing is here to ensure that your solar water heaters are working at optimum condition. Solar water heaters, like all other appliances, are susceptible to wear and tear over time, but this can speed up with high mineral buildup. This mineral buildup typically consists of magnesium and calcium which look like white particles or tiny pieces of paper. While there is no ‘apple a day’ sure-fire cure, regular maintenance and checkups can help you keep your solar energy systems in check. […]

By |April 23rd, 2015|Water Heater|0 Comments

Fixing that Smelly Grease Trap

Have you taken Clorox to your kitchen’s nooks and crannies, but still can’t get rid of the smell? This perpetuating bad odor could be the result of blocked drain lines in your kitchen!  The drain lines are designed to flow at a certain rate, but during our daily usage, grease and other organic matter collects on the sides of the pipe, and this reduces the flow of the water in the pipe. The unfortunate thing […]

By |April 17th, 2015|What's that caused by?|0 Comments

Gas Line Leakage: Early Detection

Smell those weird, nauseatingly sweet, barely-there fumes? Better act fast because it could be a natural gas leakage in your home! One of the most serious home pipe services we work on is your home’s gas line. Issues with these pipes require immediate attention because they cause injuries and even deaths each year! Even a minor gas leak can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, explosions, and fires. Since carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, […]

The Highs and Lows of Your Water Pressure

In our first-world country lives of hidden luxuries, it is usually assumed that high water pressure is a good thing, right? No one prefers their showers to limply drizzle out of the showerhead. However, there are actually certain danger that are the result of water pressure that is too high (or too low). […]

By |March 28th, 2015|Water Heater|0 Comments

Solar Water Heater Damage

Out here in the Valley of the Sun, the use of solar energy to power even the smallest thing in our homes is beneficial to both our environment and our wallets. Solar water heaters serve as an economical choice to heat water. Their usability in almost any climate makes them the perfect water-heating option for both homes and industries. Despite the great improvements in materials and construction practices, the dangerous problem of damaged insulation covering pipes, ducts, and wiring make people pay huge amounts for maintenance and repairs. We’ve provided some tips to help you with basic solar water heater repairs and touch-ups to keep your machine and your home working flawlessly year to year.

Fluctuating Temperatures

Hydronic solar heating systems can malfunction due to scaling. You can prevent scaling in your solar heating system by circulating a mild acidic solution like vinegar or water softener through the domestic hot water loop or collector. Make sure that you do this every three to five years. You might also need to clean out the heat exchanger surfaces on a regular basis.

While this is not usually a problem in the Arizona desert, solar water heaters use a variety of liquids for heat transfer to prevent freezing. Such a mechanism is often a part of solar water heating systems that are installed in areas where temperatures fall below 6⁰C. If your system doesn’t have a heat transfer system and has a tendency to freezes over use anti freeze solutions such as ethylene glycol. You can also drain the collector if you think that this will fix the problem. […]

By |March 21st, 2015|Water Heater|0 Comments

How to Break Up with your Bathtub: Drainage Problems 101

We all come to that unfortunate fork in the road when you need to have “the talk” with your bathtub. Granted, you’ve spent many wonderful nights together, and even some quick morning interactions, but it’s time. You have to bite the bullet and address your drainage problem (before things get out of hand). Debris stuck in your drain pipes can keep catching hair and other obstructive objects until the water is completely backed up, calling for some emergency action. Here’s some tips on how to have the it’s you, not me conversation with your bathtub.
Find the Problem
Honesty from the start is the only way you two can find a solution to your relationship’s drainage problems. Water in your bathtub that refuses to go away can indicate major bathtub drainage problems in your plumbing system. Apart from being totally gross, drainpipe-blocking goo is a breeding ground for disease festering bacteria and can pose a serious health threat to your entire family. However, before you panic, find the root of the toxicity in the relationship. […]

By |March 18th, 2015|Drain Line Tips|0 Comments