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. […]
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 […]
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, […]
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). […]
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.
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. […]
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. […]
Is your garbage disposal on the fritz? Not turning on or grinding food anymore? It might be time to accept the fact that your relationship might be on the rocks. There is a chance that the problem is simply electrical or that the disposal unit has short-circuited, but not everything can be fixed by simply pressing the reset button. If you want it to work between you two, you’ll have to take a closer look.
Wrench at Your Heart
When you purchased the garbage disposal, you should have been provided with a company issued wrench (to ensure your limb safety when working with the appliance). Before using this wrench, make sure to turn off the power to your disposal. (They don’t have to see this.)
Place the wrench onto the flywheel and turn it. Here is a diagram of most garbage disposals to help. If there is something obstructing the flywheel when you turn the wrench, try to dislodge it. Once it’s clear, allow water to run for at least 30 seconds before turning the flywheel again. […]
A garbage disposal can be quite the little helper around the house. Since it takes care of a very important job, malfunction can often be distressing.
One thing that must be understood however is that attempting to put your hand down the garbage disposal in order to identify or rectify a problem should be avoided at all costs. Even if the unit is unplugged, it’s best to refrain from a potentially hazardous situation.
Foreign or Ungrindable Objects
A leaky faucet is much more than just a mild annoyance. In fact, it may actually be a sign of much larger problems which may end up costing you in the long run, not to mention the wastage of water which is adding up in your water bill.
Depending on the cause, a leaky faucet may either be a large scale issue or a simple malfunction. One thing, however, is for sure: it is imperative to […]