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Preserve Your Water Heater

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How Can You Preserve Your Water Heater?

  1. If you have hard water, drain and clean your tank regularly. Check your owner’s manual for how often the tank manufacturer recommends, but a good routine is picking a consistent date at least once a year, and then following these guidelines:
    1. Turn the tank’s electricity or gas off first. Then turn off the water supply to the tank.
    2. Let the water in the tank cool for about an hour, and then drain the tank until it’s empty. It’s a good idea to use a screened drain for this, as rust particles and other sediment can collect and form larger particles that can clog smaller pipes.
    3. Turn the water supply back on and refill the tank about half way. Drain it again to remove any lingering sediment.
    4. Refill the tank.
    5. Turn the gas or electricity to the tank back on.
  2. Check your thermostat. If it’s set higher than 120 degrees, then you may want to nudge it down to 120.
    1. A lower temperature helps preserve the life of your tank, saves on your energy costs and helps prevent scalding accidents.
    2. Keep it at 120 or higher to prevent mold and bacterial growth.
    3. Use the “Vacation Setting” when you leave for an extended visit. The pilot light stays lit but the water won’t heat. You’ll save money on energy.
  3. Check the area around your water heater and keep the floor around it clean. That way, you can immediately detect excessive rust or other debris buildup that can indicate potential problems.

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Plumbing Checks You Can Do

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  1. Make sure every water shut-off valve is operational. The worst time to discover that water valvesthey are not working is when you need them. Do you have a lever-controlled shutoff? Or is it a round one? Some types of shutoffs deteriorate from the inside. This occurs when you turn or twist the handle and it moves properly but the inside operation of the valve has gone bad. You should always double check to make sure the water is turned off. Test your shut offs on a regular basis to make sure they turn the water off completely.
  2. Check the discharge hoses from dishwashers, washing machines, ice machines, water filters and reverse osmosis systems. The tubing can crack and develop slow leaks that turn into bigger problems. Catch minor leaks before you have a deluge.
  3. Replace fixture washers as soon as you notice a leak. Turn the water off at the fixture, and then remove the faucet handle. The washer is dark, round and flat, and it sits under the handle to make sure the handle has a tight grip around the shutoff post within the faucet. If the washer looks worn, it is time to replace it.
  4. Take a look at the base of your toilet. Does water seem to build up between the floor and the toilet? It may be time to get a new wax ring. The ring sits between the toilet base and the floor, creating a tight seal. Use the shutoff valves to turn the water supply off and then drain the water from the toilet bowl. Flush the toilet to drain the tank and then empty the bowl again. Remove the fastening caps from the base and unscrew the bolts. Lift the toilet from the floor and examine the wax ring. If it is very thin or worn in spots, replace it.

No one told me not to put that in my garbage disposal.

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Garbage disposal tips 101

Garbage disposals are the ultimate kitchen scrap eater. If you’re thinking about a new garbage disposal or you just got one, there are some tips you’re going to want to follow to keep it running for years to come:

Always run cold water with anything you put down into the disposal. This helps maintain the flow through the pipes, and helps keep the disposal grease free.

Never put grease, chunks of fat or coffee grounds into the garbage disposal. Put grease and fat into a container and then throw it in the trash. Use your coffee grounds around your roses – they’ll thank you!

Put large bones or fruit stones in the trash and protect the blades from dulling prematurely.

Place smaller bones and most fruit and vegetable peels, husks or skin into the disposal, but cut bigger pieces into smaller ones to help the disposal operate more efficiently. Also, especially fibrous corn husks and celery stalks can wrap around the blades, causing jams and other problems.

Put eggshells in limited quantities into the disposal, but use caution. Ground-up eggshells can bind with greasy foods and clog drains. Also, eggshells are great out in the garden!

Even the best disposal can use a little bit of TLC once in a while. To keep blades sharp, pour a tray of ice cubes into the disposal, and then turn the disposal on. The ice sharpens the blades.

To remove odors, pour half a cup of baking soda into the disposal, and follow it up with a cup of apple cider vinegar. Let the mixture foam for a few minutes, and then run the cold water for at least 30 seconds. If you prefer a fresher, citrus scent, you can use half a lemon with the baking soda instead.

Contact us for a quote on a garbage disposal today, and let us help keep your kitchen scraps down to a minimum!

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Stop buying water from the store and make your own at home.

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You’re trying to drink more water, but buying bottled water can be costly, plus there’s always the added recycling responsibility with all of those plastic bottles. Plus, how can you be sure of what you’re buying?

You have some options. You can install a whole-house filtration system that filters your water as it comes into the house. That way, you can be assured that the water reaching any faucet or spigot in your home is clean, filtered and good tasting. The other added advantage is that it can help extend the life of your appliances. Rust, sediment, chlorine and other contaminants can wear on the moving parts of water-dependent appliances, like a dishwasher or clothes washer, for example. A filter removes these elements before they can damage your appliances.

A whole house water filter can also pair with a water softener, so double check to make sure you have hard water before you add a softener. Also, like any filter, you’ll have to change it every so often. Check your owner’s manual for recommendations to keep your filter working properly.

Another possible solution is to install an under-sink water filter. Filters fit under the sink, and attach to a dedicated water spigot that operates independently from the rest of the sink taps. The most popular placement choice is in the kitchen, so you can use filtered water for cooking, too. Some people even choose to install a separate filter on their refrigerator’s fill line for the ice maker. That way, the ice comes from a filtered water source, too.

You can choose a spigot style and finish that complements your existing faucet, and installation is usually within an hour. Regular filter changes are required, so check your owner’s manual for details.

Stop buying water from the store and make your own at home. Save money. Save time. And save the recycling for another product.

Make Low-Flow Toilets a Go

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You’ve upgraded a lot of fixtures and appliances to save on water, but if a new toilet isn’t near the top of your high-efficiency list, you may want to reconsider. For example, older toilets from before the 1980s used as much as 7 gallons for every flush. Installing a new toilet that uses 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) means you’d use 77% less water per flush! That translates into a great cost savings that can pay for itself in less than five years.Plumbing mistakes cost you.

But what if you already replaced your toilet in the early 90s and it’s still working well? Besides, it’s a smaller toilet, holding about 3.5 gallons – a full half of what your old toilet used – and it flushes the bowl the first time.

The truth is that some engineering tweaks made all of the difference in how well low-flow toilets flush. For example, the toilet’s trap that opens when you flush has been enlarged. The larger opening allows more waste to move through the opening more quickly. Also, new toilets use a mechanism to increase the water pressure and help clear the bowl after one flush. Some use an air-pressure system; others use a pump. Both systems require only a single flush to clear the bowl.

Contact us today, and we can help you make an informed choice on a new, low-flow toilet that best fits your needs.

 

Bathroom Remodeling Is Not for the Faint of Heart

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Your Mesa, Chandler or Scottsdale home needs a new bathroom and you’re ready for a change. In your mind, you’re thinking of something like indoor oasis meets budget-sensitive savvy, and you figured out your budget. If you do the remodeling yourself, you can afford to splurge on something special. It sounds like the perfect mix until you’re part of the way into your project and you’re already out of your depth. Here are some of the pitfalls many homeowners experience:

Your pipes are how old?

They might be galvanized or even PVC, but they will need upgrading. When you see white plastic pipes or gray steel pipes, know that the failure rates for these types of pipe are high, and it’s best to replace them as soon as possible. If you found copper pipes but don’t know how old they are, call us today! Our expert can evaluate your water flow, and how your fittings are holding up.

When your walls are opened up, it’s the perfect opportunity to get every part checked out, and either repaired or replaced. You can save hundreds of dollars in the long run by upgrading the items behind the walls first. That way, when your remodel is finished, you’ll know your next remodel won’t be until you decide it’s time.

You found a leak, now what?

Many times, a sink, toilet, shower or bathtub that you want to reuse can look brand new on the outside. Once you’ve pulled away the surrounding areas, however, you get a much better look at what’s really going on. Mold is the biggest red flag that you have a leak, but do you know what’s leaking? Can you tell where it’s coming from? Do you know what to do to stop the leak? What else do you need to replace? Can you still save the piece or do you have to buy a new one?

Contact us . Our experts can troubleshoot, trace the leak, make recommendations on what to replace and get the repairs done quickly. This can save you time, money and numerous trips to the home improvement superstore.

You found a leak, now what?

You didn’t find other problems, but that’s only because you didn’t know
what else to look for.

Our licensed plumbers know how one issue can trigger another. If there was a leak, did it compromise the integrity of your subfloor or cause dry rot behind your sink connections? Your bigger bathtub fits into the space, but can your floor support the heavier weight? The new floorplan works great, but does an electrical outlet need to be rerouted now that the toilet is on the south wall? Our City Wide licensed plumbers have the right training to look for potential issues, and can tell you the steps you need to take for your new bathroom remodel to go smoothly.

You’re installing your new fixtures with the tools you have, not the ones you need.

Yeah, it’ll probably work…. besides, it looks all right. But you just spent a lot of money on a new bathroom remodel. An improperly installed sink, tub or toilet can spoil everything in a matter of days. Do you really want to risk it on a “probably”? Get your installation done right the first time by a City Wide professional plumber, and save time, money and effort.

If you live in the Mesa, Chandler or Scottsdale areas, give us a call. At City Wide, we’re local. Call us today, before you start installing your new bathroom.

 

Keep Your Water Drain Lines Open for Business

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If water’s not going from your home or business thru the drain lines, you might have a clogged sewer line or a cracked drain line. We can help. We use the latest technology to detect and locate leaks in your underground lines. For example, we’ll place a camera through your drainage system to find any and all problems and mark them for repair. The images show us the overall condition of your sewer line, and give us a detailed view of what’s going on inside your lines.

From there, we’ll recommend the best solutions for your leaking or clogged drain. Our estimates are our word, and they’re free. Plus, we’re local. We never charge for travel, and because we’re in the area, we can usually respond quickly. Even on Saturdays.

Call 480-966-8795 now.

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Sewer / Drain Line FAQs

I was told that my drain line is the old orange berg pipe, and I am having problems with stoppages. What are my next steps?

We suggest with this type of line you replace the entire sewer line. Once you start having problems with it, you will continue having problems to a point that it will totally collapse.

I have tree roots in my sewer drain line. What can I do?

You have two options: Option 1 is to keep cleaning the drain line until it stops up permanently. Option 2 is to replace or repair the old line with a new ABS line that will withstand tree-root penetration.

I have a blue poly water line that keeps breaking. What should I do to keep that from happening?

We suggest that you replace any older blue poly water line with a new copper water service to eliminate any further problems.

My PVC water service keeps breaking. Should I replace it?

Yes, PVC pipe should be replaced with a new copper water service.

How much does it cost to replace a sewer drain line or water service?

It depends on a number of different factors because every water service line can be different. Call us for a free estimate on your next drain line repair or replacement. We’ll measure the line and check for utility obstructions before giving you a written plumbing estimate.

 

Upgrade Your Water

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If your tap water smells or tastes less than desirable, a Reverse Osmosis System (RO) can be a great solution with several advantages:

  • Improves taste, odor and appearance of your water, straight from the tap.
  • Removes pollutants by flushing them away and does not collect them.
  • Consumes no energy.
  • Uses the latest technology to purify your water.
  • Gives you quality water for pennies per gallon.

Get your free estimate today. Call 480-966-8795 for more information or visit our Reverse Osmosis System web page: https://citywideplumbingaz.com/reverse-osmosis-systems.php

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FAQs for Reverse Osmosis (RO) Systems

What are the differences between a two-stage RO unit and a five-stage RO unit?

The two-stage unit uses two water filters. It is a basic system, and will filter out most impurities. The five-stage unit uses five water filters. You will notice better quality drinking water as it filters out more impurities than a two-stage unit.

What kinds of maintenance will I need to do with a Reverse Osmosis system?

To maintain good, clean drinking water, you’ll want to change your water purifier system filters regularly. We recommend every six months, but that can vary depending on your water usage. Your owner’s manual can provide more specific recommendations as every water system is tailored specifically for your home or business. You can also give us a call for a no-cost evaluation: 480-966-8795.

Clogged filters can create low pressure at your Reverse Osmosis spout, so change your water filters regularly for best results.

Your Reverse Osmosis system also includes a drainage system. If anything blocks the RO drain, your system will stop producing water. Keep the drain clean by removing the blockage, or give us a call: 480-966-8795.

How much does a Reverse Osmosis System cost?

It’s not as expensive as you think, and every system installation depends on your water usage and your water quality. Schedule a free evaluation with one of our technicians. In most cases, we offer same-day service and always provide you with a free estimate. We’ll test your water for hardness and then size a water purification system that’s specifically tailored for your home or business.

Upgrade your water with Reverse Osmosis

What should you know before you hire your local plumber?

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At City Wide Plumbing Service and Company, we want you to know that we value your choices. We want you to know why we are the best choice for you. Take a look at the top ten reasons why we think you should choose City Wide Plumbing.

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Ten Reasons to Choose City Wide Plumbing

  1. We’re experienced. We’re a full-service plumbing company that’s been in business for more than 28 years. See our testimonials.
  2. We’re family owned. We’re small enough to provide excellent customer service, but still big enough to be there FAST.
  3. Our company is licensed and bonded. We’ll deliver reliable, effective and affordable plumbing service every time, and we have the papers to back it.
  4. We have same-day service. Get one of our experienced plumbers out to your home or business in as little as an hour after you call.
  5. We don’t charge for service calls. We’ll come out, take a look and provide you with a free estimate.
  6. Our estimates are our word. The price you see on our estimate is the price you’ll pay. No surprises.
  7. We make every job as affordable as we can. We charge by the job and not the time.
  8. We treat your home or business with care and respect.
  9. Service taken seriously. Our business relies on your business, and that’s why our plumbers provide 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
  10. If you ever have any concerns, we have an owner you can talk to: Call Tracy at 480-966-8795.

Inspect Your Water Heater to Prevent Fires!

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Be sure to visually inspect your water heater. Check all the seams, panels, pipes, and valves for any signs of moisture, rust or corrosion. Any type of leak small or large can have disastrous effects.

If you do see anything out of the ordinary call a plumber to have it checked further.

There was a leak that caused the element to short out which started a fire.

There was a leak that caused the element to short out which started a fire.

Top 5 Plumbing Mistakes

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  1. Plumbing mistakes cost you.Overloading or putting the wrong things down the garbage disposal. Disposals are designed to handle one thing at a time, when you over fill your disposal it can easily get jammed or overworked. Disposals also do not like starchy and fibrous food. Items such as celery and pasta often get tied up in the blades and cause a jam.
  1. Using the toilet as a garbage can. Homeowners flush all kinds of things down the toilet. Cotton ball, q-tips, paper towels and even food waste. Toilets are designed for human waste only, flushing foreign objects can lead to major sewer clogs.
  1. Pouring grease down the drain. When it comes to kitchen sink clogs, grease is the number one culprit. Grease hardens as it cools and builds up over time. It is best to poor cool grease in a container and throw it away in the trash.
  1. Putting too much weight on plumbing fixtures. Shower caddies are an awesome way to keep the shower organized. But putting too much weight on a shower caddy that hangs from the shower head/ faucet can cause damage. Use your creative side when organizing the shower, you can find a ton of easy solution on the internet. Check out Pinterest.
  1. Ignoring small plumbing items. Leaks never magically go away they only get worse over time and cause a bigger problem. Take care of them right away to avoid a major plumbing nightmare down the road.

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You can be assured that the estimate you are given by our expert plumbing technicians is the price that you will pay. We never tack on additional charges or hidden costs after the plumbing service has been performed.

To find out more about the plumbing services offered by City-Wide Plumbing, contact us NOW at 480-966-8795 and have a plumber out Today!

A Testimonial from one of our customers:
“Had a water leak in the front yard under the driveway. Rob came out and suggested I get The Locator to determine exact location of leak so the entire driveway did not have to be jackhammered. Did that, location was determined, Rob came back, assessed the situation and gave me 2 options of repair. After I selected the option I wanted he gave me an estimate and started the repair work early the next morning. He had a lot of work to do to get to the leak. He worked all day in the hot sun to get it repaired. He was most accommodating and helpful. City Wide was originally recommended to me. I am definitely glad I called them. They will now be my go to plumbing company. Thank you Rob for a job well done.”
~Patricia Hilgers, Mesa, AZ 7-11-15

Available Services provided for the following cities:

Ahwatukee
Apache Junction
Chandler
Chandler Heights
Fountain Hills
Gilbert
Gold Canyon
Higley
Mesa
Paradise Valley
Phoenix
Queen Creek
Scottsdale
Sun Lakes
Tempe

Learn more about the services available throughout the Arizona Valley or if you have any questions, please contact our Arizona plumbers today.

How To Clear a Toilet Clog

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If your toilet starts to back up don’t panic.

  1. You will want to remove the lid on the back of the toilet and push down the flapper to stop any more water from filling the bowl.
  1. Try using a plunger to clear the stoppage.
  1. If the plunger doesn’t do the trick, try a toilet auger. You can pick one up from most home improvement stores, for about $30. It may take a little practice to get the hang of it but it could save you some money down the road.

After you have the line cleared you will want to test flush several times to make sure all is flowing well. The toilet and the bath tub normally share a drain line so you will also want to run some water down the tub drain to make sure that is draining properly as well.

If you still have an issue then you may want to call a plumber. The clog may be further down the line which will take a longer snake to clear the problem.

As always, we are here to help you! Give us a call at 480-966-8795.

 

Staying cool in Chandler!

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Stay cool in Chandler, AZ.

Surf Dog

It’s really hot here in Chandler, Arizona wouldn’t you agree?

Some of our friends from out of state ask us what do we do when it’s so hot? How do we stay active and keep cool at the same time?

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Here are some fun places we like to take the grandkids and suggest to out of town visitors:

Chandler Fun Centers

Water Parks in Chandler, AZ.

Spray Pads in Chandlers parks:

Chuparosa Park Spray Pad
2400 S. Dobson Rd. between Queen Creek & Germann roads.

They have 1 ground spray, 4 spray rings, and 1 candy cane-shaped shower.

Desert Breeze Park Spray Animals
660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd.
Between Rural Rd. & McClintock Dr.
and between Ray Rd. & Chandler Blvd.They have 3 Dolphins, 1 elephant, and 3 ground sprays
Espee Park Spray Pad
450 E. Knox Rd., between Arizona Ave. & McQueen Road.They have 1 water tower, 3 candy cane-shaped showers, spray rings, ground sprays.

Simple Tips to Help Protect your Home from Plumbing Disasters.

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Summer is coming up and so is vacation time. No one wants to come home from vacation to a plumbing disaster. Here are some simple tips to help protect your home from plumbing disasters while you are away.

Turn the water off to the house. If you need to keep it on to water vegetation you can either call a plumber and have them install a separate shut off or you can simply turn the valves off to the toilets, faucets, dish washer, ice-maker and water heater.

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  1. To protect your toilets from staining from standing water you can pour a ½ cup of chlorine in to the bowl or have a friend come by and check on the house and periodically flush the toilets.
  1. If you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time you can either set your water heater on vacation mode or and can turn it off at the breaker.

Have a fantastic, worry free vacation! If you run into any trouble, we are here for you. Call City Wide Plumbing and Service Company at 480-966-8795.

Hardest Water in Arizona

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As you can see in the map above, Arizona is known for having some of the hardest water in the country. Water hardness is measured in Grains Per Gallon (gpg). Water is considered hard when it measures 14.6 gpg.

Here is a list of some Arizona cities and their varying levels of hardness:

Goodyear – 10 – 38 gpg
Mesa – 12 – 22 gpg
Tempe – 8 – 23 gpg
Yuma – 10 – 22 gpg
Scottsdale – 12 – 20 gpg
Chandler – 5 – 20 gpg
Phoenix – 12 – 17 gpg
Gilbert – 12.9 Avg. gpg

If your city is not listed you can visit the US EPA website here, and look for your city’s specific water quality report.

This is a great link to see the effects of hard water vs soft water.

And another link to check out the benefits of installing a Reverse Osmosis system in your home.

City Wide Plumbing

If you feel like the water in your home is too hard or are interested in installing a water softener system contact City Wide Plumbing today for a free consultation. Servicing Phoenix AZ and the surrounding cities for over 30 years, City Wide has all the tools and expertise necessary to help with whatever plumbing problem you encounter. Licensed, bonded and insured, let City Wide be your go-to plumbing guru and leave you with peace of mind.

4 Steps to Flush Out Your Water Heater

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1-Turn Off Water Supply

If you have a gas heater turn the thermostat to the “pilot” setting, if your heater is electric turn off the power at the breaker box. Connect a hose to the drain valve located close to the thermostat, but do not open the valve yet. Turn off the cold water supply that feeds the water heater.

2-Drain the Hot Water

In order to prevent a vacuum from forming in the water line, go inside your home and open up one of the hot water faucets in one of your sinks or tubs. Go back to the water heater and open up the drain valve to drain hot water out of the tank. Make sure the other end of the hose is draining in a safe location, an outside driveway would be ideal.

3-Flush Out Remaining Sediment

Once the water stops flowing out of the far end of the hose turn the water supply back on. This will flush out any remaining sediment left behind in the heater. Once the water runs clear from the end of the hose close the drain valve. Dont forget to turn the hot water faucet inside your house back off.

Every water heater tank is different and you should always read the warnings and instructions in order to prevent damage.

4-Test the Pressure Release Valve

After the tank has filled with water turn the power supply back on at the breaker box or thermostat. Once the water temp has been brought back up, test the pressure relief valve per manufacturers instructions. This valve is designed to prevent overheating and excess pressure build up inside the tank. If it is faulty contact City Wide Plumbing to have it replaced.

City Wide Plumbing

Servicing Phoenix AZ and the surrounding area for more than 30 years, City Wide has all the tools and expertise necessary to assist you with whatever plumbing problem you may encounter. Licensed, bonded and insured, contact City Wide and let our plumbing professionals take care of all your plumbing needs. Servicing these East Valley Cities and many more, Tempe, Apache Junction, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Higley, Sun Lakes and The Metro Phoenix Area.

How the New 2015 Water Heater Regulations Affect You

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Starting April 16, 2015 the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) will be completely changing the water heater landscape. Calling for significant changes to water heater energy factor requirements, this will affect virtually all residential gas, electric, and oil water heaters.

These new regulations will end up saving customers money all year long. according to the US. Department of Energy website these new standards will save approximately $63 Billion in energy bills for products shipped from 2015-2044.

How does this affect me?

As a Phoenix AZ homeowner you have much to gain from the new efficiency regulations. Savings on energy and money can be considerable with the compliant products. In most cases the new water heaters will easily replace the majority of existing products, only being 1-2 inches taller and wider due to additional insulation. However in some rare cases where available space is inadequate the new water heater will need to be placed in a different location.

If this is the case City Wide Plumbing can help with a custom installation. These are more costly as they usually require new water piping and possible gas line or electric service.

What should I do?

Take care of your current water heater, as of right now the average lifespan of a water heater is 7-10 years, call City Wide today to schedule a check-up. If you think you are due for a new water heating unit we recommend you act sooner rather than later. City Wide Plumbing can provide custom installation and competitive pricing on many water heater choices. Our professional plumbers will be able to tell which product will fit your home and lifestyle. Licensed, bonded and insured we have all the tools and expertise to help with any water heating problem or question you may have.

Hard Water vs Soft Water

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Many homes in Phoenix AZ have water softeners as Arizona is known for having some of the hardest water in the country. Hard water is easiest to detect when doing household chores. It leaves clothes looking dingy as well as water spots and residue on dishes, and is tougher on your appliances. The elements in hard water do not react well with soap leaving the lather less rich and bubbly, even hair washed in hard water can feel sticky and dull.

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Natural rainwater falls in a soft state, as it is absorbed in the ground and our waterways it picks up minerals like lime, calcium, chalk and magnesium. Some people prefer drinking hard water because of the health benefits of the minerals contained in the water. As the minerals are removed from hard water during the softening process the sodium content increases, thus some people also prefer the taste of hard water over soft water.

Benefits of Soft Water

Installing a water softener will prolong the life of your appliances. Taking the elements out of the hard water allows your dishwasher, washing machine and water heater to work less hard. Because of this energy bills are noticeably lower in homes with water softeners. Soap will lather better and items will be left cleaner. Clothes and skin will be softer, hair will look healthy and glasses will sparkle.

Soft water is not suggested for those with heart or circulatory problems, or others who may be on a low sodium diet.

City Wide Plumbing

For water softener repair, maintenance or installation let the plumbing professionals at City Wide take care of it. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding area for over 30 years, City Wide Plumbing has all the tools and expertise necessary to handle any plumbing problem you may encounter. Licensed, bonded and insured, contact City Wide Plumbing at (480) 966-8795 and schedule a water softener check-up today.

What is a Tankless Water Heater?

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A traditional water heater continually heats water in a tank regardless of whether its being used.  By comparison the newer tankless water heater designs heat water only when there is a demand for it.  Meaning it only heats water when you turn on your hot water tap or your showers hot water knob. This type of water heating system has been popular in Europe and Japan for quite some time and is just now gaining steam in the United States. Why is this significant to you? Keep reading. As a Phoenix, AZ homeowner, the advantages will be very clear shortly.

Whole House vs Point of Use Systems

The whole house system can supply hot water to more than one plumbing fixture.  The point of use system is small enough to fit in a cabinet and will only supply hot water to a specific plumbing fixture. If you want hot water in the kitchen and in the shower you will need two point of use systems. The whole house system can be connected to your dishwasher, shower, and kitchen faucet etc.

The Tankless Advantages

30% of the average homes energy budget is consumed by heating water. A tankless water heating system demands less energy and only heats water as needed. Here is what you have been waiting for: It will not only save you money on your electricity bill but on your water bill as well. Tankless heating systems are known to last as long as 20 years almost doubling that of a traditional heater of 7-10 years. The maintenance and repair on tankless systems is also less demanding saving you money on repair expenses and your valuable time.

City Wide Plumbing

If you need help deciding if a tankless system will fit all your hot water needs contact City Wide Plumbing at 480-966-8795. Let our plumbing professionals help with all your water heating system needs, from installation, to maintenance and repair. City Wide Plumbing has been your local Valley plumber for over 30 years. Licensed, bonded and insured, we have all the tools and experience necessary to help you, the Phoenix, AZ homeowner with all of your plumbing needs.

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