When thinking of ways to make home improvements, you probably don’t first think about “plumbing upgrades.” We admit that it doesn’t sound terrifically exciting. But your plumbing is an essential part of your daily life, and upgrading older parts of it with fresh installations can make a huge difference. It can be a difference in convenience, or water savings, or problem prevention. Sometimes it can be all of these.
Below is a list of some upgrades to think about making this summer for your plumbing. We’re the Glendale, AZ, plumbers who can simplify the process for you and provide the installations and replacements that will have you set with great plumbing.
Replace the Garbage Disposal
How old is your kitchen’s garbage disposal? We’ll wager the answer is “as old as the kitchen.” Most homes still have the same disposal they started with. If that disposal is more than 10 to 15 years old, it’s about time to have another one put in. A disposal does an immense amount of work each year, and the mechanical parts will have worn down after more than a decade to the point that the unit won’t work well anymore—which eventually means clogging and an abrupt breakdown. Putting in a new unit will make your kitchen hum along much better.
Install an Automatic Shut-Off Valve
If your home doesn’t have an automatic shut-off valve for emergencies, we strongly recommend having our plumbers install one. This is an important protection against flooding damage: the valve shuts off the flow of water in case flooding starts. This is helpful in almost any situation, but it is most valuable for times when you are away from home, such as on vacation. This emergency shut-off valve will give you peace of mind and help stop major, expensive water damage.
Install a Sump Pump
This is another protection from flooding we recommend. A sump pump automatically removes excess water and moisture from the lowest part of your house, such as the crawl space.
Install a Water Softener
Hard water is a major problem throughout the Valley, and it may be affecting your home without you realizing it. The way to find out if you have hard water or other water quality problems is through water testing, a service we offer. If we discover you have hard water, we can counteract it by installing a water softener. This is a natural method to remove the hard minerals from your water to protect your plumbing, water heater, laundry, and appliances from the ravages of hard water.
Repipe Part (or All) of Your Home
Repiping is a major upgrade for a home—taking out older pipe materials such as galvanized steel and polybutylene plastic and putting in copper, PEX, and CPVC piping in its place. Depending on the age of your house, you may need sections repiped or may need the whole house repiped. This is a big job, but it prevents major water waste, corroded piping, and massive water damage.
The Trusted Plumber serves Glendale, AZ, and the surrounding areas. Speak to one of our plumbers today to see how we can help.
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