What are the Best Water Softeners for Tucson Water?
The best and most affordable water treatment system with water softening capabilities, is the Green Fusion Combination Water Softener & Filter, part of the Ultima Water Products line, made by Franklin Water Treatment, in Mesa AZ
The Green Fusion system filters the water using coconut shell carbon, removes heavy metals from the water using KDF media, and softens the water using high-quality uniform bead resin.
The Green Fusion system is one of the very few water treatment systems on the market that work in a combined unit filtering and softening the water.
Additionally, the Green Fusion is made in Arizona, specifically for the water quality we have in Arizona. And it’s one of the lowest cost combined whole house softener and filter you’ll find.
According to the Arizona Water Quality Association, the water supply in most of Arizona is considered “hard.”
Hard water is measured by the amount of calcium and magnesium bicarbonates in the water.
If you find that your dishes have spots coming out of the dishwasher, your toilet has a water stain ring, and your appliances and plumbing fixtures have scale deposits, your home likely has a hard water problem.
Since hard water deposits can be damaging to your plumbing system, often, Arizonans will look to water softeners and water treatment systems to solve their hard water problems.
What are the Best Water Softeners for Arizona Water?
Utilizing our many years of experience installing water treatment systems, servicing, maintaining, and repairing these units, and getting customer feedback, here is what we believe to be the best water softener for Arizona water:
Franklin Water Treatment, manufactures the Ultima Water Softener right in Arizona, made specifically for Arizona water. They have been in Arizona since 1985.
If a part ever goes bad, you can pick one up right in town. If the unit goes out, it can be easily serviced by many local plumbers throughout Arizona.
Why buy a mass-produced product from a hardware store when you have a water softener manufacturer right in your own state?
Franklin Water Treatment also manufactures additional water conditioning products such as reverse osmosis systems, water filters, and carbon filters. These units work very well in tandem with an Ultima Water Softener.
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What is the Best Water Treatment System for Arizona Water?
H2O Concepts is also a company that manufactures their unit right in Phoenix, AZ.
Unlike a water softener, H2O Concepts systems don’t use salt. They are a salt-free system. These units are designed to remove chemicals in the water, make the taste better, and remove odors.
Water softeners don’t have the capability to remove chlorine or other chemicals. A softener can only remove the minerals from the water. A Water Treatment System (also known as a Water Conditioner) is designed to remove the chemicals in the water making your home water supply more desirable to drink.
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There are two main things that people notice with their water in Tucson.
Scale build-up on their plumbing fixtures and dishes
Chlorine odor and dry skin from the chlorine.
What is the best way to solve these two problems?
Install a water softener to remove the minerals causing scale build-up, and a carbon filter (right in line with your softener) to remove the chlorine.
This setup is the most recommended way to treat your Arizona water supply.
These products are available from Franklin Water Treatment, right here in Arizona.
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What is hard water?
Water that is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and manganese. If you find that your dishes have spots coming out of the dishwasher, your toilet has a water stain ring, and your appliances and plumbing fixtures have scale deposits, your home likely has a hard water problem.
Is hard water bad for you?
No. Hard water has never been proven to be a health risk. Hard water is a nuisance due to the mineral build-up on your plumbing fixtures.
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Green Fusion Combination Whole House Filter & Water Softener
Interested in a Green Fusion Water Softener? Get details, Installation costs & Reviews on the Green Fusion Combo Whole House Filter/Water Softener here…
The Green Fusion is a whole house combination filter and softener system, made by Ultima Water Products in Mesa, AZ.
By combining uniformed bead resin blend with coconut shell granular activated carbon and KDF sponge, the Green Fusion gives you the most efficient softening and filtering system for your home.
The Green Fusion is selected by our customers as the Best Water Softener for Arizona water. This is because it’s locally manufactured and made specifically for our water quality in AZ. It combines multiple levels of media allowing the removal of metals such as lead and mercury, while also filtering out chemicals like chlorine and other contaminants.
Additionally, the Green Fusion is one of the lowest cost combined whole house softener and filter you’ll find.
Why should I select the Green Fusion over other systems on the market?
Through intelligent design and the latest technology, the Green Fusion uses 50% less salt and 50% less water during backwashing compared to traditional softeners on the market- saving you money on operating costs.
And because the Green Fusion is locally manufactured, you can buy a very high quality unit, at a low price. Ultima Water Products (the manufacturer of the Green Fusion) built the Green Fusion with quality as the prime consideration. And since Ultima Water Products doesn’t mass produce their systems or pay to do any marketing, they sell the unit at a much lower cost than what you’d find for a similar system. Adding a 10-year warranty to the system which includes all parts, makes the Green Fusion a very popular system for Arizona homeowners.
Although brands like Kinetico, Culligan, Ecowater, Pelican, and Water Tec all produce high quality systems, they have to elevate their price so they can afford marketing to let you know their product exists.
What are some other reasons I should choose Green Fusion?
The Green Fusion is locally made by a company that has been in AZ since 1986.
As a local supplier, if parts ever go bad, you don’t need to wait around weeks for repair parts. Meaning no wait time in the unlikely event something goes wrong.
The Green Fusion is not exclusive to dealers or installers. Anyone can buy a Green Fusion and get parts, service, or technical support. This is not the case with some other brands of water treatment systems. Other companies like Culligan and Kinetico are exclusive. They make proprietary parts that are expensive to buy in the event of a repair. Additionally, they lock you in with one service provider. This means you can’t hire your plumber of choice to install, service, repair, or diagnose that exclusive system.
As a local company, you also get local support. If you need assistance, you don’t need to call an 800 number and speak to phone support that reads troubleshooting advice from a computer screen. When you call Ultima Water Products, you can speak to the technicians that build the system. Wouldn’t you agree this is the best kind of tech support?
You also can’t beat the 10-year warranty.
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What is the difference between the Green Fusion and the water softeners I see at Home Depot or Lowes?
The systems that you see at Home Depot and Lowes are built specifically for the box store retail. They are built to a price point, so the box store can sell on volume. These systems have little consideration for quality, because they want to sell to the masses. And they are not built for specific water quality in AZ.
Additionally, the box stores provide a limited 1-year warranty on parts and don’t provide a labor warranty.
Simply put, if you’re going to buy a water treatment system, get one from a local water treatment supplier that provides a 10-year warranty.
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How can I learn more about Ultima Water Products?
Ultima Water Products, is the brand name created by Franklin Water Treatment, used on their entire line of water treatment products, such as the Ultima Green Fusion, the Ultima WS1 softener, and the Ultima Green Reverse Osmosis System. Franklin Water Treatment opened in Mesa, AZ, in 1986 as B&R Industries. As the company grew their product line and had much success with their high-quality, low cost products, they teamed up with a larger water treatment manufacturer and formed Franklin Water Treatment Group. Their goal is to produce specific water treatment systems built around our local water quality, using the highest-quality parts, while keeping the price much lower than competitors.”
Green Fusion Water Softener Installation Cost & Reviews
With our many years in business, we have experience installing numerous softeners such as GE, Whirlpool, Krystal Pure and even salt free systems like the Pelican and Aquasana.
Our vast experience allows us to see what systems have the best performance, most longevity, and which systems are most efficient, using less salt and less water during backwashing.
Because of our experience, many people ask us, what water softener do we recommend?
Although the Green Fusion is our most popular system and most preferred by our customers throughout AZ, it’s not always the best system for everyone’s home. If you have questions about what is best for your home, give us a call today so we can discuss. We’re always happy to help.
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What is the cost of the Green Fusion?
If you have a water loop and drain (pre-plumbed connections), the average installation cost for a Green Fusion is $2400.00. If your home does not have a soft water loop then the price can vary based on the location of your incoming main water supply. The softener loop is a pre-plumbed piping setup which is used to install a water softener. It’s usually located in the garage and is designed to keep the indoor and outdoor (water spigots & irrigation) water separate. If you don’t have a softener loop, don’t worry, one can be installed.
Can you install a Green Fusion without the loop?
Yes. The Green Fusion can be installed right at your main water supply and can even be installed outside. If your water main is adjacent to your garage, a water loop can easily be created. If you are uncertain of a water loop at your home, let us know, we can help find it or install a new one
No maintenance is required, except for the replenishment of salt or potassium (both work the same as potassium is just a salt substitute) in the brine tank. This usually needs replenishment every 2-3 months.
How much salt do I add?
Salt and potassium come in 40-pound bags from most hardware stores. One bag at a time is all that’s needed.
How often will I need to add salt?
Generally, a family of 4 people will go through a 40-pound bag of salt every two months.
How often will the system regenerate/backwash?
This is based on water use and the size unit you get. Typically, it backwashes once every two weeks.
What are the dimensions of the Green Fusion?
1.0 cubic foot system is 9-inches wide by 55-inches tall.
1.5 cubic foot system is 11-inches wide by 61-inches tall.
The brine tanks come in different sizes, based on space and how much salt storage you’d like to have. Brine tanks come in 11”X11”X 33”, 14”X14”X33, 15”X17”X33, and 18” round x 33”.
What is the gallon per minute flow rate?
1.0 Cubic foot system is 12gpm. The 1.5 cubic foot system is 15gpm.
Are there any performance differences between the potassium and salt?
No. However, some homeowners reported that salt produces a more slippery feel in the water versus potassium.
Is the resin crosslinked type?
All resin is crosslinked. Crosslinked refers to the strength of the bead and how well it resists chlorine damage. The higher the percentage, the better the resin. The Green Fusion uses 10% crosslinked resin.
Is the carbon catalytic media?
The carbon in the green fusion is coconut shell granular activated carbon. Coconut shell carbon is known to remove more volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) than other types of carbon. In addition to carbon, the Green Fusion uses KDF media which improves the performance of the carbon. There is a process to catalyze carbon for removal of iron, but that carbon is considerably more expensive, and usually not necessary for the city of Tucson water supply.
Is the frequency of regeneration based on water hardness programmed?
Yes, frequency is based on the water hardness programmed, the size of the unit, and the varying amount of water used day to day. The Green Fusion learns about the water use pattern and seeks out the most efficient regeneration schedule.
Is the gallons used for regeneration the same, regardless of hardness setting?
The water amount used for regeneration does vary with the size of the unit but not the hardness of the water.
What is the order of the filtration cycle?
Filtering with carbon and KDF media then onto softener. By removing chlorine first, you can extend the life of the softener resin bed by as much as 100%.
Are there health impacts from showering or drinking the water?
Not unless you have dietary restrictions. For example, water softened from 20 grains hardness will have about 60mg of sodium per gallon. This is similar to a couple slices of white bread. People who are trying to limit sodium or potassium intake, should consider a reverse osmosis system at the kitchen sink for drinking water. As for showering impacts, the sodium and potassium molecule in the water is too large to be absorbed through the skin.
Do we know the precise amount of salt that is left in the water after softening?
About 25mg per liter when softened from 20 grains.
What is the unit doing during its regeneration/backwash cycle?
The backwash starts by reversing the flow through the softener and lifts the resin beads to have better contact with the brine. The unit then does a brine draw/slow rinse, which is the stage where the brine performs the ion exchange of sodium onto the bead. The hardness is then washed down the drain while rinsing the brine. The unit will then do a second backwash to fluff the resin beads followed by a rapid settle rinse. In the last step, the system will put the exact amount of water back in the brine tank to prepare a solution for the next regeneration.
What is the decibel level during regeneration?
The volume is similar to a washing machine during the spin cycle.
Are settings retained in a power outage?
Yes, settings are stored and will stay locked indefinitely. The time of day will need to be reset after a power outage.
Will the salt from the softener be bad for my plants?
Not in every case. It depends on the plant. If you have a water loop, you wouldn’t need to worry about salt on your plants. If you don’t have a water loop, you can consider installing one, or you could use potassium, which is known to be less abrasive on plants.
Is the Green Fusion an upflow or downflow softener?
It’s normally made as a downflow system, but they do have an upflow option. We don’t see any performance differences between the two, so downflow build is the standard.
Is the Green Fusion Certified?
All of the parts that make up the Green Fusion are NSF and WQA certified.
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Water Softener Installation Tucson
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-General Electric (GE)
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Water Softener Tucson Price
The average price for a water softener installation in Tucson is $419.00. If your home does not have a soft water loop (pre-plumbed connections) then the price can vary based on the location of your incoming main water supply. The softener loop is a pre-plumbed piping setup which is used to install a water softener. It’s usually located in the garage and is designed to keep the indoor and outdoor (water spigots & irrigation) water separate. If you don’t have a softener loop, don’t worry, one can be installed.
Soft Water Loop Cost
Soft water loop costs will vary house to house because each home will have its own unique piping configuration. Although costs will be relative to the property, on average people spend $200 to $1,000 installing a water softener loop.
Can you install a Water Softener Without Loop?
Yes. A water softener can be installed right at your main water supply and can even be installed outside. If your water main is adjacent to your garage, a water loop can easily be created. If you are uncertain of a water loop at your home, let us know, we can help find it or install a new one.
Tucson Water Softener Repair
If your water softener has suffered a breakdown or malfunction, Plumber of Tucson can help.
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Do you have a specific water softener picked out? We can install it.
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Plumber of Tucson services, repairs, and installs water softeners all throughout Tucson multiple times per week.
We are extremely well versed on many different systems and are certain you’ll be delighted with the service you receive.
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Here are some of the common issues with
Water Softeners in Tucson we can help you fix:
Water softener doesn’t seem to be using salt
The most common reason for this is called a salt bridge. Salt bridges can happen inside of your brine tank (the place where you add the salt) as a result of adding too much salt. If your brine tank is full of salt, it can be challenging to ascertain whether your system has a salt bridge.
The best way to check for a salt bridge, is to hold a broom handle and push it into your salt. Salt should be loose all the way to the bottom of the tank.
The avoid salt bridges in the future, don’t add more than one or two bags of salt at a time. Allow the salt to get down low enough where you can see the bottom of the tank before adding in more salt.
Salt level is not going down anymore
If your brine tank does not have a salt bridge and you can clearly see the salt in the brine tank is relatively loose, the issue may be with the main control valve or the water line running from your system to the brine tank. The line from your system to the brine tank can become clogged or get knocked loose. Simply detaching this line and reinstalling can ensure a proper seal. Alternatively, the main control valve may have a bad circuit board or a part has malfunctioned inside the valve.
Water tastes salty
Properly functioning water softeners should not create salty tasting water. This symptom is usually indicative of a bad main control valve.
Water softener is using salt but doesn’t seem to be softening like it used to
This is an issue that is commonly caused by one of two things. A bad control valve or the water softener resin has reached its lifespan. Water softener resin beds are designed to last about 10 to 15-years with normal use. After 10-years, resin loses its effectiveness and eventually reaches a point where it can’t be regenerated by the brine any longer. The good news is, most water softeners are designed allowing the resin beds to be easily replaced.
Sudden drop in water pressure throughout the entire house
Pressure problems can be induced by a faulty control valve. To determine if your water softener is the culprit, put the water softener in bypass and then turn on a faucet. If your pressure is restored, you know the problem is with the control valve at the softener.
Water out of the faucet appears to have sand in it
This problem is usually caused by a ruptured lining or filter that houses the resin beads. When this housing has failed it will allow the small resin beads to escape into your water pipes often clogging some fixtures. The resin beads can be yellow, brown, orange, or sandy in color. A flushing of the water pipes can be done to clean out the resin beads. Most likely the water softener can’t be repaired and a replacement is warranted.
Common Questions with
Water Softeners in Tucson we can help answer:
How do I know if my water softener resin is bad?
If your water softener is using salt but the water no longer feels “soft,” this is an indication the resin bed is no longer capable of removing the minerals from the water. Is your water softener over 10-years old? Softeners over 10-years start to lose their ability to soften the water because the resin bed loses its efficacy. Resin beds can be replaced.
Should there be water in my water softener brine tank?
Yes. The brine tank will hold several gallons of water to mix with the salt. However, the water level is generally not more than 12 to 18 inches high. If your brine tank is full of water or close to full, there may be an issue with the control valve allowing too much water into the brine tank.
My water softener is leaking, how do I turn it off?
If your softener is leaking, the first thing you want to do is unplug the unit. Secondly, put the unit in bypass mode. There is usually a handle or knobs behind the control head that will have a label directing you which way to turn the knobs or handle to put the system in bypass. Bypass will cut off new water from entering the system and eventually the leak will subside.
How long should my Tucson Water Softener last?
Most water softeners will have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. You can extend the life of your water softener by replacing the resin bed. Check with the manufacturer regarding instructions on how to complete this. Or, you can give us a call. We’d love to help.
When should I replace my water softener?
Here at Plumber of Tucson, we recommend replacing your water softener every 10-years. Advances in technology create better, smarter equipment which will help save water, salt, and reduce the amount of necessary backwashing.
Is a water softener worth it?
A water softener is not a necessity for your home. However, because the quality of water in Tucson is rich in minerals, water softeners are very popular and the people that choose to have them installed are usually very happy with their decision. Getting a water softener for your Tucson home will increase the value of the property according to local Tucson realtors. Additionally, a water softener will preserve the life of your appliances, and save your plumbing fixtures from breakdowns due to mineral accumulation inside the working parts.
Are water softener resin beads harmful?
The resin beads from a water softener system are not toxic, but they can clog up plumbing fixtures if they escape the filter or lining of your water softener.
When should I add salt to my water softener?
Salt should be only a few inches above the water line in the brine tank. A good general rule of thumb is to have the salt level sit around 25% to 35% high inside the brine tank. This specific volume will decrease the chances of salt bridging. Check the salt level once a month to ascertain how often you’ll need to add salt. Typically, you’ll need to add salt each month or every other month depending on specific water usage for your household.
Can water softener affect water pressure?
If you have a sudden decrease in water pressure the control valve to your softener may have malfunctioned. Try putting your water softener in bypass mode and see if that corrects the pressure. If it does, you’ll know it’s the softener system.
How do I know if my water softener is working properly?
A simple water test is all it takes. You can find water test kits are pool supply stores or hardware stores such as home depot. If you live in Tucson and you suspect your water softener isn’t working, give us a call. We can test your water and determine if its functioning properly.
What is the best water softener?
There are many water treatment systems on the market. Most work very similarly. Most people that come to use are looking for a water treatment system which will filter the water to remove the chemicals and soften the water by removing the minerals. The most popular water treatment softener we install in Tucson is the Green Fusion from Ultima Water Products.
How long does it take for a water softener to regenerate?
Generally, a water softener will take 60 to 90 minutes to complete a backwash/regeneration.
How often does a water softener regenerate?
This totally depends on the type of system you have. Newer, more advanced water softeners only regenerate when they need to. Which is usually one to two weeks. Some older systems regenerate once a day. This question is difficult to answer with accuracy because regeneration timing is relative to the unit you have.
How much is a water softener installation in Tucson?
If you have a water loop and drain close by with an electrical outlet, the average cost for a water softener install in Tucson is $325.00. Installation cost can vary depending on your specific setup.
How much does it cost to make a water softener repair in Tucson?
Water softener repairs are typically $99 to $250.00 for the average repair. However, sometimes required repairs can exceed $250.00 for complete overhauls or control valve repairs.
Which size water softener do I need?
The size water softener you’ll need depends on the water demand your home will have. The average home with 2-5 people will most likely be fine with a 48,000 grain water softener. If there are only two people in the home, a 32,000 grain softener is an appropriate size. If your home has more than 5 people, you may want to consider a 60,000 grains or more capacity water softener. If you need help sizing your water softener, reach out to us and we can help.
What is the best type of salt to use in a water softener?
It’s best to stick with sodium chloride or potassium chloride that is specifically made for water softeners. When you visit the hardware store, choose your salt that is labeled for water softeners. Morton and diamond crystal are two of the more popular manufacturers of water softener salts.
How much salt should a water softener use per month?
Salt consumption is relative the the water use your home has and the capabilities and size of your water softener. On average, we see that most homes in Tucson will use about one 40-pound bag of salt per month. High-efficiency water softeners can use one 40-pound bag every other month.
Will a water softener remove existing limescale?
Softened water can remove some existing limescale. However, some fixtures that have been exposed to hard water deposits for quite some time, may need a good cleaning when you get a water softener to have a fresh start.
What hardness should a water softener in Tucson be set at?
Softener settings are relative to the water quality you have in your area. Most often, water softeners installed in the Tucson area are set at 15 grains per gallon.
Does a water softener remove sediment?
Standard water softeners are not designed to filter the water. Some water treatment systems filter the water and soften the water in a combination unit, such as the Green Fusion water treatment system from Ultima Water Products.
Does a water softener remove chlorine from the water?
Depending on the system you choose, most water softener systems do not remove chlorine or filter the water in any way. If you want chlorine removed from your water supply you’ll need a carbon filter. Some water treatment systems come with softening and filtering capabilities, but you’ll need to choose a very specific model. If you need help choosing, we’d love to help you.
What does hardness level mean?
Hardness is simply the amount of dissolved magnesium and calcium in the water. A water test will tell you the hardness level of your water supply.
How do I test my water hardness?
You’ll need to get a water testing kit, which you can do at most hardware stores. Alternatively, you can hire a Plumber in Tucson to complete the test for you. Here at Plumber of Tucson, we can provide a free water test. Give us a call and let us know how we can help.
Will a water softener remove lead?
Water softeners are not designed to remove lead. Lead removal needs to be done using specific media, such as KDF. If you are concerned about removing lead from your water, you’ll want to get a water treatment system with filtering and softening capabilities. Green Fusion water treatment system from Ultima Water Products has filtering capabilities for lead, mercury, and chemicals such as chlorine, along with water softening capabilities.
Does a water softener improve the taste of my water?
Most likely, a water softener will not improve the taste of your water. Taste and odor improvement in your water is done through carbon filtration. If you already have a water softener, you can simply add a whole house carbon filter to your main water supply. Or, if you don’t have a water softener, you can get a water treatment system with softening and filtering capabilities.
Is potassium or salt better for water softeners?
Are you going to be drinking the water? If your drinking the water, you may want to consider potassium over salt. Is your system connected to your irrigation pipes? If your watering plants with salt water, it may kill the plants. Watering with softened water is only recommended if you use potassium. Potassium costs more money than salt, but they both equally do the intended job of removing the hardness from the resin.
Which is better, a water softener or water conditioner?
This depends on what you are looking for out of treated water. A conditioner is usually a system that will filter the water using carbon and/or KDF media. A softner only removes minerals from the water to prevent scale build-up. The best system for most homes is a combination unit that filters and softens the water. Green Fusion water treatment system from Ultima Water Products has filtering capabilities for lead, mercury, and chemicals such as chlorine, along with water softening capabilities.
Can you drink water from a water softener?
Softened water can add sodium or potassium to the water supply. If you have sensitivities to sodium or potassium you may want to check with a health professional regarding consuming softened water.
Do water softeners remove heavy metals?
Conventional water softeners are not designed to remove heavy metals. Water softeners remove calcium and magnesium from the water. Water conditioners or water treatment systems are designed to filter and remove heavy metals from the water. If you need a system that removes heavy metals, check out the Green Fusion water treatment system from Ultima Water Products. The Green Fusion water treatment system has filtering capabilities for lead, mercury, and chemicals such as chlorine, along with water softening capabilities.
Saltless Water Softeners Tucson
Need a water treatment system but don’t want to deal with salt?
We have a solution for you.
Saltless Water Softeners are an optimal alternative to the traditional salt or potassium water softener. They help prevent scale formation throughout your plumbing system and remove chlorine and other chemicals in your water.
Salt-Free Water Softeners are also environmentally friendly and provide better quality water at each tap in your home.
Which Salt-Free Water Softener System is Best for Your Home?
This depends on your home’s plumbing system and piping configurations. Since there are various saltless systems on the market, we will recommend equipment that is cost effective and most suitable for your piping configurations.
After a site visit to determine your water pipe configurations, we can discuss your options.
Tucson Salt-Free Water Softeners – Which systems are the best?
To answer simply, there isn’t a “best” system out there. Each system has its own capabilities. The best system for you is typically one that requires little to no maintenance, is inexpensive to install, and has a great warranty.
The most popular systems we install are going to be:
Meeting All Your Water Softener Servicing & Repair Needs
Our experts are well-versed in all that concerns ensuring the smooth functioning of water softener systems. Our vast knowledge and experience enable us to service water softeners of all makes as we keep ourselves abreast of the latest developments and technology pertaining to the manufacture and operation of water softeners.
In addition to the aforementioned services we are also recognized as a certified repair partner for many water softener equipment manufacturers. This allows us to offer various services for all types of systems. These services include regular inspection and cleaning of your of your water softener system as well as the conduction of a water test to determine the operational efficiency of your system. If your system is found to be inefficient due to scale build up, we descale your equipment to make sure that it runs with complete efficiency.
Our standard water softener servicing procedure includes thorough cleaning and sanitization of the system by expert engineers so that it works as good as a new one. Rest assured, all our repair, installation and servicing procedures are conducted to meet the highest standards of customer satisfaction while ensuring your convenience and comfort.
Apart from providing complete services for the repair, maintenance and installation of water softeners in Tucson, Arizona, we may also be trusted to offer reliable advice when it comes to buying a water softener.
Our experts consider your budget, requirements and specifications and recommend quality systems that would be a perfect fit for you.
Our team of expert softener service engineers can be relied on to deliver practical advice and solutions, as they work round the clock to ensure that you face minimal inconvenience and disruption on account of water softener failure.
As you approach us, our experts understand the issue that you are facing and pay a visit to your site for firsthand examination of your system.
They reach the root cause of the problem and outline all possible solutions that you may consider to overcome the problem. They provide all relevant information so that you are able to make an informed decision. Additionally, they also recommend solutions that would work best for you.
As you inform our team of your decision, they set about to repairing your water softener on-site or at our workshop, whatever suits you best.
Alternatively, in case our experts reach a conclusion that water softener replacement would do better for you, they suggest so but it is you who makes the final call. If you decide to invest in a new water softener rather than getting your old one repaired, our experts also consider your budget and requirements so as deliver reliable advice with regards to buying a new system. Following this, they also offer assistance for the installation of your new water softener.
Tucson Whole House Plumbing Repipe Service
Need an Estimate for a Whole House Repipe in Tucson? We can help. The Plumber of Tucson provides free estimates on repiping. Call 520-900-9010.
''Not only are we going to fix your issue, but we will deliver the best service imaginable and take care of you, your property and help save you money.''
– Don Paz
Whole House Repipe Tucson AZ
Looking for a Repipe Specialist in Tucson?
Here at Plumber of Tucson, we repipe several homes per week. As Repipe Specialists, our customers have come to know us as the premier repipe company in Tucson.
When considering a whole house repipe, one of the first questions people ask us is “What’s the cost?”
Unlike some plumbers, we are happy to provide pricing over the phone. Give us a call at 520-900-9010, so we can discuss pricing for your repipe.
We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you
What separates Plumber of Tucson from the others?
When we work inside your home, we work strategically. Working strategically allows us to work safely. We not only work with plumbing codes in mind, but we also work with general construction safety at the forefront of our work methods.
This keeps you, your family, and the property safe.
By hiring us, you have the ultimate consumer protection. You have protection from the state of AZ because we are licensed. You have the confirmation that we will do an excellent job because we provide you with customer references. And you have the peace of mind knowing your home is protected in the unlikely event of an accident, because we provide you with a copy of our liability insurance, covering your home and everyone working in it.
These are some of the reasons more people choose Plumber of Tucson to repipe their home.
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Everyone we send out to your home is a direct employee of our local business. We do not send out subcontractors that are not covered by insurance & licensing. Everyone on site is fully licensed and covered under workers’ compensation insurance, general liability insurance, and health insurance. This means you are fully protected with no liability when we work for you. Hiring us provides you with full consumer protection. The reason we bring this up to you is because there are some competitors in town that only use subcontractors and disguise themselves as a local business when they are in fact a referral service.
For 2-bathroom home’s it usually takes 3- days to complete the plumbing portion. For 3-bathroom homes, it usually takes 4-days to complete the plumbing portion.
We arrive in the morning around 8:30am and we are usually finished up for the day between 4-5pm.
We work in a strategic way, so we don’t leave you without water overnight. The first day is primarily preparation work, setting up the work areas, covering furniture, drywall removal, etc..
The second day we start installing the new water pipes. At the end of the day, at a minimum, we’ll have the cold water on, to at least one sink and a toilet, so you’re not left without water.
At the end of the third day, we’ll have all the water pipes connected with water restored throughout the house.
On the second day of the repipe, we schedule an artisan drywall company to come onsite and provide an exact quote for repatching the drywall. The company is Eddy’s Drywall service. Eddy is able to start right after we are finished with the plumbing.
The estimate we provide includes the replacement of all shut-off valves under the sinks and at the toilets. It also includes new water supply lines that run from the shut-off valves to the fixtures. All the new piping has a 25-year part and labor warranty included.
A few details about us…
We’re owner-operated and have been in business since 2005. We go to a great extent to take care of your property while we are working. We are not just there to quickly get some pipes installed. We work in a strategic way that keeps you and the home safe, reducing the chance of accidents and property damage. We take a non-invasive approach and will always work in your best interests. We don’t cut corners to save ourselves time or money.
All of our company technicians are vetted to communicate up-front, work vigilantly, and provide a level of service that you’ll be delighted with.
Every project is personally reviewed through photos and videos by the owner. Additionally, management and the owner are always available via phone at 520-900-9010 or through email at [email protected]
How much is a full repipe in Tucson? How much does a Pex repipe cost?
Cost can vary by the house, but most of the time, it’s $7400.00 to repipe the average two bathroom house in pex, and $8400.00 to repipe the average 3-bathroom house in Tucson.
How long does it take to replace all the pipes in a house?
Although the duration to complete a repipe can vary by household, the average time it takes to completely repipe a two-bathroom house is 3-days. A three-bathroom house usually takes 4-days to repipe.
Is a repipe covered by insurance?
In our experience, most homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover full repipes. However, they will often cover one or two lines to be rerouted in the event of a leak that resulted in water damage.
What makes Plumber of Tucson a Repipe Specialist in Tucson?
We are more than happy to accommodate your home with any piping material you deem best.
You want us to repipe in copper? Sure, we’re happy to do so.
You want us to repipe in Pex? That’ll be our pleasure.
Pex is the most commonly installed water piping material across the U.S. today. The pex we use in your home during a repipe is manufactured by Uponor.
It’s a Type-A Pex made of cross linked high density polyethylene. It’s resilient to corrosion, doesn’t break down in hard water, and is backed by a 25-year warranty.
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Do you have an older home where your water pipes are made of galvanized steel or polybutylene material?
Are you worried about leaks from pipe failure?
The plumber of Tucson can re-pipe your home to ensure you never have to worry about leaks again.
We repipe home of various sizes built throughout different eras, and one of the most common concerns from our customers regards property invasiveness.
We have a non invasive approach to repipe homes above ground using PEX, a cross-linked polyethylene. PEX is used in modern home building because it is impervious to scale build up from hard water minerals, and it does not become brittle or corrode from chlorine.
Unlike copper pipes, PEX is not ridged. It is very easy to work with, allowing for an installation focused on efficiency and sensibility.
Access to a home’s fixtures are created in the least invasive manner possible, independent of where the old pipes were routed.
We install new shut-off valves and supply lines for each fixture when we repipe a home. Shower valves are rebuilt, or if they are older two-handle setups, then we replace them entirely.
If you have a longer home, you may be coping with wait time for hot water to be available at certain fixtures. The luxury of near immediate hot water at every fixture can be provided with what’s called a dedicated recirculation line. Implementing one during a whole house repiping project is very affordable.
Polybutylene Pipe Replacement Tucson
If you think your home has polybutylene and would like verification- we can provide an inspection.
Buying a home with polybutylene and need an estimate? We can help.
We complete repipes all over Tucson in all neighborhoods. We have been successful repiping in neighborhoods where there is no attic and very limited access.
Do you believe your home would create a complex repipe? We can handle it. The intricacies of a whole house repipe in a home where there is limited access to the walls and ceiling spaces, can be trusted to the plumber of Tucson. Give us a call to discuss your options.
Galvanized Steel Pipe Replacement Tucson
Getting rid of your galvanized steel pipes will restore water pressure, eliminate rusty water, and provide healthier drinking water.
If your home has galvanized steel pipes, you’ll benefit from a whole house plumbing repipe. Give us a call for your free estimate.
Why do more people choose us for their whole house repipe in Tucson?
Our Experience with RePiping– we handle multiple jobs per week where we repair and repipe homes due to old polybutylene and galvanized pipe leaks.
We Know the Construction of the Area– Our many years of experience in older homes has provided us with a level of insight others don’t possess.
Our Qualifications– We are licensed in construction and in plumbing. This means you will receive an experienced, licensed contractor who knows your home, knows building codes, and will be able to complete your project in a manner which saves you money.
We Assume Liability– When you hire Plumber of Tucson, you don’t need to worry about accidents. We are fully insured and don’t leave you with liability if something goes wrong.
We Care for Your Property– Construction projects can be messy. Especially a project as invasive as repiping. When you hire us, we will take care of your home and ensure dust is contained. We use vacuum assisted power tools, HEPA-Vacs, lay out floor runners, carpet protectors, air filters, and set up containments to keep your home clean.
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Virtually all repipes are completed using a cross linked high density polyethylene pipe. Also known as PEX. This material is extremely durable, does not corrode, and comes with a 28 year warranty. PEX piping is the most widely used and the most preferred material for residential domestic potable water systems.
How long does it take to complete the repipe?
This would depend on the layout of your home in where the plumbing is located. Most repipes are completed within 1 to 3 days.
Will I be without water the entire time?
No. Your water will remain on most of the time during our work. We run all the piping and get everything ready before turning off the water. This way, you can still use your plumbing while we work.
Additionally, we install isolation valves, so when a portion of the water is off in one part of your home the other part of the home will have water.
Do you leave all the drywall holes open after you’re complete?
No. We cut the drywall strategically, so we can screw it back into the wall. And not leave you with holes all over the home.
How much does a whole house re-pipe in Tucson AZ cost?
Cost to Replace Galvanized Steel Pipes in Tucson House?
Many older homes that have galvanized steel pipes don’t have attic space. This can make it a bit more challenging to repipe. The typical cost to replace galvanized steel pipes is $7800 for 2-bathrooms and $8800 for 3-bathrooms for the average home in Tucson.
Polybutylene Pipe Replacement Cost Tucson
This is obviously difficult to answer, as each home can vary in size, complexity, and layout. The cost to repipe polybutylene in your home is usually $7500 for a 2-bathroom house and $8500 for a 3-bathroom house in the Tucson area.
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''Our job is not only to make gas line repairs, but also deliver the best service imaginable, that takes care of you, your home, and helps you save money''
– Don Paz
We Are Licensed Gas Plumbers – Providing you with consumer protection.
We Are Insured – Leaving your home fully protected while we work and after.
We Are Certified – So you’ll have a Gas Line Plumbing Expert and not just a technician.
We Follow Building Codes – To keep your home safe and ensure longevity in every gas line plumbing project.
Plumber of Tucson is your local, licensed Gas Plumber in Tucson. We can provide you with gas line leak detection, gas repiping, gas leak repairs, and new gas installations for your stove, barbeque, fireplace, and pool heater.
How Can We Be of Service?
Tucson Gas Leak Repair
As a Southwest Gas preferred contractor, you can count on us to get your gas line fixed promptly and restore your gas service asap.
We promise to always work safely, effectively, and only employ techniques that preserve the integrity of your home. We’ll work to keep you and the home safe and do everything we can to save you money.
Common Questions We Receive Regarding Gas Leak Repairs:
What is your warranty for gas line repairs?
Depending on the material used, gas line repairs will range from 10-28 years of warranty.
What if my gas leak is within an appliance?
If your gas leak is within the appliance itself, and not in one of your gas lines, the repair usually needs to be made by an appliance specialty company. Such as Tucson Appliance Services. Licensed Gas Plumbers are limited to only repairing gas piping within the home and not within the appliance.
What do you guys charge?
Understandably, price is relative to the exact service you need.
To provide you with transparent, accurate, and fair pricing, we use a sophisticated construction estimating software to predetermine costs through RSMeans and Xactimate.
This provides you with security and peace of mind knowing that our prices are not unique and arbitrary, but accurate and justifiable based on job requirements. Because we use this software for standardized pricing, we are usually one of the cheapest in town. Because gas repairs vary so greatly between houses, it’s challenging to provide an average repair price. Exposed gas leak repairs usually range $249-$519. Underground gas repairs are usually $400-$1500. Exposed gas leak repairs on your roof are usually $385-$700. Please use this as a guide for what it might cost, as this may not be the cost for your gas leak repair.
Tucson Gas Leak Detection
If you have a gas leak and need immediate service, contact us 520-900-9010. We will do all we can to get to you immediately and ensure a safe, efficient, and quick repair.
Here at the Plumber of Tucson, we carry various advanced equipment to help us detect the smallest leaks. We will find it, fix it, and keep your home safe during repairs. You can count on us when you have a gas leak, and we are sure to save you money in the process.
Common Questions We Receive Regarding Gas Leak Detection:
How does a plumber find a gas leak?
Gas leak detection is done through a combination of techniques. We use gas detecting instruments, air test gauges, and conduct a manual inspection of exposed fittings.
Additionally, if the suspected leaking gas line is concealed or under the slab, we modify some of the piping to segregate sections which helps us locate where the gas leak is sourcing.
Bottom line… if you have a leak, we can find it and fix it.
How do you fix a gas leak in your house?
If you already know where your leak is, repairing it is pretty straightforward. The leaking section can be cut out and replaced with new pipe and fittings. If you don’t know exactly where your leak is coming from, the leak needs to be pinpointed with leak detection equipment before a repair can be made.
Who should fix a gas leak?
Licensed Plumbers will have the qualifications and experience to make gas line repairs. If your gas leak requires a permit and inspection so that Southwest Gas will restore your gas service, we can certainly handle that for you.
Are gas leaks easy to fix?
It depends on the location, age, and condition of the gas line. If the leaking pipe is exposed and accessible, then yes, gas leaks can be easy to fix. Most gas leaks occur underground. Gas leaks that occur underground in metal gas piping are usually not easy to fix because the piping corrodes after years of being in service. Corrosion weakens the metal pipe and sometimes doesn’t allow us to make repairs. In that circumstance, we will look to reroute or fully replace that section of gas piping. However, if your gas line is made of plastic or high density polyethylene, then repairs to that type of gas line are generally straightforward.
Can you seal a gas leak?
No, gas leaks can’t be sealed as they don’t make an approved sealant for gas repairs. All gas repairs have to be made by removing the leaking section and replacing it with new pipe and fittings.
How much does a gas leak repair cost?
Pricing for repairs will vary based on the size of the pipe, composition of material, accessibility, location, and time it will take to complete the repairs. Because gas repairs vary so greatly between houses, It’s very difficult to give an average repair price. Exposed gas leaks inside the home can range from $249-$519. Outside leaks that are underground can range from $400-$1500. Repairs on the roof in exposed piping can range from $385-$700. Please use this as a guide for what it might cost, as this may not be the cost for your gas leak repair.
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If Southwest Gas turned off your system due to a leak, we can help you get your gas turned back on. Before Southwest Gas turns the gas service back on they will need to see a permit and repair from a licensed plumber. We can acquire the permit, repair it, and be on-call for the inspection to get your gas turned back on as soon as possible.
Call us today to discuss your gas piping needs and set up an estimate.
Common Questions We Receive Regarding Southwest Gas:
How long will it take before my gas is turned back on?
In most cases, it takes between 1 to 2 weeks. But sometimes, it can take longer. If you’re like most people, you’ll want your gas restored immediately. We get it. We also want to get your gas service restored as quickly as possible. However, when you work with the City of Tucson or the County, you have to work on their time and schedule. And there is nothing anyone can do to speed up their process. What we can do is get over to your house as soon as possible to complete repairs so that we can get the ball rolling on getting your gas service restored asap.
Southwest Gas locked my gas meter, do I need a permit for them to turn it back on?
Yes. Southwest Gas will only turn the gas back on to the property after the building department provides them with a passed inspection.
This means you’ll need- a permit for the repair or repipe, a licensed plumber to complete the project, and a passed inspection from your local building department.
Here at Plumber of Tucson, we are licensed and recognized by the local building departments as qualified gas pipe experts and are part of the SW Gas contractor preferred vendor list.
Who gets the gas permit?
Either the homeowner or the plumbing contractor. Most property owners request that we obtain the permit because we are usually more familiar with the process. We can obtain your permit, make the necessary repairs, and get your inspection passed and completed to get your gas back on as soon as possible. If you’d like to get your own permit, that’s not a problem.
Who turns the gas back on?
If your gas meter has been locked, then Southwest Gas is the only one that can turn the gas back on. If the meter is not locked, then we can turn it on for you. After we complete your gas repair and the city or county approves the project, they’ll contact Southwest Gas to confirm the gas meter can be unlocked and service can be restored. Southwest Gas will usually come out the same day or following day of city/county approval.
If my gas leak is located under the slab, how will you access it?
When your gas lines are located under the slab of the property, we look for ways to “reroute” the gas pipe. We can reroute your gas pipes different ways- through your attic, walls, and ceiling.
Or, around the home by digging a new trench.
We can also reroute your gas pipes vertically up the side of your home and onto your roof, then back down into the home to each gas burning appliance. Once we are onsite, we can go over the various ways to make repairs or reroute.
Did Southwest Turn Off Your Gas?
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If your property needs a gas repipe, we can help. There are various gas pipe materials on the market which allow more longevity than traditional black iron gas pipe. High-Density polyethylene and corrugated stainless steel tubing are two of the more common types of gas piping materials widely used in construction today. These materials cut down installation time and reduce the total amount of fittings needed on projects. This will bring down job costs and save you money.
As Licensed Gas Plumbers, we are qualified and proficient in the latest repiping technologies and methods, so we can quickly resolve your gas repiping needs. Our gas line installations adhere to the National Fuel Gas Codes and local building requirements. Each gas line we install comes with a warranty covering all parts and labor.
Common Questions We Receive Regarding Gas Repiping:
How long does a gas repipe take?
It depends on how many gas appliances are in the home, the access we have to run new piping, the size of your home, and where we are running the new gas pipe. For the average property that has 2 to 3 gas appliances in the home, most gas repipes will take 1-2 days.
What kind of material do you use?
We are licensed and qualified to work with all gas pipe materials and we only install building code approved materials.
When the pipes are exposed, we use black iron gas pipe and/or stainless steel pipe.
When the pipes are located in the walls, ceiling, and attic, we often use corrugated stainless steel gas pipe, which is currently the most commonly used gas pipe material for repiping in Tucson.
When the pipes are being installed underground, we often use high density polyethylene gas pipe.
Our choices for gas pipe materials are based on job efficiency, access, invasiveness, expediency, and financial sensibility. If you prefer one material over the other, we are more than happy to install whatever material you feel would be best for your home. That is, of course, as long as it is approved by building codes.
Our goal is to get your gas turned back on with you spending the least amount of money possible, while ensuring longevity in your gas pipe system.
Do I need a gas permit?
Yes. A permit is required for gas repiping. We can obtain the permit for you and complete the inspection process. However, if you would like to get the permit yourself, that’s totally fine with us, too. There is a fee to get a permit which varies based on the size of the project.
Will I have holes in my wall during a repipe?
We always look for the least invasive, most financially sensible route for your gas project. During the estimating process, we’ll go over with you the options for where we can install your new gas pipe and the corresponding prices. Sometimes, we can repipe without needing to open up walls and ceiling, but in most cases we need to open the walls. If you need wall repairs after we are finished, we can help with that, too.
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Need a gas line installed to your new stove, pool heater, or BBQ? Contact us today for an estimate. Our non-invasive approach to gas line installations will save you money.
We remain at the forefront of new technologies that are available for new gas line installations.
We can install black iron, polyethylene, stainless steel, scotch guard pipe, and corrugated steel gas piping. Our gas line installation process will greatly reduce labor costs all while bringing you long lasting materials.
We take great pride in our:
-Outstanding online & offline reputation
-Family owned & operated company
-BBB A+ Accreditation
-Licenses and Certifications
Common Questions We Receive Regarding New Gas Line Installations:
Can you tap into my existing gas line and over to my new appliance?
It depends. Before installing a new gas line, we complete a required gas load calculation. In most cases, we can’t tap into an existing gas line. This is because gas lines are installed by predetermining the BTU load (gas volume demand of the new appliance) and sizing the gas pipe for the exact BTU demand. This means that your existing gas pipes are not usually oversized. So tapping into them can affect the way your gas system works. Also, city and building codes don’t allow us to tap into existing gas lines without confirming a gas load calculation. But not to worry, we’ll come onsite and go over all options with you.
How much does it cost to install a new gas line?
Pricing for a new gas line is very relative to the home. It can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. It really depends on the home’s existing gas system. What we can say about pricing, is that we always look for the most financially sensible route and go over any options with you while onsite to try and save you money anyway we can.
Kim S.- Tucson
“Before hiring Plumber of Tucson I struggled getting an inspection passed with another local plumber. The other plumbers were nice and did decent work, but they lacked the technical insight required to pass my inspection. I hired Plumber of Tucson based on their experience and online reviews. They were able to get my gas piping to code and pass inspection. My gas is now turned back on and I have heat and hot water! Thank you, Plumber of Tucson.”
Pool Heater Gas Line
Need an estimate for your pool heater gas line? That’ll be our pleasure. The first step is to schedule a site visit so we can gather project details and provide you with a quote. Reach out today so we can help.
Common Questions We Receive Regarding Pool Heater Gas Lines:
Do I need a permit for a pool heater gas line?
Yes, a permit is required. We can apply and get the permit for you, or if you’d prefer to get the permit yourself, that is totally fine with us.
How much does a new pool heater gas line cost?
Pricing is relative to the home. It can vary based on the size of gas pipe required, the BTU demand, the location of the new pipe, the material used, and the length of gas piping needed. Generally, pool gas line installations will range from $40-$80 per foot of new gas pipe.
Do you guys also install the pool heater?
No, we don’t install the actual pool heater, that is completed by the pool company. However, we can install the gas line and make the connection directly to the pool heater.
What material do you use for the gas line?
Since pool heaters are located outside, we most commonly use high density polyethylene (PE) gas pipe. This is the most commonly found pipe used for gas pool heater lines throughout Tucson. This material is building code approved, cost effective, and won’t corrode like its metal (black iron) counterpart. It also has a longer warranty than metal (black iron) gas pipe materials.
Experiencing a mystery odor? Need to track down the source? Use this as your guide to identify and resolve odor in your home…
Locating reasons of a sewer odor is an arduous task. Here at Plumber of Tucson, we have come across many different sources of pungency.
Because we love to help people identify and remedy their issues, we have created a list to accompany your investigation.
Below are the 7 most common causes of mystery odors:
Fixtures with limited use:
Bathtub or sink drains that are rarely used can allow sewer gas to seep into your home. The p-trap under the drain opening is designed to hold water, blocking those gasses. If a drain is rarely or never used, this allows the water to evaporate and let the sewer gas into your home through the drain opening. It is important to run water down these types of pipes a few times per month to keep water in the p-trap.
When build-up or soap scum collects in the opening of the drain, it creates a prime area for bacteria to thrive. Multiple applications of enzymes and drain chemicals can resolve the matter. Often, when attempting to remove an odor in the shower drain, people will only try the application one time. Use your cleaning product of choice multiple times each day over the period of a week.
Mildew and Stagnant Water:
Some odors come directly from the shower itself. Check your shower thoroughly for areas where water may hide. Stagnant water supports bacteria, which releases odors. Examine the shower doors for areas that may conceal water. The metal tracks that support the doors lose their seal as time passes. Water can then become trapped in areas where it cannot evaporate, growing bacteria and enabling unpleasant odors to be released. To address this, you can seal the shower doors with silicone. Be sure to clean any visible mildew before applying the silicone.
Your toilet can provide two different sources of foul odor.
Bad seals from the wax gasket (under the toilet) allow sewer gas to permeate from under the toilet
The wax ring used to seal the drain and prevent water leakage is designed not to degrade. However, if the toilet bowl becomes loose, the wax ring loses its seal. Check your toilet for stability. If you believe the wax gasket has been impacted, replacing it will be prudent.
Inspect the base of your toilet bowl. Does it have a clean, complete seal? The base of your toilet should be caulked to the floor. When the caulking is not present, water and urine can leak under the toilet and enable bacteria to grow. Apply some tub and tile caulk around the base. A well-sealed toilet will safeguard from lurking aroma.
This portion of the sink is usually unnoticed. When odors emerge, the overflow is frequently the culprit. The sink overflow can accumulate build-up and soap scum over extended periods of time. Clean the overflow with a thin brush. Applying drain cleaning chemicals is also a good idea to help remove debris the brush is unable to reach.
Underside of the Garbage Disposal Rubber Guard:
The black rubber splash guard at the entrance to the garbage disposal can be a common cause of foul odors. Cleaning the underside of this splash guard is key to cleaning the disposal. Using a thick cloth, with the splash guard turned inside out, scrub away any accumulated food. After cleaning, run hot water and activate the disposal. While it is on and the hot water is running, add soap to the disposal and allow to run for 30 seconds. This process will assist in cleaning any leftover debris.
Drain and Sewer Clean-Out Covers
The cover plates that hide clean-out caps in the wall are attached to the cap with a screw, which degrades over time. When this happens, sewer gas can seep into the home. Located near toilets, under sinks, and behind fixtures, check the cover plates and replace the screws as needed with new ones. Use thread sealant tape on the threads of the new screw.
If these issues have all been addressed and the odor continues, you may want to consider calling a professional plumber to evaluate. A skilled worker can check the most elaborate systems in your home, such as:
Drain Vent Pipes
Broken vent pipes can discharge sewer gas. These vents are located behind the walls and are difficult to inspect without a sewer camera. A professional can check vents by conducting a camera inspection.
Quality of your incoming water supply:
A water quality test can determine if high levels of sulfur and chlorine exist in your water. Vapors from a potable water supply can release aromas that people associate with sewer odors.
Backdraft from Septic Tanks
Back drafting is not common but can cause a real issue. Specialized equipment can be used to check for this problem.
If you want to be a savvy first time homebuyer, there are some key things you need to know.
Although real estate agents can be extremely helpful, their main objective is to find you a home, not enlighten you on the entire process.
Since buying your first home is an intricate process, you don’t want to go about it ill-informed.
This article will provide you with keen insight, to help you become a more well-informed first time home buyer.
I have a section for you with insight of 4 things you MUST look for in your home inspection that your realtor and home inspector may not tell you, later in this post…
But for now, follow these tips:
Starting your home buying journey should begin with checking your credit.
Knowing your credit score isn’t good enough. You will want to ensure there are no inaccuracies in the credit reporting. You’ll want to take care of any discrepancies before getting qualified. You can check your credit online very easily with one of these sites below:
Selecting a real estate agent that has your best interest at heart is a desire most people have. Start by checking with friends and family to see if they recommend one. If you come up short there, the best way to achieve this, is by asking for a list of references. The trick to asking for references is not accepting a list of 3 or 4 people. If their list is lengthy, 50-100 people, then that is your realtor.
You can start your search by checking real estate agent reviews on Angieslist.com at Angieslist.com
You May Qualify For a First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit
The government has provided tax breaks to entice people to purchase their first home.
To learn more, check with a qualified CPA or tax advisor. You can also check the IRS website at: IRS.gov
Mistakes to Avoid
Miscalculating Other Expenses
Many first time home buyers overlook these important factors when purchasing their home.
Searching for a property and then trying to get a loan
This helps you avoid making an emotional decision. Knowing what you can afford keeps things realistic and in balance.
Skipping professional help
When buying your first home, it will be important to seek professional help. A good real estate agent and a good loan officer will guide you through the process.
Using 100% of your savings on the down payment
Putting down a 20% down payment can help you skip private mortgage insurance, but it is too risky to be left with nothing after home closing. An emergency fund is essential when you own a home.
Opening new loans before the home closes
Often, lenders pull credit reports before the closing to ensure the buyer’s financial situation has not changed since the loan was approved. Buying new furniture for the home should wait, till the deal closes.
Get a survey on your property
Don’t get into a border dispute with your new neighbors. You can obtain a survey of your home to know exactly where your property line is. This will help you avoid disputes with neighbors.
Get Ready to make your bid
Check the county clerk’s office for tax information on the property.
If a seller is behind on their property tax, you have a tool to help you negotiate a good deal.
Know how a lender may view your income
If you are self-employed or, if you are paid on 100% commission, the lender will need more documentation to prove your income. Be prepared to show at least two years of solid earnings.
Understand other home costs:
Don’t get surprised by unexpected repairs and maintenance. You also want to be prepared for property tax increases.
Fannie Mae recommends no more than 28% of your gross monthly income should be dedicated to housing costs.
Think of the resale
Don’t over improve.
Think twice before choosing paint color.
Don’t over customize to your taste.
Check the neighborhood for sex offenders
AZ Dept. of Public Safety provides a database to locate convicted sex offenders. Although it is not a deal breaker, it’s still nice to know who is living close to you. Check out more here: Azdps.gov
Check your commute in traffic
Often, people make decisions to move into a new neighborhood accepting the commute to work, without checking the drive time in traffic. This can be a serious mistake. Experts recommend checking the drive time in dense traffic, before selecting your new home.
Get a home inspection
Considering inspecting the home yourself? Real estate professionals highly recommend getting a home inspection for numerous reasons. But the main reason- The home inspector can reveal future surprises you may be unaware of.
Do I really need to have the sewer line inspected?
Absolutely. In some cities, it is a requirement to have your sewer inspected before you can legally sell the property. The home inspector will run water down each drain to verify drainage. But what the inspector can’t see is the actual condition of the drain. Hire a plumber or sewer inspector to have the drain lines scoped.
Is testing for Radon necessary?
The EPA and American Cancer Society recommend having your new home tested for Radon.
If the home does have high amounts of Radon, don’t worry, it shouldn’t be a deal breaker. There are simple solutions for Radon exposure.
Learn more about Radon by visiting the EPA website here:
If you have plans to renovate, testing for asbestos is a good idea. Typically, asbestos isn’t harmful unless it’s inhaled after it is disturbed and air-borne. If you have plans to knock down drywall and upgrade portions of the home, consider getting the property tested.
How likely is my home to have a lead water service line?
The use of lead water service pipes (the main water pipe that runs from the city water meter to your main shut-off valve) was very common until 1986, when Congress banned the use of lead in drinking water pipes.
If your home was built before 1986, have the water tested for lead, or get yourself a lead testing kit to test the water yourself.
Now, let’s do a quick recap of “How To Buy a House”
The Phyn Plus is a digital water sensor engineered and designed to turn off your water in the event of an unknown water leak.
The Phyn is a single unit which can only be installed in a single family home, as close as possible to where the water enters the home, but after the water meter.
It monitors the entire home’s plumbing system for leaks. When a leak is detected, it will send a notification through text message and through the Phyn Plus app, allowing you to turn off the water anywhere in the world, as long you have a cellular or wifi connection. It has an integrated shut-off valve that allows the homeowner to control that.
What is the average cost to
install a Phyn Plus?
Price for installation is based upon a few things. The location the equipment will be installed, the size of your existing water piping, the amount of materials required, and the amount of time it will take to complete the installation. Most often, a site visit is necessary before an exact price can be computed. The average cost to install a Phyn Plus is between $500.00 and $800.00.
Phyn Plus Reviews
The Phyn Plus Digital Water Assistant has only been on the market available to consumers for a short period of time. At this point, there won’t be many reviews online. However, here at the Plumber of Tucson we are an Uponor Pro Squad certified installer of the Phyn Plus and we have extensive experience working with the Phyn Plus, installing the device, and working with technical support to learn all we can about the device.
In our experience, the Phyn Plus gets a 5-star review from us. Not only is the device sophisticated and intelligent, it can detect even the smallest leaks to prevent disasters.
Does the Phyn Plus Really Work?
Most water leak detectors require the installation of monitors all around your home. These monitors need to be placed in areas throughout the home where leaks have the potential to develop. Since the Phyn Plus is a single device that monitors pressure, flow, and temperature, it allows the Phyn Plus to profile each plumbing tap. This type of water sensor is far more advanced than any other water leak sensor on the market. Not only does the Phyn Plus really work, it will save you money on your insurance premium.
How Does the Phyn Plus Detect Leaks?
It uses three different types of measurements. Pressure, flow, and temperature. When you run your sink, flush the toilet, or use the shower, the pressure in your water piping system changes. The Phyn Plus measures these changes in water pressure 240 times a second, allowing Phyn to fingerprint the pressure profile of each fixture.
Interested in a Free Estimate? The Plumber of Tucson is an Uponor Pro Squad Installer. Contact us today for your quote.
On Sunday morning you awaken, step out of bed to go make that cup of much needed coffee, and:“squish”! Your feet hit wet bedroom carpeting. During the night you had a pipe burst in your house and the floors in your Tucson home are covered with three inches of water.
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There are a couple of steps you have to take immediately. First, before you do anything else, turn off the water coming into your house. Secondly, call your plumber and third, call your insurance company.
At the Plumber of Tucson, we cannot stress enough the importance of having a plumber with the knowledge and ability to work hand-in-hand with your insurance company. Part of providing good service to our customers is the ability to interact with your insurance company and work well with the insurance adjuster assigned to your case. During a disaster you want a plumber that knows the ins and outs of dealing with insurance adjusters and is able to tell you with accuracy what they believe will be covered and what will not be covered.
It is important to keep in mind that all insurance companies are different and vary in what they cover. After working with our customers’ insurance companies over the course of many years, we want to share with you some thoughts on what we have found most insurance companies cover and what they usually do not cover.
WHAT IS TYPICALLY COVERED
A sewer line break or other pipe breaks causing a slab leak.
An overflowing toilet is usually covered.
A toilet that has a “soft stoppage”, which normally is caused by toilet paper, is normally covered. These “soft stoppages” can back up a sewer line.
You have water lines inside and outside of your walls. One of these breaking is usually covered by your homeowners insurance.
Ice maker lines that leak; a hose connecting your dishwasher; and a washing machine hose that suddenly pops a leak. Depending on circumstances these are usually covered items.
A water heater that leaks and causes water damage is often covered in a water loss claim.
WHAT IS TYPICALLY NOT COVERED
A sewer back up that was caused by your grandchild putting that yellow rubber ducky in the toilet.
A slow-leaking pipe that has gone unnoticed by the homeowner.
A slow-spreading leak caused by an appliance that has not been maintained properly.
A sewer back up that was due to old piping.
Water damage caused by your old galvanized pipes bursting.
Please note: Water damage caused by anything that has leaked or seeped out water over a long term period is typically not covered. That can be defined as anything over 5 to 14 days, depending on the insurance company and your adjuster.
The homeowner should document, for his or her personal records, the damage done to their home. Please take pictures. We know the plumber and insurance company will do this, but the homeowner should keep copies of their own.
When a water damage disaster occurs, plumbers are normally the first responders as it’s a plumber’s job to be able to diagnose the cause of the water damage, take photos of the cause, and document all the damage that has occurred in the property and to personal items.
We cannot stress enough that EVERY PLUMBER should have moisture readers in their tool box. We realize this is unusual, but this really helps in documenting and most off all protecting your property by discovering how far the water is spreading. The insurance adjuster really appreciates this attention to detail by the plumber.
We hope this gave you some insight and educated you a little on your property insurance plumbing coverage.
Considering sewer pipe lining? Look here for a review of the service
After being in the sewer and drain industry for many years and performing over 3,000 successful sewer epoxy pipe liners, we are here to give you the good, the bad, and the ugly of epoxy sewer pipe lining (also known as cured in place pipe).
Epoxy sewer pipe lining is a service that’s meant to save property owners from the invasive demolition cost, headache, and downtime from traditional pipe replacement.
If you need your sewer or drain pipes replaced and your faced with digging up your floors and tearing up your walls, then epoxy pipe lining can look very attractive. This service has saved thousands of dollars of demolition costs to homeowners all over the world. In addition, this service can generally be installed in one day. If not being able to use your toilets for longer than a day is not an option, then epoxy sewer pipe lining may be a great option for you. Not only will sewer epoxy pipe lining save you on demolition and downtime without your drains, but will also save tons of money on reconstruction costs. Replacing your sewer may not cost too much, but you’ll need to consider the construction costs to put everything back. Flooring, drywall, painting, concrete, patios, and landscaping costs can add up to much more than the cost of installing a new sewer line. In the saving of money is where epoxy sewer pipe lining gives its best value.
After reading all the good it’s hard to believe there is anything bad about this service. So what can be so bad about epoxy sewer pipe lining? For starters, It’s not for every drain or property. All piping has different conditions and circumstances. In many cases, by the time most property owners realize they have a sewer or drain issue, the pipe is not in a condition to be lined. Do you have a crack or hole in your pipe? Some cracks and holes are too large to be lined. Is your pipe collapsed? In many cases collapsed pipes can’t be lined. If your drain has a back pitch or a belly to it, lining won’t solve your problem. If your drain has off set fittings, lining may not work there either. You’ll need to find a plumber to run a sewer camera down the line to determine if the pipe is in a condition to be lined.
If you determine you’re a candidate to have your sewer lined and you’re going to pull the trigger and hire a contractor. Be sure you ask the contractor about the problems they run into while performing lining services. If the contractor doesn’t list the problems, then they probably haven’t been offering the service too long, and therefore may not have the experience to get themselves out of a serious problem. In nearly every job we perform, some sort of challenge presents itself. This is normal in the service industry when working on properties. You never know 100% what you may uncover. A technician may make a misdiagnosis or miscalculation when installing a liner and cost the property owner thousands. It’s the experience dealing with the challenges and overcoming them that makes the installers wise. For most areas, especially in AZ, it’s tough to find experienced installers. I’m not sure how you feel, but I definitely want an experienced installer on my property when they are lining a sewer under my home.