Residents living in the greater Phoenix area don’t have all the same plumbing issues that people in other parts of the country tend to experience. For instance, frozen pipes simply aren’t an issue.
However, living in the Sonoran Desert does present a unique set of challenges and issues that homeowners should be on the lookout for.
Pipetech Plumbing is a contractor serving the entire metro area. The company says residents should be aware of a few key issues that could lead to a plumbing emergency if not handled promptly.
One major factor is the hard water in the Phoenix area. Water is considered hard when it has a high mineral content, mainly calcium and magnesium.
One of the most common ways in which hard water takes a toll on household plumbing is by wreaking havoc on the water heater. Over time, calcium and magnesium will build up in the water heater tank, reducing its capacity.
Residents who feel like their hot water doesn’t last as long as it used to may have a backup. Hard water will also corrode the water heater storage tank and eventually cause it to leak.
“We recommend having the water heater tank flushed periodically,” Pipetech says. “Doing this once a season can really help prolong the life of your water heater.”
Clogged drains are another issue Arizona residents have to deal with frequently. Over time, buildup can make the opening of pipes smaller and smaller until they clog completely.
“We often find that clogs are a result of people flushing the wrong things down the toilet or putting grease down the garbage disposal,” Pipetech says. “However, it may also be the result of hard water buildup or a sewer line that needs to be replaced.”
The company encourages residents to schedule a plumbing tune-up periodically to ensure their plumbing systems are well maintained and small issues don’t turn into larger ones.
About Pipetech Plumbing
Pipetech Plumbing is a leading provider of plumbing repair, maintenance and installation in the greater Phoenix area. The company can be reached at 602-765-PIPE.