Water Heater Repair
If your water heater is less than six years old it is still under the manufactures warranty. The first year the manufacturer will pay for labor and parts for your water heater to be repaired. Years two through six the manufacturer will only pay for parts.
The most common parts to be replaced on an electric water heater are the elements. Typically there is an upper and a lower element and they heat the water in the water heater. It is not uncommon for them to rust out and need to be replaced.
On gas water heaters the gas valve can go out or more commonly they will stop working. If you are without hot water call Zippy Zebra today and one of our qualified technicians will be on the way to save the day!
Replace your Hot Water Heater
If the manufactures warranty has expired on your water heater you may be throwing good money at a bad problem to repair the problem. At the end of the day it will come down to economics. If the water heater is going to cost $200 to repair, but $800 to replace it may be more economical to replace the water heater. Yes, there is a $600 cost difference, but water heaters like all other things wear and need to be replaced. You need to ask your self how is this water heater and how much is it actually costing me to operate this water heater. The older the water heater the more it costs to operate each year. A new energy efficient water heater is going to cost you less to operate each year saving you more money in the long run and no more costly repairs. Call Zippy Zebra today to have your new water heater replaced.
Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters are not a new technology. Due to space restrictions in Europe they have been using this technology for years, but in recent years it has become much more popular in the US.
How Tankless Works:
A tankless hot water heater allows for instant hot water. That does not mean that the water is immediately hot as soon as you turn on the tap; it will still take as long for the water to reach the tap as with a tank system. The difference is that a tankless system does not store water and heat it over and over and over again. It heats the water when you turn on the tap, as it goes through the pipes.
Hot Water Flow
If the water heater is powered by gas or propane, it will ignite a small fire and heat the water as it passes by. The heated water travels down the pipes to the faucet. But there are some things you will have to be aware of if you are thinking about installing a gas powered tankless system: first and foremost, the water heater must be vented through an outside wall. This is different from the tank type, where the vent generally goes through the attic. Also, the vent for the tankless hot water heater will cost you nearly as much as the heater system. Lastly, you will need to have a plumber and electrician install this system for you. The reason for this is that the gas and water pipes will need to be rerouted to accommodate the new system, as will the electrical connections.
An electric tankless system is somewhat different from a gas- or propane-powered system; there is a heating element inside the pipe that heats the water as it passes through. The element comes on as soon as you turn on the hot water tap and it continues to heat the water until you turn off the tap. There is no need for an electrical system to be vented. That means that you can place your tankless electric hot water heater almost anyplace you like. The only things you will have to do is get a plumber to relocate the lines and an electrician to connect the heater to the appropriate breakers. An electrical tankless hot water heater will require two or more 220-volt 40 to 60 amp circuits, so it is best if you have a certified electrician install it for you.
If you are thinking about switching over to a tankless hot water system, it can give you just as much, maybe even more, hot water in about the same amount of time. It will also save you money in the long run, because you won’t be using the energy to keep heating the water over and over again. It will also take up less space, and since there is no tank of water sitting around, it is a much safer system to operate.
Water Softener New System
Why do I need a water softener?
Arizona has some of the hardest water in the US. Hard water is water that has high mineral content (mainly calcium and magnesium ions) (in contrast with soft water). Hard water minerals primarily consist of calcium (Ca2+), and magnesium (Mg2+) metal cations and sometimes other dissolved compounds such as bicarbonates and sulfates. Calcium usually enters the water as either calcium carbonate (CaCO3), in the form of limeston and chalk, or calcium sulfate (CaSO4), in the form of other mineral deposits. The predominant source of magnesium is dolomite (CaMg(CO3)2). Hard water is generally not harmful to one’s health.
The simplest way to determine the hardness of water is the lather/froth test: soap or toothpaste, when agitated, lathers easily in soft water but not in hard water. A water softener will remove the hard minerals from your water and stop the build up in your pipes and the dungy build in showers, baths, and faucets. Glasses will no longer have the frosty look to them, clothes will stay brighter longer, and you will be able to use up to 50% less detergent for both the washing machine and dishwasher,
How to Select the Proper Softener:
The proper water softener for any business of home is going to be a full flow water softener. Most hardware stores carry water softeners, but often times the valve on the softener is not a full flow valve. This means as the water enters the valve the flow rate is reduced so you will have less pressure as the water comes out of the fixture. This may not be possible to notice at the faucet, but will be noticeable in the shower or bathtub as the water drizzles out.
Call Zippy Zebra today for a free quote. No loop No Problem. A Zippy Zebra professional can show you how a water softener can be installed on your current plumbing and not damage any of the irrigation lines.
Water Softener Repair
Water Softener Repairs
Depending on the age of the softener and the brand most can be repaired. In some cases the valve may need to be replaced or the inside may need to be replaced. In any case call Zippy Zebra today and we will come test your softener for free to see if it is working properly. It could be as simple as adding more salt to make it work properly.
Main Water Line Repair
Repair a Main Line
In some cases repairing a main water line can be as easy as digging up the wet spot, cutting the line and making the repair. But in a few cases the main water line will be made out of a material that is not repairable and the entire water line will have to be replaced.
Call Zippy Zebra today for a free estimate. Also ask how your water line can be replaced without any trenching in your yard or business.
Main Water Line Replacement
WHAT IS A POLYBUTYLENE REPIPE?
Polybutylene re-pipe is a complete replacement of the defective polybutylene potable water system in a home. All pipe, fittings, stop valves and supply lines are replaced with either Copper or Aquapex (PEX) (Zippy Zebra Recommended).. Most re-pipe jobs take 1-4 days, with minimum interruption of water service (up to 4 hours total), ensuring the livability of the home.
HYSTORY OF THE POLYBUTYLENE PIPE
Polybutylene water pipe was used in the construction of millions of homes and commercial buildings in the late 70’s through the mid 90’s while the construction industry, in many of the warmer states, was flourishing. At that time the co-polymer plastic pipe was considered to be the “pipe of the future” used as both underground water mains and interior water distribution lines, when it suddenly started to fail causing devastating losses for many homeowners across the nation.
WHAT MAKES IT FAIL?
What causes polybutylene pipes to deteriorate can be attributed to the oxidants in the water. With the increased usage of chemicals like chlorine and other bacteria fighting ingredients significantly more failures occurred. These oxidants react with the polybutylene making it brittle and help in the development of micro cracks in the pipe that cause pipe bursting and severe floods.
HOW TO FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE POLYBUTYLENE?
Interior Polybutylene pipe is easily recognized by its bluish gray color. Coming in from the outside this pipe will typically be attached to your main shutoff valve located close to your hot water heater. Just looking at the pipes may not give you any indication that there is a problem because the erosion and cracks start on the inside of the pipe. Be aware, what appears to be okay, may not be! It’s not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” your polybutylene water system will fail.
WHY YOU MUST REPLACE THE DEFECTIVE POLYBUTYLENE PLUMBING?
- IT ALWAYS FAILS.
- Polybutylene is proven to be a defective pipe and it is rather a matter of “when” than a matter of “if” it is going to fail.
- It lead to consecutive water leaks.
- Once your polybutylene pipes start failing that is usually followed by more water leaks and damages in a short period of time.
- Causes severs water damage.
- Polybutylene pipes leak two ways. The most obvious is when the pipe bursts. It is the most noticeable and if you’re very lucky you will find it quickly and stop it before extreme damage occurs, or if you are not so lucky a lot of damage can happen quickly. But more likely than not, you will get a pinhole leak that may go unnoticed for extended periods of time and will have the same cumulative effect as a burst line with the added problems of mold that can grow unnoticed as well.
- Repairs have no guarantee.
- A polybutylene leak is a symptom of a failed system that needs to be replaced. A repair is only very temporary buying time until the system replacement can be done. It is not even worth it to make repairs to Service Lines or leaks under concrete slabs.
- Leads to decreased property value, high insurance premiums, or even insurance policy cancelations.