We have a pretty straightforward job and goal for VITech Mechanical: to continue delivering A-grade (as defined by Angie's List) plumbing services to homeowners and businesses in the Phoenix region.
What defines plumbing? In a nutshell, it's installing, replacing, or repairing systems and products that use water to properly function. The most common ones in your home or business include:
In short, if there's a problem related to water entering and leaving a product, appliance, or system, you need a plumber.
We aren't the ones to call if your washing machine or dishwasher isn't starting or quits on one of the cycles. But if it isn't filling or draining, our plumbers can figure out if there's a problem with the pipes and make the necessary repairs.
We will be honest with you if we believe it's time to replace an old toilet, water heater, or other items that have seen better days. We understand and recognize that everything wears out eventually: at some point, the old pink sink has to go! (And we handle disposal as well for a small fee.)
Two things we see over and over again are:
Hard water is a fact of life for many of us in Arizona. Water softeners can be expensive to maintain and until recently, many of them weren't good for the environment.
If you have hard water, you can use a vinegar and water solution removes deposits from showerheads and faucets. Toilet tanks are another source of hard water problems. We recommend draining the tank and spraying it with disinfectant. Once it's fully drained, scrub away in there with a clean toilet brush. If you see a lot of calcium buildup that isn't coming off, fill the tank with vinegar and leave it there overnight. Turn the water back on the next morning and flush.
Pumice stones can scrape off hard water deposits inside toilet bowls, particularly under the rim. Hardware stores sell pumice stones set on long handles for this purpose.
Many HOAs and businesses have delayed regular sewer line cleaning to cut costs, sometimes until it's too late. Annual rooting can go a long way to keep sewer lines clear of calcium buildup and everything else that gets flushed or poured down drains.
Homeowners and businesses can help this process by using an enzyme-based cleaner every month or so in their drains. Look for them in hardware stores.
Be sure you are only flushing natural and biodegradable products down your toilets. Don't flush sanitary products, and only flush wipes with labels that indicate they are flushable. Virtually all toilet tissue on the market is safe for flushing and septic tanks, but be smart about the quantity you use before flushing.
Your hot water heater isn't working, or maybe you're in the market for a newer and more energy-efficient unit. Or perhaps you've had enough of showering in hard water and want to install a water softener.
Here in Arizona, many of these units run on electricity. The question is, who do you call--a plumber or an electrician?
If you're replacing a hot water heater, a plumber can usually handle the job. But if you're switching to a tankless system, you will probably need a licensed electrician to install wiring and a new circuit breaker to handle the additional electrical demand.
We can advise you when an electrician should be on board for projects like these. We have great working relationships with local electricians and can bring one on the project with your approval.
And if your home uses natural gas for heating and hot water, you're in luck--we install, maintain, and repair gas lines.
This is just a partial list. Call us at 480-452-5790 about other plumbing jobs. We provide free estimates over the phone and in person.