DIY plumbing repair can be dangerous—here’s why you should call the experts

The temptation to attempt a DIY plumbing repair can be hard to resist. After all, what homeowner doesn’t love saving money by trying to fix something around the home themselves? However, plumbing repair can be dangerous, and—if not done right—can lead to disaster. As we’ll argue in this blog post, it’s just better to call in the professionals.

To schedule emergency plumbing repair service here in Lake Havasu City, contact us here at Air Control Home Services.

Stubborn or frequent toilet clogs

If you’d like to stop spending valuable time repeatedly unclogging your toilet, we can help. It is easy to find DIY plumbing repair advice from the internet, but user beware! Those tips may lead to damage, since not every toilet or clog is the same.

Our professionals clear the toughest clogs without damaging delicate porcelain toilets. We also offer professional installation of bathroom fixtures if you need a replacement.

Leaky faucets

Going to sleep with a loud dripping sound overnight, whether from a kitchen or bathroom sink, is frustrating. Also, the estimated extra hundreds of gallons of water that trickles from a single faulty faucet needlessly raises your water bill.

We use specialized tools to replace the worn or corroded parts causing your leak. This results in less noise and less water waste.

Leaky pipes

If you’re anticipating saving money by doing DIY plumbing repair, think again. A leaking pipe can flood or damage your floor if all sources of the leak are not properly detected, causing more expenses.

Puddles under the sink, water stains, or mold are urgent concerns. Moreover, leaks that reach the cracks of your home’s foundation can cause structural damage. This serious issue is just one of the reasons we offer professional leak detection services.

Home plumbing inspections

A botched repair can make plumbing problems worse and more costly to solve. During a professional plumbing inspection, we assess your plumbing system for such trouble.

We can show you routine plumbing maintenance tasks to prevent further issues. Maintenance performed during the inspection can even solve minor issues such as low water pressure.

Avoid DIY plumbing repair, and call us instead!

At Air Control Home Services, we’re here for your plumbing emergencies. Contact our licensed, bonded, and insured plumbing team today for home services done right and backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Don’t go it alone—have our plumbing professionals complete repairs to preserve the value of your home.

Here are some smart ways to conserve water in your home

If you’re trying to be more environmentally friendly, or if you want to lower your bills each month, why not look into easy ways to conserve water? It makes no difference where you live or whether there’s a drought, it’s best to always treat water as the precious, finite natural resource that it is. With that in mind, here are a few ways to lower water usage in your home.

Here are 4 ways to conserve water this summer:

Shower rather than bathe

While you might enjoy the luxury of a nice hot bath at the end of the day, it takes more gallons of water to fill up the tub than it does for you to take a shower. That being said, the key to water conservation when it comes to showering is keeping them as short as possible.

Speaking of showers…

Pictured: Reducing the amount of water used in washing dishes is one of the great ways to conserve water here in Lake Havasu City.Take a navy shower

When you do shower, take what’s known as a navy shower. Essentially, you turn the water on to get wet, then turn it off while you lather up your body and shampoo your hair before turning the water back on for a final rinse. Using this method, one person can save as many as 15,000 gallons of water a year.

Read up on how your dishwasher works

Before rinsing your dishes off and sticking them in the dishwasher, read your appliance manual to see if you actually need to do so. Depending on your model, you may need to just scrape your dishes off before putting them in the dishwasher rather than unnecessarily using water to help the cleaning process.

Check for leaking pipes and faucets

You can use all the tips we propose and still not see significant water savings. This might be because you have leaky pipes or faucets that are wasting water. If so, you’ll want to have an Air Control plumber come out to your house and perform plumbing repair services.

Learn more about conserving water and plumbing repair by giving us a call!

For even more tips on saving water, or if you ever have problems with your home’s plumbing, air conditioning or heating unit, Air Control Home Services has you completely covered. to schedule service while you’re here at our site, and know that we offer emergency service as well.

Why hard water can be dangerous for your plumbing and appliances

You may have heard the term “hard water” as it pertains to the water at your home. Hard water is the term used for water with extra minerals in it, particularly magnesium and calcium.

Unfortunately, hard water can take its toll on your plumbing and appliances, and the water here in Lake Havasu City is especially hard. Over time, it may wreak havoc on your appliances and plumbing.

Pictured: Sink being filled with hard water. Over time, hard water can have a detrimental impact on drains, pipes, and more.

You can combat hard water by having Air Control install a water softener in your home, which removes the minerals and allows you to avoid the problems that come from hard water. Without a water softener, it is likely you will need a professional plumber to check your pipes and appliances regularly for damage.

Pipe blockages are common with hard water

While this issue may not cause problems immediately, the concern is that the pipes can become blocked over time. At first, it may be a small blockage that just creates pressure on the pipes, but eventually the buildup may completely block the pipe and cause leaks or broken pipes.

Realistically, almost any plumbing fixture is affected by hard water. You may notice damaged washers and seals and ruined finishes on all your pipes and fixtures.

It is detrimental to fixtures

Once the hard water mixes with soap, there is a reaction that takes place that is hard on bathroom and kitchen fixtures. This develops scale and film on faucets, sinks, showers, toilets, and any other plumbing fixture.

Not only will hard water in Lake Havasu City eat through your fixtures, but it can also leave dark spots that are easy to see and make your fixtures appear dirty.

It can affect the efficiency of appliances

As minerals from the water build up in certain appliances—such as a water heater—over time, lime scale develops and can reduce the efficiency of the appliance. This forces the appliance to work harder and it may wear out faster and force you to replace your water-based appliances earlier rather than later.

Air Control Home Services offers services to counteract hard water

Our plumbing services include scaling, repair, installation, and maintenance on all plumbing affected by the water here in Lake Havasu City. Contact us today if you want to discuss how hard water is affecting your home.

Here are our best garbage disposal cleaning tips

There’s nothing quite as underrated in the kitchen as an in-sink garbage disposal. While you shouldn’t use it as a trash bin, it’s useful for disposing of small pieces of organic waste. In this blog, we’re going to review the best garbage disposal cleaning tips, and how you should go about cleaning your system.

Air Control Home Services offers professional drain cleaning services here in Lake Havasu City. When you need emergency plumbing services, contact us or give us a call at (928) 680-0600.

Pictured: Always run water when working on garbage disposal cleaning.#1. Use the disposal to clear it, and then remove the power

Start by running the disposal with water to clear any remaining food waste. After a few seconds, turn off the disposal. Depending on the age of your home or the setup, you may be able to physically unplug the disposal from beneath your sink; otherwise, you’ll need to cut power to the fuse.

Why? Well, for obvious reasons, one of the worst things that can happen when cleaning an in-sink garbage disposal is to have it turn on while your hand is in it. Many modern kitchens have buttons or switches for the disposal within reach of the sink. Just don’t take that risk.

#2. Put in baking soda, add vinegar, and then brush clean

Many homeowners tend to reach for harsher chemicals (including bleach) when cleaning their garbage disposal. However, bleach can actually harden grease in your pipes and disposal, which can lead to the need for professional drain cleaning. Instead, we recommend using baking soda and vinegar.

Use an old toothbrush to scrub the drain clean with the now-fizzing baking soda and vinegar solution. While this is happening, heat up some water in a kettle on the stove. After you’ve finished brushing, remove the brush and your hand from the disposal. Turn back on the power to the unit, and then run it, pouring the boiling water down at the same time.

#3. Now add ice cubes and salt

Run some cold water from the tap to clear away the hot water from earlier. Now, throw in about two cups of ice cubes into the disposal. Add one cup of rock salt. (If you don’t have rock salt, you can use kosher salt, or sea salt, as a substitute)

Turn on the disposal. The combination of the ice grinding with the salt will not only clean the disposal, but it’ll also help to keep the blades sharp.

#4. It’s time for some citrus

You can eliminate odors by throwing a few clean citrus peels into your disposal and running it. As they’re ground up, lime, lemon, or orange peels will release oils that make your garbage disposal smell fresh and new. Plus, the acid in the citrus will be a final cleaning step for those blades.

Call Air Control for professional drain cleaning services

The tips above will help you keep your garbage disposal sanitary and smelling fresh. However, if you have a clog, either in your disposal or in your pipes leading away from your kitchen sink, it’s a good idea to call in the professional plumbers at Air Control Home Services.

Air Control has provided Lake Havasu City and Mohave County with award-winning home services for more than 25 years. To get started, contact us online, or give us a call at (928) 680-0600.

What kind of problems can a home sewer line encounter?

It may be gross to think about, but your home sewer line is the unsung hero of your house. After all, all that water has to go somewhere, and the sewer line carries it away to a larger sewer. When something goes wrong with this line, it means bad things for your home.

In this blog post, we’ll run through some of the most common threats your home sewer line faces, and how you can either prevent or detect these problems in advance, allowing you to call Air Control for emergency plumbing service.

Plumber removing sections of an old clogged clay ceramic sewer pipe.

#1. Homeowner-caused blockage

Everything you put down your sink, shower, or toilet has to travel through your home sewer line to the sewer yourself. It’s pretty good at handling that, but there are some things it can’t handle very well. Let’s dive in:

Grease and oils

As grease and oils travel down your pipes into the sewer line, some of them begin to stick to the interior walls of the pipe. Over time, the repeated addition of more grease and more oil begins to combine into a hardened mass inside the pipe.

With enough grease, this mass expands to the point where it cuts off the ability for wastewater to move from your home to the main sewer. At this juncture, the wastewater has nowhere to go except back up into your home. This is a homeowner’s worst nightmare: a sewer backup.

This is one of the main reasons that you should not put grease or oils down the sink, but instead put them into containers (such as mason jars), let the grease solidify, and then throw it away with the trash.

Other trash

In general, do not treat your garbage disposal or toilet like a trash can. Plastic items sent down your sink can potentially get stuck in your sewer line, making it all the more likely that you’ll have a blockage in the future.

#2. Fractured or cracked pipe

Nothing lasts forever, and—in older homes—your sewer line will eventually start to deteriorate. Clay pipes only last 50-60 years; PVC pipes last about 100 years. However, there are a number of elements that can hasten problems with sewer pipes, including seismic activity.

The first sign of a cracked sewer line will probably be a wet spot in your yard that shouldn’t be there. Double-check that there’s no yard irrigation line in that area, or any other reason for moist earth.

You may also smell raw sewage in the area of the cracked pipe. If these two things are present in combination, it’s likely that you have a cracked sewer pipe.

#3. Thirsty roots can do damage

Rainfall is scarce here in Lake Havasu City. Trees and plants in your yard are desperately searching for water, and their roots go deep.

We don’t think about plants as active things, but they can will their roots toward any form of moisture given enough time. If that source of moisture underground happens to be a small fracture in your sewer pipe, that works for the plants.

As the roots greedily absorb the water at the pipe, they’ll often grow into and around the pipe, cracking it further. Eventually, the roots will block enough of the outflow of the pipe to cause the same problems as the grease blockage outlined above.

Protect or fix your home sewer line

If you suspect that your home sewer line either has cracked, is blocked, or is having other trouble, call Air Control Home Services. We provide emergency plumbing repair here in Lake Havasu City and Mohave County.

How water heaters work

Your home relies on a working water heater for, well, lots of things. Clean laundry. Hot showers. Great-looking dishes. Your water heater does a lot. But, how exactly does it heat up all that water? In this blog post, we’ll review the details about how water heaters work.

If you need water heater repair or replacement here in Lake Havasu City or Mohave County, contact Air Control. We offer emergency plumbing services from friendly, experienced plumbers.

Plumbers & Plumbing Repair Lake Havasu CityHow do water heaters work?

A water heater tank is fed cold water by a dip tube at the bottom. As the water enters the tank, it’s heated at the bottom—this is where the heating element is. As the water heats up to a temperature of between 120-140 degrees, it begins to rise over the colder water just now entering the tank.

Eventually, the tank is filled with water, and the heat-out pipe at the top of the tank allows water to escape. Since the hot water is at the top, it’s always the heated water exiting the tank and into your home.

By using physics (the nature of heated water to rise over cold water), your water heater is able to quickly take cold water, heat it, and send it to your faucets, shower heads, and washing machine.

What is an anode rod?

Over time, the constant mix of water and metal leads to corrosion. Left unchecked, this corrosion would immediately attack the inside of the tank, quickly destroying it and causing a whole host of problems for your home, including—probably—a tank burst.

Fortunately, your water heater has a way of protecting itself. Water heaters contain a sacrificial anode rod. This rod is designed to attract corrosive elements in the water, taking the damage instead of the tank.

Anode rods only last so long, though. Generally, replacing an anode rod in the middle of your system’s life is a good idea. If you’d like Air Control to replace your water heater’s anode rod, contact us.

What are tankless water heaters?

Also known as “demand-type” water heaters, tankless water heaters heat your home’s water without the use of the tank setup described above.

Typically wall-mounted, tankless water heaters run cold water from your home’s tap through it, using heating elements to rapidly heat the water to temperature before sending it out into your home.

Unlike standard water heaters, which have a limit on how much hot water they can provide your home at once, tankless water heaters can supply your home with a virtually unlimited amount of hot water. These systems are perfect for large families with multiple people showering in the morning or at night.

To learn more, give Air Control a call!

The plumbers at Air Control Home Services both install and repair water heaters. If you live in Lake Havasu City or Mohave County, and you’ve been having water heater problems, contact Air Control.

Here are 4 signs your old water heater is in trouble

From showers to dishes and laundry, your home depends on a working water heater. When your water heater stops working, it can be a huge disruption. In this blog, we’ll review the signs that your old water heater is in trouble—and what to do to correct the problem.

The signs an old water heater is struggling

Nothing lasts forever, and that’s almost doubly true for water heaters. After all, that combination of heat, water, and metal can only last for so long. Here are the signs it’s time to upgrade to a new water heater.

#1. Less hot water than there used to be

All standard water heaters have a sacrificial anode rod within them that “absorbs” the rust, protecting the outside tank walls from damage. However, eventually, this anode rod is spent, and the rust and calcium buildup comes for the tank body itself.

As this rust builds up day-after-day, year-after-year, eventually it begins to fill the space within the tank. Left unchecked, this can lead to a noticeable reduction in the amount of hot water your system can provide at once, since there’s physically less room to store hot water in the tank.

#2. The water is less hot than it used to be

If you’re finding that your home’s water is less “hot” and more “moderately lukewarm,” it might be a sign that your old water heater needs to be repaired or replaced.

Warm, not hot, water could be a sign of different problems. It could be an issue with the heating element itself. Or, that aforementioned reduction in tank space could be the culprit. Either way, there’s a point where a water heater just won’t be able to keep up.

#3. You’re seeing rust in the water supply

Ok, so that anode rod we mentioned earlier? After it’s gone, the tank itself will begin to rust. This rust will begin to leech into the hot water supply that’s going to your home, causing rust-colored water to appear, either consistently or once in a while.

But, here’s a problem. How do you know if the rusty water is from your old water heater or your (even older) water pipes? Obviously, the latter is a much bigger problem than the former.

Turn the tap to hot and see if you notice the rusty water. Then, turn off the hot tap entirely. If the rust coloration goes away, it’s likely the water heater that’s the problem.

#4. The tank is leaking

We saved this one for last, but it’s the one thing you should immediately call us about. If your hot water tank is leaking, it’s time for a new one, since it’s very likely that the hull has been compromised.

A leaking tank is never just a nuisance. Left untreated, even the smallest crack in a tank can lead to a tank burst, which can completely destroy your garage, flood your home, and—generally—make for a really, really terrible day.

If you suspect that your older water heater is leaking, has a hairline fracture, or other problems, contact Air Control immediately.

Call Air Control for water heater services

Air Control is proud to provide Lake Havasu City and Mohave County with water heater repair and installation services. If you’re ready to change out your old water heater for a new one, contact us.

Here’s what our team does to find hidden water leaks in your home

Sometimes, water leaks are obvious and staring you right in the face. When your faucet is dripping, your pipes under the sink is leaking, or there’s a problem with your dishwasher, you can actually see the water. However, what happens when there are hidden water leaks in your home that you can’t see? How do you go about finding those?

We’re talking about leaks that are behind interior walls, cabinets, or otherwise hidden from view. You need to contact Air Control Home Services for professional plumbing services.

The four big ways we hunt for hidden water leaks

#1. Eliminating all other sources of water

Hidden water leaks can be difficult to find.Before we do anything else, we’ll want to confirm that you do have a leak in an interior section of pipe. To do this, we’ll make sure all faucets, outlets, and other sources of water are completely shut off, and then shut off the water to your home.

After a while, we’ll check the water meter. If the dial indicates that there’s been water used, it’s probably from the leak, since no other part of the house should have water moving.

#2. Video inspection via a professional snake tool

Our plumbers have specialized, moisture-resistant snake tools on-hand that we can use to put down through your drain and wind through your pipes, looking for signs of a leak.

Of course, it’s not just a matter of the tools: only an experienced plumber can spot the subtle differences in water pressure that indicate that there’s a leak in the pipes.

Once we’ve located the approximate area of the leak using our snake tool, we’ll move on to our next method for finding the exact location of the leak.

#3. Listening very carefully (with specialized equipment)

Hidden water leaks inside walls and behind cabinets do make sound. However, this sound is so slight and so small that it’s impossible to hear with the human ear—even if your home is perfectly silent.

Our plumbers use specialized equipment to press up against the wall and hear “through” it. Then, our plumbers listen intently through headphones to “locate” the source of the sound by moving along the wall.

Think of this as a leak-finding stud-finder: our experienced plumbers may have a hunch about where the leak is thanks to the use of the snake tool, but this listening equipment helps us zero in before we cut drywall.

#4. Dealing with outside leaks

We do deal with hidden water leaks inside the home, but outdoor water leaks are just as common. That’s because drip systems and your sewer line typically run under a yard. While protected from some elements by being buried, other disturbances—minor seismic activity, tree roots, clogs inside of the pipe—can lead to leaks.

These outdoor hidden water leaks can be just as hard, if not more difficult, to find. Luckily, that’s where we come in. Our plumbers have tools for measuring ground moisture in different parts of your yard. We’ll find the source of the ground water leak before moving to advise you on how to address the issue.

Call Air Control for professional plumbing services in Lake Havasu City

Even the smallest of leaks can represent a big problem for your home or yard over time. Our recommendation? When you suspect there’s a leak, call in the professionals here at Air Control right away. Our plumbers are friendly and experienced, and we know how to find hidden water leaks, and get them fixed.

To schedule service, contact us today!

Turn to the experts for drain cleaning this holiday season

Drains are arguably the most important part of the plumbing in your home. Without them, water has nowhere to go, and your sinks, showers, and toilets are unusable. During this busy holiday season, call Air Control Home Services for expert drain cleaning in Lake Havasu City.

4 reasons to call Air Control for drain cleaning this holiday season

If you’re having drain problems, don’t rely on some DIY method you found on the internet. Instead, call in the pros at Air Control Home Services. Here are four reasons you should give us a call.

1. Keep your sink from smelling terrible for guests

Call Air Control for drain cleaning this holiday season

You’re going to have a lot of people in your kitchen making food this holiday season. The last thing you want is your guests holding their nose around your sink.

Food clogs and accumulation can cause foul smells. Call in the plumbers at Air Control for drain cleaning that removes these odors and makes your sink smell great.

2. Keep your sinks (and everything else) running

The holidays are the busiest time of year for plumbers. (The busiest day is the day after Thanksgiving). That’s because your kitchen and bathroom sinks are in full use, and people are often trying to put too much food waste (or the wrong kind of food waste, such as grease and turkey bones) down the disposal. We get a lot of calls to clean pipes of turkey and ham bones.

Here’s the problem: a kitchen sink clog during the holidays can mean a backup in the kitchen and the delay of dinner. That’s why we offer emergency plumbing repair service in Lake Havasu City.

3. Avoid using chemicals to clear clogs

For many people, their first instinct when they have a clogged kitchen sink is to reach for some store-bought chemical agent that promises to wipe out the clog. Here’s the thing: any chemical that’s caustic enough to eat through grease and food waste is probably also tough enough to do a number on your pipes. Residential pipe cleaners should be a last resort.

Air Control clears clogs primarily using specialized plumbing tools that allow us to reach down within the pipe and physically clear the obstruction. This is far safer for your pipes, and means you don’t have to keep dangerous chemicals around your home.

4. Retrieve lost items (such as wedding rings)

You’re cleaning your dishes after that filling holiday meal. Suddenly, that dish soap causes your wedding ring to slip off, and down it goes. If you or your guests lose something valuable down the sink, Air Control’s plumbers have the tools to help retrieve it, without damage to the item or to your pipes.

Retrieving your wedding ring doesn’t just get you something precious back. Removing foreign, non-food objects from your sink can help prevent a future clog. That’s a win-win.

This holiday season, call Air Control for your drain cleaning needs

Contact us for professional plumbing services in Lake Havasu City. Our experienced plumbers can clean all types of drains inside the house and prevent plumbing problems. For emergency service, give us a call at (928) 680-0600.

What are tankless water heaters, and how do they work?

We get this question quite a bit: what are tankless water heaters, and how do they work? These are newer systems, and most homeowners are still familiar with standard (or “traditional”) water heaters. But, tankless units have many advantages, too, and they might just be right for your home.

In this blog post, we’ll review what tankless water heaters are, and what makes them different from standard systems. Read on to learn more!

What are tankless water heaters?

To best explain what tankless water heaters are and how they work, let’s run through their benefits and what makes them different from standard water heaters:

signs you need a new water heater

A standard water heater has a tank, and is typically floor-mounted.

#1. They provide you with constant hot water

This is the biggest selling point of these systems. Tankless water heaters heat water as it’s needed at the faucet, meaning they can provide a constant supply of hot water on demand. This is where they get their technical name: demand-type water heaters.

We all know what it’s like to have the entire family getting ready in the morning. The last person to shower is often the one stuck taking a cold shower. Then, there’s no hot water for laundry or dishes until the water heater “recharges” its supply.

That’s not a problem with a tankless water heater. These systems operate by moving water past heated coils, heating it as needed. Whether its a gas or electric system, these coils are capable of getting water up to the desired temperature and then out to where it’s needed.

#2. They can save space compared to standard water heaters

One of the biggest benefits of tankless water heaters as compared to traditional water heaters is the potential for space savings. Generally, standard water heaters are 60-inch tall and 24-inch wide. They’re floor-mounted, typically in a garage or closet.

In contrast, most tankless systems are just 28-by-20, and they’re typically wall-mounted. This can save your floor space.

what are tankless water heaters

Tankless water heaters are wall-mounted, and do not carry water in a tank.

#3. They last longer than normal water heaters

Traditional water heaters have a typical lifespan of 10 to 12 years. The lifespan of tankless water heaters is about double that. They can last as long as 20 years when properly maintained by a professional plumber. If you plan to stay in your home for a long time, a tankless water heater is the best choice, since an increased lifespan means greater cost savings in the long run.

#4. They’re more energy-efficient, too

The operating cost of tankless water heaters is much lower compared to traditional water heaters. These systems use significantly less electricity or gas to heat up the water because they heat water when it’s needed, instead of having to keep water heated in a tank for use.

As a result, you will be able to save a lot due to reduced energy usage. The annual savings can amount to $100 when using Energy Star tankless water heater, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The verdict?

The reality is that tankless water heaters have many advantages over standard “tanked” systems. The trade-off? They cost more upfront.

However, if you’re planning on owning your home for a long time, it’s pretty likely that the energy savings of the system will eventually catch up and pass the increased initial investment. That’s in addition to the convenience these systems represent in your home.

If you’re unsure if a tankless water heater is right for your home in Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, or other parts of Mohave County, give our team a call at (928) 680-0600, or contact us online.

Our expert plumbing team can walk you through the best ways to determine if you should go tankless, and we can even provide you with a quote for a new system.