MechaniCool offers a full range of residential and commercial plumbing services. Our plumbing technicians are experienced, knowledgeable, and professional. From drain clogs and slab leaks to new fixtures and remodeling projects, we can help with all of your plumbing needs.
Our services include (but not limited to)
Our plumbing technicians are qualified to repair, maintenance, and replace all types of water heaters.
Water Heater Maintenance
To extend the life of your water heater, regular maintenance is recommended. The first and easiest maintenance chore is to empty or flush your tank once a year. This can easily be accomplished by you, the homeowner in a few simple steps. Although we are ready and able if you’d rather leave this to the pros. If your water heater is older than 3 years old and has never been flushed, we recommend professional evaluation prior to flushing.
The second recommended water heater maintenance item is changing the Anode Rods. Anode rods attract minerals and sediment which can damage the tank by corroding the metal. Because the rods attract the corrosive materials, they need to be changed every few years due to the mineral content of our desert water.
Water Heater Repair
Although water heaters do not have a great life expectancy in Arizona due to our water mineral content, there are times when repair is adequate to restore the hot water to you home. If you notice the water isn’t as hot as before (taking into consideration the natural change of water temperature due to season change), the temperature fluctuates while in use, or you are getting no hot water at all, give us a call to determine if repair or replacement is the best option for you!
Water Heater Replacement
It is hard to know when it’s time to replace your water heater unless it has a catastrophic failure. So, here are some signs that signal it may be time:
- Traditional tanked water heaters have a lifespan of 7-10 years, and tankless is 15-20 years. Once you have reached those ages it might be time to consider replacement before it fails.
- If you run out of hot water after a few showers and dishes or you hear popping and crackling noises coming from the tank
- Rust-colored or metallic-tasting water that only occurs when temperature is set to hot
Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters
Traditional tank water heaters are still a great option and are lower cost to install and replace. However, tankless water heaters have many advantages such as a constant supply of hot water, lower energy usage, and space savings. Our plumbing professionals are happy to discuss the features and help you find the best solution for your home.
Replacement of a traditional tank water heater typically takes 1 to 3 hours to complete. We use the highest quality brands. Our replacement includes removal and disposal of existing water heater, new water supply lines, and safety pan.
Installation of a tankless water heater if one was not present takes 4 to 6 hours, and includes drain lines.
Clogged drains are an annoyance. Using retail drain chemicals can provide a temporary reprieve or be ineffective and are also not good for the health of your plumbing (or the environment). Our plumbing professionals are equipped to clear all types of drains effectively and safely.
Tips to Avoid Clogs
- Use screens or strainers in your sinks, showers, and tubs
- Do not dispose of coffee grounds, potato peels, or fibrous vegetables in your sinks, even with a garbage disposal.
- Do not dispose of fat, oil, or grease in your sinks
- Always run hot water after rinsing greasy dishes
- Occasionally run hot water in infrequently used drains
When You Have Clogged Drains You May Experience
- Slow-moving or sluggish drains
- Odd or strong odors coming from one or multiple drains
- Gurgling noises coming from drains
- Frequent clogs of toilets, sinks and/or showers
- More than one clogged drain in the home
Drain Line Leaks
Drain line leaks are sometimes hard to detect. They often need to become extensive enough to impact the walls or cabinets near the sink before you notice. If you feel moisture or see organic growth in the areas around a sink, always let us be your first call to access the location and severity of the leak (often these occur in the wall behind the sink) and determine a course of action.
Sewer line issues can be caused by deterioration of the lines, tree roots, objects being flushed down toilets, or settling of soil. A sewer line blockage or break can often cause sewage odors inside the home or soft patches in your yard not caused by landscape irrigation. Sewer line issues can be a health risk for home occupants and should be addressed as soon as you notice issues.
When purchasing a home you encounter a lot of unknowns…be certain about the condition of the plumbing with a professional inspection. We access all exposed plumbing, fixtures, valves, faucets, drains, supply lines, water heater, outdoor spigots, and shut-off valve.
Plumbing inspections are important regardless of the age of the home. Call our office to find out how you get your Free Plumbing Inspection with your Cool Club Membership.
Water line damage can be caused by corrosion, age, shifting soil, and tree roots. Water line issues may be present if you notice a sudden increase in your water bill, puddles in your yard that are not caused by landscape water systems, or low water pressure.
Active Water Leaks
If you have a water line leak or break that produces massive amounts of water, we should be your first call! Our experienced plumbing professionals can walk you through shutting off the water to your home until we can arrive to access the issue. We also work with reputable restoration companies who can help to mitigate structural and cosmetic damage and even work with your insurance company all the way through the process.
Could you have a slab leak? If you notice a drop in water pressure, unusual noises, dirty water, odd odors, or cracks in your floor you might. Our plumbing professionals are trained to find and repair slab leaks.
Gas line repair, replacement, and installation should only be done by licensed and experienced plumbing contractors. Our plumbing professionals have the knowledge and training to perform gas line work safely and efficiently.
Gas leaks can result in carbon monoxide poisoning, gas build-ups, or fire. It is important to call a professional right away if you notice any of the following:
- Smell a sulfer or rotten egg odor
- Hear a whistling sound coming from the gas lines, water heater, or attic/furnace.
- An increase in your gas bill
- Audible signal from your CO monitor (check out our HVAC safety page for more information on CO monitors and why you should have one)
We can install gas lines for gas furnaces, water heaters, dryers, ranges, pool heaters, and outdoor kitchens/fireplaces/fire pits.
We can install all plumbing fixtures, including faucets, toilets, sinks, showers, garbage disposals, backflow prevention devices, washing machines, and refrigerator ice boxes. We can provide all materials, or you are welcome to provide the fixtures you choose.
- Toilet clogs
- Replacing your toilets is a great way to save money and avoid the ever-dreaded toilet clog. Running toilets are responsible for most of the water waste in a home. In Arizona, the amount of minerals in our water causes a buildup of mineral deposits in the structure of the toilet, eventually blocking vital water pathways. We have many options and functions available in this essential fixture, or we can install a toilet purchased by you.
Water Conditioning and Filtration
Water softeners remove hard minerals from the water coming into your home. They help to reduce mineral deposits on glass shower walls, dishes, and in your laundry. You will also notice softer hair and skin with the use of a water softener.
Water Filtration Systems
Water filtration systems, also known as Carbon and Descaler Systems, work like a water softener but take it a step further by introducing water to a carbon filter, removing chlorine and other harmful chemicals, bacteria and viruses. The biggest advantage to these systems is the protection and cleaning of your entire plumbing system.
Remodeling and Re-piping
The quality of your plumbing system is highly dependent on the quality of plumbing installation. Our plumbing professionals are experienced in all aspects of plumbing re-piping, both in existing spaces, renovated spaces, and new construction additions.
Our plumbing professionals are extremely well-versed in the commercial side of the trade. With extensive work on commercial and industrial properties, we are ready and able to help with your commercial plumbing needs.
We can handle – Backflow Prevention, Water and Gas Lines, Faucets and Fixtures, Water Heaters, Water Filtration and Leak Repair. We are also able to perform tenant improvement construction.