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Why Do My Drains Stink?

January 15th, 2018

stainless-sink-drainYour plumbing system plays an integral role in your life each and every day. That is why any problems with your plumbing system really must be resolved as soon as possible. No, this does not just apply to problems such as burst pipes flooding your house. Something like smelly drains, for instance, may not be an emergency. It is a problem that you don’t just want to get used to though, right? If your drains smell bad, there are a few likely culprits.

Today, we’re going to explore a few reasons why you may have foul odors emanating from your drains. If you do, and there is no simple remedy for the problem, then contact our professional plumbers in Mesa, AZ right away. We are more than happy to help resolve the issue so that you can get back to using your plumbing system problem-free. It doesn’t matter if you don’t often have company—nobody should have to put up with sink stink!

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Ask a Plumber: What Is Scour Jetting?

January 1st, 2018

hydro-jetterThere are a lot of systems in your home that you have some direct interaction with, or are at least visible, which helps to keep them and their overall condition on your mind. Others, however, are largely hidden from view and are able to fulfill their function without any real input on your end. Your drain and sewer system is one such example, and we cannot stress enough that out of sight should definitely not lead to out of mind when it comes to your drains and sewer line.

While your drains and sewer line are not complex mechanical systems, there are plenty of problems that can develop with them over time. Dealing with any such problems in a timely manner can really help you to avoid some very undesirable, potentially costly outcomes. That is why you may want to consider scheduling scour jet service with a professional plumber in Mesa, AZ. It’s a great preventive practice that can have some serious benefits for your drain and sewer system.

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Water Heater Efficiency Tips

December 18th, 2017

water-heaterOf the many different systems and appliances that we use these days to make our lives more comfortable and convenient,  the water heater is certainly one of the most important. In fact, unlike your heating or air conditioning system, the water heater doesn’t even get an off-season. That is why it is so important that your water heater is properly sized and installed in your home. You can’t afford to encounter a subpar performance from your water heater, after all.

Speaking of “afford,” though, we should also point out that you don’t want to be paying more than you should have to in order to heat water for use throughout your home. While hot water is obviously going to come at some cost, there are a few ways in which you can help to make your water heater in Phoenix more efficient. Read on, and be sure to reach out to the pros here at The Sunny Plumber Phoenix with any questions that you may have. We’re happy to handle all of your water heater services.

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The Sunny Plumber earns 2017 Contractor of the Year

December 6th, 2017

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The Sunny Plumber has been named the 2017 “Contractor of the Year” by the Metro Phoenix Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC).

Dennis Correll, executive director of the Arizona/Metro Phoenix PHCC, presented the prestigious award to The Sunny Plumber at the association’s annual dinner in November.

The PHCC Contractor of the Year Award recognizes “outstanding achievement” in the industry. Criteria for this award include community contributions and promotion of the trade, relationship with wholesalers, manufacturers and other organizations, consumer awareness/community service and being a member in good standing in the Metro Phoenix PHCC Association.

In 2017, The Sunny Plumber partnered with the Foundation for Senior Living and donated $100,000 to ensure seniors in the area are able to take care of vitally needed plumbing repairs in their homes. To date, dozens of seniors have had successful repairs and renovations completed. 

“The Sunny Plumber team works hard to make a positive difference in the community and this recognition coming from our peers makes our efforts all the more rewarding,” said Gary Eisenhauer, manager at The Sunny Plumber. “I’m proud of The Sunny Plumber team for their ongoing hard work and thank the Metro Phoenix PHCC for their dedication to the industry.”

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Prevent Holiday Plumbing Nightmares

December 6th, 2017

By Gary Eisenhauer

The holidays are a time to enjoy with friends and family. However, Thanksgiving, and other seasonal holidays, present the perfect recipe for costly and embarrassing plumbing failures. With a little planning and insight from industry experts, you can prevent yourself from holiday hassles. Here are the top four tips from The Sunny Plumber to keep your pipe dreams in check.

What’s the No. 1 issue consumers need to think about around the holidays to keep their plumbing working?

One of the most common plumbing issues people face during the holidays is a clogged sink or malfunctioning garbage disposal. I always recommend being wary of the “FOG.” Fats, oils, and grease are your garbage disposals worst enemy. While this material is in liquid form when it’s initially poured into the disposal, it congeals into a viscous sludge as it cools. The FOG then sticks to the walls of the disposal chamber, as well as the walls of the drain pipe. This can gum up the impeller, as well as clog the drain. Don’t pour FOG down the garbage disposal if you want to avoid these issues. Throw it away, instead.

That’s a good tip. What else should I avoid putting down my drain?

Never put beans, rice, pasta and bread down the drain. These are like sponges and when saturated with water, this food material will expand and can cause a backup. In addition, bones and fibrous foods should be thrown away or composted.

Moving to the bathroom, what should we steer clear of?

During the holidays bathroom facilities are taxed with additional traffic and usage. Annual maintenance to clear any build-up can often prevent major toilet clogs and avoid the spread of infectious waste in the bathroom. Also, stay away from using chemicals to try and clear blockage as this rarely remedies a clogged line and can damage your pipes. If a plunger doesn’t clear the clog, turn to the pros.

What to be mindful of with water heaters?

The arrival of cooler weather raises caution for water heaters. Cold air causes expansion and contraction in water heaters and in older units, fractures can occur resulting in failure – which usually leads to flooding. Routine maintenance can identify those risks as well as ensure water heaters are operating effectively and efficiently. Water heaters are your best friend, but can cause a lot of headaches when they are not taken care of or installed incorrectly. With some minor attention, you can prevent major problems from occurring and enjoy the holiday without flooding or no hot water with a house full of guests.

Gary Eisenhauer is general manager of The Sunny Plumber.

About The Sunny Plumber

The Sunny Plumber offers the highest quality plumbing services throughout the Southwest. All plumbers are experienced in solving a wide variety of plumbing problems including drain cleaning, leak detection, sewer line and garbage disposal repair. The company also sells, installs and services standard and tankless water heaters. All plumbers are background-checked, drug-tested, and receive continuous technical training to make them the best in the industry. For more information, visit thesunnyplumber.com.

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Is Your Plumbing System Ready for More Holiday Fun?

December 4th, 2017

kid-washing-dishesIt better be because, like it or not, there is more on the way! Now, we’re not saying that your plumbing system means to be a party pooper. The fact of the matter is, however, that the holidays are a trying time for this particular system in your home. There are a few different ways in which the influx of guests and the increase in food preparation/clean-up can negatively affect your plumbing in Phoenix, AZ.

Fortunately for you, there are also a number of ways in which you can help to prevent problems from developing. The plumbing pros here at The Sunny Plumber Phoenix would love to discuss a few of them with you today. We know that the holiday season can be a hectic time, and we are happy to help in any way that we can to reduce the level of stress that you may encounter. Call today with any questions that you may have. 

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Signs of Subpar Water Quality

November 20th, 2017

woman-drinking-waterWater quality is a tricky subject for a few different reasons. First of all, people simply get used to the water that they are used to in their own homes. If you have a relatively subtle issue with your water quality, it is easy to just acclimate to it. Another issue is that those homeowners receiving their water from municipal/public sources may just assume that their water is of a high quality, ignoring the real possibility that, even if it is treated, that water may pick up contaminants on its way to their homes.

At The Sunny Plumber Phoenix, we believe that all homeowners deserve access to clean, pure water in their homes. Before we can help you to achieve this goal, though—and it is an attainable one—you first have to reach out to us. That is why you need to know the signs that your water quality may be subpar. Once you recognize that fact, you can go about scheduling water quality services with a professional plumber in Mesa, AZ.

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Ask a Plumber: What Causes Low Water Pressure?

November 6th, 2017

woman-in-showerWhat is better after a long day of work during the hottest time of the year then jumping into a nice, cool shower? Or a warm shower on those nights and mornings when there is a chill in the air? Pretty much nothing! Of course, it is a lot more difficult to enjoy one’s shower, perfect though the temperature may be, when the water pressure leaves a lot to be desired. Don’t ever ignore low water pressure in your home.

As is the case with many different plumbing problems, there are many different possibilities in terms of what is causing this particular problem. These issues may be relatively benign, or they could suggest problems that could do serious damage to your plumbing system. It could even be the result of a situation well beyond your own personal control. Whatever the case may be, you can count on our plumbers in Mesa, AZ to diagnose the problem and resolve it completely. 

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When to Call for Water Heater Repairs

October 23rd, 2017

water-heater-technicianJust because the weather outside is so hot for so much of the year in our living area does not mean that you only want cold water coursing through your residential plumbing system. Hot water is one of the most important amenities in any home, and it is so common that many homeowners take its availability for granted. This is precisely why it is so troublesome to run into problems with your water heater. Any disruption to your hot water supply is going to cause serious inconvenience in your home.

The moment that you have any reason at all to suspect that there is a problem with your water heater, contact a member of our team to schedule professional water heater repair in Phoenix, AZ. Whatever the issue may be, it must be properly diagnosed and expertly resolved, preferably in a very prompt manner. We have some of the finest water heater technicians around on our staff, and we are happy to get that water heated back up to working reliably for you.

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Plumbing FAQ: What Cannot Go Down the Disposal?

October 9th, 2017

mom-and-daughter-kitchen-sinkThere are certain components and fixtures that no plumbing system can really be called “complete” without. Your toilet, for instance, or a kitchen sink. Then there are other devices and appliances that are of a more optional variety. This is where the garbage disposal would fit. Sure, you may not need a garbage disposal incorporated into your plumbing system. Once you’ve used one, though, you may find it hard to imagine going back to life without its conveniences.

The garbage disposal in your plumbing system is hugely beneficial, but it also has its limitations. You really don’t want to push it beyond those limitations, as you could wind up damaging the garbage disposal. You may even wind up damaging it beyond repair. With that in mind, today we want to focus on what you should not be putting down your garbage disposal. If you have any questions or need garbage disposal services, always turn to a professional plumber in Gilbert, AZ.

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