The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for April, 2013

Plumbing Tip: Common Kitchen Plumbing Problems

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

We rely heavily on our plumbing systems in Phoenix, AZ. They often seem to operate so autonomously that they are easy to take for granted. Because of the amount of use that they get, especially in the kitchen, they are subject to more wear and tear than other systems within the house. When plumbing problems arise, it is best to ensure that they are taken care of as soon as possible by a professional Phoenix plumber. DIY patch-jobs may hold you over for a little while, but the root of the problem may cause issues elsewhere, or come back worse than ever. Below are some common kitchen plumbing problems. For superior Phoenix AZ plumbing services, call The Sunny Plumber today!

  • Garbage disposal jam. The garbage disposal was invented to reduce the amount of food waste that ended up in the trash. It is a relatively simple device that grinds and mashes up small bits of food. If yours is jammed, first try hitting the reset button on the bottom of the device. If that doesn’t work, then there is probably something lodged within the hopper or blades. Fixing a garbage disposal can be dangerous so make sure you turn it off and call a plumber to come take a look.
  • Leaky faucet. A leaky faucet can not only irritate you—especially when you’re trying to sleep!—it can also lead to substantial increases in your water bill. Leaks don’t tend to go away on their own, so if that leaky faucet is driving you up the wall, make sure you get it professionally repaired.
  • Clogged drain. Even with a garbage disposal, our kitchen drains can get clogged from time to time. It’s important that you use a food stopper in your drains to reduce the risk of major clogs, although sometimes they are inevitable. Grease, oils, fats, and larger food scraps can begin to accumulate on the inside of your pipes, thus leading to partial and complete blockages. Avoid using harsh chemicals that can actually damage your piping.

If you have a plumbing problem in your kitchen, don’t hesitate to call the Phoenix plumbing experts at The Sunny Plumber today!

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Plumbing Tip: How to Save Water This Summer

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

During the long, dry summer, our water usage tends to spike a bit.  Sometimes it can increase to the point where we notice a considerable rise in our water costs. If you are interested in learning how you can reduce your water usage this summer, here are some tips from The Sunny Plumber. Keep these ideas in mind when you reach for the faucet or the hose this summer, and you’ll see your water consumption begin to decline. For more information or the answers to any questions you may, call the Phoenix plumbers at The Sunny Plumber.

Maintaining a healthy green lawn in the summer can be a challenge. Running your sprinkler all day is a surefire way to consume more water than you want to, though. If you must water your lawn, make sure that you do it early in the morning. This will allow the water to be absorbed during the cooler part of the day, limiting evaporation and the amount of water necessary to keep your lawn healthy.

Using native plants in your garden is another great way to limit the amount of water you must use to keep it healthy. Native plants will be a better fit for the environment here, naturally, as they are the types of plants that naturally thrive here. While exotic flowers may make for a great looking garden, they also require more care and more water.

Using a couple of inches of mulch in plant beds is another great way to cut down on your water consumption. Mulch does a great job of retaining water. This means that the water you do use will go further in keeping your plants healthy.

Don’t forget about reducing water consumption indoors, as well. Low flow fixtures and aerators are a great way to do so. Rather than showering every day, consider setting enough time aside to enjoy a cool, relaxing bath. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the same comfort and convenience in your home without so much reliance on water consumption.

Give a professional Phoenix, AZ plumber on The Sunny Plumber team a call today to learn more. We can handle any Phoenix plumbing issues you may have. We want to help you live with the most comfort and convenience possible. Contact The Sunny Plumber today!

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Plumber Tip: What to Check in a Plumbing System Before Buying a Home

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Buying a home is one of life’s major investments. Whether you are buying it to live in or as a commercial investment, it involves a lot of time and effort to make the right selection for your needs and budget. When making such a large decision, it’s important to gain some sense of what you’re getting into. Checking the property layout, foundation, roofing, chimney, electrical system, and HVAC systems are crucial to ensuring that you know exactly what you will need to improve once you move in and how to negotiate the price accordingly. The plumbing system may be the most important of all. After all, ensuring that water travels safely and efficiently throughout the supply and wastewater systems, including the sewer main and septic tank (if applicable), is of paramount importance to the comfort of the home. In this post, we’d like to give you a brief list on just a few things to check before buying a home. For a plumber in Phoenix, look no further than The Sunny Plumber! Call us today!

  • Evidence of water leaks. Water stains and damage can be indicators that the plumbing may be in rough shape, or may have damaged a significant amount of the home’s infrastructure before being recently repaired. Look for spots on the ceiling, especially below the bathroom and the kitchen, and for water damage under sinks and on the floor near radiators.
  • Flush the toilets. While you don’t have to use the toilet, make sure you flush all the toilets in the home, especially the upstairs one. It’s important to get a sense not only of whether the toilets work, but also if they effectively remove the water.
  • Check all drains. Make sure that your new home is clog-free by checking all the drains. Even evidence of slow drains can indicate substantial blockages that may require significant professional attention. Moreover, if the home has hard water, it may indicate that mineral deposits have partially closed off the wastewater drainpipes.

These are just three things you should check for when buying a new home. Make sure you receive professional plumbing advice for any major investments. For a plumber in Phoenix, AZ, call The Sunny Plumber today!

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Plumbing FAQ: What Are Some Easy Plumbing Upgrades?

Monday, April 1st, 2013

As a homeowner, you depend on the plumbing within your home more than you may even realize. Every time you use the bathroom, wash your hands, do dishes or brush your teeth you are relying on the effective operation of your home plumbing system. When a system in your home is this important to the comfort and convenience of day to day life, you should make sure that it is as well suited as possible to your personal needs and preferences. Sometimes all you need to accomplish this goal are a few easy plumbing upgrades. Call The Sunny Plumber today to learn more about your Phoenix plumbing upgrade options.

One of the simplest plumbing upgrades you can have completed in your home is the installation of a new shower head. Whether first thing on a chilly morning or after a long, hard day at work, a nice hot shower can be a great way to relax and get ready for whatever is up next. The installation of your new showerhead can have a number of different benefits. You may choose a shower head with a detachable arm or massage settings, or one that reduces your water consumptions. Contact your professional Phoenix bathroom plumbing company to discuss available models and features.

Installing or upgrading aerators on your faucets is another great way to improve upon your home plumbing systems. Aerators reduce the amount of water your faucets use without any decline in their function. By using new or improved aerators you can save a little money and reduce your environmental impact.

Even a new toilet seat can help make your bathroom plumbing a little more homey and functional. Match your toilet seat to the design of your bathroom and your personal style to make your bathroom a more comfortable area of your home.

Whatever plumbing upgrades you have in mind, from minor changes and improvements to major renovations, call The Sunny Plumber. We are a Phoenix plumbing company you can put your faith in. Our professional Phoenix plumbers are happy to complete any service you need and to answer any questions you may have. Call today for more information.

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