The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for May, 2013

Las Vegas Entrepreneur Establishes $100,000 Endowment for Veterans at College of Southern Nevada

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Kenneth D. Goodrich, managing partner of Phoenix Peach LLC, announced later today that he has established a $100,000 scholarship endowment to benefit students enrolled at the Air Conditioning Technology Program at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN). CSN plans to help veterans who graduate from the program purchase all of the essential tools they would need to immediately begin working in the HVAC industry within Southern Nevada. The endowment was envisioned by Goodrich to act as a subsidy to the current Post-9/11 GI Bill, which provides both educational finances and housing support to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service following September 10, 2011.

Read the press release in its entirety here.

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Goettl Good Guys and the Sunny Plumber Initiate Veteran Hiring Campaign

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Kenneth D. Goodrich, managing partner of Phoenix Peach LLC, announced today a new campaign that would be targeted at hiring military servicemen and women who are in need of employment. Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning Repairmen and The Sunny Plumber, Phoenix Peach’s heating, air conditioning and plumbing companies, have already reached out to local military organizations in an attempt to alert veterans of the employment opportunities.

Read the press release in its entirety here.

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Plumbing Tip: Do You Need a Sump Pump?

Monday, May 27th, 2013

A sump pump is a great way to ensure that your home is safe from water damage caused by flooding and other water problems. A sump pump is installed at the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace and works by pumping water out of that area before it can become a problem. Many homeowners enjoy the confidence and peace of mind that a professionally installed sump pump offers. But keep in mind that a plumbed appliance is only as good as its installation. If you’re in need of a sump pump, you need to make sure you receive highly qualified Scottsdale plumbing: call The Sunny Plumber of Phoenix for comprehensive services, including sump pump installation, repair, and maintenance.

So, do you need a sump pump? That depends on various factors. A sump pump is a bit like a backup generator for your home. You probably won’t use it all the time, but when you do need it, you’re happy to have it. For that reason, its installation is all the more critical. There’s no sense in investing in the security and protection of your home if the equipment isn’t effective or efficient. If you’re concerned with flooding in your area, a sump pump can protect your floors and foundation from the risks of water damage. If you’re concerned about the structural integrity of your home or about your belongings, then you might want to consider installing a sump pump.

The installation of a sump pump varies according to the layout of your home. But it often involves a bit of excavation. A sump pump sits in a sump, or pit, that is especially dug in order to draw ground water into the device before it reaches other areas. Whether it’s a pedestal or submersible model, the hole will need to be dug out according to the size and model of the pump itself, which will sit plumb and level in a liner. There is an outlet pipe that allows the pump to send the water in the pit elsewhere, usually at some remove from the home.

Call The Sunny Plumber of Phoenix for comprehensive Scottsdale plumbing services, including sump pump installation, repair, and maintenance.

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Plumbing FAQ: Why Is There a Sewer Smell In Our House?

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

There’s probably nothing worse than the smell of sewage in your home. Those sour smells can really disturb the comfort of your home. As one of the leading providers of plumbing services in your area, one of the common questions we encounter from clients is, “Why is there a sewer smell in our house?” While you may typically think that sewer smells should come from outside the home, your bathroom and kitchen drains are connected to the sewer system directly and that smell indicates a serious problem with your waste disposal system. Fortunately, we’re here to help. In today’s post, we’d like to explain where this sewer smell might be coming from. Call The Sunny Plumber today for comprehensive Scottsdale plumbing services.

Top reasons why your house may smell like a sewer:

  • Faulty traps. There are traps for every drain connected to your wastewater disposal system. These are bends in the piping that allow a water seal to form and keep smells and fumes from entering back into your home. But if these are dried out, or they do not work properly, the smells of the sewer might come straight back into your home.
  • Debris. Even if your sewer line is not totally clogged, it may have a significant accumulation of hair, grease, and other organic waste. When this builds up, it can cause serious wastewater disposal problems, one of which is the smell of sewage in the home. Consider a routine drain cleaning service if this problem happens to you.
  • Sewer line fault. Your main sewer line can fail for a number of reasons, one of which is that tree roots can penetrate the surface of the pipe. Roots exert an incredible amount of pressure as they move underground, and if they’re big enough, they can cause problems for your sewer line. Alternatively, whether due to old age, or soil erosion, your sewer line can crack under pressure or even collapse.

We are experts when it comes to drains and sewers. We offer comprehensive diagnostics using the latest technological equipment, such as video camera inspection, so that we can figure exactly what’s causing the smell. We also offer trenchless sewer replacement to eliminate the trench digging that used to accompany sewer replacement and repair. Call The Sunny Plumber today at (602) 734-5106 for comprehensive Scottsdale plumbing services.

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Plumbing FAQ: Is My Gas Line OK?

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

If you find yourself wondering if your natural gas line is ok, it is already time to contact your Scottsdale plumbing technician. When professionally installed and well maintained, natural gas lines are able to deliver gas into your home with great safety and reliability. However, like any other component in your home plumbing system, it is possible for problems to develop with your gas line, and negligence can lead to a very unsafe environment. The Sunny Plumber wants to ensure that you are able to use natural gas in your home safely and confidently. Here are a few tips to help you do so:

  1. Natural gas line leaks are actually quite rare, but if one develops it can be quite dangerous. There are a few warning signs to keep in mind if you have any reason to suspect that your natural gas line is leaking. First of all, despite being naturally colorless and odorless, natural gas has an odor added to it to help with identifying a gas leak. Should you notice any sulphuric, rotten egg smells in your home, contact a professional plumber immediately. Of course, you may also want to clean out your refrigerator.
  2. If you notice this odor in your home you should call for help immediately and leave the house. Do not turn any appliances on or off, and do not attempt to locate the leak. Contact your utility company immediately.
  3. It is also possible to develop a leak in your gas line outside of your home. You may notice the aforementioned natural gas odor. Also keep an eye on our grass and any plants around the line. Browning grass and dying plants may indicate a leak in your gas line. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your natural gas line, so call a professional plumber about any concerns that you may have.
  4. It is also extremely important that you have good carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home. This is the best way to ensure your safety in the event of a problem with your natural gas line. If you have any questions about carbon monoxide or CO detectors, call us any time.

To learn more about potential problems with your gas line, contact the Scottsdale plumbing pros at The Sunny Plumber. We have all the information and services you need to use natural gas in your home safely. Contact us today to learn more.

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Plumbing Tip: Why a Grease Trap is So Important

Monday, May 6th, 2013

When it comes to your plumbing in Phoenix, AZ, you really need to be careful. In a commercial setting, problems with your plumbing system can be seriously disruptive to your business. Working in a commercial kitchen demands a lot of dishwashing, obviously. When you are soaking pots and pans in a commercial sink, you are putting more than just water down your drain. That is why a high-quality grease trap is so important. The Sunny Plumber offers the outstanding grease trap services you need to keep your kitchen convenient. Contact us today to learn more.

When you wash oily and greasy pots and pans at home, it usually is not that big a deal. While it is always a good idea to pour out as much grease as possible before putting it in the sink, most homes do not have enough grease to cause a serious problem. When you are cooking and washing dishes on a commercial scale, however, grease can become a real issue. That is why a grease trap is so important. Grease and fat is about 80% lighter than water, which is why they rise when they cool down. A grease trap takes advantage of this natural separation to collect this grease, allowing water to continue throughout the sewer line without the grease in tow.

If your grease trap is not properly maintained and cleaned periodically, there is no way that you can expect it to operate properly. Do not put the condition of your commercial kitchen plumbing at risk. Let The Sunny Plumber handle your Phoenix grease trap maintenance and repair needs. If you notice any issues with frequent clogs or foul odors, your grease trap may be to blame. Issues with your grease trap can lead to backed up plumbing and a disruption of the pressure within the system. Make sure that you contact a skilled Phoenix plumber professional the moment you discover a problem with your grease trap.

When you need any professional plumbing in Phoenix, AZ, give The Sunny Plumber a call. Our Phoenix grease trap services will keep your commercial kitchen operating smoothly. Contact us any time to schedule service.

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