The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for September, 2013

Learn How to Find a Great Plumber with These Simple Steps

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

A great plumber can be worth his weight in gold: providing safe and reliable service whenever a problem arises. When it comes to plumbers, Chandler, AZ offers unique challenges crated by our desert conditions. Local plumbers need to know how to handle Arizona’s specific weather and soil make-up, as well as more general issues regarding in-home pipes and faucets. There’s plenty of plumbers to choose from in the Phoenix area, but which ones are truly great?

You can learn how to find a great plumber with these simple steps.

  • Find out the plumber’s certifications. A quality plumber will employ only certified experts and offer specific guarantees to ensure that the work they do is up to snuff. In particular, look for plumbers who offer maintenance programs to help you save money and prevent more costly repairs later on down the line.
  • Look for testimonials. A plumber who features positive testimonials on his website is a plumber with a lot of satisfied customers. Positive testimonials also speak to a plumber who has a fair amount of experience, and who has treated a variety of issues effectively. A plumber without such testimonials isn’t necessarily a bad plumber, but he does have less empirical evidence to prove his effectiveness.
  • Up-front costs and flexible service. You never know when you’re going to run into plumbing trouble, and problems don’t always follow a 9-to-5 work day. A great plumber will be on call 24/7 to address your issues. Furthermore, he’ll discuss all costs with you before he starts work, so you know exactly what it’s going to cost and what will be involved.
  • A wide variety of repairs. Great plumbers can conduct almost any sort of repair or replacement service, from opening up a clogged sink to replacing an entire tub. Those with more specialized areas of expertise may not be able to address your specific needs when the time comes.

For plumbers in Chandler, AZ, call on the professionals at The Sunny Plumber. Our certified technicians have years of experience under their belt, and our testimonials speak to the quality work we do. We’re also on-call day or night to solve your plumbing issues. Once you’ve learned how to find a great plumber, you can see the difference we make.

Call us today to make an appointment, or schedule one online.

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Why Does My Bathroom Sink Drain Have a Big Bend In It?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

If you’ve ever looked under your bathroom sink, you’ve probably noticed a strange “hairpin” bend in your pipes. It seems odd and even counter-productive, but with most bathroom plumbing systems, it’s pretty much the standard. So why does your bathroom sink drain have a big bend in it instead of going directly to the wall? The answer can tell you a lot about the nature of modern plumbing.

The bend is commonly known as a U bend, and it’s appeared in plumbing since the late 18th century. The modern version was perfected by a British plumber with the unfortunate name of Thomas Crapper. (Yes, really.) It actually serves as a kind of vent. The shape collects water from your sink, which creates a seal between your bathroom and the larger sewer system beyond. That keeps sewer gases from creeping up the pipes and making your bathroom smell.

That function depends on a proper seal in the bend, and similar factors in your plumbing can affect it as well. Most plumbing codes require a specific length between the bend and the closest outside vent. This keeps atmospheric pressure from affecting the bend’s function and ensures that it does its job.

Because of its shape, U bends can also fall prey to clogs and blockages very easily. Toothpaste, hair gel, beard clippings and similar parts of our daily grooming rituals can become lodged in the pipe, often requiring professional plumbing services to clean out. It’s not always ideal, but when the alternative is a bathroom full of sewer gas, it seems like a small price to pay. You can help prevent such clogs by carefully monitoring what you dispose of in your bathroom sink.

When the time comes to clean out your U bend, or if the seal breaks and you find yourself beset by unpleasant odors, give The Sunny Plumber a call. Our trained Scottsdale bathroom plumbing experts cover most of the greater Phoenix area, including Scottsdale. Bathroom plumbing is a significant cornerstone of our business, and we have the experience and know-how to handle any issues you may come across. If you know why your bathroom sink drain has a big bend in it, you can anticipate some of the problems that we’re here to solve. Give us a call today!

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3 Ways We can Improve Your Commercial Plumbing System

Monday, September 9th, 2013

If you’ve ever walked into a business whose plumbing system is malfunctioning, then you know what a bad impression it can make. At The Sunny Plumber, we understand the importance of being able to provide your customers, clients, tenants and employees with effective and efficient plumbing. That’s why we offer a full range of Gilbert, AZ commercial plumbing services. We also wanted to share 3 common upgrades that you can do to improve your plumbing system, so you can go that extra step for those who depend on you.

Gilbert, AZ Commercial Plumbing Tip: 3 Ways to Upgrade Your Plumbing

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  • Get regular maintenance – One of the best ways to make sure that your plumbing system is working well is to get it regularly inspected by a professional plumber. During plumbing inspections, your plumber will thoroughly inspect all of the components of your business’ plumbing system. They will look for any signs of leaks and cracks and they will also check to make sure that your drains are working well.
  • Get regular cleaning – Normally, plumbing clogs don’t happen overnight. Instead, they develop slowly over time. Getting regular drain cleaning could help you keep those small blockages from developing into larger, more costly plumbing repairs. With drain cleaning, your plumber should use some kind of water jet to safely remove any clogs that could be starting to form in your plumbing system.
  • Repiping – If your business has old pipes that tend to break down frequently, you might be able to save yourself a bunch of headaches by repiping your business. This will involve ripping out all of your existing pipes and drains and replacing them with new, more effective pipes. And just so you know; yes, we offer commercial repiping services.

When you need any Gilbert, AZ commercial plumbing services, make sure that you call the experts at The Sunny Plumber. We’ve worked with countless businesses to help them improve their plumbing system, so call us today with any questions that you might have.

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3 Reasons Why You Need Drain Cleaning

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

We’ve all undertaken a little do-it-yourself drain cleaning, sending a snake down the drawn or using a chemical cleaner bought at the grocery store. Considering how much material we all put down our drains on a daily basis, however, you’ll most likely need a professional plumbing service sooner or later. In Chandler, AZ, drain cleaning needs to take the specifics of our hot and dry climate into mind, as well as more traditional factors such as the age of the plumbing and the nature of the clog.

Here are three reasons why you may need professional drain cleaning in Chandler, AZ

  • Commercial drain cleaners are dangerous and not always effective. Store-bought cleaners contain harsh chemicals and need to be used with care. Moreover, they’re designed as a one-size-fits-all solution, which may not address the specifics causes of your clog. A professional plumber with experience on his side can determine the best tools to use for your clog, and apply it to the specific nature of the problem.
  • Clogged pipes can be more than just a simple fix. Pipes can be clogged or chocked by plant roots, which can impede the flow of water and necessitate repairs. Here in the desert, we have a lot of plants with wide, shallow root systems, which can cause difficulties if your pipes are located near the surface. A trained plumber knows how to clear clogging roots quickly and efficiently.
  • Regular maintenance can keep your drains clear. Clogged drains don’t happen overnight. They take place slowly, over time, and aren’t noticed until they’ve practically sealed the pipe. A regular set of maintenance calls from a trained plumber can keep those clogs from building up, eliminating the problem before it starts.

If your drain is clogged and it takes more than a casual effort to unstop it, don’t hesitate to call in a trained expert. The plumbers at The Sunny Plumber have years of experience handling drain cleaning. We cover homes in Chandler as well as the greater Phoenix area, and are dedicated to resolving the problem quickly and professionally.

Contact us today to set up a drain cleaning service call in Chandler, AZ.

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Why We Celebrate Labor Day

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

We hope our present and future customers had a pleasant Labor Day this September. We know how hard you work to ensure that you and your loved ones have a good life, and we feel the same way about the work that we do throughout the year. Home comfort is our business, so you can rely on our technicians to take care of any issues that you may have. To many of us, Labor Day means BBQ, the start of the football season, and spending quality time with our friends and family. But there is much more to this holiday, and we wanted to share its true purpose with you.

Like many US holidays, the origins of Labor Day are somewhat disputed. While many cite Peter J. McGuire’s (of the American Federation of Labor) suggestion of a demonstration and picnic as the inaugural Monday, others cite Matthew Maguire, then secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York. In the wake of the massive and violent Pullman Strike of 1894, which pitted George Pullman and US Marshals and Military against workers of the Pullman Palace Car Company outside Chicago. Designated as a federal holiday by Congress and President Grover Cleveland in 1894, a mere six days after the strike ended, Labor Day has since become a way of recognizing the contribution that hard working Americans have made to this country.

We wish you all the best, and hopefully you took the time to relax, eat some good food, and take a load off.

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