The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for October, 2013

Common Water Heater Repairs We Encounter

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

You wake up early in the morning on a work day only to discover when you get into the shower that there’s no hot water. You wait and wait and wait for the flow from the faucet or showerhead to heat up, but nothing happens. Eventually, you have to resign yourself to starting the day with a cold shower.

This is just one example of how important your water heater is to your home. You need hot water to bathe, to wash dishes, to do the laundry, and to cook. If your water heater malfunctions, you’ll need to fix it as soon as possible. That’s why you should call The Sunny Plumber. Our technicians are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to complete those crucial repairs, and we have many years of experience with water heater malfunctions.

These are the repairs we do the most often:

Fixing/replacing broken heating elements: Electric water heaters use heating elements—electric coils—to warm up water. If these break or malfunction, you won’t get hot water at all. Replacing broken elements is usually a simple fix for a professional.

Replacing the gas thermocouple: This applies to gas-powered heaters. A gas thermocouple is a heat sensor that serves as a safety device. It detects when the pilot light is on; if the pilot light shuts off, the thermocouple will close the gas valve to prevent further buildup of gas. If the thermocouple fails, the gas will shut off and the pilot light will go out—and that means no hot water. A technician will know the right kind of thermocouple to use as a replacement.

Flushing the tank: If you have a standard water heater that uses a storage tank, sediment can build up inside the tank due to breaks in underground water lines. Too much sediment will increase the pressure inside and cause the tank to overheat. The water in the system will need to be flushed to get rid of the sediment. This is also a standard part of annual maintenance.

Anode rod replacement: If you start getting brown-colored water, there might be a rust buildup in the hot water tank. This usually occurs because the anode rod (also known as the sacrificial rod) that prevents rust from spreading into the tank has rusted completely through. Technicians will eliminate the rust and replace the anode rod.

Don’t go a moment longer without hot water than you have to! Call The Sunny Plumber to get your crucial water heater repair service in Chandler, AZ done today. You should also take advantage of our water heater maintenance program to protect yourself from cold water surprises in the future.

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Why Should I Have My Water Tested?

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Water testing is a prudent choice for responsible homeowners. We get our public tap water courtesy of the city, which largely does a good job of filtering out minerals and contaminants. Even so, certain contaminants remain a concern, including nitrate, lead, copper and more sophisticated chemicals such as pharmaceuticals flushed down the drain. Erosion of mineral deposits in our soil can lead to unexpected spikes in your contaminant levels, which can impact the safety of your family. Water testing checks for high levels of such minerals, adding a layer of protection for you and your family. “Why should I have my water tested?” you ask.

Beyond the obvious benefits of health and safety, there are some extremely good reasons.

Individual circumstances make a very strong case for testing your water. For example, if you get your water from a private well instead of the public system, then there is no government health testing to check for its contents. Having it tested yourself will ensure it stays safe to drink. Similarly, if you’re expecting a child in the family, you should specifically test for nitrate to ensure that your drinking water is healthy for your new addition.

Beyond that, testing your water can help retain your pipes and plumbing system in general. Minerals, bacteria and other harmful components can damage pipes over time, leading to build-ups in the pipe as well as eventual corrosion. Such problems appear slowly, over time, such that you probably won’t be aware of them until they cause a major problem. Testing the water (and installing a water filtration system if the tests indicate) will spare your plumbing, allowing it to last longer and reducing the need for costly repairs.

Considering the soil and mineral content in your city, water testing in Chandler, AZ makes a lot of sense. The experts at The Sunny Plumber can help you out, both with the testing itself and with the installation of water purifying filters to help keep your water as clean as possible. Give us a call to set up an appointment today.

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Common Sink Repair Needs in Mesa, AZ

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

The sink is a standard fixture of the home. Your kitchen, bathroom and utility sinks are absolutely necessary for daily chores around the home, and they it can be very frustrating if they become problematic. While they are sturdy and built to last, there may come a time when your sink no longer functions properly, whether because of a leak or clog. While you may be able to stop the overflow or put a bucket under a leaking trap, it’s important to make sure that you have your sink professionally repaired so that its functionality is restored and your sink cabinet isn’t damaged by water. At The Sunny Plumber, we can handle all of your plumbing needs in Mesa, AZ. Give us a call today.

Let’s look at a few common causes of sink problems.

  • Clog. Your sink drain can clog for various reasons, including the buildup of soap scum and hair in the bathroom, or because of grease and food scraps in the kitchen. We don’t recommend the use of harsh over-the-counter chemicals to clear clogs in your drainpipes because they can have damaging effects on the integrity of your entire plumbing system. They can deteriorate the piping itself over time. Professional drain cleaning or drain snake clog removal is far more superior and safe.
  • Leak. A leak is perhaps the most common problem in plumbing. It can occur anywhere water is contained, and that includes your sinks. This could be a simple wear and tear issue. Over time, your supply pipes are under pressure, and they can corrode when coming into contact with acidic water. The joints are typically the weakest parts of the plumbing system and the first to go. Your trap, which prevents your home from smelling like the septic tank, can also leak.
  • Broken faucet. A leaky or running faucet can lead to a significant increase in your water bill on a monthly and yearly basis. If you pay for water from a municipal source, then you need to make sure that your plumbing system is leak free to avoid throwing money down the drain.

Call The Sunny Plumber for superior sink repair in Mesa, AZ.


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Signs You Need Help Repairing Your Sewer Line

Friday, October 4th, 2013

“Sewer problems.” Two of the most intimidating words for a homeowner. Handling electrical outages, air conditioning malfunctions, or leaking boilers all sound more appealing than dealing with a blockage in the sewer line that runs from your house to the street. However, you shouldn’t worry too much: if you give the job to plumbing professionals who offer guarantees on their work, you can relax and know the repairs will get done quickly and correctly.

Did you know that The Sunny Plumber offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee? Contact us if you need Gilbert, AZ sewer repair services. Otherwise, keep an eye out for any of these signs that would indicate you need an expert to help you repair your sewer line:

Slow drains

When a sink, tub, or shower begins to drain slowly, it often doesn’t feel like a major emergency. It might be nothing more than a partial clog you can fix with commercial drain cleaner. But if you start experiencing slow drains all around your house that don’t respond to cleaners, then the sewer line may have developed a break or clog. If you decide to just “live with” slow drains, you could be making a huge mistake.

Varying water levels in toilets

Again, this might be a basic clog, or perhaps an object like a child’s toy has fallen in and gotten lodged in the upper pipes. But if the problem persists, then you need to contact a professional plumber to assess if you have a sewer line problem.

Unpleasant odors

If noxious odors start coming out of the sink drains, don’t wait… this is one of the strongest signs of problems in sewer drainage.

Water stains and damage in the foundation

The big threat that a damaged sewer line poses is that it can cause leaking into the basement and foundation of your home. If you notice excess moisture and water stains in your basement, or an increase in pests such as insects and rats, then call for professional assistance immediately.

You cannot do sewer line repairs on your own—and you shouldn’t. Repair mistakes can be costly and turn into far more serious emergencies. Call The Sunny Plumber to take care of the trouble. We do video camera pipe inspections to get to the heart of the problem, and then deliver fast and accurate repairs.

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