The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for November, 2013

What Causes My Toilet to Leak?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

It’s not a happy discovery: stepping into you bathroom to use the toilet, only to discover a puddle of water around the base. Leaking toilets are usually a matter for professional plumber, though you can help by pinpointing the source if you can. Here in Chandler AZ, toilet repair services can do their job much more efficiently if they have a good place to start. “What causes my toilet to leak?” you ask. The better you can answer that question, the more you can help find the solution.

Call on The Sunny Plumber for your toilet repair needs in Chandler, AZ.

Reasons Your Chandler Homes Toilet May Be Leaking

In ideal circumstances, the “leak” is actually just condensation on the outside of the tank. This is actualy a good thing, because it means that your toilet hasn’t developed a leak and you’re not on the hook for a repair call. Wipe the toilet down with a towel and wait. If the water doesn’t reform, you’re probably just looking at condensation.

If the toilet is still leaking, then check around the pipes or lines leading from the toilet tank. These are common sources of leaks, particularly if the washers or connecting parts have worn out. The line itself may also wear out or be improperly fitted onto your toilet. In particular, look for signs of rust or corrosion, a sure sign that at least some of your toilet’s parts need replacing.

A more dire situation occurs when part or all of you toilet has cracked, in which case the water is leaking out of there. Cracks can be very small: just hairline in many cases, but unless they are addressed then the water will continue to leak and likely cause damage to your surrounding fixtures. In these cases, a plumber will probably need to replace the entire toilet with a new one. It’s not a difficult procedure, but it requires the training and know-how that only a certified plumber can deliver.

If you’re looking at a toilet leak, then contact The Sunny Plumber to solve the problem quickly. We are Chandler plumbers, toilet repair services are a specialty of ours, and we can instigate full repairs after answering the question “what causes my toilet to leak?” If you’re having problems with your toilet, pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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Why Should I Put a Garbage Disposal Under My Kitchen Sink?

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

If you live in an older home, you might not have a garbage disposal unit installed beneath your kitchen’s sink. The garbage disposal was invented in 1927, but only made it on the market (the original InSinkErator) in 1940. Even then, their spread throughout homes was slow because of municipal regulations in many areas against placing food waste into the sewer system. Amazingly, garbage disposals were illegal in New York City until 1997 because the city believed they may pose a threat to the sewer system. (The NYC Department of Environmental Protection eventually determined there was no actual threat.)

Whatever the age of your home or the reason it doesn’t have a garbage disposal, you should seriously consider having one installed. We’ll explain some of the reasons why below, but don’t forget to call on us when you need a plumber in Chandler.

The Sunny Plumber is available to help you when you’re ready for the installation of a garbage disposal in Chandler, AZ.

Reasons to install a garbage disposal

  • It’s better for the environment: Using the already existing sewage system to handle food waste as a liquid means less garbage going into landfills, where food scraps decompose and generate greenhouse gasses. Waste water plants today are effective at processing food waste into fertilizer for re-use.
  • It’s much more convenient: If you’re used to the routine of scraping food from plates into a compost bucket and then taking it out to the garbage, you will be amazed at how much time you save and how much less work you’ll have to do when you can send the food right down into the disposal and eliminate it all with the flip of a switch.
  • It’s a quick job: Or, we should say, it’s a quick job for professionals. It should only take a few hours for a plumber to hook up a new disposal system to your existing sink and link it into the sewage system. You’ll have the new convenience working for you in no time at all.

Schedule installation today

The Sunny Plumber has many years of experience with installing garbage disposals in Chandler, AZ. We can handle the job for you fast and with few difficulties. Don’t keep living with an inconvenient (and environmentally unfriendly) kitchen sink: call The Sunny Plumber today!

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How Long Should a Sink Last?

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

No fixture in your home can achieve immortality—especially one that gets as much use as a sink. The sinks in your kitchen and bathroom receive an extraordinary amount of work every day, encountering dirt, soap, food particles, grease, and often a few objects that have no business going into them at all. With all this wear and tear, how long can you expect a sink in your home to last? There are too many variables involved in your home’s plumbing for us to give you a simple, single-number answer to that question. Much of it depends on how well you treat your sink, and if you get it the regular repairs it needs.

If you need sink repair in Mesa, AZ, contact The Sunny Plumber. We can handle clogs, broken drainpipes, leaking faucets—everything so your sink has a long lifetime of service.

Long life through quality repairs

If your sink fixtures are made from durable material, you can expect them to last for many years, although different parts have different lifespans. An acrylic sink can often endure for half a century. Faucets and drains won’t last near this long, and if they do not receive timely repairs when they malfunction they will require replacement after only a few years. Make sure that you hire professional plumbers to manage repairs on any faulty part of your sink so it will be a long wait before you need to schedule the next repairs.

Hard water

Another enemy that might lurk in your home and threaten all the fixtures of your sink is hard water. This is water with high level of minerals (usually calcites) suspended in it. Although rarely harmful to drink, hard water is abrasive toward your plumbing, leaving deposits along the faucets and drains in your sink. The best way to combat hard water is with a water softener. Ask your trusted plumber about possible water treatment systems that will lessen the stress on your sink from hard water.

Be good to your sink

To help your sink survive, makes sure you have covers on the drains to keep larger particles from entering them. Don’t use the sink as a garbage disposal and toss foreign items down them. Also, avoid at all costs pouring fat, grease, or oil down any drain in your home (disposal included) because these substances will solidify when they dry and turn into thick, waxy plugs.

The Sunny Plumbers is here to help

The Sunny Plumber has a staff of trained professionals who can provide you with repairs, water treatment systems, and maintenance that will give your sink the longest lifespan possible. Contact us any time of the day or night when you need a Mesa plumber.

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How to Increase Your Water Heater’s Efficiency

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Your water heater is an integral part of your home, but few homeowners think much about it until it suffers a major breakdown. When it comes to environmental issues with your water heater, Phoenix AZ makes the problem even worse. Our strong heat and dry conditions can wreak havoc on even the most reliable water heater, creating larger issues that require professional attention to address. You can help combat this by keeping your heater well maintained and exercising a few simple steps to improve its performance.

Here’s how to increase your water heater’s efficiency.

  • Arrange to have your water heater drained. Over time, scale and sediment can build up in the bottom of your water heater. This forms a barrier between the water and the burners – making it harder to heat the water – as well as contributing to overall corrosion and decay. A trained professional can drain the water heater and remove the build-up before restoring the heater to its normal operating capacity. In towns like Phoenix, it’s probably best to do this at least twice a year, since our dusty weather results in a lot of sediment.
  • Add more insulation to your water heater. Placing a layer of insulation around your water heater – as well as around the pipes that connect it – will help the water inside retain the heat better. You can contact a service technician to ask about the types of insulation that work best for your heater, and to have the insulation installed.
  • Lower the water heater’s setting. Most manufacturers set their water heater temperatures higher than they need to be, sometimes by as much as 10 or 20 degrees. Set your water heater to about 120 degrees Fahrenheit; it will still get you the heat you need and improve overall efficiency a great deal.

Once you know how to increase your water heater’s efficiency, the next step is to contact a professional who can help you maintain it. The experts at The Sunny Plumber can perform repairs and maintenance on the water heater in your Phoenix AZ home. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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What Not to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

We often forget what a wonderful invention the garbage disposal is, able to safely and effectively deal with food waste that we’d otherwise have to get rid of ourselves. In Gilbert AZ, garbage disposal systems have become an integral part of most people’s homes, and with proper maintenance, they should last you a good long time. But you need to know what kind of things will go down the disposal and what kinds of things won’t. Put the wrong foodstuff down there, and you could find yourself saddled with a very expensive repair bill.

Here’s a quick list of what not to put down your garbage disposal.

  • Bones and seeds. Chicken, pork and beef bones are too tough to be chewed up by the disposal, as are peach pits and similar fruit seeds. They’ll get caught in the mechanism, damaging the blades and possibly overloading the motor in the process.
  • Coffee grounds. Coffee grounds can get caught in your garbage disposal’s trap, clogging it and requiring professional efforts to remove.
  • Grease and oil. These are perhaps the most troublesome things to put down your garbage disposal because they’re so often in liquid form when you do. But they can turn solid very quickly – clogging your pipes and drains in the process – and can prove very stubborn to remove.
  • Potato peels and similar fibrous vegetables. This includes carrots, asparagus, artichokes, corn husks and celery. They can clog the drains as well as jamming the mechanism that grinds them down.
  • Pasta and rice. This may seem like an odd selection, since paste and rice can be easily broken up. However, they both also expand in water, meaning that they can clog your drain.

The good news is that you can compost most items that shouldn’t go in your garbage disposal, since they’re organic and will decay naturally. Knowing what not to put down your garbage disposal can’t protect you from the occasional accident, however. When trouble arises, call upon the experts at The Sunny Plumber. We offer plumbing services to the Gilbert area and can resolve any garbage disposal problems before they cause more permanent damage. Contact us to set up an appointment today.

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