The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for December, 2013

New Year’s Eve: The Tournament of Roses Parade

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

The East Coast has their own traditions for New Year’s Eve, notably the dropping of the ball in Times Square to signal the beginning of the New Year. We have our own traditions here on the West Coast, and with 2014 almost upon us, we thought we’d take a closer look at one of the biggest: the Tournament of Roses Parade.

The Parade is held every year on New Year’s Day, save when January 1 falls on a Sunday (in which case it is held on the 2nd). Tradition holds that they don’t host it on a Sunday in exchange for God preventing rain on the parade, though it has actually rained ten times since the first parade. It all began in 1890, when members of the Pasadena Valley Hunt club organized and staged it on Colorado Boulevard. Their parade consisted of horse carts covered with flowers, followed by a series of athletic events (including races and polo matches). Football was first added in 1902, when Michigan beat Stanford by a score of 49-0. The football tradition was dropped for a few years, but came back in 1916 for good. The game has traditionally featured the champions of the Big 10 and Pac 10 Conferences, though teams from different conferences have appeared from time to time.

As for the parade itself, it soon added motorized floats, marching bands and equestrian units to its array of features. A “Rose Queen” is chosen every year from the ranks of Pasadena girls ages 17 through 21, along with six princesses to serve as her court. 2014’s Rose Queen is high school student Ana Marie Acosta. A Grand Marshall is chosen every year as well, and has previously included such varied luminaries as Walt Disney, John Wayne, Dwight Eisenhower, Hank Aaron, George Lucas, Charles M. Schulz, Kermit the Frog, and Fred Rogers. The Grand Marshall for 2014 will be legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully.

Wherever you are and however you choose to celebrate New Year’s Day, we here at The Sunny Plumber wish you nothing but the very best. May 2014 bring you all good things, and may your New Year’s celebrations – in whatever form they take – be happy, safe and fun for your entire family. Happy New Year!

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Wishing You a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

It’s the holiday season once again, and everyone at The Sunny Plumber wishes the very best for you, your family, and your friends. We hope that whatever brings you joy fills these last days of the year.

We’d like to thank all of our customers for giving us the opportunity to provide you with services that improve your lives and help you better enjoy this time with your loved ones. You are the reason that we exist as a company, and that’s something we always keep that in mind. We are eager to work with you in the coming year.

Here’s something to remember for the season: many companies in our industry are very busy on service calls during December—it’s one of the most crowded times of the year. If you need service, make sure you schedule it as soon as possible so you can continue to enjoy the pleasures of this time of year.

Lastly, we at The Sunny Plumber want to conclude with a thought from the late Earl Nightingale to help remind us all that we do not need to wait for a holiday to have a reason to enjoy or celebrate ourselves, our lives or our family:

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.

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What Causes Drain Pressure Problems?

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Drain pressure is hardly a common problem, since drain lines with plumbing are not normally subjected to pressure. Here in Glendale AZ, drain cleaning services may actually use pressure as a solution rather than a problem, since high pressure (applied by a professional technician) can effectively remove some types of build-up. That, in fact, constitutes the most common source of drain pressure problems: a clog or similar build-up in the system.

Clogs can be created by foreign materials flushed down the drain: anything from cooking grease to potato peelings to hair and shampoo in your bathroom faucets. Hard water build-up can also create drain clogs. Depending upon their placement, they can create pressure problems within your drains. The more water that builds up against the clog, the greater the chances of a breach or a leak springing up. In some cases, the clog can run quite deep, and pressure can build up anywhere along the line. Again, it’s not common but it does happen and the source is invariably a clog in the line somewhere.

Clearing such a clog is definitely a matter for professionals, since they can determine its exact nature as well as a means of clearing it. A well-trained expert can first determine the placement and nature of the clog using a small video camera attached to an extension wire. This new form of technology provides unprecedented details that let the plumber choose the exact tool for the job. If the pipe are not in immediate danger of a breach, then high pressure can be used to break up the clogs. In other situations, a mechanical snake can be used, with a head tailored to fit the exact nature of the clog.

If you’re wondering what causes drain pressure problems and whether that might be the source of you current plumbing woes, then give The Sunny Plumber a call. Offering drain cleaning for homes in Glendale is a specialty of ours, and we’re dedicated to solving the issue to your satisfaction the first time, every time. Pick up the phone and give us a call today.

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How Hard Water Damages Your Bathroom Plumbing

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

You’ve probably noticed hard water deposits on your shower or faucet head from time to time: they’re those hard crusty formations. They come from mineral deposits in the water, which most civic water companies do a decent but not outstanding job of removing. What they miss ends up in your plumbing, and that can be a big problem. Here in Tempe, bathroom plumbing systems get a great deal of hard water, thanks to our desert environment.

This is how hard water damages your bathroom plumbing.

The main problem is clogging, which can get quite severe if the hard water is left untreated. You may be able to treat the deposits on the surface of the faucet of showerhead, but more hard water can appear deeper in the plumbing, where you can’t reach with a store-bought cleanser. Clogs are problematic not only because they deny you water, but the pressure they induce can place added stress on seals and fittings, possibly resulting in a breach.

Just as damaging, hard water scaling can corrode your pipes, increasing the chances of a leak or a rupture. This process can take a long time – years in many cases – but when a leak forms, it can damage surrounding wood or fixtures before it’s discovered.

A short-term solution is to call a plumber and have him remove the hard water deposits inside the plumbing (or replace the pipes if a leak has sprung up). But that won’t change the content of the water itself. For that, you might want to consider a whole house filtration system, which removes the minerals from the water. That not only results in no hard water deposits, but makes laundered clothes and skin softer, and improves the taste of food cooked with it.

If you know how hard water damages your bathroom plumbing, you know you need someone you can trust to fix it. In Tempe, bathroom plumbing problems can be solved by The Sunny Plumber. Our experience and know-how can get to the heart of the issue quickly, and solve them with speed and efficiency. Pick up the phone and give us a call today for your Tempe plumbing service needs!

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How to Tell If You Need Water Testing

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Providing yourself and your family with healthy and clean drinking water is one of the top priorities of every single homeowner. While your water utility does filter the water that you buy from them, there can still be some contaminants in the water like lead, nitrates, and chlorine which can be harmful. But how can you tell if you need to have your water tested? The Sunny Plumber offers total water testing in Gilbert, AZ and we wanted to help our customers know when it’s time to have their water tested. Call us today with any questions or if you’re ready to schedule water testing for your home.

You can count on The SunnyPlumber for reliable plumbing service in Gilbert, AZ.

Here are some of the most common contaminants that homeowners should be concerned about.

  • Nitrates – Primarily used in fertilizers, nitrates can leech into your home’s water supply from the ground. If consumed in large enough quantities, nitrates can cause serious health risks and even death in infants 6-months and under.
  • Lead – Lead is a poisonous metal that is common in many older homes in the plumbing system. Lead can also leech into your home’s water through old plumbing pipes and components. For children ages 6 and under whose brains are still developing, lead poisoning can cause behavior problems and learning issues.
  • Disinfectants – The water treatment facility where you get your water uses disinfectants to kill off harmful bacteria and viruses in the water. While this is absolutely necessary to keep your home’s water from being harmful, the disinfectants can continue to linger in your water. Chlorine, chloramine and chlorine dioxide are some of the disinfectants use to purify your water.

If you’re experiencing any type of problems with your home’s water, don’t hesitate to call The Sunny Plumber for water testing in Gilbert, AZ.

We can talk with you about all of the steps of the process and also any concerns you might have about your home’s water quality.

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