The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for January, 2014

Surprise: Here Are Food Items That Shouldn’t Go in the Disposal

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Your garbage disposal is an incredibly convenient piece of hardware, helping to prevent clogs by grinding down food particles until they can safely pass through your drain system. Garbage disposals are built to last, but if you put the wrong kind of food in them, they can run into problems very quickly. Garbage disposal repair can be performed by any number of qualified plumbing services in Tempe. But you can stop the problem before it starts by declining to place problematic food in the disposal to begin with. Avoid an unpleasant surprise: here are food items that shouldn’t go into the disposal.

  • Bones. Chicken and beef bones, fish bones and any other types of bones can’t be readily broken up by the disposal. Indeed, they can often jam the mechanism and even break the gears if left alone.
  • Fruits seeds. Similarly, fruit seeds such as peach pits can jam the mechanism and cause untold damage if placed in the garbage disposal.
  • Grease and fat. Liquid oil, grease and hot fat can solidify in the drains, causing a clog. You can discard it by placing it in a disposable jar such as an old mayonnaise jar and sealing it before placing it in the trash.
  • Fibrous vegetables. This can include potato peelings, celery, asparagus, artichokes and any vegetable with a fibrous content. They can wrap around the grinding blades and disrupt the disposal’s ability to function.
  • Rice and pasta. Though not inherently bad for the disposal, these foods will expand when they get wet, and possibly clog the disposal’s food trap over time.
  • Coffee grounds. Like a lot of other foods on this list, coffee grounds are tough to break down, and can cause increased friction between moving parts.

Food items that shouldn’t go in the disposal are fairly easy to spot once you understand the damage they can cause, and common sense prevention can avoid a lot of the problems associated with garbage disposals. For other issues, call on the Sunny Plumber to help. We serve homes throughout Tempe, garbage disposal problems can be readily corrected by our trained experts, and we’re dedicated to doing the job right the first time, every time. Give us a call today!

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Prevent Rust in Water Heaters with Anode Rods

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Here in Gilbert, AZ, water heater maintenance should be as much a part of your home’s upkeep as doing the dishes and vacuuming the floors. Our climate is fairly harsh out here, and even if it’s in a protected place, your water heater can feel the presence of hard water and other corrosives. Once your water heater begins to rust, you need to get it replaced, which costs your time and no small amount of money. The good news is that you can prevent rust in water heater with anode rods, provided you replace the rods when they wear out.

An anode rod is made out of magnesium, aluminum or a compound of several elements: anything that will attract rust and corrosion. In basic terms, the anode rod attracts the rust so that your water tank doesn’t have to: protecting the important components in your water heater array by taking on the rust and corrosion itself.

The lifetime of an anode rod varies, depending on the composition of your water, the amount of use your household sees and the temperature the water hits. Generally speaking, however, anode rods need to be checked and possibly replaced every two years into order to stay functional. If the anode rod completely corrodes away, the same forces that corroded it will then turn on your water heater, shortening its life considerable.

A qualified plumber can check and replace anode rods for you, and as with many things in life, an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. You can prevent rust in water heaters with anode rods, and the more diligently you replace disintegrating anode rods, the better off your water heater will be. Water heater maintenance can be performed by the Gilbert, AZ water heater experts at The Sunny Plumber. We can check all aspects of your water heater, including the anode rod as part of our maintenance service, and make sure that one of your home’s most important components continues to function as it should. Pick up the phone and call us today to make an appointment. We’re ready to help!

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3 Tools Plumbers Use to Detect Water Leaks

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

After drain clogs, leaking is the most common issue that can affect your plumbing. It’s also one of the most destructive: not only does it damage the pipes and waste water, it also affects building material and can lead to the development of mildew. To make the situation worse, leaks can often escape detection for long stretches because they frequently spring up in places out of sight and are often too small at first to notice (“pinhole leaks,” which are the most common type of leak and no less destructive because of their size).

Because leaks are tricky to detect, plumbers must use special tools to locate them. During regular plumbing maintenance, plumbers will investigate for potential leaks using these tools so they will know where to repair the pipes. They will also help them figure out why the leaks are occurring.

For expert plumbers who can do professional leak detection in Tempe, AZ, contact The Sunny Plumber today.

The professional tools of leak detection

  1. Video inspection equipment: These are small video cameras mounted on long flexible cables. Plumbers can insert these into faucets and other outlets along the plumbing and send them down into pipes to locate the source of leaks that might otherwise be difficult to see from the outside.
  2. Listening disc: This is a piece of audio equipment that assists plumbers in locating leaks through cabinets, drywall, and other furnishings. Placed against a surface, they amplify the sounds of leaking water back through a pair of headphones so the plumber can get a better idea where the leak is occurring before attempting to access it. There are also more powerful equipment, like a deck plate, for listening through concrete, brick, and other stone surfaces.
  3. Soil probe: Among the the most problematic types of leaks are the ones that occur in the sewer line and water main. These often run under yards and lawns, and a soil probe allows a plumber to listen for standard pressure or pressurized leaks through grass and rocks.

All of this equipment is expensive and difficult to use for an amateur. Even if you had access to these tools and could correctly operate them, you would still have the trouble of fixing the actual leak and figuring out the reason for it. It is much better to jump ahead and call a professional plumber when you suspect leaking might be occurring in your home’s plumbing. When you call for a plumber from The Sunny Plumber, you’ll have a technician with experience in leak detection in Tempe, AZ who will get straight to the source of your trouble.

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