The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for February, 2014

Scenarios Where Toilet Repair Simply Isn’t Good Enough

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

No one likes to consider the possibility of a broken toilet. The appliance likely sees more use than any other in our homes, and when problems arise, they need to be dealt with very quickly. Here in Gilbert AZ, plumbing repair services can often make emergency calls to deal with any issues you may have. But you, the homeowner, need to decide if repairing the toilet is the right thing to do or if you need to replace it. You may encounter scenarios where toilet repair simply isn’t good enough. Thankfully, the ultimate answer is usually pretty easy.

The question usually boils down to the kind of component involved and what exactly it’s doing wrong. In most cases, if the damage is limited to a single component, then replacing that component makes the most sense. This can mean anything from the flush handle to the valve or the flapper. In some cases, they can entail leaks, which may look pretty serious, but if those leaks spring from a faulty fitting or the line from the toilet to the main plumbing system for example, then replacing the faulty component should fix the problem.

Replacing the toilet, on the other hand, is a much more serious operation and should only be considered if the toilet has suffered some kind of catastrophic damage as a whole. This usually means a serious crack in the porcelain itself, either with the tank or from the main bowl. In some cases, such cracks can be repaired, but usually replacing the entire unit is preferable. Replacing a toilet can also take place for less dire reasons, which as a bathroom remodeling that renders its current design obsolete, or and overall waste of water that comes from very slow unit.

If you’re grappling with scenarios where toilet repair simply isn’t good enough, then a qualified plumber can help you a great deal. In Gilbert AZ, toilet repair service are offered by the experts at The Sunny Plumber. We can examine your toilet and decide if you need repairs or if replacement would be the best option. If you’re in need of a quality toilet repair or plumbing service in Gilbert, AZ, look no further than the The Sunny Plumber. Give us a call today; we’ll help you find the solution that’s right for you!

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The Original Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards

Friday, February 14th, 2014

It’s hard to imagine Valentine’s Day without the traditional greeting cards, whether accompanying a gift of flowers and candy, or sent between children in a school room. For commercial greeting card companies, February 14th is as important to them as the December holidays, Easter, and Mother’s Day.

Valentine’s Day as a celebration of romantic love predates printed greeting cards by a few centuries. In fact, the reason that sending romantic greeting cards became popular was because of the most un-romantic thing you can imagine: a reduction in postage rates.

In 1765, Parliament authorized the creation of “Penny Posts” that used a uniform rate of one old penny per letter throughout Great Britain and Ireland. Printers took advantage of the ease with which people could send letters to each other on Valentine’s Day by crafting cards with love poems on them. Many of these verses were collected in 1797 in the book The Young Man’s Valentine Writer, which was a resource for the lover with a romantic soul but not the most confident poetry style.

By the mid-19th-century, the Valentine’s Day greeting card was flourishing across England. Although people still followed a tradition of creating handmade Valentine’s Day cards from lace, ribbons, and flowers, commercially produced cards now overtook them. In 1835, the English post office mailed 60,000 valentines. As production expenses dropped, the English card manufacturers branched out creatively with humorous and sometimes vulgar cards… many of which we would find startlingly familiar in the 21st century. One of the common jokes on these cards was to design them to look like marriage certificates or court summons.

Across the Atlantic, the United States was slower to embrace the popular British custom. It wasn’t until 1847 that a U.S. printer mass-produced greeting cards for Valentine’s Day. Only two years later, American journalists noted how rapidly people in the country had embraced the tradition, turning into a fad that has never died down. The woman who printed the first U.S. Valentine’s Day card, Esther Howland, is today recognized by the Greeting Card Association with the annual “Esther Howland Award for a Greeting Card Visionary.”

The greeting card industry certainly has reason to thank Ms. Howland. Her idea of going into business printing romantic greeting cards, which came to her after she received a traditional English valentine when she was 19 years old, now sells 190 million cards in the U.S. every year. That number doesn’t include the smaller exchange cards used in elementary school classrooms, which would swell the number to 1 billion. (Who receives the most Valentine’s Day cards each year? Teachers!)

Whether you send out Valentine’s Day cards—handmade, store-bought, digital—or not, we at The Sunny Plumber hope you have a happy February 14th.

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Should I Repair or Replace an Old Water Heater?

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

It’s a fair question whenever your water heater has problems: “Should I repair or replace an old water heater?” The answer varies depending on your individual circumstances, but it’s never easy. Repairs usually cost less than replacement and in many cases can keep your heater functioning just fine. Eventually, however,  you end up throwing good money after bad, and installing a new water heater becomes the only viable option. Any plumber in Scottsdale can make recommendations for you, but you ultimately need to make the call yourself. Here’s a few tips to help.

In the first place, any water heater that’s more than ten years old bears careful watching. If you’ve maintained it well, then it can probably keep going for many years after its “expiration date,” but if you find yourself dealing with repairs on a regular basis, then replacing it may be the only option. In particular, look for signs of long-term damage in an older heater, such as rust or a build-up of mineral deposits in the tank itself.

In addition, general issues of inefficiency can help you determine if repairs are no longer an option. As water heaters age, you’ll notice they won’t heat the water as quickly. They may make strange noises, and you may find your monthly utilities going up despite the fact that you’re not using hot water any more often than usual. If that continues even after a repair or maintenance session from a trained technician, then you should look into getting a new heater.

None of this is to fully discount the notion of repairing an old water heater. In some cases, a repair can do the trick and you’ll continue to enjoy your existing heater for sometime to come. The tipping point occurs when you feel you’ve invested too much in a losing cause, and it’s clear that you’re just wasting money by keeping your  existing system upright. If you’re looking for a plumber in Scottsdale to advise you on whether you should replace or repair your water heater, the Sunny Plumber is ready to help. Give us a call today to set up an appointment!

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