The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for April, 2014

3 Modern Tools Used in Drain Cleaning

Friday, April 25th, 2014

When it comes to drain cleaning, people often immediately have the wrong idea in their head: plastics bottles of “drain cleaner” sitting on the grocery store shelves in the House Cleaning Supplies aisle. But no professional plumber worth hiring will ever use these kinds of chemical drain cleaners. They are toxic, caustic, and can seriously damage the inside lining of drainpipes.

Professional plumbers instead use more advanced tools that can thoroughly cleanse and unclog drains without presenting the possibility of harm to the drain or to you. We’ll look at a few of them in this post.

For your drain cleaning in Glendale, AZ, contact The Sunny Plumber. Our skilled plumbers are ready 24/7 to help you with keeping your drains clear and clean.

1. Drain Snakes

You can purchase manual drain snakes (also called drain augers) from many hardware stores, but your plumber will use a powerful motorized drain snake to clean your drains. Drain snakes are long coils of wire that can extend deep into a drain to reach thick clogs. By turning the wires using a motor, the plumber screws the end of the drain snake into the clog, similar to the way a corkscrew works. The plumber can then either extract the clog or break it apart to clear the way.

2. Scour Jetting

Also called “hydro-jetting,” this is the use of hot water shot out of nozzle at extremely high pressure. A motor creates the high pressure and blasts the water out to scour the insides of drains, removing blockage and also deep-cleaning the pipe interior. Because of the possible dangers from high-pressure water blasts, only professionals should undertake this work.

3. Video Inspection Equipment

This tool doesn’t “clear” or “clean” a drain, but it is an essential part of drain cleaning nonetheless. These miniature cameras and LED lights mounted on the end of a long fiber-optic cable allow plumbers to identify areas that require cleaning and to discover the types of clogs they have to remove. Video pipe inspection equipment removes most of the guesswork from drain cleaning, and a plumber can get straight to work on what’s wrong.

Unless you have a drain clog that needs cleaning immediately, we recommend you schedule regular drain cleaning once a year to maintain regular water pressure and deter clogging. Call on The Sunny Plumber today to arrange for quality drain and sewer services in Glendale, AZ.

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3 Differences Between Commercial Plumbing and Residential Plumbing

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Plumbing is plumbing and to a certain extent, there’s no difference between commercial plumbing and residential plumbing. They both use the same kinds of material and they both fulfill the same basic function. Here in Tempe, commercial plumbing services are provided by the same companies that provide residential plumbing services. Even so, there are a few distinctions that a good service understands, and which they will address when dealing with a commercial plumbing project. Here are three of the biggest.

  • Size
    The most obvious difference is in the size and extent of commercial plumbing, which often requires a lot more pipes and outlets than residential plumbing. Businesses need to provide toilets and sinks for both their customers and their employees, which means a hugely increased demand that residential systems don’t have to support.
  • Multiple floors
    Residential plumbing usually entails no more than two floors’ worth of plumbing.  An office building usually has multiple stories, all of which require sinks, toilets and the like. Gravity plays a huge role in functioning pipes, and water pressure is more important in buildings with multiple stories. A good plumber understands that when taking on a commercial job.
  • Variety of problems
    Residential plumbing tends to encounter variations of the same basic issues. Commercial plumbing, on the other hand, faces a wide variety of issues, which requires an understanding of a larger number of solutions. Plumbers need to be up on a larger number of codes, and be prepared for problems that may never occur in residential settings.

Residential plumbers have the skills and know-how to handle most problems in the home, but if you encounter an issue at work, you need an expert who can handle the size, scope and variety of issues presented by a commercial plumbing system. Plumbing services in Tempe are handled by The Sunny Plumber with the expertise and know-how to do the job right. If your business is dealing with plumbing issues, then give us a call and put us to work. We’re dedicated to your complete satisfaction and we have the skills to deal with the problem properly!

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3 Things to Look for With a Commercial Drain Cleaning Service

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Office buildings and similar places of business have much different plumbing needs than residential homes. They’re supporting far more people and require access and regular functioning beyond what a single family home can provide. Here in Gilbert, AZ, commercial drain cleaning services can respond when your business’s plumbing runs into trouble, and they do so with the know-how that a strictly residential plumber can’t. But can you be sure that the company you’ve selected can do the job? Here are 3 things to look for with a commercial drain cleaning service.

  • Specific commercial plumbing services
    Any plumber will agree to take on a job for the right fee, and might claim to have commercial plumbing experience in order to seal the deal. But a proper commercial plumber will advertise as such. Ideally, they’ll specify the type of equipment they have, which reflects the larger size and specified nature of the commercial plumbing in question.
  • 24-hour emergency service
    When the plumbing in your building breaks down, it can have a devastating effect on your business. Customers will be put out (and possibly won’t return) and employees won’t be able to perform their tasks efficiently. A commercial plumbing service needs to be available for emergencies, in order to get the problem fixed before it can disrupt your business any further.
  • Safety considerations
    Commercial plumbing is often trickier than residential plumbing and requires more safety steps to be taken. A good commercial service can assure you that these steps are being taken, as well as being properly licensed and bonded in the event something unforeseen happens during repairs.

If you know what to look for with a commercial drain cleaning service, then you know enough to contact The Sunny Plumber for help. We’ve had years of experience handling commercial plumbing systems and we’re absolutely dedicated to your complete satisfaction. Commercial drain cleaning and other plumbing services in Gilbert, AZ are just a phone call away. Contact us today to set up an appointment, and let us show you what a quality plumbing service can do!

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3 Reasons to Install New Plumbing

Friday, April 4th, 2014

New plumbing can be a little daunting for a responsible homeowner, since it’s such an important part of the home. Here in Apache Junction, plumbing installation doesn’t have to factor in cold weather and other conditions like they face back east, but that doesn’t mean it’s a decision to undertake lightly. The good news is that a qualified plumber can help you with whatever your project is. But the specifics of that project depend on you and your needs, and the reasons to install new plumbing may vary. Here are three common ones that may match yours.

  • Old pipes
    Good plumbing can last a long time, especially here in the desert, but older houses may have pipes that need to be replaced. You may also need to replace your pipes if they’ve undergone some kind of catastrophic damage, or if they become corroded to the point where they’re no longer sustainable. In addition, you may have pipes made of lead or some other material that is no longer up to code. They need to be replaced as quickly as possible.
  • An expansion to your home
    You may be adding new pipes to cover a new room being added on to your house, or establishing plumbing for a new workshop or guest house. Either way, the room needs pipes and fixtures added, and needs that system to stay connected to the water main and other key points on your property.
  • A remodeling or development
    Sometimes new plumbing needs to be installed as part of a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project. You may not like your sink or shower the way it is, or your may want to rearrange the entire layout as a part of some big renovation.

Whatever the reason to install new plumbing, you want a first-rate plumber on your side to do it. Plumbing installation and other plumbing services in Apache Junction, AZ can be performed with courtesy and care by the experts at The Sunny Plumber. If you’re considering new pipes or fixtures, give us a call today to set up a consultation. We’ll spell out your options for you, then perform the installation with professionalism and pride!

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