The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for May, 2014

3 Common Problems Requiring Toilet Repair

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Here in Scottsdale, toilet repair represents one of the most common calls plumbing services have to make. Your toilet is usually an extremely reliable device, but because it’s used so frequently – and because it’s arguably the most important component in your house – repairs tend to take on an urgency that you might not see with other appliances. A good plumber can usually correct any problem you might encounter with your toilet. We have a list of the 3 most common problems requiring toilet repair below.

  • Leaks. Leaks most often appear in the plumbing line between the toilet tank and your central plumbing system. The line itself can wear out after a time, or you may experience a problem with the valve or seal connecting the line to the larger components. This is actually a fairly easy repair to make for professional, who can drain the tank, replace the line and fix the leak in short order. A more problematic situation occurs when the bowl itself suffers damage, or the tank has sprung a leak. In those cases, you usually need to have the entire toilet replaced, though again, a good plumber can perform the replacement efficiently.
  • Moans and whistles. Unusual noises are a sure sign that something’s wrong with your toilet. They can include low moans and whistles, which usually result from a faulty cock and ball valve. A damaged valve will sometimes vibrate when the water refills, or let out a low moan when high water pressure puts stress on it. You can solve the problem by having the valve replaced.
  • Strange water fillings. When the flapper valves wears out, water will leak from the tank into the water line. When the water level drops to a certain point, the toiler starts running and the tank refills. Not only can this be extremely annoying, but you’re paying for all that lost water in higher bills. A plumber can replace the flapper valve and restore the toilet to its normal functions.

Toilet repair issues both common and unusual can be addressed by the plumbing service experts in Scottsdale, AZ at The Sunny Plumber. We have the skills and experience you need to do the job right, so don’t hesitate to give us call us today!

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Common Problems With Bathroom Plumbing

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Here in Paradise Valley, AZ bathroom plumbing tends to be fairly modern, which means it avoids a lot of the problems facing older home with older plumbing. Our dry weather and warm winters often prevent freezing pipes, and with a little care and maintenance, you can expect your plumbing to last a good long time. Even so, every component of your household runs into problems from time to time, and your plumbing is no different. The bathroom, in particular, often sees a lot of use, and as such can run into trouble from time to time. Here are a few common problems with bathroom plumbing.

  • Clogs. Clogged drains in the sink or the shower usually come from hair, toiletries and soap scum. The components can combine together to create a viscous sludge that will easily clog your pipes. Store-bought remedies rarely do the job, but a trained plumber can usually clear it up with a combination of training and professional equipment. (Similar clogs can occur in the toilet, though we won’t get into the causes. You can probably guess what they are.)
  • Leaks. Leaks often spring up around links between pipes, though sometimes they can occur when the pipes become corroded or damaged. If you spot a leak, first check to make sure the leak isn’t affecting the entire bathroom or the whole household. If it is, shut off water to the house. Otherwise, just shut off water to the affected appliance before calling the plumber.
  • No hot water. A lack of hot water can usually be traced back to the hot water heater, which requires periodic maintenance to do its job. The good news is that most plumbers can handle water heater repairs as well as piping, and will repair or replace the faulty component to restore hot water to your faucets.

If you encounter these or other common problems with bathroom plumbing, call upon the experts at The Sunny Plumber to help. Our expert plumbing service in Paradise Valley, AZ will hunt down the source of the problem and fix it as quickly as possible. We’re dedicated to your happiness, so don’t hesitate to call us today!

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Causes of Kitchen Plumbing Clogs

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Clogs rank among the most common plumbing problems in your home, and the kitchen is a prime target for particularly stubborn back-ups. We put all kinds of inappropriate things down the kitchen sink, which can build up in our pipes and eventually cause a backflow. Here in Glendale, AZ, kitchen plumbing services can usually clear up the causes of kitchen clogs, which is ultimately preferable to using a store-bought cleanser. You can probably recognize some of the most common culprits.

Most of the time, kitchen clogs are caused by food waste placed down the sink. They get caught in the pipe and lodged there, backing the water up in the process. In some case, they might not seem all that harmful, at least at first. Take hot fat or cooking grease, for example. It’s not hard to dump them down the drain when they’re in liquid form. The cool of the pipes soon causes them to solidify, creating a serious clog in the process.

Other types of food are surprisingly tough and fibrous, such as peelings from carrots or potatoes. Should they build up in your pipes, that can be enough to cause a bad clog, especially since they tend to retain water and swell slightly. Hard seeds such as peach pits and cherry stones can be bad as well, as can chicken and beef bones.

Unfortunately, cleansers and store-bought snakes very rarely solve such problems. The best approach is to simply be mindful of what you put down the sink. If you experience a kitchen clog, however, you can call in a professional to do the job right. Kitchen plumbing and other plumbing services in Glendale, AZ can be provided by The Sunny Plumber. We use top-of-the-line tools such as motorized snakes to break the clog up, then wash it away to completely restore service to the drains. We serve communities throughout Arizona, and we’re dedicated to making sure you’re satisfied with every part of the operation. If you’re having trouble with kitchen plumbing clogs, don’t waste time and money with one-size-fits all solutions. Give us a call and let us show you what we can do!

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How Do Plumbers Detect Hidden Leaks

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Plumbing leaks are a common repair issue, but sadly not all of them advertise themselves by spreading water across your floor. Some of them happen out of sight, such as behind the walls or worse: under the concrete on your porch or walkway. In the old days, it was very hard to spot such leaks, and plumbers had to infer the location before drilling through the concrete to get to it. But nowadays, plumbers have many more tools at their disposal, and here in Tempe, leak detection is a much less painful prospect. How do plumbers detect hidden leaks? A few answers can be found below.

One of the most common methods it through a sonic detector, which can sense the sounds of the leak through the concrete and pinpoint its exact location. Leaks make noise, no matter how small they may be. A sonic detector can pick up that noise without having to dig, allowing you and the plumber to determine the best course of action from there.

Another new method of finding such leaks involves hydrostatic testing, in which an inflatable ball is placed in the line and inflated to stop it up. The whole system is then filled with water, and any line that can’t be filled or which loses water is presumably the source of the leak.

Finally, many plumbers also use of tiny video cameras to explore the pipes from the inside. The water is shut off and the camera extended on a flexible line. The plumber can monitor what the camera sees via a remote monitor until he or she finds the source of the trouble.

Once the source of the leak is spotted, the plumber can then take measures to correct it that keep damage to the underlying concrete to a minimum. Once you know how plumbers detect hidden leaks, you can see how much easier and safer it is to perform repairs. Water leak detection and other plumbing services in Tempe, AZ can be performed by the experts at The Sunny Plumber. Call us today and let us show you what we can do!

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3 Common Problems Experienced by a Garbage Disposal

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Your garbage disposal is one of the unsung heroes of your household, efficiently getting rid of spare bits of food and similar organic detritus. We don’t usually think about it until it suffers from problems, but unfortunately, those problems need to be dealt with quickly or else it will clog up your entire sink. In towns like Apache Junction, garbage disposal repairs can be handled by most reputable plumbing companies. Here are 3 common problems experienced by a garbage disposal. If you spot them, you should call in a professional to get them addressed quickly and promptly.

3 Problems Experienced by a Garbage Disposal

  • No power. Garbage disposals require electrical power to run, and when that power gets interrupted, it won’t function. The disposal may also become overloaded by a power surge or similar issue, which will shut it off before it burns out. Most disposals have a red reset button on the bottom. Press it and see if that fixes the issue. If it doesn’t, the problem requires a trained plumber’s attention.
  • A jam. Certain items should never be placed in a garbage disposal, including chicken bones, peach pits, fibrous vegetable peelings from carrots and potatoes, and metal utensils. They can clog the mechanism and result in a jam. Never try to unclog a jam yourself: you can severely injure your fingers. A trained plumber can adjust the masher plate and safely unjam the mechanism before restoring power.
  • Leaks. Garbage disposals can sometimes spring leaks from breached hoses, loose fittings and faulty seals. A plumber can clear them up in much the same way he or she repairs leaky faucets: by replacing the faulty components and ensuring that the new seal is tight.

If you spot these or other common problems experienced by a garbage disposal, call the experts at The Sunny Plumber right away. Here in Apache Junction, garbage disposal repairs shouldn’t be left to amateurs. Otherwise, you may damage the mechanism and require the wholesale replacement of the disposal.

We have the skills and experience to do the job right and restore your disposal without causing any further damage. Contact us today to make an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!

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