The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for July, 2014

Why You Need Leak Detection Services

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Leaks in your plumbing sound like something that should be easy to spot: you see water dripping from an exposed pipe and you call a plumber to come fix it. Sometimes it is that easy to notice leaking and have it stopped.

However, consider how much of your plumbing remains hidden from your eyes. Almost all the pipes that supply your home with fresh water or which remove wastewater to the sewer system are placed behind drywall, wood floorboards, concrete foundation material, or under the earth around your house. When leaks start to happen, the first signs will usually be an increase in your water bills, followed by outward indications such as discolored spots on walls, warped wooden boards, and a rise in humidity. This is the time to call for leak detection—because finding the actual leak is something you can’t do on your own.

For excellent technicians to perform leak detection in Phoenix, AZ, call up The Sunny Plumber—any time of the day or night.

Professional Leak Detection Service

Although you might have a general idea where a hidden leak may be located because of visual clues like water stains or cracking on the floor, the difficult part about repairing the pipe is actually reaching it. This can involve digging through drywall or breaking through concrete and other action that will damage building material. Trying to reach a leaky pipe with only a general idea of where the leak is can mean immense destruction to parts of your home. You need to have professionals take care of leak detection to pinpoint the exact spot where they need to work. Sometimes, if the leak is small enough, they won’t even need to do any excavation.

Plumbers perform leak detection in a number of ways, most of which use advanced technology. Acoustic listening devices and ground microphones can pinpoint the sound of water leaving pipes, even through thick surfaces. Pressure detectors can find areas of rising pressure emanating from leaks.

Most effective of all the tools available to plumbers for finding leaks is video pipe inspection equipment. These consist of miniaturized camera mounted on the end of fiber-optic cables long enough for a plumber to run the camera fully down a water or sewer line. Using the image fed back to a monitor, a plumber can find the exact location of the leak as well as its size and how best to seal it.

Don’t try to detect leaks on your own, or hire amateur plumbers to attempt to fix a hidden leak. You risk major damage to your home as well as causing further leaks or pipe bursts. Always turn to the experts with the right equipment and the skill to use it.

Trust to The Sunny Plumber and our many years of experience to take care of leak detection in Phoenix, AZ, as well as any other trouble you may encounter in your plumbing. Call us today to schedule your next service appointment with us.

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Some Common Sink Repair Services

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The sinks in your home, whether in the bathrooms, the kitchen, or the laundry room, receive considerable use. Occasionally, they will need attention from professional plumbers to fix the issues they can encounter because of the amount of work they do. Although there are few basic sink fixes your can troubleshoot on your own, such as using a simple sink plunger to clear out minor drainpipe clogs, most sink repairs you need to leave the skilled specialists so that the works gets done right and leaves you with a problem-free sink.

For a plumber in Mesa, AZ who can handle all your sink repair issues, no matter their size or urgency, call on The Sunny Plumber. You can reach us any time of the day, any day of the week.

Some sink repair services we often perform

  • Unclogging: Clogs are perhaps the most frequent and annoying of all plumbing problems. Sinks in kitchens are especially susceptible to clogging because the amount of food waste that goes down them. Although a plunger will take care of some clogs, anything tougher will need a plumber armed with a mechanical drain snake or a hydro jetter to remove. Sometimes video pipe inspection equipment is necessary to get to root of the problem.
  • Stopping leaky faucets: When a faucet starts to leak, it is more than an annoying sound that might keep you up at night. It is a cumulative waste of massive amounts of water. A single leaky faucet can waste 30 gallons of water in just a week—think of how that will affect your water bills. If you can’t figure out to stop a leaky faucet (don’t pull out a pack of wrenches and start experimenting, since this can lead to expensive damage) leave it to professional plumbers to find a solution that will shut off the leaks for good.
  • Sink replacement: If a sink start to leak around the edges into the cabinet beneath, it may be be due to loose caulking or cracks along the bowl. In some cases, it is best to have the sink removed and replaced with a new one. Leave this to professional plumbers, since a poorly installed sink will leave you with leaking issues and poor drainage. In some cases, the current sink will only need re-caulking, or possibly a replacement of the drain assembly, instead of a replacement.

Call on our bright and shiny plumbers!

If you leave a leaky faucet, you will waste money. If you leave a clog, it won’t get better on its own. If you leave a damaged sink, you’ll soon have worse damage from water leaks. Don’t hesitate with sink repair services!

Call a plumber in Mesa, AZ from the staff at The Sunny Plumber right away! You can trust to our experience, skill, and equipment to restore your troubled sink.

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3 Things to Consider When Planning Plumbing Installation

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Putting new plumbing into a home is a tricky task, and one that you should never undertake as a “do-it-yourself” project. Even something that seems like it shouldn’t require too much work, such as putting in a new faucet, could turn into a disaster if handled without the appropriate training. No matter your needs for new plumbing installation in Tempe, AZ, you should leave the work to licensed plumbers like those at The Sunny Plumber.

Here are 3 things to consider when you are debating having new plumbing installed. There are many different options that you may not have thought about, so we’ll look at three broad areas for installation.

  1. What new plumbing installations do you need for your kitchen? – When it comes to new plumbing installation, the first place in your home where you should focus your attention is on the kitchen, a place that will see the most amount of daily use, has the most appliances connected to water and wastewater systems, and the location where the plumbing undergoes the most stress because of the food particles, grease, fat, and oil that go down the drain. There are many possibilities for new plumbing installation in the kitchen: new washing machine, a garbage disposal, multi-bowl sinks, a gas range (see below about gas line installation), or a complete repiping to aid with a kitchen remodel.
  2. What new plumbing installations do you need for your bathrooms? – The bathrooms are the other major section of the house that makes extensive use of plumbing, and there are many upgrades and installations available for it. A low-flow toilet will help you save on water bills. New sinks can help add to available floor space or increase storage. New bathtubs will beautify the bathroom and add relaxing new features. As with a kitchen, full new plumbing installation means an easier time with an extensive remodel.
  3. Do you need gas line installation? – Plumbers do not deal only with plumbing for water. They also install gas line piping for homes that use natural gas power. And, if you do not have natural gas power but would like the many benefits of hooking your home up with it (natural gas is a less expensive fuel than electricity), certain specially trained professional plumbers can handle this installation for you as well.

Whatever your needs are that require professional plumbing services in Tempe, AZ, whether putting in a few faucet or fully replacing the pipes in your kitchen, you can trust to the experience of the team at The Sunny Plumber for the skilled work. We will get the job done fast and right, and we offer a range of services for sinks, toilets, showers, garbage disposals, and gas lines.

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What Are the Effects of Hard Water on My Bathroom Plumbing?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Hard Water: A condition where water contains a high level of mineral suspension, particularly magnesium and calcium. Hard water is common issue from municipal water supplies. Although it is rarely unhealthy to drink hard water, it does not taste good and it makes it difficult to work up a good soap lather. However, the biggest worry from hard water, and the reason you need to find a way to treat it, is the effect that it will have on the plumbing in your home.

The best way to stop issues from hard water is through professional installation of a whole-house water softener. The Sunny Plumber specializes in water treatment systems of all kinds, including water softeners. With our assistance, you can protect your bathroom plumbing in Glendale, AZ and everywhere else in your house from the ravages of hard water.

Why is Hard Water an Issue for My Bathroom Plumbing?

Hard water leaves calcium deposits on plumbing, and this can turn into serious trouble for pipes and plumbing appliances.

On a basic cosmetic level, hard water creates unattractive build-up on fixtures. Usually an early sign that you have hard water is the appearance of a flaky yellow or off-white substance developing along your sinks, faucets, and showerheads. This is unpleasant looking, but it will soon lead to worse problems. Showerheads that contain excessive hard water deposits will soon start to lose nozzles and begin spray water in odd directions because the blockage. When you notice this happening, you need to take action, because the hard water is likely causing worse troubles out of your sight.

The biggest danger from hard water deposits is that it will start to reduce the available volume inside your bathroom pipes, both drains and incoming lines. As the calcium begins to build-up on the lining of the pipes, it will leave less and less room for the water to flow. Although it is extremely rare for calcium deposits to completely block a pipe, it will make it much easier for clogs to occur. It will also cause a huge spike in water pressure, and this could lead to massive leaks occurring in the plumbing.

Hard water will also affect water heaters, leading to corrosion, and you could start to lose hot water in the bathroom…the place where you need hot water the most.

As soon as signs of hard water begin to appear (you can’t get decent soap suds going in the shower, flaky deposits on the faucets, blocked-up showerhead), call a water treatment specialist, like one of our team members at The Sunny Plumber. We will guard your bathroom plumbing in Glendale, AZ from calcium and magnesium in the water supply with water softener installation.

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Leading the Way with Independence Days!

Friday, July 4th, 2014

The term “Fourth of July” is the popular name for the U.S. federal holiday officially known as Independence Day. It isn’t surprising that we would come up with a different name from the official one, since “Independence Day” is one of the most common holiday names across the globe. Most of the nations in existence today won their independence from another power, whether through wars, treaties, or long transitions.

What might surprise many people is how old U.S. Independence Day actually is compared to the similar holidays of other nations. Although the U.S. is still considered a young nation, it was one of the first to make a full break for its colonial master with a new constitution. Most countries that celebrate a national Independence Day are commemorating events that occurred in the second half of the 20th century, when many older empires at last relinquished control over their colonies.

How substantial is the difference in time for the U.S.A. and the rest of the world? U.S. Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, making our country unusual in that almost no existing nations celebrate an independence event from the eighteenth century.

In terms of age, there is only a tiny handful current countries that celebrate an independence day that occurred earlier than the United States. Switzerland celebrates its independence from the Holy Roman Empire of the Germans in 1291 with “Swiss National Day,” held every August 1—although this only gained status as a national holiday in 1994. Sweden Celebrates “National Day of Sweden” to commemorate events in 1523 and the election of King Gustav I during the War of Liberation against Christian II of Denmark and Norway. Romania comes almost a hundred years after U.S. Independence, with its 1877 freedom from Turkish rule.

The most recent Independence Days to come into existence are for Montenegro, which gained independence from Serbia in 2006 and celebrates the day on May 21, and South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 and celebrates the day only a day after the U.S., on July 5.

Does anyone else celebrate a literal “Fourth of July,” an Independence Day that also falls on the fourth day of the seventh month? Yes: Abkhazia, a small Central Asian country that declared its independence from the Republic of Georgia in 1999 (although not all countries recognize it). Coming a day (like South Sudan) on July 5 is the independence of the small Atlantic island nation of Cape Verde, which became free from Portugal through signed agreement in 1975.

Everyone at The Sunny Plumber hopes you and your family enjoy a vibrant Independence Day/Fourth of July this year!

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