The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for September, 2014

Why Professional Water Heater Installation Is Necessary

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Today, many people take on home do-it-yourself projects in an attempt to save a few bucks and perhaps learn a new skill in the process.  If you need water heater installation, you may be tempted to do a quick internet search and try to go through the process on your own. But if you want to ensure proper operation and maximum efficiency, this is not the time for a D.I.Y. project. Let’s take a look at a few major reasons to leave water heater installation up to the professionals.

The Proper Size

Choosing the right water heater involves making some complicated calculations about the flow rate and temperature rise that you’ll need to accommodate in your home. You may also need to know about the peak hour demand and account for the number of people in the home who tend to use hot water at once. These calculations come much more easily to a professional who is experienced with calculating load size. A unit that is too small won’t get the job done, while a larger unit may use a lot of energy to run, costing you more initially and on your monthly bills.

No Mess

Of course, storage tank water heaters are very large and water heater installation may simply be too complicated for someone with little experience. Professional technicians remove your older water heater and dispose of it for you, so you don’t have to deal with the mess. And a professional can ensure that water fills the tank without leaking into your home and possibly damaging the foundation.

Fewer Repairs

Finally, a professionally installed system is simply less likely to need repairs as frequently as a unit installed by an amateur. Professionals make sure the temperate and pressure valves are working as they should, the heating element is functioning, and that no loose components will lead to leaks. When a professional sets up and tests your unit, you can be sure that you won’t have problems with your system too early on in its life.

If you need water heater installation service in Goodyear, AZ, make sure an experienced plumber is there to help pick out and inspect your new system so it can last for years to come. Call The Sunny Plumber today!

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How to Tell You Need to Replace Your Water Heater

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Your water heater is generally hidden out of sight in your home, so it may be difficult to tell whether you need water heater replacement. While problems with your unit are often a sign that you simply need repairs, it may also indicate your unit is too worn to continue running. Call for repairs whenever you notice strange noises, incorrect temperatures, or leaks, but pay attention to the following indicators that you may need to replace your water heater.

  • Old Age: Perhaps the most telling sign that your water heater needs replacement is old age. While you should check with your manufacturer for a more accurate timeline, most storage tank water heaters last about 10-15 years while tankless ones may last over 20. If your unit exceeds its expected lifespan, it’s at risk of corrosion or sudden breakdowns, an unfortunate event when you need a hot shower.
  • Rust: You turn on the hot water and notice it appears to be a reddish-brown color. Unfortunately, this may be a sign that your unit simply cannot go on. A rusted tank is at risk of troublesome leaks and corrosion. However, sometimes rust may simply mean that the anode rod—a component meant to attract particles that may cause your tank to corrode—has rusted through. This sacrificial rod protects your tank and may only need a quick professional parts replacement.
  • Lower Temperatures: Low temperatures may only be a sign of a repair need, such as a broken dip tube or a damaged heating element. But, particularly with an older system, reduced heating ability may mean that you need a new unit. Eventually, the parts of your water heater may become worn down, and, in this case, replacing your tank is often the best choice.

Replacing your water heater is a tough decision that may require some professional advice. An experienced plumber can help you decide when it’s time to give up your older unit and what type of unit might work best for replacement and save you the most money. If you need a new water heater in Phoenix, call the experts at The Sunny Plumber today!

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Indicators That You Should Call for Leak Detection in Mesa, AZ

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

When you have a plumbing leak under the sink, you’re bound to notice pools of water forming near the source. But your plumbing system is a complex network of pipes and drains, so you may not always notice leaks as soon as they occur. A pipe can spring a leak anywhere in your plumbing system, which means water may leak into your yard or into the walls, floors, or ceiling. If this happens, you may develop a mold or mildew problem, and the leak may worsen. But how do you know when to call for professional leak detection?

  • Low Water Pressure: One of the ways you can tell that there may be a leak in your plumbing system is if you notice low water pressure. Your water supply is pressurized so that water can move out of the faucets at an optimal flow rate. But if water just seems to trickle from the faucet or showerhead, it may be leaking through a pipe in your water supply line.
  • Water Spots in Your Yard: The pipes that connect the municipal water supply to your home, as well as the pipes that link the drainage system to the sewer, run underneath your yard. If you see wet spots in your yard, there may be a leak in the water or sewer line.
  • High Water Usage: If your water bills seem to be unusually high, it may be due to a leak. Compare your water usage to the previous month. If usage is up but nothing has changed significantly in your household, professional leak detection may pin down the problem with fiber optic video inspection technology.
  • Older Pipes: If you have an older plumbing system that hasn’t been checked recently, you may want to schedule leak detection services just to be sure your pipes are still viable. While newer pipes are made from copper or plastic materials, older steel pipes are likely to corrode.

If you believe a leak may threaten your home plumbing system, call The Sunny Plumber. Our expert plumbers have the right tools to ensure your plumbing returns to normal with quality water leak detection services in Mesa, AZ.

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The Very First Labor Day Celebration

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Labor Day as a federal holiday, held on the first Monday of September, has been with us now for 120 years. President Grover Cleveland signed the law that made Labor Day a national holiday in 1894. Ever since then, the three-day weekend has provided people in the U.S. with the opportunity for vacations, time with their families, shopping trips, and a general celebration of the conclusion of summer and the beginning of fall.

However, there were twelve years of Labor Day observations in the U.S. before it became an official holiday. The first Labor Day celebration took place in 1882 in New York City on September 5. According to the accounts from the time, it had a rough start and almost didn’t happen.

The main event planned for that first Labor Day was a parade along Broadway that was to start at City Hall. However, the parade ran into a bit of a snag early on. The marchers started to line up for the procession around 9 a.m., with a police escort to make sure the event went peacefully. However, the problem of the day wasn’t rowdy members of the parade—it was that nobody had remembered to bring a band!

With people ready to march, but no music to march to, it started to look like no parade would happen at all, and the first Labor Day would have ended up a failure. But just in time, Matthew Maguire of the Central Labor Union—one of the two men who first proposed the celebration—ran across the City Hall lawn to the Grand Marshal of the parade, William McCabe, to inform him that 200 men from the Jeweler’s Union of Newark were crossing the ferry to Manhattan… and they had a band!

At 10 a.m., only an hour late, the band from Newark walked down Broadway playing a number from a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera. They passed McCabe and the other 700 marchers, who then fell in line behind them. Soon, the spectators joined in, and an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people marched through Lower Manhattan.

According to the New York Times, “The windows and roofs and even the lamp posts and awning frames were occupied by persons anxious to get a good view of the first parade in New York of workingmen of all trades united in one organization.”

The parade concluded two hours later when the marchers reached Reservoir Park. But the party was only getting started. Until 9 p.m., some 25,000 people celebrated with picnics and speeches and beer kegs. It was an enormous success, and all thanks to the speedy arrival of jewelers carrying band instruments.

If those musicians from Newark hadn’t shown up, perhaps we wouldn’t have the holiday opportunity that we now have every year. However you celebrate your Labor Day, our family at The Sunny Plumber wishes your family a happy end of summer.

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