The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for October, 2014

Why You Might Want Standard Tank Water Heater Installation

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The most common method of heating water in modern homes is the storage tank water heater, a unit that contains a large tank and a heating element so that it can store hot water, making it available for use throughout the day. Cool water moves to the bottom of the tank through a long dip tube, and a gas or electric heating element heats the water at the bottom of the tank. The heat rising principle allows hot water to rise to the top of the tank, where a pipe sucks it up for use when a hot water tap is turned on. For many years, this was the most logical way to heat water, but advancements in technology led to the development of the tankless water heater.

Tankless water heaters don’t need to store any water at all. Instead, they use a computer, which activates as soon as you turn on a hot water tap in the home. A tankless unit has either an electric or gas-powered heating element, just like a storage tank water heater. However, it only turns on when you need it and turns off immediately afterwards. There are many benefits to this type of system, and yet many homeowners continue to choose standard tank water heater installation in Gilbert, AZ. While tankless units have many benefits, they may not necessarily be the right choice for you.

Tankless water heaters have a few major advantages. First, they don’t take up a lot of space because there are no large storage tanks. Second, they will never run out of hot water, a common complaint with storage tank water heaters in large households. And most importantly, they don’t use energy throughout the day like a traditional water heater, meaning there is no standby energy loss, reducing your energy bills every month.

However, a tankless water heater is more costly than a traditional storage tank heater. And while the energy savings may eventually offset the higher cost of installation, it will take many years before this happens, and many homeowners decide this is simply not worth the wait. Some homeowners are dissatisfied with tankless water heaters because they can take a while to start heating up the water. And you may need additional tankless units to accommodate larger households—at an additional cost.

For many homeowners, tankless units are a great way to save money throughout the years. But for others, a traditional storage tank water heater is still the best choice. Call The Sunny Plumber for expert advice about water heater installation in Gilbert, AZ.

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Is It That Important to Repair a Leaky Sink?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Leaky sinks are an extremely common problem in homes across the country. Most of the time, the problem goes ignored for days, weeks, even years. After all, the sound of dripping water is annoying, but hardly that big of an issue, right? Actually, a leaky sink can cause thousands of dollars in damage and wasted water if it isn’t fixed. Let’s examine some of the specifics.

Water Wasting

Let’s say you have a leaky faucet in your home that drips once per minute. That’s pretty slow as far as leaks go. Well, that once faucet will drip over 1400 times per day. If you factor it out to an entire year, that’s over 30 gallons wasted. What if it drips four times per minute? Again, that’s a pretty conservative estimate for a lot of leaks. That adds up to over 130 gallons of water wasted every year. It adds up, and ends up costing you money.

Water Damage

If the leak is from your faucet, chances are you don’t have to worry about water damage. Your sink is designed to handle water, after all. Where this really becomes a problem is if you have a leak in the pipes under the sink. The most common result of a leak under the sink is the growth of mold. The dark, damp environment under most sinks is the ideal place in which mold can grow. Oftentimes, mold like this can pose health risks to those living in the house.

The other thing to watch out for is water rotting out areas under the sink. This can lead to structural damage, which can necessitate replacing the entire cabinet. That’s an awful lot of time and expense for something as simple as a leaking pipe. These kinds of leaks are more dangerous because they often take place completely out of sight. Be sure to check under your sink every so often to make sure that everything is dry, and no pipes are leaking.

If you are experiencing leaks in your water system, call The Sunny Plumber. We offer quality sink repair services throughout Glendale, AZ.

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Shower Problems That Need a Professional Plumber

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The shower is supposed to be a place where you can feel energized and prepare for the day. So if you encounter problems with your shower, it can really put a damper on your day. Fortunately, professional plumbers can fix any number of issues, from the smallest of leaks to the toughest of drain clogs, so that you can continue to have a pleasant experience every morning.

When you need a professional plumber for your shower in Mesa, AZ, the experts at The Sunny Plumber  have you covered with 24/7 emergency service.

Common Shower Problems

These are a few common reasons you may need to contact a professional for shower repairs.

  • Leaks: A leak from your showerhead may seem like a small annoyance, but it can significantly raise your utility bills. This may be a simple fix for a technician with a trained eye. Plumbers may only need to make a few minor adjustments, or they may recommend a new fixture. This presents you with the opportunity to purchase a low-flow showerhead that may save you even more every month.
  • Drain Clogs: If you cannot dislodge a drain clog with a plunger, you should always call a professional for repairs. Liquid drain cleaners advertise results, but these chemicals can be toxic, potentially injuring the skin and eyes. Furthermore, they cannot dissolve some types of blockage and may end up harming your pipes. Professionals can use drain augers to remove tough clogs and have equipment that can fully clean out the rest of the drain pipe to prevent clogs from forming in the future and making your daily shower an unpleasant experience.
  • Low Water Pressure: If the water pressure in your shower does not quite seem to be cutting it, there could be a couple of reasons. You may have a leak in the pipes, or you could have mineral deposits that build up and block water flow. Leaks should be repaired right away to prevent water damage in your home. For mineral deposits, a professional can descale the pipes and may recommend a water softener to solve the problem for all of your pipes in the future.

Call The Sunny Plumber to speak with an experienced plumber in Mesa, AZ today!

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How to Avoid Bathroom Plumbing Repairs

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Bathroom plumbing problems can come at the most inconvenient times. You may notice a major clog when you need to take a relaxing bath, or you may find leaks in your bathroom right before your big vacation plans. This could make any homeowner feel frustrated, which is why The Sunny Plumber has put together this list of a few easy ways to prevent sudden problems from ruining your day.

  • Use a drain cover. One of the most common reasons that drains clog is too much hair. Hair may become stuck to pipes that are lined with sludge, or it may gather in the P-trap, the curved section of pipe beneath your sink that looks like a sideways letter P. Prevent hair from causing clogs by using a drain cover in your shower and bathroom sink.
  • Avoid liquid drain cleaner. When homeowners experience annoying drain clogs, they may try to solve the problem with liquid drain cleaners that can be purchased at most hardware stores. But these harsh chemicals are unable to dissolve most types of clogs, and can seriously damage your pipes, leading to further repairs. Besides, these chemicals may cause injury to the eyes or skin. Instead, only trust household plungers or equipment used by professional plumbers to remove blockage.
  • Install a water softener. Another way to ensure your pipes continue to work as they should is by installing a water softener. Hard water, an excess of minerals in your water, may allow deposits to gather within your pipes, collecting until it reduces your water pressure significantly. This means you’ll need a plumber to descale your pipes, or worse, pipe replacement. Professional water softener installation keeps his problem from occurring later on.
  • Schedule regular maintenance. Finally, you should schedule plumbing maintenance services once a year with a certified plumber. With this service, components of your entire system are thoroughly cleaned and inspected. This can prevent sudden problems from occurring, and it allows you to control when a plumber enters your home, so you’re not surprised by repair needs in the middle of a busy day.

When you need preventive maintenance or repairs for your kitchen or bathroom plumbing in Chandler, AZ, the experienced, certified plumbers at The Sunny Plumber can handle it all. Give us a call today!

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How to Find Out What Type of Water Treatment System You Need

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Most homeowners want the water they drink to be clean and free of contaminants. While your municipal water supply is often treated to remove some common contaminants, others may remain in your water supply, or they may make their way into your water as it moves through the water supply lines. And many harmful contaminants may reside in your water supply if your home relies on a well.

That’s why many homeowners rely on whole-house water filtration systems to keep their water clean and healthy. But with all of the systems available today, it’s hard to know which one is right for you without proper testing. Let’s take a look at the type of systems out there and why it’s important to schedule professional water testing in Tempe.

Types of Systems Available

There are a lot of different types of filtration systems available to treat your particular water supply problem—so many, in fact, that you may be unable to pick the right one without water testing.

  • Water Softener: While a majority of homes have “hard water” and experience no problems, some people may have a slight reaction to the minerals in their water. Or, hard water can cause mineral deposits to build up to the point that pipes are unusable, but a water softener can prevent this from occurring.
  • Reverse Osmosis System: A reverse osmosis system filters out many contaminants by using a membrane with holes that are too small for anything to pass through besides water.
  • Specialty Cartridges: A reverse osmosis system may be unnecessary for some homeowners, who would rather use specialty cartridges to filter out only those contaminants found to be a problem during water testing.
  • Chemical Feed Pump: A chemical feed pump is used to treat contaminants in well water, and can be designed to target only those bacteria and minerals common in your area.

Talk to a Professional First

Professionals can take samples of your water and give you feedback so that you don’t have to determine which unit is the right choice for you on your own. For water treatment system installation and water testing in Tempe, call The Sunny Plumber today!

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