The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for November, 2014

What Water Testing Can Tell You About Your Home’s Water

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Homeowners today are often concerned about the quality of the water entering their home’s plumbing—sometimes for very good reasons. Chemicals and minerals can infiltrate the municipal water supply, and homes that use well water are also in danger of contamination.

The best way to find out if your water is healthy and not causing damage to your plumbing is to call for professional water testing in Mesa, AZ from The Sunny Plumber. We are qualified plumbing specialists for the area, and our expertise also extends to the installation and maintenance of quality water treatment systems. Here are some of the problems we can detect in your residential water supply through our water testing services:

Water Hardness

Hard water is one of the most common problems that municipal water can face, and it is a particular problem in many parts of the Valley. “Hard water” means water that contains a higher than average levels of minerals such as magnesium, gypsum, and calcium. Although hard water is rarely hazardous to drink, it can taste bad and makes it difficult to create soap lather. But most damaging is that it will build up inside pipes and fixtures and cause severe problems leading to repairs.

The Presence of Chemicals

Chemicals can enter the fresh water that comes through the municipal supply via ground seepage. Pesticides are among the more common hazardous chemicals that can reach your water in this way. Chlorine and Chloramines are often found in residential water supplies. Chemicals are also a major concern if your home receives its water supply from a well.

Viruses and Bacteria

Water treatment plants usually keep out these organic hazards from the municipal water supply, but there are still ways that your water might suffer from bacterial contamination that can cause illness throughout your household.

Wastewater Infiltration

Your home’s plumbing is designed to keep wastewater separate from fresh water. However, sewage backflow can occur that will lead to some wastewater contamination entering your fresh water lines. This is dangerous for your health, and it is important to have it detected and stopped as soon as possible.

Call The Sunny Plumber today to schedule an appointment for professional water testing service in Mesa, AZ and other parts of the Valley. We use professionals who know how to take samples from around your home, and the laboratory results will pinpoint exactly what is inside your water supply. You can then rely on our water treatment specialists to identify the installation that will help you counteract the problems in your water so you can enjoy healthier living and healthier plumbing.

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Do I Need Water Filtration Maintenance in Scottsdale?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

If you own a water filtration system, you’ve already taken one of the most important steps in keeping your family safe and healthy. Whole-home water treatment systems like specialty filters and reverse osmosis systems help protect your family members from contaminants like arsenic, chloramine, bacteria, and other health hazards. However, installation isn’t the only step towards eliminating or lowering the number of contaminants in your home.

Here at The Sunny Plumber, we recommend that a plumber inspects your water filtration system every year to keep your water pure and contaminant-free. You may choose to do this as part of annual plumbing maintenance so that all of the other components of your plumbing system are protected as well. Here’s why you should consider water filtration maintenance from us in Scottsdale.

Inadequate Filtration

One of the largest consequences of neglecting water filtration maintenance is inadequate filtration. In general, a whole-house water treatment system should last for many years with very few problems. However, like any component of your plumbing system, there is a chance of leaks, clogs, or general failure that allows untreated water to make its way to your tap. With maintenance, your unit is thoroughly cleaned and any potential problems are caught early on.

Maintenance is particularly important if you own a well and rely on a chemical feed pump to treat the water. For those who get their water from a water main, it is already somewhat treated at a municipal water treatment facility. For families that own a well, chemical feed pumps are essential for your family’s health as they treat the contaminants that are common to your area, and untreated well water can be particularly harmful to your health.

Low Water Pressure

Another reason to schedule regular plumbing maintenance is to avoid low water pressure. A water filtration system is installed at a point of entry for your water line so that all of the water that enters your home is filtered. As a filter becomes clogged with particles and debris, your water pressure may drop, and you may wake up one day to find that very little water can make its way into your home.

For more information on water treatment systems in Scottsdale, call the experienced installation and maintenance experts at The Sunny Plumber and schedule an appointment today!

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Some Upgrades for Your Kitchen Plumbing in Tempe, AZ

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Many important conversations happen over a family dinner at home, which is just one of the many reasons some people describe the kitchen as the most important room in the house. Without functional kitchen plumbing, meal preparation could become nearly impossible, as you could not rinse vegetables, boil water, rinse dishes, or drain wastewater. Your kitchen sink, drain, and stove are all essential to your home life, so what if you could make some improvements to make meal preparation and cleaning simpler and more enjoyable?

Sure, your current plumbing components may work just fine. But if the plumbing is not set up as efficiently as you’d like it to be, meal preparation and cleanup is a chore, and even making a quick snack becomes a hassle. Convert your kitchen into a room you’ll want to visit again and again throughout the day by considering one or more of the following upgrades to your kitchen plumbing.

  • New Garbage Disposal: If you don’t currently have a garbage disposal, kitchen cleanup can be a mess and your drain pipes may be more likely to clog. Garbage disposals break up food into small pieces so that they can easily move down the drain. You can even replace your old garbage disposal with a faster model by calling a plumber for installation services.
  • Kitchen Sink: The sink you currently own may be functional, but does it suit all of your kitchen needs? Some homeowners choose to upgrade to a larger sink or one that is positioned higher up for practical purposes. Others select a stylish single-bowl design or a functional two-bowl design to replace their older sink. In any case, a professional can install the sink and replace or move any plumbing components as needed.
  • Gas-Fired Range: Some plumbers are actually qualified to move, replace, or install gas lines in your kitchen as well. Many homeowners prefer gas-powered ranges to electricity as it can cost nearly half as much to operate. If you decide to install a gas stove for the first time or want to move your previous range to another location, an expert can reconfigure the gas lines safely and place them in an ideal position for the new location of your appliance.

At The Sunny Plumber, we install these fixtures and more so that you can get the most out of your kitchen plumbing in Tempe. Speak with a professional about your plumbing installation options today by giving our team a call.

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