The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for January, 2015

What Are Pinhole Leaks?

Friday, January 30th, 2015

When you think of leaks in your pipes, you probably think of something big and catastrophic, like a pipe cracking or completely rupturing. Though that can sometimes happen, the far more common and insidious leaks are the ones that don’t draw attention to themselves. These are the slow leaks, the ones that only release water one drop at a time, far too little for you to notice a change in your water supply. These are pinhole leaks. Let’s take a look at pinhole leaks, why they happen, why they’re so bad for your house, and why you need professional help to spot and seal them.

What is a Pinhole Leak?

A pinhole leak is the result of what is called “pitted corrosion,” where a pipe corrodes from the outside in. It exclusively affects copper pipes, which are normally resistant to all other types of corrosion. Pinhole leaks are normally very small, only large enough to allow the occasional drip of water. However, that slow drip can cause quite a bit of damage if left alone for long enough. No one really knows for certain why copper pipes have this tendency to corrode in such an unusual way. Many believe it to be something in the air that causes the pipe to degrade. So far, however, the EPA has been unable to conclusively identify the cause of pinhole leaks.

Why is it a Big Deal?

Pinhole leaks may seem like they aren’t a big deal, simply because they don’t adversely affect your water supply. However, they introduce moisture into areas of your house that really aren’t meant to get wet. Often, pinhole leaks drip water onto the insulation in your walls, leading to black mold and mildew growth that can have a very negative effect on your health. They can cause wood to rot, and supports to weaken. Don’t ever underestimate the power of even a small amount of water to destroy a structure over a long enough period of time.

Why Do I Need Professional Inspection?

Pinhole leaks, as has been mentioned, are extremely small. Even with close inspection, they can be difficult to detect. As such, it is very important to have regular inspections conducted in order to find and seal any pinhole leaks before they can cause serious damage to the surrounding areas. Professional plumbers have the tools and the expertise to deal with pinhole leaks as quickly and efficiently as possible.

If you haven’t had your plumbing inspected for pinhole leaks, call The Sunny Plumber. We provide professional plumbing repair in the Phoenix area.

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Tips to Avoid Water Heater Repair Needs

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Having a water heater breakdown is an annoying and inconvenient experience, to say the least. While it isn’t possible to completely avoid water heater repair, there are some steps you can take to reduce the amount of repair your unit may need. Here are some suggestions from The Sunny Plumber technicians for Mesa, AZ residents:

  • Drain some water bi-annually – it is natural for sediment to build-up on the bottom of your water heater, but if too much sediment builds-up, it can hamper the operation of your water heater. By draining some of the water from your water heater twice-annually, you’ll be able to remove a good amount of sediment from the bottom of the tank.
  • Check the pressure relief valve – the pressure relief valve is a safety device that relieves excess pressure in case the water heater becomes too hot. Relief valves can leak and/or corrode, which can cause them to malfunction. Checking the state of the relief valve can help keep you ahead of problems that may develop with it.
  • Check the temperature gauge bi-annually – your temperature gauge shouldn’t be set any higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit; any higher and you could see a rise in your energy bill and have scalding hot water. A hot-running water heater is also more prone to breakdown, so it’s best to keep the temperature moderate.
  • Is the unit insulated properly? – heat loss for the outside of a water heater tank can be significant, so it’s important to make sure it is properly insulated. Using an insulating blanket or wrap the unit carefully with other insulating material that is good for water heaters.
  • Check the exhaust equipment – water heaters that use natural gas need to be vented; if the venting is not working properly, dangerous toxic byproducts could be leaking into your home’s air.
  • Schedule annual maintenance – an annual maintenance appointment for your water heater will cover all these items and more.

Although your water heater will need to be repaired at some point, using these tips can help to greatly reduce the amount of repairs you may be facing. If you’re in need of a professional water heater repair service in Mesa, AZ, look no further than The Sunny Plumber! Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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Ways to Save Water in Your Bathroom

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Many of us are aware of how crucial it is to save water for the good of the environment and, of course, to cut back on utilities. But few people are aware of what it takes to do so. You may have cut back on your time in the shower or started hand-washing a few items instead of running an extra cycle on the dishwasher, but it can still feel as though you’re not doing enough. Luckily, it’s easy to save some money in the bathroom when you employ the help of a plumbing specialist.

Choose the expertise of The Sunny Plumber to help you figure out how you can cut spending and take advantage of more efficient bathroom plumbing in Glendale.

  • Repair a leaky sink or shower ASAP. Did you know that even a small leak from your pipes can waste up to 20 gallons of water a day? You may feel as though a small leak is manageable, but it’s important to get it fixed by a professional as quickly as possible in order to stop the leak from damaging your home and to make sure your plumbing is in top working order.
  • Replace or repair your water heater. Does it take the water in your bathroom a long time to heat up? Do you tend to turn on the shower and then walk away while you wait for the water to get warm? Your older water heater may not be in the best condition. It may be that there is buildup in the pipes that keeps it from running possibly, or that you need a new system entirely. But whatever the problem, a technician is best qualified to handle the repair or replacement.
  • Use lowflow toilets and faucet aerators. Low flow toilets cut water usage by more than half over older toilets by using a high-pressure flushing system instead of mass amounts of water. You can also choose to add a low-flow showerhead or a faucet aerator, a small piece that you may be able to locate at a hardware store, which restricts the flow of water from your sink.

Call The Sunny Plumber today for more information about our bathroom plumbing service and how you can save some money on your plumbing in Glendale.

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Contaminants That Water Filtration Will Remove

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

If you are concerned about the quality of the water in your home because of unpleasant tastes or odors in it, then you should contact water treatment specialists right away to see if they can help you with the installation of a whole-house water filtration system. Although you can reduce some contamination levels from your water with filtered pitchers and point-of-use filters attached to faucets, the best way to ensure that you target the contaminants you need removed is to have professionals provide you with water testing followed by installation of a filtration system that will do the job necessary.

One of our specialties at The Sunny Plumber is matching homes in Chandler, AZ to water filtration systems that will provide them with clean, healthy water. We offer water testing to make sure that your household receives the ideal filtration system for its needs.

Here are some of the more common water-borne contaminants that professionally installed water filters will remove:

  • Asbestos: Derived from natural ground deposits and from the cement in fresh water systems. Known to cause cancer.
  • Chlorine: One of the most common types of contaminants that can infiltrate a fresh water supply, chlorine is a byproduct of water disinfection through chlorination.
  • Giardia: A naturally occurring contaminant that can cause gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Hydrogen sulfide: This is a familiar contaminant, since it creates the unpleasant “rotten egg” smell that sometimes occurs in municipal water. Rarely harmful, but not something you want entering your home.
  • Iron: Although not hazardous for your health, excess iron can stain laundry and damage plumbing and appliances.
  • Mercury: Mercury can enter the municipal water supply due to crop runoff and natural deposits. Excess mercury can lead to kidney troubles and nervous system disorders.
  • Microbiological contaminants: A general term that applies to bacterial infections from sewage and septic leakage. Responsible for a variety of illnesses.
  • Radon: A well-known carcinogen that can enter homes in a variety of ways, including through the water system.
  • Turbidity: This is dirt that enters water through soil runoff, resulting in murky water.

Your home’s water could suffer from one or more of the above problems, and some are harder to detect than others. It takes skilled water treatment experts to test the water and find out exactly what sort of pollution it contains. Once this is done, the professionals can recommend the type of filter (activated carbon, sediment, iron reduction, carbon block, etc.) to counteract the contaminants so that you receive healthy water at every tap and appliance in your home.

Along with water filtration in Chandler, AZ, our knowledgeable team at The Sunny Plumber offers water softeners, reverse osmosis systems, and chemical feed pumps. Whatever is affecting your water, we will find a way to eliminate it. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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