The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for February, 2015

How Water Testing Is Conducted

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Do you have quality water coming into your home through the municipal supply? This is a good question to ask; even though the municipal water supply receives treatment, the water can still pick up contamination through the pipes and groundwater seepage on the way to your home’s plumbing. The best way to eliminate such pollution in your water is to have a whole-house water treatment system professionally installed. This way you can enjoy safe, healthy water that won’t cause any damage to your plumbing system.

But this leads into another question: What exactly is contaminating your water? You need to know this so you can select a treatment system to deal with the problem, and this task requires professional water testing. To schedule the service, you call The Sunny Plumber today and speak to our experts in water testing for Paradise Valley, AZ. After they complete testing, they will help you with water treatment system selection and installation.

What happens during water testing

On the day that you schedule water testing, the professionals will arrive at your home and take samples from different fixtures and rooms in house. The water testers will make sure that they have a representative sample of the water from all around the home. They will then send these samples to a laboratory, which runs a series of tests on the water to determine what contamination it contains. These tests look for acidity, alkalinity, the presence of bacteria and other biological pollutants, and water hardness due to minerals.

The lab testing usually takes about a week to finish, and afterwards the lab will deliver a full report that the water testing professionals will go over with you. The report lists all the issues discovered in the water along with suggestions on what can be done to address them. You can decide based on this report and the suggestions of the professionals if you wish to have water treatment systems installed and which ones will do the best job.

Do you need water testing in Paradise Valley, AZ?

Although not all homes need to have water treatment systems installed to clean their water, all homes can benefit from water testing. You will at least know what is present in your water and if you should take steps to treat it.

Our water quality experts at The Sunny Plumber want you to have the best water for your home, free from issues with calcites, sulfurous oxide, pesticides, or any other potential health and plumbing hazard. Call us today to ask about getting started with water testing.

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The Dangers of Pinhole Leaks

Monday, February 16th, 2015

It sounds harmless enough – “pinhole leak” – because how bad can a hole the size of a pin be for your plumbing system and home? As it turns out, very bad. The constant leaking of a pinhole leak can cause a great deal of water damage to whatever is around it, and the leak also opens that particular pipe to extensive corrosion. Pinhole leaks can cause this much damage because they usually aren’t spotted until it’s too late, but with an annual plumbing maintenance appointment for your home, you can get ahead of any problems that may have developed with your plumbing system.

What Is a Pinhole Leak?

As its name indicates, a pinhole leak is a tiny leak that develops with copper piping. Pinhole leaks develop because of a breakdown in the copper, and there are a few ways this can happen:

  • Faulty installation
  • Poor chemistry in the copper itself
  • Water treatment chemicals hasten the breakdown process
  • Age
  • Chemistry of the local soil

The bottom line is that carrion plays a huge part in the creation of pinhole leaks, and the damage they can cause can be significant and costly. Some examples of the type of damage you can see from a pinhole leak in your plumbing are:

  • Damage to plaster and sheet rock
  • Damage to walls
  • Damage to flooring
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Corrosion in other parts of your system

Do I Have to Re-Pipe?

If pinhole leaks are found in your piping, your plumber will first assess how bad the damage is. For instance, if there’s just a small greenish-bluish spot on the pipe, the corrosion is likely not that bad and that one area can be treated, either with a small piece of new piping or an epoxy on the outside and inside of the pipe. But if there are multiple leaks and the corrosion is significant, you will most likely need to have your plumber re-pipe that part of your system.

Pinhole leaks are one of the things your plumber will check for during an annual plumbing maintenance visit, so if you have concerns about your plumbing, call The Sunny Plumber to schedule an appointment. We provide quality plumbing services in the Chandler area.

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Lupercalia: The Origin of St. Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Many people may think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday essentially created by card and gift companies, but the truth is that the holiday has long-standing roots going back to the Roman Empire. The name “Lupercalia” has its origins in the word “lupus”, which means wolf, and the reason for this is that according to Roman pagan religion, the she-wolf Lupa nursed the two orphaned infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.


The Festival

The Festival of Lupercalia spanned two days each February, from February 13th to 15th. The festival was about fertility and was led by Luperci priests, known as “brothers of the wolf”. The festival was serious with intention (fertility) but was executed as quite a romp for both the priests and citizens of Rome. The process was this: two male goats and a dog were sacrificed at the beginning of the festival by the priests; two young Luperci were then anointed with the blood from the animals, and the hides of the animals were cut into straps. As food and drink flowed, the male priests would run around the city wearing nothing but thongs made from the animal skins, and they also carried a strap from one of the sacrificed animals. The strap was used to strike the palms of Roman women waiting for the priests in the city, as it was believed that being hit with the strap could help with infertility issues and a safe, healthy labor for women who were pregnant.


The Transition to St. Valentine’s Day

The Christian influence of the holiday came around the 5th century. The Roman Empire was still strong, but Christianity was rapidly taking hold throughout the world. It is believed that to try and remove the paganism from the holiday, the deaths of two men, supposedly both named Valentine, were added into the mix. During the 3rd and 4th centuries, a law created by Claudius II forbade young men eligible for military service to marry, because Rome wanted a strong army. The two men named Valentine were priests, and married young couples in secret. Both were found out and executed on February 14th, although in separate years. The Church made Valentine a saint (they chose one), and Lupercalia became St. Valentine’s Day.


Here’s wishing you and your loved one a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Why You Should Rely on Professionals for Water Filtration Installation

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Many homeowners keep a filtered water pitcher in the refrigerator that strains particles out of the water they drink. But what about the water throughout the home? You and your family members deserve clean water no matter what faucet or fixture you happen to be using. The same contaminants in your drinking water may exist in your dishwasher, washing machine, shower, and the water you use to brush your teeth. But a whole-home water filter is installed at the point-of-entry for your water supply, which means your entire home is protected.

What Makes Water Filtration Necessary

As you may already know, water from your municipality does go through a treatment process in an attempt to make water safer for human consumption. However, the treatment process mostly targets contaminants common to your area, so some particles and organisms may remain, or they may collect in the pipes along the way to your home. Furthermore, water treatment plants add chemicals like chlorine and fluoride to the water, to which many people are sensitive.

Water filtration is important because there may be any of several contaminants in your water supply that could affect your health, skin, hair, and even your pipes. This includes contaminants like arsenic, which can lead to skin damage and has been linked to cancer, legionella, an organism known to cause pneumonia, and nitrates that are especially dangerous for small children. For whole-home filtration, you may select filters that target particular contaminants, reverse osmosis systems for nearly comprehensive protection, or a water softener which prevents pipe damage and other issues caused by “hard water.”

Professional Installation Is Key

The important thing to keep in mind is that installing any type of water filter will be quite a process. It will require you to shut off the water and dismantle your pipes in just the right way. A skilled technician will first make some complicated calculations, followed by a careful assessment of the state of your plumbing. The right technician will have all of the equipment for the job and should test the filter for accuracy, all of which cannot be guaranteed if you attempt the job on your own.

Calling The Sunny Plumber for water filtration installation and service in Gilbert, AZ gives you some peace of mind that your new system will operate as needed and protect your family for years to come. Call us today!

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