The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for March, 2015

Should My Water Heater Develop Rust?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

It makes sense that a water heater would be susceptible to rust damage: when water and metal meet, rust is always a possibility. But is rusting something that will happen inevitably to a water heater? Or is its appearance a sign that something is wrong with the system and it will either need repairs or a replacement? We’ll answer these questions in this post.

If you have any issues with your water heater—whether rusts, leaks, or a heating malfunctioning—call on professionals right away. When you require water heater repair in Goodyear, AZ that you can depend on any time of the day or night, make the call to The Sunny Plumber. We’ll see that your worries about your hot water supply are taken care of.

Rust and water heaters

The simple answer to the question, “Should my water heater develop rust?” is no. It can develop rust, but if it does, than you have a serious issue with the water heater that requires professionals look into it right away. If corrosion advances too far on a water heater, it will mean that the whole system must be replaced.

The reason that a water heater won’t rust under normal circumstances is a component called the anode rode, also known as the sacrificial anode rod. This metal rod, usually made of magnesium, is attached at the top of the tank and does the job of attracting the damage of the chemical reaction that causes corrosion inside the water tank. In effect, it “sacrifices” itself to rust so that the rest of the water heater will not rust.

Eventually, an anode rod will rust through entirely, and at this point it will stop protecting the water heater. This is the main reason why an older water heater may start to develop corrosion. Rust will substantially weaken the metal of a water heater tank, leading to leaks. It also creates an insulating layer inside the tank that can cause a temperature imbalance and make the tank overheat.

You can help stop rust from attacking your water heater by making sure that the anode rod is replaced before it rusts completely. During a regular water heater maintenance visit, the technician will check on the anode rod and provide a replacement if it is nearing the end of its service. The technician will also be able to tell you when the appearance of rust in the water heater is a sign that you need to have a replacement.

We specialize in water heater repair at The Sunny Plumber, and our plumbers are ready to help with any issues you may have with your water heater in Goodyear, AZ. We also provide regular maintenance services that will keep rust from harming your water heater.

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3 Common Myths about Garbage Disposals

Friday, March 20th, 2015

You probably use the garbage disposal in your kitchen multiple times a day and would have a hard time imagining what it would be like to clean-up after meals without it. The majority of homeowners around the country have the same experience as you, since garbage disposals are now accepted as a basic appliance in the modern kitchen.

And, like anything that grows widespread, the kitchen garbage disposal has also developed a number of myths surrounding it. The Internet hasn’t help to dispel any of them, and has probably propagated even more. We hope we can clear up a few of these misunderstandings and help you take better care of your kitchen’s disposal so that keeps it working for many years to come.

Whenever you require professional services for a garbage disposal in Mesa, AZ, or the installation of a new one, just give The Sunny Plumber a call and let us take care of it.

3 major garbage disposal myths

  • You can sharpen the blades with ice cubes: You may have heard that garbage disposals that are having trouble grinding down food should have their blades sharpened, which you can do by pouring ice cubes into the hopper and turning on the disposal. This doesn’t work, however, since there are no sharp “blades” in the disposal. The impellers that grind organic waste are blunt. Putting ice cubes into the disposal won’t do any good, and may even cause damage. If a disposal isn’t performing well, you should call for repairs.
  • You should always pour hot water down the disposal when it’s running: We understand the thought process here, since hot water dissolves grease. But when you run the disposal while hot water is pouring into it, you risk causing it to overheat. Use cold water when clearing out the disposal as much as possible.
  • Disposals can handle any food product: A garbage disposal is durable, but it is not invincible. A kitchen disposal is designed to grind down soft food particles; it cannot handle food waste such as bones, gristle, corn cobs, and un-popped popcorn kernels. If your teeth can’t chew it, than neither can the disposal, and you should instead place it in the trash.

No matter how cautious you are about using your garbage disposal, it may still break down at some point. Don’t risk trying to fix it yourself! Call for the professionals at The Sunny Plumber in Mesa, AZ for garbage disposal repair services. We are available 24/7 for your convenience.

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Some Options for a Kitchen Faucet Replacement

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

The kitchen faucet is unlike the other faucets elsewhere in a house. It usually has a more complex design to allow for flexibility in food preparation and clean-up, and has greater water flow than standard bathroom faucets. Kitchen faucets also come with a variety of options and features to make them more convenient. If you would like to upgrade an older kitchen faucet in your home, or if you need to have one installed for a new kitchen, contact the skilled plumbers at The Sunny Plumber today. We offer quality work and a wide range of products when it comes to plumbing in Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding areas.

Here are a few options to consider when you are in the market for a new kitchen faucet:

Low-flow models

You use a tremendous amount of water in the kitchen every day, and the kitchen faucet is unfortunately a fixture that often wastes water. If you install a special low-flow model, you can cut back on water use by a third without suffering any noticeable decline in performance.

Pull-out and pull-down spray faucets

These are faucets that have a high-pressure sprayer on a hose built into the faucet itself, rather than using a separate side-sprayer. You can pull out the sprayer from the faucet in order to handle cleaning and other tasks with greater ease. The two types are not exactly the same (although the terms are often used interchangeably), so ask your plumber about which option best suits your kitchen and your specific needs.

Single-handle faucets

If your old faucet used the standard two handles to operate water flow and temperature, you might consider making the switch to using a single handle to take care of all functions. Although convenient, you may decide that a single handled faucet isn’t a good match for your kitchen design.

When you are selecting a new faucet, you need to balance out both practical and aesthetic factors in order to find the right one for all your needs. Consider how much use the sink receives, how many people use it, and what particular tasks it serves the most. This will help you narrow down your options. A professional plumber will assist with making the best choice, and then handle the actual installation to see that the new faucet works the way you want it.

When you call The Sunny Plumber, you can count on receiving the highest quality plumbing in Phoenix, AZ. If you are looking for a new kitchen faucet, give us a call.

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Pedestal vs. Submersible: The Different Types of Sump Pumps

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

If you are concerned about excess moisture in your home gathering in the basement, or you have worried about flooding damage due to a broken pipe or other plumbing accident, you should give serious consideration to calling a professional plumber to install a sump pump. Sump pumps remove water that gathers in a central pit (the sump) in a basement or other area of a home and then use impeller pumps to place it the wastewater system or a well. The Sunny Plumber has team members experienced with installing and servicing sump pumps in Glendale, AZ, so give them a call when you think it’s time to have a sump pump put into your home.

You will have to consider what type of pump to install. Your plumbing professional will help you make the best choice. There are two basic models you will consider, pedestal and submersible sump pumps

Pedestal sump pumps

These sumps pumps are placed above the sump on a—you guessed it—pedestal. A pipe runs from the sump pump down into the sump, and the motorized impeller pump draws the water up into the unit. Pedestal pumps are easy to service since they are not down in the water, and they will usually last for many years without major issues. However, they tend to use more power than submersible pumps and are not in general as energy efficient.

Submersible sump pumps

Just as the name implies, a submersible pump is placed down in the sump itself, submerged in the water. The impeller pumps draws water directly into the unit through intake valves, and the pump then pushed the water out through a pipeline leading from the sump. Submersible pumps consume less energy to do their job. However, they can suffer from more repair needs because of the continual presence of water, and they are a bit trickier to service.

Unless you are a plumbing professional, it’s difficult to determine which type of sump pump is ideal for your home. That’s why you should always contact experienced plumbers, like those at The Sunny Plumber, when you are interested in a sump pump installation for your home. We have many years of experience with servicing sump pumps in Glendale, AZ, and we will help you make the best choice for your home’s needs. Contact us today to arrange an appointment.

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