The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for April, 2015

When is a New Water Heater Installation Necessary?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Water heaters are built to last a long time. No matter how well you take care of your water heater, however, there will eventually come a point where you are going to need a new one installed. When that time arrives, it is important that you recognize it and act as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you may have to wait several days without hot water while a new system is installed to replace the one that broke down. Read on for an outline of a few of the common signs that a new water heater installation is necessary.

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Why You Should Consider Installing a Water Softener

Monday, April 20th, 2015

When you turn on the tap in your kitchen, you probably don’t think about what that water has to go through before it reaches your home. We won’t waste your time with the entire water cycle, but one of the most important parts of that water’s journey is the municipal treatment that removes any harmful chemicals or minerals from it. That’s why you can drink water from your tap without having to worry about getting sick. However, that municipal treatment is not a perfect solution to all water problems. There is one issue that can still pose a threat to your house: hard water. Let’s take a look at hard water, what it does, and how to get rid of it.

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How to Tell if You Need Drain Cleaning

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Drains occupy an unusual role in your home. They are responsible for removing all kinds of waste, keeping your home clean and sanitary, yet you very likely don’t spare much of a thought for them until they develop problems. Fortunately, if you catch these problems early enough you’ll be able to avoid many of the more serious repairs that are sometimes necessary. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you need drain cleaning.

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How to Tell if You Have a Hard Water Problem

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Before water is piped into your home, it is treated by the city to remove any harmful substances. Some small amounts of minerals and chemicals may be left over, but all the material that might actually be harmful is removed. However, there is another water problem that is not treated by the city. Though it is not dangerous to humans, it can cause a lot of damage to your plumbing. That problem is hard water.

Hard water is the term for any water with an above average mineral content. It is those minerals which pose a serious threat to your pipes. As the hard water flows through your plumbing, it deposits small amounts of minerals on the inner walls of the pipes. Over time, these mineral deposits can build to the point that they actually restrict or block the flow of water through the pipe. Advanced deposits of this type are called “lime scale.” Though you can’t really detect lime scale without looking inside the pipes, there are other signs that you can look for to determine if you have a hard water problem. Let’s take a look at a couple of them now.

Calcium Deposits

Lime scale is not the only way in which hard water affects the areas it flows through. Calcium deposits are mineral deposits that form on external surfaces exposed to hard water. They are a white, chalky substance that can often be found in showers and around faucet heads that are exposed to hard water. If you notice these calcium deposits in your home, it’s very likely that you have lime scale buildup in your pipes as well.

Decrease in Water Pressure

Part of what makes lime scale such a problem is that it restricts water flow through your pipes. While this is obviously a negative thing for your plumbing, at least it is something you can monitor. If you start to notice a steady decrease in water pressure when you turn on your taps or shower, you may have lime scale buildup. You should call a professional immediately to examine your pipes.

The best way to handle hard water buildup is with a water treatment system. If you’d like to know more, please call The Sunny Plumber. We provide water treatment services throughout Phoenix, AZ.

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What Kinds of Tools Do Professionals Use for Leak Detection?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

One of the reasons it’s so important to call professional plumbers for leak detection services is that leaks are notoriously hard to find. Why? Because well over 90% of your plumbing is hidden behind walls, above ceilings and under floors. To find hidden leaks, professional plumbers use several high-tech tools, in addition to years of experience and know-how. When you hire a plumbing professional from The Sunny Plumber, you can rest assured that you are hiring an expert with years of experience and access to the best tools around. Don’t let a hidden leak cause problems for you and your home – schedule an appointment with one of our experts today!

Types of Tools

Here are three of the more common tools you may see your plumbing expert use to locate a leak:

  • Specialized audio equipment – even the smallest leak will make a noise, and with state-of-the-art audio equipment, your plumber can listen-in to the plumbing and pinpoint, by audio, where the sound is coming from.
  • Visual aid equipment – use of cameras in plumbing has revolutionized the industry, allowing plumbers to see, in real time, exactly what is going on inside a particular pipe. One of the most commonly-used cameras is a fiber optic camera. This type of camera sits at the end of a thin cable that can be snaked deep into your plumbing system, allowing your plumber to see real-time, instant video of the inside of your pipes.
  • Infrared scanning – infrared scans create thermal images by reading the temperatures of surfaces. The reason professional plumbers use infrared scanning to detect leaks is that moist areas will register as cooler than the areas that are dry.

However, none of these tools is useful in the wrong hands. This is why it’s important to always hire a trained expert for all your plumbing needs, especially when it comes to leak detection. Leaks can undermine your foundation, cause the excessive development of mold and mildew as well as the development of rot. If you have concerns that your home in Scottsdale has a leak, call The Sunny Plumber today and schedule an appointment for our professional leak detection service.

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