The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Why Do My Drains Stink?

Monday, January 15th, 2018

stainless-sink-drainYour plumbing system plays an integral role in your life each and every day. That is why any problems with your plumbing system really must be resolved as soon as possible. No, this does not just apply to problems such as burst pipes flooding your house. Something like smelly drains, for instance, may not be an emergency. It is a problem that you don’t just want to get used to though, right? If your drains smell bad, there are a few likely culprits.

Today, we’re going to explore a few reasons why you may have foul odors emanating from your drains. If you do, and there is no simple remedy for the problem, then contact our professional plumbers in Mesa, AZ right away. We are more than happy to help resolve the issue so that you can get back to using your plumbing system problem-free. It doesn’t matter if you don’t often have company—nobody should have to put up with sink stink!

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The Sunny Plumber earns 2017 Contractor of the Year

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

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The Sunny Plumber has been named the 2017 “Contractor of the Year” by the Metro Phoenix Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC).

Dennis Correll, executive director of the Arizona/Metro Phoenix PHCC, presented the prestigious award to The Sunny Plumber at the association’s annual dinner in November.

The PHCC Contractor of the Year Award recognizes “outstanding achievement” in the industry. Criteria for this award include community contributions and promotion of the trade, relationship with wholesalers, manufacturers and other organizations, consumer awareness/community service and being a member in good standing in the Metro Phoenix PHCC Association.

In 2017, The Sunny Plumber partnered with the Foundation for Senior Living and donated $100,000 to ensure seniors in the area are able to take care of vitally needed plumbing repairs in their homes. To date, dozens of seniors have had successful repairs and renovations completed. 

“The Sunny Plumber team works hard to make a positive difference in the community and this recognition coming from our peers makes our efforts all the more rewarding,” said Gary Eisenhauer, manager at The Sunny Plumber. “I’m proud of The Sunny Plumber team for their ongoing hard work and thank the Metro Phoenix PHCC for their dedication to the industry.”

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Prevent Holiday Plumbing Nightmares

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

By Gary Eisenhauer

The holidays are a time to enjoy with friends and family. However, Thanksgiving, and other seasonal holidays, present the perfect recipe for costly and embarrassing plumbing failures. With a little planning and insight from industry experts, you can prevent yourself from holiday hassles. Here are the top four tips from The Sunny Plumber to keep your pipe dreams in check.

What’s the No. 1 issue consumers need to think about around the holidays to keep their plumbing working?

One of the most common plumbing issues people face during the holidays is a clogged sink or malfunctioning garbage disposal. I always recommend being wary of the “FOG.” Fats, oils, and grease are your garbage disposals worst enemy. While this material is in liquid form when it’s initially poured into the disposal, it congeals into a viscous sludge as it cools. The FOG then sticks to the walls of the disposal chamber, as well as the walls of the drain pipe. This can gum up the impeller, as well as clog the drain. Don’t pour FOG down the garbage disposal if you want to avoid these issues. Throw it away, instead.

That’s a good tip. What else should I avoid putting down my drain?

Never put beans, rice, pasta and bread down the drain. These are like sponges and when saturated with water, this food material will expand and can cause a backup. In addition, bones and fibrous foods should be thrown away or composted.

Moving to the bathroom, what should we steer clear of?

During the holidays bathroom facilities are taxed with additional traffic and usage. Annual maintenance to clear any build-up can often prevent major toilet clogs and avoid the spread of infectious waste in the bathroom. Also, stay away from using chemicals to try and clear blockage as this rarely remedies a clogged line and can damage your pipes. If a plunger doesn’t clear the clog, turn to the pros.

What to be mindful of with water heaters?

The arrival of cooler weather raises caution for water heaters. Cold air causes expansion and contraction in water heaters and in older units, fractures can occur resulting in failure – which usually leads to flooding. Routine maintenance can identify those risks as well as ensure water heaters are operating effectively and efficiently. Water heaters are your best friend, but can cause a lot of headaches when they are not taken care of or installed incorrectly. With some minor attention, you can prevent major problems from occurring and enjoy the holiday without flooding or no hot water with a house full of guests.

Gary Eisenhauer is general manager of The Sunny Plumber.

About The Sunny Plumber

The Sunny Plumber offers the highest quality plumbing services throughout the Southwest. All plumbers are experienced in solving a wide variety of plumbing problems including drain cleaning, leak detection, sewer line and garbage disposal repair. The company also sells, installs and services standard and tankless water heaters. All plumbers are background-checked, drug-tested, and receive continuous technical training to make them the best in the industry. For more information, visit thesunnyplumber.com.

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Is Your Plumbing System Ready for More Holiday Fun?

Monday, December 4th, 2017

kid-washing-dishesIt better be because, like it or not, there is more on the way! Now, we’re not saying that your plumbing system means to be a party pooper. The fact of the matter is, however, that the holidays are a trying time for this particular system in your home. There are a few different ways in which the influx of guests and the increase in food preparation/clean-up can negatively affect your plumbing in Phoenix, AZ.

Fortunately for you, there are also a number of ways in which you can help to prevent problems from developing. The plumbing pros here at The Sunny Plumber Phoenix would love to discuss a few of them with you today. We know that the holiday season can be a hectic time, and we are happy to help in any way that we can to reduce the level of stress that you may encounter. Call today with any questions that you may have. 

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Ask a Plumber: What Causes Low Water Pressure?

Monday, November 6th, 2017

woman-in-showerWhat is better after a long day of work during the hottest time of the year then jumping into a nice, cool shower? Or a warm shower on those nights and mornings when there is a chill in the air? Pretty much nothing! Of course, it is a lot more difficult to enjoy one’s shower, perfect though the temperature may be, when the water pressure leaves a lot to be desired. Don’t ever ignore low water pressure in your home.

As is the case with many different plumbing problems, there are many different possibilities in terms of what is causing this particular problem. These issues may be relatively benign, or they could suggest problems that could do serious damage to your plumbing system. It could even be the result of a situation well beyond your own personal control. Whatever the case may be, you can count on our plumbers in Mesa, AZ to diagnose the problem and resolve it completely. 

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Plumbing FAQ: What Cannot Go Down the Disposal?

Monday, October 9th, 2017

mom-and-daughter-kitchen-sinkThere are certain components and fixtures that no plumbing system can really be called “complete” without. Your toilet, for instance, or a kitchen sink. Then there are other devices and appliances that are of a more optional variety. This is where the garbage disposal would fit. Sure, you may not need a garbage disposal incorporated into your plumbing system. Once you’ve used one, though, you may find it hard to imagine going back to life without its conveniences.

The garbage disposal in your plumbing system is hugely beneficial, but it also has its limitations. You really don’t want to push it beyond those limitations, as you could wind up damaging the garbage disposal. You may even wind up damaging it beyond repair. With that in mind, today we want to focus on what you should not be putting down your garbage disposal. If you have any questions or need garbage disposal services, always turn to a professional plumber in Gilbert, AZ.

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Is Hard Water Really a Problem?

Monday, September 11th, 2017

water-softenerThere are a lot of problems that homeowners may encounter which could rightly be called plumbing emergencies. If you come home from a weekend on the road only to find that your lower floor is flooded by a burst pipe, for instance, or if your water is contaminated and not safe to drink. Other issues may not be quite as severe or immediately pressing, but that does not necessarily mean that they are any less important. This is the case with hard water.

If you have hard water in your home, then contact a professional plumber in Scottsdale, AZ to have the problem resolved. Using a water softener to treat the water running throughout your plumbing system is a simple and effective solution. Before you take that step, however, you’ll likely want to understand not only why hard water is such an issue, but how to spot it in the first place. Read on, and contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

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Bathroom Plumbing FAQ: Is My Toilet Leaking?

Monday, August 28th, 2017

As professional plumbers, you can imagine that a lot of our business entails trips to bathrooms in our clients’ homes. This makes sense, considering the fact that this is generally, along with the kitchen, where the highest concentration of plumbing fixtures and components is. If trips to bathrooms are common, then calls regarding leaking toilets are extremely common cause for those trips. When you have to get yourself and your family up and out of the house in a timely fashion in the morning, a leaking toilet is a major setback.

Before you panic, however, you should keep the following tips in mind. Now, don’t get us wrong–we most certainly do not advise you to make every plumbing job or toilet repair in your home into a DIY event. However, there are a few simple factors that you may want to rule out before scheduling professional bathroom plumbing services in Queen Creek, AZ.

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Plumbing FAQ: What Is a Slab Leak?

Monday, August 14th, 2017

corroded-pipesWhat would you guess is the most common problem that homeowners encounter with their residential plumbing systems? If you said “leaks,” then you are correct. Modern plumbing tools and materials, paired with the skills and expertise of professional plumbers, help to keep such leaks to a minimum. They still happen, though, and you may not realize that there are a few different types of leaks that homeowners may encounter. Today, we are going to talk about a type of leak called the “slab leak.”

Before we get further into the topic, we want to start by saying that you really never want to run into a slab leak on your property. It is easier than ever for plumbers to pinpoint the source of these leaks and fix them, but they are still very problematic. So without further ado, let’s shed some light on what slab leaks are, and what you can do to recognize the development of a slab leak in Maricopa, AZ

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Do I Have a Gas Leak?

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

gas-burnerNatural gas is, without question, one of the greatest resources that we have at our disposal. Natural gas is affordable. It is largely a domestic product, allowing us to scale back our reliance on foreign oil. It is also versatile, used in heating systems, ovens/ranges, water heaters, and even clothes dryers. What it is not, however, is 100% safe. No fuel is, which is why so many safety precautions are put in place for various fuels and the systems that use them.

Any time that you are dealing with a combustible fuel, there is the potential for a dangerous situation to develop. A gas leak is certainly a prime example of one such situation. The “good” news here is that there are many different warning signs that can alert you to such a problem in your home or on your property.

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