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

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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When Should I Consider Repiping?

Monday, April 24th, 2017

question-markModern homeowners have a glut of conveniences at their disposal. Perhaps no single system is more vital to our way of life than the plumbing that both brings water into your home as needed and which disposes of waste and wastewater when necessary. Just think of all that you depend upon your plumbing system for, from doing the dishes and showering to washing your laundry and general household cleaning.

Now, just think about how much damage that water can do if it manages to get out of your pipes and leak into your home. Modern plumbing materials and system design help to minimize the risk of such problems developing. However, there is no such thing as a 100% reliable plumbing system. If you are experiencing certain problems with your home, and there are other deciding factors present, then repiping your house in Phoenix, AZ may be your best option. Here are a few tips on when to consider repiping services.

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Sunny Plumber donates plumbing services to Mesa resident

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Mesa resident Carol Cifelli was without a water heater for several days, according to a press release.

“Cold showers and cold water for cleaning dishes does not provide for the best sanitary conditions,” Ms. Cifelli, who is disabled, said in the release.

Living in low-income housing and not able to afford a much-needed water heater, Ms Cifelli reached out to several assistance programs for help with no success. She was eventually directed to the local Foundation for Senior Living, a nonprofit organization that supports qualifying seniors whose homes need repairs and renovations, and with the help of a donation from The Sunny Plumber was able to replace the water heater the next day, according to the release.

FSL manages the full cycle of repairs including funding, contracting and permitting through $100,000 in grants donated by The Sunny Plumber to support local senior home improvements. These improvements enable seniors to continue to live safely and comfortably with dignity in their homes, according to the release.

The Sunny Plumber, in partnership with FSL, has donated new gas and electric water heaters as well as copper re-piping and plumbing services to numerous metro-Phoenix residents over the past several months.

“As we experience our own parents aging, we became more aware of the need many seniors, who live on limited fixed incomes, have with severe plumbing and heating/cooling problems in their homes,” Gary Eisenhauer, general manager at The Sunny Plumber, said in the release. “We are grateful there are organizations like FSL who will manage donations and repairs for seniors who are living in deteriorating environments.”

Katie Martin, program director for FSL agrees and said that the donation by The Sunny Plumber enables the nonprofit organization to provide essential services to seniors throughout metro Phoenix.

“Most of our clients are on limited fixed incomes and when they have serious plumbing issues, it can cause them not to have water in their home without the resources to repair them. Often, they end up living in unsafe conditions and it can take several months for them to go through the funding process. These funds will allow us to respond immediately to these situations and use our other funding for less immediate needs,” she said in the release.

For more information on the FSL organization, visit http://www.fsl.org/a-safe-home/home-improvements.

The Sunny Plumber offers plumbing services throughout the Southwest. For more information, visit thesunnyplumber.com.

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How Do I Spot a Water Leak?

Monday, April 10th, 2017

In our last post, we talked about the warning signs of a main water line leak on your property. While water pooling in your yard may be a fairly obvious sign that something is amiss, you should also keep in mind the fact that there are many other spots in which your plumbing system may spring a leak. Not all of these leaks will be quite as obvious as one causing a pool to form in your yard.

Even supposedly “minor” water leaks—though we contend that there is no such thing—can do very serious damage to a home if given the opportunity. That is why it is so important that you schedule prompt leak detection service in Phoenix, AZ with a professional plumber when water leaks develop. Of course, to do so you must first recognize that there is a water leak to begin with. Here are a few tips to help. 

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Why Is Water Pooling in My Yard?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

plumbing-iconsHeavy storms move through our area from time to time, but for the most part Phoenix is a fairly dry place to live. That is why it is so disconcerting to see a growing pool of water in a yard around here, especially following a particularly dry spell. If the water is not coming from precipitation, it is very likely that the pool in your yard is being fed by the main water line.

Obviously, a ruptured water line is not something that you can ignore, nor can you tend to the problem yourself. You are going to need to hire trained professionals you can trust to repair or replace your water line in Phoenix, AZ. Because you are reading this, you’re already well on your way to doing so.

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What Can Cause a Sump Pump to Fail?

Monday, March 13th, 2017

flooded-houseSome people automatically associate sump pumps with basements, which of course are not at all common in our geographic region. The fact that you don’t have a basement in your home, however, does not mean that you don’t need to have a sump pump ready for action. While moisture in a crawlspace may not damage furniture the way it might in a finished basement, there is a whole slew of other problems that it can lead to. Regardless of the exact construction of your home, the sump pump is there to protect its lowest point.

If you have a sump pump, and that sump pump failed to deliver on its promised function the last time that you needed it, you may be wondering precisely what went wrong. Here are a few reasons as to why your sump pump in Phoenix, AZ may have failed. 

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How Our Plumbers Can Inspect Your Pipes

Monday, February 27th, 2017

light-at-end-of-pipeIf, for some reason, a hole were to develop in the wall of your home, it would be a pretty obvious problem, right? Your walls are quite visible, you’d feel a draft or hot spot, and so on. When holes develop in parts of the house and its systems that are hidden from view, though, things are substantially more complicated. This is why leaks in your pipes are so serious. It is also why you should contact us the moment that you suspect that you have a piping problem. We offer video camera pipe inspection services in Phoenix, AZ.

Once you schedule service with our plumbers, we can use our video camera pipe inspection equipment for a variety of different purposes. Of course, you need to schedule service first, and that means recognizing that there is a problem to begin with. Following is some information about how the service works, as well as what it may be used for and when to schedule pipe inspection.

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