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

What to Do if Your Toilet Is Overflowing

Monday, September 26th, 2016

We’ve all had plumbing appliances act up every once in a while, but the toilet has got to be one of the worst. Toilet overflows have the potential to cause a great deal of water damage in a very short period of time, and it can be tempting to panic when they happen. Fortunately, if you know what to do you can mitigate a lot of the damage a toilet overflow can cause until your plumber arrives. Read on to find out how.

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What to Do if Your Toilet Is Leaking or Overflowing

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Toilet problems often don’t get much worse than the occasional clog, which is often solved with a bit of vigorous plumbing. Sometimes, however, toilet problems get quite a bit worse. Even a minor crack in the bowl or seal can cause massive water damage over a long enough period of time. If you discover a major problem with your toilet, like if it is cracked or overflowing, read on to find out what you should do.

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Why Mechanized Snakes Do Better than Hand-Cranked Snakes

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Snakes are a tried and true tool for handling clogs in your plumbing, whether it be hair and soap in your bathroom or grease and food particles in your kitchen. They’re essentially coils of stiff metal with a wire brush or similar fixture on the end to dig into the clogs. That allows you not only to reach the clog, but to either break it up or pull it straight out of the piping once the snake has dug in. You can purchase a simple hand-cranked snake at any hardware or home improvement store, but plumbing in Phoenix uses mechanical snakes to do the job. In all but the most benign cases, that’s usually the best option. Here’s why mechanized snakes do better than hand-cranked snakes.

In the first place, mechanized snakes usually have a longer reach and bring more power to bear. That allows them to reach the clog more readily and deal with it more efficiently. In order for the snake to work, the head needs to penetrate the bulk of the clog so that it can either pull the clog free or break it up into smaller compounds that can be washed away. A mechanized snake has the horsepower to do that, along with the reach to find the clog no matter where it lies in your plumbing. Without it, you have to rely on plain old-fashioned elbow grease to counter a clog that may not be willing to go without a fight.

Furthermore a mechanized snake usually has interchangeable heads, allowing the plumber to tailor the snake to fit the clog in question. That allows it to do its job much more effectively than a one-size-fits-all model, and better ensure that your plumbing stays open and ready to go.

If you know why mechanized snakes do better than hand-cranked snakes, the next step is to call on a plumber who knows how to use it. For plumbing in Phoenix, the experts at The Sunny Plumber are standing by to help. Give us a call to set up an appointment. We’ll do everything in our power to make that clog a thing of the past!

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How Hard Water Damages Your Bathroom Plumbing

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

You’ve probably noticed hard water deposits on your shower or faucet head from time to time: they’re those hard crusty formations. They come from mineral deposits in the water, which most civic water companies do a decent but not outstanding job of removing. What they miss ends up in your plumbing, and that can be a big problem. Here in Tempe, bathroom plumbing systems get a great deal of hard water, thanks to our desert environment.

This is how hard water damages your bathroom plumbing.

The main problem is clogging, which can get quite severe if the hard water is left untreated. You may be able to treat the deposits on the surface of the faucet of showerhead, but more hard water can appear deeper in the plumbing, where you can’t reach with a store-bought cleanser. Clogs are problematic not only because they deny you water, but the pressure they induce can place added stress on seals and fittings, possibly resulting in a breach.

Just as damaging, hard water scaling can corrode your pipes, increasing the chances of a leak or a rupture. This process can take a long time – years in many cases – but when a leak forms, it can damage surrounding wood or fixtures before it’s discovered.

A short-term solution is to call a plumber and have him remove the hard water deposits inside the plumbing (or replace the pipes if a leak has sprung up). But that won’t change the content of the water itself. For that, you might want to consider a whole house filtration system, which removes the minerals from the water. That not only results in no hard water deposits, but makes laundered clothes and skin softer, and improves the taste of food cooked with it.

If you know how hard water damages your bathroom plumbing, you know you need someone you can trust to fix it. In Tempe, bathroom plumbing problems can be solved by The Sunny Plumber. Our experience and know-how can get to the heart of the issue quickly, and solve them with speed and efficiency. Pick up the phone and give us a call today for your Tempe plumbing service needs!

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