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Cooler Weather and Thanksgiving Holiday Can Wreak Havoc on Plumbing and Fixtures

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

PHOENIX – (Nov. 21, 2016) – Cooler weather and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday pose the perfect recipe for costly plumbing failure. Still, with a little planning and insight from industry experts, consumers can prevent themselves from having repairs and holiday hassles.

One of the most common plumbing issues consumers face during the holidays is a clogged sink or malfunctioning garbage disposal. Gary Eisenhower, manager at The Sunny Plumber, likes to remind consumers to be wary of the “FOG.”

“Fats, oils, and grease are your garbage disposals worst enemy,” said Eisenhower. “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.”

Other garbage disposal best practices include never throwing beans, rice, pasta and bread down the drain. When saturated with water, this food material will expand and that’s when you have a backup. In addition, bones and fibrous foods should be thrown away or composted. “If you send those down your disposal, it’s a safe bet they be coming back up,” said Eisenhower. “Nobody wants that mess during the holidays.”

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. Eisenhower also advises consumers to stay away from using chemicals to try and clear blockage as this rarely remedies a clogged line. If a plunger doesn’t clear the clog, you need to turn to the pros, he said.

In addition, the arrival of cooler weather raises some caution for water heaters. Cold air causes expansion and contraction in water heaters and in some older units, fractures can occur resulting in failure. Routine maintenance can identify those risks as well as ensure water heaters are operating effectively and efficiently.

“Water heaters are your best friend during the holidays and when the cooler weather is here, but it can be your worst nightmare when they are not taken care of or installed incorrectly,” Eisenhower adds. “With some minor attention, you can prevent major headaches from occurring.”

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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Lupercalia: The Origin of St. Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Many people may think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday essentially created by card and gift companies, but the truth is that the holiday has long-standing roots going back to the Roman Empire. The name “Lupercalia” has its origins in the word “lupus”, which means wolf, and the reason for this is that according to Roman pagan religion, the she-wolf Lupa nursed the two orphaned infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.

 

The Festival

The Festival of Lupercalia spanned two days each February, from February 13th to 15th. The festival was about fertility and was led by Luperci priests, known as “brothers of the wolf”. The festival was serious with intention (fertility) but was executed as quite a romp for both the priests and citizens of Rome. The process was this: two male goats and a dog were sacrificed at the beginning of the festival by the priests; two young Luperci were then anointed with the blood from the animals, and the hides of the animals were cut into straps. As food and drink flowed, the male priests would run around the city wearing nothing but thongs made from the animal skins, and they also carried a strap from one of the sacrificed animals. The strap was used to strike the palms of Roman women waiting for the priests in the city, as it was believed that being hit with the strap could help with infertility issues and a safe, healthy labor for women who were pregnant.

 

The Transition to St. Valentine’s Day

The Christian influence of the holiday came around the 5th century. The Roman Empire was still strong, but Christianity was rapidly taking hold throughout the world. It is believed that to try and remove the paganism from the holiday, the deaths of two men, supposedly both named Valentine, were added into the mix. During the 3rd and 4th centuries, a law created by Claudius II forbade young men eligible for military service to marry, because Rome wanted a strong army. The two men named Valentine were priests, and married young couples in secret. Both were found out and executed on February 14th, although in separate years. The Church made Valentine a saint (they chose one), and Lupercalia became St. Valentine’s Day.

 

Here’s wishing you and your loved one a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Plumbing Tip: Why a Grease Trap is So Important

Monday, May 6th, 2013

When it comes to your plumbing in Phoenix, AZ, you really need to be careful. In a commercial setting, problems with your plumbing system can be seriously disruptive to your business. Working in a commercial kitchen demands a lot of dishwashing, obviously. When you are soaking pots and pans in a commercial sink, you are putting more than just water down your drain. That is why a high-quality grease trap is so important. The Sunny Plumber offers the outstanding grease trap services you need to keep your kitchen convenient. Contact us today to learn more.

When you wash oily and greasy pots and pans at home, it usually is not that big a deal. While it is always a good idea to pour out as much grease as possible before putting it in the sink, most homes do not have enough grease to cause a serious problem. When you are cooking and washing dishes on a commercial scale, however, grease can become a real issue. That is why a grease trap is so important. Grease and fat is about 80% lighter than water, which is why they rise when they cool down. A grease trap takes advantage of this natural separation to collect this grease, allowing water to continue throughout the sewer line without the grease in tow.

If your grease trap is not properly maintained and cleaned periodically, there is no way that you can expect it to operate properly. Do not put the condition of your commercial kitchen plumbing at risk. Let The Sunny Plumber handle your Phoenix grease trap maintenance and repair needs. If you notice any issues with frequent clogs or foul odors, your grease trap may be to blame. Issues with your grease trap can lead to backed up plumbing and a disruption of the pressure within the system. Make sure that you contact a skilled Phoenix plumber professional the moment you discover a problem with your grease trap.

When you need any professional plumbing in Phoenix, AZ, give The Sunny Plumber a call. Our Phoenix grease trap services will keep your commercial kitchen operating smoothly. Contact us any time to schedule service.

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Plumbing: Bathroom Remodeling Tips

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The bathrooms in your home are one of the most used rooms. When you decide that it’s time to give your home a facelift starting with your bathrooms is often a good idea. There are a few things that you should think about before you decide to start remodeling your bathroom. Here at The Sunny Plumber, we offer complete Phoenix plumbing services including bathroom plumbing installations. We thought it would be a good idea to put together some tips for you so that your bathroom remodel projects turns out as good as possible. Contact us today if you have any questions about bathroom plumbing in Phoenix, AZ.

Work With a Professional Phoenix Plumber

Probably one of the best things that you can do for the success of your bathroom remodeling project is to work with a professional plumbing contractor. Contact the Phoenix, AZ plumbing experts at The Sunny Plumber if you’re ready to start on a new bathroom remodel project. Your bathroom plumbing and fixtures are too important and get too much use to be left to a nonprofessional. When you get help from an expert plumber, you can rest assured that your bathroom’s plumbing system and any fixtures that you install will be done right and that it will be done quickly. Professional Phoenix plumbers usually have years of experience working with all kinds of home remodeling projects. Especially here at The Sunny Plumber, we can help you get your new bathroom remodeled and up and running as soon as possible.

Replace Your Plumbing

When you remodel your bathroom you’re probably going to be tearing the whole place apart in order to rearrange the fixtures and install new ones. This is a perfect time to think about replacing the plumbing in your bathroom. If your home is old or if you’ve never replaced the plumbing, it could be time to do it. Remodels are a great opportunity to take advantage of the exposed pipes and replace them. Over time, clogs, leaks, rust and mineral deposits can build up inside your bathroom’s plumbing system. While these can sometimes require repairs they can eventually lead to pipe replacement. Talk with the Phoenix, AZ plumbing technicians at The Sunny Plumber if you’re curious about whether or not it’s time to replace the plumbing during your bathroom remodel project.

For any of your Phoenix, AZ plumbing services, call The Sunny Plumber today!

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Welcome to Our New Website

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

iMarket Solutions has launched The Sunny Plumber’s new custom website. To learn more about how iMarket Solutions can expand your presence on the web visit: www.imarketsolutions.com

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Check Out Our Blog for the Latest in Plumbing Technology

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

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