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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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Signs You Need a New Water Line

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The water line is the pipe that runs from your home’s plumbing system to the city water supply, or to your well if you use one. All water that your home uses passes through this pipe, which means that it’s more than a little important that you keep your water line in ideal condition. If your water line starts to degrade or experience other problems, it will have a negative impact on the rest of your plumbing system. With that in mind, here are some signs that you may need to install a new water line.

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Water Line Issues You Need to Know About

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Your water line is the pipe that runs from the city water main to your home’s plumbing system. All water that you use flows through the water line to get to you. So it’s a pretty good idea to make sure that your water line is in good condition at all times. There are a number of water line issues that you need to be aware of, some of which are common to other plumbing areas and some of which are unique. Let’s take a look at those issues now.

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How You can Tell if Your Water Line is in Trouble

Monday, February 8th, 2016

The water line in your home serves an important purpose: transporting all of your fresh water from either a well or the municipal water main into your plumbing system. So it is obviously a good idea to make sure that this pipe is kept in good condition. Water lines are designed to be resilient, and most can last between 80 and 100 years under the right circumstances. However, there are a number of ways that your water line can get into trouble. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that your water line probably needs repair.

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Signs You Need to Replace Your Water Line

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Your water line, like most of your plumbing, is designed to last up to a hundred years. The copper pipes that comprise most modern plumbing are all but immune to rust, which is why they are used so often. However, they aren’t invincible. Sooner or later, all water lines will need to be replaced. If you happen to be unlucky enough to have it happen on your watch, it’s best that you recognize it right away. Let’s take a look at the signs that you need to replace your water line.

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