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The Dangers of Pinhole Leaks

Monday, February 16th, 2015

It sounds harmless enough – “pinhole leak” – because how bad can a hole the size of a pin be for your plumbing system and home? As it turns out, very bad. The constant leaking of a pinhole leak can cause a great deal of water damage to whatever is around it, and the leak also opens that particular pipe to extensive corrosion. Pinhole leaks can cause this much damage because they usually aren’t spotted until it’s too late, but with an annual plumbing maintenance appointment for your home, you can get ahead of any problems that may have developed with your plumbing system.

What Is a Pinhole Leak?

As its name indicates, a pinhole leak is a tiny leak that develops with copper piping. Pinhole leaks develop because of a breakdown in the copper, and there are a few ways this can happen:

  • Faulty installation
  • Poor chemistry in the copper itself
  • Water treatment chemicals hasten the breakdown process
  • Age
  • Chemistry of the local soil

The bottom line is that carrion plays a huge part in the creation of pinhole leaks, and the damage they can cause can be significant and costly. Some examples of the type of damage you can see from a pinhole leak in your plumbing are:

  • Damage to plaster and sheet rock
  • Damage to walls
  • Damage to flooring
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Corrosion in other parts of your system

Do I Have to Re-Pipe?

If pinhole leaks are found in your piping, your plumber will first assess how bad the damage is. For instance, if there’s just a small greenish-bluish spot on the pipe, the corrosion is likely not that bad and that one area can be treated, either with a small piece of new piping or an epoxy on the outside and inside of the pipe. But if there are multiple leaks and the corrosion is significant, you will most likely need to have your plumber re-pipe that part of your system.

Pinhole leaks are one of the things your plumber will check for during an annual plumbing maintenance visit, so if you have concerns about your plumbing, call The Sunny Plumber to schedule an appointment. We provide quality plumbing services in the Chandler area.

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Contaminants That Water Filtration Will Remove

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

If you are concerned about the quality of the water in your home because of unpleasant tastes or odors in it, then you should contact water treatment specialists right away to see if they can help you with the installation of a whole-house water filtration system. Although you can reduce some contamination levels from your water with filtered pitchers and point-of-use filters attached to faucets, the best way to ensure that you target the contaminants you need removed is to have professionals provide you with water testing followed by installation of a filtration system that will do the job necessary.

One of our specialties at The Sunny Plumber is matching homes in Chandler, AZ to water filtration systems that will provide them with clean, healthy water. We offer water testing to make sure that your household receives the ideal filtration system for its needs.

Here are some of the more common water-borne contaminants that professionally installed water filters will remove:

  • Asbestos: Derived from natural ground deposits and from the cement in fresh water systems. Known to cause cancer.
  • Chlorine: One of the most common types of contaminants that can infiltrate a fresh water supply, chlorine is a byproduct of water disinfection through chlorination.
  • Giardia: A naturally occurring contaminant that can cause gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Hydrogen sulfide: This is a familiar contaminant, since it creates the unpleasant “rotten egg” smell that sometimes occurs in municipal water. Rarely harmful, but not something you want entering your home.
  • Iron: Although not hazardous for your health, excess iron can stain laundry and damage plumbing and appliances.
  • Mercury: Mercury can enter the municipal water supply due to crop runoff and natural deposits. Excess mercury can lead to kidney troubles and nervous system disorders.
  • Microbiological contaminants: A general term that applies to bacterial infections from sewage and septic leakage. Responsible for a variety of illnesses.
  • Radon: A well-known carcinogen that can enter homes in a variety of ways, including through the water system.
  • Turbidity: This is dirt that enters water through soil runoff, resulting in murky water.

Your home’s water could suffer from one or more of the above problems, and some are harder to detect than others. It takes skilled water treatment experts to test the water and find out exactly what sort of pollution it contains. Once this is done, the professionals can recommend the type of filter (activated carbon, sediment, iron reduction, carbon block, etc.) to counteract the contaminants so that you receive healthy water at every tap and appliance in your home.

Along with water filtration in Chandler, AZ, our knowledgeable team at The Sunny Plumber offers water softeners, reverse osmosis systems, and chemical feed pumps. Whatever is affecting your water, we will find a way to eliminate it. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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How to Avoid Bathroom Plumbing Repairs

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Bathroom plumbing problems can come at the most inconvenient times. You may notice a major clog when you need to take a relaxing bath, or you may find leaks in your bathroom right before your big vacation plans. This could make any homeowner feel frustrated, which is why The Sunny Plumber has put together this list of a few easy ways to prevent sudden problems from ruining your day.

  • Use a drain cover. One of the most common reasons that drains clog is too much hair. Hair may become stuck to pipes that are lined with sludge, or it may gather in the P-trap, the curved section of pipe beneath your sink that looks like a sideways letter P. Prevent hair from causing clogs by using a drain cover in your shower and bathroom sink.
  • Avoid liquid drain cleaner. When homeowners experience annoying drain clogs, they may try to solve the problem with liquid drain cleaners that can be purchased at most hardware stores. But these harsh chemicals are unable to dissolve most types of clogs, and can seriously damage your pipes, leading to further repairs. Besides, these chemicals may cause injury to the eyes or skin. Instead, only trust household plungers or equipment used by professional plumbers to remove blockage.
  • Install a water softener. Another way to ensure your pipes continue to work as they should is by installing a water softener. Hard water, an excess of minerals in your water, may allow deposits to gather within your pipes, collecting until it reduces your water pressure significantly. This means you’ll need a plumber to descale your pipes, or worse, pipe replacement. Professional water softener installation keeps his problem from occurring later on.
  • Schedule regular maintenance. Finally, you should schedule plumbing maintenance services once a year with a certified plumber. With this service, components of your entire system are thoroughly cleaned and inspected. This can prevent sudden problems from occurring, and it allows you to control when a plumber enters your home, so you’re not surprised by repair needs in the middle of a busy day.

When you need preventive maintenance or repairs for your kitchen or bathroom plumbing in Chandler, AZ, the experienced, certified plumbers at The Sunny Plumber can handle it all. Give us a call today!

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Why You Should Schedule Maintenance for Your Kitchen Plumbing

Friday, August 8th, 2014

The plumbing in your home’s kitchen does an enormous amount of work each day: bringing fresh cold water to your taps, moving hot water from the water heater, and carrying out wastewater containing fat, grease, and organic debris into the sewer line. Your kitchen also contains appliances, such as the dishwasher a garbage disposal, that are connected to the plumbing and play important parts in your daily routine.

If you expect that the plumbing in your kitchen will continue to work forever without any hitches, you are in for an unpleasant surprise. To head off that surprise, make sure to schedule regular maintenance for your kitchen plumbing in Chandler, AZ from a reliable company like The Sunny Plumber. An annual visit will eliminate many future hassles.

Reasons to Schedule Regular Kitchen Plumbing Maintenance

During a maintenance visit from a trained plumber, your kitchen will receive a thorough inspection which includes the following: checks on all pipes to detect leaks, searching for sagging or raised spots that could indicate leaking, drain cleaning to eliminate organic build-up in pipes, and video pipe inspection to analyze the inside of drainpipes for other problems.

Here’s how this work benefits you:

  • Catch leaks before they become major: Leaks are often hard to detect before they turn into significant problems. Thanks to maintenance, a plumber will find them before they become hazards to your kitchen and your water bills.
  • Reduces clogs and high water pressure: Regular drain cleaning is an essential step toward reducing aggravating clogs in kitchen drains. Thanks to hydro-jetting from professionals, most of the debris that can begin to coat the inside of pipes and create higher water pressure and a greater chance of blockages will be eliminated.
  • Increased lifespan for appliances: Your dishwasher, garbage disposal, and all fixtures such as faucets will have a longer lifespan thanks to regular inspections that will see they are working well.
  • Lower water bills: Inefficient plumbing in a kitchen means inefficient use of water. Regular maintenance will make sure your kitchen isn’t unnecessarily wasting water. Your maintenance plumber will also be able to tell you about installations that will help you even further with water conservation.

We suggest you arrange for plumbing maintenance once a year. If you are currently experiencing numerous issues with your kitchen plumbing, such as leaks and continuous clogging trouble, then you should call The Sunny Plumber right away and arrange for an inspection and cleaning for your kitchen plumbing in Chandler, AZ. We also offer repairs available 24 hours a days and a two year parts and labor guarantee on all repairs if you sign up for active membership in the Concierge Program. Give us a call today to speak with one of our professional technicians.

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Why There Is No Such Thing as a “Minor” Leak

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Every plumbing system runs into problems, and some people believe that comparatively minor problems can be corrected without having to call a plumber. This is usually a big mistake. Not only can small issues become big ones in a great big hurry, but many repairs require specialized equipment that it’s simply not practical to purchase for a one-time-only use. When it comes to plumbers, Chandler, AZ has its share, and they can perform swift, efficient repairs on clogs, leaks and anything in between. Again, those don’t sound like much, but they have a way of getting out of hand very quickly. For example, here’s why there is no such thing as a “minor” leak.

Much of your plumbing is located behind the walls, in the crawlspace or similar hard-to-reach locales. Drips and leaks there have a way of going undiscovered for a long period of time. A slow leak in and of itself won’t cause much damage initially, but over time it can damage the surrounding drywall and electrical systems: increasing the cost of repairs dramatically. Furthermore, leaks that go unaddressed have a way of expanding unexpectedly, and can turn into a gusher when you least suspect it.

Initial detection and early action are the key to addressing such leaks. If you can spot them early and call in a plumber, you can keep the repair bill fairly minor. If you let it go, however, or attempt to stop the leak yourself, it could need up creating a lot more damage, and the repair bill will balloon as a result. This is true even with such seemingly benign leaks as a drippy faucet, or a leak which only releases a few drops a minute.

The experts at The Sunny Plumber know why there is no such thing as a “minor” leak, and we always move swiftly to get it resolved. When you’re looking for professional plumbing services in Chandler, AZ, residents won’t find any company more dedicated to their complete satisfaction than us. Don’t take chances with minor plumbing repairs. Give the experts a call today and make sure the problem gets solved right the first time, every time!

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3 Ways Water Filtration Makes for a Healthier Home

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Here in Chandler AZ, water filtration systems are often used to help purify the water that comes into your home. Our civic water cleaning systems work quite well, but even they can’t account for everything. You can use a whole-house filtration system to help clear some of the trace minerals and similar contaminants out of the water. How, specifically, can that help you? Here are 3 ways filtration treatment of your water makes for a healthier home.

  • Clean water
    As an experiment, fill an ice cube tray with tap water and another tray with filtered water bought from the store. You’ll be able to see a difference in the clearness and the crispness of the ice cubes when they’re done freezing. The filtered cubes are much clearer and cleaner. That results not only in better tasting water, but tastier foods that require water as part of their preparation.
  • Clean bodies
    Water filtration systems can create cleaner water for bathing and showering. This tends to reduce the amount of abrasion your skin feels in the shower, sine it reduces trace minerals and similar components. Your skin doesn’t feel as red or raw, and your soap won’t leave a greasy film on your body when you’re done.
  • Clean clothes
    Filtered water helps keep clothing soft and comfortable when you wear it. His further reduces irritation on your body, as well as leaving your clothes, cleaner and softer. To top it all off, clothes washed with filtered water tend to last longer (though admittedly that’s not a direct health care issue).

All of which means that water filtration makes for a healthier him in multiple ways and across a wide spectrum of everyday life. Water filtration systems are a natural means of keeping desert dust and similar contaminants out of your home. The Sunny Plumber is on call to discuss possible water filtration and other plumbing service options in Chandler with you and to implement whatever you decide it best for your home. Call us today to set up an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!

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What Causes My Toilet to Leak?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

It’s not a happy discovery: stepping into you bathroom to use the toilet, only to discover a puddle of water around the base. Leaking toilets are usually a matter for professional plumber, though you can help by pinpointing the source if you can. Here in Chandler AZ, toilet repair services can do their job much more efficiently if they have a good place to start. “What causes my toilet to leak?” you ask. The better you can answer that question, the more you can help find the solution.

Call on The Sunny Plumber for your toilet repair needs in Chandler, AZ.

Reasons Your Chandler Homes Toilet May Be Leaking

In ideal circumstances, the “leak” is actually just condensation on the outside of the tank. This is actualy a good thing, because it means that your toilet hasn’t developed a leak and you’re not on the hook for a repair call. Wipe the toilet down with a towel and wait. If the water doesn’t reform, you’re probably just looking at condensation.

If the toilet is still leaking, then check around the pipes or lines leading from the toilet tank. These are common sources of leaks, particularly if the washers or connecting parts have worn out. The line itself may also wear out or be improperly fitted onto your toilet. In particular, look for signs of rust or corrosion, a sure sign that at least some of your toilet’s parts need replacing.

A more dire situation occurs when part or all of you toilet has cracked, in which case the water is leaking out of there. Cracks can be very small: just hairline in many cases, but unless they are addressed then the water will continue to leak and likely cause damage to your surrounding fixtures. In these cases, a plumber will probably need to replace the entire toilet with a new one. It’s not a difficult procedure, but it requires the training and know-how that only a certified plumber can deliver.

If you’re looking at a toilet leak, then contact The Sunny Plumber to solve the problem quickly. We are Chandler plumbers, toilet repair services are a specialty of ours, and we can instigate full repairs after answering the question “what causes my toilet to leak?” If you’re having problems with your toilet, pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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Why Should I Put a Garbage Disposal Under My Kitchen Sink?

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

If you live in an older home, you might not have a garbage disposal unit installed beneath your kitchen’s sink. The garbage disposal was invented in 1927, but only made it on the market (the original InSinkErator) in 1940. Even then, their spread throughout homes was slow because of municipal regulations in many areas against placing food waste into the sewer system. Amazingly, garbage disposals were illegal in New York City until 1997 because the city believed they may pose a threat to the sewer system. (The NYC Department of Environmental Protection eventually determined there was no actual threat.)

Whatever the age of your home or the reason it doesn’t have a garbage disposal, you should seriously consider having one installed. We’ll explain some of the reasons why below, but don’t forget to call on us when you need a plumber in Chandler.

The Sunny Plumber is available to help you when you’re ready for the installation of a garbage disposal in Chandler, AZ.

Reasons to install a garbage disposal

  • It’s better for the environment: Using the already existing sewage system to handle food waste as a liquid means less garbage going into landfills, where food scraps decompose and generate greenhouse gasses. Waste water plants today are effective at processing food waste into fertilizer for re-use.
  • It’s much more convenient: If you’re used to the routine of scraping food from plates into a compost bucket and then taking it out to the garbage, you will be amazed at how much time you save and how much less work you’ll have to do when you can send the food right down into the disposal and eliminate it all with the flip of a switch.
  • It’s a quick job: Or, we should say, it’s a quick job for professionals. It should only take a few hours for a plumber to hook up a new disposal system to your existing sink and link it into the sewage system. You’ll have the new convenience working for you in no time at all.

Schedule installation today

The Sunny Plumber has many years of experience with installing garbage disposals in Chandler, AZ. We can handle the job for you fast and with few difficulties. Don’t keep living with an inconvenient (and environmentally unfriendly) kitchen sink: call The Sunny Plumber today!

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Common Water Heater Repairs We Encounter

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

You wake up early in the morning on a work day only to discover when you get into the shower that there’s no hot water. You wait and wait and wait for the flow from the faucet or showerhead to heat up, but nothing happens. Eventually, you have to resign yourself to starting the day with a cold shower.

This is just one example of how important your water heater is to your home. You need hot water to bathe, to wash dishes, to do the laundry, and to cook. If your water heater malfunctions, you’ll need to fix it as soon as possible. That’s why you should call The Sunny Plumber. Our technicians are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to complete those crucial repairs, and we have many years of experience with water heater malfunctions.

These are the repairs we do the most often:

Fixing/replacing broken heating elements: Electric water heaters use heating elements—electric coils—to warm up water. If these break or malfunction, you won’t get hot water at all. Replacing broken elements is usually a simple fix for a professional.

Replacing the gas thermocouple: This applies to gas-powered heaters. A gas thermocouple is a heat sensor that serves as a safety device. It detects when the pilot light is on; if the pilot light shuts off, the thermocouple will close the gas valve to prevent further buildup of gas. If the thermocouple fails, the gas will shut off and the pilot light will go out—and that means no hot water. A technician will know the right kind of thermocouple to use as a replacement.

Flushing the tank: If you have a standard water heater that uses a storage tank, sediment can build up inside the tank due to breaks in underground water lines. Too much sediment will increase the pressure inside and cause the tank to overheat. The water in the system will need to be flushed to get rid of the sediment. This is also a standard part of annual maintenance.

Anode rod replacement: If you start getting brown-colored water, there might be a rust buildup in the hot water tank. This usually occurs because the anode rod (also known as the sacrificial rod) that prevents rust from spreading into the tank has rusted completely through. Technicians will eliminate the rust and replace the anode rod.

Don’t go a moment longer without hot water than you have to! Call The Sunny Plumber to get your crucial water heater repair service in Chandler, AZ done today. You should also take advantage of our water heater maintenance program to protect yourself from cold water surprises in the future.

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Why Should I Have My Water Tested?

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Water testing is a prudent choice for responsible homeowners. We get our public tap water courtesy of the city, which largely does a good job of filtering out minerals and contaminants. Even so, certain contaminants remain a concern, including nitrate, lead, copper and more sophisticated chemicals such as pharmaceuticals flushed down the drain. Erosion of mineral deposits in our soil can lead to unexpected spikes in your contaminant levels, which can impact the safety of your family. Water testing checks for high levels of such minerals, adding a layer of protection for you and your family. “Why should I have my water tested?” you ask.

Beyond the obvious benefits of health and safety, there are some extremely good reasons.

Individual circumstances make a very strong case for testing your water. For example, if you get your water from a private well instead of the public system, then there is no government health testing to check for its contents. Having it tested yourself will ensure it stays safe to drink. Similarly, if you’re expecting a child in the family, you should specifically test for nitrate to ensure that your drinking water is healthy for your new addition.

Beyond that, testing your water can help retain your pipes and plumbing system in general. Minerals, bacteria and other harmful components can damage pipes over time, leading to build-ups in the pipe as well as eventual corrosion. Such problems appear slowly, over time, such that you probably won’t be aware of them until they cause a major problem. Testing the water (and installing a water filtration system if the tests indicate) will spare your plumbing, allowing it to last longer and reducing the need for costly repairs.

Considering the soil and mineral content in your city, water testing in Chandler, AZ makes a lot of sense. The experts at The Sunny Plumber can help you out, both with the testing itself and with the installation of water purifying filters to help keep your water as clean as possible. Give us a call to set up an appointment today.

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