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Why You Should Rely on Professionals for Water Filtration Installation

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Many homeowners keep a filtered water pitcher in the refrigerator that strains particles out of the water they drink. But what about the water throughout the home? You and your family members deserve clean water no matter what faucet or fixture you happen to be using. The same contaminants in your drinking water may exist in your dishwasher, washing machine, shower, and the water you use to brush your teeth. But a whole-home water filter is installed at the point-of-entry for your water supply, which means your entire home is protected.

What Makes Water Filtration Necessary

As you may already know, water from your municipality does go through a treatment process in an attempt to make water safer for human consumption. However, the treatment process mostly targets contaminants common to your area, so some particles and organisms may remain, or they may collect in the pipes along the way to your home. Furthermore, water treatment plants add chemicals like chlorine and fluoride to the water, to which many people are sensitive.

Water filtration is important because there may be any of several contaminants in your water supply that could affect your health, skin, hair, and even your pipes. This includes contaminants like arsenic, which can lead to skin damage and has been linked to cancer, legionella, an organism known to cause pneumonia, and nitrates that are especially dangerous for small children. For whole-home filtration, you may select filters that target particular contaminants, reverse osmosis systems for nearly comprehensive protection, or a water softener which prevents pipe damage and other issues caused by “hard water.”

Professional Installation Is Key

The important thing to keep in mind is that installing any type of water filter will be quite a process. It will require you to shut off the water and dismantle your pipes in just the right way. A skilled technician will first make some complicated calculations, followed by a careful assessment of the state of your plumbing. The right technician will have all of the equipment for the job and should test the filter for accuracy, all of which cannot be guaranteed if you attempt the job on your own.

Calling The Sunny Plumber for water filtration installation and service in Gilbert, AZ gives you some peace of mind that your new system will operate as needed and protect your family for years to come. Call us today!

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Help! My Water Heater Isn’t Supplying Enough Hot Water!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

One of the most common problems with water heaters that can leave homeowners scrambling for professional service is when there is inadequate heating from the unit.

Hot water is vital for many of the tasks you perform around the house on a daily basis. So if you aren’t getting enough hot water or if you notice bursts of hot and cold, you may fear the worst: that your water heater will soon break down and require replacement. Fortunately, this isn’t always the case.

Check out three of the most common reasons water heaters fail to dole out an adequate supply of hot water:

  • Broken Dip Tube: The dip tube is a long bit of pipe that leads to the bottom of the tank and connects to the cold water supply lines. Cold water moves to the bottom, where an electric heating element or gas burner heats it up. Then, the hot water naturally rises over the colder, denser water. If this piece is broken or cracked, cold water will remain around the top of the tank, leading to cold spurts of water or insufficient heating. A technician will usually simply replace this component.
  • Burner Trouble: One of the reasons you may not feel enough hot water is if there is a problem with the burner or electric heating element. The burner may be getting too much gas or not enough gas delivered to the unit, or condensation may drip onto the burner. With electric elements, you may simply not have enough power to the unit.
  • Improper Sizing: Unfortunately, sometimes a water heater acts up because it was not sized properly, which could mean a new system is your best bet. If your water heater is too small for the home, it won’t be able to supply enough hot water to meet higher demands. However, a unit that is too large costs a lot to install and run, which is why it’s important to choose trained professionals for installation. An experienced installer will make sure it’s the proper size for your needs, which involves careful calculations and planning.

When you sense water heater trouble, don’t expect the worst right away.

Call on the technicians at The Sunny Plumber who can help you decide if replacement is ultimately the best option or if your system can be up and running again with professional water heater repair in Gilbert, AZ.

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The Dip Tube and Water Heater Repair

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Your hot water heater provides warm water by heating cold water and storing it for use. One of the components that ensures you have hot water when you turn your hot water tap is the dip tube. Dip tubes are installed into every hot water heater with a tank, but like other components, the dip tube can experience problems. It’s always best to hire a professional for any problems you may experience with your hot water heater, especially those that use natural gas or propane as fuel. The trained and certified plumbing experts at The Sunny Plumber can handle any water heater repair in Gilbert, AZ, so call us today.

What Is a Dip Tube?

A dip tube is a long plastic tube that is attached to the cold water intake valve at the top of your hot water heater. The dip tube extends to 8 inches from the bottom of the water tank. As cold water enters your tank through the dip tube, it is pushed to the bottom so that the hot water can be at the top of the tank. This ensures that only hot water comes through your hot water tap when turned on. If the dip tube were short, the cold water would mix inside the tank, creating tepid water all the time.

Problems with Dip Tubes

The most common problems that develop with a dip tube are cracks and breakage. When a dip tube cracks or breaks, the first thing you may notice is a decrease in the temperature of your hot water. A second and somewhat more noticeable sign is small bits of white plastic in your water or trapped in the mouth of your faucets. These small bits indicate that the dip tube is broken and is disintegrating and will need to be replaced.

Special Note: There is a particular problem with dip tubes manufactured and installed from 1993 to 1997. These dip tubes were not made correctly and as a result, are prone to breakage. To check if your hot water heater was made during this time period, look at the serial number; if the last two digits are 93, 94, 95, 96 or 97, your hot water heater was manufactured during this time.

Without a properly working dip tube, your hot water heater can’t provide the hot water you need. If you are seeing the signs that you may have an issue with your dip tube, call The Sunny Plumber today and schedule an appointment for professional water heater repair in Gilbert, AZ.

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Why You Might Want Standard Tank Water Heater Installation

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The most common method of heating water in modern homes is the storage tank water heater, a unit that contains a large tank and a heating element so that it can store hot water, making it available for use throughout the day. Cool water moves to the bottom of the tank through a long dip tube, and a gas or electric heating element heats the water at the bottom of the tank. The heat rising principle allows hot water to rise to the top of the tank, where a pipe sucks it up for use when a hot water tap is turned on. For many years, this was the most logical way to heat water, but advancements in technology led to the development of the tankless water heater.

Tankless water heaters don’t need to store any water at all. Instead, they use a computer, which activates as soon as you turn on a hot water tap in the home. A tankless unit has either an electric or gas-powered heating element, just like a storage tank water heater. However, it only turns on when you need it and turns off immediately afterwards. There are many benefits to this type of system, and yet many homeowners continue to choose standard tank water heater installation in Gilbert, AZ. While tankless units have many benefits, they may not necessarily be the right choice for you.

Tankless water heaters have a few major advantages. First, they don’t take up a lot of space because there are no large storage tanks. Second, they will never run out of hot water, a common complaint with storage tank water heaters in large households. And most importantly, they don’t use energy throughout the day like a traditional water heater, meaning there is no standby energy loss, reducing your energy bills every month.

However, a tankless water heater is more costly than a traditional storage tank heater. And while the energy savings may eventually offset the higher cost of installation, it will take many years before this happens, and many homeowners decide this is simply not worth the wait. Some homeowners are dissatisfied with tankless water heaters because they can take a while to start heating up the water. And you may need additional tankless units to accommodate larger households—at an additional cost.

For many homeowners, tankless units are a great way to save money throughout the years. But for others, a traditional storage tank water heater is still the best choice. Call The Sunny Plumber for expert advice about water heater installation in Gilbert, AZ.

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Common Causes for Bathroom Sink and Shower Clogs

Friday, August 15th, 2014

No household plumbing problem is more frequent and more persistent than drain clogging. Chances are that you will need to deal with a clogged sink or shower drain in your bathroom at least once during each year. Fortunately, many times you can use a basic plunger to get rid of the clog. But for the times when a plunger isn’t enough…you’ll have to call skilled plumbers to solve the problem.

It’s important that you don’t use chemical cleaners as a second step to attacking a bathroom clog. These chemicals are acidic and harmful to drainpipes, and they also create toxic fumes. Rely on plumbers and their special tools to care for your bathroom plumbing in Gilbert, AZ. You can reach the team at The Sunny Plumber 24 hour a day whenever you need sinks or showers unclogged—fast.

The Frequent Causes of Bathroom Clogs

  • Hair: No other object causes as much grief for bathroom sinks and showers as hair. Hair often gets trapped in the sludge that lines pipes or is found down in the p-trap (the curved pipe section below the sink) and starts to accumulate. Eventually, the hair will form a thick plug that can be difficult for plungers to break through. Plumbers will use motorized drain snakes to remove hair clogs. To help reduce the chance of these clogs occurring, have a drain cover for both your sink and shower.
  • Soap scum: It’s difficult to prevent soap from going down the drains in bathrooms, and soap scum is a common problem as it begins to build up along the drain pipe. Not only does soap scum threaten to block up a drain, but it can create acidic chemicals that will damage the interior of the drainpipe.
  • Small objects: Any number of items sitting around your sink or on the ledge of a shower, such as the cap for a plastic bottle, can accidentally tumble down a drain and create a tough clog. Plumbers will find ways to extract the object (which can be important if it’s also a valuable object).

Leave the chemical drain cleaners on the store shelves and call for a professional plumber for your blocked drains. When you contact The Sunny Plumber, you’ll receive a skilled plumber who will take care of the problem quickly. You can rely on us for any plumbing service in Gilbert, AZ that you need for your bathroom.

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3 Things to Look for With a Commercial Drain Cleaning Service

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Office buildings and similar places of business have much different plumbing needs than residential homes. They’re supporting far more people and require access and regular functioning beyond what a single family home can provide. Here in Gilbert, AZ, commercial drain cleaning services can respond when your business’s plumbing runs into trouble, and they do so with the know-how that a strictly residential plumber can’t. But can you be sure that the company you’ve selected can do the job? Here are 3 things to look for with a commercial drain cleaning service.

  • Specific commercial plumbing services
    Any plumber will agree to take on a job for the right fee, and might claim to have commercial plumbing experience in order to seal the deal. But a proper commercial plumber will advertise as such. Ideally, they’ll specify the type of equipment they have, which reflects the larger size and specified nature of the commercial plumbing in question.
  • 24-hour emergency service
    When the plumbing in your building breaks down, it can have a devastating effect on your business. Customers will be put out (and possibly won’t return) and employees won’t be able to perform their tasks efficiently. A commercial plumbing service needs to be available for emergencies, in order to get the problem fixed before it can disrupt your business any further.
  • Safety considerations
    Commercial plumbing is often trickier than residential plumbing and requires more safety steps to be taken. A good commercial service can assure you that these steps are being taken, as well as being properly licensed and bonded in the event something unforeseen happens during repairs.

If you know what to look for with a commercial drain cleaning service, then you know enough to contact The Sunny Plumber for help. We’ve had years of experience handling commercial plumbing systems and we’re absolutely dedicated to your complete satisfaction. Commercial drain cleaning and other plumbing services in Gilbert, AZ are just a phone call away. Contact us today to set up an appointment, and let us show you what a quality plumbing service can do!

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Why Build-Up in Your Tank Can Result in Water Heater Repair

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Here in Gilbert AZ, water heater repair services often have to deal with deposits left by hard water. Mineral build-up can appear in your water heater tank anywhere where these is water with a high mineral contact. Hard water is mostly harmless (and components are typically calcium and magnesium), though it can be rough on the skin and can create crusty build-up on your faucets and pipes. Hat last part is important because it can create build-up in you water tank as well, which in turn can damage your water heater to the point where it may need to be replaced.

Mineral build-up tends to settle on the bottom of the heater’s water tank, where it can create odd formations and patterns. You can actually detect these formations by listening for strange gurgling and bubbling noises coming from the heater; that’s the sound of water moving through those formations.

Sadly, it’s not the formation that are the problem. It’s the insulating layer formed by the build-up, which now lies between the water you want to heat and the burners designed to heat it. At best, the heaters will have to stay lit longer to warm the water properly, since the heat must now move through an extra layer of material. That means higher bills on your monthly costs for doing the same job it did in the beginning.

In the worst case, the heat of the burner will disperse onto the metal surface of the water tank, increasing the strain on it and hastening its slow demise. Over time, that stress will likely create a breach in your water tank, which basically means replacing the entire unit.

The good news is that, while build-up in your tank can result in water heater repair, the right repair service can help stop it from getting to that point. The Sunny Plumber can perform regular maintenance sessions that involve draining your water tank to eliminate he build up and reduce the risk of this kind of damage. Water heater repair is one of our specialties and our qualified plumbers in Gilbert, AZ, has years of experience in keeping water heaters maintain. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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Scenarios Where Toilet Repair Simply Isn’t Good Enough

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

No one likes to consider the possibility of a broken toilet. The appliance likely sees more use than any other in our homes, and when problems arise, they need to be dealt with very quickly. Here in Gilbert AZ, plumbing repair services can often make emergency calls to deal with any issues you may have. But you, the homeowner, need to decide if repairing the toilet is the right thing to do or if you need to replace it. You may encounter scenarios where toilet repair simply isn’t good enough. Thankfully, the ultimate answer is usually pretty easy.

The question usually boils down to the kind of component involved and what exactly it’s doing wrong. In most cases, if the damage is limited to a single component, then replacing that component makes the most sense. This can mean anything from the flush handle to the valve or the flapper. In some cases, they can entail leaks, which may look pretty serious, but if those leaks spring from a faulty fitting or the line from the toilet to the main plumbing system for example, then replacing the faulty component should fix the problem.

Replacing the toilet, on the other hand, is a much more serious operation and should only be considered if the toilet has suffered some kind of catastrophic damage as a whole. This usually means a serious crack in the porcelain itself, either with the tank or from the main bowl. In some cases, such cracks can be repaired, but usually replacing the entire unit is preferable. Replacing a toilet can also take place for less dire reasons, which as a bathroom remodeling that renders its current design obsolete, or and overall waste of water that comes from very slow unit.

If you’re grappling with scenarios where toilet repair simply isn’t good enough, then a qualified plumber can help you a great deal. In Gilbert AZ, toilet repair service are offered by the experts at The Sunny Plumber. We can examine your toilet and decide if you need repairs or if replacement would be the best option. If you’re in need of a quality toilet repair or plumbing service in Gilbert, AZ, look no further than the The Sunny Plumber. Give us a call today; we’ll help you find the solution that’s right for you!

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Prevent Rust in Water Heaters with Anode Rods

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Here in Gilbert, AZ, water heater maintenance should be as much a part of your home’s upkeep as doing the dishes and vacuuming the floors. Our climate is fairly harsh out here, and even if it’s in a protected place, your water heater can feel the presence of hard water and other corrosives. Once your water heater begins to rust, you need to get it replaced, which costs your time and no small amount of money. The good news is that you can prevent rust in water heater with anode rods, provided you replace the rods when they wear out.

An anode rod is made out of magnesium, aluminum or a compound of several elements: anything that will attract rust and corrosion. In basic terms, the anode rod attracts the rust so that your water tank doesn’t have to: protecting the important components in your water heater array by taking on the rust and corrosion itself.

The lifetime of an anode rod varies, depending on the composition of your water, the amount of use your household sees and the temperature the water hits. Generally speaking, however, anode rods need to be checked and possibly replaced every two years into order to stay functional. If the anode rod completely corrodes away, the same forces that corroded it will then turn on your water heater, shortening its life considerable.

A qualified plumber can check and replace anode rods for you, and as with many things in life, an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. You can prevent rust in water heaters with anode rods, and the more diligently you replace disintegrating anode rods, the better off your water heater will be. Water heater maintenance can be performed by the Gilbert, AZ water heater experts at The Sunny Plumber. We can check all aspects of your water heater, including the anode rod as part of our maintenance service, and make sure that one of your home’s most important components continues to function as it should. Pick up the phone and call us today to make an appointment. We’re ready to help!

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How to Tell If You Need Water Testing

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Providing yourself and your family with healthy and clean drinking water is one of the top priorities of every single homeowner. While your water utility does filter the water that you buy from them, there can still be some contaminants in the water like lead, nitrates, and chlorine which can be harmful. But how can you tell if you need to have your water tested? The Sunny Plumber offers total water testing in Gilbert, AZ and we wanted to help our customers know when it’s time to have their water tested. Call us today with any questions or if you’re ready to schedule water testing for your home.

You can count on The SunnyPlumber for reliable plumbing service in Gilbert, AZ.

Here are some of the most common contaminants that homeowners should be concerned about.

  • Nitrates – Primarily used in fertilizers, nitrates can leech into your home’s water supply from the ground. If consumed in large enough quantities, nitrates can cause serious health risks and even death in infants 6-months and under.
  • Lead – Lead is a poisonous metal that is common in many older homes in the plumbing system. Lead can also leech into your home’s water through old plumbing pipes and components. For children ages 6 and under whose brains are still developing, lead poisoning can cause behavior problems and learning issues.
  • Disinfectants – The water treatment facility where you get your water uses disinfectants to kill off harmful bacteria and viruses in the water. While this is absolutely necessary to keep your home’s water from being harmful, the disinfectants can continue to linger in your water. Chlorine, chloramine and chlorine dioxide are some of the disinfectants use to purify your water.

If you’re experiencing any type of problems with your home’s water, don’t hesitate to call The Sunny Plumber for water testing in Gilbert, AZ.

We can talk with you about all of the steps of the process and also any concerns you might have about your home’s water quality.

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