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Pedestal vs. Submersible: The Different Types of Sump Pumps

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

If you are concerned about excess moisture in your home gathering in the basement, or you have worried about flooding damage due to a broken pipe or other plumbing accident, you should give serious consideration to calling a professional plumber to install a sump pump. Sump pumps remove water that gathers in a central pit (the sump) in a basement or other area of a home and then use impeller pumps to place it the wastewater system or a well. The Sunny Plumber has team members experienced with installing and servicing sump pumps in Glendale, AZ, so give them a call when you think it’s time to have a sump pump put into your home.

You will have to consider what type of pump to install. Your plumbing professional will help you make the best choice. There are two basic models you will consider, pedestal and submersible sump pumps

Pedestal sump pumps

These sumps pumps are placed above the sump on a—you guessed it—pedestal. A pipe runs from the sump pump down into the sump, and the motorized impeller pump draws the water up into the unit. Pedestal pumps are easy to service since they are not down in the water, and they will usually last for many years without major issues. However, they tend to use more power than submersible pumps and are not in general as energy efficient.

Submersible sump pumps

Just as the name implies, a submersible pump is placed down in the sump itself, submerged in the water. The impeller pumps draws water directly into the unit through intake valves, and the pump then pushed the water out through a pipeline leading from the sump. Submersible pumps consume less energy to do their job. However, they can suffer from more repair needs because of the continual presence of water, and they are a bit trickier to service.

Unless you are a plumbing professional, it’s difficult to determine which type of sump pump is ideal for your home. That’s why you should always contact experienced plumbers, like those at The Sunny Plumber, when you are interested in a sump pump installation for your home. We have many years of experience with servicing sump pumps in Glendale, AZ, and we will help you make the best choice for your home’s needs. Contact us today to arrange an appointment.

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Ways to Save Water in Your Bathroom

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Many of us are aware of how crucial it is to save water for the good of the environment and, of course, to cut back on utilities. But few people are aware of what it takes to do so. You may have cut back on your time in the shower or started hand-washing a few items instead of running an extra cycle on the dishwasher, but it can still feel as though you’re not doing enough. Luckily, it’s easy to save some money in the bathroom when you employ the help of a plumbing specialist.

Choose the expertise of The Sunny Plumber to help you figure out how you can cut spending and take advantage of more efficient bathroom plumbing in Glendale.

  • Repair a leaky sink or shower ASAP. Did you know that even a small leak from your pipes can waste up to 20 gallons of water a day? You may feel as though a small leak is manageable, but it’s important to get it fixed by a professional as quickly as possible in order to stop the leak from damaging your home and to make sure your plumbing is in top working order.
  • Replace or repair your water heater. Does it take the water in your bathroom a long time to heat up? Do you tend to turn on the shower and then walk away while you wait for the water to get warm? Your older water heater may not be in the best condition. It may be that there is buildup in the pipes that keeps it from running possibly, or that you need a new system entirely. But whatever the problem, a technician is best qualified to handle the repair or replacement.
  • Use lowflow toilets and faucet aerators. Low flow toilets cut water usage by more than half over older toilets by using a high-pressure flushing system instead of mass amounts of water. You can also choose to add a low-flow showerhead or a faucet aerator, a small piece that you may be able to locate at a hardware store, which restricts the flow of water from your sink.

Call The Sunny Plumber today for more information about our bathroom plumbing service and how you can save some money on your plumbing in Glendale.

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Is It That Important to Repair a Leaky Sink?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Leaky sinks are an extremely common problem in homes across the country. Most of the time, the problem goes ignored for days, weeks, even years. After all, the sound of dripping water is annoying, but hardly that big of an issue, right? Actually, a leaky sink can cause thousands of dollars in damage and wasted water if it isn’t fixed. Let’s examine some of the specifics.

Water Wasting

Let’s say you have a leaky faucet in your home that drips once per minute. That’s pretty slow as far as leaks go. Well, that once faucet will drip over 1400 times per day. If you factor it out to an entire year, that’s over 30 gallons wasted. What if it drips four times per minute? Again, that’s a pretty conservative estimate for a lot of leaks. That adds up to over 130 gallons of water wasted every year. It adds up, and ends up costing you money.

Water Damage

If the leak is from your faucet, chances are you don’t have to worry about water damage. Your sink is designed to handle water, after all. Where this really becomes a problem is if you have a leak in the pipes under the sink. The most common result of a leak under the sink is the growth of mold. The dark, damp environment under most sinks is the ideal place in which mold can grow. Oftentimes, mold like this can pose health risks to those living in the house.

The other thing to watch out for is water rotting out areas under the sink. This can lead to structural damage, which can necessitate replacing the entire cabinet. That’s an awful lot of time and expense for something as simple as a leaking pipe. These kinds of leaks are more dangerous because they often take place completely out of sight. Be sure to check under your sink every so often to make sure that everything is dry, and no pipes are leaking.

If you are experiencing leaks in your water system, call The Sunny Plumber. We offer quality sink repair services throughout Glendale, AZ.

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What Are the Effects of Hard Water on My Bathroom Plumbing?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Hard Water: A condition where water contains a high level of mineral suspension, particularly magnesium and calcium. Hard water is common issue from municipal water supplies. Although it is rarely unhealthy to drink hard water, it does not taste good and it makes it difficult to work up a good soap lather. However, the biggest worry from hard water, and the reason you need to find a way to treat it, is the effect that it will have on the plumbing in your home.

The best way to stop issues from hard water is through professional installation of a whole-house water softener. The Sunny Plumber specializes in water treatment systems of all kinds, including water softeners. With our assistance, you can protect your bathroom plumbing in Glendale, AZ and everywhere else in your house from the ravages of hard water.

Why is Hard Water an Issue for My Bathroom Plumbing?

Hard water leaves calcium deposits on plumbing, and this can turn into serious trouble for pipes and plumbing appliances.

On a basic cosmetic level, hard water creates unattractive build-up on fixtures. Usually an early sign that you have hard water is the appearance of a flaky yellow or off-white substance developing along your sinks, faucets, and showerheads. This is unpleasant looking, but it will soon lead to worse problems. Showerheads that contain excessive hard water deposits will soon start to lose nozzles and begin spray water in odd directions because the blockage. When you notice this happening, you need to take action, because the hard water is likely causing worse troubles out of your sight.

The biggest danger from hard water deposits is that it will start to reduce the available volume inside your bathroom pipes, both drains and incoming lines. As the calcium begins to build-up on the lining of the pipes, it will leave less and less room for the water to flow. Although it is extremely rare for calcium deposits to completely block a pipe, it will make it much easier for clogs to occur. It will also cause a huge spike in water pressure, and this could lead to massive leaks occurring in the plumbing.

Hard water will also affect water heaters, leading to corrosion, and you could start to lose hot water in the bathroom…the place where you need hot water the most.

As soon as signs of hard water begin to appear (you can’t get decent soap suds going in the shower, flaky deposits on the faucets, blocked-up showerhead), call a water treatment specialist, like one of our team members at The Sunny Plumber. We will guard your bathroom plumbing in Glendale, AZ from calcium and magnesium in the water supply with water softener installation.

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Causes of Kitchen Plumbing Clogs

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Clogs rank among the most common plumbing problems in your home, and the kitchen is a prime target for particularly stubborn back-ups. We put all kinds of inappropriate things down the kitchen sink, which can build up in our pipes and eventually cause a backflow. Here in Glendale, AZ, kitchen plumbing services can usually clear up the causes of kitchen clogs, which is ultimately preferable to using a store-bought cleanser. You can probably recognize some of the most common culprits.

Most of the time, kitchen clogs are caused by food waste placed down the sink. They get caught in the pipe and lodged there, backing the water up in the process. In some case, they might not seem all that harmful, at least at first. Take hot fat or cooking grease, for example. It’s not hard to dump them down the drain when they’re in liquid form. The cool of the pipes soon causes them to solidify, creating a serious clog in the process.

Other types of food are surprisingly tough and fibrous, such as peelings from carrots or potatoes. Should they build up in your pipes, that can be enough to cause a bad clog, especially since they tend to retain water and swell slightly. Hard seeds such as peach pits and cherry stones can be bad as well, as can chicken and beef bones.

Unfortunately, cleansers and store-bought snakes very rarely solve such problems. The best approach is to simply be mindful of what you put down the sink. If you experience a kitchen clog, however, you can call in a professional to do the job right. Kitchen plumbing and other plumbing services in Glendale, AZ can be provided by The Sunny Plumber. We use top-of-the-line tools such as motorized snakes to break the clog up, then wash it away to completely restore service to the drains. We serve communities throughout Arizona, and we’re dedicated to making sure you’re satisfied with every part of the operation. If you’re having trouble with kitchen plumbing clogs, don’t waste time and money with one-size-fits all solutions. Give us a call and let us show you what we can do!

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3 Modern Tools Used in Drain Cleaning

Friday, April 25th, 2014

When it comes to drain cleaning, people often immediately have the wrong idea in their head: plastics bottles of “drain cleaner” sitting on the grocery store shelves in the House Cleaning Supplies aisle. But no professional plumber worth hiring will ever use these kinds of chemical drain cleaners. They are toxic, caustic, and can seriously damage the inside lining of drainpipes.

Professional plumbers instead use more advanced tools that can thoroughly cleanse and unclog drains without presenting the possibility of harm to the drain or to you. We’ll look at a few of them in this post.

For your drain cleaning in Glendale, AZ, contact The Sunny Plumber. Our skilled plumbers are ready 24/7 to help you with keeping your drains clear and clean.

1. Drain Snakes

You can purchase manual drain snakes (also called drain augers) from many hardware stores, but your plumber will use a powerful motorized drain snake to clean your drains. Drain snakes are long coils of wire that can extend deep into a drain to reach thick clogs. By turning the wires using a motor, the plumber screws the end of the drain snake into the clog, similar to the way a corkscrew works. The plumber can then either extract the clog or break it apart to clear the way.

2. Scour Jetting

Also called “hydro-jetting,” this is the use of hot water shot out of nozzle at extremely high pressure. A motor creates the high pressure and blasts the water out to scour the insides of drains, removing blockage and also deep-cleaning the pipe interior. Because of the possible dangers from high-pressure water blasts, only professionals should undertake this work.

3. Video Inspection Equipment

This tool doesn’t “clear” or “clean” a drain, but it is an essential part of drain cleaning nonetheless. These miniature cameras and LED lights mounted on the end of a long fiber-optic cable allow plumbers to identify areas that require cleaning and to discover the types of clogs they have to remove. Video pipe inspection equipment removes most of the guesswork from drain cleaning, and a plumber can get straight to work on what’s wrong.

Unless you have a drain clog that needs cleaning immediately, we recommend you schedule regular drain cleaning once a year to maintain regular water pressure and deter clogging. Call on The Sunny Plumber today to arrange for quality drain and sewer services in Glendale, AZ.

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What Causes Drain Pressure Problems?

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Drain pressure is hardly a common problem, since drain lines with plumbing are not normally subjected to pressure. Here in Glendale AZ, drain cleaning services may actually use pressure as a solution rather than a problem, since high pressure (applied by a professional technician) can effectively remove some types of build-up. That, in fact, constitutes the most common source of drain pressure problems: a clog or similar build-up in the system.

Clogs can be created by foreign materials flushed down the drain: anything from cooking grease to potato peelings to hair and shampoo in your bathroom faucets. Hard water build-up can also create drain clogs. Depending upon their placement, they can create pressure problems within your drains. The more water that builds up against the clog, the greater the chances of a breach or a leak springing up. In some cases, the clog can run quite deep, and pressure can build up anywhere along the line. Again, it’s not common but it does happen and the source is invariably a clog in the line somewhere.

Clearing such a clog is definitely a matter for professionals, since they can determine its exact nature as well as a means of clearing it. A well-trained expert can first determine the placement and nature of the clog using a small video camera attached to an extension wire. This new form of technology provides unprecedented details that let the plumber choose the exact tool for the job. If the pipe are not in immediate danger of a breach, then high pressure can be used to break up the clogs. In other situations, a mechanical snake can be used, with a head tailored to fit the exact nature of the clog.

If you’re wondering what causes drain pressure problems and whether that might be the source of you current plumbing woes, then give The Sunny Plumber a call. Offering drain cleaning for homes in Glendale is a specialty of ours, and we’re dedicated to solving the issue to your satisfaction the first time, every time. Pick up the phone and give us a call today.

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