The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Mesa’

Why Is Scour Jetting the Way to Go?

Monday, February 11th, 2019

sunny-plumber-vanThere are certain projects around the house that homeowners tend to get excited about. A remodeling project, new siding, fresh new interior paint colors, and so on. Heck, even the prospect of a deep spring cleaning can be exciting, even if you’re not exactly looking forward to the process of getting to the finished product that you’re after.

Now, all that being said, cleaning your drain and sewer lines is probably not going to make the shortlist here. And that’s okay.

What’s not okay, however, is downplaying the importance of having clean, unobstructed drain and sewer lines servicing your home. Trust us, keeping up with the work necessary to make this the case is much easier than reversing the problems that arise as a result of failing to do so.

That’s why we want to take this opportunity to talk to you about the benefits of scour jet service in Mesa, AZ. This is the best way to keep these pipes in the best working condition possible.

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Why Do My Drains Stink?

Monday, January 15th, 2018

stainless-sink-drainYour plumbing system plays an integral role in your life each and every day. That is why any problems with your plumbing system really must be resolved as soon as possible. No, this does not just apply to problems such as burst pipes flooding your house. Something like smelly drains, for instance, may not be an emergency. It is a problem that you don’t just want to get used to though, right? If your drains smell bad, there are a few likely culprits.

Today, we’re going to explore a few reasons why you may have foul odors emanating from your drains. If you do, and there is no simple remedy for the problem, then contact our professional plumbers in Mesa, AZ right away. We are more than happy to help resolve the issue so that you can get back to using your plumbing system problem-free. It doesn’t matter if you don’t often have company—nobody should have to put up with sink stink!

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Ask a Plumber: What Is Scour Jetting?

Monday, January 1st, 2018

hydro-jetterThere are a lot of systems in your home that you have some direct interaction with, or are at least visible, which helps to keep them and their overall condition on your mind. Others, however, are largely hidden from view and are able to fulfill their function without any real input on your end. Your drain and sewer system is one such example, and we cannot stress enough that out of sight should definitely not lead to out of mind when it comes to your drains and sewer line.

While your drains and sewer line are not complex mechanical systems, there are plenty of problems that can develop with them over time. Dealing with any such problems in a timely manner can really help you to avoid some very undesirable, potentially costly outcomes. That is why you may want to consider scheduling scour jet service with a professional plumber in Mesa, AZ. It’s a great preventive practice that can have some serious benefits for your drain and sewer system.

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Signs of Subpar Water Quality

Monday, November 20th, 2017

woman-drinking-waterWater quality is a tricky subject for a few different reasons. First of all, people simply get used to the water that they are used to in their own homes. If you have a relatively subtle issue with your water quality, it is easy to just acclimate to it. Another issue is that those homeowners receiving their water from municipal/public sources may just assume that their water is of a high quality, ignoring the real possibility that, even if it is treated, that water may pick up contaminants on its way to their homes.

At The Sunny Plumber Phoenix, we believe that all homeowners deserve access to clean, pure water in their homes. Before we can help you to achieve this goal, though—and it is an attainable one—you first have to reach out to us. That is why you need to know the signs that your water quality may be subpar. Once you recognize that fact, you can go about scheduling water quality services with a professional plumber in Mesa, AZ.

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Ask a Plumber: What Causes Low Water Pressure?

Monday, November 6th, 2017

woman-in-showerWhat is better after a long day of work during the hottest time of the year then jumping into a nice, cool shower? Or a warm shower on those nights and mornings when there is a chill in the air? Pretty much nothing! Of course, it is a lot more difficult to enjoy one’s shower, perfect though the temperature may be, when the water pressure leaves a lot to be desired. Don’t ever ignore low water pressure in your home.

As is the case with many different plumbing problems, there are many different possibilities in terms of what is causing this particular problem. These issues may be relatively benign, or they could suggest problems that could do serious damage to your plumbing system. It could even be the result of a situation well beyond your own personal control. Whatever the case may be, you can count on our plumbers in Mesa, AZ to diagnose the problem and resolve it completely. 

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3 Common Myths about Garbage Disposals

Friday, March 20th, 2015

You probably use the garbage disposal in your kitchen multiple times a day and would have a hard time imagining what it would be like to clean-up after meals without it. The majority of homeowners around the country have the same experience as you, since garbage disposals are now accepted as a basic appliance in the modern kitchen.

And, like anything that grows widespread, the kitchen garbage disposal has also developed a number of myths surrounding it. The Internet hasn’t help to dispel any of them, and has probably propagated even more. We hope we can clear up a few of these misunderstandings and help you take better care of your kitchen’s disposal so that keeps it working for many years to come.

Whenever you require professional services for a garbage disposal in Mesa, AZ, or the installation of a new one, just give The Sunny Plumber a call and let us take care of it.

3 major garbage disposal myths

  • You can sharpen the blades with ice cubes: You may have heard that garbage disposals that are having trouble grinding down food should have their blades sharpened, which you can do by pouring ice cubes into the hopper and turning on the disposal. This doesn’t work, however, since there are no sharp “blades” in the disposal. The impellers that grind organic waste are blunt. Putting ice cubes into the disposal won’t do any good, and may even cause damage. If a disposal isn’t performing well, you should call for repairs.
  • You should always pour hot water down the disposal when it’s running: We understand the thought process here, since hot water dissolves grease. But when you run the disposal while hot water is pouring into it, you risk causing it to overheat. Use cold water when clearing out the disposal as much as possible.
  • Disposals can handle any food product: A garbage disposal is durable, but it is not invincible. A kitchen disposal is designed to grind down soft food particles; it cannot handle food waste such as bones, gristle, corn cobs, and un-popped popcorn kernels. If your teeth can’t chew it, than neither can the disposal, and you should instead place it in the trash.

No matter how cautious you are about using your garbage disposal, it may still break down at some point. Don’t risk trying to fix it yourself! Call for the professionals at The Sunny Plumber in Mesa, AZ for garbage disposal repair services. We are available 24/7 for your convenience.

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Tips to Avoid Water Heater Repair Needs

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Having a water heater breakdown is an annoying and inconvenient experience, to say the least. While it isn’t possible to completely avoid water heater repair, there are some steps you can take to reduce the amount of repair your unit may need. Here are some suggestions from The Sunny Plumber technicians for Mesa, AZ residents:

  • Drain some water bi-annually – it is natural for sediment to build-up on the bottom of your water heater, but if too much sediment builds-up, it can hamper the operation of your water heater. By draining some of the water from your water heater twice-annually, you’ll be able to remove a good amount of sediment from the bottom of the tank.
  • Check the pressure relief valve – the pressure relief valve is a safety device that relieves excess pressure in case the water heater becomes too hot. Relief valves can leak and/or corrode, which can cause them to malfunction. Checking the state of the relief valve can help keep you ahead of problems that may develop with it.
  • Check the temperature gauge bi-annually – your temperature gauge shouldn’t be set any higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit; any higher and you could see a rise in your energy bill and have scalding hot water. A hot-running water heater is also more prone to breakdown, so it’s best to keep the temperature moderate.
  • Is the unit insulated properly? – heat loss for the outside of a water heater tank can be significant, so it’s important to make sure it is properly insulated. Using an insulating blanket or wrap the unit carefully with other insulating material that is good for water heaters.
  • Check the exhaust equipment – water heaters that use natural gas need to be vented; if the venting is not working properly, dangerous toxic byproducts could be leaking into your home’s air.
  • Schedule annual maintenance – an annual maintenance appointment for your water heater will cover all these items and more.

Although your water heater will need to be repaired at some point, using these tips can help to greatly reduce the amount of repairs you may be facing. If you’re in need of a professional water heater repair service in Mesa, AZ, look no further than The Sunny Plumber! Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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Should I Call a Plumber for a Leaky Faucet?

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Everyone experiences a leaky faucet sooner or later. It’s unfortunate, but over time it tends to happen more and more frequently. To a lot of homeowners, this seems like a fairly easy problem to fix. There must simply be a loose seal somewhere, right? Surely if you can find it and set it straight, the leak will stop. If you think it’s that easy, let us remind you that there’s a reason so many sitcoms include scenes where characters try to fix their faucets and only make the problem worse. It’s often exaggerated, but it’s rooted in truth. Leaky faucets are harder to fix than you might think. Read on to find out why you should hire a plumber to fix your leaky faucet.

Why bother to fix it?

Depending on the severity of the leak, a few homeowners may simply let it drip, thinking that it isn’t a big deal. DON’T DO THIS! Even a moderately leaky faucet can waste thousands of gallons a year, enough to fill a good-sized swimming pool. Do not ignore a leaky faucet, or it will waste a ridiculous amount of water.

Why Call a Plumber?

The reason you call any professional instead of attempting something yourself is that they possess expertise that you don’t. You’re essentially paying for the convenience of having the job done right the first time, without having to worry about any subsequent damages or the need to redo the job. In this case, the procedure is simple, but can still have expensive consequences if done wrong.

First, the water supply needs to be turned off, in order to prevent the tap from spewing all over the room and causing water damage. Next, the faucet assembly needs to be taken apart so you can have access to the o-ring and washers. After that, it’s a matter of knowing what you’re looking for, which if often where the plumber expertise comes in handy.

If you don’t feel comfortable taking apart your faucet to fix it, call The Sunny Plumber. We provide quality plumbing services throughout Mesa, AZ.

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What Water Testing Can Tell You About Your Home’s Water

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Homeowners today are often concerned about the quality of the water entering their home’s plumbing—sometimes for very good reasons. Chemicals and minerals can infiltrate the municipal water supply, and homes that use well water are also in danger of contamination.

The best way to find out if your water is healthy and not causing damage to your plumbing is to call for professional water testing in Mesa, AZ from The Sunny Plumber. We are qualified plumbing specialists for the area, and our expertise also extends to the installation and maintenance of quality water treatment systems. Here are some of the problems we can detect in your residential water supply through our water testing services:

Water Hardness

Hard water is one of the most common problems that municipal water can face, and it is a particular problem in many parts of the Valley. “Hard water” means water that contains a higher than average levels of minerals such as magnesium, gypsum, and calcium. Although hard water is rarely hazardous to drink, it can taste bad and makes it difficult to create soap lather. But most damaging is that it will build up inside pipes and fixtures and cause severe problems leading to repairs.

The Presence of Chemicals

Chemicals can enter the fresh water that comes through the municipal supply via ground seepage. Pesticides are among the more common hazardous chemicals that can reach your water in this way. Chlorine and Chloramines are often found in residential water supplies. Chemicals are also a major concern if your home receives its water supply from a well.

Viruses and Bacteria

Water treatment plants usually keep out these organic hazards from the municipal water supply, but there are still ways that your water might suffer from bacterial contamination that can cause illness throughout your household.

Wastewater Infiltration

Your home’s plumbing is designed to keep wastewater separate from fresh water. However, sewage backflow can occur that will lead to some wastewater contamination entering your fresh water lines. This is dangerous for your health, and it is important to have it detected and stopped as soon as possible.

Call The Sunny Plumber today to schedule an appointment for professional water testing service in Mesa, AZ and other parts of the Valley. We use professionals who know how to take samples from around your home, and the laboratory results will pinpoint exactly what is inside your water supply. You can then rely on our water treatment specialists to identify the installation that will help you counteract the problems in your water so you can enjoy healthier living and healthier plumbing.

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Shower Problems That Need a Professional Plumber

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The shower is supposed to be a place where you can feel energized and prepare for the day. So if you encounter problems with your shower, it can really put a damper on your day. Fortunately, professional plumbers can fix any number of issues, from the smallest of leaks to the toughest of drain clogs, so that you can continue to have a pleasant experience every morning.

When you need a professional plumber for your shower in Mesa, AZ, the experts at The Sunny Plumber  have you covered with 24/7 emergency service.

Common Shower Problems

These are a few common reasons you may need to contact a professional for shower repairs.

  • Leaks: A leak from your showerhead may seem like a small annoyance, but it can significantly raise your utility bills. This may be a simple fix for a technician with a trained eye. Plumbers may only need to make a few minor adjustments, or they may recommend a new fixture. This presents you with the opportunity to purchase a low-flow showerhead that may save you even more every month.
  • Drain Clogs: If you cannot dislodge a drain clog with a plunger, you should always call a professional for repairs. Liquid drain cleaners advertise results, but these chemicals can be toxic, potentially injuring the skin and eyes. Furthermore, they cannot dissolve some types of blockage and may end up harming your pipes. Professionals can use drain augers to remove tough clogs and have equipment that can fully clean out the rest of the drain pipe to prevent clogs from forming in the future and making your daily shower an unpleasant experience.
  • Low Water Pressure: If the water pressure in your shower does not quite seem to be cutting it, there could be a couple of reasons. You may have a leak in the pipes, or you could have mineral deposits that build up and block water flow. Leaks should be repaired right away to prevent water damage in your home. For mineral deposits, a professional can descale the pipes and may recommend a water softener to solve the problem for all of your pipes in the future.

Call The Sunny Plumber to speak with an experienced plumber in Mesa, AZ today!

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