The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Scottsdale’

Is Hard Water Really a Problem?

Monday, September 11th, 2017

water-softenerThere are a lot of problems that homeowners may encounter which could rightly be called plumbing emergencies. If you come home from a weekend on the road only to find that your lower floor is flooded by a burst pipe, for instance, or if your water is contaminated and not safe to drink. Other issues may not be quite as severe or immediately pressing, but that does not necessarily mean that they are any less important. This is the case with hard water.

If you have hard water in your home, then contact a professional plumber in Scottsdale, AZ to have the problem resolved. Using a water softener to treat the water running throughout your plumbing system is a simple and effective solution. Before you take that step, however, you’ll likely want to understand not only why hard water is such an issue, but how to spot it in the first place. Read on, and contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

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How Does Trenchless Technology Work?

Monday, July 17th, 2017

broken-sewer-lineExtremely well, is the short answer! Of course, we love giving visitors to our blog a lot more information than this, so we are going to expand on this answer considerably in the following post.

First, let us remind you that even the best technologies are not really worth all that much if they are not in the hands of skilled, trained professionals. You won’t have to worry about that when you work with our plumbers, of course.

Not only do we have the equipment necessary to complete your trenchless sewer line services in Scottsdale, AZ, but we also have the training and know-how to ensure that the job is done right from the start. The entire concept behind trenchless sewer line services is that you are able to have your sewer line repaired or replaced with minimal hassle. Don’t take chances with the quality of your services and wind up compromising this convenience.

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What Kinds of Tools Do Professionals Use for Leak Detection?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

One of the reasons it’s so important to call professional plumbers for leak detection services is that leaks are notoriously hard to find. Why? Because well over 90% of your plumbing is hidden behind walls, above ceilings and under floors. To find hidden leaks, professional plumbers use several high-tech tools, in addition to years of experience and know-how. When you hire a plumbing professional from The Sunny Plumber, you can rest assured that you are hiring an expert with years of experience and access to the best tools around. Don’t let a hidden leak cause problems for you and your home – schedule an appointment with one of our experts today!

Types of Tools

Here are three of the more common tools you may see your plumbing expert use to locate a leak:

  • Specialized audio equipment – even the smallest leak will make a noise, and with state-of-the-art audio equipment, your plumber can listen-in to the plumbing and pinpoint, by audio, where the sound is coming from.
  • Visual aid equipment – use of cameras in plumbing has revolutionized the industry, allowing plumbers to see, in real time, exactly what is going on inside a particular pipe. One of the most commonly-used cameras is a fiber optic camera. This type of camera sits at the end of a thin cable that can be snaked deep into your plumbing system, allowing your plumber to see real-time, instant video of the inside of your pipes.
  • Infrared scanning – infrared scans create thermal images by reading the temperatures of surfaces. The reason professional plumbers use infrared scanning to detect leaks is that moist areas will register as cooler than the areas that are dry.

However, none of these tools is useful in the wrong hands. This is why it’s important to always hire a trained expert for all your plumbing needs, especially when it comes to leak detection. Leaks can undermine your foundation, cause the excessive development of mold and mildew as well as the development of rot. If you have concerns that your home in Scottsdale has a leak, call The Sunny Plumber today and schedule an appointment for our professional leak detection service.

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Do I Need Water Filtration Maintenance in Scottsdale?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

If you own a water filtration system, you’ve already taken one of the most important steps in keeping your family safe and healthy. Whole-home water treatment systems like specialty filters and reverse osmosis systems help protect your family members from contaminants like arsenic, chloramine, bacteria, and other health hazards. However, installation isn’t the only step towards eliminating or lowering the number of contaminants in your home.

Here at The Sunny Plumber, we recommend that a plumber inspects your water filtration system every year to keep your water pure and contaminant-free. You may choose to do this as part of annual plumbing maintenance so that all of the other components of your plumbing system are protected as well. Here’s why you should consider water filtration maintenance from us in Scottsdale.

Inadequate Filtration

One of the largest consequences of neglecting water filtration maintenance is inadequate filtration. In general, a whole-house water treatment system should last for many years with very few problems. However, like any component of your plumbing system, there is a chance of leaks, clogs, or general failure that allows untreated water to make its way to your tap. With maintenance, your unit is thoroughly cleaned and any potential problems are caught early on.

Maintenance is particularly important if you own a well and rely on a chemical feed pump to treat the water. For those who get their water from a water main, it is already somewhat treated at a municipal water treatment facility. For families that own a well, chemical feed pumps are essential for your family’s health as they treat the contaminants that are common to your area, and untreated well water can be particularly harmful to your health.

Low Water Pressure

Another reason to schedule regular plumbing maintenance is to avoid low water pressure. A water filtration system is installed at a point of entry for your water line so that all of the water that enters your home is filtered. As a filter becomes clogged with particles and debris, your water pressure may drop, and you may wake up one day to find that very little water can make its way into your home.

For more information on water treatment systems in Scottsdale, call the experienced installation and maintenance experts at The Sunny Plumber and schedule an appointment today!

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The Steps in Water Filtration Installation

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

If the water in your home has a strange color, odor, or taste, you may not know about the wide variety of whole-home and localized water filtration systems available on the market that may solve the problem completely. Often, harmful chemicals, minerals, or other contaminants may enter your water system, either because they are added by the city or they are picked up as water moves through the underground water lines. Sometimes, there are visible signs of contaminants, but often this is not the case.

If you’re a homeowner in Scottsdale, a water filtration system may take care of the contaminants in your home that you can see and some that you cannot, like harmful nitrates and even arsenic. But first, you’ll need an experienced plumber to help you choose from the multiple systems available. To prove that professional installation can help make the process simple and accurate, we’ve listed the steps involved in water filtration installation.

  • Water Testing: The first step of water filtration involves testing your water for common contaminants that may affect your health, your plumbing, or just the taste of your water. When the plumbing company determines the exact problem with your water, a technician can discuss your water filtration options.
  • Water Filtration Installation: There are many different options for water filtration systems. While some are installed directly onto a sink’s tap, a whole-home filtration system may be the best option for you, particularly if a contaminant poses a risk to your plumbing system. Whole-home systems are attached directly to the main water line, ensuring quality for every drop of water that comes into your home.
  • Ensuring Proper Operation: After installation, a technician should test the various taps in your home to ensure the system is running properly. This may include testing the water pressure and taking further samples to check whether the contaminants have been eliminated. Finally, it’s important for homeowners to ensure the filtration system works properly by scheduling plumbing maintenance once a year.

If you believe you need water filtration in Scottsdale, call an expert at The Sunny Plumber who can test your water today and help you find the right system to keep your water system under control.


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3 Common Problems Requiring Toilet Repair

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Here in Scottsdale, toilet repair represents one of the most common calls plumbing services have to make. Your toilet is usually an extremely reliable device, but because it’s used so frequently – and because it’s arguably the most important component in your house – repairs tend to take on an urgency that you might not see with other appliances. A good plumber can usually correct any problem you might encounter with your toilet. We have a list of the 3 most common problems requiring toilet repair below.

  • Leaks. Leaks most often appear in the plumbing line between the toilet tank and your central plumbing system. The line itself can wear out after a time, or you may experience a problem with the valve or seal connecting the line to the larger components. This is actually a fairly easy repair to make for professional, who can drain the tank, replace the line and fix the leak in short order. A more problematic situation occurs when the bowl itself suffers damage, or the tank has sprung a leak. In those cases, you usually need to have the entire toilet replaced, though again, a good plumber can perform the replacement efficiently.
  • Moans and whistles. Unusual noises are a sure sign that something’s wrong with your toilet. They can include low moans and whistles, which usually result from a faulty cock and ball valve. A damaged valve will sometimes vibrate when the water refills, or let out a low moan when high water pressure puts stress on it. You can solve the problem by having the valve replaced.
  • Strange water fillings. When the flapper valves wears out, water will leak from the tank into the water line. When the water level drops to a certain point, the toiler starts running and the tank refills. Not only can this be extremely annoying, but you’re paying for all that lost water in higher bills. A plumber can replace the flapper valve and restore the toilet to its normal functions.

Toilet repair issues both common and unusual can be addressed by the plumbing service experts in Scottsdale, AZ at The Sunny Plumber. We have the skills and experience you need to do the job right, so don’t hesitate to give us call us today!

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Should I Repair or Replace an Old Water Heater?

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

It’s a fair question whenever your water heater has problems: “Should I repair or replace an old water heater?” The answer varies depending on your individual circumstances, but it’s never easy. Repairs usually cost less than replacement and in many cases can keep your heater functioning just fine. Eventually, however,  you end up throwing good money after bad, and installing a new water heater becomes the only viable option. Any plumber in Scottsdale can make recommendations for you, but you ultimately need to make the call yourself. Here’s a few tips to help.

In the first place, any water heater that’s more than ten years old bears careful watching. If you’ve maintained it well, then it can probably keep going for many years after its “expiration date,” but if you find yourself dealing with repairs on a regular basis, then replacing it may be the only option. In particular, look for signs of long-term damage in an older heater, such as rust or a build-up of mineral deposits in the tank itself.

In addition, general issues of inefficiency can help you determine if repairs are no longer an option. As water heaters age, you’ll notice they won’t heat the water as quickly. They may make strange noises, and you may find your monthly utilities going up despite the fact that you’re not using hot water any more often than usual. If that continues even after a repair or maintenance session from a trained technician, then you should look into getting a new heater.

None of this is to fully discount the notion of repairing an old water heater. In some cases, a repair can do the trick and you’ll continue to enjoy your existing heater for sometime to come. The tipping point occurs when you feel you’ve invested too much in a losing cause, and it’s clear that you’re just wasting money by keeping your  existing system upright. If you’re looking for a plumber in Scottsdale to advise you on whether you should replace or repair your water heater, the Sunny Plumber is ready to help. Give us a call today to set up an appointment!

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Why Does My Bathroom Sink Drain Have a Big Bend In It?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

If you’ve ever looked under your bathroom sink, you’ve probably noticed a strange “hairpin” bend in your pipes. It seems odd and even counter-productive, but with most bathroom plumbing systems, it’s pretty much the standard. So why does your bathroom sink drain have a big bend in it instead of going directly to the wall? The answer can tell you a lot about the nature of modern plumbing.

The bend is commonly known as a U bend, and it’s appeared in plumbing since the late 18th century. The modern version was perfected by a British plumber with the unfortunate name of Thomas Crapper. (Yes, really.) It actually serves as a kind of vent. The shape collects water from your sink, which creates a seal between your bathroom and the larger sewer system beyond. That keeps sewer gases from creeping up the pipes and making your bathroom smell.

That function depends on a proper seal in the bend, and similar factors in your plumbing can affect it as well. Most plumbing codes require a specific length between the bend and the closest outside vent. This keeps atmospheric pressure from affecting the bend’s function and ensures that it does its job.

Because of its shape, U bends can also fall prey to clogs and blockages very easily. Toothpaste, hair gel, beard clippings and similar parts of our daily grooming rituals can become lodged in the pipe, often requiring professional plumbing services to clean out. It’s not always ideal, but when the alternative is a bathroom full of sewer gas, it seems like a small price to pay. You can help prevent such clogs by carefully monitoring what you dispose of in your bathroom sink.

When the time comes to clean out your U bend, or if the seal breaks and you find yourself beset by unpleasant odors, give The Sunny Plumber a call. Our trained Scottsdale bathroom plumbing experts cover most of the greater Phoenix area, including Scottsdale. Bathroom plumbing is a significant cornerstone of our business, and we have the experience and know-how to handle any issues you may come across. If you know why your bathroom sink drain has a big bend in it, you can anticipate some of the problems that we’re here to solve. Give us a call today!

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5 Reasons You Should Call a Professional Plumber

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Are you satisfied with your plumbing system? Do you wish that it worked brought you more hot water? Or that it didn’t lose water pressure from time to time? Your supply and wastewater plumbing systems are absolutely vital to the ongoing integrity, comfort, and convenient of your home. They need to be kept in shape at all times so that you take your morning shower, wash the dishes and laundry, and enjoy potable water to clean and cook your vegetables in the kitchen. In today’s post, we’d like to give you 5 reasons why you need a professional plumber to visit your home in Scottsdale, AZ. Once you’re done reading this post, we recommend you take a look around. Making any necessary plumbing repairs or taking advantage of plumbing upgrades is a great way to add comfort and convenience to your home.

  1. Leak. Any and all leaks should be taken care of immediately. Allowing a leak to fester can only lead to further water or piping damage. If you can’t see any pools of water, but you suspect a leak, then look for the odd coloration of your baseboard piping or wet spots in the yard. Leaks can happen anywhere water is contained, and some can be detected only by a professional plumber who has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to discover leaks.
  2. Low water pressure. If you find that your home’s water pressure has decreased, it could be a well pump issue. But if you have a municipal water supply pipe, then you may need to have your pressure tested by a professional. It could be an indication of a hidden leak or some other issue.
  3. Persistent clog. A persistent clog that cannot be solved by a plunger should be taken care of by a professional. He has the augers and other drain cleaning techniques to make sure that the job is not only done effectively but also safely so that it doesn’t damage your drainpipes.
  4. Low-flow appliance. A low-flow toilet, faucet, or shower head can allow you to save on your water bill every month.
  5. Water heater noise. If you find that your tank or tankless water heater makes a noise, then you may need to have it checked by a professional plumber. It may need to be flushed because of a sediment buildup.

Call The Sunny Plumber when you need a plumber in Scottsdale, AZ. Let us find a solution to your plumbing problem.

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Do You Need Professional Water Heater Repair for Your Scottsdale Home?

Monday, August 19th, 2013

The water heater is an indispensable part of your home, providing piping hot water for cooking and cleaning all at the turn of a tap. The heater itself looks deceptively simple: a big tank in your basement or anteroom with a few knobs and lines attached. When the time comes to repair it, some people may try to do it themselves, using online videos and perhaps a few DIY TV shows to guide them. That’s a mistake, especially in Scottsdale where able technicians are on call to perform repairs or installations.

Here’s why you should trust a Scottsdale professional water heater repair service, at least from The Sunny Plumber:

  • The biggest concern is safety. Gas lines are often involved in water heater repair, as are exhaust gases like carbon monoxide that need to be properly vented. A service technician knows how to do that safely, which might not be the case from a video on YouTube.
  • In addition to the gas lines, most water heaters are connected to the plumbing lines, which make a second good reason to use a professional for repairs. A serviceman understands the way the heater connects to the plumbing and can replace worn or faulty parts without filling the basement with water.
  • Finally, the electrical system itself is connected to the water heater. Not only does it need to be shut off properly when conducting repairs, but it requires careful reconnecting with a strong knowledge of how the water heater is affected.

All of that necessitates contacting a professional technician when the time comes for water heater repairs. Any serviceman you employ should have the experience and know-how to do the job right. In Scottsdale, The Sunny Plumber can perform professional water heater repair to address a wide variety of issues. We offer an unconditional 100% guarantee on all our work, and our trained staff can conduct repairs with the safety and efficiency you’d expect from the very best. If you’re looking to install a new water heater or just repair an old one, contact The Sunny Plumber today to set up an appointment.


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