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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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How to Tell You Need Kitchen Plumbing Services for Your Scottsdale Home

Friday, August 16th, 2013

The kitchen is one of the most utilized parts of your home. It’s often the place not only where food is cooked, but also where family and friends gather to converse, eat and drink. Today’s kitchen increasingly enjoys double-duty as a place for eating as well as food preparations and there are various plumbing needs that should be taken care of by a professional plumber. Second only to the bathroom in terms of its plumbing needs, your kitchen sink needs to be effective and efficient, and your refrigerator water line, dishwasher, and garbage disposal all need to be integrated into the home’s supply and wastewater disposal piping. With that in mind, you may eventually find yourself in need of professional kitchen plumbing services in Scottsdale.

Call The Sunny Plumber today if you need an experienced and knowledgeable plumber.

Signs You Might Need Professional Installation or Repair Kitchen Plumbing Services:

  • Leak. A leak can occur anywhere water is contained, be it in one of your hot or cold water supply pipes or in a drainpipe that leads to the sewer line. There are both such pipes in your kitchen, and they need to work well at all times. Leaks can lead to significant water damage over time, not to mention the problems that it may pose to your water pressure or the increase in foul odors where you cook your food.
  • Dishwasher won’t drain. If you find that your dishwasher fails to drain, then you need to make sure that you hire a pro to come take a look. This can lead to increased mold growth, foul odors, and possible overflow. It could just be some debris blocking the drainpipe, but it should be handled by a plumber.
  • Garbage disposal installation. A garbage disposal makes a great solution for homeowners who are tired of throwing out so much food only for it to sit in a landfill. A garbage disposal should be installed by a professional so that it works well. A professional plumber can also advise you on best practices for what not to put down your disposal drain.

When you need excellent kitchen plumbing services in Scottsdale, call The Sunny Plumber.

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How Professional Drain Cleaning Can Improve Your Scottsdale Homes Way of Life

Monday, June 17th, 2013

When you stop and think about how much you use your drains, you start to realize how important they are. Whenever you turn on any faucet, flush the toilet, do laundry or wash the dishes, your drains have to work hard to safely and hygienically dispose of that waste water. All that use can really take its toll on your home’s drain system. That’s why getting regular drain cleaning for your Scottsdale home is a great idea. To help you better understand the need for professional drain cleaning services, we wanted to put together a quick explanation of why drain cleaning is so important, and also how it could benefit your home and your way of life.

Just so you know, The Sunny Plumber of Phoenix offers fast, reliable and quality drain cleaning for Scottsdale homes of all different sizes.

Benefits of Scottsdale Drain Cleaning Services

Over time, small problems and issues can start to develop with your drain system. Whether it’s clogs or leaks, your drains will eventually need to be repaired. But getting regular drain cleaning for your Scottsdale home could make a positive impact on the function of your drains.

  • Reduced clogs – Clogs normally don’t form instantly. Usually, they take a long time to develop over time. In homes that don’t get regular drain cleaning, those clogs will inevitably develop into larger clogs that completely block the flow of water down your drains. But when you get regular Scottsdale drain cleaning services, your plumber will find those clogs and remove them before they actually cause problems for your home. This could have the potential to keep your drains working more consistently and more efficiently.
  • Reduced leaks – During regular drain cleaning visits, our plumbers will thoroughly inspect your plumbing system. They will be looking for not only clogs, but also leaks. Leaks, like clogs, don’t develop instantly. They take time and they normally start off small. Our expert plumbers will look for any indications of leaks and repair them before they actually cause damage to your Scottsdale, AZ home.

For all your Scottsdale drain cleaning, make sure that you work with the professionals at The Sunny Plumber of Phoenix.

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Plumbing Tip: Do You Need a Sump Pump?

Monday, May 27th, 2013

A sump pump is a great way to ensure that your home is safe from water damage caused by flooding and other water problems. A sump pump is installed at the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace and works by pumping water out of that area before it can become a problem. Many homeowners enjoy the confidence and peace of mind that a professionally installed sump pump offers. But keep in mind that a plumbed appliance is only as good as its installation. If you’re in need of a sump pump, you need to make sure you receive highly qualified Scottsdale plumbing: call The Sunny Plumber of Phoenix for comprehensive services, including sump pump installation, repair, and maintenance.

So, do you need a sump pump? That depends on various factors. A sump pump is a bit like a backup generator for your home. You probably won’t use it all the time, but when you do need it, you’re happy to have it. For that reason, its installation is all the more critical. There’s no sense in investing in the security and protection of your home if the equipment isn’t effective or efficient. If you’re concerned with flooding in your area, a sump pump can protect your floors and foundation from the risks of water damage. If you’re concerned about the structural integrity of your home or about your belongings, then you might want to consider installing a sump pump.

The installation of a sump pump varies according to the layout of your home. But it often involves a bit of excavation. A sump pump sits in a sump, or pit, that is especially dug in order to draw ground water into the device before it reaches other areas. Whether it’s a pedestal or submersible model, the hole will need to be dug out according to the size and model of the pump itself, which will sit plumb and level in a liner. There is an outlet pipe that allows the pump to send the water in the pit elsewhere, usually at some remove from the home.

Call The Sunny Plumber of Phoenix for comprehensive Scottsdale plumbing services, including sump pump installation, repair, and maintenance.

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Plumbing FAQ: Why Is There a Sewer Smell In Our House?

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

There’s probably nothing worse than the smell of sewage in your home. Those sour smells can really disturb the comfort of your home. As one of the leading providers of plumbing services in your area, one of the common questions we encounter from clients is, “Why is there a sewer smell in our house?” While you may typically think that sewer smells should come from outside the home, your bathroom and kitchen drains are connected to the sewer system directly and that smell indicates a serious problem with your waste disposal system. Fortunately, we’re here to help. In today’s post, we’d like to explain where this sewer smell might be coming from. Call The Sunny Plumber today for comprehensive Scottsdale plumbing services.

Top reasons why your house may smell like a sewer:

  • Faulty traps. There are traps for every drain connected to your wastewater disposal system. These are bends in the piping that allow a water seal to form and keep smells and fumes from entering back into your home. But if these are dried out, or they do not work properly, the smells of the sewer might come straight back into your home.
  • Debris. Even if your sewer line is not totally clogged, it may have a significant accumulation of hair, grease, and other organic waste. When this builds up, it can cause serious wastewater disposal problems, one of which is the smell of sewage in the home. Consider a routine drain cleaning service if this problem happens to you.
  • Sewer line fault. Your main sewer line can fail for a number of reasons, one of which is that tree roots can penetrate the surface of the pipe. Roots exert an incredible amount of pressure as they move underground, and if they’re big enough, they can cause problems for your sewer line. Alternatively, whether due to old age, or soil erosion, your sewer line can crack under pressure or even collapse.

We are experts when it comes to drains and sewers. We offer comprehensive diagnostics using the latest technological equipment, such as video camera inspection, so that we can figure exactly what’s causing the smell. We also offer trenchless sewer replacement to eliminate the trench digging that used to accompany sewer replacement and repair. Call The Sunny Plumber today at (602) 734-5106 for comprehensive Scottsdale plumbing services.

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Plumbing FAQ: Is My Gas Line OK?

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

If you find yourself wondering if your natural gas line is ok, it is already time to contact your Scottsdale plumbing technician. When professionally installed and well maintained, natural gas lines are able to deliver gas into your home with great safety and reliability. However, like any other component in your home plumbing system, it is possible for problems to develop with your gas line, and negligence can lead to a very unsafe environment. The Sunny Plumber wants to ensure that you are able to use natural gas in your home safely and confidently. Here are a few tips to help you do so:

  1. Natural gas line leaks are actually quite rare, but if one develops it can be quite dangerous. There are a few warning signs to keep in mind if you have any reason to suspect that your natural gas line is leaking. First of all, despite being naturally colorless and odorless, natural gas has an odor added to it to help with identifying a gas leak. Should you notice any sulphuric, rotten egg smells in your home, contact a professional plumber immediately. Of course, you may also want to clean out your refrigerator.
  2. If you notice this odor in your home you should call for help immediately and leave the house. Do not turn any appliances on or off, and do not attempt to locate the leak. Contact your utility company immediately.
  3. It is also possible to develop a leak in your gas line outside of your home. You may notice the aforementioned natural gas odor. Also keep an eye on our grass and any plants around the line. Browning grass and dying plants may indicate a leak in your gas line. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your natural gas line, so call a professional plumber about any concerns that you may have.
  4. It is also extremely important that you have good carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home. This is the best way to ensure your safety in the event of a problem with your natural gas line. If you have any questions about carbon monoxide or CO detectors, call us any time.

To learn more about potential problems with your gas line, contact the Scottsdale plumbing pros at The Sunny Plumber. We have all the information and services you need to use natural gas in your home safely. Contact us today to learn more.

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