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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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How Long Should a Sink Last?

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

No fixture in your home can achieve immortality—especially one that gets as much use as a sink. The sinks in your kitchen and bathroom receive an extraordinary amount of work every day, encountering dirt, soap, food particles, grease, and often a few objects that have no business going into them at all. With all this wear and tear, how long can you expect a sink in your home to last? There are too many variables involved in your home’s plumbing for us to give you a simple, single-number answer to that question. Much of it depends on how well you treat your sink, and if you get it the regular repairs it needs.

If you need sink repair in Mesa, AZ, contact The Sunny Plumber. We can handle clogs, broken drainpipes, leaking faucets—everything so your sink has a long lifetime of service.

Long life through quality repairs

If your sink fixtures are made from durable material, you can expect them to last for many years, although different parts have different lifespans. An acrylic sink can often endure for half a century. Faucets and drains won’t last near this long, and if they do not receive timely repairs when they malfunction they will require replacement after only a few years. Make sure that you hire professional plumbers to manage repairs on any faulty part of your sink so it will be a long wait before you need to schedule the next repairs.

Hard water

Another enemy that might lurk in your home and threaten all the fixtures of your sink is hard water. This is water with high level of minerals (usually calcites) suspended in it. Although rarely harmful to drink, hard water is abrasive toward your plumbing, leaving deposits along the faucets and drains in your sink. The best way to combat hard water is with a water softener. Ask your trusted plumber about possible water treatment systems that will lessen the stress on your sink from hard water.

Be good to your sink

To help your sink survive, makes sure you have covers on the drains to keep larger particles from entering them. Don’t use the sink as a garbage disposal and toss foreign items down them. Also, avoid at all costs pouring fat, grease, or oil down any drain in your home (disposal included) because these substances will solidify when they dry and turn into thick, waxy plugs.

The Sunny Plumbers is here to help

The Sunny Plumber has a staff of trained professionals who can provide you with repairs, water treatment systems, and maintenance that will give your sink the longest lifespan possible. Contact us any time of the day or night when you need a Mesa plumber.

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Common Sink Repair Needs in Mesa, AZ

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

The sink is a standard fixture of the home. Your kitchen, bathroom and utility sinks are absolutely necessary for daily chores around the home, and they it can be very frustrating if they become problematic. While they are sturdy and built to last, there may come a time when your sink no longer functions properly, whether because of a leak or clog. While you may be able to stop the overflow or put a bucket under a leaking trap, it’s important to make sure that you have your sink professionally repaired so that its functionality is restored and your sink cabinet isn’t damaged by water. At The Sunny Plumber, we can handle all of your plumbing needs in Mesa, AZ. Give us a call today.

Let’s look at a few common causes of sink problems.

  • Clog. Your sink drain can clog for various reasons, including the buildup of soap scum and hair in the bathroom, or because of grease and food scraps in the kitchen. We don’t recommend the use of harsh over-the-counter chemicals to clear clogs in your drainpipes because they can have damaging effects on the integrity of your entire plumbing system. They can deteriorate the piping itself over time. Professional drain cleaning or drain snake clog removal is far more superior and safe.
  • Leak. A leak is perhaps the most common problem in plumbing. It can occur anywhere water is contained, and that includes your sinks. This could be a simple wear and tear issue. Over time, your supply pipes are under pressure, and they can corrode when coming into contact with acidic water. The joints are typically the weakest parts of the plumbing system and the first to go. Your trap, which prevents your home from smelling like the septic tank, can also leak.
  • Broken faucet. A leaky or running faucet can lead to a significant increase in your water bill on a monthly and yearly basis. If you pay for water from a municipal source, then you need to make sure that your plumbing system is leak free to avoid throwing money down the drain.

Call The Sunny Plumber for superior sink repair in Mesa, AZ.

 

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Green Valley Sink Repair FAQ: What Is the White Flaky Substance on My Sink?

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The sinks in your home get a ton of use every single day and can often run into problems because of all that wear and tear. One question that we get asked a lot is what the white, flaky substance is on people’s sinks. We wanted to shed some like on what that is and what it can do to your home’s plumbing system.

Here at The Sunny Plumber of Tucson, we have years of experience offering good residents of Green Valley sink repair they can be proud of.

The Root of the Problem: Hard Water

The water that comes to your home from your utility has gone through a long process of traveling through your area’s water table and then getting processed at your water treatment center. However, during its travels, your water can accumulate an excess of minerals. And while your treatment center does sanitize the water, it can still leave those minerals in your water—usually calcium and magnesium.

While those excess minerals are okay for you to consume, they can actually wreak havoc on your appliances and leave that white, flaky substance all over your dishes and sinks.

The Problem with Limescale

When the water in your home evaporates off the surface of your sink, it will leave behind the minerals that it held. They manifest as the white, chalk-like residue that you can find around your kitchen, which is referred to as limescale. On your dishes or on your sinks, limescale is merely an unsightly annoyance. However, if you allow limescale to build up in your home’s drains or sinks, it can actually cause huge problems. In your sink drains, it can build up to the point where no more water can drain away and you need Green Valley sink repair experts to clean your drains. With your appliances, limescale can cause them to stop working all together.

Benefits of Water Treatment

One of the best ways to deal with hard water and limescale is with water softening or water filtering systems. These types of products remove the excess minerals from your home’s water, or they replace them with less harmful minerals, like potassium.

If you need Green Valley sink repair, make sure you call the plumbers at The Sunny Plumber of Tucson.

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