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Some Upgrades for Your Kitchen Plumbing in Tempe, AZ

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Many important conversations happen over a family dinner at home, which is just one of the many reasons some people describe the kitchen as the most important room in the house. Without functional kitchen plumbing, meal preparation could become nearly impossible, as you could not rinse vegetables, boil water, rinse dishes, or drain wastewater. Your kitchen sink, drain, and stove are all essential to your home life, so what if you could make some improvements to make meal preparation and cleaning simpler and more enjoyable?

Sure, your current plumbing components may work just fine. But if the plumbing is not set up as efficiently as you’d like it to be, meal preparation and cleanup is a chore, and even making a quick snack becomes a hassle. Convert your kitchen into a room you’ll want to visit again and again throughout the day by considering one or more of the following upgrades to your kitchen plumbing.

  • New Garbage Disposal: If you don’t currently have a garbage disposal, kitchen cleanup can be a mess and your drain pipes may be more likely to clog. Garbage disposals break up food into small pieces so that they can easily move down the drain. You can even replace your old garbage disposal with a faster model by calling a plumber for installation services.
  • Kitchen Sink: The sink you currently own may be functional, but does it suit all of your kitchen needs? Some homeowners choose to upgrade to a larger sink or one that is positioned higher up for practical purposes. Others select a stylish single-bowl design or a functional two-bowl design to replace their older sink. In any case, a professional can install the sink and replace or move any plumbing components as needed.
  • Gas-Fired Range: Some plumbers are actually qualified to move, replace, or install gas lines in your kitchen as well. Many homeowners prefer gas-powered ranges to electricity as it can cost nearly half as much to operate. If you decide to install a gas stove for the first time or want to move your previous range to another location, an expert can reconfigure the gas lines safely and place them in an ideal position for the new location of your appliance.

At The Sunny Plumber, we install these fixtures and more so that you can get the most out of your kitchen plumbing in Tempe. Speak with a professional about your plumbing installation options today by giving our team a call.

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How to Find Out What Type of Water Treatment System You Need

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Most homeowners want the water they drink to be clean and free of contaminants. While your municipal water supply is often treated to remove some common contaminants, others may remain in your water supply, or they may make their way into your water as it moves through the water supply lines. And many harmful contaminants may reside in your water supply if your home relies on a well.

That’s why many homeowners rely on whole-house water filtration systems to keep their water clean and healthy. But with all of the systems available today, it’s hard to know which one is right for you without proper testing. Let’s take a look at the type of systems out there and why it’s important to schedule professional water testing in Tempe.

Types of Systems Available

There are a lot of different types of filtration systems available to treat your particular water supply problem—so many, in fact, that you may be unable to pick the right one without water testing.

  • Water Softener: While a majority of homes have “hard water” and experience no problems, some people may have a slight reaction to the minerals in their water. Or, hard water can cause mineral deposits to build up to the point that pipes are unusable, but a water softener can prevent this from occurring.
  • Reverse Osmosis System: A reverse osmosis system filters out many contaminants by using a membrane with holes that are too small for anything to pass through besides water.
  • Specialty Cartridges: A reverse osmosis system may be unnecessary for some homeowners, who would rather use specialty cartridges to filter out only those contaminants found to be a problem during water testing.
  • Chemical Feed Pump: A chemical feed pump is used to treat contaminants in well water, and can be designed to target only those bacteria and minerals common in your area.

Talk to a Professional First

Professionals can take samples of your water and give you feedback so that you don’t have to determine which unit is the right choice for you on your own. For water treatment system installation and water testing in Tempe, call The Sunny Plumber today!

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What to Look for in a Plumbing Repair Company

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

If you need plumbing repair service in Tempe, a quick internet search will bring up a list of several companies, all of which are eager to get your business. With so many companies promising to fix your leak or clog, how do you choose the right one?

When you need plumbing repair, it’s often a problem that cannot wait for very long, but you don’t want to hire just anyone for the job. We’ve put together a list of some of the criteria that indicate you’ve found the right company to get your plumbing back to normal.

The Qualities of a Good Plumbing Repair Service

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service: A good repair service company knows that plumbing problems can occur at any time of day. That’s why you should look for a repair company that can help you out of a tough situation day or night. Many plumbing contractors offer 24-hour emergency service for many different types of repair needs.
  • Parts and Labor Guarantee: If a plumbing company stands by their repairs, they’ll guarantee it. Many plumbers offer a parts and labor guarantee to ensure that your plumbing system stays in proper working order for years to come.
  • Licensed Team: By all means, you should make sure to hire a professional plumber with experience repairing big problems. Plumbing systems are complex and delicate, and should not be left in the hands of an amateur. In order to be a professional plumber, a person must have the proper licensing and certification, so feel free to ask a service company about their qualifications.

Who to Call for Plumbing Repair in Tempe

Here at The Sunny Plumber, we think you’ll find that we’re an excellent service company to call for all of your plumbing repair needs in Tempe. We offer 24-hour emergency service as well as a two-year parts and labor guarantee for anyone who enrolls in our money-saving Concierge Program. When you want a plumber who will get the job done right, call the experts at The Sunny Plumber today!

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3 Things to Consider When Planning Plumbing Installation

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Putting new plumbing into a home is a tricky task, and one that you should never undertake as a “do-it-yourself” project. Even something that seems like it shouldn’t require too much work, such as putting in a new faucet, could turn into a disaster if handled without the appropriate training. No matter your needs for new plumbing installation in Tempe, AZ, you should leave the work to licensed plumbers like those at The Sunny Plumber.

Here are 3 things to consider when you are debating having new plumbing installed. There are many different options that you may not have thought about, so we’ll look at three broad areas for installation.

  1. What new plumbing installations do you need for your kitchen? – When it comes to new plumbing installation, the first place in your home where you should focus your attention is on the kitchen, a place that will see the most amount of daily use, has the most appliances connected to water and wastewater systems, and the location where the plumbing undergoes the most stress because of the food particles, grease, fat, and oil that go down the drain. There are many possibilities for new plumbing installation in the kitchen: new washing machine, a garbage disposal, multi-bowl sinks, a gas range (see below about gas line installation), or a complete repiping to aid with a kitchen remodel.
  2. What new plumbing installations do you need for your bathrooms? – The bathrooms are the other major section of the house that makes extensive use of plumbing, and there are many upgrades and installations available for it. A low-flow toilet will help you save on water bills. New sinks can help add to available floor space or increase storage. New bathtubs will beautify the bathroom and add relaxing new features. As with a kitchen, full new plumbing installation means an easier time with an extensive remodel.
  3. Do you need gas line installation? – Plumbers do not deal only with plumbing for water. They also install gas line piping for homes that use natural gas power. And, if you do not have natural gas power but would like the many benefits of hooking your home up with it (natural gas is a less expensive fuel than electricity), certain specially trained professional plumbers can handle this installation for you as well.

Whatever your needs are that require professional plumbing services in Tempe, AZ, whether putting in a few faucet or fully replacing the pipes in your kitchen, you can trust to the experience of the team at The Sunny Plumber for the skilled work. We will get the job done fast and right, and we offer a range of services for sinks, toilets, showers, garbage disposals, and gas lines.

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Why Drain Repair Service Beats Store-Bought Solutions

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Here in Tempe, drain repair is a very common issue with people’s plumbing, as clogs and other problems can render your sink or shower useless. Most people are comfortable seeking out a store-bought solution: picking up a chemical drain cleaner or perhaps a mechanical snake from the nearby hardware store. These are easy solutions. Unfortunately, they’re also rarely the correct one. A qualified plumbing service can do the job much more thoroughly and efficiently. Here’s why drain repair service beats store-bought solutions.

Store-bought remedies are usually based on a one-size-fits all model. That’s a bit like forcing a square peg through a round hole. Chemical cleansers don’t differentiate between the different natures of different clogs, and as a result they are often incomplete in their scouring. Chunks of the clog can often be left behind, and will soon stop up the sink again if you aren’t careful. The same applies to store-bought snakes, which are quite indiscriminate and can sometimes damage the pipes themselves in their efforts to clear out the clog. And with store-bought remedies, you’re on the hook for any further damage that gets caused. If you’re not careful, you could end up throwing good money after bad.

Contrast that with a visit from a trained specialist. He or she has access to equipment that even the most dedicated layman wouldn’t, such as video camera technology to examine the clog directly and mechanized snakes with rotating heads that can be tailored to suit the nature of the clog. Add to that considerable experience with repairing drains and an intimate knowledge of what works best, and you have a solution that is guaranteed to work. And in the rare case that it doesn’t, many plumbers offer a warranty on their work, meaning that you won’t have to pay for any subsequent work that needs to be done on the same clog.

Drain repair and other plumbing services in Tempe, AZ can be conducted by the experts at The Sunny Plumber. We can show you why drain repair service beats store-bought solutions, and we think you’ll be very pleased with the results. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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How Do Plumbers Detect Hidden Leaks

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Plumbing leaks are a common repair issue, but sadly not all of them advertise themselves by spreading water across your floor. Some of them happen out of sight, such as behind the walls or worse: under the concrete on your porch or walkway. In the old days, it was very hard to spot such leaks, and plumbers had to infer the location before drilling through the concrete to get to it. But nowadays, plumbers have many more tools at their disposal, and here in Tempe, leak detection is a much less painful prospect. How do plumbers detect hidden leaks? A few answers can be found below.

One of the most common methods it through a sonic detector, which can sense the sounds of the leak through the concrete and pinpoint its exact location. Leaks make noise, no matter how small they may be. A sonic detector can pick up that noise without having to dig, allowing you and the plumber to determine the best course of action from there.

Another new method of finding such leaks involves hydrostatic testing, in which an inflatable ball is placed in the line and inflated to stop it up. The whole system is then filled with water, and any line that can’t be filled or which loses water is presumably the source of the leak.

Finally, many plumbers also use of tiny video cameras to explore the pipes from the inside. The water is shut off and the camera extended on a flexible line. The plumber can monitor what the camera sees via a remote monitor until he or she finds the source of the trouble.

Once the source of the leak is spotted, the plumber can then take measures to correct it that keep damage to the underlying concrete to a minimum. Once you know how plumbers detect hidden leaks, you can see how much easier and safer it is to perform repairs. Water leak detection and other plumbing services in Tempe, AZ can be performed by the experts at The Sunny Plumber. Call us today and let us show you what we can do!

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3 Differences Between Commercial Plumbing and Residential Plumbing

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Plumbing is plumbing and to a certain extent, there’s no difference between commercial plumbing and residential plumbing. They both use the same kinds of material and they both fulfill the same basic function. Here in Tempe, commercial plumbing services are provided by the same companies that provide residential plumbing services. Even so, there are a few distinctions that a good service understands, and which they will address when dealing with a commercial plumbing project. Here are three of the biggest.

  • Size
    The most obvious difference is in the size and extent of commercial plumbing, which often requires a lot more pipes and outlets than residential plumbing. Businesses need to provide toilets and sinks for both their customers and their employees, which means a hugely increased demand that residential systems don’t have to support.
  • Multiple floors
    Residential plumbing usually entails no more than two floors’ worth of plumbing.  An office building usually has multiple stories, all of which require sinks, toilets and the like. Gravity plays a huge role in functioning pipes, and water pressure is more important in buildings with multiple stories. A good plumber understands that when taking on a commercial job.
  • Variety of problems
    Residential plumbing tends to encounter variations of the same basic issues. Commercial plumbing, on the other hand, faces a wide variety of issues, which requires an understanding of a larger number of solutions. Plumbers need to be up on a larger number of codes, and be prepared for problems that may never occur in residential settings.

Residential plumbers have the skills and know-how to handle most problems in the home, but if you encounter an issue at work, you need an expert who can handle the size, scope and variety of issues presented by a commercial plumbing system. Plumbing services in Tempe are handled by The Sunny Plumber with the expertise and know-how to do the job right. If your business is dealing with plumbing issues, then give us a call and put us to work. We’re dedicated to your complete satisfaction and we have the skills to deal with the problem properly!

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Surprise: Here Are Food Items That Shouldn’t Go in the Disposal

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Your garbage disposal is an incredibly convenient piece of hardware, helping to prevent clogs by grinding down food particles until they can safely pass through your drain system. Garbage disposals are built to last, but if you put the wrong kind of food in them, they can run into problems very quickly. Garbage disposal repair can be performed by any number of qualified plumbing services in Tempe. But you can stop the problem before it starts by declining to place problematic food in the disposal to begin with. Avoid an unpleasant surprise: here are food items that shouldn’t go into the disposal.

  • Bones. Chicken and beef bones, fish bones and any other types of bones can’t be readily broken up by the disposal. Indeed, they can often jam the mechanism and even break the gears if left alone.
  • Fruits seeds. Similarly, fruit seeds such as peach pits can jam the mechanism and cause untold damage if placed in the garbage disposal.
  • Grease and fat. Liquid oil, grease and hot fat can solidify in the drains, causing a clog. You can discard it by placing it in a disposable jar such as an old mayonnaise jar and sealing it before placing it in the trash.
  • Fibrous vegetables. This can include potato peelings, celery, asparagus, artichokes and any vegetable with a fibrous content. They can wrap around the grinding blades and disrupt the disposal’s ability to function.
  • Rice and pasta. Though not inherently bad for the disposal, these foods will expand when they get wet, and possibly clog the disposal’s food trap over time.
  • Coffee grounds. Like a lot of other foods on this list, coffee grounds are tough to break down, and can cause increased friction between moving parts.

Food items that shouldn’t go in the disposal are fairly easy to spot once you understand the damage they can cause, and common sense prevention can avoid a lot of the problems associated with garbage disposals. For other issues, call on the Sunny Plumber to help. We serve homes throughout Tempe, garbage disposal problems can be readily corrected by our trained experts, and we’re dedicated to doing the job right the first time, every time. Give us a call today!

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3 Tools Plumbers Use to Detect Water Leaks

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

After drain clogs, leaking is the most common issue that can affect your plumbing. It’s also one of the most destructive: not only does it damage the pipes and waste water, it also affects building material and can lead to the development of mildew. To make the situation worse, leaks can often escape detection for long stretches because they frequently spring up in places out of sight and are often too small at first to notice (“pinhole leaks,” which are the most common type of leak and no less destructive because of their size).

Because leaks are tricky to detect, plumbers must use special tools to locate them. During regular plumbing maintenance, plumbers will investigate for potential leaks using these tools so they will know where to repair the pipes. They will also help them figure out why the leaks are occurring.

For expert plumbers who can do professional leak detection in Tempe, AZ, contact The Sunny Plumber today.

The professional tools of leak detection

  1. Video inspection equipment: These are small video cameras mounted on long flexible cables. Plumbers can insert these into faucets and other outlets along the plumbing and send them down into pipes to locate the source of leaks that might otherwise be difficult to see from the outside.
  2. Listening disc: This is a piece of audio equipment that assists plumbers in locating leaks through cabinets, drywall, and other furnishings. Placed against a surface, they amplify the sounds of leaking water back through a pair of headphones so the plumber can get a better idea where the leak is occurring before attempting to access it. There are also more powerful equipment, like a deck plate, for listening through concrete, brick, and other stone surfaces.
  3. Soil probe: Among the the most problematic types of leaks are the ones that occur in the sewer line and water main. These often run under yards and lawns, and a soil probe allows a plumber to listen for standard pressure or pressurized leaks through grass and rocks.

All of this equipment is expensive and difficult to use for an amateur. Even if you had access to these tools and could correctly operate them, you would still have the trouble of fixing the actual leak and figuring out the reason for it. It is much better to jump ahead and call a professional plumber when you suspect leaking might be occurring in your home’s plumbing. When you call for a plumber from The Sunny Plumber, you’ll have a technician with experience in leak detection in Tempe, AZ who will get straight to the source of your trouble.

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How Hard Water Damages Your Bathroom Plumbing

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

You’ve probably noticed hard water deposits on your shower or faucet head from time to time: they’re those hard crusty formations. They come from mineral deposits in the water, which most civic water companies do a decent but not outstanding job of removing. What they miss ends up in your plumbing, and that can be a big problem. Here in Tempe, bathroom plumbing systems get a great deal of hard water, thanks to our desert environment.

This is how hard water damages your bathroom plumbing.

The main problem is clogging, which can get quite severe if the hard water is left untreated. You may be able to treat the deposits on the surface of the faucet of showerhead, but more hard water can appear deeper in the plumbing, where you can’t reach with a store-bought cleanser. Clogs are problematic not only because they deny you water, but the pressure they induce can place added stress on seals and fittings, possibly resulting in a breach.

Just as damaging, hard water scaling can corrode your pipes, increasing the chances of a leak or a rupture. This process can take a long time – years in many cases – but when a leak forms, it can damage surrounding wood or fixtures before it’s discovered.

A short-term solution is to call a plumber and have him remove the hard water deposits inside the plumbing (or replace the pipes if a leak has sprung up). But that won’t change the content of the water itself. For that, you might want to consider a whole house filtration system, which removes the minerals from the water. That not only results in no hard water deposits, but makes laundered clothes and skin softer, and improves the taste of food cooked with it.

If you know how hard water damages your bathroom plumbing, you know you need someone you can trust to fix it. In Tempe, bathroom plumbing problems can be solved by The Sunny Plumber. Our experience and know-how can get to the heart of the issue quickly, and solve them with speed and efficiency. Pick up the phone and give us a call today for your Tempe plumbing service needs!

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