The Sunny Plumber Blog

Does a Drain HAVE to Be Professionally Cleaned?

November 15th, 2021

logoThe answer to this question is yes, but it’s a lot more complicated than it sounds. Sure, if you’re in the precarious position of having a drain clog (or multiple drain clogs), then we advise you to just call our team for professional drain cleaning ASAP. But many homeowners aren’t really there yet. You might be arriving at this blog post after hearing your drain start to gurgle, or perhaps you’ve got a drain that’s starting to slow down and you’re wondering about the future.

The truth is that drain cleaning in Tucson is a necessary service that you will need eventually. Drains clog up naturally over time, no matter what we do to prevent them, and there are few tools homeowners have to alleviate this tough of a problem.

Professional drain cleaning services are designed to thoroughly clean your drains and remove any debris that’s built up over time.

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What Exactly Is a Slab Leak?

November 1st, 2021

sunny-plumbersMany homeowners hear the words “slab leak” and they start to tremble. We completely understand why. This can be one of the most devastating things to hear from a plumber who’s just inspected your basement. Slab leaks mean that there’s a water leak in the foundation of your home, which could be eroding it and causing a shift in your home’s structure and integrity. This all sounds like a nightmare, right?

Well, let’s get into the basics. First of all, we want to help homeowners by reminding them that we offer affordable slab leak services in Tucson for anyone who’s dealing with this problem right now.

Secondly, the earlier you catch a slab leak the better. We’ll talk today about what slab leaks are, how they occur, and why catching them early might be your ticket to getting them dealt with the right way. Take a deep breath, it’s going to be okay!

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Repiping? Here Are the Best Materials

October 18th, 2021

sunny-plumbersYou’ve probably noticed that your plumbing system is at a crossroads. The leaks, clogs, and drainage problems are likely to get worse as your pipes get older. You could cross your fingers and hope for the best down the line, or you could be proactive and have your home repiped by professionals.

When investing in repiping in Tucson, you don’t need to just take our word for it. Sure, we’ll give you our expert opinion as your local professional, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t understand the different types of materials that are used for plumbing systems in the 21st century.

Last week we covered why lead pipes are a bad idea for pipe materials. And galvanized steel is on its way out as well. So today, we’ll give you the lowdown on the two most important types of materials that we use to replace old pipes.

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Everything to Know About Lead Pipes

October 4th, 2021

Lead hasn’t been used for plumbing systems in Tucson since the 1940s. Studies show that lead in main water lines and other pipes can leech into the water supply and cause health problems. This isn’t debated anymore, and we’ve all seen the news stories of old and outdated plumbing systems causing problems for municipalities. The EPA has strict regulations on plumbing systems, and as a result, there aren’t any more pipes constructed with lead.

But many older homes in the Tucson area had their plumbing systems constructed before 1940. This means that your home plumbing in Tucson, unless it’s been completely overhauled, could contain lead pipes that are both hazardous for your health and quickly aging out of use.

We’re going to go over everything you might need to know about lead pipes and point you in the direction of a solution.

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The Culprits of Clogging

September 20th, 2021

We talk a lot on this blog about clogs, but we don’t ever go into detail about what exactly is clogging your drain. If you were to close your eyes and imagine the drain clog, what would it be? What color would it look like? What material is it made out of? If you’re blanking, or you’re struggling to envision something that’s remotely correct, then you’re in the right place!

The truth is that learning about what might cause a drain clog can be the first step toward avoiding clogs in the future! While you call our team for drain cleaning in Tucson, remember that the fewer materials that get sent down your drain, the less likely you are to deal with a clog in the future.

Let’s talk about the true culprits of drain clogs, and put together a strategy to keep them out!

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Why Is Plumbing So Expensive?

September 6th, 2021

We hear this a lot when working on homes in our area. It can be frustrating to spend so much of your hard-earned money on something that you don’t even see that often. We all have bills to pay, and paying a lot for plumbing in Tucson can be upsetting, to say the least.

We completely understand, but we’d also like to make the argument that plumbing work is a bit more complicated than it used to be. Back in the day, materials were cheaper and local plumbers didn’t have to go through as much training and experience to provide this kind of service.

Now, with more high-tech solutions and better materials that last longer, plumbing services require more work than they used to. In this blog, we’re going to talk about the reason behind plumbing pricing and why choosing us is actually the most affordable option.

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3 Ways to Detect a Leak on Your Own

August 23rd, 2021

logoThere’s a big disconnect when it comes to detecting leaks. Plumbers can detect a leak from a mile away, as if we’re some kind of superhero with powerful leak detection powers that let us zoom in on the plumbing system of a home. Homeowners don’t have this superpower usually, because it comes from years of training, honing skills, and using powerful equipment. But you don’t live every day with a plumber, so how are they supposed to detect a leak if they’re not in your home?

Well, that’s why it’s important for homeowners to have a basic sense of leak detection in Tucson. If you think there’s a leak occurring in your home, then it’s your prerogative to call our team for fast and effective plumbing services. Listed below are a few ways that you can start to detect if your plumbing system is leaking in your home.

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Signs of a Possible Water Heater Replacement

August 9th, 2021

logoWe talk often about water heaters needing to be repaired. For instance, if you’re not getting the right temperature of hot water, or if your system is leaking, it needs to be fixed. That’s a no-brainer.

However, how can you tell if your water heater has crossed the threshold into replacement territory? After all, the signs showing you need to replace your system are often similar to the signs that come up when you need repairs. How can a homeowner tell the difference when there’s a problem?

Well, that’s what this guide is for! We’re going to talk extensively about water heaters in Tucson, and more specifically about how to detect when your water heater is on its way out. If you find this guide helpful, or if you think your water heater needs to be replaced, don’t hesitate to call the best plumbers in the biz!

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Are Your Pipes Corroding?

July 26th, 2021

sunny-plumbersCorrosion is a word that homeowners dread to hear. It’s never brought up in a good context and it usually is associated with a lot of work that needs to be done, and a big dent in your wallet. Well, we’re not here to charge you anything or tell you to call for repairs right now. This blog post is focused on the science behind corrosion.

We’d like to talk about how corrosion occurs, what’s actually happening in your pipes, and why it can be a big problem for homeowners in our area. Your plumbing in Tucson could be actively harming the health and well-being of your home if it’s starting to corrode, and there are ways that a professional plumber can help mitigate the damage.

So pull out your high school chemistry textbook, and let’s take a look at the natural process of corrosion!

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Prepare Your Home with a Sump Pump

July 12th, 2021

flooded-living-roomMany homeowners don’t know what a sump pump is, and that’s okay! For homeowners who live on the top of a mountain, on a cliff, or perhaps even on a high hill, this blog post probably isn’t for you. But for many Tucson residents who live in our climate, sump pumps are actually necessary for a home to function without becoming a victim of flash floods.

When rainfall hits our area hard, sometimes the easiest route for the water to go is right into our basements. They’re low and beneath the ground, essentially becoming targets for flash floodwaters to infiltrate and permeate. Sump pumps in Tucson are designed to draw in the water that would otherwise flood your basement, and pump it to an area on your property where it can be safely drained away.

If you’re ready to stop your home from becoming a flooding target, then keep reading.

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