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Our Emergency Plumbers Are Here for You

January 15th, 2018

time-for-serviceSometimes, you are going to encounter problems in your home at inopportune times. When you do,  you are going to have to decide what can wait, and what has to be handled immediately. If you are not certain which the case may be,  though, you may need to get in touch with a professional for some guidance. That is exactly why our emergency plumbers in Tucson, AZ are always here for you. There is no way to plan for every potential issue that you may encounter with your plumbing system.

While there are certainly problems that you can wait until normal business hours to have resolved, there are others that are going to leave you with little other choice than to schedule professional plumbing repairs, regardless of what time of day—or night—it may be. Contact a member of our team regardless of the time, and we’ll be able to help. Your plumbing system is our priority, after all.

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How Clean Drains Can Benefit You

January 1st, 2018

drain-bubblingThere are a lot of problems with your plumbing system that constitute a true emergency. Things like ruptured sewer lines, burst water heater tanks, etc. However, there are also those problems that you may experience with your plumbing system that are not exactly emergencies, but which should still be handled in a timely fashion. Problems like leaky faucets and, yes, clogged drains would fall into this category. If your drains are not flowing properly, contact us right away.

What may seem like a minor inconvenience that may be dealt with at a later date is actually an issue that can snowball and wind up causing you a serious headache. Clean drains are going to benefit you in many ways, and professional drain cleaning in Tucson, AZ is really the only way to get truly clean drains once yours have started to clog up. Skip ineffectual DIY drain cleaning attempts and let our pros handle the job.

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Ask a Plumber: What Is Hard Water?

December 18th, 2017

small-hands-at-tapAs a homeowner, you can probably imagine that there are some plumbing problems that will require immediate attention. If you were to come home to discover that a pipe had burst and was flooding your living space, for example, you probably wouldn’t head to bed and just deal with it in the morning. Other problems may not really seem as pressing, but resolving any issues with your plumbing system should be a priority. Even if it’s “just” hard water.

Hard water is an incredibly common problem that homeowners face with their water quality. For a number of reasons, however, homeowners also manage to convince themselves that it is just not that big of a deal. At most, many label it a nuisance. In truth, hard water is going to negatively affect your plumbing system in many ways. Our plumbers in Tucson want to help you to better understand why it is that hard water really shouldn’t be accepted in your home.

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Prevent Holiday Plumbing Nightmares

December 6th, 2017

By Gary Eisenhauer

The holidays are a time to enjoy with friends and family. However, Thanksgiving, and other seasonal holidays, present the perfect recipe for costly and embarrassing plumbing failures. With a little planning and insight from industry experts, you can prevent yourself from holiday hassles. Here are the top four tips from The Sunny Plumber to keep your pipe dreams in check.

What’s the No. 1 issue consumers need to think about around the holidays to keep their plumbing working?

One of the most common plumbing issues people face during the holidays is a clogged sink or malfunctioning garbage disposal. I always recommend being wary of the “FOG.” Fats, oils, and grease are your garbage disposals worst enemy. While this material is in liquid form when it’s initially poured into the disposal, it congeals into a viscous sludge as it cools. The FOG then sticks to the walls of the disposal chamber, as well as the walls of the drain pipe. This can gum up the impeller, as well as clog the drain. Don’t pour FOG down the garbage disposal if you want to avoid these issues. Throw it away, instead.

That’s a good tip. What else should I avoid putting down my drain?

Never put beans, rice, pasta and bread down the drain. These are like sponges and when saturated with water, this food material will expand and can cause a backup. In addition, bones and fibrous foods should be thrown away or composted.

Moving to the bathroom, what should we steer clear of?

During the holidays bathroom facilities are taxed with additional traffic and usage. Annual maintenance to clear any build-up can often prevent major toilet clogs and avoid the spread of infectious waste in the bathroom. Also, stay away from using chemicals to try and clear blockage as this rarely remedies a clogged line and can damage your pipes. If a plunger doesn’t clear the clog, turn to the pros.

What to be mindful of with water heaters?

The arrival of cooler weather raises caution for water heaters. Cold air causes expansion and contraction in water heaters and in older units, fractures can occur resulting in failure – which usually leads to flooding. Routine maintenance can identify those risks as well as ensure water heaters are operating effectively and efficiently. Water heaters are your best friend, but can cause a lot of headaches when they are not taken care of or installed incorrectly. With some minor attention, you can prevent major problems from occurring and enjoy the holiday without flooding or no hot water with a house full of guests.

Gary Eisenhauer is general manager of The Sunny Plumber.

About The Sunny Plumber

The Sunny Plumber offers the highest quality plumbing services throughout the Southwest. All plumbers are experienced in solving a wide variety of plumbing problems including drain cleaning, leak detection, sewer line and garbage disposal repair. The company also sells, installs and services standard and tankless water heaters. All plumbers are background-checked, drug-tested, and receive continuous technical training to make them the best in the industry. For more information, visit thesunnyplumber.com.

 

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Enjoy the Holidays—But Not at the Expense of Your Plumbing!

December 4th, 2017

mom-and-daughter-cookingThe holiday season is a time of the year that many of us look forward to for, well, all the rest of the year. Seeing families and friends that maybe we don’t see as much as we’d like to, indulging our appetites a bit more than maybe we should—it’s all great fun. Not everyone loves the holidays, though, and it’s not just curmudgeonly uncles that we’re talking about. If your plumbing system could talk, it may express some concerns regarding this time of the year to you.

With the additional people in your home, the increased level of food production, and the sometimes overwhelming amounts of dishes that need to be done, it should really come as no surprise to hear that the holidays can be quite taxing for your plumbing. The good news is that the plumbers at The Sunny Plumber Tucson are here to help. We want to give you some tips to help protect your plumbing in Tucson, AZ during this festive time of the year. 

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Ask a Plumber: How Do I Spot Plumbing Leaks?

November 20th, 2017

woman-calling-plumberThe leak: archnemesis of plumbing systems everywhere. What is it about the leak that makes it such a vicious antagonist? Well, there are a lot of reasons. First of all, even those leaks masquerading as “minor,” including dripping faucets, can waste a huge amount of water over time. They trick you into thinking they’re no big deal, and then the costs of wasted water start to add up.

Bigger leaks can waste a lot of water while doing extensive damage to your property, and those leaks that develop in walls or beneath floors/above ceilings—which is actually most of them—can do so without you even noticing for a considerable stretch of time. Because so much of your plumbing system is hidden from view, and because leaks really can develop anywhere, it is vital that you learn to spot them. Once you do, you’ll want to schedule professional plumbing repairs with a qualified plumber in Tucson, AZ as soon as possible.

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Ask a Plumber: What Causes Low Water Pressure?

November 6th, 2017

tightening-shower-faucetIt’s a brutally hot summer day, and you’ve just gotten home from work. You head right for the bathroom, step into the shower, and prepare yourself for the bliss sure to come from the cool water. Unfortunately for you, the result is less like Niagra and more like a trickle. You’ve been hit by low water pressure, and it has really thrown a wrench into the gears of your routine. So what can cause a problem like low water pressure to develop?

Like most issues with your plumbing system and its performance, there are a number of answers to that question. We are going to explore a few of them in today’s post. Before we go any further, though, we want to remind you that this is not the type of situation you should attempt to resolve on your own. Taking your plumbing system into your own, non-professional hands is to put the entire system–and your own safety–at risk. Instead, hire a professional plumber in Tucson.

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3 Benefits of Using a Water Softener

October 23rd, 2017

baby-in-bathIf we were to ask you to name a serious plumbing problem that you may encounter in your home, your first reaction may be to say a major leak or a failed water heater. What if we asked you to name a serious issue with your water quality? You’d probably say something along the lines of contaminants that make the water unsafe to drink. Not all problems that you’ll encounter are quite as immediate or threatening as these, though. However, they can still be serious.

This is the case with hard water, one of the most common problems that modern homeowners today face with their plumbing systems. The good news is that there is a simple solution to help you resolve the issues that hard water can create. This is the use of a water softener in Tucson, AZ. We install great water softeners, and are happy to help you enjoy the many benefits that these systems have to offer. 

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Do I Need Professional Drain Cleaning?

October 9th, 2017

kid-in-bathPlumbing systems are more complex than many homeowners realize, due to the fact that so much of the plumbing system is hidden from view. Sure, you have exposed fixtures like your toilet or your faucets, but you also have a lot of drain pipes, your main water and sewer lines, and other components that are completely hidden from view. There is a lot that can go wrong with any plumbing system–though scheduling professional plumbing services with a company that uses the best materials available will definitely cut down on the risk.

Perhaps the most common problem that homeowners encounter with their plumbing systems are clogged drains. Unfortunately, the cause of most drain clogs can often be traced back to user error. Taking some simple precautions will help to reduce the risk of drain clogs, but eventually you’ll encounter one. When you do, we strongly suggest you schedule professional drain cleaning in Tucson, AZ. Today, let’s talk about why.

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Benefits of Scour Jet Service

September 25th, 2017

water-down-sink-drainYour plumbing system is extensive and, in some ways, pretty complex. In operational theory, however, it is really quite simple. The supply side of your plumbing system brings water into your home, while the drain and sewer side drains it out of your home. Simple enough, right? Well, things seem much less simple when something goes wrong with either side of the plumbing. If you’re having trouble with your drain and sewer system, then professional scour jet service in Marana, AZ is definitely an option to consider.

As you’ll see below, scour jet service itself is a fairly simple service–in theory. Just like your plumbing system, however, that simplicity can be deceiving. This is not a job that you could possibly handle on your own, and it requires equipment that homeowners are not going to have access to. If you do think that your plumbing system could benefit from scour jet service, contact the professionals at The Sunny Plumber Tucson to guarantee that the job is done right.

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