The Sunny Plumber Blog : Archive for the ‘Drain and Sewer’ Category

Think Garbage Disposals Can Handle Everything? Think Again

Monday, November 19th, 2018

sunny-plumbersThe Sunny Plumber Tucson has responded to a lot of calls about broken garbage disposals. We have also responded to a lot of calls about clogged drains. Do you know what we have discovered over the years? That a lot of these problems were caused by homeowners holding a bit too much faith in their garbage disposals. We suppose that’s a nice way of saying user error can cause a lot of garbage disposal problems. You need to know your system’s limitations.

That’s what we are going to be focused on today. Don’t get us wrong. There are instances in which drain clogs will develop no matter how careful you are. There are also garbage disposal problems that are going to come up no matter what. There is no reason to invite them along any sooner or more frequently than is necessary, though! Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be able to protect your garbage disposal in Tucson

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Drain Clogs: User Error Is a Common Contributing Factor

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

sunny-plumbersYou cannot avoid the occasional clogged drain. If you use your drains—and we’re guessing that you do, as they’re not exactly ornamental!—then they are going to clog up from time to time. That is to be expected. However, too many homeowners fail to realize that it is the way they use their drains, rather than just the fact of frequent usage itself, that is to blame for many clogs. A little bit of care can go a long way.

The Sunny Plumber Tuscon is here to help you understand how you and other individuals in your home may inadvertently be contributing to clogged drains in Green Valley, AZ. We’ll also tell you why pouring chemical cleaners down your drains is the exact wrong way to deal with these clogs. While drain clogs are a common problem, that doesn’t mean that there’s not a lot to explore! So read on, and contact us with any questions that you may have.

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Sewer Line Damages: You Cannot Prevent Them All

Monday, September 10th, 2018

sunny-plumbersIf you come to this blog in order to learn about all of the ways in which you can make your plumbing system invulnerable, then you are definitely going to walk away from it disappointed. Problems with your plumbing system, with all plumbing systems, are a matter of when, not if. An even more unfortunate truth is that, diligent and responsible as you may be, there is just no way in which prevent certain conditions leading to such problems. Nipping them in the bud isn’t an option when you don’t realize it’s happening.

Here are a few examples of such problems, so that you can better understand some underlying issues that could lead to eventual sewer line damage. If you do encounter any such problems with your sewer line in Tucson, remember that you can always count on The Sunny Plumber Tucson to handle any damages incurred. It may not be quite as good as avoiding them entirely, but it is your best course of action when problems do develop. 

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When Are Drain and Sewer Cleanings Necessary?

Monday, August 27th, 2018

logoWhen you see a faucet dripping every time you come into the bathroom or the kitchen, it is pretty clear that this faucet needs repairs, right? What about other parts of your plumbing system that may require service, though? Particularly those parts of the system that you cannot see, and which you don’t really interact with directly? There’s just no way of knowing what kind of shape they’re in, right? So you just wait until something goes wrong before scheduling service.

That’s not the way to handle such components, though, and the logic behind that approach is deeply flawed. Just because you cannot really see your drain and/or sewer lines, after all, doesn’t mean that you cannot catch problems with them early on. Let’s go back to the leaking faucet for a simple example. Even if you cannot see the faucet because it’s dark or you’re in the next room, you can hear the dripping, right? Get all of your senses involved, and you’ll be able to tell if you need drain and/or sewer cleaning in Vail, AZ.

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Take Advantage of Our Scour Jet Service

Monday, May 7th, 2018

sunny-plumbersThe plumbing system that you use in your home each and every day, throughout the day, and for so many different purposes, has a few components that you directly interact with regularly. Your toilet, your sinks, and appliances like your laundry machine and dishwasher.  That being said, there are parts of your plumbing system that you don’t really see and that you don’t often think about—such as the pipes connected to the bottom of your drains or, for that matter, your sewer line.

Now, the fact that these components of your plumbing system are out of sight doesn’t mean that they should be entirely out of mind. In fact, you find pretty fast that compromised drain and sewer lines will pretty much render your plumbing system unusable. That is why you should hire a professional plumber in Vail, AZ to service them as needed. One great service offered by The Sunny Plumber Tucson is scour jet service, and it can really help your drains and sewer out of a jam!

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Don’t Fall for DIY Drain Cleaning Tips

Monday, January 29th, 2018

boy-dog-tubYour plumbing system is extensive and complex, comprising many different appliances, components, pipes, and materials. The function that it serves is anything but complex, however. It gives you drinkable water when you need it, and drains water away when you’re done with it. Of course, things that are simple in theory are not always simple in action. Or, at least, not 100% reliable. No plumbing system is going to be completely dependable, and that includes both the supply and the drainage sides of the system.

We live in an age where an immense amount of information is just a few keystrokes and mouse clicks away. You can even talk to your smartphone to find the answer to whatever question is on your mind. Just because you read or hear it on the internet, however, does not mean that it is fact. Here’s an actual fact for you: when you need drain cleaning in Tucson, it’s always best to hire the pros.

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Prevent Holiday Plumbing Nightmares

Wednesday, 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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Do I Need Professional Drain Cleaning?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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How Does Trenchless Technology Work?

Monday, August 28th, 2017

leaking-sewer-lineWhen something goes wrong with your main water line or the sewer line servicing your property, what do you do? Hire a professional plumber, of course.

But what is that plumber going to do? Dig up the entire pipe just to access it for repairs or replacement? There was actually a time when this was the only option. Thankfully, we’ve passed that time to a point where trenchless technology is available for use.

Trenchless technology has many benefits to offer homeowners in need of drain and sewer services. Trenchless technology, whether used for pipe repair or replacement, is also something that only skilled and experienced plumbers can work with. Even professional plumbers may not be qualified if they lack the proper training for trenchless tasks. Work with our plumbers, and you will enjoy prompt and successful drain and sewer services in Benson, AZ.

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