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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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How Often Does the Water Line Need to Be Replaced?

Monday, December 12th, 2016

The water line is arguably the most important part of your home’s plumbing system. It is the line through which all water flows into the home, either from a well or a city water main. The water line wears down, like all other plumbing pipes, and eventually it does need to be replaced. How often the water line needs to be replaced depends on a number of different factors. If you’re not sure about the state of your water line, the best thing to do is to call a professional to examine it for you. While you’re waiting for that, though, there are a couple of preliminary questions that can help determine whether or not you need a new one.

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Watch for These Symptoms of Water Line Problems

Monday, March 7th, 2016

The water line that serves your home is designed to last for many decades, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will. There are a variety of problems that can afflict water lines and shorten their lifespans, made that much more obnoxious due to how difficult they are to detect. If you want your water line to last as long as possible, you should keep an eye out for a couple of different symptoms that it’s in need of repair. Let’s take a look at those symptoms now.

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Problems That Lead to Water Line Replacement

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Your water line is the pipe that is responsible for transporting all fresh water into your home. It is designed to last quite a long time, up to a hundred years with proper care and maintenance. It can’t last that long on its own, however. It is important to keep an eye out for problems that can shorten the life of your water line. Let’s take a look at some of those problems now, and what you can do about them.

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Signs That Your Water Line Needs Replacing

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Your water line is designed to last quite a while. In fact, modern copper water lines should last up to 100 years. That being said, though, there are a number of different ways that your water line could be compromised well before it hits that century mark. If you’re living in an older house, chances are you’ll have to have your water line replaced even sooner. If you aren’t sure whether or not your water line needs replacing, keep an eye out for some of the signs listed below.

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