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Call a Plumber for Bathroom Leaks

Monday, February 12th, 2018

leaky-pipeIt should probably go without saying that the bathroom is one of the areas in the house where you have the most direct interaction with your plumbing system. From visits to the toilet throughout the day to brushing your teeth before bed and after you wake up to taking your shower to freshen up, the bathroom(s) in your home really does play a major role in your day to day life. That is one of the reasons why any problems with your bathroom plumbing systems can be so troublesome.

A major problem with any plumbing system is the plumbing leak, and it is one that can present a number of different challenges. We understand you may like handling issues around your house on your own, but bathroom plumbing leaks are one of those things that require professional intervention—usually. Here are a few tips on why you need to hire a professional plumber in Tucson to handle any bathroom plumbing problems.

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

Monday, 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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Is My Toilet Leaking?

Monday, May 8th, 2017

question-markFor many homeowners, the mere mention of the word “plumbing” is all that it takes to conjure up the image of one particular fixture: the toilet. Even the most traditional, old-fashioned homeowners out there are probably going to concede that a toilet is a far preferable alternative to an outhouse or latrine, and you will find a toilet in pretty much any home that you go into these days. Of course, the last thing that you want to find upon entering your bathroom is a leaking toilet.

Another fact, unfortunately, is that it’s possible for any toilet to spring a leak. If and when you notice a potential leak with your toilet, there are a few steps that you can take before calling in for professional repair services. In certain scenarios, of course, you are going to need a professional plumber in Tucson, AZ. Here are a few tips to help you determine if your toilet is actually leaking, and some information about the different type of leaks that you may encounter.

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Common Bathroom Plumbing Problems

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Plumbing_dreamstime_xl_10523808_396x594There are few homeowners today choosing to live without indoor plumbing or who are happy enough with an outhouse, warm as our weather may be. The modern plumbing system allows us to live with a level of comfort and convenience that simply would not be possible without it. Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee that you’ll never encounter problems of any kind with your plumbing system. And when you do, it becomes very obvious very quickly just how necessary this system truly is.

The bathroom is a part of your house with an immense amount plumbing. If you run into trouble with your bathroom plumbing, it can be a major inconvenience. Certain problems can even put your property at risk. Fortunately for you, our professional plumbers are here to handle your bathroom plumbing services in Tucson, AZ.

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What to do if Your Toilet is Overflowing

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Toilet issues are usually simple enough to solve without the help of a plumber. Sometimes, however, you have a plumbing emergency that only a professional can solve. An overflowing toilet is one of the more panic-inducing plumbing problem that can occur in your bathroom. If and when it happens, though, keep calm. There are steps you can take to mitigate the damage as much as possible before a plumber can fix the problem. Let’s take a look at those steps now.

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When Is It Time to Replace a Toilet?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

The lifespan of the average toilet is 100 years, but you probably won’t want to keep yours quite this long. Additionally, its main material – porcelain – is can be easy chipped and cracked, which can add to a faster demise should your toilet be mishandled. But there are other reasons to consider replacing your toilet and improving your bathroom plumbing.

Reason 1: It’s a water hog.

Low-flow toilets haven’t been around that long, compared to toilets in general. It wasn’t until the early-to-mid 1990s that low-flow toilets became an option for homeowners. As such, it isn’t uncommon for many homes to have older toilets that use a great deal of water to operate – upwards of 7 gallons per flush as compared to a maximum of 1.6 gallons with a low-flow toilet. If you’ve been looking for an easy way to reduce your water usage, an upgrade to a low-flow toilet may be the way to go.

Reason 2: It keeps clogging.

Toilet clogs are just unpleasant and not something a homeowner wants to deal with frequently. There can be a few reasons that a toilet keeps clogging, and if that reason is your toilet, it may be time to consider replacing it.

Reason 3: There are significant cracks in the porcelain.

While your toilet is a pretty sturdy item, damage can occur with the porcelain. Chips and cracks can lead to toilet leaks, which can lead to water damage. Chips and cracks can’t be repaired, so if you have concerning chips or cracks on your toilet, you may want to replace it before a large problem ensues.

Reason 4: Lots of repairs.

There are a number of components that allow your toilet to function as it does: the fill valve, the gasket, the flapper, etc. Replacing one of these parts isn’t usually a big deal, but if you find that many of the parts are breaking down at once, it may be wiser to spend your money on a new toilet.

Toilets see a lot of action. If it’s time to replace your toilet, schedule an appointment by calling the experts with professional bathroom plumbing experience in Marana: The Sunny Plumber.

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Is Water Leaking From Around Your Bathtub? Here’s What to Do

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Bathtub leaks can be scary – after all, tubs hold a lot of water, and when even a small amount of it isn’t going down the drain as it should, you could be looking at some serious water damage. The location of the leak helps determine some steps to take before your plumber arrives, but step number one should always be: call your plumber. Once you’ve made the call for repair, your next step is to determine where the leak is coming from so that you can take some steps to minimize the water spillage:

Aging Faucet

Aging faucets are very common culprits when it comes to leaky tubs. The first step: turn off all the faucet knobs to stop the flow of water. If the water is leaking into your tub, you can allow it to go down the drain; if it is leaking outside of your tub, set up a bowl or large pot to catch the water so that it doesn’t settle in a pool on your floor.

Problems with Grout

When grout ages, it shrinks, and when it shrinks, water can run down behind the grouting and leak onto your floor. If you are seeing water pooling onto your floor as soon as the water begins to hit the areas where grout is, discontinue use until the tub can be re-grouted.

Bathtub Body

Leaks directly from a bathtub body are pretty rare. Cracks in tubs with enamel usually rust, so they’ll be evident by rust-colored staining. If there is a leak coming from the body of your tub, you’ll most likely see that when the tub is in use. As such, if you discover a leak in the tub body, discontinue use of that bathtub and have a plumber review the crack; in some cases you may need to replace your tub.

Overflow Pipe

The overflow pipe is a mechanism designed to stop your bathtub from overflowing. It has a metal plate, and behind the plate a washer or gasket that helps keep water out. However, with age the metal plate can loosen, which allows the gasket or washer to age and crack. If water continues to run behind the plate with a cracked, dried out washer, the water will not enter the overflow pipe and instead drip and leak.

Leaking bathtubs aren’t fun, but they also don’t call for panic.

Instead, call The Sunny Plumber and schedule an appointment to repair your bathroom plumbing in Green Valley.

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Reasons for Clogs in Your Bathroom Sink & Tub

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Clogged drains are a plumbing repair that all homeowners will face at one point or another. Bathrooms can be particularly prone to clogging as they are an area of your home in which the plumbing is frequently in use. There are a few reasons why your bathroom plumbing in Green Valley will clog, and while it may be tempting to try and resolve the issue on your own, it’s always best to hire a professional for all your plumbing needs. The Sunny Plumber has expert plumbers available 24/7 for any problems you may have, so call us today!

Signs of Clogging

Here are some typical signs your bathroom plumbing may have developed a clog:

Bath or Shower:

  • Water pools up to your ankles during use
  • Water is slow to drain
  • Water is still pooled at drain hours after use
  • Water doesn’t drain at all

Sink:

  • Water is slow to drain or doesn’t drain at all
  • Sink makes a gurgling sound when water finishes draining
  • Foul odor emanates from sink drain

Why Bathroom Tubs & Sinks Can Clog

There are 3 main culprits when it comes to bathroom sink and tub clogs:

Human hair

It’s just about impossible to prevent human hair from going down your drain, even with hair traps. Hair can be stubborn, as it will eventually form a ball inside the p-trap and close off your drain, causing the water to back-up. It isn’t possible to plunge a hair clog from your drain, and it isn’t advisable to use liquid drain cleaners as the chemicals will do more damage to your piping than the clog. Instead, call for a plumber, who will remove the clog with a motorized drain snake.

Soap Scum

Soap scum may look like a thin layer in your tub, but when it constantly washes down your drain, it can form a thick layer around the inside of your piping. Eventually, this layer can restrict and potentially block the flowing water, causing a clog to develop. Like human hair, soap scum can be stubborn as it can harden, so it’s best to call a plumber who can use professional hydro-jetting equipment to remove the soap scum build-up.

Object(s) Lodged in Drain

Shampoo caps, toothpaste caps and even a small piece of jewelry can cause your tub or bathroom sink to clog. It can be tough to locate exactly where an object has lodged in your plumbing, so it’s best to let a trained expert handle the job.

Bathroom clogs can be a nuisance, but the sooner you have them repaired, the better off you and your plumbing will be. If you are experiencing bathroom clogging, call The Sunny Plumber today and schedule an appointment for bathroom plumbing repair in Green Valley.

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Possible Causes for a Leaking Toilet

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

A leaking toilet can be a nuisance, but it can also cause problems for your home. A leaky toilet may raise your utility bills, or cause water to build up in your bathroom, creating a health hazard in which certain bacteria may thrive and mold or mildew may develop. Furthermore, the problem may only get worse if you wait to fix it, costing you more in repairs.

If you have a leaky toilet, it’s important not to try to fix it on your own. A bathroom plumbing expert can help you assess the damages and make sure that the leak doesn’t indicate a larger problem in your pipes or with your toilet tank. Here are some of the possible causes for a leaking toilet that should receive attention from a licensed plumber.

  • Broken Seal: A seal around your toilet keeps water from leaking out from the bottom and from the area between the tank and the bowl. This gasket may become worn away over time, and a professional can quickly replace or reseal it to prevent the problem from becoming worse.
  • Worn or Loose Bolts: Worn or loose bolts could cause major leaks into your bathroom, but it may also be a quick fix for an expert with a trained eye. The bolts keep your toilet tank mounted to the bowl, but if these corrode or become loose it could quickly cause a major leak.
  • Cracked Tank: A cracked tank or bowl likely means that you’ll need to replace the entire toilet. However, this gives you an opportunity to choose a new model, including one with better performance or a low-flow toilet that will save you money every month on your water bill. Low-flow toilets use less than half the amount of water as other toilets as they rely on pressure rather than volume to flush.

An expert can help you determine whether your leaking toilet is a simple fix or if it indicates a larger problem such as a cracked tank. To speak with a professional plumber about bathroom plumbing services in Marana, call The Sunny Plumber today!

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How Much Water Can a Leaky Bathroom Faucet Waste?

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

You’re trying to get some sleep, but the faucet in the bathroom continues to interrupt your thoughts with drip drip drip, each one seeming to echo through a massive caverns. This alone is a good enough reason to contact a plumber to fix the trouble (few things are more important than quality sleep every night), but there is an even better reason: stopping a massive waste of water that is both expensive and detrimental to the environment.

Those tiny drips from your bathroom faucets—and kitchen faucets as well—may seem insignificant (unless you are trying to sleep) but they add up and can mean a large loss of water. Don’t let drips keep dripping! Call for professional bathroom plumbing service in Sahuarita, AZ from The Sunny Plumber. We are available to assist you with any plumbing issue, large or small, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Wastefulness of a Leaky Faucet

Let’s look at some specific numbers to see how much a leaky faucet can actually waste in a home. This information comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s studies on water waste through the WaterSense® partnership program.

A single leaky faucet that releases drops of one per second can accumulate 3,000 gallons of water waste each year… the equivalent of 180 showers! Just imagine how much waste can occur if you have more than one leaky faucet, or a faucet that drips more often. Take a look at your regular water bill to see how much you pay per gallon each month. Multiply that by 3,000 and that is how much extra you might pay because of a leaky faucet that goes without attention.

If we take the whole country together, the water waste from leaks is staggering: 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons (or more) every day. This means that over 1 trillion gallons of water are lost annually across the U.S. That amount could supply the water use for 11 million homes.

Get Those Leaks Fixed!

Here’s an easy place where you can trim your household budget. If you have a leaky faucet in your bathroom, or occurring anywhere in your house, call for professional plumbers to take care of it. Even better, ask for installation of low-flow faucets, which will reduce your water use by 30% without sacrificing performance.

The Sunny Plumber provides expert plumbing service in Sahuarita, AZ, whether you have a leaking faucet or you want new installation. We are committed to helping you save water, save money, and receive the comfort and convenience you deserve.

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