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Pipe Problems: We Don’t Guess, We Inspect!

Monday, January 28th, 2019

sunny-plumbersWhile there are a lot of different problems that you may encounter with your residential plumbing system, there are certain areas in which you can expect some repeat offenses. Because the pipe is the cornerstone of any plumbing system, you have to expect that pipe problems will be a common issue in terms of plumbing problems. That’s not to say that pipe problems themselves should be common, just that they’re a common factor among many different problems.

If you suspect that there is a problem with your plumbing system, and you think that this problem is related to your pipes, then you are already playing something of a guessing game. There are a lot of pipes in any plumbing system that are not exposed in your home, and it can be tough to diagnose any issues with them. Without the right tools, anyway. That is why we offer video pipe inspection services in Benson, AZ. When you work with a Sunny Plumber, you’re working with skilled professionals that have great tools and that know how to use them. 

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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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How Video Pipe Inspection Benefits You

Monday, June 5th, 2017

exposed-blue-pipeSometimes, the things that you love the most can be the ones that hurt you the most. You may not think of your indoor plumbing system as something that you love, necessarily, but as soon as any serious issues develop with it, you’ll see quite clearly just how much you depend on it. Much as we would love to tell you that your plumbing system will never betray you, that it will always be there for you, there is just no way in which to guarantee that this will be the case.

In fact, it is far more likely that your plumbing system will eventually develop a problem of some sort that disrupts the flow of your daily routine. It could even lead to serious damage to your property. Whatever your particular plumbing predicament may be, swift action is always in your best interest. Call in professionals plumbers who have the experience, training, and tools to do the job right. Let us complete your video pipe inspection in Benson, AZ.

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What Are Some Common Sink Repairs?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Sinks: they are in the kitchen, in the bathroom, maybe in your laundry room or basement. We usually don’t give them much thought until they aren’t working the way they are supposed to. It can look pretty easy to repair a sink on home repair television shows and online videos, but unless you know exactly what you are doing, it’s best to leave the work to a trained expert. However, it doesn’t hurt to know what some of the common sink repairs are that may occur in your Benson home, so our plumbing experts have put together a list for reference:

Leaks

Not a surprise, having leaks on a “most common” list for sink repairs, but you’d be surprised how much water even a small faucet leak can waste: more than 3,000 per year. Leaks can be anything from a persistent drip to a flowing of water, and unless you want to deal with a high water bill and potential water damage, it’s important to fix all leaks as soon as possible.

Problems with P-Trap

The u-shaped pipe under your sinks, also known as an S-trap or S-bend, keeps sewer gases from expelling into your home. Common problems that can develop with a P-trap are corrosion (in metal ones), misalignment, leaking and breakage. Because this pipe deals directly with your sewer line, it’s imperative that any problems with it are resolved quickly.

Broken Caulk

One of the biggest tools used to keep water from going where it shouldn’t in your sink is caulk. Caulk also helps hold your sink in place and creates important seals around your sink, so if you are seeing broken pieces of caulk, it’s important to have an expert re-caulk those areas.

No homeowner enjoys wasting water, and hiring an expert to attend to these problems in a fastidious manner helps you, your plumbing and the environment. Having issues with one of your sinks? Call The Sunny Plumber today and schedule an appointment for professional sink repair service in Benson.

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Will a Water Filtration System Reduce Water Flow and Pressure in My Home?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Even with the best water treatment plants removing pollutants from the municipal water supply, the fresh water in your residential plumbing may still contain a variety of contaminants, minerals, and chemicals that it picks up from ground seepage on its way to your home. To protect the health of your household as well as its plumbing, you may need to have a water filter system installed. Call The Sunny Plumber and speak to our professionals experienced with water filtration in Benson, AZ today, and they will help you find the right type of water treatment system to provide your home with clean, healthy water.

A common question that people ask about adding water filters to their plumbing is if it will cause a drop in the water flow from the faucets and other fixtures, or a decrease in water pressure. The answer to this question is in two parts: a) yes, it can; and b) no, it shouldn’t.

This is one of the reasons that it is very important to call on professional plumbers with knowledge installing a variety of water treatment systems for homes. Water filters and reverse osmosis systems must be properly matched to the plumbing so they are not too powerful and end up obstructing water. If you have skilled professionals take care of selecting the unit for your house, you should not experience any noticeable drop in water pressure, and you can enjoy clean water with any interruptions.

We need to point out that water filtration systems that malfunction or are left without routine maintenance will lead to a drop in water flow. Repair troubles in a reverse osmosis system that lead to a depressurized tank will cause water flow to drop to almost nothing; this problem requires professional repairs. Standard filters that trap contamination must have routine maintenance to clean and change the filters, or else the excess particles trapped in the filters will obstruct water flow.

The Sunny Plumber specializes in services for a wide variety of water treatment systems: reverse osmosis, specialty cartridges, water softeners, and water filters. If you are looking for quality water filtration in Benson, AZ that won’t negatively affect your water flow, give us a call to set up an appointment. We also provide water testing services to make sure that we target the specific problems in your water supply.

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What Causes Drain Clogs in My House?

Friday, January 30th, 2015

No homeowner wants to think about their drains clogging, but if you have indoor plumbing it is a fact of life that at some point, you will likely have to deal with a clogged drain. However, there are some items you can avoid putting in or around your drains that can help prevent the incidences of repair. You can also schedule annual drain cleaning for your Benson property with the experts at The Sunny Plumber.

No-No’s for Your Drains

Drains and drain pipes are durable, but they aren’t made to withstand everything. Here are some things to keep in mind when looking to reduce the amount of drain clogs in your home:

No FOG

FOG (fats, oils, grease) is to pipes what barnacles can be to a boat: a stubborn mess. Fats, oils and grease should always be disposed of properly in your home’s trash, not in your sink. Why? FOG loves to cling to piping, particularly when it cools off. And when it does cool off, it can make for a thick, stubborn build-up in your plumbing system that slows water flow considerably, and at some point, stops it completely. Washing FOG down with hot water does not solve the problem and can actually make it worse. This is because hot water melts FOG but doesn’t get rid of it; instead, it just pushes the FOG further down your plumbing.

Human Hair

It’s can be challenging to stop hair from going down your bathroom drains, particularly the shower or bathtub drain. However, there are hair-stoppers and drain covers that can be purchased at any hardware store that can significantly reduce the amount of hair that runs down your bathroom plumbing system.

Food Particles

Unless you have a garbage disposal, you should not put chunks of food down your drain. Even relatively small-sized pieces of food can create an obstacle in your piping and cause slow draining or a clog.

One item you should never put down your drains under any circumstances: over-the-counter drain cleaners. These cleaners are highly caustic and rarely resolve clogging issues. If you have tried plunging, baking soda and white vinegar and boiler water, and still nothing is better, it’s time to call your specialist at The Sunny Plumber and schedule an appointment for our professional drain cleaning service in the Benson area.

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Contaminants That Water Filtration Will Remove

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Everyone knows that tap water tastes a bit…different…from the water they buy in supermarkets or get from a filter. There are chemicals and minerals present in tap water that are mostly filtered out from other sources. What’s the harm, though? Surely, the government wouldn’t allow anything into the tap water that wasn’t safe, right? Well…not exactly. Read on to read about some of the contaminants commonly present in tap water, and how a water filtration system can remove them.

Water Contaminants

In 2009, a three year study found that tap water in 45 states contained over 200 chemicals that were unregulated by the federal government. That means that at the time of the study there were no federal safety standards governing any of those chemicals. Any of those chemicals could be present in your tap water, in virtually any amount, and it would be legal for you to be exposed to it. Some of these chemicals include pesticides, disinfection byproducts, and even components found in rocket fuel.

While the EPA is still considering drafting new rules to cut down on some of these chemicals, you probably don’t want to wait for them to enact new rules before taking steps yourself. That’s where water filtration comes in.

Water Filtration

A water filtration system is essentially a canister filter that is spliced into the home’s main water supply. As water flows into the home, it must first pass through this filter before going on to the rest of the house. A whole-house filtration system allows you to drink out of your tap without having to worry about all the horrible things that might be lurking in unfiltered tap water.

Some of the contaminants that a whole-house water filtration system can remove include: E.coli, arsenic, chlorine, calcium, magnesium, copper, lead, mercury, and many more. Whether living, metallic, or mineral, a whole-house water filtration system is the best solution for a homeowner concerned about the state of his or her tap water.

If you think your tap water tastes strange, call The Sunny Plumber. We professionally install water filtration systems throughout the Benson area.

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What is Water Testing and Why Do I Need It?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Think about all of the things you use water for in the home. You need it for preparing food, hydration, bathing, washing your hands, brushing your teeth, cleaning the dishes, doing laundry, washing the floors—the list goes on! Because water is used for so many of your daily activities, you certainly hope that it is safe for your family members.

Water is treated at your municipality’s water treatment center (or with a chemical feed pump, for homeowners with wells) to protect your family members from illness. However, many homeowners are surprised to learn that the treatment process does not remove every possible contaminant, and that the water can pick up other additives on the path to your home plumbing system. This is why many people choose to filter their water before drinking it with a faucet attachment or a pitcher with a supplemental filter. But shouldn’t you keep all of the areas of your home that use water free from contaminants?

A water treatment system is a type of unit installed at a point-of-entry in your water supply pipes so that all of the water that makes its way into your home receives the proper treatment. There are a number of different filtration systems out there, from reverse osmosis systems to basic filters and several different types of specialty cartridges. How do you pick the type of filter that’s right for your home?

Water testing is a service in which a plumber visits your home to take samples of your water at various points of the plumbing system in order to run tests and determine what types of contaminants threaten your potable water supply. They then discuss their findings with you and recommend treatment options such as a water softener for excessive mineral content or a specialty cartridge when one contaminant appears in particularly high concentrations. Technicians may discover extreme levels of any of the following, all of which can be hazardous to a person’s health:

  • Arsenic
  • Chlorine/Chloramine
  • Insecticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Petroleum Products
  • …and many more!

Don’t let your family ingest, shower, or bathe with harmful chemicals or contaminants any longer. Schedule water testing if you notice cloudy or discolored water, strange smells or taste, or if you simply want to protect your family from potential illness. Call The Sunny Plumber and schedule an appointment for professional water testing in Benson today!

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3 Repairs Your Bathroom Toilet May Need

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

If your bathroom toilet is not working as it should, you may be tempted to try to fix it on your own. After all, a toilet is a fairly simple device, and some problems may seem easy to fix. However, toilet repair needs can indicate significant issues, such as major leaks that can damage your home or a cracked bowl or tank that means you need to replace your entire unit. On the other hand, some problems may be easily corrected by a skilled plumber, such as a broken seal or problems with the float valve.

In any case, it’s often important to let a plumber assess the damage to make sure it isn’t a larger problem than you think. Unfortunately, some problems are beyond repair, and will require a new toilet, while some problems such as major clogs could affect other areas of your plumbing system. Here are three repairs your bathroom toilet may need at some point in time.

  • Sealing Leaks: Leaks can occur from the gasket that seals your toilet to the floor, or in many other areas of your toilet. If leaks occur at the bottom of your toilet, a plumber may only need to replace the gasket. Or leaks from behind the toilet may mean you need a new shut-off valve. While most leaks can be repaired, a crack in the tank or bowl unfortunately means your toilet will need replacement.
  • Removing Clogs: Most of the time, you can fix clogs on your own by using a common household plunger. However, if this won’t do the trick, you need professionals with the right tools for a tough job. These may include large motorized drain snakes that pull clogs out or hydro jetting to blast clogs through the pipes.
  • Replacing a Malfunctioning Float Assembly: The parts inside of your toilet tank allow water to enter from the pipes, stop running when the tank is full, and flow into the bowl after flushing. If water continuously runs, you may be able to look in the tank and quickly fix a tangled chain or a flapper that is wedged open. However, these components may instead need replacement.

For professional toilet repair in Benson from local certified plumbers, call the experts at The Sunny Plumber today!

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A Few Common Shower Repair Needs

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Most people begin every day with a warm shower, and they may also shower to relax after a long day of work. Because you want your shower to stay clean and peaceful, you may try to avoid inconveniences in any way possible. But even if you purchase drain covers and keep your shower clean, repair needs may still show up from time to time, and you’ll need an expert to help you decide what steps to take next. Do you have low water pressure? Leaks? Drain clogs? If you need shower repairs, trust experts with years of experience, like those at The Sunny Plumber. Here are a few reasons you may need to call plumbers for professional shower repair.

  • Drain Clogs: A drain clog can turn your shower into an entirely unpleasant experience. When you can’t bear to stand in a pool of dirty water any longer, you need a professional who is equipped with the right tools to eliminate blockage completely. Plumbers have high-quality hydro jetting tools and drain augers to not only remove major clogs but also keep future clogs away. A drain snake can pull out debris, while hydro jetting blasts away stuck-on sludge that may lead to clogging in the future.
  • Shower Leaks: Your showerhead is sealed to the wall with caulking, but it also handles a lot of water every day, which may eventually cause leaks to come through the seal. It’s important to call for a plumber at the first sign of leaks, to ensure water damage does not affect the foundation of your home.
  • Mineral Buildup: If your home has hard water, it means that there is an excess of minerals in your plumbing, most commonly calcium and magnesium. These minerals can cause numerous problems within your home. With hard water, soap won’t lather easily, which leads to buildup within the drain pipes, as well as soap scum in dishwashers and washing machines. But it can also damage the pipes as mineral deposits line the insides and reduce water pressure. Call on professional plumbers as soon as you notice problems with your water pressure.

When you need any kind of shower repair in Benson, call the plumbers at The Sunny Plumber.

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