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Chlorine: One Reason to Schedule Water Testing

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Scheduling water testing for your home is a wise idea, even if you don’t have any specific reason to suspect that your fresh water supply contains contaminants. There are issues that can occur in your water that you may not be able to detect at first; testing will locate these hidden health and plumbing hazards and provide you with advice on how best to deal with them.

The Sunny Plumber provides comprehensive water treatment system services, starting with water testing. Call our water treatment professionals today to arrange for our quality water testing service in Catalina, AZ that will find out you have water quality problems and what you can do about them.

The problem with chlorine

One of the more common contaminants that can enter the municipal water system is chlorine. Although chloride ions are necessary for life, high concentrations of chlorine are poisonous. Fortunately, the quantities that can get into the municipal water are not at a lethal level. However, studies have linked high chlorine levels in residential water supplies with increased cancer risks (particularly colon cancer) and damage to the human immune system.

How does chlorine get into your water in first place? Water chlorination is a basic part of municipal water treatment, since it eliminates many dangerous bacteria and other microbes that can contaminate a water supply. Although chlorine is essential for seeing that the water that enters into your home is free from some of the most harmful contaminants, too much chlorine poses long-term risks.

A whole-house water filtration system using activated carbon can eliminate unhealthy levels of chlorine from your water. Water testing will determine the chlorine concentration in your water and if you should invest in a filtration system to remove it. Although you can place point-of-use filters onto faucets and shower heads, a whole-house chlorine filter is more effective and will take care of all the taps in your home.

Because chlorine levels are difficult to detect through taste and smell, you should arrange to have testing for your home’s water supply even if nothing outwardly seems wrong with it. The water testing specialists at The Sunny Plumber will be glad to take care of this job for your home. If we do discover issues with chlorine, we will help you get the right filtration system to deal with it. Call us today to schedule water testing in Catalina, AZ.

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Why You Need to Repair a Leaking Shower

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Even though shutting the bathroom door my get rid of the annoying drip, drip, drip sound from your shower, that drip is still there, and still needs to be repaired. Whether the dripping emanates from the showerhead, faucet or shower door, water is still going where it shouldn’t. Finding the source of a leak isn’t always easy, as the location of the drip may not be the exact location of the leak. The experts at The Sunny Plumber have the tools and expertise to locate any leak, so they should be your first call when it comes to shower repair in Catalina.

Common Reasons for Leaks

Here are some reasons for the different kinds of leaks that can develop in your shower:

  • Worn washers – washers are rubber rings that help seal the gaps between the faucet parts and the wall or tub. Over time washers can dry out and become brittle, allowing water to leak through them.
  • Poor caulking – caulk can be extremely effective for water stoppage, but only when it is applied correctly. When it comes to showers, one of the most important places to caulk is around a shower door. However, make sure that if you have a metal track, you don’t caulk over the small holes in the track known as “weep holes” as these holes allow the water trapped in the track to drain.
  • Problems with the shower head – showerheads are made of several parts, and when one of them breaks, it can lead to the development of leaks. The best way to determine the problem is to have a professional take apart the showerhead and examine it.
  • Rusted/corroded shower valves – your shower has two water valves, hot and cold, that enable the shower to provide water. Sometimes these valves can rust or corrode, which can lead to the development of leaks.

Why Is It Important to Repair Leaks?

The most important reason it’s important to repair leaks is water damage. Even the smallest leak can cause a great deal of water damage if left long enough. Additionally, the excess moisture can cause mold and mildew to develop and significantly increase your water bill.

Don’t let that drip keep dripping. Call The Sunny Plumber today. We offer professional shower repair service in Catalina!

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Tools Professionals Use for Drain Cleaning in Catalina, AZ

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

No other part of residential plumbing suffers from as many problems as the drains. Every day, the drains in a house remove an enormous amount of waste water filled with organic and inorganic material. This will eventually lead to buildup in the drains that will cause clogging and high water pressure.

The best way to solve these problems with a home’s drains is to schedule drain cleaning from a professional plumbing service. Call our drain cleaning specialists in Catalina at The Sunny Plumber today to schedule quality cleaning. Below are some of the professional tools that we use when we take care of cleaning drains in homes:

Motorized Drain Augers (Drain Snakes)

The basic drain auger is a hand-cranked device that twists a flexible metal coil sent down into a drain. The ends of the wires corkscrew into blockages, and the auger can then remove the clog or break it apart. Professional plumbers clean drains using powerful motorized drain augers that can eliminate even the toughest of clogs. You should only trust drain auger services to experienced plumbers.


Scour jetting, a.k.a. hydro-jetting, is one of the most comprehensive and thorough ways to cleanse drain interiors. Hydro-jetters are professional-grade devices that use motors to place water under extreme pressure, and then blast that water out through a hose and nozzle sent down into the drains. The high pressure of the water (which exceeds 7,000 psi) scours the pipes to eliminate organic and inorganic build-up, as well as blasting through any blockage. The cleaning is so complete that it makes it difficult for contamination to accumulate again, making hydro-jetting an excellent long-term solution to problems from dirty drains.

(Because of the potential dangers from high-pressure water blasts, only professionals should handle hydro-jetting services.)

Video Pipe Inspection Equipment

Miniaturized cameras mounted on long, flexible fiber-optic cables are now part of the basic equipment package of drain cleaning specialists. Plumbers send these cameras down into the drains to discover the nature of the clogging and accumulation inside the plumbing. The camera sends back a feed to a video monitor, and the plumber uses this information to plan out the best targeted drain cleaning possible. Video pipe inspections will make drain cleaning go faster and fix the problems that need fixing.

The next time you need drain cleaning in Catalina, AZ, whether it is to eliminate a slow drain or a clog, or as part of regular plumbing maintenance, call the experienced staff at The Sunny Plumber. We offer comprehensive drain cleaning services that will make sure you have clean drains with as few problems as possible.

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Plumbing Installations to Consider for Your Kitchen

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Your plumbing system is central to the many tasks in your kitchen, but a few improvements could make cooking and cleaning even simpler. A professional plumber can help you to choose a plumbing installation that can improve productivity and the design of your kitchen.

Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals have mechanical components that wear down over time. Your older unit will need replacement eventually, so why not upgrade now? A newer unit may have greater horsepower in order to more effectively break down food. When the food scraps that move down your pipes are too large, they may become trapped along with fats and oils, blocking the pipes and potentially causing waste to backup into your home. If your unit seems to be slowing down, it may not do its job effectively, so don’t wait to call a plumber for replacement.

New Sink

A new sink may make your kitchen look more pleasant, or it could create a more efficient space for you to clean and prepare food. Whatever your needs may be in the kitchen, a new sink can make a wealth of difference. You may choose a deeper bowl or you may decide on a sink with two bowls instead of one. When you choose professional installation, a technician can help you find a new sink that makes cleanup move more quickly or gives you a larger space to work with in the kitchen.

Grease Trap

If you own or manage a commercial kitchen, you need a grease trap to collect grease before it moves into the pipes, posing an environmental hazard and potential drain clogs. Fats, oils, and grease solidify as they cool, and this combined with other solid waste can mean major trouble for your pipes. Be sure to call a commercial plumbing expert for installation, so that you don’t end up with a mess in the middle of a hectic business day.

A new installation in your kitchen can make a difference in your day, making simple tasks go smoothly and improving the look and feel of your home. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house, so always trust the professionals for kitchen plumbing installation in Catalina. At The Sunny Plumber, we’ll help you choose the new fixture that is best for your home, and provide quality installation services. Call us today!

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What Water Testing Can Tell You About Your Home’s Water

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Your home’s water supply is incredibly important to your daily life. You use it to cook, clean, bathe, do laundry, run the dishwasher, and, most importantly, to drink. So when there’s something wrong, you want to solve the problem as soon as possible. If you smell rotten odors in your water, notice residue or strange colors from your tap, or if it tastes unpleasant, there may be contaminants in your supply that can be found with water testing. When you ask a professional to test your water in Catalina, you may be able to find a solution that keeps your water clear and refreshing. Here are some of the problems a professional plumber may find in your home when you schedule water testing.

Common Problems with the Water Supply

  • Chlorine/Chloramine:  These chemicals are often added to the public water supply for disinfection. However, some homeowners react negatively to these additives, so you may want to know if chlorine or chloramine is affecting your health.
  • Other Contaminants: Other contaminants may enter your water supply through the ground or well water. These may include arsenic, insecticides, fertilizer, and petroleum products.
  • Hard water: Another common problem is a high level of calcium and magnesium, called “hard water.” Hard water is usually not a health hazard, but it may cause mineral deposits to build up in your pipes and damage your plumbing. It can also cause problems for appliances in your home such as dishwashers and washing machines.

How Does Water Testing Work?

When you call The Sunny Plumber for water testing, our experts will collect samples from different parts of your water supply. The samples are sent to a laboratory, and our technicians will discuss your results with you. Then, we’ll help you find the perfect water treatment solution for your home.

Whatever your water testing needs are, we can help you decide which system is right for your water supply. To talk to a professional about water testing in Catalina, call us today!


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Common Myths about Garbage Disposals

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Garbage disposals are one of the little miracles of modern kitchens. These appliances make it easy to remove food waste from your kitchen and send it harmlessly into the wastewater system. If you’ve lived with a garbage disposal for most of your life, you probably will have a hard time imagining handling your kitchen without one. So if your disposal starts to act up or stop working, call for professionals repairs from The Sunny Plumber. We can take care of your garbage disposal in Catalina, AZ fast.

Any appliance as common as a garbage disposal will start to pick up myths about its use and care. Quite a few surround the standard kitchen garbage disposal, and some of them can lead to damage to the unit that will require repairs. Here are three of the more pervasive myths that we often encounter in our work:

  • Garbage disposals can handle garbage—and just about anything: Garbage disposals are not invincible devices that can chop down and flush out any object placed into them. Despite the name, garbage disposals should never have actual inorganic garbage, like paper and plastic, put into them. The impellers and your drainpipes are not built to handle them. There are also some organic food products that you should never put knowingly down the disposal: bones, unpopped popcorn kernels, rice, pasta, and liquid fat, grease, and oil. (The last three are particularly problematic for disposals and plumbing.) A good rule of thumb: “If your teeth can’t chew it, neither can your garbage disposal.”
  • You can sharpen the blades with ice cubes: You may have heard that you can improve the performance of your garbage disposal by pouring ice cubes down into it and then running it to sharpen the blades against the ice. But garbage disposals don’t use sharp “blades” at all. If you look down inside a garbage disposal using a flashlight (don’t put your hands down there) you’ll see that the impellers are not sharp at all. Putting ice cubes into the garbage disposal will do nothing more than give the system extra work and waste electricity.
  • Make sure to run hot water down the garbage disposal: It’s easy to see where this misunderstanding comes from. Hot water is better for cleaning and cutting through grease. But the problem that hot water presents to garbage disposals is that it can make them overheat. It also allows more grease to flow down into the pipes—and you shouldn’t be putting grease d there in the first place.

If your garbage disposal malfunctions, do not put your hand down into it to attempt to fix it! For the sake of safety and reliability, call on professional plumbers to repair your garbage disposal in Catalina, AZ. Most repairs for disposals are easy for experts to perform and they can finish them quickly. You can reach the team at The Sunny Plumber any time of the day or night when you need repairs. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment with us.

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3 Benefits of Water Filtration Services in Catalina

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Here in Catalina, water filtration services are in very high demand. The frequent dust and dirt of Arizona means that we can get a lot of contaminants in our water, particularly mineral build-up that leads to hard water. (If you’ve ever noticed a crusty white deposit on your faucets or shower heads, you can see what hard water does.)  Civic filtration systems do a very good job of keeping the water clean, but you can help them further along by installing a water filtration system in your home. Here are 3 benefits of water filtration services in Catalina.

  • Cleaner drinking water. Filtered water is not only safer for drinking and cooking, but tastes better too.  You can perform an easy experiment to confirm this. Freeze a tray of ice cubes with water from the tap, then freeze a second tray with bottled water from a store. The bottled water produces cleaner ice cubes, which the tap water cubes are likely cloudier and less transparent.
  • Softer bathing water. Hard water has a way of taking it out on your skin when you shower or bathe. You may notice a certain redness or irritation after you’ve bathed and your water may even leave a slight film on your skin. A filtration system can fix that, leading to cleaner, softer water to help you bathe.
  • Longer lasting clothes. Hard water can age your clothes artificially, as well as reducing their softness. With a filter, your clothes will look brighter, feel softer and last longer than they would without such measures in place.

The benefits of water filtration services in Catalina are doubly important because of our environment. In another part of the country, it may be a little easier, but with our hot and dusty Arizona climate, you really can improve your water with the addition of a filtration system. For more advice, or to set up a consultation, give the experts at The Sunny Plumber a call. Water filtration systems and other plumbing services in Catalina, AZ are some of our plumbing specialties, and we won’t rest until you are completely satisfied with our work. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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Methods Used in Sewer Repair

Friday, May 9th, 2014

It’s a phrase no one wants to hear: sewer repair. When sewer lines break, fixing them can be a considerable hassle, but neither can you let your home just go on without a functioning sewer line to get rid of the dirty water from your plumbing system. In the old days, you usually had to excavate the entire pipe, a process that could take many days and involve a number of workers. But here in Catalina, sewer repair has benefited from the advent of trenchless technology that allows the line to be replaced with just a few small holes dug in your yard. The methods used in sewer repair have come a long way. Here’s a quick break down of how it works.

The exact method usually depends on whether the entire pump needs replacing or whether you just need to seal a few cracks and leaks. In either case, the technician drills holes at either end of the affected length of pipe, then enacts one of two possible repairs.

  • Pipe bursting. This method is used when you need to replace the entire pipe a pump pushes an expanding metal head through the existing pipe, which shatters it and leaves the space clear. A new pipe is pulled through behind the metal head and fitted into place.
  • Pipe lining. This is a less destructive process than pipe bursting, usually used when the damage is comparatively minor. The plumbing takes an expanding flexible pipe and runs it through the damaged pipe, then inflates it so that it can fill the existing space in your pipe.

Both of these methods con be conducted in a fraction of the time it took older methods and without tearing up your yard to boot. If you’re having problems with your sewer line, give the experts at The Sunny Plumber a call. We’re experienced with numerous methods used in sewer repair, and can apply them to your problem with the speed and efficiency you’ve come to expect. For professional sewer repair or other plumbing repair in Catalina, AZ, let the experts at The Sunny Plumber handle all of your plumbing needs. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!

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What Foods Should Never Be Thrown Down the Drain

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Here in Catalina, kitchen plumbing doesn’t suffer from the same dangers that plumbing does in other parts of the country. We don’t worry about frozen pipes much here, and similar problems regarding cold weather just aren’t a regular concern. Even so, there are still plenty of kitchen plumbing problems that keep local plumbers hopping, including touch clogs caused by food being tossed down the drain. Here at The Sunny Plumber, we can handle most kitchen clogs with speed and efficiency, but you can prevent such clogs from forming simply by watching what you throw away and how. Here’s a brief list of what foods should never be thrown down the drain:

  •  Hot fat or grease
    Cooking fat, grease, and similar foods often get thrown down the drain without thinking, since in liquid form they seem quite harmless. Unfortunately, they can solidify very quickly in the cool confines of your pipes, creating an instant clog in the bargain.
  • Vegetable peels
    Potato and carrot peelings are made of fibrous material, which can combine with soap and other food particular to make a very strong clog. If you’re peeling vegetables over the sink, then plug up the sink while you do it, and remove the peelings to the garbage can when you’re done.
  • Seeds
    Similarly, big seeds like peach pits and avocado pits can create a clog all on their own, blocking garbage disposals and flat-out sealing pipes that aren’t big enough to pass them properly. Never throw seeds from your vegetables down the drain.
  • Bones
    Chicken bones, pork bones and any other meat bones have no place in your kitchen plumbing. They’re too strong for a disposal to break up and too damaging to risk tossing down a drain. Throw them in the garbage instead.

Knowing what foods should never be thrown down the drain is a good preventative step. When you encounter more substantial issues, then The Sunny Plumber can help. We know the unique plumbing services in Catalina that homeowners need, kitchen plumbing or otherwise, and we’re on call to help you resolve them. Give us a call to set up an appointment today!

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Common Bathroom Plumbing Repairs

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Here in Catalina, bathroom plumbing runs into the expected range of problems from time to time. Modern plumbing is designed to be long-lasting and reliable, but the years often take their toll and our constant need for bathroom plumbing means that and problems that arise need to be dealt with very quickly. Area plumbers can deal with most common bathroom plumbing repairs, but it helps if you the homeowner have some idea of what they are. Here are three common bathroom plumbing repairs.

  • Clogs
    Clogged drains constitute the most frequent repair call out of all the plumbing issues centers in the bathroom. Soap scum, toothpaste, hair from the showers and similar build-up will become lodged in your drain, causing water to drain slowly if not at all. In the mildest cases, drain cleaners and store-bought snakes can solve the problem, but they usually do an imperfect job and can be quite powerless when it comes to tougher clogs.
  • Running or overflowing toilets
    Toilets that keep running can be a huge nuisance and in the worst cases may overflow if you aren’t careful. They can be caused by a number of different problems, usually some broken component in the toilet itself. Replacing it is usually pretty easy, but it takes a professional to pinpoint the cause of the issue and determine which component is acting up.
  • Hard water
    Hard water is water that contains a high mineral content. T’s usually pretty harmless – calcium, magnesium and various compounds – but if left untreated, it can create serious problems for your plumbing system. You may have noticed hard water build ups on the surface of your sink or shower head: crusty white deposits that can clog the surface. A good cleanser can remove the visible signs, but you need a plumber to handle hard water deposit inside the pipe.

Common plumbing repairs in Catalina can be handled by the experts at The Sunny Plumber. Bathroom plumbing repair is second nature to us and we’re dedicated to providing outstanding service for each and every one of our customers. If you’re having problems with you bathroom plumbing, pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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