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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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Ask a Plumber: How Do I Spot Plumbing Leaks?

Monday, November 20th, 2017

woman-calling-plumberThe leak: archnemesis of plumbing systems everywhere. What is it about the leak that makes it such a vicious antagonist? Well, there are a lot of reasons. First of all, even those leaks masquerading as “minor,” including dripping faucets, can waste a huge amount of water over time. They trick you into thinking they’re no big deal, and then the costs of wasted water start to add up.

Bigger leaks can waste a lot of water while doing extensive damage to your property, and those leaks that develop in walls or beneath floors/above ceilings—which is actually most of them—can do so without you even noticing for a considerable stretch of time. Because so much of your plumbing system is hidden from view, and because leaks really can develop anywhere, it is vital that you learn to spot them. Once you do, you’ll want to schedule professional plumbing repairs with a qualified plumber in Tucson, AZ as soon as possible.

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Symptoms of a Plumbing Leak

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

It can be quite difficult to detect plumbing leaks, at least without professional training and equipment. Much of the system is hidden behind walls and under floors, not to mention the fact that plumbing leaks tend to start pretty small. Most of the time, homeowners only notice that they have a plumbing leak after a wide area has been water damaged.

You don’t want the leak to let it get that bad before taking action, which is why it’s important to be able to recognize the early signs that you have a leak.

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How to Detect Plumbing Leaks Early

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Plumbing leaks are some of the most dangerous problems your home can face, at least in terms of potential damages. Everyone has to deal with leaks at some point or other, but very few people manage to catch them early enough to prevent the majority of the damage. That’s because most of the system is hidden from view, and most people don’t notice the subtle indications of a leak until it’s far too late. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can detect plumbing leaks early, before they have a chance to wreak havoc on your home.

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Signs That You Have a Plumbing Problem

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Your plumbing system plays an important part in keeping you comfortable. Running water is a pretty highly valued luxury, after all. As important as it is, though, you probably don’t pay much attention to your plumbing. This isn’t your fault, really. The plumbing system is designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. Unfortunately, this also means that when a problem with your plumbing system develops, you may not notice it in time to prevent the damage. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to tell if your plumbing system is having a problem. Have a look at a couple of these signs below.

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What is Pinhole Leaking and Should I Worry About It?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Decades ago, plumbers used galvanized steel pipes for many types of plumbing installations. However, in the 1960s, experts discovered that galvanized steel was not the best type of material to use in a plumbing installation, and today copper or plastic are the most common piping materials used. This is because galvanized steel is likely to corrode. Although they are covered with a protective zinc layer, this wears away over time and corrosion builds up inside of the pipes. This could cause major leaks or water quality problems, as there is potential for the accumulation of lead inside of the pipes.

Copper is generally considered much safer and is the most common material used to install new pipes today. Many people have already replaced their older galvanized steel plumbing with copper pipes, and new homes are no longer built with these older materials. However, some homeowners are dismayed to find similar problems with their copper piping as well.

Pinhole leaking is a plumbing repair problem in which a tiny leak causes water to stream steadily or drip slowly out of the pipes. Many homeowners don’t notice this problem for months, and end up with a major mess on their hands later on. Pinhole leaking may be caused by faulty installation, due to dents in the pipe incurred during setup. Far more frequently, however, pinhole leaks occur when a pipe develops corrosion from the inside.

The cause of this type of pinhole leaking is actually largely indeterminable. In many cases, entire communities have a similar problem with pinhole leaks while neighboring towns have very few cases at all. The problem rarely has to do with installation, and researchers are still investigating whether it’s the chemical make-up in the water or another type of problem. But one thing remains certain: you should do everything in your power to keep the problem from worsening.

The best way to monitor your plumbing system for pinhole leaks is by scheduling regular plumbing maintenance. Many homeowners don’t notice a leak until it has already ruined an area of their home resulting in costly renovations or attracted dangerous mold and mildew. With annual plumbing maintenance, you’ll get a full inspection by a trained contractor, so you may catch leaks before they cause severe damage.

For plumbing repair in Tucson, AZ, call the friendly professionals at The Sunny Plumber today to schedule a service appointment.

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The Most Common Causes of Clogged Drains

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Clogged drains are far and away the most common plumbing problems homeowners have to deal with: back-ups that lead to slow draining and sinks full of dirty water that never seem to go down. In mild cases, you can deal with clogs with either a store-bought snake or traditional drain cleaners. For anything more serious, a professional plumber can correct the problem with a mechanized snake or similar tool. Here in Tucson, plumbing repair services can treat the most common causes of clogged drains, but what, precisely might those causes be? A short list of some of the culprits follows.

  • Hair and soap
    This is most commonly found in the bathroom, especially the shower or tub where we often lose hair during bathing. Over time, the hair can develop into thick tangles, held in place by soap scum and residue that causes it to stick to the pipes.
  • Vegetable matter
    Fibrous vegetables can be very difficult to get rid of if they’re sent down the drain. This can include potato peelings, rotten vegetables and anything with a lot of fibrous content.
  • Grease and fat
    People often pour hot grease or fat down the drain, not realizing that it will solidify as it travels along the cool pipes. These can be some of the toughest clogs to treat since they don’t have a lot of sold components to pull away.
  • Tree roots
    Tree roots naturally seek out water to serve as sustenance and they can be surprisingly good at working their way into pipe via micro-roots. This can stop up a pipe as readily as a piece of food.
  • Solid objects
    If you have children, you can attest to the presence of strange and unusual things placed down the drain: anything from a pacifier to a beloved Iron Man action figure.

When you spot the most common causes of clogged drains, summon the experts at The Sunny Plumber to help. We can unclog even the toughest drains, and plumbing services in Tucson don’t come more dedicated to your satisfaction than The Sunny Plumber. Pick up the phone and call us today to make an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!

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Plumbing Tip: How to Save Water During Drought Season

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Are you looking for more ways to save water during drought season? The Tucson plumbers at The Sunny Plumber are here to help! No matter what time of year it is, there’s always a reason to save water when you live in a desert climate like ours. In this week’s blog post, our Tucson plumbers provided some ways to help you save water, including calling The Sunny Plumber for all your plumbing upgrades.

  • Upgrade to low-flow faucets: The new low-flow faucets are now made with better designs so that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and water pressure for functionality.
  • Run washing machines as needed: Instead of doing smaller loads more often, wait until you have a full load of dirty clothes to wash them. This can save a lot of water over time.
  • Water at night or in the morning: Water your lawn and gardens in the evenings and early morning so that there’s less evaporation due to heat. It’s also cooler for you!
  • Don’t pour out that last sip! If you drink from water bottles, don’t pour out the last sip just because it has gotten warm. Use it to water a house plant, or pour it into the pet’s water bowl.
  • Repair leaks: Make sure you call a plumber to repair any leaks. Even a small drip from a faucet can add up over time.
  • Fix that toilet: A broken flapper on a toilet can cause it to run and waste a lot of water. Call a Tucson plumber to replace the flapper with a new one.
  • Upgrade energy-efficient plumbing appliances: You’d be surprised by how much you can save when you upgrade to a water-saving dishwasher, washing machine, or dual flush toilet.

Call The Sunny Plumber if you are interested in plumbing upgrades, or just need some advice or a plumbing repair in Tucson.

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