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When Are Drain and Sewer Cleanings Necessary?

Monday, August 27th, 2018

logoWhen you see a faucet dripping every time you come into the bathroom or the kitchen, it is pretty clear that this faucet needs repairs, right? What about other parts of your plumbing system that may require service, though? Particularly those parts of the system that you cannot see, and which you don’t really interact with directly? There’s just no way of knowing what kind of shape they’re in, right? So you just wait until something goes wrong before scheduling service.

That’s not the way to handle such components, though, and the logic behind that approach is deeply flawed. Just because you cannot really see your drain and/or sewer lines, after all, doesn’t mean that you cannot catch problems with them early on. Let’s go back to the leaking faucet for a simple example. Even if you cannot see the faucet because it’s dark or you’re in the next room, you can hear the dripping, right? Get all of your senses involved, and you’ll be able to tell if you need drain and/or sewer cleaning in Vail, AZ.

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Take Advantage of Our Scour Jet Service

Monday, May 7th, 2018

sunny-plumbersThe plumbing system that you use in your home each and every day, throughout the day, and for so many different purposes, has a few components that you directly interact with regularly. Your toilet, your sinks, and appliances like your laundry machine and dishwasher.  That being said, there are parts of your plumbing system that you don’t really see and that you don’t often think about—such as the pipes connected to the bottom of your drains or, for that matter, your sewer line.

Now, the fact that these components of your plumbing system are out of sight doesn’t mean that they should be entirely out of mind. In fact, you find pretty fast that compromised drain and sewer lines will pretty much render your plumbing system unusable. That is why you should hire a professional plumber in Vail, AZ to service them as needed. One great service offered by The Sunny Plumber Tucson is scour jet service, and it can really help your drains and sewer out of a jam!

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Will Putting Ice Cubes into My Garbage Disposal Improve Its Performance?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

You probably use your garbage disposal on a daily basis to help clean up in the kitchen. With an effective disposal in the kitchen sink, you can easily get rid of food particles without the hassle of putting them into a composting receptacle and then removing them to the trash. The disposal also helps keep large food debris out of your drainpipes, and this in turn gives your plumbing a longer life with fewer clogs.

At times you may feel that your garbage disposal isn’t living up to expectations, and that it no longer seems to grind food the way it should. What should you do in this case? The best option is to call for a professional plumber to look into the trouble and see if you need repairs, or possible a unit replacement. Count on The Sunny Plumber when you need work for your garbage disposal in Vail, AZ.

But won’t pouring ice cubes into the disposal sharpen the blades?

This is one of the most persistent myths about garbage disposals. It won’t necessarily lead to serious problems with your disposal if you do this, but discussing why the ice cube (or eggshell) solution actually isn’t helpful will give you a better idea of how your garbage disposal actually works.

The fallacy with the concept of “sharpening” the “blades” of a garbage disposal is that a garbage disposal doesn’t use blades at all. If you view a cross-section of a standard kitchen garbage disposal, you will see that inside the upper hopper chamber (the location where food particles first enter) is a flywheel with impellers on it. The impellers are responsible for grinding down the food when the disposal turns on and the flywheel rotates. These impellers are not sharp, but blunt. (Please take our word for it; don’t reach down into the garbage disposal to feel them.) The speed of the disposal takes care of grinding, not the sharpness of any blades.

Although a few ice cubes going down the disposal shouldn’t do any damage to it, don’t make a habit of pouring a whole tray full of cubes into the hopper, since this can cause too much wear on the flywheel.

If your garbage disposal seems to no longer be able to “cut it,” something else is wrong, and you will need to call on professional plumbers to investigate. Just contact The Sunny Plumber, and we will see that your garbage disposal in Vail, AZ gets back to working the way it should, or we can offer you options for replacing the unit.

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How Drain Cleaning Helps Your Commercial Plumbing

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Your commercial plumbing does a great deal of work on a constant basis. As such, it’s not an unusual occurrence to see a level of wear and tear develop. Slow draining, gurgling and odors are all indications that your drains could use some TLC. The best way to show your drains some TLC is to schedule a commercial drain cleaning appointment in Vail, AZ, with a commercial plumbing expert, like the one at The Sunny Plumber.

Reasons Draining Cleaning Is Good for Your Plumbing

Here are a few reasons why drain cleaning is good for your commercial plumbing:

  • Helps prevent future repairs – drain cleaning involves the thorough scouring and cleaning of the inside of your pipes; during this process, all kinds of build-up and debris are safely removed and flushed from your system, leaving your pipes in good shape. Having healthy pipes helps reduce the incidence of repair.
  • Helps stave off clogging – clogs can develop fairly easily as soap scum, hair and food are pretty hard items for your commercial plumbing to avoid. Drain cleaning removes any build-up in the system, as well as small blockages, which helps prevent large clogs from developing.
  • Removes and prevents smells – odors in your drains can be tough to remove, and usually require drain cleaning to fully remove them.
  • Gets rid of FOG (fats, oils, grease) – FOG is never good for your drains, as it clings to the sides of piping and congeals; washing FOG down with hot water only forces FOG further into your plumbing system. Excessive FOG can create serious clogs and strong odors, so removing it with a drain cleaning is good for both you and your employees.
  • Extends life of your system – drain cleaning helps maintain your plumbing system and keep it in good working order, which can help extend the life of your plumbing system.

It’s important to hire professionals for your commercial drain cleaning in Vail, AZ, in order to protect your plumbing and get the most of drain cleaning service. The trained experts at The Sunny Plumber specialize in drain cleaning services, so call us today!

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Signs Your Garbage Disposal is Having Trouble

Friday, April 18th, 2014

The garbage disposal is one of the unspoken heroes of your household, getting rid of food waste cleanly and efficiently, and helping keeping your kitchen garbage free of rotting debris. We tend to notice our garbage disposals only when they experience problems, but when those moments arise, you need to get the issue resolved as quickly as possible. The good news is that in Vail, garbage disposal repair can often be conducted by trained plumbers. Here are some signs your garbage disposal is having trouble.

  • No power
    The most obvious signs of a problem with your garbage disposal is the simple fact that it won’t turn on. You can do some quickly troubleshooting by pushing the red reset button at the bottom of the unit. You can also check your circuit breaker to see if it’s been tripped. If it keeps getting tripped whenever you turn on the garbage disposal, it suggests a bigger problem, and if hitting the rest button doesn’t work, it’s time to call in the cavalry.
  • Jammed
    A garbage disposal can get jammed if a metal object like a utensil gets stuck in it, and certain food particles like bones or peach pits can do much the same. If you suspect your garbage disposal is jammed, NEVER attempt to unclog it with your hands. That could result in serious injury. Instead, unplug the unit or shut off power at the breaker panel, and call in a professional.
  • Clogged
    If your sink is clogged and turning on the garbage disposal doesn’t fix it, the problem is likely serious enough to merit professional attention. It may be that your disposal is the source of the issue.

If you notice signs that your garbage disposal is having trouble, then pick up the phone and call the experts at The Sunny Plumber. Garbage disposal and other plumbing repairs in Vail can be accomplished with speed and efficiency by our team of experts, and we’re completely dedicated to your satisfaction every step of the way. Contact us today to make an appointment, and let us show you what we can do!

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How Is Water Testing Done?

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Are you concerned about the quality of water in your home? Have you noticed residue on your drains and faucets? Is a foul odor like rotten eggs coming from your water supply? Does your drinking water have an unpleasant taste? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should consider scheduling water testing in Vail, AZ for your house’s water supply. The water coming to you through the main line from the municipal system might have a large amount of particles and contaminants suspended in it. Additionally, water can pick up pollutants from the ground around your house. Some of these chemicals and particles in your water can cause health problems, while others will cause damage to your plumbing.

Water testing in Vail from an experienced company like The Sunny Plumber will determine what issues are plaguing your water supply and what treatments will best alleviate them.

Water Testing: The Basics

Water testing involves more than using a single sample. A professional plumber will take samples of water from different parts of your home in order to get a general idea of the extent of the contaminants. This sample then goes to a laboratory where chemists put the water through a variety of tests to identify specific pollutants in the water. The tests will look for magnesium and calcium (“hard water”), petroleum traces, insecticide that might have come off the water table, fertilizer that seeped down from the lawn, and chlorine. Your plumber will then contact you with the findings and discuss the ways you can treat your water.

Nothing seems wrong—should I get testing anyway?

Yes, you should. Not all poor quality water is easily detectable. The smell of sulfur will warn you that something is wrong, but traces of fertilizer and chlorine are not as obvious. Hard water can start creating trouble deep in your pipes before you can see it.

Call the Vail plumbing specialists at The Sunny Plumber to determine if you have problems in your water supply that are creating issues without you knowing it. Thorough and professional testing is a good way to make certain you are getting the most from your running water every day of the year.

Schedule your Vail, AZ water testing today with The Sunny Plumber. Once we’re done with testing, we can install a variety of different water treatment systems that will alleviate the trouble.

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Signs that You Need Shower Repair in Vali, AZ

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Your shower is one of the most used fixtures in the entire home. It is responsible for taking care of those groggy mornings and helping you get ready for your day at work. It’s also a way to relax after a long day of physical activity. You want your shower not only to be functional but also to be aesthetically pleasing. When basic plumbing issues get in the way of you taking a shower whenever you please, then it can put a real damper on your day. At The Sunny Plumber, we understand this, and our expert plumbers are committed to improving the convenience of your home with our excellent plumbing services in Vail, AZ. Give us a call today if you find that your shower is no longer working as it should.

  • Leaky shower head. If your shower head leaks, you could be wasting hundreds of gallons every year for what might amount to a relatively simple repair. Leaks do not repair themselves and even the most minor ones tend to worsen quickly over time.
  • Drain clog. If you haven’t already invested in a hair stopper for your shower drain, then you should consider doing so immediately. This cheap little device can save you the hassle of slow and clogged drains in many cases. While they will not completely eliminate the risk of shower drain clogs, they make a great preventive measure. But if you find that your shower drain has seriously clogged, or has become very slow, then you may want to take advantage of professional drain snake or cleaning service so that the functionality of your shower is restored.
  • Water stain on the ceiling below the upstairs bathroom. We saved the most ominous for last. If you notice that you have a brown stain coming through the paint of your downstairs ceiling just below the upstairs bathroom, then it is a sure sign that something has gone wrong with the plumbing in the bathroom. Only a professional plumber will be able to tell what the cause of the problem, but it could be the shower drainpipes.

Let The Sunny Plumber take care of your shower repair service needs in Vail, AZ so that your plumbing system is restored. Call us today.

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Signs That You Need Shower Repair

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

While they need routine cleaning and maintenance, we don’t like to think that our shower system is flat-out in need of repair. In towns like Vail AZ, shower repair isn’t a common concern, since the dry climax cuts back on mold and the problems it causes in a shower.  Sooner or later, however, every major appliance needs the attention of an expert, and your shower is no different.

Here are some signs that your shower may need repair.

  • Leaks. A leaky shower head is usually caused by damaged seals or inner valves in the shower head. Not only is it annoying, but it can cost you a great deal in higher water bills if left unattended. A trained plumbing professional can replace the head properly, as well as fit new gaskets and seals if necessary.
  • Cracked surfaces. Modern showers often use plastic and other surfaces to keep water where it should be. If cracks appear, the water can leak into the floors underneath the shower and cause a great deal of damage. You may be able to detect the formation of a crack if you notice that the shower surface is “bouncy” or detached from the underlying material. This makes cracking far more likely, and you should contact a professional before the problem gets any worse.
  • Lack of hot water. If your shower cannot produce hot water, it may be a problem with the valves. There may also be issues with the water heater itself, especially if you can’t get any hot water in other faucets in the house. If you think you may need water heater repairs, give us a call!
  • Low pressure. A lack of water pressure likely stems from a problem in the shower head: a blocked valve or possible a screen that has become clogged with mineral deposits. Such deposits can block the water moving into your shower head, resulting in a lower overall pressure.

For solutions to your shower repair problems, contact the experts at The Sunny Plumber. We handle cases in Vail, AZ and throughout the greater Tucson area, and will address your problems with courtesy and professionalism.

Call us today for your shower repair needs!

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