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What Can Damage My Sewer Line?

September 17th, 2018

sunny-plumbersToo much, if you ask us!

We are willing to wager that you do not really think about your sewer line all that much. Why would you?  Its function is as far from glamorous as you can get, removing waste and wastewater from your property. Plus, you literally cannot see it, so “out of sight, out of mind” can come into play.

The fact that the function of your sewer line is such a common part of your daily life, however, does not really mean that you can afford to put it out of mind.

Unfortunately, as mentioned above, there are a lot of ways in which your sewer line may suffer damages. Even more unfortunate is the fact that you simply cannot avoid them all. Some of them are caused by issues well beyond your control. Even so, we think that it is in your best interest to have a general grasp of the situation. So read on, and contact The Sunny Plumber SoCal with any concerns that you may have (or, at least, the plumbing-related ones!).

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How Is Your Water Quality?

September 3rd, 2018

sunny-plumberBefore you answer with something along the lines of “It’s fine, thanks for asking,” we really want you to think long and hard about how your water quality has been treating you. This is a more serious question than you may realize, as some issues with your water quality could actually make you sick. And no, the fact that you use a public water supply does not guarantee that your water quality is necessarily high. There are plenty of issues that can strike en route.

The good news is that The Sunny Plumber SoCal is here to help. Keep in mind that there is really not any one solution that can truly solve any and all problems that you encounter with your water quality. Working with a skilled, experienced plumber in Corona is the best way in which to ensure that your particular issues are addressed in the most appropriate manner. So give us a call, and keep the following information in mind. 

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Let Us Take a Peak Into Your Pipes

August 19th, 2018

Wait, what? Like, you’re going to stare down my drains or something? Why would I want you to do that? Why would you want to do that? 

sunny-plumberWell, we are not just making the offer because we are dying to see what is going on within your plumbing system. We are making the offer because, as a quality plumbing contractor in Corona, CA, we know that our clients require a wide range of services. One of the most beneficial that we have to offer is video camera pipe inspection, which does allow our plumbers to take a look into the pipes that you use in your plumbing system.

The view may not be all that beautiful, but this service does provide us some very valuable insight—literally—into problems and potential issues with your plumbing system at large. As is the case with any plumbing service, it is always best to have a clear idea of what the issue actually is before going in and attempting to resolve it. That’s what makes the information gathered during this service so invaluable.

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Do I Need a Water Softener?

August 6th, 2018

sunny-plumber-logoFor the majority of homeowners, the mention of “plumbing problems” is immediately going to bring to mind burst pipes, overflowing toilets, and stubborn clogs. These are not the only types of problems that you may encounter with your plumbing system, however. Specifically,  you may run into problems with the quality of the water that courses through your plumbing system. The problems can be quite serious—even if they are not actually going to make you or anyone in your home sick.

Why? Because, even if they do not pose a health risk for your family, certain water quality issues can pose a health risk for your plumbing system! If you want to keep your plumbing system in prime working condition, for instance, you are not going to want to ignore problems with hard water in your home! We’re not talking about ice, either. Before we get into what, exactly, hard water is, we’ll tell you right up front that using a water softener in Corona, CA is your best solution.

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A Leaking Toilet Is a Big Problem

July 23rd, 2018

technician-in-doorThe toilet is something of a cornerstone in terms of your plumbing system. You may be able to get by with just a bathtub, as opposed to a tub/shower combo. You may not need a garbage disposal. You definitely need a toilet, though. Even those of us that enjoy toughing it out on camping trips in the desert will agree that you don’t want to come home to an outhouse situation! That is precisely why a leaking toilet in Corona, CA is of such concern.

If you notice that your toilet is leaking, you really should not be biding your time to have it fixed. There is a lot on the line here, including the cost of wasted water as well as potential damage to your property from that water. There is also the fact that you need your toilet to be fully functional, for what we think are obvious reasons. With that in mind, we’ve got a few tips for you regarding how to deal with this particular situation. 

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Kitchen Plumbing Problem Tips

July 9th, 2018

sunny-plumbersIf you are looking for a plumber that will tell you that you will never run into problems with your kitchen plumbing, provided that you schedule your kitchen plumbing services in Corona, CA with them, keep on looking. There is nothing for you to see here. Why not? Because honesty and integrity are what we have to offer, along with exceptional plumbing services, and the fact is that you will run into problems with your kitchen plumbing at some point.

When that happens—not “if” that happens—we are here to assist you and to get your kitchen plumbing system back on track. Sometimes that is actually as simple as giving you some pointers on how to avoid kitchen plumbing problems and how to resolve some basic ones that you may encounter. So read on, and remember that The Sunny Plumber SoCal is here for all of your plumbing needs, kitchen-based or otherwise. 

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3 Reasons to Call a Professional Plumber

June 25th, 2018

sunny-plumberEven the most ardent DIY enthusiasts need to realize that there are certain problems that they may face in their homes that will require professional intervention. In many cases, reaching for the toolbox rather than the telephone is going to land you in some serious hot water. You may wind up doing more damage than would otherwise would have developed, or you may mistakenly believe that you’ve done a job well, only to discover you barely scratched the surface just a bit down the road.

Today, we are going to discuss 3 instances in which you should definitely call a professional plumber in Corona, CA. We understand that the enterprising homeowner in you may bristle a bit at doing so, but trust us when we tell you that we only have your best interest in mind. Truth be told, we’d stand to make a profit by allowing you to make failed attempts to service your system on your own, and then swooping in to repair things when they’ve gone wrong. But that’s not what The Sunny Plumber SoCal is all about! 

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What You Can Do to Avoid Clogged Drains

June 11th, 2018

sunny-plumber-logoClogged drains are among the most common of all plumbing issues that homeowners may experience in their homes. In best case scenarios, homeowners may be able to resolve a simple clog just by using a plunger to clear it out. Things are not so simple all of the time, though. It is also possible that homeowners will encounter very stubborn clogs, or even clogs deep in the system that wind up affecting the drains throughout their homes. In such cases, professional drain services in Corona,  CA are necessary.

That being said, and while all clogs cannot be avoided,  there are plenty of very easy ways in which you can minimize the occurrence of clogs in your home. Keep these tips in mind, and remember that prevention really is the best course of action when it comes to drain clogs. No measures will be 100% effective, but it is definitely in your best interest to take whatever steps possible to keep clogs as few and far between as possible.

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Perks for Plumbers: Hawaiian Vacations, Craft Beer and ‘a Lot of Zen’

May 29th, 2018

FORT COLLINS, Colo.—The fast-growing business offers all the perks a pampered Silicon Valley tech worker might expect: An on-site tap flows with craft beer and the kitchen is stocked with locally roasted espresso beans. There is a putting green and a smoker for brisket lunches. Next up: a yoga studio.

Welcome to the gushing job market…for plumbers.

Colorado’s Neuworks Mechanical Inc. employs 75 plumbers but needs 15 to 20 more. To keep them happy, it offers “a lot of Zen,” says business-development manager Jackie Sindelar. That includes a sharing exercise that “brings out your raw emotions and makes you vulnerable,” she says.

Drained from a labor shortage, the plumbing industry is throwing the kitchen sink at job candidates.

Bonfe’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Service Inc. of South St. Paul, Minn., boasts an array of arcade games and a “quiet room”—a plush hangout space with insulated walls painted a calming sky blue. It has a lockable door, a comfy couch, a recliner and a sound machine that babbles with the soothing audio of ocean waves.

“When people have a bad day they go in there,” says Mr. Bonfe. “They literally check out for a while.” Mr. Bonfe, a veteran plumber and president of the 120-employee family business, could use the room himself some days, noting that the labor market is “the hardest I have ever seen.”

Plumbing employers are plugging on-site spa treatments, exotic trips and jet-ski outings. The Sunny Plumber—which serves the southwest with the slogan “Bright and Shiny and Won’t Show Our Hiney”—has job announcements offering free laundry service and “a suite at the Arizona Cardinals games for you and your family.”

In Manassas, Va., My Plumber Heating & Cooling is trumpeting “biweekly, on-site massages.” Across Virginia, Wisler Plumbing, Inc.’s February radio recruitment ad promised “a hot breakfast every morning.”

“We do that to set ourselves apart,” says President James Wisler, of the daily 7 a.m. repast that can include sausage, gravy and biscuits.

Kerry Stackpole, executive director of the Plumbing Manufacturers International, a trade group, described the race for talent as very real. And the profession’s reputation of being a bit of a drip presents an obstacle to recruiting and drawing new people to the field.

“It’s ‘the butt crack;’ it’s ‘the slobs,’ ” sighed S.J. Peters, the executive director of a Midwestern plumbing group, referring to tired misperceptions swirling around the trade.

U.S. job openings hit a record 6.6 million in March, with the construction industry<https://www.wsj.com/articles/economic-milestone-there-is-a-job-for-everyone-who-wants-one-1525797993?mod=article_inline>—where plumbers are heavily employed—seeing one of the largest jumps.

Building, needed repairs and retirements are fueling demand for plumbers at the same time the U.S. jobless rate<https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-adds-164-000-jobs-in-april-unemployment-falls-to-3-9-1525437126?mod=article_inline&mod=article_inline> in April fell below 4% for the first time since late 2000.

The annual median pay for plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters was nearly $53,000 per year in 2017, according to federal data, but it isn’t uncommon to see jobs advertised for far higher wages, from $70,000 up to six figures.

“Our phone is ringing off the hook but we don’t have the skilled folks,” says Jonathan Bancroft, chief executive of Morris-Jenkins Inc. in Charlotte, N.C. The plumbing, heating and air-conditioning company is one of many offering to train unskilled people.

And to further distinguish itself, Morris-Jenkins is positioning its workplace as overflowing with fun.

“We like to play games and wear costumes…a lot!” say current Morris-Jenkins job postings that praise the “legendary” company breakfasts. In one event, Mr. Bancroft says, employees received mullet wigs for “Mullet Monday.”

Bob Hamilton Plumbing, Heating, A/C and Rooter in Overland Park, Kan., recently bumped its signing bonus to $5,000 from $1,000, says owner Bob Hamilton, whose corporate motto proclaims “Better Call Bob!”

The company added a perk in April: employer-sponsored pottery classes.

“I made a couple of bowls and what turned out to be a toothpick holder,” says Paul Smith, a veteran plumber and supervisor there. “It was a blast.”

Candidates know the fringe benefits are overflowing, according to Alex Kramien, chief operating officer of George Morlan Plumbing Co. in Portland, Ore.

A few weeks ago, he started aggressively recruiting out of state—offering to cover moving costs—and says “pet insurance has been brought up more than a few times in interviews.” (He’s looking into it and he gets the appeal: He says his own father spent $1,200 for cancer treatment for his goose George.)

In the meantime, Mr. Kramien waves concert tickets, “week in paradise” Hawaii trips, and use of the company-owned beach house and condo on the Oregon Coast. New plumber jobs at his company pay $44.84 per hour plus benefits.

Plumber Jason Braukman briefly left George Morlan, drawn by signing bonuses and opportunities elsewhere, but says the company’s benefits lured him back.

“We’re like top dogs now,” he says of plumbers.

That reality is one reason Wyatt Hepworth recently unveiled a new indoor basketball court at his business, Any Hour Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Air in Orem, Utah. He also made the company gym “six times larger.”

His technicians get other job offers weekly. Watchful managers whisk employees being courted by competitors off on company time, he says, for a half-day of fun, like jet-skiing.

And of course, “everyone is going to get swag,” he says of Any Hour’s shirts, caps, sunglasses and backpacks for the whole family.

A promise of a “brand new truck” that plumbers can drive home is helping Wilder, Ky.-based Jolly Plumbing, says operations director Scott Sharrock.

Jolly—where “A Flush Beats a Full House”—has its own indoor basketball court, two 72-inch televisions for sports viewing and allows plumbers to use Jolly’s building and large fully remodeled kitchen anytime for personal family shindigs.

“We have had a couple big parties with a lot of beer cans left over,” says Mr. Sharrock, adding that basketball games have led to busted ceiling tiles.

But the extras, he says, are necessary. “We can’t hire plumbers fast enough.”

Write to Jennifer Levitz at jennifer.levitz@wsj.com<mailto:jennifer.levitz@wsj.com>

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Tank. Tankless. Which Is Right for Me?

May 28th, 2018

technician-in-doorLet’s get the answer to the question posed in the title of this blog right out into the open—we’re not sure. Now, we can certainly discuss the pros and cons of each system, which we’ll do below, but we cannot give you a definitive answer as to which is best-suited to your home and your needs without knowing a bit more about your home and your needs. That is why we encourage homeowners thinking about a water heater installation or replacement in Torrance, CA to contact The Sunny Plumber SoCal directly. 

Our bright and shiny plumbing professionals have plenty of experience with both tank and tankless water heaters, and we’ve got the answers to virtually any questions that you may ask. So read on, consider your hot water usage as relates to the following points, and keep our number handy. When you work with the professionals on our team, you can count on getting the right water heater installed for your home, and in the right way!

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