The Sunny Plumber SoCal Blog : Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Keep an Eye Out for Sink Problems

Monday, December 25th, 2017

under-sinkThere are a few components in any residential plumbing system that homeowners have a  lot of hands-on interaction with. Among these are the shower/bathtub, the toilet, and, of course, the sinks in the home. Chances are that you’ve got at least two, with one in the kitchen and one in your bathroom. If your sinks should develop problems of any kind, then you are going to need to resolve them right away. The longer that you wait, the more trouble you’re going to encounter.

Just because water is not spewing all over your home doesn’t mean that issues with your sinks should not be resolved in a prompt manner. Whatever the issue may be, it is absolutely in your best interest to schedule your sink plumbing services with a professional plumber in Huntington Beach as soon as possible. There may be a lot of “how-to” videos to watch online, but no amount of them will give you the skills and expertise that our professional plumbers possess.

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Signs of Water Leaks

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Because we don’t get to live in a perfect world, there is no such thing as a completely perfect plumbing system. While we would love to tell your that our skilled plumbers can install and service your plumbing system to provide you with the best performance possible, and that you’ll never have to worry about problems developing with that system, only half of this statement is true. You are going to need to hire a professional plumber in Ontario, CA to repair your system at some point.

Of all the problems that a residential plumbing system may face,  water leaks are certainly among the most common of all. Just because water leaks are very common doesn’t mean that they are always easy to spot, unfortunately. If you are serious about protecting your home from the considerable damage that water leaks can do, then you need to learn how you can recognize signs of water leaks early on. Here are a few tips about how to do so, and remember to schedule service with us.

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Prevent Holiday Plumbing Nightmares

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

By Gary Eisenhauer

The holidays are a time to enjoy with friends and family. However, Thanksgiving, and other seasonal holidays, present the perfect recipe for costly and embarrassing plumbing failures. With a little planning and insight from industry experts, you can prevent yourself from holiday hassles. Here are the top four tips from The Sunny Plumber to keep your pipe dreams in check.

What’s the No. 1 issue consumers need to think about around the holidays to keep their plumbing working?

One of the most common plumbing issues people face during the holidays is a clogged sink or malfunctioning garbage disposal. I always recommend being wary of the “FOG.” Fats, oils, and grease are your garbage disposals worst enemy. While this material is in liquid form when it’s initially poured into the disposal, it congeals into a viscous sludge as it cools. The FOG then sticks to the walls of the disposal chamber, as well as the walls of the drain pipe. This can gum up the impeller, as well as clog the drain. Don’t pour FOG down the garbage disposal if you want to avoid these issues. Throw it away, instead.

That’s a good tip. What else should I avoid putting down my drain?

Never put beans, rice, pasta and bread down the drain. These are like sponges and when saturated with water, this food material will expand and can cause a backup. In addition, bones and fibrous foods should be thrown away or composted.

Moving to the bathroom, what should we steer clear of?

During the holidays bathroom facilities are taxed with additional traffic and usage. Annual maintenance to clear any build-up can often prevent major toilet clogs and avoid the spread of infectious waste in the bathroom. Also, stay away from using chemicals to try and clear blockage as this rarely remedies a clogged line and can damage your pipes. If a plunger doesn’t clear the clog, turn to the pros.

What to be mindful of with water heaters?

The arrival of cooler weather raises caution for water heaters. Cold air causes expansion and contraction in water heaters and in older units, fractures can occur resulting in failure – which usually leads to flooding. Routine maintenance can identify those risks as well as ensure water heaters are operating effectively and efficiently. Water heaters are your best friend, but can cause a lot of headaches when they are not taken care of or installed incorrectly. With some minor attention, you can prevent major problems from occurring and enjoy the holiday without flooding or no hot water with a house full of guests.

Gary Eisenhauer is general manager of The Sunny Plumber.

About The Sunny Plumber

The Sunny Plumber offers the highest quality plumbing services throughout the Southwest. All plumbers are experienced in solving a wide variety of plumbing problems including drain cleaning, leak detection, sewer line and garbage disposal repair. The company also sells, installs and services standard and tankless water heaters. All plumbers are background-checked, drug-tested, and receive continuous technical training to make them the best in the industry. For more information, visit thesunnyplumber.com.

 

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What Can Cause Low Water Pressure?

Monday, October 30th, 2017

showeringIndoor plumbing is one of the greatest comforts and luxuries that we enjoy today — though we suspect that many people would categorize indoor plumbing as more of a “necessity” than they would a “luxury.” Regardless of your chosen terminology, the fact is that our plumbing systems play a major role in our day to day lives. It is precisely for this reason that any problems with your plumbing system deserve the attention of a professional plumber in Corona, CA.

Now, it is also important to note that you don’t need to have a flooded lower level or a toilet backing up into the bathroom in order to justify a call to a plumber. There are plenty of other problems with your plumbing system that you may encounter, and which may necessitate professional intervention. Low water pressure, for instance, is a problem that may not exactly seem like an emergency, but which should nonetheless be handled in a prompt and professional manner. 

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When to Schedule Repiping

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

copper-pipesChances are that you don’t really think about the pipes in your home all that often. This is because those pipes are usually reliable and do the job that you need them to do. That all changes very quickly, though, when you do run into trouble with your pipes. Modern homeowners are very dependent upon the proper operation of their plumbing systems. Any disruption to the operation of that system can be very, well, disruptive.

The good news is that many of the problems that you may encounter with your plumbing system can be resolved by a skilled, professional plumber. The bad news? Some problems cannot be resolved, while others really should not be resolved — at least, not with repairs. Just because a section of a plumbing system can be repaired does not necessarily mean that it should be prepared. In some cases, the best option to consider is professional repiping in Corona, CA. If this the case in your home, working with The Sunny Plumber SoCal guarantees a job well done.

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Leaky Faucets Are Big Problems

Monday, August 7th, 2017

baby-washing-handsCertain plumbing problems tend to go unresolved for longer than others. While we understand that something like a leaky faucet is not going to instill the same level of motivation as, say, a water heater that has ruptured and is flooding your storage area, we also need you to understand that there is no such thing as a problem minor enough to ignore. If you have leaky faucets anywhere in your home, you should give a member of our team a call to schedule professional faucet plumbing services in Torrance, CA.

As you’ll learn in the following post, having a professional plumber repair your faucets right away can benefit you in a few ways. While fixing leaky faucets may not be the most complex plumbing job out there, it is still one that we urge you to leave to the professionals. The last thing that you want to do is to complicate matters further by botching a DIY faucet repair or replacement on your own. Skip the internet tutorials this time around, and leave the faucet plumbing services to us.

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When to Call a Professional Plumber

Monday, July 24th, 2017

leak-under-sinkWe understand and appreciate the fact that many homeowners take great pride in handling projects around their houses on their own. However,  there is a lot to be said for knowing when it is time to drop the tool bag and to pick up the phone instead. In certain circumstances, all of the online tutorials in the digital world are not going to be enough to ensure that you complete the task at hand properly. When you hire our professional plumbers, though, there is never any doubt about it.

There are different reasons as to why you should hire a professional to handle many jobs. In some instance, you run the risk of damaging your property by attempting services that are beyond your capabilities. In others,  it just may prove impossible to do an effective job, and you’ll wind up running into the same trouble before long. When you are ready to hire a professional plumber in Long Beach, CA, make sure that it’s our number you call.

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Dealing with Toilet Leaks

Monday, July 10th, 2017

toiletFor many homeowners, the very mention of the word “plumbing” will automatically conjure up an image of the toilet in their homes. To say that the toilet is a very important part of any plumbing system is a pretty obvious statement to make. However, let us reiterate: the toilet is a very important part of any plumbing system. Why are we beating this nail on the head today? Because we want to remind homeowners that, considering how important their toilets are, they should never ignore any problems with them!

One of the most common problems that homeowners encounter with their toilets, like any other plumbing fixture or appliance, is a leak. However, there are many different types of leaks that may develop with one’s toilet. Some of them are pretty benign, some can be fixed by a homeowner comfortable with relatively simple adjustments, and some demand professional services. Keep this information in mind, and remember to leave your bathroom plumbing services in Venice, CA to us.

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Is My Gas Piping Compromised?

Monday, May 29th, 2017

gas-meterOf all the resources available to homeowners in this day and age, natural gas is surely one of the greatest. After all, natural gas is a largely domestic product that reduces our reliance on foreign oil. It is very convenient, as it is piped directly into our homes and to the appliances that use it, and it is very versatile. Ovens and ranges, water heaters, home heating systems, and even clothes dryers can all make use of natural gas.

As is the case with any fuel source, however, natural gas can also pose a threat to your safety if it is not utilized properly. This is why only professional plumbers are allowed to work with natural gas piping. The last thing that you want to encounter is a natural gas leak on your property. Even well-installed gas lines and gas piping can be compromised, though. That is why you need to be able to spot trouble with your gas line in Corona, CA.

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Sunny Plumber donates plumbing services to Mesa resident

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Mesa resident Carol Cifelli was without a water heater for several days, according to a press release.

“Cold showers and cold water for cleaning dishes does not provide for the best sanitary conditions,” Ms. Cifelli, who is disabled, said in the release.

Living in low-income housing and not able to afford a much-needed water heater, Ms Cifelli reached out to several assistance programs for help with no success. She was eventually directed to the local Foundation for Senior Living, a nonprofit organization that supports qualifying seniors whose homes need repairs and renovations, and with the help of a donation from The Sunny Plumber was able to replace the water heater the next day, according to the release.

FSL manages the full cycle of repairs including funding, contracting and permitting through $100,000 in grants donated by The Sunny Plumber to support local senior home improvements. These improvements enable seniors to continue to live safely and comfortably with dignity in their homes, according to the release.

The Sunny Plumber, in partnership with FSL, has donated new gas and electric water heaters as well as copper re-piping and plumbing services to numerous metro-Phoenix residents over the past several months.

“As we experience our own parents aging, we became more aware of the need many seniors, who live on limited fixed incomes, have with severe plumbing and heating/cooling problems in their homes,” Gary Eisenhauer, general manager at The Sunny Plumber, said in the release. “We are grateful there are organizations like FSL who will manage donations and repairs for seniors who are living in deteriorating environments.”

Katie Martin, program director for FSL agrees and said that the donation by The Sunny Plumber enables the nonprofit organization to provide essential services to seniors throughout metro Phoenix.

“Most of our clients are on limited fixed incomes and when they have serious plumbing issues, it can cause them not to have water in their home without the resources to repair them. Often, they end up living in unsafe conditions and it can take several months for them to go through the funding process. These funds will allow us to respond immediately to these situations and use our other funding for less immediate needs,” she said in the release.

For more information on the FSL organization, visit http://www.fsl.org/a-safe-home/home-improvements.

The Sunny Plumber offers plumbing services throughout the Southwest. For more information, visit thesunnyplumber.com.

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