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Signs of Water Leaks

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

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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Protect Your Pipes This Holiday Season

November 27th, 2017

sink-drainDo you live for hosting company around the holidays? While some people definitely prefer to head to others’ homes rather than face the challenges of preparing a holiday feast, others can’t get enough of it. If you’re one of those individuals that cannot wait to dazzle company with a delicious spread, we wish you nothing but success this holiday season. We also hope that you’ll keep in mind the effects that hosting company can have on your drain and sewer system in Ontario, CA.

While our technicians are not planning on dropping by to help you with cooking prep work, we can help you o avoid trouble with your drains this season. Keep the following information in mind, so that you can keep your plumbing system performing properly over the holidays. Issues with drains and sewer lines are not a festive way to spend time with your guests. With a little attention paid to your drains and the way you handle the job, cooking for your family and friends will prove no trouble at all—at least where the plumbing is concerned.

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Preventing Hot Water Scalds

November 13th, 2017

dripping-showerheadWhat words spring to mind when you think of your water heater? Comfort? Appliance? Vital? Your water heater is definitely one of the hardest working appliances in your home, but there is one other word that should come to mind when you think of your water heater: safety. Modern water heaters are designed to operate in the safest manner possible, but any appliance that heats water and then pipes that water to fixtures for your own personal use has the potential to create dangerous situations.

Hot water scalds are no laughing matter, and ensuring that you are able to use hot water in your home without the risk of scalds is extremely important. This is especially true in those homes with young children that may not pay close attention to faucet/shower settings or think to test the water before jumping in. There are ways to prevent scalds from happening, and our plumbers in Rancho Cucamonga, CA want to share some of them with you today.

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What Can Cause Low Water Pressure?

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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Should I Have My Water Tested?

October 16th, 2017

child-drinking-waterThere are certain “luxuries” that some homeowners are happy to forgo. Maybe you don’t have any interest in the installation of a garbage disposal, for instance. Perhaps you don’t want to outfit your home with smart thermostats and home automation equipment. That’s all well and good. When it comes to clean, potable water in your home, though, you’re starting to stretch the definition of “luxury”. At this point in time, having clean water piped into your home is, if not a necessity, certainly an expectation held by the average homeowner.

Here is a question for you, though. How healthful is the water that you are piping throughout your living space? Even if you don’t drink directly from the tap, you are still cooking with that water, using it to bathe, clean your clothes, etc. Just because your water is treated by a municipal facility does not necessarily mean that it is reaching your home in clean, high-quality state. That is why you may want to hire a professional plumber in Huntington Beach to test your water.

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When to Schedule Repiping

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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Why Hire a Professional to Clean My Drains?

September 18th, 2017

drain-flow-diagramAs dependable as a professionally installed modern plumbing system may be, the fact is that there are going to be problems with each and every plumbing system eventually.  Some of them are quite serious,  such as slab leaks or gas piping damages. Just because a problem may not seem like much an emergency, per se, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve your prompt attention. It also doesn’t mean that you should be jumping into the fray yourself and trying to handle the resolution of that problem on your own, though.

We’ve seen our fair share of plumbing issues,  as you can imagine. Among the most consistent and the most common, of course, is the clogged drain. While clogged drains may seem like little more than a mild inconvenience for some, they can actually lead to more serious problems with your plumbing system at large if left unchecked. If you have clogged drains in your home, we seriously recommend that you contact a member of our team to schedule professional drain cleaning services.

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Why Is Hard Water a Problem?

September 4th, 2017

water-softenerThere are a lot of reason why one may hire a professional plumber in Huntington Beach, CA. If water is spilling all over your floor due to a burst pipe, for instance, chances are that you’ll be contacting a plumber as fast as those fingers of yours can dial. Or if your toilet is backing up with no signs of stopping — we’ll probably be hearing from you very quickly in that case. What about those problems that are a bit less obvious, though?

What about those problems that are insidious, and can negatively affect your home in a number of more subtle — but still serious — ways? Hard water is such a problem, and trust us. It is a problem. Chances are that if you have hard water in your home, you’ve at least noticed some of the more obvious indicators of the problem. Simply ignoring them because they don’t seem all that immediate in the moment is not what you want to do.

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How Does a Septic System Work?

August 21st, 2017

plumber-wrench-pipeA lot of homes these days are connected to a municipal sewer system.  There are plenty of homes that rely on their own septic systems rather than the public sewer system too,  though. If you are one of those homeowners using a septic system in Corona, CA, then you should have a basic understanding of the way in which this system works. No, you won’t ever be servicing the system on your own. Even so, basic working knowledge is always worth gaining.

When you do have any need for professional septic tank services, make sure that you schedule that service with our plumbers. We have plenty of experience working with septic systems, and we have the background knowledge necessary to work out the right pumping schedule for you. Hopefully, you’ll have no need for them, but remember that we offer septic systems repair services, too. Now, let’s take a look at the way these systems work in order to deal with the waste leaving your home.

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