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Why Schedule a Water Heater Replacement?

September 10th, 2018

sunny-plumber-doorwayOn the scale of very exciting to “oh man, do I have to?”, replacing your water heater probably lands down toward the latter. Look, nobody is going to suggest that replacing your air conditioning system is the most exciting way in which to spend your hard-earned money. That being said, it is still something that you’ll have to do eventually. If and when you do, you want to be sure that you are working with skilled, experienced professionals that will get the job done right.

That’s why you want The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas to handle your water heater replacement in Las Vegas, NV.

However, you really shouldn’t wait until you have no hot water—or a basement full of it!—before you schedule your water heater replacement. Instead, contact the professional water heater technicians on our team if you find yourself in any of the situations below. Hot water may be a normal part of everyday life in this modern age, but that doesn’t mean it is a luxury you can afford to take for granted!

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Tips for Protecting Kitchen Plumbing

August 27th, 2018

sunny-plumber-vanWhile the bathroom may be the single room in home that is most closely associated with plumbing, the kitchen in those homes is at least a very close second place. Why? Well, the bathroom aside, the kitchen is certainly the area in your home where you have the most direct interaction with your plumbing system. There is the sink, of course, but there is also the garbage disposal, the dishwasher, and so on. With so much plumbing comes the risk of plumbing problems.

We certainly are not going to contend that there is a way in which to completely eliminate the risk of problems developing with your kitchen plumbing in Las Vegas. That being said, we can definitely give you some tips to help keep those problems at bay! While there is no way in which to completely avoid them, that doesn’t change the fact that many kitchen plumbing issues stem from problems that could have easily been avoided with a bit more diligence.

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Using Natural Gas Safely

August 13th, 2018

logoWe may not need to run our heating systems all that much in this part of the country, certainly not the way that they have to run them in the Northeast, but that does not mean that we don’t have a  lot of use for natural gas around here. From outdoor fire pits and grills to water heaters and ovens/ranges, there are plenty of opportunities for making use of this outstanding resource. Of course, you need to make use of it safely.

This is not to say that natural gas is any more dangerous than other fuel sources, mind you. After all, any combustible fuel does carry with it an inherent amount of risk in its use. Working with professionals and using that fuel appropriately, however, will really help to mitigate any risks that there may be. Today, we have some tips that will help you to use natural gas safely. Remember to leave your gas piping services to the pros here at The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas.

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No, Your Garbage Disposal Cannot Handle Everything!

July 30th, 2018

sunny-techniciansHmmm, there is a lot of stuff all mixed together on these serving platters. Oh well, I’m sure that the garbage disposal can handle it! 

Not so fast. Put down the platter and back out of the kitchen. Slowly.

Okay, that last bit was just for a bit of dramatic flair, but the first part is worth paying attention to. Never assume that your garbage disposal can handle everything that you can throw at it, provided that it is organic material. Why not? Because this simply is not true!

Garbage disposals have just one job to do, and that is to grind (not chop, but that’s a topic for another time) food waste up so that it can be disposed of through your plumbing system, rather than being put in the trash and taken out to the curb. However, it is important to remember that even the best garbage disposals do have their limitations.

The last thing that you want to do is to damage your garbage disposal or create plumbing problems by using the disposal incorrectly.

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Call Us When Your Drains Are Clogged!

July 16th, 2018

sunny-plumber-doorwayWhy? Because we have the tools, training, and experience that we need to ensure that your drains are unclogged successfully. What’s that mean? That we are not going to dump ineffective drain cleaners down the drain and call it a day—but more on that to come. Now, let us just reiterate that the fact that a problem is common does not mean that it does not deserve your full attention. And, when that problem is related to your plumbing system in Las Vegas, your full attention should mean just one thing.

That is dialing our number! The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas is here to handle any plumbing services that you may need, and this includes unclogging any drains that are backed up in your home. No problem is too small to contact our professional plumbers about, and the fact is that this problem is not small by any stretch of the imagination. Is it a huge emergency? Maybe not in all cases. Is it deserving of your—and our—prompt attention in all cases? You better believe it! 

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Bathroom Plumbing Problems That You May Encounter

July 2nd, 2018

sunny-plumber-vanIf you are going to run into plumbing problems, the chances of those problems are going to increase with opportunity. That is why the bathroom is such a common problem area for plumbing systems—it just has such a high concentration of plumbing pipes and fixtures! At some point, you are going to find yourself face to face with bathroom plumbing problems in your home. When you do, work with the Henderson, NV bathroom plumbing pros on our team.

Or, we should say, work with us in most cases. While we typically suggest that you let professional plumbers handle the services that you may require, the truth is that there are a few problems that you can resolve on your own. It all comes down to you, though. If you ever run into an issue that you’re unsure how to deal with, or if a solution that is technically DIY-appropriate seems a bit overwhelming, play it safe and call in The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas.

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Should I Be Using a Water Softener?

June 18th, 2018

logoEvery now and then homeowners hear a phrase or the mention of an appliance that they don’t have, and the panic sets in. Uh oh, they may think, should I have been using this all along? What kind of damage have I unwittingly done? Has my health suffered? In the case of hard water, let us clear up that last point right away. No, hard water is not going to do you bodily harm, even if you’ve been unknowingly dealing with it for some time.

Does this mean that you should continue to let the problem stand? Of course not! Why not? Because, while hard water may not pose a health threat in the way that microbial contaminants may, it can still cause a whole host of problems around the house and for your plumbing system in particular. So, if you’re not sure if you have hard water or what that even means, this is the post for you! Remember to schedule your plumbing services in Las Vegas, NV with The Sunny Plumber. 

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Emergency Plumbing Situations Cannot Wait!

June 4th, 2018

sunny-techniciansIt is nighttime. You’re comfy in your bed. Maybe you’ve even got a thin comforter on because your AC is keeping your home at a perfectly comfortable temperature for sleeping. But then, suddenly, you realize something is wrong. There is a strange sound. Your eyes widen in the darkness, your ears hone in on the noise. Oh no, you think, it’s coming from inside the house! You make your way silently down the hall.

Taking a deep breath, you rush into the bathroom and turn on the lightswitch—there it is! A dripping faucet, letting loose that unmistakable sound in an aggressively even tempo. Probably not the type of problem that you’re going to schedule emergency plumbing services in Las Vegas for,  right? Maybe not, but there are plenty of problems that fit the bill. Here are a few emergencies that you may encounter with your plumbing system. Contact The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas the moment that you encounter them. 

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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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How Clean Drains Can Benefit You

May 21st, 2018

sunny-plumber-doorwayIf you’ve been taking advantage of this informational resource, then you’ve no doubt realized that dirty drains and drain cleaning in Las Vegas comes up quite a bit. There are a few reasons for this. First of all, it’s a more expansive issue than you may realize. We’ve talked about how we unclog drains, why you really cannot unclog your own drains, what causes clogged drains, and some of the less obvious signs that you actually have clogged drains. Today we’re covering another related topic: how clean drains can benefit you.

While it may sound obvious, and to some degree the fact that clean drains are better than clogged drains is obvious, the truth is that it’s just not something a lot of homeowners really think about that frequently. So read on, consider the overall performance of your own drains, and make sure that The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas is the company that you call when next you notice any issues with the drains or plumbing system at large in your house.

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