The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas Blog

Some Important Facts About Tankless Water Heaters

September 20th, 2021

logoWe’re proponents of tankless water heaters. They offer numerous advantages for the right homes, and as an investment in long-term hot water at a lower cost they can pay for their installation many times over. They aren’t ideal for every home, but that’s why you hire a professional plumber in Las Vegas, NV to help you when it’s time to get a new water heater.

Below we’re going to look at a few facts about tankless water heaters that you may not have known. We hope this will give you a better idea of what a tankless water heater can do for your home and if one’s right for you.

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The Slow Drain: Is It Really a Big Deal?

September 6th, 2021

sunny-plumber-doorwayNobody wants clogged drains in their house. A clogged sink or shower drain means you can’t use that fixture until the problem is resolved. Sometimes all it takes is the right type of plunger and a bit of effort to clear a clog. Other times you’ll need the assistance of our professionals for drain cleaning in Paradise, NV

But what about the “half-clog” in a drain—a drain that’s still drawing away water, but not as fast as usual? When you have a slow drain in your house, do you feel the same urgency to have it fixed the way you would a clog? Probably not. In our experience as plumbers, we’ve found people are willing to put up with a slow drain as a minor irritation and not something that needs fast action to correct.

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What Causes Slab Leaks?

August 23rd, 2021

sunny-plumbersOne of the trickiest plumbing problems to deal with in a house is the slab leak. This is a leak that occurs in the hot or cold water lines buried in the concrete foundation of a house, although it can also refer to any leak in a pipe located in hardscaping. Because these leaks are hard to detect at first, they can create significant damage and water waste before they are repaired. Slab leaks require expert plumbers with the best tools to access them and fix them correctly.

You might wonder how pipes buried down in concrete can develop leaks. Don’t they have the best possible protection against damage? No, not exactly. There are several specific issues that can lead to slab leaks. We’ll look at the most common of them below.

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5 Ways to Tell You Have Hard Water

August 9th, 2021

logoYou may have a general idea what “hard water” is, but not know if it’s something that affects your home. Hard water is any water with a high amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium. Water that has 120 milligrams per liter of these minerals is considered to be hard. Unfortunately, this level of concentration is common for the water supply in many parts of Las Vegas. The minerals from the groundwater seep into the freshwater pipes on their way to homes, which makes it difficult to remove excess minerals from the municipal water. 

The best way to counteract troubles with hard water is to have a water softener installed onto the water main for your house. You can have our plumbers in North Las Vegas, NV handle this service, as well as future repairs and maintenance to keep the water softener working for you. 

But first, you have to know you have hard water! We can help you diagnose hard water problems in your house with a list of warning signs.

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Is Your Home’s Water Pressure Too High?

July 26th, 2021

sunny-plumbersA problem homes often run into with their plumbing is low water pressure. It’s a nuisance, and if it isn’t coming from a municipal source, it’s something you’ll need to have professional plumbers diagnose and then resolve.

What about the opposite situation? Yes, water pressure can be too high in a house. If you think this sounds like it’s better than low water pressure, we can tell you for a fact it isn’t. High water pressure in your household plumbing (over 80 psi) is harmful for your plumbing system and leads to numerous problems. In fact, several of these problems are ways you can detect you’ve got water pressure that’s too high. Below we’ll look into ways you can determine if your home needs help with high water pressure.

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Three Great Ways to Clear Drain Clogs and One Terrible Way

July 12th, 2021

sunny-techniciansDrain clogs … nobody likes them. Unfortunately, most people have learned this first-hand because clogged-up and slow drains are one of the most common plumbing troubles that affect homes. We can’t imagine anybody who hasn’t run into a clogged drain at some point in their lives. We deal with them every day, so we can tell you quite a bit about what to do with them.

Let’s say you have a clogged drain or a drain that’s draining so slowly you’re certain it will become a complete clog soon. What can you do about it? We’ve listed four methods below. Three of them are good ideas (although the first two don’t always work) and one is terrible. Guess which of these four methods the majority of people choose first? That’s right: the terrible one. We’re here to see you avoid the worst option and end up with the best one.

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Does Rust on a Water Heater Mean It’s Finished?

June 28th, 2021

sunny-plumber-doorwayWhenever you bring metal and water into contact, there’s the possibility of rust and other types of corrosion starting. A water heater would therefore seem like a prime target for rust, which it certainly can be under the right (or wrong) conditions. However, water heater manufacturers design their products to resist corrosion for many years. When rust does appear, it’s often on an aging system that’s ready for a replacement.

But as bad as rust sounds, is it an automatic disqualifier for a water heater? If you notice rust on your home’s water heater in Las Vegas, NV, does that mean it’s time to call us to replace it? Possibly. We’ll talk about it more below. 

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Is a Constantly Running Toilet a Serious Plumbing Problem?

June 1st, 2021

logoThis is one of the more common residential plumbing issues homeowners run into: the toilet flushes but then continues to run long after the water from the tank should have filled the bowl. Sometimes jiggling the flush handle will fix the problem. Other times it won’t. What causes this, and is it a serious problem that requires calling an emergency plumber in Las Vegas, NV?

There are a few different answers to this, and we’ll go over the different possibilities below. However, when in doubt, calling a professional plumber is always the best resource: you’ll get the answers you need and whatever service is necessary to fix the problem correctly.

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Does My Sewer Line Need to Be Replaced?

May 17th, 2021

sunny-techniciansThis is probably not a topic you want to deal with. No homeowner wants to have troubles with the (yeech) sewer line. Obviously it’s a vital part of a home’s plumbing system, and if it leaks, breaks, or deteriorates, any house is in for a bad time. Sometimes the sewer line can be repaired, but in cases of extensive damage or a line that’s decades old, the best option is to have the sewer line replaced.

The good news is that having sewer line replacement in Henderson, NV is straightforward when you call The Sunny Plumber. We’ll handle putting in a new sewer line that will serve your home for many years to come.

But first, you’ll want to know if the sewer line needs a replacement. So let’s get the question in the title and look at ways to tell if your sewer line is ready to go.

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What Plumbing Jobs MUST Have a Professional Plumber?

May 3rd, 2021

sunny-plumber-doorwayWe understand that people want to find ways to handle household maintenance and repair jobs themselves, if possible. There’s nothing wrong with having a DIY work ethic—as long as you know the limits of what you and the tools you have can do. Doing repairs to the porch or fixing gutters is much different than handling electrical work. Or plumbing. 

Unfortunately, plumbing is a field where many people assume that DIY work can handle most jobs. A set of wrenches and few online videos, and there’s nothing a homeowner can’t fix with their plumbing. It’s not true, however. Except for several basic tasks, such as putting in new aerators for faucets, most plumbing services require a licensed plumber. Below we’re going to look at several plumbing jobs that you absolutely must call a professional plumber in Las Vegas, NV to handle. 

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