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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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Why Hire a Professional for Every Plumbing Service?

May 7th, 2018

sunny-techniciansWe get it. We live in an age dominated by internet “how-to” videos, where information is literally never more than a few keystrokes and a second of your time away. Well, call us old-fashioned, but there are situations in which—believe it or not—a few minutes spent watching such a video does not equate to the years of training and hands-on experience that professionals have to offer. This is definitely the case when it comes to your plumbing services in Las Vegas.

Today, we are going to discuss a few of the ways in which hiring a trained professional to handle your plumbing services is always going to benefit you.  Your plumbing system is way too important to take any chances with, so don’t roll the dice on your plumbing services. Instead,  go with the sure thing! Let The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas do the job.

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3 Signs That It’s Time to Call a Plumber

April 23rd, 2018

logoWe all lead busy lives in this day and age. The fact of the matter is that the old adage about there not being enough time in the day is truer now than ever before. Ironically, as connected as we all are these days, it seems easier than ever to let certain issues slip through the cracks.  We’ve all got odds and ends that we’ve placed on the back burner in order to prioritize other responsibilities. If you ask us, though, your plumbing system is important enough to keep at the top of your priority list.

Sure, there are plenty of plumbing issues that you may encounter which will not necessarily cross the threshold into “emergency plumbing” territory. The fact that you do not need to get a plumber out to your home in the middle of the night does not mean that such problems should be left to fester,  though. In fact, the longer that they go unresolved, the more likely they are to develop into something approaching an emergency. Contact the Henderson plumbers that you can trust here at The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas to have your issues addressed promptly.

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How Do I Know if My Water Line Is in Trouble?

April 9th, 2018

 

sunny-plumber-vanIn theory, your plumbing system is pretty simple, right? The supply side brings water into your home, you use that water at the various fixtures and appliances throughout your home, and the drainage system takes it away in a very hygienic and convenient manner. While that process is simple to understand, you have to keep in mind that even seemingly simple systems will encounter operational problems from time to time.

One of the biggest problems that you may encounter with your plumbing system is a damaged water line. Your water line is buried on your property, of course, so you may be wondering how it is that you can recognize signs of trouble with this pipe to begin with. The sooner that any problems with your plumbing system are resolved, the better. That is why The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas has some tips to help you figure out if you may need a main water line replacement in Las Vegas.

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Are Tankless Water Heaters Worth the Investment?

March 26th, 2018

logoWhen it comes to investing in any new piece of equipment for your home, be it a single appliance or a whole new comfort system, one of the very first things that you’ll take into consideration is the price tag. It is very important that you have a strong concept of just how much money you have to spend on such investments, so developing a strict budget is definitely a step worth taking. That being said, you should also keep in mind costs–and savings–that you may encounter beyond that initial price tag.

Take the tankless water heater, for example. Yes, one of the first things that you’ll notice when researching your water heater options is the fact that tankless systems are indeed more expensive than tank models–considerably more, in fact. That does not mean that a tankless water heater is not worth your consideration, though. In fact, there are many benefits that make the tankless water heater well worth that initial investment. Read on, and remember to schedule your water heater services in Las Vegas with The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas.

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