The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas Blog : Archive for December, 2017

When to Schedule Commercial Plumbing Repairs

Monday, December 18th, 2017

plumbing-iconsOwning and operating a commercial property is a full-time job.  You’ve got a lot on your plate, and certain things are inevitably going to be overlooked. It happens, and nobody is perfect. Unfortunately, no commercial plumbing system is perfect, either. If your commercial plumbing in Las Vegas is not functioning properly, no matter how preoccupied you may be, you really need to have the problem resolved as soon as possible.

Of course, this begs the question of how it is that you are supposed to recognize the need for commercial plumbing repairs to begin with. We won’t go so far as to call this “good” news, but there are actually a number of warning signs that you may notice which can indicate the need for repairs. Read on and familiarize yourself with some of them. It’s not terribly complicated, but keeping these tips in mind can help you to better protect your commercial plumbing system.

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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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Plumbing Tips for the Holiday Season

Monday, December 4th, 2017

friends-cooking-dinnerYou want to keep your holiday festivities running smoothly, right? Well, that means more than logistical planning to guarantee that everyone is where they’re supposed to be and that dinner is out on the table at the right time. It also means that the systems in your home need to be kept in great working condition, as well. Unfortunately, the holidays have proven time and time again that they are the most dangerous time of the year for our plumbing systems!

Don’t worry, though. Today, the professional plumbers on our staff are here to share some simple tips with you that will help you to protect your plumbing in Las Vegas, NV throughout this trying time of the year. Keep them in mind, and be sure to let us know if you start to notice any issues with your plumbing system. We know that hosting for the holidays can put a lot on your plate, but you’ll definitely be thankful for nipping any such problems in the bud.

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