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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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Plumbing Tips for the Holiday Season

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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Commercial Plumbing FAQ: Is My Water Quality Poor?

November 20th, 2017

waterCommercial plumbing systems serve a lot of functions. Obviously, they are used more heavily than residential plumbing systems are. That is why you need a professional commercial plumber to handle any services that your commercial plumbing in Las Vegas, NV may need. Among these services are those dealing with water quality. No matter what type of business you conduct in your commercial property, you want to be sure that your water supply is not tainted.

There is a whole lot that can go wrong with your commercial building’s water quality. While some problems may be specific to the area in which that system is installed, others may be affected by your property and your system materials themselves. Whatever the case, and whatever you use that water for, you want to have it cleaned up as soon as possible. The professional commercial plumbers at The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas are here to help. We will make sure that you have the right solutions for your water quality conundrum!

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Signs That Your Drains Need to Be Cleaned

November 6th, 2017

sink-drainingIn our previous post, we talked about why you always want to hire trained professionals to clean your drains. In today’s post, we are going to explore some of the warning signs that you need to have your drains cleaned to begin with. After all, you can’t really schedule drain cleaning until you notice that there is a problem, and you will ideally notice that there is a problem before your drains are backing up all over your home.

Professional drain cleaning in Las Vegas, NV is a service that can help you to live in a more convenient and hygienic manner. Your indoor plumbing system is, without a doubt, among the most important and vital aspects of your home. It is a two-sided system, and you shouldn’t only be concerned with problems like leaks in the delivery side of this system. Problems with drainage are just as problematic, so be sure to dial our number when you decide that it is time to have your drains expertly cleaned.

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Why Schedule Professional Drain Cleaning?

October 23rd, 2017

clearing-pipeWere we to ask you your absolute nightmare scenario in terms of problems that you may encounter with your plumbing system, you may mention a burst sewer line or a water heater that has ruptured and soaked an area of your home. What you probably wouldn’t come up with is a clogged drain. Sure, a clogged drain is probably not the most dramatic plumbing problem that you can encounter. Clogged drains are much more than a minor inconvenience, though, and you really should take them seriously.

If you ask us, taking them seriously requires nothing more than picking up your phone and dialing our number. That way, our plumbers can complete your drain cleaning in Las Vegas, NV with the skill and expertise that the job demands. You do not want to rely on ineffective chemical cleaners or hand augers when your drains are backed up. With our years of experience and the tools available to our team, we can ensure that your drains are cleaned thoroughly and successfully.

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Choosing a Water Heater: Plumber Tips

October 9th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterWhat is the one appliance that works the hardest in your house? Your dishwasher? The oven? Maybe, if you’re a serious cook, you value these above all else. The fact of the matter, though, is that you need hot water for washing your dishes, right? As well as your laundry, your countertops, and your own body. If you ask us, the water heater in your home is definitely right up there with the hardest working of them all. That is why choosing your new water heater as carefully as possible is so very important.

In order to choose your water heater carefully, of course, you need to get to know your options. That is the focus of today’s blog post. Review the following information, and be sure to speak with a plumber on our team if you have any question regarding your water heater options. When you schedule your water heater services with one of our plumbers in Las Vegas, you’ll definitely get the outstanding results that you’re after. 

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Ask a Plumber: Why Is Hard Water a Problem?

September 25th, 2017

bath-timeWhat do you think of when you think of plumbing problems? Toilets backing up and overflowing onto the floor? Pipes bursting and spraying water all over the interior of your home? Water of poor quality that is making members of your family sick? These are all definitely problems, of course, but it is important to remember that not every problem that you’ll encounter with your plumbing system or your water quality is going to be so dramatic. Hard water won’t land anyone in the hospital, but it is a problem deserving an effective solution.

Some homeowners actually notice the effects that hard water can have in their homes, but they do not realize that it is hard water behind those effects. In today’s post, we’ll help you to better understand what hard water is, the types of problems that it can lead to, and what you can do to overcome those problems. With the help of a professional plumber in Las Vegas, NV, you can enjoy water of the quality that you deserve in your home. 

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When Is Repiping Necessary?

September 11th, 2017

plumberThere are some plumbing jobs that are relatively routine. Clearing out a drain or two, for instance, is something that our seasoned plumbers can usually get done quickly, and always get done right. Then there are other plumbing services that are definitely a lot more involved. Then, there are those jobs that are just really, really big. That is where repiping tends to fall, and this is just another reason why you are going want to skilled professionals that you can trust handling your repiping in Las Vegas, NV.

Repiping a house is a job that even the most avid DIY-enthusiast probably would not dream of taking on his or herself, but let us reiterate: this is a job for professional plumbers. Our expertise, gained through years of extensive training and hands-on experience, is just what a job like this needs to guarantee that the right decisions are made every step of the way. From determining the extent of the project to selecting materials, you are in good hands when working with us.

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Why Might a Sump Pump Fail?

August 28th, 2017

sump-pump-installationThere are a lot of issues that homeowners benefit from planning ahead for. A flooded lower level in their house is one of them. Now, we don’t deal with torrential downpours frequently or rapid snowmelt ever. This does not mean that flooding in the lowest level of one’s home is never something to worry about, however. We do have storms, and there is always the risk of a pipe bursting, too. That is why it’s such a good idea to have a sump pump in your home.

Like any other mechanical system, a sump pump can fail. Understanding why a sump pump may fail is very important, because it will help you to better understand how you can avoid that issue. Be sure to contact us if and when you require any sump pump services in North Las Vegas, NV. Even our outstanding plumbers cannot make your sump pump 100% reliable, but we can definitely get it as close as possible.

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When to Call a Professional Plumber

August 14th, 2017

woman-with-plungerMost homeowners have enough common sense not to mess around with their electrical systems in any substantive way. For some reason, though, a lot of homeowners seem to think that anything goes when it comes to their plumbing systems! We get it. These days, you can find tutorials on how to handle just about any “basic” plumbing service that you may require in your home. Watching a 10-minute internet video does not suddenly equip you with the working knowledge to get the great results that you deserve, however.

Today, we are going to discuss a few instances in which you are best off calling a professional plumber. By all means, go ahead and try to plunge that toilet on your own. Comfortable popping off the P-trap to clear a very simple blockage? That’s probably just fine. Still, in most cases, enlisting the services of professional plumbers in Paradise, NV is the way to go. Don’t create a hassle as you try to DIY.

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