At some point in time, you will have a problem with your toilet. Whether it’s a stopped up toilet, a toilet that doesn’t flush completely, one that fills slowly, or one that runs constantly. Here’s a list of fixes and troubleshooting items to help with a fix.
The Stopped Up Toilet
This is by far the most common problem. And the best way to solve it is by using a plunger. Set the rubber end on to the bottom of the bowl, creating a seal around the hole. Plunge in and pull back out several times, maintaining the seal. When you remove the plunger, the water should return to its normal level.
If plunging doesn’t work, it may be time to clear the blockage with a toilet auger. You can rent one, or trust your local plumber to help you quickly and efficiently.
The Toilet That Doesn’t Flush Completely
Many of the low flow toilets have actually led to flushing several times, or not keeping the bowl filled and operating properly.
Start by checking the entry, or filling holes located under the rim of the toilet. Make sure they remain clean and open. Also check the flapper and make sure it’s in good working condition. Adjust the chain if there is slack.
The Constantly Running Toilet
If the toilet is running constantly, it may be due to water running into the overflow tube. Try adjusting the ballcock or float cup, which has an adjustment clip that can be lowered. If its still running after adjustment, check the overflow tube, and verify the refill tube isn’t draining into it.
If all of this appears to be working, it may be a defective fill valve seal. Your local plumber can help you repair or replace the needed parts.
While some plumbing repairs can be weekend do-it-yourself projects, some things are far easier to have a professional plumber provide the service. They can save you unlimited trips to the hardware store looking for the right parts. They can be in and out in a short period of time, and provide the right service with the right parts. Quality 1st Plumbing will help you fix the problem the first time, every time.
Ben Franklin said it well with, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Unfortunately that doesn’t mean much when you’re facing water damage and a foot of standing water.
What To Do With A Frozen Water Pipe
If you have a frozen water pipe, try running a little water through it. Is there any flow? If so, keep the flow going to help thaw out the pipe faster. The quicker you can get things back to normal, the better.
While water is your first step, you can also use heat. Try setting a space heater directly facing the pipe. Don’t have a space heater? Try a hair drier. Both will point heat directly at the problem.
After the pipe has been thawed, check carefully for any leaks or cracks. Freezing can stretch and change the pipe, and might produce tiny flaws that aren’t visible at first, but can lead to bigger problems in the short term.
This is also where a good plumber can help. They are trained to look for these tiny problems, and can help evaluate if you have a problem-in-waiting, and how to prevent a future freeze.
If you have one freeze, you may choose to evaluate the rest of your pipes as well. One problem indicates you may have others. Insulate pipes well, and keep a close eye on everything, especially during these cold, winter months.
Maybe you are new in town.
Maybe you have a newer home, and have never had the need to hire a plumber.
In any case, every homeowner eventually has the need to call on a plumber. How do you decide whom to call? How do you find a quality, reputable plumbing service?
Whether you get online and do a search for a plumber in your area, or start watching the trucks driving through your neighborhood, its important that you feel comfortable with the person spending time in your home.
Some of the things to ask a plumber before you hire them:
Are you insured? Check to make sure they are adequately insured, and can cover any damage that may occur during to work process.
What are your credentials? Many states require licensing. And many plumbers connect up with groups and associations that further their education and knowledge in the area of plumbing. Ask what groups they belong to, and verify their standing.
How long have you been in business? An experienced plumber will have a variety of skills, and understand how to repair many different things. They will also be known throughout the community, and be more conscious of the relationships they build with their customers.
How much will it cost? Any reputable plumber should be able to give you a detailed estimate up front before they begin work. They should also be able to tell you when additional charges will occur.
Is your work guaranteed? It’s good to know if a plumber will guarantee his work. It also shows you he cares about his business, and is willing to stand behind the work he does for his clients.
Want even more? We’ve created “How To Hire A Plumber” to provide you with more ideas on hiring a plumber to help you keep your home in top shape all year long.
As unappetizing as grey water may sound, it may soon be a part of our lives.
Grey water is defined as any water that has been used within the home, except for toilet water. This grey water, which includes shower, sink and laundry water, can be reused for other purposes, especially in landscape irrigation.
Landscapes can easily thrive on used water, or water containing bits of composted material. In fact, using grey water within local communities can provide a ton of benefits, including:
· Lower requirements for fresh water usage
· Less strain on old or failing septic tanks
· Less strain on old or failing treatment plants
· Less chemical usage
While laws in Colorado are still vague at best on using and installing grey water systems in the home, over time it will become more acceptable as we continue to advance green policies. Your Colorado plumber will be able to provide you with a detailed strategy of how you can best make changes within your home to decrease your carbon footprint, and still have all the comforts of home.
So maybe you’ve been thinking about replacing your old water heater, and wondering what your options are. Maybe you’re interested in green products, and would also love to have instant hot water available, thus helping you reduce the amount of water wasted as well.
Is it time to turn to a tankless water heater? Maybe not.
Gas tankless water heaters use high powered burners to quickly heat water as it runs through a heat exchanger. While they may be slightly more energy efficient, they tend to cost considerably more than a storage water heater, and can take up to 20 years or more to break even. Considering the life of many models is right at 20 years, the savings is virtually zero.
Instead, consider a Hot Water Circulation System.
A Hot Water Circulation System uses your current storage water heater with a modification. A return line from the last tap on the hot water supply line enters back into the tank via a small circulating pump. Because hot water is constantly being recirculated, it is instantly available to you when you turn on the faucet.
You save by not wasting water, and by getting a full life out of your current storage water heater.
Open the faucet and drain out any access water within the pipes.
Cover the drain with a plug or a towel. As you take apart the faucet, many of the parts are small, and you don’t want to lose pieces down the drain.
Remove the faucet handle. Most handles are attached with a screw hidden by a decorative cap.
Take apart the workings of the faucet and determine which part is in need of repair or replacement.
While some home repairs may be easy to find and fix on your own, others may take a great deal of time out of your busy day or weekend. Consider calling Quality 1st Plumbing to help keep your home in top shape, and avoid water waste and higher utility bills with a simple home maintenance schedule.
You wake up in the morning, turn on the shower, and then head down to the kitchen to grab a cup of coffee. You know it will take several minutes to warm up, so you might as well do something else, right?
Long waits for hot water cost are a very costly endeavor. Not only does it cost you money, but also it wastes both water and energy. The average family can easily waste 10,000 gallons or more down the drain every year.
With today’s energy efficiency in mind, one of your best choices may be a Hot Water Circulation System.
How It Works
In your home, water continually sits in the supply lines. When you turn on a faucet, all the water sitting in the supply lines must pass through the pipes and down the drain before hot water from the tank reaches the faucet.
With a Hot Water Circulation System, a return line from the last tap on the hot water supply line enters back into the tank via a small circulating pump. Because hot water is constantly being recirculated, it is instantly available to you when you turn on the faucet.
Saving you money, time and energy.
A great resolution for your New Year.
Quality 1st Plumbing can provide you with complete advice on installing a hot water circulation system. Contact us with your requirements and desires, and we’ll get back to you.
What does it mean to take your plumbing company green? To provide green products, services, tips and solutions! Quality 1st Plumbing is taking their belief in a greener world, and providing every one of you with tips and strategies to help you green up your own environment. Here’s how …
Quality 1st Plumbing is leading the way here in Colorado with green plumbing. We’re the first company in Colorado to become a GreenPlumber, a national training and accreditation program to assist plumbers in their quest for providing environmentally safe alternatives to their customers. Our commitment to green plumbing means:
- The promotion of more energy efficient plumbing installations, like hot water circulation systems.
- The promotion of water saving shower heads and faucets.
- The promotion of water saving toilet installation.
- Use of environmentally friendly drain openers and cleaners.
To reduce carbon emissions and begin helping improve the environment, it takes a little from all of us. Quality 1st Plumbing will be here to help you every step of the way.