Tubs and Showers
When it comes time to remodel your current bathroom, or you simply want an updated look, tub and shower replacement are a great way to modernize your bathroom’s appeal and function. From basic white, one-piece fiberglass units to contemporary cast-iron claw foots, multi-piece arrangements or complete tile walls, tub and shower replacements are an easy way to change the look of your bathroom while opening up the door to many custom and unique options along the way.
Many options are available when replacing a tub assembly. If the tub is a tub/shower combo as in many homes, it has three walls and an entrance, and is normally made of fiberglass. Sometimes one piece, sometimes multi-piece, this assembly can be purchased in many colors with hundreds of wall designs and unique etched patterns. Replacement is basically straight-forward, with the demo/removal of the old tub combo the largest portion of the job. Installation of the new assembly involves hooking up the drainage and tub/shower valve, then sealing everything.
Stand-alone claw-foot tubs are an older design that has recently regained popularity. Elegant and contemporary in appearance, claw foot tubs sit on the floor away from any surrounding walls, with the drain stubbed up from the floor directly behind it. The tub/shower valve resembles a faucet, and is attached to the edge of the tub on a designated end. Claw-foot tubs range higher in price due to their design and construction, and are significantly heavier that standard fiberglass units. Installation is, once again, fairly simple, just setting the tub in place and connecting drainage and water supplies.
Replacing a shower involves a few more decisions. Showers are typically of the fiberglass type as well, while some are complete tile assemblies with a shower pan underneath (see “Shower Pans” section). Replacing a fiberglass assembly with another unit of the same style and size is relatively easy, and the most common type of replacement. The shower valve and drainage are disconnected, and the old shower assembly is pulled out. The new shower is then installed, connecting everything back up and sealing all the edges. Removal of sheetrock or wall material is usually necessary to accommodate the complete installations, as access to the shower valve is necessary. Replacing a tile shower is much more involved, and as such is more expensive. Removal of all the tile work is the first step. This alone is tedious work and can take some time. Disconnecting the drainage and shower valve is necessary. The shower pan is now accessible. If replacement of the shower pan is needed (older pans were made of lead, and often leaked), now is the time to perform that job. Once all prep work has been completed, including valve replacement, drain work, and if necessary, the shower pan, a tile man can now come and reinstall all of the tiling, with thousands of colors and design options. Plumbers DO NOT perform this task. Once all the tile has been replaced, a plumber can come back and “trim out” the shower, installing the shower arm, handle, and trim plate.
FaucetsAll sinks in your home have some sort of faucet attached. Single handle or two handle, faucets are the outlets of fresh water inside the house. They come in hundreds of different styles, finishes, sizes, and shapes. Your kitchens, bathroom sink (lavatories), and utility sinks all require a faucet for operation, and we service and install them ALL.
Homeowners replace faucets for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes faucets begin to drip after many years. Some corrode and rust. Some crack or break. Other times homeowners become tired of their current faucets and want to update the look of their kitchens and bathrooms. In 99% of new faucet installations, we recommend that you go out and purchase the faucet of your choice. This is because there are SO MANY different styles of faucets on the market that if we were to simply pick one up for you, the odds of us getting the one you want are slim to none. Buying one yourself guarantees that you will get exactly what you are looking for, and seeing as how our prices rarely change due to the model or brand, your installation fees remain consistent. Fees only differ for lavatory and kitchen faucets. During the installation process, we will remove and dispose of your old faucet, and install your new unit, ensuring that everything functions properly before we leave. Labor warranty is our standard 12-month, with the faucet’s warranty depending on the manufacturer.
Not all faucet problems require complete replacement of the entire assembly. In many instances we can make small repairs to the faucet’s internal components to stop leaks or other problems. The replacement of small parts such as washers, springs, and cartridges can be a less expensive alternative to complete faucet replacement, sometimes halving the total cost to you. Often times simply repairing the existing faucet will give you many more years of reliable service without incident. No matter what make or model, style or finish, we service all faucets and can find almost any part required to complete the job. As always, all faucet repairs carry our 12-month warranty. Faucet replacements carry this, as well as the manufacturer’s warranty on the faucet itself (usually 10 years or lifetime).
Ever woken up in the middle of the night to the sound of a running toilet? Stumbling your way through the dark to jiggle the handle has never been a fun proposition, however, almost every toilet will, at some point, begin to run, leak, or make odd noises. This is simply the nature of the parts inside a toilet’s tank that comprise the flushing system. With a combination of brass, rubber, plastic, and other materials, there are multiple points for possible failure. Leaks from rusty tank bolts or cracked fill valve shanks are common as well. Fill valves begin to wear out and allow excess water to enter the tank, flappers become warped and allow water to run into the bowl, and even the toilet’s flush handle can rust. We will resolve each and every one of these issues for you quickly and professionally, giving your toilets several more years of reliable, trouble-free usage.
When toilets reach a certain age, it is often best to simply replace the entire toilet itself rather than bother with smaller, detailed repairs. If your toilets are reaching 25-30 years of age, the flush pathways inside them are growing narrower and narrower with a build-up of calcium and lime, increasing the probabilities of clogs. There is no repair for this. In such cases, or if you simply want to update the look of your bathrooms with newer and higher quality equipment, it’s time to replace your toilets. With literally thousands of different models and styles out there, there is guaranteed to be something out there for everyone. Prices for new toilets can range anywhere from $100 all the way up to and exceeding $3500, showcasing every possible feature you could think of. Though rare on lower priced models, features such as automatic flushing, heated seats, and LED lighting are available. We recommend that the homeowner purchase their own toilets and then have us install them. We suggest this due to the wide variety of toilet styles, colors, and features. We will answer any questions you may have along the way in your search for new toilets, as well as offer advice on brand selection, feature necessities, and pricing options. Regardless of which toilets you choose, we install them all, and we’ll even dispose of your old ones for you at no additional charge.
The water system in your home is a complex network of piping and valves. While the piping tends to require little to no maintenance most of the time, plumbing valves are a different story. These small valves are located everywhere from under your sinks to behind your toilets, from your water heater to your icemaker, from your dishwasher to your clothes washer. Also known as cut-offs, stops, or shut-offs, these valves all perform the same function: stopping the supply of water to a certain fixture or area of the home. There is a large valve one on your main water line close to where it enters the home, next to your PRV (see” Pressure Valves” section), allowing you or your plumber to shut off the water to your entire home, allowing maintenance of the system. While all performing the same function, these valves are constructed in several ways and are used in specific locations throughout the house.
“Stops” is the name generally given to the valves located under sinks and behind toilets. These small, usually brass valves are used to cut off the supply of water to one fixture. They function on a simple shaft and rubber washer system, and often fail after repeated use. Small, slow drips are usually the first sign of an impending problem, and the valve should be immediately replaced.
Gate valves and ball valves are heavier-duty units used to isolate water at specified points of your plumbing system. They are in-line valves, meaning they are installed between two points of a waterline. Gate valves are usually made of brass, and employ a multi-turn handle to open or close a thick brass “gate” inside the valve body, thereby cutting off the supply of water. These valves are often found on water mains, above water heaters, and on various lines throughout the home. Ball valves are also generally made of brass, and are operated using a lever-type handle that swivels a core-less brass “ball” inside the valve body. Because of this design, ball valves require only 90 degrees of rotation to operate, rather than the multi-turn gate valves. While both types of valves function well, gate valves are more prone to failure after many years due to their construction, which employs a threaded brass rod to operate the gate. These rods often corrode and break, rendering the valve useless.
Another type of in-line valve found in some homes (and on most water meters) is called a check valve. This component of the plumbing system uses a one-way “door” inside the valve, which allows water to pass through the valve once, and never flow back through. These valves are generally used to eliminate the possibility of contaminants that have entered the water in the home from passing back out to the county or city lines. Two types of “doors” are employed in a check valve. The first functions just like a door in your home, swinging on a hinge inside the valve, opening and closing with water flow. The other, known as a spring-check, uses a plate attached to a spring that opens and closes with pressure, allowing water to flow around its edges, closing the valve when pressure is equalized.
Just like any other mechanical item with moving parts, these valves fail on occasion. Add to that the presence of water, a highly corrosive (yes, really) liquid, and you have the recipe for problems. We install and replace ALL of these valves and more. We will also install additional valves in areas of your home if you prefer, adding to the serviceability of your plumbing system, saving you time and money during future service calls.
Copper Pipe Repair
A large percentage of America’s homes have interior copper water piping, servicing all of the home’s plumbing fixtures. Toilets, faucets, water heaters, hose connections…all are often fed by copper piping. Copper is an excellent material to have in your home. It’s clean, sturdy, and handles temperature and pressure changes well. But let’s face it, even the highest quality products fail from time to time. Copper is no exception. Sometimes, small leaks will form on the joints connecting the copper piping together, dripping, unbeknownst to you, inside your walls or into your ceilings. Transition joints (copper joining plastic pipe) are also common locations for leaks. These small leaks can cause big problems, damaging sheetrock, hardwood floors, and carpeting. We will locate and access these leaks with minimal invasiveness or damage to walls or flooring, make the necessary repairs, and thoroughly test the system before we leave.
Copper piping often services the connections to your water heater. Water heater inlets often leak due to age and to the corrosion of the galvanized stubs that connect the water lines to the top of the heater. We will remove these faulty fittings and replace them with dielectric (corrosion-eliminating) fittings to remove any chance of future corrosion.
Copper was once the most popular material for main water lines, servicing your home from the street. Unfortunately, copper has weak areas that will often oxidize underground, causing severe leaks. It is not ALWAYS necessary to replace the entire waterline when this occurs. As such, we will dig and expose the leak, make any necessary repairs, cover everything back up, restore your water service and leave you with a full warranty. If the leak happens to be located at the penetration point (where the waterline enters the home), we can remove the faulty section and replace it, encasing it within a sleeve to ensure no future corrosion issues.
Many homes are built without a basement or crawlspace, instead locating the larger comfort systems (HVAC, water heaters, etc.) in the attic or utility rooms. These homes are supplied with water in the same manner as others, but the waterline penetrates the home through the slab, or the solid concrete foundation on which the home is built. The main waterline generally penetrates the slab at or near the water heater, but branches out underneath the slab to different parts of the house to feed the home’s plumbing fixtures, jutting up through the slab at each location and supplying the faucets, toilets, etc. In older homes, the waterlines were made of gray poly (see “Water Pipe Repair” section), and were subject to constant problems. Being buried in the ground under the slab, the gray poly lines would frequently burst or split due to contact with rocks, or suffer similar problems due to temperature changes. But most of all, it was due to gray poly’s inferiority as a product. Copper pipes were also used under some homes, and were less prone to leaks. Often times, leaks on copper waterlines under the slab were attributed to the pipe not being properly wrapped or protected. Regardless, water leaks under the slab were problems for obvious reasons, with access to the pipes being impossible without destroying sections of the home’s foundation.
When a slab leak occurs, the most common sign is a dramatic increase in your monthly water bill. On occasion, if a hot waterline is the culprit, you will feel a temperature increase on the floor while walking in bare feet. Whether the break is on a hot or cold line, leak detection (see “Water Leak Detection” section) services will be necessary to determine the exact location of the leak. We offer this service at a very competitive rate, and will work the cost into the cost of the repair. Leak detection requires very specialized equipment designed to pinpoint water leaks in almost any location within a home. The equipment is very accurate, usually within inches.
Once the leak has been successfully located, accessing the leak is the next step. To do this, Any flooring in the area must be removed, stripping down to the bare concrete slab. Cutting or jack hammering of the concrete is then necessary to open a hole around the leak. Even then, the waterlines are buried to a depth up to 18 inches. After digging down to the waterlines and clearing away the mud caused by the leak itself, the repair can be made. After this is complete, the lines are pressure-tested to ensure proper operation. The repair is then wrapped, and the dirt is filled back into the hole. We then re-pour the concrete that was removed, leveling and smoothing the surface flush with the surrounding floor. After this new concrete is allowed to dry, the flooring can be repaired or replaced as necessary.
At times, drain lines under slab homes suffer breaks as well. This is often due to faulty initial construction. The drain lines sometimes separate or crack. The problem usually presents itself as a clog or slow-draining fixture, and can only be located with a drain camera. With the camera, the exact location of the problem can be determined, and the slab removed as with a waterline leak. The repair process is similar; fixing the piping, filling the hole, and concreting back over the spot, smoothing it out again. Before the concrete is re-poured however, we camera the newly repaired section once more to ensure that all repairs were successful. We then test the line with water to check for leaks. Once everything is covered up, the flooring may be repaired.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Our Company
What form of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, local checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
What are your payment terms?
All our jobs are COD, which means you pay us when the work is done. Some of our bigger projects usually have a payment schedule from the day they were billed, unless we have specified different payment terms in the contract.
Why should I choose Knightdale Plumbing Inc., and not another company?
Most of our clients come to us by referral. We are not commission-based, which means we pay our technicians a salary whether or not they sell a job. That way they can really concentrate on what the client really needs instead of worrying about the commissions they could make out of each service call. Our company has a lot of experience especially with new construction and remodels. Our pricing is honest and transparent. Depending on your needs we can either do a time and material job or give you a bid up front. There are never any hidden costs.
What is a low flow toilet and is it worth buying?
It uses a lot less water to flush your waste down the drain. A low flow toilet usually uses about only 1.6 gpf (gallons per flush) to get rid of your waste. Most cities or counties will even give you a rebate if you install a low flow toilet.
How do I know if my toilet is leaking?
Sometimes leaking toilets can go un-noticed for a long time and is the most common cause for an expensive water bill. Signs that your toilet is in need of repair or might be leaking:
Water keeps running from the tank into the toilet bowl after it has been flushed. Sometimes it is just noticed as a little trickle down the toilet bowl sides.
After flushing the toilet the tank won’t fill again and you can’t flush again.
You have to move or jiggle the toilet handle to make the stop flushing or running water.
The toilet handle is loose.
You have to keep holding down the toilet handle while flushing in order to complete the flushing process.
Any water spots or mold along the wall behind the tank.
Phantom flushing: your toilet turns the water on without your flushing it.
A toilet that is not being used should be silent. Any noise coming from it might be an indicator of a problem or a leak.
What is a “low boy” toilet?
A low boy toilet is an older model of toilets, which are hardly installed anymore. They are about 15 inches of the ground, like a normal toilet, however they have a very low water tank at the rear of the toilet, which gives its it name.
What is the difference between a handicapped toilet and a regular toilet?
A handicapped toilet has a raised seat so that elderly or handicapped people can get up from the toilet much easier. Usually it is raised by 18 inches from the floor.
My toilet is not flushing and water is backing up into my shower, what is wrong?
You either have a clogged drain or sewer line. We usually use a drain cleaning machine or a rooting machine. This is a cable type drain machine that sends a long cable down your drain usually attached with some sort of cutting head at the end. This cutting head will cut through roots or will clean out what ever is blocking the sewer and drain pipes. The cable comes in different sizes to fit different fixtures from tubs to small sinks and large sewer lines.
My garbage disposal broke down, what should I do?
Don’t hurry out to buy a new garbage disposal – breaking down could be due to various reasons and the disposal may not need to be replaced right away. Something might have just blocked the blades from moving. First, make sure the disposal is not jammed with a hard object (spoons, etc). Please make sure the garbage disposal is TURNED OFF or even disconnected from the power. If you don’t find anything that could have jammed the disposal, try to reset it with the reset button (usually located underneath the garbage disposal) or check your breaker switch in your breaker box. If all fails call us at (919) 266-0377 for service.
What size or model of garbage disposal should I get?
Looking for the right garbage disposal might be a little baffling: there are so many sizes, models and vendors. However, the main difference in garbage disposals is the power output. Garbage disposals usually come in 1/2, 3/4, and 1 horse power models. Our recommendations are: ½ horse power models for light kitchen use, ¾ horse power for a normal household use, and 1 horse power model for heavy home use or small commercial use.
What should I NOT put down my garbage disposal?
Fibrous foods, such as celery, asparagus, or artichokes, are bad for your garbage disposal.
My garbage disposal stinks, what should I do?
There are two ways of cleaning your garbage disposal. You could buy commercial garbage disposal cleaners and dump them down the drain. Or you could use a cup of ice cubes and run the garbage disposal to clean the blades. To give your sink a better smell, we recommend using some lemon juice and lemon peel.
Why is water backing up into my sink when I run the dishwasher?
Often there is a connection between the dishwasher and the drain from the disposal. If there is food left behind in the disposal it can clog that connection to the main drain and therefore the water backs up into your sink. To prevent this, you should make sure that your disposal is free of food before running the dishwasher. Run the garbage disposal with plenty of water before turning the dishwasher on.
Can old faucets be repaired?
It depends on the faucet. Usually we can fix any faucet. However, sometimes it is more efficient to replace an old faucet with a new one.
Which type of sink should I get for my kitchen?
There are different types of kitchen sink styles available in various materials. The style that suits you – like say, farmhouse or square – is mostly up to your taste. There are many different choices in materials and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. The most common ones are stainless steel, cast iron, porcelain, and enameled steel. However you could also choose from various styles of corian, acrylic, fiberglass americast, or copper.
I am losing water pressure in my shower, what is causing this?
Your shower head could be plugged with water deposits such as rust and dirt from your pipes. You could try to remove the shower head from the pipe coming out of the wall and check it for deposits. Clean the shower head gently with an old toothbrush and rinse it to remove all the dirt. Also run the shower without the shower head on to possibly remove any left over dirt in the pipes to prevent the shower head from plugging up again. If cleaning your shower head didn’t take care of your low water pressure, give us a call at (919) 266-0377.
What is an ‘overflow’?
It is a “Water Break” for bathtubs. Technically, it will prevent a bathtub from overflowing with water and flooding your whole bathroom or house. Once the water reaches a certain level in the bathtub, it starts to drain through the overflow. So if you would ever walk away from your filling bathtub and forget about it, your overflow would prevent you from a flood, but not from a high water bill!
What is an ‘air gap’ and do I need one?
An “Air gap” is like a little two inch metal cap that sits at the top of your sink. This is supposed to prevent dirty water from backwashing back into your dishwasher. However, newer dishwashers and sinks with garbage disposals make it possible to eliminate this extra little metal cap. Consult your plumber and see, if you can run your dishwasher safely without having an “Air gap”.
What size water heater should I get?
Water heaters come in different sizes and it depends on your size of living quarters and how many people are using hot water on a daily basis. A normal household with a family of four, two bathrooms, and regular appliances will get by with a 40 gal water heater.
Should I get a gas or electric water heater?
Sometimes you don’t really have a choice. However, if you do, consider the following:
Gas water heaters are more efficient because gas is cheaper and makes water hot faster.
Gas water heaters have a pilot light and have to be away from flammable liquids since they can pose a fire hazard.
Electric water heaters are more expensive to use, however they don’t require gas and flue piping.
Electric water heaters come in a lot of different sizes, as small as 3 gallons. They can be installed almost everywhere, such underneath a sink in a little apartment kitchen or a sink in a rest room.
How long does a water heater last?
It depends on the model/brand and maintenance of the water heater. A 5 year model will last anywhere from 5-7 years and a 10 year model can last up to 12 years. However, a lot depends on your water quality, and proper installation. You should check your water heater on a regular basis for any rust or corrosions around the valves and pipe connections. That will give you a good idea about the condition your water heater is in.
How do I maintain my water heater?
It is good to drain the water heater every now and then. Draining the water heater will clean the bottom of the water heater tank from harmful build ups. These build ups can cause the tank to overheat and shorten its life.
Is there a temperature setting on the water heater?
Yes, the normal water temperature setting for a water heater is 120 degrees F. Setting it at this temperature will prevent accidental burns from hot water coming out of the faucet. Some water heater models have a digital temperature control and can be set up to 190 degrees F.
It is essential for homes to have electric water heaters these days. These devices boil water as well as serve warm and hot water for people. This heated water is needed in homes to supply warm showers and baths as well as swimming pools. Some even use hot water directly from the faucets for hot beverages.
In North America and Europe, most homes use tanked water heaters to heat water for baths. These days, there are several types of electric water heaters to choose from. You can even choose to buy more advanced tankless water heaters. Centralized water heating systems are also in use. These get what they need from excess heat of factories and industries.
It may be a bit frustrating when trying to select the best water heater for your situation. With so many questions to be answered before committing to the purchase of an electric water heater, it may not be the easiest decision you have ever made. Large companies such as hotels and other businesses specializing in the hospitality industry employ experts to pick the best electric water heater. In fact, a lot of companies that manufacture hot water heaters offer free trials for a decent length of time.
Something that you should keep in mind if you are looking for the perfect electric water heater for your home is whether or not it will be energy efficient. This will become very important when your electric bill arrives. If your water heater is boosting your electricity bill up, it is not the best one for you.
Compare how much water it can heat with the time it will take to heat it. If it is going to take a long time to heat only a small amount of water, you will most likely want to keep shopping. That one will not be energy efficient.
Two things that tend to go hand in hand are the price and warranty of the electric water heater that you choose. Whether you are on a budget or not, whatever price you pay for your water heater, you should have a warranty that matches the price tag. Therefore, if something goes wrong with your water heater in a certain amount of time, you will not be shelling out the money to fix it.
With all of the creature comforts offered by an electric water heater, it is not an appliance that can be easily done without. Always select the best one so that it will last for a very long time.
While most people will call on a professional plumber in order to go about installing their plumbing or drainage system, there are those people out there that will attempt to do it for themselves. While this is a fairly large task ahead of them, they get a supreme amount of satisfaction when they have seen their job all the way through.
If you are one of these types of people that enjoy the thrill of doing things like this on your own, then there are a few things you should know about before you get started. These little tips will help you to make your plumbing job a success.
The very first thing you will need to do is contact your local building authority to make sure that you have all the permits that they will require for you to get your job done. This may seem a bit odd to some people, but there are rules and regulations that you have to go through in order to be able to add a drainage system and some types of plumbing.
The building authority will probably need to see a complete plan set or blueprint of all the remodeling that you are going to be doing. Once they have had a chance to go through everything, and you get your permits, you will be free to jump in with both hands and start getting to work on your new project.
Once you get started on your new system, you will have to have it inspected from time to time as you progress. This will make it easier for you to make sure that everything you are doing is up to code and that you won’t be getting any fines for having an unsafe system.
Each area is different so make sure you have everything you need taken care of ahead of time. Another good reason to have your system inspected as you are working on it is that if you do mess up, you won’t have to tear a bunch of things apart to fix it. The inspector will catch it before you are done and you can fix it right away without too much hassle on your part.
Now that you have all of your paperwork and inspections taken care of, it’s time to get all your supplies and materials that you are going to be needing in order and laid out, so that you can see how it’s all going to fit together.
Replacing a water heater in your home may sound rather scary at first. You most likely assume that you have to not only pay for a new water heater, but also for someone to install it.
That could not be further from the truth. When your hot water heater sings its swan song, go ahead and buy a new one. Then, come home and install it yourself. It really is not that hard to do and plumbing experience is not required. Follow the steps below and you will feel a lot more confident about taking on this task by yourself.
Obviously, the first thing that has to be taken care of is the removal of your old hot water heater. This is simple. Just turn off the gas or electricity that is powering it. Make sure you drain all of the water out of it. Keep in mind that the water will be hot so take care to not get burned. When that is completed, remove it from the gas or electric as well as the water pipes. These pipes may still contain hot water, so handle them with care. Now, you simply set it aside.
Put your new hot water heater in place. Do not handle it roughly as it has parts within it that can easily break if you do. Get it close to the pipes so you can hook it to them, and connect it. There will be an owner’s manual you can check if the water heater is hooked up differently from your old one. Recognizing an incorrect hook up is simple as the hot water will run cold and the cold water will run hot.
The last thing you will do is connect the gas or electricity. When it has been connected, turn your power back on. This is another area that may send you looking at the owner’s manual to make sure it is done correctly.
Do you see how simple it is? You are basically just reversing the steps you performed when you unhooked your broken water heater. Of course, if you run into any problems, the owner’s manual will have the solutions. This should be a task that you can complete in only a few minutes.
There is no need for any odd tools, although you will need a dolly in order to haul away the old water heater and bring in the new one. Finally, you will need to check with your local authorities to find out how the correct method of disposing of the old water heater.
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One of the more important rooms in your home has to be the bathroom for obvious reasons. When something goes wrong in the bathroom, specifically with the toilet, life as you know it changes drastically. Calling a plumber may not be an option a lot of times.
For one thing, plumbers are at all-time shortage right now so you may find out it will be DAYS before he can make a visit to your home. Or you may not have the money to have your toilet professionally repaired. Take heart, as there are a couple of toilet problems you can fix by yourself.
The first of these is the running toilet. This is a problem that happens frequently. Most of the time, it can be remedied easily by buying a new flapper or ball assembly to replace broken ones. To fix the flapper, turn off the water to the toilet. Remove the lid from the toilet’s tank. Disconnect the flapper and go buy a new one. Nothing is easier to fix and the price is right at about $5. Sometimes you’ll have to clean mineral deposits from the tank but it’s not difficult. Use boiling water, vinegar and baking soda and you’re all set.
The second common toilet problem is the backed up toilet. This can be one of the most annoying and momentarily frightening things you’ll experience. Besides the ick factor, it puts your toilet out of commission for as long as it takes to unclog it.
Remember this: If you flush a toilet once and water rises rather than drains, DO NOT FLUSH AGAIN! Instead, remove the tank lid as fast as possible. Push the tank ball down so the flush valve closes. This stops rising water.
Most clogged toilets come from toys, sanitary products, or plastic items. If this is your problem, try removing the item instead of forcing it along. Clogs from regular flushed waste can be fixed by using a plunger or closet snake.
Try the plunger first. Wear rubber gloves, and drape a large towel over the toilet bowl and under the seat. For an empty bowl, add water to put it about half full. If it’s full, empty until the water is halfway. Use the plunger to seal the hole in the toilet bowl.
Push down slowly and quickly pull back. Begin slowly and work up to faster. If something is stuck in the opening of the drain, use a stiff wire to retrieve it. After dislodging the item, put a gallon of water into the bowl and flush.
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With a tankless water heater, there’s no question that hot water is slower to appear than through the old storage tank water heater. Waiting on the water to heat also forces you to waste water. Something’s not right when you must waste water in order to save on energy. However, there’s a way to fix this.
Demand systems is a pumping system that allows you to have hot water quickly without having to run it down the drain as you wait. If you shop around, you’ll find that there are quite a few manufacturers of these systems. Research may convince you to try it.
Years ago, there were not any low flow fixtures, and hot water was ready quickly. However, less water was not used. The difference was that the water came out a lot faster, thus producing hot water faster. For instance, a pipe ½ inch around and 63 feet in length contains 1 gallon of water.
If your faucet is set to release 5 gallons a minute, within 12 seconds you’ll have water. With a slower flowing faucet that releases only 1 gallon a minute, the water needs 60 seconds to arrive. In addition, the pipe will be cold unless recently used, and will absorb the water’s heat as it makes its way to you. In cold pipes, it takes longer for the heated water to appear.
With tankless heaters, there’s not a full tank of water waiting to heat. It’s more like a piece of pipe over a burner. To get the water hot, it has to stay over the burner for set amount of time. The water in the center of the pipe won’t be over the burner long enough for heat. First, it has to move through the entire pipe for maximum heat.
This can be remedied by pumping water in a circle from the heater’s outlet through the pipe and cold pipe back to the heater. Turn off the pump just prior to the hot water reaching the faucet and you won’t have hot water entering the cold pipes. Since no water is wasted running down the drain, you now have a green water heating system.
“Demand” systems work through placing a small pump at the faucet furthest away from the heater. These are connected between the cold and hot lines. A device senses temperature increase in the pump that shuts it off. The heated water won’t get into the cold line.
The price tags on the Demand systems range from around $180 to over $500, depending on what your needs are. However, a family of 4 has been shown to save over 10,000 gallons of water annually with this system. So the cost could be worth it.
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Nothing is more frustrating than finding a leaking faucet or a toilet that won’t stop running. The worst thing about it is the amount you feel you are going to have to pay in order to get a professional plumber to come in and fix them.
The good news is that not every plumbing issue requires you to fork over your hard earned cash to someone that will spend, ultimately, 10 minutes in your home fixing your plumbing issues.
Basic plumbing issues will pop up from time to time, and most home owners have found this out the hard way. The best thing you can do is gain some knowledge on these basic plumbing issues, and how you can solve them on your own. This will not only save you money, but give you a feeling of confidence and self-reliance that you may not have ever had before.
Many things, such as a leaking faucet can be fixed by simply tightening a nut or replacing a faulty washer. The first thing you should do, however, is turn off your water from the main line that comes into your home. If this stops the leaking, then the water pressure is causing the water to overpass the faucet in some way, and can usually be fixed fairly easily. There is no reason that you would have to call in a professional to fix something as small as this, and your wallet will thank you for that decision.
If you find yourself getting into too much, then you probably should go ahead and call in someone that knows what they are doing. There is no reason that you should have to repair the entire toilet because of a simple running float. But accidents happen all the time and, let’s say, you tighten the overfill tube too tight, you could end up cracking the porcelain tank, causing a minor issue to turn dramatically into a major issue. At times like this, calling in a professional can end up saving you a bit of money instead of you having to replace the entire toilet on your own.
Just remember that having the proper tools is a necessity for any plumbing fixes you may find yourself having to take care of. Making use of the right tools will make your plumbing fixes go much easier for you and all those involved.
Leaky commodes could be bothersome since there are numerous different reasons they can be leaking. If any of the commodes in your Chesapeake house are leaking, please let us learn about it. We do not desire property owners to endure any type of water damage to their houses and throw away any sort of water over something that is normally an easy plumbing repair. In this post we will be reviewing some of one of the most usual reasons for a toilet leakage. The function of doing so will certainly be to have Chesapeake property owners not allow it end up being a bigger issue, and so homeowners recognize exactly what are the sign that a leak is occurring.
According to Conserve H2O,
Water leaks account for approximately 14% of all water use in the average American home, and the toilet is one of the most likely places to find them. http://www.conserveh2o.org/water-lost-toilet-leaks
The washers and bolts on a toilet could become worn and will be the reason for a leaking toilet. A toilet has 2 large bolts that affixed the tank to the bowl. If typical indicators old age create these bolts to fall short, the toilet will certainly leak water on the flooring.
There is a three-inch gasket that functions along with the 2 large bolts and washers to maintain the bowl affixed to the toilet tank. This gasket can begin to wear away as a result of age or an unwanted chemical buildup, which can trigger a leak to begin.
Corrosion is the leading danger, and one that is one of the most damaging problem to impact plumbing components and water pipes. One can have no idea where it will start to develop in ones water pipes. Pipe rust will result in impurities in the water, aging of the water pipes, chemical reactions or a combo of all 3.
Rust results from the corrosion process we just talked about. In terms of the toilet itself, it will only impact the metallic pieces of it. Given that the interior parts of the toilet are continuously in water, the advancement of rust is something that will not be stopped.
This is not one of the most usual thing that can occur, however it is feasible for the toilet tank itself to develop a fracture. It obviously would definitely leak if it is was fractured. Be careful setting anything on the tank, or dropping anything on it. Given that they are usually made from porcelain, they break easily.
Similar to the toilet tank, the bowl itself could develop a crack, and for the exact same reasons. There will be no other way of replacing the toilet bowl if it becomes cracked. This kind of leak will definitely be significant and it will certainly have to be replaced quickly.
The float is the large plastic sphere attached to a rod that floats in the tank. This, in addition to a toilet flapper, are two of the parts that will possibly have to be changed eventually in the life of ones toilet. If either are not functioning properly, they will leak water into the bowl. This is a waste of water, for the toilet will be constantly running. It most likely will not occur, yet it might overflow.
The feed line is the tube or piping that provides water to the toilet when it is flushed. It is very easy to see if this tube has a leak. They may come to be used in time and even loosen up. First ensure it is affixed snugly with a wrench. If it is still leaking, it may quickly be changed.
The overflow tube’s job is to relocate water if the tank were to overflow. If this tube is obstructed water will spill on ones floor.
These are excellent first troubleshooting tips for homeowners to help locate the source of a toilet leak, and actions that will certainly help us with any sort of type of needed toilet repair that may be required for ones Chesapeake residence. Learn a lot more concerning our toilet and various other plumbing repairs here.
March 11, 2009
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Bathroom remodeling ranks number one among America’s most commonly performed home improvements. This is because today, many individuals consider their bathroom to be some kind of personal retreat, a separated space from the noise outside, where they could relax with complete privacy.
The bathroom is no longer just a space for one’s personal hygiene. Today’s design possibilities for bathrooms are limitless.
The standard rules do not apply anymore. Function, openness, performance as well as easy to clean and maintain materials usually top bathroom requirements. When designing your bathroom, take into consideration layout of bath pieces, cabinet placement and your choice of finishes.
Bathroom remodeling cost depends on how much or how little you opt to put in it. A simple improvement that includes a new bath vanity top, accessories and light fixture will cost under 1000 dollars, while a major bath remodeling, taking everything out then begin from scratch can cost 10,000 dollars or more.
With all available new materials, innovative products and design styles of today, your dream bathroom can actually turn into much more than a toilet, shower and sink combo.
Bathroom design Ideas
1.Set a realistic remodeling or makeover budget. When establishing a budget, take into account your bathroom design ideas that you want and if you can afford them.
Also, take note that it is less expensive when you do not anymore relocate the plumbing fixtures like the sinks or toilets; if you have a small budget, consider incorporating the present layout of your bathroom into your new design.
2.Think of function first. Always take into account functionally in mind as your bathroom is your workstation for getting ready for your day ahead as well as your place for recovering and resting after a hectic day. So keep these in mind when selecting your shower, tub, toilet, sink and other bath pieces.
Furthermore, think about what other needs you have that you can include into your bath, with some clever and careful planning; maybe you want to put a seat into your shower or a linen storage space or a “steam room”. Think what you really want, but give prime importance to your needs first, then second, your wants.
3. Collect bathroom models and design ideas. These will be a big help on your project as you can visualize your finished project as well as your remodeling professionals can have an idea on what your requirements are.
Here are some ideas:
– If your bathroom is large enough, you can either a wicker chair or display case.
– Mix and match colors for your bathroom. This is fun alternative to a white or gray bathroom. Have fun cool and relaxing colors such as you can turn your bathroom into a beach-like retreat investing in cool shades of blue towels, rugged or distressed antique shelf, a series of colorful picture frames, etc.
– Introduce fresh flowers, potted plants or cut tree branches and arrange them in vase. These can liven up your bathroom.
– Bring the outside into your bathroom. Put some sea shells, candles, instead of tiles, you can choose to have lime stones in one wall as your focal point with an iron vanity, large plants and wind metal chimes.
– Get inspiration from your friend’s house, from an expensive restaurant, a spa or a hotel room.
4.Look into popular design trends in bathrooms.
– Second sinks now are getting to be very popular and trendy in bathroom remodeling because they permit two individuals to use their bathroom together.
– Separating your toilet from all other bathroom needs is another trend nowadays.
– If you include a shower only in your bathroom, think of replacing it with a “bathtub” that can serve as both a shower also. Whirlpool tubs are becoming popular in bathroom designs today.
– A spa-like bathroom is the most popular trend today. So aside from whirlpool baths, natural stone walls and wood flooring, try to open up your bathroom with large windows so you can see nature’s beauty outside as you relax.
Designing your bathroom space must not be just another remodeling project. The focus today has to do with your overall pampering needs and self rejuvenation in your bathroom.
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Faucets are a vital part of your kitchen or bathroom and need to be just as exclusive as the rest the room and should match well with the surroundings. Even when you are remodeling the kitchen or the bathroom the faucets are one of the first things that you will want to change in keeping with the aesthetic beauty of the whole house.
Today there is such a wide variety to choose from when it comes to faucets when compared to the days gone by. Those were the days when you were absolutely thrilled if you even had a faucet in the kitchen so that you did not have to go out for water. Then came the heater that gave you hot water. That was considered a Godsend! But now not only do you have a whole variety you also have them in different colors to suit the color of your soap dispenser too!
1. Kitchen Faucets
There are so many types of kitchen faucets to choose from today and the different kinds are increasing day by day. Some of the modern and high tech versions can turn on simply with the help of a sensor, avoiding dirt and germs. If you are looking for an antique look for your kitchen then the wall mounted faucets might just be the right ones for you. There are many finishes to choose from such as the brushed nickel kitchen faucet and this is available in many styles and designs. There are many types to choose from but you have to purchase the one that will be right for your kitchen.
2. Bathroom Faucets
Although there are hundreds of styles to choose from bathroom faucets can usually be broken down into several distinct categories. Wide Set – A wide set faucet has separate handles for cold and hot water mounted either side of a central spout. The three elements are spaced further apart than other fixtures and are perfect for a spacious, contemporary bathroom sink. Center Set and Mini Spread – Smaller versions of a wide set faucet; these fixtures can be used with smaller sinks to impart the same feeling of simple elegance that a wide set does. Single Hole – The simplest of faucets, with a single mixing handle attached to the water spout. This style works very well in smaller bathrooms and powder rooms. Basin Faucets – Hot and cold water handles are located on separate sides of the sink, each has its own spout and water only mixes in the sink. Basin faucets are great for a Bathroom Design that is vintage in feel. Wall Mounted – Wall mounted faucets can be very dramatic as they are usually installed with a bowl sink.
When looking for faucets ensure that you really do some research before finally settling for one. You have to see that what you buy will not start a leak within months of having purchased it. Insist on quality, finish and class even if it means paying just that little bit more for a good branded one. You can select one that gives you hot and cold water separately or choose one where they could be mixed to the temperature that you would like.
You will find many faucets in the market but some of the better and more reputed brands are Moen and Price Pfister and you are certain to get discounts on them if you look for them online.
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Going Green and Protecting the Environment
If you have come to this page you may know little or nothing about tankless water heaters, but you may have heard that they are eco-friendly, and can help protect the environment. The available evidence suggests that this is true, and because they are more efficient they are probably less costly in the long run for both your pocketbook as well as the enviornment. That is especially good news considering most plans to protect the enviornment wind us costing us a lot more.
This is because water heaters are ranked very high on the household energy consumption list. With conventional water heaters the water is kept at a high temperature inside a storage tank and held there for your use when you need it to shower, and wash dishes or clothes. If you are on vacation you probably don�t even think about the fact your conventional hot water heater is absorbing a lot of energy.
The Good News for On Demand Tankless Water Heaters
Hot water that never runs out (mostly). With a tankless water heater, cold water runs into a unit and a heating element (electric) or gas burner heats the water as fast as it is needed. The heating rate is likely to be 2 to 5 gallons a minute. Gas appliances tend to be more efficient (supply hot water at a faster rate) than electric models.
Tankless water heaters can save your family utilities since they are 24%-34% more efficient. They can also be used as a water heater booster for items that are long way from their heating source, such as pool showers, hot tubs, or remote bathrooms.
The Not So Good News for On Demand Tankless Water Heaters
If your family is fairly large, and you have people showering while someone else is washing clothes the tankless water heater may not be able to supply hot water at a fast enough rate. This can be overcome by installing more than one tankless water heater, but that could require additional expenses for gas lines and venting outlets.
Tankless Water Heater Recap
We believe that the evidence shows there are many good reasons to consider a new tankless water heating system. They are environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient and you can save considerably on your utility bill. Before you make any decisions, please contact our experts to discuss your choices since every situation tends to be different.
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