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Toilet Flapper

Posted on May 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM Comments comments (3)
Replacing the Flapper
Replacing the flapper is generally an easy fix and may be replaced when you experience a leaky toilet. Like in part one, be sure that the incoming water supply to the toilet tank is turned off. Remove the tank lid and as stated in part one and put it in a safe place. Hold down the tank lever and let the water exit the tank. At this point, you may wish to use a pair of disposable gloves to protect your hands. Generally, the flapper will have a film covering it from being exposed to the chlorine in the water. The film will stain your hands as well as your clothing!
Next, remove the chain from the tank lever and remove the flapper. There are a variety of types and styles of flappers available. You’ll need to take your existing flapper with your to your local hardware, plumbing supply, or home improvement center. In most cases, they should be able to provide either an exact, or an adequate replacement.
When you get back home, simply connect the flapper back into place and connect the chain and you are done!
Replacing the Fill Valve:
The replacement of the toilet’s fill valve is generally an easy task. The first step in the process is to secure the incoming water to the toilet tank. Once this is done, remove the tank lid, and put it in a safe place. Tank lids vary by manufacture and can prove to be costly when they are broken! Now, hold the tank lever down and open the flapper letting as much water exit the tank as possible.
Once the toilet tank has drained, remove the excess water with a sponge or shop-vac until the tank is dry. Next, remove the supply line from the fill valve. After the supply line is removed, remove the shank nut from the fill valve. Now you should be able to remove the fill valve from the tank.
There are a variety of different fill valves available. As a rule of thumb, take the fill valve you are replacing with you to your local hardware or home improvement center. An assistant should be able to provide you with an adequate replacement.

Effective Solutions to Plumbing Problems

Posted on April 15, 2012 at 4:43 PM Comments comments (13)
Nearly every house encounters plumbing related difficulties every now and then. Whether it’s a sluggish water flow and drainage, blocked toilets, slab leak, clogged sink pipes or water heater problems. Aside from these, there are plenty of different water system emergencies which could occur. Plumbing engineers are also necessary whenever you decide to sell your house or perhaps make renovations.Plumbing problems with respect to boilers, gas furnaces, heat pumps and hot water heaters also need to be addressed with utmost accuracy and only the right plumbing contractors can solve them. Problems occur in all these equipment due to the passage of pipes and hence it may need urgent repairing. It is best for the experts to repair the sodden valves, leaking pipes, damaged pipes, stationary pipes and even gas leaks. You should not fix any of these problems on your own as this may lead to grave errors.To fix your plumbing problems, you must try to select a professional plumbing company that can rectify or fix the fault immaculately. However, this activity may not be that easy due to the profusion of plumbers in the locality. You should try to involve the best plumbers that offer 24 hour plumbing service.There are many plumbing companies that specialize in only a specific set of plumbing issues; like one may do just plumbing repairs while other may handle only drains and sewer issues. So, ensure that the plumbing service you hire provides the plumbing solution you need. If you need a plumber for an industrial unit, then industrial plumbers is what you need, else you can hire commercial plumbers.Some licensed plumbers offer extremely detailed expertise with respect to boiler installation and blocked toilet. Many plumbing companies also offer specific services as per your needs like HVAC fixing or repair, fixing of air conditioners, and heaters along with the centralized fixing of air conditioners and heaters as well.Plumbing problems such as minor or major plumbing repairs could be done successfully if you select a suitable plumber or any plumbing contractor. You can very easily seek valuable information from the yellow pages and local newspaper advertisements about suitable plumbing service. Alternatively, you can also acquire useful lead from your family members or friends who may have hired the services in the past. They will be able to guide in a better way.There are several plumbers around; ensure that you hire a suitable one that offers professional and timely service. Getting the plumbing emergency fixed on time is very important, so hire the services of an expert to avoid any hassles and save time.Once you find the plumbing company, you must ask then to evaluate the plumbing job and give you an estimate beforehand to avoid problems later on.
  • The prime concern when planning a kitchen remodel is to set a price range. You may have an idea of what you want the finished project to look like but it could be possible to manage this and not let prices run away with you. You could end up with a stylish remodeled kitchen and proper kitchen plumbing, and grab a few good deals to keep you within your budget.
    Ways to Save Money on Kitchen Plumbing Remodeling
    It is often possible to recycle appliances and have your new kitchen cabinets remodeled around them. The savings made this way could run be substantial. Remember though that when older appliances are disturbed, it can trigger kitchen plumbing problems. If you prefer to buy new, look for ones that are economical to run to save on electricity bills.
     Keep sinks, washing machines etc. located as close to their original kitchen plumbing as possible. This saves on costs. Faucets can get expensive so note that chrome ones are usually less costly. Go for faucets that have easily replaceable parts inside, which will prove more cost effective in the long run.
     When choosing fixtures and fittings, go for neutral colors as they will remain modern and therefore last longer. This should also make decorating around much easier.
     Consider the Flooring
     Have a good look around when deciding on floor covering. Take note of the prices of different types. Laminate flooring looks modern and stylish and costs much less than solid wood.
     If the current floor covering is in good condition, it can be cleaned and re used. If it is removable, look underneath, there could be tiles or a wooden floor that could be retreated and brought to life again.
     What’s in a Cupboard?
     Think carefully about what cupboards you need. You could easily add more at a later date or if the current ones are good, maybe you could just have new doors fitted. Keep to a basic design and still keep within your budget.
  •  Whether you’re dealing with a plumbing crisis or have a large plumbing bathroom remodel project planned, employing a plumber can be daunting. Here are some ideas to assist you in finding the right plumber.
     Can I Manage by Myself?
     If the plumbing bathroom remodel job that you are tackling with is too big, and it probably is, then don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your relatives or friends may recommend you an adequate plumber. If no one can recommend you one, perform a quick Google search and see if any of those listed in there meet your plumbing bathroom remodel requirements.
     Find the Right Kind of Plumber
     You will find there are plumbers who actually have specialized themselves in performing such activities. Some advertise for general household plumbing repairs, others specialize in remodeling bathrooms. Be certain that you get the right one to fit your requirements.
     Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions
     Ask the plumber how long he has been qualified, if removal of waste materials is built into the price quoted and if he does the cleaning of the debris after the job is finished.
     Do Check References
     Ask for numbers of previous clients who can testify to your plumber’s standard of work. If your chosen plumber is unwilling to give references it may be a good idea to move on in your search for a reputable plumber. If you are unhappy with a specific plumber, keep searching, you are sure to find someone.
     Check the Pricing
     Some plumbers will charge an hourly rate, while most will use a flat rate system. In general, the flat rate system will save you time and money. But there are some times when the job will require an hourly rate. Ask each plumber how they charge.
     Be Savvy
     In an emergency, don’t let the pressure affect you and prompt you to pay any price with no preamble. Ask for a fixed price quote and get more than one quote so that you can compare expenses.
     The Best Way to Pay
     If you are only paying for a simple repair, pay when the work has been completed. For a bigger job such as a plumbing bathroom remodel, pay a small deposit ahead of the job commencing, and maybe a second small payment midpoint of the work. When the work has been completed to your satisfaction, ask to see documents proving that all suppliers etc. have been paid; only when you have seen these should you proceed with making the final payment.
Heater Maintenance
Make sure that the power is turned off – this is a prime safety measure. The water supply to the tank should then be stopped and then a hose should be attached to the drain valve. Drain the tank as this will clear out any residue that has built up in the tank. Before you proceed any further, turn on a hot tap elsewhere in the house to avoid a vacuum build-up. Use a hose to flush the tank through. When the water is running clean, remove the hose and turn the water back on. Let the cylinder fill up, then turn on the electricity. In the instructions for your tank you will find out just how to test the pressure relief valve. Look at the elements and see if there is a build-up of lime scale. Removal of this or replacing the elements will improve the performance of the tank. The anode rods should also be inspected for corrosion as they could also need replacing. Gas Water Heater Maintenance
When inspecting the burner, keep anything combustible out of the way. Check the pilot light and ensure that it is burning properly. This should be a routine matter and your instruction manual should tell you what the flame should look like. To drain the tank, follow the same instructions given for an electric heater. First ensure that there is no pilot light on and then follow the previous instructions for draining. Ventilation and connections should be inspected every couple of months in case of leaks but refer to your manual as each model has its own particular tips. Water Heater Maintenance for Tankless Versions
Keep a check on the inline filter to the heater. Turn the heater off, shut off the feed line valve and follow the instructions in your manual that state how to remove the inline filter. Your instruction manual will give specific instructions for your model. If it shows any signs of dirt or fragments it should be cleaned. This type of water heater can also be flushed through regularly. Drain the water and flush through to remove all traces of sediments. This should be done regularly by a licensed plumber certified in tankless water heaters to maintain the unit’s efficiency. Solar Water Heater Maintenance
The solar panels should be inspected regularly. They should be in the sun all day. If trees grow in front of them, cut them back or move the panels to keep them functioning efficiently. Ensure that they are clean and free of leaves etc. The wiring and plumbing need to be inspected regularly; your handbook will tell you how everything should look. If you are in doubt you are advised to call an electrician or plumber. Once again, you can drain and flush the tank as explained in the above-mentioned instructions. Flush Kits for Sediments
These kits are there to help you manage the build-ups that occur in the bottom of the tank. The kits include a curved dip tube, a ball-valve assembly with cap and pipe thread seal tape. They are much more efficient than the hose method. By using this equipment you will be able to stir the dirt in the bottom of the tank to prevent settling. The valve has a larger opening which allows the dirt to pass through more easily. By carrying out these procedures regularly you will make your system run more efficiently and ensure running costs are kept to a minimum.  

Spring Repairs

Posted on April 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM Comments comments (2)
Time for spring time plumbing repairs, or add a hose connection, drain expansion tanks on hot water boilers, faucet and toilet repairs.