Don’t Let A Running Toilet Run Away With Your Utility Bill

Posted by on October 16/2020 | 0Comments

The sound of your toilet constantly running might not give you any cause for concern at first. Though loud, the sound hasn’t led to any major leaks, and the toilet itself continues to work the way it always has. But don’t leave this condition go untreated; you’ll kick yourself the next time you receive your utility bill and see the real effects of a running toilet. Before you’re left wondering how you’ll pay your steep bill, you should administer some TLC to your toilet.

The apparatus responsible for the flushing of your toilet is composed of several parts – all of which can break and disrupt its proper mechanism. Go ahead and remove the lid to see into your tank. When you depress the handle, it lifts a chain connected to the flush valve or flap. The flap is raised to reveal a drainage hole that allows all of the water from the tank to funnel into the bowl. This usually takes about 3 seconds.  Once the flap covers the drain again, your tank can refill. Refilling is prompted by the float that (like the name suggests) floats on the water in the tank. In older models, this can look like a metal or plastic balloon, but in newer toilets the float rides up and down a plastic tube. When the float falls, it triggers the water to fill the tank so that it can be ready for the next flush.

When you’re toilet is constantly running, it means one of these parts is damaged in some way and is unable to complete its function. The flush valve can degrade over time, as it’s made out of plastic. Any cracks in its material can cause water to drain when it shouldn’t. Likewise, if you have an older toilet the plastic of the float can crack and allow water to seep in. This disrupts the float’s ability to do what its namesake suggests. If it’s constantly underwater, the toilet thinks it needs to continue to fill the tank with more water. Technically, this can lead to such an extreme overflow of water that your whole washroom is flooded; however, the overflow tube prevents that from happening. While your toilet won’t overflow due to a damaged float, it will constantly be in a cycle of filling and draining – which can be a huge drain on your wallet.

If you can locate the crack or leak in the flap and float, then these are simple enough repairs to complete on your own. Always remember to turn the water off via your inlet valve, which you can find on the woven or copper pipe that connects to the bottom of the tank. If unable to find this, you can always turn the water off at the source. Then simply unhook the damaged piece and install a new float or valve according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

If when you attempt to make your repairs you see nothing wrong, then we don’t advise you to start tinkering in your tank. Without a clear idea of how each piece contributes to the mechanism, it can be easy to start playing around and make the problem worse. It’s best to leave it to the capable hands of our skilled plumbers when you’re unsure of the root of your problems. They can quickly locate the issue causing your toilet to act strange and apply a speedy repair. And they’ll be happy to lend a hand any time you need one – morning, noon, and night. So don’t let the sounds of your toilet annoy you or your water bill any longer. Just give us a call and let us get to the bottom of things.

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Follow These Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter

Posted by on February 06/2017 | 0Comments

Are Preparing Your Home Plumbing for Winter?

Follow These Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for WinterWinter’s freezing temperatures can cause serious damage to your home’s plumbing. Before it gets too cold, make sure you follow these tips for preparing your plumbing for winter. They could save you a lot of time and money… not to mention the inconvenience of living in a house with busted pipes!

Plumbing for Winter Tip 1: Insulate Your Pipes

This is one of the easiest steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes. Start by searching your home for exposed pipes. They could be in your attic, basement, or even under your floor. If you find pipes in areas that don’t receive adequate heat, then you should insulate them.

Wrap the pipes with insulation that will protect them from the bitter cold. Insulating foam doesn’t cost much. It’s also very easy to install.

Note that you should also insulate any outdoor spigots and hose bibs. Several manufacturers make insulating products that fit right over them. Many hose bibs also have shut-off valves. If yours does, turn off the water so that it can’t reach the outside.

Plumbing for Winter Tip 2: Fix Leaky Pipes

Leaky pipes tend to freeze more easily than those that aren’t leaking. That makes it important for you to search the interior and exterior of your home for even small leaks.

Do this before the temperatures drop too far. Once a leaky pipe freezes, you’ll have a hard time fixing (you also run the risk of the pipe bursting, which could lead to mold and other problems that you do not want).

If you have insulated pipes (good for you!), you can check for leaks by feeling around the insulation for wet areas. Any moist area probably indicates a leak. Remove the insulation for a closer look.

Plumbing for Winter Tip 3: Winterize Your Sprinkler System

Most sprinkler systems are designed to handle cold weather. Still, you want to give them some extra protection, so they don’t break before the spring thaw.

Start by turning off the water running to the sprinkler system. Once you have turned off the source, remove water from the irrigation system so that it cannot freeze. Newer systems usually have drains that will eliminate the water automatically. If yours does not, or you aren’t sure whether it does, then you can drain the pipes manually by turning on the sprinklers and letting them run until they stop putting out water.

Winter can bring hard times to household pipes. By taking a few preventative steps, though, you can give your pipes a fighting chance no matter how cold it gets.

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Green Plumbing Tips

Posted by on June 22/2016 | 0Comments

Green Plumbing

green plumbingGreen plumbing is a great efficient method to save money and create an eco-friendly household. As global warming becomes an ever-increasing concern in Canada, many homeowners in Southwestern Ontario are investigating ways they can make their homes eco-friendly.

While there are certainly large changes you can make to your home to make it greener, things like retrofitting it with solar panels, energy efficient fixtures, and insulation can take a lot of money you don’t necessarily have. We are huge proponents of the idea that every little bit helps, and we appreciate that even small changes to your daily habits can have a huge difference.

Running an eco-friendly household doesn’t have to involve an exhaustive list of invasive home renovations, nor does it have to take a huge bite out of your savings. In fact, going green can involve a few minor adjustments to your plumbing habits and you can end up saving money! Today we’ve provided a list of green plumbing tips that you can easily introduce into your household’s routine. We’ve compiled this list because of the water, energy, and cash savings that they offer.

Conserving Tips

How and when you choose to use the water in your home can have a direct impact on your energy consumption. Your first step is realizing when you end up using more water than you need, and your second is to slowly cut down. Here are several easy ways most people can save some liters.

  • Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth
  • Use the tap in short bursts when rinsing dishes
  • Fill a small bowl full of water when washing fresh produce
  • Only use your appliances (like dishwashers and laundry machines) when they have a full load

There are other methods you can do to conserve water. However, by turning these common techniques into habits, it will ultimately save you money in the long-run.

Green Cleaners

Many of us rely on harsh, caustic chemicals to get our homes spick and span, but in reality, we don’t need these toxic cleaners to get the job done. There are a variety of eco-friendly products on the market that can ensure your home is clean without tainting the water supply or leaving behind noxious residues in your living spaces. You can even make your own cleaner using vinegar and essential oils. We also have a line of green drain cleaners to help you keep the insides of your pipes clean and clear.

Install Low-Flow Fixtures

You can purchase affordable low-flow aerators and showerheads at most hardware stores. They are inexpensive and relatively simple to install, yet they can come with huge benefits. Aerators can cut down your water and energy consumption by 50%. If you feel uncomfortable installing these devices on your own, pick up your phone and call us for help.

Banish Leaks

A leaking faucet or showerhead is one of the most deceptive issues affecting your plumbing and drainage system. A few drips here and there may not seem like much waste, but they can really add up.

Green Plumbing

A tap that leaks a single droplet of water every second will waste over 11,000 liters of water each year. To put that into perspective, that’s the equivalent of 180 showers! A running toilet is even worse – and it isn’t because of its incessant noise. A leaking toilet can waste up to 750 liters a day, which amounts to over 270,000 liters if left for a full year.

By simply arranging a quick maintenance visit from one of our expert plumbers, you can eliminate these leaky fixtures and conserve water and money. They’ll inspect more than just your faucets during their sweep; they’ll also ensure your toilets, showerheads, and pipes are in working order.

Going green can be simple, especially when you have our team of plumbers ready to help you make the transition. Give us a call and see what kind of difference you can make. Saving the planet also comes with money savings you can put in the bank. It’s a win-win!

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