Friday, November 2, 2018

How to Fix a Running Toilet in 5 Simple Steps

Do you have a toilet that is running constantly? This plumbing problem is more than just a nuisance for the ears; it’s also an indication that your toilet's functions aren't operating properly. Fortunately, by taking several simple steps, you can get your toilet back to flushing and flowing as it should. If you’re someone who would like to try and resolve the issue on your own before giving us a call, the following tips will help you out. However, please never hesitate to contact us about a plumbing issue that you’re facing – we’re here to help, and we’ll never ask how it happened!

1. Turn Off the Water

To start, flush the toilet to let the water drain and switch off the water supply. You can do so by turning the valve located either behind or next to the toilet on the wall. By turning off the water, you can remove the tank lid without getting sprayed by any leaks!

2. Check the Chain

Often, toilets run because the chain is not properly attached to the flapper. You may also notice a knot or break in the chain. For older toilets especially, there could be some rusting causing the chain to break or weaken. If this is the case, the chain will need to be replaced.

3. Adjust the Flapper

When a toilet flushes correctly, the flapper opens and closes fully. This allows the tank to fill and drain without leaks. But when the flapper isn't able to close, your toilet can run. Check whether the flapper is out of place and adjust accordingly.

4. Inspect the Fill Valve

Leaky fill valves can also be a culprit of running toilets. Turn the water supply back on and flush the toilet. If you see the valve spray or leak, water isn't flowing through your tank properly. The valve will likely need to be repaired or replaced.

5. Call a Professional

After checking the above components and making any temporary adjustments, it's important to call a plumbing professional to address the root problem. A plumber can fully inspect your toilet, pinpoint the cause of the running, and offer a complete solution.

For a running toilet and all other plumbing needs, The Polite Plumber is here to serve you. We strive to provide exemplary customer service and results that last. Contact us today to learn more about our services!

Monday, September 24, 2018

3 Reasons why you’re Always Running out of Hot Water

Your water heater probably doesn't cross your mind very often, at least not until the water runs cold in the middle of your nice hot shower. Do you find that you're running out of hot water more quickly than you used to? If so, here are some possible causes.

Simple overuse of hot water.

There is a limit to how much hot water your water heater can supply at a time. If you are running multiple appliances while you take a shower, or if multiple people shower at the same time, you will run out of hot water fairly quickly.

Your water heater isn’t the right size for your home.

If several people live in your household, it's possible that your water heater is too small for your needs. This is especially likely if you have a tankless on-demand water heater. Some electric tankless water heaters are only adequate for households of one or two people. Gas-powered models often handle larger households better. If you're considering a tankless water heater, ask your plumber to recommend the best one for your home.

There is sediment buildup in the hot water tank.

In areas with hard water, mineral deposits build up in your water heater tank. The sediment accumulates in the tank if it's not cleaned out on a regular basis. After several years, the buildup can even occupy several gallons, leaving less space for hot water. If you hear cracking or popping sounds coming from your water heater tank, it's an indication of sediment buildup. Hard water doesn't only affect your water heater. The mineral deposits left by hard water can damage your pipes. If your home has hard water, consider installing a water softener to address the issue.        
The Polite Plumber is here to help if you find yourself running out of hot water. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Did Someone Say ‘Plumbing Permit’?

One of the best ways to tell if a plumbing technician is a legitimate expert in their field is to inquire about any permits that are required to perform the work on your home. Granted, the regulations that require prior permitted approval vary from one municipality to the next; however, a legitimate contractor should always be aware of what permits are required to perform work on the plumbing system in your home.

Some homeowners see the permitting process as a nuisance, an added expense, or even an infringement on personal privacy. After all, why should your bathroom remodel be of higher concern?

Think of the permitting process as a system of checks and balances. Yes, they can be a costly nuisance, and city code enforcers can be seen as intrusive at times, however the process is designed to protect and benefit residents, contractors, and the city.

Ways the Permitting Process May Protect & Benefit You

The requirement to obtain proper permits for plumbing projects helps to ensure that only licensed contractors, who have a full understanding of their craft, are overseeing the work done on you home. This protects you from being taken to the cleaners by someone who really does not understand the intricacies of a residential plumbing system.

The requirement to obtain proper permits for plumbing projects also protects you, as the consumer, because it requires that any work performed will be inspected by a city code inspector. This extra set of eyes may prove to be an invaluable resource, should an error be made.

Furthermore, this requirement may help protect your family's health, without you ever realizing it. Years ago, it was common to use lead solder when connecting water lines. Over time, lead that was being leached into the drinking water began to affect the health of the general public. Plumbing permits now require the use of lead-free solder.

A great plumbing contractor will always know exactly what permits to pull for your project, and how to get those permits approved quickly so that your work can be completed in a reasonable period of time.

For more information about the permitting process, or to request plumbing service, please contact us at The Polite Plumber!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Be Sure to Check the Plumbing System within a Vacant Rental Property

Although you might want to get a tenant in your rental home as quickly as possible, you should understand how important preventive maintenance is when it comes to avoiding having to deal with problems once you have a tenant living inside the residence. For instance, you should most certainly get the plumbing system checked out! Some issues might not be apparent enough to detect them with a quick inspection and using each appliance and fixture.

Mark an Item Off of Your Checklist
When a rental property goes vacant, you should have a full checklist of things to do. A plumbing inspection should be at the top of your list, and getting your system checked out will help you mark off an important item.

Check for Profitable Upgrades
Although your main goal should be finding out if the plumbing system has any problems, you can also have your plumber provide you with details regarding profitable upgrades. For example, something as simple as updating the fixtures can help you increase the value of the rental property.

Determine the Condition
Eventually, a plumbing system, or at least part of the system, will need to be replaced. Instead of waiting until the entire system is having routine problems, before considering replacement, you should learn about its overall condition. Learning about the overall condition will provide insight as to when it should be replaced in order to avoid costly problems.

It is not extremely uncommon to deal with minor leaking issues with a tenant living in your home; however, you’ll want to avoid substantial problems such as a burst pipe, for example, which can cause all sorts of damage!

Feel free to contact us at The Polite Plumber if you have any questions about plumbing or our services.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Your Local Plumbing Service Explains Low-Water Pressure Culprits

Have you noticed that it is taking a bit longer for your washing machine to fill up? Are showers taking longer because the water is more of a trickle than a spray? If so, you may have a problem with low water pressure. Low pressure can certainly put a crimp on daily chores or hygiene routines, but have no fear, we are here to help!

Below, we’ll take a look at a few reasons why your water pressure is less than ideal, and how you can rectify the situation.

Pipe Buildup

Water pipes are smooth and made to allow water to pass through them, but there are a number of reasons why buildup can occur in your pipes and significantly slow down passage of water. You may live in an area where there is mineral-laden or hard water, and if so, that can create deposits inside the pipes that build up over time. A water softener is a great solution to reduce the water’s mineral content.

Leaky Pipes

There could be an undetected leak in your home and you should be thankful for the hint. Allowing the slow leak to build up over time could hit you hard in the water bill department, promote mildew and mold growth, and compromise the structural integrity of your home. Check the water meter for unusually-high consumption levels, and look for discoloration in your floors, ceilings and walls. A plumbing service can repair the leak before major damage occurs.

Check with Your Municipality

It’s possible that the origin of low water pressure comes from your municipality and not your home. For example, there could be a leak somewhere in the main water line that is preventing the water to enter your home at full pressure. If you are certain that there’s nothing in your home that could be the cause of low water pressure, your local water department may be able to provide you with information.

As always, we encourage you to contact us here at The Polite Plumber.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Professional Drain Cleaning After a Tenant Moves Out of your Rental Home

A rental property is an excellent investment, but it does require that you invest in routine maintenance and occasional repairs to keep the home in sufficient condition for tenants to live comfortably.

After a tenant moves out of the home, be sure to get professional drain cleaning, which will provide you with substantial benefits, such as the ones listed below, and it will ultimately help you rent your home.

Prevent Future Emergencies
If you decide to skip drain cleaning because you do not notice any substantial issue at hand, you are taking a major risk because you do not actually know the condition of the drains. It is better to know that you have clean drains than to save a bit of money and be at risk for emergency problems in the future.

Stop the Clogging Process

In some cases, you might have drains becoming clogged, which would cause future tenant problems, but you can stop this from happening by getting drain cleaning and putting an end to partial clogging.

Avoid Clogged Drains

It is possible that you may have clearly clogged drains in your home, and this kind of problem should be handled immediately. Showing the home to a potential tenant with a clogged drain will not lead to a positive impression, so it is important to get this work done before listing and showing the property.

Eliminate Odors

In some cases, a clogged drain can bring a bad odor into the area. It is essential to eliminate all poor odors in your home, which means you must get drain cleaning as the odors could come from the drains.

us today at The Polite Plumber if you would like to learn more about draining cleaning services; we’re here to help!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Plumbing Solutions You May Have Never Heard Of

Whether you are planning an entire bathroom remodel, or are just looking to perform a few small upgrades in what is often considered to be the most important room in the house, learning as much as you can about modern fixtures and new plumbing products can help you get the most return on your investment. Today, we would like to bring to your attention a few products that you may have never heard of, and point out why each product would be an asset in your bathroom.

Pressure-balancing Valves

No one likes having their nice, warm shower interrupted. Should one member of your family be enjoying a nice, steamy shower, and another member of your family flush a toilet, the cold water flowing to the shower head may become diverted to help flush the toilet. Not only could this present an inconvenience to the one enjoying the shower, but serious burns could occur. Pressure-balancing valves can prevent this from happening. These valves are often installed into a shower to help maintain a constant water temperature. These valves do not measure water temperature, but rather track the ratio of water coming from the hot and cold supply lines.

The Skirted Toilet
A skirted toilet is one that is designed with a smooth porcelain base that effectively hides the toilet's trap, and many times, the nuts and bolts that hold the toilet in place. Not only are these toilets aesthetically pleasing with their modern lines and understated elegance, but the base of these toilets is easier to clean than a standard, builder grade toilet. No longer will you find yourself on hands and knees, trying to work your cleaning rag into all the nooks and crannies of your commode. With just a swish of your brush in the bowl, and a swipe of your rag around the base of the toilet, your commode will be sparkling and ready for your family to enjoy.

The Vent Fan
Because an abundance of moisture tends to build up in a bathroom, many modern homes are built with either a vent fan, or a window. Windows are great for removing moisture from your bathroom, if they are opened routinely. Furthermore, if your home is in a naturally humid climate, or if it is oriented in a way that prevents naturally occurring breezes from blowing through that window, your window may not be able to do the job for which it was intended. If your bathroom does contain a vent fan, be sure that it does more than merely circulate the air within the bathroom. If you want to get serious about preventing the buildup of mold and mildew in your damp bathroom, be sure that your vent fan actually vents the air to the outside of your residence, and run that fan every time you shower or bathe.  

Have questions? We encourage you to contact us here at The Polite Plumber with any questions and service needs you may have.