Tag Archives: plumbing

How to Check Your Toilet for a Broken Flapper

One of the most important parts of your toilet is the flapper. Also called a flapper valve, it looks like a small plastic piece attached to a metal chain. The chain part connects to the handle on the outside of the toilet that you use to flush it. When you press down on the handle, it forces the chain to rise, which opens the valve and allows water to go down the hole in the tank. The flapper will then drop back in place and form a seal to block any leaks from forming. If you think that your toilet has a broken flapper, you can identify the problem on your own.

Listen for Running Water

The first sign that your toilet has a broken flapper is water that constantly runs in the tank. Though you expect to hear the toilet running when you first flush, you also expect to hear that water stop running once the tank fills. If the flapper cannot form the tight seal needed, it will allow water to keep moving through the toilet. As your tank cannot completely fill with water, you’ll hear the sounds of running water all day and night.

Check the Tank

Most toilets have a tank with a lid on top that lifts off to let you access the inside. Find the chain attached to the flush handle, trace it down to the bottom and examine the flapper. Some older flappers used a type of flexible rubber material that molds to the shape of the toilet drain to form a tight seal, but newer flappers often use a type of harder plastic. Damage to the flapper such as cracks in the flapper itself, a broken chain or even mold can keep it from forming the seal that you need.

Hire a Plumber

While you can check plumbing Brandon FL stores for new flappers, you may want to call a local plumbing company and ask for help swapping out your flapper. You may find that stores do not offer the exact type of flapper that you need or that you aren’t sure how to affix the new chain to your old handle. There is a chance that you might have problems beyond needing a new flapper too. Plumbers can inspect the toilet and tell you exactly what repairs you need to stop leaks, running water and other problems.

 

Finding a Water Heater and a Plumber

Your home’s water heater is one of the most critical appliances in your house. Without hot water you won’t be able to effectively wash dishes or clothes, shower, or a myriad of other tasks. Although the modern water heater is designed to last many years, eventually they all begin to fill with sediment from the water supply or break down in other ways. When this happens you can either call a Midland plumbing company, or you can choose to install a new water heater and avoid all the hassle of dealing with repeated breakdowns. This article will discuss how to purchase a new water heater and how you can find a reliable plumber to install it or fix your existing unit.

Purchasing a New Water Heater

If you don’t know, the best place to look for a new water heater is any appliance store that has a good showroom. The showroom is important because it gives you the ability to visually compare heaters to one another and get valuable information on their performance and energy efficiency. When you look at heaters you will notice that they are all labeled with a yellow energy star sticker. This label gives information on how much the unit will cost to operate on an annual basis and is the easiest way to compare units. Typically if you require either more capacity or a faster replenishment rate, the overall efficiency of the unit will decrease, unless you are willing to spend a little money to get a tankless unit, although these can be difficult to install.

Finding a Qualified Plumber

Although most people aren’t aware, there are a lot of different types of midland plumbing companies. When hiring one to fix your water heater, you will want to find one who specializes in water heater repair. The reason you want a specialist is that if the problem with your heater isn’t fixed correctly, you will likely experience more problems again very soon, and then the plumbing bills can really start to mount up. To find a good plumber you should make sure that they are licensed and insured and then look into how long they have been in business, how many heaters they install a year etc. It may seem like a lot of work just to have someone install a heater, but if the heater is installed incorrectly you will have to pay again to have someone come back and do it right.

Plumbing And Other Maintenance Issues

We live in a high-rise residential flat. It is the common type of inhabitat for expats like us to live in a condominium-style residence because it is affordable.

We moved in our current flat last 2007. So we have been here for the past 6 years and the fixtures and wall paint is either chipping or starting to show wear and tear. Recently, we had an issue with our heater. It is winter so we definitely need hot water for bathing. The maintenance service of this building only delivered our new heater yesterday after 3 weeks of endless follow-ups. Now, I am seeing a new problem arising in our bathroom. The shower and flush are leaking.

There is a serious plumbing issue in our building. I think it is not only plumbing but also the overall maintenance service the building owner is providing or should I say lack of service. I just have to keep wiping the floor with a mop or squeegee to make sure that the floor is dry and no one will slip because of the leaking.

I wonder if we will have the same issues as these if we had moved to Calgary, Canada. Will we also worry about these inconveniences once we are there or we can easily look up the telephone directory or internet for plumber calgary or calgary furnaces. There will be plenty of hits regarding those searches because Canada has numerous plumbers and furnace service companies listed.

Some of our friends who migrated to Canada have no problem with heating or plumbing matters at home. I am sure they face some problems as well and if they do, the service is prompt and excellent unlike here. I even tried searching for providers in the internet for Calgary and other parts of Canada and the search yield a lot of results. It only goes to show that these kinds of services are better offered in Canada but not in the Middle East.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...