Home Repairs

Hi. I'm John Heinz.

This is my new blog about home repair and remodeling.

Q: Hi John. One of my toilets performs what sounds like a short, mini-flush every five or six hours or so. What's going on?

A: That mini-flush you are hearing is your toilet tank filling up with water. Why would it be filling up when you're not using it? Your toilet tank is losing a small amount of water into the toilet bowl, and when the level of water in your tank falls beneath the minimum fill level, it opens up the water supply line to top-off the tank and bring it back up to the correct level. If it didn't refill and top-off the tank, your toilet might not have enough water in it to adequately perform a thorough flush.

If you don't see any water on the floor surrounding the toilet, then this indicates you have water leaking through the area where the flapper (the plastic and rubber part that lifts up when you flush, allowing water to pour into the toilet bowl) meets the toilet tank.

The problem is generally with the flapper. Although they are fairly long-lasting, they can age and allow a tiny amount of water to flow past it into the bowl. A tiny amount of water dripping over a few hours can be enough to trip the float and bring in more water from the water supply line.

Flappers are not expensive. You can get one for under $10. They are almost always super easy to change too. The majority of them just clip on to the overflow pipe in your tank. If you work fast enough, you don't even have to turn off your water supply in order to change one.

The second problem area could be the area where the flapper sits on the toilet bowl. This area needs to be smooth and level. Sometimes calcium or other deposits can make this a little rough so the rubber gasket of the flapper doesn't sit perfectly flat on it.

If your plumber thinks this might be the problem, he or she may try to smooth that area out with a course sponge or a sandpaper-like rubbing cloth.


Q: I live in the Appleton area of Wisconsin. Can you recommend someone do to the plumbing part of my bathroom makeover?

A: If you're in the Fox Cities, WI area and you need to find a good local plumber, you have some good options you can call around and talk to. Now, if you are having a sudden plumbing emergency, you need to find someone fast, someone who can come out today. In that case, you may have to make up your find pretty fast.

Here is an alphabetical listing of some of the Appleton plumbers.

Apple Creek Plumbing, LLC
805 E Apple Creek Rd.
Appleton, WI 54913

Gerritts Plumbing
709 W Deerview Dr,
Appleton, WI 54913

Hanson's Quality Plumbing
550 N Bluemound Dr,
Appleton, WI 54914

Jim's Plumbing
W6166 Greenville Dr.
Greenville, WI 54942

Tim Rausch Plumbing
1606 W Haskel St,
Appleton, WI 54914

Turek's Plumbing
N2808 Meade St,
Appleton, WI 54913

Wellnitz Plumbing
4810 Amberwood Ln,
Appleton, WI 54913

Valley Premier Plumbing
3 S Schaefer St,
Appleton, WI 54915


Undersink plumbing repairsMaybe you are thinking about updating your bathroom or your kitchen. You can find out how much it would cost to move that sink or toilet to the other side of the bathroom. Or perhaps you are considering switching over to fixtures that are more convenient to use, especially for older folks, such as higher toilets, walk-in bathtubs or wing handles on the faucets.

Q: How Do I Solve My Water Pressure Problem?

A: Improper water pressure is a common plumbing difficulty. If you have such an issue, the first action towards diagnosing and remedying it is measuring your static water pressure.

This is simple enough to do with a water pressure measuring gauge, which most hardware and home improvement shops carry. This simple device is composed of a measuring gauge and a typical hookup like the ones on a garden hose that you can screw onto an outside hose bib or your washing machine's cold or hot water bib.

To verify your residence's static water pressure level, simply screw on the measuring gauge, open up the faucet, and the gauge will show how much water pressure you have on whatever floor the faucet you are employing for the check is located (the water pressure on a house's second floor is generally 8 psi lower than on the ground floor).

So, what is the best water pressure level? For residential plumbing, it should be within a range of from 50 to 70 psi. Plumbing fixtures for home use are designed to stand a maximum water pressure of 80 psi, so at 80 psi and above, you take the risk of damaging your fixtures. However, if the pressure is much below 50 psi, you may suffer from frustrating difficulties of inadequate water flow.

If your water pressure is too high, you'll have to adjust your PRV (pressure reducing valve) which you should find located close to your residence's main water shut-off. If you don't currently have one, then you'll have to get one put in. The PRV is simple to adjust and will maintain the house's water pressure at an exact level.

If it happens to be the case that your water pressure is too low, first get in touch with your municipal water supplier and ask if that level is standard for your location. If that is the normal level for your area, then the only feasible fix is to purchase a water pressure booster pump. These are offered in a range of styles and at a range of prices, but it is undoubtedly advisable to have one of these booster pumps set up by a professional plumber; this is not a do it yourself job .

If the pressure is lower than it should be, there may be a problem with the outside pipes, such as a leak, blockage or crimp. Who is responsible for repairing the issue depends on just where it happens to be located. Home owners are responsible for maintaining the water lines from the point at which they enters their property. The plumbing outside your property line is the responsibility of the city water supplier.

There is additionally some likelihood that the issue is not one of water pressure per se, but rather one of water flow. If your test indicates ample static water pressure, but you still feel that you're obtaining inadequate water from one or more of your plumbing fixtures, there is most likely something influencing the water flow in your house's inner plumbing.

The difficulty could simply be a clogged faucet aerator or shower head. To clear them, just unscrew the offending aerator or shower head and soak it in a solution of 50% water and 50% white vinegar overnight . If you can't unscrew it, you can put the water-white vinegar solution in a plastic bag and then attach the bag around the fixture with a rubber band.

If you have inadequate water flow from all of your fixtures, you're probably going to have to deal with a much more expensive repair job. A likely cause of the poor water flow is corroded galvanized steel water lines.

Homes are no longer plumbed with galvanized steel pipes for the reason that they only work for about 40 years. As they are corroded by the very water that flows through them, rust deposits build on the inside, decreasing the pipes' diameter, which results in decreased water flow. The only way to fix the problem is to replace them with copper or PEX pipes.

The difficulty may also be one of bad workmanship or design. A crimp or inexpertly soldered joint in your plumbing can lessen water flow, as can a circuitous layout with excessive bends and overall length of pipe.

You can enhance your water flow by increasing the diameter of your pipes. This is a bit counterintuitive, but greater diameter pipes help to maintain your house's dynamic water pressure, which is the degree of water pressure at a given point in your plumbing system when one or more plumbing fixtures is being used. Water pipe diameter doesn't influence static water pressure, which is a measurement of the of water pressure level in the system when no fixtures are drawing water .

The bigger diameter pipes you have, the more h2o there is existing in the system prior to when you begin drawing water. Consequently, the impact on the entire system when any certain fixture begins drawing water is reduced.

The best news is that you don't have to increase the diameter of all your pipes to take advantage of this effect. If you increase pipe diameter at any point in your plumbing system, you are adding to the quantity of water in the entire system and decreasing the impact of individual fixtures on your system's dynamic water pressure. Of course it goes without saying , the bigger the increase the bigger the benefit.

Let's Talk About Water Softener Problems

When you have a water softener constantly working in your home, eventually you are going to have a problem with it.

Generally, these problems aren’t too difficult to solve if you put in a little effort.

If you have absolutely no interest in learning how your water softener works, you can always call in a professional.

Thanks to www.TwinCitiesWaterSoftener.com for input on this post.

Water Softeners Are Important

If you are in an area with difficult water you probably understand why hard water is a problem.

You have most likely viewed the signs of hard water such as the gluey residue that develops anywhere you use soap, particularly in the shower or bathtub. Or perhaps you have viewed all the white or grey that develops on all your plumbing system components as well as faucets in your home.

With difficult water, this buildup also forms inside your the plumbing system pipes as well as inside your dishwasher, washing machine and also other components.

There is a great solution to the hard water problem as well as it is fairly economical considering exactly what it carries out you. If you would like to find out the very best method to care for the hard water problem you can look into water softeners.

The problem water reacts with your soap and also builds up the scum on your the plumbing system installations. This creates a whole lot more housekeeping for you and takes a whole lot more of your time.

It likewise makes it to where you need to use a lot more soap to really get the cleaning power from the soap. Considering that common sorts of soaps you use could be very costly, particularly laundry soap, the hard water could in fact end up costing you a great deal even more money.

The scale that could appear white or grey in colour is formed when the minerals such as magnesium and calcium are transferred out of the water. This scale will certainly develop on the within your water pipes, water heating units and also various other appliances that make use of water and also start to clog them up. At some point, they can end up being entirely blocked.

When you have hard water you may even see a different feel on your skin when you bathe and use your soap. The soap doesn’t do it’s job all that well and you may not really feel clean. But a water softener will remove the materials in the water. The soap will do a whole lot far better task at cleansing and lathering up and also you could also use a great deal less soap.

Although water softeners cost money up front, they are well worth it considering what it does for you. It could help your pipes and appliances last for many more years.

Thanks to TwinCitiesWaterSoftener.com and Wikipedia for this content.

Southern Florida Plumbing Services

There are a lot of plumbers in Miami, Florida.

Here is our beginning of a list where we hope to show off a few of the better ones.

Empire Plumbing and Gas has the experience to get your plumbing job done right. They can solve your plumbing problem, be it a slow-moving drain or a pesky leak you can't stop to a complete renovation in your kitchen or master bath.

Bay Plumbing Company is a top plumbing and septic service with 24-hour emergency services in the Miami metro area. They work on all kinds of plumbing projects including clog location and removal, repair and replacement of sewer and water pipes, new connections to city sewer, leak correction, inspections and pump outs of septic tanks and drain field repairs.

Roto-Rooters Miami is a Dade County service that offers repairs to residential and commercial customers. They work on all kinds of plumbing repairs, pipe and drain cleaning services and even emergency plumbing situations.

If your favorite Dade County plumbing service isn't here, just sent us their info.

Good Plumbing Decision

There seems like a lot of brand new plumbing companies in the northern part of Minneapolis these days, but there is no substitute for experience.

Kal’s Plumbing in the Minneapolis part of Hennepin County has been serving the local community for a couple of generations.

It’s nice to know there is a small company such as Kal’s you can trust and rely on. You can visit their site at BestMapleGrovePlumber.com. You won’t be disappointed.

If you’re looking for a good plumber in Maple Grove, Minnesota, you have several good ones to choose from.

Maple Grove, MN, is a city of about 60,000 people in the northwest area of Minneapolis and St Paul. Most of the residences there are single-family homes. You can try a service like Angie’s List to locate a good plumber or you can check out a specialized service, such as TwinCitiesPlumbers.com which has a short list of who they recommend for a local plumbing service. In fact, you can visit their plumbing page right now if you’re interested.

Thanks for reading.

Bellingham Plumbers

The city of Bellingham, Washington is pretty small, but they are home to some pretty good plumbing companies. Here are a few of them.

Northwest Plumbing Services works with both residential and business customers. They work on small and large jobs, including broken fixtures, garbage disposals, broken sump pumps, dripping faucets, toilet replacements, underground leaks, water heater replacement, clearing slow drains, or washer hose replacements.

Ball Plumbing have been performing plumbing work and cleaning Whatcom county drains for just about 30 years. They do drain projects including mainline sewer stoppages and trenchless sewer repair. Inside the house, they repair or replace all kinds of water heaters, faucets, toilets, drain and sewer pipes, garbage disposals, water supply pipes and gas lines.

Sparky’s Plumbing and Heating provides plumbing, heating, and other common home repairs for Bellingham, Ferndale and Lyndale customers. They will also perform emergency plumbing service.

Finally, Favinger Plumbing works with commercial and residential new construction projects in northwest Washington and common plumbing services and repairs. They have numerous satisfied customers around Whatcom County.

The city of Portland, Oregon is home to many good plumbing companies.

If you are in the Portland area and need an affordable and dependable plumber, here are three you may want to consider:

United Plumbing provides written estimates, performs good work, and charges a fair price on every project. If you need them, they can provide emergency service at any time of day. Their work is neat, the work area will be clean and and they will get rid of any old fixtures.

Casey’s Plumbing is family-owned business working all over the Portland, Oregon area. They’ve been providing plumbing services and solving their customer’s plumbing problems since 1984. They provide their customers with a set price quote before any project or repair.

Malmedal Plumbing is a licensed, fully insured and trusted plumbing contractor that performs a range of plumbing services in most of Portland’s suburbs.

These plumbers will work on (but are not limited to) the following projects:
• Water main replacement
• New Construction Plumbing
• Re-pipe projects
• Remodeling Plumbing
• Drains
• Commercial Projects
• Tubs
• Multi-Family and Apartment Projects
• Sinks
• Leak Detection
• Faucets
• Clogged Drain Clearing
• Toilets
• Leaky fixtures
• Leaky valves
• Garbage disposals
• Water heaters
• Shower valves
• Toilet Leak Repair
• Hose bibs
• Bathroom additions
• Kitchen remodeling
• Sewer repairs
• Water Heater Repair and Replacement
• Water and Sewer Line Repair and Replacement
• Sink and Tub Replacement

Lexington Plumbers

This page is our attempt at listing several of our favorite plumbing companies in Lexington, Kentucky.

These plumbers are our suggestions, if you would like to send us your recommendation of a local plumber in the Lexington, KY area, we will sincerely consider it.

Lile Plumbing will do most any type of plumbing inspection, installation, repair or replace. They will get going on any residential plumbing issue you may have.

Lexington Plumbing and Drain Cleaning works on plumbing projects all over Fayette County. They work on commercial and residential jobs.

Roto-Rooter in Lexington, KY features a 24-hour-a-day emergency service to homeowners and commercial property owners in the Kentucky suburbs surrounding Lexington.








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