Sweetwater Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Toilet Plumbing’

How to Tell It’s Time to Replace a Bathroom Toilet

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

toilet-with-button-flushThere is no such thing as “the last pair of shoes you’ll ever need to buy.” Nothing that receives use is durable enough to last forever—and this absolutely includes the major plumbing fixtures in your home.

Which brings us to the bathroom toilet. One of the most important functional items in a home, and one people often assume will just last for as long as they live in their house. But a toilet will wear down, develop numerous problems, waste water, and eventually need to be replaced. We’d like to help you to identify when your bathroom needs a new toilet. To get this job done, or any other plumbing in Riverside, CA you require, call us: we’re open all day, every day!

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The Running Toilet: Here’s What You Need to Know

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

toilet-plumbing-concerned-womanAfter a bathroom toilet is flushed, it should make a sound of running water for about a minute and then go quiet. This is the toilet refilling both the bowl and the tank with water brought in through the feed line from the wall. However, if the sound of running water continues, it’s a problem known as a running toilet. People sometimes ignore this sound, or don’t actually pay attention to it in the first place, and let it continue on without taking any steps to correct it.

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Low-Flow Toilets: Yes, They’re a Good Investment!

Monday, May 7th, 2018

toilet-with-button-flushYou may have heard about the advances in water-saving low-flow fixtures for homes. Low-flow faucets are an easy choice to make, since there is little sacrifice in performance and the water savings are excellent. Low-flow faucets aren’t an expensive upgrade to make, either.

But when it comes to another major low-flow installation, the low-flow toilet, you might be more hesitant. Do these fixtures work as well as they need to? Considering the higher cost, will the new installation pay for itself? How much water do they really save? In short—are low flow-toilets a smart investment for your home?

You can already tell what the answer is: it’s in the title of this post. But we’ll go into some details about why replacing old toilets for low-flow models is a good use of home improvement money.

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Important Caution: Don’t Flush Cat Litter!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

cat-sleeping-on-radiatorThis is a post for all our cat-loving clients out there. It’s one of the big misunderstandings about plumbing that doesn’t get enough attention. You’ve probably heard a list of various items that shouldn’t be disposed of down a toilet: paper products aside from toilet paper, sanitary wipes, dead goldfish, and any type of trash that normally goes into the trash can. (And don’t pour chemical “drain cleaner” into a toilet either. If you can’t unclog a toilet with a plunger, call a professional plumber for drain cleaning in Fullerton, CA.)

Here’s another item to add to the “do not flush” list: cat litter.

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Reasons Your Toilet Is Running

Monday, June 19th, 2017

toilet-with-sprayer-and-phoneOne of the most common plumbing troubles in the bathroom is when the toilet either won’t stop running or runs too long before it stops. You’ve probably encountered this before when you’ve flushed the toilet, walked off to do something else, and then noticed a few minutes later the sound of running water still coming from the toilet. You jiggled the handle, maybe flushed it a second time, and the sound stopped.

But what if the sound didn’t stop? Or what if the problem continued to occur? In either case, you have a problem with the toilet that wastes large amounts of water and can potentially make it impossible to flush the toilet. You’ll need to call for repairs for your bathroom plumbing in Fullerton, CA.

Below are some of the reasons this problem might happen:

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Plumbing Repairs and Replacement to Help You Save Water

Monday, June 5th, 2017

plumber-at-kitchen-sinkThere are many ways you can reduce the amount of water you use in your home:

  • Take shorter showers.
  • Collect running water while you’re waiting for the shower or tub to warm up, then use it for other tasks like watering plants.
  • Always turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth.
  • Only run the dishwasher and laundry machines with full loads.

You’ve probably seen all this advice before; it was spread around during our recent drought, and all of it is good advice. But what if you follow all these tips for lowering your water bills but you still find you’re paying more than you think you should? According to the U.S. EPA, a household of four people shouldn’t be using more than 12,000 of water per month. If your usage is higher, you almost certainly have problems with the plumbing, such as leaks or broken fixtures.

Don’t worry—it’s our job to help you in these situations. Below are some of the repairs and replacements we can do to help get those water bills under control and stop needless water waste.

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Toilet Replacement: 4 Ways to Tell When It’s Time

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

toilet-with-button-flushA toilet that doesn’t work is one of the most unpleasant, and messiest, problems a home plumbing system can face. It pays to keep a close watch for signs your home’s toilet need repairs from licensed plumbers. Earlier in the year, we wrote a post of ways you can tell it’s time to contact our plumbers to fix your toilet before things go really bad.

In this post, we’re moving past repairs and into actually putting in a whole new toilet for the bathroom. At some point, it’s better to have an old, inefficient, and repair-prone toilet torn out and new one installed. We can help answer all your questions about bathroom plumbing in Santa Ana, CA or elsewhere in Southern California, from fast repairs to a toilet replacement.

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How to Tell Your Toilet Needs Professional Plumbing Repairs

Monday, January 16th, 2017

What is the most essential piece of plumbing in your house for day-to-day living? There isn’t a single right answer… but if your first thought was “the toilet,” then you definitely understand you can’t afford to have this part of the plumbing system fail on you.

Not only is the toilet essential for daily life, it’s also the biggest consumer of fresh water in a home. Around 40% of indoor fresh water goes to the toilet flushes. So if the toilet is in need of repair work, it’s not only creating a huge inconvenience, it can also be a tremendous waste of water.

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What to Do When Your Toilet Overflows

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Very few plumbing emergencies trigger such immediate responses of panic than an overflowing toilet. And unfortunately, it’s one of the more common household plumbing problems. However, it doesn’t have to ruin your bathroom: there are steps you can take to stop it—and to clean it up afterwards. Let’s go through some steps for what to do the next time this happens in your house.

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