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How Do I Unclog a Toilet?

The easiest way to unclog your toilet is with a plunger, but if you don’t have one on hand, fill the toilet with dish soap or laundry detergent, add a pot of boiling water and then wait a few minutes before flushing. The hot water should break through the clog as the soap washes everything through the siphon and out of the drain.

What Kind of Low-Flow Toilets Do You Recommend?

Any low–flow toilet that uses 1.28 gallons per flush (GPF), has a MaP score of 1,000 and a 16.5-inch bowl height is recommended. Look for a WaterSense–certification on the label as well. Find a low–flow toilet that’s efficient and saves on water, yet has the power to wash away waste.

Why Is My Toilet Always Running?

A running toilet is usually caused by a flapper, the rubber or plastic valve on the bottom of your tank, that fails to seal. Open the toilet tank and adjust the float arm to see if the water stops an inch below the overflow pipe. If the water doesn’t continue to fill, the flapper needs replaced.

How Do I Replace My Toilet Flange?

Replace your toilet flange by disconnecting your toilet’s water supply. Flush out all remaining water and unscrew the floor nuts. Remove the toilet from its place on the floor and set it aside on newspaper. Clear away any gunk from the existing flange seal, then unscrew it from the floor to clean underneath it. Screw the new flange into place and reinstall your toilet.

My Water Bill Went up, How Do I Check for Leaks?

The main causes of high water bills are running toilets, which can waste up to 200 gallons per day, and leaky faucets, which can drip up to 20 gallons per day. Check for leaks by inspecting faucets, as well as removing your toilet bowl’s tank and listening for any sounds, like hissing. If you don’t find leaks in either of those locations, you’ll need to check your water line and hose bibs. You may also want to contact a plumber.

How Do I Prevent My Pipes from Freezing?

The wintertime around New York can produce temperatures in the teens—and even below—which means homeowners in the area should take steps to prevent frozen pipes. When water freezes, it expands, which can cause your pipes to burst—this can cause major problems and create lengthy plumbing bills. Rapid drops in temperature, poor insulation, and improperly set thermostats are the major culprits behind frozen pipes.

What is a plumbing emergency?

As helpful as it would be, plumbing problems don’t just occur during regular business hours. When leaks and clogs present themselves on the weekend or the middle of the night, you must determine if it constitutes a call to your Plambino emergency plumber. Each homeowner will ultimately decide what ranks as an emergency, but our checklist can help:

Does the problem only affect one faucet, drain, or shower? If the problem is secluded to only one pipe, it can likely wait until Monday morning. Can you shut off a water valve to make the problem stop? If you can pause the problem temporarily, wait until normal business hours to call the plumber. Does the water work? If your water is completely shut off (and it’s not a municipality problem) call the emergency plumber. Is flooding occuring? If a burst pipe or water main break is causing flooding in or outside of your home, you’re dealing with an emergency.