How To Tighten Plumbing Fixtures Without Scratching Or Breaking

Installing new plumbing fixtures can add a nice fresh look to older outdated homes. It also is a lot cheaper then doing a complete remodel. Many customers will attempt to install the plumbing fixtures on there own. Instead of having the extra expense of hiring a plumber. So when installing these fixtures what is the best way to install without scratching or breaking?Toilet:  When installing a toilet basic tools such as channel locks, crescent wrench and screwdriver are a few tools that you will need. When mounting the tank to bowl do not over tighten. This can break the porcelain. The same goes when tightening the toilet to the floor. Snug the toilet to the floor until it is stable to the floor. To tight can damage toilet and plumbing. Then grout toilet base for extra stability. For best results allow grout to dry 24 hours before use.Faucets:   When … Continued

Replacing Kitchen Sink And Bathroom Sinks?

Are you thinking about upgrading your kitchen sink and faucet or bathroom sinks this year? Replacing faucets and sinks are a quick way to refresh your home. There are things to look out for before its to late. So many times customers call to have there sinks reconnected to find out there is major problems. The problem is if you are getting deeper sinks such as installing granite tops and mounting sinks from underneath you need to  check the height of your drain line. If you are just installing similar sinks in existing cabinets you should have no issues. When going from a sink that mounts from above to a sink that is deeper and mounts from underneath it changes the drain depth. If you don’t have the depth you are in trouble. We see more of a issue with this on kitchen sinks because the disposal actually makes the … Continued

Buying A New Plumbing Fixture? Buying Guide What To Look For

Are you looking to update your plumbing fixture or fixtures? There are many things to look for when installing a new plumbing fixture. Whether it is a faucet, shower or toilet, there are so many to choose from. So what are some things for you, the consumer, to look for?  Below are some common items that we install and the most important things to look for.Toilets:  When buying a toilet, there are so many options. Toilets range from $80.00 and up. Buying the cheapest is not always the best, but neither is buying the most expensive. When looking at a toilet, look at the flush rating. Most toilets have a rating from 1-10. If the toilet is rated closer to one it is going to have a weaker flush. The closer to ten it will flush great. This is important because with a weaker flush, you will have constant clogs.Faucets: … Continued

Buying, Updating Or Repairing A Plumbing Fixture?

Buying, updating, or repairing a plumbing fixture? Most people think that they can go to any big box store and just purchase any name brand parts or fixtures to work with the plumbing they have in their homes. This is far from the case. We run into this a lot; a customer has parts, but they are the wrong parts. So, today we will go over the do’s and don’ts if you are updating or repairing a plumbing fixture.Updating A Plumbing Fixture :  If you are totally replacing a fixture, it really does not matter what the name brand is, because it is a complete replacement. However, if you are updating the tub and shower trim and not the actual valve, you need to find out who the manufacture is and what the model is. You cannot put a Moen trim kit on a Delta shower valve. We see it … Continued

What is a Escutcheon?

An escutcheon (pronounced ‘ess-kutch-on’) is the metal bit that hides the hole in the wall that your plumbing pipes through. They can also be called cover plates or flanges as well. Where are some of the places you can find an escutcheon in your home? They can be found in many places in your home, such as around your shower arm (where your shower head attaches too), around pipes for your water heater, under your sinks where your drain and water lines come through the wall, and under your toilet where you shut off your toilet. What is the point of replacing them if they perform no other task aside from looks? Well, if they’re meant to be decorative and cover ugly holes, but instead are rusty or missing, they are not serving their purpose.Escutcheons come in many different sizes and shapes. They also come in many different finishes. They are … Continued

Things To Look Out For When Redoing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Things to look out for when redoing your kitchen. Redoing your kitchen cabinets and counter tops can be very exciting picking out cabinets and counter colors. Most of the time, the plumbing is not even thought about except for the sink and faucet. Most customers think it’s just a matter of swapping out real quick. This is true in some cases, but not most cases. It really depends on what type of sink was there before. For example, if you had a standard sink set from the top on a standard counter top and you are replacing it with a deep under mount sink chances are the drain line is not going to work. The solution is to contact a Orlando plumber. If you plan on redoing your kitchen it’s best to lower your drain line before the cabinets go in. The worst is going out to reconnect a kitchen sink … Continued

Installing New Faucets Most Expensive Is Not Always The Best

When installing new faucets, the most expensive is not always the best. Most people think buying an expensive faucet must be good, but that is not always the case. The problem with expensive faucets is the fact that when they need to be repaired, the parts sometimes are hard to find and can take time to get to in order to repair the faucet or shower faucet. This is sometimes not good if the faucet is leaking pretty badly and needs to be repaired quickly. Cheap faucets also are not always good either for the same reasons, and the quality of the valve or faucet can be poor and need to be replaced instead of repairing the faucet because of the low quality. The best faucet to pick when having your Oviedo plumber install is a well known name such as Moen, Delta or Kohler. All these name brands are … Continued

Leaks Under A Kitchen Sink Things You Need To Know

Leaks under a kitchen sink: Things you need to know before you call your Lake Mary plumber. Plumbing leaks can be very frustrating, and leaks under your kitchen sink can be even more frustrating. Kitchen sinks can leak from multiple areas, which sometimes can be mistaken for a leaking drain pipe. Here are some things to look for to narrow down the cause of a leak so that you can tell your plumber so that he is able to give you a price range.Garbage disposal: A leaking disposal can sometimes be mistaken for a leaking P-trap. To determine if your disposal is bad, run water through the disposal side of the sink and turn it on. Check the bottom of the unit. If it drips through the bottom, the unit is shot and needs replacement.Faucet: Run the faucet while checking under the sink. If the water is coming from the … Continued

What You Need To Tell Your Plumber To Repair A Faucet.

What do you need to tell your plumber to help repair your faucet easier? So, you have a few faucets that are dripping, no big deal right? Well, it can be depending on the age of the faucet and what kind it is, such as kitchen a faucet, bathroom sink faucet, shower faucet, or outside hose spigot. All of these things make a difference in cost, labor, and parts. For example, a shower cartridge costs more then a faucet cartridge. Also, many customers think a hose spigot is just replacing a washer, but not always. Most of the time the hose spigot needs to be replaced. Another important thing that you need to know to tell your Orlando plumber is what name brand the faucet is. Each brand has a different cartridge or repair parts. For example, is it a Moen, Delta, or Kohler. This is a big thing to … Continued

Update Your Plumbing Fixtures To Improve The Look Of Your Home

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to improve the look of your bathrooms and kitchens. There are ways to improve the look of your homes plumbing without breaking the bank. The easiest and most cost effective way to accomplish this is by updating your fixtures. Nothing does more to give a fresh look than an updated kitchen sink and faucet or replacing the sinks and faucets in your bathroom. Also, replacing your shower valves will aesthetically enhance your bathroom as well. Another thing to consider; replacing your toilet adds a fresh look and it also saves water and money. Newer plumbing fixtures are engineered to require less water. This is both environmentally and fiscally responsible. If you are on a very tight budget, you can replace the shower valve trim instead of changing the whole shower valve. This is much less labor intensive … Continued