Your toilet may seem like the ultimate way to get rid of unwanted items. After all, it’s intended purpose is to flush away waste. However, if you, like most homeowners, would prefer your toilet continue working for years to come, there are several things that you should never flush down it. At Drain Genie, we’ve seen countless things caught in toilet drains that don’t belong there! Here’s a list of the most common things that you may think are okay, but definitely are not.
Summer in Orlando is a unique and fun time for homeowners. However, with more adventures and activities to keep us busy, regular home maintenance can sometimes go unchecked for weeks at a time. You may be thinking now about your roof, landscaping, or air conditioning; but did you know that your plumbing is also at higher risk during the summer months? Our experts at Drain Genie have put together a list of the most common plumbing problems we see in the summertime so you can be on the lookout before they do serious damage to your home.
As much as we all hope it won’t happen to us, various plumbing issues and emergencies happen every day to everyone. Luckily, a quick Google search can show you all the available plumbers in your area. So out of all those options, why should you choose Drain Genie? Let us give you a few reasons why our customers keep coming back, and why they refer us to their friends.
The Toilet is the most used plumbing fixture in the home with many working parts. With all these parts leaks or issues can pop up anywhere. Some are very common some not so common. The most common toilet leaks can come from the fill valve malfunctioning. In addition to flappers failing the water supply can also leak as well. Another very common leak is where the tank meets the bowl. Leaks from this area can occur for many reasons and is usually easily detectable. In addition leaks from the wax seal where the toilet meets the floor is another common toilet leak.Some very difficult toilet leaks we have come across over the years that will give most plumbers headaches and difficulties to find. Most toilets are casted from porcelain they are very imperfect. Abnormalities are very common. A very difficult issue we have come a cross is small sand holes … Continued
Toilets are a necessity in our lives so when they are not working well we tend to panic. There are many reasons a toilet is not working properly. It can be that a object was flushed down the drain or a broken pipe. But it can also be as minor as adjusting the water level in the back tank and adjusting the toilet flapper. Here are some steps to adjust the level in the toilet. If you have a newer fill valve like the above picture water adjustment is easy. Where my finger is pointing there is a spot to put a Phillips screwdriver and twist. Sometimes you don’t need to use a screwdriver you can just spin it with your fingers. As you spin it the float will move up or down depending on which way you spin it. If the float moves up the water level will rise … Continued
We have done a lot of plumbing jobs over the years and our Orlando plumbers have a lot of stories. Plumbing repairs are not always the same. In fact thats the nice thing about service plumbing! Every plumbing repair is not the same. Almost every job is different and has its own set of circumstances. You really have to think and use your head but sometimes even our plumbers are left scratching there head wondering how certain crazy things happen.One of our recent customers had a sewer line that was constently clogging. We would snake the drain and with in a month or less it would clog again. We decided to video inspect the drain line we found object and dug up drain. Once we cut open the drain line we found the object to be a two by four about 3 feet long. This customer lived in the house … Continued
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
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
We as Orlando plumbers have seen a lot doing service work. Here are some weird bathroom facts you may not know. We use the bathroom a lot. The average person spends roughly 3 years of there life on the toilet. Most people use the bathroom six to 8 times a day. Which is about 2500 times a year. That sure is a lot! So make sure that your taking care of your plumbing and flushing only toilet paper down the drain. Not doing so can lead to having unwanted clogs.Did you know that 75% of people use a mobile device while going to the bathroom. That includes texting. Yuck can’t people wait till they are done! This also includes shopping, talking or just surfing the web. I hope people wash there hands.There are so many people on there phones in the bathroom. Did you know over 7 million people drop there … Continued
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