One Call Plumbing Blog: Archive for April, 2019

What to Do about a Running Toilet

Toilet In Bathroom

The short answer to this would be “call a plumber.” But we don’t
expect you to accept this at face value—we’ve gone into more detail
below on what exactly might be causing this problem, and what can be
done about it.

A running toilet is a nuisance to listen to, and can also cost you
significantly in excess water you aren’t using—something that will
reflect on your monthly water bills. A running toilet also means you
have an inability to flush. Be sure to call for system repairs as soon
as you notice this problem. In the meantime, read on for a further
explanation.

Your Refill Tube Is Malfunctioning

This is one possible cause of a running toilet. The refill tube of
the toilet is the component that replenishes water in the tank every
time you flush. The top of this tube should always remain above water
level. If it doesn’t, then you may hear intermittent running.

Problems with the Float Ball

The float ball is a small ball that sinks down each time the tank
empties with a flush. This opens up an inlet valve on the fill …

The Best Way to Prevent Drain Problems in Your Business

Bathroom Sinks In Commercial Building

Whether you run a commercial kitchen or own a business that has a small kitchen in it in addition to bathrooms, there is one system in your building that needs the right kind of attention and care—and that’s your plumbing system. Let’s say you have a problem with one of the drains in your building. At home, you’d just go out and get a bottle of drain cleaner, pour it down, and call it a day, right?

Well, the best way to prevent drain problems in your business is by not employing this same tactic there. The thing is, these store-bought, cheap, chemical drain cleaners are not the right solution for home drains or for your business. Keep reading to learn why, and to learn about professional drain cleaning methods.

Chemical Drain Cleaners Only Dissolve Some Sources of Clogs

And guess what sources they dissolve? Hair! Unless we’re talking about a gym business with showers, or a hair salon, we doubt very much that people are styling their hair in your business, and therefore these chemical drain cleaners would be absolutely useless for a clog in one of your drains. Grease, grime and …

What’s an Anode Rod and What Does It Do?

Water Heater Tank

If we asked you to name the most important appliance in your home, what would it be? We’d argue to say that it’s your water heater. After all, your water heater is one of the only systems in your home that gets used every single day—it works hard to provide you with the hot water you need to shower, wash dishes, do the laundry, and more. And if you’re using a storage tank water heater, there is one component, in particular, that is integral in allowing this to all happen seamlessly—the anode rod.

This isn’t exactly a household name, but the anode rod is very
important in all households with a storage tank water heater. It
provides an essential function in protecting your tank water heater from
harm. The anode rod doesn’t last the lifetime of the water heater,
though, so it’s important you know the condition of yours.

What Exactly Is an Anode Rod?

This is a rod that resides in the tank of your water heater and is
composed of magnesium. This material breaks down faster than steel does,
which is what hot water tanks are made out …