Peninsula’s Plumbing FAQs

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What’s the fastest way to fix a running toilet?

If your toilet is constantly running, the problem is usually with the flapper, which should be easy enough to replace. Sometimes, the chain can be too long and can get caught under the flapper. If this is the case, remove it and try to remove a link or two from the chain until it’s just long enough to reach the lever arm from the top of the flapper without pulling on it.

Learn more about toilet repair in Delmarva.

Why do I need to vent my plumbing system?

Venting your plumbing system allows potentially harmful sewer gases to be released outside your home instead of building up inside. In addition, venting allows air into your plumbing system, which is necessary for draining plumbing fixtures without other fixtures backing up.

Why is my water bill so high?

While leaks in faucets or pipes are obvious contributors to high water bills, one thing many people don’t consider is leaking toilets. Toilet leaks are most commonly attributed to worn parts or improper alignment of some parts of the flushing mechanism. These types of leaks can be hard to detect, so if you’ve noticed a spike in your water bills, check the toilet or call a plumber right away.

Find out more about Delmarva water leak inspection and repair.

How can I tell if my toilet is leaking?

There are two common places where toilets leak, and both are very difficult to detect. The most common (and, unfortunately, hardest to detect) is a leak caused by a deteriorated flapper or tank ball at the bottom of the tank. One way to find out is to pour a few drops of food coloring in the tank of the toilet and wait about 30 minutes (don’t flush the toilet during this time). Look into the toilet bowl after the time is up, and see if any of the food coloring has gotten into the bowl. If it has, call a plumber right away!

A second way your toilet can leak is with an improperly adjusted or broken fill valve. If the float is set too high or the shutoff valve can’t close completely, water will enter the tank and flow into the overflow tube. You can see if you have this type of leak by opening up the tank and seeing if water is moving into that tube. If you’re having this problem, call a Delmarva-area plumber.

What should I do if there is a major leak in my home?

The first thing you should do is turn off the water, either at the main shutoff valve or at the meter. Next, call a plumber, and your insurance company, if necessary.

Why do my pipes rattle so much?

Most often, your drain pipes rattle because they are not properly secured. If your water lines are easily accessible, this is a quick fix. If not, a plumber or remodeler may need to be called in.

Learn more about Delmarva pipe repair and replacement.

Why does my hot water smell like rotten eggs?

Foul smelling water is caused by a combination of hydrogen, sulfur, and bacteria in the water. These odors commonly occur in homes on well water, as well as homes that use magnesium anode rods. To prevent the odors, replace your magnesium anode rod with an aluminum rod. If you’re on a private well, kill the bacteria with a UV light system or use a chlorine injector.

Why does my toilet “sweat?”

Condensation on the side of the toilet is caused by cold water in the toilet tank mixed with humid air in the bathroom. This isn’t a problem, but if you want to fix it you can insulate the inside of your tank or put a tank cover on the outside. Alternatively, you can buy a mixing valve for your cold water supply which will add just enough hot water to the cold to warm it up.

Why doesn’t water enter my toilet bowl when I flush the toilet?

Is your water supply on? If not, turn it on. If it is, open the toilet tank lid and check to make sure the chain or strap to the flapper has not come loose. Also check to make sure there’s nothing blocking the toilet jets under the rim of the toilet.

How can I get my toilet tank to stop overflowing?

Start by replacing the fill valve on the toilet. If that doesn’t work, replace the shaft or wire that is used to set the water level, as it may have corroded.

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