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Keep Your Toilet Bowl Naturally Clean

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 @ 11:44 AM

bigstock-Hand-Of-Woman-In-Blue-Glove-Cl-92571824.jpgYou embrace a healthier life by eliminating additive-laden foods, and unsafe chemicals in your home.  Reading labels, googling ingredients and weighing the choices you have has become a way of life for consumers all over the Sunshine State.  Paying attention to those foods and products you bring into your home and making sure they’re not harmful can take a lot of time. But, if it keeps your home and family safe and healthy, you don’t mind a bit.


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Tags: toilet, DIY, plumbing tips

Whether Snake or Toilet- A hiss is never good

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 10:46 AM

describe the imageA hundred years ago, hearing the sound of hissing coming from the bathroom meant you needed to check the outhouse for snakes. Today, the hissing you hear is likely to be coming from your commode not shutting down after the tank is full. While this isn't likely to result in a painful bite, your wallet is bound to experience shock at the increase in your water bill. Let's explore the cause of your hissing toilet and what you can do to stop it.

Toilet Anatomy

Toilets are rather uncomplicated. Inside the tank are three parts, each with a specific function.

*Flush valve - This is in the middle of the tank and is used to open up the pipe that allows waste to be removed from the commode.

*Flapper - This is attached to the flush valve. When the flush valve is opened, the flapper is pulled upward, opening the draining hole.

*Fill valve - This is where fresh water enters the tank. As the water rises in the tank, a sinker that is attached to the fill valve floats upward. When it reaches a pre-determined point, the fill valve is shut off.

The concept is simple, but something can go wrong during any of the steps. The hissing sound you hear coming from your tank is most likely the sound of the fill valve not shutting off, but the cause isn't always there.

What Can Go Wrong and How to Make it Right

There are three main reasons that can result in the fill valve not shutting off. These are the flapper, flapper chain and the float. Each is easy to fix, but you need to narrow it down to exactly which part is the cause of your hissing toilet.

Flapper - The flapper that is raised to allow water to exit the tank can become warped. When this happens, it doesn't settle tightly over the drain hole, which causes water to continuously leak from the tank. As the water leaks out, the float lowers and this tells the fill valve to add more water.

Examine the flapper and make sure it is flat. Watch as it settles over the drain hole and see if it is placed correctly and provides a leakproof seal.  If it is wrinkled or otherwise not fitting, turn the water off to the tank, flush it and remove the the flapper. Take note of the brand of toilet you have and visit your local hardware store for a replacement.

Flapper chain - The flapper is attached to the flush lever of your toilet by a chain. If the chain isn't the correct length, it can keep the flapper from settling correctly in position. If it is too short, the flapper won't settle tight enough. If the chain is too long, it can find its way under the flapper, causing a gap to form and allow water to leak out. This causes the annoying hissing toilet syndrome.

If the chain appears to be too long or too short, simply reposition it where it is attached to the clip that holds it. This should solve the problem.

Float - The overflow on your toilet tank allows for a certain amount of water before it automatically starts draining through the overflow. The float that is attached to the fill valve reaches that pre-determined point and this is what tells it to shut the fill valve off. If the float is rising too high, water will drain through the overflow, causing the tank water level to lower and the fill valve to turn on.

You check for proper float level by taking note of where the overflow is located and measuring down approximately half an inch. If you see the float is rising above that level, you need to readjust it's location on the fill valve so that it stops before it gets too high.

No More Hissy Fits

One of the three above fixes should have your hissing toilet happily quiet once again. If you have done all three and you still hear hissing coming from the toilet, you should call your local snake charmer...er...plumber and have him come and check things out. 

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Tags: toilet, Jacksonville Plumber, Tips

The NextStep Toilet Seat

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 @ 12:55 PM

NextStep resized 600Besides the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the entire house. Many features can be installed to meet the comfort, safety and needs of individuals, even the littlest ones. If you have a young child in the house, you might be dreading one of the most important steps in your toddler's life: potty training. Because we know that potty training is a very important step for your child, Bill Fenwick Plumbing would like to suggest an easy to use product during your potty training sessions, the NextStep toilet seat.

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Tags: toilet, toilet installation, nextstep

How To Test Your Toilet For A Leak

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

bigstock Hand Fixing Toilet 61252913 resized 600Tracking down a hard-to-find toilet leak can seem like a nightmare at times, as you try to figure out exactly where it's coming from and whether it's the cause of your high water bills and endlessly running toilet. In this post, we'll discuss how to test your toilet to determine where the trouble is.

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Tags: leaks, toilet, plumbing tips, toilet installation

Luxury Plumbing Products

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Tue, May 27, 2014 @ 10:54 AM
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When you think of luxury item upgrades for your home, plumbing is probably the last thing that comes to mind.  Well, maybe it’s time to re-think what home comfort really means. You carefully compare and select the perfect hard wood flooring for the kitchen, the biggest smart TV for the family room, and the most beautiful landscaping in the entire neighborhood. Sure, all of those aesthetic are great, no doubt about it. But when it comes to real home comfort things like having hot water on demand and the security of having a lifetime warranty are what will help you feel most relaxed. 

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Tags: toilet, toilets, Bathroom redesign, trending bathrooms, bathroom shower, Bathroom remodel, Bathroom renovation

Signs That it Might be Time to Replace Your Toilet

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 @ 10:16 AM

toilet Jacksonville plumbersThe bathroom is one of the most frequented areas in any home and it needs to be in good condition at all times. Failure of the toilet to function properly can really be stressful and inconvenient. It becomes vital to be on the alert for any signs that your toilet needs replacement. The earlier you recognize any faults with your toilet, the better, as you will contact 24 hr plumbers Jacksonville to assist you replace or fix your toilet.

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Tags: water bill, leaking, toilet, toilets, Bathroom, Tips, Jacksonville plumbing, plumbing tips

Top Reasons to Install Energy-Efficient, Low-Flow Toilets

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 @ 09:45 AM

toilet plumbers Jacksonville FLIt was estimated by Northeastern University's Professor Vladimir Novotny at a 2010 conference presentation that, in the United States, 26 percent of the water used in a household is consumed by the flushing of a toilet. He further estimates that installing better functioning flushers may reduce that usage to only about 10 percent per household. At Fenwick Plumbing Jacksonville FL, we can help you evaluate your toilets to determine if they are high-efficiency units. We are also happy to provide you with recommendations to help conserve water per flush.

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Tags: water bill, Plumber(s), toilet, Install, plumbing, Bathroom, Jacksonville Plumber, Tips

2014 Bathroom Design Trends

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

bathroom remodel JacksonvilleThe new year is coming at us full force and that means it's time for the roll out of all new trends in bathroom design. 

If your New Year's resolution includes designing or remodeling a new master bathroom, then you're in luck. We've got the hottest bathroom designs for 2014 and we here at Fenwick Plumbing in Jacksonville, FL are eager to share them with you. 

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Tags: water fixtures, toilet, Bathroom, remodel, Jacksonville Plumber, Bathroom redesign, Jacksonville plumbing, bathroom shower, remodeling tips, Jacksonville Plumbers FL

Kids' Bathroom Remodel Ideas

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 @ 11:53 AM

kids bathroom remodel JacksonvilleHome improvement projects are not only a luxury, sometimes they are also a necessity.  When it comes to remodeling your children’s bathrooms, there are a few things you want to take into consideration before taking that first step in the remodel.  Unlike a kitchen remodel or a living room remodel, a children’s bathroom remodel is something that they might grow out of in a few years.  For that reason alone, careful consideration and a plan beforehand is essential in planning the remodel.  Also, beyond actually looking at elements of the actual design and colors, it’s also a good idea to make sure everything in the bathroom is working correctly, such as water pressure, faulty toilets, etc.  If you do have any issues with the water in your kid’s bathroom, you will need to look into water heater repair in Jacksonville FL. Here are a few tips on how to go about remodeling your child's bathroom.


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Tags: toilet, Bathroom, remodel, Jacksonville Plumber, Bathroom redesign, bathroom shower

The Benefits of Owning a Toto Washlet Toilet

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 @ 10:59 AM

There is nothing as assuring as the swoosh of your new Toto toilet. That statement has been confirmed by customers after their Jacksonville FL bathroom remodel. But, there is more to Toto than the game-changing one flush toilets they are famous for. Their most recent product is the exciting Washlet.

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Tags: toilet, Jacksonville plumbing, plumbing tips

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