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Tricks of the Trade

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Tue, Mar 08, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

Ever hear the sound of water dripping but you don't know where it is exactly? Fortunately there are plumbing leak solutions that are simple, effective, and don't cost 3.jpgmuch money. Most issues can be handled by oneself although on occasion you may need the help of a professional. Below is a collection of DIY tips to make your life easier should the day come when you must face a dreaded plumbing problem.

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Tags: leaks, leaking, DIY, Tips

Heat Damaging your Plumbing? Common Hot Weather Plumbing Problems

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 @ 01:34 PM

bigstock Termomether 3230788When most people think about heat-related issues in their homes, they immediately think of the air conditioner being on the fritz. After all, nobody wants to sit around in a house that feels like the shore of a swamp.

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Tags: leaks, pipes, plumbing tips, Heat

Slab Leak Prevention

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 @ 09:11 AM

bigstock Plumbing Leaks 69871834 resized 600Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a homeowner quite like a slab leak. Slab leaks occur when plumbing pipes installed inside and underneath the concrete slab foundation spring a leak, resulting in serious water damage to the home or the foundation. Slab leaks can be difficult to detect, and fixing them often requires tearing up floors to gain access to the leak.

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Tags: leaks, slab leak, Jacksonville Plumber, slab leak prevention, plumbing inspection, Jacksonville slab leak

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

Plumbing Installations 101

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 @ 04:36 PM

Plumbing Installation Basics

plumbingWhen you hire a plumbing contractor to install your plumbing you may wonder what this install will look like. There are of course several different steps involved in plumbing installation. But knowing the order of them and the standards the installation must meet can take some of the stress of not knowing away.

First, plumbing requires all the correct permits from the local government when certain changes are made. These changes are more extreme repairs such as outright construction of a new plumbing system, extending the main line, and repair of a water supply line. In basic terms the local authorities don’t want someone who is not properly trained and licensed working on public utilities. All it takes is one misplaced strike of a shovel to damage a city line which could stop the water flow for an entire block. Leave these kinds of high level repairs to the professionals. Of course a permit is not required for work in your own home. Things like leak fixing, minor repair work, and fixture work is perfectly fine.


All plumbing installations have a first inspection and a final inspection. As you can imagine they are done to make sure the installation is progressing within government sanctions and shows the proper levels of safe functionality.

The first inspection has to have all the vents and drains completed at this early phase. Also the plumbing itself must still be exposed for proper inspection. At this stage if any part of the plumbing system is found to be faulty it must either be repaired or replaced as such that it is brought up to code. Also be sure to contact your local inspector at a reasonable time to allow a proper time frame for an appointment to be set up.   

The final inspection is a review of the mostly completed plumbing system. All the internal fixtures, such as faucets, have to be installed along with all plumbing equipment such as water heaters and tanks. It has to be ready to use. Minor design elements don’t have to be completed but base functionality has to be completed.

Basic Plumbing Requirements

It is not required that you understand everything about plumbing but there are some basic ideas that are good to know if just for being able to recognize bad designs or work. A working knowledge of drains, vents, and expansion fittings can be useful. Drains are drainage pipes used for basic water removal. Vents allow venting to control the air pressure in the plumbing system. Without them the pipes would burst. Expansion fittings are wider fittings to allow the pipes to expand and contract due to temperature changes. Everyone knows the story of the pipes bursting in winter.   

Drains and Vents

The measurements are important as pipes have to be set in a certain way to pass inspection. Drains have a slope requirement. They have to slope away from the housing fixture by 1/4 of an inch for every foot of plumbing pipe. The drains must be set into this position so they require a hanger or base to hold them. Also drainage pipes cannot be installed in external walls due to the exposure to freezing weather in the winter. Vent pipes however can be installed in external walls.

For a vent, the fall of a fixture trap must not be larger in diameter than the drain. This isn’t a requirement if the trap is coming from a toilet. Plus vent pipe cannot be too far from a fixture trap. The fixture trap and vent pipe have to be within five feet of each other. As before with toilet there is a slightly different measurement. A vent pipe has to be within three feet of the toilet.

Using Expansion Fittings  

Expansion fittings are installed to account for expansion and contraction of pipes due to weather related temperature changes. They have to be installed in required areas. If your pipes are plastic the expansion fittings must be installed at the base of every waste or soil stick/pipe. As an aside these are the drainage pipes used for liquid waste removal, you wouldn't want your toilet not disposing of its waste properly. 

When You Need Professional Installation

In Jacksonville Florida you have a choice in plumbing professionals to hire. When it comes to installations you need a skilled and experienced plumber. Bill Fenwick Plumbing brings decades of experience and only the best plumbers. They make sure to only work with highly skilled and licensed professionals. This way you know your installation will meet all the inspection requirements.

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Tags: leaks, Tips, Jacksonville plumbing, Bill Fenwick Plumbing

Repair vs. Replacing Piping

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 09:55 AM

Plumbing Frozen Pipe CopperWhen it comes to plumbing repairs Jacksonville is a place where the maximum lifespans quoted for pipes are most likely not going to happen. Jacksonville water is harder, as is most of the water in the eastern areas of Florida. However, despite the increased need for plumbing repairs Jacksonville is not necessarily going to mandate early replacement. The following is a brief primer on when to repair your pipes versus when replacing them is a better idea.

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Tags: leaks, plumbing tips, 24/7 plumbing jacksonville, Clogged Drains

24 hr Plumbing Service for Jacksonville Residents

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 @ 12:27 PM
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Don't Let Your Faucet Drip Money Out of Your Pocket

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 09:35 AM

money flow faucetDripping faucets can cause homeowners to waste hundreds, if not thousands of gallons of water a year, costing them hundreds of dollars. This does not even take into account the damage that a leaking faucet can cause to other fixtures, or underneath your sink. Stopping a leaky faucet from leaking as soon as you notice it can prevent you from losing a lot of money from wasted water, and perhaps even save even more from stopping corrosion and stains from forming.

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Tags: leaks, plumbing, Bathroom, Tips, kitchen, 24/7 plumbing jacksonville

Plumbing 101: Water Leak Detection

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 @ 09:40 AM

Water LeakAny home can have a plumbing leak appear silently and invisibly. It can sometimes take days, even weeks to see the stain, puddle or leak. They can have ugly, costly, damaging results, especially if not discovered quickly enough.

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Tags: leaks, plumbing, Bathroom, Tips, kitchen, 24/7 plumbing jacksonville

Is It Possible You Have a Slab Leak?

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 @ 01:50 PM

slab leak detectionLearn what a slab leak is and how it can potentially affect your home.

Have you noticed a sudden spike in your water bill? Have you felt unexplained warm spots in your floors beneath your feet? Are you suspicious that there may be water running through your walls? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then it may be time for you to call in a plumber!

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Tags: leaks, water bill, Plumber(s), pipes, slab leak

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