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Fix Your Running Toilet in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Thu, Dec 27, 2018 @ 07:19 PM

bigstock-White-Toilet-Bowl-In-A-Bathroo-265919803A running toilet can drive anyone mad after enough time. While calling a professional will get you a guaranteed stop that annoying running toilet, it is not always necessary. It is possible for even a novice handy person to fix it with the right knowledge and tools.

Use this how-to guide to get you 5 stops closer to stopping your running toilet. They may not work in every case, but they’re an ideal starting point.

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Tags: plumbing, Tips

Stains in Your Toilet, Tub, or Sink? No problem!

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Fri, May 18, 2018 @ 03:03 PM

bigstock-Woman-With-Cleaning-Equipment--235100476No matter how much time and effort you spend to keep your home’s bathroom clean and sanitary, unsightly stains can undo all your hard work. Rust stains can give your perfectly kept plumbing fixtures a filthy appearance and may discourage you from inviting friends and family to enjoy your home. Even if the toilet, tub, or sink has just been scrubbed, the visual appearance of grime may leave everyone who uses the fixture feeling a little less clean than before.

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Tags: Bathroom, Tips, plumbing maintenance

Plumbing Repair: Busted Pipe

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

bigstock--181515553.jpgBefore calling for plumbing repair, Jacksonville residents might want to learn how to repair a burst pipe on their own. Fixing a burst pipe isn't as hard as you might think. It only requires a few simple tools and items as well as some moderate soldering skills! We promise, it isn't as daunting as you might think!

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Tags: DIY, Tips, plumbing tips, Bill Fenwick Plumbing, Broken Pipe, main water valve, Water leaks

Why is My Gas Bill So High?

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

Surprised by your gas bill?Residents of warm-weather areas, such as Jacksonville, grow used to seeing low gas bills every month. Winter, however, can bring an unpleasant sticker shock along with the cooler weather. Many may find their budgets thrown off by this sudden rise in the amount they must pay on a usually low utility.

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Tags: plumbing, Tips, Gas Piping, Gas Leaks, Bill Fenwick, piping

Water Works: Know How to Manage Water in Your Home

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 @ 12:48 PM

A common location for Floridians' shut-off valve is underground near the hose bibbAlmost every room in your home has access to plumbing, and even rooms like your bedroom have adjacent access. From showering, to brushing our teeth, to doing laundry, to cooking, most of our daily activities require water. Despite this fact, most homeowners don’t know a ton about their plumbing. But knowing how to shut your water off can become essential very quickly in the case of emergencies. It can also be helpful if you’re doing some quick DIY plumbing that you learned in our eBook or in one of our blogs.

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Tags: DIY, Tips, main water valve, water regulation, piping, how to turn off water

Prevent Water Damage, Know How to Turn Your Water Off in an Emergency

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 @ 12:28 PM

Water damage in your home can be catastrophic. What starts as a small leak can quickly turn into damaged walls, ruined floors, and thousands of dollars’ worth of furniture repairs – if it can be salvaged at all.emergency-plumbing.png

However, homeowners don’t have to allow a little leak to turn into a major problem. To avoid serious issues, though, you’ll need to know more about your home and how you can get your water off if or when you spring a leak.

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Tags: DIY, Tips, how to turn off water

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

11 Smart and Easy Ways to Save on Water

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Fri, Sep 04, 2015 @ 02:27 PM

 Reduce your household water usage and you’ll save money on your utility bills, reduce water pollution in nearby lakes and rivers, and extend the life of your septic tank. You can cut your water usage by 25 percent by doing a few things a bit differently with your home appliances that use water.

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Toilets use a lot of water, up to 27 percent of a household water usage. Here’s how you can reduce that number:

  •  Check for leaks. A leak can cause the loss of more than 100 gallons of water per day. Water rippling in your toilet bowl is a sure sign of a leak. Put a few drops of food coloring in your tank and if the dye appears in the toilet bowl without flushing, there’s a leak.
  • Don’t use the toilet as a trash can. Every flush uses up several gallons of water.
  • Reduce the amount of water in your toilet tank. Put in a bottle of water, away from anymoving mechanisms, to take up some space in the tank.
  • Replace your toilet with an energy­efficient one.​This can reduce the amount of waterused significantly, going from five to seven gallons to only 1.6 gallons per flush.

You probably already know that shorter showers are better and that a shower uses less water than a bath. Here’s what else you can do to save water in the shower:

  • Install a new shower head or a flow restrictor. These can reduce your shower flow from five to ten gallons per minute to only three gallons per minute.
  • Get a t​ankless water heater​to heat up your water faster so you don’t have to run the shower for a few minutes to get it warm.

Kitchen and Bathroom Faucets

Faucets in the kitchen and bathroom are used multiple times daily, making them sources of potential water waste. Cut down on water usage by trying these simple tips:
  • Don’t let the water run. Whether you’re brushing your teeth, shaving, washing your dishes, or rinsing your vegetables, turn off the faucet and fill up a bowl, sink, or a cup with water for rinsing.
  • Check your pipes and faucets for leaks. If you notice small drips from your faucets, that’s a leak that needs to be fixed. Another way to check is to look at your water meter. Turn off all your faucets and water appliances and check the meter. Wait an hour without using any water and then check again. If there’s been a change, you have a leak somewhere.
  • Replace your faucet with high efficiency faucets or install a faucet aerator on every faucet.


Using the dishwasher instead of washing your dishes will save water, but here’s how you can conserve even more water:

  • Run the dishwasher with a full load. Half loads uses up the same amount of water for less dishes, wasting water and energy.
  • Don’t rinse plates before putting them into the dishwasher. Just remove large food pieces. Your dirty dishes will come out clean without any added rinsing.
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Tags: water bill, Tips, Bill Fenwick Plumbing, water regulation, Bill Fenwick, Best Practices, Water

Avoid a Summer Plumbing Slump

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Tue, Jun 02, 2015 @ 01:20 PM

It’s time for barbecues, running through the bigstock Builder handyman with construc 85993877 copysprinkler, and lots of sunshine! It’s also time for plumbing problems that crop up during the warmer months.

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Tags: Jacksonville Plumbers, Tips, plumbing tips, Bill Fenwick Plumbing, 24/7 plumbing jacksonville, plumbing inspection, plumbing maintenance, summer plumbing

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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