SAM JOLLEY's Plumbing FAQ's

We offer Plumbing Services in this areas:

Boca Raton
Coconut Creek
Coral Springs
Dania Beach
Deerfield Beach
Delray Beach
Fort Lauderdale
Hallandale Beach

Hialeah Gardens
Lighthouse Points
Miami Gardens
Miami Lakes
North Lauderdale

Oakland Park
Pembroke Pines
Pompano Beach
Sunny Isles Beach
Wilton Manors

We have to see what the situation is in your home before we can provide a quote. This is because plumbing can be very different in different homes.

But the good news is that we don’t have hourly rates – we give you a complete price quote (labour included) for you to approve before any work begins.

Sometimes we can give you a few options – for example, we may be able to either repair something or replace it for you. In situations like this we give you the price for each option, and explain the pros and cons for each one so you can make a fully informed decision.

We’re available for regular appointments Monday to Saturday 8 AM to 7 PM. Our evening and weekend appointments are very popular!

We also provide emergency plumbing services 24-7 if you need us. Please be aware that there is an additional emergency fee, but we really are ready to help even if it’s the middle of the night!

We sure do – seniors get 10% off (except for some of our specials). We also offer a 10% discount for Canadian Armed Forces veterans. Sorry, these discounts can’t be combined.

Please be aware that we may need to check your ID to confirm that you qualify.

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Sam Jolley’s Plumbing
Telephone: (954) 869-9105
Email: terri.samjolleysplumbing@gmail.com

If you’re not satisfied with our workmanship it is free. If you find a fully licensed and insured company that provides a quote in writing to perform the same work with equal materials within 30 days after we complete your job, we will refund you the difference

Sam Jolley’s Plumbing Plumber FL Florida has been trusted to serve the Fort Lauderdale and Broward County customers for plumbing needs since 1974, making us one of the longest running plumbing companies. We are a veteran owned business, Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorites award winner, and google guaranteed vendor. This means we have been screened by google to be trustworthy and reliable, licensed, insured, and all employees have been background checked.

Yes. Anyone we send to your home is fully insured, registered with the Province of Ontario, and fully qualified to work on your home.

Yes we can. Please mention that you need this in advance, as our plumbers don’t always carry additional copies of the paperwork that they can leave with you.

Yes. You can learn more here.

We are authorized for retrofit backwater valves under their rebate program. We can do the assessment, camera inspection, report, and final installation. Unfortunately the homeowner must file the paperwork themselves before the installation. You can learn about the rebate and conditions here.

While we can fix water heaters (both tanks and tankless), unfortunately we can’t fix furnaces at this time but we are excited to be able to offer this service in the near future!

Before you ask us to fix your water heater, however, please check for a sticker on the unit to be sure it’s not a rental. We are not allowed to fix water heaters being rented from other companies, as they are the property of that company.

We don’t like opening walls, but it’s the only way we can be sure we know where the leak is coming from.

Some home inspectors have a tool they can use to detect moisture inside a wall. Unfortunately tools like that can only tell that water exists, not where the source of the leak is located. There could be water in the walls that is flowing from somewhere else in your home – it is possible the water is running along a pipe for a bit before it drips.

Unfortunately it doesn’t make sense for you to pay a plumber to fix drywall. You can save a lot of money by hiring one of our trusted contractors (or by doing it yourself if you’re handy). We can give you contact information or even set up the booking if you like.

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A leak no matter how small can add up to a big problem. Beyond the problem of wasted water that runs up your water bill it can also cause mold to grow in your home. Mold can be harmful to you and your family and pets. This is why it is key to find the leak before the major damage is done.



Over time when pipes get old, brittle, and start to crack, they need to be replaced. Other reasons for re-piping areas of your home may include remodeling, moving the location of an existing fixture or installing a new one.



Your water heater may be the single most important appliance in your home. It is what provides hot water to your showers, baths, sinks, and laundry machines. It is very important to choose the right size and strength for your home. Our professionals are excellent at helping you pick the right style and size for your home and/or business. We will deliver and install your new water heater to you once you have made your selection. We will dispose of the old unit after complete installation.

We don’t give or sell your contact information to other companies.

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The peeling away of the caulking is caused by the weight of the full bathtub stretching the caulking too much. To stop this from happening, fill the tub with water before you apply the caulking.

The best thing to do is replace the bathtub. As you are not ready to renovate, there are companies that can refinish bathtubs. Generally the finish is not as durable as the original. The length of time the finish will last will depend on the type of finish and the quality of the application.

Bathtub relining is a lower cost alternative to replacing the existing bathtub. A special liner designed to fit in and around your existing bathtub and is glued over the existing tub. The drain is reconnected, sandwiching the liner in the middle of the seals. These liners have been around a number of years and the technology has improved as has the installation. Individuals must decide for themselves if installation of a liner is a good idea. Provided the installation was done well, the liner should work just fine.

If there are no problems with your drains, it is probably a good idea not to use these chemicals. Use of harsh chemicals in piping can cause significant damage and other problems. Doing so may cause you to need professional assistance sooner than anticipated. Most of the chemicals on the market are caustic and not biodegradable and although diluted in the drains their use eventually affects water quality in the local river.

Most drain cleaning products are designed to clear blockages, so if the drain has been emptying slowly their use is generally not as effective. The chemicals will drain away just as the water and will usually eat away a small channel in the grime at the bottom of the pipe; but it will not clear the whole pipe. This will mean that the drainage may only improve for a short period of time.

We recommend BioOne, which is a natural biological drain line, septic and grease trap maintainer. It works by releasing naturally occurring bacteria that thrive on grease, oil and stubborn organics found in every wastewater system.

Over the last couple of years, there has been a lot of press on city sewers backing up into peoples home. This is caused by more rain than the sewers can cope with and this occurs particularly in spring with the run off. Installing a back water preventer onto your main waste pipe in your basement can help prevent damage to your home.This has a yellow plastic float flap integrated into the unit, which lifts up when the sewage volume from the road rises, thus blocking the entry into your home.

If there are no signs of leaking from any of the fixtures in the bathroom, the only way to precisely locate the leak is to open the ceiling and see where it is coming from. Depending on the cause, a number of openings may need to be made to find and repair the source of the leak.

In all probability the ceiling will need to be opened to ensure that the leak is fixed. The technicians at Out of This World Plumbing can arrange to have the walls and ceilings repaired so that you are not left with a gaping hole in your home for a number of weeks.

If the leak does not appear to slow down or it seems to be getting worse; the leak is probably in the water supply line. Close the main water shut off valve (located near your water meter) and call us.

Providing that the water pressure in the rest of the house is good, then the reduction in pressure is going to be caused by the shower control or the head itself. Unscrew the shower head to see if the water flow is any better with it removed. If it is, the shower head needs cleaning or replacing. If this does not solve the problem, than the shower control is most likely the cause and should be looked at.

I would check the condition of the caulking around the shower. It is possible that the caulking has become detached over time in some places. If the caulking looks to be in good shape, it could be that there is caulking in the wrong places. A lot of shower door manufactures have specific openings to allow water to drain from the base of the doors. If these openings become plugged, water will often find another way out.

If you are noticing any movement of the toilet, it will only be a matter of time before it leaks. So have it looked at as soon as possible: your plumbing professional will be able to say whether or not it was leaking at that point and also inspect the condition of the rest of the toilet.

Chances are the toilet is the source of the water running. Water can run from the tank to the bowl without any signs of a problem. While this isn’t a leak, it is a huge waste of water. You should have the parts inside the tank looked at or you could end up with a large water bill.

There were some problems with the early low flush toilets, but now most toilets work well. Expect to pay more for a toilet that will stay trouble free for longer.

There are a number of benefits to getting low flush toilets. Firstly, the new standard is a 4.5 litre toilet where as the older standard was 13 litres, so you are using much less water and so reducing your home water bill. There are toilets that use a lot more water, normally in much older homes.

If only the one tap is affected, the aerator is probably plugged and needs to be replaced or cleaned.

The main water shut off valve is located by the water meter; this is normally located on the wall nearest the road in the basement.

Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing problems homeowners face. Clogs happen at the worst times—like when you sleep through your alarm and are going to be late for work but still decide to take a shower and now the water is overflowing onto the bathroom floor. Although a clogged drain can be a major inconvenience, it is a relatively easy problem to fix!

When your well pump is cycling on and off, it’s a sign that something’s wrong. Getting to the root of the problem is the first step in fixing it. Here are some of the reasons why your well pump may be short-cycling, and what can be done to fix it.

There are many modern conveniences we often take for granted during our everyday lives—until we have to go without them. You don’t realize how nice it is to be able to dispose of food waste down the drain until your garbage disposal stops working. One of the common issues we hear about is a garbage disposal that seems to turn on and makes a humming noise but won’t actually shred up any food. There are a couple of reasons this could be the case.

After an extended trip away from home, the water coming out of your faucet could be slightly discolored—luckily, the discoloration usually goes away on its own in less than a minute. But what if this happens to your hot water regularly? Is the discolored water dangerous to your health? Can you use it to cook, bathe, or clean? Often the water is safe to use, and can often be associated with an aging water heater or rusty pipes.

The wintertime around Northern Virginia can produce temperatures in the teens—and even below—which means homeowners in the area should take steps to prevent frozen pipes. When water freezes, it expands, which can cause your pipes to burst—this can cause major problems and create lengthy plumbing bills. Rapid drops in temperature, poor insulation, and improperly set thermostats are the major culprits behind frozen pipes.

There could be a few reasons why your water bills have started to rise. The first thing to check is if a toilet is leaking. Check the water level in the tank to see if water is overflowing into the overflow pipe. In the event water is running into the overflow pipe, adjust the fill valve to stop the flow approximately one inch below the top of the overflow tube or to the water level mark stamped on the side of the tank. Regular maintenance from Sam Jolley’s Plumbing will ensure proper operation.

You can put any kind of soft edible material down a garbage disposal. Avoid bone, coffee grounds, corn husks or other fibrous materials.

Most pipes have curves in them to catch trash before it goes to the sewer (like food, grease, or solid waste). You can either take the U-bend apart and clean it, or use bleach or vinegar to break up the gunk. Turn on a fan to suck up the odor.

Your hot water tank normally runs 24/7, so you should buy a quality one. High quality tanks could provide over an hour of hot water and only cost about fifty cents a day. Drain it once a year, and it’ll last a long, long time.

If your water heater starts making a lot of noise, you’ve probably got serious issues. It could cause a short that blows your circuit breakers. It could also start to build up sediment, which clogs up your water heater and burns excess electricity to heat. You might be able to beat repairs temporarily by draining the system completely and then refilling it.

It’s important to get the right equipment. When you use water, it’s delivered from a good distance away, and it’s forced via a pressurized system. This pressure can bust low quality pipes and equipment. Having a PRV and quality piping can be the difference reliability and a huge mess.

You don’t have to have a degree to be a plumber. You might be surprised to know that the average salary for a plumber averages over $50,000. Plumbing is also a very steady job market that’s expected to grow in the future (about 26 percent). To learn more about plumbing, call Sam Jolley’s Plumbing at 954) 869-9105
YES! Since pipe restoration restores a building’s piping system within the walls, owners save thousands of dollars by not paying to replace their existing piping system. The costs saved by not destroying walls, removing and replacing pipes, and redecorating make pipe restoration the less expensive alternative.

YES! New pipes start to deteriorate the moment the water is turned on. Epoxy lined pipes are protected against corrosion.

YES! The Epoxy Pipe RSE System restoration is planned as far ahead as possible. An updated schedule of the suites to be restored is published in the lobby on a daily basis. The process should not compromise a tenant’s standard of living.

Every water-using appliance and fixture in your home contributes to your water bill, so be on the lookout for ways to reduce your consumption for each. The following products and practices are all practical ways you can easily reduce your daily water usage:

• Low flow shower heads
• Low flush toilets
• Only run your dishwasher when full
• Energy efficient washing machines
• Fix drips and leaks as soon as they are noticed.
These are some simple tips, but there are plenty more. Just be on the lookout for ways to keep water from running continuously in your home. The cost can add up fast.

A sudden shift in water pressure can be the result of many problems, but the simplest to solve are often those related to the water line or shutoff valve. Check your incoming lines and the valve to make sure there isn’t a kink and the valve is open all the way. Another problem you may face is mineral deposit in old pipes. This is common in homes that haven’t had their pipes replaced in three or more decades, and while cleaning is an option, you should also discuss the possibility of replacement with your plumber.

There are quite a few advantages to tankless hot water heaters. They can help save you money because they don’t keep a tank of water hot in reserve until you need it. However, they are also typically more expensive to install than more traditional tank hot water heaters.

Whether or not a tankless hot water heater will be right for you and your family will depend on the specific situation and the details of your home. Our experts can help you evaluate your hot water heater options and make it easier to come to an informed decision about what type of water heater to purchase.

Tankless hot water heaters that are located outdoors will still be able to provide hot water reliably to you and your family even when temperatures descend below zero. In fact, most of these types of hot water heaters are made to function properly in temperatures down to -30°F.

There are a number of reasons you may want to consider replacing your hot water heater. If you’re calling for frequent repairs, that’s a good sign that you may be better off investing in a replacement rather than continuing to pay for repairs. Also, if you’ve noticed that your hot water heater just isn’t getting the water as hot as it used to or your water is taking too long to heat up, it may be time to start looking around for a new one. These aren’t the only times when you’ll want to consider replacing your hot water heater, though.

In fact, even if you have a hot water heater that’s been working well for you, you may benefit from replacing it if it’s more than 10 years old. That’s because the newer models are simply so much more energy efficient than the older one you probably have in your house right now. Whether you opt for a tankless or tank variety, your new hot water heater will immediately save you a considerable amount on your monthly energy bill.

Provided you keep up with all of the proper maintenance, you can expect your new hot water heater to last you at least 10-15 years. Our professionals recommend that you have regular maintenance performed on your water heater once each year

Because your sewer line is probably installed under your lawn, it is surrounded by soil. Normally, tree and shrub roots will stay in their own area. The person who installed your sewer line likely did not place a tree right next to it. However, over time, especially if water is scarce, the roots will begin to seek out a source of water, which is exactly what your sewer line is. In some cases, roots will simply wrap around the pipes – something that can be fixed with some careful cutting.

However, if the material used for your pipes is susceptible to cracking, the roots may even get inside the line. PVC is a good replacement for metal pipes that allow this. Proper maintenance will catch any intruding roots before they get too close. It will also help to close up any gaps or leaks in your line that are attracting tree and shrub roots to the line.

Most of the time, the sewer lines located on your property are your responsibility. If a problem persists into the main sewer line or off your property, there may be issues of city responsibility as well, but you should check with your local municipality first. Most plumbers and drainage technicians can easily find this information and help you determine what repairs you are responsible for in your sewer lines. It is safe to assume that any problems on your property are issues you will need to have repaired, however.

There are many reasons your faucet could be leaking. There could be a problem in the o ring, a small disc that holds the faucet handle in place and, if worn out, can cause leaking. There could be valve corrosion, problems with the washer, worn out seals, or general (and unfortunate) broken pipes or fittings. While this list of potential problems may seem daunting, they’re all problems that can be easily fixed by a proper plumbing expert.

Definitely yes. Hard water, in short, is water that contains an excessive quantity of dissolved minerals like calcium, magnesium, and so on. Soft water, on the other hand, is treated so harmful minerals don’t build up. For comparison, natural rainwater is soft, not hard. Hard water can cause considerable damage to plumbing fixtures, pipes, and the things water in your home touches such as laundry and even your skin. If you suspect you have a hard water problem, we recommend getting in touch with a professional to get it fixed before it causes any expensive, long-lasting damage to your plumbing.

• Inspect tiles to see if any are missing or cracked. Check grout areas to see that the grout is not missing. Water can seep behind tiles and damage the wall if tile and grout is not in good shape.
• Don’t let water sit in the tub. Standing water can find ways to get around a faulty drain.
• Check out caulking around tubs and showers and replace or repair any areas that may allow water to seep through.
• Dry the floor immediately after bathing or showering. Don’t let water sit on the floor.
• Use the exhaust fan to pull moist air out of the area. Keep the room as dry as possible.

• These are exposed to moisture every day. Inspect them often to see that there are no leaks or moisture issues that might cause problems.
• If the trap has a leak or any moisture around it this could indicate a problem with your plumbing in Chico. Somewhere in the system there has to be excess moisture. Get this looked at.
• Any drips from faucets need to be repaired. Small leaks lead to larger leaks and bigger problems.
• Check seals and grout around sinks also. If they are cracked, broken or simply missing replace or repair them.

• The seal on the bottom of the toilet needs to be inspected regularly. If you see water near the base of the toilet have the seal replaced.
• Make sure the tank does not leak. If you hear the tank filling for no reason you know there is a leak. This constant water drip can cause damage to the toilet and any others near it that stay wet.
• Check water lines leading to the toilet. These can often leak and cause damage if left unchecked.

• Water leaks in the bathroom are often hard to detect since most of the pipes are in the wall. Check the walls for soft spots and discoloration.
• Inspect adjacent rooms to the bathroom. Water and moisture detected in these areas could indicate a problem in the bathroom.
• If you have a two story home check the ceiling areas under second story bathrooms to see if there are any issues.

Put Safety First

• Turn off the water at the main valve. You will stop further water damage right then and there (a momentary bright spot because you’ll know that things can only get better from here.)
• Assess the burst and the surrounding area to the best of your ability. If the pipe burst has occurred on an upper level, see if the water has already moved (or can move) to a lower level.
• Turn off the electricity to the affected regions of your home. You cannot be “too safe” with this step; the combination of water and electricity can cause shocks, electrocution and even death. So if you’re uncertain, shut down all the power.
• Take photographs of the damage. Naturally, you want to get to work. But take a few minutes to take pictures or take pictures as you work. You will need them when you submit an insurance claim.

Remove Saturated Items

• Call for plumbing help if you need it, whether it be from the Experts or, for a leak contained to one room, a neighbor or friend. Without trying to alarm you, understand that you are now in a contest against the clock since mold can develop in as little as 24 hours.
• Open the windows for ventilation. If you still have electricity, turn on fans to get air circulating and reduce odors.
• Remove anything and everything that has been touched by water,including rugs, furniture and books. Get these wet items out of the house – don’t just set them aside – so that you don’t create more work for yourself later. Place wet items on a tarp in your garage or on the lawn.

Remove the Water

• Use a wet vac to start removing the water. Depending on how much water has accumulated, this step could take a while; emptying the vac takes time, too. Keep at it until your efforts literally come up dry.
• Tend to wood flooring before carpet since it is now susceptible to warping. Check your flooring warranty for emergency care instructions. At the least, wood floors should be dried out thoroughly with fans.
• Pull back sections of waterlogged carpet and padding and train a high-powered fan on the area to dry it out.
• Run a dehumidifier to draw moisture out of the air.

Stem the Damage

• Clean vinyl floors with soap and water. If you fear mold or mildew growth, use bleach, too. Fill a 1-gallon bucket of water and clean ceramic tile with 1 cup of white vinegar and stone tile with 1 tablespoon of Murphy Oil Soap.
• Check your drywall for water damage. If the seams are still intact, the drywall should be fine. If the seams have swelled or separated, you will need more than plumbing help from the Experts; you will need new drywall, too.

Step 1: Stop the Rush of Water

• Lay some old towels on the floor, especially if there is a lot of water there, so that you don’t accidentally slip and fall.
• Remove the lid from the toilet tank and set it down.
• Reach inside the tank and press down on the flapper valve – a rubber piece located in the bottom-center region of the tank. This move will stop water from flowing into the bowl and, by extension, from flowing over the sides, too.
• Lift up on the float to stop the tank from filling. The water level in the bowl should start to drop. After about a minute, the water level should return to normal; now you can let go of the float and let the bowl refill without worrying about it overflowing. But keep an eye on it, just in case.
• If the water level doesn’t start to drop after about a minute, keep holding onto the float while you shut off the water at the toilet supply valve. This is where things can get tricky, but not for long: the valve is usually located near the floor or on the wall behind the toilet. Turn it clockwise to close it. If you cannot hold onto the float and reach the valve at the same time, release the float and close the valve as quickly as you can.

Step 2: Investigate the Scope of the Plumbing Problem

• Test the other plumbing fixtures in the bathroom to see if they are working as they should.
• Check the other toilets in your home to see if they flush properly. A toilet can overflow for several reasons, including: a problematic septic field (if your home is on a septic system); a blocked trap, an S-shaped device located between the bowl and the drain line which is supposed to keep the drain from clogging in the first place; a clog in the pipes inside your home; a clog in the pipes leading outside your home, including the main sewer line, which can be disrupted by the root systems of trees; or a low-flow toilet, which generally means older models. Most often, toilets overflow because they are unable to process a foreign object (such as a children’s toy) or an influx of material (such as tissue).
• Call Experts in Your Home for Chico plumbing help the minute you encounter anything troubling or suspicious. You’re probably not a licensed plumber, but we have a crew of them waiting to help diagnose and fix any plumbing problem in your home.
• If only one toilet is affected, chances are that it is blocked. And you can attempt to unclog it yourself.

Step 3: Try to Unclog the Toilet and Clean Up

• Place the cup of a toilet plunger at the center of the hole in the toilet bowl. Exert slow pressure at first; then gradually increase the pace and pressure of your movements until the clog is dislodged and the toilet flushes freely.
• Clean up large amounts of water with a wet/dry vacuum. Old towels should suffice for smaller spills. Ensure that you dry out smaller spills. Ensure that you dry out any soaked areas – and disinfect them with bleach – so that you don’t develop a mold problem.

A clogged toilet is generally a big mess and not fun to deal with. The easiest way to unclog a stopped up toilet is with a plunger. Make sure there is enough water in the toilet to cover the head of the plunger or it won’t work correctly. If there is not enough water add water by using a bucket or other container. Don’t flush the toilet as it might overflow. The back and forth action of the plunger may cause the clog to break loose. If not, you can try a plumber’s snake but be warned this will be a very messy job.

Kitchen sinks are usually stopped up by grease that has cooled and expanded in your pipes. That grease then catches other particles and adds to the problem. The best way to prevent problems with your kitchen plumbing in Chico is to keep the sink from getting clogged in the first place by not putting grease down the drain. Once clogged a plunger can be used to try and unclog the drain. The plumber’s snake can again be used as it might easily clear the pipe. Again, Drano or something similar can be used, but be very careful using any product such as this.

Your bathtub will probably have the same issue as the bathroom sink, hair. Pull off the grate that covers the drain and try the same things as you would with a bathroom sink. This will hopefully work and keep your bathroom plumbing in Chico working efficiently.

If one of the larger pipes in your home is clogged this might be a bigger issue. A plunger and the plumber’s snake can be tried but the clog might be more than these can handle. Drano is a real issue here also. The amount of substance you have to pour in your system to unclog the drain might damage your pipes. You might be forced to call a plumber.

Some considerations…

Before you attempt to fix any plumbing leak yourself there are a few things you might want to keep in mind. Knowing these could save you from a plumbing disaster.

• Know where the main cutoff valve for the water is to your home. If something goes terribly wrong you will at least be able to cut the water off until help arrives.
• There are devices you can hook up to your plumbing system that alert you when larger amounts of water are being used. These will even cut the water off for you if very big leaks occur.
• You can put individual cutoff valves around your home to isolate some areas. In this way you don’t have to turn off the water to the entire home.
• You will have to judge the size of the leak. If it’s too large just call a plumber.

There are several kinds of tape that can be wrapped around a small leak. Duct tape and electrical tape can be used. Take care to cover the entire leak. Also, make sure the tape makes good contact with the pipe so no pockets form where water can gather. This might cause the tape to lose grip.

This material works best at joints and fittings. Before applying it to the leak make sure to drain the water, dry the pipes and clean the area with steel wool. Epoxy makes a very tight seal.

Make sure your clamp is the correct size for the pipe. Wrap the leak area in a rubber pad first. Screw the clamp over the rubber pad. This method will also help stop larger leaks, but if the leak seems out of your control it’s best to just call a plumber.

A hose clamp works the same way as a pipe clamp but it is used on smaller leaks. Again, wrap the leak with a rubber pad and screw on a hose clamp, or even several, over the rubber pad.

A c-clamp and a small block of wood can be used to stop a small leak. A small rubber pad needs to be put over the leak to start with. Then a small block or strip of wood is put over that. The c-clamp is used to hold it all in place. The block of wood protects the pipe from the pressure of the clamp.

If a faucet is leaking, this can be a little tricky. It might be stripped and you will have to replace it. Unscrew the faucet after turning the water off. Try some teflon tape around the threads. This might stop the leak.

If you are uncomfortable trying these repairs on your own you can always call a plumber.

While many of the tools a plumber uses are ordinary and common, there are several types of augers and plungers that are not. If you have to go out and buy any tools this may make the cost of your do-it-yourself job more than calling a plumber.

When a plumber comes to your home to do a job they normally have most of the items needed to do your job in their work truck. Smaller pipes and fittings, faucets, valves and other common plumbing materials are carried by plumbers. You will probably have to run to the home improvement store to get all you need to do the job. This will take both time and money.

The plumber goes around fixing people’s plumbing issues full-time. That’s his job. You probably have a full-time job, so just when are you going to get around to fixing the issue with your plumbing? If it’s an emergency you will have to take time off from work. Otherwise you will have to try to work on your issue after work or on the weekend. Can your problem wait so you can fix the issue in your “free” time?

There is a certain amount of skill required to be able to do some, or even most, of the things required to repair your plumbing. Taking things apart, fixing them and putting them back together is not something most people generally do. The amount of skill required to do your plumbing job might be beyond your reach.

Even if you have just about everything you need to do the repairs to your plumbing, you will have to decide if you have the know-how to perform what needs to be done. Many plumbing jobs are very specialized. Changing out a toilet, fixing a leaking pipe or installing a new water heater requires specialized knowledge. Are you up to the task?

This may be the most important question of all you have to answer. You might turn a $300 repair into a $1000 repair if something goes wrong and you have to start the project over again. Be prepared to pay big time in case things don’t go according to plan.

Most likely you have galvanized pipes that have rusted. There is no way to clean rust out of old galvanized pipes. Most dishwashers have a screen where the water connects to the machine. You access it through the lower front panel. Another solution would be to put a filter on just the hot water pipe to the dishwasher. If you replace the pipe – use copper – and connect to the old galvanized with a dialectic union.

If the run from the house to the street is short (under 60 feet) I’d use Type L soft copper. It is less likely to break and it has no fittings in the ground except at each end of the pipe. I’d also put foam insulation around the copper run. For longer runs my next choice would be schedule 40 PVC pipe. Not a bad choice at all.

I would not use flexible plastic – that is black poly pipe. It comes in a roll. It is too soft. Hard surfaces (rocks) rub holes in it and where ever there is a transition to another type of pipe or an elbow it will leak there – because of the hard adapter, radiator clamps, and the soft pipe. These connectors will break over time. I repair them weekly. Schedule 40 PVC or copper is the best way to go with water mains.

In many professionals’ opinion, copper rules in most situations (unless you have low pH or aggressive water)! Over time, the plastic can sometimes sag and possibly get brittle. If it needs to be repaired or altered in any way, the pipe will have to be glued and you will have no water until it dries. Copper – you can solder, turn it on, test it and know that all is well. Any plastic to metal connection is weak, such as where the water heater connection is made. Additionally, mice and rats love many plastics. They chew on it to keep their teeth from growing through their lower jaw.

It is a JOB. A couple of suggestions… while you’re at it replace the waste and overflow and if possible the tub/shower faucet. Second, you can get tub surrounds in two pieces that will fit through doors and three (I like the Sterling brand surrounds), American Standard makes an Americast tub that has the properties of a cast iron – but without the weight. I personally prefer Kohler cast iron over Americast as I think it’s more durable. By the way, you can break out the old cast tub with a sledge hammer and cut up a metal tub with a Sawzall.

It is illegal (and not a very environmentally or plumbing friendly practice) to connect any rain or ground water to the sewer or a septic tank. IF, however, you do hookup – at the very least put a trap in the line to keep sewer gas out of the house.

There are a couple of ways to go. That little rectangular box is a cleanout plug. It’s brass. If you can unscrew it great – if not cut off the square with a Sawzall and you will find that it’s hollow. Then cut from the center out to the threads in pie sections. Peel the plug out of the female threads. If you’re lucky it will be 3″. Screw in a 3″ male adapter and kick on out… However it may be 3 1/2″ which is no longer made. Use a 5″ by 3″ Fernco bell with the 5″ over the hub of the cleanout. Bush down with a 3″; by 2″bush in the 3″ end of the Fernco and you’re home again.

The other way is to take a section out of the cast pipe, use Fernco’s around a PVC or ABS Sanitary Tee (whatever your state uses). That 6″ iron pipe is most likely 4″ cast. You can cut it with a Sawzall or snap it with a ratchet cutter that is made to cut cast iron. I bought one for $340 – so you might want to rent or beg/borrow one. BE SURE that if you take a section out of the cast, that the upper section of the pipe is supported so whole thing does not come crashing down.

Plumbers must demonstrate their competence as installers of plumbing systems to an official executing board prior to being issued a license. A plumbing code which is technically perfect is valueless if its provisions are not observed and enforced. The issuance of a license by a community specifies that the holder is qualified both theoretically and practically and that their technical knowledge is sufficient to maintain the standards of the code.

Is licensing intended to prevent anyone but a plumber from doing sanitation work? NO… Licensing prohibits the irresponsible, incapable person from endangering the health of your family, neighbors, and community. Any person may do the work who has sufficient knowledge to do it in a safe manner, so long as the Rules and Regulations of the plumbing and sanitation code are observed. However, those wishing to do such work must demonstrate their ability by taking out a license and passing an examination.

Many states require that, like a doctor, nurse, dentist or pharmacist, anyone whose work affects the public health and safety shall have adequate knowledge and training. No one wants a “quack doctor” to treat his family or a “soda clerk” to fill his prescriptions. For precisely the same reasons, one does not want a “handyman” to do work in his home, office, or factory which can adversely affect the health of his family, his employees, or his neighbors.

Done improperly this work would probably need to be rectified at the time the property changed hands which means paying twice for the same work. Additionally, licensed plumbing professionals are held to a certain standard of accountability – meaning they must perform their work correctly or risk being liable for accidents, damages, illnesses, etc. caused by improperly performed jobs – and must often hold some form of bonding or insurance that can help to protect you in the event of something happening.

So, while that small bathroom remodel might seem like a great, inexpensive DIY project, it is probably wisest to spend a little more and make sure a licensed plumbing contractor performs the work.

Gas hot water heaters have to be at least 18″ off the floor because combustible fumes sink, and to provide adequate air intake.

Could be a loose washer. The pressure holds it down when no other faucet is running water and the lower pressure lets it rise up a bit when other water is used.

Is the top of the toilet flange even (or close to even) with the finished floor? If it is too low – then use two wax rings. One regular wax ring on the bottom and one (or more) with the plastic horn insert on top. I have seen leaks like you describe if the glued flange is not really glued in all the way. Take a look at that – if your floor and flange is flush. Sometimes you need to shim the toilet if the floor is uneven or the flange is to high.

If you’ve installed a new fill valve, and are certain that everything else in the toilet is working properly, leaks could very well be high water pressure. If your water pressure is so high that it leaks past a Fluidmaster 400A or another new ballcock (aka: “toilet fill valve”) – then you NEED a pressure reducing valve. Other water pipes, connectors, clothes washing machine hoses and your water heater could leak or break. Best to get a water pressure regulator if your pressure to the house is more than 60 pounds (80 is code throughout most of the U.S.).

To get a snake in the drain you take off the overflow plate. That’s the round thing on the tub wall with two screws. When you pull it out – two sections of the stopper mechanism will come with it. It’s hinged so it will bend through the hole. Chances are that hair caught on the end of this mechanism is clogging the drain – you might not even need to snake it. By the way – a snake will not go through the drain hole at the bottom of the tub.

Yes, drain pipes do dry out and get real rough. Will it clear up with use? Maybe. Is there anything you can really do about it? Not after the fact. Prevention is best here – try to run some water through infrequently used drains every so often to keep this from happening.



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