Professional Plumbing Tips

Helpful Steps to Retrieve Lost Objects from the Toilet

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Losing a small piece of jewelry or other object in the toilet can be a very harrowing experience. However, the chances of retrieving it are usually pretty good. First of all, don't panic! Start by taking a deep breath. It's possible that it hasn't fully escaped the bowl yet.

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Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Toilet Flapper

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Attached to the handle by a chain, the toilet flapper is the rubber piece that lifts when the toilet is flushed, allowing water to flow into the bowl. If you hear the water continuously running in your toilet tank or if it seems to take too long to fill, most likely you need the flapper, or the flush valve seal replaced. If the toilet occasionally flushes on its own, that too, can be a result of a worn-out flapper.

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How to Get By Until the Plumber Arrives

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Running water is one of those things that's easy to take for granted until you have to make do without it. When a plumbing emergency arises and you have to turn off your main water valve, suddenly many things become more difficult. But don't panic! There are ways to get by until your water can be restored.

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Caring for Toilet Rim Jets

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Under the rim of your toilet, rim jets send water from the tank swirling into the bowl to flush your toilet. They're easy to forget about, but without them, your toilet couldn't work. If the rim jets get clogged or blocked, water can't get through and your toilet won't flush correctly.

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Plunge a Toilet Properly

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There are few plumbing tools more useful than the simple, humble plunger. Even though a plunger consists of nothing more than rubber and wooden or plastic handle, it is capable of clearing up nearly all but the most stubborn clogs. The toilet plunger, in particular, excels at busting up nasty clogs inside your toilet.

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