Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Bathroom Plumbing’

Plumbing Basics: How a Bathroom Toilet Works

Monday, February 25th, 2019

The toilet. It’s not a piece of equipment in a home people talk about much, but it’s also about as essential as home equipment gets. Few indoor plumbing inventions are better than the toilet, after all!

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Any plumber in Germantown, MD or the surrounding areas who’s worth hiring knows all about the design and workings of a toilet so they can repair them. But how much do you know about how a toilet works? If you’re interested—and knowing this can help you understand when it’s time to call for plumbing help—we’ve got a short rundown on the basics of the modern bathroom toilet and the different models.

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How New Installations Can Reduce Water Use in Your Bathroom

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The bathrooms of your home use more water than any other location in the house, even more than your kitchen. Showers and baths require enormous amounts of water on a daily basis, and toilets can account for 33% of your indoor water use every year. If you are searching for methods to conserve water in your home, you should start with the bathroom.

Installing EPA-approved (WaterSense) low-flow fixtures for your bathroom plumbing in Bethesda, MD is a great way to lower your water use—sometimes by drastic amounts. You will not only save money on your water bills, but you’ll help the environment. Reducing water use in the bathroom will also lower your energy bills, as we’ll explain below.

To get started with water conservation in the bathroom, schedule an appointment with our plumbing team at Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. We can help you find the best options for low-flow installations.

The Water Savings With Low-Flow Fixtures

A bathroom toilet can use between 1.6 to 6 gallons per flush, depending on its age. A WaterSense low-flow toilet only uses 1.28 gallons per flush, a 20% savings over even the most efficient standard model, and without any sacrifice in flushing power. With new installation of a low-flow toilet, you can save 20–60% off your water bills a year and reduce your water use by approximately 13,000 gallons.

Low-flow water faucets lower water use by 30% without any noticeable reduction in quality. According to test done by the EPA, the average faucet uses 2.2 gallons per minute, while a low-flow model uses 1.5 gallons per minute. Accounting for all the bathroom faucets in a home, the average-sized family will save 700 gallons of water per year using low-flow faucets, which is the equal to 40 showers. Replacing the showerheads with low-flow models will give you similar benefits.

How can this also save you on your energy bills? With faucets, and even more so with showers, the reduction in the volume of water when hot water is turned on means the home’s water heater will need to work less, so you can expect lower electric/gas bills, as well as a longer life for the water heater.

Low-flow models do cost more than standard ones to install, but when you consider the savings over their lifetimes, they will payback their price tags many times over.

When you join in the fight for water conservation, you will benefit yourself along with the planet. At Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing, we want to assist you with water conservation and savings with new bathroom plumbing installation. Call us today to find out more about low-flow fixtures for your bathroom and other plumbing services in Bethesda, MD that we offer.

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Common Causes of Bathroom Sink and Shower Clogs

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Sink and shower clogs are an unfortunate reality of daily life. Everyone has, at one time or another, needed to deal with the nuisance of a slow drain in a bathtub or a sink that won’t drain at all. Sometimes a basic sink plunger will take care of this problem. At other times, you will need to call in a professional plumber to use a drain snake or hydro-jetter to clear out an obstinate clog.

(By the way, never use chemical drain cleaners on sink or shower clogs. The acidic action of these chemicals is damaging for drainpipes.)

When you need a tough clog eliminated so you can have your shower, bathtub, or sink back in working condition, call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing for bathroom plumbing service in Silver Spring, MD. Our skilled plumbers will be out to your house and have the trouble fixed in no time at all.

Here Are Common Reasons for Bathroom Fixture Clogs

  • Hair: It’s hard to stop hair from going down a bathroom drain, although a drain cover will help. Hair that goes down a drain will get stuck in the sludge that collects in the p-trap (the curve in the pipe under the sink). This will eventually build up into a solid plug.
  • Soap scum: Here’s another material that you will have a hard time keeping from flowing down your drains (again, a drain guard of some type will slow down the amount that enters). Soap scum will start to accumulate along the pipe lining, and not only will this lead to clogging, but it can also cause an acidic reaction that will damage the pipes.
  • Small objects: Be cautious of the items that you place on the ledge of your sink or on the lip of the shower. Small, seemingly unobtrusive items like the caps of bottles can fall into the drain and become lodged there. These are often difficult to remove, and plumbers may have to detach the pipes to clear them. (If the item lodge in the pipe is also valuable, you should definitely call a plumber to retrieve it.)

If you have trouble with clogs on a regular basis, consider calling for drain maintenance. Plumbers will provide your drainpipes with a thorough cleansing that will reduce the occurrence of clogs. Keeping up with regular drain maintenance for your bathroom plumbing in Silver Spring, MD will mean fewer repair hassles in the future and a more pleasant bathroom in general.

Call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing for all of your household plumbing service needs in Silver Spring.

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Some Common Plumbing Repairs for Bathroom Toilets

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Toilets are an essential of daily life, but in general we don’t like to think about these useful items much. But when a toilet experiences problems, it becomes imperative to think about it and call for repairs as fast as possible. Please don’t try to tinker with the inside of the toilet tank to solve possible problems! You might make the situation even worse. Instead, call up Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. We can take care of your bathroom plumbing in North Potomac, MD—as well as any other plumbing problems you might encounter.

Toilet plumbing repairs we often perform

  • Replacing the wax ring seal: One of the areas of greatest concern for leaking in a toilet is at the base, where it seals onto the floor. A key part of this seal is a wax ring underneath the base, out of sight. Should this wax ring deteriorate, it can cause water to start to escape and leak onto the floor. These leaks are especially hazardous because they can weaken the floor material, and in extreme cases will cause the toilet to plunge through the floor! When you see leaks developing around the base of your toilet, call for plumbers right away. They will pry up the toilet, replace the wax ring, and then re-seal the toilet to the floor.
  • Replacing a worn-down flapper: If your toilet starts to run continuously, which is an enormous waste of water, the issue might be a decaying rubber flapper inside the tank. This flapper controls when water moves from the tank and into the bowl. If it starts to deteriorate due to age, it will lose its seal and water will leak from the tank continuously, and the tank will constantly draw more water from the main feed to fill up again. Have a plumber locate the right sized flapper and replace the older one.
  • Bowl replacement: This is one of the larger repairs that a toilet can need, but it is sometimes necessary. If you notice water dripping out of the bowl from what seems like a crack, and the water level of the bowl has dropped, call for a plumber to look into it. If the problem comes from a crack in the bowl, or a crack in the interior colon or piping in the bowl, there is usually no other option except to have a new bowl installed—a job you should definitely leave to an experienced plumber.

You can trust Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing with your bathroom plumbing. We also offer free estimates on replacement equipment, free second opinions, and a variety of other plumbing services in North Potomac, MD. Make us your first call to solve all your plumbing woes. Contact us today.

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