Toilets

Tips to Help Prevent Holiday Plumbing Embarrassments

What is the fastest way to have party guests leave your home? Announce you have a clogged toilet and see them running for the door. You might even have a family member or two try to sneak out the back door. A clogged toilet is no laughing matter!

Here’s a few tips to try to keep the unimaginable from happening to you!

Take the time to do a basic check on your toilet. Flush it. Does the tank refill in a timely manner? Does the water continue to run after the tank is full? If you think you might have any toilet issues, now is the time to do a little DIY maintenance or to call Waldman Plumbing for help.

No matter what you do, sometimes a toilet clog just can’t be avoided. To prepare for those unexpected clogs be sure to have the proper plunger on hand for guests to find. The typical orange suction cup plunger is great for use in the kitchen, but a toilet clog needs a different type of plunger to be able to work effectively. A ball-shaped or foldout-cup style is created to be more efficient in handling toilet clogs.

Holidays often mean small guests with curious hands. Be sure to remove items from the back of the tank that could accidentally fall into the toilet.

Don’t let your guests ever run out of toilet paper! We often forget that the most obvious location for a spare roll to us, might not be where they would think to look. Leave an extra out in plain sight.

Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been helping the residents of Lynn and the North Shore area for over 100 years with their plumbing repair and installations. If you need help with any plumbing issues this holiday, check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment.  Don’t let plumbing issues ruin your holidays!

Ready to Switch to a Low Flow Toilet?

The 1990s were not a good time for the toilet industry. When the new law went into effect that limited the amount of water a toilet could use (down to 1.6 gallons), consumers were in for a bad surprise.

7 Gallons per Flush? Oh my!

Toilets had typically used up to 7 gallons of water per flush. While that might have given a bathroom user a sense of security, it wasted an unimaginable amount of our precious water resource each time we pushed down the handle in Lynn, MA.

It was imperative that toilet manufacturers came up with a design that would not only adhere to the EPA water conservation guidelines, but would also “do the job”.

Gravity

What still makes our toilet work the best? Good old-fashioned gravity remains the defining power to make our toilet do its job completely. The difference is that now manufacturers have taken the time to combine gravity with design to produce the most power per flush.

Pressure

Another type of toilet is also available. Pressure-assisted toilets use pressurized air to couple with the maximum 1.6 gallons of water to produce more flushing power. This type of toilet produces a bit more noise, but the extra power can be a benefit.

Dual Flush

I’m sure you’ve heard about them. Australia has always needed to be water conscious. They developed the dual flush toilet. The light flush is only .8 gallons of water, while the full force flush uses all 1.6 gallons of water.

Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been helping the residents of Lynn, MA and the North Shore area for over 100 years with their plumbing repairs and installations. If you’d like to find out about the many choices available, check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment.

Signs To Replace Your Toilet

Over our lifetime, each of us will probably spend 1 year to 3 years sitting on the toilet. That’s right … not a chair or couch, but a toilet. All of us would like to think that none of that time will include plunging it … or cleaning it more than necessary from wornout porcelain, or cracks that form slow leaks on our floor.

Here are several signs that it could be time to replace your toilet in Lynn, MA and the North Shore area.

Clogs
I cannot think of a worse clog in the house to deal with, then one in the toilet. When we flush we don’t like to think about what happens, just that it disappears. If your toilet is starting to have clogs more often, it might be time to consult a plumber and see if your outdated toilet is part of the problem.

Constant Repair
Most of us know a few tricks or two to stop the water running on our toilet. But at some point you should really consider if it’s time to replace instead of repair. Waldman Plumbing can help you decide if it’s time to update.

Cracked Porcelain
Tiny cracks can slowly develop in the porcelain. They start out being barely noticeable, but can increase to cracks that can leak water onto the floor. Don’t let those cracks cause water damage in your bathroom, or worse even, break entirely!

Cleaning Scratched Porcelain
Porcelain is not immune to becoming worn and scratched over time. That wear and tear not only shows, but makes it more difficult and time consuming to get it cleaned. Who wants to spend any more time cleaning their toilet than necessary?

Go Green
Did you know that many older toilets can use from 3-5 gallons of water per flush? Upgrading your toilet can lower that to less than 2 gallons every time you push on that handle. That means saving money on your next water bill and helping to save the environment at the same time!

Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been helping the residents of Lynn, MA and the North Shore area for over 100 years with their toilet service and installation. If you’d like to find out about the many choices available, check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment.

How to Fix a Running Toilet in Marblehead, MA

There are certain things we’ve come to rely on when we enter our bathroom; hot water runs when we want to take a shower, and cold water emerges from the sink faucet when we want to brush our teeth.

But what do we expect most from our toilet? Yes, that’s right. When we push down on the handle, clean water will appear to freshen up the bowl for the next visitor.

But what if your toilet has been running, and there is no water in the tank? Then you need to take some simple steps to decide if a plumber needs to be called ASAP.

How Does My Toilet Work in Marblehead, MA?

I’m sure you’ve been diligent about keeping the outside of your toilet clean, but have you ever looked inside the tank? Remove the lid and take a look inside. It’s not too confusing. It only takes a couple moving parts working in unison to allow your toilet to do its job.

When you pushed on the handle, it should have opened the hole to release water into the bowl by pulling up the flapper. Does it look like it is opening and closing properly?

Inside the tank you’ll also see a plastic float. When water drains into the toilet bowl, that float drops and the valve knows to fill up the tank again. When the float levels off, the valve knows to stop adding water to the tank.

A minor adjustment to either of those may be all it needs. If you are still faced with the same dilemma, or have only been able to create a temporary fix, we can help!

Check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment. Waldman Plumbing & Heating have been fixing these same kind of problems in Marblehead and the North Shore area for over 100 years.

How to Avoid Common Summer Plumbing Problems in Reading, MA

Plunging ToiletAfter a cold New England winter, it seems like summer can’t come soon enough. But just because the threat of frozen and burst piping is gone, doesn’t mean you won’t have plumbing problems during the summer. In fact, some problems are more likely to occur during the warmer months!

As with most plumbing issues, regular maintenance is the best way to prevent plumbing problems during the summer. Our highly reviewed plumbing services in Reading, MA can tackle any plumbing problem you may have this summer, allowing you to get back to having fun in the sun!

Learn how to avoid these popular summer plumbing problems in Reading, MA and how we can help you avoid them.

Backed up sewer lines

Summer thunderstorms increase the chances that this unpleasant plumbing problem will happen. Heavy rainfall can easily overwhelm sewer lines as water seeps into cracks, causing it to backup into your home. In addition, invasive tree roots can cause sewer backups as tiny roots take refuge in sewer lines and grow to form a clog. Drain plugs are effective in preventing water from backing up during storms, but the best way to avoid this problem is to call us and schedule a video sewer line inspection.

Your washing machine can get all washed up!

Outdoor summer activities means more loads of bulky laundry and stress on your washing machine and its hoses. The average lifespan of washing hoses is about 5 years, so be sure to inspect them regularly for signs of damage such as bulging or cracking. Keep an eye out for leaking hoses or leakage behind your machine. And make sure the water supply connections are tight.

Garbage disposal clogs

New England is known for it’s wonderful summer foods, but boiled potatoes, tough shellfish, and corn should always been thrown in the trash and not in the garbage disposal. To avoid a garbage disposal repair this summer, throw kitchen waste such as grease, tough vegetables, melon rinds, and starchy foods like pasta salad in the trash and now down the sink. Be sure the cold water is running when your garbage disposal is on.

For top notch plumbing service you can count on during the summer and all year round, call Waldman Plumbing and Heating, Inc.! We use the latest plumbing technologies to perform repairs and your satisfaction is our number one priority.

 

10 Things You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet in Reading, MA or the North Shore

Baby on toiletThe toilet goes by many names: the can, the john, potty, commode, porcelain thrown. The list goes on. But even if we can’t all agree on what to call the toilet, we can probably all agree that this plumbing fixture is absolutely a household essential, and when the toilet is having problems something must be done ASAP. At Waldman Plumbing, we’re always here to fix your toilet troubles, but we also want to help you to prevent them in the first place. Keep these ten items out of your toilet, and you’ll be helping to prevent issues with your toilet and plumbing system.

What shouldn’t I flush down the toilet?

  • Paper Towels – Many businesses have to call commercial plumbers multiple times a year because of clogged toilets caused by paper towels, but it can happen at your home as well. Because paper towels are big and thick, they’re likely to cause toilet clogs or sewer line backups. Your best bet is to keep a wastepaper basket available and teach your children about what not to flush.
  • Wipes – Both “flushable” wipes and baby wipes are notorious for causing plumbing problems. Furthermore, cities worldwide are spending millions trying to filter wipes out of their plumbing systems. Regardless of whether it says “flushable” on the box, opt to throw these into the garbage.
  • Medications – When medicines expire or are no longer needed, many people dispose of them down the toilet. Unfortunately, pharmaceuticals and hormones get into the water supply when they are flushed, endangering people and wildlife.
  • Cigarette Butts – Like medications, cigarette butts release chemicals into the water supply that can be harmful.
  • Dental Floss – It looks harmless enough, but dental floss isn’t biodegradable and can also bunch up causing a clog in your plumbing pipe.
  • Kitty Litter – Because cat litter is actually designed to clump up when in contact with moisture, it is highly likely to clump up in your plumbing pipes.
  • Cotton Balls & Swabs – It seems easy enough to drop these little items into the toilet, but these are likely to gather together in your plumbing system and cause clogs.
  • Hair & Pet Fur – When hair and pet fur is flushed down the toilet, it can form into balls that cause clogs. Be sure to clean off brushes and combs into the trash.
  • Band-Aids – These and any other sticky plastic items should be thrown away in the garbage. In plumbing systems, they tend to stick to other things and cause serious clogs.
  • Food – While it may seem strange that food gets thrown away down the toilet, it does happen more than you’d think, and is likely to cause problems. Make sure the little ones know that the toilet is not the place to dispose of their sandwich crusts!

Now that you know what not to flush down your toilet in Reading, MA or the North Shore, you should be able to prevent some issues with your plumbing system, but for those unpreventable problems that arise, be sure to give Waldman Plumbing a call for fast, courteous plumbing service!

3 Common Plumbing Repairs You Might Need in the North Shore or Reading, MA This Summer

Stress Mother Watching Kids Make A MessIt turns out that in the summer, long after the threat of frozen pipes has subsided, there are still a lot of things that can go wrong with one’s plumbing system. Three of the most common plumbing repairs that our Reading, MA plumbers tackle during the summer months are unclogging toilets, fixing garbage disposals, and sewer line repairs. Learn about how these plumbing problems occur and what actions you should take to prevent or solve them.

Clogged Toilets – Our plumbers have found that when the kids are home from school, toilets are more likely to become clogged. Teach your kids about using the appropriate amount of toilet paper and strive to keep paper towels, wipes, and other garbage out of the bowl. If your toilet clogs, try using a flange plunger because these create a good amount of suction which is needed to force out clogs. If you’re unable to unclog the toilet, call Waldman Plumbing, so we can get it taken care of fast.

Broken or Clogged Garbage Disposals – While garbage disposals are great at chomping up and disposing of all kinds of scraps, there are a few things that just don’t agree with them. Keep anything really hard like corn cobs, watermelon rinds, and large bones out. You’ll also want to avoid putting in pasta and rice because these can expand. Cooking oils and grease are known to clog up drains and should also be disposed of in the trash. Remember to use your garbage disposal regularly, not just when you have company, and to run water into it whenever it is in use.

Sewer Line Backups – This unpleasant plumbing issue can be difficult to avoid. Sometimes heavy rains cause water to seep into cracks in sewer lines. Furthermore, tree roots like to grow into tiny sewer line cracks as they seek nutrients and then continue to grow and clog the lines. This is not an issue you’ll want to deal with on your own, so if you suspect a sewer problem give Waldman Plumbing a call right away. We’re able to locate the precise locations of blockages by doing sewer line video inspections.

Don’t let plumbing problems bog down your summer fun! Count on Waldman Plumbing to provide fast, friendly, excellent plumbing service in the North Shore and Reading, MA!

Why Won’t My Toilet Stop Running? Why Is My Toilet Leaking?

Interior ToiletOur plumbers have been doing toilet repairs in Reading MA and the North Shore for decades. At this point, we know pretty much everything there is to know about toilets. Most importantly, we know how to fix them and when it’s time for a toilet replacement. You can count on us to help you make smart, cost-effective decisions regarding all your plumbing fixtures. Today, we’re discussing causes of common toilet problems.

Problem #1: The Toilet Keeps Running
Usually a toilet that continuously runs when it hasn’t been flushed recently is suffering from a worn out toilet valve. Over time the toilet valve can harden and begin to allow water to escape from the toilet tank to the toilet bowl. This is a problem in need of attention. A running toilet wastes water and will only get worse with time. In many cases, a toilet replacement is not needed. Usually replacing the toilet valve will do the trick.

Problem #2: Leaky Toilets
Toilets can leak for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the wax seal becomes defective and needs to be replaced. Rusted, corroded pipes can also begin to leak water. In rare cases, the porcelain of the toilet tank or bowl can become cracked. In any of these instances, you’ll want to have a Reading toilet plumber take a look at your toilet. If your toilet can be adequately repaired that’s what we’ll do.

Our Plumbers Can Help You Choose a New Toilet
If it is determined that a toilet repair will be insufficient, we can help you to choose a new toilet that will best suit your needs. From low-flow toilets to handicap toilets, we can equip your bathroom with the toilet that makes the most sense for your bathroom.

If your toilet is acting up, give Waldman Plumbing a call before the problem gets worse. Remember, fixing water leaks  will help the environment, as well as help you save money on your water bills!