If you're lucky enough to have your own, your washer and dryer are probably among your most expensive household appliances. But it's easy to just crank the laundry through them without giving them much care. They are sophisticated machines, though, that need proper maintenance if you want to keep them working their best and for a long time. This weekend, familiarize yourself with how to properly take care of these very handy workhorses. READ MORE
Think about your usual cleaning routine-what tools do you use most frequently? Do you rely on your trusty dish sponge every day, or is your vacuum your go-to tool of the trade? Actually, if you live in North America, you probably use paper towels more than anything else, according to a study by Nielsen. READ MORE
Few appliances in your home are more important than your toilet, for a number of very obvious reasons. They likely see a lot of activity every day, particularly if you have a large family, and most of the time, they do their job admirably day in and day out. But like everything else, they will eventually need replacing, either because individual components wear out or because something more catastrophic can happen. The good news is that is usually happens only after decades of reliable service. The bad news is that, once it's reached that stage, you need to move relatively quickly. A trained plumbing service can install a new toilet in your bathroom with a minimum of fuss and bother, but you still need to be able to spot the signs that something is wrong. Those signs can include, but are not limited to, the following: [list] [*]Puddles and cracks. If the toilet basin or toilet tank is damaged, the entire toilet likely needs to be replaced. Cracks and the like are a sure sign of a problem, but not all cracks are easy to spot. Hairline fractures can be very difficult to notice, as can damage on the backside of the toilet where you have no cause to look. The best way to notice this kind of damage is to look for puddles of water around the base of the toilet, or perhaps moisture on the side of the tank. [*]If your toilet wobbles when you sit down or otherwise shows signs that something isn't locked down, it definitely bears a service call. In some cases, it might just need some bolts tightened. In others, however, the problem stems from structural damage, which means you'll need to replace it. [*]A round bowl. Round toilet bowls can be advantageous for saving space and other reasons. But generally speaking, people tend to find elongated bowls more comfortable. It's possible that your home had a round toilet when you first moved in, or that a round toilet was added later for reasons that are no longer pertinent. In those cases, you should get it replaced with a new model more suitable to your needs. [*]Multiple repairs. Toilets can be lemons just like anything else, which can engender multiple repair calls in a very short amount of time. The same thing can happen to older toilets that have been in used for a while. It can eventually get to the point where the frequency of repairs is costing you too much to ignore, and replacing the toilet will be much more cost-effective than simply throwing good money after bad every few months. [*]Simple age. Older toilets may not have any overt problems, but they're not always as efficient as they could be and might end up costing you a great deal in wasted water. [/list] If you live in Green Valley, NV, and your toilet shows signs that a replacement would be in order, then the friendly professionals at Butter Plumbing are ready to help!
It's the worst case scenario, plumbing-wise. Your faucet, your toilet, your bathtub – something has spring a major leak. Water is spraying everywhere, and you're worried it will cause thousands of dollars in damage.
What do you do?
You should call your local plumber, of course, but what about the leaking water? Your plumber will arrive as soon as they can, but in the meantime you still have a big wet problem on your hands.
The first thing you should do – even before calling a plumber – is to shut off the water to your house. This stops the flow of water to all the pipes in your home. This won't fix the problem right away, but it will at least prevent it from further damaging your home.
But of course, you need to know where to find it first.
How To Find The Emergency Shut Off Valve?
Every home has an emergency plumbing shut off valve, and in times where you have a plumbing emergency you'll be glad it's there! Most of the time you'll find it near the water meter in your home.
That begs another question though – where is your water meter?
You'll usually find it attached to the side of your home, but it can sometimes be buried as well. In these cases, you can find a small hatch on your property similar to a sewer cap. It might be marked “water”.
If you can't turn it by hand, you'll need to use either a pipe wrench or a water key – a special plumbing wrench. Grab one from a hardware store before the emergency happens so you're prepared.
If you can't find your shut off valve, give us a call.
Individual Plumbing Fixture Shut Off Valves
While your entire house has its own dedicated shut off valve, you also have individual shut off valves attached to each fixture as well. These are usually located in an inconspicuous spot – behind your toilet, or under your sink. Take some time to locate these valves – they're usually almond-shaped – in case of an emergency later. You'll be glad you did!
Try shutting them off too – if they're stuck now, add some lubricant to make them run smoothly. I guarantee this will be a less stressful process than trying to lubricate a stuck valve as your basement fills up with water!
Stuck? Give Us A Call
Once you've shut the water off, take a deep breath, and give us a call. Here at the London Ontario Plumbing Company, we're happy to help, no matter your plumbing needs.