Get the Best Flush: How to Choose the Best Toilet for Your Needs

Get the Best Flush: How to Choose the Best Toilet for Your Needs

Looking for the best toilet for your home? Not sure what your options are? While toilets may seem simple enough at first glance, the truth is that each toilet is unique. Toilets come in all shapes and sizes and have different features to suit a variety of needs and budgets. Getting a high-quality toilet from the beginning will help you avoid some of the most common toilet problems later on, so it’s worth considering your options thoroughly before making a buying decision. Luckily, we’re here to help. Below we’ll tell you how to choose the very best toilet for your needs.

1. Take Bathroom Measurements

The first thing you should think about when buying a toilet is its measurements. It’s important to take the measurements of your bathroom and ensure that you look for a toilet that will be a good fit. Most of all, you’ll want to get the rough-in measurement. The rough-in is the distance that is between the wall and your floor drain and usually ranges between 10 to 14 inches. Be sure that you find out what measurements you’re working with when choosing a toilet so that you don’t run into any problems later on.

2. Choose a Bowl Shape

One of the biggest choices to make when choosing a toilet is whether you want a toilet with a round or elongated bowl shape. Round bowls take up less space so can be a great choice if you have limited room available. On the other hand, elongated bowls provide an increased level of comfort. Be sure to measure your bathroom carefully to ensure you’ll have enough space for the bowl shape that you choose.

3. Consider the Style

You should also think about the style of any toilet you’re considering and determine how it fits with your overall bathroom aesthetic. You’ll want to choose between the different profiles including visible trap, concealed trap, and skirted toilets. You may also choose a different color for your toilet besides a standard white color. You’ll also want to decide if you want to get a one or two-piece toilet. A one-piece toilet will be more stylish and will take up less space. On the other hand, two-piece toilets are more common and will be more economical overall.

4. Determine Water Efficiency

Water efficiency is also important to think about when buying a new toilet. First of all, you’ll want to look at the flush rating to ensure you get a toilet that will work well and be resistant to clogging when flushing waste. Single-flush, dual-flush, pressure-assist, and power assist toilets each have different pros and cons depending on your needs. It’s a great idea to get a low-flow toilet that is eco-friendly and that uses less water. These toilets can be a good choice if you want to go green and want to spend less money on utility bills each month.

5. Check For Special Features

These days, many toilets come with special advanced features that can improve hygiene and provide added convenience. You’ll want to consider whether you have any special needs or if any of these features would be right for you. Buying a smart toilet can be a great choice and can offer extra benefits to your home bathroom. Some toilets will provide better hygiene by using warm water and some smart toilets will have air dryers and heated seats as well. If you have the money to spend, the benefits of smart toilets may be well worth the money you’ll spend on.

Deciding on the Best Toilet For Your Needs

If you’re looking for the best toilet on the market you need to consider the features above carefully. By spending some time thinking about each of the above points you’ll be sure to make a great choice for your home. Looking for residential or commercial plumbing services? Contact us today to learn more about what Order A Plumber can do for you.

Basement Floods Everytime It Rains? Here’s What to Do

Basement Floods Everytime It Rains? Here’s What to Do

Find Out Why Your Basement Floods Every Time it Rains

Water can come into your basement in several different ways. Before you can fix the problem, you need to know how the water gets into your basement.

Gutters filled with leaves and debris clog and send water down into the ground where cracks in the basement and foundation can lead to water getting into the basement.

If you’ve had consistent rain, then the ground is saturated and water pressure forces the water through the concrete into the basement.

Do you have windows in your basement? If they aren’t installed correctly, water can get in through there as well. No matter how the water gets into the basement, it can cause structural damage over time as well as problems with mold.

If you can’t find where the water comes into the basement, the contact a plumber and have them look for the source.

Waterproof Your Basement

Once you’ve discovered how the water gets into the basement, it’s time to find ways to stop it. If the water comes into the basement through cracks in the walls or foundation, then find a way to fill them.

There are do-it-yourself ways to manage the cracks in your basement walls, but having it done by a professional is the best route. They’ll be able to find all the cracks and have professional grade products to guarantee a good seal.

Cleaning your gutters is the best way to keep water from pooling and seeping into your basement. You can do it yourself but be safe. The gutters are on your roof, so be wary of falling.

Replace windows that leak and make sure there’s no way water can get in through them.

Don’t Forget Your Sump Pump

Almost every basement uses a sump pump to remove water that enters the basement. The sump pump sits in a hole and the grade of the basement flows all water to it. When the water reaches a certain level inside the hole, the pump activates and removes it from the basement.

If you notice the basement flooding suddenly, then the pump may be malfunctioning. If the ballast doesn’t work, then the pump may not turn on. If the connection to the outside pipes is clogged, the water can’t go anywhere.

Test your pump to make sure it works. If it does, then consider purchasing a higher power pump.

Take Care of Basement Flooding

Every time your basement floods, you risk not only property damage but dangerous mold growth. If your basement floods every time it rains, then find the source and take care of it.

If you want to learn more about basement flooding and other plumbing issues, then explore our site.

How to Unclog a Shower Drain

How to Unclog a Shower Drain

Use a Plunger
Plungers weren’t made just for toilets, they work well to unclog drains in your bathtub and shower as well. Remove the drain cover, place the plunger right over the drain and let the water run until the top of the plunger is submerged. Then pump it several times to see if that relieves the clog.

Use Boiling Water
If you’re not comfortable using chemicals to clear your drain, there are other options you can try.  Carefully pour boiling water down the drain to see if that assists in breaking up the clog. If that doesn’t work, try mixing 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup vinegar to clear up the clog.

Use Liquid Drain Cleaner
There are many available drain cleaners on the market that can help you remove a clog. Don’t be afraid to ask a professional for a recommendation on which may be the best for you.

Use a Snake
With the drain cover removed feed the snake slowly into your drain until you feel some resistance, then wind the snake to break up the debris. Once the snake clears the clog the debris should flow down the drain.

Call Order a Plumber 
If none of the methods prove successful, give Order a Plumber a call at (844) 458-8673. We have both the tools and expertise to find the cause and clear the drain.

Garden Hose Repair

Garden Hose Repair

The gardening season is upon us and homeowners everywhere are tending to flower beds, vegetable gardens and of course lawns. In today’s environment with an emphasis on water conservation, last thing you want is water leaking from a broken hose. If you have leaks in an existing hose, it’s better for the planet to repair before you replace.

Hose Repair 101

Hoses leak for all kinds of reasons. They could freeze and expand too far if left out over the winter, or decay if left in the hot sun for an extended period of time.  Fortunately, no matter why the hose gets broken, it’s a simple process to repair it. All you need is a hose repair kit and a few simple tools.

First identify where the hose is leaking and mark it with a sharpie. Then, turn off the hose and drain it by lifting it in the air from one end to the other, allowing all the water in the hose to escape. Then cut off the piece of hose where it was leaking, making sure your cuts are clean and perfectly straight.

Then slide the replacement end part from your hose repair kit into the end of the hose and make sure it’s snug and inserted in as far as it will go. The next step is to screw on the clamps from the repair kit, and then you’re ready to go. Make sure you give it a test make the repair is all set. If the seal is not holding, you may need to push the ends further into the hose or tighten the screws.

Also if your hose is leaking or spraying at the outdoor spigot, this means the rubber gasket inside has failed and is simply be replaced by purchasing a new gasket found at your local hardware store. It’s also a good idea to replace these gaskets on an annual basis to prevent leaking.

Remember to Call Order a Plumber

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Why Is Your Bathroom Sink Clogged?

Why Is Your Bathroom Sink Clogged?

While you probably clean your bathroom regularly, most people don’t pay attention the sink drain. It can be a mystery when it clogs.

After all, water is the only thing going through those pipes, right? Not always.

Continue reading to find out the reason for your clogged bathroom sink.

Trapped in the P-Trap

If you look under your sink at the drain pipe, you’ll see the part that sharply bends, or the p-trap. It stops the smell from the sewer stinking up your bathroom and supplies suction to take away incoming water.

Dropping large enough objects into the bathroom sink drain could end up stuck in the p-trap. Such things include soap chunks, rings, and more unusually, legos and cat litter. Over time, these objects build up and the clog will get worse.

Tangles of Hair

A more common reason for your sink clogging is wet hair getting clumped and tangled in the drain pipe. The water flow from the faucet doesn’t help. It actually makes the hair stick together more.

As more hair is sent down, which you may not even notice, it catches onto the hair that’s already there. Aside from hair, other objects can latch on.

You don’t need to have long hair for this to happen. Any type or length of hair will clog your sink once there’s enough accumulated.

Make sure you pick up any hair you spot in the sink with a tissue to avoid a clog.

Soap Scum

Soap scum, or lime soap, results from a chemical reaction between soap and water. Soap reacts with calcium and magnesium ions in water to form the solid substance. It’s sticky and film-like, and it can easily produce mold and mildew because of bacteria.

Soap scum is particularly difficult to remove from a sink drain. Anything else that travels down the sink will probably grab onto the scum.

Worst Case Scenario

A reason for your bathroom sink draining slow could be that there’s something physically wrong with the drain pipe. It could be old, rusted, unfastened somewhere, or dented.

Intense soap scum will lead to pipe corrosion and a layer of rust will build, diminishing water flow. A clog cause by a disconnected pipe means that the pipe has dropped down and blocked the adjacent pipe. A dented pipe will negatively affect water flow and, if it’s serious enough, could stop it entirely.

If you have an old home, you might want to think about replacing your pipes.

Preventing a Clogged Bathroom Sink

There are measures you can take to prevent a clogged bathroom sink. As said before, remove any hair from the sink with a tissue. Don’t let any animals in the sink because fur can also cause a clog.

Try to keep small objects at a distance so there’s no chance of them falling down the drain. Soap scum can be avoided by making sure excessive amounts of soap aren’t going into the sink. For example, if you use a lot of soap to wash your hands, perhaps use less.

Unfortunately, you can’t get around having damaged pipes forever, but preventing the aforementioned problems will make your pipes last longer.

Make sure to check out our plumbing services. Feel free to contact us with any questions by email or call at 844-458-8673.

Think Sump Pump and Keep Your Basement Dry

Think Sump Pump and Keep Your Basement Dry

You’ve heard the saying April showers bring May flowers, well you might also have heard your neighbors proudly talk about their sump pump, especially after a heavy rain in the spring season. They are the ones saying how their sump pump kept their basement dry while other basements in the neighborhood were flooded with water. These homes are easy to pick out, they’re the ones with ruined belongings placed curbside for garbage collection.

Sump pumps are installed underneath the floor of basements and crawl spaces to collect and pump out groundwater before it threatens your home. With heavy rains, groundwater easily swells up through the cracks in basements or crawl spaces. The most vulnerable are homes built prior to 1980 and those located within flood zones.

Has your basement or crawl space ever experienced wetness or moisture or even mold? According to the Society of Home Inspectors, more than half of the homes in America experience this problem.

Homeowners with a basement or crawl space shouldn’t just know what a sump pump is, they should have one installed! Maybe you should consider having your own sump pump to protect your home and belongings against water damage.

At Order A Plumber we’re experts in both the installation and repair of sump pumps in all makes and models. Call us (844) 458-8673 to get a Free estimate.