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How to Fix a Running Toilet

How to Fix a Running Toilet How to Fix a Running Toilet

Check for: Float arm not rising high enough. Water-filled float ball. Tank stopper not seating properly. Corroded flush valve seal. Cracked overflow tube. Ball cock valve doesn’t shut off.

Remedies: Bend float arm down or away from tank wall. Replace ball. Adjust stopper guide rod and lift wires or chain. Replace defective stopper. Scour valve seat or replace. Replace tube or install new flush valve assembly. Oil trip lever, replace faulty washers, or install new ball cock assembly.

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How to Fix a Noisy Toilet

FIx a Toilet Northern Kentucky CincinnatiHow to Fix a Noisy Toilet

So you’ve got a noisy toilet. Here are a few things to be aware of:

Check for: Restricted water flow. Defective ball cock assembly.

Remedies: Adjust the shutoff valve first. Oil the trip lever or replace the ball cock washers. Replace the entire ball cock assembly.

CAUTION: First turn off the water at the fixture shutoff valve. Then flush the toilet to empty the tank and sponge out any remaining water.

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How to Fix a Garbage Disposal

How to Fix a Garbage Disposal How to Fix a Garbage Disposal

Turn the water on full force before adding scraps, do not pack the unit. Feed scraps in slowly so the unit won’t overheat or jam. Stringy items like carrot peels or spaghetti may wrap around or bind the unit. Throw them in the trash along with hard items like bones.Run cold water for 30 seconds after garbage disposal is finished grinding so the waste material is flushed into the waste pipe (and to avoid a case of the “stinky disposal.”)

Prevent foreign objects, such as small kitchen utensils or jewelry from falling into the disposal. Disposals have enough power to ruin silverware. Of course, never try to poke a utensil into the disposal when it is running.

To sharpen garbage disposal blades, put 4-5 ice cubes into the disposal. Make sure to put the disposal cover on the drain to prevent injury.

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How to Unclog a Drain

How to Unclog a Drain

Before trying any drain-clearing methods on a plugged drain, check that the tub or sink’s pop-up stopper is opening fully and is free of hair and debris.  If the stopper isn’t the problem, then the drainpipe is probably clogged.

First, try a plunger. Sometimes you can also use a mild chemical drain cleaner, but do so sparingly. Some caustic chemical cleaners — particularly if you have brass, steel, or cast-iron traps and drainpipes — can corrode the pipes or injure you or our technician if they have to come fix your clog.

If these fail to do the job, you’ll have to clear the trap with a snake. Most tubs or sinks have a P trap in the drain. In some homes, the tub may have a drum trap in the floor near the tub instead (it will have a removable metal cover and a rubber gasket). Using a snake in a tub P trap is much like snaking out a sink trap. 

If you have a drum trap, first try snaking it clear through the tub overflow. If that doesn’t work, bailout all the standing water from the tub. Then, using an adjustable-end wrench, unscrew the trap cover slowly. Have rags ready for any water that wells up. Remove the cover, bail out and clean the trap. If, after this, water does not well up, snake toward he tub; if water does well up, snake toward he main drain. If you can’t reach the clog from the trap, it’s probably deeper in the main drain.

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