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Plumbing tip January 2015: Stop that running toilet

Plumbing Tip: January 2015, Stop that running toilet

1. Identify the float ball and float arm inside the tank.  This is the mechanism that shuts off the water.  Once it floats to the correct level it will activate the shut-off.

2. With tank lid off, and while the toilet is filling after a flush, observe to make sure the float is reaching the proper height.  If not, the toilet will continue to run, as the water will fall down the overflow tube.

3. If your float is not reaching the correct height, simply bend the float arm down. Do this near the middle of the arm.  This will allow the float arm to travel a bit further, and reach the shut-off point.

4. Flush the toilet and observe to see if the bend did the job.

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Here's a tip that can keep your kitchen drain smelling fresh and clean.

Do you ever get a "whiff" of your kitchen drian?  It can kinda make you plug your nose.  Here's our plumbing tip for December 2014 to help keep your kitchen drain smelling fresh and clean. 

1. Peel yourself an orange.

2. Once peeled, send your orange peels down the disposal.

3. Your drains will smell fresh and clean.

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Shower drain cleaning made easy

Here's a great tip for a simple shower drain cleaning.  Shower drain clogs are usually a result of hair in the drain, and it will stop up the drain like a cork.  Here's what you can do.   You'll need to remove the screws and drain cover, then:

1. Take a simple screw driver (flat preferred), and an old toothbrush.  Tape them together as shown.  Be liberal with the tape, as you want it to hold.

2. Place the toothbrush end down the drain until it stops as shown.  This is likely where the hair has collected, at the "U" in the trap.

3. Turn the screwdriver slowly, counter or clockwise.  Serveral turns.  The hair will be caught in the brush brissles.

4. Slowly pull the screwdriver out.  The hair will come out attached to the brush. 

5. Drain clean.  Money saved.

6. Save the tool, you'll need again. 

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sewer problem location accuracy

Locating sewer drain problems is not for the faint of heart. Especially when traversing through a well kept landscape.  You need more than just a sewer camera with a location device attached.  You need 3 things.  First the locating equipment.  Second, a trained expert to interpret the located problem.  Finally, you need trained experts to excavate and make the repair with pinpoint accuracey.  Thus, saving the beautiful landscape.  Like we were never there.!

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New water heater efficiency requirements are coming

Water heaters are changing.  Again.  That is to say that efficiency requirements for storage water heaters are increasing.  For the most part, standard storage heaters from 40 - 50 gallons will remain the same, as they already meet the minimum efficiency.  However, anything above 50 gallons will require increased effiency.  As usual, that will result in a price increase.  Even more, water heater manufacturers will use the new requirement to increase the price of all water heaters.  Even those that already meet the efficiency standard.  I've been told to expect a 15% increase by April 16th, 2015.  For a standard install that will be an increase of $150 approximately.  So, if you're water heater is near the end of it's life, consider a replacement before April 16th, 2015.  Of note, all tankless water heaters already meet the efficiency standards.  And, provide endless hot water. 

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sewer video inspection experts

Sewer video inspection equipment can determine the exact location of a sewer line break, or problem area.  The video monitor shows the situation on the screen, and receives a transmitted signal that locates the area from the surface.  With that, a trained plumber can interpret both and determine 

the appropriate repair or replacement.

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Residential Fire Sprinkler

Commencing on January 1, 2011 all new homes are required to have a fire sprinkler system.  The new code requirement was met with some confusion, as most local building departments had not yet completed their plan check procedures.  In these cases, builders looked to their plumbing and fire sprinkler sub-contractors for assistance.  

At Wayne Maples Plumbing and Heating, and Mapleservice we launched our “aqua-safe” residential fire sprinkler design.  Working closely with building departments and officials the aqua-safe residential fire sprinkler system proved an immediate and preferred solution. The benefits of the aqua-safe system are:
    1. It’s looped with the domestic water resulting in frequent flow
    2. Frequent flow eliminates the backflow prevention installation requirement due to stagnation.
    4. No annual testing of  backflow prevention devices.
    5. The installed heads are not invasive to residential designs

Aquasafe systems are a PEX piping system, and are designed by Uponor.  Uponor is the leader in the manufacturing of PEX piping and fittings.

Wayne Maples Plumbing & Heating is a licensed plumbing subcontractor, and a licensed fire sprinkler contractor.  Both license classifications are required to install the aqua safe system. 

Submitted by Dale Maples, Owner

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