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When Your Toilet Stops Working: A Comprehensive Guide

Your toilet is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home. When it stops working, it can be a real pain! In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the steps you need to take to fix a broken toilet. We will also discuss some common causes of toilet problems and how to prevent them. So, whether you are dealing with a clogged toilet or a full-on plumbing disaster, we have you covered!

The most common reason your toilet might stop working suddenly is because it is clogged. This can be the case even if the obstruction isn't visible. A toilet can become clogged for a number of reasons: too much toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, or even toys can all cause a blockage. If your toilet is clogged, the first thing you should do is try to unclog it yourself. There are a few ways to do this, but the most common is to use a plunger. Simply place the plunger over the hole in the bottom of the bowl and push and pull until the clog is dislodged.

If your toilet is still not working after you have tried to unclog it, there may be another problem. One possibility is that the water supply to your toilet has been cut off. This could be due to a problem with your home's water lines or a valve that is not working properly. Another possibility is that there is a leak in the bowl or tank of your toilet. This could be caused by a crack or hole in the porcelain, which would need to be repaired by a professional.

If your toilet is overflowing, the first thing you need to do is turn off the water supply. This will stop the flow of water into the toilet and prevent further damage. Next, you will need to assess the situation and determine what is causing the overflow. Common causes include a clogged sewer line or a blocked vent pipe. If you cannot identify the cause of the overflow, it is best to call a plumber for help.

If your toilet is not flushing properly, there are several things you can try to fix the problem. First, check to see if there is anything blocking the path of water from the tank to the bowl. This could be a foreign object such as a toy or piece of tissue paper. If there is nothing blocking the water, the next step is to check the flapper valve. This is a small rubber valve that seals the opening between the tank and the bowl. If the flapper valve is damaged or not sealing properly, it will need to be replaced.

If your toilet is constantly running, this could be caused by a number of different things. First, check to see if there is a leak in the tank. This can be done by adding food coloring to the tank and seeing if it appears in the bowl within 15 minutes. If there is a leak, you will need to call a plumber to have it repaired. Another common cause of a running toilet is an improper float level. The float level controls how much water is allowed to enter the bowl. If it is set too high, water will constantly enter the bowl and cause the toilet to run.

There are a few things you can do to prevent toilet problems from occurring in the first place. First, be sure to never flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper down your toilet. This includes feminine hygiene products, diapers, paper towels, and anything else that could clog your pipes. Second, have your plumbing checked periodically by a professional to ensure that everything is in good working order. By following these simple tips, you can keep your toilet running smoothly for years to come!

If you have followed all of the steps above and your toilet is still not working properly, it is time to call a plumber. A professional will be able to diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs. They may also suggest some additional measures you can take to prevent future problems. When it comes to your toilet, don’t take any chances! Call a plumber if you are having any issues.

We hope this guide has been helpful in troubleshooting your toilet problems. Remember, if all else fails, call a plumber! They will be able to help you get your toilet back up and running in no time. Thanks for reading!

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How to Install a Water Heater: A Step-by-Step Guide

Installing a water heater is a big job, but it's one that most homeowners can do themselves. In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the entire process of installing a new water heater.

The first step is to choose the right model for your home. There are many different types and sizes of water heaters on the market, so it's important to select one that will meet your needs. When selecting a water heater, you'll need to consider factors such as your family's hot water needs, the size of your home, and your budget. When picking a water heater, make sure to select one that is the correct size for your home. Choosing a water heater that is too small will result in insufficient hot water, while choosing one that is too large will be a waste of energy and money.

Once you've selected the perfect water heater, it's time to install it!

The first step is to shut off the power to your home's water supply. This will prevent any accidents while you're working on the plumbing. Next, you'll need to disconnect the cold and hot water lines from your old water heater. Once the water lines are disconnected, you can remove the old water heater from its location.

If you're installing a water heater for the first time, you'll need to run new gas and water lines to your home. This step may require a permit from your local municipality. We don't suggest doing gas line work without a professional.

Now it's time to install your new water heater! Begin by connecting the cold water line to the inlet on your new water heater. Then, do the same with the hot water line. Once the lines are connected, you'll need to install the unit in its location and level it, if necessary, using shims.

The next step is to install the temperature and pressure relief valve according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Now it's time to install the venting. This is one of the most important steps in installing a water heater, as it prevents dangerous gases from building up inside your home. Begin by attaching the vent pipe to the outlet on your water heater. Then, run the pipe through an exterior wall and secure it in place. Make sure the vent pipe is installed correctly before moving on to the next step.

The final step is to fill your new water heater with water and test it out! Turn on the power supply and let the unit fill up with water. Once it's full, turn on the hot water tap in your home and let the hot water flow. If everything is working properly, you're all finished!

After the new water heater is connected to its power source and water supply, it's time to test it out! Turn on all the hot water faucets in your home and let them run for several minutes. Then, check the temperature of the water at each faucet. It should be between 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit. You may need to adjust the temperature on the water heater to reach the desired temperature.

If this seems like a big job, it sure can be! Especially you not only have to haul in the new water heater, but also have to dispose of the old water heater. Save yourself the headache (and possibly the back ache) by calling Jersey Plumbing Service for your water heater installation needs.

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Boiler Explosions: What You Need to Know

A boiler explosion can be a terrifying event. If you are not familiar with what to do when one occurs, it can seem like the end of the world. In this blog post, we will discuss what causes boiler explosions, how to prevent them, and what to do if one does occur. Stay safe!

How common are boiler explosions?

Boiler explosions are not as common as one might think. In the United States, there are an estimated 20 to 30 boiler explosions each year. However, these incidents typically occur in industrial or commercial settings rather than in residential homes. Nevertheless, it is important to be aware of the potential hazards associated with boilers and to take measures to prevent an explosion from occurring.

What causes boiler explosions?

Boiler explosions are most often caused by a buildup of pressure within the boiler itself. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as if the water level in the boiler gets too low, if the heat source is turned up too high, or if there is a blockage in the fuel line. When this happens, the pressure inside the boiler builds until it becomes too much for the boiler to contain. The result is a sudden release of pressure and an explosion.

What should I do if a boiler explosion occurs?

If a boiler explosion does occur, the first thing you should do is evacuate the area immediately. Do not try to fight the fire or shut off the gas supply yourself. Once you are safely away from the

How bad can a boiler explosion be?

Boiler explosions can be disastrous. They have been known to level entire buildings and kill anyone nearby. In 2017, a boiler explosion damaged one house in Massachusetts so severely that it had to be demolished.

How can I prevent a boiler explosion?

The best way to prevent a boiler explosion is to have your boiler regularly inspected by a qualified technician. They will be able to identify any potential problems and correct them before they cause an explosion.

Boiler explosions are most often caused by a buildup of pressure within the boiler itself. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as if the water level in the boiler gets too low, if the heat source is turned up too high, or if there is a blockage in the fuel line. When this happens, the pressure inside the boiler builds until it reaches a point where the boiler can no longer contain it.

If a boiler explosion does occur, what should you do?

If a boiler explosion does occur, it is important to stay calm and call for help. Turn off the gas or other heat source if, and only if, it is safe to do so. Evacuate the area as quickly as possible. Call 911 immediately, either after you have safely evacuated or while you are evacuating. Gas line explosions, if one occurs can take out an entire block. If the boiler explosion might cause a gas line explosion, you'll want to be a great distance away before that occurs.

Thankfully, boiler explosions are very rare, but you can prevent them with proper boiler maintenance. We recommend annual boiler maintenance every fall for our boiler customers.

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How to Install a Shower: The Complete Process

Showers are a necessary part of life. They keep us clean and refreshed, and can add a touch of luxury to our everyday routine. If you're thinking about installing a shower in your home, this blog post is for you! We will walk you through the entire process, from choosing the right shower to installation tips that will make the process go smoothly. Let's get started!

Choose the Right Shower

There are many factors to consider, such as budget, space, and design preferences. Once you have an idea of what you're looking for, it's time to start shopping! Remember, measure three times and add to cart once. Don't wait until you've unboxed the shower to realize you need to send it back.

Be sure to plan your entire bathroom layout and that there is enough room for the sink and toilet to use those comfortably as well. The most beautiful shower doesn't make up for a cramped bathroom.

How to Prep Your Bathroom for a New Shower Install

First, make sure that the area where you'll be installing the shower is clean and free of any obstacles. You'll also want to turn off the water to your bathroom so that there are no accidents during installation.

If you're working with a professional installer, they will take care of these details for you. However, if you're installing the shower yourself, it's important to be extra careful and follow all instructions carefully.

First, the shower base must be installed. This is the foundation of your shower, and it needs to be level and secure before you move on to the next steps.

The actual process of installing a shower varies depending on the type of shower you've chosen. However, there are some general steps that all installations require.

Installing The Shower Base

Installing a shower base is usually a two-person job, so be sure to ask a friend or family member for help. You'll want to first test-fit the base. It's best to know now if you selected the wrong side.

Next, you'll want to prepare the sub-floor, ensuring it is level and and that the leveling compound you're using is designed to adhere to the surface type you're fixing it to. Be sure to allow the appropriate amount of time for this to set and dry.

Installing the Drain

Test-fit the shower drain flange, also known as the “drain basket” or “drain body,” to ensure it fits flush with the shower base. Use plumbers putty to seal the drain basket to the shower base.

Connect the drain pipe to the drain flange. Tighten the connection with pipe wrench and then use a hacksaw to trim any excess pipe.

Installing the Shower Walls

Most showers use either tile or acrylic walls. The installation process will be different for each type, so be sure to follow the instructions that came with your product.

If you're using tile, you'll need to apply mortar adhesive to the back of each tile before setting it in place on the wall. Start from the bottom and work your way up, making sure each tile is level as you go. Once all of the tiles are in place, allow the adhesive to dry completely before grouting.

If you're using acrylic walls, the process is much simpler. Just snap the panels into place following the manufacturer's instructions.

Installing the Shower Fixtures

Now it's time to install your shower fixtures! Begin by attaching the shower arm to the wall. Use a wrench to tighten the connection and make sure it is secure. Then, attach the showerhead to the shower arm. Again, use a wrench to tighten this connection.

Finally, turn on the water and test your new shower! If everything is working properly, you can now enjoy your new space!

We hope this blog post has been helpful as you plan and install your new shower. If this seems like a lot, don't worry! We get it! This DIY can often take weeks from beginning to end. But is much quicker with a team of professionals. Call Jersey Plumbing today to schedule your stress-free shower installation.

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The Worst Water Heater Disasters and How to Avoid Them

Water heater disasters can cause a lot of damage in a hurry. Not only can they leave you without hot water, but they can also cause extensive property damage. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the worst water heater disasters and how to avoid them. We will also provide tips on what to do if disaster strikes.

Water heaters can fail quietly, or loudly, and both can be disastrous.

An example of a quiet water heater fail would be a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide is a gas that is produced when water heater fuel burns. It is odorless and colorless, so it can be hard to detect. If you have a water heater that uses natural gas or propane, it is important to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Water heaters can develop a carbon monoxide leak when they are not properly vented.

Often when homeowners or landlords DIY their water heater installation, they neglect to assess whether the ventilation pipe width is the appropriate size for the water heater being installed. And even when the ventilation pipe is the proper width, there is always a chance for blockage, especially if the water heater is located in an attic or crawl space.

If you suspect a carbon monoxide leak, it is important to get out of the house immediately and call 911. Do not re-enter the home until it has been determined safe by emergency personnel.

To avoid this disaster, be sure to have your water heater maintained by a professional who can identify these issues. If you install a water heater yourself, use a portable CO2 Detector (as little as $30 on Amazon) to test the area near the ventilation, and be sure to install a permanent CO2 detector near your appliances as well.

A loud water heater fail would be a water heater explosion.This can happen when water heaters are not properly maintained. Over time, sediment can build up in the bottom of the water heater. When this happens, it can cause the water heater to overheat and even explode. We've seen entire walls blown out due to these disasters. And thank goodness no one was in the room at the time. To avoid this, it is important to have your water heater serviced by a qualified technician every year. While sediment buildup causing a full on explosion is rare, even minor sediment issues can severely impact the efficiency of you water heater and shorten its lifespan.

The third, and perhaps most common water heater disaster would be the flood. It often doesn't occur to homeowners just how much damage can be caused by a little water. The average water heater holds about 50 gallons of water. When that water heater bursts, it can cause a lot of damage in a hurry. It is important to know where your water shut off valve is located so that you can turn it off quickly if your water heater begins to leak. It is also a good idea to keep a few towels near the water heater in case of a leak.

The water damage from a broken water heater can be extensive. It can cause water damage to the floors, walls, and ceiling of your home. In some cases, it can even lead to mold growth. If you have a water heater that is located in your attic or crawl space, the water damage can be even worse.

To avoid a water heater flood, be sure to check your water heater regularly for signs of leaks. If you see any water on the floor around your water heater, be sure to shut off the water and call a qualified technician right away.

If you do find yourself in the middle of a water heater disaster, there are some things you can do to minimize the damage. First, shut off the power to the water heater. If the water heater is gas-powered, shut off the gas supply as well. Next, open all of the faucets in your home to release the pressure from the water lines. This will help prevent any further damage to your plumbing system. Finally, call a qualified technician to come and assess the damage and make any necessary repairs.

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Sump Pump Horror Stories

Sump pumps are designed to remove water from your basement or crawl space, but when they fail, the results can be disastrous. Here are some sump pump horror stories to keep in mind:

We have seen a sump pump failure that led t over two feet of water in a basement, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage. The family had to move out of their home while repairs were made. Their water heater and boiler both had to be replaced. (Never restart a water heater, furnace or boiler that has gotten wet!)

In other cases, we've seen sump pump failures that resulted in extensive mold growth and water damage, making the home uninhabitable. The families, for their safety, have to move out and make significant repairs before they can return.

Mold remediation in New Jersey can cost between $15 and $30 per foot, and it doesn't take long for mold to spread throughout the entire square footage of a house in many cases.

Water damage can cost thousands more on its own and even compromise the structural integrity of your home.

We've also seen families lose priceless family memories including wedding dresses, photo albums, letters from family members who passed away. Or lose precious items such as their favorite guitar or drum set.

These are just a few examples of what can happen when sump pumps fail. If you have a sump pump, be sure to check it regularly to make sure it is working properly.

Annual sump pump maintenance includes:

- Checking the sump pump to make sure it is free of debris and properly wired

- Testing the sump pump to ensure it is working properly

- Inspecting the sump pit itself to make sure it is not cracked or leaking

But even with a perfectly functioning and well maintained sump pump, when the power fails, a sump pump fails. And the storms that take out the power often bring the heavy rains that can spell disaster.

If you live in an area with frequent power outages, consider investing in a backup sump pump that runs on a battery or generator. This can help prevent water damage if your primary sump pump fails.

If you have city water, you can run your sump pump entirely on city water pressure, which offers even more security than a battery backup. We use liberty products that are water-powered, and will protect your basement in the case of a power outage. Their products are fully automatic, arrive completely assembled and work in conjunction with your main sump pump.

If you have a sump pump, make sure it is in good working order and check it regularly to avoid a disaster in your home. Consider investing in a backup sump pump to help prevent water damage if your primary sump pump fails.

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Sewer Camera Inspection

Signs you may need a sewer camera inspection:

  • Persistent sewer backups in your home or business
  • Gurgling noises coming from your drains
  • Unusual odors around your property
  • You are considering a home purchase and want to be thorough in your assessment of the property.
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How do sewer lines get damaged?

The most common ways that sewer lines get damaged are from tree roots growing into the line, corrosion leading to cracked or broken pipes, and settlement of the ground around the pipes.

What is a sewer camera inspection?

A sewer camera inspection is a process by which a camera is inserted into the sewer line to visually inspect the condition of the line. This type of inspection may be required when there are concerns about the condition of the sewer line, such as when there are backups or leaks.

Who provides a sewer line inspection?

A master plumber should perform your sewer line inspection, however, not all master plumbers have the proper equipment to do so as the proper equipment can be costly. If you are looking for a sewer line inspection in Northern New Jersey, you have come to the right place!
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How a sewer camera inspection works:

1. The sewer line is cleared of any debris or obstructions.

2. A camera is inserted into the line and sent down the length of the pipe.

3. The images captured by the camera are displayed on a monitor, so that the condition of the pipe can be assessed.

If necessary, repairs can be made to the sewer line based on the findings of the inspection.

If you are experiencing any of the problems listed above, it may be time to consider a sewer camera inspection. The team at Jersey Plumbing Service can help you determine if this is the best course of action for your property and can provide quality service when it comes to sewer camera inspections. Give us a call today!

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How to Turn Off the Main Water Supply to Your House

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First, locate your property's water meter. Follow the path leading away from the meter towards your house. The pipe will either lead inside, possibly underground to through your foundation or lead to a large metal or plastic box attached to the pipe near ground level with small handles or spigots protruding from it.

How to Shut off Your Water Main

When to shut off the water to your house:

If you suspect a water leak anywhere in your home, turn off the main water supply. If you do not know where the leak is, turn off the main supply to prevent further water damage requiring large clean-up costs and possibly more extensive repairs. Water damage from a water leak can be even more costly than the leak itself. Water can damage your foundation, drywall, and carpeting. It can also lead to mold growth which can cause respiratory problems for family members especially small children and older people.

If you are doing major plumbing repairs, such as repiping a section of your home or placing an addition that requires additional piping, shutting the main water valve can prevent any chance of flooding. For many minor repairs, however, there are local shut-off valves, such as at your toilet or under your sink.

To shut off the water to your house, you will either turn the wheel or rotate the lever on your shut-off valve. Follow this up by opening your faucets and shower to drain the pipes of any remaining water.

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How to Use a Plunger

For a simple tool, for those who have never used a plunger before, it can be a little nerve-wracking. Typically, the situation is messy and no one wants to make it messier. To confidently handle a plunger, just follow this simple tutorial.

A simple rubber plunger is the most common. To use a rubber plunger you simply position the hole in the plunger as evenly over the hole in your drain (toilet or otherwise). Once in position, press firmly to push the air out of the plunger. Don't let the plunger lift up from its position around the drain while you press down. This will give you a vacuum seal.

When you release the pressure, the suction should hopefully pull up from the drain that did not want to go down. If you have an excessive amount of tissue paper in a toilet, for instance, due to an over-eager child using more wipes than should ever go down the pipe at once, you can use the plunger to pull the wad of wet paper away from the drain as it flushes. Then, with a plastic bag and rubber gloves, you can move that paper to a trash bag. It may be gross, but no worse than flooding your toilet if you insist on trying to force more down a hole then will fit.

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Regardless of whether your clog needs to be pulled away or go down the drain, you may need to plunge a few times before the clog becomes dislodged. If no amount of plunging is doing the trick, you will want to pick up a plumbing auger from the hardware store.

There are a ton of videos on YouTube that can show you exactly how to operate a plumbing snake (auger), though there are many varieties out there, so you may have to fish around for one that matches the type you purchase.

If your toilet clogs frequently, you should have a plumber out to assess the situation. It may be as simple as too little water going down from your tank. Or it could be as serious as a backed-up septic or collapsed drain pipe. But the sooner you identify the problem, the more money you are likely to save in repairs.

Do not be tempted to use a drain cleaning fluid. Such chemicals can cause damage to your pipes.

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The Rising Cost of Plumbing Supplies

As we continue to move forward and through this worldwide pandemic, the impact on the supply chain is being felt everywhere. Including here at home with the rising costs of plumbing supplies.

Orders placed for supply are not only more expensive than they've been in the past, but they can be slow to arrive, stalling jobs that are mid-progress. In some situations, a needed part can be completely out of stock, forcing contractors to travel from dealer to dealer in hopes they can continue their project.

According to the Independent Pipe and Supply Corporation, hot-rolled coil prices have increased by about 80% in the last eight months, copper has climbed by 75%, and steel pipe costs have soared by 138 percent.

It is no secret that the price of copper has been on the rise for some time now. Copper is a critical component in many plumbing supplies, so when its cost goes up, it causes the overall cost of these supplies to go up as well.

The cost of copper is currently $4.320 per pound. Though, in 2006 it was $1.45/lb and in 1998 it was $0.76/lb!

Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be an end in sight for this trend and the pandemic did nothing to slow the progression.

This is certainly not good news for those of us needing to purchase plumbing supplies in the near future. Thankfully, there are some ways to help offset these costs.

One way to keep your costs down is to shop around for the best prices. Compare what different stores are charging for the same items. You may be able to find a better deal online or at a store that is not as popular.

Another option is to consider purchasing used or recycled supplies. While they may not be as nice as new.

One option is to look for suppliers that are offering discounts on bulk orders. You may also be able to find deals on copper and other plumbing supplies through online marketplaces.

Whatever you do, don't wait until the last minute to purchase what you need. The prices are only going to go up from here!

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