09 Mar 2022

When you flush your toilet, you expect it to be an easy task, push the handle and walk away. No one wants to wait in the bathroom hoping that they are not going to have to flush again. When the flush of your toilet is too weak to do it’s job properly it can be annoying. It’s a waste of water and it can also be an embarrassing situation. Here are a few quick tips on getting your toilet back to working like a pro. 

Check Inside the Tank

There are a couple items here that may be causing weak flow to the bowl. Firstly check that the flapper at the bottom of the bowl connected to a chain. Is the chain too long and not allowing the flapper to open completely? Is everything connected correctly from the handle to the chain and then to the flapper? If the bar that the chain is attached to is not properly positioned, it could prevent the flapper from opening all the way. 

Secondly, check the water refill float or arm. If the arm or refill float is set too low, your tank will not fill with enough water to allow for a proper flush. Toilets are designed with a set amount of water required to work properly. Also make sure that they are not stuck due to hard water buildup or mechanical issues.

Check and Fix Clogs

These may not always be apparent as they are hidden within the trap or even the drain pipe. This can cause the water flow to be interrupted and slowed which will result in incomplete flushes.  One thing you can try is to plunge your toilet. Try using your plunger to see if you had a small clog that was causing the weak flush. After you do this, flush again and see if it changed the strength of your water flow. 

Clean Under the Rim

Mineral deposits under the rim can cause water to flow too slowly to allow the toilet to work effectively. When you clean your toilet be sure to clean this area properly. If you suspect build-up or just want to make sure those jets are in tip-top shape, take some vinegar and an old brush and clean the underside of the rim where each of the jets are. 

Still Having Issues With Slow Flushing Toilet?

If you have tried our tips or just aren’t sure about tackling this issue, Reddi Services is here for you. Give us a call today and one of our professional plumbers will be dispatched to help get your toilet or any other plumbing problems you may be having fixed right away. 

07 Oct 2021

You wake up one night to a foul odor wafting through your house. You wake up and wonder what it might be, so you get out of bed and go to the kitchen – you might want to scream when you discover what’s seeping out from beneath your sink after turning on the light!

Okay, not really. However, if you’re noticing foul scents in your house, there’s a high probability that something in your kitchen needs to be cleaned. The following are the most prevalent causes of foul odors in homes:

  • Bacteria buildup in drains
  • Clogged or broken garbage disposals
  • Mold under the sink
  • Buildup in ventilation

Learning how to identify the causes of these foul odors is something you might be able to accomplish yourself and repair without the help of an outside organization; but, if these remedies don’t work, you can always call Jay’s Plumbing to come take a look and help you out.

Bacteria Buildup

Bacteria accumulates over time, especially when scrubbing unclean dishes and running old food. While all of those particles should be draining via your pipes, the smells and some particles may become stuck inside your disposal’s teeth. An excellent initial step is to run some salt and broken ice down your disposal; the ice chunks will help drive the salt around and remove any remaining food particles. You may also run citrus pieces or even the rinds through the trash after this step to help freshen it up.

You may also use a professional drain cleaner to battle odor-causing germs; if you don’t have any, baking soda and vinegar will suffice. If the sink hasn’t been used in a while, ensure sure the P-trap under the sink isn’t dried up; if it is, running the faucet for a minute or two should suffice.

Vent Problems

If you have checked your sink and drains and still have an odor problem, consider checking the vents if possible. You can use a plumber’s snake atop your roof to try and clear the blockage in your vent. Sometimes pouring hot water will also help to clear out any debris.

Sometimes when enough moisture gets trapped, mold can begin to grow. This can happen in the vents, but more than likely you will see this around your sink and cabinets. Keep a careful eye out for signs of water damage or for mold growth. Should you find any mold, that is a huge indicator of a greater leak in your home.

Sometimes there just is no clear answer for where the smell is coming from, and that’s where Jay’s Plumbing comes in to help. Give us a call and we will give your home a quick inspection and get straight to solving the problem. Get the monster from under your sink taken care of with Jay’s Plumbing today!