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Fix Your Running Toilet

Posted on: July 2nd, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

If you have a toilet that keeps running, this can waste quite a bit of water and money. Let’s take a look at how to troubleshoot this.

Problems with the flapper are the most common reason for a running toilet. Turn off the water and drain the toilet, then look at the flapper. Adjust the chain if it is too long or short. A chain that is too long can get caught under the flapper, while a chain that is too short can pull up on the valve when it should not. You can use wire cutters if it is too long.

You’ll also want to look for any problems with the actual flapper, or see if it needs to be cleaned to help it seal better. You can soak it in a bowl of vinegar for about half an hour and then scrub it.

If the flapper is not the issue, check the water level. If it is too high, water will constantly be draining into the overflow tube in the middle of the tank that connects the tank and bowl. Look at it with the water running and the tank full, and see if water keeps draining into the tube. If so, you can adjust the water level by lowering the float.

Lastly, if those are not the issues, check the fill valve. Turn off the water, flush the toilet, disconnect the supply line, and purchase a replacement for the old assembly. You’ll have to replace it entirely.

One of the best ways to prevent common toilet issues in the future such as a running toilet is to replace the insides of your toilet’s tank every 5 years. Think of it as regular maintenance, just as you would maintain other appliances in your home.

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Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

Posted on: March 2nd, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

If you’re like many homeowners across the country this time of year, Spring may mean it’s time to put your home on the market. But to get the best price on your beloved abode, you may need to make a few upgrades to get it market ready. To help you, we’ve consolidated a list of the most “bang for your buck” areas of the home to address. So get your pen and paper ready, here we go:

  • Upgrade exterior doors and garage doors. Just a fresh coat of paint and a nice mat at your front door can make a big difference. Also look into lighting. Plenty of lighting is good for all outdoor areas. At the front door, frosted bulbs will provide softer light and less glare.
  • Refinish your floors. If you have wood floors that have been scuffed up, refinish them to make a huge difference in how they look.
  • Carpet clean. If you have carpets, shampoo them or get a professional to do it.
  • Update your kitchen cabinets. Paint them for a cheaper option, or completely start over if you have it in your budget.
  • Upgrade your bathroom by changing out the light fixtures or putting in a new vanity for a more modern look.
  • Replace your windows. Wooden windows usually have a higher return on investment than vinyl or other options. You’ll definitely want to deal with any foggy windows or not-so-good weather-stripping.
  • Cut energy costs. See if your power company will do a free energy audit and see what you can do to make your home more energy efficient. A programmable thermostat, and Energy Star appliances can make a big impact.
  • Keep your lawn and yard tidy. If you’re thinking ahead, plant some flowers.
  • Power wash your siding, walkway, driveway and porch.
  • If your paint colors are a little “out there,” consider painting in more neutral colors that pretty much everyone will like. While you’re doing that, also touch up any chipped areas.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

How To Fix a Leaky Faucet

Posted on: February 9th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

It’s the annoying reality of being a homeowner. You will have issues you need to address, and there isn’t a landlord to take care of it for you. Plumbing is a common area in which homeowners see problems — especially, the trusty leak faucet.

So what steps can you take when you have a leaky faucet? First, turn your water off to all parts of the sink and take off any decorative parts of the handles/knobs.

Next, loosen the screw that connects the handle to the stem of the knob. (You’ll need a flat-head screwdriver.) Once you remove the screw, you can use WD-40 if needed to help take the handle off. After that, unscrew the packing nut with a wrench. Then remove the stem. (Some pop off easily while others need to be twisted.)

If everything so far looks good, take a look at the O-ring and washer inside the valve seat, as they are commonly the cause of leaks. Remove the washer and put in a replacement. Make sure the replacement washers and O-rings fit exactly. Check to see if the sides fit a flat or cone-shaped washer. It’s not a bad idea to take the old O-ring to the store to make sure you get the right size. Another option is to buy a packaged set that includes many different sizes.

You’ll then put everything back together—washer/O-ring, stem, packing nut, screw, handle. Then test to see if you have fixed the leak. Turn the water back on and turn the knob slowly.

If the faucet is still dripping then it may be corrosion in your valve seat. If time has passed and it has not been cleaned it can lead to leaks near the spout. Other common issues include loose parts or worn-out seals. If you cannot figure out the issue, or even if you can, but know you cannot fix it, call a professional plumber. It is best to not wait too long as these issues only get worse.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Protect Your Pipes From Freezing

Posted on: December 13th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Temperatures are dropping and along with the fun the winter can bring, this season can also bring on some big home headaches. As early as this week, temperatures are forecast to fall low enough for pipes to freeze, so now is the time to prepare.

The pipes that are most likely to freeze are those exposed to severe cold, such as sprinkler lines, outdoor hose bibs, pool supply lines, and water supply pipes in unheated indoor areas like basements, crawl spaces and garages.

Before the temperature drops:

  • Drain any water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses.
  • Close the inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs.
  • Open the outside hose bibs to let water drain and keep the outside valve open so any water in the pipe can expand.
  • Hot and cold water pipes in unheated areas such as basements, crawl spaces and garages should be insulated.

When the freezing weather is approaching:

  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to let warmer air circulate around the plumbing.
  • Let the cold water drip — even just a trickle — from the faucet connected to exposed pipes.
  • Don’t lower the thermostat significantly at night or while away from home.

If your pipes do freeze:

  • Keep the faucet open. This will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Use a heating pad, hair dryer, space heater or towels with hot water on the affected pipes. (Make sure to do this safely! Nothing flammable near space heaters, etc.)
  • Call a licensed plumber if you don’t know which pipe is frozen or can’t access it.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Common Plumbing Mistakes

Posted on: November 4th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

drainYour whole plumbing system is a major part of your home and needs to be taken care of properly or you can face some expensive repairs and replacements. Luckily, if your system is already in good shape, it’s easy to keep everything in good shape. Below are some common mistakes and what you can do instead:

Regularly clean out your drain traps. Poor drainage — especially clogging — can be a hassle and is not good for your pipes. Be cautious, though, not to overdo it when it comes to chemicals you pour down the drain, especially if you have a septic system. Drain snakes can also be also helpful.

Grease, paint and any construction materials down the sink are big “no-no’s”. Let the grease cool, then pour it into a jar or can and throw it away. As for paint and construction materials, use the proper disposal protocol in your area. Usually there is a specific place to take these materials so that you’re protecting your plumbing and the environment.

Don’t overload the garbage disposal or put things down it that should not be. This would include items such as old rice, coffee grounds or melon rinds.

Use your faucet handles with care. Twisting and pulling on them because there is a drip you’re trying to shut off is not the way to go. This will strip the washers and make things worse. Furthermore, if you’re doing your own plumbing work, don’t over tighten the parts.

If you need plumbing work done by a professional, get it done sooner rather than later. Not only can problems get worse, but also mold can grow if things are leaky.

Don’t turn on a water heater too soon. If you install a new water heater, let it fill completely before turning it on so you don’t burn it up.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Remove Buildup from Your Showerhead

Posted on: June 17th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Does your showerhead seem to spray in every direction except the right one when you get in the shower in the morning? Mine did.  Since I have well water, it is not all that uncommon to have the holes in the showerhead stop up with the minerals in the water.  But fear not, there is hope for a fix that doesn’t mean giving up your perfect showerhead.

Start by removing your shower head at the junction just past where the spigot comes out of the wall.  This can usually be done by loosening it by hand, but in cases of extreme blockage you may need a wrench.  Once removed, turn on the faucet so that you can make sure water flows freely from the pipe.  If it doesn’t call Central Carolina Plumbing to diagnose the problem.  Next, look at your showerhead.  Often, there will be a white, crusty material around the holes in the showerhead.  This is the mineral deposit.

There are two ways to remove these minerals, and you may have to use a combination of the two methods.  One is to manually remove the debris.  To do this, you will need a stiff brush.  Remember that to remove the mineral accumulation the bristles have to be harder than the minerals, so pretty tough, and pretty damaging to the surface.  The second method is a chemical method where you break up the bonds that hold the mineral deposits together. An excellent, and environmentally friendly way to weaken these bonds is white vinegar.  Soak your showerhead for several hours and even overnight.  In the morning you will  be able to use a softer brush (nylon bristle) to remove any undissolved residue.  Be sure to test the vinegar solution in an inconspicuous spot before soaking to make sure it won’t ruin the finish.   Reinstall showerhead.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

How to Replace an Electrical Outlet

Posted on: June 14th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Do you have cracked cover plates on your light switches or outlets?  Do you have outlets that don’t work?  It is really simple and easy to replace those old electrical outlet switches as well as the cover plates.

How to Replace an Electrical Outlet:

First, disconnect the outlet or switch from the power supply.  Cut the power supply at the fuse box by flipping the circuit breaker or removing the fuse.  Use a piece of painters tape or masking tape to cover the switch.  Clearly write, ‘No power’ on the tape to prevent someone else from turning on the power while you are working on it.

Next, remove the cover plate from the outlet or light switch that you will be working on.  Use a screwdriver to loosen the bolts that hold the wires to the poles on the outlet/switch.  When removing the outlets or switch, make note of which wire connects to which pole.  It is sometimes helpful to use masking/painters tape to label what the connections were.  Most often, the connections will match in terms of color with red connecting to red; white to white; black to black; etc.   Your new outlet should look a lot like the one you removed.

Make the same connections to the new unit that were on the old unit.  Most outlets do not come with separate instructions so you will need to rely on your labeling in order to make sure you make the right connection.  You can really improve the look of a room by ensuring all covers match and are clean by replacing them.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Why Choose a Tankless Water Heater by Central Carolina Plumbing

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

If you find that you have to replace your water heater, you might want to consider a Tankless model.  These water heaters are efficient because you just heat the water you use rather than storing multiple gallons of water, which can cycle over and over before use.  They are compact units that can be mounted on an exterior wall.

In addition, you are unlikely to run out of hot water, as long as it is sized correctly.  Because they work by heating the water quickly and on demand,  there is very little wasted energy.  Tankless water heaters are more expensive to purchase initially but energy savings will quickly pay for the increased expense.

You will want to make sure to select the correct size because of the nature of how the Tankless water heater works.  Since water is heated on demand, you need to have it sized to fit the size of your needs. Unlike a regular water heater, a Tankless model’s water output is impacted by groundwater temperatures.  A Tankless water heater located in a warm climate will require less capacity than one located in the frozen Canadian tundra.  Use your coldest groundwater temperature to calculate the gallons per minute you’ll need.

Look for an oxygen-depletion sensor that shuts off the water heater if carbon monoxide is detected and a film wrap around the heat exchanger that will shut off the device if it gets too hot. Since Tankless water heater models are still relatively uncommon, consider using manufacturer-trained installers. Some companies extend the warranty if you do.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

Leaky Toilet – Call The Pros at Central Carolina Plumbing

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Do you have a toilet that you constantly hear ‘running’?  Maybe you’ve just become used to that Tupperware container under the water connection.  Let’s just hope you don’t forget to empty it every other day.

Maybe you’ve employed the towel solution since you really don’t even have a clue as to where the water is coming from.  Either way, it is time to take matters into your own hands and really address the problem head on.

What To Do With a Leaky Toilet

Toilets have lots of moving parts.  The diagram, courtesy of This Old House, shows all the many parts of a toilet. Each part can  malfunction and cause a leak.  And sometimes it can be really hard to figure out which part is not working correctly.  So here are some basics:

  • Locate the leak. If you can figure out where the leak is you might be able to fix it.  If it is an obvious coupling, try tightening the connection.  If the connection is as tight as possible and it is still leaking call a professional as your fittings likely need to be replaced.  The same goes for gaskets and seals. If you see water leaking from a connection that involves a gasket or wax ring, it likely needs replacement.
  • Can’t find the leak? Cut the water off and don’t use the toilet and give us a call.  Cut the water off and drain any water from the fixture to prevent future damage.  You can do this by cutting off the water and flushing the toilet to get all the water out of the tank and into the bowl.  Flush again to get water out of the bowl.  If your leak is between the fixture and the floor connection, the wax ring will need to be replaced.  This type of leak is often accompanied by smelly fumes, so you will know if that is the case.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Selecting a New Kitchen Faucet by Central Carolina Plumbing

Posted on: May 19th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Do you want to improve the look of your kitchen by changing out that old faucet?  Maybe you want a touch controlled one installed instead of the traditional one.  Either way, with some effort and patience, you can replace yours.  Of course, if you prefer to have someone else take that off your hands, give Central Carolina Plumbing a call and we will take care of it.

Selecting a New Kitchen Faucet Tips:

First, before you purchase the faucet look under your sink for cut off valves.  If you can’t find them give us a call so we can install them.  If you do have them test that they work by running the cold water and shutting off the cold valve.  If water continues to come out of the faucet, the shut off is not working and you should replace that valve.

Do the same for the hot water to make sure the cut off is working for it as well.  Once your shut off valves are working correctly you are ready to shut off the valves and remove the old faucet.  Once completed, you may want to take the old faucet with you to the store in case questions arise. Also, carefully measure the clearance on the back side of the sink to make sure you can use all handles and knobs correctly.  Take pictures with your phone to take to the store.

At the store, select the faucet style you like.  The faucet you select may require different holes than what you currently have in your sink.  If you are not willing to purchase a new sink or countertops that fit these holes, look for something more like the one you took out.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!