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How to Fix a Weak-Flushing Toilet

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Does your toilet just not flush like it used to? A weak-flushing toilet is not only inconvenient, it can lead to some real messes down the road. The plumbing experts at Patterson will walk you through some of the most common causes for a weak flushing toilet, and what you can do to fix them.

Problem #1: Low Water Level

Sometimes, the solution is as simple as letting the float ride higher in your toilet’s tank, which allows the water level to increase. Adjusting the float is a simple process, but varies from toilet to toilet. Check your owner’s manual for instructions from the manufacturer.

Problem #2: Flapper Closes Too Quick

Your weak flush could be caused by the flapper in the tank opening and closing too quickly. Open the tank and check the length of the flapper’s chain – there should be ¼ to ½ an inch of slack. Shortening the chain will keep the flapper open for longer, allowing more water to enter the bowl and creating a stronger flush.

Problem #3: Mineral Buildup

The water that comes from your supply line isn’t pure – it contains minerals such as calcium and line. Over time, these minerals can accumulate in places such as your toilet’s rim flush holes (the holes under the rim in your toilet bowl where water enters). Clean these holes using a wire coat hanger, paper clip, or turn off the water supply and pour toilet cleaner down the flush valve. Let the solution sit for a couple of hours, turn the water back on, and flush twice.

If you have gone through these steps to no avail, it’s time to call the professionals. The plumbing experts at Patterson Plumbing and Heating have been diagnosing and fixing issues across Pueblo County, Colorado for over 30 years. If you live in Pueblo or the surrounding area,  or call (719) 544-4922 to get started.

5 Essential Plumbing Tools to Have on Hand

While we recommend leaving the serious plumbing repairs to us – it doesn’t hurt to be prepared! Sometimes, smaller problems – like a clogged sink or dripping faucet – can be fixed fairly quickly, provided you have the right tools for the job.

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See below for some tools to help cover the basics: like changing a faucet or shower head, and unclogging a drain »

  1. Plunger – Whether you have a clogged sink, tub, toilet, or floor drain, plungers certainly come in handy. Just make sure you have the right one for the job.
  2. Tongue-and-Groove Pliers – Easy to grab, pull, twist, hold, tighten, and loosen anything!  Not only useful for plumbing, but your home in general!
  3. Adjustable Wrench – Another invaluable tool for the home, but in terms of plumbing parts it’s ideal for working on compression fittings, supply lines, or anything with hex-shaped nuts.
  4. Pipe Wrench – Larger and heavier than your average wrench, this tool helps tighten and loosen pipe connections – like the ones under your sink. You’ll need two – one to grip and hold and another for turning.
  5. Basin Wrench – Also considered a sink wrench, this wrench helps you work in all those hard-to-reach spaces. The tool’s long shaft and swiveling jaw help you access the narrow space behind a sink and lock onto the nuts that secure faucets to the supply lines.

Any other tools you thing are necessary? Let us know on our Facebook page!

Remember, if there are any plumbing problems you encounter – you can trust the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to help. Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and know that you and your home deserve to be treated with respect. Give us a call today for fast service: 719.544.4922

Tomorrow is Hug a Plumber Day

Plumbing Fixed Right Today By Friendly Pueblo Colorado PlumbersTomorrow is Hug a Plumber Day! A special day each year where we recognize the ingenuity, hard work and skills of plumbers everywhere.

Most of us overlook our plumbing, until a problem springs up. In a world of YouTube and Google, finding a DIY solution is literally at our finger tips. One thing to keep in mind however is that a cheap fix today can result in a larger scale repair tomorrow. Circumstances like this are a perfect example of why it’s important to leave repairs to the professionals – like your friends here at Patterson Plumbing and Heating.

Our expert plumbing technicians will provide you with more than just a quick fix. We’ll show up on time, listen to your needs, diagnose your plumbing problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job, not by the hour, so there are no surprises.

For over 25 years we’ve been the area’s top licensed plumbing repair contractors fixing all your home plumbing problems. To learn more about what we can do for you, dial (719) 554-4922 today!

Leave Plumbing Repairs to Us!

“How hard can it be?” A common question when considering doing a perceivable easy home repair. Unfortunately, many have found out the answer to this question the hard way. Although we have the internet as our guide, some repairs can be dangerous to your home if not done correctly – particularly plumbing.

Here’s why you should leave the plumbing repairs to the professionals:

  1. The Tools – Having a few wrenches in your tool kit is not all that’s needed for some plumbing repairs. Professionals have a range of high-end equipment to handle clogs, locate leaks, etc., and are properly trained in using them.
  2. Time and Dedication – While you may be a jack of all trades, chances are you have other things going on to fully dedicate your focus to an important plumbing task. Professionals however are able to dedicate their time and effort to making sure everything is done right the first time.
  3. Home Protection – An amateur plumbing repair can pose a major risk to your home if not done correctly. Avoid potential catastrophes (think floods, chain reaction of leaks, etc.) by calling in the experts from the beginning.
  4. Savings – Rarely does a DIY repair cut costs – in fact, it usually multiplies it. Having a professional do it right the first time saves your wallet from costly repairs down the road.

Finding dedicated and skilled plumbers to handle repairs in Pueblo, CO is simple: give the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call today. Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and know that you and your home deserve to be treated with respect.