Why The Shower Gets Cold (or Hot) When You Flush The Toilet

It’s actually not likely that using the toilet while someone is showering would cause the hot shower to become cold, but the contrary, the shower should actually get warmer or too hot. This is because your plumbing system should have a main trunk and water supply with branches coming off it to supply individual rooms. The hot and cold supplies are separate, so if the toilet is flushed (a cold water source), it is only the cold water supply that is affected across the rooms in the home. The cold water supply is reduced by the toilet, reducing only the cold water supply to the shower and causing it to be more hot temporarily. If this, in fact, is what you experience in your home and don’t like it, there are a few things you can do.

You can reduce how much water is being used by the toilet by adjusting the supply valve to the toilet, but this might increase the noise and fill time, as well as minimize its ability to flush larger contents. It might be easier to experiment with the use of the tank. By placing a jug or brick in the back of the toilet, it will use less water when flushing. Be sure you have instruments available in case of a blockage, such as a strong plunger or bucket to send additional water and down. Installing a low-flush toilet is also an option, but toilets made after 2002 should be efficient, according to standards that were put in place at the time.

If you are in fact experience sudden cold showers at times it’s probably due to a low supply in warm or hot water. This could be caused by previous showers using up the hot water that was available and needs time to replenish or the use of hot water in a clothing or dish washer can have the same affect. If you have an electric hot water heater and the previous shower was 20 minutes long, you’re looking at a 50-60 minute wait for the most available hot water for the next shower. If you have a gas hot water heater, the wait will be much less. Regardless, wait between showers and see if this is your problem.

The thermostatic mixing valve is a valve that hooks up to all showers and tubs in your home and keeps temperatures constant, no matter the circumstance. These valves are not standard in all home’s plumbing and should be checked to see if you have one and if it needs adjusting. Your local plumber can help you with this and make any changes or adjustments if you are experiencing this common issue or use a lot of water due to having multiple residents, guests or a business that uses a lot of water.

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So Your Toilet Has Overflowed

Unless you can blame your children for putting non-flushable items down the toilet, overflowing can be so embarrassing. Imagine how bad you’d feel if it were to happen to you at someone else’s home! Here is what you need to know to handle this situation with as much dignity as possible.

Why Has This Happened?

You’re probably asking the man upstairs “Why?! Why did this happen to me?!”, but instead need to know why your toilet overflowed in the first place. The main culprit is a blockage somewhere in the pipes, either from build up of some kind or having something flushed that shouldn’t have been. This probably can be fixed easily with a toilet plunger with a lot of suction. If this relieves the problem and makes the water go down as it should, you have your perpetrator. If this is not effective or the water is slow to drain, you might have a defect in the plumbing or flow managing mechanism and need to call a plumber. If you think this may be your problem, duct tape your toilet shut with a sign to prevent further damage.

How To Clean It Up

  1. After you’ve “fixed” the toilet, if even temporarily, you will want to remove any large debris from the floor. Human waste and toilet paper can be re-flushed a little amount at a time and any items damaged by contact can be thrown in the garbage or bucket for sanitation.

  1. The excess water needs to be drained from the area. This can be done manually using towels or if flooded enough, might require a pump of some kind.

  1. Sanitizing the cupboards, floor, bathtub wall, base of toilet and any other point of contact can be done with clean, warm or hot water and a little bit of low sud detergent. Bleach is also an option for sanitation for the surfaces, as well as the items that you may have put aside for washing. Please look up proper recommendations, read your bleaching product’s label, and be sure to know which surfaces will benefit or be damaged by the use of bleach before using.

Knowing what to do in this situation will make it easier for the owner, their guest or children, and any plumber that may need to come and assess the situation. Share this article with a home or business owner you care about today and save them the stress as well.

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Good Habits For Happy Drains

Fun fact: Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers all across America. What do you suppose is the reason they are called? It’s because of an increase in clogged drains and garbage disposals! These suggestions may be silly and seem common sense, but in our busy lives it’s easy to forget, get lazy, or rely on the technology to be strong enough for what we throw its way. These mistakes can be costly though, so here is a friendly reminder to…

Watch What You Put Down The Disposal:

Mainly Grease and Oil

In both bathrooms and kitchens, grease and oil is most responsible for the build up in drain clogs. Butter and meat fats from Thanksgiving are probably the main reason plumbers are booked every Black Friday. It’s important to pour these fats and oils into aluminum cans and throw them in the trash when they’re full and have hardened. Other things to consider are using cold water when flushing questionable liquids, so they solidify instead of melt and stick to the inner pipe, and running the garbage disposal often, before its full. In bathrooms you can avoid lotioning while you are in the bathtub or using excessively oily products in both the shower and the sink.

Take More Precaution When Hosting

Whether a large family lives under one roof or you host for the holidays, there are a few things to consider to save yourself a visit from your plumber than can cost you between 90.00 and 350.00. You can post reminders in each bathroom to not flush anything other than toilet paper, including anything that’s supposed to be flushable and to wait 15 minutes in between showers to allow the bathtub to completely drain. Having foot petal trashes with lids in the bathroom might relieve any embarrassment your guests might have about putting soiled things in the trash as well. Be sure each bathroom also includes a toilet brush and plunger for this reason too!

Brush Before You Shower

Everyone knows hair accumulates around stoppers and down drains. To reduce the amount of hair that goes down your showers and sinks, you can brush your hair away from them. If you are one who likes to brush in the shower because it’s easier for you, you can apply detangler before you shower and brush it out using a shower comb and dispose of the hair in the trash. This will greatly reduce the amount of hair that makes it down there.

In addition to these good habits, there are liquid and non-liquid products to prevent clogs in drains or help to dissolve them. Do your research on what preventative measures will work best for your home!

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Top 4 Non-Liquid Preventative Care Products For Drains

These suggestions may seem like common sense to some, but not others. The main reason you should have these cheap and effective products implemented in your home is to save you money from having to call your trusty plumber to handle the small drain issues you may be able to alleviate yourself. If you take pride in owning your own home you may want to make the small investment in a set of these easy maintenance tools. You can get all of them for less than 100.00! For renters and everyone else who rely on homeowners for maintenance, think of how connected plumbing really is. What you put down your toilet and garbage disposals not only affect your landlord but animals who share your ecosystem.

Plunger

Believe it or not, not everyone keeps a plunger or toilet brush in their bathrooms. Some plungers are of better quality than others as well. Buying yourself a quality plunger can be the difference between an embarrassing episode calling your landlord (who owns a plunger) or plumber. Higher quality plungers give more suction and force, allowing you to handle bigger clogs yourself. There are even plungers designed to not splash back toilet water! You can find a variety at your neighborhood hardware store between 3.00 and 30.00.

Snake/Auger

While at your neighborhood hardware store you can pick up a drain snake or more heavy duty auger. There will be an even wider range of products in this department for residential and commercial use, manual and electric. These products all have one thing in common; a long snake-like tail with ribs or “grabbies” you force down your plumbing to grab any hair or debris that has clogged your pipes. This less commonly owned tool can get the job done if you’re brave enough and for the small investment of 6.00 to 30.00 can save you a visit from your plumber or landlord.

Screens

Plastic or metal mesh screens can stop debris from going down your sinks, shower and bathtub drains, preventing clogs and providing you a more pleasant clean up than a snake would provide you after this stuff has made it down there. They are very inexpensive and come in all different kinds of materials, shapes, colors and even scents!

Compost Products

If you have a garbage disposal in your home or apartment, there are some routine maintenance techniques you can employ to keep it from clogging or smelling. It’s common to send ice or vinegar down the disposal to degrease and clean your disposal’s blades, but you can keep your garbage disposal like new by sending less down it and using a compost keeper. For 30.00 to 50.00, you can buy a nice ceramic compost bucket and lid for discarding your fruit and vegetable peels, egg shells, coffee grounds. There are many products to choose from that will meet your needs and address your concerns of the smell, some have built in odor-fighting filters. If taken out daily to your outside compost pile, you can use any bucket and lid you like whether for compost or not. Your plants and garbage disposal will thank you!

Reviewing items that are not to be flushed or put down the drain will also prevent potential clogs from happening. Do not flush items such as any paper product that is not toilet paper including things advertised as flushable or feminine hygiene products and don’t rinse down the drain the stickers off your produce, coffee grounds and grease. The saying goes “when in doubt, throw it out!” suggesting if you question disposing of anything down your pipes to throw it in your garbage instead.

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Tips For Getting Ready For Holiday Guests

The Holiday seasons are great and opportune times for having family and friends around. Typically, people do share, laugh, eat, and have fun together. But after all is said and done, cleaning up has to be done because of the mess that comes with lots of fun, games, and feasting.

Most people usually dread the cleaning sessions since the mess left behind is usually too much for one to handle. However, this should not bother you since there are ways in which you can set up your home for an early ‟cleanup”.

Below is a holiday preparation guide that will have you host family and friends without minding the mess that will be left behind after all the partying has come to an end.

Bathroom

First and foremost, you must ensure that the bathroom is spotless clean since it’s where your visitors will use for relieving themselves, cleaning, or freshening up. After cleaning, stock it with guest toiletries like toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, razors, shaving cream and soaps.

Once you are sure you have adequately stocked your bathroom, make a point of checking the functionality of your tub and sink. Make sure that they are sparkling clean, smelling fresh and draining quickly.

If by any chance you have the need of sprucing up your drainage prior to the get-together, you can consider using BlueBio Drain Cleaner. This solution will power through your drainage system and get rid of the entire clog to your amazement.

Apart from helping you clean up quickly after the festivities, having a clean, neat and functioning bathroom will save you a great deal of embarrassment.

Bedroom

Ensure that the bedrooms are clean, tidy and orderly. This can easily be done by having the beds neatly spread and keeping the wardrobes/closets and the entire room clutter free. To cater for the large number of visitors, you are also advised to provide extra storage for their personal effects.

In the case of emergencies and to avoid unnecessary inconveniences, print for your visitors emergency numbers and passwords to your Wi-Fi or any other communal gadget that is password protected.

Kitchen

Apart from the common holiday delicacies that you have prepared for the get-together, ensure that your fridge is well stocked. The food should be able to cater for your guests’ breakfast, lunch, and supper for the period of time that they are going to spend at your place. Because of the frequent dumping of food wastes, you should make a point of refreshing the garbage disposal using the BlueBio Drain Cleaner. Apart from your guests, this solution might be the next great consumer of your grab.