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Plumbing Tips

Plumbing Tips

I’ve heard that the new toilets do not flush properly. What is the recommendation for toilet replacement?
When the federal government mandated that new toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush, manufacturers had to develop a toilet that would achieve this but that would also flush properly (clear the bowl) and carry the waste to the city sewer or septic system.  Since then, the complaints have forced the manufacturers to develop new ways of flushing toilets. One new way is the use of a pressurized toilet tank.  This model looks like a regular toilet, but it has a pressure tank inside. When flushed, it works like a commercial toilet. A large surge of water enters the bowl and clears the bowl of any waste. These toilets work well, but are not as quiet as a conventional model.
What does it mean if water backs up in my bathtub when I flush my toilet?
When water backs up from your toilet into any of your other bathroom fixtures it means that your main sewer line is clogged. Stemmle Plumbing is equipped to handle any type of drain or sewer clog.
What could be causing the loud, knocking noise in my pipes?
A knocking noise in your piping system is generally caused by a loose washer in a faucet or by a faulty toilet ballcock assembly. Extreme pressure changes in the water supply can also cause a hammering noise. Stemmle Plumbing’s service trucks are stocked with the necessary repair parts to resolve both of these problems.
What could be causing my water bill to be so high?
The most common causes of high water bills are running toilets or dripping faucets. These are simple inexpensives problems to solve. However, it is possible that your main water line could be leaking between the house and the street. Stemmle Plumbing is equipped to locate the leak in the pipe, excavate as required, and make the necessary repairs.
What is the purpose of a backflow preventer?
A backflow preventer prevents contaminated water from back flowing into the domestic water system. Backflow preventers must be tested annually to insure they are working properly. Stemmle Plumbing has licensed technicians trained to test, repair, or install backflow preventers.
Call Stemmle Plumbing for all your plumbing needs in and around Richmond.