Monthly Archives: January 2015

Signs of a Faulty Toilet

They call it “nature’s call” for a reason; it’s the most natural thing in the world. Unfortunately, since we don’t live out in nature much anymore, we need a working toilet to answer that call. That’s why it’s important to diagnose damage to your toilet before it breaks completely. You don’t want to be left high and dry. Here are some signs that your toilet is faulty and may need repairs:

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Tank is cracked:

Water pooling on the floor could be caused by a crack in the tank, but there are other causes as well. A quick and easy test to determine whether your tank is cracked is to pour some dye into the water; it will visibly seep through the cracks. 

Bowl is cracked:

As long as the pipes aren’t blocked, water makes its way unimpeded down to the waste line. If your bowl is cracked, you will notice foul smelling water pooling up by the base. Otherwise, your toilet may be working fine. There’s a good chance you won’t see the crack, as it could be in the interior of the bowl.

Mineral Deposits:

The water that goes to your house contains minerals, which accumulate wherever it flows. The inlet holes in the rim of the toilet are especially susceptible to this buildup, which can cause your toilet to flush incompletely. Sometimes these deposits can be hacked away, but if the buildup is bad then that won’t work.

 

Any of these signs are a good indication that you need to call in a plumber. Here at EW Plumbing LLC, we offer toilet repairs alongside a host of other plumbing services. For more information, please give us a call at (913) 768-8500.

Must-Have Items for your Bathroom Cabinet

It’s always better to be prepared than to wait until you need something to go buy it. There’s a few items that everybody should have in their bathroom cabinet. Here are some of the essentials you should stock up on:

Bathroom Must-havesPainkillers:

When you need some painkillers, the last thing you want to do is run out to the store to buy some. Two painkillers with uses that will cover all your needs are ibuprofen and paracetamol; they work for headaches, joint ,pain, and will also help bring down a fever. You don’t have to waste your money on the brand-name versions, generic ones work just as well.

Band-Aids:

Face it, at some point you’re going to hurt yourself. Having band-aids handy will save a lot of blood loss and weird looks from cashiers. Keep a few different types/shapes to cover any kind of wound you may self-inflict.

Antiseptic Cream:

While we’re on the subject of hurting yourself, antiseptic cream is a must have for cuts and scrapes. Keep yourself from getting infections by applying this to your wounds topically.

Anti-Itch Medication:

If you have allergies this is a must; even if you don’t, stepping into some nettles or poison ivy will leave you wishing you had some.

Thermometer:

Don’t let your kids trick you into missing school; have a thermometer at the ready. It’s not often you find something both cheap and medically useful.

Sunscreen:

We’ve only recently begun to understand the dangers of UV radiation. Apply at least an SPF 15 sunscreen to all exposed areas daily to drastically reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Antacids:

Even if you don’t have problems with indigestion, antacids will come in handy eventually. When you get that nasty feeling in your stomach, all you’ll have to do is walk a few feet to the cabinet.

 

Keep a stock of all these in your bathroom cabinet, and you’ll be ready for a lot of the curve balls life throws at you. Remember, for any of your plumbing needs call E.W. Plumbing at (913) 768-8500.