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Why Does Flushing the Toilet Affect the Shower?

Why Does Flushing the Toilet Affect the Shower?

If you live in a busy household, you may have had the experience of getting a blast of hot water in the shower because another family member flushed the toilet while you were showering. While this doesn’t happen under ideal circumstances, it is a common issue in many American homes. Once you understand what causes the problem, you will be in a position to do something about it. Learn why and how it happens and some easy solutions to the problem: Why Does it Happen? If flushing the toilet in your home causes the water in the shower to get extremely hot, your plumbing is probably set up with a trunk and branch system. What this means is all the water travels through the trunk and then narrows to individual branches that are diverted to each room. When one room calls for water, it can divert some of the water already in use (the shower), to the secondary water use (the toilet tank). Because the toilet is calling for cold water, the shower then has to share the cold water it was using. This results in too little cold water in your mixture for the shower and a blast of hot water until the toilet tank is filled. Prevention Tips To avoid having blasts of hot water in the shower, check out these solutions in order from the simplest to the most complex: Don’t flush the toilet when someone is in the shower. Depending on the cooperation between family members, this solution is often the easiest. It doesn’t cost a thing and eliminates the problem. However, even the most courteous...
When Should You Repair or Replace Your Toilet?

When Should You Repair or Replace Your Toilet?

Many people are surprised to learn that they need to replace their toilet. Not because it’s used every day, but because it is one of those things that people tend to think will last forever. While a toilet will last a long time with a minor repair here and there, there are times when you are better off replacing the entire toilet. Watch for these signs that your toilet needs replacing: Your Toilet is Old Age isn’t normally the determining factor when deciding to replace a toilet in your home, but if yours was installed before 1994 regulations regarding the holding capacity of the tank have changed. All toilets sold since that time are required to flush with 1.6 gallons of water or less. With newer toilets, they conserve more water and save you dollars on your water bill. You may be interested in updating to a new dual flush model that has the option of a full flush for solid wastes and a partial flush for liquids. Your Toilet is Cracked If you notice water on the floor under the tank or around the base of the toilet, the tank or bowl may be cracked and will likely get worse with time. While it may seem like a minor problem, even a few drops of water every time you flush the toilet can get under your flooring and cause damage to the wood or may produce mold and mildew. If your toilet bowl or tank is cracked, it is time to invest in a new toilet. Metal Parts are Rusty Rust and corrosion can wreak havoc on your toilet....
The Dual Benefits of a Dual Sink in the Bathroom

The Dual Benefits of a Dual Sink in the Bathroom

While most rooms are filled with decorations and non-functional spaces, nearly every item in a bathroom serves an important purpose and we are in there more frequently than a lot of the rooms in our home. Many residential bathrooms have a single sink for their vanities, but there are those who have already uncovered the benefits to time and money that you’ll get from upgrading to a double sink. To Avoid the Morning Struggle The leading cause of conflict, from a sibling squabble to the start of a silent treatment from your spouse, can be attributed to feeling rushed or crowded during a busy morning. While sink space has never ruined relationships, the stress can start your day off on the wrong foot. You can alleviate the tension before the next shouting match by adding in another sink. Even when a peaceful coexistence between bathroom users exist, adding in an extra sink removes the need to schedule usage and potentially adds more time to get ready before you go to work, school or play. For a busy couple who struggle every day to keep their home and family healthy and happy, a few extra minutes may be a huge help to increase in their amount of free time. To Improve Your Home’s Market Value Dual sinks are more expensive than single sinks, so investing in your bathroom can eventually pay for itself by increasing your home’s market value. Larger sinks with detail artistry and features can add even more to the dollar amount, so you don’t have to feel bad about splurging on the slightly more expensive model. Dual sinks of all kinds tend to be noticed when...
Pedestal or Drop-In Sink: Which Is Right for Your Bathroom?

Pedestal or Drop-In Sink: Which Is Right for Your Bathroom?

The sink is one of the three pillars of the bathroom alongside the tub and the toilet, so it’s understandable if choosing between the many available styles and models can be overwhelming. To make the decision easier, you should start by looking at the sink styles and choosing the one that you think will go best in your bathroom. To start, we will look at two of the most popular options: the pedestal sink and the drop-in sink. The Pedestal Sink Pedestal sinks are stand-alone structures typically consisting of a basin that is supported by a tall, slender column. Because of their small profile, pedestal sinks are an excellent choice for smaller bathrooms where space is at a minimum. The columns are usually decorated, bringing character to your bathroom without consuming any more space. The basins are typically bowl-shaped and don’t have any flat surfaces surrounding them. Installing a pedestal sink is a relatively straightforward process of mounting the sink to the wall and connecting the faucet. Once installed, it can be easier to access the pipes for minor plumbing repairs without any cabinetry interfering with your access compared to drop-in sinks. You can replace the faucets in most pedestal sink models without needing to unbolt the mounts from the wall, so you don’t have to settle for the one that comes with it. The Drop-In Sink Drop-in sinks are set into the countertop of a cabinet, the plumbing hiding underneath and taking up some of the cabinet’s interior space. The countertop provides additional surface area for holding soap, toothbrushes and other bathroom accessories. Like the column of the pedestal...
5 Plumbing Mistakes When Remodeling Your Kitchen

5 Plumbing Mistakes When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Remodeling your kitchen can change the entire atmosphere of your home, as it is often the focus point of many American homes. Not only does it serve as the center for meal preparation, if you add a breakfast bar or nook, it works as a gathering spot for both breakfast and informal meals. That’s why it is so important to do the job right. Watch out for these common mistakes that can put a crimp in your remodeling efforts. The Wrong Sink It’s only natural to concentrate on gorgeous new cabinets and added features in your kitchen when you are choosing a new design for your kitchen. This often means the sink gets less consideration. In many cases, you simply assume the sink will work with any design. But neglecting to take the sink into consideration can cause a number of hassles, such as not having enough room for installation, needing to trim the cabinets or needing to cut new holes for the sink. That’s why professionals recommend choosing the sink first. This avoids any last minute delays and disappointments and makes sure your kitchen remodel will go as planned. Plumbing Confusion Like the sink, the plumbing in your kitchen is a major concern. Using mismatched plumbing fixtures and pipes can lead to leaks, which then results in low water pressure. Likewise, trying to connect too many fixtures to one pipe can reduce the water flow and leave you wondering why you don’t have the water pressure you expected. Make sure the pipes and fixtures are compatible and that you have the proper connectors before you begin the task of...
How to Prevent Mold and Mildew In Your Cabinets

How to Prevent Mold and Mildew In Your Cabinets

Mold and mildew can wreak havoc in your home, causing damage to your property and a host of health issues too. These aggressive fungi can often go unnoticed in the cabinets beneath your sink until they have caused a major issue. The secret to controlling them is creating an environment that prevents their growth. What is the ideal environment for mold and mildew growth? Mold and mildew are both fungi that thrive in warm, moist environments. Because they do not need sunlight to grow and reproduce, these tiny organisms can grow under your sink, in your walls or on nearly any surface that is consistently damp. How can you tell if you have mold or mildew? Many people automatically think of toxic black mold when they hear about a mold or mildew problem. Not all mold is black and not all black mold is toxic, but it does have the potential of turning into toxic black mold. Mold is usually black or green, but can even be yellow or pink when it is behind some materials, like shelf liners or wallpaper. Mold typically looks fuzzy. Mildew is usually gray or white and is sometimes mottled. You may notice some discoloration in damp areas in the cabinets under your sink and may smell the telltale “mildew” odor. This is the same odor that occurs in wet clothes in the hamper during hot, humid spells. How do you prevent mold and mildew under your sink? The best way to prevent problems with these fungi is to keep the area dry. That means regularly checking for leaks around your pipes and sealing...