How our toilets have changed

How our toilets have changed over the years

There was a time when flushing the toilet also meant flushing an assortment of unmentionables down the bowl including tampons, sanitary napkins and babies items, and the system seemed designed to dispose everything without a murmur of protest. Undoubtedly, such practices were generally bad news for the septic tank attached to homes, and the corporation wouldn’t have been too kindly to picking up the pieces in clogged drains and sewers and clearing main sewer lines that created back flow issues. But today’s toilets are designed differently to conform to higher standards of efficiency and may not tolerate the homeowner’s indifferent and negligent attitude any longer. For the casual observer it would appear that the modern toilet has lost some of its flushing power compared to its sturdier ancestors, though that is certainly not the case.

The concept of gravity pull and its connection with toilet waste disposal

f85e930766d05c77f142a7a68b0dc031Modern toilets rely largely on the idea of gravity exerting a down ward pull on wastes, enabling the smooth passage of water and waste down the toilet bowl and drain. When you press the toilet flushing lever, a valve gently opens enabling the release of water stored in the drainage tank. The water courses downwards into the toilet bowl under the pull of gravity. The North American system has inbuilt larger siphon like jet and rim openings that capitalize on the downward action of gravity to force water through the aperture, gathering enough speed and motion to flush the contents of the bowl through the drain. The power generated by the water squeezing through the siphon would be forceful enough to ensure that trapped air bubbles are ejected and the water and waste cleared within seconds.

The difference between old and new systems is that the new generation toilet does the job at a fraction of the water dispensing power of the storage tank. Less water does more work than in older systems. At one stroke you are avoiding wastage of precious water, and performing waste disposal with greater efficiency. New tanks also come with adjustable water markings enabling the user to manipulate the power of water flushing.

Keeping solids and other unmentionables out of the toilet

If the user is careful and maintains his toilet well, he may never encounter a clog, but clogs do occur despite the best maintenance efforts. A clogged drain calls for the skilled use of the plunger. Of course, prevention also implies that you will be extra watchful in ensuring nothing solid, which doesn’t belong in a toilet drain, is pushed through the bowl. It must be ensured that only bodily waste and toilet tissue paper enters the bowl, and not solid materials that the system is not designed to handle. By solid wastes we mean baby diapers, plastic toys, lady’s sanitary napkins, or hand wipes composed of rougher material for which the ideal dumping destination is the trash can. It is equally important not to allow even toilet paper to remain unflushed in bowls as that can create the grounds for clogs and drainage backflows.

Trying the compressed air toilet to generate stronger flushing power

It is obvious that the gravity operated toilet will live within its limitations unless you overload the system with solid wastes that do not belong in a toilet drain. If you are not completely satisfied with the toilet’s flushing power, or if waste is not getting cleared with the efficiency you desire, it may be the right moment to try the power-assist toilet. Such toilets use the pressure generated by compressed air to flush the bowl. In most cases, the pressure in the home water supply pipes, and the pressure exerted by the water accumulating in the overhead storage tank would be enough to give optimum ballast to speed up the power-assist mechanism. Such tanks sweat less but generate a fair bit of sound, and they can lean on the expensive side, but your flushing action will be forceful, and drains will remain clog free for longer periods.

Exploring a whole new range of specialized toilets

Life need not end with gravity toilets and power-assist toilets, and there are several exciting options in the market that cater to more refined habits and toilet customs. One example is the bidet-toilet combo where you get a wash after the bowl is flushed clean. Additionally, you receive a gust of warm air that dries you up. Luxury fittings could include a built in heater that warms the toilet seat, and discreetly positioned air purifiers that freshen up the toilet when you use it. There are also toilets that flush automatically when the lid is pressed shut.

Catering to aesthetics and ambiance, the humble toilet now comes in an exciting range of shapes and sizes and colors that lend style and elegance to home decor. You can also get customized toilets that fit neatly into triangular corners. Veritably, the simple toilet performing the most basic of human functions has undergone a remarkable transformation, and added style, substance and value to our lives, subtly enhancing our comfort and convenience.

Fine-tuning your plumbing system

Fine-tuning your plumbing system can pay rich dividends

If you thought that installing the plumbing system was all about pipes and pliers and nuts and bolts, you’d be way off the mark – the artistic master stroke of the efficient plumber can transform a dreary job into an aesthetically pleasing marvel, and what you envision in the final analysis could truly be a work of art. Designing and installing a plumbing system from scratch is not child’s play because the degree of expertise that you display will determine how successfully the system works in a problem free manner. Undertaking installation in a systematic and methodical manner, and working according to an inspirational blueprint can save the day and ensure years of problem free usage.

Kick starting seemingly small issues that delay projects

9Whenever you initiate any task, your immediate priority should be to avoid collateral damage to old fittings and your existing walls and flooring. It is inevitable that older fittings will succumb to pressure and may break and crumble. Where simple repairs will do the trick, proceed with all speed, but when a replacement is the order of the day, never compromise because the band-aided pipe or fitting could give way when you are least prepared.

There are simple tips for starting the job like using two wrenches – one for stabilizing the fixture while you wrench the pipe connecting to it. If you do the work carefully, you will notice any weakening or crumbling of materials that would indicate that you go slow and reconsider your options. Keeping a fire extinguisher handy (for emergencies), try gently heating the fixture at the joint connecting to the pipe and apply the wrench, albeit slowly. The only danger is old insulation and wood catching fire, hence the friendly extinguisher.

The uniform plumbing code and why you need to know it top to bottom

Depending on your location and county regulations, there will be a plumbing code that you are ordained to follow, and following it is a must because a home with a well-designed plumbing system that is installed as per engineering certified standards ensures not only proper sanitation, safety and security but also enhances your comfort. You could start with the external drainage system as those pipes are bulkier and easier to handle than internal piping that defies gravity and moves in all directions through a maze of twists and turns. The size of the pipes, the materials you use and the workmanship should strictly abide by the laid down codes. If you decide to spend some time at the University library, you could access the Uniform plumbing code that will present an illustrated guide to what you can do, and more importantly what you should know before you embark on your plumbing master plan.

One of the crucial aspects in laying drainage pipes is giving a ¼ inch drop for every foot that the pipe runs, creating a sloping gradient that works on gravity to optimize quick waste disposal. The steeper the drainage gradient, the more efficient will be your waste clearance. If you are working on an older home it would be pertinent to understand the fact that these homes usually maintain smaller drains for all outlets except that of the toilet, which is a major reason why they usually clog up faster. The new plumbing design you are working on should veer away from this handicap and remove its shortcomings.

If you plan to use a larger drain pipe make sure it is legal and it conforms to the plumbing code. In older designs the waste disposal pipe was made of lead and we had the main waste coming out of a toilet stub with the tub, shower and wash basin drain connecting to the toilet stub, but this can now be changed. In the more efficient plumbing system the waste pipes connect separately to the main drain just below the toilet stub, and that creates fewer clogs. Since lead has its limitations in patching and connecting, we can now expect rubberized couplings and stainless steel sleeves to do a more efficient job in keeping the pipe connections stable and strong.

Sundry tips for optimizing the efficiency of new plumbing systems

1. Study the plumbing code and install vents near the drainage pipes which will speed up the flow of waste down the drain, and gather excess water in traps to block sewer gas emissions from passing back into the home. These vents are highly recommended and a must to optimize plumbing efficiency.

2. A very basic precaution is to shut off the water supply to any pipe or drain that you could be working on, as this prevents your job from creating a larger mess than you can handle. You must also flush all toilets to ensure you won’t be at the receiving end of someone’s unintentional toilet use.

3. The ideal plumbing system conserves water and allows you to use fixtures without depleting your water reserves unnecessarily. Taps and faucets should be in top notch condition to avoid leakages and frequent water dripping. It is counterproductive to spend a ton on a new plumbing system, only to persevere with antique taps and grandfather’s sentimental value faucets. Using water conserving toilets and faucets is one solution to ensure the right amount of water is used per flush or cleaning work. Using high quality and durable American Standard for toilets is a good beginning.

4. Pipes bring water into the home and flush waste out of it, and there begins another story because the quality and make of pipes needs to be changed to suit varying purposes. Generally ABS piping is perfect for waste disposal, and PEX or copper piping is best when you are aiming for safer water supply to the home.

A good plumbing system should work silently, unobtrusively and efficiently, and the way to make that happen is through proper planning, with a keen understanding of the operational dynamics of the system. Whichever way you implement the design, ensure that every nook and cranny is accessible for easier maintenance. Never compromise on the sizing of pipes, and the materials that you employ that should be standardized and codified for maximum safety.

Toilet Repair

Toilet not working correctly? Call on our professionals today and we’ll come right out and fix it!

Toilet not working correctly? Call on our professionals today and we’ll come right out and fix it!

Stop paying that high water bill and get that leaking or running toilet fixed. If your toilet clogs frequently or won’t flush or fills very slowly it can put a stop to your entire day. A non-working toilet may require a simple fix which would prevent thousands of gallons of water to be flushed down the drain.

No matter the issue Garden Grove Plumbing can fix it right up. A defective toilet is commonly the result of the wax ring being broken or too old. The only connection between your toilet and the plumbing system is this wax seal and once it is broken or too old it can no longer to the job it was intended for. If this connection is broken it is expected to see a wet floor around the toilet. This is a serious problem which is best repaired by a licensed plumbing professional. No leak? Stop your toilet from constantly running and start saving hundreds on your water bill.

Your toilet is usually the most unappreciated fixture but can require the most attention if not operating up to par. Your toilet’s mechanical components can begin breaking down and malfunctioning in as early as three years just from normal wear and tear. Rust or lime build up and damage from bleach or cleaning products or improper adjustments could also eventually lead to toilet repairs. A Garden Grove Plumbing professional should inspect your toilet if you have been experiencing any of these issues. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call 714-676-3801.

Slab Leak Repair


In case you have a leaking pipe beneath your home it can cause lots of destruction if not looked after right away. Generally a leak under your home is caused by a leaking water line or sewage line. Garden Grove Plumbing could go to your property, find the reason behind your leak, and repair it promptly.

You can find out whether you have got a slab leak by detecting the presence of wet areas on the floor. The other giveaway that you have a slab leak is if you hear the sound of water running through your feet. Sewer lines could be much more challenging to see. Nearly all sewer line leaks go undetected until there are noticeable signs of foundation damage. Normally when sewer lines leak for a while the slab itself will start swell up. As a property owner you should keep on the lookout for almost any dome or raised section on the floor of your property.

Other common signs that you have a slab leak:

• When your water bill goes up each month for no noticeable cause
• You can plainly see cracks in your foundation
• Grass all around your foundation develops unevenly compared to grass elsewhere on your property
• You have warm spots in your floor (normally from a leaky hot water line)
• In case you have wooden floors you might even see darkening in the wood
• You could smell a foul odor coming from the ground or the walls. It is generally from a leak in the sewer line.

Even the tiniest of leaks in your house can be extremely devastating for the home.

Garden Grove Plumbing has long been detecting slab leaks and restoring them since 1985. We’ve got the experience and knowledge to detect any slab leak. There are many techniques that we utilize for detecting slab leaks: 1) we utilize specific listening equipment to discover the sound of leaking water 2) we have electronic tools that can help us discover the existence of water below the ground.

As soon as we find the source of a leak, we access it. If the leak is beneath concrete we will, generally, break up the nearby concrete until we expose the dirt and the pipe below it. Once the line is found we cut off the damaged part (after turning off water to your house if it’s a water line) and change it with a new piece that could last a long time.

Repairing a sewer line must be a task manages by professionals due to the risk of resulting in more harm along with the hazard of exposure to human waste material.

If you see any wet spots on your floor or raised dome-like sections in your floor, you may have a slab leak. You need to contact Garden Grove Plumbing instantly to have one of our professionals appear there to repair your condition straight away just before it worsens. You could be assured that you can obtain high quality service backed by several years of experience in working in the business, as well as in the Garden Grove community.

If you want to avoid any slab leaks from occurring, you can contact Garden Grove Plumbing and we could dispatch a license plumber to execute a total “tune-up” of your house to be sure that all of your plumbing is functioning fine. Among the things we look at are: being sure that your drains move unhampered, no leakages underneath your slab, and water tension at your residence.

Give us a call now at 714-676-3801 or fill out our online contact form to find out what we can do for you!

Garbage Disposal

garbageIf your home has a waste disposal you are aware that it’s a great device that can make residential duties much less aggravating. Nevertheless, if not operated or maintained appropriately a waste disposal could easily wear out, block and clog up the drain pipes and result in a a long list of high-priced plumbing and drain difficulties.

Disposal maintenance and obstructed pipes tend to be expensive and undesirable problems to experience. Luckily by incorporating quick routine maintenance often irritating disposal challenges could very well be prevented. Below we describe the problems you ought to steer clear of as well as the actions you need to take in order to keep your garbage disposal functioning smoothly for years and reduce the odds that you’ll be required to call for drain or plumbing clean-up assistance.

How To Keep Your Disposal Problem-Free

Ice is an extremely effective and low-cost method for cleansing any garbage disposal. This technique will in addition sharpen the blades and remove accrued grease. It really is as simple as tossing a handful of ice down the garbage disposal and turning it on. As the ice cubes grind, the ice chips will clean up away at all the difficult to reach areas. Your garbage disposal will operate correctly if you carry out this straightforward servicing once or twice on a monthly basis.

Garbage Disposal Dos:

-Keep your garbage disposal clean. A couple minutes of cold running water and a dab of liquid soap will do it.
-Run your garbage disposal regularly. Doing so prevents corrosion and keeps moving parts operating properly.
-Run a steady flow of cold water when grinding food. Why cold water? It will cause any grease or oils that may get into the unit to solidify so that they can be chopped up before reaching the trap.
-Grind small amounts of small chicken and fish bones, egg shells, small fruit pits, etc. These fine particles scrub the walls of the grind chamber to keep it clean.
-Grind peelings from citrus fruits such as lemons or oranges to freshen up drain smells.
-Cut large items into smaller pieces Feed small amounts and small pieces.

What NOT to do with your disposal:

Rule of Thumb: Other than the things we mentioned above — if you can’t eat it don’t put it down the drain. Think of your disposal as a hungry dog; food only. Anything other than food may cause blade and motor damage. If you aren’t sure, avoid putting it in the disposal.

-No glass, paper or plastic.
-Seems silly but we have to say it, don’t put combustibles down the disposal.
-No cigarettes should be put down the disposal.
-Don’t pour grease, fat or oil in your disposal or drain. Grease will slowly accumulate and impede your garbage disposal’s grinding ability as well as clog drains.
-Do not grind food using hot water. Hot water will cause grease to liquefy and accumulate, causing drains to clog.
-Don’t turn off the motor or water up until grinding is finished. Then, turn off the the garbage disposal to start with. Flush all remaining particles with water for at least 15 more seconds. After that shut off water.

These are general maintenance tips and simple remedies for minor problems. If problems worsen or you suspect there is another issue, phone Garden Grove Plumbing immediately. We have the tools and know-how to address almost every garbage disposal emergency so give us a call at 714-676-3801.

Water Softener


Your family deserves dishes without the spots and bright soft clothing don’t they?

Hard water minerals like calcium and magnesium are broken down with a water softening system making your household’s water cleaner and safer for both your body and your appliances. In nature water undergoes a recharging process where excess salts and minerals are absorbed into the groundwater system. In your home a water softener is responsible this usually naturally occurring process. Besides poor tasting water eventually the high levels of minerals will wear and reduce the life cycle of your household appliances such as water heater repairs and dishwashers.

This is when a water softener can help. A water softener can greatly boost the taste of your water while saving you money on soap and cleaning agents and eliminating mineral build-up that could harm your home appliances.

Eliminate harsh chemicals like chlorine and excess minerals and salts with the help of Garden Grove Plumbing. We’ll help you make your water safe and taste great.

Stop buying costly bottled water and start getting quality water straight from your tap while saving money and improving your appliance’s life expectancies. See why a water softening system is called the ultimate home appliance. Once you experience the enormous change in your water you’ll wonder why you hadn’t made the change sooner. Sound like something you want to learn more about? Just call us at 714-676-3801 today!

Sump Pump

Sump pumps eliminate lower level flooding. The most effective defense from basement floods is a successfully performing sump pump.

Garden Grove Plumbing will service, exchange or set up a new sump pump in your residence. After that remain guarded by having an alarm that tells you if your pump breaks down and a battery backup that can continue working in any surprise.

The pump accumulates excessive water and transfers it away from your home’s foundation while the water table rises and declines all year long. In case you haven’t examined your sump pump in the past 8 weeks or done any servicing on your sump pump as of late our recommendation is that you look it over promptly. Sump pump repair and maintenance are at the top of the list for preventing high-priced damages and the inconvenience of a flooded lower level in your own home.

Quit messing around with water in your basement and allow Garden Grove Plumbing take a look at and correct the sump pump right now. Garden Grove Plumbing services all of the Garden Grove metro area together with virtually all major brands of sump pumps. Just give us a call now at 714-676-3801 to see how we can help you with sump pump issues.

Bathroom Remodeling

Are you considering remodeling your bathroom? If so, you’ve come to the right place if you’re in need of professional advice or assistance.

What are some things you should consider before you have bathroom remodeling done in Garden Grove?

1) What type of flooring do you wish to utilize? The best type of floor to care for are porcelain or glazed tiles. It’s a good idea to avoid limestone except if it has been enclosed correctly. Otherwise, stones can take in moisture, drips, and spills and become discolored with time.

If you are looking for a non-slip floor you need to look for tiles that have a textured finish, matte finishes, or sand containing glazes. Small tiles with a lot of grout lines also provide better grip than bigger tiles.

2) Evaluate the wires in the house. When doing bathroom remodeling in Garden Grove

If you reside in an old house it is realistic that the wiring has seen years of mistreatment. It is suggested to change it with brand new wires and the ideal circuit breaker.

3) Think about the height of your equipment. How high should the toilet be? Where should you put the bathroom mirror. At what height should you put any bath towel racks and how high should your sink be?

4) When possible, think about having storage created or nooks for toiletries. When performing bathroom redesign in Garden Grove one can be grateful for additional space.

5) Consider the kind of sink you desire. Many sinks offer storage, while a pedestal sink gives no storage, but also doesn’t use up as much space. Plumbing Garden Grove has a lot of expertise in aiding people select the best sinks.

6) If you have the space, think of having a sink that includes a counter top. While these do occupy further space, they offer counter space–which is significant if your bathroom is a room you dress, put on makeup, or shower in.

7) Evaluate the sort of stone for your countertop. Several surfaces are harder to clean up, while some surfaces last longer. At Plumbing Garden Grove we are able to assist you find the ideal application for your bathroom and residence.

8) Which kind of lighting would you want for your bathroom remodeling in Garden Grove. Appropriate lighting makes a big difference and without the proper lighting your bathroom could postpone a very dark or dim feeling. Make sure that you consider the color of paint for your walls, the shower doors or curtain you will be using, together with the mirror to help you correctly accent the type of bathroom remodeling in Garden Grove you will be having done.

9) Consider the size of water heater you will require when having a bathroom remodeling job done. A larger water heater will help you have a longer shower, and also to fill a larger bath tub. Some things in life are more frustrating than to be ready to jump into a warm shower only to find out you have no hot water. A multi-shower head can quickly run out of water unless you have sufficient supply. A certified Garden Grove plumber can help you to establish the right level of water you need for the size of your household.

These are simply a couple of considerations to think about when doing a bathroom remodel. Plumbing Garden Grove is dedicated to assist you so that you find the right solution and then to make sure you are pleased with your bathroom remodeling. Just give us a call at your convenience at 714-676-3801.

Things to look for when hiring a bathroom remodeling company:

1) Be sure that whomever you employ to remodeling your bathroom in Garden Grove is insured and licensed.

2) Do not hesitate to seek references or to see former jobs that were accomplished.

Hydro Jetting

Call Plumbing Garden Grove for hydro jetting services if you’re experiencing issues with your lines or drains. Hydro jetting can take out years of accumulated grease, gunk, sludge, leafs, and build-up using our state-of-the-art high speed/high pressure machine.

If you are serious about hydro-jetting in the Garden Grove you have reach the ideal place. Plumbing Garden Grove provides hydro jetting and will take the time to teach you the process of hydro-jetting and whether it is good for you.

What It Is

Hydro jetting is the procedure of utilizing high speed pressure water to clear out blockages in your plumbing and piping systems. The first task, normally, to clearing clogged plumbing lines would be to begin with hydro jetting. If you utilize hydro getting, you should experience pipes and drains free of any obstructions in a short time. Hydro jetting is also best for servicing and to keep your plumbing lines clear.

How It Works

Hydro jetting is a technique of cleaning with high pressure streams of water to clear out build up and dirt in lines and tanks.

A power nozzle is employed for hydro jetting. Usually, hydro jetting functions at 4,000 psi (that is pounds per square inch) and with this particular level of pressure the hydro jet, the blocked drains don’t stand a chance. It clears out the pipe which gets rid of debris and helps make the lines clear.

They usually are constructed with electric, gas, or diesel engines with hot or cold water options according to the application specifications. One need to utilize safety equipment to protect the body and feet from accidental injury

Hydro jetting is usually secure to be used on the majority of drain and line types; even the latest drain technology. It’s beneficial in that it gets rid of the common build-up of grime, sludge, and grease. The results are those that benefit for you for many years to come.

Hydro jetting is great for industrial purposes. For instance, commercial plumbing applications such as restaurants, where grease is usually an issue, hydro jetting is ideal. If you reside in or near Garden Grove consider contacting Plumbing Garden Grove at 714-676-3801 for quality hydro jetting services.

Hydro jetting could save you a lot of cash in the long run as it gives servicing and can keep your drains from becoming blocked.

Who Should Use Hydro Jetting?

– Property owners who often make use of the garage disposal.
– Restaurant owners who make use of oily products and who have grease.
– Agricultural conditions and farmers where pipes build-up with dirt and leave debris.

Should you be curious about hydro-jetting or have congested drains that would benefit from such service, do not hesitate to give us a call at 714-676-3801 today. You will choose our employees are qualified and easy to work with. We shall take some time to answer your queries.

Hydro jetting has numerous benefits and can save some costs versus changing clogged pipes. Our company offers hydro jetting to Garden Grove and encompassing places.

Tankless Water Heater

Tankless Water Heater Installation & Servicing for Garden Grove

If you’re currently using a traditional water heater, you might be surprised to know that a tankless water heater can be quite beneficial and have personal savings on your water bill. A tankless water heater may start costing you less from the time that it is installed. In the event you are unaware of tankless water heaters, they are water heaters that really work when needed. Rather than storing water within a large tank and keeping it hot, it heats water as it is utilized.

There are numerous benefits to acquiring a tankless water heater. Amongst these are:

• Cheaper energy charges- A tankless water heater can create hot water at any given time. The minute you turn on your hot water tap, the tankless water heater will begin heating up the water. Due to this device you do not have to think about purchasing heating water in the big tank the whole day.

• Life expectancy- Your average water heater could have a valuable duration of about 5 to 10 years. They are often very costly too! The beauty of possessing a tankless water heater is that they have got long lifespans of up to 15 to 25 years. Instead of getting a water heater every 5-10 years, you can purchase one every 15 to 25 years which is how long most people end up owning their homes.

• Environmentally friendly- Since the tankless water heater uses minimal energy, it is deemed an environmentally friendly answer and decreases your carbon footprint.

• Continuous Hot Water- In contrast to a traditional water heater where, when the hot water inside the tank is all consumed, you should wait for the water to reheat again, you always have instant hot water so long as you have the hot water tap turned on.

• Space- These tankless water heaters don’t consume a lot of space. As opposed to standard water heaters, they don’t need a huge footprint in your home to work. The tankless water heater can be placed on pretty much any wall in your garage.

Helpful Tip from Plumbing Garden Grove

When you’re torn between whether or not you should purchase a tankless water heater simply check out yellow Energy Guide stickers. Assess the energy guide stickers on standard water heaters and also on your prospective tankless water heater to find out if it will be worth the cost.

Installing of these tankless water heaters requires an expert! Plumbing Garden Grove has been installing tankless water heaters within the past ten years and we have not found a home we could not install them in. Just before installing, we are going to go over the pros and cons with you regarding tankless water heaters and go over what the installation process requires.

You can be assured that we will never only set up your tankless water heater on your behalf, it would be put in with high quality work. We provide warranties on our installations since we stand by our assistance. What are you waiting for? Give us a phone call today at 714-676-3801 to discover exactly what we are capable of doing for you!