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Monday, June 27, 2011

The Anatomy of a Toilet

Everyone should know their way around the toilet, especially when a plumber isn't available. Luckily, GreenTeam is always ready to assist you with all of your plumbing needs.

Just for the sake of knowledge, let's dive right into the parts of a toilet that we may not be familiar with!

1. Flush Valve -The opening between the tank and toilet bowl.
2. Toilet Tank Float Ball - When the toilet is flushed, the float ball drops down, raising the valve plunger in the ballcock assembly and allowing fresh water to flow into the tank.
3. Tank Lift Wires - Lift the tank ball.
4. Toilet Tank Ball - Plugs the flush valve until the toilet is flushed.
5. Toilet Seat Hinge - Attaches the toilet seat to the toilet bowl.
6. Bolt Caps - Cover the bolts that secure the toilet to the floor.
7. Flange Bolts - Secures the toilet to the floor.
8. Wax Ring - Creates a seal between the toilet and the drain in the floor.
9. Angle Valve - A flow control device which helps control fluids that require directional change.
10. Flapper Tank Ball - An alternative to the Tank Ball.
11. Ballcock Assembly - A mechanism used to prevent overflow and blackflow in the tank.
12. Flush Lever and Handle - The mechanism pushed or turned to initiate the flush.

This may seem overwhelming, but don't forget, GreenTeam Plumbing is here to help!

Source: Toiletology

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners!

Moving into a new home comes with great responsibility. As a new homeowner, some of these things come with experience. Here are a few basic plumbing tips to get you started!

1. Have your water heater inspected annually by a licensed plumber, like GreenTeam Plumbing! Your water may feel hot, but that doesn't mean problems aren't lurking behind the scenes. To avoid potential health issues and hardware failure, don't skip that annual water heater check-up!

2. Call GreenTeam to have your tap water tested at least once a year. Harmful bacteria and chemicals can sneak their way in to your water supply, so this is one yearly test you won't want to miss.

3. If you notice puddles forming around your toilet, check for leaks. Ignoring them can lead to severe damage and can cost you more money the longer you put off getting it fixed. Call GreenTeam the moment you suspect a leak!

4. If a severe, uncontrollable leak occurs anywhere in your house, turning of the water main should be the first action you take. Make sure you know where it is located so you don't find yourself under wate in the event of an emergency. Calling GreenTeam should be your second step in resolving the issue!


5. A strong shower head can make or break your shower experience, but remember that too much pressure can wear down your shower fixtures. Call GreenTeam to have your water pressure checked every few months. The recommended pressure level is between 60 and 180 PSI. 

 Remember, for these and all other plumbing issues you experience, call the experts at GreenTeam Plumbing to save the day!

Source: Home ESP