How to Avoid Improper Toilet Trap Venting

How to Avoid Improper Toilet Trap Venting

How to Avoid Improper Toilet Trap Venting

A lot of people don’t truly understand how their toilet works, and many individuals do not actually need to understand it. When something starts to fail though, it can be extremely valuable to understand exactly what’s going on so you can try and take care of the problem yourself.

Plumbing in San Antonio is all about moving water from A to B. The basic function of plumbing is to direct, deliver and eliminate water. In the process of doing this, there are numerous chances for air to enter and to in fact interrupt the movement of the water. A pipe is never empty, even if there is no water streaming through it. The pipes in your house are always full of air. When we present water into a pipe, we are pushing out the air. The air is not going to simply disappear, so we should provide an access for the air to escape while keeping the water in the pipes. And to complicate the problem, it is desirable to let the air escape without letting nasty sewer smells into the house.toilet trap venting - toilet repair

For every drain in your house, a plan has to be made so that the air in your waste water pipes does not reach your residence. The trouble is resolved by making certain there’s constantly an obstacle of water between the fixture and the waste line. This is achieved by something called a trap, usually a “U” shaped pipe (however sometimes “P” shaped) right beneath the drain or, in the case of your toilet, inside the base of the fixture that always has a few inches of water trapped in it.

The vent system manages air on the downstream side of the trap which, particularly in the case of the waste line from the toilet, does not smell extremely pleasant. As the water and everything in it hurries from the toilet, the pushed air ahead of it comes to a vertical pipe. Water and waste falls down, and air and smells exit the vent stack through the roofing system and into the outdoor air. Air is lighter than water so you will never have a situation where waste water is spouting out of your roofing. When the water has gone by, air is reestablished from the vent stack preventing the production of a vacuum. Air heads out and air goes back in. When there’s no water being drained, the vent stack passes smells and sewer gas straight up and out.

In some cases, there’s an issue in the vent system. Usually this is a clog, like a bird’s nest or leaves stuck in the vent stack. We have even seen circumstances where tennis balls and baseballs have been lodged in there.

When that takes place, no air is reintroduced. The resulting vacuum offers enough suction so that all the water is pulled from the trap. Two things can take place in this situation:

The toilet bowl has all water drawn out of it and the sewer gas quickly escapes. The toilet bowl doesn’t fill up with water and since there isn’t any water, sewer gas is allowed to escape from the toilet into your home. The water is what normally keeps the gas down.
The trap is pulled down enough to make the toilet gurgle and spit water. The air bubbles that will explode from your toilet will be sewer gas and will smell. A poorly vented pump is typically the cause for this scenario.

How Can This Happen

All of the plumbing in your home needs air. When we flush a toilet and introduce water into the system, the air that exists in the system has to be displaced and typically does this through the vent stack. If that stack is blocked, the plumbing system still needs to pull air from somewhere and will do it with the first readily available source, which for the purposes of this post can be a close-by toilet. When you think of it, the toilet line itself is a “vent” coming off of the major sewer pipe. What makes this vent different is that is it covered by a toilet. If there was no toilet, the toilet vent line would operate like your roof vent and pull air into the system.

Why Is my Toilet Breaking?

The trap in a toilet is generally a flap or seal. There is no elegant engineering there however it is rather a beneficial device for keeping the water in as a barrier to the bad sewage system smell that nobody wants. If your vent is not clear and your system keeps attempting to pull from your toilet “vent”, then the flap or trap will ultimately deteriorate and enable water to leak out of it. You understand there is a concern if your toilet periodically turns on & fills out the reserve tank with water. If that takes place, it implies there is a leakage in the trap. Note that a leaking trap will not constantly release sewer gas. The toilet plunger in the tank is decreasing to a level where it thinks it should refill itself. If you don’t take care of the vent, you can go through a few toilets a year. Pretty pricey considering commodes typical around $300.toilet repair

What Can I Do?

If you notice the symptoms of inadequate venting (scent of sewage system gas and/or toilet bowl completely drained or periodically draining & refilling itself) there’s some chance that you can take care of the trouble yourself. Grab a Ladder. Many of your vent stack is inside your walls, but where it comes out of the roof you can get to it. Get on your roof with a flashlight to see if you can detect anything foreign in there. Be Careful.
Exercising all required caution, you can climb up on your roof and examine the top of your vent stack. Make sure you are doing this with someone else. Never go onto your roof alone.

Find the Clog

If you discover any obstruction, remove it. This is not always as easy as it seems, so you may have to get creative. A sewer vent (soil stack) is generally 3″-4″ in diameter, where other vents are normally 1 1/2″. If you have multiple vents on your roof, the biggest one is the one you must be focused on.

If there’s no blockage or the trouble’s not fixed, it’s most likely time to call in a professional. Texas, San Antonio Plumbing Repair has the ability to recognize the concern and advise the best strategy.

The Buzz on Bees and Other Sting Things

The Buzz on Bees and Other Sting Things

The Buzz on Bees and Other Sting Things

“Killer” bees. Yellowjackets. Wasps. Nests. Allergies. Pain. Do you feel the fear?

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With warmer weather comes more bug activity, including bees and wasps. In this season, there are many different kinds of stinging insects flying around your home, car and work place. But you may not be able to tell those insects apart–especially if you swat at them fiercely or run away.

Through this blog, we’ll try to teach you a few memorable points about a few of the stinging insects active in your neighborhood. However, this explanation will not be exhaustive. If you’re seeing insect activity, please call us. We’ll come out and identify–as well as try to remove–the wasp nest or beehive from your property.Carpenter Bee Though carpenter bees don’t pose a public health threat. They do have the potential to damage wood through the building of their nests. Sounds a lot like termites, huh? Read our blog on termite swarming for more info on that.pest control

Painting and staining the wood on your house may help prevent carpenter bees because they prefer to nest in untreated wood. However, they will occasionally make themselves at home even in treated wood. If you discover carpenter bees, we will assist you in treating them, and recommend having the holes filled or repaired.Bumble Bee (not to be confused with Honeybees)These bees have quite a fuzzy appearance. However, don’t let their apparent softness fool you, because bumble bees can sting more than once. In defending their nest, bumble bees will chase any threatening thing (that means you) a considerable distance.

Dealing with bumble bees can prove tricky because they defend their homes so aggressively and can sting multiple times. Please don’t try to take care of a bumble bee nest on your own. For your own safety, let us help you.HoneybeeThese little buzzers only sting once. That’s good news if you ever come in contact (literally) with one. Unfortunately, a honeybee sting is one of the most painful stings. Like bumble bees, honeybees chase invaders of their nest for a relatively long distance.

Taking care of a honeybee nest is the same as taking care of a bumble bee nest. Consider the safety that comes from a professional pest management company and spare yourself the stinging. If we find a honeybee nest, we recommend contacting a beekeeper to have them relocate the hive.

Though they can harm you, both the honeybee and bumble bee are beneficial because they help in the process of pollination.“Killer” Bees

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By the way, don’t worry, because “killer” bees aren’t active in Tennessee. However, if you visit Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada or Texas, you would find them there. The name “killer” bee is applied because they attack as a group, which causes more damage to humans. If someone is highly allergic to bee stings and gets attacked multiple times by this species of bee, the person may die of an allergic reaction, if left untreated.YellowjacketWrapping up today’s little list of sting things is the yellowjacket. Getting stung by a yellowjacket can cause an allergic reaction. Over 500,000 people are sent to the emergency room every year because of stinging pests like these.

Yellowjackets often hang out at BBQs and picnics near the sugary beverages and meaty meals, or by trash cans and recycling bins. Remember to properly dispose of your meats and sweets. Overall, proper trash disposal is very helpful in pest control. Read more about protecting your home in our blog Spring is in the Air and Ants are on the Move in Middle Tennessee

If you suspect yellowjacket activity, call a pest control professional.

Those are your bug basics for today.

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Free Website Traffic Through Paid Search

Free Website Traffic Through Paid Search

How to Earn Free Website Traffic Through Paid Search

Paid Search Marketing: Facebook – Google+ – LinkedIn – Twitter – Pinterest.

Free website traffic is not easy to come by these days. As a small business owner, you have to get creative with your internet marketing – seo if you want to attract visitors to your website to engage with your brand, buy your products or download your information. It seems as if everyone and their brother have a blog, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a Pinterest page, a YouTube channel and on and on and on. In order to get people to your website for free, you can try some of these tactics, but ultimately if you really want free website traffic, you are going to have to pay for it.seo (search engine optimization

That’s right. You did not just read that wrong. Long gone are the days when you can put up a website, get indexed by Google or Yahoo and then watch the visitors roll in. You have to work hard, very hard, at finding out what makes your business and website unique and then marketing it like crazy. This often leads back to Paid Search advertising on Google AdWords or Bing Ads, buying image ad placements on ad networks, paying someone to do some on-site and off-site SEO or hiring a content writer to crank out blog post after blog post. All of this costs money…lots of money!

But, what if I told you that there was a way to get free traffic to your website just by being in the right place at the right time to enjoy a phenomenon in pay-per-click advertising called overdelivery. Would you be interested? I bet you would. So, what exactly is overdelivery anyway?Overdelivery is when Google AdWords shows your ad more than what your budget would normally allow. It happens in an effort to normalize your traffic to help make up for those days when your ad doesn’t show very much. When overdelivery happens, your total daily cost could be up to 20% more than your average daily budget. But in a complete monthly billing period, you’ll never be charged more than your monthly charging limit — the average number of days in a month (30.4) multiplied by your average daily budget. If Google overdelivers your ads too often, and you accrue more costs in a complete monthly billing period than your budget allows, an overdelivery credit is automatically applied to your account.

What does this all mean? This translates into FREE traffic to your website just by being in the right place at the right time. While it is not something you can plan for, it happens almost every single month. Google just does not have the ability to babysit your budget as it gets close to being spent at the end of the day. So, they often times will over serve your ads and just credit back the difference from what you intended to pay for that day.

Here is an example…

Let’s say you have a daily budget of $100 and each click costs approximately $1.00. As the day matures and each click/visit subtracts $1 from your $100, Google will start to slow down how often your ad is seen as you get close to your $100 mark. But, while they are throttling down your visibility for the day, a rush of people find your ad and click on it, causing you to go over your $100 budget. This will continue the rest of that day until Google can make sense of your remaining budget and officially close down your ability to compete in the remaining auctions on your keywords for that day. Sometimes this can be up to 20% over your daily budget. So, while your AdWords account may show $120 in the cost column, you are only charge $100, which means you got $20 worth of free website traffic! How awesome is that? Thanks Google!

So, there you have it. By having a fixed daily budget and exploiting the fact that Google cannot always accurately throttle your daily website visitors to match your exact budget, you will almost always get free website traffic to your site. Hopefully you can convert some of that free traffic into leads, sales and long-term customers.

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