July 2013

Dual Flush Toilet Advantages

by raleigh plumbers on July 26, 2013

The advantages of a dual flush toilet versus a conventional toilet can be summed up concisely: Environmental impact, cost savings and upkeep.

Environmental Impact. Dual flush toilets bear their namesake because of the two (dual) setting mechanism that drives their operation. This two setting mechanism is usually a button or a lever on the toilet that allows you to flush either a low volume flush or a high volume flush. Low volume flushes are designed for liquid waste, while high volume flushes are designed for solid waste. Unlike standard toilets designed with only one flushing option, the low volume flush of dual flush toilets allows for the conservation of water when using the liquid waste setting. As such, dual flush toilets are high efficiency toilets (HET) and are in compliance with the National Energy Policy Act of 1994, using no more than 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) compared to older toilet models that use as much as 3.5 to 5 gpf. Lower volume flushes on new dual flush toilets do not use more than 1.1 gpf.

Cost Savings. A dual flush toilet drives lower water usage in your home, thereby saving money on your monthly water bill. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 4,000 gallons of water can be saved annually in a residential household that employs dual flush toilets.

Low Upkeep. Older, “one flush” toilets simply use a pressure siphoning system to dispose of waste. Dual flush toilets are generally designed to utilize gravity to dispose of waste down a large trapway. This design typically cuts down on clogging and saves you the headache of an undesirable plunging expedition.

How to clear a clogged sink drain

by raleigh plumbers on July 12, 2013


  • Remove the sink’s drain stoppers.
  • Remove any visible debris.
  • Clamp the dishwasher hose where it is attached to the drain line or disposal under the sink. This will prevent dirty water from backing up into the dishwasher.
  • Fill the sink with 3 to 4 inches of water.
  • Use a wet rag to block off one of the sink drains if you have a double bowl sink.
  • Use a plunger to plunge the open drain until the standing water swirls down the drain unimpeded. *Never plunge a drain into which you have already poured any drain cleaners or chemicals!
  • If there is a disposal, and it’s not working or is making a loud humming noise when turned on, it is likely jammed with something. Turn it off, and either unplug the cord under the sink if it has a plug, or turn off the circuit breaker in your main panel box for safety.
  • Insert the disposal wrench if you have it or an allen wrench up into the center of the bottom of the disposal and rotate it to clear any debris and make sure that the cutting blades can rotate freely inside the unit.
  • If the disposal made no noise at all when you turned it on, check the internal circuit breaker that is also on the bottom of the unit, and make sure it is not popped out. If it is, press it inward to reset it.
  • Now plug the disposal back in or turn the circuit breaker in the panel box back on, and turn the disposal on again. If it still does not operate, consider calling a plumber.

Residential Grinder Pump ProVore 380

by raleigh plumbers on July 8, 2013


Grinder pumps are waste management devices that collect waste from your home’s bathtubs, toilets, washing machines and other water-using machines. The waste water is stored in the grinder pump’s holding tank until the pump auto-senses a specific amount of waste water has been collected. The pump then switches on and grinds the waste down before disposing of it into your septic tank or city’s sewer system, although some grinder pumps have been known to struggle with certain synthetic waste solids. This isn’t so with the ProVore.

The 1 HP, 2 discharge ProVore 380 residential grinder pump excels in the break down of waste solids via its patented V-Slice technology, which provides power whilst decreasing size and electrical requirements. The V-slice cutter on ProVore models takes more difficult waste solids to task, cutting down and managing rags, towels, wipes and more with ease. These items would otherwise provide the potential for jams in pumps less equipped to handle their presence. Further, the ProVore 380’s QuickTree technology allows for swift removal of the unit’s float, increasing ease of servicing. Also, its compact simplex system is specifically designed for residential sewage applications, making the ProVore 380 an ideal candidate for household remodeling projects and bathroom additions.

Other features of the ProVore 380 residential grinder pump include:

    • 41 gallon capacity
    • heavy-duty polyethylene cover and basin; IAPMO listed
    • heavy-duty, integrated rubber gaskets on covers
    • ability to be installed below or above floor level
    • standard and secure 16 bolt cover
    • 3 year warranty