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Nothing is more aggravating than a clogged toilet with a house full of company.

1.6 gallons per flush but it takes 3 flushes to get it to go down. Sound familiar? So much for water conservation.

Here at Olde Towne Plumbing, we have done our own research t find the best flushing toilets.  We have found two brands that we install with very little or no callbacks due to clogging problems, one is the Kohler brand and the other is the Toto, both are available locally and are moderately priced.

While we are on the subject of toilets, I would like to take a moment and offer a way to check for internal tank leaks to avoid costly water loss. Some hardware or plumbing supply stores offer dye tablets that you can purchase to be placed in the back of the toilet tank after which the tank is full and has stopped. Drop in the dye tab (or a couple of drops of food color from the cupboard) in the tank then watch the water in the bowl to see if changes start to appear in the color of the water.

If the water in the bowl starts change then you can bet that the flapper or flush valve mechanism is bad and will need to be replaced. Many toilets will require the use of original equipment repair parts to repair them properly.

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The new state plumbing law became effective March 31, 2003.

Section 41[5] of the Act provides that master plumbers, journey plumbers, and apprentice plumbers are required to carry their license and a photo-identification.

When requested by an enforcing agency, an individual is required to present both the license or registration and photo-identification.

Contractors who have non-registered apprentices on individual job sites or work areas will be in violation of the Act and subject to penalties.  Each apprentice on a job location must be supervised by a licensed plumber.  So what does all this mean to the average consumer? Some contractors sit in offices and send out individuals to do code related work who are not licensed and poorly trained, and they charge you the rate of a licensed man.  If the work is not done right it can cost you even more in the long run, by having to have the work done over to correct the mistakes.  Make sure you are getting what you’re paying for.  Ask the plumber at your door to show you his plumbing license and identification.

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It is a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

And as licensed master plumbers we can do it better.  With the latest technology in drain cleaning machinery, video camera See-Snake, and electronic underground sewer location equipment, coupled with our knowledge of design in the plumbing drain, waste, and vent systems we can not only unclog the stoppage, we can diagnose the problem, create a video tape of the condition of your sewer and help you to make an educated decision on how to repair or replace the problem area if necessary.

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As a young man I watched and learned as my father taught me the old way.  The pride he had in a job well done.  The patience he showed in study and diagnosis.  The design and craftsmanship that he would work into each project with his bare hands.  He would say “Work with your hands and you’re a mechanic.  Work with your head and you’re a technician.  Work with your hands, your head, and your heart, and you’re an artist.”  Thank You Dad.

I started Olde Towne Plumbing in 1979.  Through the years many things have changed but several very important aspects of Olde Towne Plumbing’s business have never changed.  These beliefs are the backbone of our business and have stood the test of time.  Work that is always of high code standards.  Work that functions well.  Work that looks like mechanical art.  Work that is long lasting and dependable.  Work that is priced fairly in the present market.

Currently we have five service trucks stocked with quality materials operated by highly trained licensed plumbers of the highest standards.

My office manager Ellen can handle your scheduling needs, and in most cases we can give you same day services.

Affordable professional craftsmanship, that’s what we offer whether it be in repairing a faucet, or re-piping a home.  Installing a complete upscale bath suite or a water heater in your time of need one call does it all.

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