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First - NOT full septic tank - if that was the case you would be getting backup of sewage into the lowest drains in the house, and possible very slow flushing or refusal to drain out of the bowl - the opposite of your case.

Second - I assume you are the owner. If a renter or on a lease, this type of problem may be the responsibility of your landlord, depending on the terms of your lease or rental agreement.

OK - two possible situations here - low water in BOWL, or low water in TANK. I am assuming your toilet flushes OK, with adequate water to clean out the bowl, and that it is a typical type toilet with a tank sitting on the back of the bowl. If this is not the case and it is a designer toilet or looks like those at public restrooms (no tank), then the BOWL answers still apply if it is initially refilling OK, but if not enough refill water coming in at all then call a plumber.

First, low water in the toilet BOWL case. If the water in the toilet BOWL is low after flushing, I see four likely causes, in order of most likelihood -

1) the fill valve is not putting enough water into the toilet bowl. If you take the top off the tank, you will see a small hose (typically black plastic) coming from the fill valve (a vertical mechanism, usually at left side of tank, that the incoming water tube or flex hose connects to the bottom of on the bottom side of the tank). While the tank is refilling after a flush, a steady but not large flow of water flows through this fill tube and down into a vertical pipe or tube (usually brass or plastic and about 3/4 inch diameter, which stands almost full height of tank). The small tube puts water into this pipe, from where it flows into and refills the toilet bowl. This is also the overflow tube, which keeps the tank from overflowing if the fill valve fails to shut off. If the fill valve has a problem or the fill tube has a blockage, it may not be letting enough water into the bowl. Also, check the tube is actually pointed down into the overflow tube - if the clip came loose, rusted away or broke, then it may just be filling the toilet tank rather than the bowl. Check that a steady flow (will not be a real foreceful jet) of water is flowing out of this tube into the overflow pipe while the toilet tank is refilling. You should also see the bowl filling up at this time. If it come in but does not fill high enough because it does not run long enough, some fill valves have an adjustment - check fill valve manufacturer website for instructions. Others just have to be replaced - doable if you are handy at home repairs (see web videos on how to do it), or call a plumber for probably about $150-200 to replace fill valve (have him replace the flapper valve at same time if you get this done).

2) there is something like a rag or string caught in the trap (the waste passage within the toilet body itself) which is slowly wicking the bowl water down the drain - would be solved by a good snaking. If this is the case, the bowl will fill fully after flushing, but then slowly (typically many minutes to hours) drain down to just filling the start of the oval or round drain passageway where the waste passage starts to curve up into the toilet body.

3) blocked sewer vent pipe (which vents sewer gas and lets air into the sewer system so when you flush the traps in drains and toilets and such do not get sucked dry by the vacumn caused by the exiting flow. If this is the problem, then several drains in your house may have the same problem, or drain slowly. When you flush, the water will drain totally down the pipe and almost all the water in the bowl and trap will go down the drain too, typically with a gurgling sound for a few seconds at the end as the air seal is broken in the trap, then a small amount of water will flow back from the trap into the bowl, leaving you with water in the entrance curve to the trap but nowhere near normal height in the bowl - maybe not even enough to fill the entrance of the drain passage.

4) a crack in the toilet, letting water gradually leak out of the bowl onto the floor or into the subfloor. If this has been going on for long at all you should see water on the floor, or water coming out in the ceiling downstairs, or in the basement or crawl space under the toilet.

Case 2 - the problem is low water in the toilet TANK - since this is a sudden problem, two likely causes:

1)  the float arm has corroded or the float setting has moved. Look in tank for any broken part. You may have a black ball on the end of a metal or plastic arm connected to the fill valve (which is the part, normally at the left side of the tank, that the flexible or copper tubing comes into at the bottom of the tank), or it may be a sliding cylindrical float that slides up and down on the fill valve (typically all plastic) - see if it is broken or loose or alll corroded up (for the arm type). When you flush, this float hangs down (if lever type) or slides down the fill valve (cylinder type), opening the fill valve so fresh water comes in to fill the tank and bowl. As the tank fills it lifts this float, till at the proper elevation the bouyancy of the float shuts off the fill valve. If the setting on this float has changed then it will either cause the toilet to "run" continually because it is trying to overfill the tank (float shuts off at too high a level, so water is continuously flowing down into the overflow tube and into the bowl); or it will shut off too soon, causing only a partial tank fill. There are adjustments to adjust the float shutoff setting - typically an adjustment xxxx on the arm-type, and a slider stop clip on a small rod for the sliding type. See web videos on how to adjust this, or call a plumber.

2) your flapper valve (in bottom of tank, the part a chain or cord or rod connects to the flush handle, which opens it when you flush the toilet, leaks. If it leaks AND the fill valve is working, the tank level drops till the fill valve opens, then the tank refills. This repeats at intervals, with the tank refilling periodically even though it has not been flushed. May need new flapper valve or just a good wiping of the sealing surface to remove grit that is causin it to leak. If this is the problem you will have a slight flow of water into the bowl continually, and will probably see a slight ripple in the toilet bowl.

3) water is leaking out of the fittings or bolt holes on the bottom of the tank. If this is happening enough to make you notice low takn water level, the tank will refill periodically the same as if the flapper valve is leaking, plus you will have water on the floor and dripping off the bottom of the tank.

 

Fill valve and flapper valves each cost around $15 if you do it yourself (you can buy just replacement flapper for less if that is the problem and the matching seal is good, but that is rarely the case). A plumber call to replace both probably $150-200, ASSUMING your water shutoff valve (at the wall, under the tank, with a flex or copper tube coming fromit up to the toilet tank) will work.. If it will not shut off the flow of water, then add another $50-150 to replace that, depending on how it is plumbed and whether he has to cut into the wall to replace it (rarely required). If you do go and have a plumber do it, have both the fill valve and flapper valve (and flush handle, if aluminum or brass and corroded) replaced at the same time, as all tend to go out with age - every 10 years or so. You don't want to have to call the plumber to replace another part in just a year or two.

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From the sounds of it, you have a clog between the floor drain and the connection to the city sewer (unless you have a septic tank).  The lower flow rates of sinks / showers / dishwashers probable don't cause a backup like the washing machine does.  A couple of suggestions.

1.  Snake the drain line with a spade tip snake, twisting the snake as you advance it.  This should clear the partial blockage.

 2.  If feasable, have your washing machine discharge into a utility sink and put a strainer on the drain to catch the clothing fibre (fibres and grease from the sink probably made the clog in the first place not to mention a garbage disposal).

3.  Replace your floor drain with one that has a backflow preventer (looks like there is a ping pong ball in it).

 Good Luck

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It is not uncommon for a plumber to have to go get the parts necessary to repair and complete the job.  It is very hard to determine what the problem is over the phone and it is not until the repair process begins that the parts needed to resolve the problem is discovered.  It may also depend on if the plumber is using hourly rates or per job rates.  I would hope the time to get the parts would be minimal and the charge would be as well!
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Well , you've certainly started a debate that will endure forever , but personally , having worked with both products , PEX is a better product . Now granted , the 1st time i used it

I was not impressed , cause it leaked.......NOT because the product was at fault, it was because I did not understand how to use the product !

The trick to using Pex , is to make certain that the fittings seat, they MUST be pushed together with force, and if you do not push with force to get the seat to seal, it leaks .

Therefore , when using PEX , you have constantly to be aware of leaving room to make your connections -Properly !

The beauty of PEX is that it bends , it is flexible and decreases the labor factor ,although the connection costs are often 100-300 % higher than copper , but again , it can cut labor costs in half  and it is safer to work with,  NO FLAMEs!

Plumber reviews in Grand Rapids

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Our toilet inlet valve had been dripping for a while. I had the day off from work, so I decided to call a plumber and see if I could get someone out. I tried the very popular company that starts with "G", but they said it would take two weeks to come out. I guess popular is not always better. So, I called
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and Heating and they said they could stop by within the hour. True to their word a little while later a plumber was ringing my doorbell.
The plumber was very professional and put shoe coverings on before entering my home. He gave me a few options for the repair ranging from budget oriented to top-shelf parts. I opted for the top-shelf part and was very impressed with the quality of the inlet valve. It had brass parts, not plastic. He completed the work in less than a half-hour and told me that I did not have to pay today, he would send me a bill. I was very happy with the service, quality of work, quality of the parts used, punctuality, and price that I was charged. I even got an Angie's List discount. I would recommend
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- Brian N.
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Bad business! I had to set an appoint for 12 days out because that is as soon as
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could get to me. I have an apartment with a tenant living in it with practically no hot water pressure. I scheduled a service call for today (
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showed up they looked around a bit and said it would be a 3 to 4 hour job and they didn't have the time to work on it. They were there just to see what the problem was. Are you kidding me! I did not call for a consultation. I called for a service call and explained exactly what was the problem. I am told now that they will not be able to make it out until the 24th to do some actual work! 14 more days on top of the 12 I've already been waiting. Forget it. That is bad business.
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just lost a customer and I will be letting everyone know, do not call
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if you actually want some work done! Bad business
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- Skip P.
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I talked with
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was there waiting for me.
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was friendly, knowledgeable and after inspection, recommended the replacement of my tub faucet. The old one was over 60 years old! He did have a replacement on the truck so I didn't have to wait for him to go and buy one which is unusual in my experience. It only took about 15-20 minutes to replace the piece and it works great, better than the old one.
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offered a $25 coupon on Angie's List, thereby making the total cost very affordable. And
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I have already talked to a couple of my neighbors about
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- Kristi V.
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Company set up 2:00 pm appointment. Employee was delayed on another call, but notified me he would be late and asked if later time was ok with me. He arrived, checked the area in yard where leak seemed to be. Went to basement and checked sump pump. Ran water through pump to locate exact area of leak. Discovered that it was caused by deteriorating cement curbing at road
- Jackie G.
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Our main bath room always did have a tub in it. And all of the walls were tiled and while the tub had the spout set up like there was a shower there was no shower. This year we decided it was time to stop running down stairs to take a shower (it gets cold in the basemen in the winter) anyway there was some of the pluming already in place for a shower and there may have been one. So we had
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do the work and at this time it looks like they did a good job! It looks nice and seems to work. It cost more because we had the old two handle water faucet replaced with a single one and there was some added title work done. Like I said it looks very nice. One issue that I will bring up is at first they only sent one person over and he did not seem to have a clue as to what had to be done. And in fact he had to call the boss over and the job ended up needing 3 people to complete and even with the 3 of them it took a good 3 to 4 hours.


- James L.
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The sewer pipe started leaking first thing in the morning and
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- Christopher C.
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did this work the day I called. He showed up 10 minutes before the timeframe he gave me and completed his work in 20 minutes! Very professional - I was very pleased.
- Rick S.
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We located the provider through Angie's List. Set up an appointment for a bid. Plumber
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Gravelyn came out and examined the job and the office called us with a price.
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worked us in to accommodate our need to have the job done in time for the sprinkler system to be installed. He came out on the date and time agreed and completed the work neatly and professionally. He took care of the permit with the township and the cost was as bid. We would highly recommend
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- Barbara J.

Plumbers in Grand Rapids

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4 STAR BUILDERS, INC

3326 LENEDO
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A thru Z Plumbing LLC

3044 Cottage Ct
Cedar Springs

A-Cook's Plumbing Heating & Cooling

4000 Alpine Ave. NW
Comstock Park

ACCURATE MOBILE HOME & RV SVC

15142 COALTER AVE
Kent City

ACTION PLUMBING & HEATING INC

1134 MORREN CT
Wayland

All Area Plumbing LLC

1915 Pinegrove Dr.
Jenison

All-Flo Plumbing

2130 Three Mile Rd. NE
Grand Rapids

All-Pro Plumbing & Heating

292 Main St
Coopersville

Alpine Plumbing

4990 Biddeford Dr NW
Comstock Park

Beckett Home Improvement

1348 Front Ave NW
Grand Rapids

Bender Maintenance and Home Improvement

2525 East Paris Ave SE
Grand Rapids

BHL Homes

3851 Model Ct SE
Grand Rapids

BOSMA BROTHERS PLUMBING

3042 STAFFORD AVE SW
Grand Rapids

BRETON PLUMBING

Grand Rapids

BUDGET PLUMBING

4160 40th Ave.
Hudsonville

Butts Home Repair

4896 Sequoia Dr. SE
Grand Rapids

Cardinal Remodeling & Design LLC

1677 Gentian Dr SE
Grand Rapids

Cascade Plumbing & Mechanical

1443 Riverton Ave SE
Grand Rapids

CHARY CONSTRUCTION

21 CHARY LN
Sparta

CL PLUMBING INCORPORATED

4265 Lincoln Rd.
Holland

Complete Flooring & Interiors

1116 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids

CONSOLIDATED HEATING & AIR

5045 BREEZEFIELD DR SE
Grand Rapids

Custom Upgrades, LLC.

747 44th St SW
Wyoming

DAKOTA CONSTRUCTION LLC

415 ANDOVER ST
Kentwood

DISCOUNT HOME IMPROVEMENT

1157 PLAINFIELD AVE NE
Grand Rapids

Diversified Home Services LLC.

756 Rusty Dr.S.E.
Grand Rapids

Doctor Rooter

908 Orchard Ave
Muskegon

DuraFinish Inc

3045 Broadway Ave SW
Grandville

EAST END PLUMBING

8351 PLEASANT RIDGE CT
Jenison

EverDry Waterproofing of Grand Rapids

5273 Division Ave S
Wyoming

FIXALL ELECTRIC MOTOR SERVICE INC

737 BUTTERWORTH ST SW
Grand Rapids

Flooring America

900 44th St SW
Wyoming

G R Metro Plumbing LLC

1918 Rogue River Rd NE
Belmont

G.C.E. REMODELING

1588 Lori ln.
Grand Rapids

Genzink Plumbing Inc

2085 112th Ave
Holland

Godwin Plumbing Inc.

3703 S Division Ave.
Grand Rapids

Godwin West Hardware & Plumbing

1639 Chicago Dr SW
Wyoming

H & H services LLC

P.O. Box 195
Ada

Herrema & Sons Plumbing

2691 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids

Holmes Home Improvement

533 Lane Ave NW
Grand Rapids

Home Maintenance Service

5555 Greenboro Dr SE
Grand Rapids

HONDORP PLUMBING HEATING

9354 HANNA LAKE AVE SE
Caledonia

HUISMAN PLUMBING

2110 BOSTON ST SE
Grand Rapids

HWC Home Works Corporation

2010 Porter St SW
Grand Rapids

Jacobsen Remodeling Inc

401 Hall St SW
Grand Rapids

Jacobson Heating & Cooling

3303 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids

Joe's Clean- Up Service LLC.

1621 richmond nw
Grand Rapids

Jones Construction and Consulting

963 Knapp Street NE
Grand Rapids

Jotto Construction & Masonry

3740 Wilson Ave SW
Grandville

JUBELIN PLUMBING

246 UNION SE
Grand Rapids

KALSBEEK PLUMBING CO INC

4132 HALL ST SW
Grand Rapids

KENTWOOD PLUMBING & HEATING

3411 32ND ST SE
Grand Rapids

KITCHEN TUNE-UP

2653 PEBBLE CT
Zeeland

LOWES

4297 PLAINFIELD AVE. NE.
Grand Rapids

Max Plumbing

4288 Clay Ave SW
Grand Rapids

Max Plumbing, Supply & Repair

502 60th St
Grand Rapids

McDonald Plumbing

7791 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids

Meticulous Builders

2430 Bayne Rd
Twin Lake

Mid State Plumbing & Contracting LLC

5081 Cherry Valley Rd
Middleville

Midwest Heating & Cooling

1625 Walker NW
Grand Rapids

Modernistic Carpet Cleaning

821 Wakefield
Plainwell

MORRIS BUILDERS INC

7221 Davies Dr NE
Rockford

Mr. Handyman of Greater Grand Rapids

3850 29th St SE
Grand Rapids

Mr. Rooter of Muskegon County

4050 Fruitvale Rd
Montague

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of GR

900 Pannell Ave NW
Grand Rapids

NuFlush

5195 Marshall St

NYSTROM BUILDERS LLC

5995 12 Mile Rd NE
Rockford

Oberlin Plumbing

11719 N. Lakeview Rd

Odd Job Todd

2327 Greenview Drive SW
Wyoming

ORCHARD HILL MECHANICAL

PO Box 557
Casnovia

Paul J Sommerdyke Plumbing Inc

1011 Grandville Ave Sw
Grand Rapids

Peter Somerdyke Plumbing

3555 32nd St
Grand Rapids

Petersen Plumbing & Heating Inc

1610 Coit Ave NE
Grand Rapids

PINE CREEK CONSTRUCTION INC

50 W 3rd St
Holland

Popeye Rays Paint And More

1354 Vineland ct se
Grand Rapids

Preferred Homes

6132 S Division Ave
Grand Rapids

Professional Home Improvements Inc

3955 W River Dr NE
Comstock Park

QUALITY SEWER CLEANERS INC

1972 ROGUE RIVER RD NE
Belmont

RAPID ROOTER PLUMBING

2479 152nd Ave
Holland

Reliable Vendors

1438 Rathbone S.W.
Grand Rapids

Retired Master Plumber

7701 Jonagold Dr SE
Grand Rapids

ROCKWOOD CONSTRUCTION INC

157 W DIVISION ST
Rockford

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

4393 Clay Avenue SW
Wyoming

ROWELL MOBILE HOMES

6909 GLEN CREEK DR SE
Caledonia

RYAN'S MODERN SEWER CLEANING

316 Bradford St NE
Grand Rapids

Schepers' Lawn Sprinkling

6634 Roger Dr
Jenison

Scotts Plumbing Drain Rescue

10690 summit ave
Rockford

Sheely Plumbing Inc.

8151 McCords Ave SE
Alto

Sikma Construction Services LLC

2300 Lake Michigan Dr NW
Grand Rapids

Smith & Son Building & Remodeling

1409 Sullivan Rd.
Ravenna

Somerset Painting & Professional Improvements

647 S Spinningwheel Ln
Bloomfield Hills

Standale Interiors

4046 Lake Michigan Dr NW
Grand Rapids

Terry Thompson Construction LLC

3786 Ravine Vista Dr SE
Grand Rapids

The Service Professor Inc

4770 50th Street SE
Grand Rapids

Total Interiors

491 Houston St
Muskegon

VAN'S PLUMBING & HEATING INC

84 W ASH
Cedar Springs

Vander Hyde

1058 Scribner Ave NW
Grand Rapids

VELCO PLUMBING

5622 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids

Wahlfield Drilling Co Inc.

4449 Westshire Dr
Comstock Park

Wallside Windows Inc

27000 Trolley Industrial Dr
Taylor

Whitney Electric & Plumbing

3120 Kenyon Ln
Middleville

WILLIAMS DISTRIBUTING INC

658 RICHMOND ST NW
Grand Rapids

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