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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!

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sent a reminder email about the follow-up appointment, emphasizing that there was a three hour window from 9-noon when the plumber would arrive. I waited until 11:30 AM before checking. The online information indicated that my appointment was in the past, and would I like to schedule an appointment? No, I wanted to find out why no one had showed up.
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- Marilee R.
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Our central AC stopped working on one of the hottest summer days in Iowa at the inconvenient time of Saturday around 3 pm. I called quite a few places looking for someone who would come out on a Saturday afternoon, and
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- Kathryn R.
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Adelio's did an amazing job from start to finish, and beyond. We had several storm drains (80+ yrs old) that had cracked, causing water to flood our backyard and seep through our basement walls. Adelio's dug up all the old pipes, a window well, waterproofed the exposed walls, and replaced/rebuilt the same. The job was in a tricky area of the house/yard with lots of 90-degree turns and established trees and plants. Before starting the job, the crew carefully removed all our landscaping and "planted" it on plywood boards in our yard (they even watered the plants). After the job was completed, everything was carefully replanted in exactly the same place. As for the drain work, we did have a problem with flooding after the job was completed during several days of heavy rains.
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came right back out and solved the problem with no hassle and no cost to us. They did an amazing job and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone!
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My faucets of three sinks were leaking. I have a double sink in the master bathroon and also in the guest bathroom. He attempted to fix the leaks but the faucets were too damaged inside. I don't know the correct terms. I had to replace the fixtures, and since they were double sinks, I wanted them to match and I wanted to pick them, so I purchased them myself (the price of the fixtures is not included in the $700 noted above). He came back on 7/9/15 and replaced all of the fixtures that leaked and the fourth one as I wanted them to match each other even though there was nothing wrong with the 4th fixture. He replaced the flexable pipes under the sinks too. He did a good job.
- Cheryl T.
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I must mention first this company was very responsive & accomodating. I had a vanity bath fixture which the supply lines were leaking.
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, the owner, gave me a courtesy discount as an Angie member. I appreciated the favor. I would defindefinitely use this company again.
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Action Plumbing

PO BOX 488
Dyer

ADAMS PLUMBING SERVICES INC

8414 SCHREIBER DRIVE
Munster

Affordable Mechanical Services

17921 Oak Park Lane
Lowell

Air Cleaning Experts Inc

1781 Michele Ln
Greenwood

All Construction

462 South 500 West
Valparaiso

All Services Plumbing

670 Madison St., Suite D
Crown Point

ALL-RIGHT PLUMBING

318 WOODLAWN AVE
Michigan City

Anderson and Anderson Construction

670 N Madison St
Crown Point

Apex Construction & Remodeling

2743 Highway Ave
Highland

AR Construction

6218 Abercorn Ave
Portage

AREA PLUMBING & SEWER CO

7219 WHITE OAK AVE
Hammond

ARM Mechanicals, Inc

PO Box 221
Kouts

Around the Clock Handyman

112 Main St
Valparaiso

Bath Fitter

1258 W Lincoln Way
Valparaiso

BATH FITTER - BFU300

1020 E MCKINLEY AVE
Mishawaka

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

8183 Grand Blvd
Merrillville

Benjamin Lake

805 Heather Ln

Besco Air Inc

5406 N Elston Ave

Better Home Service

902 Calumet Ave
Valparaiso

Blacks Plumbing

2141 Willowcreek Rd
Portage

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

City Supply, Inc.

4301 Ohio St.
Michigan City

dFlo Plumbing LLC

6212 U.S. HWY 6
Portage

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis

Dodrill Mechanical

551 Franklin St.
Valparaiso

Doug Bush Handyman

9145 Liable Rd
Highland

Duneland Home & Hardware, Inc

1018 North Karwick
Michigan City

DYE PLUMBING & HEATING SVC CO

1600 LAKE ST
La Porte

Eccentrics

453 Hayes Leonard RD
Valparaiso

Edens Painting and Remodeling LLC

8747 Fielding Ln
Indianapolis

Ephesus

21920 E Lincoln Hwy

Gatlin Plumbing & Heating Inc

1111 E Main
Griffith

GE MARSHALL EXCAVATING INC

1351 JOLIET RD
Valparaiso

H&L Handyman and Remodeling

6805 Forestdale Ave.
Hammond

HandiCo Inc

2205 W Armitage Ave

Handy Joe

217 169th St
Hammond

HandyPro

902 Calumet Ave.
Valparaiso

Hays & Sons

800 E Thompson Rd
Indianapolis

Heerema Plumbing Inc.

2281 E 198th St

HESSVILLE PLUMBING INC

3935 165TH ST
Hammond

Hines Plumbing, Inc

1272 Horse Prairie Ave.
Valparaiso

Home Works

5398 Chase St
Merrillville

HOOSIER HOMELAND CONSTRUCTION

144 W 350 S
Valparaiso

Keske Construction

1887 peactree ct.

Lakeshore Painting

3029 Franklin Street
Michigan City

Leslie's Roofing LLC

6220 Falcon Ln

Maglish Plumbing, Heating and Electric

310 West US Highway 6, Suite B2
Valparaiso

Mann Made Plumbing

9476 Calumet Ave
Munster

ManUp

3336 176th Place

Meyer's Heating and Cooling

100 North Griffith Boulevard
Griffith

MIDWEST CONSTRUCTION CO

1331 BROADWAY
Chesterton

Miracle/EcoWater Systems

802 Franklin St
Valparaiso

Mr. & Mrs. Fix It!

7775 Burr Street
Schererville

Mr. Rooter of Northwest Indiana

207 Nickleplate Ave
Valparaiso

Natural Gas Experts

2988 N Regal Dr
La Porte

Next Plumbing

3108 Santa Barbara Blvd

Northwoods Construction LLC

2698 N Van Gogh Dr
La Porte

Northwoods.Construction LLC

2698 North Van Gogh Dr.
La Porte

NuFlush

5195 Marshall St

Old Farts Construction

220 s. linda st.
Hobart

ONE CALL DOES IT ALL LLC

2206 SILHAVY RD
Valparaiso

Patriot Plumbing Service inc

1121 Breuckman drive
Crown Point

Perfect Solutions Co

506 Dexter Dr.
Crown Point

Pierce Plumbing Inc

3334 Michigan St
Hobart

Plumbing Solutions

3100 Cascade Dr
Valparaiso

Polar Heating and Cooling

13361 Southwest Hwy

Prime Contractors, Inc.

6609 74th Place
Schererville

Priority Home Repair

1014 N 50 W
Chesterton

Q & A Plumbing

PO Box 9669

R and R Painting and Remodeling

503 Oak Street
Michigan City

R J CONSTRUCTION

13713 77TH AVE
Dyer

Reichelt Plumbing , Inc.

451 Winston Court
Schererville

Rippe Well Service

261 N 475 W
Valparaiso

S&B Painting and Remodeling

9044N 375W
Michigan City

Salyer Plumbing

2209 165th St
Hammond

SCHANDER REMODELING INC

2814 Lyndale Way
Long Beach

Septic Solutions LLC

495 W 450 N
Hobart

Service Doctor

5150 E US Hwy 30
Merrillville

Shulton Painting & Drywall

7588 Springfield Hills Dr

Simpson Mechanical

3651 W 800 S
Union Mills

St John Plumbing, Inc

11051 W 97th Ln
Saint John

STEEL CITY HOME IMPROVEMENT CO INC

6930 BROADWAY
Merrillville

Stulga Plumbing

6627 Monroe Ave
Hammond

TERRY'S SEWER SERVICE

8235 LINCOLN ST
Merrillville

THE PLUMBER INC

1280 N INDIANA AVE
Crown Point

The Surfin Plumbers

5224 17th St Ct E

TIGER PLUMBING

2839 Highway Avenue
Highland

Tilford Plumbing, Inc

5640 Lute Rd.
Portage

TIN CRAFTERS HEATING & AIR INC

7509 RANDOLPH ST
Hobart

TLC Plumbing Inc

PO Box 429
Griffith

TRADITIONAL HOMES

573 WEDGWOOD DR
Valparaiso

Vemco Plumbing

416 Martin Dr
Crown Point

Vic's Drain Cleaning

6713 McCook Av
Hammond

Von Tobel Lumber & Hardware

256 S Washington St
Valparaiso

Weiler Inc Plumbing & Heating

456 Campbell St
Valparaiso

WEILER PLUMBING-HEATING & A/C

456 CAMPBELL ST
Valparaiso

Wilds Restoration Services

5858 Thunderbird Road
Indianapolis

Window World of NW Indiana

1558 W. Lincolnway
Valparaiso

Young Plumbing

5361 US Hwy. 6 #C
Portage

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