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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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This company offered THE Best service ever! When we called to have them come out to fix a problem we were having they offered suggestions over the phone that we could try that might possibly fix the situation and avoid a service call! WOW! When they did have to come out, they charged only for the work they did rather than charging a service fee to diagnose the problem. We talked on the phone with the owner and the plumber they sent out was GREAT! They were prompt, polite as could be and did a great job. We could not be happier.
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Excellent and professional work from
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The estimate was spot on and I felt the pricing was very fair and reasonable. He completed the project in the timeframe he said he would.
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The plumber showed up on time and gave an estimate that I thought was very fair for the work to be done. The work was carried out in a professional manner and he took the time to do it right. He cleaned up after the job and everything worked exactly as I had envisioned. I plan to use this company again for my plumbing work.
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I contacted Doc via Angie's List after paying for one his special deals. He contacted me very quickly and we agreed on a date for him to come to my home. He was very professional in every sense of the word. We had previously talked about replacing the toilet shut off valve not included in the deal. He was at my home on time and installed a new
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toilet. I had that same one in a power room downstairs so I was very familiar with it. He worked on the shut off valve removing it and getting a new one. It has been three weeks since the job was done and I haven't had any problems. The price for the shut off valve was lowered than he estimated. (That doesn't happen often). With the new toilet working great, I am really looking forward to a lower water bill soon.
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did a great job. He was very knowledgeable and was happy to answer any questions that we had.
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was friendly and left our bathroom cleaner than when he arrived. We are very satisfied and we are glad we called Jiffy.
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The technician arrived when he said he would and got right to work. He completed the work quickly, and cleaned his work areas completely. He answered all of my questions thoroughly and gave me additional tips on how best to use my new disposal.
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called and asked if he could come EARLY which was a nice surprise. He replaced the faucet and had me check it. He also checked out the faucets and drains in the house and check pipes under the house. He was very polite and courteous. I am very pleased with
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arrived a few minutes early and completed the work in 30 minutes, he was professional,polite, and did a good job explaining what needed to be done to convert from the odd size output pipe.
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also examined the main water shutoff to the house and confirmed it is working properly.
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Plumbers in Johnstown, PA

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2E Contracting LLC.

1540 Oakland Ave. Number311
Indiana

5 Star Handyman & Maintenance Service

371 Oakwood Ave
State College

Aaronson Repairs & Improvements, LLC

110 Arandale Street
Bedford

ALLIED MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL

2141 Sandy Drive
State College

Altoona Soft Water

445 S. Logan Blvd.
Altoona

Altoona Soft Water

445 S Logan Blvd
Altoona

Aqua-Dry

1610 Scalp Ave
Johnstown

BadDad construction

1421 2nd ave
Altoona

Benjamin Lake

805 Heather Ln

BOILER SERVICES INC

1989 DUNLO DIP RD
Windber

BRAD GORDON WATERPROOFING AND GENERAL CONTRACTOR

1814 BLACK OAK ROAD
Warfordsburg

C&C Property Maint

983 Miller Rd
Imler

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Calverleys Climate Control Solutions

3321 Elton Road
Johnstown

Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating

307 S. Kettle Street
Altoona

Carlin's Automotive Repair

Rr 6 Box 6170
Towanda

Central Penn Waterproofing

43 Beattys Tollgate Rd
Marietta

Chimney Rocks Home Improvements LLC

610 Chimney Rocks Rd
Hollidaysburg

Christian's Plumbing

174 risher bridge road
Johnstown

CHUCK BEERS PLUMBING HEATING

1858 DIXIE LN
Altoona

CLARK'S PLUMBING & HEATING

8420 CLEAR RIDGE RD
Clearville

Commercial Service Pros

219 North Julian St
Ebensburg

Contractors M D Inc

Philadelphia

D B CONSTRUCTION

807 RED MILL ROAD
Ebensburg

Dierolf Supply Company

311 County Line Rd
Gilbertsville

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

FIGART HEATING & COOLING

3712 BURGOON RD
Altoona

FIRST GENERAL SVC

1153 W HIGH ST
Ebensburg

Fosbrink Construction

514 dunbar ohiopyle rd dunbar pa

Garman Plumbing And Heating

30 High Rd.
Ashland

Gilded construction

184 pottsville Street
Lykens

GRACE CONSTRUCTION

1520 Briar Cliff St

H2Pro Restorations

243 Mine Bank Rd
Wellsville

J & E PLUMBING & HEATING CO

1493 TURNPIKE AVE
Clearfield

J & N General Contracting

101 East Packer Ave
Syre

J A RODDA PLUMBING HEATING & E

1735 RUBY ST
Johnstown

J-Brown Services

283 Doney Town Rd
Meyersdale

Jarrad Zamborsky Contracting

2085 Rayne Run Road
Marion Center

kieffer construction

246 Hudsondale St
Weatherly

Kirsch Construction Co

121 N Julian St
Ebensburg

Knisely & Sons Inc

125 E Pitt St
Bedford

Krouse Bro's Contracting

169 GMHP
Gallitzin

Kuhns Contracting Inc

7931 Amity Pike

Lang & Son's Construction

2474 Everett Rd
East Freedom

Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile

2400 Swatara Creek Rd
Middletown

Lewis Painting

213 Russell St
Honesdale

Lock Haven Plumbing & Heating

30 Clarks Barn Rd
Lock Haven

Lucas Remodeling & Construction, LLC

1072 Beaver Run Ave
Sidman

LUTON'S PLUMBING & HEATING

105 N 1ST AVE
Clarion

MEYERS SUPPLY CO

520 HORNER ST
Johnstown

Mike Mazzarese

236 Renee Dr
Hollsopple

Miller Plumbing & Heating LLC

1686 Philadelphia St
Indiana

NHI Construction LLC

127 E Saylor St
Mount Carmel

NuFlush

5195 Marshall St

P VARNISH CONTRACTORS

602 DEMUTH ST
Johnstown

P&W Remodeling

217 E Ave
Mount Carmel

Page Home Repair And Remodeling

191 Adams Avenue
Mineral Point

PAROS PLUMBING HEATING & AC

1360 EISENHOWER BLVD
Johnstown

Pete Link Plumbing & Heating

287 Manor Dr
Ebensburg

Phil Jackson Construction Services

581 Kevin Drive
Portage

Picture Perfect Home Improvements

222 Jackson St
Thompson

R.C.Mccleary&SonPlbg.Htg.A/C

1737 Bedford St.
Johnstown

Randy Morrison Construction

682 Sher De Lin Rd
Du Bois

REVELLO CONTRACTING

1881 WATER LEVEL RD
Somerset

Richard S Mills Inc

1717 William Penn Hwy
Mifflintown

Richland Plumbing Heating & Air

695 Eisenhower Blvd
Johnstown

Roto-Rooter

602 North Centre St
Philipsburg

Roto-Rooter

115 Sann St
Johnstown

Salada Plumbing & Heating

221 Midway Dr
Du Bois

Sanctuary Services

1805 Graham Ave
Windber

Selders Kitchens & Remodeling

627 Palliser Street
Johnstown

Sewer & Drain Cleaning

8872 Somerset Pike
Boswell

Sewer & Drain Specialist (Plumbing)

208 Manor Harrison City Road
Harrison City

Signature Construction

3521 Somerset Pike
Johnstown

T&M remodeling

711 s Carlisle ln

Tom Evers Plumbing & Heating

113 N Water St
Mill Hall

Tom Newman Maintenance and Remodeling

140 Pepper Ridge Dr
Spring Mills

Tri County Plumbing & Heating

176 Stackhouse St
Johnstown

W.Rick Construction

85 Munson road

Waterworks Plumbing And Heating

44 Mountain Terrace
White Haven

Wes's Heat & Air Conditioning

73 Pine Knob Rd
Newville

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