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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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FYI: CPVC and PEX are two different materials and installed differently.  PEX is not intended to be glued but instead has special crimp fittings.  PEX is a brand name of one product that is manufactured slightly differently by others as well so it is important that the same brand fittings are used to match the pipe material.

Mobile homes used CPVC for years and some still do.  It works fine but is not as strong as a properly soldered copper pipe system.  Is the contractor installing this new plumbing a licensed plumber?  I'd be surprised if he is since he's using CPVC and not PEX (or similar) or copper.  PEX pipe is even cheaper than CPVC when run by a knowledgable plumber.  It doesn't require nearly as many joints since it comes in rolls and can flex through spaces easily.

There are some groups raising a fuss about BPA and other chemicals found in plastics that don't like the use of CPVC, PVC, or PEX pipe.  I haven't seen the results of any lab tests to confirm or dispute their concerns.  As far as durability goes it's fairly safe as long as it's properly installed and secured.  It is not as susceptible to hard water damage as copper.  It absolutely must be insulated along it's entire length to protect it from contact to other materials as well as freezing.  Also, the fixtures in the house need to be grounded electrically since the pipe itself provides no electrical protection against accidental shock or electrocution.  In a copper plumbed house the system is grounded so static electricity, a short in a wire near a water line, or lightning strike will carry the current out through the pipe instead of through the water to you, ideally.

If it's installed correctly you should be fine but make sure the contractor knows what he is doing and follows the proper procedures to use CPVC pipe.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
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It is usually cheaper to remove part of the ceiling below and patch it after the leak has been repaired.  Remember that water can travel before settling in one area, causing the spot you've seen.  Just because it is below the toilet does not mean that the toilet is the problem.  The cheapest option is to pull the toilet and check the floor around the wax ring to see if it has been leaking.  A new wax ring only costs a few dollars.  When was the last time you caulked the shower in that bathroom?  The water can leak around the corners or at the door (if you have one) and travel along the floor joists until it pools in a lower spot on the ceiling below, then seep through.  It could also be a seal at the drain of the tub or shower. 

I get a few calls a year for this sort of thing.  It's usually something simple but can be a nightmare to diagnose, especially if the problem is intermittent.  Start with the simple possibilities and use deductive reasoning to narrow the possibilities.  Before you do a lot of damage it may pay off to hire a reputable contractor to help you make sure you've exhausted all of the imple and more obvious possibilities.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Drain Cleaning reviews in Williamsburg

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I called the company and asked (begged) them to come out the next morning in advance of yet another anticipated heavy rain. They were kind and came by that night to take a look at the drain. I had already purchased a $140 coupon that was good for 50ft of snaking, but when they came by Friday night, they estimated that it would be another 50 ft of work, so they would charge an additional $160. In retrospect, I should have pushed back on that. What sense does it make that an addition 50ft would more than double the price? But I accepted because they could do it quickly, I had already purchased the $140 deal and I desperately wanted the water to stop coming in.
They were there first thing Saturday morning to snake it the drain. It turned out that they had rented the snake (said theirs was broken). Well, this snake was broken, too, so they left and returned with a new snake. To their credit, they worked for HOURS in the pouring rain to try and clear the drain, but to no avail. In the end, they said that the pipe probably needed to be replaced.
I appreciate their responsiveness and their really hard work and general kindness. I was a little uncomfortable that they didn't seem to have their own equipment, didn't know what coupons they had up on the website, said the coupons were incorrect, and then charged more than double the price of the original work.
- Reagan B.
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Good. Found a 21 ft blockage in the pipe that drains a large section of the home. Blocked by tree roots and plastic pipe was collapsing. This is what I needed to know.
- DEBORAH C.
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was able to come out the same day the drain backed up. He was on time and professional. He was the first person to ever clean out the main line completely and, using a camera, discovered information about it that will help us in the future. We have had the drain cleaned out many times and he has done the best job by far. We will definitely use this company again.
- Anne D.
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They came out and they did a good job. I had a sump pump that was not working and it was backing up. They looked at it and they said they would have to clean the drainage. He spent 3 hours cleaning that and put it back together. He tried a couple different times and will be coming out tomorrow to finish the service since the pump is still backing still. They provide great service, but I wished they would be able to come sooner to fix this.
- HARMISH S.
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Absolutely the BEST service anyone could ask for!!! We called mid-morning on a Sunday with no expectations of service until Monday, but were so pleasantly surprised that someone showed up within 2 hours of our call. VERY friendly, knowledgeable and had the best attitude anyone could ask for on a Sunday afternoon dealing with a clogged sewer line. He ran the line twice, about 80 feet, changing to a bigger one on the second run, and being new owners of this older home were so relieved to be told that no other major issues came up. We will likely need to have this service done again for maintenance, and will definitely be calling these guys again!!
- Lisa M.
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I received a water bill of over $260 so we found the meter was running very fast which gave us the clue we have a leak somewhere. I called
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on Thursday when I found his ad in "The Flyer", he came that afternoon, estimated a cost of $400 to dig the whole line from the main to around the house to find the leak. He even accepted to give a discount of $60, ending in a $340 cost total to find and fix the leak. He asked for a deposit of $200, which we paid, and he said will show the next day so we should save water in buckets because water would be shut off for around 24 hrs. We have a baby of 9 months so we took all the precautions we could. He did not show up on Friday neither call. My husband called him later in afternoon, he excused himself and that will be at the house on Saturday at first time in the morning. Very disappointed at this point becuase the deposit of $200 was already cash out and our meter was still running like crazy and the issue unsolved. He showed up Saturday around 9am, with one extra person and no machines to supposedly to dig the whole line. He dig 2 more feet from the line was already dig by my husband, who tried to find the leak before we call him,
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said he found the issue, went to buy the part, came and replaced it, filled the hole with the dirt, and asked for $50 more. He never dig the whole line as he advised on Thursday, he only spent maximum one hour. On Sunday when we turn water back on, the meter was running just like before
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"solved the issue", we called him and he and his girlfriend gave us the worst attitude saying they were not available at the moment because they were in a family reunion when his ad promotes a 24/7 emergency service. We asked them to come back and he said he will need another $400, and to rent a machine to dig, plus changing the whole pipe. He never mentioned he will need a machine on Thursday when he advised and gave us an estimate to dig the whole line. After 4 days now he said we need to paid to rent the machine. After my husband got upset and mentioned to him that we have rights as customers, he hung up the phone on him. I called back and his girlfriend answer the phone. She avoided me from talking to
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and ends the call saying they will call us on Monday. Long story.... worst company ever... the name of the company has 20 years but
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said he just both the company a month ago, obviously he has no experience in plumbing and both have no experience in customer service. I feel he stole our money and never solve the issue. I hope no one has to experience this situation because it is very frustrating to feel how people abuse from others. I sincerely hope God can bless them and make them realize they need to stop abusing.
- Marisol R.
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I had to cancel three times but the owner,
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, didn't give up on me and I'm sure glad he didn't.
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sent
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who came to my home and spent an hour with me going over all my plumbing concerns and answering all my questions. He explained things to me like how things work. He showed me where my main water shut off is and main gas shut off, etc. He told me how to fix the loose hot water handle in the kitchen and I did it myself which was very empowering. He wore shoe coverings and each time he went out to his van and came back in, he took the shoe coverings off and put them back on again which was many times. When the work was done, he cleaned the bathtub and scrubbed the bathroom floor. I was very nervous about having the drain snaked because I know how nasty that stuff is, but
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was very careful to minimize the mess and then scrubbed down the inside of the cabinet underneath the sink where the drain was snaked.
- Therese O.
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I called on a Saturday, at about 2 pm. Dispatcher said they would arrive between 4 and 6pm. At 4 pm the doorbell rang!
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, knew exactly what to do. They ran the snake, and cleared the clog. I also authorized a camera run, to see if there was some problem other than the usual paper product. When done, they used disinfectant to clean up the bathroom. The charge was exactly as quoted.
- Susan P.

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All About Plumbing & Septic

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Burgess Plumbing Inc.

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Campbell's Plumbing

P O Box 186
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Carl Plumbing & Electrical LLC

32 Celebrity Ln
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Cassidy's Plumbing Company

710 Sedgefield Dr
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Charlotte's Painting & Home Repair

908 Silvesmith Circle
Newport News

CLAFLIN PLUMBING & GAS PIPING

232 CHICKAMAUGA PIKE
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Cognetti's Plumbing Heating

360 Fenton Mill Rd
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CYPHERS PLUMBING HEATING & ELECTRICAL INC

156 Second Street
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1600 Tysons Blvd
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8200 Greensboro Dr
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Dyer's, Inc.

233 S. Hamilton St.

Dzinbild

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E T Lawson

4 IVY Home Rd
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elder and son construction

13 captain johns cove

Energy Efficient Solutions

126 PRODUCTION DR
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Final Phase Installations Inc

2850 Sandy Bay Rd
Williamsburg

GUIRKIN PLUMBING & HEATING

8447 Glazebrook Avenue
Henrico

H&D Handyman Service's Llc

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House Call Company

3301 Mariner Ave.
Portsmouth

Joes Plumbing

4416 9th Ave

Johnny Werks

1651 Mallory Rd
Woodlawn

Just Plumbing

325 Redoubt Rd
Yorktown

L&G Quality Service LLC

4018 Woodland RD
Annandale

Levic Construction Company Inc

11912 Middlecoff Dr
Chester

Lutz Plumbing Inc

PO BOX 860483

MASON & SON PLUMBING & HEATING

13646 WARWICK BLVD
Newport News

Michael & Son Services Inc

5740 General Washington Dr
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Michael & Son Services Norfolk

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Virginia Beach

Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing of VA

8382 Terminal Rd
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Mike Bertolino & Co

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MJ Home Services LLC

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Moser Electric

310 Oakpark Dr
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NoVa Lining Co., LLC

830 Buckner Drive
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O&B Innovations, LLC

3421 Cappahosic Rd
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Parrish Services Inc

7865 Coppermine Dr
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Poyants Plumbing & Heating

P.O. Box 282
Reedville

Rector's Property Maintenance

801 colonial ave
Colonial Beach

RON'S PLUMBING HEATING & AIR

7 FOX GATE WAY
Hampton

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

509 Viking Drive
Virginia Beach

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning

916 Business Park Drive
Chesapeake

Scott Plumbing & Heating Company Inc

18 Yorktown Rd
Newport News

Service Call

PO BOX 7403
Hampton

Singh Construction

206 Back River Neck Rd

Smallwood Plumbing L.L.C.

P.O. BOX 8116
Norfolk

SOUTHERN PLUMBING

4069 43rd Ave

STEFAN HOME SERVICE

5901 SHERATON CIR.
Fredericksburg

Steve's Plumbing

1004 rustads cir
Williamsburg

T.S. Plumbing

218 Neck O Land Rd
Williamsburg

Vinny's Home Repair

9001 Pocahontas Trail
Williamsburg

Virginia Plumbing Professionals

5828 james madison PKWY
King George

Williamsburg Plumbers

290 D Patriot Lane
Williamsburg

Woodfin

8180 Mechanicsville Tpke
Mechanicsville

Wyatt's Painting and maintenance

121 Watkins Ct
Ringgold

Ziegler Plumbing & Sewer Inc

15324 Warwick Blvd
Newport News
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