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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

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When the water company told us we had a leak in the line between the meter and our townhouse that was losing a
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a minute, and that it was our responsibility to fix it, we started contacting some of the well-known companies for quotes. We didn’t expect it to be cheap, but they were quoting $6K and up for replacing the line, saying they would need to break through the basement floor to do the work, and estimating 5+ hours over 2-3 days. I came across
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, while searching online for more information on water service line leaks. Their website says that this is ALL they do, so I decided to request an estimate and the owner,
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, called me 15 minutes later, and showed up at my home within the hour. He took a quick look and told me he could do it for about half of what the two other companies quoted, and it wouldn’t be necessary to break through the concrete basement floor. I was a little skeptical at the large price difference – if it sounds too good to be true, etc., but I joined Angie’s List to read the reviews and what I saw was very reassuring. I also learned that the company is one of those used by Dominion Products and Services for this kind of residential work, under their insurance program. The next day
we made arrangements with
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to get the work done and he scheduled us for a day later.
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’s team arrived on time, were polite, and very efficient. They completed the work in less than two hours, by feeding the new copper line through the old one, after determining that the leak wasn’t in the coupling near the meter (which would have been an easier fix). I was amazed at how soon they were finished, and at how little disruption there was. They only had to dig one hole – in the front yard next to the meter – and this had to stay open until the county inspector came out the next day. The work passed the inspection and
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came by and back-filled the hole the following day.
It was such a relief to have this problem taken care of so quickly. We are very grateful to
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- Catherine A H.
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I kept records of my emails. Emails started on 6/23/15 @5:30 pm. Sent this email to make appt.
Sent email 6/25/15 @ 2:50 pm I believe they called me on 6/26/15 2:35 pm. Didn't know who it was so I didn't answer. Sent email 7/9/15 @ 7:42 am wondering why no one had contacted me to make an appt.
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emailed back on 7/9/15 @ 5:32 pm to say they do most appt. after 5 and the weekends. I emailed back and said, that will be fine as long as there is an appt. time set. I did not hear from them so on 7/14/15, I sent email stating to forget it. I do not recall ever hearing from
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personally. If he did call, I didn't answer because I didn't recognize #. If he left a message, I did reply....either by email or text.
So there was never an appt. set. This has been my personal experience with this company.
- Tonja B.
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The crew arrived as scheduled, on time, worked steadily for two days. Crew was courteous and considerate, fully explained the work in progress and responded to our concerns.
- Jeffrey S.
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excellent! very professional, JPP gave a fair quote, knew exactly how to do the job, gave all the variables and possible solutions. (we had several companies give quotes but the knowledge and professionalism of JPP won the bid) Work was done in 2 days, clean job from start to finish. We had a GC build the actual room (built into garage) and JPP came back a 3rd day just to checked the connection and make sure the GC reconnected the wash , dryer , pump and sink correctly. We look forward to having JPP come back and give us a quote to turn our half bath into a full!
- Steve M.
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Success!! They restored everything back to good, if not better condition. When it was all done, they sent us a detailed invoice and follow up call making sure we were satisfied with everything.
- Sandy B.
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I had a vision of what I thought I wanted and I explain to
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when he arrived. He explained to me about water run off and how the lot should be graded to allow the proper drainage. He also walked the property with me and explained in detail all the work he would be doing at my house. I was very impressed with how professional
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was and how hard he worked. I never imagined my yard looking this good.
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did an excellent job and I would highly recommend him and we have already talked about him coming back in the fall season to regrade my front yard for proper water runoff and to prepare it for a new lawn. I tried to pay
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Went great. Got the estimate in early spring. Called in June to schedule the work. Set up for the 2nd week of
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but ran a little behind due to all the rain we've had (totally understandable).
- Andrew G.
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I was devastated with 6 inches of water throughout my home and called
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at Advantage. He came immediately and sized up the situation. Disaster cleanup is not what these people do, however he then picked up his phone and pulled his crew off another job nearby. They all went to work moving furniture and mopping up the mess. As I stood there
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took complete control of the situation and looked at me and said I needed to be at my office and not to worry about a thing. He had done different work for me previously and I can say I had complete peace in knowing that he would do just that, take care of everything. When I came home the place was clean, carpet removed and restored to a livable situation. There are not enough words to describe what an amazing experience working with
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cared enough for my situation knowing I had no one to turn to and he took full ownership of it. His crew spent most of that day working and 2 more days installing drains, constructing stone walls and fixing an enormous problem that has existed for some 25 years. I never knew what to expect as for a cost. Because of my previous dealing I knew he would be honest and fair and that I had nothing to worry about. When the bill came it was beyond fair and far less than it would have cost me anywhere. I give
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my full endorsement and fully recommend him to anyone. You can feel free to contact me if you want details at anytime. These are the best people in the business! Five Star People!
- Ken T.

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Clean Crawls

3707 124th Street NE Ste A 1
Marysville

Dirt Works Unlimited

115 S. Bunnell St
Glenwood

Gold Seal Plumbing

5524 E Boone
Spokane

LDL Enviro Services / Affordable Septic

5111 85th Ave East Suite 2
Tuiallup

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PO Box 86280

Repipe 1

15791 Rockfield Blvd

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PO Box 265
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