Top 5 Tips To Baby Proof Your Bathroom

Baby Proof Your Bathroom

If you have kids at home, then the bathroom is one of the most accident-prone areas in your home. In children aged 1-4 years, drowning is a leading cause of death, as the bathroom is filled with areas that can prove hazardous for any child if left unattended. In this blog, we’ll be discussing various steps that you should implement to keep your child safe and secure in the bathroom.

  1. Supervision: Water level of up to 2 inches can be fatal for babies because it can be difficult for them to lift their heads or turn to other side, on their own. Therefore, it is advisable to never leave a child unattended in bathroom especially if child is around water.
  2. Keep Cleaning Products & Chemicals Out of Reach: Babies and toddlers have an innate curiosity and enjoy exploring things around them. It is advisable to keep all the cleaning supplies and other chemicals, etc. out of their reach in a cabinet or a shelf located at top or higher level so as to prevent them from reaching the cleaning supplies.
  3. Reset the Water Heater Level: 100 degrees is an ideal bath temperature for babies. However, water heaters at home are generally set at 140 degrees. Babies have very sensitive skin and a little increase in temperature can cause blisters or rashes on their body. Turn down the temperature regulator on your water heater to prevent any accidental leakage of hot water that may cause serious burn injuries.
  4. Keep Away Electrical Appliances: Just like cleaning supplies, it is advisable to keep all electrical appliances like hair dryers, curling or hair straightening irons, and any loose cords of any other equipment out of their reach. Properly warp or secure all the loose electrical cords to avoid any potential strangulation.
  5. Invest in Baby Safety Products: The market is filled with lots of baby safety products. Consider investikng in a bathing thermometer for kids to check the temperature of water before going in the water. Install toilet lid locks, safety latches for all cabinets. Ensure that everyone at home is practiced on locking all cabinet doors and toilet lid.

These are some of the tips that can help you prevent any child related injuries in bathroom area. Dallas Plumbing Company is a trusted name for plumbing, heating and air conditioning solutions across Dallas and nearby areas since 1903. There is no need to look any further when you can get high quality impeccable services, at affordable rates. Contact us to schedule your plumbing service today.

Top 4 Things to Get Fix If Your AC is Not Cooling

In this scorching summer heat, all that you need is some cool air passing through your skin. Your AC is running continuously but not cooling due to which you may have to deal with heat, sweat and sleepless nights. When AC is running but you are not getting the desired cool breeze that everyone is yawning for during summer. Don’t worry, here are your probable answers that why your AC is not colling despite running for hours. In this blog we’ll cover all that and what you should do about it.

  • Dirty Air Filter: One of the reasons may be dirty air filter. Varied types of dust, dirt and other particles might have entered in air filter through the handler unit. Through this entire process you’ll get a clean supply of air around your home. However, when too much dust particles are accumulated in the filter it becomes too dirty to work efficiently. A dirty air filter will not only block the airflow but will also reduce the cooling impact. No wonder thermostat will continue to read as usual, however you’ll not receive enough air inside your home. In worst scenario, dirty filter might lead to freezing of your evaporator coil into an ice block, thus blocking the cool air passing through it. If timely attention is not paid, your air conditioning system might face a complete shutdown. Don’t worry, a dirty air filter is not the end of your AC unit. It is just a temporary problem that can be controlled. Always ensure that air filter is check and replaced timely in case it starts showing signs of trouble. However, if the problem persists despite regular maintenance, air filter might not be the problem. You need to dip digger to figure out the exact issue or take help of an air conditioning professional.
  • Incorrect Thermostat Setting:  Checking thermostat setting should be the foremost thing that you ask why your AC is not cooling. Whenever thermostat is set to ‘on’, AC will blow cool and lukewarm air while turning on or off. It is recommended to try setting the thermostat to auto. If this doesn’t help, proceed for next step & check is thermostat set to cool. Try adjusting the thermostat settings to on and off. Wait for few minutes to catch up and then confirm if settings are working and you are getting the benefit of AC in your home or office.
  • Right Amount of Refrigerant: Right amount of refrigerant chemical is needed to ensure proper cooling of AC. However, in absence of correct of refrigerant, your AC may not offer the desirable cooling. In case of leakage of refrigerant through the outdoor or indoor system, liquid will turn into gas and will invite all humidity and heat energy indoors and release it outside. This might be also one of the reasons that your AC is not working properly. If issue is not resolved timely, it may lead to permanent system failure. You’ll need to hire a professional help for proper diagnosis of underlying issue. Till the professional help is received, ensure that AC is kept off otherwise it can damage the compressor.
  • Size of AC: In absence of any technical glitch, size of your AC w.r.t size of your home might not be sufficient enough to maintain the continuous cool air supply. Each AC comes with a certain capacity in terms of cooling. If the temperature outside is not scorching and you notice that your air conditioner is not providing the required cooling, the problem is with the size of your AC. The next question that pops in your mind will be how to determine the right size of AC for your home. There are various other factors involved such as insulation quality, local climate, construction quality, and square footage, etc. All you need to overcome this problem is to consider taking professional help to understand the right size of air conditioning unit for your home. In case you are having an undersized AC unit at home, replacement is not the sole option. There might be some other available alternatives using which your unit can keep going on. Ductless units can also be installed in hot areas.

These are some troubleshooting tips that you can try at home to resolve the cooling issues. However, if these tips don’t work, your AC unit has much bigger issue that need to handled by professional to avoid any further damage. Dallas Plumbing Company is a trusted name for plumbing, heating and air conditioning solutions across Dallas and nearby areas since 1903. Why look beyond when you can get high quality impeccable services at your door step at affordable rates. Contact us to schedule your air conditioning service today.

Pets at Home? Top 5 Tips for Pet Proofing Your Plumbing

Pet Proofing PlumbingPet owners LOVE their pets. A recent study shows nearly one third of homeowners in the U.S own either a cat or a dog. You might not have experienced it, but with pets in the home, pet related plumbing problems can be a concern that pet owners must deal with. Here are the top five useful tips that will help you pet-proof your home’s plumbing. Adopting these practices will enhable pet owners to keep both pets as well as plumbing safe from one another. So, you can relax and enjoy without worrying about how one might harm the other. Pet proofing your home is not much different from child proofing.

  1. Encapsulation: First of all, keep or hide the dangerous items away from your pets. Encapsulate all your covered pipes or wirings. You can either invest in basic pipe covers available at your local big box store, search the web for a DIY solution. Regardless of how you do it, covering the pipes with simple covers will keep your pets away from chewing your pipes.
  2. Installation of Pressure Balancing Valves: Have your ever experienced a sudden hot water scald when someone flushes a toilet while you are showering? If so, that might be due to the absence of pressure balancing valves in your plumbing. A pressure balance valve maintains an equal amount of water from the hot and cold side. When sudden changes in water pressure reduce the water flowing from the showerhead, like a toilet flushing, the temperature will remain the same. Without pressure balancing valves, scalding can happen to anyone, including your pet taking its bath, using the water at that moment because hot water could suddenly jet out of any of the faucets. Sudden outbursts of hot water can pose a major problem for your pets at home. It is advisable to install pressure balancing valves in the home. They are affordable but will likely require a plumber to install.
  3. Use Drain Guards: Hairs are a major reason for clogged drains in every household. Just like humans, dogs and cats also can lose a lot of fluff while bathing or roaming in the home. Drain guards are cheap and readily available. Get them installed & you’ll be amazed to see how much drain guards help in preventing clogged drains.
  4. Keep Your Toilet Lid Closed: Avoid using chemical drain cleaners as these are acidic. They might resolve clogging issues but may corrode your pipes at the same time. And most importantly for pet owners, chemical drain cleaners can be toxic for your pets if ingested accidently. You won’t want your pet to ingest toxic leftover residue from your toilet bowl water. It is recommended to keep the toilet lid closed while a chemical drain cleaner does its job. And keep your pet’s water bowl filled so that they don’t have to look it elsewhere.
  5. Keep a Tab On Your Pet: Generally sewer lines are deep however some sewer lines might only be a few inches under your yard. If your pet is fond of digging, it is recommended to ensure that they never remain unsupervised in the backyard. Dogs and cats can easily dig their way down to the sewer line pipes, possibly puncture or dislodge them, damaging the pipeline in the process. Doesn’t happen often, but it does occur.

If your family’s pet is causing plumbing issue, no worries. Contact Dallas Plumbing Company today. We would love to fix your existing plumbing issues. We would love to fix any of your existing plumbing issues. We’re also happy to equip you with the knowledge to keep it from happening again. We want to keep you and your pets happy!

Before You Buy That New Home: Three Big Plumbing Questions

Getting into a new home can be an exhilarating experience. The only problem is that in the excitement of getting there, a person can forget to ask about the basics of home infrastructure namely plumbing and sewage. Before you commit to a home and move in, you want to ask three important questions.

1. What condition is the sewer line in?
In any home, if the waste flows smoothly from your house to the main sewer maintained by your city or waste service, the sewer line should be in good condition. If you fail to ask, the repairs or replacements, even minor ones, can cost thousands of dollars. Before you buy in, make sure all sewer lines flow uninterrupted. If you know of any problem, make sure the current owners either repair it or bear the necessary costs of repair.

2. Are there any leakage problems?
In the stress of moving into a new home, even a minor leak a dripping faucet or running toilet can spike your irritation levels. And no new homeowner needs more of that. Just as no new homeowner wants the water bill that comes with the leaks, avoidable expenses easily nipped by hiring a licensed professional plumber.  For any leakage undetected and identified later on, any licensed and trusted plumber can locate the root problem and help you solve it.

3. How’s the water heater?
Before you sign for your new home, ask about the condition of the water
heater:

  • What’s its present state? Good?
  • How old is it?
  • When was its last maintenance?

A reliable seller can give you maintenance records to support any claims
made by the owner. A well-maintained water heater is not just an asset, it’s a necessity. A damaged or falling unit is also a money drain. If the water heater is damaged or needs to be replaced, ask your realtor or seller to put the expense in the final sales proceeds. Remember: A reliable owner will give you maintenance records to back up any claims.

Thinking about a tankless water heater?
Are you interested in the benefits and endless possibilities of a tankless water heater? It may be time to upgrade your typical water heater. Since 1903, in Dallas and surrounding areas, Dallas Plumbing Company has been a trusted and reliable name for all your heating and air conditioning needs. We offer a complete range of residential and commercial water heating services to at competitive prices and with no compromise on quality. Check out our range of plumbing and heating and other services.

PLUMBING ALERT: PIPE FREEZE PREVENTION

Burst Pipes Can Be an Expensive Mess to Clean Up and Easy to Avoid

When outside temperatures hit 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below, you want to check and protect all the water pipes in your house. Take nothing for granted. Twenty degrees Fahrenheit is known as the red-alert level when water in pipes can freeze, create pressure and burst its metal or plastic.

If your area is expecting a freeze, use this checklist to help warm your pipes and protect your pocketbook.

  1. Drip your indoor faucets.

“Drip” means you turn faucets on just enough to stay on, given that pipes can freeze overnight. Even at a trickle, the moving water helps prevent pipe problems.

Note that pipes don’t always burst when they are freezing or frozen. Damage can come in the pressure caused as thawed water begins again to rush through the pipe.

  • Open the cabinet doors under your sink.

While you stand at the kitchen or bathroom sink to set a controlled drip, reach down and open the doors below. For pipes near an outside wall, this is especially important. As much as possible, invite room-temperature air to flow in and around your pipes.

  • Safeguard the hose bibs exposed to the outside.

A hose bib is the outdoor water tap on the outside of your home. Locate your hose bib, disconnect any hoses from it, and shut off or drain the water from the faucet. Drain the water from the hose. Inside your home or crawl space, turn off any valve that supplies water just to the outdoor faucets. As with the kitchen and bathroom faucets, turn the handles of the hose bib to drip, and place insulating covers over them.

Long term, consider a frost-resistant outdoor spigot.

  • Open all your heat registers.

As you learned early in your science class, hot air rises and cold air falls. When you open the lower registers and close the top ones, you invite the hot air to stay and the cold air to go. Cold air is heavier and flows down to the lower register.

  • Cover your exposed pipes.

Every exposed pipe in winter is trouble waiting to happen. Insulate your outside pipes with pipe wrap or foam pipe sleeves available at most hardware stores. Insulate the gaps where pipes enter the walls.

  • Caulk outside pipes.

Use calk or canned spray foam to cover outdoor pipes and seal the spaces where they go through walls. While you’re at it, check for exposed piping in un-insulated spaces such as a crawlspace, attic, outside walls, etc. For larger holes, use a rubber gasket.

  • Turn on the heat in unoccupied units.  

The enemy is cold. Even in currently unused units, rooms or bathrooms, make sure the heat is high enough to resist freezing.

Top 4 Common Heating Mistakes To Avoid

As temperatures continue to dip, an energy efficient home that is comfortable indoors is just what you want for frosty winters. An energy efficient home is safe as well as comfortable round the clock, from hot summers to chilling winters. Here we’ll discuss how you can cut in your energy consumption and heating costs without sacrificing comfort by paying attention to some common home heating mistakes.

  1. Heating a Vacant Home: When’s there is nobody at home or you’re at work there’s no need to heat the home. It is recommended to use a programmable thermostat to set the temperature throughout the day. Dropping it 4 or more degrees while you’re gone more than an hour or so will help you to cut costs on your monthly energy bills. You can also program it to warm the home several minutes before you return if you’re away for several hours.
  2. Windows Left Unlocked: Closing your windows is not enough. Windows should be kept locked as well to avoid loss of energy. Proper locking of windows is important to insure the window is completely closed to prevent entry of cold air from outside and preventing warm air from furnace escaping.
  3. Exhaust Has Been Left On: Make sure to turn off the exhaust fan in the bathroom or kitchen. Exhaust fans are helpful in removing odors and moisture from your home. However, when not required, you wouldn’t want exhaust fans to draw the warm air out of your home. Turn off the exhaust fan when it’s not required.
  4. Cranking Up The Thermostat: There’s no shortcut to faster heating. Cranking the thermostat up higher will have no impact on the heating time. It will take take the usual time for the home to warm up. However, cranking up the thermostat past the desired temperature and forgotten can definitely make your furnace work harder and increase your energy bill.
  5. Check with Your Local Gas or Electric Service Provider: They may have government funds to offer for insulating your home at little or no charge to you. These programs are not available everywhere, and when the available funds are depleted for the season, the program is ended for that year.
  6. Don’t Keep An Old System Alive: if your heating and air conditioning system is eight to 10 years old, you should get a professional HVAC inspection to determine if you would be better off replacing it that repairing it. Often, a new high-efficiency unit can pay for itself in energy savings over a period of three to five years, depending on several factors. We offer free onsite estimates for new equipment.

Keep your home warm this winter by expert heating solution experts from Dallas Plumbing Company, a trusted name for plumbing, heating and air conditioning in Dallas since 1903. We work diligently with homeowners to provide them with exceptional heating solutions. Call us at 214-340-6300 or contact us to book an appointment.

How To Prevent Clogging of Sinks & Drains

A clogged drain is inevitable, yet preventable, in most cases. Clogs are not only inconvenient, but they can cause damage to floors, walls, cabinets, carpet and even the electrical system. The causes are many, including inserting objects too large into the drain, grease build-up, roots in your main drain outside the walls of the home or business, improperly constructed plumbing and neglect, to name a few. Here are tips that will help you keep your plumbing system clog free and trouble-free.

Kitchen Sinks:

  • How do you dispose of any greasy substance? Don’t pour it down the kitchen sink. Wait for cooking grease to cool and allow it to solidify. Then put it in a plastic bag and dispose of it in the garbage bin.
  • Garbage disposals are not all the same. They usually include basic, medium duty and heavy duty. A basic disposer will not dispose of waste such as small bones,  shrimp peelings or even lemon peels. And don’t overfill your garbage disposer. Instead feed small amounts of waste into the disposal along with a continuous supply of cool or lukewarm water. Hot water is not recommended. Fruit and vegetable peels and other fibrous substances can be the primarily responsible for clogs because many garbage disposals cannot finely grind these materials efficiently. Test small amounts first and listen for the smooth operation of the internal blades after the waste has drained. If you hear anything that sounds loud, turn off the disposer to avoid damage. Sometimes eating utensils, plastics or bottle caps can be caught up in the otherwise acceptable waste. NEVER place your hand inside a running garbage disposer! Use a flashlight first to try to detect any foreign objects or clogs and us pincers or other utilities for removal before restarting.
  • Unclogging a kitchen sink can be tricky. If the sink has only one drain, you can try the standard toilet plunger. Just be warned that without a tight fit on the drain opening, you can be in for a mess. Double drain sinks require one of the drains to be fully covered before using a plunger on the other side. Visit sites like youtube.com for ways to make this work for you. Or, try a liquid drain cleaner. Just follow the directions carefully. Or if you’re handy, you can try disconnecting the trap under the sink to clean it out. Be sure you place a pan or bucket under it first to catch the residual drain water.
  • Practice a weekly prevention procedure by filling your kitchen sink with hot water, and letting it drain. This additional step will aid in pushing debris to the larger diameter piping inside the wall and outside to the main drain.

Bathroom Sinks (and Bathtubs, too)

  • Stoppers and drain covers should be kept intact in order to prevent any foreign objects from accidentally going down the drain.
  • Hair & soap scum can also cause clogging of bathroom drains. It is advisable to keep excess hair aside out of the drain. A slow drain is an indication of a clog about to build. Your local hardware, Lowes, or Home Depot carry inexpensive tools to extract hair from bathroom sinks without having to perform any disassembly. Search their websites for “drain cleaning tool” to find what you need.

Toilets

  • Avoid flushing anything except toilet paper, including so-called “flushable” wipes, and feminine hygiene products. Some municipal waste management systems cannot adequately capture these items before they build up and cause major issues. In the home or restrooms, because these items are more bulky, and do not disintegrate quickly enough to avoid build up in drains, they can cause a clogged toilet.
  • If you intend to buy a new toilet, it is advisable to do some research or ask a professional for recommendations. The US EPA has placed restrictions on the amount of water allowed for one flush of a toilet. In cheaper toilets, the trapway, that “S” shaped area at the base and rear of the toilet, is often not fully glazed internally. The glaze makes a smoother path for the waste to flow through. A fully glazed trapway implies a stronger flushing toilet, which can help to prevent clogging. An incompletely glazed trapway can cause slower flushing and inhibit compete evacuation of waste. You may also contact us for selection as well as installation of new toilet.
  • In case multiple toilets at your location are facing the same issue, at the same time, the stoppage problem may be located in the main sewage line. In this case, it is advisable to contact a licensed, professional plumber to fix things properly and avoid future problems.
  • The first thing to try for a single clogged toilet is the standard toilet plunger. This would be done after removing any large items visible above the water surface using rubber gloves and a handy plastic bag to place it in. Again, take care to make short, carefully positioned plunging pressure to avoid a mess. Plungers with a sealing lip make a better seal in the drain hole and give better results.

Prevention is better than cure. However, if you need services of an expert, contact Dallas Plumbing Company for your clogged sinks and drains. We offer 24/7 emergency services for your convenience. We would love to help you.

Tankless Water Heater: A Brief Cost Analysis Insight

Your new tankless water heater system will cost more than a traditional water heater system. How much more? That depends on the brand you purchase, whether it’s gas or electric, its capacity, and so on. On average it’s safe to say a tankless water heater costs twice to three times more than a traditional water heater system. But to merely analyse upfront costs is an incomplete insight. In most cases, your upgrade from a traditional water heater system to a tankless water heater puts you in an entirely new league.

Here’s what that means.

Higher Costs Now, Lower Costs for Years to Come

Energy efficiency: Tankless water heater systems—depending on a household’s hot-water usage—on average is 30 percent more efficient than a standard water heater system. More usage equals more efficiency. And given that the expected lifespan of a tankless water heater system is 20-25 years, higher upfront costs quickly disappear into energy saved during these years.

Endurance: Tanked water heaters are built to serve 8-12 years. A prolonged life span of more than 12 years also stands to exact a huge toll on the system’s efficiency. A tankless water heater system, meanwhile, is built to last 20-25 years—meaning you may purchase two traditional tanked water heater systems in the time you’d own one tankless water heater system. Suddenly cheaper fails to look smarter.

Evading disaster: As the age of a standard tanked-water heater goes up so does the risk of tank burst. A rod inside the heater corrodes over time and the combined forces of water, heat and pressure on the metal can lead to hairline fissures. Left unattended, a fissure can develop into a fracture, requiring immediate plumbing repair. This also requires home insurance to cover any damage to your home. (The damage also affects your home’s market value.) There’s no price on peace of mind, but there is an actual cost-benefit to choosing a demand-type system.

In contrast, a system with no tanks to burst carries no possibility of disaster.

Comfort above all: So don’t be deceived by upfront costs. While making a comparative cost analysis between a tankless water system and traditional tanked water heater, consider your costs both short and long term. Choose comfort over cost, buy a tankless water heater system, and say goodbye to hot water worries. Call or text us @ 214-340-6300 today for a detailed breakdown of tankless water costs and all your plumbing requirements. Since 1903, Dallas Plumbing Company has offered expert plumbing and heating services to homeowners in Dallas and beyond.

Bid Adieu to Hot Water Storage Worries With Tankless Water Heaters

We are into fall now and winter is approaching. Requirement of hot water is a common regime during winters. Traditional water heater, the typical type that stores water in a tank and keeps it hot even when you are not using it for certain hours is a part of every home. Tankless water heater is a new concept and uses a different terminology. In tankless heaters water is heated on demand.
Whenever we turn on any hot water faucet, the cold water enters the unit and passes over the electrical heating element or gas burner that instantly heats it up to the required temperature. In simple words, it implies instant availability of hot water on demand.

What More Do Tankless Water Heaters Can Offer?

You might be wondering that easy access to hot water without any storage in any tank or vessel is alright but are there any other benefits of having a tankless water heater at home. Let us introduce you with same:

  • Small Yet Convenient: Unlike typical water heaters, tankless water heaters are small in size and can be easily mounted over the wall without any hassle.
  • Bye to Potential Water Damages: Storage of water is the prime cause of potential water damages to your property. Thanks to tankless water heaters, you are safe.
  • Minimized Costs: With zero thermal heat loss (as no storage of hot water is required), tankless water heaters can bring down your water heating costs upto 50% as water is heated only when it’s required.
  • Greater Lifespan: Life span of tankless water heater is nearly 1.5-2 times of a typical water heater with storage tank. opt and go for greater long-term savings with tankless water heaters.
  • Efficiency: Tankless water heater systems are designed in such a way to save energy and be eco-friendly. Tankless water heaters have very high efficiency ratings at nearly 99%.

Planning to Schedule Tankless Water Heater Installation

Are you feeling appealed by the benefits and endless possbilities offered by tankless water heater? Then it is time to upgrade your typical water heater. Dallas Plumbing Company, is a trusted and reliable name for all your heating and air conditioning needs in Dallas, Texas and nearby areas since 1903. We offer a complete range of residential and commercial water heating services to the residents at competitive prices without making any compromise with the quality. Don’t forget to check out our range of residential heating products and services.

How to Fix a Running Toilet Problem?

Uh oh, hear that? Toilet’s running. Or maybe it won’t flush. Or look, it’s right there: a leak. Whatever’s ultimately is with your toilet, you want to fix it now. Water loss can waste hundreds of gallons a day, damage property, and run up a stinger of a utility bill. And just the noise of a running toilet is annoying. But it’s Sunday, or it’s late at night, or you don’t want to have to call the plumber. What can you do? Answer: A lot more than you’d think.

With a few fundamentals and this basic checklist, even a newbie homeowner can diagnose a troublesome toilet.

IS IT THE FLAPPER?

  • To avoid a messy overflow and sewage backup, step one is to lift the lid to the toilet tank and push down on the flapper—the piece in the tank that stops the water from going into the toilet bowl. 
  • Push down the flapper and wait for the water to stop. If the water doesn’t stop, the flapper isn’t sealing properly, and you need to replace it. To do that, first stop the water flow and empty the bowl:
  1. At least half an inch above the water line, cut the fill-tube length.
  2. Quickly turn off the water supply under the valve. If the valve also is leaking, turn off water for the entire house at the main supply.
  3. Drain out the water by flushing the toilet.
  4. Follow installation instructions on the flapper package.

Note: Hook the flapper chain onto the flush lever arm to allow a little slack when the flapper is closed.

IS THE PROBLEM FILL-VALVE LEAKAGE?

To check for a fill-valve leak, first drain the water by flushing the toilet. As the tank refills, raise the toilet float arm to see if the water stops. Adjust the toilet-float arm so that water stops at a one-half to one inch below the top of the overflow pipe.If the fill valve still leaks, replace asap. To do that:

  • Remove the old fill valve: Quickly turn off the water supply, and then flush the toilet to drain out the water. After that unscrew the fill valve locknut and remove the old fill valve.
  • Install the new fill valve: Carefully install the new fill valve following instructions on the package. Tighten the locknut a half turn past hand tight. Ensure that the overflow pipe is one inch lower than the critical mark on the fill valve.
  • Connect the fill tube: Attach one end of the new fill tube to the fill-valve nipple and the other end to the enclosed angle adapter—then clip the angle adapter onto the overflow pipe. At the end, attach the flapper chain to the flush lever.

Are you sitting down? (Pun intended.) Chances are your toilet is back in working order, and you did it.