Toilet Tank Not Filling Up With Water

Is Your Toilet Tank Not Filling Up?


For a lot of homeowners, toilets are a mystery. They behave in strange ways–sometimes ghost flushing, sometimes running constantly, and sometimes not filling up all the way with water. If your toilet tank isn’t filling up all the way, there could be a variety of reasons for the problem. These tips will help you with the trouble shooting and repair process. Toilets 101 Before you can fix the problem, you must first understand how a toilet works and what all the parts do. We recommend watching the video below. We’ve posted this clip before, but it’s so good we’re going […]

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Avoid The Most Common Summer Plumbing Problems

5 Common Summer Plumbing Problems


Summer is almost here! Homeowners everywhere are gearing up for backyard barbecues and afternoon parties and fun in the sun. Of course, with great privilege comes great responsibility. While you’re having a good time in the back yard with your guests and the kids, your plumbing may be suffering under all the extra wear and tear. These tips will help you prepare your home and your family for these 5 potential plumbing problems, so you can avoid issues and enjoy your summer. Clogged Toilets With the kids home, your toilets will be working double time all season long. Hold bathroom […]

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Fix A Leaking Downspout Gutter

Fix An Overflowing Downspout Gutter


The gutters on your home have one purpose only: to provide a path for excess water to drain. When the gutter system fails and water overflows the downspout gutter, the results can cause hundreds or thousands of dollars in water damage to the roof, walls and foundation of your home. In many cases an overflowing downspout gutter is something that a homeowner can easily fix without seeking professional help. Knowing how to fix your gutters without a handyman will save you money on repairs while also giving you the feeling of a job well done. Diagnose the Problem An overflowing […]

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How One Document Solved The Great Toilet Paper Debate

How 1 Document Solved The Great Toilet Paper Debate


It’s the eternal debate between newlyweds and roommates: which direction should the toilet paper hang? Does the loose end drape over the top or hang from the bottom? Which one is better? Until just recently, it seemed like this giant question in the sky would be forever unanswered and left to opinion. Today, new evidence suggests that there actually is a right and wrong way to hang your toilet paper on the roll. Seth Wheeler’s 1891 Patent Toilet paper has been in use for centuries, but not always in a form that our modern society would recognize. According to Wikipedia, toilet […]

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Pittsburgh Skyline

Chlorine Used To Prevent Legionnaires’ in Pittsburgh VA Locations


Legionnaires’ disease is a form of acute pneumonia that affects people who inhale Legionnaires’-causing bacteria. In 2011 and 2012, Legionnaires’ disease was responsible for 6 deaths and illness in 16 others at the VA hospital in Pittsburgh. In an attempt to control the spread of Legionnaires’, the VA began treating its water supply with heavy doses of chlorine in 2013. High Chlorine Content Has Led to Extensive Damage It’s been reported that the use of chlorine in the water has shortened the lifespan of the VA’s pipes by years, and has resulted in pitting, rusting and leaking in the hospital […]

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The 5 Most Inspirational “Get Marty” Stories


You’ve all seen the local news segment on KDKA, where reporter Marty Griffin addresses social justice issues in the Pittsburgh area. This week’s posting is dedicated to the 5 best Get Marty segments and we’ve included a very special episode at end of this blog post! 1. Garth Brooks Fan Battling Cancer   Angie Kervelis is a woman with stage 4 cancer who had plans to go see Garth Brooks in concert. When she was told that her next round of chemotherapy would coincide with the upcoming concert, she called Ticketmaster repeatedly seeking a refund, but to no avail. When […]

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How To Plumb An Island Sink

How To Plumb An Island Sink


It’s little wonder that you’ve been dreaming about an island sink for years. Kitchen islands are among the most coveted of kitchen features, and a sink can make your island just that much more desirable. Plumbing an island sink isn’t much more complicated than plumbing a standard sink, with just one exception. The drainage for an island sink must be installed in a special configuration, or a special vent called an “air admittance valve” must be installed on the drainage pipe. This step-by-step tutorial will walk you through the process of installing the plumbing for an island sink using an […]

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No Cold Water In Shower

No Cold Water In Your Shower? Here’s How To Fix It.


Summer is coming! You’re going to want to take some cool showers when the weather heats up, especially if you don’t like running the A/C on all day long. If you’re having an issue getting cold water in your shower, fixing that problem is going to become critical to your happiness when the weather gets warm. The Solution Is to Replace the Cartridge The most likely cause of your problem is a defective pressure balancing spool, which is a part of the cartridge inside your shower faucet. To fix the problem, you’ll need to replace the cartridge. Replacing the Cartridge is […]

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Swirl Faucet Design

This Swirling Faucet Design Will Help Save You Water


At Terry’s Plumbing, we like beautiful things. We also like plumbing fixtures, and award winning stuff, and we like anything that is environmentally friendly. So when we heard about this beautiful, environmentally friendly, award winning plumbing fixture, we got really excited. For this month’s post, we’re showcasing this brilliant faucet, called the Swirl, that’s been making a splash on various websites online. It’s all about water conservation You’ve surely heard that water conservation is of critical importance for environmentally concerned citizens, and will probably become more important in the coming years. After all, water is the linchpin of human existence, and […]

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Prevent Ghost Flushing

Prevent Ghost Flushing In Your Bathroom


You’re lying in bed, it’s 12:30 at night. The witching hour. You’re about to drift off to sleep when suddenly you hear it: the toilet flushes in the empty bathroom down the hall. Is it a ghost flushing your toilet? The most likely answer is no. Unless your house was built over a pet cemetery, you probably have a common leak. Ghost Flushing 101 To understand why your toilet flushes when no one has pushed the lever, you must first understand the way a toilet works. When you push the lever to flush your toilet, the water in the toilet tank […]

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