Ask Pete: Can I Convert My Wood Fireplace to Gas?

Having an indoor fireplace in your home provides lots of benefits. But let’s be honest – a wood-burning fireplace requires a lot of care and upkeep. If you’re tired of chopping wood, hauling logs around, and caring for your fireplace, a gas fireplace is a convenient alternative. Keep reading to learn more about converting your wood fireplace to gas.  Continue reading

Ask Pete: How Do I Flush A Water Heater?

When you become a homeowner, you have a lot of responsibilities, and one of them is managing household appliances, like the water heater. Today, we’re going to ask Pete a few questions about maintaining a water heater, and specifically how to flush a water heater. 

When you bought your water heater, you were likely advised to flush it annually. So, what does that mean? Let’s ask Pete! Continue reading

Ask Pete: Can A Cracked Toilet Tank Be Repaired?

Have a crack in your toilet tank? Depending on the size and severity of the damage, fixing it can be an easy repair. The most important thing to do is get a professional to do the repair for you. That way, you can guarantee that it’s properly fixed and won’t have any more problems.

Can A Cracked Toilet Tank Be Repaired?

The good news is that a cracked toilet tank can be repaired. The bad news is that a repair is only possible if the crack is small. A hairline crack in your toilet tank is a reasonably quick repair. In this situation, the best thing to do is call a professional to fix the crack. They’ll be able to properly seal the crack without causing any further damage. Unfortunately, if your tank has a large crack, you’ll probably have to replace it and might even have to replace the entire toilet. 

Why Would a Toilet Tank Crack?

A toilet tank can crack for many reasons. Here are a few of the most common ways a toilet tank would crack: 

  • An old or aging toilet tank.
  • Dropping something on the tank. 
  • Over tightening a bolt on the tank.
  • Dropping the lid of the tank on the toilet. 

If any of these things have caused a crack in your toilet’s tank, there’s no need to worry. Fixing it can be as easy as calling your plumber. 

Is it Common for Toilet Tanks to Crack?

It’s normal for toilet tanks to crack, especially if your toilet is old or has had an accident. People drop toilet tank lids or cause other hard impacts on toilet tanks all the time. So, you shouldn’t worry that something is off if your toilet tank breaks because of impact or age.  However, it’s not common for toilet tanks to crack if they are new and haven’t had any accidents.  

Can You Use Epoxy on a Cracked Toilet?

If your toilet has a small hairline crack, a professional will use epoxy to seal the crack. Epoxy is a compound mixture of chemicals that creates a polymer. It’s commonly used as a protective covering, crack filler, and adhesive. 

Can You Just Buy a Tank for a Toilet?

If your toilet tank has a large crack, replacing it by buying a new one is an easy fix. But, if you decide to do this, you must make sure that your new tank matches the toilet manufacturer and model of your current toilet. If you don’t, the toilet won’t work correctly. Because it can be difficult to find the perfect match, many people just end up replacing their whole toilet. 

Got a Cracked Toilet? Talk to One of Our Professionals 

Phend Plumbing is your local plumbing specialist in the Phoenix Valley area. With offices in Mesa-Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona, our family-owned business has years of experience helping homeowners and businesses with all their plumbing needs. We offer up-front pricing and fast, professional work. Give us a call at 480-388-6093 or contact us online to get a free estimate on your next plumbing project today.

Ask Pete: Should I Turn Off My Water When I Go On Vacation?

So, the question is, “Should I turn off my water when I go on vacation?” It depends! I know you hear that a lot from me, but it’s true. In many cases you won’t need to turn it off and in some cases you will absolutely need to do so. Mostly for those of us in the East Valley of Arizona, the answer is “no” for short trips, but there are some times you may want to, so I’ll clarify that. Continue reading

Ask Pete: Why Are My Pipes Knocking When I Flush The Toilet?

If you hear a knocking sound every time you flush the toilet, you might feel concerned about a possible plumbing issue. This noise, also called a “water hammer,” often sounds like someone is knocking on the walls of your home every time a person flushes the toilet. It might seem like this is a huge plumbing issue that needs immediate professional help. But, lucky for you, a “water hammer” is usually a simple fix that can and should be done quickly.  Continue reading