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10 Tips for Preventing Toilet Troubles

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5 Easy Plumbing New Year’s Resolutions

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Uniquely American Standard

American Standard is a well-known brand name. It seems like all the stores carry them, everyone’s heard of them, and quite a few of you probably have a toilet with the American Standard logo printed on it proudly.

As with all toilet manufacturers, American Standard toilets have some parts that look familiar and some that are completely different. If you’ve ever looked inside the tank of your American Standard toilet, you may have seen something that looks like this:
Example of an American Standard actuator style flush valve

Kinda funny looking, isn’t it? This particular style of American Standard flush valve screws in like most flush valves, but has an “actuating unit” in place of a chain and flapper. An actuator is basically a flapper and a float all in one. The barrel-shaped portions are hollow to various degrees to fit the particular toilet’s flushing needs. Actuators are also typically operated by a push button instead of the more familiar trip lever.

One style of actuator button: Example of an American Standard actuator button

One style of trip lever: Example of an American Standard trip lever, shown in white

American Standard also uses the more familiar style of flush valve in some of their toilets, but that mostly came along a little later.

Whether you need an actuator or a standard style flush valve, or even just the flappers and gaskets, we’re here to assist you. We stock a stunningly huge variety of toilet repair parts for a wide selection of brands, including American Standard.

We have been supplying toilet repair parts since the 1970’s (since 1995 online) and have seen toilet manufacturers change, standardize, and reinvent the flush. We know what’s what with toilet parts, and can help you find not only your currently produced part, but quite often we have some of those discontinued parts on hand. If not, well, we can almost always find something that will fit your toilet when all its parts have been discontinued. We’re just cool that way.

So, whether you have an early Devero or a current Cadet, check us out. We have parts breakdowns online, photos of most parts in our warehouse, and a great customer service team who know how to help you find what you need to fix that Lexington or Luxor. We’re always adding to our site, so if you don’t see something, please ask. We’re glad to help.

Your turn: what’s the weirdest OEM toilet repair part you’ve ever seen?

Energy Efficient Upgrades Can Save Money For Renters And Home Owners

Whether you are a renter, homeowner or landlord, just about everyone has heard that switching out your old light bulbs, turning off lights, lowering the thermostat, etc might save you a little money on your energy bill. Renters can usually find easy, non-permanent energy saving solutions like switching out the shower head for one that has low-flow water-saving features. But, if you are the property owner much more can be done according to a recent report by CNT Energy and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

“We have billions essentially sitting untapped in our apartment buildings. We can harness that by simply setting better policies for efficiency for apartment buildings,” said Anne McKibbin, CNT Energy policy director and coauthor of the report.

Improving the energy efficiency of multi-family buildings like apartments can save money for the building owners and also for the renters themselves. Things like an outdated water heater, older toilets flushing 3 gallons each time… or even that refrigerator from 1972 that came with the apartment can really add up when the renter gets their energy and water bills. Sometimes, that can even cause tenants to start looking for a new place to call home. So, renters, if you are living with some not-so efficient appliances and plumbing fixtures, you may think about using this information to encourage your landlord to make some necessary upgrades.

There are plenty of energy saving upgrades that are fairly inexpensive and can actually put a little back in the pocketbooks of renters and property owners. For example installing an energy efficient tankless water heater can offer a great deal of savings on your energy bill. There are often generous rebate intensives offered by energy companies and some states that can make the decision to upgrade much easier.

For more energy efficient upgrade ideas such as low-flow faucets for kitchen and bathroom, and water saving showerheads visit PlumbingSupply.com