10 Crazy Plumbing Factoids


Admit it, plumbing problems are awful! Good thing, when the worse things happen in your residential plumbing systems in Tyler, TX, the heroic Maddox plumbers always save the day. We understand that plumbing is a critical profession, but do you know there also lies interesting moments in the history of this industry?

We have listed ten crazy plumbing facts below!

  1. Albert Einstein is an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union. But, do you know how he earned this? He just announced that he would be a plumber if he had to live his life all over again. As simple as that!
  2. Japan is considered the technology capital of the world. Even their urinals have voice activated flushing mechanisms which respond to different commands, including “fire.”
  3. Do you know that sewer systems contain a heavy dose of drugs? This is because 90% of the treatments and medication people have taken are excreted through urination. Recent studies of EPA even revealed fish containing a great amount of estrogen, cholesterol-lowering drugs, antibiotics, and even anti-depressants.
  4. The members of the White House Special Investigations Unit that President Richard Nixon had set up to trace government intelligence leaks are called ‘plumbers.’
  5. The most famous plumbers ever are Mario and Luigi. The Mario Bros was created in 1985, and since then, they have been in over 200 games.
  6. King George II of Great Britain died falling off a toilet on the 25th of October 1760.
  7. “Bathrooms” are termed differently in various places. The most common names are “House of Horror” (Egyptians), “Necessarium” (Romans), “The Privy or house of Privacy” (The Tudors, England), “La Chambre Sent” (France), and “House of Honor” (Israelis).
  8. The average person spends three whole years of their life sitting on the toilet.  We hope you brought a good book.
  9. John Harrington invented the flushing toilet in 1596, and its popularity increased with the help of Thomas Crapper. This is why toilets are often called “The John” or “The Crapper.”
  10. Although we love being called in for a plumbing job, let us share with you these things that history has taught us not to put down the drain: stingy vegetables like asparagus and celery, rice and pasta, bones and grease. Happy eating!

At Maddox Residential and Commercial Services, our plumbing service is as popular as our HVAC, electrical and automation works. If you need help in any of these, feel free to give us a call!


5 Ways to Erase Running Toilet Issues


Having a toilet that runs all the time is a real frustration. Not only that it gives too much noise, but it can also double or triple your water bill. Do you know how to fix a broken toilet? Here are some easy jobs that you can do. If you doubt your expertise, calling a professional help is still the best choice.

Locate the Leak

The water on the holding tank may continuously leak into the bowl, and this is typically the result of the malfunctioning re-fill mechanism of the toilet. The usual issues associated with a running toilet are broken fill valves, malfunctioning flappers, water level problems or a water-filled float.

Broken Fill Valve

The fill valve controls the water that flows to your toilet tank, and if it breaks, you should expect a continuous flow of water.  Here’s what you need to do:

  • Shut off the toilet’s water supply hose and place a small bucket under it. Remove the lid from the tank and flush the toilet until the tank gets empty.
  • Unscrew the lock nut that goes to the water supply shank. Remove the whole valve assembly. The empty water bucket will hold any water drainage.
  • Install the new valve. The threaded end should go in the tank base’s hole. Tighten the lock nut by hand and gently turn it using a pair of pliers to prevent the fixture from cracking.

Malfunctioning Flapper

The flapper is the rubber cap that holds the water in the tank and prevents drainage. As it gets old, it cracks and no longer forms a tight seal.

  • Flush the toilet and see how the flapper is working. If the chain connected to it gets tangled, replace the chain or use a string with the same length.
  • Check the hinge that connects the flapper to the bottom toilet tank and see if anything sticks.
  • If the flapper sits on the tank shadily, adjust it.

Improper Water Levels

 If the water level in your holding tank is the issue, you may need to adjust the float.

  • Check if the water level is about an inch below the overflow tube. Adjust the float lower to reduce the water level in your tank. The low flush toilet can save you money.
  • Check if the float is filled with water. If it is, you need to get a replacement.

Mineral Deposits

Lime and calcium are the usual mineral deposits which if not removed, can cause faulty seals and possible jams.

  • Take the cover off the holding tank and check for mineral build-up in the tank or on the mechanisms.
  • If there are mineral buildup, deep clean it. You may need a professional plumber to get it done right.

Fixing toilet issues is easy if you understand its mechanics. If you are not comfortable doing it, you can always ask for help from our plumbing team at Maddox Residential and Commercial Services. Call us!