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Ways to Make Your Small Bathroom Seem Larger

When your bathroom isn’t very spacious, every bit of space has to count. With a little creativity and some planning, you can make that happen. Plan ahead for how you want to utilize space in your bathroom.  First, measure the dimensions and map it out on paper or on your computer screen – This will give you an idea of what you will need to build, where you will do it, and its cost. Consider the following tips making your small bathroom better and more functional.

  • Choose a wide, simple pattern design for walls – The larger scale of a stripe or circle can make the room feel more spacious.
  • Install a trough sink – These sideways, narrow, and elongated sinks are space-savers and work with both modern and traditional designs.
  • Consider wall-mounting the sink’s faucet – This allows for a narrower sink and more room to move around in the bathroom.
  • Place an open, pedestal vanity under the sink – This provides storage without appearing bulky.
  • Install a round vanity – These save more space than square-configured vanities.
  • Place a counter over the toilet – The top of the toilet tank could end up wasted space unless you make it a useful surface.
  • Install towel racks or hooks on the door – This leaves room for shelving on your walls.
  • Install larger mirrors – Whatever space you have in the bathroom will feel less restrictive as a result.
  • Use the wall space above the toilet for shelves or baskets to store toiletries.

FloHawks Plumbing Service Knows Bathrooms

FloHawks has trusted and certified plumbing professionals who know the right way to fix any plumbing issue in your bathroom. We would be happy to help you install a less bulky toilet, a wall-mounted faucet for your sink, or any other plumbing needs to help you make the most use of your small bathroom. Give us a call anytime at (800) 356-4295 or use our convenient Schedule Your Service tool and schedule an appointment that fits your schedule.

Clever Bathroom Storage Ideas

Bathroom Storage

If you think about it, the bathroom is probably one of the most used rooms in your home. It may also be the most cluttered which can make using it less pleasant. From towels and washcloths to toilet paper, hairstyling equipment, toiletries, medicine, and dental tools, a lot of supplies need to be stored in a very small space. We’ve put together a few suggestions on how to control the resulting clutter.

  • Floating Shelves

    Easy to install and sized to fit even the smallest of spaces, add these shelves wherever you can on your walls to make better use of all your unused wall space. You could even use glass shelving to maintaining a light and minimal feel.

  • Baskets

    If you have a floating sink, use baskets underneath for storage. You can even attach baskets to your walls as a creative shelving solution or use tiered baskets in nooks and crannies for extra storage. Hanging baskets also provide an attractive storage solution.

  • Cabinets

    Whether located under your sink or installed on your wall, cabinets effectively convert unused space to storage space and give your bathroom a finished look. They’re also great for hiding the clutter behind closed doors.

  • Sink Cabinet Door Shelving

    Use all of the space within your under-sink and wall cabinets by creating shelves on the inside portion of their doors. Use vertical shelving to hang tools and horizontal shelving for supplies. You may also have room to install small bins on the doors.

  • Built-in Cabinets

    In some case, cabinets can be recessed into your walls so you have less bulk taking up space in a smaller bathroom but you have the same storage space as with an applied cabinet.

  • Racks

    Available in numerous configurations and styles, from ladder racks for towels to wall rack shelving solutions, these space savers can work in even the smallest of places.

  • Carts

    The flexibility of these storage solutions makes them popular since they can be moved as needed. In some families, it might work best for each family member to have their own cart that they wheel back and forth.

  • Over-the-Toilet Storage Ladder

    Turn wasted space into storage space with this creative solution for excess supplies.

FloHawks Plumbing Service Knows Bathrooms

FloHawks has trusted and certified plumbing professionals who know the right way to fix any plumbing issue in your bathroom. To have your bathroom plumbing fixed, give us a call anytime at (800) 356-4295 or use our convenient Schedule Your Service tool to select an appointment day and time that suit your schedule.

History of the Modern Toilet

Toilet

Did you know that toilet seats were created thousands of years after the first toilets? There is still some debate on exactly how old the first toilet is, but researchers date the appearance of toilets back to either Scotland in 300 BC or to the Greek Island of Crete at the Palace of Knossos in 1700 BC. These inventions were simply clay pans connected to a running water supply. The original toilets had no seats.

About 4,500 years ago, toilets went through a bit of an evolution. Ancient, wealthy Egyptians’ commissioned carved limestone seats that were then situated over drainage gullets. Although these had to be flushed out with water manually, these devices were considered a luxury. Those who couldn’t afford them relied on ceramic pots or wicker seats with holes in their centers. Certainly, no toilet seat there either.

The Romans were the first civilization to provide hundreds of communal latrines, which were benches with holes, draining similarly to their Egyptian predecessors but still, no toilet seat.

In 1592, Sir John Harington, godson of Queen Elizabeth I invented the first flush toilet. It was a water closet that had a raised cistern and a small downpipe through which water ran to flush the waste. Sir John Harington’s chosen profession was a poet, but after he built himself a house and created the first ever flushing toilet, he was regarded as an inventor. Queen Elizabeth herself even tested and approved of his design. The idea of a flushing lavatory was eventually improved upon in 1775 when Alexander Cummings created a pipe underneath the toilet’s basin to minimize odors. Once again, no toilet seat; however, the use of the toilet became more widespread in the 1800s.

In the late 1880’s, master plumber and sanitary equipment company owner, Thomas Crapper, was commissioned by Prince Edward to design and install the plumbing in his new home. The design included 30 custom made porcelain toilets. After this first royal job, Thomas Crapper would go on to receive another commission from Edward while he was king and from King George V.

Finally, in 1927, Tom Bradney created the toilet seat as we know it. When he did this, he unwittingly polarized a population. Many people are still arguing to this whether the toilet seat should be left up or put down after use. What do YOU think is proper etiquette?

Need help with your toilet? FloHawks Plumbing Service knows toilets.

FloHawks has trusted and certified plumbing professionals who know the right way to fix your toilet quickly and professionally. To have your toilet serviced or a new toilet installed, give us a call anytime at (800) 356-4295 or use our convenient Schedule Your Service tool, which allows you to set an appointment that fits your schedule.

Can You Still Use the Toilet While Your Water Is Turned Off?

Flush

Normally, you’d never have to worry about having to flush your toilet without running water, but if a situation occurs such as a broken pipe in your home, or a natural disaster, you may be forced to use your toilet after the water has been turned off.

When your water is turned off, your toilet will have one flush left. After that, you will need to manually add water back into your toilet in order to flush it again.

The Bucket Method

In order to add water back into your toilet, you will need a bucket, and a water source. First, fill the bucket with water from another water source. Then, remove the tank lid from the toilet and pour the water in up to the fill line. Once the water has been poured into the tank, you should be able to flush the toilet another time. You will have to repeat this process if you plan on using the toilet again while your water is turned off.

Pro Tip: If you have advanced warning that your water will be shut off, you can fill your bathtub with water specifically to be used for flushing.

If you need help with your water supply or plumbing, FloHawks is ready to help.

As your local plumbing experts, FloHawks is always here to help with any of your plumbing issues and questions. FloHawks has trusted and certified plumbing professionals who know how to fix any kind of plumbing problem quickly and correctly.

To have your residential plumbing issues fixed, give FloHawks a call anytime at (800) 356-4295 or use our convenient Schedule Your Service tool, which allows you to set up an appointment that works with your schedule.

How to Soundproof Loud Sinks

Water pipe under kitchen sink

The last thing your kitchen needs is a loud sink, but many of us have them. Usually, the inexpensive stainless-steel sinks are the noisy ones because they are made from thin sheets of steel that loudly reverberate sound when you run water and wash dishes, cookware, and utensils. And if you have a double sink made of thin stainless-steel, you may have double the noise.

Although there are several ways to soundproof a loud sink, the fastest, easiest, and most inexpensive way is to apply spray polyurethane expanding foam insulation. To do the job, you will need one or two cans of the foam, newspaper (or similar paper), masking tape, safety glasses, and a dust mask.

  1. Prepare Your Space
    Make sure that you remove everything you store in the cabinet under your sink. Next, wrap and tape the sheets of paper around the rubber hoses, dishwasher hose, as well as the hot- and cold-water flexible supply lines. If you have a garbage disposal, wrap and tape that the same way.
  2. Put on Your Protective Gear
    Safety is always important. At this point, you will need to put on your safety glasses and dust mask before moving on to the next step.
  3. Apply the Foam
    Carefully read and follow all of the instructions before opening the can of spray foam. Then, starting at the back of your sink, apply the foam being careful to keep your strokes uniform. Also, spray the foam on the back side of the sink bowl or bowls. Then, spray the foam on the outer sides of your sink bowl, including the area between the bowls if you have a double sink. Next, coat the underside of the bowl or bowls with the spray, and spray lightly around the sink basket’s underside.
  4. Wait an Hour Before Testing
    After waiting an hour, remove all of the taped paper and test the sink. Look carefully for any wet spots that may be caused by any fittings you may have accidentally loosened. If you find any wet areas, make sure to address the cause of those.
  5. If Necessary, Repeat the Process
    Once you have had time to use your newly soundproofed sink, you should hear the difference. You may find that the layers of foam you applied are still not enough and therefore, you may decide to apply more foam. In that case, start with step 1 again.

Don’t want to soundproof your sink yourself? FloHawks Plumbing Service can help.

FloHawks has trusted and certified plumbing professionals who know the right way to soundproof your sink quickly and professionally. We will schedule an appointment that best suits your schedule and dispatch our team to your home to tackle your loud sink issues or any other plumbing issues you may be dealing with. Our team is conscientious and will make sure to leave no mess for you to deal with.

To have your sink soundproofed, give FloHawks a call anytime at (800) 356-4295 or use our convenient Schedule Your Service tool.