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The Top 7 Most Common Plumbing Problems

Posted on October 30, 2020 by Melbourne Plumber

Being in this business for several decades, we have pretty much seen it all. Some of the problems people face with their household or residential plumbing is very common and we see it all the time. Other, more rare occurrences, do happen. But we are saving that topic for another blog. Today we want to list and discuss the most common calls we receive. As you can imagine, they have to do with plumbing wear and tear. Dripping Faucets - The dripping faucet has been a problem to most everyone who has ever lived on Earth. It starts as just ...

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Are Flushable Wipes Safe For Your Plumbing?

Posted on September 28, 2020 by Melbourne Plumber

Flushable wipes became popular on the market about 15 years ago or so. They offer "extra cleanliness" to the user. Many companies that make these products tout that they are just as safe as regular toilet paper to flush down your toilet. But are they? The bottom line is that regular toilet paper is made thin and is fully biodegradable. The flushable wipes are made thicker and have chemical additives that keep the wipes together and moist. They will eventually break down in the sewer or septic system but they do not break down right away. If there is a ...

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Clog in Your Main Drain in Melbourne Florida

Posted on July 14, 2020 by Melbourne Plumber

Clearing the main drain from your home is a task you will most likely run into in your lifetime. For Brevard County residents living in home built before the 1980's, it is something you have most likely had to deal with more than once. The older drains are built out of cast iron and they collect debris and build-up over time. Not only that but the cast iron drains start to corrode and collapse on themselves. Every single one is a ticking time-bomb. And by that I don't mean they'll explode. I just mean they will fail and you will ...

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How to Unclog a Bathtub

Posted on June 29, 2020 by Melbourne Plumber

Sometimes unclogging a bathtub can be as simple as using a toilet plunger on the drain in order to get the water flowing again. The best way to do this is as follows: Wear some rubber boot if you have them in order to prevent slippage. It wouldn't hurt to wear eye-goggles either to prevent dirty water from getting into your eyes. Remove any standing water using a bucket or cup. Remove the strainer or stopper that may be in the drain. This can usually be done using a screwdriver. Add a few inches of water to the tub. You ...

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Snaking Your Own Toilet or Drain

Posted on April 13, 2020 by Melbourne Plumber

There are some clogs that liquid plumber and and rubber plungers just can't seem to solve. (Try these home solutions too). For those really tough stubborn clogs there is a device called a "snake". I am sure you have heard about this device and know exactly why it is called that. So, I won't waste time or words on that. But what is good to know is that you can get a pretty decent snake online for about 40 bucks. There are snakes that work well on the free market and they will deliver them right to your door. The ...

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Thinking of Installing an In-ground Pool?

Posted on March 30, 2020 by Melbourne Plumber

You want to install an in-ground pool. Sounds great. You can spend most of the year floating in your pool, drinking a cold beverage and soaking up the rays. Besides having the right amount of money to put a pool in, there are some good questions to ask, or better yet a checklist of things to consider before doing so. Do Utility Lines Run Under Your Property If you have access to the original building plans of your property, dig them out and take a look. If you don't have them, the local records office will have them on file. ...

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How Too High Water Pressure Can Damage Your Plumbing

Posted on February 27, 2020 by Melbourne Plumber

Many people out there enjoy high water pressure for their shower or outdoor garden hose. But there is such thing as too high water pressure. In this article we will look at some of the effects of having too high water pressure. First let's set a number for what is too high. Basically anything over 60 pond per square inch is consider too high in the plumbing industry. The industry standard is 45-55 PSI. (more…)

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What to Do if Your Home’s External Pipe Breaks

Posted on February 18, 2020 by Melbourne Plumber

Many homes here in Central Florida are made from concrete block. Consequently, the external pipes to items such as water sprinklers or outdoor spigots run on the outside of the home and are bolted or fastened against the surface of the concrete. Many of these pipes are made from PVC or other plumbing plastics. Day after day these pipes are exposed to the rays of the sun. It may seem innocuous but over decades time, the suns rays can have a warping and degrading effect on these pipes. The pipe becomes brittle and one day while you are watering your ...

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How to Make Your Pipes Last Longer

Posted on January 31, 2020 by Melbourne Plumber

When you own a home you want to keep your expenses down anyway possible. This goes for the short and long-term. Pipes eventually go bad in a home and replacing them can be very expensive. In this article we will go over methods to keeping your pipes lasting as long as possible. Checking Water Pressure This is a big one. Too much water pressure is bad for your pipes. Just a few PSI above the recommended level doesnt seem like much, but over years time it can do serious damage. It is suggested that you keep your PSI below 85. ...

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Signs it May be Time to Repipe Your Florida Home

Posted on December 19, 2019 by Melbourne Plumber

The dreaded repipe. Many home-owners are aware of the process. Your home's piping is old and decaying and it is time to replace it. Sounds like an enormous project, one in which there will be workers walking through your house all day and plastic covers are draped from wall to wall. It really isn't that bad. The fact is that you can get a nice repipe for a very affordable price. You don't have to rip out your existing plumbing system. Many times the plumber can go through the attic and create a work around. (more…)

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