Are Flushable Wipes Safe For Your Plumbing?

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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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How to Handle a Water Heater Leak

Posted on July 30, 2020 by Melbourne Plumber

Any type of water leak should be addressed right away. When water leaks onto floors many things can occur as a result. Long term water exposure can damage flooring and other items which the water is in contact with. Also, mold spores can begin to form right away. Mold can be toxic and cause serious long-term health issues. If you notice water leaking from your water heater, you should take the following steps: Torn Off Power Source - Making sure there is no electricity running to the water heater is the first step in dealing with a water heater issue. ...

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What to do About Chlorine Smelling Water

Posted on June 8, 2020 by Melbourne Plumber

If you live in Melbourne, you probably have noticed the smell of chlorine in your water is more prominent lately. This is because the city is performing a disinfection procedure. This process is designed to keep the water and pipes safe for the long run. Approx. 170,000 people are affected. The water treatment in Melbourne Florida usually consists of treating the it with a tiny amount of chloramine, a mixture of chlorine and ammonia. From time to time the city will switch to chlorine only. This is necessary to keep the system free of bacterial growth. (more…)

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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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Four Reasons to Clean Your Drains Regularly

Posted on March 13, 2020 by Melbourne Plumber

Cleaning out your drains and keeping them running smoothly has obvious benefits. But, we were curious if we could come up with a list of what exactly these benefits are. In this article, we will discuss four reasons that cleaning your drains and keeping them clear is beneficial. Water Will Drain Faster - Perhaps the most obvious effect of having clean drains is you don't have to put up with standing water. Water backing up from the drain into your sink or shower is not very sanitary. Drain Life and Leaks - Clearing your drain and keeping it clean helps ...

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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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Fixing Washing Machine Drain Clogs

Posted on December 3, 2019 by Melbourne Plumber

Your washing machine works without a hitch 99.9% of the time. But there are a few things that can go wrong with this appliance. One such thing is a washing machine drain clog. There is a drain behind the machine that allows for the dirty and /or sudsy water to be evacuated from the machine into your main sewer line. The machine has a special drain pipe which dumps directly into your sewer out line. (more…)

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