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Why is My Tub Changing Colors?

Posted on August 9, 2022 by Melbourne Plumber

Sometimes you may notice parts or all of your bathtub will start to change colors. This is more common than you may think. In this article we go into the various reasons why your tub may be changing colors. The number one reason for coloring in your tub is hard water. Hard water is basically water which has high mineral deposits. The colors left behind by hard water can be orange or brown in nature. Limestone deposits may form in your pipes over time as well. You can prevent all of this by hiring a plumber to install a water ...

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How to Properly Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Posted on July 1, 2022 by Melbourne Plumber

If you have ever lived in a home with a garbage disposal you know how much of a help they can be when it is time to clean up the dishes. Instead of having to stand over the trash can and scrape every plate, you can rinse them off over the disposal while it is running. The device chews up the leftovers into small pieces which your pipes can safely carry away. But the disposal is like any other appliance. It needs to be maintained to work properly and to have a long service life. According to Consumer Reports over ...

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Other Items Which Should Not be Flushed

Posted on June 14, 2022 by Melbourne Plumber

In the past we have written about items which should not be flushed down your toilet in order to prevent a clog. We mentioned items like paper towels, baby wipes and even skin care wipes. In this article we want to list some of the other items which should not be flushed. Your toilet is a picky device in that it wants only organic matter or matter which can be broken down easily. This is why toilet paper is so thin and flimsy. If it were any tougher it would cause clogs all of the time. The fact remains that ...

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How Does a Person Become a Plumber?

Posted on May 31, 2022 by Melbourne Plumber

Those looking to learn a trade like plumbing often want to know where and how to start. The road to becoming a plumber is like that of many other trades. In this article we will discuss the path that one must take to become a licensed professional plumber. High School Diploma or General Equivalency  Plumbing requires that you have a good grasp on science and math. These skills are learned all throughout school but are fine-tuned in high school. It is important to complete these courses at the high school level. Vocational Training You don't need a college degree to ...

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Should I Use a Liquid Drain Cleaner or a Plumbing Snake?

Posted on May 17, 2022 by Melbourne Plumber

Drain clogs happen. They are a part of life. More times than not the culprit is a mix of soap and biological debris aka hair and skin cells. But this is not always the case. There can be physical items blocking your drain as well. This is why it is important to know which type of method you should use to unclog your drain. First thing's first. How long has your clog exited? Did it happen suddenly? Or did it slowly build to this point? These questions will help you figure out what type of drain cleaning mechanism you should ...

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How Can I Block my Tub Drain Without a Plug?

Posted on May 3, 2022 by Melbourne Plumber

People often move into a home and are forced to deal with what the last tenant or owner left behind. Many times this boils down to lack of a certain item. In this case we are talking about having a tub that has no plug. How can you block the tub with no plug? This article is only a temporary fix and we suggest buying the proper plug for your drain. There are ways to block it off right now if need be. I. Plastic Bag or Film Plastic is a useful material in many ways. When it comes to ...

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Reasons Why Your Toilet Fills Slowly

Posted on March 29, 2022 by Melbourne Plumber

Does our toilet seem like it is filing slower and slower? There could be various reasons as to why this is happening. In this article we will review the reasons why. We will also suggest solutions. Water Valve Turned Too Low - The valve controlling the amount of water the toilet receives is the first place to check. Make sure the water valve which connects to the toilet is turned all the way to the open position. A Clogged Vent - There is an air vent which allows pressure to escape while the water is filling. The vent runs through ...

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Several Ways to Unclog an Outdoor Drain

Posted on March 9, 2022 by Melbourne Plumber

Some of us have drains outdoors. Whether it be on our patio, driveway, garden or outdoor shower area, this drain serves the same function as an indoor drain. That function is simply to remove wastewater. Outdoor drains get clogged as much (if not more often) as indoor drains. There are often all types of debris which end up in these drains and they need regular maintenance. In this article we would like to discuss what you can do to attack a clog. Wire Coat Hanger - Yeah I know, not very professional. But if you have a large object blocking ...

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How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Posted on February 24, 2022 by Melbourne Plumber

Garbage disposals are a great way to deal with organic waste when cleaning the dishes. They use electrical and mechanical muscle to grind down organic matter which can then be easily flushed down your drain. But they do get pretty filthy and sometimes require maintenance. Almost 100 years ago, an architect named John W. Hammes from Racine, Wisconsin invented the first version of the garbage disposal.  That was a crude version of what we have today. Cleaning a Modern Garbage Disposal Items you will need: Half a cup of baking soda One Cup of White Vinegar One Pot of Boiling ...

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How Can I Improve my Water Heater Efficiency?

Posted on February 12, 2022 by Melbourne Plumber

Saving money is on most people's minds these days. What step can I take to save money around the home? In this article we plan to answer that question as it relates to your water heater. There are some steps you can take to make sure you water heater is running as efficient as possible, saving you money in the long run. For instance,  where the water heater is located can save or cost you money. Location Location Location Most people buy a house which has already been built and the water heater has been installed. But if you are ...

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