How to unclog your drains – 4 Easy Steps

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How to unclog your drains – 4 Easy Steps

Posted on September 17, 2021 by Melbourne Plumber

f you notice a foul smell in your house but can’t seem to find the source, you may want to check your drains. Dirty, clogged drains not only spread a strange smell through your home but bacteria as well. Among the most affected drains that face organic build-up, clogs, and foul smell are kitchen and bathroom drains since they transport the greatest amount of water flow and waste. Kitchen drains are clogged mainly by oil, fat, and grease, while bathroom drain clogs are formed from hair and scum from personal products. There are different methods to unclog your drains without ...

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Why Does My House Smell Like Sewage?

Posted on September 7, 2021 by Melbourne Plumber

An example of a very badly damaged seal. This is mold eating away at the seal which allows sewage gas to enter the room. There are many possibilities as to what could be causing your home to smell like sewage. But the bottom line is that sewage or sewage bi-products are exposed to the air in your home in one fashion or another. In this article we will go over some of the ways in which this is possibly happening. Dried Out P-Trap Of all the possibilities this is the most common. The P-Trap uses a bend in the pipe ...

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How to Prevent Mold in Your Bathroom

Posted on August 11, 2021 by Melbourne Plumber

Mold is an every day part of life for people living in tropical climates like Florida. Even if you do not currently have a mold issue, you have probably run into one in the past. In an environment like ours which is humid, rainy and warm most of the year, you will encounter mold. Although there are many types of mold, the main concern for humans is Stachybotrys, aka, black mold. This mold loves to form on anything organic and wet. Those conditions are found perfectly inside a home. But even if the mold isn't black, it can effect us ...

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What is Causing My Faucet to Leak?

Posted on June 15, 2021 by Melbourne Plumber

It may sound innocuous enough, but a leaky faucet could spell bad news for the homeowner. For one, it could be a sign that there is a much bigger underlying plumbing problem. But even if that isn't the case, a single leaky faucet could increase your water bill by 10%. The constant flow of water could cause damage to sealants and cause long term buildup in the pipe. Not to mention, a leaky faucet is enough to drive a person trying to sleep mad. But what causes leaky faucets? What happens to a faucet to make it go from its ...

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How to Remove Old Caulk

Posted on April 14, 2021 by Melbourne Plumber

  Caulking is used in every home. It is usually used where water is used. The caulk creates a water-tight seal which prevents water from getting behind or between things. Without caulk there would be all types of mold and pest activity between your cabinets and and behind your walls. Caulk is also used on windows, cabinets and just about anywhere there is a seam which needs to be sealed. Caulk not only prevents water exposure but it keeps out bugs. Caulk, like all things, wears down over time. The passage of time sees the substance degrade on a molecular ...

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Why Does my Bathtub Drain Smell?

Posted on December 15, 2020 by Melbourne Plumber

Nobody likes funky smells which emanate from the rest room. This is why we have ventilation with fans pumping air out of them. But sometimes the smell is not from toilet use. Your bathtub drain may be producing a smell. This smell can be caused by one or multiple of several potential issues: Mold or Mildew Beneath Your Drain Cover. Malfunctioning p-trap which is allowing sewer gas to makes its way back into the bathroom. Grime, hair and other decomposing organic materials stuck in the drain.   Smelly Drain Fixes If your strainer is clogged with organic material, simply remove ...

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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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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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Think Twice About Liquid Chemical Drain Cleaners

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Melbourne Plumber

The liquid chemical drain cleaner has been around for some time. We have all seen the commercials. Pour in the liquid or the gel and the clog goes away in minutes. This may be true some of the time but what exactly is going on when you use these products? Firstly, we cannot overstate how dangerous these chemicals are to have around the house, especially when you have kids or pets. They are highly corrosive and will kill skin on contact. With that said, what else are they harming? (more…)

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