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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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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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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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Pros and Cons Between Septic and Sewer?

Posted on April 30, 2020 by Melbourne Plumber

The two types of systems make up the overwhelming majority of methods to remove wastewater from the home. Fundamentally they work the same but a closer look reveals the differences between the two systems. Many people have lived in homes with both types of systems and they have their own preferences. There is no clear cut winner in the debate. (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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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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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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Increasing Home Retail Value with Plumbing Upgrades

Posted on October 1, 2019 by Melbourne Plumber

We all know that upgrades of any type can increase your home's value. But if you are really looking to give it a large boost in value, you should start with plumbing upgrades. Many of these are items that people can see and touch. Modern plumbing fixtures brings a lot of value in the eyes on the home buyer. They know that they will not have to worry about replacing or working on these items anytime in the near future. Low Flow Toilets These toilets, also known as Low Flush Toilets, save the homeowner money in the long run. They ...

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