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PEX More Freeze Resistant than Copper

Posted on April 2, 2021 by Melbourne Plumber

The weather has been crazy this past year for much of the country including Florida. There were more cold snaps this year than recent memory. And for places like Texas and even parts of Florida there was deep freezing, something which is rare. PEX is a type of plastic pipe that has been used in plumbing for years now. Plumbers have replaced the use of copper with PEX because it is more affordable, it is corrosion proof and, as it turns out, is more resistant to cracks from freezing. Copper pipes are more rigid and the freezing process causes the ...

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Drains Back Up After a Rain Storm

Posted on March 22, 2021 by Melbourne Plumber

This is Florida. We are very close to sea-level and would be wading around in marsh land most of the time if it weren't for elaborate canal systems and drainage ditches. Everything has to run smoothly as far as the canal system goes to keep flooding from occurring, especially after rainstorms. This holds true for your home plumbing system as well. Some people may experience their drains backing up after a heavy rainstorm. This is not normal. This means something is not working properly in your home plumbing system. Your sewer drain is allowing a backflow of water which it ...

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How to Prevent Hair Clogs in Your Shower Drain

Posted on March 11, 2021 by Melbourne Plumber

We all know the disappointed feeling when the water is not draining as fast as usual. Its a clog and you have been down this road before. After you get the clog resolved you think to yourself "I will try harder to prevent that from happening." But what steps can you really take to prevent a clog from occurring in your shower drain? 90% of shower drain material is hair. This protective part of our skin keeps the sun from damaging us, it keeps us warm, and helps regulate body temperature. So, if it does all these things then it ...

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Camera Diagnostic Tool – What we Look for

Posted on February 17, 2021 by Melbourne Plumber

As you may know, plumbers use small camera which stuck to the end of movable, prodding device in order to see what is going on within a pipe, behind a wall, or any other hard-to-reach area. The amount of money this can save the customer varies but it can be thousands of dollars. Before the advent of the tiny camera, plumbers would often need to knock a hole in your wall or floor to get to the pipes. And this was all just to have a look. As you can imagine this was a very costly undertaking. So, what exactly ...

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To Re-Pipe or Not to Re-Pipe

Posted on February 2, 2021 by Melbourne Plumber

If you live in Florida and have a house that has some age to it, you will run into a piping problem if you have not already. Our warm and humid climate aids the natural degradation and corrosion of pipes that were installed decades ago. If your home is decades old and has never been re-piped, this is something you may have to do in the near future. You can contact a professional plumber and have them look at your piping to tell you what kind of pipe you have, what kind of life it has left, what pipe they ...

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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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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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