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Does Putting a Brick in my Toilet Tank Save Water?

Posted on November 18, 2022 by Melbourne Plumber

If you have ever seen an old brick resting in a toilet tank and wondered to yourself "what in the world?", you are in good company. Many people have never heard of the old wives tale of why you should put a brick in your toilet tank. Its not there to ward off evil spirits or balance the alkalinity of the water. No. Its there because someone came up with the idea that by putting a brick in the tank you can save water and therefore save money. As a professional plumber in the Melbourne FL area,  I am here ...

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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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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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Top 5 Plumbing Mistakes Made by Homeowners

Posted on October 21, 2021 by Melbourne Plumber

If you are a homeowner you know that the buck stops with you on everything from décor to indoor plumbing. The decisions you make affect the house and household. If something breaks or goes terribly wrong, there is no landlord to call and bail you out. That is why it is important to make the right decisions when owning a home. In this article we will list the top five plumbing mistakes made by homeowners. Most homeowners are first time homeowners and there are a plethora of mistakes and pitfalls to avoid. Our hope is that writing blogs like this ...

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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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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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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 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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