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The problem with paper: how paper towels cause blockages

There are fewer things worse than a blocked toilet. Slow flushing, strange gurgling sounds, that awful smell every time you use your toilet - these are just some of the things you’ll have to deal with when your toilet gets blocked. And a lot of the time, toilet blockages are your fault. No, we don’t mean in that sense - what we mean is that a lot of the time, a blocked toilet is the result of your toilet habits. If you want to avoid having to call an emergency plumber in Melbourne for help, you’d best avoid using your [...]

2021-01-25T08:14:39+00:00 January 14th, 2021|Blog|

How can slab leaks affect your commercial property?

Slab leaks always start small - so small that a lot of the time, you don’t even realise it’s happening. A little leak here, a little leak there… a couple months later, and you’re in for a serious (and expensive) surprise. Leaks found in building slabs always come as a surprise - it’s the last place you expect a leak! Don’t fret however - a commercial plumber in Melbourne can help you deal with all sorts of leaks, including major plumbing problems like slab leaks. Commercial buildings in particular deal with water leaks under their slab foundation. This can affect [...]

2021-01-18T21:22:48+00:00 December 23rd, 2020|Blog|

Prepare your home for Christmas guests with a plumbing inspection

Parties. Presents. Preparation. Plumbing. Wait, hang on, what was that last one? If you ask us, a plumbing inspection absolutely needs to be a part of your Christmas checklist. Plumbing emergencies are incredibly disruptive at the best of times, but they’re especially bad if they happen when you’re: Out holidaying far from home Celebrating with family or entertaining guests In the middle of Christmas lunch Should something happen during these periods, you could be left embarrassed, unable to focus on the holiday merriment or the problem could just build while you’re away. The solution is to be proactive, and book [...]

2021-01-05T17:58:57+00:00 December 11th, 2020|Blog|

4 easily-missable signs of a blocked drain in your home

Nasty smells and knocking sounds - uh oh, you’ve got a problem. Time to reach for your toilet plunger or some sort of solvent to clear the blockage and get rid of the problem for good! Things like leaks and flooding in your sink or toilet are pretty clear signs that you should get in touch with an emergency plumber - however, not all the symptoms of a blocked drain are quite as clear. There are plenty of other signs of a blocked drain that are much easier to overlook. Instead of realising they’re a symptom of a blocked drain, [...]

2021-01-05T17:57:43+00:00 November 26th, 2020|Blog|

Why does my bathroom smell musty?

So you’re fed up with that musty smell that’s been lingering in your bathroom for months and months. Now’s the time to take action. You’ve wiped, scrubbed, and cleaned. Then you repeat it, again and again every month. And yet, it always seems to return. One-off problems shouldn’t return - it’s when it’s a persistent musty smell that you may have a deeper problem on your hands. Unless you address that, the smell is going to keep coming back no matter how hard you work. In many cases, addressing the root cause of the smell can require intervention from a [...]

2021-01-05T18:00:29+00:00 November 11th, 2020|Blog|

A Bayside plumber answers how long does it take to fix a burst pipe?

Look up the phrase “plumbing emergency” in the dictionary, and you’ll probably find a picture of a burst pipe right next to it! When it comes to plumbing emergencies, burst pipes are easily one of the most common. And as one of the most common, you’re probably going to want to know what you need to do should you run into this particular problem in your home. As a bona fide emergency, the first thing you should do is call a domestic plumber in Melbourne for burst pipes. They’ll fix the problem for you, ensuring that you don’t need to [...]

2021-01-05T18:00:46+00:00 October 29th, 2020|Blog|

What do you need to do to look after your septic tank?

Septic tanks? Who even uses them anymore? You’d be surprised! While the vast majority of Melbourne homes and businesses are connected to the sewer system, not all of them are - look hard enough, and you can still find some holdouts here and there still using good old-fashioned septic systems. Are you moving to a property that uses a septic tank in place of a sewer connection? If so, it’s probably a new experience to you, and you likely don’t have any idea what you need to do to keep your septic system clean, or how it even works. Luckily, [...]

2021-01-05T18:01:47+00:00 October 13th, 2020|Blog|

How our commercial plumbers in Melbourne work with real estate agents

When you hear the words “commercial plumber”, odds are that the first thing that comes to mind is jobs like installing sinks at restaurants, helping with shop fitouts or providing piping systems for dental clinics. Don’t get us wrong, our commercial plumbers in Melbourne do plenty of these types of commercial plumbing jobs - however, there’s another type of commercial plumbing that we frequently work on. While real estate agents, property managers and body corporates aren’t the type of client that comes to mind when you think of commercial plumbing, they make up a good chunk of our commercial plumbing [...]

2021-01-05T18:03:44+00:00 September 30th, 2020|Blog|

Who do you call for a burst pipe?

Burst pipes can happen anytime. And just like any other unexpected plumbing emergencies, fixing it and minimising the disruption to your routine and damage to your home requires quick action from a domestic plumber. In particular, it requires intervention by a local emergency plumber - one who you can trust to turn up quickly and resolve the issue before something even worse happens. But who? After all, there are literally hundreds - nay, thousands - of plumbers in Melbourne... how do you know that you’ve got the right one? Prevention is better than cure - unmissable signs of an impending [...]

2021-01-05T18:04:00+00:00 September 17th, 2020|Blog|

A Brighton plumber reveals how seemingly clean toilet can STILL smell

Despite everything that happens underneath the surface, your toilet never smells - it’s a miracle! Well, not really. Rather, it’s all thanks to a range of clever plumbing developments working together to stop sewage smells and other foul odours from making their way into your home and impacting your comfort. Unfortunately, sometimes these clever plumbing tricks fail - leaving you with a horrible-smelling bathroom. And yet despite all of that, your toilet appears perfectly clean! What’s going on? Our Brighton plumbers share 4 reasons a seemingly clean toilet can still smell You’d think that a smelly toilet would be accompanied [...]

2021-01-05T18:04:21+00:00 September 10th, 2020|Blog|