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  • 8 Things You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet

    Modern toilets are designed to handle toilet paper and natural waste, but contrary to popular belief, they’re not designed to flush any other materials. For some reason though, a lot of people see things differently. For some reason, people tend to view toilets as magic trashcans of sorts, that by all appearances seems ideal for flushing dirt, trash, cat litter, diapers, baby wipes, and dental ...
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  • Strange Things Discovered in Plumbing Pipes

    As professional plumbers , we’ve seen and heard it all. We’ve had parents call us because their toddler flushed a toy car down the toilet and now it’s clogged. We’ve found toothbrushes, Q-tips, cat litter, diaper wipes, and all sorts of unflushables to be the culprit behind a clogged toilet, but we’re not alone. All plumbers see similar things. If you think grease, soap scum and hair are gross, ...
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  • Preventing Clogged Drains

    A lot of people rarely, if ever, think about their drains until they are clogged. All of a sudden, their world comes to a grinding halt, especially if the clog is in the kitchen or the bathroom. It can be impossible to wash dishes or take a shower if your drains are clogged! And, we all need to eat and we all need to bathe daily, so as soon as we encounter a drain clog, it becomes a top priority. ...
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  • Are Chemical Drain Cleaners Safe?

    Drain clogs are dirty business and they always happen at inconvenient times. If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you may think the best way to resolve a clogged drain is to run out to your nearest superstore or home improvement store and buy a bottle of harsh chemical drain cleaner. But is this what an experienced plumber would do if he had a clogged drain in his own home? Never mind having the ...
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  • Why There is Sediment in Water Heaters

    Tap water contains several minerals, including calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and phosphorus. It also contains trace elements, such as copper, iron, selenium, chromium, and zinc. So, when the water is heated, the minerals separate and float down to the bottom of the tank where the create a sediment. Since the sediment settles at the bottom of the water heater, as time passes it begins to ...
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  • When is the Best Time for Drain Cleaning?

    Now that spring is quickly approaching, a lot of homeowners have spring cleaning on their minds. As they dust inside the house, wash the walls, clean the baseboards, clean out the gutters, get a professional chimney cleaning, and have the outside windows cleaned, should they be doing something about their drains too? At Excalibur Pluming, a lot of customers ask us, “When is the best time of year ...
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  • Choosing the Right Size Water Heater

    We get this question a lot. Just as there are different size TVs, different size refrigerators, different size washing machines, and clothes dryers, hot water heaters come in different sizes too. After all, it wouldn’t make sense to have the same size water heater in a one-bedroom apartment as a five-bedroom home, now would it? The right answer comes down to the size of the home, the number of ...
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  • What is Backflow?

    What is backflow ? Is it what happens when your toddler uses too much toilet paper and they try to flush the toilet? Is it the contaminated waste that spills all over the bathroom floor as a result? Not exactly, but that’s a good guess. As you already know, the water that comes into your home is supposed to come from your local water supplier. Think Cedar Park Water Department, the Water and ...
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  • Is Fancy Toilet Paper Wreaking Havoc on Your Plumbing?

    Is premium soft bath tissue a staple in your home? If so, it may be nice and fancy, but it may also be the culprit behind your toilet clogs. You see, soft and thick toilet paper may feel like luxury, but it can wreak havoc on your plumbing system, especially if you have old plumbing pipes. If you’re like most people, you like to be comfortable and that could mean finding the softest rolls on the ...
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  • What Are the Most Common Plumbing Emergencies?

    When you think of plumbing emergencies, you might think about burst pipes , overflowing toilets, flooded basements and the like. If you have a plumbing emergency right now, you’re not alone. But once you call Excalibur Plumbing, your plumbing emergency becomes ours, a problem we’d be happy to resolve. Our professional plumbers tackle plumbing emergencies every day. Here are the ones we handle most ...
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  • Causes Behind Leaky Showers & Baths

    Do you have a leaky shower or bathtub? If so, you don’t want to ignore it, especially if you have a room or basement below the bathroom. When a shower or bathtub has a leak, it can cause water damage to the ceiling in the room directly below the bathroom. There could be damage from the leak, even if you can’t see it with the naked eye in the bathroom. Shower and bathtub leaks can occur at the ...
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  • Plumbers' Secrets Revealed

    Indoor plumbing is one of the greatest inventions of modern man. It may even be better than Google and the internet. Running water and indoor plumbing allows us to cook, wash dishes and laundry, shower, dispose of waste, and wash our hands. When the plumbing is working seamlessly, we don’t think anything of it. But when it doesn’t, we panic instantly. It’s no wonder why plumbers are in high ...
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  • 4 Plumbing Tips for Landlords

    As a landlord, maintaining your property is important to your bottom line and plumbing is one of those things where so many headaches can easily be prevented with a little plumbing knowledge. However, not all renters understand plumbing. Not only that, but the ones who don’t understand it can indirectly cost their landlords a LOT of money. You know how it goes... grease down the kitchen sink , cat ...
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  • Homeowners: Plumbing Tips for Fall

    Now that Halloween has come and gone and Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes are back in season, it’s time for homeowners to start preparing their homes for the fall and winter months. One reason is because as the weather gets colder and the holidays draw near, people tend to spend more time indoors than they do during the spring and summer. More time spent indoors means more stress on our indoor ...
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  • 8 Plumbing Secrets Revealed

    All people would benefit from a little extra plumbing knowledge, whether they’re a homeowner or a renter because we all run into plumbing problems. It’s not a matter of “if” we’ll have a plumbing problem, it’s a matter of “when.” As long as you’re paying rent or a mortgage, we’re confident you’ll want to read these plumbing tips. Here, we give you the real scoop. We share plumbing secrets that a ...
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