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Are Flushable Wipes Actually Flushable?

Are Flushable Wipes Actually Flushable?

Flushable wipes appear to be the pinnacle of toilet-paper evolution. They're convenient, sanitary, and easily disposable! 

But the question is, are flushable wipes really the greatest thing since...well, the invention of toilet paper, or do they cause more issues than companies like to advertise?

After the pandemic caused a massive toilet paper shortage, flushable wipes became the best alternative for many people. However, for most professional plumbers, it just meant their schedules were about to get a whole lot busier. 

Curtis Plumbing has dealt with a ton of clients in Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, and throughout Central Florida whose toilets or septic tanks became clogged or backed up due to these "flushable" wipes. Because of this, there are several reasons why we don't recommend people try flushing their wipes down the toilet.

If the wipes say they're "flushable", then what's the problem?


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Is Repiping Worth the Investment for Older Homes?

Is Repiping Worth the Investment for Older Homes?

If you own an older home, chances are your pipes are just waiting to burst open or break if they have never been replaced. Older pipes can be a disaster waiting to happen for central Florida homes in Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, and nearby areas.

Replacing them with newer pipes that are more durable and last longer can avoid disaster and is a good investment in both the future of your home and your health. Learn more about repiping your home and whether or not the process is worth it.

Repiping can increase the value of your home.

Welding a joint in a copper pipe near Bloomingdale, FL.

If there is a chance you may sell your home, then repiping may be a vital task. Older plumbing can be a liability on the open market, and a potential buyer may shy away from a home that needs the pipes replaced in favor of a newer home. New pipes can increase the market value of your house and make it much more appealing to buyers, allowing you to increase your asking price and get back a solid return on investment.

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5 Items You Should Never Put Down the Drain

5 Items You Should Never Put Down the Drain

A clogged drain is normally easy to spot. You can normally determine you have a clogged drain based on the following signs:

  • A slowly draining sink
  • An unpleasant smell
  • Toilets that back up rather than flush

Though a clogged drain may be easy to spot, you may be unsure of where the clog came from. No matter the culprit of your clog, we are prepared to help. Our team of expert plumbers offers drain clearing and other plumbing services to residential and commercial properties located in and around Valrico, Brandon, and Riverview, FL.

Our team at Curtis Plumbing wants to help you avoid the headache that a clogged drain can cause at all costs. Check out these five items you should never put down a kitchen or bathroom drain.

1. Flushable cat litter can damage your septic system.

Flushable cat litter shouldn't go into toilets in Riverview, FL.

You may purchase flushable cat litter in hopes of an easy cleanup process. Even though it's marketed as flushable, we recommend you avoid flushing this kind of...

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3 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Commercial Plumbing

3 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Commercial Plumbing

Plumbing in commercial establishments is often much sturdier than it is in homes due to its size and installation process. However, it is still susceptible to occasional issues that need to be remediated by a professional company.

Here at Curtis Plumbing, we offer a variety of commercial plumbing services, including drain cleaning, repiping, sink installation, and toilet repair. We serve both homes and businesses in Valrico, Brandon, and Riverview, FL.

Signs that your plumbing needs to be replaced shouldn't be ignored. Here, we'll cover 3 signs to be aware of that could mean it's time to replace your commercial plumbing.

1. Poor water volume could be indicative of corroding pipes.

If you've noticed poor water volume in your toilets or sinks, it may mean you have some corroding pipes on your hands.

Inevitably, galvanized steel pipes will degrade over time. This degradation leads to the narrowing of your pipes, which will result in ...

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Ways to Update Your Plumbing & Save Money

Ways to Update Your Plumbing & Save Money

In the areas of Brandon, Riverview, Valrico, and nearby Florida cities, many of the homes and businesses are newer construction, but if you have an older home or commercial property, chances are that you could have some outdated plumbing that may be costing you money every month.

Here are some ways to update your plumbing and lower your water bill each month, including water-saving toilets, low-flow showerheads, and more.

Water-Saving Toilets Are Beneficial for Residences & Businesses

Water saving feature installed on home toilet in Riverview, FL.

Toilets use around 30 percent of water in a home, while many older commercial toilets use more than 2-4 times the amount of water recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal standards. Replacing old home and business toilets with newer, WaterSense toilets can contribute to a substantial amount of water being saved each month.

For example, a 10-story office building that houses around 10,000 occupants could end up saving about $10,000...

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