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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Knowing Your Garbage Disposal: What goes down and what doesn’t?

Knowing Your Garbage Disposal: What goes down and what doesn’t? | Plumbing Gold Coast | Brisbane | M.J. Walker Plumbing

Having a garbage disposal in your home can be an extremely convenient addition to your kitchen, but knowing the correct foods it can and can’t dispose of is essential to avoid costly repair expenses. Here is a list of what foods you shouldn’t be putting down your garbage disposals.

Fat, Grease and Oils

These three things should never be put down the garbage disposal. Nor should they be put down any drainpipe. They can all build-up and harden inside the pipe, eventually clogging up the drain. When this happens, you are going to have to phone a plumber and have them remove the clog.

Bones or Large Fruit Pits

Sometimes convenience isn’t always convenient, especially when you tend to throw items into your garbage disposal simply out of habit. You need to be careful and make sure that the food items you know are bad for it, like bones and large fruit pits, don’t end up there simply because it feels easier or more convenient to do so. We guarantee, the fix caused by the damage these items will cause won’t feel easy or convenient.

Onion Skins and Fibrous Fruits

These items will actually stick to the sides of the disposal and wrap around the shredder causing major damage. Anything with stringy fibres or skins won’t be cut and will clog up the shredder.

Coffee Grounds and Egg Shells

Coffee grounds will clog up your drain, like fats and oils they will eventually require a plumber to come and unclog the more incorrect foods you send down the disposal. Egg shell membranes, like fibrous fruits will wrap around the shredder ring and stick to the sides of the disposal. They also don’t break down with the bacteria in the disposal, so egg shells are a big no.

If the worst does happen and your garbage disposal becomes clogged, damaged or in need of a repair, give M.J. Walker Plumbing a call. Our expert Gold Coast plumbers have years of experience fixing and servicing drain blockages. We can restore your homes disposal back to working order in no time.

How to Upgrade Your Household to Save You Water

How to Upgrade Your Household to Save You Water | Plumbing Gold Coast | Brisbane | M.J. Walker Plumbing

Sometimes household expenses can get the better of you. When your water bill comes due and you are sick of feeling overwhelmed by the expense, then it’s time to consider upgrades to your home that can lower your water usage. Here are our top plumbing tips and trick and household upgrades to help lower your water bills.

 Shower Heads

A large majority of all residential water usage is from household showers. Which is understandable, especially when you consider the fact that most ordinary shower heads use about 9L of water per minute. NINE LITRES! The good news: there are many modern shower head fixtures available that have a much more appropriate 7.5L per minute flow rate. While that may not seem like a big difference now, just wait until your next water bill… you’re welcome.


The other bulk water consumer: toilets. Especially older toilets that don’t have any water regulators. Water efficient toilets use less water per flush, which can significantly reduce a family household’s water consumption.


An important step is to make sure none of your tapware are slowly dripping. It may seem small, but continued, constant dripping is going to add up and will reflect onto your bill. You can also consider an upgrade by having a plumber install an aerator onto your tapware. This is a small device that will inject bubbles into the stream, displacing the water. It will save you roughly 2.5L of water per minute. That’s a thumbs-up in our books.

Washing Machines

If your washing machine is an old model, then watch out. Depending on the size, the average washing machine will use anywhere from 110L-170L of water per load. Shocked? Well, most high-efficiency energy saving models can save you anywhere between 53L-65L per load. It’s a fix that’s well worth the cost, because in no time your water bill savings alone will make up for the expense.


If you don’t know already: using the dishwasher is far more water-efficient than washing dishes by hand. However, to make this efficiency rise an upgrade to a newer model is your best bet. Water-smart dishwashers, on average, have the potential to save you roughly 14,000L in its lifetime!

To upgrade your Gold Coast homes plumbing fixtures to more water-efficient models, give the expert team at M.J. Walker Plumbing a call today. We can assess your situation and offer the best solution and plumbing service possible to suit your needs.