M&M Plumbing

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Did you know that your bathroom is statistically the most dangerous room in your home?

According to the AARP, bathrooms are the cause of more household injuries than any other room, including the kitchen.  In 2008, nearly 22 million Americans over the age of 15 were injured in the bathroom, and over 235,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for bathroom-related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Not surprisingly, the total number of injuries increase by age, with the majority of injuries occurring with people over the age of 65.  However, proportionate to their age, 15-24 year olds are actually more likely to be injured in the tub or shower.  


We've mentioned this topic on our social media pages a number of times in the past, but it's about time we "plunge" into it further and "flush" out any additional questions you might have. We are talking of course about the two different types of plungers you should have in your home.

Many people don't realize that there are two types for two different purposes. And unfortunately, home improvement stores confuse the matter my selling plungers that don't really do the job.

The first type of plunger is the one you are more likely familiar with. This is the one that looks like a suction cup with a handle sticking out of it. This type of plunger is designed for clearing a sink or tub. While these come in multiple sizes, many people mistakenly buy the larger versions thinking they are for toilets.

Plunger with no flange
This plunger, sold at Home Depot for $2.98, has no flange and is designed for sinks and tubs.
Plunger with Flange for ToiletsThis plunger, sold at Home Depot for $5.99, includes a flange which creates a positive seal inside a toilet drain.


I first employed the services of M & M Plumbing, and Mike McCaslin, to replace a Crane toilet (cracked tank) with a Kohler toilet assembly (2009, l believe), in my Master bathroom. He pulled up and resealed the stool in my quest bathroom, as well, and changed the flush assembly.

Last summer, 2012, I asked M & M Plumbing to repair or replace a water heater and expansion tank (latter, which was oozing out blue matter). Water was leaking from several pipes and down the garage wall. Mike replaced the system, maintaining the pipes that could be cleaned, ground, and resoldered, but replacing badly worn components. His work was quick, clean, and thorough. He hauled away the old tanks and debris.

On April 10, 2013 I asked Mike to determine a water leak within the ceiling of the laundry room. He responded within 24 hours, cut open the sheetrock (with minimum damage) to gain access to the water pipes. Four 3/4" waterlines were leaking. He replaced the portion of the defective pipes with copper tubing, and soldered the joints. This work was completed in less that two hours. He offered to provide sheetrock repair, but the project was the liability of the Condo Association, which used their own contractor.

M & M Plumbing is a family owned and operated business and was referred to me by a building contractor and his brother, whom have used M & M services multiple times.

Their work is quality and they respond as quickly, as possible, to requests.

~ Donna L Smith, Savannah Oaks Condominium

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Serving Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Thurston County

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