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Emergency Plumber Crucial When Purchasing a New Home

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Emergency Plumber Crucial When Purchasing a New Home

It is not an unfamiliar tale for new home owners to encounter plumbing problems right after their purchase. The tale gets even sourer when the repairs required end up costing an extra arm and leg on top of your home purchase. When buying a new home, plumbing should be one of the key concerns everybody should have. In cases where the purchase contract for the new home spells out “acquirement as is”, you may not have much of a case if the seller sold you a home with plumbing issues that amounted to thousands in repair costs. While many people hope that a home inspection would reveal such concerns, the truth is that sometimes it never does. Home inspectors may not be specialised in the plumbing department and may overlook many critical plumbing aspects of the home. This is why it is probably better to hire an emergency plumber on that home inspection day.

Sewer and drainage inspections

The sewer system is one of the most costly plumbing sectors in any home. A thorough inspection is required before purchasing the house. A well equipped emergency plumber will come for a home inspection ready to assess the sewer system with all manner of devices and tests. The state of the sewer line, the age, and even the size of the system must all be carefully inspected. Many people have been surprised by the cost of repairs and replacement of damaged sewer lines that they later found out about the hard way. Many emergency plumbers employ the use of cameras to observe the sewer line and conclude on its state and recommended fixes. The drainages in the home should also be checked. Drainages in a new home may look fine and ready for use but can quickly clog up and cause problems once in use if several anticipations were not made. The emergency plumber should assess factors such as rate of output, intended uses, appropriate orientations, and more to determine if drainage will possibly be a cause for future concern in your home. Remember, poor drainage will surely slowly damage the base of your home and even the foundation.

Toiletry 

The toilet is yet another place that should be thoroughly checked for plumbing concerns. Leaks should be particularly watched out for. In the toilet sector, the emergency plumber may also check the hot water unit, and the various conditions of the pipes running to and from the area. The unit can be checked for functionality, appropriate sizes and efficiency. Pipes should be checked for galvanization while sinks and tubs can also be checked for leaks. In the end, conducting a home inspection with an emergency plumber is one extra method of ensuring your entire home is a worthwhile investment. For more information, contact a business such as Nu-Jet.

Clearing Your Drains Without Using a Harsh Chemical Unblocker

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clearing Your Drains Without Using a Harsh Chemical Unblocker

Blocked drains can be a common enough occurrence, but this doesn’t make them any less of an inconvenience. Regular maintenance of your drains is the easiest way to prevent them from becoming blocked, but this not a guarantee that it will never happen. A drain insert can be used in your shower or bath to prevent hairs from entering the drainage system. The same thing can be used in your kitchen sink to prevent food particles from going down the drain. When the drain is blocked, you could just use a harsh chemical unblocker to fix the problem. If you don’t like to use such strong, abrasive chemicals, or if you’re worried about what the unblocker might do to your pipes, then there are a few natural alternatives you can use.

Boiling Water

Fill your electric jug or kettle with water and bring it to the boil. Carefully hold it over the drain and pour a steady stream of water until the jug is empty. Position the spout of the jug close to the drain to minimise the chance of splashback from the hot water. The simple heat of the water is often enough to dislodge organic materials (such as hair or food), which will quickly return the drains to working order. If the blockage is combined with an unpleasant odour (which is the result of the organic materials decomposing), then you might want to add a splash of white vinegar before you pour the water.

Depilatory Cream

While depilatory cream contains a number of fairly potent active ingredients, they are infinitely less harsh than a chemical drain unblocker. Since this method is only effective with drains that are blocked by hair clumps, you should only try it in your bath or shower drain. You will notice that the manufacturer will have listed a maximum time that the cream should be left on your skin. This is because the cream has a corrosive effect on organic material, which is how it weakens your hair’s keratin, separating your hair from your body. This corrosive element is what you want. Empty a tube of depilatory cream into the blocked drain and wait for the maximum amount of time listed by the manufacturer. Flush the drain with hot water from your electric jug or kettle. The cream should have partially corroded the hair to the point where it can easily be flushed away.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

All vinegars contain acetic acid, which creates a powerful foaming process when combined with baking soda. While you could technically use any kind of vinegar to achieve the same result, apple cider vinegar and white vinegar perhaps have the most neutral scent (even though the resulting scent can still be quite powerful). Slowly tip one cup of baking soda into the blocked drain. Follow this with the same amount of vinegar. Place the plug into the drain to seal it. If the drain does not have a plug (as is the case in some showers), then simply cover the drain with a wet rag to prevent the foam from moving upwards and to minimise the scent (although you should still ventilate the room as much as possible). The effervescent foam that has been produced by combining the acid (the vinegar) with a base (the baking soda) can be powerful enough to dislodge blockages.

If you have tried these methods to no avail, you will of course need to call a plumber. They will probably use a plumber’s snake to dislodge the blockage, so that harsh chemicals still won’t be an issue. And once the drain has been unblocked, please consider using a drain insert to stop it from happening again.

How to Reduce Water Usage in Your Office Building

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Reduce Water Usage in Your Office Building

Whether you have noticed that your water bill is rising or you simply want to reduce your carbon footprint, reducing your office building’s water usage is a great thing to do. Here are some simple ways to start saving water while you are at work.

Use Indoor Plants That Require Less Water

Having plants in your office is a great way to have better air quality and improve the appearance of the building, but this can also increase how much water you use. Instead of choosing plants that require daily watering, consider some that offer aesthetic appeal and oxygen-rich nutrients, without taking up your water supply. Some plants that don’t use as much water include succulents and air plants.

Have Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures Installed

Another excellent way to reduce your water is by ensuring your plumbing fixtures use the least amount of water necessary. For example, toilets often use much more water than is needed to flush, which is where the high-efficiency toilets come in. These toilets have the same flushing power without using all that excess water. There are also low-flow faucets for the bathroom and kitchen, and high-efficiency washers and dryers if you have a building with a laundry room. If your office also has a shower, which many now do, you can also get a low-flow showerhead.

Show Your Employees How to Use Less Water

While you might be able to control your own water usage, it is something else when you consider how much water your employees are using. Try to instill the importance of using less water with your employees by having rules about using unnecessary water in the workplace. For example, if your employees keep plants at their desk, ask that they bring their own bottled water or use low-water plants like the ones you have also added to the office. Put up a sign in the kitchen asking employees to only use as much water as is necessary for cleaning their lunch dishes or wiping down the countertops.

Have Leaks Repaired Right Away

Regular plumbing maintenance is also important when you are trying to conserve water in the workplace. If you notice a faucet that drips water after it has been turned off, it might seem minor, but is using water for no benefit whatsoever. Call a plumber if you notice this or other issues with your building’s plumbing. This can make a big difference in how much your monthly water bills are.

Say What? What Do You Do When There’s A Rubber Duckie In The Loo?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Say What? What Do You Do When There’s A Rubber Duckie In The Loo?

The rotating whirlpool of a flushed toilet is like a homing beacon to curious young minds. With a final kiss goodbye to their beloved yellow duck, your child’s favourite bathroom toy is tossed into the churning waves of the whirlpool where it is carried to a place where it can be seen no more. The problem as the owner of the home, however, is where exactly did the duck go? There are several things you can do when a rubber duckie has been chucked into the loo!

Flushing The Toilet

One of the first big concerns you have is where the duck is trapped after it left the bowl of the toilet. Is it stuck in the pipe between the toilet bowl and the floor? Or has it made it’s way further down into the sewerage drain. Until you know where it is trapped you can’t decide on your next course of action.

One of the fastest ways to determine whether the duck is trapped between the bowl and the bathroom floor is to flush the toilet. Before you do this, however, place some old towels or other absorbent material around the bowl in case of an overflow. If the duck has moved into the drain, the toilet will flush properly, but if it is still trapped in the toilet itself, the blockage will not allow the toilet to flush easily. A duck that has moved into the drain needs professional help straight away. If it gets wedged in the sewerage pipe, you could be looking at an expensive repair if the pipe needs to be replaced.

If the duck is still trapped above-ground, it’s time for the next step.

Options For Removing The Duck

The first thing you need to know right now is to put away the plunger. Using a plunger for an object the size of a rubber duck could cause the duck to get wedged in the toilet tighter. Right now you have two choices available to you:

  1. Remove the toilet from the floor by unscrewing the bolts that hold it on the floor. The problem with doing this is that you will break the wax seal between the toilet and the floor. This seal stops the water from leaking out and if you have never attempted this before, you should go straight to option 2.
  2. Call a plumber. While you may be a little embarrassed there’s a yellow duck in your toilet, you can rest assured they have seen this problem more than once.

Unless you have prior home plumbing experience, using a plumber (like those at Bunbury Plumbing and Gas) to rescue the little yellow friend removes the chances of you cracking the toilet by using too much force, or getting the duck wedged in there tight. After the duck has been extracted, however, it’s time to have a chat with your young one about keeping their ducks floating only in the bath from now on.

Leak Detection | 4 Telltale Symptoms Of A Concealed Water Leak In Your Bathroom Wall

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Leak Detection | 4 Telltale Symptoms Of A Concealed Water Leak In Your Bathroom Wall

Many modern homes have pipes concealed within floorboards and walls, so leak detection becomes more complex in these areas. While disguised in appearance, plumbing leaks can lead to devastating consequences and structural damage if not detected in time. This guide is designed to help you identify telltale symptoms of a concealed water leak in your bathroom wall.

Mould And Mildew Along Usually Dry Walls

While it’s common for mould and mildew to develop along shower and other wet areas of your bathroom, it’s rare to see this occur in dry wall areas, then it’s likely a hidden leak in your bathroom wall. Mould typically grows in dark and wet areas, so if you notice it growing through walls, then call a professional plumber immediately to undertake leak detection. The plumber will assess the source of the leak and will recommend a solution.

Musty Smells In Well Ventilated Bathrooms

Water leaks concealed within walls will almost always grow mould if left undetected for a while. This will unearth a musty smell even if your bathroom is well ventilated throughout. If you walk into your bathroom and cringe at a musty or earthy smell in it, then it’s probably because you have a hidden bathroom leak. Contact a professional plumber immediately to rectify the problem before it causes damage to your wall and floor structures.

Warped Or Blistered Walls

When your walls get wet, they will start to become soft and will warp or look blistered with bubble-like protrusions. If you notice the texture of your wall beginning to change and warp, then you may want to consider that you have a hidden wall leak somewhere. Keep in mind that steam showers are unlikely to cause this because your bathroom external walls are designed to handle the heat. Finding a leak behind your wall will be difficult on your own. A qualified plumber is best equipped to tackle and find your problem.

Dripping Noises

If you hear faint dripping sounds when everything else is quiet in the middle of the night with no signs of any visible leak, then you probably have a hidden leak somewhere within a wall or floor. These dripping noises may be faint, but they can be extremely damaging if left unchecked. You will need to hire a qualified plumber to detect and fix the leak.

Early leak detection will help you prevent a major plumbing catastrophe in your home, so be sure to look out for these symptoms and hire a plumber immediately to rectify any issues.

Aluminium vs. Plastic Plumbing Piping

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Aluminium vs. Plastic Plumbing Piping

It should come as no surprise to you that pipes make up most of your plumbing system. Pipes are also responsible for the vast majority of issues that arise over the years with a plumbing system. While you can easily unclog a plumbing installation yourself, there are more problematic things that could go wrong with your pipes, issues which will require the help of an experienced plumber. If you’re unsure of which piping solution is best for you, here’s a comparison between plastic and aluminium pipes.

Plastic Pipes

You may think that plastic pipes should never be used because of the effects that water can have on them, but you could be wrong. While it is true that certain substances and acids can completely destroy a plastic pipe, you shouldn’t worry too much about it. For example, if you’re looking for a piping installation to use for your sink, using plastic will be completely fine. Hydrochloric acid can burn through plastic but chances are, you won’t ever use hydrochloric acid anywhere near your dishes.

Aluminium Pipes

This type of pipes is extremely resistant to rust despite being so soft. Because aluminium pipes last for long periods of time, you may not even need to replace them during your lifetime. Most people use these pipes for their underground drainage systems. By using, for example, PVC pipes for your underground system, the pressure exerted by the dirt can negatively affect the pipes and lead to health hazards, should these pipes break down. Because aluminium is much stronger than plastic pipes, you won’t need to worry about such a thing.

The primary downside of aluminium pipes is that they cost more than copper or plastic pipes. However, aluminium pipes can be easily unclogged if need be, by using the various acidic solutions available on the market today; solutions that shouldn’t be used on plastic pipes because of the damage that they could cause. When you carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages, you’ll find that paying more for aluminium pipes is worth it.

Whichever piping solution you choose to go with, it’s important that you fully understand all the advantages as well as the disadvantages you could expect to deal with. The best course of action is to consult with a trained plumber like Dial-A-Plumber before making any purchase, and get their input on what’s best for you.  They will be able to personally explain the differences between the various types of pipes, as well as provide you with personalized advice depending on your budget.

Commercial Plumbing: Material Options for Drainage Systems

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Commercial Plumbing: Material Options for Drainage Systems

The drainage system in commercial buildings should be assessed during refurbishment and general improvement projects. This is a critical module in the plumbing structure, and its performance will affect the usability and health standards of the property. If you have an old commercial structure with out-dated or poorly performing drainage networks, you should consider upgrading all the components. A more resilient drainage system will promote better long-term performance and attract higher purchase prices when you decide to resell. Here are the materials that you can select for your improved drainage systems.

PVC

You should consider incorporating polyvinyl chloride pipes in your commercial structure. In the recent past, this material has been selected for installation during the construction of most modern buildings. This popularity can be attributed to the relatively low price attached to purchasing the pipes. Therefore, it is ideal if you have limited financial resources. The material is lightweight and consequently, easier to install in established buildings. In addition, PVC will resist corrosion by chemically contaminated waste and withstand considerably high temperatures without distortion. However, you should note that heavy loads will cause bending of PVC pipes and subsequent blockage, so you should choose this for smaller commercial setups.

Cast Iron

Cast iron is not often installed into modern buildings as part of the plumbing network. However, this has been constantly favoured as the perfect material for heavy-duty drainage systems. Cast iron is strong and resistant to distortion from pressure and mechanical impact. Therefore, it can handle more waste material in larger buildings without bending or blocking unexpectedly. Moreover, this piping type can be used for storm drains which deal with large volumes of water at high speeds. On the other hand, iron is susceptible to corrosion when exposed to adverse chemicals. You should not install this if your building has laboratories and manufacturing plants that deal with caustic and acidic substances.

ABS

The acrylonitrile butadiene styrene material is an opaque polymer that is used to fabricate strong plumbing materials. The plastic is relatively low-cost, so it is ideal for a low-budget commercial project. The beneficial properties of ABS in heavy-duty drainage networks include stiffness, generally good strength and impact resistance. In addition, this material will offer good resistance to chemical substances and low temperatures, so it can handle most commercial demands. Unfortunately, these pipes can become deformed when exposed to harsh sunlight for long.

For more information about drainage systems, contact HYDRO CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS or a similar company.

Possible Causes and Repair Options When Water is Not Sufficiently Hot

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Possible Causes and Repair Options When Water is Not Sufficiently Hot

Over time, the water coming from your faucets may no longer be as hot as it once was. This is one of the most common issues that you will have to deal with while using a gas water heater. The cause of the cooler water can vary. This means that you need to be aware of what the various causes may be and what the repair options are.  

Unit

If the size of your gas water heater unit is not large enough, this has the ability to result in the water not being hot enough. You can calculate the exact size of gas water heater that is required for your home based on fixture flow rates. You should always begin by double checking to make sure that the unit is sufficient in size. The only way to correct this issue is to get a larger gas water heater.

Dip Tube

One part on your gas water heater that can wear overtime and result in water not being heated correctly is the dip tube. When the dip tube is not properly functioning, this allows the hot and cold water to combine. You can correct this problem by taking off the cold water inlet in order to slide off the dip tube. You can then replace the old dip tube with a new model and the problem should be resolved.

Installation

It is also possible for the culprit of your hot water problem to be improper installation of your gas water heater. In many cases, the hot and cold water connections can become crossed, which results in the water not being hot enough to meet demands. It is possible for you to determine if you have a crossed connection by shutting off the water supply to your gas water heater. If you open the hot water faucet and water flow is evident, you have a cross connection at some point. This means that you have to inspect the many appliances in your home to find out where the hot water line is connected to a cold water connection.

Heating Element

It is also advised that you check the heating element on your gas water heater. This is important because you need to make sure that the gas supply is not hindered in any way. Make sure that you take a look at the flame and ensure that the color is blue throughout and only orange at the tip of the flame.

All You Need To Know About What a Roof Plumber Does

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on All You Need To Know About What a Roof Plumber Does

Plumbing is an essential service for every homeowner. Plumbers like Haig & Menzel Contractors Pty Ltd can help you deal with a number of issues in your home. One of their roles is to handle plumbing issues on the roof. This is not one of the most common areas associated with plumbing, but it is nevertheless an important aspect. Having a leaking roof can cause significant damage to your house. Therefore, it is important to know what a roof plumber does. This can help you make sure you get their services before your roof plumbing problems cause further damage.

Gutter and Tank Installation

Trapping rain water can help you reduce your expenses and also improve on sustainability. A roof plumber can help you with installing a tank for storing this water. This is done in conjunction with the installation of gutters that trap water and direct it to the tank. The plumbing system in your house can then be connected to this tank so that you receive the water directly. Additionally, it can be directed to a filtering mechanism and eventually to your water heater. The most common filtration system the plumber can install is a first-flush diverter which discards the initial rain water harvested. The initial water cleans the roof and is dumped allowing only clean water to enter the tank.If you need the water for your gardening, it can also be directed towards a sprinkler system. A roof plumber can help you with all these services so that you conserve water in your house. The professional is able to work out your requirements based on the size of your roof and the amount of rainfall your area receives.

Roof Flashing Repairs

If your roof has some openings such as chimneys or skylights, there is a need to make them watertight. These form the most common areas of water entry into the house. A roof plumber can install a flashing mechanism so that the rain water does not get into your roof. Flashing the roof helps to create a weather barrier that is effective. Thus, your tiles and ceiling will not be damaged by water.

Roof Leakage Repairs

If there are water pipes going through your roof, sometimes leaking might occur. In this case, a roof plumber comes in handy to assess and fix the damage. The plumber can also offer preventative maintenance so that you do not only deal with the roof once the leaks start. You can arrange for a scheduled maintenance with roof plumbers so that you are never caught unawares by leakages.

Best Ways to Notice a Plumbing Leak Early

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Best Ways to Notice a Plumbing Leak Early

A plumbing leak within your home not only requires the trained services of a skilled plumbing professional to provide repairs, but it can also result in extensive property damage. A plumbing leak can quickly turn into a disaster, but you can minimise the damages by being on the lookout for any early signs of a water leak. Before your small leak turns into bursting pipes, there are signals that can alert you to a plumbing problem. It is important that you are aware of the most common signs of plumbing leaks.

Water Consumption

It is always a good idea as a homeowner to be familiar with the amount of water you consume each month. You likely have a water meter on your home that tracks the amount of water that you use. This figure is normally similar each month with very small changes. If you keep an eye on your water consumption, you might be able to detect rises in your water usage that could signal a small leak. When you have a plumbing leak, you are losing water. This will result in an increase in your water usage that can’t be explained. Most of the small leaks in your home are due to dripping faucets. You might think that this is a very small amount of water, but it adds up over time.

Pressure

A change in the water pressure of your pipes can also be a telltale sign that you have a leak. This means that checking the water pressure regularly in your home is always advised. You might even be able to note changes in the water pressure when you are simply using your faucets. If there is a leak that exists in the pipes from the main city line going into your home, this could result in lower water pressure that is noticeable throughout your home. If you notice that only one fixture within your home has less water pressure, you likely have a small leak in a single pipe. Water pressure problems can also be a result of a clog within the drain, so you need to have all pipes thoroughly examined before you can determine for sure if a leak is present.

Bubbles

One of the first signs that you can identify with a plumbing leak involves small bubbles and cracks in walls or cleaning. You might not notice any standing water, but you will see signs that water is leaking at some rate and causing early signs of damage.

If you’ve noticed signs of a leak but can’t figure out where it is, contact a local plumbing company that offers leak detection services. They can find the leak for you and help you repair it.