5 Quick & Easy Tips to Ensure You Don’t Run Out of Hot Water This Winter

5 Quick & Easy Tips to Ensure You Don’t Run Out of Hot Water This Winter

Have you ever had your hot steaming shower rudely interrupted by ice cold water running down your back?

Especially in the middle of winter?

About 25% of the energy used in your home goes towards heating your water so there should be no excuses for having a cold shower!

Here are 5 quick and easy tips to ensure you never have a cold shower again!

1. Check the hot water system’s general condition

Look for any signs of rust or degradation on the exterior of the tank itself.

Start at the seams on the tank, which can be a weak spot. (this is particularly true of older tanks.)

While the inside itself may function (and heat the water), if there is a leak from the seams, you will be losing hot water and/or wasting electricity/gas.

Also make sure the hot water tank hasn’t misshapen as that would indicate that it’s time to call a plumber.

Lastly, check for rust. This usually goes hand-in-hand with leakage, but can also be caused by the tank itself degrading over time.

2. Inspect the Safety Relief Valve

If you’ve got a continuous dribble in your hot water valve, you might have particles caught in the valve itself.

This is a pretty easy fix.

Gently open the valve with the control lever or knob, and release a bit of water.

This will hopefully move any particles, dust or what have you caught in the mechanism.

Anything more than a drip, contact us and we’ll come out and take a look for you.

3. Inspect other hot water system valves

 If you’ve got a continuous dribble on any kind coming from the hot water system valves, it may mean you are wasting valuable water.

In these cases, you may need to enlist a plumber to inspect the possible replacement of the valves.

4. Size Matters!

An undersized water heater is usually the culprit if it seems like you never have enough hot water in your home.

If the problem is chronic—or if you’ve increased your needs for hot water by installing a big new soaking tub or high-flow shower head—you’ll probably need to get a new, larger water heater.

We’ve got access to some great hot water service dealers and can organise and replace your hot water system for you if needed.

5. Type of Hot Water System

Knowing what kind of hot water system you have can make a huge difference.

It’s surprising how many owners are unaware of having to fill their hot water units!

Check to see if your property’s water storage unit that requires filling with water every 3 months.

If it is a gas hot water system, check to see if the pilot light is still lit?

Taking the time to check your hot water system for these common issues could mean the difference between a hot and a cold shower tonight!

If you find that your hot water system needs a little extra attention by a professional plumber call the team at Plumbaround today.

Mention this blog article when you call and we’ll waive our call out fee ($60 saving).

Or book online by clicking on the link below.

Water efficiency in Albany Creek

Water efficiency in Albany Creek

Are you a landlord or property owner? Are you conscious about saving water? Is your property due for an annual Water Efficiency Assessment?

We assess all tap ware, toilets and showers on the property and test the flow rates to ensure they fall within the allowed range to be considered water efficient.

According to the RTA, tenants can only be charged for water consumption if:
– the property is individually metered (or water is delivered by vehicle), and
– the property is water efficient, and
– the tenancy agreement states the tenant must pay for water consumption (The State of Queensland Residential Tenancies Authority, Manage newsletter subscriptions, 29-05-2017)

We can easily assess your property and upon completion of any required rectifications, we will provide you with a Water Efficiency Certificate.

Contact the office 0410 371 220 today to discuss a suitable time for a plumber to attend and check over your property.

Water leak in Keperra

Water leak in Keperra

Water Leaks on your property can go undetected for a long time before you or the council notice. It some cases you won’t know about a leak on your property until your water meter has been read by council.

We have recently attended to many cases where the main water lines have needed to be excavated in order to find the water leak below ground.

Once the damaged section has been located, we are able to repair the copper or poly pipe using the correct and approved fittings. We test all works to ensure everything is okay and then re instate the ground cover.

The first below picture was taken recently in Keperra and luckily the tenant identified the leak straight away in the front yard from the water pooling in one area.

This leak was quite slow and the leak itself was found on a split 25mm poly.  The issue was found and the repair was completed in a time manner.

This second picture is of a main water supply line in Carseldine that had been leaking for months and was only identified after council had read the water meter and found the property had a very excessively high water usage!

Plumbaround Pty Ltd can find just about every leak there is and repair it to ensure you do not waste any more water on your property than is necessary.

Some water leaks can waste up to 800 litres per day and this can go on for months!

Contact us on 3038-1038 at Plumbaround Pty Ltd is you suspect a water leak on your property and we will have a Qualified Plumber attend ASAP.

Plumbing Pre-purchase Inspection

Plumbaround PtyLtd have always got you covered!  We are here to ensure all your plumbing worries are put at ease, too make life easier and to ensure you are always well informed at every step of the way.  An area in which we are able to do this is with a Plumbing Pre-purchase Inspection for new home owners.

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Home buyers are you in the market to purchase a new home?  When purchasing a new property, you will enlist the services of a qualified inspector to assess and complete a pre-purchase inspection for building and pest on the property.

However plumbing is one of the most important parts of your home and yet is underrated and almost never inspected by a Qualified Plumber before you purchase your new home.

Your home plumbing covers everything from storm and sewer lines underground, fixtures such as tap ware, toilets and showers, the cold and hot water lines that feed into your home to supply you with water, the hot water service and gutters and down pipes.

IMG_9181Plumbing is everywhere!   There is no legal requirement to have Plumbing Pre-purchase Inspection on your new property, however in our experience we are seeing more and more home owners experience difficulty with their property plumbing after purchasing a new home.

For a minimal cost, here at Plumbaround Pty Ltd, we offer a Plumbing Pre-purchase Inspection that could literally save you thousands!!

A Plumbing Pre-purchase Inspection includes physical inspection on all plumbing on the property, photos of possible issues and a detailed report delivered in a timely manner to allow you to make a much more informed decision on your new purchase!

A second option we at Plumbaround Pty Ltd offer is to have a Camera Inspection on your storm water and sewer drain lines, which will ensure the integrity of the drain lines to the property before you purchase it.  This is the only way to ensure we know exactly what is going on beneath the property.  This gives you some foresight into possible problems and issues in the future.IMG_9189

Our third option includes both options listed above.  A full Plumbing Pre-purchase Inspection to ensure to know everything there is to know about your new property.

Contact us now for more information and on how we can help you with your next home purchase today.

 

 

 

 

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New Tap ware in Everton Park

Is your bathroom tap ware looking out dated?  Want to upgrade your bathroom but you are on a tight budget?

Some of the easiest ways to upgrade and make your bathroom feel like new is to replace your tap ware with some new ones!!! Give us a call here @ Plumbaround Pty Ltd and we will send out a plumber to provide a FREE quote for you.

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There are so many different types of tap ware out there, you will be spoilt for choices.  Simply have a look at some reputable retailers like Reece, Samios and Tradelink and simply choose exactly what you would like!!

Before you know it we can have your old tap ware swapped out for new! And lifting the feel of your bathroom instantly!!

Tapware offers you easy functionality fused with stylish sophistication. Whether you’re choosing matching tap sets or stand-alone mixers, tapware is a great way to bring extra personality into your bathroom.

Taps and mixers get considerable use in the family home and have to be durable to last the test of the family.  Choose wisely and with regular maintenance they will last quite a while!!

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Blocked Drain in Everton Park

What’s our favourite job here @ Plumbaround Pty Ltd?? A drain clearance!!  The amount of drain clearances we attend to is usually 1-2 per day.  Our young apprentice Matt is learning the ropes to clear a blocked drain with one of our Drain Cleaner Machines.

Drain ClearanceThis drain in Everton Park used 8 rods to clear, most likely right on the council connection to the property.  We pulled back large tree roots from a root penetration located at around 6 rods down the drain.  We use a specific head on the end of the drain cleaner which is able to cut the roots blocking the pipework.  Some of these roots are pulled back with the drain cleaner and others push through the line.

It’s amazing what we find hiding and blocking drains.  Things that should not be flushed but are flushed!!  The most common reason is broken pipework where a root penetration happen has happened.  Where break has occurred, if not repaired in a timely manner, the drain is highly likely to block again.  Over time the blockages worsen as does the break in the pipework.

Clearing a drain is not for the feint hearted and is usually a not so nice job but hey, someone has to do it!  Our equipment is maintained to ensure we can unblock the majority of drains and ensure the safety of our staff as well.

We are available day and night to clear blocked drains, and only a phone call away!  Please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Phone or email, we will respond straight away!!

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