Don’t Pour Your Money Down The Drain

Don’t Pour Your Money Down The Drain

Often overlooked or dismissed as a minor annoyance, leaking taps can be surprisingly hard to detect and can have significant consequences, not just for your household but also for the environment.

Leaking taps might not seem like a big deal at first glance, but their impact on the environment is substantial. According to recent studies, one slowly dripping tap can waste more than a bucket of water a week. Imagine that multiplied across households in Brisbane alone. It’s a major amount of water being wasted needlessly, putting strain on our precious water resources and ecosystems.

But the repercussions extend beyond environmental concerns; they hit closer to home with your household budget. Have you noticed your water bills creeping up lately? Leaking taps could be why. A visibly leaking toilet, for instance, can waste up to 18 buckets of water a day or 70 days of drinking water for one person*. That’s water you’re paying for but not benefiting from, essentially pouring your hard-earned money down the drain.

Fixing a leaking tap or toilet could save you hundreds of dollars each year on your water bill; that’s money you could be spending on a nice dinner out, a weekend getaway, or even investing in your home. And you will not only save money, but you will also help conserve our precious water resources.

So keep an eye out for signs of leaks in your home, such as damp patches, mould growth, or unexplained increases in water usage. And don’t forget to check your water meter readings regularly to catch any leaks early on.

For more information on detecting and fixing leaks, check out these resources:

At Plumbaround, we understand the importance of water conservation and the financial strain that leaking taps can cause. That’s why we’re here to help. Whether it’s fixing a dripping tap, repairing a leaking toilet, or conducting a comprehensive water audit for your home, our team of expert plumbers is dedicated to providing efficient and effective solutions. 

Let’s not pour our money down the drain! Contact us at 07 3038 1038 or info@plumbaround.com.au if you need help.

*Average Intake for Australian adult


National Health and Medical Research Council. (2021, April 12). Water. Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand. https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/nutrient-reference-values/nutrients/water 

Queensland Government. (2023, August 4). Waterwise home Leaks. Using Water Wisely. https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/water/residence/use/home/leaks 

Queensland Government. (n.d.). How much water is your household using?. WaterWise Queensland. https://www.rdmw.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/1665120/water-audit.pdf 

Plumbing: More thant just pipes and water

Plumbing has been a fundamental part of human civilization since ancient times. The earliest plumbing systems were built more than 4,500 years ago, with sophisticated plumbing systems that brought water into cities and homes. It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that plumbing became widely available in homes and commercial buildings. Today, plumbing is an essential part of modern life, providing clean water and sanitation to millions of people around the world.

The importance of plumbing cannot be overstated. Plumbing systems play a crucial role in ensuring that our homes and businesses have access to clean water and proper sanitation. Without proper plumbing, our communities would be more susceptible to diseases, illness, and our living conditions would be far less comfortable and convenient.

Further, proper plumbing is essential for preserving the environment. With the rise of climate change and water scarcity, it is more important than ever to have efficient and effective plumbing systems in place. Properly functioning plumbing can reduce water waste and ensure that our water supply is used responsibly.

At Plumbaround, we are passionate professionals who understand the history and importance of plumbing. We believe that plumbing is not just a job, but a critical service that plays a significant role in improving people’s quality of life. Our team is made up of expert plumbers who are dedicated to providing high-quality plumbing services to both commercial and residential clients.

We understand that plumbing issues can cause significant disruptions and even health hazards, which is why we provide prompt and reliable services to ensure that our clients’ plumbing systems are functioning optimally. Whether you need routine maintenance, emergency repairs, or new installations, we have the experience and expertise to get the job done right.

Need help with your plumbing?

Call Plumbaround on 07 3038 1038 and talk to our team today.

What questions to ask before hiring a plumber

Before you hire a plumber it pays to do some research.

Ask how long they have been in service. Make sure the plumber has the right qualifications and certificates.

What Certificates and qualifications!

Plumbing in Queensland Australia requires a licensed and certified professional. To obtain a plumbing license in Queensland, plumbers must acquire the relevant qualifications, complete an approved apprenticeship, pass the Plumbers and Drainers Licensing Board exam, and submit to background checks.

Operating as a qualified plumber requires mandatory registration with the Department of Housing and Public Works. This registration must be renewed on an annual basis and is contingent upon holding current professional indemnity insurance, workers’ compensation, public liability insurance and supervision certificates.

The Plumbing and Drainage Act provides guidance on health and safety requirements for plumbers in Queensland; this includes regulations concerning sanitary plumbing, drains, hot water systems pool backflow prevention and gasfitting equipment. All certificate holders are expected to abide by these regulations or face suspension or revocation of their permits.

Furthermore, fully qualified plumbers must abide by Australian Standards as well as any additional rules imposed by local councils to ensure sufficient public health standards are met. By registering with the Plumbing and Drainers Licensing Board of Queensland plumbers can receive support from advisory experts who will guide them through necessary steps to comply with applicable laws.

Ask About Referrals!

Check out what the plumber’s rating is from previous customers and find out if there are any unresolved customer disputes.

Find out if they are registered with relevant governing bodies such as your local water authority or plumbing industry unions.

Check for references and confirm that the plumber can do the work required by you without any added costs or hidden fees.

Don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions regarding cost, estimated timelines, materials used, previous experience and payment terms.


Finally make sure that both parties are clear on expectations before agreeing to anything and secure a written contract guaranteeing good value for money services!

Why Hiring A Fully Licensed Plumber Is Important

Hiring a licensed plumber is important for your safety. A licensed professional has the expertise to identify potential risks posed by plumbing repairs and installations.

They also have access to quality materials, plus the knowledge to use these in the safest manner possible.

Licensed plumbers are also skilled in successfully troubleshooting any plumbing issues you may have.

What Are Some Of The Plumbing Issues People Have!

  • Pipe problems plague many households. Leaks, clogs and breaks can occur suddenly, leaving costly water damage in their wake. Regular maintenance helps prevent issues from spiraling out of control, but some scenarios require expert attention.
  • Failing valves prevent household fixtures from delivering the hot and cold pressure necessary for adequate use; a mixture of minerals and corrosion might be the culprits in those cases. And when pipes are outdated, they may spring leaks due to weakened seals that let cold air in, resulting in frozen parts both inside and out.
  • Inadequate supply lines are another issue homeowners must address; even if you think your floor is properly laid out and insulated, it could need replacement after years of steady use, a potentially hefty expense that can only be covered by an experienced plumber.
  • Weeping tanks commonly induce worry too; without a thorough inspection one cannot tell why it’s leaking or whether critical valves or fittings have worn away. Experienced contractors possess the skills to determine an effective repair plan that prevents further deterioration over time.

No homeowner should ever face plumbing issues alone – from large-scale disasters to small inconveniences, there are experts trained to provide safe solutions that prevent future catastrophes.

What Other Benefits Do You Get When Hiring A Licensed Plumber!

Another benefit of hiring an experienced contractor is that they will help you save money in the long run by avoiding costly mistakes or damage that could result from untrained or unethical workers.

Avoiding costly quagmires starts with vigilant vetting. Take the time to understand employee backgrounds, qualifications, and references. Acknowledge paperwork and view contracts carefully. In addition to thorough background checks you need to have a thorough onboarding process covering company policy, safety topics, etiquettes etc.

Ensure compliance by implementing flexible rules mandated by laws or ethical norms. Promote a culture of respect and appreciation for diversity in thought and opinion. Train your employees well on building trust within the team, being open for feedback and striving for excellence through collaboration.


Finally, develop safety precautions that prevent hazardous or dangerous techniques from ever happening in the first place. Regular inspections can detect any small problems before they become catastrophic catastrophes; its great insurance against disasters!

Ultimately, intelligent oversight is always necessary for a safe workplace—and it always pays off in the long run. 

They will also provide effective solutions and advice tailored to your specific needs, ensuring that you get maximum value out of every repair or installation.

Plus, having a professional on hand can give you peace of mind knowing that any problems that arise can be quickly and easily fixed with minimal disruption.

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Emergency Plumbing

At plumbaround we have an after hour plumbing service for all emergency plumbing requirements that you may have at your residential or commercial property. This is a great service if you are a restaurant and on a weekend you need a gas and plumbing fitter to come look at your gas stoves or you have a leak in your pipe work.

This after hour service works 24/7 over the weekends and after hours during the week. Here ready to help you. Call 07-3038-1038 for assistance.

Here are some examples of situations people may call for assistance:

  • Blocked toilets
  • Blocked drains
  • Leaking taps
  • Burst or leaking hot water systems
  • No hot water
  • Roof leaks
  • Leaking water heater
  • Running toilet
  • leaking or burst water mains
  • Leaking drains
  • Clogged sinks
  • Clogged garbage disposal unit
  • Blocked bathroom drains
  • Serious water leaks
  • Broken toilet
  • Leaking shower

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Why Should We Hire A Plumber When You Feel You Can do it yourself

Plumbing may appear to be a simple thing. However if a mistake is made it may cost you more than what saved. Our advice is not try to do it yourself just to save a bit of money.

If anything should go wrong with the faucet you changed or a tap washer you replaced and the pipes burst and your home got flooded you will be be covered by insurance.

Having a licensed professional plumber who is fully insured doing the job gives you peace of mind that if anything should go wrong the plumbing contractor will return and fix the mistake. And any damaged caused by the accident will be covered by insurance.

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