What a great morning for World Tradesman Day last Friday. A hot cooked brekkie at our office on Ainsdale Street, Chermside West. We even had a few locals lining up for a sausage (with onions on the top not the bottom!)
Thank you to the wonderful locals for welcoming us into the local community. It has been an easy transition with lovely people, good vibes & great coffee next door at Silky Oak Espresso.
Please pop your head in and say ‘hi’ next time you are in the area.
Have you recently received a high water bill for the quarter? Is it quite excessive? High water usage can result from a few different reasons but a big reason could be a concealed water leak on the property.
This is the type of leak you can not see or recognise and one that could be quite costly as a home owner.
The definition of a concealed leak is a water leak on your property that is hidden from your view. A concealed leak is usually because of a cracked pipe either located underground or inside the house walls.
If the leak is located underground, you may notice a somewhat greener or damper patch of grass overtime, however this usually goes unnoticed. The picture here is of a concealed water leak (excavated), slight dampness to the ground cover but ultimately it was a high usage water bill that alerted the owner to identify he had a possible water leak on their property. This prompted a call to us here at Plumbaround.
The best way to detect a concealed water leak on your property is to contact your local plumber to perform a pressure test on the property water line. This can determine whether or not you have a water leak on the property. From here, your plumber will locate the leak for you or organise leak detection to do so.
Our plumbers are highly skilled and we have equipment to help locate a concealed water leak for you.
Please contact our office for further information on how we can assist you today to either find that costly leak or prevent a possible leak!
A blocked drain can be from a few different reasons, such as a squashed pipe or tree roots. Tree roots are a major cause of drain blockages and must be rectified as the problem will only worsen with time. If a tree root penetrates a pipe, it is highly likely that it will still grow in the pipe. The tree root system grows to where food and water are located. If you have a crack in a pipe, it is very likely a tree root will enters the drainage line. A tree root can still penetrate and break a pipe even if there is no crack to begin with.
Warwick had fun recently clearing a gurgling shower drain line. Tree roots can penetrate any drain if given the chance and the results are terrible. This shower drain was completely full of tree roots and the line has now been repaired to ensure this doesn’t continue to happen. The owner simply heard a constant gurgling in from the shower drain but over time it became worse. Little did they know it was actually this bad! The repair was only a small section of pipework but some instances see an entire drainage line being repaired.
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.
This 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!!
Check out this video Boxing day fun of the water leak Warwick attended to on Boxing Day 2016! 😯 😥 The leak was in a high rise in Brisbane City with no plumbing suppliers open to source parts from because of the Boxing Day public holiday. Upon arrival to the high rise building, Plumbaround Pty Ltd found a constant dripping from the ceiling from floor 22 in the corridor.
After investigation work, Warwick found there to be a split in the pipe on a bend. In an attempt to install a repair band on the damaged which is directly on the elbow (bend of the pipe), it has worsened the leak and then needed to be cut out. Without suppliers open to source the parts he needed, Warwick has had to fabricate a new bend out of what parts he had available in the truck.
The affected section of pipework has been cut out while still under pressure (hot water still flowing through the pipe) as the hot water was unable to be fully shut down. Hours later and after testing all works, the repair band was holding pressure! Exciting times, with burns to his hands and all 😥
Far from a relaxing day on the Boxing Day public holiday! Just another day @ work with Plumbaround Pty Ltd and the start of the busiest 3 weeks we have seen. We thought the lead up to Christmas was busy but that was just the beginning 🙂 🙂
If you come across a leak or water stains, especially with hot water, enlist the services of a Qualified Plumber such as Plumbaround Pty Ltd to commence investigative work before the situation worsens and damages your home and belongings.
Our Plumbaround Pty Ltd office staff and highly qualified plumbers are always happy to talk with you about a leak or water damage situation to ensure you receive the correct information about what course of action if required.
We are available day and night to take your calls or will endeavour to respond to your email ASAP!!!