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Things To Consider Before Hiring a Plumber

Whether you have heard your fair share of plumbing horror stories or have actually experienced one yourself, you know how important it is to make sure you take the time to hire an experienced and reputable plumbing contractor.

How To Reduce The Impact Of Domestic Wastewater Overflows

A domestic wastewater overflow is when black water (water that comes from your toilet and is contaminated with human waste) or grey water (water that comes from bathrooms, kitchens and laundries) overflows onto your property or into your home.

How Plumbing (Not Vaccines) Eradicated Disease

Although the wonders of modern medicine have done much to help eradicate diseases such as cholera and polio, the importance of sanitation and plumbing should not be understated. The deeper you look into it, it is easy to see that the development of plumbing infrastructure was really the saving grace.

Did The Roman Empire Fall Due to Poor Plumbing?

There has been many controversial claims that the fall of the Roman Empire was due to poor plumbing, namely the use of lead pipes leading to lead poisoning. There are both written records and archaeological artefacts that demonstrate that the Romans used lead pipes.

How Do I Read My Water Meter?

A water meter is a device that all properties have, it measures the volume of water delivered to a property. Most water meters can be located near the curb or sidewalk at the front of a property, the water meter box will have a metal or plastic lid and may be marked ‘water meter’. When opening the lid of the water meter, proceed with caution as some small animals may have taken up residence.

Why Is Rusty Water Coming Out Of My Hot Water System?

When rusty water comes out of taps and faucets it is easy to freak out instantly, what you need to keep in mind though, is that rusty looking water can come out of a tap after plumbing work has been recently carried out of if there have been recent heavy rains.

Why Are Isolation Valves So Important?

Isolation valves — or shut-off valves, are a vital part of the plumbing process, they need to be installed in pressurized water systems so that when a pipe bursts or a tap leaks, you can mitigate the risk of a large mess and cost.

What Is a Water Efficiency Certificate?

If you’re looking at renting out your property, as you will be the landlord, there are a number of factors to consider — one of the more important factors is if you will be able to pass on the full cost of water consumption to your tenant.

Leaking toilet? The hidden costs you don't know about!

Leaking toilet? The hidden costs you don't know about! We've all heard that annoying sound in the middle of the night, you know the one, it makes you toss and turn in your sleep. The gurgling noises, of what you think could be someone's stomach, but in reality it's actually your toilet sucking more water […]

What is Leak detection?

What is leak detection and how do you know if you need it?
Leak detection is what we do when you have a leak that you may not be able to see or isolate. It usually comes from the internal pipe work in your walls or underground that may have collapsed or broken.

Troubleshooting Electric Hot Water Heater

So, your hot water system has stopped working and you're wondering what to do. Here is a step by step checklist on what you can do to determine the problem.

Do I Need to Service my Taps?

Did you know that dripping taps are the number one cause of water wastage and that a dripping tap alone can waste 24,000 litres of water per year?

Types of Hot Water Systems

Did you know that a hot water system can make up almost 30% of an average Australian household’s total electricity bill?

What you absolutely must know before replacing your hot water system this winter (Save over $6520!)

Its winter again and for plumbing it means an increase in broken or leaking hot water systems brought on by the cold weather. Hot water heaters need to work harder through winter to keep the water at temperature placing additional strain on an already old heater can cause the element or thermostat to fry. Through winter the harsh temperature changes cause copper pipes, joints, valves and hot water heaters to contract and expand stronger than in the warmer months leading to ruptured cylinders and water leaks. So if you find yourself with a broken or leaking hot water system you can blame it on winter and the age of the heater.

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