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SOME HELPFUL PLUMBING TIPS FOR YOU:

Our homes are reliant on a good plumber to keep everything working properly. From the kitchen sink, dishwasher and gas oven to the bathroom and gas ducted heating. Even when only one of these is not functioning in our home, our household and family routines are sorely disrupted. We are your local Plumbers, at your service – willing and able to handle all plumbing needs with efficiency and affordability.

National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative

The Australian Government has announced that it will no longer be providing rebates under this initiative.

Householders may still apply for a rebate for rainwater tanks and greywater systems purchased on or before 10 May 2011.

However, your application must be received by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, population and Communities by

10 November 2011.

For more information visit: www.environment.gov.au

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plumbing_2.jpg   Do you have a leaking pipe? If your water bill arrives and you have an unexpected increase in water usage, it may indicate a water leak somewhere. To test this theory, wait until the evening when everyone is in bed and there is no chance of water being used. Locate your water meter and write down the meter reading. In the morning, before anyone showers or uses the bathroom, check the meter again. If the morning figure is higher then it is quite probable that you have a water leak that needs to be located and repaired as soon as possible. Immediately turn off water from the main supply.

Who pays for the leak? If the leak is on the street side of the water meter, your Council is responsible for repairs. In some instances, it may be possible to be reimbursed for water usage costs. Please make enquiries with your council.

Maintenance is much cheaper than replacement.

There is some amount of maintenance that can be performed by you, but some things require a qualified plumber. Call us for quick and efficient service.

    • Regularly replace tap washers. Don't over tighten taps when turning them off as this can split the washer. If the tap is continually dripping have it serviced before it wears the tap seat. If a tap does start running the only way to isolate it is to turn off the main supply to your home and then call us.


  • A dripping shower head can be stopped by replacing the washer in the tap handle. A blocked shower head should be removed and washed out in hot water and detergent. You may use a piece of wire or a hard bristled brush to clean out the holes.
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    • Even better, install a AAA-rated shower head. A water-efficient shower head can reduce both your electricity and water bills simultaneously and save about a ton of CO2 per year.



    • Slow drainage of water from your sinks may be due to an accumulation of grease and sludge in the drain pipes. Sometimes the use of chemicals will fix this. Otherwise, we need to clear your clogged pipes by use of an electric eel or high pressure water jet cleaners.



  • Annual check ups on your sewerage and storm water drains is recommended as tree root systems sometimes block your pipes and if left unchecked, it may result in extensive damage.

Dirty or discoloured water could be caused by a number if things. If the cold water supply is dirty, it may be that your Council has recently performed some maintenance of the water mains and the sediment should clear up shortly. If there is discoloured water from your hot water supply, it may be that your hot water system is badly corroded and will require replacement.

OTHER RELATED SITES:

Professional Associations and Institutes
Australian Institute of Building
Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
Build for Life
Building Designers Association of Australia Ltd
Building Designers Association of NSW
Forest and Wood Products Australia
Housing Industry Association
Master Builders Australia
Property Council of Australia
Royal Australian Institute of Architects

Local, State and Federal Government Agencies
Australian Building Codes Board
Connecting NSW
Department of Climate Change
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
Licence Recognition
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The information above is intended as a helpful guide only. Every care has been taken in its preparation and to the best of our knowledge it was correct at the time of publication. However, as most of this information has been drawn from third parties, we accept no liability for any errors or omissions. In every instance it is the reader’s responsibility to consult with relevant authorities and follow manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels.

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