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Five Plumbing Issues to Spot When Buying a House in Ryde

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

 

Five Plumbing Issues to Spot When Buying a House in Ryd

Searching for a property to purchase can be a time consuming process. Once you decide on a suburb, it becomes a matter of finding a property that meets all your needs. When buying a house in Ryde, a plumbing inspection can save a lot of heartache in the long run. If you’ve found the property of your dreams, there are five plumbing issues to spot before you make an offer.

1. Assess the age of taps and fixtures

Ryde is a suburb that comprises of a mix of renovated and older homes. It’s the ideal suburb to find a fixer-upper. If you do find a home with the intent to renovate, the age of the taps and fixtures won’t matter, but if you’re on a limited budget and have to live with the existing taps and fixtures, be sure to check they are all in working order.
• Turn the taps on and check for leaks.
• Turn the shower on and check the water drains easily and doesn’t pool.
• What’s the water pressure out of the shower rose like?
• Look for moisture or wet spots under the vanity and under the kitchen sink.
• Is the toilet a single or dual flush?
If the taps and fixtures look a little worse for wear, you may need to prepare for a plumber to come and give you a quote to update them. Often older taps and fixtures will use more water, so consider this when you make an offer on the property. You may need to call a plumber to upgrade the fixtures and taps for peace of mind and prevent a water bill shock.

2. Check age of hot water unit

One of the biggest and most hardworking appliances in the home is the hot water unit. It’s a good idea to check the location of the existing hot water unit and the date of manufacture which can be located on the outside of the unit.
Hot water units have a 10 to 15 year lifespan. If you’re considering buying a house in Ryde that has an older unit, be prepared to upgrade it.

3. Get a drain camera down the main sewer lines

If you notice the water takes a long time to drain away when testing the bathroom, this could be a sign of a bigger plumbing problem at the property that you can’t see.
If you make an offer on a property in Ryde, it is beneficial to have a drain inspection to check the state of the sewer line. There is a potential for blockages from tree roots. If the drain camera finds tree roots, you will need to carefully consider if you’re prepared to spend the thousands of dollars needed to repair the drain and remove the roots.

4.Is the existing plumbing up to code?

Make sure you inspect the outside of the home you wish to purchase in Ryde. Older homes may not have their plumbing up to code. While this is not necessary for the sale, it’s something to consider as a potential expense. Many homes pre 1990’s did not have an overflow relief gully, which is a grate located outside the house, connected to the sewer which acts as an overflow point should the street sewer back up. If your house doesn’t have a locatable ORG, you will need to get this installed if you make any plumbing changes or upgrades to your property.

5.What is the roof and guttering like?

Always look up when inspecting a property. Look at the state of the roof, gutters and down pipes. If the roof is corrugated iron, does it look rusty and could it require maintenance or a complete replacement? Look for rust spots and holes in gutters and downpipes. If they are a bit worn, you may need to spend money on getting these replaced, too.
The 5 plumbing issues to spot are important to inspect as they can potentially cause headaches and incur financial cost to rectify.

Buying a house in Ryde? Protect your investment by having a plumbing inspection before the sale becomes unconditional. Contact Gladesville Plumbing today.

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Leaking Hot Water System? Your First Steps Before You Call The Plumber

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

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When you see a water leak, your first reaction is to call a plumber. You’d be right to do so in most situations. But what about a leaking hot water system? What should you check first before you call a plumber?

Identify the hot water unit

There are a variety of hot water units available for installation and as such, each hot water leak will be different. It’s important to identify what hot water unit you have. Is it an electric water heater? Heat pump? Instantaneous gas unit? Gas storage hot water unit? Solar hot water unit? Identify what type of hot water unit you have, as this will help determine what type of plumber you may need to call to service it.

Source the leak

Try and find the source of the leak to your hot water system. The most common areas a hot water unit will leak from will be:
• The bottom of the tank – often this means the inner tank has rusted and corroded and a new hot water unit will be needed. Turn off the water main to your property, to prevent water refilling the hot water unit to simply drain away.
• Leaking Temperature Relief Valve – this valve is meant to drip periodically, but if there is a full stream of water coming out of the valve, a plumber will need to be called to investigate if the valve needs to be replaced.
• Leaking connections where the nylon olive has deteriorated and needs to be replaced. Most connections to valves on your hot water unit will deteriorate over time. This can be an easy fix for your plumber to replace.

 

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Turn off the water main

As you can see, hot water systems can leak from different places. If there is water gushing from one of the connections or from the tank itself, turn off the main water supply to your home and also turn off the tap connecting the hot water feed into your property. This may not stop the leak if the water is leaking from the tank or a valve, but it will stop water going into the hot water unit and then leaking out again. This will save money on your water bill, too.
A leaking hot water unit is an inconvenience and often an unexpected expense to get fixed. Your first steps in identifying your hot water unit type, locating the leak and turning the water off to your property will assist you in getting the right plumber in to fix the problem.

If you have a leaking hot water system, contact Gladesville Plumbing. The team are always on standby to assist with your hot water emergency needs.

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Bathroom Renovations – Best Decision Ever or Money Down The Drain?

Posted by on Sep 30, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Bathroom Renovations – Best Decision Ever or Money Down The Drain?

Bathroom Renovations – Best Decision Ever or Money Down The Drain?

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the bathroom surely must not be far behind. It’s a true hub – a place for relaxing showers and baths, arguments over brushing children’s teeth, getting ready for a night out with friends. Bathroom renovations can make or break a property when it comes to liveability or resale value.

Trends come and go but what you need to ensure is that the space you are working on, or creating from scratch, not only looks pretty but can safely do what it needs to do. Aesthetics are important but functionality sits proudly on the bathroom throne. Take caution when embracing the latest fad in order to avoid watching your hard-earned cash wash away down the drain.

Trends in Bathroom Renovations

The Fancy Basin

Wet areas have certainly come a long way and sinks are now statement pieces in bathrooms. Our tip is to ensure that your sink looks just as pretty being used as when not. Functionality must take pride of place when dealing with an area that gets as much traffic as the bathroom sink of a family home.

Pick It Up, Pack It Up

Recent trends in bathroom renovations have seen a shift towards keeping all personal effects out of sight. Clever, creative storage has (thanks to shows like The Block) somehow framed a world where no one has toothbrushes out on top of the vanity anymore.

Our tip here is to ensure that you don’t have so much cabinetry that the actual working mechanisms of your bathroom cannot be accessed. It’s vital that you create a space that can be adapted and where problems can be addressed instead of building an impossible series of draws, cabinets and tunnels that will need to be destroyed should access be required.

My Island Home

Bathroom renovation trends have seen mini-oasis style setups being created in the place of the once humble abode. Tropical trappings, statement-piece bathtubs and intricate floor-to-ceiling tiling are the calling cards of this bathroom renovations trend.

We don’t really have a tip here – it just sounds very nice. However, you should consider how adopting this trend might see your bathroom go dramatically out of fashion when the tropical breeze blows the other way.  Take the time to consider whether your dream bathroom is a timeless trend or a fast-fading fad.

Are you considering bathroom renovations? Contact Gladesville Plumbing – Sydney’s affordable plumbing specialists

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2018 Drought Australia – How To Get Drought Wise Now

Posted by on Sep 14, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

2018 Drought Australia – How To Get Drought Wise Now

2018 Drought Australia – How To Get Drought Wise Now

Australia is no stranger to drought. Right now, our farmers are experiencing the worst drought in decades. Below average rain falls recorded for autumn and predictions of a dry summer will require Sydney residents to become more proactive with their water use. The best way to become drought wise is through changing habits and installing fixtures and systems that will assist in reducing your household’s water use. Don’t wait until water restrictions kick in. Here are some tips for making your home water wise now.

Install a rain water tank

One of the best ways to reduce your reliance on town water is to install a water tank. While we may have a dry summer, any water collected from the roof and down pipes during a storm or rain event, can be stored in a water tank for use around the garden, outdoors and indoors in certain applications.
Tank water can be used to refill your toilet cistern and your washing machine. Gladesville Plumbing can give you a quote and advise on how to install this set up at your home to get it drought wise for summer.

Install water restrictive aerators to all tap spouts

One of the easiest ways to reduce water consumption is to limit the water running through the spout. This can be easily done through the installation of water saving aerators. Your plumber can install these on every spout in your home, reducing the water flow through each tap anywhere between 4 to 8 litres per minute, depending on the aerator.

Install a dual flush toilet cistern

Dual flush toilet cisterns are much more water efficient that a single flush toilet cistern. A single flush toilet will flush 12 litres of water for every flush, but a dual flush will use 3 litres of water for a half flush and 6 litres for a full flush. If your house has a single flush toilet cistern, the whole toilet suite will need to be replaced if upgrading it to a dual flush cistern. A dual flush cistern won’t be compatible with a single flush toilet pan.

Install a Water Saving Shower Head

A standard shower head will use approximately 18 to 22 litres of water per minute, but water saving shower heads will only use approximately 9 litres of water per minute. This is a big saving that can affect not only the amount of water you use, but also your utility bills.

The biggest concern with water saving shower heads is the water pressure they produce. But mathematically, a longer shower with a water restricted shower head, will save more water than a shorter shower using a non-restrictive shower head. Gladesville Plumbing will happily give you advice on which shower head will be suitable for your needs.

Whenever a drought occurs, it’s important to become conscious of the water used in the household as well as installing mechanisms that can assist in being water wise.

Interested in making your Sydney home drought wise? Contact the team at Gladesville Plumbing for friendly, professional advice and service.

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What does a plumber do?

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

What does a plumber do?

If you own a property, there will be a high probability of needing to call a residential plumber to service an appliance, repair a problem or replace and install a new tap or fixture. A plumber can do a vast variety of jobs when it comes to the water and sewerage connections to your home. If you’ve ever wondered ‘what does a plumber do?’ or ‘what will the plumber do when they’re at my house?’ this post will give you an insight into how a plumbing call out is conducted.

Assess the job

When your plumber first arrives to your property, they will introduce themselves and ask you to show them the problem or job that needs to be completed. The plumber’s first step is assessing the job and working out a solution for the problem or considering ways to fulfil the job in a short timeframe and as economically as possible.

Access

Once the job has been assessed, your plumber will need access to the area to work in, as well as the water services. Your plumber may need to turn the water off to your house to complete the work.
Prepare for this by having a jug of water in the fridge and ensuring the toilet cistern is full of water so one flush is available if the need to ‘go’ arises.
When replacing a hot water unit, the electrical or gas services will be turned off to disconnect the old hot water unit. The outage time for water, electrical and gas services will depend on the efficiency of your plumber and the work involved in the job.

What kind of services does a residential plumber offer?

Not all plumbing services are equal as plumbers will have their preferred niche to focus on.
A residential plumber should be able to provide these services to a consumer:
Drain cleaning
• Disconnect and install new taps and fixtures
• Replace tap washers and ceramic disc spindles
• Fix pipe leaks
Service hot water units
• Replace hot water units
• Service toilet cisterns
• Gas appliance servicing and installations
• Storm water drain servicing and installations
• Rain water tank servicing and installations
Bathroom renovations
• Kitchen renovations
A residential plumber will respect your home and communicate the progress of the job while they are at your premises.
Once the job has been completed, the plumber will issue an invoice for payment. This invoice will need to be paid before the plumber leaves the premises. Check that the plumber has a credit card facility to ensure you can pay by card.

If you are looking for a residential plumber, contact Gladesville Plumbing Services. Our team are ready to take your call and organise a plumber to assist you as soon as possible.

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