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Dishwasher Installation FAQS

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

Dishwasher Installation FAQS

It may be hard to imagine, but not all kitchens in Sydney are equipped with a dishwasher. Shocking, right? But just because a kitchen doesn’t have a dishwasher doesn’t mean one can’t be plumbed in. If you’ve got a property where you’d like a dishwasher installed, check out our dishwasher installation guide. You may be surprised at how easy it is to reconfigure your kitchen for the new installation.

Check for cabinet space

The first thing to check when installing a dishwasher is to see if there is sufficient space under the sink drainer. Sometimes a cupboard can be converted to allow for the new dishwasher to be installed. You may need a carpenter to remove the cupboard to allow for the cavity needed for the dishwasher.
A dishwasher should be installed next to the kitchen sink to ensure the waste hose from the dishwasher will reach the spigot on the trap so the waste water can go down the sink drain. While hoses can be extended, it’s not ideal and can be prone to leaks.

Measure twice

Once the gap has been created for the new dishwasher, measure the depth, width and height of the cavity so you can purchase the right sized dishwasher. It can be super frustrating for the plumber to realise the wrong dishwasher has been purchased and cannot be installed in the new cavity.

Check for services

Once the cupboard has been reconfigured, it’s important to check what services are underneath the kitchen sink. You will need to ensure there is an additional water point and an electrical point for power. Both a plumber and electrician will need to be called. Organise the electrician first for the power point, and then organise the plumber to add the water point when they come to install the dishwasher.
Your plumber should install a flood stop valve on the water line for peace of mind. This will shut off the water supply if the cold water hose bursts. It can be a common occurrence for dishwashers to flood a home and this can be prevented with the right fittings installed on the cold water point.
It’s important for the electrical point to be installed before the water so that the plumber can turn power on to the dishwasher to test it on its first cycle. The test is crucial to check for possible leaks. A plumber shouldn’t leave after installing a dishwasher without at least putting it through one cycle.
It’s important to call a trusted plumber when retrofitting a new dishwasher. It can be a fiddly process, but with a little organisation, the new appliance can be installed in no time.

If you’re after a dishwasher installation in Gladesville, Ryde and surrounding areas of Sydney, give Gladesville Plumbing a call. Our plumbers are only too happy to assist you with your dishwasher installation needs.

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Winter is Coming – Better Call In Your Local Gas Fitter!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Winter is Coming – Better Call In Your Local Gas Fitter!

There is an increased demand on electricity services when winter arrives. The use of heating appliances can put pressure on our utility system as well as our back pocket. One way to avoid the bill shock is to swap to gas appliances. If you already have gas appliances installed, it’s important to call your gas fitter in Sydney to check over the appliance and detect possible decay or leaks. Here is a checklist of items your gas fitter can check or install in one call out.

 

Gas Stove Top

If you use a gas stove top or oven, it’s a good idea to get your gas fitter to check all the fittings and test all connections for leaks. The stove top is often in high demand over winter for warm meals like soups and casseroles. A simple maintenance check from your local gas fitter will ensure there are no surprise gas leaks during the winter period. Often this is peak demand for gas fitters in Sydney to rectify problems, so organising a maintenance check will prevent an emergency call.

Gas Heaters

Gas heaters are an economical way to heat the home without incurring costly electricity bills. If you already own a gas heater, organise for a maintenance check for any leaks and to ensure the appliance will work throughout the winter season with no issues.

If you are looking for a heating appliance for your home, look at installing a gas heater. A bayonet will need to be installed in your home if it doesn’t have one already. One of our gas fitters can install a gas outlet and install the appliance for you so your home is ready for when the winter chills come.

Gas Hot Water Units

Gas hot water units should be checked annually. The reason for this is the inside of the unit can build up with carbon which can affect the hot water unit or cause it to stop working. An annual check-up can test the temperature of the water and ensure all fittings are secure and in good condition while also removing any build up in the unit.

If you’re in the market for a hot water unit, why not consider replacing your existing hot water unit with an instantaneous gas hot water unit? This type of unit is economical to run as it heats the water as it’s drawn from the tap. Your household will never run out of hot water which is especially important during the cooler months.

Need an experienced gas fitter in Sydney? For all your gas appliance installations and maintenance, contact Gladesville Plumbing. Our experienced gas fitters will have you ‘cooking with gas’ in no time!

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Need a Plumber in West Ryde? Here’s What’s Probably Going On in Your Pipes!

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Need a Plumber in West Ryde? Here’s What’s Probably Going On in Your Pipes!

If you reside in West Ryde, you will either live in a fairly modern home that has been built in the last twenty or so years or a typical ‘80’s brick box’ which was the common trend of homes in that era. No matter what style of home you live in, the majority of homes in West Ryde will have similar pipe materials used for their water and sewer services. If you need a plumber in West Ryde and want to know the common problems with the pipes in this suburb, read on.

 

Bows and flat spots in sewer pipes

 

The waste pipes in the majority of homes in West Ryde are mainly comprised of PVC. PVC pipe is the most common type of pipe used in sewer installations due to its durability and cost to supply and install. What can happen over a period of time due to earth movement is that PVC can get bows or flat spots that can cause a backup of effluent and cause a blockage. The best way to deal with blockages is to use a jet rodding machine to blast the trapped matter away.

Alternatively, to prevent future blockages occurring, a drain camera can be placed down the drain to locate the existing position of the bow or flat line. Your local plumber can excavate and install new PVC pipe to the correct gradient to prevent blockages in the future. While this can be a considerable cost to fix, it may be worthwhile if you are calling your plumber on a regular basis to remove blockages.

Water leaks on copper pipes

 

Copper is the second most common type of pipe used for water installations. In the 1980’s, each copper joint would have been soldered together. Sometimes, due to movement or age, the soldered joints can spring a leak. This is particularly common on the t-section of a shower combination.

If the bathroom is in need of a full renovation, it would be recommended to replace the waste and water pipes before walls are sheeted and tiled.

If you’re not in a position to renovate your bathroom, your plumber will offer suggestions on what can be done to fix the soldered points by accessing it from an alternate wall if possible.

 

Looking for a plumber? West Ryde specialists Gladesville Plumbing can help. Our experienced team will get your pipes running in the right direction. Call us TODAY on (02) 9817 4777

 

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Sydney Emergency Plumber – What to do before you call

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

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Plumbing Emergency? What to do NOW, Before You Call The Emergency Plumber

What a plumber classes as an emergency call can be quite different to what a property owner warrants as a plumbing emergency. It’s very common to panic when things go wrong. But sometimes you can contain a hazard that has caused the plumbing emergency before calling a plumber. While we don’t encourage people to fix their own emergency plumbing issues, there are key responses you can undertake to prevent more damage and contain the issue. Before we explore what can be done before calling a Sydney emergency plumber, it’s important to know when a plumbing problem becomes a true emergency.

When to call a Sydney emergency plumber

A plumbing emergency is when the flow of water or waste cannot be contained using valves or fittings on site. For example, a burst pipe or water leak can be stopped by turning the water meter off to the building to stop the water supply. But this job can turn into an emergency when the water main WON’T turn off the water supply. In some cases, the local water authority will need to be called to replace the water meter, but in high-rises or houses where the main stop tap is maintained by the building owner, a plumber may need to be called to freeze the water line and install a new water tap to stem the flow of water to that leak. Time is of the essence in this situation as water can damage not only your property, but others who are in the line of the water leak. Other plumber emergencies can be when effluent has backed up into the house through a drain or outside through the overflow relief gully. A back flow of sewerage is a serious health hazard and must be contained immediately. There are many reasons why sewerage can back up but generally it’s because there is a blockage. Your local licensed plumber should be the first point of call to remove the blockage so the sewerage flows through the sewer pipes where it belongs.

Steps to take when confronted with a plumbing emergency

The most common plumbing emergencies are water leaks and sewerage overflows. To contain the leak, turn off the water at the mains. It’s really important you familiarise yourself with where the water is turned off at your property. You don’t want to be madly searching when water is leaking through your house. Sewerage overflows require emergency plumbing. Often there is nothing that can be done to stem the flow of waste. Maintaining your sewerage system by getting blockages looked at as soon as they occur can prevent a back flow of sewerage. It’s also important to check that your property has an overflow relief gully which allows sewerage backups to flow outside your home rather than inside.

Need a Sydney emergency plumber? The team at Gladesville Plumbing are ready and able to handle all your emergency plumbing needs. Call today on 9817 4777.

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Unblocking Sydney Drains and Toilets – Myths Vs Facts

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Unblocking Sydney Drains and Toilets – Myths Vs Facts

The most common reason for a resident to call a plumber is to unblock drains or toilets that have been backed up from the wrong waste being flushed down the pipe. The drainage pipe connecting a Sydney home to the main sewer is usually 100mm in diameter. This diameter can allow solids (poo), liquids (wees , number threes, vomit) and toilet paper to travel easily down the pipe gradient, which gets flushed through the main sewer to the sewerage treatment plant.
There are any number of reasons for a drain to block up. But generally, a blocked drain can occur when the wrong waste is flushed down the sewer system. Anything that is not body waste or toilet paper shouldn’t be put down the drain. A blocked drain is not a fun issue to deal with at home, so many residents will try to unblock the drain themselves with some DIY methods. It is true, there are things you can do before you call your plumber, but some of the homemade recommendations can do little to dislodge a blockage.
If you ever find yourself with a blocked drain, here are some steps to take, before calling your plumber.

1. Identify the location of the blockage

If you notice a blocked fixture in your home, it’s important to determine if it is the only fixture that takes a long time to drain. If it’s only an isolated fixture, the blockage will be on that fixture’s waste pipe. But if all the fixtures in the home back up or take time for the water to drain away, the blockage is on the main line of the sewer.
Once you’ve identified the location, any blockages on the main sewer line will need a plumber to come out and blast the blockage with a jet rodder machine. Most often, the blockage is caused by tree roots, which requires specialist tools to remove.

Try Natural Products

The only time to try natural products is if fat has congealed down the kitchen sink. The kitchen sink can often back up if food or oils have been poured down there. To break up the fat, shake bicarb soda over the sink drain and then pour in white vinegar. Let this mixture sit in the waste for half an hour. Then flush using water from the sink mixer. If the sink still remains blocked after this DIY remedy, it’s time to try a plunger.

Plunge the Blockage

Every home owner in Sydney should own a plunger. This plumbing tool can unblock many a drain by using pressure to push the blockage away through the pipe. Ensure the mouth of the rubber end of the plunger covers the drain hole. Use an up and down forceful motion with the plunger to use pressure to unblock the drain. If this doesn’t work, it’s time to call a plumber with something more powerful to blast the blockage away.

Commercial Drain Cleaners

Commercial drain cleaners are usually the last resort when trying to unblock a drain. Many plumbers will try different avenues before using a commercial drain cleaner, to avoid chemicals going down the sewer system. If you have tried everything to unblock the drain at your home, it’s time to call a plumber to fix the blockage for you.

If you are experiencing blocked drains in Sydney, contact Gladesville Plumbing. Our professional team will help get your plumbing running back the way it should.

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REPAIR OR RENOVATE? – COSTING BATHROOM REPAIRS, SYDNEY

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

REPAIR OR RENOVATE? – COSTING BATHROOM REPAIRS, SYDNEY

REPAIR OR RENOVATE? COSTING BATHROOM REPAIRS IN SYDNEY

If you’re considering whether to repair or renovate your bathroom, there are many points to factor in before making a decision. Bathroom repairs in Sydney can be an efficient way to maintain the bathroom without outlaying the expense of a full bathroom renovation.
A functional bathroom in the home can often be taken for granted until the unexpected occurs:

  • The button on the toilet cistern won’t flush.
  • The plastic toilet cistern ages from white to an ivory yellow.
  • The spout on the tap has a leak spurt.
  •  The drain in the bath or shower drains the water away too slowly.
  •  The basin gets a chip in it.
  •  The push down plug gets stuck.

These problems can be a hassle to deal with. None of them mean you need to head down the road to completely renovate, but they are a sign you need to call a plumber to get the bathroom fully functional again. No one wants to be inconvenienced with having to throw a bucket of water down the toilet pan to flush a number two away! Having a number of little repair jobs seen to at once can save you money on the plumbing bill as your plumber can fix each issue and only bill one call out fee.

When to repair fixtures

If your bathroom is old and hasn’t been updated for a long while, you may need to think about whether a bathroom renovation should be considered in the immediate future. But to give yourself time to save and prepare – bathroom renovations do require significant money and time to complete – consider getting those niggling plumbing jobs repaired.

 

What if the fixtures can’t be repaired?

Upon inspection, your plumber will advise whether or not fixtures need to be replaced. You may feel apprehensive about spending money on new fixtures if you’re planning to renovate eventually. If you can live with the state of the bathroom till renovations, by all means test your patience and save making the purchase. But if the taps or fixtures need to be replaced, you have two options.

  1. Replace the fixture or tap with a budget-friendly model that will suit the application needed. Don’t go for the dirt cheap model as usually the warranty on these will be limited. Choose a middle of the range fixture that won’t cost you a fortune, but will get you out of trouble until you decide to renovate your bathroom.
  2. Replace the fixture or tap with one you’d like in your renovated bathroom. These can be simply disconnected at demolition time and then reinstalled after the renovations have been completed.

Repairing a bathroom is certainly a good way to buy extra time to save for a bathroom renovation. Unless you’re desperate to update, keeping your existing bathroom well maintained can prevent the expense of a premature renovation.

Do you need bathroom repairs? Sydney specialists Gladesville Plumbing can help. Our friendly team of professionals can offer advice on repairs and when to consider renovating. Call today on (02) 9817 4777.

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