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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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EEK! Where are the plumbers near me?

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

EEK! Where are the plumbers near me?

If you have a plumbing emergency, one of the first thoughts in your mind may be ‘Oh, crap!’ and the near second will be, ‘Where are the plumbers near me?’
Nothing can send your blood pressure through the roof quite like a plumbing emergency where there is water going everywhere or effluent flowing in places it’s not meant to go. In these situations, you will need to find a plumber, fast. The most obvious solution would be to choose a plumber in your local area. But will any local plumber do? What should you check before you book the first available plumber to your job? Here are our tips on finding a plumber near you, in a short amount of time.

Don’t leave it to the last minute to find a plumber

No one can predict when a plumbing emergency will occur, so the next best plan of attack is having a list of local plumbers to call when you need them in a short timeframe. Every household should have the contact numbers of at least two local plumbers they can call in an emergency.
The most common plumbing emergencies are blockages, leaks and overflows. Ensure your local plumber has the experience and equipment to respond to an emergency plumbing job. For example, a sewer blockage is best booked with a plumber that owns a hydro jetting machine. Not all plumbers are equipped with drain unblocking machinery, so ensure your chosen plumbers have the necessary equipment to fix your plumbing emergency.
Having the numbers of two local plumbers is a great start. Next is to check their reputation in the area.

Read reviews

It’s important to check the reputation of a plumber you’re considering to ensure they will do what is needed to fix the problem. There is no point having the numbers of plumbers who don’t show up to a job. This is not ideal in an emergency plumbing situation. Always read the reviews and ask your neighbours who they may have used. Word of mouth recommendations will give you peace of mind when keeping your plumbers’ numbers on file.
Always ask what the call-out fee is during business hours and out of hours. This information will assist you with your budgeting, should the call happen sooner than anticipated.

Choose a local plumber

The benefit of having a local plumber as your preferred plumber in emergencies can mean they can be at your property sooner than a plumber who may be servicing a large geographical area.
Secondly, your local plumber will have insider knowledge on your suburb and what the problem could be caused by. This experience allows them to restore the plumbing services to your house in a shorter amount of time.
A plumbing emergency is not the ideal time to source a plumber, although it can be a good test. In particularly stressful situations where the toilet is overflowing and the carpet is soaked in sewerage, the last thing you want to wonder is ‘where are the plumbers near me?’
Make life easier by choosing a reputable and professional plumber ahead of time so that if and when disaster strikes, you’ll think, ‘I know who I need to call!’

If you live in North Sydney, you can trust Gladesville Plumbing to be your emergency plumber. Contact us for more information on the types of services we can offer you.

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Need A New Shower Plumbed In? Here’s What You Need to Know

Posted by on Jul 28, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Need A New Shower Plumbed In? Here’s What You Need to Know

A great way to add value to your home is through the addition of an extra shower. The shower is the preferred way for people to wash and it can often be the most economical fixture to use in the home with the right water saving tapware and fittings. If you need a new shower plumbed into your home, here is what you need to know.

 

Location Location Location

Most homes will have an existing bathroom. If you’re adding a new shower or ensuite that includes a shower, your plumber will need to ascertain how the waste and water pipes will get to the new bathroom. Drainage plans will need to be examined and your plumber will need to make calculations to ensure the waste from the new bathroom will have enough fall to the existing sewer. Before setting your heart on the location of the new shower, organise a consultation with a plumber to ensure the services will reach.

Tempered Water All The Way

The installation of a new shower needs to abide by the Australian laws when it comes to tempered water. Your existing hot water unit should be set to 60 degrees Celsius. If the existing hot water unit has a tempering valve, your new shower will have tempered water. If there is no tempering valve, your plumber will need to fit one to the existing hot water unit to make the new installation compliant.
It’s also important to consider whether the existing hot water unit will feed enough tempered water to the additional shower. Your plumber will be able to guide you on whether an upgrade will be needed to ensure both showers can have tempered water at the same time.

Taps and Fixtures

Once the new design of the shower has been planned out, it will be important to choose the taps and type of enclosure for your shower. These days it is popular for an in wall mixer for the tap and to have a screen free shower enclosure. You may also need to consider the number of shower heads you’d like installed. Many people are opting for a hand held shower and rain shower head. These decisions need to be made before the plumber roughs in the new services as they will need to know the location for the water points and outlets for the shower roses.
A new shower can be an exciting addition to your home. It can also be convenient for everyone who resides in the home as it gives the option of availability if one shower is being used.

If you are thinking of getting a new shower plumbed in at your residence, contact Gladesville Plumbing. The team would love to assist you with the design and installation process.

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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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