East Ryde is a small and quiet suburb, with a major part of the area located on top of a ridge. Some of the housing in East Ryde backs onto mangrove wetlands, with the suburb surrounded by bushland and water areas. These characteristic features of East Ryde make it a viable place to live – especially when in close proximity to the Sydney city centre. The most common plumbing call outs in East Ryde don’t differ hugely from other inner Sydney suburbs, but here are some to be aware of.
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Old homes with modern problems
The homes in East Ryde are mainly old homes, built on sloping blocks and often with damp & mould problems due to water flowing towards water ways.
The more modern and older homes are fitted with the latest appliances and modern fixtures, but the older homes tend to have damp issues. Appliances can include the likes of a fridge with ice dispenser, the under-sink water filter system, and sink disposal system. All can come with their own plumbing maintenance like regular filter changes and ensuring the correct waste is disposed of. If you do purchase a renovated older home in East Ryde, be sure to keep up a regular maintenance schedule to service these appliances when needed.
If your East Ryde home has been recently renovated, it pays to check the drainage plan. Ensure the plan outlines the existing layout of the bathroom and kitchen. If the plan has the same location of fixtures, it may be the existing pipework has been used which could mean you need to replace these in a few years. If the fixtures aren’t in the same place as what is on the diagram, it may not have been done by a plumber in the first place.
Drainage plans of homes in East Ryde should be a mandatory part of conveyancing when purchasing a property in the area.
Tree root blockages
Any areas that have bushland and older trees can have problems with roots penetrating sewer lines and causing blockages. It pays to have a camera placed down the drain to confirm if tree roots are an occurring problem. A cracked pipe can give roots the opportunity to grow through the sewer, causing a backup of sewerage.
Gutter and downpipe blockages
Leaves can often cause havoc to gutter and downpipe systems if they aren’t cleared regularly from the roof and gutters. Autumn and spring are the best times of the year to do a check-up and clean out any leaf debris lying in the gutters.