Monthly Archives: January 2014

3101, 2014

Steps to Preventing Water Damage at Home

January 31st, 2014|Blogs|0 Comments

Surveys have shown that water damage is one of the most common causes of loss to householders. Taking steps to reduce the risk of water damage can save homeowners time, stress and money.

Common causes

There are three major causes of water damage in the home. Fixture and appliance supply lines can leak water and lead to water damage. These lines include pipes connecting sinks, toilets, washing machines and other appliances.

3101, 2014

Plumbing Problems in Old Homes

January 31st, 2014|News|0 Comments

shutterstock_134557316When it comes to maintenance in the home, the general rule is that prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure. This is especially when it comes to plumbing problems. Regardless of the age of your home, inspecting certain areas in the home regularly allows you to spot minor problems before they turn into an expensive maintenance issue, but it is recommended that you do it more frequently the older your home is.

If you live in a home older than 60 years or are thinking about purchasing an older house, the most important advice to remember is to pay for a proper inspection. Water pipes, drains and PVC sewerage lines are only made have a certain lifespan, so it’s best to determine from the start how long it will be before anything needs to be replaced.

3001, 2014

A Guide to DIY Plumbing and Maintenance

January 30th, 2014|Blogs|0 Comments

Plumbing issues can have a disruptive effect in the home. While a plumber can help homeowners solve their plumbing and water issues, some plumbing problems can be avoided or quickly fixed if the householder has some basic DIY knowledge and keeps up with the necessary maintenance.

  • Septic tanks – Septic tanks should be cleaned every five years. A good clean will remove deposits, debris and other build-up that can cause problems in the tank.
  • Low tap water pressure – Low water pressure in taps is another common problem. This can be caused by sediment build-up in the aerator of the tap. A simple clean with vinegar can dislodge and remove the build-up.
  • Garbage disposal – Garbage disposal systems ensure that no large food scraps are sent down into the plumbing system. As such, they should be maintained and cleaned properly. Running hot water can dissolve grease and oils (though these should not be poured into the sink as a general rule) and make the disposal run more smoothly.
  • Leaks – Leaking taps can often be fixed by replacing the tap washer, the o-ring or the jumper valve. If this does not fix the leak, have a licensed plumber check out the tap.
2901, 2014

How to Solve 4 of the Most Common Plumbing Problems

January 29th, 2014|Blogs|0 Comments

Most homeowners will deal with plumbing problems at some stage. Plumbing problems can happen in new and old homes, but the most common areas of the home for plumbing problems are the toilets and kitchens.

These instructions from Ottoman Historians will assist householders with fixing four of the most common plumbing problems

1201, 2014

Garbage Disposal Tips

January 12th, 2014|News|0 Comments

shutterstock_134206400A garbage disposal is a handy thing to have in the kitchen, but it’s easy for things to go wrong with the mechanisms if they aren’t taken care of properly. If a problem occurs, not only could it damage the garbage disposal itself but it could also damage your kitchen’s plumbing, leading to expensive repairs.

The best way to avoid this is to take preventative measures that will keep you, your garbage disposal system and your wallet happy. Our tips include:

1001, 2014

What To Do when Your Hot Water Tank is Leaking

January 10th, 2014|News|0 Comments

shutterstock_121994224Have you ever experienced that awful moment when you’re standing in a nice hot shower, calmly shampooing your hair, and suddenly you feel as though tiny needles of ice are being injected into your skin? You scramble to get out of the path of the freezing water, and after several moments of waiting in vain to see if the hot water is going to return you sigh and resign yourself to having to get out of the shower. And just like that, your whole day is ruined.

Usually there are signs that your hot water system is on its last legs and people just don’t notice them. Some signs that all is not well with your hot water system include:

801, 2014

Most Common Emergency Plumbing Disasters

January 8th, 2014|News|0 Comments

shutterstock_131372426With the DIY revolution in full-swing, driven by reality television shows such as The Block, many Australians are of the opinion that they can take care of their home’s maintenance needs on their own – and to a certain extent they are right. However, there are some common plumbing issues that tend to turn into common plumbing disasters, and in these cases it’s important that you get a professional to fix the issue before it costs you thousands.

Some of the most common plumbing issues that should be attended to by a professional include:

501, 2014

Advantages of Green Plumbing Materials

January 5th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Climate science has suggested that human activity is warming up the planet. As a result, many people are seeking different ways in which they can make a difference to the environment. Small steps such as adjusting your home plumbing systems and changing plumbing practices around the home can have a positive impact.

Green plumbing avoids using chemicals that may be toxic to environment. For example, materials that green plumbing avoids include solder, brazing and other similar substances that have traditionally been used on piping. Alternatives include cross-linked polyethylene, which is suitable for water, gas and other piping lines.