Monthly Archives: February 2014

1002, 2014

Hot Water Maintenance Tips

February 10th, 2014|News|0 Comments

shutterstock_113697670We rely on it for our daily shower among many other essential things, but rarely do we think about performing any maintenance on it. That is, until it stops working properly.

That’s right – I am talking about a household’s hot water service. Although all major or serious repairs should always be performed by a professional plumbing service, there are a few things that you can do on a regular basis to extend the life of your hot water service. With a little bit of maintenance, you can keep your water heater performing better for much longer:

  • Always keep the water heater air vents clear of leaves, grass and other rubbish. Because air is sucked from the bottom, clogged or dirty vents make it easy for debris to be carried up into system and put strain on it by forcing the system to work harder. Sweep the area regularly to reduce dust build up and keep the water heater running efficiently.
  • Release the temperature and pressure relief valve every six months. This prevents any pressure from building up in the hot water service, which has the potential to cause an explosion. Always check for signs of leaking water, as this is a good indication that the part will need to be replaced.
502, 2014

Eco-Friendly Plumbing Tips

February 5th, 2014|News|0 Comments

300We’ve all heard about the effects of global warming. With media campaigns telling us to lower the home’s total greenhouse average emissions, who can’t help but be environmentally conscious; recycling, reusing and grey water systems have become standard practice in homes for years.

But what you may not realise is that there are a heap of other ways you can easily contribute with little or no any effort. So if it’s time to upgrade the plumbing or you are building a new home, consider these easy tips to help save the environment and reduce your water bill too:

302, 2014

Dealing with a Drain Blockage

February 3rd, 2014|Blogs|0 Comments

The drain blockage is an inconvenience that most householders will face at some point in time. This article outlines some of the best ways to deal with a drain blockage, along with some of the things to avoid doing when faced with a blocked drain.

Contacting the local council

Property owners should be aware that sometimes the drain blockage can be the council’s responsibility. This is true if the blockage results from the sewage or council-owned drains and pipes that have backed up into the resident’s drainage system.

202, 2014

Saving Big with Green Energy

February 2nd, 2014|Blogs|0 Comments

Green energy is as much about social responsibility and benefiting the environment as it is about achieving big savings on energy costs. These are three easy ways that any household can make major savings on energy.

  • Unplug chargers and switch off – The average home has dozen of battery-charged devices, such as notebooks, phones and music players. Unplug chargers when not in use to save more on electricity, and get into the habit of switching off anything that is not being used.
  • Harness the power of the sun – Water heating is energy intensive, so households can save more by investing in a solar water heater. Setting the hot water heating to a lower temperature and using an on-demand water heater are also great ways to save if the household does not have a solar water heater.

Homeowners can also harness the power of the sun by drying clothes on the line rather than in a dryer. Line drying gives an added advantage as sunlight has natural disinfecting properties.

102, 2014

Why Choosing ENERGY STAR Appliances is Important

February 1st, 2014|News|0 Comments

ENERGY STAR ratings have been used on appliances for the past two decades, and now can have a dramatic impact on which product consumers select. Looking for the ENERGY STAR on appliances is important because it is a quick and easy way to find out the energy demand of an appliance while shopping and comparing products.

Here is a brief overview of the program and how to use the label.