Monthly Archives: May 2014

3005, 2014

Plumbing Origins: The Aqueducts of Rome

May 30th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Dollarphotoclub_18430482The ancient Romans were originally dependent on the Tiber River and a few springs and wells for their water, but as the population of Rome grew and these sources became polluted they were forced to think on a grander scale. Thus the mighty Roman Aqueducts were born.

This system of waterways that brought running water to the very heart of Rome is considered one of the greatest engineering achievements of the ancient world, and was the forerunner of the modern plumbing we enjoy today.

2805, 2014

Preparing Your Plumbing for Winter

May 28th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Dollarphotoclub_50138241Winter can be harsh on your home’s plumbing systems, particularly in locations where the temperature gets down to near-freezing or below. That’s why it’s important to make the necessary preparations ahead of time to ensure your plumbing is protected from the cold.

Gutters and downpipes

Gutters and downpipes are your roof’s plumbing system. They channel excess water off your roof and either into rainwater tanks or away from your home. But if they are blocked with debris such as twigs, leaves and dirt, they will overflow and damage your home, allowing water into your ceilings and basement. Therefore cleaning out and repairing gutters and downpipes prior to winter is a vital part of your preparation. Installing gutter guards is also a good second line of defence.

2605, 2014

What To Do When Your Roof Leaks

May 26th, 2014|News|0 Comments

shutterstock_81068689A roof leak can be a traumatic and costly event if not found and fixed promptly. This article looks at what to do when you experience a roof leak and how to go about repairing it.

Control the water

When a leak occurs, the first thing to do is to prevent it from causing further damage. That means controlling the water. Roof leaks generally make themselves known during rain and storms, so while you may not be able to affect a repair immediately outside you can at least prevent further damage to the interior of your home.

2405, 2014

10 Most Interesting Plumbing Facts

May 24th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Dollarphotoclub_666011There are many little known facts about the storage and transport of water through pipes. Here are ten of the most interesting plumbing facts

First flushing toilet

The first flushing toilet was discovered in Crete in 1500 BC  in the palace of King Minus. Flush toilets continued to be used until the fall of the Roman empire, which caused the technology to be lost for many centuries.

2205, 2014

How to Care for Your Washing Machine

May 22nd, 2014|News|0 Comments

washdogtoyYour washing machine is like any other household appliance, requiring regular TLC to ensure clean clothes and smooth operation. There are several areas of your washer that need to be cleaned regularly.

The outside

Washing machines are coated with a porcelain or synthetic enamel, and this stains and scratches easily. So cleaning the outside of your washer regularly with a soft damp cloth and mild dishwashing detergent will prevent washing powder spills and stains from damaging the finish.

2005, 2014

What Not to Flush

May 20th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Dollarphotoclub_23380112Sometimes it can be tempting to toss something into the toilet rather than putting it in the rubbish bin, but flushing the wrong things down our septic systems can cause a lot of damage.

Not only can it clog up our own toilet, leading to expensive plumbing repairs, but it can also cause damage to sewage treatment plants further down the line and wider damage to ground water, wildlife and the natural environment. The following is a list of things that should never be flushed down a toilet or drain.

1805, 2014

The Dangers of Gas Leaks

May 18th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Dollarphotoclub_64102877Gas is a wonderful thing. It is a highly combustible energy source that’s clean and economical to use. But its high combustibility also makes it highly dangerous, and if not used correctly gas can cause severe injuries and even death. This article looks at the dangers of gas leaks and provides tips on how to use gas safely in the home.

Fires and explosions

Leaking gas can lead to explosions and fires, and because natural gas has no odour gas suppliers add an odorant so that we can smell if it is leaking.

1605, 2014

Outdoor Kitchen Renovation Tips

May 16th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Dollarphotoclub_55552144Outdoor kitchens are a growing trend in Australia. Our relatively mild climate allows for outdoor entertaining most of the year, and an outdoor kitchen can be the highlight of any back yard. If you’re considering installing an outdoor kitchen as part of your home renovations, here are some things to keep in mind before you start.

Elements to consider

There are a number of elements that need to be thought through before you attempt an outdoor kitchen. These include:

1405, 2014

Why Your Gutters Need Regular Cleaning

May 14th, 2014|News|0 Comments

limpieza_de_canaletasHow often do you clean your gutters? If the answer’s not very often, you could be asking for trouble. Gutters carry rainwater away from your house, and if they’re blocked in any way they simply can’t do their job. This article looks at the reasons why you need to clean your gutters regularly and how to go about it the right way.

Why your gutters need cleaning

Blocked gutters can lead to a range of hazardous situations. These include: