Plumbers & Gasfitters
Avoid bad bathroom odours with a plumber
When the bathroom drains begin to emit bad odours, it might be time to call in a plumber. According to Stephen Mewett of the Master Plumbers Association of New South Wales, "If there's a smell, it means there's generally something wrong with the system, and it needs to be fixed."
Concealed cistern toilets: a popular choice
In keeping with the trend toward wall-hung or streamlined bathroom fittings, concealed cistern toilets have become an increasingly popular choice.Using the wall or ceiling cavity to hide the cistern, only the bowl of the toilet is visible, creating a modern, streamlined look. They utilise much less space, which is ideal for smaller bathrooms or spaces that may be awkward.
Find a plumber
Needless to say, drains and pipes are best when unblocked and functioning well. So, unless you know what you're doing, it pays to get an expert plumber to help install or renovate plumbing in the bathroom, kitchen or laundry.
How to unblock drains around the home
Blocked drains can create havoc on the home and knowing what is causing the issue can lead to frustration. Talking with a professional plumber can provide insight into unblocking drains. If water is taking longer to go down the plughole of your bathroom sink and shower, or there are gurgling sounds when the water tries to drain away, it suggests there's blockage somewhere to the home drainage system. These are the milder problems, while other indications include unpleasant odours and overflow from a grate outside.
Planning new home plumbing
When it comes to planning plumbing for a new home, it pays to be meticulous: consider the layout of the house and choose your products carefully.Though it's very much behind the scenes and only thought of when something goes wrong, household plumbing is one of the most important aspects of a new home design. And, like everything else related to building a new home, getting the best from your household plumbing requires a reasonable amount of planning. "In my opinion it is very important that clients, when choosing fixtures and tapware, not only get what they want, but that they understand what the item does and whether it is going to fit with the layout of their new home," says David, an experienced plumber.
Shower plumbing: the basics
Plumbing a shower is one of the most important and complicated parts of a bathroom renovation. With no room for error, it's a job best left to the experts.
Different Accreditations, Qualifications and Standards for Plumbers
Plumbing is an essential service for homes and businesses. In Australia all plumbers and gasfitters are required to be qualified and licenced. The core areas of plumbing work include water, sewerage, drainage and gas which are regulated in all States and Territories through the various plumbing authorities. Trained and licenced plumbers are qualified to undertake a variety of work that requires skills and experience.
How many quotes should I get?
If you have plumbing work that needs to be done around the home it is wise to get a number of quotes. The exact number will depend on the size and scale of the job. The general rule of thumb is that you should get three quotes for any work that will cost over $1,000.
The 5 most common causes for blocked drains
Blocked drains are a common and annoying problem experienced at some stage in most homes and businesses. There are a number of reasons that drains will block and often the immediate symptom of the block is treated and not the underlying cause. The most common causes of blockages are:
The dangers of doing your own plumbing
With do-it-yourself (DIY) and home renovation TV shows inspiring a culture of home builders and renovators, there is a general impression that you can save money by undertaking plumbing jobs yourself. The reality in most cases is the exact opposite. Do-it-yourself plumbing is fraught with dangers that could end up costing you a lot more in the long run.
Leaking taps – how a minor problem can become costly
A dripping tap is more than just an annoying inconvenience; it can actually end up costing more money than you think, especially if it is a hot water tap. A leaking tap over a period of time will continue to add to your quarterly water usage bills. A dripping tap can leak up to 20,000 litres of water a year.
Washer and valve replacements - DIY or call a plumber in?
Leaking taps are a common household annoyance than can consume more than 2,000 litres per month which is a huge 24,000 litres per year. There are a number of reasons why a tap can drip, and although some are quite simple to fix, often the cause cannot be diagnosed without further investigation. In some States and Territories it is illegal to work inside pipes and you need to be a licenced plumber to undertake plumbing work.
Top 5 common plumbing issues and how you can help prevent them
Plumbers are called out to homes and business to install, fix, service and maintain a number of essential services such as water, sewerage, hot water systems and gas-fittings. This article explores the top 5 reasons that plumbers are called out and what you can do to prevent them occurring on your property.
What is the difference between a plumber and gasfitter?
The difference between a plumber and a gasfitter are the qualifications and licences they hold and the work that they are legally able to perform. At a top level a plumber may also be a gasfitter, but a gasfitter may not necessarily be a plumber.
What should I expect with a quote for plumbing works?
When requesting quotes for plumbing works there are few things you should look out for.
Fixing the cause, not the symptom - good plumbing practice
Plumbing problems can be quite unpleasant and most people want them resolved as quickly as possible. Some plumbing issues present with minor symptoms, resulting in a misconception that the problem can be easily fixed. However, upon further investigation, the cause of the problem may indeed require more work than originally anticipated.
Should I expect a warranty on the plumbing work provided?
Plumbing work can be very expensive and for this reason property owners want to know what warranties they can expect with their plumbing work. Warranties and guarantees are given at the discretion of each plumbing business, so it is important you ask about warranties before engaging the plumber.