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March 11 – World Plumbing Day 2020

We have Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day but did you know we have a World Plumbing Day. To most March 11 is just another day on the calendar but to those in the Plumbing Industry, it is a day that is celebrated.  In 2010, the World Plumbing Council established World Plumbing Day which  is now recognised on the calendars of social institutions around the globe. With many annual events happening on World Plumbing Day, it is helping to promote the link between good plumbing sanitation and human and environmental health. Today is a day to be thankful for our modern-day plumbing, good plumbing is not just a nice thing to have to keep your bathroom looking pretty. Would you…

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Toilets – Are We There Yet?

“What? It only has one toilet?” The house buyer turns away, shaking her head, “We must have 2 toilets at least.” Yes, in Australia we all expect to have a couple of toilets per house, along with a few television screens. That’s become the norm. But it wasn’t always like that. Let’s take a short walk into the past. The Early Days with the Flush Toilet The flush toilet has been with us for 421 years. It was designed by an Englishman Sir John Harrington. After building a trial model in his home he published his plans in 1596. His design had a tank of water a floor above the WC. A valve was opened and this torrent of water…

Keep the Poo Flowing Through by unblocking pipes

Don’t Let Trees Throw a Party in Your Sewer – Keep the Poo Flowing Through

Your sewer is a feast. Trees need moisture and nutrients, so when they find your sewer, it’s party-time. This is how it happens… You get a small leak in your pipes. Thick rich sludge seeps out. Tree roots find it, slurp it up and then worm their way into the pipes. At first, the roots are small and fibrous but in this environment, they can quickly grow into a massive tangle that clogs up the pipes. And what happens next? Well, the pressure builds. Your raw sewerage has to go somewhere. It backs up to the easiest exit… often your toilet or your shower. This is expensive, messy and inconvenient. It is also a potential health problem. So, do not…

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Flush Away Your Worries – 4 Tips for Clear Drains at Your Place

Okay, every day you brush your teeth. Have you ever leant over the sink to rinse and been hit by a foul odour? It smells like a sewer but don’t worry. It’s not a major blockage. It’s just a build-up of soap, dead skin, hair and other stuff that goes down the pipes and congeals into a lovely scum. Over time, it settles there forming a thick crust on your pipes. That’s a problem because there’s less space for the water to flow away. This is worse in the shower as you use it the most. And here’s what you do to get rid of those nasty odours. Tip #1 – Shower Treatment Grab a bucket of hot water and…

How to Keep Your Kitchen Drainpipes Running Free and Smelling Sweet

Over the last 12 years, I’ve unblocked hundreds of kitchen drains. It’s not the worst job a plumber can get, if you know what I mean. Anyway, after I crawl out from under the sink with a bucket full of smelly grey sludge, my customers wrinkle their noses in disgust. And they want to know “How can I stop this from happening?” This is what I tell them It starts with safety … If your drains are partly blocked and the water just isn’t getting away, you may be tempted to use a few home remedies or products from under your sink. But watch out … Acids and alkalis don’t mix. So if you put two different mixtures in your…

Woman worried about paying bills

Yee… Ow! Is Your Power Bill a Shocker? 3 Hot Tips to Save You Money

Did you know that your hot water usage can make up 25% of your power bill? Yep. So this blog will share some easy ways to bring that bill down… Tip #1 – Lower the Temperature of Your Hot Water System There are two good reasons to do reduce the heat. Firstly you will cut your power bills. And secondly, it will help protect your family from scalding hot water burns. And, don’t stress, you can still enjoy a hot shower on a winter morning. Read on… The factory setting for most hot water storage systems is 70° Celsius. This is higher than needed. You can drop it to 60°Celsius.  (Please note that to meet Australian plumbing standards, you cannot…

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Get Smart about Your Water and Save Money – 3 Top Tips

I was down at my neighbours’ place feeding Jesse, the Border collie when I noticed patches of water on the back patio. No big deal. It had been raining. Then I heard a faint hissing from inside. The kitchen floor was covered in water. OMG …. I didn’t have a key and Sarah and Bill were days away at the Birdsville Races. It’s times like this it pays to know where the water meter is and how to shut it off.So, here’s the drill… Tip #1- How to Turn Off Your Water MainsAt the front of your yard, you’ll find a water meter. This connects your home to the main water supply for your neighbourhood.Your meter may be sunk into…

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