Something that Sydney homeowners usually forget but our hot water systems are used daily and this means they would see significant amounts of wear and tear. Like just any other appliance in your home, you need to ensure regular maintenance is completed to prevent unexpected breakdowns as well as save you a significant amount of money. Our hot water experts at Quintessential Plumbing have put together a simple tips.
We recommended all hot water heaters to be drained at least every six months, this is a very important aspect of water tank maintenance to ensure longevity of your heater. This will flush out the system and help control any build up of minerals which helps maintain the water heaters efficiency.
Instructions to drain the water:
How does your hot water heater look ? It is recommended to check your hot water system to see if there are any leaks( take a look at the floor under the heater), look at the relief valve, the piping or rust appearing.
The anode rod is the water heater’s defense mechanism against rust and corrosion. Depending on the chemical composition of your water, the anode rod can last anywhere from a few years to the life of the heater. It is a good idea to check the condition of the anode rod every year.
If you want trouble-free hot water it is recommended to get regular inspections by qualified professionals like Quintessential Plumbing. Our experts will thoroughly inspect all the components such as the heating element, operating unit as well as the wiring to ensure it is in perfect condition. By completing regular hot water heater maintenance inspections this will reduce the incidence of breakdowns.
When it comes to plumbing issues, having a blocked drain is one the most common problems and frustrating issues if unsure how to clear. If you decide to try DIY plumbing you have to weigh up all the pro’s and con’s to resolving the issue which includes safety. What is the best course of action? Probably not to clear it yourself if it is a large blockage.
Depending on the blockage you are able to try many alternatives to ensure the blockage is cleared and does not cause you further damage. We have developed this article to help you.
Contact a licensed Sydney plumber at Quintessential Plumbing. Our team are experts in blocked drains and stock all the correct machinery and equipment to ensure the job is completed correctly and the blockage is completely cleared. You will have peace of mind that the issue is solved efficiently and effectively the professional way.
If you have begin to notice a small blockage in your basin or kitchen sink you may be able to stop it early before forming into something that requires more action. If you have a build up of soap or fat you should always attempt to clear the issue with boiling water to break it down. If this is unsuccessful you can try natural enzymes, our plumbing experts recommend putting ½ cup of salt, ½ cup bi-carb, 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of hot water down the drain. The method is harmless for you, the sink and the environment and can be repeated as often as required.
If you have tried the natural remedy of unblocking a basin or kitchen sink and it does not do a successful job it is recommended to call a plumber.
Chemicals such as Drain-O, Hydrochloric Acid or Caustic Soda are commonly used and are available in most hardware stores or supermarkets. Generally you can pour these down your sink and leave for a specified time. It is highly recommended you follow the instructions when using these chemicals, wear a safety mask and ensure the bottle is disposed of so children or pets don’t have access to the formula.
Homeowners can purchase a plunger from the local Bunnings store, this will assist to clear the blockage if it is minor however you may find it does not clear completely and a temporary solution. Ensure you have safety gloves and good hygiene when clearing blocked toilets. If this solution does not work it is recommended to call a professional licensed plumber to diagnose and assess the issue before it becomes worse and causes damage to your property.
If you have questions regarding how to fix a blocked drain or would like to seek an estimate for your home or office, speak to a qualified expert, call our team on 0403 549 598 or book online today. We are experts when it comes to plumbing problems across Sydney and its surroundings, so get in contact now!
Living in Sydney with strict water restrictions it is now essential Sydney homeowners are now taking extra measures to save our precious water levels. In addition to the impact of excess water damage on our environment, it is also important to monitor the rising costs of water bills. Our team has created some simple measures you can begin to implement to start saving water in your home.
Do you have an older style home? Single flush toilets are usually one of the biggest water consumers in any old household. In newly built or renovated Sydney homes you will find a toilet suite with the option for dual flush, an efficient alternative to minimize less water usage. In 1980 the dual flush toilet was invented where it provides half the flush option for liquid waste and the full flush option for solids.
Using the dual flush option will help the environment but also lower your Sydney water bill. Single flush system uses approximately 9L of water per flush, compared to half flush of 3L. For every litre less that is used in flushing it will save a family of four $20 per year in water consumption based on 4 flushes per day. Speak with our Sydney plumbers about different options to suit your plumbing. Book online or call us today.
The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) is an Australian scheme to help consumers become more aware of water ratings for different appliances including dishwashers, washing machines, toilets and shower heads. WELS provides a water efficiency rating between 1-6 stars, the more stars the more water efficient the product is. By reading and taking note of these ratings and figures you can have a more informed decision about the water usage. All products must comply with WELS standards.
In the kitchen the dishwasher is the highest water consuming appliance. By taking note of which button to press on your machine can save you water along with selecting a machine with a sustainable WELS rating. Most modern dishwashers have an option for an eco mode cycle which will use less water. Ensure when purchasing a new dishwasher you read the water labels and view total water consumption per cycle, energy rating Australia has created a useful guide to help you pick a dishwasher which is water sustainable.
Fixing water leaks in the home is a cost effective solution to help minimise water bills and conserve the environment. According to Home Government a leaking tap at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 12,000L per year. Fixing water leaks will help you save a considerable amount of water.
With Sydney Water restrictions in pace it is a good time to start saving water in your home, give the experts at Quintessential Plumbing a call on 0403 549 598 or book an appointment online now. From upgrading your toilet to a dual flush system, repairing leaks in your home or assisting with the choice of a new appliance our expert plumbers in Sydney are here to help.
Quintessential Plumbing has been in business for many years, gaining extensive knowledge and experience in the plumbing industry along the way. If you ever need an emergency plumber, Quintessential Plumbing are here for you 24/7.
Many homeowners and residents ignore the early signs and symptoms of a blocked drain and wait until their toilet won’t flush or the sink is overflowing and call an emergency plumber. Like many plumbing problems, if you address the early signs before they get worse you can save money and yourself a big headache. Our licensed plumbers have identified three things you should monitor in your home.
A slow draining sink is one of the first signs you have a blocked drain. Often occurring in a kitchen from food scraps , they often end up down the drain and clogging the pipes. If not attended to in a quick manner the sink blockage will get worse and you will need an licensed plumber to inspect. Residential blocked drains are a very common issue for homeowners to ignore and will get pushed back. However don’t forget this can cause a further blockage and get worse.
Blocked drains can affect your toilet and potentially lead to blocking downstream if not located in time. A continued build up of hair, paper, wipes or anything that is flushed down the toilet can lead to the toilet unable to flush to cause water levels to rise. If you notice the water in the bowl rising or the flush not draining enough it is recommended to get in touch with a plumber for inspection and investigation.
If you can hear unusual sounds from the pipes or a gurgling noise there is a good chance you have a blocked drain. If you can hear or smell your plumbing, something is wrong. Contact a plumber to look deeper into the issue before a bigger issue appears. To find out if you are responsible for the blocked drain wastewater or stormwater problems call Sydney Water, your local Sydney City Council or speak with a licensed plumber.
If you notice signs of a blockage occuring, keep an eye on this and if it gets worst call a plumber. Blockages don’t occur overnight and the slow build up can lead to emergency plumbers so always be vigilant and maintain your plumbing in the home. Contact our expert plumbers to book a free drain inspection or make an online booking.
If you have been in Sydney this week you would have known about the weather, we’re talking about lightning, wind, hail, and – of course – storm water damage. This storm has brought 216 mm of water in the week and according to Water NSW, over the past week water levels have risen 31%, which is a great result for our state.
As your emergency plumber we are standing by to help, as a homeowner there are ways you can reduce the impact of water damage from storms before wild weather hits. So with bad weather already coming and predicted to hit again our team has come up with ways you can safeguard your Sydney property.
Simple yet so many homeowners forget that gutters are up there so they can do their job when the rain comes down, but if they are full of leaves and other gunk you’re asking for trouble.
A small leak in your gutters, roof or downpipes can quickly turn into a much bigger problem and become very noticeable during a huge downpour. At the earliest sign of a water leak make sure you get it repaired as quickly as possible.
It is important to check for partial or complete blockages in those pipes or drains. Once the storm hits the water will start to flow quickly and the blockage can turn into a plumbing nightmare.
Often homeowners forget as part of their storm preparations is to look at the tank, if the pipes are blocked or not flowing fast it can become backed up and overwhelm your gutters.
Since we have already had the storm have you noticed where the stormwater pools, are ‘rivers’ that form. This information can help you make a decision to changing the yards drainage or clearing some areas of debris.
When storms and floods are common it is important to check your backflow as your drinking water can be under threat from water flowing down your pipes in the wrong direction. You may want to consider installing a backflow prevention device and if you have one installed you may need to get it tested.
For Sydney residents and homeowners it’s our responsibility to protect our homes from storm damage and prevention is key to minimising impact. Speak with our friendly team to enquire if your home is protected.. Simply give us a call on 0403 549 598 or make a booking online.
Sydney Level 2 Water Restrictions Now in place
From the 10th December 2019 , level 2 water restrictions have been enforced by the NSW Government in Sydney, Illawarra region and the Blue Mountains. Did you know Sydney dams are currently sitting at 52.6%, compared to 72.2% time last year.
Restrictions have been put in place to protect our water supply by NSW Government. The following conditions have been
What happens if you don’t obey the restrictions ? Residents of Sydney region will have penalties of $220 for individuals and $550 for businesses who don’t adhere.
Our team has designed simple measures you can implement in the home to start saving water.
Two main ways to find out how much water your family uses.
Monitoring your water usage over time will allow you to understand and track your water.
Every household can conserve water and change their daily habits to make a difference to minimise water usage. Simple ways you can help include:
Having control over which button you press on the toilet will reduce your water consumption but also assist to reduce your bills. Installing a modern, water efficient toilet can save you 50L, and $148 per year on water bills. Check your toilet too see how much water you are consuming per flush. Every litre less in a flush will save a family of 4 nearly 6kL and $17.50 each year in water supply charges (based on 4 flushes per person per day and water at $2.99/kL).
Use the WELS lavatory product search to compare the efficiency and flush volume of different toilets before buying.
Often something that is overlooked in the home as you don’t seem to think that a small drip or leak can cause you to lose thousands of litres per day from a constantly running toilet or tap. If you expect your toilet to have a leak try placing a few drops of food colouring into the cistern and without flushing you will notice the coloured water appearing in areas it shouldn’t!
If you discover a leak in your property or your rental property, call a licensed plumber immediately. Even if they can’t pinpoint the location they will have leak detection equipment to locate secret locations such in walls and beneath the ground.
For Sydney residents and homeowners its our responsibility to conserve water and we all need to play our part. Speak with your friendly team to enquire installing energy efficient devices or locate leaks that have been troubling you. Simply give us a call on 0403 549 598 or make a booking online.
The most common insurance claims in Australian homes come from under your sink, also known as a flexi hose or flexible braided house. They are located underneath bathroom or kitchen sinks or basins in every home throughout Australia. If not installed correctly or maintained these hoses can cause huge impact and damage to your bathroom or kitchen and have been revealed as the leading cause of household water issues and damage.
Have a look under your sink or basins and you will definitely find a flexi hose, they are adjustable rubber pipes wrapped in stainless steel braiding. Flexi hoses are very common for Australian plumbing as they can be bent into different shapes to fit different sinks and many different locations. They have now replaced the standard copper pipes and are a great solution as they cost effective solutions for residential construction and plumbing renovations.
Flexi hose can cause serious water damage to kitchens and bathrooms if not found in time. The stainless steel protecting the rubber pipe can be corroded by rust and begin to unravel or come loose at the connection points. If a flexi hose bursts it will result in water damage, ceiling damage, flooding, damaged walls and potentially a home that is no longer habitable. Other effects of damage from a burst flexi include:
Research conducted by Australia’s largest insurer, IAG (Insurance Australia Group) found that flexi hoses resulted in 22% of water damage claims in Australian homes in 2018, in the kitchen or bathroom area.
Most likely you have flexi hose installed underneath your basin or sink, we recommend you follow the below instructions to minimize water leaks.
We recommend you have a flexi hose installed by a licensed and qualified plumber, it may seem like a simple job but you can rest assured that the correct installation will be followed and you will not have any water leak or damages in the future. Our team will ensure the right length of hose is being installed and not too loose or tight.
Having a qualified plumber conduct regular maintenance on your plumbing will ensure you will not face any unexpected water leaks or damages.
Cost effective solution to ensure you won’t have any burst flexi pipes. Our licensed plumbers recommend you check underneath your sink or basin every 3 months to ensure you will not be confronted with any damage. Our team can also meet with you every year for a free home plumbing inspection.
Do you remember when your flexi hoses were inspected by a licensed plumber? Now is the time to get in touch with Quintessential Plumbing. We can arrange one of our plumbers to examine and determine if your flexi hose needs replacement.
Don’t leave it too late, give our friendly team a call on 0403 549 598 or make an online booking today!