The toilet paper crisis has led to Sydney’s drains being flooded with a high volume of wet wipes, paper towels and tissues. The limited supply of toilet paper has urged people to panic buy and begin flushing items down the drain that don’t belong there.
We all need toilet paper, every day and with the limited supply due to COVID-19 it is good to know what you can and can’t put down the drains.
Kelvin, our lead plumber, mentions that Sydney homeowners use the toilet as a rubbish bin, kids toys, printing paper, you name it we have seen it!
While it can be tempting to put the odd items down the toilet, it is not recommended as it can cause damage to the septic tanks, cause environmental pollution and you will be required to call a plumber to unblock your drains with the build up.
What can’t you flush down the toilet ?
Tissues: They are not designed to break down, they are built to wipe noses and be placed in the bin. If this is your last option please make sure the tissue paper goes in the bin and not the toilet.
Wet Wipes: Yes even the wipes that say ‘flushable’ are not recommended to be placed down the toilet. All wet wipes block the plumbing system and after due course it will block the system and you will require a licensed plumber to clear the drain.
Cotton pads & tips: Cotton pads and tips group together and mesh to clog the drains very easily. They are not designed to be placed down the sink or the toilet.
So what can you flush down the toilet?
Toilet paper, pee and poo. Homeowners of Sydney are urged to follow the rules and make sure nothing other than the 3P’s are flushed down the toilet. The toilet paper crisis has caused homeowners and the plumbing systems over 1.4 million dollars worth of damage over a full year.
1. Ensure you have a bin your the bathroom, so that no one is tempted to flush anything other than toilet paper
2. Cotton buds, wipes, nappies, paper towels or even wipes that claim to be flushable can create blockages so don’t flush them.
3. If you are not sure if the item is flushable or not, don’t flush it !
If you have questions regarding blocked drains or would like to seek an estimate for your home, speak to a qualified plumbing expert, book online today.
It is always a good idea to service your hot water system before winter and ensure you have a maintenance check performed. It will give you peace that the hot water heater will last through the winter months. There is nothing worse than being forced to have a cold shower in the cold weather. Check your system for any rust or leaks and arrange a service for your heater before the cold weather hits.
Preparing a plumbing system for winter is not a tedious task or requires a large budget. As a homeowner you will have peace of mind that your plumbing system is prepared and good condition to last the season.
While Sydney homeowners are home it is a good time to check the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry for leaks. It is a good idea to check the water meter and your most recent bill, this is a good indicator that the leaks are costing you money.
When was the last time you checked your flexi hose underneath the sink? If you notice rust, leaks or general wear and tear it is recommended to get them replaced. Flexi hoses have the potential to burst if they are not replaced in time, this is a common insurance claim and we highly recommend to have them checked!
Before the winter season starts you will need to make sure the gutters, downpipes and stormwater drainage pipes are clear with no leaks or not overflowing. Overloaded gutters can often cause damage, pull away from the house and require serious repairs.
If you have questions regarding plumbing for winter season or would like to seek an estimate for your bathroom, speak to a qualified plumbing expert, book online today. If you are after a complete start to finish renovation contact our friends Fresher Bathrooms. They are experts when it comes to bathrooms across Sydney and its surroundings, so get in contact now!
With isolation here to stay in Sydney and social distancing the new norm, it is the perfect opportunity to update your bathroom space. Our head plumber Kelvin has given us 6 ideas to refresh your bathroom at a low budget without having to call a plumber.
Updating your bathroom can be very rewarding and any work you put it will definitely pay off once it is complete. Some easy tips we have created will allow you to transform the bathroom without breaking the bank.
Shower heads last for years but eventually they will begin to look dated or potentially start to leak. Replacing the shower head in your bathroom or ensuite is relatively cheap and can impact the overall look of your space. All you will need is a basic water saving shower head, shifter, utility knife and wire brush which can be purchased from your local bunnings store.
Removing the existing shower head and fitting a new one will take approximately 10 minutes and gives the bathroom space a new look! This quick plumbing solution can be done by anyone DIY, you will not require a licensed plumber.
Step 1: Remove the old shower head, you will require a shifter to loosen and unscrew it from the pipe. Also spray WD 40 on the thread for easy removal.
Step 2: Clean the thread with a utility knife, remove the flange and give it a clean, use the wire brush to remove any debris.
Step 3: Attach the Shower Head, screw the fixed mount shower head onto the end of the diverter, attach the hand held unit mount to the shower per the directions and connect the flexible shower hose.Turn on the water and divert water from the fixed to the hand held unit.
Does your bath spout need replacing also? Follow the same directions as the shower head, same principles apply. Ensure you install a spout that is water efficient, we always recommend a swivel bath spout to move out of the way so the kids don’t hit their head in the bathtub.
A simple task which will help practically and aesthetically. Do you have a light in the bathroom that hasn’t been working for sometime? Or never had the chance to swap the bulbs to nice warm light, now is your chance.
Illuminate your bathroom design, you will not require a licensed electrician for this job and you can find a variety of nice lights at your local Beacon lighting store to suit your bathroom design.
Make a trip to store or shop online, update the soap dispenser,toothbrush holder, add a wooden stool, add a new plant or simply change the accessories colour schemes, get DIY savvy and brainstorm how you can add some character to your bathroom. Temple & Webster and many online retailers are doing mega sales on bathroom accessories during the Covid 19 isolation period so it is a great time to accessorise!
Sometimes the smallest details can create the most impact. When was the last time you purchased new towels for the bathroom? Treat yourself and your family with some new towels, go for a bright colour or a nice pattern and add some textures.
Does your storage cupboards look like a bomb has hit it ? Cleaning and organising your bathroom essentials will help you easily find items and we are certain you will also find some goodies you completely forgot about! Take this time in isolation to organise and clean!
If you have questions regarding bathroom solutions or would like to seek an estimate for your bathroom, speak to a qualified plumbing expert, book online today. If you are after a complete start to finish renovation contact our friends Fresher Bathrooms. They are experts when it comes to bathrooms across Sydney and its surroundings, so get in contact now!
Are you running out of toilet paper in your home ? During the COVID-19 crisis in Sydney we have seen an increase in toilet paper sales and increase in blockages.
With panic buyers and the supermarkets running low on toilet paper our clients have recently been interested in bidet solutions. Bidets are priced competitively with cost effective solutions to high end smart technology.
Quintessential Plumbing are the experts in installing bidets throughout Sydney. We have been servicing Sydney for over 10 years and are the experts when it comes to everything plumbing.
Our bathroom plumbing services include:
We understand that our clients need quick, convenient and cost effective solutions when it comes to bidets.
Overall a clean & hygienic solution!
If you have travelled overseas you would understand how a bidet works, a very common piece of technology in Europe and Japan. Now becoming more increasingly popular in Sydney, you have the ability to use your toilet just as normal but instead of toilet paper, you would use the bidet to wash the area. A lot of people actually prefer to use bidets over toilet paper there is many benefits. Such as:
– Most price effective bidet solution
– Hand-held triggered nozzle that is placed near the toilet and delivers a spray of water
– Measure your existing toilet seat and upgrade it with a bidet seat!
– It provides the same health and hygiene benefits as a traditional bidet
– Pioneering innovation in shower-toilet seats
-Redefines comfort, quality of life and modern toilet hygiene, all operated by a remote control
If you have questions regarding bidet solutions or would like to seek an estimate for your home or office, speak to a qualified bidet 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!
Like all businesses, we are closely monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19 and wanted to give you the assurance that we are doing all we can to keep our customers and team safe, as well as play our role in preventing the spread.
Open 24/7 Emergency Plumbing Quintessential Plumbing will remain open and attend to plumbing emergency services in Sydney! We have prepared our teams to respond quickly to any emerging situation should it occur to best ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.
In a home plumbing emergency you can count on Quintessential Plumbing to handle the situation. We have been taking care of plumbing emergencies for our customers for over 15 years. Our comprehensive plumbing experience ensures that we know how to diagnose a problem quickly. Our 24 hour emergency plumbers have the experience to take care of your problem right away. We will not make you wait for hours on end for an emergency plumber. We guarantee that we will have an emergency plumber at your home or business within 60 minutes!
COVID-19 Plumbing Measures:
Below are a few of the initial measures we are taking for the well-being of our customers and communities:
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.