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The 5 Most Common Plumbing Issues

Having over 15 years’ experience with plumbing and gas fitting our team has come across a wide variety of jobs from big to small and from wet to very wet! But there are always those common plumbing problems we’re called out to frequently. Plumbing issues can vary from home to home and business to business. But most homes and businesses have experienced at least one or more of these plumbing problems.

  • Low water pressure

There can be nothing more frustrating that a shower with low water pressure or a tap that only trickles out water whilst you’re trying to wash up. Reduced water pressure could be the result of a few different things; a build-up of sediment or debris in your faucet aerator, corrosion inside your pipes, your tap may need to be updated or there could be a leak somewhere in your home.

  • Running toilet

Everyone knows the sound of a running toilet, and many people will let years go by before booking a plumber to fix it. However, leaving a running toilet without getting it fixed could result in a very high water bill and thousands of litres in water wasted.

  • Leaking tap

Not only is a dripping tap annoying, but like a running toilet it can result in extremely high water bills. A dripping tap can send down thousands of litres of water down the drain, one drop at a time.

  • Clogged drains

A clogged drain can be the result of hard water or debris build up, and whilst a plunger can be the solution to unclogging your drain, in some cases they can be ineffective in doing the job. In those cases, it’s time to call in the professionals.

  • Leaking pipes

When attending to a leaky pipe it is essential to act quickly, as water damage to a commercial or residential property can be extremely costly. Leaks usually start at the joint of a pipe, but low water pressure or wet patches on your floor or ceiling can be indicative of a leaky pipe.

 

In some instances, these common plumbing problems can be solved with an at home fix, however sometimes you need to call in the professionals. Give us a call today on 0413 327 408 or send us an email to see how we can help!

How to Reduce Water Consumption: tips that could save you thousands

With the price of living increasing it’s always good to save an extra dollar here and there, and although water restrictions have reduced across Australia, limiting water usage could save your home or business thousands in litres of water wasted, and reduce your water bill. Before you act on these tips, why not take the test to see how water efficient your home or business is? Sydney Water has an efficiency test for homes, and a benchmark for businesses to see how they stack up against similar businesses when it comes to water usage.

Here are our tips on reducing water consumption:

Change your water using habits

The little things add up; by simply brushing your teeth without the tap running, taking shorter showers or washing up dishes in a plugged sink you could be saving thousands of litres of water each year, reducing your water bill and doing your bit for the environment. In a business sometimes changing the water usage habits of your staff can be a bit of a challenge, so why not provide incentives to those that do. Include water saving procedure during an employee’s training or induction, and communicate regularly with employees through emails or signage about your company’s water usage policies.    

Fix your leaks

It’s an easy thing to say but the number of people who leave leaks in their home unattended is very high, but they are wasting thousands of litres of water each year in doing so. Sydney Water research shows that one leaking tap can waste up to 2000L of water each month. As well as leaking taps, looking for any leaking pipes around or in your home, they tend to pop up near the washing machine, dishwasher, under flooring or near the hot water heater. Fixing pipes as soon as possible will save thousands of litres in wasted water, and prevent any damage to your home or business.

Update to water efficient appliances

With plumbing technology improving every year, new models of shower heads, toilets and taps are being developed with water saving and energy efficient features built in. In some cases, these appliances are more expensive to begin with, but they will save you money and limit water wastage in the long run. Instead of installing a whole new tap, you can add a flow regulating aerator to your current tap to improve it’s water efficiency.

Water tanks

Having a water tank isn’t plausible for every home or business, but they can save you thousands of litres in water every year, that can be used elsewhere in your home, garden or business. Sydney Water research states that “a properly installed rainwater tank can save up to 40% of your water drinking supply” adding up to about 96,000L every year.

We hope that these tips have been helpful in limiting your home or business’ water consumption, saving you thousands of litres in water, every year. Just be sure to get to those leaks before they cause any damage, call 0413 327 408 or send us an email to see how we can help!