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July 2016

Hot Water Systems

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Need Help With Hot Water Systems?

Need help with your hot water system? Help your plumber help you by getting to know your hot water service. This familiarity will enable you to deal with any problems that occur and also help you spot them before they get out of hand. A professional may need access to some basic facts in the event of a plumbing emergency, so it’s good to have these on hand for when they arrive.

Size and shape are a good place to start

Your hot water service’s capacity is one of the easiest things for you to identify. Hot water systems work by either storing water in a tank, where it is heater, or flushing it through a pipe which passes near a heat source.

Hot water systems which look like a square panel are non-tank systems, whilst systems with tanks are easy to identify.

Hybrid water heaters

These are usually a small circular device fitted with a panel. They store small amounts of water but are capable of heating it faster than some other designs.

Gas or electric?

Knowing the fuel source is very important. This is usually located on the name plate situated on the tank or panel. This often provides information such as capacity in litres, energy efficiency rating, fuel source, and recovery rate. The recovery rate is the length of time it takes for the water to be heated in the tank. Being aware of the proper recovery rate for your system will help you spot any problems you may encounter.

If your system is electric, make a note of the voltage measurement and wattage capacity. This will prove handy to any visiting technician. If your system is gas, make a note of where the pilot light is located. This information should be available on the system’s name plate.

Other types of hot water system

Most homes and businesses are equipped with either gas or electric hot water systems, but there are a few other varieties which can be considered:

  • Solar hot water systems – These use energy from solar panels located around your premises to heat water.
  • Heat pump systems – These circulate water in a way which generates energy used to heat that water.
  • Indirect heating systems – These use the building’s heating systems to heat the water, and do not use a separate heat source.

Keeping these things in mind will help you help your plumber in the case of a problem arising. Remember, never hesitate to call us if you notice any problems with your hot water system, as a small issue can become a big problem quicker than you might expect. If you need help with hot water systems, give Drainfast a call. Our emergency 24 hour plumbers can be there any time, day or night.

If you would like an obligation free quote, or some simple advice on a plumbing matter, call us today.

Drainfast are the blocked drain and emergency plumber experts of Melbourne, if you’re still unsure on how to unblock a drain, call Drainfast on 1300 102 233 or leave a message on our contact form.

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Finding Your Main Water Valve

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Our Melbourne Plumbers Can Assist in Finding Your Main Water Valve

Finding your main water valve is sometimes tricky, but very important. Shutting off the water is the first thing you should in the case of a plumbing emergency such as a burst pipe or leaking sewer. Generally, a water valve is located somewhere on your premises to regulate the incoming water from the main supply. Every home and business owner needs to be aware of the location of their premises’ main water valve. If you’re a homeowner, let family members or housemates know where the main water valve is so that they can switch off the water supply in the event of a plumbing emergency.

How to find the main water valve

The main water valve, also called the inside stop valve, is usually located at the front of your home, near where the hot water system is, or close to your kitchen’s cold water tap. These valves usually have a red handle, and need to be turned clockwise to be shut off.

What to do in a plumbing emergency

Plumbing emergencies such as burst pipes, internal flooding, or backed up septic systems will require the main water supply to be switched off as quickly as possible. If you encounter one of these problems, you should switch off the water supply as quickly as you can, then call a professional for assistance.

For more minor plumbing issues, you should know where your water valve is located so you can tell the technicians in case they need to switch the water off during repairs.

Turn off the main water valve during renovations

If you are renovating your home, you may need to switch off the water valve. If you are doing the renovations yourself, make sure that you turn off the water before unscrewing any pipes or fixtures.

Turn off the main water valve when you leave on holidays

If you are going away for an extended period of time you should switch off the water valve. This will save money on your water bill, and will prevent damage to your system which can come from water pressure inside the pipes over time. We hope this page has assisted you in finding your main water valve!

If you would like an obligation free quote, or some simple advice on a plumbing matter, call us today.

Drainfast are the blocked drain and emergency plumber experts of Melbourne, if you’re still unsure on how to unblock a drain, call Drainfast on 1300 102 233 or leave a message on our contact form.

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Melbourne Water
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Victoria State Emergency Service
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City of Melbourne – Floods and Storms
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Conserving Water in the Bathroom

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Tips From Melbourne Plumbers For Conserving Water in the Bathroom

People are paying more attention to their water consumption these days, and so many are wondering what they can do to cut back on wastage by conserving water in the bathroom. There are many simple measures the home or business owner can take to minimise wasting water and cut back on the bills. We will list some of these below. Like all conservation practices, it is a great idea to get the family on board with your new water practices.

Ways to save water in the bathroom

  • Turn off the tap – when brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face you should keep the tap turned off except for when you need to rinse. Some people maintain a habit of leaving the tap running whilst they perform these activities, a practice which wastes an immense amount of water. In addition to this, you should be mindful of the amount of water you use to wash your hands. Try turning the tap down to a lower pressure, as really it is the soap that is cleaning your hands.
  • Shave smarter – Consider using a bowl or filling the sink basin with water and using this to rinse your razor. This uses much less water than rinsing it under a running tap.
  • Buckets – Putting a bucket in the shower to catch run off water is a great way to save money on watering the garden. If you spend a lot of time waiting for the water to heat up before you get in the shower, you can catch the cold water in a bucket and use this for other household chores.
  • Cut down on shower time – You can use a timer or smart phone alarm to make sure you spend no longer than five minutes in the shower. This saves time and money. You can also shave or brush your teeth in the shower to further cut down on overall water consumption.
  • New toilet, tap, or showerhead – If your current fixtures are more than 10 years old, it’s a good idea to replace them with something newer and more water efficient. New toilet designs with elongated bowls, low-flow systems, and duel flush buttons save a huge amount of water which will help offset the cost of replacing your old toilet. The same goes for shower heads and taps.
  • Putting a bin in the bathroom – Disposing of sanitary items such as cotton buds, wet wipes, and napkins in the toilet wastes an enormous amount of water and also poses a serious risk to the integrity of your plumbing system. Disposing of garbage in your toilet can cause blockages which are troublesome to clear without professional assistance. Placing a bin in the bathroom means you won’t be so tempted to flush the occasional sanitary item.

Conserving water in the bathroom is a great way to start creating an environmentally friendly home.
Hopefully some of these tips get you thinking about your water consumption and will help you to use less, save water, and lower your water bill. A professional plumber can always provide advice on water efficiency and lowering your water bill. So next time we’re around, ask us for some more detailed water saving information as well as about conserving water in the bathroom.

If you would like an obligation free quote, or some simple advice on a plumbing matter, call us today.

Drainfast are the blocked drain and emergency plumber experts of Melbourne, if you’re still unsure on how to unblock a drain, call Drainfast on 1300 102 233 or leave a message on our contact form.

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Blocked Drain and Emergency Plumber quick and helpful links:

Melbourne Water
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Victoria State Emergency Service
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City of Melbourne – Floods and Storms
Yarra Valley Water

Bathtub Technology

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Our Melbourne Plumbers Are Experts in Bathtub Technology

There has never been a greater time to be a homemaker, with great leaps forward in bathtub technology being made all the time.

Innovations in bathtub design

A hot bath is an amazing way to relax and unwind after a long day. Baths are also more water efficient than showers, particularly as many of us tend to shower for too long. Investing in a bathtub which implements some innovative technology can make the experience even better, and may see you cutting back on water bills.

The whirlpool bathtub

Also known as hydro-massage baths, these are equipped with several water jets which circulate water around the bathtub. These help keep temperatures consistent without constantly fiddling with taps.

Bubble massage bathtubs

These create a bubble bath sensation by releasing air bubbles through small jets in a soothing way. This is better for your skin and the environment than chemical bubble bath formulas.

The indoor hot tub

These are equipped with built-in heaters to keep the water at your preferred temperature for as long as you need it without having to adjust the taps constantly. This reduces stress on your hot water service and makes sure you are focused on relaxing!

High-tech marvels

Bubbles and heat might not do it for you. Luckily, there are some higher-tech options which should keep even the picky bather satisfied.

Chromatherapy bathtubs

These feature an array of internal lights to dazzle you as you bath. Coupled with whirlpool technology, these unique tubs allow you to enjoy an authentic spa experience in your own home.

 Massage Bath
Enjoy a lovely massage as you unwind in your massage bath after a long day!

Sliding faucets

Some newer bathtub designs feature faucets which are manipulated by a sliding bar rather than two taps. This allows you to have greater control over the incoming water temperature and reduces the amount of fiddling you have to do.

Smart tech

Part of the growing ‘internet of things’, smart tech technology allows you to adjust your bathroom settings from an app on your smart phone or tablet. You can program a set of unique preferences which you simply select each time you have a bath, and the whole thing will be taken care of for you. Every member of the household can have their own preferences ready to go! Endless smart tech features are available, such as voice systems and lighting control. High-end systems are increasingly incorporating this fantastic technology.

Conclusions

Choosing to invest in a new bath tub is exciting. As the anticipation builds for that first hot bath, you should learn how to maintain your new system. Be aware of the drains it is connected to and how it might impact your overall plumbing system, which is sensitive to changes in water use.

Installing a large system such as a bathtub will require professional skills and tools, so call us if you are on the cusp of making a purchase. Failing to take the proper precautions during installation can result in burst pipes or damage from leaks, which is something we will make sure you don’t have to deal with. Our Melbourne plumbers are experts in bathtub technology, and we look forward to installing your new bath!

Drainfast are the blocked drain and emergency plumber experts of Melbourne, if you’re still unsure on how to unblock a drain, call Drainfast on 1300 102 233 or leave a message on our contact form.

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Blocked Drain and Emergency Plumber quick and helpful links:

Melbourne Water
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Victoria State Emergency Service
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City of Melbourne – Floods and Storms
Yarra Valley Water

Bathtub Cleaning

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Our Melbourne Plumbers Give You Tips For Bathtub Cleaning

There are a few simple things you can do to keep your bathtub nice and clean, and getting the right advice on bathtub cleaning will help you get the most out of your bath. Using a home-made cleaning solution made from equal parts vinegar and baking soda is a great way to break down any grime or stains.

Scrubbing

Try spraying or wiping the cleaning solution onto the surface of the bathtub and leaving it for a while to break down any residue, then scrubbing it off. A good pair of gloves will come in handy, as will a bottle of spot cleaner for those tough stains. Make sure that you read the packaging of any abrasive cleaning solutions or scouring pads to check whether they can be used in your bathtub.

Rinsing

If your bathtub has a showerhead attached, use it to spray the surface of the tub and thoroughly rinse away the cleaning solution. Otherwise, you can use a few buckets of water to do this job.

Once the bathtub has been cleaned, you can bath knowing that the fixture is benefiting from this cleaning. Keeping mildew and debris from building up around the drain and tap is always a good idea when it comes to your home’s plumbing.

If you find that the tub is really difficult to clean, it may be time to get a new one as the edges may have lost their smoothness over time. Our Melbourne plumbers know more than just the best tips for bathtub cleaning, we are licensed plumbers who can install a new bath for you!

If you would like an obligation free quote, or some simple advice on a plumbing matter, call us today.

Drainfast are the blocked drain and emergency plumber experts of Melbourne, if you’re still unsure on how to unblock a drain, call Drainfast on 1300 102 233 or leave a message on our contact form.

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Blocked Drain and Emergency Plumber quick and helpful links:

Melbourne Water
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Victoria State Emergency Service
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City of Melbourne – Floods and Storms
Yarra Valley Water

A History of Plumbing

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A History of Plumbing

Modern plumbing infrastructure has evolved over thousands of years of innovation and engineering practice. Most societies have enjoyed indoor plumbing for a relatively short period of time, as this is truly one of the hallmarks of a modern and advanced society. Plumbing problems can be frustrating, but it’s always worth taking a minute to reflect on how amazing these systems are and the quality of life they allow us to enjoy.

Aqueducts and sewers

Ancient civilisations from central America, India, China, the Mediterranean and the Middle East managed to build large structures to carry water from rivers to cities and towns. These tall, bridge like structures are called aqueducts. Ancient Rome boasted the most advanced aqueducts, and used them to power its imperial expansion and domestic prosperity which lasted for a thousand years.

Following the collapse of the Roman Empire in Europe, many of the innovations brought about by the Romans degraded and vanished. Dark Age Europe reverted to the use of chamber pots and latrine trenches, and water was carried by hand from local water sources meaning that settlements needed to be located near rivers or lakes. This resulted in a significant population decrease due to the spread of diseases such as typhoid and cholera which thrived in the unsanitary conditions created through a lack of plumbing.

Sanitation

During the West’s industrialisation several hundred years ago, engineering practices began to develop and better plumbing technologies could once again be used. Even so, plumbing was not seen as an urgent matter and it took hundreds of years for the technology to be widely adopted and used.

As the industrial revolution saw an immense increase in population growth due to more food and work being available, proper plumbing became a necessity in order to minimise the outbreak of deadly disease. A history of plumbing helps put all our contemporary plumbing issues into perspective!

If you would like an obligation free quote, or some simple advice on a plumbing matter, call us today.

Drainfast are the blocked drain and emergency plumber experts of Melbourne, if you’re still unsure on how to unblock a drain, call Drainfast on 1300 102 233 or leave a message on our contact form.

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Blocked Drain and Emergency Plumber quick and helpful links:

Melbourne Water
Triple zero – 000
Victoria State Emergency Service
VicWater
City of Melbourne – Floods and Storms
Yarra Valley Water

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