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When to Call a Plumber

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Many home and business owners find it difficult to decide when to call a professional drain cleaning or blocked drain plumber. It can be tempting to try and fix a blocked drain problem yourself, but some drain problems require professional plumbing equipment and skills. We’ll give you a few cases in which you should definitely call a licensed and trade-qualified plumber immediately, as failing to do so can lead to the emergence of serious problems with drains and sewers.

Damaged septic system or sewer line

These are a major emergency plumbing issue which often cause an immense mess and health hazard. If you notice any problems with your sewer line, such as a blocked toilet or blocked sewer drain, you should call your plumber immediately in order to prevent any further damage and have drain and sewer repairs carried out quickly and cleanly.

Water heater issues

If your hot water service is leaking or broken, or the pipes running from it are damaged, you should call a professional plumber immediately. These systems contain unique components which may need to be replaced, and only plumbers have easy access to these components.

Low water pressure or high water pressure

Low water pressure or high water pressure in your home or business can occur as the result of many things. Incoming pressure from the municipal water supply may be low or high due to the location of your property, or blocked pipes. Water pressure can be fixed with professional tools and experience, not DIY intuition. We can install a pressure regulator if required, and repair any mechanical or structural issues that may be disrupting your water pressure. To prevent any unnecessary damage to your plumbing system from high or low water pressure, call a plumber to resolve the issue.

Leaking pipes or burst pipes

Leaking pipes are a serious issue which require an immediate professional response. They can be a symptom of more serious problems with blocked drains and blocked sewers, and will waste a large amount of water and damage the surfaces of your home or business. A leaking pipe could be a sign of an imminent burst pipe, something which you definitely don’t want to experience due to the likelihood of internal flooding. Call a professional plumber as soon as you notice any leaking pipes, blocked pipes or flooding coming from your pipes.

Installing new appliances and fixtures

This is always best left to a professional, as we can make sure it is done properly and prevent any leaks from developing. New installations must also be tuned in to your plumbing system so that they do not cause extra stress or water consumption. More complex items, such as sump pumps, pressure regulators, shutoff and backflow valves, water heaters, dishwashers, and washing machines will definitely require professional assistance as a small oversight during installation can be very expensive in the long run. A licensed plumber is the only person approved to install these devices anyway and failing to do so will likely void any warranty you may have received.

Blocked drains or clogged drains

Blocked drains or clogged drains are among the most common and frustrating plumbing issues facing home and business owners. Lightly clogged drains can be fixed yourself using a natural drain cleaning solution or plunger, but more serious blocked drains and pipes place an enormous amount of stress on your plumbing system and will need to be attended to by a professional drain cleaning plumber. Our professional equipment and experience as licensed, trade-qualified plumbers will enable us to not only clear the blocked drain, but also inform you as to what caused it and give you advice so that you can prevent blocked drains or blocked pipes from happening again.

If you are unsure

If you are unsure about what to do in the face of a blocked toilet, blocked drain, or other plumbing issue, it is always a good idea to call a professional plumber for help or advice. We take every question seriously, and no drain cleaning or drain unblocking job is too big or too small. As drain cleaning plumbers, we are here for a reason, and that is to serve you in any way we can to make sure your plumbing system is functioning the way that it should.

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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Tips to Fix a Clogged Toilet

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Tips to Fix a Clogged Toilet

Although major blocked toilet or blocked sewer issues will always require professional assistance from a licensed plumber, you can probably fix a minor clogged toilet yourself with the right advice and a few tools.

The trusty plunger

It’s a great idea to make sure that you’ve got a plunger stored somewhere in your home or business. Once you’ve noticed that the toilet is clogged, make sure that there is not an excessive amount of water in the bowl and start plunging. The blockage might be dislodged right away, but it can take quite a few minutes of plunging to build up the required pressure to unblock the toilet in some cases.

Plumbing snakes and drain cleaning liquid

These are lengths of steel cable fitted with a head which has rotating blades to break up the material inside a blocked toilet or blocked drain. You can buy manual plumbing snakes from most hardware stores. They are quite cheap and easy to use, with a handle which is turned to rotate the bladed head, so no power is required. You could also use an electric plumbing snake, but you will probably need to rent one from a hardware dealer.

When using a plumbing snake, feed the cable into the blocked toilet drain slowly, rotating it as you go. When you feel resistance, you have probably reached the blockage. Turn the handle to rotate the head, and slowly move the snake back and forth to break up the material that is blocking your toilet drain.

We have several natural drain cleaning recipes on this website, you might also like to use these in your attempt to fix your clogged toilet.

Call your plumber!

If you believe the blocked toilet problem might be more serious, or you have tried the above methods without success, it is time to call a professional plumber for assistance. The blocked toilet could be caused by a sewer drain backup, damaged pipe or joint, or built up debris in the toilet drain. We can use our plumbing equipment, such as cameras and water jetter drain cleaning machines, to clear the blockage and repair any damage to your toilet. The work of a qualified plumber is always guaranteed by the Australian plumbing standards, so you can rest assured that any work we do can be trusted to leave you better off than you were before.

If you’ve got a blocked toilet, and need more than tips to fix a clogged toilet, call us so we can end the hassle for you. Drainfast are specialist drain cleaning and blocked drain plumbers serving clients all over Melbourne.

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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Tips for Conserving Water

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Tips for Conserving Water

A few water conservation tips from the plumbing experts to help you conserve water

Many of us take water for granted without realising the enormous effort which has gone into developing modern plumbing, sanitation, and catchment practices. Events such as Earth Day give us a chance to reflect on how we use water, and how vital it is to conserve this precious resource.

Australia in particular is prone to drought and water shortages, and many parts of the country are doing it tough as a result. There are a few things we can all do to conserve water, save money, and prepare for an uncertain future regarding climate change and more extreme weather events.

Here are a few things that every home and business owner should consider installing or practicing in order to minimise water wastage:

Install water efficient fixtures

Many older fixtures were not designed with water efficiency in mind, and as a result they can waste a significant amount of water. Many new tap designs include a ‘low-flow’ mechanism which minimises wastage and improves the control over flow delivered by the taps. Newer toilets and shower heads are also much more water efficient. New fixtures will save you a considerable amount of money through reduced water costs.

Replace old appliances

Older washing machines and dishwashers use a far greater amount of water than newer designs without offering any increased performance or reliability. You may be tempted to use an appliance until the end of its effective life, but you are paying a significantly larger water bill by doing this as well as placing a larger strain on the water cycle.

Don’t rinse plates in the sink

Modern dishwashing machines use considerably less water to clean dishes than handwashing. If you have a dishwasher, never con yourself into believing you are saving water by opting to wash dishes by hand instead. You do not need to rinse dishes before placing them in the dishwasher, as they are programmed to rinse and wash anyway. Instead, scrape any food scraps into the bin and then place the items in the dishwasher.

Fix leaky taps and fixtures

If you notice a leaky tap, toilet, or shower head, you should try and fix it as soon as possible. Leaky fixtures waste an enormous amount of water, which is bad for your water bill and the environment. You can often fix these problems yourself by tightening the fittings or applying a sealant. If your premises is particularly prone to leaks, you may have a problem with high water pressure. If this is the case, you should contact us so we can confirm and repair the problem, as there is a risk of burst pipes and fixtures where high water pressure is present.

Home water recycling

There are a variety of low-tech water recycling techniques which you can practice in your home. If you have a garden, you can often redirect the grey-water pipe from your laundry to irrigate your plants. You can also place a bucket in the shower which will catch water to be used for watering the plants. There are also professional systems which you can install to redirect surface (clean) water from your home to areas such as gardens, lawns, or water features.

Get the family on board

Getting the kids involved can be a fun way to save water and teach them about the importance of water management. Encourage shorter showers, not running the tap whilst brushing teeth, and not playing with hoses. Simple practices such as these will save significant amounts on your water will and help protect the environment.

Keeping these things in mind will help you reduce your overall water consumption and preserve the future wellbeing of Australia’s people and unique environment.

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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Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water

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Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water In Your Home or Business

Many people are rightly concerned about the various chemicals, bacteria, and particles in our drinking water. There is a way to get fresh, clean drinking water which is generated in your own home via reverse osmosis.

A home reverse osmosis system is a series of tubes and filters which clears any impurities from the water. Many users of reverse osmosis systems report that the water obtained this way smells and tastes better than regular tap water.

Reverse osmosis systems are similar in concept to desalination plants, which pump seawater through a series of filter membranes to remove salt and other particles. The filter membranes used in these systems can be small enough to filter out individual blood cells and viruses.

Replacing bottled water with reverse osmosis

If you choose to drink tap water due to preference or necessity, installing a reverse osmosis system can eliminate the hassle of purchasing and storing bottled water. The system is installed under your kitchen sink, and filters water from the main supply before it flows through the tap. Generally, these systems filter between 0.5 and 3 litres of water per hour, but have a storage tank to store water over time as it is filtered.

Reverse osmosis systems are mechanically simple, and the only maintenance they require is the occasional filter change. Filters vary by effective lifespan, but are usually designed to filter between 1500 and 5000 litres before they need to be changed. Depending on your water consumption, this means it is often several years before the filter needs to be changed.

Types of reverse osmosis systems vary depending on the water pressure, processing time, and temperature required by the user. There will be a model to suit your requirements. If you have any questions about a reverse osmosis drinking water system, you should call us today as we are experts in the installation and maintenance of such systems. We can give you an idea as to the type of system which might best suit you, and we can install it for you if you decide to get one.

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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Preventing Sewer Backup

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How to Go About Preventing Sewer Backup

Sewer drain backups are among the most serious and common plumbing issues faced by businesses and homeowners. Blocked sewer backups occur when the amount of material being flushed into a sewerage system, be it a home or businesses septic system, or a public sewer system, exceed the capacity of that system. This can result in a blockage, damage to joints or pipes, and material from the sewer system flowing back out of toilets or other fixtures. In some cases, this can result in a chaotic sort of internal flooding where sewerage leaks into a home or business, creating an enormous mess which also involves some serious health risks due to the dangerous bacteria which live and grow in sewerage material.

A number of things can lead to a sewer backup, such as excessive rain or bad weather events, melting snow, high amounts of water or material being flushed into the system, collapsed or broken pipes, damaged pumps, and blockages caused by the flushing of sanitary materials or rubbish.

There are steps you can take as a home or business owner to minimise the risk of your sewer system becoming backed up.

Some useful tips

If you consider applying a few of the following measures in your home or business, the risk of a sewer backup occurring will be decreased greatly:

  • Keep water use to a minimum during periods of heavy rain or snow melt.
  • Ensure that cooking grease, fat, oil and other food waste are disposed of in the bin and not washed down drains, as they will harden and form blockages (particularly in older or damaged systems).
  • Ensure that rainwater downspouts are directed away from the building foundations of your home or business.
  • Ensure that your surface water drains are in good repair, and that they are carrying surface water away from your home as they should. If they are damaged or not working properly, the water which they leave behind can end up in your sewer system and lead to a backup over time.
  • Install a sump pump which will carry excess drainage into garden areas or surface drains.
  • Install an automatic backwater flow valve to prevent water from coming back through your system.
  • If you have a basement, ensure that the caps are left on any downspouts located here during heavy rain.

Cleaning up after a sewer backup

If a sewer backup has occurred, it requires an immediate reaction to prevent excessive damage to your home or business. It is always a good idea to call a professional plumber in this situation, our general plumbing and 24 hour emergency plumber service have all the tools and experience required to quickly and cleanly deal with a sewer backup.

Whilst waiting for a professional team to arrive, there are a few things you can do to minimise any damage or health risks:

  • Any affected items, appliances, rugs, etc should be removed from the affected area and placed in a dry, well ventilated spot.
  • Keep any electrical devices or power panels clear of the water, if you can’t, turn off the power to your home or business. We will turn it on again when it becomes safe to do so.
  • Photograph the affected area and any damaged surfaces or household items. Make a full list of the damaged items and describe the damage as you may need this for insurance purposes.
  • Begin disinfecting items which have come into contact with sewerage material. Extensive cleaning will be required, so it is best to start right away and throw away anything which is beyond saving by placing it in the garbage.
  • Once we have resolved the issue for you, contact your insurance provider as soon as you can to ensure that your claim is successful and you are reimbursed for the costs involved.

Safety is always the primary concern when a sewer backup has occurred. We will ensure that your premises is cleaned thoroughly and completely so that you can get back to normal as quickly as possible. We may recommend that you call an electrician if it seems that electrical systems may have been affected, but they will not be able to commence work until we have solved the plumbing problem.

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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Maintaining an Efficient Bathroom

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Tips for Maintaining an Efficient Bathroom

Keeping water consumption under control and maintaining an efficient bathroom and cleaning practices will keep home and business owners in control of the water they use and the money they spend on plumbing repairs. There are many things you can do to make sure that you use your bathroom in a way which minimises waste and prevents blockages.

Sink efficiency

The normal flow rate for bathroom taps is between 2 and 6 litres per minute. You can measure the efficiency of your taps by placing a large measuring cup or bucket in the sink and turning the tap on at full power.

Using an aerated tap can increase water efficiency greatly, and save you money on water. If a tap is leaky and cannot be repaired, it should be replaced as quickly as possible. A leaky tap can waste around 22 litres of water per day.

Showerheads and bathtubs

Instead of letting cold water drain away while waiting for it to heat up, try placing a bucket in the shower to catch this water so you can use it to water your garden or wash the car. Doing this, as well as making sure that you only shower for five minutes, can save about 600 litres of water every month (if your usual shower time is about seven minutes).

Remember that a hot bath is just as relaxing as a long shower, and much more effective in maintaining an efficient bathroom.

You can measure the efficiency of your showerhead or bathtub sink by placing a three litre bucket below the stream and measuring the flow rate. If the flow rate is above ten litres per minute (roughly one bucket every 20 seconds) you should replace your showerhead or tap with a low-flow variety.

Leaking toilets

As a toilet ages and is subject to wear and tear, the flapper which separates water flowing from the tank to the bowl can break or loosen. This will cause water to leak into the bowl. You may hear a hiss from your water tank, this is caused by a leak which is keeping the tank running constantly. This wastes an enormous amount of water. This flapper can be replaced without replacing the whole toilet, but you should be aware that new toilets are far more water efficient than older models and you will save money over time by installing a new model.

We hope these tips for maintaining an efficient bathroom will help you or your business save time and money on water costs and plumbing repairs.

 

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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Low Water Pressure

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Low Water Pressure Melbourne

For plumbing purposes, low water pressure refers to an insufficient amount of force carrying water from the mains to the pipes. Your water pressure is influenced by how many people are connected to your main supply as well as the ground level in relation to your premises. Hilltop areas and apartment buildings will have low water pressure more often than valleys or houses.

There are two stop valves which regulate the water pressure entering your building. The inside stop valve, which is located within your premises, and the outside stop valve, which is located outside and shared with neighbours. Both of these should be completely open to make sure that the proper amount of water pressure is getting through. It is a good idea to know where the inside stop valve is so you can switch the water off in an emergency.

If you think you might have low water pressure, or lower than you should, contact a plumberfor assistance. There are a few things you can do to check what might be causing low water pressure listed below, it’s a good idea to try some of them before making the call to a plumber as this saves you time and money.

If you have noticed lower than usual water pressure coming from your home or business’s fixtures, or even no water pressure at all, there are a few things you can to do identify the problem and find a solution.

  1. Try turning on the cold water tap in your kitchen sink, as this is usually the place where the main water supply enters your premises. If the cold water tap in your kitchen is flowing normally, but other fixtures have low or no pressure, the problem originates within your plumbing system and requires further inspection. If the pressure is low in this tap too, then the problem is with incoming water pressure from the mains supply.
  2. Check that the stop valves are completely open. You premises will have an inside stop valve somewhere, usually under the kitchen sink or near the front door. If the valve is not completely open, you will experience low water pressure. Open the valve completely to restore pressure. Also check the outside stop valve, as this needs to be completely open as well.
  3. Talk to neighbours, if they are experiencing the same problem then the cause is located outside your home. If not, the problem is within your plumbing system and requires a professional inspection.
  4. If you live in a flat, check the maintenance area of your building or speak to its managers to check if the problem is originating at the mains.

There are a variety of things we can do to assist you with low water pressure. In the case that the problem originates in the main supply, we will work with your water authority to restore proper service to your premises. If the low water pressure problem originates within your plumbing system we will carry out an assessment to identify and repair the problem as quickly as possible.

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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Installing a New Tap

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Installing a New Tap

If you have a leaking tap on your kitchen sink, bathroom or other area, it can be fun to have a go at installing a new tap yourself before calling a plumber.

How to install a tap

A hallmark of DIY renovation, knowing how to install a new tap in your kitchen or bathroom is a great skill which can save you time and money lost through leaky old fixtures. If a tap is leaking excessively, or you think the problem may not be caused by the fixture itself, you should contact a professional for assistance.

The steps you need to take can vary depending on the age or condition of the fixtures you are trying to install, but most new taps will come with a set of instructions printed by the manufacturer. Even so, there are a few useful tips which you should keep in mind when you decide to install a new tap. Read on for details!

Before you begin

Make sure that you switch off the water supply to your premises at the mains before you disconnect any fixtures. Failing to do so could leave you with a kitchen full of water. Some sinks will have a shutoff valve on the pipe below, which means you can turn that off without turning off the whole water supply. But if you fail to find a shutoff valve, switch off the main water supply.

Once you’ve shut off the water, turn the tap on to drain any remaining water.

Now it’s time to remove the fixture. You might need a few tools, such as a basin wrench, to do this. Disconnect and remove all the parts, including the lift rod and any nuts which are holding the tap in place. Once the old tap has been safely removed, you can begin to install your new fixture.

New Tap Installation

Make sure that you read the manufacturer’s instructions and keep all nuts and parts together so that you don’t lose any. Now you can install the tap, and fix the gasket in place. If the handles are not installed, screw them on now. Place the lift rod back into the drain and install the water line so that it services the taps below. Consider placing a putty or other sealant on the fixture to prevent any leaks.

Now it’s time to check your work. Switch the water back on and try running both hot and cold water through the tap. Check the sink both above and below to see if there are any leaks. If there are, you may need to repeat the process and see if you left any nuts or other parts out.

Some taps require a unique drain, which makes the process of installing them much more complicated. If this is the case, you should call a professional plumber. Remember that you should never be embarrassed about calling a plumber! There is no job too big or too small, and we are here to serve you in any way we can. Sometimes other issues such as corroded pipes or inaccessible fittings can prevent you from installing a new fixture yourself, but this is no problem for us as we have all the right equipment and skills to get the job done. Calling a professional can prevent unnecessary damage to your fixtures and/or water wastage from installing a new tap without the right tools or experience.

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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How to Clean Your Showerhead

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Our Melbourne Plumbers Teach You How to Clean Your Showerhead

Learning how to clean your showerhead is a great thing to do, as it can save you money on water and plumbing bills that would stuck up if a leaking showerhead is left for too long.

Over time, biofilm, metals, and other sediment collect inside showerheads and can cause them to become blocked or begin leaking. A blocked showerhead causes an immense build-up of bacteria, places increased strain on your shower drain pipe and joints, and reduces the water efficiency of your shower.

How to clean your showerhead

A good way to start cleaning a showerhead is by removing the showerhead from its fitting and giving it a good scrub over with an old toothbrush. If there are any holes which are completely blocked, use a toothpick or skewer to clean them out.

Calcium deposits and other debris inside the shower head can be softened by soaking the showerhead in vinegar for a few hours. The vinegar will break down the sediment and allow you to rinse it out.

Showerheads are fitted with a filter screen which catches debris. This can be removed, and should be cleaned regularly. The filter is usually attached to the pipe itself, and can be tricky to remove. If you are unsure, call a plumber for advice. Once you have removed the filter, scrub it and soak it in vinegar before rinsing. This can make a significant difference in the water pressure coming through your showerhead by removing built-up debris.

Disassembling your showerhead

This will allow you to get the best access to all the nooks and crannies that may need cleaning. If you have a newer showerhead, you might be able to gain access to a manual from the manufacturer which will show you how to take the showerhead apart. If not, a professional plumber can always do this for you and ensure that no damage is done to the fixtures.

If you are in doubt, never hesitate to call a professional plumber. No job is too big or too small for us. Even if you just need to ask us a few questions, give us a call so we can put you on the right track. Always keep in mind that your plumbing system is sensitive to changes in water pressure caused by new or changed fixtures and that this can lead to problems if not handled correctly.

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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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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