After attending a blocked drain this week for one of my customers asked me "do I also repair hot water systems?" I replied yes I can handle all types of plumbing jobs. Another job I attended to was fixing some leaking taps for another customer and they also asked "do you do bathroom renovations and gas plumbing?" I replied yes I perform all types of plumbing and gasfitting work.
I do often get asked if I can do various types of plumbing jobs as most plumbers only specialise or prefer to stick to one area of the plumbing & gasfitting field. I have personally decided to model my business around any type of plumbing work leaving my scope for new business wide open.
I would like to outline below the areas and types of projects I can perform for you in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills:
What I have tried to high light above for all of my existing and new clients is a list of the plumbing and gas projects which I can readily perform for you anywhere at anytime in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills districts. Feel free to call me at anytime and discuss your plumbing requirements, I would be only to happy to help you. Have a nice week, Aaron Stewart (owner/operator) - MAYFAIR Plumbing and Gasfitting, 10 Jervois Street, Hawthorn, SA 5062 - 0429 361 819.
My week as an Emergency Plumber/Gasfitter in Adelaide kicked off at approx 10 pm Sunday night with a call to assist with a Blocked Drain at a Glenelg Hotel. I arrived to find a basin which was badly blocked and was not draining away. Someone had obviously put something down the drain and had caused it to back up. Within 30 minutes after arrival I had the drain flowing freely again thanks to the help from my Hydro Jet Drain Cleaning Machine, the Manager at the Hotel was extremely happy and so were the many people partying Sunday night away.
During Monday I was called out to another Major Plumbing Emergency, a gas leak. My customer called from there property in Payneham. They contacted the gas company because they could smell gas, upon arrival the gas company performed a test for soundness on the gas pipework and found that there was a bad leak. I arrived to the house and after doing some exploration work for approx 1 hour found that an old copper fitting that was flared to suit a compression style fitting had worn away and a hole was now present in the copper pipe causing the gas leak. After removing this section of pipe work and installing a new piece of copper tube with my viega propress tool (which requires no welding, ideal for roof spaces) I re-tested the gas line and it was sound and safe to be turned back on for the customer.
Later in the week I received another Emergency Plumbing call from a customer who had no hot water. She had come home to find that the tank on her hot water system had started to leak and no longer had hot water. This job was not too far from where I live over in St Marys. I was able to get to the house within an hour of receiving her phone call and stop the old hot water system from leaking and then proceed to connect a temporary loan hot water system which I have developed so that my customer could still have hot water for the night and next morning.
During the course of the next day I then gathered a few different options for the customer and then proceeded to install a new Rheem Stellar 5 star rated gas hot water system.
Looking forwards toward the end of the week I'm sure there will be other emergency plumbing calls over the new weekend approaching, more than likely a burst water pipe or another blocked sewer main and if the weather does turn bad the likely hood of a roof leak or over flowing storm water drain is even a chance. But what ever the need is I always keep the van and all my machinery in top working order to ensure great reliable emergency plumbing services and most importantly always with a friendly smile.
Have a top weekend and I will talk with you all again next week, happy plumbing :-)).
A topic which I'm sure most people are interested in, how to avoid an unnecessary large Plumbing bill next time you call me Aaron from Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting out to your house in Adelaide.
When you own a house, unit or apartment it is inevitable that one day you will need to call a plumber at some stage to assist with a problem you have, whether it be a Blocked Drain, Leaking Taps, Burst Water Pipe or even no Hot Water.
There are a few tips which I'd like to give to allow you to avoid unnecessary costs next time you call me out to help you with your plumbing and gas problems.
Have you recently flushed the toilet, done a load of washing or had a shower and noticed that the drain is gurgling and slow to drain away? This is a good indication that you have the starting signs of a blocked drain. It is better to have this cleaned out now rather than waiting for the drain to completely start over flowing. The time that it will take me to clear this blockage with my hydro jet drain machine can be less than half if the blockage is tackled in its early stages and costing you half the price.
Leaking and Stiff Taps
Are your taps dripping and hard to turn off? If seen to early the chances of being able to remove the tap ware without damage is far greater than leaving it till later and causing damage to the taps etc due to corrosion. Depending on what the actual problem is with the taps and what is actually causing the leak, the housing of the tap may need to be re-seated and if caught early enough this can be done without leading major works such as removing tiles and replacing the breaching piece inside the wall.
Hot Water Service Leaking
If you have a storage hot water service (tank which holds all your hot water) over time the Pressure Relief Valves need replacing and a sign of this needing attention is that they continually start to drip which can then develop into a steady flow of water. Having these seen to in the early stages can avoid an emergency call out in the middle of the night or on a weekend if the Pressure Relief Valve all of a sudden starts to discharge huge volumes of water.
Gas Room Heater Not Performing at 100% Capacity
Gas room heaters have filters installed in them which over a period of time get clogged up from dust in the air and this then starts to affect the operation of the heater. It is always a good idea to have these filters regularly cleaned or replaced depending on the age of the filters. This allows your Gas Heater to breathe and do its job without putting strain on the components inside the heater which can lead to various parts needing replacing and can be quite costly.
Sometimes a roof leak cannot be avoided a tree branch might fall on your roof or the roof is really old and has corroded away, but it is always a good idea to ensure that your gutters are regularly cleaned out and that your storm water drains are clear and free flowing. By ensuring that your gutters are clean and that your storm water drains are not blocked this will at least allow water to move away from the roof during a rain storm and help eliminate the chances of a nasty roof leak and potential internal damage to you home.
Burt Water Pipes
If you have a house pre 1980's chances are that you may still have galvanized water pipes installed. Over time these start to rust out slowly and show signs of leaking, you may notice a little rust stain on the concrete or a slow trickle of water coming from the water main along the side of your house. It is a good idea to have this inspected sooner rather than later because at some stage this will get worst and it may just all of sudden start gushing water out leaving you with a plumbing emergency in Adelaide.
Fluctuating Hot Water
Have you noticed that the Hot Water in your house is fluctuating between hot and cold? There could be a variety of different components in your Hot Water Service which are causing this to happen depending on the age and type of Hot Water System you have (Gas Continuous Flow, Electric Storage, Solar Hot Water) if diagnosed early and during normal business hours these parts can be sourced if not already in my service van and the problem can be fixed for you straight away rather than waiting till you come home after a hard days work and find you have only cold water and its more than likely going to require an emergency plumbing call out which will cost more in labour and the parts may not be available till the next day leaving you with no Hot Water.
I hope that after reading my Blog today these tips and advice I have given enables you to avoid a plumbing emergency in Adelaide and allows me to fix your plumbing and gas issues at a competitive price next time the needs arises to give me a call, Aaron from Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting - Plumber Adelaide 0429 361 819.
What is a Backflow Valve? What does a Backflow Prevention Valve do? What does a Backflow Valve look like? Who can test my Backflow Valve?
These are very common questions most of my customers ask. They have never heard about these valves which help protect our most valuable resource WATER. If you have sub surface irrigation at your house chances are you have a Backflow Valve installed and if you operate a commercial or industrial business that uses chemicals or contaminated wastes the likely hood is that you will have at least one if not more of these Backflow preventing devices installed.
These valves require yearly testing by a licensed plumber who has Backflow accreditation to ensure they are operating correctly. The test form must then be filled out each time and submitted back to the OTR (office of technical regulator) in South Australia. Below is a picture of a Backflow Valve and a copy of the current test report I fill out each time I perform a test on these devices.
Backflow Valves come in all different sizes and shapes depending of the hazard rating they are required to protect. There are 3 different hazard ratings:
An example of Backflow occurring
There can be many instances of a cross-connection hazard. To explain the risk which is involved, imagine that one end of your garden hose is attached to your water system and the other end is placed down into a bucket of liquid fertiliser. At the same time a sudden loss of water occurs in the main water pipes serving your home (such as a water main break or large volumes of water released from a fire hydrant, which is very common in Adelaide these days as our pipes are getting old). The pressure drop causes a reverse flow in the water line and in a system with no Backflow prevention liquid fertiliser from the bucket is sucked into your properties drinking water and potentially into the main water line servicing your local suburbs.
However, if the outlet your garden hose is connected to is equipped with a Backflow prevention device, the reverse flow would cause the check valve inside the Backflow device to engage and stop the Backflow at the hose connection point which will stop contamination of the drinking water pipes.
For more information on Backflow please have a look at this video which I have created to give you a complete understanding of exactly what Backflow is all about and the devices which are used to protect our vital drinking water.
Keep your water safe and clean from un wanted contaminants call Aaron today at Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting with all your Backflow needs and questions in South Australia.
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Aaron Stewart owns and works in the business of Mayfair Plumbing & Gas Fitting from there offices now based in Adelaide, South Australia. Aaron and his team of licensed plumbers and design consultants are passionate about there work. In this blog they will bring you plumbing and gas tips gathered from around the globe over 20 plus years of experiences in the many different fields of plumbing. If you are looking for a plumbing firm who can do everything from design, construct, project management and scheduled on site maintenance contact the Mayfair Plumbing Group.