This week I started a laundry/toilet renovation in Hurtle Square in the city. Starting a project like this is always quite labour intensive as it involves the demolition of the original tiling and fixtures. All this work is done in house by Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting, we use all of our trades to get the whole entire project completed. This week I was lucky enough to have a turn on the huge Makita Jack hammer and removed all of the old tiles from the walls and the floors. You never really know how well the old tiles will come off, sometimes they just chip off nicely and sometimes the wall and floor needs patching after wards, each job is different.
In this case at Hurtle Square, the floor tiles came up quite well and only localised patching was needed, but with the wall tiles because the property is solid brick they had rendered the walls to attach the tiles to and all off this render came off with the tiles meaning the walls had to be rendered before the new tiles could be re installed.
Before any of the new render is installed the plumbing pipes need to be altered to give this renovation a much more modern feel. The original taps where located above the bench top and so where the washing machine points, these days most people like to see all of the plumbing concealed bellow benches or inside cupboards. In this situation it involved chasing out the bricks and making channels to lower the copper pipes. If the walls had been gyprock, performing this task is a lot easier and just involves dropping the pipes inside the cavity of the wall.
Once all this prep work is performed its then onto the tiling, in this situation we have gone with a nice large 300 x 600 gloss white wall tile and for the floor we have selected a non-slip 300 x 300 white floor tile. The walls will also get a splash of white paint giving this whole room a complete ultra-modern look and feel.
As far as fixtures and fittings are concerned a new close coupled toilet suite will be installed, getting rid of the old 11 litre single flush toilet suite and now installing a dual flush 3/4.5 litre flushing cistern and toilet. A new corner vanity unit will be installed giving the owners more storage in the toilet room and a mixer style tap over the basin. The laundry will get a 42 litre stainless steel sink and a cupboard also with a mixer style tap. There will be some new brighter light fittings installed and also some chrome rails for both toilet rolls and towels.
A project such as this one above usually takes approximately 2 weeks from start to finish the transformation during this short period is simply amazing and can be achieved over such a short period. We tailor the renovation to suit your budget leaving you with so many options.
If you are thinking of getting a laundry or bathroom renovation done please feel free to call me Aaron from Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting 0429 361 819.
Do it proper, do it copper use to be a very popular saying back when I first started in the plumbing industry in the 90's. Everything involved copper, all the above ground sewer drains were copper, the water pipes both in ground and above ground were copper and the gas pipes were also all installed using copper tube. It could have been as small as 15mm or even as large as 200mm the copper came in all different sizes and all different gauges (wall thickness). The copper is classed using a grading scale from Class A (extremely thick) through to Class C (thinner) this is in Australia, over seas they use a slightly different scale with different letters. Class A copper was used in situations where high pressure would apply inside the pipe ie: fire mains or high pressure gas lines. Class C would be used on sewer drains where the pressure wasn't as high and the smaller wall thickness allowed for easier forming of angles, junctions and bends.
It was considered quite the art of plumbing if you could install sewer drainage using copper pipes, all of the junctions/take off points were manufactured from scratch using oxy and acetylene torches and bending pins to help knock the copper into shape. The heat given off from the oxy and acetylene torches was very high, this was because you always had to maintain the copper tube at a dull cherry red colour to be able to form it into a shape you wanted. Getting the copper to hot would crease the pipe in places you didn't want and not applying enough heat meant that the copper wouldn't do what you wanted, it was quite the art and still is today.
As with many things in the world, technology has evolved and this has also happened with the plumbing industry. Using copper tube such as 100mm can be as much as $600 per 6 metre length that's fairly pricey and you don't want to make a mistake at those rates. Products such as PVC or HDPE which have now started making an appearance on the plumbing market are priced at around $35 to $75 per 6 metre length respectively and installation times have been more than halved, this has paved the way for these new products to make a big impact on the plumbing industry in Adelaide and throughout Australia.
With these new products hitting the plumbing market it has mean't that the newer generation of plumber coming up through the ranks has not been exposed to what many of us veterans of the industry have had the great experience of being involved with. Although it is not as common to use copper for sewer drainage there are still occasion where it will pop up in old buildings and this is leaving a gap in the market which the younger generation may not be able to fill.
Another area of the plumbing industry which has also recently been affected by the decline in copper piping is water and gas lines. When it comes to the domestic field of plumbing long gone are the days of installation of copper tube for a new homes water supply, products such as Rehau and Auspex have now started dominating. These products are very quick to install and far cheaper than copper tube and its associated fittings. Providing the fittings are put together correctly the chances of leaks with these products is basically zero, another positive.
When it comes to commercial and industrial plumbing products such as PE, Aqua Therm, Blue Brute and Rehau have started to dominate. All of these changes we are seeing in the Plumbing Industry are due to tighter deadlines and smaller budgets on projects which paves the way for these new products and is quickly eliminating copper.
It has been fantastic to see the many changes in the plumbing and gas industry throughout Adelaide and the whole of Australia.
Over my 20 plus years of being involved with the plumbing game I have have had the chances to see and contribute to many different iconic projects in Australia such as The Adelaide Convention Centre, Flinders Hospital, Colonnades Shopping Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, AIR Apartments, Brisbane Children's Hospital and Lumiere Apartments to name just a few.
All of these projects have had some sort of copper pipe work installed into them, some more than others it has been a great experience to be involved with a part of the plumbing industry that is quickly being phased out.
Hope you all have a great week and have enjoyed another installment to my blog, Aaron.
Is your toilet continually filling up with water? Does it leak all over the floor when you flush the button? Or does it just trickle down the back of the toilet bowl all day long?
Even if not's one of the described situations above it sounds like you need a plumber. Toilets can leak for a number of reasons and these can all be affected by the age of the toilet as well.
Repairing a leaking toilet can sometimes be a simple job and quite inexpensive, but it can also go to the other end of the scale where sometimes repairing a leaking toilet can be more expensive than installing a new cistern or toilet bowl.
Some of the more common leaking toilet repairs which I come across are as follows:
With the increasing costs of water in Adelaide it is vitally important that we try and save as much of it as possible, especially heading into our dry months of the year summer. we all work very hard to earn our money so there is no point in flushing your hard earn't money down the drain.
If your toilet is leaking get a licensed master plumber from Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting out to your place today and get your toilet leak fixed, we proudly service all suburbs in Adelaide and can even attend 24/7 if your toilet leak is an emergency.
So you’re about to buy an existing home or unit, it’s a huge commitment and the last thing you want to find is that the plumbing or gas to the property is in poor condition before you spend your hard earned money.
This week I would like to give you a few tips to look out for when "inspecting the property", alternatively ask me to come along and give you some advice, this is a service which more people are starting to engage, for the sake of a few hundred dollars it’s a great piece of mind.
In the below video it points out some of the areas which I have covered in my list above of plumbing issues to look out for but also covers off a few other handy tips to consider which are not necessarily plumbing related but a good idea to look out for.
Whether it is a water leak, gas leak or even a sewer leak I can assist you with identifying the source of the problem and then also repair the plumbing problem for you.
This is exactly what I have been involved with this week in Adelaide.
My week started off with a call to attend a suspected broken water pipe in Myrtle Bank. When I first arrived there was a loud sound of running water through the pipes and it could be heard throughout the whole property. The first thing to do was to look around the property for any obvious signs of water escaping ie: extremely green grass, wet concrete, moist bricks, damp patches on the internal walls, running toilets, hot water relief valves blowing off and irrigation valves not shutting off properly. After doing a check around the property for these situations there wasn’t any obvious signs of water escaping, so the next step was to start isolating various sections of the property and try to pin point which section of the property had the water leak.
After cutting in a few isolation valves to the water main I was able to establish that the water leak was in the area of the backyard which contained the irrigation etc. Then once this was established a closer look around the locations where the water mains was installed underground showed that along the boundary line of the property where a long line of rose bushes is planted the first 5 in this row where really blooming and approx. 3 inches taller than the rest of the rose bushes, then after looking at ground level and removing the mulch I could see that the ground was a little damp. With a little more digging down I found the leak approx. 500mm below ground level, it was a break in the 20mm copper water main. Once the break was exposed and the copper tube cleaned it was a fairly easy fix using my Viega pro press tool (see pic below).
Later in the week I attended another water leak where the customer could hear water rushing out under the outdoor deck in Clapham. When I first arrived it was pretty obvious where the leak was coming from, but getting access to the leak was going to be a bit of a challenge. After carefully identifying where the supports for the deck where located I carefully cut out a few of the timber slats between each joist creating an access hatch which can be opened in the future if ever needed. Bellow the deck I found the location of the leak, it was where the previous plumber had extended the copper water main out to the back yard for a garden tap. The material used to feed the garden tap was PVC water piping and where the transition between two materials takes place is where the leak was located, it was a matter of re-tightening the connection between the two materials and leak ceased
Now whether this has been slowly leaking for a long time and progressively got worst because the initial installation wasn't adequate I can’t say, but moving forward the leak has stopped and there is now a future access point if any other issues occur under this decking ever again. A move forward if there is future problems would be to remove the PVC pipe and convert all this to a more ridged installation of copper tube the whole way under the deck.
To finish the week I was called to attend another water leak in Morphett Vale. The customer informed me that whenever the shower is turned on moisture starts to appear in the hall way of the home. The first step to investigating this type of water leak is to remove the shower rose and put a pressure gauge on it. I then pressurise the breaching piece and the pipe work up to the shower rose outlet and watch for any drop in pressure. Immediately upon doing this there was a huge drop in pressure, which means that there is a broken/cracked pipe inside the wall.
The only way to fix a problem like this is to remove the tiles and expose the pipe work. After doing this the leak was located immediately, it was a crack in the shower breaching piece (see picture below). Because this house is solid brick the wall then needs to be jack hammered open to get access to the copper pipe work. Once the pipe work is all exposed it can then be cut out and new copper pipe and a new shower breaching piece then installed. After this is done the new pipe work must be tested for any leaks, providing this is all fine its then time to patch the wall back up with mortar in readiness for new tiles and grout to be installed.
So it was quite a busy week with water leaks in Adelaide for me and the results have been quite good for my customers, getting the leaks located quickly and fixing the problems in good time enabling my customers to get there water back on quickly without having to go to extensive measure to fix their problems.
Have a good week and I look forward to bringing you another installment to my plumbing blog.
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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.