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It’s a common problem faced by our clients who have suction style pump set-ups installed in their properties. These can be used in domestic and commercial applications across Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills. A suction pump such as the Davey Dyna Prime 201 would be used to assist the transfer of liquids from a septic settling tank and then pump the liquids up to a street sewer connection.
It is the operation of a crucial piece of equipment which no bodies see’s and this is called the “foot valve”. The foot valve is connected to the bottom of the suction pipe which is located towards the bottom of the tank itself. The foot valve opens during suction from the pump and closes immediately upon suction no longer being performed. What this does is maintain the pumps water seal or otherwise known as the pumps prime. When we often get a call because a pump is not sucking properly it can quite often be related to a faulty foot valve which in turn creates an air lock and stops the pump from suctioning liquid correctly.
The problem with this fault is that the pump can quickly overheat and cause the motor to burn out leading to a new pump installation or pump repair. A faulty foot valve can be caused through hard particles being sucked into the foot valve due to poor maintenance of the primary tank and also a damaged diaphragm rubber inside the filter cage also caused due to poor maintenance of the primary tank (septic tank). Items we have found in the past to obstruct a foot valve are ear bud cleaners, latex items such as disposable gloves and dense sludge.
The only way a foot valve can be inspected is by disconnecting the suction line from the pump and removing the pipe from the sump itself. This pipe is usually around 2 metres long and requires careful removal (it will typically be connected via a barrel union which allows for easier disconnection) otherwise the suction pipe can be dropped into the pit and become lost. When it comes to any type of pump repairs in Adelaide or the Adelaide Hills suburbs, we always recommend all work be performed by a licensed pump repairer. If you need any type of assistance we can have a licensed technician out to your home typically the same day and we also provide and after hours emergency service for when the situation is a little more urgent. We work with all brands of pumps such as Davey, Onga, Grundfos, Reefe, HyJet, Flowserve and Zenox Contact 0429 361 819 for any help.
Its amazing just how many homes we attend across Adelaide to assist with a slow-moving hand basin drains. Pop up wastes are very much on trend for any bathroom renovation. They are typically used in hand basins but can also be installed in bathtubs, laundry sinks and kitchens (butler’s pantry). In the past they were only manufactured in chrome, but with moving trends in the bathroom renovation industry you can request these in matt black, polished brass and white.
Many of these spring-loaded wastes also incorporate an integral overflow. The integral overflow is a great device to ensures that a sink will not overflow if the tap is left on and the plug is pushed in. Another positive of the integral overflow is that the pop-up wastes are slow draining even from new so if the waste hole cannot keep up with the flow then the integral overflow will help when the water level gets too high. These plugs look good and function very well when first installed. Its after a few years that issues arise and if not addressed quickly they snowball into a bigger issue.
In order to help avoid some of these problems we have recently done a short video which we uploaded to our you tube station to help assist homeowners and other trades people with the required maintenance and potential repairs needed to be performed to these pop up style waste drains. In the youtube video below you will get to understand some simple maintenance steps which can be performed to help you avoid a big problem and also some other handy tips which will help you fix a failed basin waste. We hope these little tips are of some help and remember we are always here for you if all else fails call 0429361819.
Pumps have been playing a crucial role in the plumbing industry for many years even before the introduction of electricity. There are many different sizes of pumps all used for various tasks. It could be for the circulation of hot water from a plant room around a building to deliver a reliable source of consistent hot water to hotel rooms. Common brands used for hot water reticulation are Grundfos, Hyjet, Aline, Kwikflow, Reefe, Onga and Davey. You will also find that pumps play a big role in our infrastructure across Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills to transfer waste/sewerage which eventually finds its way out to Bolivar Waste Treatment Plant in the states north. Multi Storey Apartments and Offices in the city have numerous Fire Jacking Pumps installed. The Role of a Fire Jacking Pump is to ensure that during a fire alarm being sounded these pumps will assist in the delivery of continual pressurised water to whichever level of the building is requesting the water via a hydrant, hose reel or sprinkler.
What can go wrong with a pump?
Depending on the exact role of the pump installed or pumps some may work 24 hours and 7 days of the week and others may work every now and again. With the evolving technology surrounding pumping system we are able program a pump dependant upon its peak periods. It is in our experience the following are common faults with pumps:
New homes and property renovations
It is a requirement by the South Australian Government that any new home or significant property renovation have a minimum of a 1000L rainwater tank installed. This rainwater is then required to be plumbed into either a toilet, laundry tap or water heater for the house. In order to get the rainwater to these outlets a pump is used. These pumps such as Davey, Hyjet, Bianco or Onga have mains pressure auto changeover mechanisms installed. The advantage of the mains pressure auto changeover device is to ensure that in the event of a rainwater tank being emptied (typically in summer across Adelaide) there will still be water to supply to the fixtures via the potable water supply connected to the pumping station and into the building. Depending on the model you have installed there may be a red light which will emit during a fault alerting to you the need for a pump repair expert in Adelaide. During normal operation a green light will always stay visible letting you know the pump has power and when it is pumping the water a orange light will show you the pump is in normal operational mode.
Through regular inspections, testing and data tracking we help many businesses avoid catastrophic failure and major down times. Majority of our commercial and industrial pumps are not off the shelf units and some even need to transporting from overseas. Programmed maintenance is the key and what we work closely with many of our clients to enable hassle free business operations. Offering Emergency Pump Repairs is another area of the business we offer to clients in the case a situation arises which cannot be avoided. To find out a little bit more about our services please visit this link https://posts.gle/ZiL5J
There are many myths amongst the public when it comes to hot water. Many people think that a hot water service will last for 20 plus years or even that a hot water service never needs servicing! All of these are untrue and myths about a hot water system. BUT an even more common myth about hot water is the term used by the public of "instant hot water!"
The term "instant hot water implies" that the hot water will be delivered instantly, and this is not the case. This term is one which gives a false description of how the water will be delivered to a tap. What affects the delivery time is the pipe run length from the water heater itself to the various outlets in the property.
For example if it takes 5 seconds to get hot water from the system to the tap then this will always be the way regardless of what system you install at that property. The properties infrastructure is what determines the delivery times.
As licensed plumbers we always refer to these types of hot water services as continuous flow. They will continually operate and deliver unlimited hot water for as long as you need them to do so. There are typically 3 common sizes installed for domestic use or small commercial applications and they are 16L, 20L and 26L per minute of hot water delivery from the system. In Adelaide there is four common manufacturers of these continuous flow heaters: Rinnai, Bosch, Rheem and Thermann.
A continuous flow gas fired hot water service will give peace of mind that your home or business will never run of hot water. If there is power, water and gas onto the property these units will be the ultimate peace of mind for reliability. As far as the term "instant" goes well I think this will always be thrown around amongst the public.
With a growing population the demand for land is increasing significantly. With this issue many developers will opt to either excavate the ground and put some of the building underground and then also build into the sky to utilise every square metre of land available to them.
It is with this type of construction that pumps start to play a big roll in the transferring of liquid. Its not just storm water which needs pumping as this is the first thing people often think of. There are pumps used for the circulation of hot and warm water systems inside hotels, nursing homes and shopping centres. There are macerating pumps used for the distribution of waste from toilets and other sewer systems.
Once a pump has been installed we highly recommend regular servicing and inspection of these vital pieces of equipment by a qualified pump technician. At Mayfair Plumbing we help various customers across Adelaide and in the Adelaide Hills with all types of preventive and reactive pump work. Our company offers an after hours service to help when a pump is misbehaving outside of normal business hours, because that's when things always go wrong!!
Next time you're looking for a specialists company to help with anything pump related think Mayfair and call 0429361819.
If you live up in the amazing location of Crafers in the Adelaide Hills you no doubt love escaping the hustle and bustle of day to day life in the city and breathing fresh air while enjoying the peace and quiet over a glass of locally produced wine while sitting around an open fire place.
The Adelaide Hills is home to some of the state's world renowned producers of wine (both red and white), chocolate, jams and preserves. Having all these fantastic options at your fingertips is very special and not to be taken for granted. During the cooler months you will find some products not as readily available but as we move into the warmer periods of the year there will be an abundance of products on offer.
Crafers and Crafers West are home to approximately 2,000 full time residents who live in this location of South Australia. Depending on your location there are many plots of land which offer breathtaking views of the city and if the weather is fine enough you might even catch a glimpse of the ocean out towards Glenelg and Brighton.
Majority of the business owners and residents find it hard to get a plumber out to them due to the location and distance from any merchant so when they find a reliable plumber they will stick with them. This is how Mayfair Plumbing have become a preferred choice of plumber in Crafers and Crafers West.
Being one of the closet suburbs of the Hills to the city has certainly contributed to the suburbs median house value and its tightly held properties. The Heysen Tunnels make access easy today and allow for a quick easy trip in and out of the city. A Typical trip from here into town would take no longer than 20 minutes and farley hassle free. There are many old mansion set on large parcels of land, some have been restored while others are in need of a makeover. Over the past 12 months we have seen properties on Sprigg Road, Glenside Road, Heath Road, Sheoak Road and Piccadilly Road sell for a higher then average price for this location due to the huge potential buyers are seeing in these majestic estate once restored and brought back to their former glory.
Recently the South Australian property market has seen a plateau in its prices but with the recent drop again in home interest rates we are certain to see another spike in property prices with this location no stranger to that type of activity.
If you need assistance with any type of plumbing, hot water or gasfitting project contact our friendly staff today on 0429361819
Hills life is something we are very fortunate to be able to take advantage especially if you call locations such as Crafers, Stirling, Aldgate and Balhannah home. The peacefulness and clean air make the Adelaide Hills a perfect get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. With the introduction of the Heysen Tunnels making the commute into the CBD of Adelaide daily has become so much easier with most commutes taken a mere 15 minutes to the toll gates. With this ease of travel has also seen a significant increase in property values. Stirling has seen huge growth in the suburbs per square metre property value next to locations such as Crafers West and Lobethal.
A fully renovated home today can fetch the biggest ROI in the Hills and items which make a big impact on homes value will include: newly renovated bathroom, new kitchen, butlers pantry, upgraded sewer pipes, electrical infrastructure upgrades, air-conditioning repairs including room heaters new hot water service and painted surfaces internally and externally.
During the cooler months of the year the unmistakable smell of a wood fire cranking and that smell of home cooked soups are certainly something that will take your attention. All these aromas mixed with a fantastic glass of Adelaide Hills wine is a recipe many Australians to visit this part of the country to get that unmistakable fresh produce and a relaxing get away.
Many locations now offer discreet B and B’s off the grid allowing couples to take advantage of the amazing views and experience the presence of nature never thought imaginable. Get up and close with a Kangaroo or maybe even see a Koala going about their day to day business.
Whether it be for the night of a few nights there will be nothing like this in South Australia you will experience anywhere else. If you need some time out perhaps think of the Hills and you might even move up there one day and enjoy the “Hills Life” it’s a thing you know!
Contact Mayfair Plumbing today for all your Adelaide Hills Plumbing needs on 0429361819.
As a resident of Medindie you would be well aware of the fact that your home most likely is sitting on top of a aquifer. If you live along Dutton Terrace there is an even stronger likelihood you will be on top of the aquifer. For many of the properties it is not a concern or an issue, but those properties with below ground level living areas, garages or swimming pools the aquifer here can be of some concern.
Having serviced the residents of these inner northern suburbs location of Adelaide for nearly 20 years we have gained some crucial knowledge that others who do not work in this location as often as we do. Properties which have habitable underground spaces will have a wet well which houses a submersible pump. In order to avoid flooding of these underground locations there must be a pump installed and these pumps run nearly 24 hours a day and 7 days of the week. If a fault ever occurs our plumbers will get a call to attend Medindie fast. The reason for such panic is that within a matter of a few hours the water will start to seep into these living quarters and could cause significant damage, not ideal!
Unfortunately due to the high levels of salinity contained in this water it is untapable for any good use. Many aquifers are connected to bores around Adelaide. In suburbs such as Glenelg North, Netherby and Unley Park you will see signs on homes saying bore water in use for gardening purposes. Unfortunately the high levels of salt make the water from the aquifer undrinkable and to harsh for irrigation purposes. With all this knowledge the only thing that can be done with the water is pump it out to sewer drainage systems. It seems such a shame because to the plain eye the water looks perfectly ok, but when tested in a laboratory it shows poor results!
If you are looking for a reliable, professional and knowledgeable company think Mayfair Plumbing we are here to help you.
Having been in the hot water industry now for many years Rheem have established themselves as one of the front runners in providing reliable and long lasting products for all types of occasions.
Whether it be a small domestic installation supplying a kitchen sink where a plug in 25L mains pressure storage unit is needed or a larger commercial arrangement where there may be multiple 27L continuous flow units are linked together to feed a boarding house, Rheem can help!
Now offering 12 year cylinder warranty on their electric storage range and 6 star energy efficiency on their Metro range (continuous flow) of heaters it makes Rheem a sensible choice for your next purchase.
The storage range of gas heaters called Stellar come in 2 sizes 130 litre and 160 litre also known as the 330 or 360 models. These systems can deliver 330 and 360 of hot water in the first hour, making it very hard to ever run out of hot water.
Understanding just how the various models in the Rheem range of heaters works and operates is what makes us a preferred installer and service company in Adelaide. As you will see in the video below, we can help you with all the different styles and sizes of heaters in the range no matter how old the systems are, if there are still parts available, we can source them and install them for you.
From the Lazer range of boiling water units used more often in commercial applications through to the Hi Line solar systems there isn’t much you will find Rheem cannot offer potential new clients.
We are happy to provide you information on what might best suit your situation including potential rebates when installing heat pumps and solar hot water services.
Our buying power is greater than that of our competitors due to our high volume of turn over giving us a huge advantage over our competitors in the market.
Ok so here is the scenario, your in desperate need of a plumber perhaps you've got a burst hot water service or an overflowing drain pipe obviously you will need a plumber BUT where do you find one in your local area with a solid reputation? It's easy check out our new locations map created with Google Maps it will guide to you straight towards Adelaide's preferred choice Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting check it out for yourself below.
It is one of the more common questions we do get asked, should my drains have water in them? And there are two answers:
The first answer is YES: Your sewer drains should hold water in certain locations. The reason for the water in the drainage fixture is to prevent rodents and smells entering the building. For example a toilet pan has water in its bowl always this is to prevent foul smells entering the building. Other examples could be the J trap or shower drain these are also designed to hold water during normal operation. If you do however notice excessively high levels of water there could be a blocked drain causing the problem.
The second answer is NO: If you notice that drains are overflowing or making a gurgling noise or even sucking the water seal dry it would most likely point towards a fault in the drainage system. The main sewer drain is designed to self cleanse (when installed correctly) and this is achieved by having the correct grade or slope on the pipe and therefore when any debris put into the line it will move along the pipe and end up in its correct destination.
Through using our CCTV drain investigation equipment we can identify areas of a drain which may be holding water due to a blockage or even a collapsed section of pipe. When a drain has been newly installed or recently cleaned out there will be very little debris standing still in the line it will all move away promptly and this is how we identify problems by using our special equipment.
Today the water seals are becoming smaller so that aesthetically speaking they look more compact and fit into smaller spots. In the image below you will see an example of a relatively new toilet installed in Hawaii, the water seal is quite present on this particular style of system, but not all are like this one. Plumbing today is designed to be very hygienic not like many years ago when fixtures did not have water seals and rodents where present inside our sewage systems.
If you own or work in a commercial kitchen the likelihood is that you will also have a Rheem boiling water unit mounted to the wall also known as a Rheem Lazer. These systems are popular due to there high efficiency of being able to deliver boiling water in large quantities continually to enable chefs to prepare their food faster. Some of the more modern versions are also fully programmable to enable the user to program the system to turn on and off at various times to be more energy efficient.
Unfortunately like all things they do start to break down and need to be serviced and repaired throughout their life. These systems are very complicated and cannot be repaired by any run of the mill plumber you will need a technician who is across the ins and outs of these units. A plumber who is competent in this field of plumbing will have a good technical mind and a strong ability to fault find all water and electrical components.
Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting are recognised Rheem water heater repairers in Adelaide it is through the constant upskilling and training that we have developed a reputation for being one of only a few businesses competent enough to repair all Rheem water heaters.
There are a few common issues which can present over time with the Rheem boiling water units and they are as follows:
If you are experiencing difficulties of any kind with your Rheem boiling water system please drop us an email or phone call at: firstname.lastname@example.org OR 0429361819
As our planet grows older and we all start to become more educated about the effects our existence is doing to it we are becoming ever more concerned about the ways in which hot water is delivered to our properties. It's not just on a domestic scale many new commercial developments today are extremely focused on just how the overall energy consumption a building is using.
At Mayfair Plumbing we have certainly noticed a large swing towards more energy efficient methods of heating water. Depending on the system selected for the property enough energy can be generated from the sun to provide hot water for almost 3/4 of the year without any contribution from the grid or gas consumption.
In an ideal world everyone would have access to 5 star energy efficient heating methods for their water, but unfortunately this is not always the case and in the majority of the world they are not taking advantage of what could potentially be saving them hundreds if not thousands of dollars per year on their utilities bills.
In South Australia we are particularly lucky in a sense that we have full access to gas (either bottled or piped), electricity and sun (solar). Whether or not people and developers are taking full advantage of this is another question.
Manufacturers such as Rheem are amongest the popular water heating companies in Australia today because they offer a broad range of systems. Starting off with the not so energy efficient is the electrical storage models. These come in various sizes and can be located inside or outside of the property. Moving towards the far more energy efficient models is the gas fired systems whether it be a storage style of system or a continuous flow model these are extremely popular across Adelaide. BUT what would now be considered the most energy efficient range of water heaters is anything which has a solar component involved, which I will go into detail in the next paragraph.
Solar is the future of energy efficient hot water in Adelaide the reason is that while you are using the sun's rays it costs nothing! Solar hot water systems are typically partnered with a secondary heat source in times of cooler weather particularly during the peak of winter they will rely on this heating component to top up the water temperature in the cylinder. Fuel such as gas or electricity can be used to contribute to the warming of the water inside the tank. Typically speaking in South Australia a solar hot water service will deliver enough heat for around 9 months of the year without the need for any additional fuel source to heat the water making this an exceptional source for energy efficient hot water.
There are of course many options when it comes to using the sun's rays to heat our water. In a commercial arrangement you will now see that many roof tops have a large bank of solar panels where the water is first fed through these numerous panels to preheat the water, it will then return through a number of continuous flow water heaters in case the water temperature needs topping up and it is then stored in large cylinders for times of peak demand for hot water ie: night times when majority of tenants or occupiers are at home.
With many councils and architects now specifying that a development must comply with a minimum 5 star energy rating it's no wonder we are now seeing so many hot water installations combined with a solar component.
Our business model specialises in the repairs and servicing to these systems, we also participate in the new installations of these types of hot water services. Locations such as Mawson Lakes and Woodcroft where this technology has already been in use for 10 plus years we are now seeing an increase in our service and repair calls. In locations such as Henley Beach and Glenside there is still a large amount of new installations being performed due to the large amount of new homes still being constructed today. Whatever your hot water needs are please contact us today.
From the outside looking in things seem to be taking an extremely long time and of course we are not privileged to all the ins and outs that go on behind the scenes BUT wow we will the front of the Unley Shopping Centre ever be complete? Let’s hope by Christmas hey!
It's quite often heard being spoken about in cues while waiting to pay for groceries or while you're sitting down at the hair dresser waiting to get your hair cut. The general feeling of disruption to the patrons as they try to go about their day to day business.
One thing we have noticed is that trying to get a car park to do banking for our Unley plumbing business has become a challenge. We have started to instruct our staff to drop into the Burnside branches as the overall time lost finding a car park is less.
As progress is slowly starting to show we can see what looks like a huge granite giant being constructed there is no doubt that once completed it will be a huge improvement to the Unley road entrance and I’m more than certain the businesses which have been severely impacted on and some even gone into liquidation will be more than happy to see the final pieces put in place.
When it comes to leaking toilets, the technology involved has really changed as has the style of toilets we are now installing. In our you tube video below you will see one of our service technicians (Aaron) walk you through two of the most common faults we get called to attend to as licensed plumbers.
With the recent introduction of the dual flush toilet cisterns onto the plumbing market we have seen the overall design of the toilet suite itself change significantly. Today you will notice that the operation of the cistern itself is quite simple and compact. In the past, we were dealing with bulky awkward components which became very hard to repair due to their original design faults.
Today there are two main parts which could fail over the life of a toilet cistern and they are the water inlet valve and the outlet rubber. The inlet valve is today classed as universal part and there are a few different manufacturers on the market which now produce this product. At Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting we personally favour the Fluid Master Pro Series and the Geberit styles of inlet valves. When we then look at the outlet rubber it is a much thicker rubber donut style and contains more latex giving it a longer life. If you are familiar with the older style of outlet rubbers they were renown for breaking down and crumbling away over time.
As registered plumbers, we always recommend that the repairs to anything plumbing related always be performed by a licensed tradesman, but as the parts for these toilets are becoming increasingly available at hardware stores such as Home Depot, Bunnings, Lowes, Home Hardware and Mitre 10 we appreciate that people will try these types of repairs themselves. If, however you do feel that a task like this should be performed your local plumber please contact us today on 0429 361 819 or via the web at email@example.com with any questions, we are here to help you with your loo it’s what we doooo!!
If you own or are responsible for the repairs, servicing and installation of ZIP products around your home or office then you need to call Mayfair Plumbing. Our technicians have been trained and by ZIP and know the ins and outs of Hydro Taps, Chilled Water units and Wall Mounted Boiling units.
Our technicians are experienced with working inside of airports, hospitals, nursing homes, multi storey offices in the CBD, defense bases such as RAAF and Army barracks, shipping ports and large corporate venues such as the entertainment centre and the Adelaide Oval.
Book us online to perform annual change overs of filters inside of hydro taps and also replace filters inside of the chilled water drinking fountains. ZIP products are very unique and there is only one independently owned company in Adelaide who has the skills and product availability to be perform ZIP water heater works, that's Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting.
A few common faults we get requested to attend to are as follows:
Perhaps you have seen or heard about the newest plumbing firm in Adelaide to be offering unbeatable discounts on hot water installations and repairs throughout South Australia. As you will see in our latest google map we are servicing nearly every suburb in Adelaide with new installs and repairs including domestic and commercial ranges. Our staff are trained to work on every imaginable brand of water heater on today's market and our warehouse holds new units and parts meaning you will never be without hot water longer than desired. Check us out for a guaranteed bargain and same day replacements 24/7, we are the best in the business find out for yourself, what are you waiting for???
Braided stainless steel water hoses are readily available to anyone at your local hardware stores and plumbing merchants. They are commonly installed by licensed plumbers but occasionally due to their availability and ease of installation they are also installed by homeowners, handymen/women or builders.
When our plumbers from Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting attend a home or business where someone other than a plumber has previously been onsite we often see a common tell tale sign that the flexible water hose has not been installed by a licensed plumber. On the male part of the connection usually a brass thread or a mini cistern cock there is thread tape or teflon seal applied. There is absolutely no need for this, in fact it is just making your life harder.
As you will see in our you tube video below the flexible water connector hose comes factory fitted with a rubber seal. The rubber seal inside the stainless braided hose is designed to create a watertight seal between it and the male thread. It is important to ensure that the male thread is in good condition (straight and smooth), but if you are connecting to an isolation valve (mini cock) there will be a factory thread creating the perfect marriage between the two.
Although we always recommend this work be performed by a Master Plumber we know that this does not always happen. We hope that by watching our video you will gain a few handy tips on how to install a water hose under your vanity or inside of your kitchen sink cupboard. Please remember that if you are experiencing difficulties call a plumber.
Towards the end of a busy 2016 I made my way over to the country of China and we spent 2 weeks in the city of Hong Kong to welcome in the new year and spend a bit of time relaxing and gearing up for what is certain to be a busy 2017 in my home town of Adelaide in 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.