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Aaron Stewart the owner operator of this plumbing firm knows the suburb of Para Hills inside and out, he grew up there for over 30 years and attended the local kindergarten on Liberman Road, the local school Para Hills Primary and later in life attended the community club for social gatherings on Bridge Road.
Growing up in Para Hills Aaron Stewart had great friends who lived in nearby suburbs such as Ingle Farm, Salisbury East and Valley View and from frequenting these suburbs it has given him a vast knowledge of the surrounding streets and suburbs.
There are many areas that are used for recreational exercises such as the Paddocks wet lands, Para Hills soccer ovals and the Ingle Farm recreational centre where various indoor sports are held such as netball, Table Tennis, Cricket and Gymnastics. The northern suburbs of Adelaide have a very strong community minded bond which gives them confidence in using local and small plumbing firms and when selecting a tradesman to attend to there house or business the local residents want to know that they are dealing with a business on a personal level not just being treated as another number. That is the advantage of calling Mayfair.
In broad terms the suburb of Para Hills which falls under the banner of the City of Salisbury Council is bordered by Main North Road, McIntyre Road, Nelson Road and Maxwell Road there are approximately 8000 people currently residing here and there plumbing and gas problems vary.
Some of the houses are relatively new with many of the blocks of land being chopped up and two or three houses being established on the one plot of land so the plumbing works which is performed here is all new and not too much maintenance is needed on these properties, BUT in the more established locations ie: Para Hills West or higher up towards Para Vista the houses are needing a bit more regular plumbing and gas work.
When we start addressing plumbing maintenance items things such as Blocked Drains, Gas Leaks and Hot Water Repairs are the most common mentioned items. Its due to the age of Para Hills that Aaron and his team of licensed plumbers spend a far bit of the working week or emergency call out periods fixing plumbing issues for the residents. With things like same day hot water replacements and 24/7 plumber on tap its no wonder that the folks feel comfortable engaging a qualified tradie from Mayfair.
Next time your standing in line a Woolworth's or McDonald's and you hear someone talk about a plumber they recently had attend to there house keep an ear out, there's a really good chance it will be Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting they are talking about, that's right! When people are getting 5 star plumbing and gas services with out the nasty sting then of course they are going to tell everyone and before you know it Mayfair is the only name worth knowing when it comes to plumbing in Para Hills.
Debunking the myth that all plumbers still use Electric Eels/Metal Snake to clear Blocked Storm Water Drains and why you must use a Hydro Jetter when cleaning a Storm Water Drain.
When you hear someone say I've got a blocked drain they usually follow this statement up with “I need the plumber to come out with his electrical eel/metal snake machine” to un block my drain??
BUT when it comes to storm water drain lines it’s a whole different kettle of fish. The conventional methods of clearing a sewer drain line may still be performed by various plumbing firms, but those who have invested in the future of the plumbing industry know that the only way to clear a customer’s storm water line is with a Hydro Jetter.
As you will see in my video attached to this week’s blog there are various reasons why the electric eel/metal snake drain cleaning machine does not cut the mustard when trying to un block a storm water line.
Firstly: the fittings which are most commonly used when installing storm water lines have a very tight radius and the throat on these fittings is also very tight meaning that the rigid metal cable used on the traditional electric eels cannot get through these fittings without causing catastrophic damage.
Secondly: the pipe which is most commonly installed for storm water systems is of a very thin wall thickness meaning that the aggressive nature of the metal snake drain cleaning machine when in action can quite easily penetrate the walls of this pipe leaving un necessary damage to the drain lines.
Thirdly: the electric eel has only approx 23m of use able cable on the machine before either another location needs to be found to enter the drain or another roll of cable be introduced. With the Hydro Jetter you can get at a minimum 55m of hose into the drain and depending on the set up some Jetters actually are equipped with 120m of hose giving you well over 100m of usable high pressure hose before relocating or finding another point in which to access the drain lines.
The hydro jetting machine can be used with various sizes of hose allowing it to get into some of the smallest and tightest storm water fittings and push out any of the sediment or tree leaves. The flexibility of this hose when under a huge operating pressure of 4000 PSI and also when not pressurised allows it to get into places that no other form of machinery can enter. The benefit of this method is that the jetting heads are self propelled and selflessly guide their way in and around the many different directions in which a storm water system may have been installed.
When it comes to domestic storm water installations you are going to find that 90mm pipe and fittings in storm water grade material is the most common product used in today’s market. But that is not to say that in some domestic installation’s a customer hasn't increased the specification on their design to have the storm water lines installed in sewer grade pipe and fittings, although this is rare, it has been done in the past and has good benefits. The pipe is much more ridged, the fittings are larger and the available surface area in which the glue has to make its chemical reaction with the fittings is larger allowing for greater strength of the chemical bond and also a greater resistance to penetration from tree roots and breakage through ground movement.
Now given that a lot of storm water lines usually hold water (wet system/mozzie breeder) a build up of silt gathers at the base of the drain line. When the electric eel passes through the line it twists and turns through the pipe moving around the actual sediment build up but not actually as effective as a hydro jetter forcing huge amounts of water along the line giving a thorough descaling of the pipe system, which is just another big benefit of using the Hydro Jetting Machine to clear blocked storm water lines.
In order to keep your storm water drainage system flowing this winter make sure you get your storm water pipes hydro jet cleaned, like with most things in life if you maintain it the likely hood of ever having to perform major repairs is slim, BUT if you leave the problem for years and years it's inevitable that one day a section of the storm water drain will have to replaced and hopefully its not under a driveway or a paved path.
I hope that you have managed to get some useful information out of my blog this week and that the year 2015 is bringing you happiness, until next week happy plumbing, Aaron.
It’s not un common to receive a phone call from the residents in the North East Suburbs of Adelaide in the suburb of Campbelltown, that would be due to the Quality without compromise of plumbing and gasfitting that our master plumbers at Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting provide.
Getting a plumber to you for any type of emergency is never going to be issue. The roads that lead in and out such as Payneham Road and Lower N E Roads make access easy and allows us to get assistance to you within the hour and also if required same day hot water service replacement’s. It doesn’t matter if you have natural gas hot water, solar or even electric we can help whatever the circumstance. All of our plumbers are class B electrician’s and licensed gas fitters meaning you only need one person to do the whole job, now that’s a bonus!!
Our plumbing service vans are always fully equipped with various bits and pieces required to fix your problem, but if for some strange reason we are not carrying the right part for your project Reece at Newton has just opened allowing us to get the required part and get back to your house within a matter of minutes.
If you live in Campbelltown you will know that over the last 10 years demand on real estate has become very strong, this due to the expanding population in Adelaide, with some of the homes still using the original bathrooms and are in need of a serious makeover, that’s where we step in, everything from tiling, electrical, cabinet making, plumbing and painting we have it all covered leaving residents with only the one contractor to deal with the whole time. Depending on the scale of your renovations some of these can be achieved in as little as 1 week, each situation is different of course!
If it involves sewer, water or gas you've come to the right place. Backflow Valve Testing, Backflow Valve Installations, Blocked Drains, Emergency Plumbing, Gas, Hot Water, Property Maintenance and Renovations our skilled tradesman can do it all for you. Appointment times are made to suit your schedule and after hour time slots are always available to meet your lifestyle.
Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting is a locally owned and operated plumbing firm which prioritises having plumbers in all the various suburbs of Adelaide to continually provide services without compromise. So if you do need a licensed master plumber in Campbelltown contact Aaron today 0429 361 819.
It’s not un-common to purchase a new shower rose or bath spout for example and find the manufacturer has supplied a small roll of white Teflon tape with the fitting to assist you with the installation of this product.
There are a few little tricks and hints I have learnt along the way during my 20 years in the plumbing industry about putting Teflon tape onto the threads of plumbing fittings and the different types of Teflon tape on the market, knowing when to use each one to suit its correct application in order not to get a water leak.
In this week’s instalment to my blog I would like to give you a few handy hints and also explain the differences in Teflon tapes so that next time I come to your house you understand a little more about what is being performed for you.
When selecting Teflon tape for the task there are a few things to consider: Is the fitting loose and if so it may require a thicker tape to take up the slack? What material are you joining, if its pvc threads you want something thinner so that cross threading does not occur when tightening the fittings up. Each situation is different and in some circumstances the threads may be really tight and require a small amount of tape to achieve a water tight joint. If you are doing up pvc to pvc joints a trick I have learnt in the field is to leave the first thread naked in order to ensure that cross threading does not occur and you get the threading process started initially without cross threading.
When it comes to the application of the Teflon tape there are a couple of good points to note. Firstly apply the Teflon tape in the direction in which you will be screwing the connection so that as you begin to tighten the fittings the Teflon tape binds into the threads. Secondly roughen the male threads a little, I usually use a hacksaw blade and gently graze the threads so that when the Teflon tape is applied it wants to grip onto the threads and not just slip and slide off the male threaded fitting. These are two great pointers which should always be remembered and will make a huge impact on getting a water tight connection.
Without a doubt the most common colour of Teflon tape you see around is white, it is also the thinnest version of Teflon tape on the market. Now when using the white Teflon tape, because it is very thin you need to apply more than the other tapes on the market. As a rule of thumb I suggest somewhere between 10 to 15 times around the male thread is usually a good indicator, but each circumstance is different, as previously mentioned above.
Secondly another colour of Teflon tape on the market is pink, this is a slightly thicker version of tape and hence does need to be applied as many times to the thread. As a guide when it comes to applying pink Teflon tape I apply between 6 to 9 rolls around the male thread. You will find that this is not as common to get a hold of and may need to be acquired from a plumbing merchant, not just a regular hardware store. It will be higher in price, but you don’t need as much and in a lot of cases it provides a better guarantee against water leaks as it is thicker and binds into the threads better.
And probably the least common type of Teflon tape on the market especially available to the general public is a yellow version. The yellow version of the Teflon tape is predominantly used in the gas and petroleum fields of plumbing due to its properties which make it resistant to harsh chemicals and does not break down which can lead to leaks. This type of Teflon tape is the thickest and once again does not need to be applied as liberally as the white version and can be used on water connections as well. I find that in a case where I have a large threaded fitting such as 32mm up wards it comes in handy for couple of reasons. Firstly the last thing you want is a leak on such a large fitting because the chances are you had a hard time getting it done up initially and Secondly the larger fittings can be a little looser and require a thicker tape to achieve the water tight connection.
As I have touched on during this post each circumstance is different and can require the many years of experience which only a Master Plumber can offer to select the right tape for each job. Its only after seeing different situations present themselves that a plumber will then know what is going to be the right selection for each situation. So if you are in doubt call a Licensed Master Plumber from Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting on 0429 361 819.
I hope that you have found a few handy tips in my recent blog this week. If you are looking for other pieces of information relating to plumbing and gas please have a scroll through some of my other blog posts.
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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.