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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.