These days there are just so many different taps to choose from and the price also varies depending on your budget. Some tap ware can be purchased from as little as $75 and other more high end tap ware can be purchased for well over $350. They all come in varying sizes and some even have a spray rinse function and fancy LED lights, the choices are endless.
One thing you will notice is that every manufacturer clearly specifies that the water pressure at the home must be suitable to the avoid having your warranty voided. As a general guide majority of manufacturers specify that the water pressure at the home or business should be no more than 500kpa. Its not unusual to find a property around Adelaide where the water pressure is well over this and heading towards 1000kpa, some examples where we have found high water pressure are Malvern, St.Georges, Torrens Park, Unley and Mitcham to name a hand full of locations.
So how do you know if you have high water pressure? Majority of the time people often feel they have tremendous water pressure and that's a great indicator, but failing that you should have a plumber check this out for you. Its not only the new tap which it may be causing excessive stress on but other appliances which run with water ie: hot water boilers and toilet cisterns.
Having a pressure limiting device installed does not necessarily need to break the bank. They are a very important safe guard mechanism to help protect some of your most used and expensive items around the home and the investment will be well worth it.
If you are looking for some pricing or further advise about a getting pressure reducing valve installed around your home then please contact us http://mayfairplumbing.com.au/
Its not unusual to hear one of our customers say "we thought because the cistern was broken we couldn't flush the toilet".
Although the cistern is not actually working you can still manage to flush away any debris that are put into the toilet pan with out using the cistern avoiding the need for an emergency plumber call out.
Just about everyone has a bucket lying around the house right? So all you need to do is have access to some form of tap around the house. Fill the bucket with enough water so you can lift it comfortably with out spilling it and injuring yourself. Then just tip it into the bowl of the toilet each time the toilet is used. By doing this you are actually performing the job of what the toilets cistern would typically perform but instead just flushing the debris away manually via the water from the bucket. This task can be performed many times until you can arrange for a local plumbing company to arrive to your home or office.
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A Chinese Cooking Table is not your every day run of the mill gas cooking appliance and your not likely to find one of these in a domestic kitchen.
These appliances are extremely thirsty for gas and require a large volume commercial gas meter to be installed in order to allow this appliance to operate as per the manufacturers specifications. As you can see from the main image below there are a numerous burners that flame up when at maximum capacity and the heat out put is extreme, which makes it ideal for large scale commercial operations.
So how do you operate a Chinese Cooking Table?
There a few vitally important steps which need to be followed in order to correctly light and then shut down these gas appliances SAFELY!
Firstly there should be a main gas isolation valve installed which controls the overall supply of gas to the entire appliance. When the appliance is ready for use this must be turned on, but it is also worth noting that this must also be turned off at the end of every cooking session.
Once gas has been safely turned onto the appliance you will find pilot light ignition buttons on the front of the appliance in line with each burner, in this case the buttons are metallic blue. The blue button must be depressed at the same time as a barbecue lighter is held at the pilot light to ignite the pilot flame (as seen in bottom image). Typically the pilot light is located inside the burner towards the middle.
Once a small pilot light flame has been established the blue pilot light button must remain depressed for approximately 6 seconds (each situation is different and some thermo couples will heat up quicker or slower than others), enough time for the thermo couple probe to heat up and generate a small electro magnetic current to hold the gas valve in the open position. This is a safety feature of these appliances to ensure that un burnt gas is not allowed into the room causing a dangerous situation. If you do not succeed initially some times a few attempts may be required to get the pilot light to stay on.
Once the pilot light is lit and remaining steady you can then look to start introducing gas to the various burners as required to then commence cooking. In the image below you will see there are gas control valves for each burner with a yellow handle. Gradually turn the desired gas valve handle on, the amount of gas introduced will dictate how much heat is then generated by the burner. By turning the yellow gas valve all the way on will give maximum heat and therefore can also be minimised by turning the yellow gas valve back towards the off position.
This process can be followed for each burner which is required for the cooking procedures.
When all of the cooking is finished there are a few crucial steps which should then be followed to allow the SAFE close down procedure of the Chinese Cooking Table.
Firstly ensure that each burner valve is turned to the off position, in this case it is the yellow valve located at the front of the cooking table, you will notice that when the valve is turned off the flames from the burners will go down and only a pilot light will remain on.
Secondly and MOST IMPORTANTLY turn off the main gas isolation valve to the entire cooking table, this is the valve which is located directly under neath the appliance and controls all of the gas to the cook top, (depending on the set up the main isolator could be in a slightly different spot).
If you need any type of commercial gas assistance please don't hesitate in contacting one of our licensed gas fitters via our web site at http://mayfairplumbing.com.au/corporate/
The hydro jet is an extremely powerful piece of equipment and most likely one of the more expensive pieces of plant a plumbing company will own.
Having said all of this, it is most likely the more dangerous piece's of equipment a plumber can come in contact with if not used correctly.
This week I would like to high light just a few quick and simple tips that can be used to ensure your safety as the plumber and also the safety of the people around at the time while the hydro jet is being used to clear a blocked drain line.
What is it that makes the suburb of Unley such a sort after area for the people of Adelaide to want to live in? The list of possibilities is long.
Perhaps it’s the fact that this desired suburb is directly south of the CBD and only a few kilometres out which equates to a 2 minute car ride or a short 10 minute bike ride to work. Other suggestions that make this such a tightly held location could be the local school which the former female prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard once attended, Unley Primary School which is located on Kitchener Street in Netherby. And finally perhaps the stand out reason for this location to have such an amazing reputation is its historical houses and tree lined streets, locations such as Victoria Avenue, Northgate Street and Grove Street have to hold some of the state’s largest properties still in original condition dating back to the early 1900’s and even earlier.
Real Estate is a huge commitment and particularly when you’re thinking of buying in the prestigious suburb of Unley an investment in the future that you are guaranteed never too loose on. With Real Estate companies such as L J Hooker, Owens and Casserly, Harris, Bernard H Booth and Smallacombe frequently selling properties in the area they are certainly the seller’s choice of real estate agents when it comes to listing a house for sale and when they do list a property for sale it never stays on the market long, these gems are always snapped up quick smart, whether it be by auction or public treaty not much of the of the real estate stays for sale longer than 3 weeks.
Its human nature to want to use local trades in your area when it comes to getting jobs around the home done. Things like garden up keep, home cleaning and electrical work are fairly common jobs which one would expect to need regular work of this type done around the home and when it comes to plumbing the locals always demand an Unley Plumber. By using a local tradie you know that they have your best interests at heart and they know the history of the area like the back of their hands.
Something that you will need to get use to when living in and around the suburbs of Unley is carefully negotiating your way down the very busy Unley road. From Cross roads through to Greenhill road Unley road is a 4 lane road, but due to amount of cars which park to the side of the road it leaves this busy road as a 2 lane way road. Monday to Friday is when you will really experience the chaos which can be Unley road, cars weaving in and out carefully passing through tight gaps and plumbing vans trying to reach there next project as an Unley plumber. Although the speed limit up and down Unley road is sign posted as 60kphr you’ll be lucky if your motor vehicle ever creeps over 40kphr, try spotting the local they’ll be the one carefully weaving in and out of traffic with true skill!
On a lazy Sunday morning you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to getting a pleasant cup of coffee or tea with cafés such as Cibo Espresso, Cotto and Paleo Café just the tip of the ice berg to spoil you for choice. Saturday’s and Sundays the beautifully paved King William road is very busy with the locals getting a bite to eat and even a refreshing drink at the Hyde Park Tavern. Saturday evening world class dining comes alive with 5 star restaurants like the very popular Assaggio Ristorante, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones recently dinned there during their last tour of Adelaide and sampled many of South Australia’s local produce and wines from the Barossa and McLaren Vale and from all reports they thoroughly enjoyed their time here.
As you can see there are many reasons why Unley is and probably will remain Adelaide’s first choice for housing, relaxation, family time and most importantly don’t forget the quality plumbers in Unley, SA.
Reliable, fast and cheap 3 words you like to hear when it comes to selecting plumbers in Adelaide. In our latest map release you will find a fantastic range of plumbers to choose from, check it out now!
Open for emergencies and general plumbing maintenance when ever the need arises and better still we offer state wide availability. 5 and 6 star energy rated hot water systems either natural gas or solar assisted helping decrease your energy bills around the home. Hydro jet drain blasting eliminating any debris from inside your drain pipes. If you think you have a plumbing job that needs quick attention then your sure to find a local plumber here on our map of the best Adelaide plumbers.
Its been a long time in the making but its finally been released, the map of the best plumbing firms in Adelaide has been released for the first time ever for public viewing. No your eyes aren't playing tricks on you here is the very first map of the Adelaide's TOP Plumbers.
Why you may ask has it taken so long for a map such as this to finally be delivered to the public? Well its simple, to become an Adelaide wide known plumbing firm it takes years of experience and "years of amazing customer service" and that's what you are going to find right here and now, a map that unlocks your ability to find Adelaide's elite plumbing service. We know that this is what the consumer has been waiting for so its only fair that this map of Adelaide's professional plumbers gets released just in time for the silly season, Christmas is on our door step and everything needs to be done in time for the holidays and this is going to save you plenty of hassle, enjoy and have a safe break.
At Mayfair Plumbing we not only specialise in gas fitting and plumbing but we also work on complete home reno's with everything from demolition to painting, home decorating and garden make overs, all the work is done in house using all of our own licensed tradesman and women.
In a recent project which is well on the way to completion in a leafy green suburb of Adelaide called Hyde Park the ground floor ceilings were all coated with vermiculite, this was a very popular choice for home owners back in the 1970's. The vermiculite was sprayed on and then painted, but as time has gone on trends have changed and no longer is vermiculite peoples choice for ceilings.
When it then comes to deciding what is the right choice for making the old vermiculite ceiling look modern again there a couple of factors to consider, ceiling height and budget. The vermiculite can be re sprayed with ceiling paint, this would be the cheapest option but still leaves you with the look of vermiculite on the ceilings. Another option is to batten out the ceiling and then fix gyprock to the battens leaving you with a gyprock ceiling but this will drop the overall ceiling height by approximately 25 millimeters at a minimum and is probably the most expensive option. The option which we have gone for on our recent project in Hyde Park, SA 5061 is to have the vermiculite hard plastered over, the middle range for budget. Ceiling height was a concern in this town house so we have opted for the solid plaster option and the result is truly amazing as you will see in the pictures below. The process only took 2 days and the cost was very reasonable for the result which was achieved.
By plastering over the vermiculite ceiling its gives the house an overall feeling of spaciousness and a real modern touch. The drying time before painting varies, in Australia during summer 4 to 5 days would be okay but in cooler climates around the world longer periods may be needed along with some additional heating of the room.
If you have any questions about renovating your house why not visit us online and let us help you along the way with your next project.
Winston Avenue in Daw Park is the direct route to all of our loyal plumbing customers in Daw Park, SA 5041. Daw Park with a population of over 2,500 people in the city council of Mitcham sure is tightly packed with people considering its overall foot print is quite small compared to other suburbs in the city of Mitcham Council such as Colonel Light Gardens and St.Mary's. Getting a plastic pipe fitting for a broken sewer line or even a copper water line for a burst pipe is never a huge hassell during a plumbing emergency when working as a plumber daw park as there is a local plumber supply merchant on Goodwood Road, Daw Park which is called Reece Plumbing Supplies. Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting quite often frequent plumbing merchants such as Reece and Samios which is now further down the road and located on Daws Road for items such as new Hot Water Service, Water Section Repair Kits, Toilet Cisterns, Tap Washers, Thermostats, Gas Pilot Lights, Plastic Pipes, Gas Fittings, Silicone, Baths, Kitchen Sinks and Storm Water parts. Having plumbing suppliers which are located within a kilometer of your various tasks as a licensed plumber in Daw Park makes our customers life easy, it allows the plumbers from Mayfair to acquire the right gas or plumbing connection for the job fast and get your plumbing task done even faster.
Probably one of the most iconic land mark buildings in the suburb of Daw Park is the Repat Centre shown in the image above, talks are currently under way about the future of this building and if it is to go where will all the existing patients be relocated to and what will be built in its place? If housing was to then to be put in its place these land parcels would sure be worth a pretty penny as the proximity of Daw Park to the CBD of Adelaide is a mere 9 kilometers by road or 7 kilometers by air (that is if you could actually fly there) and there would most likely be plenty of jobs created for plumbers. Tasks like new sewer mains, storm water drains and many new toilet suites would just be a few of the jobs plumbers daw park would have to keep them busy in the city of Mitcham.
Daw Park is in the ward of Overton and situated next to the ward of Gault. The other suburbs which also join Daw Park in the ward of Overton are Melrose Park, Clarence Gardens, Cumberland Park and part of Colonlel Light Gardens. The state electorate is Elder and the Federal Division is Boothby.
Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting are actually based in the city of Mitcham council as well. The base for our plumbing firm is 10 Jervois Street, Hawthorn, SA 5062, when our customers need us for any type of plumbing emergency we are literally only minutes away, that's how we maintain our promise of plumbers daw park within the hour for emergency plumbing. 24 hour plumbing services can be busy at times and one of the more common tasks we find ourselves being called to attend are plumbing jobs such as Blocked Drains, Hot Water Repairs and Burst Water Mains.
Next time your looking for plumbers daw park think MAYFAIR and call us on 0429 361 819 or visit us at http://www.whereis.com/sa/hawthorn-5062/yellowId-15073688 and also at our main web page mayfairplumbing.com.au/locations/daw-park/
I have always been a huge supporter of pre-purchase inspections especially when it comes to plumbing.
This week I have been involved in a couple of plumbing inspections for some of my customers, one was in Mitchell Park and the other in Unley. During my pre-purchase plumbing inspections I came across some very clear signs that someone had been down to either Bunnings (A.K.A. the big green shed), Masters or even Home Depot and purchased some plumbing materials and then gone home and decided to give it a red hot go with the idea of a quick do it up for a quick sale job, fortunately for my customers they engaged me before handing over there hard earned money.
In the two images below you will see some of the points which I'm referring to.
So as you can see here there has been some very poor practices going on by a home handy man, but if this was a plumber then it is very poor form. The customers who engaged me had no idea that these couple of things are not normal and couldn't believe that I could fix them for them, they asked me why would someone do this? I replied they are cutting corners and saving money which in the end will cost you lots of money.
Other items which I picked up during my inspection were things like kinco and olive connections used under ground, modifications to down pipe locations which has now led to rotting fascias because the falls still lead to a location where there is now no down pipe, flexible hoses connections joined together for a total length of over 2 meters, original floor trap grates left in the floor and the tiles placed over them leaving a nasty 15 millimeter drop and finally a real hum dinger a bath installed with absolutely zero support underneath it so every time you stand in for a shower it feels as if it will collapse (only a matter of time I feel).
At another property that I saw a while ago some one had been to a hardware store and purchased a hot water system the whole thing had been connected using flexible connectors even the gas line with a water connector, wonders will never cease to amaze me, so getting back to the my original question "Do you need a pre-purchase plumbing inspection" I think the answer is very clear.
So if your in the market for a new home and want a plumbing inspection contact us today on 0429 361 819 or find us on the internet at http://smallideasbathroom.com/ have a great week, Cheers Aaron.
Complying with Australian Standards when it comes to providing a bayonet fitting to your customers home.
I quite often receive phone calls from customers either looking to convert an existing gas point in there living room that feeds a room heater to a bayonet fitting or customers who wish to extend there existing gas main into there living room for the installation of a bayonet fitting. Ok so far so good right? Yes not a problem at all I agree, BUT as a licensed gas fitter in Adelaide I know the intention of what this bayonet fitting is being supplied for and its not to hang coats on or rest a book up against, its for the future installation of a portable gas room heater and is therefore my duty as a gas fitter to ensure that when I leave the property a few things have been performed.
Adequate room ventilation from the outside of the house (atmosphere) both at low level and high level has been provided (extremely crucial). It is very important to note such information about all of this is written clearly on the Certificate of Compliance, things such as the position of the air vents, the current size of the room and the exact location of the bayonet fitting, by doing this you are completely covering yourself from future liabilities after you have left the property.
In most installations that I have been to the appliance that is going to be used is not on site at this stage but is being collected shortly, so it is vital to write all the information about your installation down on a COC.
As you may or may not be aware of portable gas appliances burn off the air from the room and also emit back into the room so it Crucial that free air from outside is readily available other wise carbon monoxide poisoning can occur and lead to the loss of life. It is amazing though on this note how many people will still try and coach me into just providing a bayonet fitting and they promise to put the vents in later themselves or something similar, wow really would you seriously risk your life or that of some one elses? I certainly will never and that is why I have taken the time this week to post about the serious nature of having a bayonet fitting installed which complies with Australian Standards by a licensed gas fitter.
I can remember when I started my apprenticeship as a plumber every toilet pan was secured to the floor with a sand and cement mix (mortar). We would place the toilet pan on the floor and mark out the foot print with a pencil and the remove it again, the next step would be to cut a hole in the floor under the pan for a key (this would create a lock between the pan and the floor). The final step would be to mix up a stiff mix of mortar and place a large amount of this inside the under neath of the toilet pan and also a mound on the floor. Then the challenge would be to carefully turn the pan over and land it on top of the mortar bed without loosing the mortar inside the pan, once this was achieved you would then level the pan off and just carefully dress the excess mortar away and clean the floor etc with a damp sponge.
Over the years securing a toilet pan to the floor has changed in a good way. Today the method most commonly used by plumbers to fix a toilet pan to the floor is with clear sanitary grade silicone. How I perform this is to put the toilet onto the floor in its desired location, place some small packers or wedges under the toilet to raise it by approx 2 to 3 millimeters and until a level toilet pan is achieved (this providing the floor slope is not to drastic, I don't like to have a larger gap than 5 or 6 millimeters at the front of the pan when using silicone), then go around the whole base of the toilet pan with the silicone applying it to the gap between the floor and the toilet pan, once this has been performed I then spray a solution of soap and water over the silicone and wipe the excess off. The purpose of the soap and water solution is to avoid the excess silicone sticking to the floor and also your fingers as you carefully remove the excess silicone.
Like the method of using mortar mix it is advisable to always leave the toilet pan as long as possible before its initial use, but as a minimum I always suggest 24 hours before any sort of weight is applied to the pan, your plumber will always be the best person to advise this of course.
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Winter 2015 has been busy again for us at Mayfair Plumbing with the Hydro Jet crew clearing year's worth of silt and sediment build up from our customer's storm water drain lines. Not only have we been busy jetting storm water systems but also blasting our regular customers sewer and trade waste drainage systems.
Successfully taming the hydro jetter is not a 5 minute lesson it takes year's worth of experience in getting to know the mannerism of the high pressure jetter in all the many different situations it can get into. You're talking about a hose that has over 4000 psi of pressure going through it with a variety of different nozzles attached if this was to accidentally come out of the drain or perhaps go into the wrong drain line it spells BIG TROUBLE BIG TIME, that's why you need to know how to tame the jet.
At Mayfair Plumbing we use the Honda V Twin engine to power our hydro jetting drain cleaning machine. Strapped to the back of this piece of muscle is an Italian made water pump which pushes up to 26 liters per minute through the various nozzles connected to the remote mini reel. If you think about a garden hose turned on full with a watering nozzle connected to it you will notice it goes off like an out of control snake, but then take this mean piece of kit which operates at over 100 times the pressure you can get a picture of just how dangerous this machine can be in the wrong hands.
There are various nozzles on the market which you can use with the hydro jet drain cleaner, take for example the screw driver nozzle it relies on a huge amount of reverse thrust so it wants to really race down the drain and hit the blockage fast, you want to be on your A game when this bad boy gets full throttle introduced to it otherwise it will take off out of your hands. Then take the wart hog nozzle, this is a self-propelling nozzle which relies more upon huge volumes of water being dis-burst into the drain but also operates at a large amount of pressure which is not to be sneezed at.
How the jetter performs in smaller tight drains such as 90 mm storm water lines and 50 mm waste lines is really where the inexperienced jetting operator can be caught off guard. Entering these very tight throats of an elbow in these drains needs to be done with due caution as the jetter can get stuck and this can happen at the blink of an eye. When the jet is in full throttle mode the hose will become stiff and drive through these bends with a bit of manoeuvering, but when the throttle is turned down the hose becomes very limp and can drop into places you really don't want the jetter to be and bang you've got it stuck.
It is due to all of the above points I have mentioned that a lot of plumbers simply will not get involved hydro jet drain cleaning, its serious business and needs to be treated with great respect otherwise the consequences can be catastrophic. Jet blasting of drain lines is the best method of cleaning drains and any licensed plumber would vouch for that but it must only be performed be a trained technician. If you have a hydro jetting story we would love to hear from you at, ATT: Aaron and email address: email@example.com
In South Australia we have a government organisation which looks after the maintenance of the sewer infrastructure and there name is SA WATER. When a plumber Adelaide is contacted by a customer to attend a blocked drain the best practice by an ethical plumbing company is to arrive on site and identify where the government inspection point is, also known as the government IO or the Government or the Gov IO depending on which plumber you speak with. The purpose of identifying the government IP is to establish where in the drain line the blockage actually lies. The government IP is the point where the customers internal sewer drain line joins into the main infrastructure of the street or easement which ever the case. If the customer does not have an easement then they will have a government IP located somewhere out the front of there property connecting them to the street sewer mains or in the case of a sewer easement then there will be a government inspection point located close to a boundary (usually at the rear of the property but not always, it can be on a side boundary sometimes).
If for some reason the plumber Adelaide cannot locate the government IP there are a few options, one is to contact SA WATER and ask for directions over the phone and if there is still no success with this then the licensed plumber can request that an SA WATER employee come out and locate it with there metal detectors etc (it is important to note that SA water do not always come out straight away, usually in a 5 hour window for metro Adelaide).
Once a government inspection point is located it can be opened and inspected to asses where the blockage lies. If the inspection chamber is full of sewerage this indicates that there is a blockage on the SA WATER side of the drainage line and if the inspection chamber is empty this indicates there is a blockage inside the customers internal sewer drainage systems.
So if it does happen that the Adelaide Plumber finds the government IO to be full you get a "FREE DRAIN UN BLOCKED", that's right, your plumber from Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting will fill in a plumbers claim form get you to sign it and SA WATER will attend the site and have your drain from the connection point to the street cleaned. In most cases this is the only cause of the customers blocked drain Adelaide, but in some circumstances the plumber may also need to return with the HYDRO JET DRAIN CLEANER and also have the internal drain pipes cleared.
Of course if the government inspection point was found not to be blocked then the plumber will need to hydro jet your drain lines at your cost to un block your sewer drain in Adelaide, South Australia, but this is determined only after the government inspection point has been opened. If you have engaged an ethical plumber this is how he or she will go about helping you with your blocked drain.
Changes to free standing natural gas meter outlet connections in Adelaide, with the recent introduction of the "10 Light Fitting" for all new gas meter installations.
There still seems to be a lot of Gasfitters in Adelaide and across South Australia that are not across the changes which came into place in February 2015 for the installation of all new domestic free standing natural gas meters (i.e. not fixed enclosures or wall boxes).
The current free standing meter outlet connection with the rubber olive, plastic 1" nut and aluminium hoop is being phased out and the meter is now being supplied with a new fitting known as a "10 light fitting" (in picture below). The 10 light fitting is a 3/4" threaded liner BSP, a cap nut and a flat washer when supplied from new.
When installing the new consumer gas pipe work to the new free standing meter the gas fitter must now construct the old style of hoop connection to the gas meter from the consumers new pipe out of either copper or galv (in picture below). When constructing this connector piece it must replicate the old aluminium hoop the best as possible, so it is requested that the plumber get the new hoop connection in a tight radius, similar to that of the old hoop connection and as tight as physically possible (90mm from center to center maximum) (in picture below).
The new 10 Light Fitting is 3/4" MI in size at the point where the gas plumber will connect onto it, a reducing bush is required for the gas fitter to then get back to the size of the first leg of the consumer mains, unless of course the consumer mains is only 3/4" in size which is pretty rare in Adelaide as majority of natural gas lines are either 1", 1 and 1/4" or perhaps 1 and 1/2" so a reducing bush is most definitely needed.
If you are a plumber in Adelaide who is licensed to work with natural gas this is an important piece of information to have stored away in your head as there are still huge rebates on offer to the public to have natural gas installed to there property so you are sure to come across a free standing meter in the very near future. For further information visit Australian Gas Networks or APA.
At MAYFAIR Plumbing and Gasfitting my passion has always been to help the residents of Adelaide with there Emergency Plumbing situations. Over the last 12 months I have been working very hard to get my presence on the internet for Emergency Plumbing to position number 1 on google so that we can be the NUMBER 1 plumber for emergencies in Adelaide, well finally it has started to happen. YES We are number 1 on google for emergency plumbers adelaide and the phone has been ringing hot.
A few of the jobs which I have been asked to help various customers of myn with this week in particular were taps that would not shut off at all which meant that water was continually running down the kitchen sink. Another emergency call was also for a burst water pipe under the kitchen sink, the kitchen sink mixer tap had come loose over time and every time that my customer moved the tap the stainless steel braided water hoses would move and over time they started to perish the internal rubber hose which in turn had led to a an emergency plumber call out.
There has also been a few Hot Water Repairs I have been asked to attend to, one was a Bosch 21e which was showing an error code II, in most cases this indicates some kind of ignition failure, but when I arrived at the job and opened the casing of the of the Hot Water unit I noticed there was water discharging out of the copper heat ex changer, I called Bosch Hot Water while I was on the job and clarified that the heat ex changer was still under the manufacturers warranty and it was, so my customer got this part fixed as part of a warranty procedure. I would suspect that the water spraying over the electronics of the Hot Water Service was probably also causing the fault code II to show up.
It doesn't matter what type of plumbing job you have for our amazing staff at Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting we can always help you. We offer plumbers on call 24 hours a day 7 days per week and can have a licensed plumber attend with in the same hour if needed and can also offer same day hot water repairs, so next time your looking for a great plumber at a fair price think MAYFAIR, a trusted name for plumbing solutions for over 20 years in Adelaide and don't forget to visit us at: http://www.yelp.com.au/biz/mayfair-plumbing-and-gasfitting-adelaide-2
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When it comes to gluing PVC pipe and PVC fittings there are two very important things to remember, always use primer and always ensure your PVC fitting and PVC pipe is clean by starting off with these two things in mind your on the way to getting a water tight connection.
OK so you want to have a go at gluing some PVC pipes together whether it may be for a water line, sewer drain or maybe some storm water pipes, well you are going to need a few things to get started:
If you have cut a piece of PVC pipe it its very crucial that this is now filed free of any burs and dags, it needs to be smooth enough that if you were to run your finger around the pipe it wouldn't cut you and there fore leave no score marks in the glued connections when they are put together which could lead to a leak in the glued connection.
Once it has been established that the PVC pipe and PVC fittings are clean it is then time to apply the PVC primer fluid. In most circumstances these days the manufacturer supply some type of applicator whether it be a brush, foam roller or a dobber, if not I recommend acquiring a brush yourself, it is not recommended to get the priming fluid on your skin so the gloves are very important at this stage of the PVC gluing process. You can get priming fluid in a few different colours such as red and purple and if needed clear for exposed PVC connections they all work the same.
You must apply an even coat of primer to each piece or fitting that is getting glued, so that means the female part of the joint or socket part and also the male part of the fitting, usually going around giving one liberal coating is sufficient, but a little more can never hurt with in reason of course. Once the PVC priming fluid has been applied it is time to have look applying the glue.
Once again it is a similar process to applying the PVC primer fluid and that means that both fittings must receive a generous amount of glue evenly around the fittings or pipe which ever the case. When putting the fittings together after the glue has been applied it is crucial to note that this must happen straight after the glue has been applied as it will begin to cure rapidly, you may notice some resistance when pushing the fittings together and there fore pressure may need to be applied for up to 30 seconds (each scenario is of course different) until the chemical bonding process has taken place and the glued joint has started to go off or cure. A good indicator that you have achieved a good glued connection is that you will see that the fittings have gone all the way into the female connection the full depth of the fitting and in most cases you will have a nice bead of glue at the end of the female connection.
Now depending of the type of application your glued PVC connection is for curing times will vary and it is important to read the manufacturers literature which is usually located on the container of glue.
For more information don't forget to watch our you tube video below for more helpful hints and tips.
Howdy fellow blog fans, you may remember that just a few weeks ago now I posted a blog about a complete home transformation I was under taking at Semaphore in South Australia, well the time has come in just 4 very short weeks we managed to get this house transformed from its original 1970's state to a completely brand new looking modern house again in only 4 weeks and its looks amazing as you might be able to tell from these pictures above.
Probably the stand outs in this project would be the bathroom renovation and kitchen renovation that we performed. The majority of the first fix and final fix items were sourced from Reece Plumbing Supplies and the branch which we used to assist us with was the Blackwood Store, Kevin Jaekel the store manager was extremely helpful throughout this process and his knowledge of all the various products on the market was very helpful to us during the 4 weeks which we performed this renovation for our customer. The customer was extremely happy with the initial proposal that Kevin from Reece Blackwood submitted for me during the quotation stage and then the high end of quality that Reece's in house products showed in the final fixing stage! Thanks Kevin we will be using Reece again on our next bathroom renovation in Semaphore.
You might ask yourself how we get all of this work done in just 4 weeks? Well the answer is unique, we use all of our trades in house, we coordinate everything in house and keep our customers constantly updated on progress and what steps are taking place daily to ensure the finished product is everything our customers is looking for in a renovation transformation. By keeping the lines of communication continually open between us and our customers everyone knows exactly what and when things are happening, the perfect solution to getting the perfect result every time.
In my short you tube video below about my "bathroom and kitchen renovation at SEMAPHORE" you will see some great shots of the before and after photos from the recent home transformation we performed on Semaphore Road, Semaphore and the various stages which this project went through in only 4 weeks, AMAZING!!!
If your thinking of renovating or completely transforming your whole home feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on our contact us page by clicking on this link. I'd love to hear from you and talk to you about your next project and help you get if off the ground.
Providing quality plumbing services for shop fit outs and how we at Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting can help, what ever your shop fitting needs.
My week kicked off as they all usually do, flat out busy after a wet weekend in Adelaide, but it wasn't until Tuesday this week that things really took an interesting turn for the good!
I was approached by RM2 a local shop fitting company to supply a quotation for plumbing services on two tenancy shop fit outs. Later Tuesday I attended the site which is located on the corner of Ashwin Parade and South Road Thebarton known as the Brick Works Markets. The two tenancies which I was asked to quote where a bakery and a cafe. The underfloor drainage had already been installed to suit the new tenancy lay outs in a product known as HDPE piping but the hot and cold pipe work had not yet been installed just a 20mm isolation valve for cold water in the ceiling space for each tenancy had been supplied. The quotation was to supply and install new Rehau pipes to each location for the sinks, taps and hot water systems and then to install the various components as supplied by RM2 Shop Fitters. My quotation was successful and that's when my week got really busy.
So I then proceeded to commence on site Friday, first thing was to get inducted on site by the principal contractor BADGE and get our Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) approved after the formalities of all this were completed it was time to get down to business and things were moving fast as the opening date for the new Brick Works Market site is Thursday the 25th of June 2015 and as you may be able to tell by the images above there is a little bit to be done still.
My first task was to get the over head Rehau pipe work installed from the cold water isolation valve and also the hot water Rehau pipe work distributed around the tenancy in order to feed the various sinks and appliances. This work had to be performed quick smart as the gyprock was being installed very very fast. I managed to get all of my first fixing pipe work installed by Saturday night making way for a busy week next week.
During this busy week my Makita 18v Cordless Drill broke down on me so I will need to purchase a new drill on Sunday in order to allow me to proceed next week. In my week coming up at the Brick Works Market site I will be performing what is known as Second Fix or Chroming Off, its the part of the project where all the taps, sinks, ice makers, fridges and hot water units all get installed. Once this work has been performed its time for the commissioning of all these various items, making sure they all work properly, don't leak water and produce the right temperature from the Rheem 50 litre electric hot water services we are using.
If your in the process of getting a shop fitted out around Adelaide and you need the services of a licensed plumber visit us here at http://www.yellowpages.com.au/sa/hawthorn/mayfair-plumbing-and-gasfitting-adelaides-plumbing-professionals-15073688-listing.html
Have a great week and until next time stay dry and warm, cheers Aaron.
When we perform plumbing and gas work in the suburb of Woodcroft in South Australia we always show up on time, clean up after ourselves and provide top notch plumbing installations, that would be why our customers in Woodcroft keep requesting a Plumber from Mayfair in Adelaide.
Your typical home in Woodcroft is of a brick veneer construction, meaning that the external structure of the house is brick and the internal walls are 10mm gyprock lined. The Hot and Cold water lines are copper tube ranging from 15mm up to 20mm and the natural gas pipe lines are galvinised pipe ranging from 25mm through to 15mm in size.
During my experiences as a plumber Woodcroft I have found that majority of my customers are in there late 30's to early 40's with a young family. The location of Woodcroft makes this an ideal area for couples to raise a family and now with the introduction of Bunnings at Reynella there is now an even easier way to start your home transformation. Bunnings stock everything you could possibly think of to get your bathroom, laundry and kitchen renovated with items such as Estilo Toilet Suites, Vanity Units, Bath tubs, Hot Water Systems, Hand Basins and HUGE range of tap ware.
I wouldn't say that our "HYDRO JET DRAIN CLEANER" gets a huge amount of jetting work in Woodcroft as majority of the homes sewer drain pipes are constructed of PVC/DWV and are not as susceptible to blockages as the older style of drain lines which were installed prior to the establishment of the suburb Woodcroft and that material was Earthenware/Clay.
If do happen see one of our friendly staff members driving along Pimpala Road or even Investigator Drive be sure to give them a wave the chances are they have already helped you with a Plumbing issue in Woodcroft.
Remember we can always be reached on 0429 361 819 24 hours a day in case of a Plumbing Emergency in Woodcroft.
In an industry plagued with a reputation for un reliability and poor customer service I take great pride in providing my customers throughout Adelaide with the complete opposite and it has helped me grow my business substantially. This week in my blog I wanted to share a few tips on what I believe my customers appreciate from me when they choose to engage me for a plumbing or gasfitting project.
A large part of my work is generated through either referrals or repeat business and below in this weeks blog I will outline a few key points which I have found really work in gaining repeat customers:
I believe that the points which I have made have really helped me stand out from other plumbing firms around #Adelaide, check out what our customers say about us here at: https://plus.google.com/+MAYFAIRplumbingAu/posts?hl=en
Have a nice week, Cheers Aaron
I received a phone call Tuesday night from a customer of myn who lives in the CBD of Adelaide, just off of Halifax Street, he lives a large block of apartments which all have roof top mounted Solar Hot Water Services with Electronic Boost, these are all approximately now 10 years old. Even though we were having a slightly warm week in Adelaide with the average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius each day my customer was reporting only luke warm water from his Beasley Solar Hot Water Service. When I heard this it sounded like the element or thermostat was not operating correctly and he was only getting the solar contribution back to his Hot Water Service, so I made a time for me to attend and investigate the problem.
When I arrived to site the next day I found that access to this hot water service was not ideal and this would be the first challenge of many to over come. Because the hot water unit uses electric boost when the outside temperature is not high enough to produce hot water solely through the solar panels the first place for me to check was the fuse box and see whether the circuit breaker for the hot water supply had tripped, upon inspection it showed that the hot water circuit breaker was still in the on position which is very unusual. It most cases when an element blows it trips the circuit breaker immediately, but not in this case? So I went up onto the roof to inspect the Beasley Solar Hot Water System and investigate further, upon removing the plastic cover which protects the 3.6kw element and the robert shaw thermostat I could smell a burnt electrical smell which is usually caused through the element blowing and sure enough you could see at the back of the element that the wiring/casing had all blown out, but why had the circuit breaker not tripped? What was going on? There was no voltage getting to the electric isolator nor was there any current getting to the thermostat, very bizarre indeed!
The first thing that then came to mind was that this hot water system must be on J tariff (a tariff for electricity which is given to customers outside of peak periods at reduced rates at approximately 11pm and 7am each day on separate meter as seen below) but where is the time clock or J tariff meter? The plot thickens.
I asked my customer if he knew whether or not his hot water water service was on J tariff, he did not recall and unfortunately wasn't able to shed any light on the situation. I then went for a look around the apartment complex to see if I could perhaps locate the box which houses all the electricity meters for the complex and identify whether the hot water units are all on J tariff or not and perhaps ascertain what was going on. The box which housed all of the meters was locked and a key would be required for access which the customer had to obtain from the property managers/strata company.
My customer managed to get a copy of the electricity box key and I then made a time to come back out and have another look at the situation. Immediately after gaining access to the meter box I could see that yes the hot water services to the property all had a J tariff feed to them and my customers J tariff circuit breaker was in the off position, but why did it trip the J tariff breaker and not the main breaker for the hot water unit located at the apartment?
Well after I drained down the stainless steel tank on the roof I found that the element was actually ok inside the tank BUT the external part of the element had blown out causing only a slight disturbance to the power and bypassing the main fuse but tripping out the J tariff breaker hence the reason that the main hot water switch to the house was still on yet we had no power to the hot water system, quite a bizarre situation, but that's plumbing for you some times it can be very challenging and that's where my 20 years of experience kicks into gear.
Once all this was established it was time to change over the element, thermostat and turn all the circuit breakers and isolators back on. By the next morning my customer had nice hot water again and all was back to normal, a situation which is certainly going to go into the memory banks for any further hot water repairs Adelaide.
I hope this weeks blog instalment has been of interest to all of my loyal followers and I look forward to bringing you another exciting addition next week, cheers Aaron.
Over the last few weeks I have been working closely with an existing customer of myn to tailor a complete home renovation for her at a rental property she recently purchased in the western suburb of Semaphore in South Australia, right on Semaphore Road across from the beach and the newly renovated Federal Hotel. We have been working closely together to get everything aspect of the project right so that the end result will be mind blowing.
Included in this home renovation and bathroom renovation will be the following: New 8mm floating timber floors throughout the whole unit, painting of the internal walls and doors, complete bathroom renovation, new kitchen, electrical upgrades including new switch board and various light fittings, stainless steel oven and range hood, 4 burner natural gas cook top and all finished off with a full professional clean at the end. Below are a couple images of the progress so far in only a few days this week.
Moving into next week the in wall hot and cold copper plumbing pipes will start getting altered, this will allow for new mixer style tap ware to be installed come the second fix stage of the project. The bath is also getting upgraded to a larger model and this will also need to be installed this week before the tiler attends. The new bath is nearly another 200mm longer and nearly another 250mm deeper this will be a huge improvement as the customer really likes using the bath after a cold winters day. I will be picking the bath up from Reece in Port Adelaide which is only a short drive from Semaphore through Birkenhead and into the Port. Having a plumbing merchant in Port Adelaide makes my life very easy especially if I need a last minute plumbing pipe of fitting.
Once the bath has been installed and the plumbing all altered in the brick walls and in the ground its then time for the tiler to do his work, he will start off with water proofing, this is a crucial part of the process and very important that this is all done correct. While this is all happening the painter will begin his work throughout the entire unit, this fresh vibrant addition will surely give the place a new lease on life.
In the final weeks it will be time for the floating floors to go in and then the cabinet maker will install the brand new kitchen which will have the new stainless steel appliances installed. The customer has opted for an electrolux electric oven and gas cook top, above these appliances will also be a stainless steel range hood. Its going to look simply amazing, I will have to then install the new close couple ceramic toilet pan and cistern, laundry tub and new vanity unit along with the chrome finished mixer taps which set the whole project off nicely.
While we are in the neighborhood of Semaphore and surrounding suburbs such as Exeter, Glanville, Peterhead and Largs Bay we have approached the surrounding residents to let them know we can also have similar work performed for them if they are interested and from these notifications we have already had an inquiry from a customer who would like us to quote on a bathroom renovation west lakes.
I hope you have enjoyed my latest blog this week, if you would like to speak to me about some home improvements or even a bathroom renovation feel free to visit us on the web at http://www.pinterest.com/masterplumer/plumbing-renovations-adelaide/ or even drop me a line on 0429 361 819, I would be only to happy to talk to you and provide you with a free no obligation quotation and discuss the endless options we can provide for you to suit any budget.
A common problem, but an easy fix to "NO HOT WATER" when you have a Bosch Water Wizard, Bosch 10p and Bosch 16p Hot Water Service
The Bosch Water Wizard Hot Water Services are being phased out of existence as majority of these units are 15 years old plus and have since been replaced with a new model. The Bosch P models which the P stands for "pilot light" are also gradually being phased out of the plumbing market in Adelaide as they are no longer considered energy efficient and are being up graded to newer 5 star rated Hot Water System. BUT if you do still own one of these models and it is not leaking water BUT you have no hot water then in most cases there is a relatively easy fix compared to that of installing a new hot water service.
Its not un common for me to get a phone call from one of my customers saying that the hot water is fluctuating and in some cases there is just no hot water at all, they have been out to there Bosch 16p hot water system or Bosch Water Wizard or Bosch 10p and the pilot light is still lit except there is no burner flame when the hot tap is turned on. This is a symptom commonly displayed when the diaphragm inside the water section of the hot water service has split. The diaphragm allows the gas valve to release gas into the burner chamber and start to heat up the water, if this diaphragm is damaged in any way it will not perform its task properly leading to a "NO HOT WATER" scenario, that's when our customers call the the HOT WATER WIZARDS of ADELAIDE.
So how long does a task such as replacing the water section of a Bosch Hot Water Service usually take? Each scenario is different, but in most cases 1 hour is the total time as we carry the "water section repair kits" in our vans to fix these hot water systems on the spot guaranteeing same day hot water repairs Adelaide. As long as the 2 star head screws which release the actual water section are not corroded and in good condition which can be hit and miss especially with a unit that is over 10 years old removing the water section is pretty easy for a licensed master plumber and gas fitter. Its not just the diaphragm which we replace when putting a water section repair kit through a hot water unit, there are numerous o rings, fibre washers and other various parts such as filters which also contribute to making the gas burner fire correctly again allowing a strong roosters tail looking flame to heat your water.
This is the most common fault with the Water Wizard, 13P and 16P Hot Water Systems that we find as the Hot Water Wizards of Adelaide apart from the heat ex changer leaking and if the heat ex changer has started to leak it really is time to start considering a new hot water system installation Adelaide.
If you do have a relatively old Bosch Hot Water Service and are looking for some help please feel free to find us on the internet via GOOGLE at http://www.truelocal.com.au/business/mayfair-plumbing-and-gasfitting/hawthorn
call the "HOT WATER WIZARDS" of Adelaide today on 0429 361 819
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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.