It has been a busy week plumbing in Adelaide for me which is great news and the weather has been good for most of it which is another good thing as majority of my work has been outside.
The week started off with some storm water drain replacements in Westbourne Park. The customer has a fairly new house but has never been really happy with the flow of the storm water drains particularly in a heavy down pour. I initially attended the property with my hydro jet drain cleaner to see if I could move any debris which may be blocking the drain, but in certain areas even my smallest hose and nozzle struggled to get through the pipes. The customer then had a drain inspection camera put into the pipes and found that during the original installation two sections had been severely squashed and broken. I have since dug up these pipes removed the damaged sections and reinstalled new pipes along with the paver removal and reinstatement, you wouldn’t know I’d been there, the customer was very happy.
Later in the week I was working in Modbury removing and old rangehood and free standing gas cooker. At first this seemed to be a simple job but as I removed the old rangehood I found that the previous installer had done a dodgy job and to properly install the customer’s new rangehood was going to be a bigger job than I think the customer thought. Luckily enough I had the help of my Electrician Robbie who I use on all my projects and together we got a great result for the customer.
The Gas cooker was probably the easier part of the job, as with all gas projects I always test the customer’s whole gas system for soundness prior to any work being performed which was fine. The only thing that needed some additional work was that the previous plumber did not install an isolation valve on the appliance outlet which is very important and is part of the Australian Standards, once this was all altered the appliance went in smoothly and works perfect.
Moving towards the end of the week I have been working on two new houses in Glynde, this is work I’m doing for another plumber whilst they are really busy. These new houses are quite a nice design and have two bathrooms and three bedrooms, they have rain water tanks installed at the rear of the property and this feeds into the laundry so the customer has the option of using rain water in the future if they choose.
All the new houses we do these days have a 500kpa water pressure limiting device installed on the incoming cold water line, this protects all taps and appliances from high pressure fluctuations as per manufacturers recommendations allowing you as the customer to get a longer life from all your water devices as they are not subjected to extreme pressures which can be common in some areas around Adelaide such as Mitcham, Ingle Farm, Prospect, Tea Tree Gully, Fullarton, Henley Beach and Burnside.
To finish the week off I was called to a property in Myrtle Bank the customer has been experiencing very high water bills and the gardener they use mentioned that the planter boxes are always very wet. It turns out that the valve which feeds water to these plants was corroded and stuck in an on position, this would explain the high water bill and green luscious plants all year round. I removed the old isolation valve and installed a brand new one, this was a quick little job but the result is great for the customer.
And finally I was in Unley clearing a blocked sewer drain for one of my existing customers. Their drain had been blocked for a few days I think but it only started getting bad in last day hence the phone call. I went through the whole drain with my Hydro Jet Drain Cleaner using two different nozzles a screw driver nozzle to start with to get the blockage moving and then to finish I went through the whole drain with a new nozzle I have recently purchased the “WART HOG”.
The customer said to me “Aaron’ wow I can’t believe how thorough you are being! All the other plumbers we have ever called just come out and put a plunger down the drain and charge me $150 for 5 minutes work and leave”. My customer said I can see how hard you’re working and this is why we have called you again, you’re honest and very professional and we know that if you’re doing the job for us it’s going to be right.
Once the blockage was cleared and the drain was tested to see that it was flowing freely I was then asked to install some taps for them in their kitchen, which I did, they were very happy, which makes me very happy also.
This has been a week of plumbing at Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting in Adelaide I look forward to posting more blogs next week, hope you have a great weekend.
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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.