Rinnai Hot Water Service Fault Codes, what they mean and how to fix them. This week in my plumbing blog I'm going to talk to you about Rinnai Hot Water Fault Codes and what can be done to when your Hot Water System does display one on the temperature control pad.
Its not very common but occasionally Rinnai Hot Water Services do break down like everything in life and it needs repairing by a licensed plumber in Adelaide and that's why they call the Hot Water Experts - Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting.
OK so you have turned on the hot water tap in the shower or kitchen and there is no hot water, you immediately look at the Rinnai Temperature Control Pad and sure enough its displaying an error code, were to go from here? Glad you asked we have the answers.
It doesn't matter what type of Rinnai Gas Instant Hot Water Service you have it could be a Rinnai B16 REU-VR1620WB, Infinity 26 REU-VR2626WG, HD200e REU-VRM2632WC, B24 REU-VR2426WB, Infinity Enviro 26 REU-KM2635WD, HD250e REU-VRM3237WC, INFINITY 26i REU-VR2632FFUG, B20 REU-VR2024WB, or even a RINNAI INFINITY 32 just to name a few of the Rinnai Hot Water Units that can display the error code, below is a list of the common fault codes that can be displayed and how we the Hot Water Wizards can fix them for you:
If you do run into a situation where you are having trouble with your "Rinnai Hot Water Service" please feel free to contact the Hot Water Wizards of Adelaide on 0429 361 819 anytime of day or night even in an Emergency Plumbing situation or if your problem is not so urgent try visiting us on the internet at www.houzz.com.au/pro/mayfairplum/ we love helping you get your hot water back on and in most circumstances we can fix or replace your faulty hot water system the same day so don't hesitate any further and call now on 0429 361 819 we are waiting for your call.
The week started off in Norwood and finished very late Friday night in Norwood, you could say I spent majority of my week working as a Plumber in Norwood. Norwood is a suburb which is located only a few kilometres from Adelaide's CBD and it has some very old majestic properties making it quite the pleasure to work in and around Norwood. The Parade which is the main road leading in and out is probably what Norwood is well known for with many 5 star boutique shops and also some of Adelaide's finest cafes and restaurants to grab a coffee or even a bite to eat and lets not forget the Bath Hotel for a sneaky wine or a pint or two on a Friday night after a huge week of Plumbing.
As I mentioned at the start of my post I kicked off my week as a Plumber in Norwood, over the weekend a customer contacted me saying they had a blocked drain, fortunately the drain was still going down but very slowly so it could wait till Monday and that was my first job. My customer had accidentally flushed a click on toilet deodoriser down the loo and it had lodge itself inside the 100mm drain pipe work. I started off plunging and roding the pan with my closet auger as there were no external Inspection Points, after about 30 long and smelly minutes I still could not get the blockage to move. It was time to pull out the big guns "the HYDRO JETTER" pressure drain cleaner and sure enough after about 15 minutes of jetting the blocked drain away went the blockage and the customer was back in business, once again the Hydro Jetting Drain Cleaning Machine proved to be king when it came to getting a blocked drain cleaned in Adelaide.
Later on in the week I was also very busy throughout Norwood with everyday plumbing tasks such as repairing dripping taps, leaking toilet cisterns and installing a new kitchen sink mixer tap which a customer of myn had purchased from Bunnings at Kent Town.
To finish my week off I was contacted by a Property Management Company which I regularly help out with various maintenance plumbing and gas tasks throughout Adelaide, they were contacted by one of there tenants late Friday night, the tenant had arrived home to find there Hot Water System gushing with water all over the concrete floor outside. After receiving the EMERGENCY PLUMBING call I made it out to the house within the hour which was in Wattle Park a stones through away from Norwood. The Hot Water System was very old approx 15 years and the top of it had corroded away and had started to expel water. I managed to isolate the water to the Hot Water Service and then turn the energy source off to the unit also. This Hot Water Service will now need to be replaced as there is no way of fixing this particular Rheem Hot Water Unit.
Installing a Gas Pipe Line is much more involved than installing a Water Pipe Line. Gas in Adelaide works on a relatively low pressure compared to that of water even though our main gas infrastructure pipes in Adelaide have done and are still continuing to be upgraded. When you consider that the average pressure of someones water lines to there home is approximately 500kpa on average and the average gas pressures to someones home is approximately 1.4kpa there is a huge differential and this is why it is more complex to design and install a new gas line.
When we as "licensed gas fitters" are looking to install a new gas line there are a few things to take into consideration: How many appliances are we going to be connecting onto? How much gas do these appliances consume and the location of the gas pipe work to be installed. Once these items have all been identified and answered the gas line can then be installed.
So firstly the size of the gas line. As you may have noticed around majority of South Australian homes that the water pipe lines are usually 20mm from the water meter to the house and then most of the time 15mm copper tube is then installed to the various fixtures such as WC's, Wash Basins, Showers, Bidets, Kitchen Sinks and Garden Taps to name a few. With Gas though because we just simply do not have enough pressure around the home from the gas meter you may very well notice that the pipe leading into the house from the meter is actually around 25mm to 40mm in diameter, this is due to the fact that we don't have high pressure into the house so we are therefore relying upon flow through larger diameter pipes.
The layout and amount of the appliances on site will depend on how far a large diameter pipe must travel, for example if a customer has a Gas Continuous Flow Hot Water Service installed towards the back of there home then a large diameter pipe must then be installed all the way to this appliance as a Hot Water Service such as this requires a large amount of gas as it is very thirsty for energy and can consume somewhere in the range of 150 mega joules. Keeping this in mind you also must take into account other items along the way to the Hot Water Service which may need connecting up such as a Gas Cook Top (38 mega joules), portable room heaters (18 mega joules) and Gas Ovens (50 mega joules) these all contribute to the overall size of the gas main as the pipe must have enough flow to supply these appliances as well as the Hot Water System at the end of the line. If the pipe line is too small when all the appliances are in operation they will be starved for gas and not operate to there maximum efficiency.
The materials which are most commonly used are either copper tube or galv pipe work. Majority of plumbers use copper tube as they are geared up to use this because it can not only be used for gas but also water so they are always carrying the various tools needed to install this system such as oxygen and acetylene and Viega crimping equipment. When supporting the new gas pipe line distances to the centres for brackets vary from 1.5m for smaller diameter pipes to then 2.5m for larger diameter pipe work.
Once a new gas pipe line has been constructed and bracketed to Australian Standards by our licensed gas plumbers at Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting it must be labelled correctly identifying that the pipe work is carry gas and then tested using a water manometer to ensure no leaks have occurred during the installation process. Once this has been done the various appliances must be commissioned and in most circumstances this is done by using a digital gas manometer. The digital gas manometer is a far more sensitive piece of equipment compared to that of the water manometer and is therefore the preferred method of setting final working pressures of gas appliances such as ovens, cook tops and barbecue's which have regulators that can be manually adjusted. Items such as continuous flow hot water systems and portable gas room heaters adjust there working pressures electronically and there fore do not require adjustment but do require checking with a digital manometer to confirm that they are working to the manufacturers specifications.
Performing the task of sizing a new gas main and then installing it can be daunting for many plumbers and they choose not to get involved with this particular part of plumbing, but with over 20 years of experience on various types of gas installations both domestic and commercial we like to think that our gas plumbers are experts at getting the job done in a professional manner for our customers every time and under budget. If you think that you might be in need of a gas fitters knowledge then please fill in our contact us page and we will be in contact with you shortly alternatively you can call us or text us on 0429361819.
It's been quite an interesting week in Adelaide for me as we head into winter, the phone has been ringing steadily with people inquiring about Hot Water Repairs and Installations Adelaide. Being the Hot Water Wizards we are always busy with Bosch Hot Water Services whether it be a new install or a repair on an existing Bosch Hot Water Service through warranty or just a service call, we do it all when it comes to Hot Water in Adelaide.
In this week's post I'm going to talk about the BOSCH 18e Natural Gas External Hot Water Service. I often get phone calls from my customers who have a BOSCH 18e Hot Water System and they tell me that the unit has stopped working or is leaking water, this is due to the fact that these units are all now at least 10 years old and coming to the end of their working lives. In most cases these are now being upgraded to a newer model called the BOSCH 17e, but that is not always the case as I'm going to explain this week.
A customer in Norwood, Adelaide, South Australia recently contacted with me because we are the "Hot Water Wizards of Adelaide" and wanted some advice on repairing his Bosch 18e, the unit was displaying an error code 14 on his temperature control pad inside the home, which indicates a faulty internal wrap around fuse, this device detects over temperature and causes the Hot Water unit to shut down to protect itself from catastrophic failure. This fuse is located at high level inside the Hot Water Service casing and wraps around the copper heat ex changer. It is approx 3mm in diameter and approximately 1m in length and gets wrapped around the heat ex changer 2 times, it is held in place by a series of stainless steel clips and is then plugged into its relevant terminal connections to communicate with the PCB.
When it comes to replacing a part such as this on a Hot Water Service of this age the most cost effective method of resolving this problem is to supply and install a new hot water service. The reasoning behind this is due to the labour which is involved with actually being able to remove the old fuse and then install a new one. In order to get to the fuse nearly every component of the BOSCH 18e needs to be carefully removed and if you have ever looked inside one of these units it's a mine field to say the least. My customer in this instance insisted on ordering the new part and repairing the existing Hot Water Service, so I did. Once the part arrived from BOSCH I made a time to attend my customer's house and start the repairs. The first components to come out of the unit are related to the gas burner and fan and are relatively easy to remove, it wasn't until I started on the sections of the Hot Water unit which relate to water section that trouble started appearing, corrosion had set in and it started making the removal of further components near on impossible, after much persistence I had to pull up stumps and tell the customer the bad news.
Unfortunately after much perseverance and patience the old BOSCH 18e could not be salvaged, my customer was very understanding and agreed that the only way forward was to get a new BOSCH 17e. As I previously mentioned there was a control pad already installed onsite, this is no longer compatible with the new units and therefore also needs replacing if the customer wants to have a control pad in the future, the wiring is compatible just not the control pad. Swapping over the old control pad with the new is probably the easiest part of the project as the fixing holes line up and the wiring is very simple for a licensed plumber/gasfitter Adelaide.
When it comes to installing the pipe work the configuration (when your standing in front of the unit looking at it) as far as hot on far left and gas on far right with cold in the middle is still the same, but the distances off the back mounting wall have slightly differed, so some adjustments will be needed when it comes to pipe work installation. The mounting holes are now also at slightly wider (centres) so new fixing holes will also be required, all pretty standard stuff when we talk about installing a new Hot Water Service Adelaide.
Once all the pipe work and control pad has been installed and tested including working pressures of the gas on the BOSCH 17e its time to enjoy your HOT WATER! With the new control pad installed my customer can now dial up the desired temperature of their shower or kitchen sink to do the dishes AND as a huge bonus the control pad can also be programmed to completely fill a bath to the desired height with warm water, amazing technology!
Finishing off this chilly week in #Adelaide if you do find yourself in need of some kind of Hot Water Repair please remember our licensed gas plumbers from Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting and visit us on the web at: http://www.yelp.com.au/biz/mayfair-plumbing-and-gasfitting-adelaide-3 or call Aaron on 0429 361 819 and discuss your next Hot Water project whether it be gas, electric, heat pump, lpg or solar we can help you.
How many times do I go to a customers house or business in Adelaide as a Class A Licensed Gasfitter with over 20 years of experience and find that some weekend warrior or home handy man has been tinkering with the Gas Pipe Lines, Oh My God! This is totally unacceptable and against the law - STOP IT you are putting lives in danger, if you are not licensed to work with gas then stop touching it NOW!!!! Its only a matter of time until someone or something is blown up and lives are taken through these un licensed people performing these tasks.
Some of the more recent examples I have come across are the following:
In closing this week I think my message has been clear, there is a very good reason why us Gas Plumbers are continually up skilling and have also done a lengthy amount of study to work with gas. People are either not understanding what danger they are putting themselves and others in or simply do not care, BUT which ever it is they need to stop cutting corners it will always catch up with you in life and if it is at the expense of another's life there is no worst outcome, so next time you are thinking anything GAS related in Adelaide call Aaron from Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting on 0429 361 819 or visit us at http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/mayfair-plumbing-and-gasfitting I hope you have enjoyed my latest BLOG about being safe with GAS its serious stuff and not to be messed with unless your a licensed Gasfitter Adelaide.
Introducing an AMAZING piece of Plumbing technology that's revolutionised the Plumbing Industry in Adelaide
Introducing an amazing piece of new technology to the Plumbing and Gas industry in Adelaide. There are a lot of Plumbing Companies which still use the traditional Oxy and Acetylene gas and torches to solder copper and brass pipes together and in some circumstances we still use this method at Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting when soldering a piece of copper tube, but in "Emergency Plumbing Adelaide" the VIEGA tool is king!
BUT in this weeks blog installment I'm going to talk to you about some AMAZING changes to way we as plumbers join copper and brass pipes together, its called "Crimping" or "Pressing" of copper and brass fittings. At Mayfair Plumbing we use a tool made by a manufacturer called VIEGA, there are now multiple other companies on the market today who also manufacture these tools such as Ridgid, Rothenberger and Kempress. The fortunate thing about these different manufacturers being on the market is that all of the copper and brass fittings for these machines are compatible with each other. In my short you tube video below I have filmed what the VIEGA Pressgun 4B looks like in action when it crimps a 15mm or 1/2" diameter water copper elbow and also some of the more common VIEGA and B Press fittings which we use day to day in our plumbing duties around South Australia.
So as you can see from this amazing video filmed right here in #Adelaide technology has really come a long way as far as the installation and repairs of copper and brass fittings especially in a Plumbing Emergency. As I mentioned in the you tube video these plumbing parts come in all different sizes varying from 1/2" all the way up to 4" in diameter and we at Mayfair Plumbing have the equipment and parts to cover you for all the varying sizes you might need installed.
One of the huge bonuses of the Pro Press and Crimping Technology is that a joint can be put together while there is still water in the pipe making this ideal in Plumbing Emergencies Adelaide if a customer hits there water main while doing a spot of gardening we can quickly attend, expose the copper pipe and slide a VIEGA joiner piece in and quickly crimp the fitting with a our Pressgun 4B. A typical task such as this would involve far more work if it were to be welded using an Oxy and Acetylene Torch and also the chance of a leak is much greater mainly due to the fact that the copper pipe in the ground is more than likely going to be dirty and full of water making it hard to solder up.
We believe that by using this AMAZING piece of new plumbing technology not only does it make helping our customers much easier but it is also saving our customers huge amounts of money as the labour time involved for a copper or brass joint to be performed is far less therefore we are on site for a smaller amount of time costing our customers a lot less in labour charges.
If in the future you are looking for a Plumbing firm who can get the job done quickly and professionally especially in a Plumbing Emergency you now have one extra reason to call Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting in Adelaide on 0429361819 or visit us via our link here: http://www.aboutus.org/Mayfairplumbing.com.au You know your plumbing and gas pipes are in good hands with a Plumbing Company that's been around for over 20 years "Trust is a must"
"Gas & Plumbing in Adelaide" - WE DO EVERYTHING!!!!!!! YES anything Plumbing related!!! - Call Mayfair Plumbing today on 0429 361 819
How often do I arrive at a customers house to resolve a blocked drain with my hydro jet drain cleaner and the customer looks at my van sign writing and says "Oh right your a Gasfitter as well?" OR "So you can repair my Hot Water Service as well?" There must be a huge amount of Plumbing firms which only do a very limited amount of plumbing tasks around Adelaide and therefore the public think that they need a different Plumbing Company to help with every type of Plumbing or Gas issue. Well that may well be the case with some Plumbing Companies in Adelaide, BUT this week I'm writing my blog about that fact that at Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting WE DO ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING related to Gasfitting and Plumbing, that's right EVERYTHING!!
So to start things off this week I'm going to outline the Plumbing and Gas task's we perform that people commonly think they need multiple firms to complete there projects for them, in order of popularity.
Gasfitting/Gas Plumbing: I cannot recall the amount of times I get asked if I'm a Gasfitter as well as a Plumber. People are continually amazed by the fact that I can do there whole project for them, from disconnecting a gas oven to installing a dish washer or fixing there running toilet. At least once a week I come across this, its not a problem as I inform my customers that I can most definitely help them out with there Gas and Plumbing work, but it makes it very obvious to me that a lot of Plumbers in Adelaide don't offer both of these skill sets leaving Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting with a clear advantage in the Plumbing fields in Adelaide.
Hot Water Repairs and Installations: When people come across a problem with there Hot Water Service they ask if they need to get a Hot Water Plumber and the answer is yes, a Hot Water Wizard of Adelaide and that's what your going to be getting when you call Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting. Yes we are experienced in all aspects relating to Hot Water it can be Electric Storage Hot Water Services both mains pressure and low pressure storage units inside a roof, Gas Storage Hot Water both low pressure and mains pressure and Gas Instant Hot Water or even Solar Hot Water Services with Electric and Gas Boosters. Our Hot Water Wizards of Adelaide carry all the parts you would ever need to repair a faulty Hot Water Service in Adelaide on the spot, items such as: Thermo-Couples, Hydro Ignition Packs, Thermostats, Elements, Heat Exchangers, Hydro Generators, Control Pads and Furnaces. So if its Hot Water related we do it ALL!
Backflow Valve Testing, Repairs and Installations:
Protecting your drinking water is a service we offer also offer as Plumbers Adelaide. At Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting we use finely calibrated test equipment with needle valves which get laboratory certified every 12 months to ensure we protect your drinking water from contamination. In our short video below it gives you an insight as to what an actual Backflow Prevention Valve looks like and just what some of the components which make up a Backflow Valve Assembly perform to help protect our drinking water in Adelaide, South Australia. Backflow Valves come in various shapes and sizes ranging from 15mm (1/2") all the way to up 150mm (6") in size and the hazard ratings also vary going from Medium Hazard through to High Hazard. In this you tube video you will see a RPZD which is classed as a High Hazard Device and is used to protect potable water from dangerous chemicals and substances such as: Acids, Blood and Fertilisers. These High Hazard rated RPZ Backflow Valve's are used in circumstances where the substances if mixed with drinking water is deemed life threatening, hence High Hazard.
Next time you think about calling a Plumber Adelaide think Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting our plumbers are fully trained in every aspect of Plumbing and Gas and can handle any type of Plumbing project you need performed, please call us on 0429 361 819 or contact us via http://www.linkedin.com/pub/master-plumber/88/892/7b3
Is it time to give your Bathroom or Kitchen a face lift? What are you waiting for? Its simple just have a look at this
Performing any type of renovation can be quite the daunting experience regardless of the scale that is involved, it can be just a minor face lift or as seen in the picture above a full scale bathroom renovation where the whole internal of the bathroom is demolished and everything is removed for new plumbing pipes to be installed.
In the picture above you can see that the walls of the bathroom are brick, this home was built back in the early 1900's like most of the homes throughout Prospect, majority of the homes were constructed from solid brick which is a lot different to today's methods of construction where timber framing with a gyprock internal lining is much more common.
Installing new copper hot and cold pipes into a solid brick bathroom can be a challenge and very labour intensive. To enable me to get this job done professionally and quickly with minimal mess I have invested in a dustless wall chasing machine as shown in the images below. Purchasing a piece of kit like this puts a decent dent in your back pocket, BUT the results speak for themselves, its truly amazing. The Ramset wall chaser has a variety of options to choose from such as variable depth and width adjustments and the vacuum which can be used for either wet or dry applications and periodically the filters vibrate themself clean. Using this piece of machinery sure does help with the overall process involved with installing new copper hot and cold pipes into a bathroom renovation.
Once the chasing has been performed with the Ramset wall chaser its very easy to remove the pieces of brick wall where the new pipes will be installed, they just about fall out, leaving minimal jack hammering work to be performed, which in turn minimises the structural damage to the house by having less vibration impact to the structure which is a huge bonus as most of these properties are in a delicate state and the less impact through jack hammering its structure the better.
Once the wall chases are performed and ready for installation of the new hot and cold copper pipes the procedure is fairly straight forward using Viega Pro Press Technology, this involves using copper fittings (see image below) which actually get crimped together using the Viega Pro Press Gun (see image below). These fittings are slightly more expensive BUT the installation procedure is so simple and nearly 100% guaranteed leak free, gone are the days of using the oxy and acetylene welding torch and the risk of water leaks and naked flames with potential for fires and hot work permits.
Later in the week I was contacted by a past customer who I had tested a backflow valve for at Marion SA 5043, on Marion Road a few months ago he is now renovating an apartment down at Glenelg (The BAY), just off of Brighton Road near the SANFL Glenelg Tigers home ground oval. The old kitchen in place was the original design supplied when the apartment was first built probably back in 1970. The hot and cold taps like many of these apartments from this era had the taps located above the sink with a spout in the middle over the sink.
These days when most people do a kitchen renovation they opt to have the hot and cold points for the new taps lowered below the sink height and have a nice new mixer style tap installed (as seen below), this is where my Ramset Wall Chaser comes into action again, lowering these copper pipes for this alteration is made very simple and clean when using the right equipment which always makes my customers happy.
In most cases the the 50mm PVC/Galv waste pipe for the kitchen sink also needs adjustment in the way of lowering it by approximately 300mm to accommodate the new double sink and the correct plumbing which goes with this during the second fix process such as a double bowl connector and combination s and p trap to apply with South Australian Plumbing Codes AS3500.
So as you can see by this weeks blog Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting are completely set-up to cater for all your Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations in Adelaide, call us today on 0429 361 819 or contact us via: http://www.pinterest.com/masterplumer/plumbing-renovations-adelaide/
Has your plumbing sprung a leak in Springfield, SA 5062? Well you are going to need a local plumbing firm who operates out of the Mitcham city council district and that answer is MAYFAIR Plumbing and Gasfitting, yes MAYFAIR, call NOW!!!
Being based in Hawthorn, South Australia 5062 allows us to access the suburb of Springfield with plumbers quickly to help with all types of Plumbing and Gas issues that our customers come up against, it doesn't just have to be an emergency plumbing leak they may have found, it can be Hot Water Repairs and Installations, Bathroom Renovations, Installing Water Purification Taps, Pre-Purchase Property Inspections, Camera Inspections or perhaps even servicing there Gas Room Heaters before the chill of winter arrives in Adelaide.
Springfield is home to some of Adelaide's most luxurious houses and you are sure to find lots of plumbing and gas pipes located on these properties. Knowing where to find a Water Shut-off Valve or how to isolate the Natural Gas takes experience, the experience you can only gain by working as a Plumber Springfield in the city council of Mitcham day and night 24/7, a task which Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting often do.
In our short video below you will see all the different areas around Springfield which we have worked on over our 20 years of being Professional Plumbers Springfield, South Australia 5062.
Carrick Hill would have to be one of Springfield's most historic residences located at 46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield, SA 5062. Its an ideal location to take the children on a Sunday afternoon and explore the Story Book Trail and learn about nature. Carrick Hill also provides a perfect back drop for weddings and functions, its beautiful luscious gardens are simply majestic and if you've never been to Carrick Hill put it on your list of things to do.
Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting know that working as Plumbers Springfield many of the houses will have a commercial style arrangement for there plumbing, with items such as sewer and storm water pumping stations, hot water flow and return systems with circulation pumps in line, rain water harvesting plants and multiple bathrooms so having experience in Domestic, Commercial and Industrial Gas and Plumbing is very advantageous working as a Plumber Springfield, SA 5062 in Adelaide.
If you live on Delamere Ave (both in Netherby and Springfield), Springfield Ave, Glenwood Road or on Elmglade Road just to name a few of the beautiful streets in Springfield we are here to help you, let your Plumbing problems become our Plumbing Emergency contact us at http://adelaide.cylex.com.au/company/mayfair-plumbing-and-gasfitting-23551855.html.
Are your storm water drains ready for winter? Its just around the corner, don't get caught out with blocked drains.
Its been long time between drinks in Adelaide when we talk about the last time a good amount of rain fell from the sky and its so easy to neglect our storm water drains underground, we all have so much more important day to day things happening in our lives to be thinking about storm water drains UNTIL it rains heavily and that's not far away.
I have already been busy over the past couple of weeks assisting my customers with there blocked storm water lines in preparation for the harsh winter rains which we are soon expecting in Adelaide. The most recent blocked storm water line which I attended to with my state of the art Hydro Jetting Machine was out in Adelaide's Northern Suburbs in the council district of Tea Tree Gully. My customer had recently built a beautiful nice new home and had the rear court yard concreted and I believe that the slurry etc from this may have found its way down the storm water drain pipes, over the summer months we haven't had much rain to speak of and this slurry material has set like a rock inside of the storm water drain lines, with this comes blocked storm water drains, see images bellow!!
Many of the domestic type storm water drain pipes in Adelaide need the occasional bit of maintenance from a Hydro Jet Drain Cleaner to keep the flow going in there storm water lines, this is because most houses either sit level with the street water table or only just above it. This being the case it means the storm water lines are continually holding water and this allows silt to settle in the drain slowing down the flow of water during a storm. But with yearly flushing from a Hydro Jet Drain Cleaning Machine it can help to avoid the need for a Plumbing Emergency if your drains over flow.
In this weeks blog I have also attached one of my you tube videos. In the video below you will get to see what the hydro jet drain cleaning machine actually looks like, you will also get the opportunity to look at the different types of pipes and fittings that are used when installing drains in South Australia and finally it will give you a better understanding of why only a Hydro Jetter will get your drains cleared fast and why the conventional electric eel cannot.
After viewing my short 5 minute you tube video you can now understand a little bit more about plumbing and how our plumbers at Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting handle blocked storm water lines. Because of the unique compact set up which we operate our Hydro Jetter in this enables our blocked drain plumbers to get into various tight locations others may not be able to. We clear blocked storm water lines any where around Adelaide, from Para Hills to Magill, from Springfield to Burnside, from Semaphore to Glenelg and from Woodville to Port Adelaide just to name a few locations, being based only 5 minutes from the CBD of Adelaide in Hawthorn gives us huge flexibility to be able to go anywhere to help our customers with there blocked storm water drains and at anytime of day or night 24/7 we can unblock drains.
If you have any questions please feel free to click on the following link http://www.aubiz.org/details/may-fair-plumbing-and-gas-fitting OR call 042361819 and ask for Aaron the owner operator at Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting.
It has been quite the hive of activity for Gas Plumbing Companies around the suburb of Unley in Adelaide this week. The gas pipe line infrastructure under ground in the City Council of Unley is currently under going a huge up grade by a company called Central Utilities. The gas lines in and around Unley, Hyde Park, Goodwood, Unley Park, Kings Park and Millswood are all very old and were originally installed under ground in a metal pipe and over the many many years this pipe work has been exposed to various environmental conditions (ground movement, water and corrosion) and caused the integrity of the gas pipe work to break down and start to leak gas.
Not only are the gas pipe lines being renewed but the pressure is being increased in the main gas infrastructure, meaning that those people who are now having new gas pipes installed no longer need the same sized large pipes and they can now be slightly smaller because the pressure is greater as gas operates on volume more than pressure in Adelaide. This can be an added bonus to my customers who are having new gas lines installed around Unley because if they don't need large pipes then the cost of materials will be lower, which is great for my customers using our gas plumbing services.
To comply with the Australian Gas Code when a gas line is turned off it must be then re tested for soundness before the gas is then re instated to a property and this is what is causing troubles in the City of Unley this week as many of the properties are being found to have gas leaks and the gas is not being turned back on.
When I first arrived to my customers house in Goodwood this week just of King William Road there was three other Gas Plumbing companies in the street performing the same task as myself. Because we are licensed Plumbers and Gasfitter's at Mayfair we can help our customers with there gas leaks by trying to locate the source of the leak and then getting the gas turned back on to there homes, giving them plenty of Hot Water again.
Unfortunately when the gas gets turned off to one of my customers house it usually means that they no longer have Hot Water and the ability to cook food on there Gas Cook Tops. At this time of year not having a Gas Room Heater is not too much of an inconvenience, but in winter it can be a real pain in the GAS.
In most cases around Goodwood, Unley, Millswood, Kings Park, Unley Park and Hyde Park the gas leak cannot be located due to the fact that the gas pipe is under ground and it could be leaking in a number of places and the customer has no option but to have the gas pipe work upgraded and that has been happening a lot this week around the City of Unley.
If you have had your gas shut off and come home to find a notice in your letter box stating you need to contact a Licensed Gasfitter call Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting today on 0429361819.
If you need an EMERGENCY GAS PLUMBER ADELAIDE there's only one name in the gas game worth remembering and that's MAYFAIR - MAYFAIR Plumbing and Gasfitting, proudly providing emergency plumbers for all your Gas and Plumbing Emergencies 24/7 in Adelaide we can get your hot water back on in the same day and get you cooking with gas again that night in time for the evenings meal.
If you do find yourself in need of a plumber prospect then feel free to call me Aaron from Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting, I have over 20 years of experience in Residential, Commercial and Industrial Plumbing and Gas services throughout South Australia and also various other states and countries, this experience has given me a wealth of knowledge which I'am only to happy to pass onto you when you call for the best prospect plumber, contact us today on 0429 361 819 or on email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nothing beats grabbing a freshly brewed coffee from Cibo on Prospect Road on an early Sunday morning after being up most of the evening prior servicing the residents of prospect with emergency plumbing and gas requirements.
Given that Prospect is approx 5 kilometres from the city of Adelaide and 14 kilometres from the Adelaide International Airport getting a plumber prospect need never be a hard task. It is most likely these two main factors that have made Prospect a desired suburb of Adelaide to live in and the perfect destination for Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting to provide Perfect Plumbers Prospect.
Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting have for a long time now been Providing Plumbers Prospect for all types of Gas and Plumbing issues, whether it be Hot Water Service Repairs, Hot Water Installations, Hydro Jet Drain Cleaning, Blocked Drains, Bathroom Renovations, Backflow Valve Installations and Testing, Gasfitting or Emergency Plumbers Prospect there is absolutely no job that our licensed Master Plumbers can't help you with.
Engaging the services of a Prospect Plumber who has been around the neighbourhood for many years means that they are going to be familiar with the lay of the land so to speak. Knowing where the Government Sewer Inspection opening is in the case of a blocked drain prospect, Identifying where to isolate the water to the property in case of a burst water pipe prospect and knowing how to turn off the natural gas in the case of an Emergency Gas job needing to be performed are all crucial pieces of knowledge and can save our customers huge amounts of time and money, that's why you need a Prospect Plumber and Gasfitting company, Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting.
Given our massive presence in and around Prospect its not unusual to get a call from customers in near by suburbs such as Ovingham, Medindie, Medindie Gardens, Nailsworth, Sefton Park, Kilburn, Brompton and Fitzroy looking for a plumber and of course we are only to happy to help out.
Many of the originally built properties throughout Prospect still have the earthenware drain lines installed which incorporate a boundary trap where the properties sewer drains connect to the main sewer infrastructure in the street. The reason behind the boundary trap was to eliminate any rodents coming up from the sewers and entering the occupiers houses. Today this is no longer Plumbing issue in Prospect and these boundary traps which continually hold water are more of a nuisance than any good to the owners. Because these boundary traps always hold water they attract tree roots and it leaves the owners with constant blocked drains in prospect and gives our plumbers prospect lots of work.
If you have a portable gas room heater you will know just how amazing these little appliances really are. Whether it be a natural gas or LPG fuelled heater it doesn't matter, when it comes to locally heating a certain part of the house or a specific room these heaters are a really good option for saving money.
There are many different varieties available today and also many different brands to choose from such as Rinnai, Paloma and Everdure and with all of this also comes a wide range of costs, some heaters are programmable, some have remote controls and some are more powerful than others.
Like every appliance in the world today these need regular maintenance to ensure the longevity of this heater. These portable gas heaters are designed to be easily maintained and as long as the manufacturers guidelines are always followed then regular maintenance is easy. BUT if you are not comfortable please always contact a licensed gasfitter.
The most important part of looking after your heater is allowing it to breathe easy and that means that the filters must be cleaned often. Now when it comes to the frequency of cleaning this will all depend on the environment in which the heater operates in, the more dust in the air the more likely that the filters will be needing more frequent attention.
I personally have seen a heater in operation that has dirty filters and it makes a big difference to the appliance, if you can imagine running a marathon with a rag over your face and then removing it again, the difference is huge. This is the difference between a clean filter on your heater and a dirty one.
In a recent video which I filmed I specifically talk about the Rinnai Convector style of gas room heater, but what I'am actually talking about in this clip refers to all types of portable gas room heaters and we can all care for our portable appliances which in most cases have been an initial out lay of approx $1,000 each so we want them to last longer than just a couple of years.
Hopefully after watching my short video on caring for your gas room heater it has given you a bit of help on how to care for your heater and maximise the life span and efficiency of the heater.
In the video you could see just how dirty the filters actually can get and what the new cleaned filters look like, it truly does make a huge difference!!
I also touched on how the actual operation of the heater is drastically hampered by dirty clogged up filters and just how much difference this can make. If you do notice that the efficiency of your appliance has slowed down and the filter button is not on it may just pay to have a quick look at the filters and double check that they are not dirty. The two appliances in this video did not have the clean filter lights on yet the efficiency of the units was still hampered, so it pays to keep an eye on them.
As I also mentioned that if you do not feel comfortable looking at this on your appliance please always contact a licensed gas plumber to do the work for you.
As we leave the CBD of Adelaide, Glenelg is only a short trip down Anzac Highway approx 10 minutes, on approach its either a left or right turn onto either Brighton Road or Tapley's Hill Road depending on which part of the Bay we have been called to perform a plumbing task in city of hold fast bays Glenelg.
You can just about bet on it that it will be busy down there near the beach and when ever we do get called to a Emergency Plumbing Glenelg job over a weekend finding a car park is near on impossible!! It's all part of the fun that comes with plumbing emergencies in Glenelg.
Depending on where about's we have been asked to perform plumbing and the weather conditions its not a bad option to jump into the ocean after a hard days work to cool off, even a sneaky spot of jetty jumping from the pier.
With the huge amount of history associated with this beach side suburb its always a pleasure to work around these parts of Adelaide and experience the old heritage buildings and other various land marks such as the Old Gum Tree and the Soldiers Memorial at Moseley Square. Whether we are performing a hot water repair, renovating a kitchen or perhaps fixing a leaking toilet cistern there's always something different going on, that's the benefit of being a plumber in Glenelg no two jobs are ever the same and you also get the opportunity to meet great people along the way.
The reputation which we have built up over the many years with Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting speaks huge volumes about the service which my clients have come to expect and continually receive, it could explain why we are the Preferred Plumbing Contractor (that's our opinion anyway, you be the judge).
I have personally seen the infrastructure change dramatically over the many years in which I have been plumbing Glenelg North, Gasfitting Brighton and Emergency Plumbing Morphetville, with additions like the apartment complexes near the Patawalonga such as Lights Landing, Marina Pier and the Oaks Hotel on the foreshore, the up grading of the trams and also the iconic Magic Mountain getting a complete redevelopment, there's never a shortage of exciting new projects around the bay.
Next time you think about plumbing and wonder who to call, think Mayfair Plumbers. We can handle anything plumbing or gas related such as: Hot Water Repairs, Blocked Drains, Hydro Jetting, Emergency Plumber Glenelg, Gas Plumbing and Gasfitting, Backflow Valve Testing and Installations, Leaking Toilets, Dripping Taps, CCTV Camera inspections, locating services, Renovations and Scheduled Maintenance to commercial properties.
With both old and new types of plumbing installed around Glenelg you need a plumbing company who has experience with Plumbing and Gas, with over 20 years of just that your pipes are in good hands. Mayfair have public liability insurance of over 10 million dollars and our plumbers are constantly kept up to date with the latest South Australian Gas codes and Australian sewer regulations meaning that your plumbing is always installed to the highest standards possible.
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In this weeks blog I'd like to talk to you about some easy task that you can perform around the house yourself and help prolong the life of your various plumbing items you own and most importantly save some dollars too.
Reliable, Fast and Professional are 3 key points you can count on when you engage the services of Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting.
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.
There are alot of TV shows and magazines around today that give the idea that fixing a leaking tap is just a quick 2 minute job and the drip will stop, yes this may be the case in a very rare situation, but in most circumstances this is not the case at all and after trying to fix the leaking tap or taps many people find themselves in a worst situation than when they first started out and all of sudden have a plumbing emergency on the hands.
In this week’s blog I would like to talk to you about leaking taps and what the problems can actually be and what we can do to fix the drip.
Probably the most common type of tap in houses throughout Adelaide is the standard spindle which has a normal everyday washer on the end of it which seals the water when you turn the tap off. Over time the rubber on the tap washer can start to break down. This can be for a number of reasons either excessive use or the housing which the rubber washer sits against has started to deteriorate. The housing which the tap washer seals off against is brass.
Now brass is a very soft metal and is susceptible to pitting and grazing over time, especially in Adelaide where we have very hard water quality. When the brass seating does start to break down you will notice that the tap washer no longer seals off no matter how hard you turn your tap off and the harder you try the more damage you are doing to the tap washer as the soft rubber is getting forced against a rough surface and breaking it down.
In order to now fix this problem the brass housing now needs to be re seated or shaved flat again to give a nice new flat surface for the washer to seal off against. Tools which perform this task are quite often sold at hardware stores and the task is manually performed, this is not a good solution and is not what a qualified master plumber would use to perform this task. A properly kitted out plumber will use a hydro tap re-seating tool which has tungsten teeth and is used by inserting it into a cordless drill and it then slowly grinds away the brass seat until a new flat surface can be achieved.
It is very important to remember that this task cannot be endlessly performed has there is only certain amount of brass seating which can be removed before a new breaching piece must be installed. The average life of a breaching piece in a wall is approx 15 years and this is all dependent on a lot of different variables.
Another point also to note when repairing a leaking tap is that it is a good idea to always re-grease the spindle shaft of the tap with approved silicone grease and to replace the o rings, there can be either one or in some cases two of these which need replacing, they can be hard to remove but the idea is that they are a tight fit and provide a water tight seal.
The second type of tap leak which can occur is from faucets which have ceramic discs inside of them, these can be your flick mixer style taps or your quarter turn style tapware, in most circumstances this type of tapware is a bit more expensive and not as prone to leaks as the ceramic disks have a longer life span, so the initial out lay can be worth in the long run if you can justify the cost of this type of tapware.
When it comes to prolonging the life of ceramic disk tapware water pressure is always a good thing to consider because a ceramic disk spindle operates on the basis of two ceramic disks rotating across each other. Now if the water pressure is to high this will cause the ceramic disk spindles to continually leak as the water pressure will always force these apart and cause a dripping tap. In order to rectify such a situation a water pressure limiting device should be installed and the water pressure adjusted back to 500 kpa,once again a job for a master plumber.
Another good point to remember is that ceramic disk tapware only turns a quarter of the way, so unlike conventional tapware with a washer inside which you can turn in and out numerous times ceramic disk tapware only needs a slight turn and the same to get the tap off, don’t force these beyond a reasonable point of resistance, you will more than likely damage the tap and as previously mentioned these are more expensive so just take care.
If you have a quick look at my video attached with this blog it shows some of the bits and pieces I have referenced in this article and some other tools and materials which are used during the repair to a leaking tap, so please have a look and if you do like it be sure to give it the thumbs up.
I hope this weeks blog installment has given you all a bit of an insight as to what is actually involved with repairing leaking taps and what the different types of taps and fittings there are on the market today in Adelaide. I hope you all had a very nice Christmas/my birthday and have a safe new years eve celebrating the year 2014 and welcoming in the new year, I will talk with you all again in 2015, cheers Aaron.
Blocked Drains, Backflow Valve Testing, Hot Water Repairs, Hot Water Installations, Gas Plumbing, Bathroom Renovations, Leaking Taps and Leaky Toilets yes we fix it all. Whether you live near the old Cheltenham Race Course or near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, nothing is to hard or out of reach, just a quick drive down port road and across woodville road and we are at your place.
When you first make contact with Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting you will talk to the plumber who will be doing the job for you, we are locally owned and operated and value our customers highly, just check out reviews on Google and True Local.
Majority of Mayfair's Plumbing work around the suburb of Woodville comes from repeat business and great customer referrals. Because we are locally owned we can keep the price down and help you keep your dollar in your back pocket without the need to get a second mortgage.
So if you need Quick, FAST, friendly and reliable tradesman NOW!! pick up your phone and dial 0429 361 819 we will have a plumber there to suit your schedule, day or night 24/7.
Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting would like to announce that we are operating in the suburb of Woodville. Our plumbers and licensed gasfitters have grown up in Adelaide's western suburbs and know the water and sewer pipes inside and out. Yes we are slightly biased BUT we think we are "The Best company" that's our opinion, you be the judge and call us today 0429 361 819.
Woodville being one of Adelaide's older suburbs has many ageing plumbing pipes running through the ground and the residents quite often call for the attention of our services. When a customer contacts the team at Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting they know that there plumbing problem is about to become our emergency, we can attend to Major Plumbing Emergencies within the hour and can offer our customers in woodville same day hot water replacements, now that's great customer service from the local plumbing.
Septic Tanks, do we still use them? The answer is yes. In Adelaide we still have many septic tanks in use, some are old and there are also new septic tank installations being performed around the state. In the northern suburbs of Adelaide particularly in the Council area of Tea Tree Gully many houses in the suburbs of Fair View Park, Redwood Park and Banksia Park still have the original septic tank installed in the ground from when the house were first built back in the mid to late 90's. Other Council Districts such as Gawler and the Adelaide Hills are also good examples of where septic tanks are still being installed in new house builds today.
So why are these properties still getting septic tanks installed and why did the suburbs in the Tea Tree Gully Council District have septic tanks installed? It is because at the time of construction of the suburbs didn't have mains sewerage piping infrastructure in place and this is also the same with the Gawler and Adelaide Hills council districts to name a few in the local metro of Adelaide.
The discharge from the septic tank either goes to an on site soak-age system where the remaining liquids are trapped and eliminated in the soils allowing vegetation to soak up this water and the excess water evaporated, the design and exact set up of the soak-age system is determined prior to installation with soil samples and testing performed to get the best result for the location. In the more established communities where there is infrastructure in place to take this waste away a drain called a Common Effluent Drain (CED) is in place, this a drainage system where the liquid from the septic tank run off is distributed to. The method in which this liquid is distributed is either by gravity or through a series of pumps, it is then taken away for further treatment and distribution.
What does the word septic mean? Septic refers to anaerobic bacterial environment that develops in the septic tank which then decomposes the waste discharged into the tank. In essence a septic tank is a mini on site waste treatment plant (OSWTP) for your own house or office building.
What is a septic tank made of? and what is the life expectancy of a septic tank?
A septic tank is generally constructed from concrete and can also be made from plastic, the sizes of these tanks varies depending on the demand of the septic tank and they can range from 4000 to 7500 litres in capacity.
The life expectancy of a septic tank is approx 50 years, but this can vary quite a bit due to factors such as ground conditions and environmental impacts ie: earth movement and poor installation practices.
A septic tank once installed by a licensed plumber and set up properly then used to the manufacturers instructions is a maintenance free, odour less sewer treatment plant. In the city of Tea Tree Gully Council, the council pump the residents septic tank once every four years and this is all the maintenance that is required, there is no real action required by the home or office occupier.
Although Septic tanks may be frowned upon, in some circumstance there are no alternatives but once set up they are as good as any type of sewerage system. One advantage I have found from a home owners point of view is that the drainage line to the septic tank is not very long (approx 20 metres) so in the event of a blocked drain getting this problem resolved is often quite quick, which means it is a lot cheaper than having to go through a drain line which is connected to mains sewer which can be a minimum of 40 metres in length.
As we get closer to Christmas everyone is starting to think about the holiday break, I will be bringing you weekly blog posts throughout the Christmas and New Year in 2015. I hope you have enjoyed another installment from me this week all about plumbing in South Australia, until next week next stay cool, Aaron.
Safety is always the most important factor that I consider when performing any plumbing or gas project. It can be a Blocked Drain, Hot Water Service Repair or even a Emergency Plumbing call out, safety is always the most important factor to consider, its not only the safety of my own to consider but the safety of others around me when the plumbing is performed.
Probably the most common pieces of safety equipment I use every day are my steel toed work boots, clear safety glasses and ear muffs/ear plugs. Without these three pieces of equipment I wouldn't be able to perform my day to day duties as a licensed plumber in Adelaide safely.
Its not un-common to still see people using power tools such as an angle grinder for example without safety glasses and just looking away whilst they cut the piece of metal or a tile, not only is this extremely dangerous for the person performing the task but this is also putting others around this person in immediate danger as this person is not actually watching what they are doing and the piece of material they are cutting could just fly off into the air and cause a serious injury.
When it comes to performing some of my more specialised plumbing tasks there are various other safety factors to consider, especially when the general public are involved.
Attending a blocked drain with my hydro jet drain cleaner requires extreme caution, in some circumstances the customer is often very curious of the this very powerful machine and they like to look at what the machine is doing down the drain pipe, this is a big no no and I always tell the customer to stand back and away from the inspection openings in the line whilst the hydro jet is running through the sewer pipes. With the high pressure and large amounts of water being produced at any moment a stream of this water can come out of the drain line and cause an injury. In an attempt to keep the public away I always flag off or use witches hats to keep people away from this zone.
Another area of plumbing that requires some extra precautions and safety practices is when I'am working with gas, both natural gas and lpg. It is extremely important to make sure that the area is well ventilated and that there are no naked flames present. Once the project is completed, it is then very important make sure there are no leaks and all of the air is purged from the lines (once again maintaining maximum ventilation).
Some other safety gear which I do use from time time is my hard hat helmet when attending a building site or a premises which demands this type of PPE (personal protection equipment is used) the chances are that if I'am being asked to wear a hard hat then also a high visibility vest will be required for the job. My hard hat is another very important piece of safety gear as it protects my head and the high visibility vest means that my presence on site is much obvious to others and also any types of vehicles which may be operating.
When my work vehicles is required to go onto a large site such as an air port or mine site then a flashing light is needed on the roof of the van and sometimes high visibility striping is required to make the van stand out from large trucks and airplanes etc.
What ever the project is I always do my up most to perform the task safely and acquire the right products to allow that task be performed safely and never put cost before safety, especially when it comes to Plumbing and Gasfitting as there are always many different aspects which can go wrong, but if you are putting the right practices in place you are minimising the risk straight away.
I hop you have all enjoyed another installment to my plumbing and gas blog from Adelaide, South Australia, stay safe and have a great week, Aaron
This week I started a laundry/toilet renovation in Hurtle Square in the city. Starting a project like this is always quite labour intensive as it involves the demolition of the original tiling and fixtures. All this work is done in house by Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting, we use all of our trades to get the whole entire project completed. This week I was lucky enough to have a turn on the huge Makita Jack hammer and removed all of the old tiles from the walls and the floors. You never really know how well the old tiles will come off, sometimes they just chip off nicely and sometimes the wall and floor needs patching after wards, each job is different.
In this case at Hurtle Square, the floor tiles came up quite well and only localised patching was needed, but with the wall tiles because the property is solid brick they had rendered the walls to attach the tiles to and all off this render came off with the tiles meaning the walls had to be rendered before the new tiles could be re installed.
Before any of the new render is installed the plumbing pipes need to be altered to give this renovation a much more modern feel. The original taps where located above the bench top and so where the washing machine points, these days most people like to see all of the plumbing concealed bellow benches or inside cupboards. In this situation it involved chasing out the bricks and making channels to lower the copper pipes. If the walls had been gyprock, performing this task is a lot easier and just involves dropping the pipes inside the cavity of the wall.
Once all this prep work is performed its then onto the tiling, in this situation we have gone with a nice large 300 x 600 gloss white wall tile and for the floor we have selected a non-slip 300 x 300 white floor tile. The walls will also get a splash of white paint giving this whole room a complete ultra-modern look and feel.
As far as fixtures and fittings are concerned a new close coupled toilet suite will be installed, getting rid of the old 11 litre single flush toilet suite and now installing a dual flush 3/4.5 litre flushing cistern and toilet. A new corner vanity unit will be installed giving the owners more storage in the toilet room and a mixer style tap over the basin. The laundry will get a 42 litre stainless steel sink and a cupboard also with a mixer style tap. There will be some new brighter light fittings installed and also some chrome rails for both toilet rolls and towels.
A project such as this one above usually takes approximately 2 weeks from start to finish the transformation during this short period is simply amazing and can be achieved over such a short period. We tailor the renovation to suit your budget leaving you with so many options.
If you are thinking of getting a laundry or bathroom renovation done please feel free to call me Aaron from Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting 0429 361 819.
Do it proper, do it copper use to be a very popular saying back when I first started in the plumbing industry in the 90's. Everything involved copper, all the above ground sewer drains were copper, the water pipes both in ground and above ground were copper and the gas pipes were also all installed using copper tube. It could have been as small as 15mm or even as large as 200mm the copper came in all different sizes and all different gauges (wall thickness). The copper is classed using a grading scale from Class A (extremely thick) through to Class C (thinner) this is in Australia, over seas they use a slightly different scale with different letters. Class A copper was used in situations where high pressure would apply inside the pipe ie: fire mains or high pressure gas lines. Class C would be used on sewer drains where the pressure wasn't as high and the smaller wall thickness allowed for easier forming of angles, junctions and bends.
It was considered quite the art of plumbing if you could install sewer drainage using copper pipes, all of the junctions/take off points were manufactured from scratch using oxy and acetylene torches and bending pins to help knock the copper into shape. The heat given off from the oxy and acetylene torches was very high, this was because you always had to maintain the copper tube at a dull cherry red colour to be able to form it into a shape you wanted. Getting the copper to hot would crease the pipe in places you didn't want and not applying enough heat meant that the copper wouldn't do what you wanted, it was quite the art and still is today.
As with many things in the world, technology has evolved and this has also happened with the plumbing industry. Using copper tube such as 100mm can be as much as $600 per 6 metre length that's fairly pricey and you don't want to make a mistake at those rates. Products such as PVC or HDPE which have now started making an appearance on the plumbing market are priced at around $35 to $75 per 6 metre length respectively and installation times have been more than halved, this has paved the way for these new products to make a big impact on the plumbing industry in Adelaide and throughout Australia.
With these new products hitting the plumbing market it has mean't that the newer generation of plumber coming up through the ranks has not been exposed to what many of us veterans of the industry have had the great experience of being involved with. Although it is not as common to use copper for sewer drainage there are still occasion where it will pop up in old buildings and this is leaving a gap in the market which the younger generation may not be able to fill.
Another area of the plumbing industry which has also recently been affected by the decline in copper piping is water and gas lines. When it comes to the domestic field of plumbing long gone are the days of installation of copper tube for a new homes water supply, products such as Rehau and Auspex have now started dominating. These products are very quick to install and far cheaper than copper tube and its associated fittings. Providing the fittings are put together correctly the chances of leaks with these products is basically zero, another positive.
When it comes to commercial and industrial plumbing products such as PE, Aqua Therm, Blue Brute and Rehau have started to dominate. All of these changes we are seeing in the Plumbing Industry are due to tighter deadlines and smaller budgets on projects which paves the way for these new products and is quickly eliminating copper.
It has been fantastic to see the many changes in the plumbing and gas industry throughout Adelaide and the whole of Australia.
Over my 20 plus years of being involved with the plumbing game I have have had the chances to see and contribute to many different iconic projects in Australia such as The Adelaide Convention Centre, Flinders Hospital, Colonnades Shopping Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, AIR Apartments, Brisbane Children's Hospital and Lumiere Apartments to name just a few.
All of these projects have had some sort of copper pipe work installed into them, some more than others it has been a great experience to be involved with a part of the plumbing industry that is quickly being phased out.
Hope you all have a great week and have enjoyed another installment to my blog, Aaron.
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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.