I'm very fortunate to have worked all across South Australia and this has given me many great experiences and challenges along the way, especially when working in the Adelaide Hills as a plumber.
Due to fact that the residents and businesses here have limited access to Natural Gas, if a property is using gas it will most likely be LPG bottled gas. The pipe work for this must always be installed by a licensed gasfitter. It also means that the appliances using the LPG are using a different type of gas jet due to the higher pressure which LPG operates at (approx 2.75 kpa) compared with Natural Gas (approx 1.4 kpa). There are also various restrictions involved with the placement of LPG bottles and certain requirements on how these bottles must be secured when placed in there final destination. If you have engage the services of a licensed gas fitter then they will be able to advise you on the correct location to meet Australian Standards.
When it comes to fire protection on commercial premises the hydrant boosters which operate in the Adelaide Hills district need to be equipped with a specific type of filling coupling to suit CFS requirements which differs from the type Adelaide's Metropolitan Fire Department use in Metro areas. In most cases access to large volumes of mains pressure water is not always easy to come by and that is why storage tanks are put in place. This was the case when I worked at Macclesfield Primary School a 5 years ago. The School didn't have access to large volumes of mains pressure water, so in case of a fire we had to install 2 x 40,000 Litre water storage tanks with quick recovery devices which would refill the tanks as they were emptied by the Country Fire Department (CFS) during a fire.
Another project which I have also recently been involved with as a plumber was at Aldgate where I was asked to install a bathroom to an existing granny flat. My customer didn't have mains sewer at there house so the new drains had to be connected to a septic sewage system. These systems are more common in the Adelaide Hills districts, remote locations of South Australia and Yorke Peninsula, but having said that there are still a few suburbs such as Banksia Park, Redwood Park and Tea Tree Gully that still have a few of these septic tanks installed back from when these houses were first constructed and the adequate infrastructure was not available at the time. As a licensed tradesman you get to see things that other trades do not, like the septic sewerage systems.
In the locations of the Adelaide Foot Hills closer to the city fringe such as Mt Osmond, Belair, Skye and Blackwood working as a plumber clearing my customers blocked storm water and sewer drain systems can also prove to be quite the challenge. This can be for a variety reason, but mainly due to access. These properties are often on a low side of the road or the high side of the road, meaning that getting the plumbing service van onto these properties can be very hard, luckily I have equipped my plumbing van with enough length of hoses for the hydro jet drain cleaning machine to still access the drains from as far away as the street if needs be. Yes I have been caught out a few times during my plumbing career and I have learnt my lessons.
Reflecting further on my comments above about properties being on the high side or low side of the street, this can also cause issues getting sewerage or storm water out to the street level and sometimes a pumping station is required. How this operates is that the sewer or storm water initially flows to the pumping station via gravity, once it enters the pumping chamber the liquid will fill up to a certain level and activate a float switch to turn the pump on and the liquid will be pumped out the drains at street level. Regular maintenance by a plumber Adelaide Hills is crucial, because the last thing you want is a backed up drain with no where for it to empty except in your house, then you will have a plumbing emergency.
My most common Adelaide Hills emergency plumbing call out from my customers is they have either run out of LPG, there hot water service has stopped working and need hot water repairs or there sewer/storm water pumping station has stopped pumping, and these problems always happen on a weekend when it is an absolute plumbing emergency for the customer. In most cases I can always get the issues sorted out for them on the same day (same day hot water repairs and servicing Adelaide Hills) and sometimes with in the hour which makes them very happy and leaves me feeling good knowing I've helped someone out of an emergency plumbing situation.
I hope you enjoyed my latest plumbing blog and I look forward to writing another installment soon, have a nice week and remember if you do need a tradie call Mayfair today 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.