Friday, December 19, 2014

A Quick Guide on DIY Emergency Plumbing Repair – Melbourne

Plumbing disaster are quite common, can do a great deal of damage to your home and – perhaps worst of all – can be very messy. So it’s always good to be well prepared with the necessary tools and know-how to deal with the problem in a timely manner. This manual is designed to be your plumbing bible so you’re never caught out in hot water again!

This could be all the more easier if a recent invention proves successful.  A South Korean man has invented an alternative to the plunger, an instrument that has been in need of an upgrade for hundreds of years! The ‘Toilet Unclogger’ as it has been dubbed, is a plastic sheet that sticks to the toilet seat and bulges when the toilet is flushed. The user then pushes down on the sheet which pushes the air down and unclogs the blockage. We’re waiting for this one to hit our shelves in Australia! In the meantime, remember these important tips and tools when it comes to DIY plumbing.

Necessary Equipment

plumbing equipments

When it comes to plumbing, experience and knowledge are obviously number one, but the equipment and tools you have handy can be just as big a factor. There are 10 must-have things you’ll want to keep around the house to stay prepared for those worst-case scenarios:
  1. When it comes to plumbing, experience and knowledge are obviously number one, but the equipment and tools you have handy can be just as big a factor. There are 10 must-have things you’ll want to keep around the house to stay prepared for those worst-case scenarios:
  2. Teflon Tape can be used to seal pipe joints to ensure minimal leakage.
  3. Adjustable Pipe Wrench
  4. Everyone knows that the plunger is the go-to one item on the plumber’s list. Quite underrated and versatile if in the right hands
  5. Faucet Valve Seat Wrench
  6. The auger or plumber’s snake comes in various forms and acts as a secondary tool to the plunger, taking care of blockages that are particularly stubborn. It is a long coil that can navigate through the curves of the drain and get deeper.
  7. Pipe cutter
  8. Drain clearing chemicals (just in case) 


Common Problems and Viable Solutions

1.    Running Toilet

Although it’s not hugely serious, a running toilet is one of the most common problems you’re likely to encounter. The first thing to do is check the tank by lifting the cover off the back of the toilet. You should see a ball or If the water level is above the valve but the toilet isn’t filling when you flush, you’ll have a leak on your hands. A further test is to put some coloured dye into the tank, if it seeps into the bowl, it’s time to replace the ball and/or flapper. In other cases, flush the toilet and it might be obvious why it is playing up. 

2.    Blocked Toilet

Until the South Korean wonder-product is available here, your best bet when it comes to unclogging the toilet is the plunger, but there are many other tools are your disposal. The first thing to try is to clear the blockage either with your hands if you can visibly see what is causing it (make sure you’re wearing gloves) or with a chemical drain cleaning product, which you can pour into the toilet – in many cases this will erode the blockage away, but it might take a little while for chemical in particular. Baking soda and vinegar is another concoction that might get the job done.

Blocked toilet

If neither this nor the plunger method is effective, try the plumbers’ snake method. Or if you don’t have one handy, even an uncoiled coat hanger can do the trick. Some blockages are really deep but can be dislodged fairly easily if you can push or jiggle them out of place. Basically it’s just a matter of inserting it into the toilet drain and twisting and manoeuvring it until the blockage comes unstuck.
If none of the above work, get on the phone and call up your local plumber.

3.    Blocked Sink

Unblocking a kitchen sink is quite similar to unblocking a toilet and you can follow the same steps. Obviously using a plunger is a good start point but you have to remember to plug other outlets with rags to make sure the pressure is at its highest. From there, you can try the vinegar and baking soda method. No luck, give it a go a snake or anger to dislodge the object. Following that you can try out the chemical method, but this should be a last grasp given that it can cause harm to the environment.

Blocked sink

4.    Leaking Pipes

Whether it’s because your dishwasher was overloaded, the hot water system carked it or it’s a classic case of a leaking pipe, any level of flooding in the home is not fun. The first thing is to turn off the valve connected to the pipe in question. Most of the time we’d suggest organising a temporary solution to the problem and going from there. A rubber cover, a clamp can usually and Teflon tape will usually hold smallish leaks until you can figure out whether you need to replace the pipe or not. 

Leaking pipes

If you think that the pipe does need replacing straight away, you’ll need to go out and buy some new pipe according the measurements. Then you can cut out the damaged portion of the existing pipe, and depending on the type of pipe you are dealing with, you will need to either solder or connect the new part with the union piece.

Plumbing disaster

Blockage problem is not a daily issue for a home owner. However if you ever face blocked toilet, drain blockage, leaking pipe, blocked sink etc., then you know how annoying it is to solve this problems. Here we have discussed some common problems with minimal solution. Our main aim was to provide a general guideline. Keep in mind that safety is always first priority. If you ever feel doubt about any plumbing issue then it’s a good idea to consult a local Melbourne plumber.

Dr Draino and his team the blocked drain specialists in Melbourne for over 35 years. We offer a professional and cost effective service to fix any type of plumbing problem.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Blocked Pipe Nightmares at Home and How to Avoid Them

Toilets can run and leak from time to time and often we ignore these problems or put off fixing them. We decide that it’s not such a big deal and it can wait and may even forget about it. A week or 2 later you notice your bed room carpet is wet and the source of the dirty water is problem you thought nothing of! Now this is a big problem, right? There’s no such thing as a small problem when it comes to plumbing; even little leaks can turn into major problems if not dealt with quickly.

Although unavoidable accidents can happen any time, taking steps towards prevention is always a good idea. By following some simple rules you can avoid unexpected plumbing problems at your home in many cases. So what can be done then? Here are some useful tips to follow:

Check Before you Rent or Buy a Home

It is better to be serious from the very beginning. If you are renting then make sure to check your kitchen, toilet and electric system is properly working. If you notice anything broken or malfunctioning then immediately inform the owner. Request them to fix the problem as soon as possible. If you are buying, it’s even more important as you’ll be paying for any problems that arise. If you don’t know much about plumbing, get an expert in to take a quick look, it can make all the difference. In Australia, upwards of 30% of people end up buying a home that has plumbing problems within a year – problems that could and should have been avoided.

Remember that the Toilet isn’t a Rubbish Bin

This is a very common problem and children are often the main culprit. Putting foreign objects in the toilet is like playing with fire. The average plumber see all kinds of things block up the toilet, from socks to nappies to tampons to toys and anything else you can imagine! Leaving a rubbish bin in the toilet and teaching the kids to use it instead of the toilet can help, however if you notice that something has been flushed that shouldn’t have been, don’t get cute – just call your local plumber.

Blocked Drain for Heavy Rain

Heavy rain fall can block your sewer system because this pipes are not made to facilitate large amounts of water. Drain blockage mainly happens because heavy downpour brings dead leaves and various other things into pipes that simply can’t handle them. Usually it washes away however if it doesn’t, you’ve got a problem on your hands. What can you do to prevent this? Make sure your yard and surrounding areas are kept clean and tidy. An excessive build-up of leaves and garden waste around the property and in the roof gutters can be costly.

Avoid Incorrect Installation

You might be surprised to hear that people are installing plumbing systems themselves at home more often these days. Unsurprisingly, this has been one of the biggest causes of plumbing problems down the track, and is probably generating more work for plumbers than if they’d just been called to install it in the first place!  Poorly installed pipes can be broken or blocked if you don’t have the full understanding of pipe work and install it yourself then you running the risk of having problems very soon. So don’t do it until you are sure you know what you’re doing.

It is expected that by following the simple tips mentioned above you can avoid common plumbing problem like blocked pipe or broken toilet  and hence save time and money.


Monday, July 21, 2014

The top 5 common plumbing repairs every house needs

Every homeowner knows that keeping and maintaining your home’s plumbing system in good working order will save you money in the long term. Keeping on top of the little jobs around the house will be your main goal; while an entire plumbing system may seem a little complicated at first, breaking down the system into its different parts will allow you to find the common faults more easily.

1. Blocked Pipes

One of the most common problems around anyone’s house is a blocked pipe. The majority of plumbing services are called out to service or repair a blocked pipe at least once a day, but with a few simple techniques, you can reduce your risk of blockage. Ensuring that you are not pouring chemicals or cooking oils and fats will cut your risk of pipe blockage in half, so keep an eye out for what you dispose of carefully.

The kitchen and bathroom is where the majority of pipe blockage occurs, so ensure that you are using a pipe-safe detergent and cleaning fluid to allow the waste to be adequately flushed away. Use a simple sink waste catcher to ensure that no larger items end up going down the sink, and clean your bathroom plug holes on a regular basis to avoid expensive call outs.

2. Water leakage around the house

A leaking tap can not only be annoying when you want to enjoy the calm of an afternoon, but they will also ensure you have a hefty water bill at the end of the month. Over a period of a year, it is estimated that the average house will waste up to 10,000 gallons of water, which equates to around 270 washes in your laundry machine.

Ensuring that all of your taps are correctly tightened will ensure that the waste is halted. Call out your local plumber to inspect your taps and pipes at least once a year so repairs or upgrades can be made. The majority of leaking taps can be repaired with a simple washer or two and a little tightening.

3. Toilet plumbing issues

Nobody likes the headache (or smell) of a blocked toilet, so by ensuring that you maintain your toilet plumbing system in good working order will reduce the risk of blockage. Ensure that you use toilet-friendly detergents and cleaning chemicals to avoid any cracking or corrosion of plastic piping, and regularly pump the toilet to remove any build-up of crud found around the pipe.

Inspect the toilet cistern on a regular basis to ensure everything is in good working order. Check your water lines inside the cistern and see if your toilet could benefit from a water saving device. Installing a water saving device in every toilet around your home could end up cutting your water bill by a relatively large amount.

4. Water boiler issues

Your water boiler is a state of the art system designed to give you running hot water on-demand. When this system fails, it is often the case that you need to call out the services of your local plumber. Most boilers are not user-friendly, and it is recommended that you enlist the services of a professional to deal with boiler and gas issues.

A fully trained professional should carry out boiler inspection at least once a year to ensure everything is in good working order. Tinkering with this equipment may cause problems later down the line, so ensure that your local plumber is fully qualified to carry out the task.

5. Low water pressure

This issue can cause a lot of problems with your taps and shower, but also with your boiler or water heating system. It is usually the case that low water pressure is caused at the sink, so check to see if it is effecting the hot and water taps first. If both of the taps appear to have low water pressure, the likeliest cause is the aerator.

The cause of a blocked aerator is commonly found with calcium deposits that build up in the pipe. The fix for this issue is relatively simple and can be done by anyone, but if you require a professional, or have a problem with multiple low water pressure taps, call out a professional. Just simply remove the aerator from the tap itself, and ensure all calcium deposits are removed and disposed safely.

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