Monday, March 25, 2019

Plumbing Hints and Tips

 

Have you got a blocked drain?


Click onto the following links to find handy hints and tips for all your plumbing problems around the home.


Be sure to bookmark this page as you never know when you will need a Sydney Plumber in a hurry.
 
 

Call Patterson Plumbing today!

 


Burst Pipes                  

Leaking Taps

Blocked Drains

Hot Water Hints

Getting Hot At Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Burst Pipes

  • Turn off the stoptap to prevent further flooding
  • Block the escaping water with a towel
  • Open all the taps to reduce flooding and the pressure on the system
  • Turn off the source of heat for the hot water and central heating to avoid electrical problems
  • Call Patterson Plumbing!
     

Leaking Taps

  • One drip per second wastes 15 litres of water per day
  • Main causes of taps leaking are either the tap washer has split or has disintegrated, or the spindle washer or the "O" has perished, or the "seat" of the tap has cracks in it
  • The remedy is to simply reseat & rewasher the tap

Blocked Drains

  • Top causes for a blocked drain are:
  • Tree roots
  • Pasta
  • Grease
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Egg Shells
  • Rice
  • Potato Peels
  • Carrot Peels
  • Drain Tip: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup of vinegar It will start to fizz which is normal. Let it sit for an hour and then flush with hot water

Hot Water Hints

  • For energy saving and adequate hot water supply, the optimum water
  • Temperature for storage hot water systems is between 55-60ºC
  • Install a timer on ‘peak-rate’ electric storage units
  • Have Patterson Plumbing rectify any ‘water hammer’ problems
  • Regularly activate the relief valves and drain cocks fitted to mains pressure storage systems. These are safety mechanisms to ensure that dangerously high levels of pressure do not build up inside the system. You should activate these two valves about once every three months
  • Check the gas flame in your gas unit. When it is burning efficiently it will be blue If it is yellow you should have it checked by Patterson Plumbing
  • Turn off electric storage systems connected to general or peak rate whenever you can as they can be very expensive to run
  • Turn off any hot water storage system if you are going away on holidays. Some units have a ‘vacation’ setting to make this easier

 Getting Hot At Home

  • Fit an AAA rated showerhead. Showering usually makes up over 30% of hot water usage in the home
  • Take a short shower instead of a bath. You could reduce hot water usage and save around $20 per person per year
  • Insulate around your bath during installation. This helps to keep bath water hotter for longer
  • Fix dripping taps. A tap dripping 45 times per minute wastes around 1000 litres of hot water each month, the equivalent of ten bathtubs or over $25 per year!
  • Use cold water for tasks where hot water is not absolutely necessary, e.g. clothes washing with a suitable cold water detergent. This can mean savings of up to $20 per year
  • Use a suds-saving facility on your washing machine. This will let you reuse soapy water
  • Only wash with a full load in your washing machine and dishwasher
  • Use cold water to rinse dirty dishes
  • Connect your dishwasher to the cold water pipe. Although it may be more expensive for the unit to heat its own water, part of the wash cycle only requires cold water If there is a long pipe distance from the storage tank to the washer, hot water may cool before it reaches the washer and therefore the washer will reheat the water to the required temperature
  • Use the economy cycle on your dishwasher whenever possible

 

 

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