Handy Hints to keep your plumbing in working order
- Avoid allowing anything that cannot dissolve in water to go down your drain e.g hair is a common factor in bathroom blockages or grease and food scraps often build up to cause kitchen drain blockages.
- Running hot water after use helps keep your drain clear. You could add bi carb soda or vinegar and leave for half an hour before running the hot water.
- Don’t wash coffee grounds down the drain.
- Keep the bathroom door closed as small children are notorious for throwing items in the toilet and flushing.
- Do not flush wipes or anything other than toilet paper.
This is usually an indicator of a blockage. If possible use another toilet or avoid the sink until a plumber can get out to have a look at it. A gurgling sound is often a sign of what lies ahead. Remember that the longer you leave it, the worse the blockage gets. Avoid the unpleasantness of a blocked drain by acting fast.
Imagine coming home from a nice relaxing weekend away or a long holiday only to find that there has been a plumbing emergency and your home is flooded. Whilst the chance of this happening is low, that kind of plumbing disaster could be very costly and damaging.
We recommend you check your gutters at least once a year. Water should be able to disperse freely from your gutters into the downpipes without any interference. However, gutters are notorious for holding fallen leaves, branches, insects, nests and other foreign objects that can cause a blockage in your drains. The other important risk is also during the warmer months and the fire risk caused by gutters that are full of branches and leaves.
Contact us for a free fridge magnet so that you can easily find our number. We have an emergency plumber on call 24hrs so don’t waste looking for a plumber who may not answer the phone! Know where your water meter is so that you can shut off the water whilst the plumber is on his way. You may also need to turn off the power to a hot water heater so be aware of where that is located.
Gas Leaks can be extremely dangerous so even if you have a mild suspicion, you should have it addressed by our Canberra Gas Plumber immediately. Natural gas has no smell, which means a small leak would be impossible to detect. A hissing sound is not always present either. That’s why your utility company adds a harmless chemical, to the gas. It smells like sulphur, or rotten eggs, to help you identify gas leaks. But you may not smell anything if the leak is very small. It is also important to avoid storing or using flammable chemicals near operating appliances and avoid tampering with fittings like safety valves or gas hoses.