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Plumber 101 Tips Gold Coast

At its core, plumbing is very basic as it follows three simple laws:

  1. Gravity
  2.  Down Pressure
  3. Water requiring its own level.

If you can understand this, then you are on the correct path to understanding the mysteries of plumbing. This will help you in making many fixes in your home’s plumbing system thus saving you lots of trouble, time and money!

Every home, business or plumbing system is structured with 2 different subsystems that are very logical. The first system brings fresh and clean water into your home or business. The second system disgards used water from your home or business. Water that enters your home or business is under pressure, which forces it to move. This pressure ensures that the water can travel upstairs and wherever it is required in the house or business. To monitor the amount of water usage in your location, the water travels through a meter.

All plumbing systems have a main water shutoff or stop value. Generally, this is located close to the meter. In most plumbing emergencies, the first thing  you need to do is locate the stop valve to turn the water inflow off. Its important you turn the water supply off quickly, as your house or business will be flooded with in no time.

However, should you discover that the plumbing issue is located in a sink or toilet, then you do not need to use the shutoff to stop supply to the whole system. It is very common that most fixtures have a stop valve to prevent more flooding.

Cold water incoming to the house or business is immediately ready for your usage. However, your hot water will require another step prior to your use. A pipe carries the cold water to your hot water system. From the hot water system, a hot water pipe transports the hot water to all taps & appliances that require use. In order to maintain the temperature on the hot water system, a thermostat keeps the temperature that you set. The devices heating elements automatically turn on and off to maintain your required temperature. The recommended hot water temperature for a home is somewhere between 140 degrees Fahrenheit and 160 degrees Fahrenheit. However, some homeowners set the hot water temperature to 120 degrees F as its more economical.

Additionally, it is common that some dishwashers require high water temperatures to help with the drying process. In these cases, the dishwasher will contain their own mini water heaters to increase the temperature by an additional 20 degrees Fareenheit.

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Plumbing Problem & Solutions – Plumber Gold Coast

Many people often have plumbing problems in their homes. Professional opinions are always better, but in today’s times its fair enough that you want to try fix things yourself prior to calling out an emergency plumber. Plumbing plays a huge part in the comfort of your house – no hot water and you will realise that quickly! Small problems like leaky faucets and clogged drains can turn into huge issues very quickly. However, there are lots of small plumbing problems you can fix without the need to call a local plumber!

Kitchen and Bathroom Plumbing Gold Coast

The easiest place to start with DIY plumbing is working with the pipes. Pipes are easily accessible as they generally have some space to work with them. Many people like to fix plumbing problems themselves due to the amount of money they can save. The expensive part in installing a new sink is not the sink itself. The parts that generally wear and cause the problems to the sink are cheaper to replace.

Parts that need replacing are often washers and ‘o’ rings, as they are often  the cause of most leaks. Most the time, it’s easy to get to these parts with tools that are already in your house. If you are not sure what you are looking at, take a picture on your mobile phone with to you a hardware store. A lot of hardware stores have easy to understand diagrams of a faucet system that you can have. The reason for a picture is to ensure you purchase the right part. Be sure that before doing any work on your sink you make sure to turn the vales off so that water doesn’t go everywhere.

Other Problems that Occur In Your Home

An incorrectly placed flapper valve will result in a running toilet. You will notice this as you probably jiggle the toilet handle when flushing the toilet. Replacing the whole system is really easy & affordable! Prior to going to the hardware store, open the tank to see if the problems you can see.

Unfortunately using a chemical to unblock a toilet does not work. You are best off trying to plunge it with a plunger. Usually the problem disappears before ten plunges, if it doesn’t, you might to try an “auger” or “snake”. As you insert the auger into the toilet, give it a  good twist to break any blockages.

People love to fix things themselves as it saves money and gives a sense of achievement. If what you try doesn’t work, then you will need to call a plumbing professional to sort out the problem. Be careful not to do further damage when attempting to fix the problem yourself!

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Unblock a drain with baking soda

Sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms stand a chance of getting blocked at some stage with the high use. This often occurs at the worst time possible. Usually this occurs when you are entertaining your guests! However, there is no need to panic. Help is right under your nose in your own home or office.

What you will need

  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Plunger
  • Hot water

If possible, the first thing to do is find the reason for the blockage occuring. There is usually a good reason for a blockage and hopefully this is not hard for you to find. By finding the blockage, you have done most the work required to unblock it.

However, if you can not find out where the blockage is occurring, then you need to keep reading on.

Usually when there is a blocked drain in your home you are able to unblock the drain yourself by using a plunger. In this case, no plumber will be needed thus saving you money! Should a plunger not do the right job, then you will need to use other methods and materials in your home to unblock the blockage.

Other than a plunger, vinegar and soda serve as a great tool & is extremely effective to unblock most drains. Most people store vinegar and baking soda in their kitchen cupboards.  Follow the steps below to unblock your drain

  1. Boil water on a stove
  2. Pour approx 1 cup of baking soda down the drain
  3. Pour approx 1 cup of vinegar down the drain
  4. Allow the baking soda and vinegar to settle for 10-15 mis. This should hopefully dissolve whatever is causing the blockage.
  5. Pour the pot of boiling water down the drain to remove any debris that may still exist.

It’s important that you start practicing preventive measures to stop your drain from blocking again. Many people perform the baking soda and vinegar routine once a month as a precautionary measure. Be sure that after washing your hair, you remove any hair that is lodged into the drain to prevent blockages from occurring again. At all times, use a strainer in the sink to prevent food and other debris from clogging up your drain.

If none of the above techniques work, you may have a more serious problem in your drain. You will need to contact plumber Gold Coast to help you rectify the issue.

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