Could you live without plumbing in Brisbane?

Have you ever thought what life would be like if we didn’t have plumbing in Brisbane? It’s not rocket science, but a life without plumbing wouldn’t be the same and would change our lives dramatically for the worse. The world has quite literally, been changed by plumbing, so let’s take a look at some of these wonderful changes.

Toilets: Gone are the days of the outdoor dunny and chamber pots under the bed, now we have indoor toilets and some of us even have those high-tech toilets that work by remote control. In the early days, rich aristocrats would have had indoor water closets, but they wouldn’t have been connected to a sewage line, instead just being a ‘long drop’. Just imagine the days when you had to go outside to use the dunny, it would feel as if you were permanently camping – plumbing in Brisbane has come a long way since then!

Hot water: How would your day start if you couldn’t have a hot shower? Would you bother to heat the water over a fire or would you just have a cold wash? On demand hot water has meant that we can all attend to our daily hygiene needs quickly and in comfort and we also don’t have to boil a cauldron and slap our clothes on rocks to do the laundry!

Indoor plumbing: Did you know that it was Gough Whitlam who introduced Australia to indoor plumbing? For many people, one of Whitlam’s greatest legacies was bringing indoor plumbing and flushing toilets to western Sydney!

Council sewerage systems: Before the introduction of modern council sewerage systems we either had ‘long drops’ or all the waste went into the local creek or river. In fact, if we go way back, then all the waste was just emptied onto the streets into open sewers, leading to obnoxious smells and the continual spread of disease. The oldest outdoor plumbing in Brisbane is a sewerage pipe that heralds from 1915 and runs 12km from Toowong to the Eagle Farm Pump Station and it’s still in operation today.

If you are having any problems with your plumbing in Brisbane, call us on 07 3297 6517 or send us an email.

Calling your plumber in Brisbane can help prevent sinkholes!

Sinkholes opening up under people’s homes have been in the news lately, but how can calling your plumber in Brisbane prevent a sinkhole from developing? Well, there are two causes of sinkholes, either nature or man-made, and whilst the ones caused by nature can be outside the realms of your plumber to prevent or fix, the man-made sinkholes can be prevented by your local plumber.

Sinkholes made by nature

In 2013, a sinkhole opened up below the bedroom of a Florida home in the USA, swallowing the occupant who was in bed at the time and who has never been found. The sinkhole was 10 metres wide and 20 metres deep, whilst the one that swallowed a three-story building in Guatemala during 2010 was 60 metres deep.

Sinkholes occur when acidic rain filters into the ground, dissolving rock and forming caverns that eventually collapse, resulting in a cavernous hole. If found early enough, they can be rectified, but it’s not often that this happens. These type of sinkholes will require more expertise than a simple plumber in Brisbane to fix!

Plumbers can help prevent man-made sinkholes

Man-made sinkholes, such as the one that opened up in Ocean Shores, just south of the Gold Coast in NSW can be caused by a broken storm water system or sewage pipes. This small hole that opened up in 2013 was only 40cm wide, but it was at least 2 metres deep and posed a significant threat to local residents and traffic.

These sinkholes occur when underground pipes leak water, causing the surrounding soil to become eroded, and creating an underground cavern. A sudden and heavy downpour can make the ground too heavy to sustain and the roof of the cavern suddenly gives way and collapses.

The way to ensure that these man-made sinkholes don’t open up on your property is to have your local plumber in Brisbane check your underground sewage pipes and your storm water system for any cracks, breaks or leaks. You also don’t want to have the drain pipes from your roof emptying onto the ground and not into the storm water system.

Another tip is to watch for sagging trees or fence posts in your yard, as well as doors or windows that no longer close properly, as these might be signs of an imminent collapse and formation of a sinkhole. Call us on 07 3297 6517 or send us an email and we can come out and inspect your sewage pipes and storm water system, just to be on the safe side.

Tips on identifying and fixing a leaking toilet

A leaking toilet can not only be annoying (listening to water dripping 24/7 is enough to send you a little bonkers), but if not identified and fixed early, it can also increase your water bills. Calling your plumber is the best way to deal with the problem, but what if you aren’t sure that you have a leak, just a suspicion?

An easy way to identify a slowly leaking toilet

The easy way to determine whether your toilet has a slow leak is to add some red or blue food colouring to the cistern, wait for 30 minutes and then check the toilet bowl. If you see that the water has changed colour, then you know you have a slow leak.

How to fix a leaking toilet

  1. Check the outlet valve: This is the device that lifts up to let the water enter the toilet bowl. It can sometimes be misaligned slightly or the arm that raises and lowers it can be caught on something that stops it fully closing. Clean it and reset it, or even replace the rubber seal and see if this fixes your leaking toilet.
  2. Check the inlet valve: If the inlet valve isn’t closing properly it can cause a slow leak into the toilet bowl, so lift the float up and if that stops the leak, you have found your problem. You might need to adjust the level of the valve, replace the washers in the valve, or call your plumber who can have it done in a jiffy.
  3. Check the flush pipe seal: This is the seal between the cistern and the bowl and is a bigger job than the others mentioned above, so you might prefer to leave it to your local plumber to fix.

If you’ve done all of the above and you still haven’t found the cause of your leaking toilet, you might want to call us on 07 3297 6517 or send us an email and we can rectify the problem quickly for you.

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Tis the season for HOT WATER

Hot Water Systems

Tips on hot water system replacement this winter

Hot water system replacement isn’t always necessary, but if you are running out of hot water and suffering through cold showers, maybe it’s time to give it some serious consideration?

Winter is not the time you want your hot water system to fail, however it is the most common time of the year that they will fail.  Hot water systems rarely just completely stop working. In the weeks and months leading up to a complete system failure, there are usually a few signs that the hot water tank or hot water system is about to stop working. Knowing the signs to look out for could prevent you from needing to organise a really quick hot water system replacement, mainly because you don’t have the time to spend researching different systems and want your hot water back!

We outline below 3 of the signs to look out for that may mean your Hot Water System is on its way out.

1. The Colour of the Water

The water coming out of your taps should be clear. It should not appear rusty, murky or cloudy. If you turn on your hot water and see water that is unclear or discoloured, seek professional help. A Plumber will be able to determine if the discoloured water is caused by your hot water system or some other type of problem, such as rusty pipes or sewer problems.

2. The water is not as hot as it used to be

This is a very common hot water problem that you may come across. If you think your system is not heating the water properly or not heating at all:

  • Check the circuit breaker to find out if it has tripped
  • Check the hot water is running freely from the temperature &  pressure relief valve. This can be found on the side or at the top of the unit.
  • Check the temperature setting occasionally you will need to adjust your thermostat

Unfortunately, if you have checked all of the above or if you try to use hot water and nothing comes out, seek help from a professional plumber immediately.

3. Lots of Noise Coming from the Hot Water System

Hot water systems do make a certain amount of noise, but they should not be making any banging or rattling sounds. Excessive noise indicates dirt or sedimentation build up within the system.

If you notice any loud noises coming from your hot water system, seek professional help immediately.

A hot water system replacement unit should last on average 10-15 Years, however to increase the life of your hot water system and avoid these issues we recommend scheduling a hot water system maintenance check every 3-4 years.

If you have any concerns with your Hot Water System, give us a call today Mint Plumbing Services (07) 32976517.

 

Plumbing Maintenance Inspection

Keep on top of your plumbing maintenance issues with our Plumbing Maintenance Inspection

Did you know we offer a free no-obligation Plumbing Maintenance Inspection for all our customers when attending their homes or business?

With our maintenance inspection, we can help save you money and maintain your plumbing fittings & fixtures, preventing any major disasters occurring on your property – issues that can end up being very costly if they are ignored for too long.

What’s included in our Plumbing Maintenance Inspection?

During your Maintenance Inspection we visually check all of the plumbing fittings and fixtures in your home and give you a detailed report on its completion. If we find any problems, we will include our recommended actions (whether these are repairs or replacements) and give you a quote for the work.

In the bathrooms, we check the vanities, showers and toilets, as well as the floor wastes to make sure there are no leaks or obvious blockages. We also check the fixtures and fittings in the kitchen, again making sure that nothing is leaking, dripping or in need of repairs soon. For your hot water system, we make sure that everything is working correctly and in tip-top shape, and if you have a water pump, our Plumbing Maintenance Inspection also includes a visual check to make sure that everything looks to be in good repair. We also check all external drains for blockages, as well as measuring your property’s water pressure.

If you have any concerns, we can address these at the time of the Plumbing Maintenance Inspection and give you advice regarding replacements or upgrades to your fittings and fixtures (useful if you are considering a renovation in the near future).

Ask us about our Plumbing Maintenance Report next time we are at your place, or give us a call today to arrange us to come out and inspect for you:

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SEPTEMBER SPECIALS

Have you started your “Spring Clean” but just cant seem to get your toilet any cleaner?

September is the perfect month to upgrade those nasty old stained toilets for a fresh new modern look toilet suite.

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What’s blocking your drains?

Tips from professional plumbing companies

3 of the most common causes of blocked drains throughout your home and some simple techniques to prevent it

If you want to keep your home in good shape, you can’t do better than taking tips from experienced and professional plumbing companies – so here are the Mint Plumbing tips for preventing blocked drains in your home.

1. Coffee Grounds
If your household is anything like ours, no morning start’s without at least 2 rounds of coffee! Back in the day, people thought coffee grounds were good for their pipes. “It clears them,” So not true…. Nothing causes more blockages than coffee grounds. Coffee grounds are as good as cement in pipes and overtime will cause an impenetrable nightmare.

Prevention – Spread them throughout your garden. Coffee grounds make excellent fertilizer and help to repel insects like ants and slugs.

2. Hair
Looking forward to that long hot shower after a hard day, but you get in to realise you are standing in 3 inches of gross clog-water, Long, locks are the main culprits here, but even short hair can contribute to a blocked drain. Left to its own devices, loose hair can quickly turn into a massive glob that’s tangled with soap scum, water deposits and whatever else happened to find its way into your drain. Not pretty at all, remember it’s not just your shower but your bathroom basins also.

Prevention – Fit all of your basins, bath and shower drains with strainers to catch the hair (and other particles). Just make sure you clean the strainer regularly!

3. Grease
Finished eating that delicious Bacon and Egg feed, your cleaning up and the quickest way to get it all done is to tip all that grease and oil down the drain. Think again….It might be the quickest solution that morning, with a big hang-over but long term that grease is clogging your drain. When you pour hot grease down your drain, it transforms into a lovely hard substance that sticks to the inside your pipes. Then food sticks to the grease, and grease sticks to the food, and grease sticks to the grease…and eventually you have yourself a big greasy mess.

Prevention – Save cooking grease in an old coffee can or cardboard milk container, put in the fridge or freezer. When full dispose of it in the trash.

If you do end up with a blocked drain, give us a call at Mint Plumbing Services (07) 32976517.

As one of the best plumbing companies in Brisbane, we have a range of services we can provide to assist you, including plunging blockage, use of electric eel to unblock, use of jet-rodder to clear blockage with high pressure water & use of CCTV camera to view any further blockages in line.