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6 Tips to Protect Your Plumbing This Winter

Winter poses many problems for home plumbing systems. Freezing weather conditions can lead to burst pipes, leaks, and high water bills. Residents in warmer regions of Victoria should not assume they are immune to frozen pipes; in 2015, a cold front spread sub-zero temperatures and snow across the state. Before winter strikes this year, get your home ready to face difficult conditions so you can avoid calling out an emergency plumber.

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Old Pipes? 3 Warning Signs to Look Out For

Old homes are beautiful and unique in their own ways, but they also come with a unique set of challenges, especially when it comes to plumbing. Old homes were often fitted with pipes made of galvanised steel or copper that could be increasingly difficult to use. Old plumbing can also be more prone to clogs, resulting in endless headaches for a new homeowner.

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4 Issues That May Be Causing Your High Water Bill

If you have noticed a sudden spike in your water bill, you may be experiencing a plumbing issue. The leak you’re looking for might not be easy to find. If the bill continues to go higher or stays at a much higher rate than normal, you should contact your plumber.

Your plumber can check for several issues that may be causing your water bill to skyrocket. Here are four issues that may be causing the high water bill.

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3 Things to Know About a Tankless Water Heater

During home renovations and remodelling, one upgrade you may be considering is in your water heater. One popular option is to switch to a tankless water heater. But before you settle on this switch as an answer to your home water needs, you need to know a few things about tankless water heaters. These key points can help you better understand what this option offers and what may be an issue for your specific home.

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Why Drain System Maintenance Is Best Left to Professionals

There's no doubt about it — keeping your drains well-maintained is of vital importance. Not only can issues with the system cause major inconveniences for you and your family, but they can cause further problems in the home too.

For one thing, an unclean or damaged system can allow bacteria to contaminate your water. This is extremely harmful to health, carrying the serious risk of disease, and it may even lead to erosion of the pipes in worst-case scenarios.

Taking good care of the system prevents all of this — but it's not as simple as inspecting the system yourself. You should leave the task to an expert instead. Here's exactly why.

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5 Ways a Plumber Improves Water Pressure in Your Home

Are you tired of standing under a weak trickle of water every time you shower? Does it seem to take hours to fill a pitcher of water at your kitchen sink?

Water pressure issues are no joke, but luckily you can take steps to boost your pressure — with a little help from a professional!

When you contact a local plumber, they'll look into issues like blockages, water pressure regulator faults and leaking pipes, as well as recommend products to boost your pressure.

Keep reading for full details on how your plumber can help improve water pressure in your home.

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7 Things You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet

Does your toilet regularly get blocked, requiring expensive maintenance and repairs? You could be inadvertently contributing to the issue by flushing the wrong items down the toilet.

Even if you know about avoiding the obvious ones, like nappies, you might be surprised at some of the other items that can cause blockages — from dental floss and cotton balls to cat litter and condoms.

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Cat Owners: Keep Your Pipes in Purr-fect Condition with These 3 Plumbing Tips

If you share you home with a cat, there's one thing you need to keep an eye on that many pet owners forget about: plumbing. Cats may be part of the family, but they present plumbing risks that humans don't have. Here are three top plumbing tips to keep in mind if you're a cat owner— or rather, if a cat owns you! 

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Keeping Your Gutters in Top Condition This Autumn

Autumn can be a markedly depressing time of year, bringing lower temperatures, shorter days and less sunshine to your everyday life. It can become an even more unpleasant time of year if your gutters start to overflow and spill copious amounts of rainwater down the sides of your home—an unsightly problem that can lead to problems in your home's near future.

With deciduous trees shedding their leaves in abundance, it’s important to keep your gutters clean and well maintained over the autumn months. However, a few leaves clogging up your downspouts isn't the only thing you should worry about when it comes to autumn gutter maintenance; other autumnal events, particularly the change in weather, can also damage your gutters and affect how they perform.

Here are some of the key guttering hazards to look out for this autumn, along with ways of tackling them.

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5 Warning Signs of Tree Root Intrusion in Your Sewer Line

Trees on your residential property can provide shade and beauty. However, untamed tree roots can sometimes pose a threat to your home. In most of Australia, older homes tend to have earthenware or clay plumbing that wears out over time. When the moisture from a broken sewer line pipe tempts one of your trees, the roots may begin to intrude the pipework.

Because most of this intrusion happens out of sight, many home owners don't realise there's an issue until the root intrusion becomes extensive. In this blog, we list five common warning signs that may indicate that your trees are attempting to take over your sewer line.

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Solar, Gas or Electric: Which Type of Pool Heater Is Right for You?

A swimming pool can be a godsend when it comes to avoiding the brutal heat of the average Australian summer, but for year-round poolside bliss you will want to install some kind of pool heater. These water heating devices can derive their power from a number of sources, with traditional gas and electrically models being joined more recently by greener, solar-powered variants.

However, while you have a wide variety of choice when it comes to choosing your pool heater, not every choice is equal. Each of these pool heater types comes with its own individual pros and cons, so make sure that the heater you choose is well-suited to your needs, and the needs of your pool, before you invest in one.

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Blocked Drains? The 3 Most Common Culprits and How to Avoid Them This Christmas

Christmas is a time for enjoying time with family, overindulging in delicious food and taking a break from work and the daily grind. While you might be getting a break, your home's drainage pipes certainly won't be.

Extra visitors mean a dramatically increased workload for your plumbing systems, and the last thing you want amid your festive Christmas meal is the foul stench of a blocked and backed up drain.

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Don't Let Christmas Day Destroy Your Waste Disposal This Year!

Christmas Day is one of the busiest days of the year for your kitchen! With all the food preparation for the family feast, you accumulate plenty of food scraps you need to get rid of. Your waste disposal unit is a convenient way to dispose of these, but not all food waste should go in this device.

Plumbers often get called out to deal with clogged and broken waste disposal units in January. This post discusses which food types belong in the rubbish bin rather than the garbage disposer. It also discusses the warning signs that indicate your waste disposer needs a plumber's care to function again.

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Toilet Training a Toddler: Could Your Method Cause a Fatberg Beneath the Home?

Toilet training a toddler is a challenging time for any parent, and there are a number of ways you can go about coaxing your child to use the big toilet. However, many parents turn to flushable wipes in the early training days as an easy way to wipe a bottom.

While wipes are certainly easier to work with than toilet paper, the damage they may do beneath your home is comparable to the iceberg that lurked in wait for the Titanic. Before you pull out your next wipe, you should learn more about fatbergs.

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6 Signs the Time Has Come to Buy a New Sink

You can easily replace some of your home's features when they wear out. For example, if a microwave refuses to work or a glass pane shatters, you quickly buy a new one before these broken items make your life inconvenient. But what about somewhat more permanent features, like your bathroom sink, that continue to function long after they've stopped looking attractive?

The sink commands a great deal of attention in the bathroom because it sits right under the mirror and people use it regularly. But because you and your family or housemates use the sink so often, it wears out faster than most other bathroom features as well.

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A Home Owner's Guide to Gas Leaks

Natural gas heats your home and powers your appliances efficiently. However, gas can pose a health and safety risk if leaked into your home or exposed to heat or flame.

To protect your home and family, you must know how to act should a gas leak occur. In this blog, we discuss the signs of a gas leak, how you should respond when you suspect a leak and how you can prevent future leaks.

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