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Get set for a scorching summer

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Your mind might be wandering towards summer: outdoor entertaining, lazing in the sun, chilling by the pool. But before you get too wrapped up in all this sunny season daydreaming, there are a few practical steps you can take to ensure summer lives up to your expectations. We have a few ways you can make a scorching summer safer, stress-free, and much more fun.

Clean your gutters and downpipes: Leaves and debris can clog gutters over the winter months, so one of your first jobs is to get rid of that accumulated litter. By unblocking gutters and cleaning downpipes, you’ll avoid overflowing gutters and subsequent surface flooding during summer storms.

Check your taps and pipes: The cold winter months can take their toll on taps and pipes especially outdoor ones that bear the brunt of unforgiving frosts. Leaky taps and burst pipes might occur as a result. As you don’t want any of these things to happen at any time, especially during summer when water conservation is top of mind, it’s a good idea to ask us to check your taps and pipes before summer.

Turn down the heat: Does your water temperature really need to be quite so high over summer? Steaming hot showers will hardly be top of your list of priorities when the weather is warm, so you can save a few dollars on your heating bill by lowering the temperature on your hot water system for the summer months.

A patchy issue: During dry weather, it’s easier to see wet patches on an otherwise moisture-free lawn. These patches might indicate a water leak or drainage issue, and it’s one that might have been brewing for some time and about to cause some major damage. So, we think it’s a good idea to inspect your dry lawn for damp spots, or even patches of green grass which look like an oasis amidst all that brown grass; this is another indicator of potential leaks or drainage problems. If your inspection does reveal that something might not be quite right, let us know and we can fix things up before they come to a head.

Actually, even if you don’t have a damp patch on your dry lawn, we reckon you should call us anyway! At this time of year, you need to strike a happy balance between conserving water and having enough to stay hydrated and cool. We can help you do that. For example, we can come to your place and do a pre-summer plumbing check. It might include:

  • Leak detection
  • Ensuring taps are running correctly
  • Checking for correct water pressure
  • Inspecting drains for blockages
  • Installing a garen sprinkler service

By checking things like that before summer arrives, you can relax during the holiday season and do all the outdoor entertaining, lazing in the sun, and chilling by the pool that you want. So, call us now and let’s get you set for summer!

Is everything cool with your hot water system?

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There are some tell-tale signs that indicate all might not be well with your hot water system. They might be signs you hear, or signs you see, or, in the case of water temperature, signs you feel. They could be symptoms of a gradual decline in your hot water system…and eventually that decline will reach rock bottom. So, here are a few signs to be aware of – if you notice any of the following, give us a call. If we get onto it before your system curls up its toes, then we’ll ensure an ongoing supply of hot water at your place.

Sign 1: Water Colour

If you’ve got murky, cloudy or brown water coming out of the hot water tap, call us straight away. We’ll figure out the source of the dirty water, as it might be a sign of a defect in the hot water system that needs urgent attention. Of course, it might be something else in the plumbing system that’s causing the issue, like rusty pipes or sewer problems. Whatever is causing murky water, it needs to be fixed, and fast.

Sign 2: Water Temperature

Lower water temperature could be another indicator of an easily fixable problem, or of a hot water system that’s about to throw in the towel. The thermostat on your hot water system switches on and off to keep hot water flowing at a certain temperature. If the water is not as hot as you like, the thermostat could need changing. Or it could be a broken heating element in the tank which can be replaced. The worst-case scenario is that the whole tank needs to be swapped for a new one.

Sign 3: A Noisy Hot Water System

Unlike the usual political Question time, hot water systems go about their work in a pretty quiet way. So, alarm bells should ring if you ever hear a rattling or banging sound coming from your system. It might be a broken heating element, or dirt and debris that has built up inside the system, or something more sinister. If you hear it, we want to know about it.

Regular maintenance checks of your hot water system will keep it working properly, without those worrying signs pouring cold water over your dreams of long hot showers, or relaxing baths. So, before you see, hear or feel any concerning signs from your hot water system, get in touch with us and book in a regularly scheduled maintenance check. Prevention is better than cure, and a hot shower is better than a cold one!

“It’s pipe Jim, but not as we know it!”

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Five family-friendly ways to use leftover PVC pipe

We’ll never leave behind a mess. But, on occasions, we’ll leave behind something really useful. Leftover PVC pipe!  PVC pipe can be used in dozens of creative and practical ways, well beyond its original purpose.  We’ve seen PVC pipe transformed into wine racks, fishing rod holders, tool storage docks, shoe organisers, chairs, bike racks…even chicken feeders! When the weather is less than ideal and you’re all cooped up inside, here are five family-friendly, boredom-busting PVC ideas the kids will love to make. You might need to buy some more pipe and couplings to finish larger projects, but it will be well worth it.

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