Residents in Central Coast, NSW, are required to call tradespeople for any type of home improvements or repairs, including plumbing services. DIY fixes are strictly limited as a safety precaution for homeowners.
Many people have a tendency to delay what are considered minor issues or neglect the upkeep in the home due to the potential cost. But putting these issues off has the potential to lead to extensive damage for the household with more significant expenses down the road. Go here to learn the rules concerning DIY in Australia.
DIY Preparation Instead Of DIY Repairs
While DIY is not allowed for the NSW area in Australia, plumbers are appreciative of residents who take the time to educate themselves on the water system comprising their homes. Having a basic knowledge of the system allows you to know when there is something not functioning properly no matter how small the issue may be.
If you notice a small leak or unusual water usage and contact a plumber immediately, you have the potential to spare yourself considerable damage, repair costs, and energy bills as compared to someone who is uninformed. There are other tips that those in the trade suggest homeowners pay attention to in an effort to be prepared for potential problems, including:
** Learn where the isolation valve is upon moving into your home
If you spot a leak in the house no matter how small, it’s important to know where the main water supply valve is in case the water needs to be shut off quickly. The time you spend having to search for this valve could result in significant damage to the home if the leak were to get out of hand rapidly. When you do locate the valve, make it stand out in some way either with color or decorations and make it easily accessible with nothing blocking access.
It’s also vital to ensure that the inspection shaft for the sewer main is easily accessed for the plumbing expert. Too often there are calls regarding blockages and these are buried with an inability to locate them unless plans are obtained from council. This can take significant time, effort, and cost for you.
Instead, ensure this is something readily available at all times with a substantially obvious marker to show its location so the plumbing professional can spend time on clearing the drain as opposed to playing a detective scoping out the inspection shaft. Blocked drains note to be an exceptionally high fee to begin with due to the potential hazards, so while the expert is looking around, you’re accumulating significant fees. Save yourself the time and money.
** Pay attention to your water usage
If you notice your water bill is increasingly getting higher or that your meter is running continuously even when the water is not being used, this is an indication there’s a leak in the system. The first place you want to check is always with the toilets and the taps.
Doing your investigation can potentially help the experts upon arrival, but you shouldn’t take a considerable amount of time before contacting a reliable plumber like those at H2Coast Plumbing. The amount of damage from a pipe bursting can be extraordinary with extensive loss possible. A leak needs to be found timely and fixed fast.
** Maintenance of the hot water system.
The suggestion for those using a “storage hot water heating system” is to release the overflow valve or the “TPR” no less than every three months to prevent an accumulation of sediment. You receive optimum function when instituting this type of maintenance and prevent hazards associated with a faulty valve.
You should also enlist a licensed plumber to perform a thorough inspection of the unit every six months or when there is an indication of a leak, instability of the service, or if the cylinder is damaged. If you take note on the outside of the cylinder that there are leaks, the unit will need to be replaced because this is not something a plumber can repair.
There are typically small rust spots along the bottom of the unit, which is merely surface rust, and this is ok. If the area is severe or deems structural or if there is also rust running down the sides, replacement will be required. If the system is leaning, there is the potential for repair using a concrete base replacement, but these things need dealt with immediately. Any service over 10 years old should be inspected to ensure it is in good working condition with no leaks and not leaning in any way.
** Aging tapware should be replaced regularly.
There is a “9L minimum water-saving rule” for each property that needs to be met. In order to ensure that your water consumption is within limits, your old taps should be updated regularly because these are a common cause for water leakage.
** Burst “flexi-hoses” a common problem.
Flexi-hoses are typically located under the cisterns in the kitchen, toilet, vanity, and laundry and need to be paid close attention to in order to avoid flooding from a burst line. Once they split it’s reminiscent of a watering hose being left to run for several hours inside a house causing extensive damage. If there is a problem, you’ll notice bulges, kinks, fraying, leaks, rust marks, twisting, or water stains. Reaction needs to be immediate.
An investment in a NSW home is significant making maintenance and upkeep essential in protecting the components and retaining the value. Among the most important elements is the plumbing system which can also produce the greatest risk to the integrity of the home. It’s vital for the homeowner to research the system in order for there to be a full understanding of the workings. In being informed you can be prepared in case issues arise so reaction can be immediate to avoid potential damages. Take this to learn common plumbing issues people deal with in Central Coast.
The more prepared you are for problems as they pop up, the more time you save for the expert in attempting to resolve the issue, and the more money you save, not only in repairs, but damages that could have been incurred.