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Blocked Drain Drainage

Blocked drains can lead to all kinds of plumbing issues and not only can they be a pain to unblock for residents and plumbers alike, but they can also be potentially harmful to your family’s health. 

In this article, we’ll break down how much it costs to clear a blocked drain and take you through some easy prevention methods so you can avoid the call out and keep your water flowing freely through your pipe system.

AVOID THE BLOCKED DRAIN CALL OUT 

With most things in life (and definitely plumbing) prevention is the best course of action. Ensure your drains remain clean and clear of debris by having everyone at your property on the same page about what does and does not go down the drain. That way you can ensure you’re doing your best to avoid any nasty blockages.

NOTE FROM YOUR TRUSTY PLUMBER

If you are experiencing consistently blocked drains there will almost always be an underlying problem in your system. We offer a free pipe inspection service to investigate where and why these blockages are occurring. You can read more about it here.

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ALL THE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS THAT SHOULD NEVER GO DOWN THE DRAIN

Pay attention to this list and you will be on your way to ensuring you bypass the blocked drain call out to any plumber!

  • Grease, fats, or oils from cooking — think twice before you pour that hot oil down the drain. Oils, fats, and grease (including meat fats, lard, vegetable oils, butter, margarine, and dairy products) congeal and cause other debris to get lodged in your drains, creating massive blockages.
  • Coffee grounds — a surprising one, we know! But the block drains faster than you think.
  • Pasta, rice, and bread – these materials expand with water and will not move easily through a drain. These food products will be caught in your drains and create other blockages very easily.
  • Meat and poultry scraps (including fish bones) – The fat from any meat scraps gets caught easily and will create a back up of debris. Fishbones only make the clog worse as they get caught in any small blockages that already exist.
  • Vegetable cut-offs and eggshells — If you have a garbage disposal you may be tempted to throw your eggshells down there, but they aren’t meant to grind bones or eggshells, so the shards often go down the drain to form clumps with other items.
  • Hair – This is a big one for any bathroom or shower drain. Human, pet, doll, any hair – keep it out of your drains.
  • Baby wipes, napkins, paper towels, and other paper products – These products have no place in any drain. Even some toilet papers just don’t dissolve quickly or thoroughly enough to be handled by septic or sewage lines.
  • Tampons, maxi pads, other feminine hygiene products – Yep, these are not to be forced or flushed down any drain.
  • Bleach and other antibacterial cleaners –  Anti‐bacterial agents can kill off the good bacteria that are keeping your septic system functioning, some keep them away from any drains or toilets.
  • Cat litter – Yes, even the “flushable” kind can wreak havoc on your pipes and drain system.
  • Other “flushable” products — including “flushable” toilet wipes, baby wipes, and sanitary products. Most often these things don’t break down as well as the manufacturer claims, especially if you have a septic system.
  • Bandaids and dental floss — these products can wrap around smaller blockages and turn them into big clogs.
  • Condoms, balloons, or rubber gloves – these materials will inflate and can create an obstruction.
  • Stickers — The small stickers you find on fruit and vegetables often find their way into the drain. These can clump up with other things to cause clogs.
  • Cotton balls, cotton swabs, cigarette butts, fabric softener/dryer sheets, or similar fibrous materials — This should be a given, right? You’d be surprised!
  • Razors, blades, syringes, needles — Not only can these can cause serious injury to municipal sewage workers and to wildlife if they find their way out of your drains and into the public system, but they can also cause massive blockages to your pipes in the meantime. Plus, there are safe ways to dispose of these dangerous items (check with your local pharmacy).
  • Prescription medications – Many pharmacies will “take back” leftover medications, or check with your doctor or local public health authority for similar disposal programs if you’re unsure about how to dispose of them.
  • Face, body lotions, and cosmetics – While anything that goes in or on your body might seem safe, these items can be potentially toxic to wildlife and/or leech into our drinking water.
  • Soil, grass, and garden scraps – including weeds! Outside, garden drains can become blocked super fast with this material.
  • Bottle caps and straws – whether metal or plastic, will not only ruin your garbage disposal but can also get stuck in smaller pipes. Plastic straws will create blockages and take a long time to break down.
  • Toys – Such a common reason for a blocked toilet! Your little ones can start to learn about what does and does not go down the toilet from a young age to save an overflow and flooded bathroom!
  • Soap – Ever pushed that last little slither of soap down the shower drain? Soap can clog drains faster than you might think — mostly when the residue builds up and catches other things. Try binning it instead.
  • Paint, paint solvents, nail polish, or nail polish remover – Check with your local paint or hardware store for information about how to dispose of these items properly. These products should not be put down drains.
  • Motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, etc. – Other harmful substances to get rid of down a drain! Your local mechanic or auto shop can tell you how and where to dispose of these substances, and some even have programs to dispose of them for you.

How Does A Professional Plumber Clear A Blocked Drain?

1. Hand Tools 

Our highly trained tradesmen can resolve a common blocked toilet, basin, or shower with drain rods to shift the blockage. In most blocked drain jobs, this is an effective method of clearing the immediate issue and preventing ongoing issues.

Each drain has a unique style of tool used to clear the blockage effectively and our eastern suburbs-based team is ready and equipped with the right tools for the job!

2. Electric Eel 

Electric Eel’s a tried and tested method of clearing most blocked drains. They’ve survived the test of time for a reason – they work. Although quite heavy and bulky, we could not live without them! Our local plumbing team have the experience to use this tool fast, efficiently, and safely.

3. Chemical Treatment 

For some blocked drains, the safest and easiest way to clear it is with a chemical treatment. This is a safe, non-invasive way to get your lines flowing again. How does it work? Well, a strong, acidic, herbicide is fed down an access point, killing and removing any organic matter. Grime, grease, leaves, and tree roots can dissolve to a certain extent.

4. High-Pressure Jetting 

More complicated blocked drains may need the assistance of our state-of-the-art high-pressure jetting system that operates at 5000KPA. This baby can cut through tree roots and other debris, common around the eastern suburbs. 

Jet blasters use high pressurized water to force out junk through your pipes where other methods fail. Jet blasters can travel up to 60 meters through your pipes and force almost anything out. This method is used for more complicated blockages or pipework that is larger than 150mm in diameter.

5. Hydro jetting 

If our investigation proves that you have heavy tree root intrusion, solid grease build-ups, or partially collapsed drain/s then we’ll use Hydro Jetting.  The beauty of using Hydro Jets for blocked drain cleaning is that they can reach blockages that a standard power drain cleaner cannot get to. Using high-pressure water, our Hydro Jetting equipment can defeat stubborn blockages.

Hydro Jets also give the pipes an intensive clean and scrub. Hydro Jets are generally the best form of drain cleaning, however, this much power plus the higher operating costs mean it isn’t the right choice for the majority of standard blocked drain issues. We usually reserve hydro jet cleaning for the more stubborn of blockages where standard power drain cleaning equipment has not been successful in clearing the blockage.

6. CCTV Camera 

Our crew is also skilled in CCTV camera operation. So, once the blockage is cleared, we can use closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera to identify the cause of the blockage, and the extent of the damage.

With our highly advanced locating equipment we can also pinpoint the exact spot above ground of the blockage, including the depth and direction of flow. To read more about why we use CCTV, click here.

7. Pipe Relining

If you want your drains permanently fixed without destroying your gardens, driveways, or concrete slab then pipe relining might be the best solution.

At Proximity Plumbing, we can use a two-part epoxy, which is pulled through the pipe and expanded to leave a hard fiberglass shell, which cannot be penetrated by roots. Although only relatively new to Australia, pipe relining has been tried and tested overseas for over 25 years and has a life expectancy of over 50 years.

At Proximity Plumbing, we typically reline pipework ranging from as small as 50mm up to 250mm in diameter with some of the liners being over 100m in a continuous run.

This prevents any joints in the line and ensures a strong bond when repairing sewer, stormwater, earthenware, copper, and cast-iron pipes. Having no joints ensures in most cases better protection from root penetration than newly laid pipes.

We use only the leading products from Germany called, Brawoliner®  for our inversion pipe relining as it’s been tried and tested overseas for so many years. As well as using the best products, we also have invested in training overseas and state of the art trucks specifically designed for relining works so we can serve our eastern suburbs community in the best possible way.

So, there you have the ways in which the experts get to work on clearing your blocked drains and pipes!

WHAT IS THE COST TO CLEAR A BLOCKED DRAIN?

The cost involved in clearing a blocked drain depends on the type of blockage, how extensive the blockage, and how easy it is to unblock. For troublesome blockages, we recommend using a CCTV camera to inspect the blockage.

This will give you a clear visual of exactly what you’re dealing with and let your plumber get specific on where the drain needs to be cleared. You can read more about this service here: https://proximityplumbing.com.au/blogs/solution-to-guarantee-no-more-blocked-drains/

SYDNEY BLOCKED DRAIN PREVENTION 

If you’ve got a blocked drain, you know how painfully frustrating it is. Here are some tips to prevent drain blockages from occurring at your property:

Regularly Clean Plug-Holes In Bathrooms And Kitchen

These two rooms in your home are prone to the most amount of debris clogging your drains. In the bathroom, the main culprit is hair. You may think that a little bit every now and again won’t hurt but let me tell you…. it all adds up!

And in the kitchen, how often would food scraps, oil, and dirt find their way down your drain? It would be worth investing in a strainer plug to stop this from entering your drain.

Don’t Flush Foreign Objects Down The Toilet

Foreign objects consist of sanitary products, wipes, nappies, and paper towels. Even if these products claim to be flushable, we highly recommend avoiding flushing them. They are unable to break down in drains and cause blocked drains very frequently to occur. Placing a small bin beside your toilet could be a worthwhile solution.

Avoid Putting Food Scraps Down The Drain

Do you know what food is the biggest culprit for clogging drains? RICE! Before cleaning your dishes, scrape all food scraps into the bin and then wash. I know it’s far easier to rinse them, but you’re clearly reading this article for a reason…

Don’t Put Coffee Grounds Down The Sink

I must admit, I am guilty of this sometimes. A combination of coffee grounds, oil, and grease is a recipe for disaster. There are many better ways to dispose of your coffee grounds, including putting them in the bin, a worm compost, or even your garden. Coffee grounds act as a fertilizer for your garden so why waste putting them down your drain?

Don’t Dispose Of Grease And Oil Down The Drain

This is a big no-no. It may seem innocent when you do it whilst washing your dishes, but in cold temperatures, these oils will harden and turn into lumps which can contribute to blocked drains.

Tips To Disposing Of Grease And Oil

  • Put oils straight in the bin.
  • Dispose of oils in an old jar and then throw the filled jar in the bin.
  • Put oil in the fridge or freezer until it solidifies, and then dispose of it in the bin (this may be the most effective/tidy way).

Following these simple steps and forging some new habits, you will be on the way to preventing your drains from unwanted blockages.

KEEP READING TO LEARN SOME KEY TIPS TO PREVENT BLOCKED DRAINS

  1. Keep Grease And Oil Out Of Your Drains

Instead of clogging your drains up with that excess oil from your can of tuna, it’s recommended to dispose of it in a container to throw out with the weekly rubbish. Although both grease and oil seem harmless, both harden once they enter your pipes and will build up over time. Other forms of debris can also build up with greater ease, more likely to cause you a blockage.

  1. Use A Sink Strainer

If used correctly, these are a fantastic asset. They will stop any forms of debris from entering your drains, such as scraps of food, hair, and dirt. This enables you to dispose of this debris in your rubbish, as opposed to down your drain.

  1. Only Flush Toilet Paper Down The Toilet

No exceptions! Things such as paper towels, wipes, and sanitary items will be too heavy for the toilet and plumbing system to handle. A suggestion to avoid this from happening is to add a small rubbish bin beside the toilet for these materials.

  1. Every Week, Pour Some Boiling Water Down Your Drain

This will help to break down debris that has built up in your drain, helping to prevent blocked drains from occurring. You can try this eco-friendly DIY option on your kitchen and bathroom sinks today: https://proximityplumbing.com.au/blogs/how-to-safely-clean-a-smelly-drain/If you have a blocked drain that boiling water can’t seem to solve, you will most likely be in need of a plumber. If that is the case, feel free to contact the friendly team at Proximity Plumbing.

WHY PROXIMITY PLUMBING?

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At Proximity Plumbing, our purpose is to surpass your expectations with our highly skilled and trained licensed tradesmen. Plumbers are one of the most important trades and services you may ever hire for your property, so ensuring you choose the right plumber with a proven track record is essential.
  • At Proximity Plumbing, our purpose is to surpass your expectations with our highly skilled and trained licensed tradesmen. Plumbers are one of the most important trades and services you may ever hire for your property, so ensuring you choose the right plumber with a proven track record is essential.
  • Proximity Plumbing has been established for 10 years and has 25 years of collective experience.
  • We make it simple by positioning ourselves as experts in our field and providing exceptional customer service and providing a guaranteed 30 minute response time and a $0 call out.
  • We back up our service with a Lifetime Workmanship Guarantee, that being said all the products we install, and users have their own manufactures warranty, and we need to respect and stand by.
  • We ensure we are constantly re-investing in developing our team ensuring we are up to date with both current and upcoming changes and trends.
  • As standard, all work is well documented and photographed to ensure clients have before detailed before and after reports both for your records but also our own.
  • We provide warranty certificates with all work upon request and standby our promise.
  • We love, live, and breathe the eastern suburbs and respect our local community and all our customers.

If you have a blocked drain – don’t delay – get on the phone today and speak with our friendly team to schedule a professional plumber to inspect and clear that drain!

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Gas Plumbing Hot Water

Did you know that your home’s hot water accounts for almost a quarter of your energy costs? Over time, that’s a lot of money wrapped up in hot water! So, the choice between which system – gas or electric, is a crucial one.

To save time and avoid a ‘panic buy’ it’s best to do some research now and replace your aging system before disaster strikes. Usually, when hot water systems come to the end of their life it’s a dramatic ending. So, the answer to whether a gas or electric hot water heater is best depends on your home, family’s needs, and what you value more.

Let’s break it down for you.

If safety is your biggest concern. 

Electric heaters are generally the safest option since there is no gas/fuel to lead or potentially explode. The newer electric models combined with ‘off-peak’ electricity tariffs make running electric hot water systems far cheaper than what we have seen in the past.

If you’re aiming for an energy-efficient home. 

Gas hot water systems are more energy-efficient as they heat water faster and don’t run as often as electric models. They are typically also smaller units. You can also install a continuous flow hot water system, also known as Instantaneous or Tankless system. These systems heat water as you need it, without a storage tank. That means you’ll never run out of hot water.

To throw another option in the mix for you – solar powered units are some of the most energy-efficient systems available. However, they are typically costly to install and if you need to use a booster in times of minimal sunlight can end up being costly to run.

To find out more about running energy-efficient systems, you can click here.

If you want to avoid costly installation.

Gas hot water units generally come with more upfront costs. If you currently run an electric unit and are wanting to install a gas unit, know that you will need to invest in a natural gas line installation by a qualified gas fitter. That cost coupled with the new gas system could add up to a more expensive initial outlay.

If you want to save money over time. 

Although gas hot water systems come with more upfront costs, the savings on your energy and water bill will be seen over time. This analysis is based partially on the fact that natural gas is typically less expensive than electricity and you don’t need to worry about off-peak tariffs.

If you want a cheap option, fast. 

If you’re currently using an electric system and it’s failed (or about to, read our list of warning signs here) and you just want to replace what you have, then stick with electric. Just choose a new, energy-efficient electric model to save on your electric bill over time.

If you need a lot of hot water.

Family of 6? Need a constant supply of hot water for lots of showers, washing up and clothes washing? Well firstly, read on how you can save money off your water bill here. then consider the size of your current tank: does it meet your needs or do you need a bigger unit? Then consider a continuous flow option, saving the need for a tank at all and ensuring you will always have hot water.

As you can see, the debate on whether gas or electric hot water heaters are better for you has many angles to consider. Always take time to review options on choice or the government sites which break down energy-efficient appliances.

Plus, you can talk to our expert team at Proximity Plumbing for advice on what will suit your current home. Feel free to call us today on 0420 102 394 for a free quote. We are pros at installing and repairing hot water systems and will gladly answer your questions. Plus, we guarantee to be on-site within the eastern suburbs in 30 minutes!

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Blocked Drain Gas Plumbing

Any blocked drains, showers, or toilets you need to clear ASAP? Your trusty plunger will be your best friend! Choosing the right plunger for the job and knowing how to use it effectively will help you in any blocked drain situations. Plus, it’s the fastest and cheapest way to unblock a drain, sink, or toilet.

GET  TO  KNOW  YOUR  PLUNGERS  AND  SEE  WHAT  YOU’RE  WORKING  WITH  

THERE  ARE  TWO  COMMON  TYPES  OF  P LUNGERS

The Cup Plunger

Best for flat surfaces, this plunger is a simple, straight wooden handle and rubber cup.

The Flange Plunger

Best for curved drains, like a toilet, drain. This plunger has a rubber cup plus a soft, rubber flap that folds out from inside the cup. Now that you have an idea of what plunger is best for what situation you’re dealing with; you need to know how to use it!

HOW TO  USE  A  PLUNGER

Step 1: Submerge the plunger cup with water. Make sure enough water is present in the basin to cover the cup of the plunger. This will create a vacuum seal that will help the plunger unblock the drain.

Step 2: Seal off overflow holes and drains. Sinks and bath normally have an overflow hole. Try to cover them with an old rag to avoid air entering the pipes Step 3: Get rid of any air from the plunger. Tip the plunger to one side and plunge a couple of times to get rid of any air. To improve the suction, creating a tighter seal by lining the rim of the cup with a small amount of petroleum jelly.

Step 4: Use those muscles and start plunging. Position the cup of the plunger vertically over the drain hole or toilet and begin to plunge in a vertical motion. Even pressure onto the handle is necessary. Push down on the handle gently at first forcing the air out. Continue plunging with quick and deliberate thrusts, directing the pressure down the drain without lifting the plunger enough to break the seal.

Step 5: Pull and clear. Pull the plunger slowly away from where you are plunging and clear any debris.

Step 6:  Clean. When you’re finished using the plunger to unclog the block, make sure you clean it. Use gloves to clean the plunger in a strong cleaning solution and leave it to dry. Rinse the toilet, sink, drain or shower flushing or running water through.

If you’re experiencing chronically blocked drains, showers, or, toilets there may be a bigger problem, and having an expert, licensed plumber take a look could end up saving you money down the track. So, call us on 0420 102 394 for a free quote. Plus, we guarantee to be on-site within the eastern suburbs in 30 minutes!

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Emergency Plumbing

It’s a story we see week in and week out – a plumbing emergency when you least expect it. We’ve seen a blocked toilet when you’re hosting Christmas Lunch and a burst flexible hose in the middle of the night! 

When this happens, it’s tempting (and only natural) to pick up the phone, look on Google for a 24-hour Plumber Near You and call the first Sydney Emergency Plumber who answers. 

Whilst you may get lucky and score a genuine plumber who fixes your issue and has your plumbing up and running in no time – you could also end up calling a plumber who will cause more harm than good or leave you with additional hassles and stress.

If you do have a true plumbing emergency on your hands (one that poses a risk to you and your home) you need a 24 hour Sydney plumber who is available to get to you fast!

A licensed plumber will be able to gauge the severity of your emergency and diagnose the issue over the phone, giving you tips until they arrive. They’ll also be able to tell you if the issue can wait until normal business hours so you can avoid the emergency callout fee. 

BY THE END OF THIS ARTICLE, YOU WILL LEARN

  1. What Qualifies As A ‘Plumbing Emergency’.
  2. How To Choose The Best Emergency Plumber, Closest To You.
  3. What You’re Looking To Pay For A Plumbing Emergency.
  4. The Difference Between A “Routine Plumber” And An “Emergency Plumber”.
  5. 5 Key Questions To Ask Any Plumber In An Emergency That Could Save You Time And Money.
  6. The Benefit Of Doing Your Research First When Choosing An Emergency Plumber. 

So, let’s get into it. 

WHAT IS A PLUMBING EMERGENCY?

A true plumbing emergency can look like this: 

  • Water needs to be restored to the property.
  • Measures need to take place to prevent water damage to the property. 
  • A blocked drain needs to be cleared.
  • A waste connection needs to be restored to protect public health.

It is an owner’s responsibility to call an emergency plumber if they feel they are affected by any of the above points. 

So, knowing when to call an emergency plumber and when to call a routine plumber is very important. 

A PLUMBING EMERGENCY CAN INCLUDE THESE ISSUES

  • A Burst Water Service Or Burst Pipe
    Having a burst pipe can cause some serious damage to your walls, flooring, furniture and if left alone your property’s structure. There are a few things that can cause a burst rupture, these are: low-quality, faulty plumbing fixtures, age, or an accidental impact.
    If you have discovered a burst pipe we suggest to immediately isolate the water off at the mains as soon as possible and call your local Sydney emergency plumber – Proximity Plumbing.
  • Broken Or Blocked Toilet Systems
    Many things can cause a blocked toilet: excessive toilet paper, disposing of sanitary items down the toilet, excessive use of ‘flushable’ wipes, even foreign items like children’s toys or syringes in the system. Sometimes, it’s a bigger issue like cracked pipework or tree roots within the line. We suggest getting in touch with an emergency plumber if you are unable to clear the blockage yourself.

  • A Gas Leak
    Leaking gas can cause harm to your health and wellbeing if left unattended. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off your gas at the mains as soon as you can. Then open all the doors and windows to allow fresh air to circulate and call your emergency plumber – Proximity Plumbing for a gas fitter. Gas is extremely flammable and can cause asphyxiation in confined spaces. We urge you to not use any electrical equipment, lights, matches, lighters, or any type of naked flame when there is a possible gas leak.

  • A Serious Roof Leak
    Having an unknown location of a water leak is always daunting. Especially if it’s coming from the ceiling. Roof leaks can cause structural and foundational damage to your property if left alone. Please call your emergency plumber now if you are experiencing a roof leak.

  • Serious Storm, Fire, Or Impact Damage
    The damage caused by a storm or natural disaster is usually instantly recognisable. If your house has experienced damage, please call an emergency plumber asap.

  • Burst Water Pipes
    Sometimes pipes burst. Usually Flexi pipes. Hot water tanks can also leak rusty water from age, pipes can burst to cause a surprise leak within a wall cavity or tap washers fail and you’re unable to turn the tap.  A small leak can become serious quickly so we suggest (if you have access to them and you know where they are) isolate the mains tap as soon as you can and contact your emergency plumber to avoid excessive water bills and any unnecessary damage to your home.

  • Flooding
    This is a pretty obvious one – if you’re standing knee-deep in the water while your kitchen floods, you need a plumber now!
  • Broken Hot Water Heater
    Having hot water is a necessity for any family household. The lack of hot water could be due to many things. Firstly, check the power supply to your hot water system; is there electricity or gas available in the rest of the house? It’s a good idea to check these before you call your Sydney emergency plumber.

  • An Overflowing Sewer Line
    Smelly sewer drains, mushy or soft spots in your garden? You could have an overflow or broken sewer line. This is a must to fix asap and get your emergency plumber onto it.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ROUTINE PLUMBERS AND SYDNEY EMERGENCY PLUMBERS?

Routine plumbers are available during normal business hours (Monday to Friday from 7 am to 5 pm). Emergency plumbers, on the other hand, are on call 24 hours a day and will come to your property at any time, including public holidays and weekends. Both kinds of plumbers are qualified and equipped to perform all kinds of plumbing work on your property. 

WHEN DECIDING WHAT KIND OF PLUMBER TO CALL, THERE ARE A FEW QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK YOURSELF

  1. Can I Tend To The Issue, Isolate, Or Stop It Myself? 
  2. Is The Plumbing Issue Affecting The Health And Wellbeing Of My Family?
  3. Is There Raw Sewage Overflowing That Could Pose Harm To The Wellbeing Of My Family And Others In The Community? 
  4. Is There A Risk Of Flooding Or Water Damage To The Property?
  5. Can I Smell Gas?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should call an emergency plumber as soon as possible! Ignoring a plumbing emergency is not only bad for your plumbing system, but it can also risk the health of your family. 


In particular, overflowing sewage or gas leaks can be dangerous for your health. Any plumbing issue can also cause lasting damage to your property which can be prevented if you call an emergency plumber.

HOW MUCH DOES AN EMERGENCY PLUMBER COST?

If your emergency plumbing issue happens during normal working hours, you can wait for the plumber to fit you into his schedule that day or the following morning (based on the severity of the issue). For those situations that just can’t wait, and you need a plumber RIGHT NOW, you’re likely going to have to pay for an “after-hours call-out fee” plus materials and the time spent on the job.

At Proximity Plumbing, we are proud to let anyone know that we charge anywhere between $250 to 350+ GST for after-hours emergency call-outs. The price changes depending on the time and day. A word of caution for any plumber who doesn’t charge an emergency call out fee: this should be a red flag for you because chances are they are being deceptive and will hit you with that fee somewhere else! 

WHAT TO DO IN A TRUE PLUMBING EMERGENCY TO MAKE SURE YOU FIND THE BEST PLUMBER FOR YOUR JOB

Firstly, we’re big believers in preventative plumbing, so making sure you stay on top of your schedule of general plumbing maintenance will lower your risk for emergency plumbing situations considerably!

When faced with a true plumbing emergency there are some tips to follow to ensure you find the best, licensed and local emergency plumber for your job (and not get ripped off by a sub-par operator).


Take Note Of Who Answers Your Call.


If you call an emergency plumber and receive an answering machine, we suggest you hang up. A reliable professional emergency plumbing service should greet you with a real person, immediately (no matter what day or time it is). Having a real person answer your call shows the company truly cares about customer service and are dedicated to helping you, with compassion and genuine advice. They *should* try to gain an understanding of the issue and situation you’re in. For example, asking questions about the plumbing emergency (has it happened before, anything they need to know about the household plumbing, the flow of water, how long it’s been happening, etc) shows they genuinely care and have your best interests at heart. 

Check Up On Their Credentials And Protection.

You would like to think every Sydney emergency plumber who advertises their services online is licensed, reputable, and trustworthy. Unfortunately, not so. There are some devious individuals who take advantage of customers who need an emergency plumber asap and will make a fast choice in choosing a plumber just to deal with the issue ASAP. 

We suggest you ask the plumbing service if they are licensed and insured before you let them come into your home. Without a license, there’s no guarantee that the company has the adequate skills to handle your plumbing emergency. With no insurance, you could find yourself having:

  1. No Warranty 
  2. Potential Risk To Other Problems And 
  3. Paying For Something Twice – After A Licensed Plumber Has To Return And Fix What The Cheaper Unlicensed Plumber Couldn’t. Protect yourself and your investment by making sure you hire the right, licensed plumber for the job. Follow This link to check your preferred contractor https://www.onegov.nsw.gov.au/publicregister/#/publicregister/search/Trades

Service NSW offers this link which will tell you about current, expired, and cancelled licences under the name, licence number or ABN/ACN being searched. It is important to check the tradesperson engaged has a current licence to ensure they have the appropriate qualifications for the work you want to be done. 

Furthermore, the link will provide information on whether Fair Trading has issued public warnings about the licensee, has finalised any disciplinary action against the licensee and whether the licence has been suspended or cancelled. So, it’s always a good idea to quickly spending five minutes before approving a quote from a local plumber near you.

When you phone a plumber to book them in, ask about the license and the license of any of the team who may be assisting or coming into your property. You want to make sure everyone working on your home is licensed and qualified! 

ASK THEM HOW QUICKLY THEY CAN ARRIVE TO FIX YOUR EMERGENCY


They should arrive as soon as possible or be very clear on exactly how long you will have to wait. Plumbing is unpredictable when emergency arises and most plumbers know their day will never go exactly to plan, so many plumbing companies will have one of their team on standby for emergencies.

The amount of time you’re waiting will largely depend on your ability to choose a truly local plumber. A plumber who is near you and will be able to get to you asap. 

When looking for a Sydney emergency plumber on Google we suggest skipping the ads altogether and going directly to the results matched to your search based geographically. For more information, read our article here about How to Hack The Search Engines. 


ASK THE PLUMBING COMPANY IF FOLLOW-UP SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?


Some 24/7 emergency plumbers only advertise to do the immediate fix. When looking a for a Sydney emergency plumber look for a plumbing company that is well known, has a good online presence, good ratings and will likely call you up within the future to touch base about your plumbing needs. Like most things in life, plumbing requires general maintenance – you don’t go to the dentist once, you go every few months to have a general check up!


Ask Them To Explain The Process When They Arrive At Your Home

If the job is for a specific emergency issue (for example, a burst flexi pipe) there may be a plumber on the crew who is best suited to that issue. Have the representative you’re speaking with explain why that person is best suited to your emergency and have them tell you a little bit about that person (i.e.. are they also licensed, are they also able to attend ASAP, will they honour the payment rates you’ve already discussed).

Here’s where you can start to see the differences between amateurs and professionals so it’s a key question to ask! If you were to ask us about our process at Proximity Plumbing, we’d say something like this: 

  1. We will assess your plumbing emergency over the phone, as you talk with a real person! We will give you tips on how to turn off the water/clean-up/contain the damage until we arrive. 
  2. Thanks to our service scheduling software, our plumbers know exactly where they’re going and will arrive at your home on time (in one of our snazzy Proximity Plumbing vans). They will be in uniform and introduce themselves to you; telling you who they are and where they’re from courteously. 
  3. Our plumbers will always remove work boots or cover them to protect your home’s floors. Our plumbers will assess the plumbing issue, provide you with information, and a breakdown of the cost involved before they get started. You’ll have the chance to ask any questions.
  4. The work will be completed with minimal impact to your home and with as much care as possible. The workspace will be clean and neat when we leave, and you’ll even have a lovely home candle to say Thank You for choosing us and to help make the home smell lovely once we leave. 
  5. We will offer you a complimentary plumbing maintenance check to the rest of your property and provide you with information for any other services we feel will suit your needs. 

Now that’s a simple break down of our process and when you hire a professional plumber they should have a process very similar to ours. If they can’t articulate that over the phone maybe it’s best to keep searching until you find one who can (or call us).

Look For Real Recommendations

You may have a go-to list of tradies that have been recommended by a friend or family member. These lists are golden! By having a recommendation it’s reassurance that the Sydney emergency plumber will do a good job, charge fairly, respect your home, and carry out the plumbing job correctly. If you don’t have an emergency plumber on your list, you can quickly look at the Google reviews of the plumber you’re thinking of hiring for your emergency job. Looking at what others in your community have posted about the company or person could save you a headache or three. 

How to Save on Emergency After Hours Plumbing

When you’re in the midst of a plumbing emergency, you often don’t stop and take five minutes to think clearly about the best ways to find a quality emergency plumber. 

Prepare in advance by doing your research – have your emergency plumber’s details handy so in a tight moment, you can grab them quickly! A simple precaution like this can save you dollars later when a plumbing emergency arises. 

Another way to avoid emergency plumbing costs is to get those plumbing problems taken care of before an emergency arises with preventive maintenance, e.g.: if your drains are partially blocked and the old boiling water or plunger don’t work, get in touch with your local plumber – Proximity Plumbing – we’re here to help. 

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Blocked Drain

SYDNEY BLOCKED DRAIN PREVENTION

If you’ve got a blocked drain, you know how painfully frustrating it is. Here are some tips to prevent drain blockages from occurring at your property: We’re talking about one of our favourite topics – preventative plumbing! One of the most regular plumbing jobs our eastern suburbs team gets called out to do is unclog a blocked drain.

And most of these jobs are avoidable with regular checks and proper drain maintenance –  AKA preventative plumbing.

Regularly Clean Plug-Holes In Bathrooms And Kitchen

These two rooms in your home are prone to the most amount of debris clogging your drains. In the bathroom, the main culprit is hair. You may think that a little bit every now and again won’t hurt but let me tell you…. it all adds up! In the kitchen, how often would food scraps, oil and dirt find its way down your drain? It would be worth investing in a strainer plug to stop this from entering your drain.

Don’t Flush Foreign Objects Down The Toilet

Foreign objects consist of sanitary products, wipes, nappies, and paper towel. Even if these products claim to be flushable, we highly recommend avoiding flushing them. They are unable to break down in drains and cause blocked drains very frequently to occur. Placing a small bin beside your toilet could be a worthwhile solution.

Avoid Putting Food Scraps Down The Drain

Do you know what food is the biggest culprit for clogging drains? RICE! Before cleaning your dishes, scrape all food scraps into the bin and then wash. I know it’s far easier to rinse them, but you’re clearly reading this article for a reason…

Don’t Put Coffee Grounds Down The Sink

I must admit, I am guilty of this sometimes. A combination of coffee grounds, oil and grease is a recipe for disaster. There are many better ways to dispose of  your coffee grounds, including putting them in the bin, a worm compost or even your garden. Coffee grounds act as a fertiliser for your garden so why waste putting them down your drain?

Don’t Dispose Of Grease And Oil Down The Drain

This is a big no-no. It may seem innocent when you do it whilst washing your dishes, but in cold temperatures, these oils will harden and turn into lumps which can contribute to blocked drains.

Tips To Disposing Of Grease And Oil: 

  1. Put oils straight in the bin
  2. Dispose of oils in an old jar and then throw the filled jar in the bin
  3. Put oil in the fridge or freezer until it solidifies, and then dispose of it in the bin (this may be the most effective/tidy way)

Following these simple steps and forging some new habits, you will be on the way to preventing your drains from unwanted blockages.

KEEP READING TO LEARN SOME KEY TIPS TO PREVENT BLOCKED DRAINS

  1. Keep Grease And Oil Out Of Your Drains

Instead of clogging your drains up with that excess oil from you can of tuna, it’s recommended to dispose of it in a container to throw out with the weekly rubbish.

Although both grease and oil seem harmless, both harden once they enter your pipes and will build up overtime. Other forms of debris can also build up with greater ease, more likely to cause you a blockage

2. Use A Sink Strainer

If used correctly, these are a fantastic asset. They will stop any forms of debris from entering your drain, such as scraps of food, hair, and dirt. This enables for you to dispose of this debris in your rubbish, as opposed to down your drain

3. Only Flush Toilet Paper Down The Toilet

No exceptions! Things such as paper towel, wipes and sanitary items will be too heavy for the toilet and plumbing system to handle. A suggestion to avoid this from happening is to add a small rubbish bin beside the toilet for these materials

4. Every Week, Pour Some Boiling Water Down Your Drain

This will help to break down debris that has built up in your drain, helping to prevent blocked drains from occurring. If you have a blocked drain that boiling water can’t seem to solve, you will most likely be in need of a plumber. If that is the case, feel free to contact the friendly team at Proximity Plumbing.

HERE ARE THE BEST WAYS TO AVOID A BLOCKED DRAIN (AND A COSTLY REPAIR)

  1. First things first. Don’t flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet. And we mean anything.

  2. Regularly clean your drains. Cleaning your drains takes all of 5 minutes and you can effectively and safely clean your drains with 3 simple household staples: hot water, bi-carb soda, and vinegar. To read more about how to clean your drains using this method.

  3. Be mindful of what you’re putting down the drains. Any food scraps, ground coffee, tea leaves, fats and oils from cooking, and other debris should be put in the bin, not down the drain. Oil and grease may seem harmless when you’re doing the washing up but over time they will solidify and build up in your pipes, creating blockages (and nasty smells).
  • Use a drain strainer to collect any small bits of food and rubbish. This will save your pipes from becoming unnecessarily blocked with good that should be in the bin, not down the drain.
  • Resist the urge to push any hair down the bathroom sink. Use a bin in the bathroom for any hair debris. This is the main culprit for bathroom drain blockages and is so easily avoidable!
  • Teach your kids about what does (and does not) go down the drain!

CALL OUR TEAM TODAY ON 0420 102 394 FOR A FREE QUOTE. PLUS, WE GUARANTEE TO BE ON-SITE WITHIN THE EASTERN SUBURBS IN 30 MINUTES.

If left unchecked, blocked drains can create some serious plumbing problems! If you find yourself in a plumbing jam with a blocked drain, our Proximity Plumbing team is ready to help. We do not charge overtime for last-minute or unexpected emergencies. 

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General Plumbing Roofing

FOUR REASONS TO BOOK A PLUMBING MAINTENANCE APPOINTMENT NOW!

We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve thought “If I’d just checked that earlier, I wouldn’t have this issue!”. I bet the local Dentist hears it a lot and as your local Eastern Suburbs plumber, we hear it a lot too. 

By routinely checking your plumbing system is working to the best possible standard, not only are you being incredibly proactive in preventing any major plumbing emergencies, but you are also saving big bucks and protecting your asset. 

During a plumbing maintenance appointment, our Proximity Plumbing team will check things like all faucets and fixtures, water pressure, any leaks, gutters, and irrigation, blocked drains, tap pressure, and hot water systems. 

You will have peace of mind that any issues will be discovered, assessed, and fixed before you’re standing in the middle of a flooded kitchen at 5:00 pm on a Friday!

Here are a few reasons why routine plumbing maintenance should be on your radar! 

  1. Skip The Emergency 

Investing in regular plumbing maintenance means you are decreasing the need for emergency plumbing (which can be costly and stressful). With regular check-ups of your entire plumbing system issues like blocked drains, blocked gutters, poor water pressure, roof leaks, and leaky taps will be assessed and dealt with by a professional plumber and you are less likely to see an emergency situation arise! 

  1. Save Some Dollars

A well-maintained plumbing system will create less water wastage. Do you know how much water a leaky tap wastes? It’s a lot! And all that water down the drain means dollars (down the drain) for you. 

By investing in regular plumbing maintenance, you are doing the best thing you can to save money AND prevent larger, unnecessary costs, and disaster situations down the track. 

  1. Prevent Health Issues 

Regular plumbing maintenance checks can detect nasties like mold and mildew creeping in your pipes and drains. Left untreated these can cause a lot of health issues for you and your family.  

  1. Protect Your Asset

Time to sell and move home? With regular plumbing maintenance, you are ensuring the plumbing system is in excellent working condition when you choose to sell. So, you’ll have no expensive issues to fix pre-sale and your ongoing dedication to your home will be reflected in your sale price. Horray! 

5. Increase The Lifespan Of Your Plumbing

When plumbing issues are left unattended or systems are not maintained, their efficiency and quality decrease, shortening their lifespan and causing long term issues. For example, if gutters are not regularly cleaned and maintained, long term damage can be done to the structure, decreasing its efficiency and as each day goes by, increasing the repair costs.

Repair costs can be the biggest killer and it’s extremely frustrating when you realized the issue didn’t have to occur and instead, you could be putting that money towards a holiday in Europe.

6. Reduce Costs

At the time, routine maintenance can feel like an unnecessary cost that adds up over time. However, these costs are minuscule compared to the costs to repair a large problem such as roof leaks or a blocked drain bursting.

That’s why routine maintenance is so valuable as it ensures those big, expensive, disaster situations don’t occur. Faulty and inefficient plumbing is also wasting unnecessary money overtime, so we believe you are better off putting your money into maintenance instead of down the drain.

Put simply, being proactive is cheaper than being reactive.

7. Prevent Emergencies 

Routine maintenance is vital in reducing the likelihood of plumbing emergencies occurring at your property. Plumbing emergencies usually occur when there is a fault in your plumbing system. In some cases, these faults can be prevented through routine maintenance.

Routine plumbing maintenance is something we take seriously at Proximity Plumbing. Why? Because it can save you so much heartache, stress, and money in the long run. Plus, we really like to know all our client’s pipes are in perfect working condition! To book a plumbing maintenance appointment with us, call us today at 0420 102 394 for a free quote. Plus, we guarantee to be on-site within the eastern suburbs in 30 minutes. 

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Tap Repairs

5 EASY STEPS TO REPLACING A BROKEN TAP WASHER YOURSELF

Did you know that a leaking tap can waste up to 150 Litres of water per day? That’s a lot of water straight down the drain! Now, more than ever it’s so important to save our water (and some dollars off your next water bill). A leaking tap is most often caused by the tap washer coming to the end of its life. You’ll be pleased to know that replacing a tap washer is one of the easiest DIY plumbing jobs and we’re here to help explain the process in 5 easy steps

How Do You Know When To Replace Your Tap Washer?

If you’re struggling to get the tap tight enough to stop a leak of water (even a little leak) it’s time to replace the washer.

What Is The Tap Washer? 

It’s the small disc found inside the tap that seals the tap when you turn it off.

What will I need to replace the tap washer? 

  1. Screwdriver
  2. Pliers
  3. Spanner
  4. Towel
  5. New washer
  6. 10 minutes

Got it? OK time to pull up your sleeves – save some water and replace your tap washer.

HERE ARE 5 STEPS TO REPLACING A TAP WASHER YOURSELF

Step One: Turn Off The Water Supply

Find your main, turn off the water supply, and make sure the pipes are empty (you can do this by turning on the tap and flushing any water that’s sitting in the pipes out). If the washer you’re replacing is a hot water tap washer, turn off any water heater or boiler.

Step Two: Take Apart The Tap

To access the outdated tap washer, you need to get the pipe off. If the tap is round or inset, pop it off gently with a screwdriver. If you found a button on top of the handle – that might be to identify the hot and cold water.

Take the tap handle off by simply sliding or screwing it off to reveal the inner tap that lies beneath. Using a plier remove the metallic skirt or shroud on the tap. Next, use a spanner or shifter to unscrew the actual body of the tap to reveal the plastic or brass jumper valve.

Step Three: Replace The Tap Washer

Get your pliers out and remove the current tap washer. Replace with your new washer. Yes – it’s really that simple!

Step Four: Put The Tap Back Together

Use your spanner and tighten the tap bonnet on. Put the rest of the tap back together following the same steps when you took it apart.

Step Five: Turn The Water Back On 

Once the new tap washer is all in place and the tap is replaced you can turn your water back on. Make sure to turn the tap on and off, checking the water is not leaking from the new washer.

Voila, you’ve done it, you’ve replaced your tap washer and earned yourself a nice pat on the back. 

If DIY plumbing is not your cup of tea then our team at Proximity Plumbing specialise in bathroom, kitchen, and laundry maintenance. We successfully fix and replace leaking taps every day around the eastern suburbs.

So if you’d like a super-fast fix to any leaky tap, call us today on 0420 102 394 for a free quote. Plus we guarantee to be on-site within the eastern suburbs in 30 minutes.

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General Plumbing Strata

SEVEN WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR WATER BILL THIS YEAR!

If you’re a homeowner in Australia you pay a water bill twice yearly – it’s another *awesome* cost of owning your home! The good news is there are ways you can save money on your next water bill, at the same time increasing the efficiency of your home’s plumbing system and your family’s water consumption. Horray!

Keep in mind, the best way to save money on your water bill is by being conscious of your family’s water wastage. Making small changes every day adds up at the end of the year. You’ll also save money on your water bill by regularly maintaining your plumbing system, so you know that no issues are lying undetected, wasting water without your knowledge. The best way to rest assured is through preventative plumbing. You can learn more about that her

https://proximityplumbing.com.au/our-services/preventative-plumbing

HERE ARE SEVEN WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR WATER BILL THIS YEAR:

  1. Set the timer on your shower 

It can be so hard to get out of a nice, warm shower on a Winter’s night AND so refreshing to stay under a cool shower in Summer! However, by setting the timer on your showers to 4 minutes only (hard, we know!) you can save thousands of liters of water and dollars too.


2. Stack your dishes 

Did you know: by hand washing dishes you use almost doubles the amount of water a dishwasher uses? Those pesky machines have trumped us again with their smarts. This is one chore you can gladly hand over to them. 

3. Buy water-efficient products 

Buying water-efficient products around your home (and they have them for almost any water-related task) can save money on your bills because you’re using less water, heat, and energy. Look for the water rating label or advice on all products regulated under the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme. The label is designed to help you make informed choices. You can read more information here

https://www.waterrating.gov.au/)

4. Fix any known leaks 

Do you have a leaky tap, shower head, or running toilet? That’s just water and money straight down the drain! Fixing any known leaks will save you big time on your next bill and chances are all you need is a simple fix (like replacing the tap washer). 


5. Insulate your pipes 

You can insulate your pipes to make sure they don’t get so cold during the night or through Winter meaning they won’t take as long for the water to heat up. Insulation can see water wastage decrease and energy (from heating water) decrease. You can read more about insulation hot water pipes from your hot water heater here. (LINK TO hot water heater article)

6. Repurpose the water you use

Time to think consciously about the water you throw way. Do you use a lot of water in cooking? Do you look at all that wasted water from baths? You can save water and repurpose it! this and use it in your garden! Water re-purposing tips include:

  • Use cooking water (pasta/vegies) in the garden. 
  • Install a small rainwater tank to catch any excess rainwater from your gutters (you can use this for pretty much any water need in your home).
  • Install a greywater collection system so water is not wasted and can be redirected into your garden. 
  • Use bath water in the garden too!

7. Turn the washing machine to “cold” 

By washing your clothes in cold water (and making sure the load is full before turning it on) you will save energy and hot water. Clothes will be just as clean and cold water helps to preserve their color so you’re not doing any harm with a cold water wash.

You can see by making a few small adjustments around the home, there are many ways you can save on your next water and energy bills! Not only will you save yourself some dollars you’ll also do your best to conserve water. 

At Proximity Plumbing, we’re all about saving water so for an expert set of eyes to assess your current system or to book in for a plumbing maintenance appointment and have our team of expert eastern suburbs plumbers get their hands on your pipes – call us today on 0420 102 394 for a free quote. Plus, we guarantee to be on-site within the eastern suburbs in 30 minutes. 

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EMERGENCY Gas Plumbing Roofing Strata Tap Repairs Toilet Repairs


We’re Not Going To Sugar Coat It – A Leak In Your Roof Is Not The Best.

Water will find a way in through any compromised spots in your roof and can wreak havoc on your ceilings and walls, furnishings, appliances and (if it’s been left a while) can compromise your home’s structural integrity.

Even a small, consistent water leak, over time, will create significant damage. 
Plus the longer the leak is left, the more you increase the risk of mold, wood rot and termites.

So if you have a known leak in your roof, the time to deal with it is NOW. 

How Does A Leak In My Roof Start?

  • Rust on your tin roof. 
  • Mortar crumbling in between roof tiles. 
  • The ‘flashing’ on your roof is faulty or broken.
  • Poor conditions, broken or full gutters. 
  • Poor installation of chimneys or sky lights, creating cracks. 
  • Collected condensation within your attic space.
  • A heavy storm breaking down a section of your roof. 


How Do I Fix A Leak In My Roof? 


You call a professional, local plumber and we inspect your home, investigate the cause of the leak, the extent of the damage and provide solutions to fix it for you.

Whether you need gutters replaced; retiling, sheeting replaced or something else, we can stop the leak, repair the damage and investigate your home for signs of water damage the leak may have caused and provide solutions. 

Is A Leak In My Roof A Sign Of A Massive Problem? 


Yes, and no. Most of the time, a leak in your roof can be spot repaired and once the source of the leak is discovered it can be fixed easily, without a whole-roof repair. However, the longer a leak is left, the more time it has to wreck havoc on your home’s interior and structure.

Also, some leaks have been dripping for a long time before they start to cause noticeable damage, so the sooner you are able to call a local plumber to investigate, the better.

Is Fixing A Leak In My Roof Expensive? 

The expensive of fixing your roof leak is dependent on how big and damaging the leak has become. If you have a leak in your roof now, please call our friendly team and provide a few details over the phone. We provide a $0 and can have a crew onsite within 30 minutes (within the eastern suburbs).

Once we investigate the cause of the leak and the possible solutions, our quoting onsite is explained to you in easy-to-understand terms and we have a flat rate system so you don’t need to be watching the clock.

How Long Does It Take To Fix A Leak In My Roof? 


The length of time to repair a leak is completely dependant on the amount of damage the leak has caused, and the root cause of the problem. At Proximity Plumbing, our eastern suburbs crew are available for you 24 hours, 7 days a week to repair the leak in your roof. We give an on-site in 30 minutes guarantee for the eastern suburbs so if you have a leak in your roof now, don’t delay – call us on 0420 102 394 now. 

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Roofing

WHY REGULAR GUTTER CLEANING WILL SAVE YOU BIG BUCKS!

Imagine getting a surprise bill for thousands of dollars after a storm rips through and your gutters have broken easily (because they’re full of debris) causing water to flow freely into your home? Eeek no thank you!

Like most things in life, a little TLC for your gutters NOW saves big bucks in the long run. Regular gutter cleaning could save you thousands of dollars in unwanted repairs PLUS keep your home safe from water damage and help to maintain the lifetime of your gutter system. 

What Are Gutters? 

Gutters run around the edge of your roof; they are in place around the entire structure of your home. They are vital roofing components as they direct water away from your house to effectively preserve your home from water damage. 

Why Are Gutters Important? 

The primary function of your home’s gutters is to provide a channel for rainwater to move off your rooftop and away from the foundation of your home. This channelling ensures that the water doesn’t seep beneath your home’s foundation, weakening it and causing serious issues in the future. If your home is exposed to prolonged periods of moisture it can weaken and deteriorate parts of your home’s structure.

We don’t want that!

If you’re living off rainwater (fully or partially) you will know the value of a clean gutter because every drop of water needs to find its way into that tank, undisturbed by debris or dirt. That’s why it’s important that your gutter system is clean, clear, and working properly at all times.

How Long Should Gutters Last?

Properly maintained, your gutter system should last 20-50 years. 

What Clogs A Gutter? 

Commonly, leaves, twigs, dirt, and debris can clog your gutters. It’s not uncommon to find birds’ nests in unmaintained gutters! The longer the debris is left unattended in gutters or downpipes, the less efficient your stormwater system will be. If your stormwater system is not fully functioning, you run the risk of damage being caused at your property, such as leaks and damage throughout ceilings and walls. 

When Will You Be Thankful For Your Clean Gutters? 

  • When a storm hits, and your gutters protect your home from severe downpours causing unnecessary damage.
  • When there is a threat of a bushfire! Clogged gutters, full of twigs, leaves, and debris are hazards for bushfires. Knowing your gutters are clear from any fire starting material will be a weight off your shoulders.
  • If it’s time to sell your home and the building inspection shows a clean gutter and stormwater system. Horray.
  • When there has been a period of a lot of rain and your gutters have directed that water efficiently away from your home (and your lovely roses and herb garden) and into the right places.
  • When you have a rainwater tank, and every drop of water is precious! 

HOW DO YOU CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS?

Gutter cleaning should be an important part of your property’s maintenance. With the regular clearing of debris (by hand) and pressure washing, you can ensure that these clogs and build-ups are cleared quickly and avoid a lot of problems (and save a lot of money down the track). 

Why Is Gutter Cleaning So Important?

How often is regular? What are the repercussions if gutters aren’t maintained? How much damage can blocked gutters cause? Gutters and downpipes are part of your stormwater system and their function is to ensure water effectively escapes your roof and prevents any damage from being done to your property.

The most common things that end up in your gutters are leaves, dirt and debris; hence why we always emphasise the importance of gutter cleans around Autumn time.

The longer that leaves and debris are left unattended in gutters or downpipes, the less efficient your stormwater system will be. If your stormwater system is not fully functioning, you run the risk of damage being caused at your property, such as leaks and damage throughout ceilings and walls.

More and more often, we are being hit with tropical like rain and storms, producing an abundance of water for our gutters and downpipes to deal with. These storms often catch us by surprise, which is why it’s important to ensure gutters are clean, clear, and functioning at all times. Damage is often done when gutters have been neglected and a heavy storm comes through causing water to come down a wall or through the ceiling. This type of damage we call resultant damage and can often be very expensive to rectify.

We cannot recommend highly enough the importance of regular gutter and downpipe cleaning, so water is able to escape the roof effectively and prevent any damage being done to the property.

A LITTLE MONEY SPENT NOW CAN SAVE YOU A LOT IN THE FUTURE

We can set up recurring jobs for your property to ensure your gutters are always clean, clear and functioning. To do this, we would enlist the help of our estimators who would perform an inspection and analysis of the property, developing a unique maintenance plan for your gutters and downpipes.

This saves you from having to remember when your gutters are due to be cleaned and you won’t have to worry each time a storm is predicted to roll through.

At Proximity Plumbing, we take prevention plumbing and home maintenance seriously. Living in the eastern suburbs we know how valuable your home’s maintenance is to you so our team can set up a recurring job for your property to ensure your gutters are always clean, clear, and functioning.

This saves you from having to remember when your gutters are due to be cleaned and you won’t have to worry each time a storm is predicted to roll through. Call us today on 0420 102 394 for a free quote. Plus, we guarantee to be on-site within the eastern suburbs in 30 minutes.