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The Pros and Cons of Different Drain Cleaning Techniques

March 7, 2019 10:05 am Published by Comments Off on The Pros and Cons of Different Drain Cleaning Techniques

Most home owners have to deal with blocked or slow running drains every once in a while, and there’s no denying they’re annoying. While they’re not the most difficult issue to deal with, there are still right and wrong ways to go about clearing a blockage at your home in a successful way. We are going to go over a couple of professional drain cleaning techniques that are used for clearing of waste pipes and sewer drains and one common technique that should never be used. Electric Eel or Drain Snaking Over many years the method for plumbers who need... View Article


Case Study: How a Balwyn Resident with a Water Leak Saved Bucket Loads by Hiring a Licensed Plumber

February 11, 2019 7:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Leaking taps and showers are one of the most common plumbing issues around. While they may not seem like a big problem, a water leak left unchecked can cause hundreds of litres of water wastage each year. That’s a lot of extra cash wasted on (already expensive) water bills. The Importance of Fixing a Leaking Tap A few months back, Newman Plumbing was called out to a Balwyn residence to investigate a leaking tap. The Balwyn resident had noticed their water bills were inexplicably high in the last period and thought that the leaking tap might be the culprit. They... View Article


How To Take Care Of Bathroom Odours

January 15, 2019 10:04 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Bathroom odours can be found in even the cleanest of homes, and in many cases represent nothing to worry about. However, while most bathroom odours are perfectly normal, it should also be noted that strong, unexplained and stubborn smells may indicate a plumbing issue. If you believe your bathroom might fall into this category, make sure you call a professional, licensed plumber as soon as possible to investigate the issue. But what should you do in the meantime? There are several steps you can take to potentially save yourself from paying a plumber for their call out service fee. Newman... View Article

Shutting Down Your Hot Water Unit Ready for A Holiday

December 4, 2018 9:45 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Christmas holidays are fast approaching, and a common question we get here at Newman Plumbing around this time of year is “Should I turn off my hot water unit when I go on holidays?”.  This is a perfectly relevant question as switching your hot water unit off could be a great way to save electricity and gas while you’re away. To assist in your decision, it’s a good idea to ask yourself the following questions: How long do you plan to be away from your residence? If you plan to be away for more than 2 weeks, then you... View Article

What to Look for when Purchasing New Tap Ware

November 5, 2018 2:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Thinking about updating some taps or plumbing fixtures around your home? There have been a few changes recently in relation to purchasing and installing new tap ware, with one of the most important updates being the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) You can even compare some of the further changes with our previous Newman Plumbing blog post, Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards. The labelling to tap ware and plumbing products provide a mandatory efficiency star rating for specified water using products. The WELS Scheme applies to shower heads, tap equipment, flow controllers, toilets, urinals, clothes washing machines and dishwashers. So... View Article

Case Study: Hot Water System Maintenance & Servicing – Templestowe Resident

October 5, 2018 11:45 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It can be hard to remember all of the things in your house that need regular maintenance. However, some are more important than others, and if you care about your water bill, being more environmentally friendly, and safety in your home, then your hot water unit needs to be at the top of the list. The importance of servicing your hot water unit A few months ago Newman Plumbing received a call from a customer in Templestowe asking us to come out to a property because they had an abnormally large water bill for that period. Our plumber found that... View Article

How to Reduce Your Gas Bills

September 13, 2018 2:05 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Higher than expected gas bills? Nothing can be more stressful than continually receiving soaring gas bills in the mail. While you might not be able to anything about the cost of the gas itself, your gas plumber can help you find out the contributing factors and advise you on ways to minimise your energy consumption. Here are some possible reasons for higher than expected gas bills and ideas on how you might be able to minimise them. 1. Setting a Comfortable Temperature What is a reasonable temperature for your home? We are all different, but by wearing appropriately warm or... View Article

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Why You Should Fix A Leaking Tap

August 10, 2018 9:37 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The sound of a leaking tap is one of the most niggling, annoying problems you can have around the house. Not only can it be quite distracting, but it can also be the cause of some costly issues down the track. In our busy lives, finding and fixing a leaking tap isn’t always high on the priority list but it really should be. Here are some of the reasons why. 1 – Save On Your Water Bill It’s not surprising to hear that leaking taps can add extra dollars to already expensive and ever rising water bills. It’s estimated that... View Article

Lighting Your Hot Water System

July 12, 2018 11:42 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You have just moved into your new home and you want a hot bath to reward yourself for all your hard work. Or, it could be that you’ve upgraded your existing hot water system. Either way, one of the most important installations you could face is lighting a hot water system. Lighting a new system can be intensive – so here is your best practice guide, taken from instructions supplied by reputable hot water system supplier AquaMax. Before lighting Make sure you fill the tank with water and switch on the water supply. This prevents serious damage to the storage... View Article

Carbon Monoxide – A Silent Killer

June 6, 2018 2:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The cold Melbourne winter has arrived, and the heaters are being turned on! We are snuggling up with our families on lounge suites and enjoying the warmth our heaters exude. Everybody is safe and warm – but how safe are we really? Could your family be vulnerable to a silent killer? If your heater happens to run on gas, like many household heaters are, then your family could be vulnerable. When a gas appliance is working properly, with the correct oxygen mix, the burnt gas turns into water vapour (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2). Already present naturally in the atmosphere, neither... View Article