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Shutting Down Your Hot Water Unit Ready for A Holiday

December 4, 2018 9:45 am
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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Case Study: Doncaster Resident Experiences Flooding

May 14, 2018 2:23 pm
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HOW IT STARTED: Local Doncaster resident, Graham, was experiencing serious flooding issues with water into his ducted heating ductwork under his house. The house, which was built on a solid concrete slab, mysteriously saw water finding its way into the heating duct work whenever heavy rain occurred – a frequently occurrence as any Melbourne resident will tell you. The leaking water was highly visible in the ductwork and return air duct where the customer was quite concerned about further damage.   FIRST COURSE OF ACTION Like anybody in Graham’s situation, he acted quickly and chose to engage an Architect and... View Article

Noisy Plumbing and Water Supply to Your Home

April 14, 2018 2:56 pm
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Experiencing annoying water “hammer like” noises within your home’s plumbing? You’re not alone and rest assured, it can be easily fixed with the assistance of an experienced and licensed plumber. All too often, handy men and women around the house or even inexperienced plumbers can be the cause of faulty, poorly performing and noisy plumbing. In fact, the maximum static pressure at any plumbing outlet within your home should not exceed 500 kpa. The best method to check this is to connect a correctly calibrated pressure gauge to the meter outlet at the property boundary. The static pressure that is... View Article

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Beware of Your Bathroom!

March 21, 2018 6:48 pm
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Beware of Your Bathroom! The Room with the Biggest Risk for Hot Water Scalds and Burns Believe it or not, the bathroom is one of the most hazardous rooms in the house for babies, young children and the elderly. Why? Because this is where scalds and hot water burns can occur, as well as falls and drowning. To help reduce some of the risks associated with this, it is vital that new houses and where appropriate, renovations, should adhere to hot water temperatures of no more than 50 degrees at the basin, bath and shower. The only exceptions to this... View Article