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Clearing a Stormwater Drain with a Water Jet

February 9, 2011 3:37 am
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A Customer in the east Melbourne suburb of Kew contacted us this week due to flooding that had occurred outside their home. The flooding took place at the rear around the pool area. They have an inground pool with extensive tile paving and landscaping. The paved area drained to a central small grate within the large paved area. It became obvious to us after trying to clear the stormwater drain from this small grate that there was a large amount of dirt and silt build up. It would suggest that a lot of tile grout and silt had been washed down the drain during... View Article

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Customer Loyalty

February 1, 2011 1:45 am
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The Christmas rush has been and gone! The last minute jobs that had to be done before Christmas and the long holiday period were completed. Things were wound up ready for a long earned break for both our customers and all at Newman Plumbing. While having some quiet time with the family I was reflecting on some of the calls that we took before the Christmas break. Some of these callers were just going through the phone book directory and calling several plumbers to try and gain some “urgent” service. Some couldn’t remember what plumbing companies they had called! This got me thinking about loyalty within... View Article

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Plumbing under pressure

December 17, 2010 1:03 am
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A new customer that contacted us this week in Doncaster was under pressure! Or should I say their plumbing was under pressure. They had a history of leaking tapware throughout the home, noisy plumbing such as “hammering pipework” and a loud washing machine. The toilet cisterns were loud filling with water especially at night. The home had two bathrooms where if the toilet was flushed in the middle of the night the noise of the toilet cistern filling would wake the “parents” up. After listening to their plumbing concerns and previous history of plumbing problems it was obvious to us that... View Article

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Pipe Locator to the Rescue

December 8, 2010 5:48 am
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A new customer in Kew this week was saved by the pipe locator! The case of the missing inspection opening was solved this week thanks to modern technology. Our new customer had experienced several raw sewerage blockages over the years. The time between each blockage was becoming shorter and shorter. It was approximately nine months since they had experienced their last plumbing disaster where raw sewerage was running down the side of their home! The owner was quite distressed with the situation at hand and this time contacted Newman Plumbing to tend to their concerns. The drains had been previously cleared by... View Article

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Mains Pressure Hot Water Service

December 1, 2010 9:41 pm
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We were tending to a leaking kitchen sink mixer tap this week in North Balwyn and the customer asked what mains pressure gas hot water unit we preferred. They already had an older type vitreous enamel cylinder unit at the side of their home that wasn’t quite supplying enough hot water for the whole family in high demand. The old mains pressure gas hot water unit was certainly showing its age. It was a typical mains pressure hot water installation at the side of the home with adequate gas supply to support an installation of an Aquamax 390 The perfect fit for the family... View Article

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Faulty Tempering Mixing Valve

November 23, 2010 12:47 am
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A customer in Hawthorn this week had a problem with low temperature hot water to an upstairs bathroom and poor water supply in the shower recess. The home was only about eight years old with new plumbing throughout. After much diagnosis re checking shower roses and clearing of debris in shower filters and basin aerators, the poor water supply and low temperature was improved but still present. The home was supplied by a continuous mains pressure hot water unit with a Tempering Mixing Valve fitted to the side. After further testing this Tempering Mixing Valve was found to be faulty.... View Article

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Leaking Hot Water Service

November 18, 2010 6:16 am
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A customer in North Balwyn this week had a “valve” leaking on the side of their mains pressure hot water service. The valve on the side of the water heater is dripping water. Is the valve damaged or is there another problem? A Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve is fitted to each hot water heater. Its function is to provide both thermal and pressure relief when required. This will be in the form of discharging water from the valve. There are four types of flow which could be observed from the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve. – Normal Operation When... View Article

Recycled water leaving Tokyo may soon be carried to the Pilbara

Recycled water for the Pilbarra

November 11, 2010 5:57 am
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An article came across the desk which was intriguing! Recycled water leaving Tokyo may soon be carried to the Pilbara. The water could be used to wet down the iron ore dust in Pilbara ports. Due to scarcity of water in the Pilbara, the recycled Tokyo sewage would come in handy for dust suppression and processing and would save local potable water. In conjunction with Japan, West Australia will test the scheme which has the potential to deliver millions of water at reduced costs. About 25% of the world’s iron is exported through the Pilbara ports, with much of it... View Article

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Maintaining Your Asset

November 5, 2010 5:12 am
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Many people maintain their asset that they can see but overlook underground sewer pipes. For a small cost you can have Newman Plumbing inspect your sewer drain and provide a DVD which will give you complete knowledge of your sewer drain condition. You will be able to view this for yourself and hopefully avoid yourself any costly relining or replacement pipe issues in the future, also not to mention the distribution of established gardens and concrete driveways and paths. Tree roots grow into the junctions of older earthenware pipes cell by cell and enter the pipe eventually causing a blockage. While... View Article

Another Happy Customer

October 29, 2010 7:34 am
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Last Week, Newman Plumbing had an enquiry from a homeowner in Canterbury who had a potential very costly problem with blocked sewer drains. After being advised to fix the problem would require relining of the sewer pipes costing many 1000s of dollars the Homeowner decided to get a second opinion from Newman Plumbing Pty Ltd as they had heard of the Sanofoam Vaporooter System being used by Newman Plumbing. After clearing the blockage Newman Plumbing used the Diagnostic Drain Camera to inspect the pipes and were able to show the homeowner via a DVD that on this occasion the pipes... View Article