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Stormwater drains full of Silt

June 23, 2011 3:11 am
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A new customer this week was looking for a plumber in Camberwell and contacted Newman Plumbing. They were experiencing flooding at the rear of their period style home. The storm water drains were the old terracotta style that discharged to a council drain at the front of the home. The drains were completely blocked with a build up of silt and sand from a rear paving area and years of dirt washed down from the homes spouting and roof area. The stormwater drains were cleared with the latest technology drain cleaning equipment. The powerful hydro water jet removed the build up of dirt... View Article

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Tree roots in sewer drains

May 11, 2011 4:07 am
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Blocked Sewer Drains, What a nightmare! Nobody likes blocked sewer drains. Everything in the household may be put out of action as a result of this kind of blockage. If left unattended and ignored the problem only becomes worse. But with the right equipment and know how the problem can be resolved in a prompt and efficient manner. A customer in Surrey Hills was relieved with the technology and specialised equipment that was used by Newman Plumbing to clear their drains. With an established garden and narrow pathways to their period style home, it was modern equipment that prevailed. The old earthenware drains were... View Article

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Noisy Pipes

May 6, 2011 4:56 am
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Noisy pipes can make living around a plumbing system very annoying. Sometimes the pipes bang, sometimes they squeak, and sometimes they chatter! Water hammer is one reason pipes play their tunes, but it is not the only reason. Not all pipe noises are the same. The type of noise you hear gives a strong indication to the type of action that will be required to solve the problem. You must listen closely to the sound being made in order to diagnose the problems properly. Water hammer is the most common cause of noisy pipes. Banging pipes are a sure sign... View Article

Sanafoam Vaporooter Treatment

April 28, 2011 12:58 am
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  One of the services that Newman Plumbing provide is the licensed application of Sanafoam Vaporooter. Vaporooter pioneered the chemical root control industry over 40 years ago to extend the useful life of sewer systems while eliminating maintenance costs. Vaporooter foam is a unique combination of herbicides that is placed in sewer lines to kill roots on contact and inhibit future root growth. Only roots within the pipe and a very short distance outside the pipe are affected; trees and shrubs immediately above ground are not harmed. Vaporooter is composed of: A herbicide which penetrates root cell walls and then... View Article

Carbon Monoxide {CO}

April 12, 2011 11:07 am
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We were asked the other day by a customer in Camberwell about the recent advertising to do with servicing of gas appliances and the dangers of Carbon Monoxide {CO} poisoning. So we thought it was important to share some of the information involved. Within a gas appliance, the gas is regulated and passes through a fine injector in order to allow the correct proportion of gas and air to mix within the combustion chamber where the fuel is burned. The gas appliance has many safety measures to ensure that gas will not flow through the appliance until it is required and... View Article

Leaking Taps

April 4, 2011 6:52 am
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A customer we were called out to in Templestowe was distressed with water flowing excessively from a basin tap. It was an after hours call out and the problem was a split washer that had been leaking a little bit for quite some time and finally it gave way and was flooding the bathroom. The home had quite high water pressure and the leaking tap had been ignored for some time. The faulty taps were repaired over the basin and an appointment was made during normal hours for a pressure reduction valve to be fitted to their main cold water supply. The... View Article

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Low Pressure Hot Water Float Valve

March 16, 2011 12:57 am
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Gravity feed low pressure hot water A customer in Ashburton this week had water overflowing from their roof! As it turned out it was coming from an overflow pipe which was discharging from their electric low pressure hot water service in their ceiling space. There was a faulty float valve that was leaking and causing the flood. We replaced the valve and purged the lines to remove airlocks within the hotwater lines. The header tank was flushed and cleaned and the plumbing reconnected. After adjusting the valve to suit the water levels, the customer was curious of the hot water... View Article

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Leaking Tap Issues

March 9, 2011 5:03 am
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A Customer in Burwood this week had several leaking taps throughout their home. The major leak was coming from a kitchen flickmixer tap which had seen its day! It was old and tired, so we replaced it with one of our quality chrome kitchen mixer taps. The new tap that we installed has a five year warranty on the taps cartridge and is suitable to the homes high water pressure and hot water temperature. We fitted some new isolating stops to both the hot and cold supply under the kitchen bench so our customer could turn off the water supply... View Article

Cold Water Supply

March 7, 2011 1:24 am
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We were called out earlier in the week to a burst pipe in Surrey Hills, where water was leaking behind an ice-maker fridge. The customers son could hear the fine spray of water and had the foresight to turn the mains cold water supply off at the isolation stop next to the water meter. The eleven year old boy was right on the money as there was a burst pipe behind the fridge. We removed the fridge and made the appropriate plumbing repairs, all along answering the inquisitive questions from the new found, up and coming plumber! It was great to see that the young... View Article

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Tree Root Invasion

March 3, 2011 4:18 am
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A customer in Hawthorn East was being flooded under their home every time there was a heavy rain event. We diagnosed the problem to actually be towards the front of the property. The drain was inspected by our drain camera where we were able to demonstrate the amount of tree root invasion that had occurred within their stormwater drain. There was a lot of fibreous tree roots upstream from the stormwater outlet which was located at the curbe and channel in the street. The stormwater drain was cleared by our water jet and further inspection of the drain could be made with our... View Article