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What does the Plumbers Call-Out Fee Cover?

February 27, 2015 12:08 pm
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While not everyone may be thrilled to be invoiced for a plumbing ‘call-out fee’, it is essential for any local plumber who intends to stay in business and deliver a high quality plumbing service to customers. Most plumbing call-out Fees generally cover the following items: – The time required to reach your location – The fuel costs of travelling to your location – Plumbing vehicle maintenance to ensure efficient service – Insurances – Fees to ensure Plumbing Licenses are kept up to date e.g. Newman Plumbing is a member of the Master Plumbers Association – General administration e.g. invoicing and... View Article

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards

November 23, 2011 5:19 am
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“You can save money, energy and water by using more efficient tap ware “ What is the WELS scheme? The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme requires certain water-using products to be labelled for water efficiency. The products covered under the scheme are clothes washing machines, dishwashers, showers, toilets, urinals and taps, with flow controllers optional. The scheme helps consumers make informed decisions when buying water-using products to save water and money. What does the WELS label mean? The WELS water rating label carries two important pieces of information to help consumers compare products: a one to six star rating on the... View Article

Is your plumbing a shipwreck!

November 15, 2011 9:38 pm
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Quite often we tend to our customers needs where a little bit of maintenance could have prevented costly repairs. Whether it is a leaking valve on the side of a mains pressure hot water unit, blocked downpipes and storm water drains flooding around the home in a heavy rain event. Leaking taps that finally give up on a weekend causing a costly after hours call out. With a little bit of maintenance to plumbing appliances or services around the home you can avoid an inconvenient “shipwreck”. Checking the condition of the hot water service at the side of the home... View Article

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Plumbing Valves

September 1, 2011 11:29 pm
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 Wise Old Owl When replacing hot water units, Newman Plumbing use the existing valves where possible. When new valves are required, we only use quality valves due to their proven reliability and service. Quality companies that stand by their products and warranty. One company we use is RMC valves due to their proven reliability and wide range of valves, including pressure and temperature relief valves, tempering valves and non return isolating valves to suit all requirements. Isolating valves and pressure reduction valves to protect dishwashers and other household appliances. These connection points are all common plumbing points where leaks can occur around the home so... View Article

Home Heating

August 24, 2011 5:08 am
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Trying to keep warm this winter ! For a warm home it’s essential to keep your heating appliances serviced and maintained. The frequency of cleaning the heater will depend on local conditions, so regular inspection should be performed. To ensure that your heater continues to operate at peak efficiency, it should be serviced at two year intervals by a licensed gasfitter. This service of the heating unit will include all maintenance and adjustments to components such as burners, ignition system, fan assembly and heat exchanger. If a return air filter in the return air grille is fitted regular cleaning and checking... View Article

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Drain Camera Solutions

July 22, 2011 6:51 am
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With the use of modern technology such as drain camera’s and pipe locator’s you can save a lot of money avoiding unnecessary excavations and damage to landscaped gardens. Melbourne residents are able to use this latest technology to assess the condition and any problem areas within their drains and sewer pipes in their property. A lot of our customers assume that the cause of an overflowing sewer drain is something has been flushed down the drain and blocked the pipe. Most of the time the cause of such drain blockages can actually be confirmed to be tree root infiltration in the old... View Article

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Hot Water goes Kaboom

July 8, 2011 1:45 am
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A recent article came to our attention. The story was about an exploding mains pressure hot water unit. “The hot water unit exploded on the roof of a factory in a large regional town in Victoria. The hot water unit travelled almost half a kilometre before it landed on the back porch of a house. Luckily no one was sitting there reading the morning paper at the time. Still, at 5.30am it was a pretty rude awakening for the occupants.” Apparently the thermostat failed and the hot water service kept heating up and it exploded. The pressure temperature valve must... View Article

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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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Forget Master Chef, here’s Master Plumber

June 8, 2011 10:28 pm
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This was an article that grabbed our attention this week. “There has been reality TV shows about chefs, fashion designers, singers, dancers, business people. Now it’s the plumbers turn! Young Talent of the year is a prime time BBC reality TV  show finding top young talent across the UK. Aimee Patterson has been revealed as the winner of the BBC3 Talent show Young Plumber of the year. The BBC series Young Talent of the Year, which first ran in 2009 celebrates dedicated young professionals who are devoted to perfecting their craft. There are five episodes, each of which focuses on... View Article

Showers wasting Water

May 27, 2011 2:22 am
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With the recent drought it is important to remain conscious about water conservation. We were working recently in a magnificent period home in Mont Albert where our customer was questioning their water bill and the amount of water being consumed. We carried out a water audit on the home where all the appliances and tap ware were identified for their consumption. With beautiful old style bathrooms with the larger style “gold plated shower roses”. It came to our attention that these shower roses were water wasters. Our customer was not about to remove them and replace them due to the look and integrity of... View Article