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Leaking Hot Water Valve

July 1, 2011 10:36 am
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With the cold weather around, hot water units and ducted heating are working hard. It is important to maintain these appliances and ensure they don’t let you down. A customer in Balwyn experienced damage to their home due to a leaking pressure temperature relief valve on their mains pressure hot water unit. The hot water service was located on a blind side of their home and on the high side of the property. The valve had been leaking and discharging a lot of water over a considerable amount of time. The water was running under their home and pooling under the... View Article

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After Hours Emergency Call Out

June 2, 2011 1:48 am
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An emergency after hours call out was attended to last Friday night in Blackburn. A distressed customer rang with water streaming from their bathroom vanity. Our customer had serious concerns of the bathroom flooding and causing costly damage. We tended to the property in a prompt manner and alleviated the plumbing problems with the faulty bathroom tapware. Our customer was unaware how to isolate the water supply at their front water meter. It is important to know where you can turn the water off to your home. It is normally at the front water meter or an isolating valve at the... View Article

Winter Heating Energy Costs

April 27, 2011 3:40 am
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With winter on its way and a rise in heaters getting serviced, ready for the cold months ahead. There has been a few queries to do with energy efficiency of heating appliances and how to try and manage lower energy bills. A customer in Balwyn North was asking how to work out the efficiency of their ducted heater. The largest chunk of household energy bills goes towards keeping homes cool in summer and warm in winter. In very cold areas, heating alone could account for about 70 percent of your energy bill. Costing a gas appliance – The consumption of gas appliances is... View Article

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Hot water unit anode

April 11, 2011 5:23 am
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Newman Plumbing One of our valued Customers in North Balwyn we attended to this week was asking about the insides of there hot water unit! They had a faulty pressure temperature relief valve that was leaking water. We replaced the faulty pressure temperature relief valve and serviced the hot water unit. The hot water unit was wasting a lot of water, although the garden was very green near the hot water unit! We were talking about their hot water service and how it was a stainless steel cylinder which contained the hot water at a high temperature. I advised our customer that their unit... View Article

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Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards “WELS”

March 28, 2011 9:30 pm
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A customer in Camberwell was enquiring about the “Water Efficiency Sticker” that was attached to their new taps packaging and what it was all about. Hot water, appliances, refrigeration and heating stand out as areas ripe for change. When you buy a household appliance, look out for the water or energy star rating labels. Both these star ratings will help you save energy and reduce your carbon footprint as well. Showerheads, toilets, taps, washing machines and dishwashers come with a water efficiency rating label known as “WELS” {Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards.} This lets you compare the water flow rate or water... 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

How to read your water meter

February 14, 2011 4:26 am
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A customer we attended to this week in Box Hill asked a very common question. How do you read the water meter and make sense of it all? The customer was quite concerned about their water consumption because they had experienced a leaking temperature relief valve on there mains pressure hot water unit. The valve was wasting a lot of water. We had replaced the faulty valve and tested the water supply lines for any further leaks. Most houses have there own meter. The water meter is usually located towards the front of the property, near the left or right boundary. In duplexes, flats... 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