Tag Archive: water damage

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Water damage to foundations

November 11, 2011 3:06 am
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We recently cleared stormwater drains for a customer in Camberwell. The home was experiencing flooding under the house every time there was a decent rain. Unlike clearing a sewer drain, clearing a blocked stormwater drain can be quite extensive and costly as the drains can be blocked for quite some time before an owner notices the damage occurring and takes action. Our new customer was looking for a plumber in Camberwell and contacted Newman Plumbing. We advised our new customer of the problems and costs involved before commencing. It was quite a task as the drains had been blocked for some time. We were finally able to clear the stormwater... 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

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Blocked House Drains

April 18, 2011 7:19 am
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It pays to have your sewerage and storm water drains checked on an annual basis. Especially if your home has a history of drainage problems. Root growth and blockages can cause extensive damage that may mean drain excavation and replacement if not maintained. Maintenance is a much cheaper option than the result of major excavation due to broken drains and the damage they can cause to foundations, concrete driveways and landscaping around your home. If your sink drains are chronically slow and you live in an older home, the problem may be an accumulation of grease and sludge in the lines. No amount of... 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

Water damage to building foundations

March 21, 2011 4:07 am
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We recently cleared stormwater drains for a customer in Kew. The home was experiencing flooding under the house every time there was a decent rain. Unlike clearing a sewer drain, clearing a blocked stormwater drain can be quite extensive and costly as the drains can be blocked for quite some time before an owner notices the damage occurring and takes action. They were looking for a plumber in Kew and contacted Newman Plumbing. We advised the customer of the problems and costs involved before commencing. It was quite a task as the drains had been blocked for some time. We were finally able to clear the... 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

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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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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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

A Chemical Solution for Blocked Drains

October 13, 2010 12:52 am
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The majority of Blocked Drains are caused by Tree Roots and normally occur with older earthenware pipes laid before the 1980s. When treated by the traditional cutting processes the tree roots grow back bigger and stronger than before and lead to the deterioration of the pipes. We can now solve the problem using a combination of herbicides that are pumped into the sewer pipes as a foam. The foam contains both a herbicide and a root growth inhibitor. The herbicide penetrates root cell walls, bursts them and causes the root to die and decay. The root growth Inhibitor attaches to... View Article