ways to ensure you obtain the best drinking water for your homes

How To Ensure You Obtain The Best Drinking Water!

Did you know that it is estimate that each person requires access to a minimum of 20 to 50 liters of water per day for drinking, food preparation, and personal hygiene?

Polluted water isn’t just dirty, it’s deadly. Some 1.8 million people die every year of diseases like cholera. Tens of millions of others are seriously sickened by a host of water-related ailments—many of which are easily preventable.

Here are some ways to ensure you obtain the best drinking water for your homes…

Commercial Cleaners: Commercial cleaners are poured into the main supply pipe. Once you add the chemical additives, you must flush out your water before you start drinking it or bathing in it.
Be aware that chemical cleaners have drawbacks. The strong chemicals used to rid pipes of build up can also begin to deteriorate the pipes themselves. Constant use will slowly eat away at the pipes, thus causing replacement and possible water damage repair due to leaks.
Water Softeners: You can keep your water pipes free of minerals by installing a water softener that will circulate the water through a pump that has either a potassium or a salt filter to trap the minerals. You must continually add new salt to the system and clean the filter, but you will see a drastic reduction in the minerals in the water.
Lime Removal: Hot water pipes are very susceptible to lime build up. The hot water is the actual cause of the problem. The water will dissolve the lime into a state where it flows freely in the water. When it cools off, any lime left will settle in pipes or the hot water heater, causing a decrease in water flow or a clog.
If you find that this is the problem, empty half of your hot water heater and simply add some lime remover to it. Refill the hot water tank and then let it set for a few minutes. Let the hot water run through all your faucets until the water is clear and free of any bubbles and foam. If you have water that is heavy in lime, you will probably need to repeat this process every few months depending on how much hot water you use.
Instal a Filter Tap: Under sink water filters are a popular choice because they provide good filtration and water flow, and they do not clutter the countertop or sink area. A good system can remove contaminants such as arsenic, nitrates, sodium, copper and lead, some organic chemicals, and the municipal additive fluoride. This can be extremely cost effect especially for people who find themselves purchasing bottled water, as the system provides a constant supply of beautiful, clean water right at your kitchen sink. It is important to have a qualified plumber instal your filtration system as it could affect your homes entire water supply.

 

For more information or for quote on a filter tap in your home please feel free to contact beOnd Plumbing on 1300 599 529.

What Do You Know About Smoke Alarms?

What Do You Know About Smoke Alarms?

Did you know that if you don’t have a working smoke alarm installed in your home, and a fire occurs:
– You are 57 per cent more likely to suffer property loss and damage
– You are 26 per cent more likely to suffer serious injuries
– You are four times more likely to die

Did you also know that smoke alarms are compulsory in all homes and have been since August 1997?

Victorian law states that smoke alarms (complying with Australian standards AS 3786) must be installed in all homes, units, flats and townhouses. It is the legal responsibility of all owners and landlords to install working smoke alarms.
Residential homes constructed before 1st August 1997 need only 9 volt battery powered smoke alarms installed. Residential homes constructed after 1st August 1997 must have smoke alarms connected to 240 volt mains power. In addition a backup battery must be installed in the smoke alarm.

Are you aware that all smoke alarms:
– Must contain a battery
– Need to be tested regularly
– Need to be replaced after 10 years

Do you know where to locate smoke alarms in your home?
– Smoke alarms must be located between each bedroom area and the rest of the house.
– In addition inside any bedroom where someone sleeps with the door shut
– In a two storey home a smoke alarm is required on every storey, located in the path that people will use to evacuate

Do you know how to test and maintain your smoke alarms?
– Monthly: Test by pressing the test button with a broom handle
– Yearly: Vacuum around your smoke alarm vents
– Yearly: Replace your 9 volt battery each year at the end of daylight saving

Did you know that it is the tenant’s responsibility t
– Test the smoke alarm every month to make sure it is working
– Contact their agent/Landlord if the smoke alarm is not working
– Contact their agent/landlord if the smoke alarm omits an occasional chirping noise as the battery or smoke alarm is faulty

Lastly it is extremely important to remember that when you’re asleep you lose your sense of smell. A smoke alarm is your electronic nose. It will alert you if there is smoke from a fire. A small fire can grow to involve an entire room in two to three minutes. A smoke alarm provides early warning and time to escape.

Myths Surrounding “DIY” Home Plumbing

Myths Surrounding “DIY” Home Plumbing

You’d be surprised how many plumbing myths exist and more importantly how many people actually still believe are true. Here are some of the popular ones that still circulate, but remember when in doubt call beOnd Plumbing for expert advice.

Myth: Clean your taps and plumbing fixtures with soap
Although it is easy to use the soap available in our bathrooms to clean our plumbing fixtures its also important not to. In some instances soap can actually be harmful to the material and surfaces. Here are some simple tips for effecting cleaning:

• Toilet bowls – should be cleaned with an effective disinfectant to kill germs and prevent infection.
• Sinks – should also be cleaned with a strong disinfectant to keep them free of germs.
• Taps and brass plumbing fixtures – should be polished with a gentle solution such as lemon and baking soda.

Myth: Using Lemons when cleaning your garbage disposal
Most people are under the impression that a drain is clean if it smells clean. Well they are mistaken. Using lemons to clean the garbage disposal will leave a fresh citrus scent however the most effective method would be the combination of soap, warm water and a brush. Also always remember to disconnect the garbage disposal from its power source prior to cleaning it.

Myth: The tighter you turn the faucet handle, the less it will leak
There is a misconception that the harder you tighten your faucet handles whether it be sink taps, bath taps, garden taps and other tap ware, the less likely they are to leak. This is incorrect and in fact can cause damage and increase the likelihood of a leakage to occur in the future.

Myth: It is OK dispose of wet wipes down the toilet
Wet wipes are not bio-degradable like toilet paper and will cause a blockage in your toilet in the long terms as they pile up and clog the drainage system. This kind of blockage is one of the main reasons a plumber will be called out to under block a toilet.
So although a wet wipe will flush down the toilet it isn’t a good idea as it may cause damage to both your and your city’s plumbing fixtures.

Myth: Plumbing fixtures are self maintaining –
This myth can become the most costly to you so here are the facts. It is important as a home owner to routinely inspect and maintain your sinks, toilets, faucets and pipes to ensure drains are clog free and there is no viable damage as the notion that your home plumbing system is self maintaining is incorrect. Prevention is the key, don’t wait for things to be problem.

Myth: When you have a blockage – just use a plunger
The first thing to consider when you have a blockage is what may have caused it. Plumbers often find all kinds of things that have made there way down the toilet such as toys and other small objects. And one big mistake plumbers find is that someone has tried to plunge them out creating greater blockage and causing the item to be pushed further into the pipe. A good tip would be to use a wire hook and to try to hook it out first.

Myth: The drain is working perfectly if the water is being drained quickly and efficiently
This is a myth. Blockages don’t just happen over night, they are caused from a long term build up inside the pipes over some time. Prevention being the key, it is suggested that you maintain your pipes by routinely using a anti-blockage chemical and a drain filter. This will help to ensure that non-perishable items do not go down the down and cause you a blockage.

Myth: All plumbers are the same
One plumber is the same as the next as we are all different. Plumbers have different accreditation, years of experience and level of knowledge and it is important and beneficial to you and your future that you take the time to select the right plumber. A professional plumber who you can trust, who you can call at any time and will provide you will the best advice will leave you with few plumbing issuing in the future. I’m sure you’ve heard of saying “you get what you pay for”, well in this instance it seems to be true when comparing plumbers. At beOnd Plumbing we pride ourselves on our level of professionalism, our honesty, knowledge and commitment towards our work and our clients. We are qualified and registered professionals who continue to improve on our professional development and maintain up to date education and knowledge in the field in order to keep us ahead of the rest.

 

So there it is, a few of the main plumbing myths. As you can see it is important to have a plumber to ensure you are not paying for services you don’t need to out of neglect or ignorance. If you find yourself having plumbing issues please feel free to call us and we can arrange to have one of our professional plumbers and technicians out to evaluate your situation as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

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Signs You Need to Replace Your Water Line

Your water line, like most of your plumbing, is designed to last up to a hundred years. The copper pipes that comprise most modern plumbing are all but immune to rust, which is why they are used so often. However, they aren’t invincible. Sooner or later, all water lines will need to be replaced. If you happen to be unlucky enough to have it happen on your watch, it’s best that you recognize it right away. Let’s take a look at the signs that you need to replace your water line.

Loss of Water Pressure

If you notice a steady decline in water pressure over months, or even years, it is possible that you have a lime scale buildup in your water line. Lime scale is created by hard water depositing small amounts of minerals on the pipe walls over a long period of time. Eventually, the lime scale becomes so built up that it restricts the flow of water through the line. When it’s that advanced, the only way to treat lime scale is often to replace the entire pipe.

Visible Corrosion

You can’t visually inspect your entire water line, as at least part of it is buried. However, in most homes you can inspect at least part of the line. You should visually inspect the visible part of your water line at least once a year for visible corrosion. Signs of corrosion include a white, chalky buildup on the pipe, or even a fully developed leak. In most cases, a simple patch job will be enough to keep the water line in good condition. If the corrosion is widespread, however, it may be a better idea to replace the pipe entirely.

If you think you need to replace your water line, call beOnd plumbing.

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3 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal is one of the best appliances around for making your time in the kitchen easier. Though you probably use it every day, when was the last time you gave a thought to keeping it healthy? Garbage disposals can develop problems just as easily as any other appliance, and some of those problems can shorten their lives. If you’d like to make sure that your garbage disposal lives as long and healthy a life as possible, read on.

I. Know what not to put down the disposal

Everyone knows that there are certain things your garbage disposal is not meant to deal with. Metal and plastic are two of the most obvious materials that should never be put in the disposal. However, there are plenty of other things that are harmful to the disposal that people often never think about. For example:

  • Fibrous Vegetables: Things like celery and onion skins can become tangled in the disposal impeller, causing it to jam up. Fibrous vegetables should be thrown in the trash
  • FOG: FOG stands for Fats, Oils, and Grease. All of these are often poured down the disposal while in their liquid or semi-liquid states. However, all of these substances solidify as they cool, which can gum up the impeller and clog the drain. Always dispose of FOG in some other way. Never pour it down a drain.
  • Bones or Pits: Some people will say that small bones or fruit pits are okay, but it’s best just not to take the risk. Otherwise, you might end up breaking the garbage disposal.

II. Pour boiling water down it on occasion

Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to pour some boiling water down the disposal. This will help loosen up and wash away any waste that has collected in the disposal chamber or the drain pipe. It’s a good idea to do this at least once a month to prevent waste buildup.

III. Get it repaired

This may seem obvious, but if your garbage disposal is acting up in any way, get it repaired. Too many homeowners keep using their garbage disposals after noticing that they’re making a weird sound or vibrating more than they should. This leads to larger breakdowns, and even garbage disposal replacement.

If you need help with your garbage disposal, call beOnd plumbing.

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How to Tell if You Have a Hard Water Problem

Before water is piped into your home, it is treated by the city to remove any harmful substances. Some small amounts of minerals and chemicals may be left over, but all the material that might actually be harmful is removed. However, there is another water problem that is not treated by the city. Though it is not dangerous to humans, it can cause a lot of damage to your plumbing. That problem is hard water.

Hard water is the term for any water with an above average mineral content. It is those minerals which pose a serious threat to your pipes. As the hard water flows through your plumbing, it deposits small amounts of minerals on the inner walls of the pipes. Over time, these mineral deposits can build to the point that they actually restrict or block the flow of water through the pipe. Advanced deposits of this type are called “lime scale.” Though you can’t really detect lime scale without looking inside the pipes, there are other signs that you can look for to determine if you have a hard water problem. Let’s take a look at a couple of them now.

Calcium Deposits

Lime scale is not the only way in which hard water affects the areas it flows through. Calcium deposits are mineral deposits that form on external surfaces exposed to hard water. They are a white, chalky substance that can often be found in showers and around faucet heads that are exposed to hard water. If you notice these calcium deposits in your home, it’s very likely that you have lime scale buildup in your pipes as well.

Decrease in Water Pressure

Part of what makes lime scale such a problem is that it restricts water flow through your pipes. While this is obviously a negative thing for your plumbing, at least it is something you can monitor. If you start to notice a steady decrease in water pressure when you turn on your taps or shower, you may have lime scale buildup. You should call a professional immediately to examine your pipes.

The best way to handle hard water buildup is with a water treatment system. If you’d like to know more, please call beOnd plumbing.