Tips for Evaporative coolers

Get Your Evaporative Cooling System Ready For The Summer Ahead.

WHAT COOLING SYSTEMS ARE VICTORIANS CHOOSING THIS SUMMER:

Victoria’s choice in cooling systems have become the ducted evaporative coolers as they can generally provide adequate cooling to the entire household. A popular choice for cooling smaller rooms and for providing spot cooling, Victorians seem to be going with window mounted and portable evaporative coolers.

HOW DOES AN EVAPORATIVE COOLER WORK?:

An Evaporative cooler works by drawing in the warm outside air via water filter pads. These pads are supplied with water found in a tank at the bottom on the unit. The water from these pads evaporates, drawing heat from the air and humidifies it. This air is now cooled and moist and is blown through out the home or space.

COST OF RUNNING AN EVAPORATIVE COOLING UNIT:

Both electricity and water are required to run an evaporative cooling unit. Approximate maximum hourly running costs for how much electricity it may use are provided below, however actual costs will depend on the cooling capacity of the unit and the fan speed that it is being run on.

  • portable units cost 2 to 3 cents per hour
  • window/wall-mounted units cost  6 to 7 cents per hour
  • ducted units (medium size) cost 12 to 28 cents per hour.

WATER CONSUMPTION FOR YOUR EVAPORATIVE COOLING UNIT:

The amount of water used is dependable on the amount of humidity that day and the fan speed that you have set your unit to. A portable unit may use up to approximately 4 litres an hour in comparison to a central system which can use up to 25 litres an hour.

A ducted evaporative cooler has to refresh its supply of water in order to ensure it doesn’t become too salty, so there are a range of water management systems being uses depending on the model you have got. Therefore we suggest that prior to purchasing a unit you ask about the water management system used and what it typically uses in water consumption per hour.

A range of water management systems are used by different brands/models. If you are purchasing a ducted evaporative cooler, ask about the water management system used and what the typical hourly water consumption is likely to be in your area.

WHAT SIZE EVAPORATIVE COOLER IS BEST FOR YOUR HOME?:

Different sized evaporative coolers are suited to different areas depending on the amount of airflow and the volume of the area which you are wanting to be cooled. The best thing for you to do prior to purchasing a unit is to seek an accurate sizing quote from either an installer or from your local retailer. They are trained to best consider your local humidity levels along with the size of your home or space.

TIPS FOR OPERATING AN EVAPORTIVE COOLER

  • Make sure all windows and doors are being kept open in rooms that are being cooled and ensure the opening is big enough to allow air to flow outside with ease. The effect of cooling will be reduced if there is insufficient openings and may put extra pressure on the fan.
  • Reduce heat gain by opening windows and doors on the opposite side of the house to the hot prevailing winds where possible
  • For units that have a timer, set it to switch off the system when cooling is not required for example in the early morning.
  • On days of high humidity, turn off the water supply to the cooler and run the fan only – this can also be quite effective on still humid evenings if the outside air has cooled down

If you have an questions or are interested in a quote please contact beOnd Plumbing on 1300 599 552.

 

 

 

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.

Why hire a licensed plumber?

Why Hire A Licensed Plumber?

Why hire a licensed plumber?

A licensed plumber ensures you that the plumber has a certificate and

  • Meets the expectations and the State’s credentials and education requirements.
  • Has passed the relevant exams required for a plumbing license.
  • Has legal authorisation to conduct plumbing services.
  • Is liable for violating the rules set by the licensing entity.
  • Ensures that the job is done right the first time.

The risks of NOT hiring a licensed plumber…

  • The contractor may not have the education, training or skill required to carry out the work.
  • The uncertainty that the work may not meet the standards.
  • The quality of the work may be jeopardised.
  • The risk of broken contracts and fraud.
  • If a plumber hasn’t bothered to get a license, chances are they didn’t bother with insurance either. A home owner can be liable for all sorts of costs including hospital bills if anyone is inured during the work.

The list could go on and on but there you have some really good points when hiring the right person for the job. Remember that it could cost you double to have something fixed that wasn’t done correctly the first time. And lets not forget that poor quality work could lead to accidents and injuries within our homes and around our families.

For more information or to get a quote feel free to contact us on 1300 599 529 for all your plumbing needs.

If you have a story of plumbing work that went wrong we’d love to hear it… Type it into the comment section below!

 

PROFESSIONAL TIPS

Professional Tips To Prevent Poisoning With Carbon Monoxide Testing Australia

Inspect your heater for any damage before turning it on in winter and every month after that;

Check the appearance of radiant gas heaters when in operation;

Visually check the flames of your gas appliance. Pilot lights and main burners should produce blue flame;

If you smell a different or unusual odour, turn the appliance off immediately;

Never block air vents in rooms;

Never leave fuel-powered motors running in your garage;

Have your heating system, hot water service and any other gas or oil appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.

Have a carbon monoxide monitor installed in your home.

 

If you have any concerns of quires contact the Carbon Monoxide Testing Australia team on 1300 599 529.

dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon Monoxide Testing Australia Leading The Way

Plumber Damian De Vincentis hopes to prevent poisoning with Carbon Monoxide Testing Australia

A SOUTH Morang plumber is on a mission to help Whittlesea and Diamond Valley residents eradicate a potentially “silent killer” in their homes.

Damian De Vincentis knows only too well the risks to people’s health from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Mr De Vincentis established Carbon Monoxide Testing Australia three years ago following his experience with a faulty heater which was leaking carbon monoxide into the air at the property he was staying in with his now wife while on a working holiday in the UK.

“Day after day I would be constantly tired and have a severe headache,” Mr De Vincentis said.

“I would go to work feeling fine, arrive home and then become fatigued and struggle to do anything.

“Luckily for me, the law in the UK requires that any works to gas appliances require testing for carbon monoxide, so when we called in a plumber to fix the heater, he tested the air and told me, a few more days and we could have died in our sleep.”

Mr De Vincentis has joined the public campaign to prevent more carbon monoxide-related deaths through the Chase and Tyler Foundation, which was set up following the deaths of Victorian brothers Chase, 8, and Tyler, 6, who died from carbon monoxide poisoning from their unserviced gas heater in their rental home in 2010. The first week of May is now dedicated to Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week to raise awareness about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide cannot be seen, felt, smelt or touched and hospitalises more than 364 people each year across Australia.

Mr De Vincentis said he was shocked to see the number of new and old heaters that were emitting dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. “It’s not just old heaters as any heating appliance has the potential to produce carbon monoxide,” he said.

“At the moment there is a lot of complacency out there when it comes to gas appliances.

“There are simple things that homeowners can do to reduce their risks this winter and carbon monoxide poisoning is something that can be prevented

“I can’t stand by and let more parents and children be hospitalised each year when carbon monoxide poisoning can be avoided.”

Anyone with concerns about gas appliances can phone Carbon Monoxide Testing Australia on 1300 599 529.

CFA warn against dodgy smoke alarm deals

The CFA Warn Agaist Dodgy Smoke Alarm Detector Deals

Recently the CFA has been warning residents to be aware of dodgy smoke detector deals as scam operators have been victimizing the elderly by convincing them to pay extreme amounts of money for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. An elderly women last month contacted the CFA as her smoke alarm wouldn’t stop going off and explained that a Melbourne based company had installed 5 smoke alarms and 1 carbon monoxide detector once she had signed a contract for $4032. The company she dealt with has been reported to Consumer Affairs.

Smoke alarms are extremely effective in saving lives as are Carbon Monoxide detectors.
Although smoke alarms are simple to install it is not always the case with Carbon Monoxide Detectors so we highly recommend that residence are using qualified technicians for the installation and detection of Carbon Monoxide.

How To Choose The Right Professional To Undertake Your Tests
When choosing a professional to trust with your families health and safety it’s important to:
  • Choose a professional that is qualified to look after your family’s health. The only registered and licensed professional in the industry are plumbers. Plumbers undertake CO as part of their education and have access to the most up to date training programs. They are required by law to keep up to date with all governing bodies and access to the most up to date research and testing equipment.
  • Ensure your Plumber is licensed, registered and part of recognized industry associations. To undertake work in domestic premises plumbers must be registered and licensed with the Victorian Building Authority. You can check if your plumber meets these criteria at www.licencerecognition.gov.au. To ensure that your plumber meets the highest standard, ask them if they are a member of the industry association, The Master Plumbers Association.
  • Establish if they are able to immediately repair any dangerous appliances that you have in your home and give you the required certificates that they are up to standards.
  • Ask if your testers are able to supply you with quality carbon monoxide monitors to continue to ensure that your family health is checked regularly?
Our partners at Carbon Monoxide Testing Australia are highly qualified and trained when it comes to testing your home or office for Carbon Monoxide and the safe installation of smoke alarms. They can be contacted on 1300 599 529 and are more than happy to answer any question you may have in relation to Carbon Monoxide.

 

 

 

FAQ’s And Answers About Carbon Monoxide Testing

FAQ’s And Answers About Carbon Monoxide Testing

Q: If it was really necessary wouldn’t there be legislation?
A: The Government has recognized carbon monoxide poisoning is an issue in
Australia and have passed laws for new houses and for rental properties. It is
estimated that it will become law in all Australia homes over the next few years,
just as is now is with smoke detectors.
Q: Do I need to worry if we clean our filters for the heaters?
A: Whilst keeping your filters clean is a great way to reduce your risk, there are
many other factors that need to be identified by professionals to ensure that you and
your family are protected and your ongoing health isn’t at risk.
Q: Can’t I just buy an analyzer from the hardware store?
A: Not all analyzers are the same. The industry bodies have standards that
analyzers have to be meet for use by professionals, and the analyzers you purchase
from hardware stores often don’t meet these standards.
The component that actually tests for CO2 is an electro chemical cell.
It wears out over time and the cell can fail. Non industry standard carbon monoxide
analysers can’t be recalibrated and have to be disposed of. Like any tool you also run
the risk on not analyzing it correctly. The instructions often are difficult to read
and hard to follow, putting your family at risk even more.
Q: Why can’t I just buy a monitor and install it myself?
A: Whilst carbon monoxide monitors are available at the hardware store, they can
fail in certain conditions. If exposed to heat and other environmental factors these
can malfunction leaving your family at risk.
That is why we only use and recommend Honeywell products. They are scientifically
developed and laboratory tested to guard you against the dangers of carbon
monoxide poisoning.
Q: My heater is only a year old, shouldn’t I be safe?
A: It would be great to think that things last but now days we all know that many
items are disposal. Your heater may have been damaged in several ways, at the
factory, in transit, at the store or at installation. When it comes to the health of your
family, you do not want to underestimate anything of such huge importance.
The Importance Of Servicing and Maintaining Your Heaters!

The Importance Of Servicing and Maintaining Your Heaters!

Truth is neglecting to service and maintain your heater can be a life or death situation.
Don’t be another statistic and ensure the safety of your family today.

As winter is soon approaching is it so important to remember to check that our heaters and fires are working correctly before we turn them back on for the cooler months ahead. Regardless of the type of heating system you use it is imperative that you check them before, after and even during the months in which they are regularly used. Our heaters can produce carbon monoxide, a very harmful poison which can lead to unconsciousness and even cause death.

There are ways of maintaining the upkeep of our heating systems on our own such as clearing them of dust and dirt and using your vacuum to eliminate any obstructions, however remember never to use any flammable liquid and to leave the filters and fans to fulled licensed professionals who will provide you with a certificate once it is satisfactory.

If you have a electic heating system you must have a fully qualified professional install it and maintaining it throughout its lifespan. Checking faulty wiring yourself can led to electrocution or even death, so please leave it to the professionals. This will also avoid the risk of electrical fires.

Signs that your heating system may not be functioning correctly

– Headaches
– Weakness
– Dizziness
– Shortness of breath
– Pain to the chest
– Sleepy
– Nauseous

If you are experiencing any of the following issues with your gas heater, turn it off immediately and call a professional (qualified gas fitter) and have it tested before putting it back on:
– the pilot light goes out unexpectedly, or ‘pops’ or ‘bangs’ when lighting
– Sparks coming from the plug or on off button
– there is a yellow or sooty flame (unless it is a decorative gas log fire)
– signs of heat damage such as discoloration of the walls or heater panels
– the walls become too hot to touch while the heater is on
– there are soot stains around the heater.

Lastly just remember that it is your family and loved ones lives at stake. If your heating system is old have it replaced and always have a qualified fitter install and maintain your services. When is doubt always turn the system off, open all doors and windows and call a call a professional.

Wet Wipes Costing Sydney Water $8m In Clean-Up Annually!

Wet Wipes Costing Sydney Water $8m In Clean-Up Annually!

Despite convenience, wet wipes are costing Sydney Water $8 million a year in clean-up costs.

Although some products being marketed as flushable, Sydney Water’s Peter Hadfield said they were “anything but”.

“They get past the s-bend [of the toilet], but they don’t break down and we’re taking out 500 tonnes of wipes from the system a year,” he said.

“It seems to be a growing trend.”

The wipes can combine with fats, oils and other debris to create giant blockages, or ‘fatbergs’ in the sewer.

Every year, 500 tonnes of wet wipes are removed from the Sydney Water network.

Nick Fogarty from the Cronulla waste water treatment plant has the task of clearing thousands of wipes from the sewerage system every day.

He said some people had little regard for the problems the wipes were creating for his team.

“People think we’re pretty much invisible. They flush the toilet and [the wipes are] gone. We’re not invisible, we have to deal with it so … stop it!” he said.

Sydney Water said the wipes were also affecting household pipes, with one customer recently forking out $16,000 to repair damage caused by a major blockage.

Mr Hadfield said customers should ignore the claims on packaging and dispose of all wipes in the bin.

“We have a saying … the only things that should go down the toilet are the three Ps; pee, paper and poo,” he said.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is currently investigating the use of the term flushable in the marketing of certain products.

The Food and Grocery Council, which represents manufacturers, said it supported measures to educate consumers.

“A number of member companies are already providing a range of information including on-pack labeling and online communications to inform consumers as to the correct use of their products,” a spokesman said.

Melbourne too are experiencing very similar problems creating unnecessary jobs for plumbers and costing home owners a lot of money.

For more advice and in the event that you may experience a blockage or other plumbing issues in Melbourne please call the beOnd Plumbing team on 1300 599 529.

Top 10 Suburbs with Blocked Drains in Melbourne

Top 10 Suburbs With Blocked Drains In Melbourne!

According to the RACV the top 10 suburbs that require a plumber due to blockages in Melbourne are:
St Kilda East
Reservoir
Box Hill
Burwood
Balwyn North
Heathmont
Caulfield North
Carrum Downs
Tarneit
Blackburn

RACV has got to the bottom of why some suburbs have the most blocked drains, toilets and pipes.
St Kilda East is RACV’s busiest suburb for blockages, and Reservoir second, based on the number of members using Emergency Home Assist and the number of incidents.
In St Kilda and Reservoir, RACV Emergency Home Assist plumber Zachary Arthur says the sewers are older than newer suburbs they serve, so blockages can be common.
Older sewers that are prone to blockages are also common in Box Hill, Burwood, Balwyn, Caulfield and older suburbs in general.
Some of the main preventable causes of blockages include oils and fats, wet wipes and sanitary products that end up in the drains.
“The more careful you are the less likely it is to block up,” Zachary says.