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.

 

 

 

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.

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.

World Plumbing Day is observed on March 11 each year.

World Plumbing Day 2016

WORLD PLUMBING DAY | 11 MARCH

The United Nations declared 2005-2015 the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, setting a world agenda that focuses increased attention on water-related issues. This initiative is of extraordinary importance in a world where preventable diseases related to water and sanitation claim the lives of about 3.1 million people per year, most of them children less than 5 years old. Of these, about 1.6 million people die each year of diarrheal diseases associated with lack of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

By including access to a safe drinking water supply and sanitation in these international goals, the world community proposes 97 million additional people annually will have access to drinking-water services and 138 million additional people access to sanitation services through 2015. Working within the spirit of these initiatives the World Health Organization and the World Plumbing Council developed the “Health Aspects of Plumbing” publication noting that sustainable health, especially for children, is not possible without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation facilities.

CLEAN WATER IS NOT A LUXURY

“Health Aspects of Plumbing” is a comprehensive and substantive examination of the design, installation and maintenance of effective plumbing systems. It recommends a number of plumbing system design and installation specifications that have demonstrated their validity over years of existence and discusses the microbiological, chemical, physical and financial risks associated with plumbing.

Published by the World Health Organization and the World Plumbing Council, the book is dedicated to the achievement of the best possible plumbing practices to ensure the highest health benefits from the use of sound plumbing practices. It is a tremendous resource for administrators and plumbers, especially those in countries or areas in the early stages of introducing effective plumbing systems.

ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS OF PLUMBING

Among the objectives upon which the World Plumbing Council was founded is promoting awareness of the plumbing industry’s role in protecting the environment by providing safe fresh water and sanitation through proper management, care, reuse and conservation of natural resources. The industry also plays a major role in the installation of technologies that address concerns about the depletion of fossil fuels and work toward reducing harmful emissions.

Fresh water is in finite supply on Earth and as the key to life is without question our planet’s most precious natural resource. The plumbing industry recognizes the tenuous balance mankind must maintain to guarantee its very existence and embraces efforts to ensure we are preserving every drop possible. In many countries, the plumbing industry also contributes significantly to the development and installation of heating systems and recognizes that man’s still increasing reliance upon of fossil fuels cannot continue without challenge.

These efforts range from simple household changes to wide scale government sponsored endeavors. Highlights include:

WATER REUSE

The plumbing industry finds itself at the middle of three methods of water reuse that are rapidly increasing in popularity all over the world: rainwater harvesting, grey water systems and sewage water recycling.

Rainwater harvesting is pretty simple at its core — the capture and storage of rainwater that would otherwise return to the water table through natural means — but the plumbing industry is hard at work developing equipment and methods to increase its efficiency and usage.

Grey water systems can range from something as simple as redirecting sink drain water to a toilet tank for flushing to city wide systems used to water greenbelts and water tolerant landscaping.

Sewage water recycling is the filtration, treatment and natural return to the water table of water used to remove sewage from our homes and businesses. Municipalities are investing heavily in these systems that literally and figuratively remove the waste from our water.

LIMITING WATER USE

A host of water efficient products, from low-flow showerheads to waterless urinals are flooding the consumer market as plumbing manufacturers have embraced the conservation movement as a result of government rebate programs and mandatory efficiency standards.

Code development organizations have developed new “Green” standards for plumbing systems and various industry associations have introduced new training and education programs to increase conservation efforts among contractors and installers.

DESALINATION

Researchers continue to discover and develop newer, even more efficient means for converting salt water to drinkable fresh water, a process that has previously been cost prohibitive and detrimental to the environment. Methods such as sub-sand intake, reverse osmosis filtration and renewable energy generation to power the pumps have all contributed to the increased viability of desalination today.

SOLAR WATER HEATING

New technologies for solar collectors, storage and delivery of hot water offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional electrical and gas powered systems.

GEOTHERMAL AND AIR-SOURCE HEAT PUMPS

A geothermal heat pump (or ground source heat pump) is a central heating and/or cooling system that pumps heat to or from the ground. It uses the earth as a heat source (in the winter) or a heat sink (in the summer). This design takes advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to boost efficiency and reduce the operational costs of heating and cooling systems

An air-source heat pump uses outside air as a heat source or heat sink. A compressor, condenser and refrigerant system are used to absorb heat at one place and release it at another. When properly installed, an air-source heat pump can deliver one-and-a-half to three times more heat energy to a home than the electrical energy it consumes. This is possible because a heat pump moves heat rather than converting it from a fuel, like in combustion heating systems.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Manufacturers are developing water heaters and appliances that not only use less water, but also require less power to operate them. From high efficiency water heaters to Energy Star-rated dishwashers, washing machines, boilers and room air conditioners, these products are much greener than models produced even as recently as five years earlier.

THE FUTURE

By embracing these new technologies and methods, the plumbing industry has made and will continue to make historic inroads toward increased sustainability by striking a harmonic balance between cost, energy consumption and conservation. The industry takes water efficiency and preservation seriously and promotes it to consumers within their homes and businesses and among their elected leaders. Long entrenched habits of misuse of our clean and inexpensive water supply have threatened its sustainability and the plumbing industry recognizes the leadership role it must play in changing those habits for the betterment of mankind.

The World Plumbing Council do an incredible job uniting the world plumbing industry and promoting the role of plumbing in improving health and safeguarding the environment.

HAPPY WORLD PLUMBING DAY EVERYONE

Hot Water Service

Your Hot Water Service On the Brink? No Hot Water? Or See Orange/Brownish Water?

If your current hot water service doesn’t quite heat up like it used too or the unit itself is 10+ years old, it may be time to strongly consider a replacement or upgrade to avoid any potential damages… but more importantly the inconvenience of having no hot water.

At beOnd Plumbing we specialise in the service, repairs, installation and replacement of all Electric, Solar and Gas Hot Water Systems in and around the Melbourne Metropolitan area. All our work is fully guaranteed and performed by Licenced Plumbers and Gas Fitters who pose a huge array of knowledge.

Our emergency service allows beOnd Plumbing to be contactable 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The company has reliable and qualified staff strategically based in Northern, Southern, Eastern, City Regions and Western areas.

We work closely with our key suppliers to ensure you are getting the best quality products on the market at competitive prices.

We provide replacements, repairs, service and installation for all brands and models.

To be redirected to our Hot Water Service pricing and specials page please click here http://www.beondplumbing.com.au/plumbing-products-and-services/hot-water-services/ or feel free to contact our team today on 1300 599 529.

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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.

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Signs That You Have a Sewer Problem

The sewer system in your home is designed with an “out of sight, out of mind” philosophy. You aren’t supposed to have to deal with your actual sewer system at all, just send it waste for disposal. So if you ever do find yourself being affected by your sewer system, chances are that something is very wrong.

Have a look at some of the signs that your sewer is in need of professional attention. The sooner you can recognize that your sewer system has a problem, the faster you can get it repaired.

Bad Smells

If you have bad smells coming up through your drains, especially multiple drains, it’s usually a sign of a problem with your vent system. Your home is designed with a sewer gas vent, likely on the roof, to give the gas a way to escape the building. If the vent becomes blocked, though, it forces the gas back into the home. From there, the only place the gas can go is through your drains and into your home. So if you think you may have sewer gas trapped in your home, call a professional right away.

Backflow

Backflow is when sewer water travels backwards through the system and up into your home. The waste water contaminates the pipes meant to be used for clean water, making it necessary to clean out the whole pipe network. Most homes are equipped with backflow prevention devices by law, which protect against backflow. If the one-way valve in the device becomes stuck, though, backflow can still occur. If you’re experiencing backflow, call a professional right away. You’re going to need your entire plumbing network sanitized, to be safe.

If you’re experiencing sewer problems, call beOnd plumbing.