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.

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.

 

 

 

From the 1st of May to the 7th of May it is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2016

From the 1st of May to the 7th of May it is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. And through out this week many local businesses, schools and organizations including ourselves have teamed up with the Chase and Tyler Foundation to raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning across Australia and to advise on preventative measures that people can take to reduce the risk.

The Chase & Tyler Foundation are a non for profit, national group who are doing all that they can to reduce the numbers of death, injuries and illness caused by carbon monoxide in Australia every year. Chase & Tyler at the ages of 8 and 6, died from carbon monoxide poisoning from their unserviced gas heater in their rental home in 2010. Since then the Chase & Tyler Foundation have worked extremely hard to eliminate accidental carbon monoxide poisoning throughout Australia by increased awareness, preventative measures, regulation, training and research. Their vision is for zero deaths or injury from accidental Carbon Monoxide poisoning in Australia, and they do in everything in their power to create the kind of awareness to insure this for our futures.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. It cannot be seen, felt, smelt or touch hence its name ‘The Silent Killer’. It is something that can effect both animals and people and those most susceptible to its effects are usually pregnant women, unborn babies, children, the elderly and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems. Carbon monoxide can be produced by any appliances that use gas, oil, kerosene, or wood. So as you can see most of us are at risk on a daily basis.

Preventative measures is the best way to keep your families safe this winter and here are some ways to go about it:
– Service all fuel-burning appliances regularly as per the manufacturer’s recommendation or at a minimum of once every two years as recommended by Energy Safe Victoria & the Victorian Building Authority.
– Sweep and inspect chimneys and flues.
– Ensure there is adequate ventilation in the room you are using such appliances
– Call a certified professional to inspect, clean, and tune up the central heating system and make any necessary repairs.
– Have a qualified gasfitter install a high standard audible carbon monoxide alarm outside sleeping and living areas.
– Dont bring an outdoor fuel-burning appliance inside your home/tent or caravan.
– Dont leave your car’s engine running idle in an enclosed space such as your garage.

There are symptoms to be aware of within the home that can alert you of carbon monoxide poisoning such as dizziness, fatigue, head aches, nausea, breathlessness, chest or stomach pain, loss of consciousness, visual disturbances and erratic behavior. Depending on ones age, health and the duration of the exposures the effects of carbon monoxide can vary considerably. It can vary from difficultly breathing, impaired judgment and memory, damage to the nervous system to cardiac trauma, brain damage, coma or even death as we have sadly seen with young Chase and Tyler.

Generally the effects of carbon monoxide are reversible but there have been instances were significant overexposure have lead to permanent damage effecting the nervous system.

Please feel free to contact Carbon Monoxide Testing Australia on 1300 599 529 to have your house or office tested for this silent killer or for any questions you may have regarding carbon monoxide poisoning.

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.
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.

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.