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.

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.

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

beOnd Plumbing Supports Tony Lombardi & The Leukaemia Foundation!

beOnd Plumbing is proud to Support the Leukaemia Foundation

beOnd Plumbing is proud to be supporting Tony Lombardi from Harcourts Real Estate on his ride around New Zealand to raise money for the Leukemia Foundation!

Ride as One New Zealand is a week-long ride through the stunning picture-postcard scenery of NZ’s South Island.  All up there will be six days of cycling for 40 riders, through some hilly terrain and in changeable mountain weather.

The going will be tough – physically and mentally – but so are the challenges that people living with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma face everyday.

 

The money you raise will go towards providing free practical and emotional support to ease the burden on families living with blood cancer. The money will also be helping to build the Leukaemia Foundation’s new Victorian Accommodation Centre (Building of Hope). Together with their family,  the average length of stay in Melbourne is four months, but many , particularly those families with children undergoing treatment for acute leukaemia, stay for 24 months or more. Their lives are thrown into turmoil as they face the uncertainty of treatment. These often highly invasive treatments affect their immune systems and make them highly susceptible to infection. Even a common cold can become life threatening. The Leukaemia Foundation’s accommodation is specifically designed for blood cancer patients undergoing treatment and their families. The Foundation’s specialised accommodation facilities provide patients with holistic care in a support facility dedicated to their wellbeing. This hygienic environment allows many patients to live with their families whilst receiving their cancer treatment.
Today, 34 Australians will get the news they have blood cancer. That’s another 34 reasons to support the Leukaemia Foundation’s work! We wish Tony Lombardi all the very best on his ride and we thank him for his courage and commitment to such a great cause!

Click here to donate

http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/antoniolombardi