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.

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

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Melbourne Storms Bring Heavy Rain & Cause Flash Flooding

Overnight storms put on a show in Melbourne as thunder and lightning moved across the city, but it also caused flash flooding, with up to 50 millimetres falling in some parts of the city.

The intense band of rain hit the city between 11:00pm and midnight.

The SES received 240 calls for help, including some people who had to be rescued from cars in floodwaters, while Reservoir and Werribee were among the worst affected areas.

“Most of our calls were for building damage and flooding and most of those were water leaking through ceilings, we had a few ceiling collapses,” SES Commander Mark Cattell said.

“A lot of homes with more than likely blocked gutters and broken tiles on the roof.

“We ask drivers if they do see water across the road, be very sure about how deep it is. Anything over about 30 centimetres is way too deep for a car.”

In other parts of the state, Wilson’s Promontory received 120mm of rain, while Mallacoota had 84mm.

Weather bureau senior forecaster Stephen King said the rain fell in a short period of time.

“The highest totals there were 47mm at Epping, 43mm at Sunshine and 40mm at Bundoora,” he said.

“The problem there was that, that rainfall all fell within an hour or less and did cause a bit of flash flooding around the metropolitan area.”