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.

 

 

 

One Dead due to Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

One Dead In Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Churchill

One person has died and second has been taken to hospital because of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at home in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.
Police are investigating the incident involving a man and woman in Churchill, near Morwell after a family member called them to the house.
They do not believe that the death was suspicious.
The man, who is aged is his 60s, was found dead at the scene and the woman, also in her 60s, was moved to hospital for observation.
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She remained at the Latrobe Regional Hospital in a stable condition on Thursday night.
The pair were found inside the home in Graduation Place at about 3.40pm on Wednesday afternoon.
Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.
Carbon monoxide is a gas that can rise to lethal levels inside houses when possessions such as heaters and portable generators become faulty.
Cars left running in attached garages are another hazard.
Two Shepparton boys, eight-year-old Chase and six-year-old Tyler Robinson, died from carbon monoxide leaking from a gas heater at their rented home in 2010.

Please have your heaters checked by a qualified technician this winter by calling beOnd Plumbing on 1300 599 529.

 

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.

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.
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.

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.

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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.”

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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.