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Prevent the Unexpected: Beware of Unlicensed Tradespeople

While we all want to save a buck or two when we purchase goods, hiring an unlicensed tradesman may just do the opposite, which can be too much of a risk.

We’re not saying that they can’t do the job. Quite the contrary, they could be very capable of doing it and may even have enticing reviews from past clients. The problem is that they have not gone under the same training, costs and effort compared to their licensed counterparts. It’s just too risky to make sure that your investment would be well worth it. Of course, a license is not a guarantee to finish the job picture perfectly or in the right time frame, but it does provide the client confidence and help if something ever goes wrong. A license is evidence that the Tradesman has passed the state exam and shows that they are knowledgeable in that field.

Basically, once you use the services of an unlicensed Tradesman, you become responsible for the work they perform. Of course, you won’t be fined for hiring an unlicensed tradesperson as you did not break any law, but you are held responsible for any damage they may have caused to your property. You are also liable for any injury the tradesperson may have received on your property.

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1. Get in touch with the tradesperson and ask about their level of experience.
2. If you think that they could do the task properly, set a time for a pricing negotiation.
3. Make sure you ask for their license number, ABN and if they are covered with insurance.
4. If they fail to meet those listed above, then do not go further with the quotation. These are the types of tradesman that you might prefer to avoid.
5. Explain everything that you want to be done in detail and provide this same explanation to every tradesman involved in the project.
6. Go with your instinct. If you’re comfortable with a tradesman, then it might be best to negotiate with him.

So think twice if you’d risk it before hiring a tradesman. It would save you a lot of trouble, not to mention saving lots of cash. For more ideas about licensed tradesmen, click the link: https://www.youplumbing.com.au/learning-centre

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Different Types of Water Filters

While water is essential to living, almost every water source including your tap is in some way contaminated. Many homeowners these days install a water filter to ensure purity and that the water is safe for drinking. Water filters offer a great alternative to reduce the amount of chemicals, bacteria, and contaminants in your water.

There is a huge range of water filters available in the market. To know which one is best for you, you should know how each of these operates. There are different types of water filters. These include water filters, water ionisers, and water distillers. Let’s take a look at each of the following:

• Water Filters – These make use of materials such as carbon, ceramic and felt in order to mechanically filter out any contaminants. To kill bacteria, it may use ion-exchange processes or nano-silver. The efficiency of the water filter depends on the size of the pores in the filter media, which is being measured in microns. The filter is able to remove most of the contaminants from the water if the pore size is between 0.1 and 0.5 microns.

• Water Ionisers – work by passing water over positive and negative electrodes. Here, an electric current is needed in order to ionise the molecules in the water. This separates the incoming water stream into acidic and alkaline components. The alkaline water which is usually 70%, is then used for drinking.Ionizer

• Water Distillers – the mechanism behind this is to heat the water until it reaches its boiling point and then, the steam will be collected. After that, the steam will be condensed and collected separately as pure water. It is said that the best water distillers make use of the steam distillation process and carbon filtration as well.

• Reverse Osmosis – the water is pushed through a semipermeable membrane that blocks particles which are larger than water molecules. The advantage with this type of water filter is it removes many contaminants that are not removed by activated carbon, such as arsenic, fluoride, hexavalent chromium, nitrates and perchlorate. However, be aware that reverse osmosis filters may use 3-to-20 times more water than they produce, which are best used for drinking and cooking water only.

To be able to have an efficient water filter in your home, you need a reliable plumber to install it for you. If you’re in Australia, try one of the best plumbing services in Sydney. We have licensed plumbing experts who have the right tools and skills to get the job done right for you. For more info regarding our services, visit our website at http://www.youplumbing.com.au.

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What services does a plumber provide?

Whether it is a residential or industrial property, plumbing services are essential. Plumbing provides water and takes away the waste in a safe and efficient manner. But the only individuals who are properly qualified to perform such services are professional plumbers. The scope of the plumber’s work is extensive. From small leaks to more complicated matters such as providing an adequate plumbing system for an entire establishment. Take a look at some of the common plumbing services that you can take advantage of

  • Bathroom plumbing – The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in any home. Services provided by a plumber may involve the repair, replacement and installation of sinks, showers, tubs, faucets, toilets, water lines and drains in your bathroom.

 

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  • Waterproofing – One of the tasks a plumber performs is to waterproof wet areas to prevent leaks damage to the underlying structures.

 

  • Laundry plumbing – Much like bathrooms’ laundries require maintenance as well as installations. Whether it is a laundry renovation or the installation of a laundry basin and taps for the washing machine, it’s all part of a plumber’s job.

 

  • Dishwasher installation – For a quick, easy and painless installation of dishwasher, call the plumber.

 

  • Gas fitting services – A plumbing company can provide you a qualified gasfitter who will install and maintain items or appliances that use gas in their operation.

 

  • Repair leaks – For effective repairs of leaks for whatever reason, it is essential to call a plumber. It may be a simple leak, which requires minor repairs, or a complicated leak which may require extensive work. A plumber may be able to diagnose the problem, and minimise future damage.

 

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  • Hot water systems – Whether it is an electric, gas, or solar water system, the plumber can install and maintain the equipment.

 

  • Relocation – A plumber will be able to transfer the location of some items such as the kitchen sink or the shower to a more convenient place.

 

  • Roof plumbing – Some of the tasks include maintenance of downpipes and gutter; roof repairs; and other ways to drain water from the roof of the home.

 

  • Emergency plumbing – Whatever time of the day, the plumber is available to repair serious leaks, burst pipes, flooding issues, etc.

 

We provide one of the best plumbing services in Sydney. For more info, visit our site at http://www.youplumbing.com.au/services. We have professional plumbers who can get the job done right with the highest quality and under the strictest safety standards.

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Troubleshoot a Leaky Washing Machine

In times of a washing machine malfunction you must be able to assess whether it’s an easy fix which you can try to do or it might require you to call a professional to do the repair. The washing machine may be one of the most used appliances in our house.

Here in Australia, an average family washes eight loads of laundry per week! Knowing this, it is no longer a wonder that any moment the washing machine might cause a puddle of water to appear in your laundry room. Before you go grab the phone and call us here in You Plumbing, here are some simple steps we can share to you to assess the severity of your washing machine’s malfunction.

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If you want to elevate your washing machine using a pedestal, make sure the surface is even. Uneven pedestal will cause water to leak whenever you spin your washing machine. Sometimes, there really isn’t any problem with your washing machine’s parts just its position. But if the leak is from behind your washer, try to check whether you removed the manufacturer’s temporary drain plug or if you accidentally left it attached to the drain hose. If you just left behind the drain plug just turn off the waterline , pull out the plug then reattached the drain hose.

After you inspect that you did not accidentally leave the plastic plug, it’s time to inspect the hoses for other signs of clogs, loose connectors or other damage that might cause the leaking. What you think is a leak might just be blockage in your hoses.

Clogged hoses prevent water to be drained so it overflows mimicking a leak. If in the instance that you’ve already made sure the pedestal is even, and the hoses are not clogged yet water still leaks from your washer, it’s time to inspect the pump. A pump gets plugged with dirt and debris which you can easily solve by cleaning your washer’s trap. You can also try to drain the hose from its outlet to better inspect it.

When you’ve followed all these simple steps in inspecting your washing machine and you still can’t pin point why it still leaks, then you can always call or visit us at You Plumbing and we’ll be more than happy to help fix the leak in your washer.

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Tips to Fix Low Water Pressure Problems

Poor water pressure is really disappointing, and can be really unsatisfying. However, there are several ways to resolve such an issue and finally achieve a healthy flow of water around your home. Here are some fixes for your low water pressure problems!

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Your pipes can develop a buildup of mineral deposits over time, resulting to clogging. This prevents the water from flowing freely and in extreme cases, you may need to replace sections of pipe. However, there are some simple fixes to prevent this sort of clogging occurring. You can take care of clogs at your system’s exit points by dissolving those buildup minerals inside your faucet fixtures and shower heads. A simple fix is to place an open zip-lock bag filled with vinegar over your showerhead or faucet. Tie it and leave it overnight to soak. The next morning, simply rinse off your cleaned fittings. If this doesn’t work, try using drain cleaner fluid. If your pipes are still blocked, it’s time to call a plumber!

 

Check the water valve if it’s completely open
Your house has a main water valve which is usually located near the meter. Its function is to control the flow of water into your home’s pipes. Check to see if it’s completely open. There are times that it may get accidentally turned off during repairs and maintenance without the homeowner’s knowledge. Sometimes, the valve is just partially opened, resulting to restricted flow and reduced pressure.

Replace the regulator
A lot of houses have a regulator especially those that rely on public water. Its function is to eleaknsure that the water doesn’t rush through the pipes. An indication that something is wrong with the regulator is the drop in water pressure, which affects some or all of the fixtures in your home. You can try to reset or replace this part.

Look out for leaks
Another tip is to look out for leaks in your water system. To find out if your main pipe has any damage, shut off all your faucets. Then, turn off the water valve in your home and take note of the number that appears on your water meter. Check the meter again after two hours. If there’s an increased reading, it is a sign of a leakage. It’s time to call a professional if a leak is present..

The tips mentioned above will help you find out and fix some issues with low water pressure in your house. However, there are some problems that really need a professional to fix. With our extensive experience in the plumbingndustry, we have refined our skills and have a team of professional, reliable and friendly plumbers dedicated  in providing exceptional service. Check out our site at http://www.youplumbing.com.au for more info of our services.

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