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Choosing the Right Tile for Your Bathroom

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Tiles can add value to a bathroom! And with their hygienic and water resistant properties, are a popular choice for any wet area. There are various unique finishes on offer that can’t be matched by other materials. Whether it is ceramic, porcelain, travertine or slate, bathrooms can accommodate all types of tiles.

Here are some tips to help you narrow down your choices and find out which is the right tile for your bathroom:

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With their fresh appearance and easy wipe surfaces, tiles offer a great hygienic solution to a bathroom. While tiles are water-resistant, they are not totally waterproof. Before tiling, you can waterproof the shower area with a waterproofing kit to prevent any potential water damage to the walls behind the tiling. Also, if you opt for natural stone tiles for your bathroom, make sure that they are sealed with the recommended maintenance products prior to fixing to prevent water damage/staining.

Tile size for my bathroom

Typically, it is advised to avoid using large bathroom tiles such as 60x30cm in a small bathroom, as it will make the room significantly smaller. But if most of the tiles can be applied without any cuts, the result can be impressive.

With small tiles like 10x10cm, its several grout lines can sometimes look unattractive. For many people, medium sized tiles such as 40x20cm are a common choice for either large or small bathrooms today.

Using tiles to make a small bathroom look bigger

One way to make small bathrooms look bigger is to use light colored bathroom tiles such as white or cream. They reflect the light more as compared to darker colors, giving an airy and spacious feel to your bathroom. Another way is to use the same color wall tiles as the floor tiles.

When you’re shopping for tiles for your bathroom, try to visit a trustworthy plumbing shop in Australia. Check out the various choices and find out which one suits your bathroom. However, you might also need professional plumbing services when installing tiles for your bathroom. If this is the case, contact us through our site at http://www.youplumbing.com.au and see more info of our services. You can also send us an email to info@youplumbing.com.au.

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Funny Plumbing Facts

We have gathered crazy facts about plumbing that you might enjoy.  Here are a few:

  1. Albert Einstein was made an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union after he had announced that he would be a plumber if he had to live his life all over again.
  2. In the technology capital of the world, Japan, some urinals have voice activated flushing mechanisms.  The urinals respond to several commands, including “fire”.
  3. Over $100,000 were spent on a study to determine whether most people put their toilet paper on the holder with the flap in front or behind.  The answer: three out of four people have the flap in the front.
  4. 90% of pharmaceuticals taken by people are excreted through urination. Therefore our sewer systems contain heavy dose of drugs.  A recent study by the EPA has found fish containing trace amounts of estrogens, cholesterol-lowering drugs, pain relievers, antibiotics, caffeine and even anti-depressants.
  5. President Richard Nixon had set up a White House Special Investigations Unit to plug intelligence leaks in the governmental processes associated with the Vietnam War.  The members of this group were popularly called “plumbers.”
  6. The toilet is flushed more times during the super bowl halftime than at any time during the year.  We imagine the 8 million pounds of popcorn, 28 million pounds of potato chips, and 1 billion chicken wings really get to you at halftime.
  7. Who are the most famous plumbers ever?  Mario and Luigi of course!  They have been in over 200 games since Mario bros was created in 1985.
  8. King George II of Great Britain died falling off a toilet on the 25th of October 1760.
  9. The “Bathroom” has been named many different things in many different places.  Here are a few of my favourite ones: The Egyptians named it the House of Horror, the Romans named it the Necessaries for obvious reasons.  The Tudors who ruled England for a period of time called the bathroom the privy or house of privacy.  People of France call it “La Chambre Sent” meaning the smelly house, self-explanatory of course.  Israelis call the bathroom the house of honour; this one confuses us the most.
  10. The average person spends three whole years of their life sitting on the toilet.  We hope you brought a good book.

Have fun with us at You Plumbing, Sydney’s number one choice for plumbing supplies and services. Pipes might be your problem. Your water bill is increasing. Hurry and call us now!

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Bathroom Renovations

When it comes to renovating your bathroom, nobody can ever judge if it is enough or not. There are things that you most likely would want to consider and keep in mind when renovating your bathroom.

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  • One is you have to think about keeping it a place to just be able to use when needed or to make it into a place of comfort and relaxation. The ambiance plays a great roll when it comes to renovations.
  • Second, when choosing between a spa and a tub, you need to consider if your flooring can handle it. And then when you know that your floor is already in perfect condition, you will need to think about your tiles.
  • Another important consideration is water efficiency. Make sure to ask advice from experts when having your bathroom renovated so that you will be able to discuss with them the proper positioning of each appliance.

When you need advice for your renovations, never hesitate to call You Plumbing and we’ll make sure to take care of all your remodeling needs.

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Saving Money with You Plumbing

Some of us would rather fix our own plumbing and other things that go wrong in our homes. Like the light bulbs, the fans, and everything else that could go wrong. For some it’s plainly possessiveness or because of their tight budget. Yes, there are some issues that we homeowners can fix on their own, but there will still be a great risk that those problems cannot be fixed instead they will just grow worse.

Here are some issues that you will not be able to fix all by yourself and so you will need a plumber, a professional one, to do the job for you.

  • Toilets– We often encounter toilets that won’t flush, so the first thing we do is to use a plunger. However, when the plunger does not help, then you will have to call a plumber because that might be a blockage in your drainage system. And it will be obvious that you won’t be able to do that alone or all by yourself unless you were trained and equipped with the right tools for the job. Otherwise, do not take the risk because you might just make matters worse.
  • Taps– Never ignore a leaking Taps. This will waste precious water and add up your water consumption which will then add on to your bill. This will add up to your expenses. Call You Plumbing for these types of problems.
  • Saving Money with You PlumbingDrains– Pouring Liquid Plumber down the drain is not enough of a solution for blocked drains. This will only be temporary and you can expect your drain to get blocked every now and then and you, having to buy more and more liquid drain cleaner just to solve the problem. This again, adds up to your expenses. Call us for an effective solution.

It’s easier for you to be able to move around the house without any problem if you would only trust your professional plumbers. It will be more budget friendly and you won’t have to think about the maintenance especially when you let You Plumbing install and fix your plumbing system because we offer the best warranties with their services. Not to mention, we are also very efficient when it comes to working.

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Storm Water Issues

Now that we are into the storm season again, we should be more aware of our environment and be very vigilant about the undertakings of the people around us especially those people who went through really disastrous storms. Why? Well, because if we cannot help them because it’s too late, then we will be able to help ourselves because we are able to take note of the things that they should have done but they did not do when they had the chance because of certain reasons like ignorance, pride and panic. And sometimes it’s not this kind of damage that we are up against. Sometimes it’s different and sometimes it’s our property and everyday life is at stake because of these complications brought about by storms.

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The most common issues with stormwater are under sizing of the system, Sydney experiences heavy rainfall at times and so we recommend having a stormwater system that is adequately sized to be able to cope with this demand. Build up of debris that has not been cleared is also another problem, as well as broken or damaged pipes from ground movement, tree roots, crushed from heavy machinery or vehicles driving over them. Another problem is dry ground due to lack of moisture in the ground that can lead to pipes cracking. This will result in more damage due to local tree roots searching for moisture in the pipes.

So, if you need a stormwater Sydney plumber, then we will always be here to help. We will help you determine the issues on your property. Please do not hesitate to call us when you need anything, or book a job immediately and we will be more than happy to be of service.

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How To Stay Storm-Safe Throughout The Year

When the word “Storm” is mentioned in the news, you can’t help but turn around and see for yourself what this natural calamity has done this time. You try and take a closer view as to which part of the world did it cause havoc upon this time. Everybody has grown wary of the effects of this natural calamity not only to themselves but also to countries all over the globe.

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Storm cloud rolls over Lane Cove

Here in Sydney, having storms is not a new thing. Storms are like seasonal visitors. Visitors who tend to destroy everything in their path. Because of this over familiarity concerning storms, we somehow have grown complacent about it because we have been used to having it around and having to repair everything that it destroys. The storm cells that wrought havoc across south east Queensland and Brisbane in late November racked up insurance bills of over $1 billion.

Emergency plumbers across Sydney, including ourselves, were run off our feet helping our personal customers get back on their feet and assisting our business clients to get their doors open again as soon as possible. However, no matter how many people rush into your side to offer help, you can never deny the fact that the damage has been done and that there are some things that will never be put back to the way it was before it got destroyed.

Due to this catastrophe, we were able to contemplate and learn that the old saying “Prevention is better than cure” is still applicable even up to this generation.

Preventing damage from storms, especially water damage, is much easier than the costly repairs that are required after it damages your assets.

The best methods of prevention are also of low impact, and don’t require much more than the investment of a little time and around $20.

You should start by cleaning your roof, gutters and windows. Having mini-dams in these watercourses can mean water flows into your roof or floods over the floors. And then, you should also make sure to secure all loose objects. Even though this sounds simple enough, people often overlook their outdoor environment. There were reports after the recent storms that a cigarette ash tray had smashed windows at a business after the high winds turned it into a rock-hard cricket-ball-sized projectile. Consequently, you should buy masking tape, large garbage bags, and stockpile plastic bags from the supermarket. These can serve as rough-and-ready window coverings to prevent water damage. If a window breaks, and can be stuffed with towels to create makeshift sandbags to divert water. Lastly, stock an emergency kit. Better be safe than be sorry.

When you need an emergency plumber anywhere in Sydney, our friendly and professional Plumbers at You Plumbing are just a phone call away on 1300 857 174 or enquire online via our website at http://www.youplumbing.com.au.

Plumbing for You

Ever encountered having your plumbing system broken? Ever experienced going to work or going to an appointment without taking a shower because of a burst water or gas pipe? Ever experienced knocking on your neighbor’s door asking if it’s possible to use their bathroom because yours is broken? Say goodbye to that. Because now, You Plumbing is here to help you with all your plumbing issues!

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You Plumbing is a Sydney based plumbing company who offers excellent plumbing services and quality products throughout Australia. We are ready to respond to any of your plumbing requirements, tend to your dilemmas, and fix whatever is broken in your plumbing system.

Whether we are working for residential builders, commercial and industrial customers, or home owners, we strive to meet and exceed our customer’s expectations and tend to their needs, running the extra mile during each undertaking.

When you need an emergency plumber anytime and anywhere in Sydney, our friendly, professional, and reliable plumbers are very willing to help you and are just one phone call away!  We back all our work with LifeTime Labour Guarantee.

So, when your pipe bursts and you feel as if you’re also reeking with anger, don’t hesitate and call us at 1300 857 174 or enquire online via our website at http://www.youplumbing.com.au/services.

It would be our greatest pleasure and honor to help and to be able to tend to your every plumbing need.

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