What Is A Water Hammer And How To Stop It?

What Is A Water Hammer And How To Stop It?

 

When you turn your taps on, you expect the quiet and soothing sound of water flowing from the fixture. If you get a sound like a death metal drummer has set up camp in your pipes instead, you may be the victim of a water hammer.

It can vary from a loud bang to several loud bangs, each preceded by an echoey sound through your household. If you hear noise when opening a tap, this is most likely the sound of air in the pipes.

Bangs are caused by shockwaves that cause pipes to move and strike each other or adjoining frames. When the pipes are not adequately supported or the valves wear out, the banging gets worse.

However, the noise isn’t merely annoying. A water hammer is an indication that your plumbing system may be damaged. In order to avoid permanent damage, you must fix the water hammer causes.

 

What causes water hammer?

Your mains pressure is a high-pressure flow of water that is halted whenever you turn off a tap. This causes the water to rapidly return back through your plumbing. If there are any existing problems, this to-and-fro process of pressurised water can lead to air pockets and the banging noise that you hear.

There is a range of different causes for water hammers, including loose or damaged pipes, work stop valves, clogged air chambers, water ripples caused by your float valve or even new appliances that may be causing issues with the solenoid valves.

To discover the cause of the banging in your pipes, a professional plumber will need to inspect all of the potential problems, isolate the issue and repair it.

 

Can a water hammer damage your pipes?

A water hammer, also known as surge flow, occurs when the volume of fluid in the pipe changes dramatically. The pressure in pipes can be extremely high, causing tremendous pressure on pipe supports. It can even cause sudden reversals of flow.

This serious problem causes erosion, damage to the pipes, valves, fittings, and can cause a pipe to burst when it occurs. If left unchecked, it can lead to damaged pipe racks and supports, as well as leaks at joints, which can cause catastrophic damage to your house or business.

 

What does a water hammer arrestor do?

There is a method you can use to stop or reduce the impact of a water hammer, including the installation of a water hammer arrestor. Devices such as these absorb the shock when rapid closing shutoff valves, dishwashers, and clothes washers suddenly interrupt water flow within a piping system. Taking this action prevents water hammers from damaging your property.

 

Fix your water hammer issues and prevent them from occurring again with Plumb-Jet & Gas-Jet

We can diagnose, limit, and eradicate your banging water pipes with our expertise at Plumb-Jet & Gas-Jet.

We are able to provide a repair service for water pipe noises for many suburbs near Tweed, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, and Brisbane.

To schedule an appointment with your local plumber, call us on 1300 881 902.

Why is my water bill higher than normal?

There are some obvious reasons why your water bill might be higher than normal. Water consumption usually increases in the summer months, when we drink more water and bathe to stay cool, or where an extra person has joined a household.

 

However, if you don’t think that your water output has changed considerably, but your water rates are considerably higher than usual, there could be a plumbing issue. Here are four things that a high water bill could indicate.

 

1. A dripping faucet

Although this may seem like a small inconvenience for the price you’re paying, dripping faucets can lead to 20 gallons of wasted water a day. This could be a lot more if the leak is significantly heavy.

 

If you’re experiencing high water bills, perhaps the easiest thing you can do is first check your home water appliances. This includes bath and sink taps, showerheads, and hoses.

 

Once you find the source, you can replace your leaky appliance with a hardware store alternative or contact a professional plumber to install it.

 

2. Outdated fixtures

If you have always experienced high water bills upon moving into a new property, you probably have outdated fixtures. Old homes are not likely to have had modern water systems installed. This means that you don’t benefit from new energy-efficient improvements. These include water-saving showerheads and toilets, and modern aerators.

 

To identify if this problem applies to you, check the manufacturing dates on your home appliances. You may have to buy new equipment to be installed, but these renovations will save you money in the long run.

 

You should always ask an estate agent whether the plumbing structures have been updated when considering a property.

 

3. Leaking toilet

There are many ways to identify if you have a leaking toilet. This includes cracks in the porcelain, regular clogging, it emanates bad sewage smells, visible leaking from the base of the toilet, or strange noises after flushing.

 

You can also conduct a dye test to establish whether you have a toilet leak. Put a few drops of food colouring into the tank of your toilet and wait for 15-20 minutes. If the dye is still present in the toilet bowl after this time, then you have a leak.

 

Toilet leaks are the most common cause of high water bills and perhaps result in the most water wastage. A leaking toilet wastes around 200 gallons a day – ten times more water than a leaking faucet.

 

If you have a toilet leak, it is important that you seek professional help immediately.

 

4. Lateral or irrigation leaks

An irrigation system comprises a network of pipes that disperse water around your garden. Breakages or loosening of the pipes can cause leaks to occur. Be sure to check your grass for particularly wet patches or uneven growth.

 

Lateral leaks are caused when underground pipes that feed water to your home become loose or disconnected. This could be due to many factors, such as seismic activity, aged pipes, or tree root intrusion.

 

Lateral leaks are the most severe type of leak and must be attended to by an expert plumber.

 

If you’re experiencing high energy bills and require expert solutions in Tweed Heads, call Plumb-Jet & Gas-Jet today on 1300 881 902 or email admin@plumbjet.com.au.

Bathroom Renovation Guide

Renovating your bathroom is always a worthwhile investment. It might sound a bit daunting at first, but if you follow the steps below and hire builders that you can trust, then the process will be both easy and rewarding.

 

1. Work out what you want to change

First and foremost, you need to figure out the scale of these renovations. What would you change about your current space? Will there be any new family members to accommodate?

Are you adding a bath, or maybe even getting rid of one? If you are considering adding a bath, it’s worth pointing out that this helps the resale value of your property – especially among families with kids.

You can also purchase additional fixtures such as cabinets and mirrors at your discretion; your builders will install them wherever you want them.

 

2. Hire your builders

On the topic of builders, the next stage is to hire a building company, preferably one well-versed in bathrooms, so that you know you’re getting the best quality.

They may visit the property to perform an initial inspection, whereupon they can liaise with you and understand your lifestyle, tastes and needs.

Now that you have a general image of how the bathroom should look, you will be able to get a rough estimate of the work required.

Some compromises might need to be made for practical reasons, but the end product should be as close to your dream as possible.

 

3. Be aware of any additional requirements

A contract and schedule will soon be finalised based on these conversations but there are more facets to be mindful of before work begins.

Significantly changing the bathroom layout sometimes requires council permission, and you might need to reroute the piping and wiring.

The builders will guide you through this and hire subcontractors to carry this out, but this will all depend on the particulars of the work being done.

On top of this, sanitary ware like toilets, showers, and sinks might benefit from being fully replaced, as more modern systems can reduce bills in the long-term by getting the same performance out of less water.

 

4. Finishing touches

With every permission secured and every detail worked out to the best standard, the work commences and should take roughly three to eight weeks.

As with everything else, this depends on the scale. One of the final steps, taken near the end of the job, will be the colour scheme.

If the tiling you selected did not already come with a pattern or colour you desired, then you can select the colour you want the room to exude.

This is not a minor detail – the colour scheme of a room is very important, and vital in creating the right ambience.

 

Hire a bathroom renovation expert

Overall, there is a lot to be aware of when renovating a bathroom, but a good builder will help make this as easy a process as possible.

At Plumb-Jet and Gas-Jet, we have conducted many bathroom renovations across Tweed Heads.

If you’d like a quote or want to learn more about or renovation services, get in touch with us either on 1300 881 902 or contact us online if you think you are ready for the bathroom you’ve always wanted.

The ultimate guide to hot water systems

There is no right or wrong answer to the question: which is the best hot water system for my home? The right system for you will depend on a range of factors including your needs, budget, and property type. At Plumb-Jet and Gas-Jet, we have experienced engineers who can install gas, electric, and solar-powered hot water systems in your home. Let’s take a look at the differences between these systems and how to choose the best system for your property.
 

Gas vs electric vs solar hot water systems

Most hot water systems in Australia run on either gas, electric, or solar power, with around 48% of hot water in Australia heated using natural gas (https://www.yourhome.gov.au/energy/hot-water-service). But today, many Australians are turning to alternative energy sources, including solar power, to power their water heating systems.
 
All three systems have their own advantages and disadvantages, and choosing your system will no doubt come down to three main points:
 

  • How much hot water will you need?
  • How big is your installation budget?
  • What running costs can you afford?

 
Generally speaking, between these three systems, customers will always have to make a trade-off between installation costs and running costs. Those systems which cost more to install usually boast lower running costs, while low installation fees can mean higher running costs in the long term.
 

Why choose gas hot water?

Gas hot water is often considered the ‘moderate’ option for hot water systems, offering lower running costs when compared to electric but cheaper installation fees compared to solar. The benefits of using gas to heat your water include:
 

  • A good trade-off between lower installation costs and low running costs
  • Consistent pricing throughout the day, which means no additional fees for peak use
  • Relatively energy efficient, with fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to electric

 
If your home is already connected to mains gas, gas can be a great, cost-effective option for heating water.
 

Why choose electric hot water?

Electric hot water is often chosen because out of all three systems it involves the cheapest installation costs. However, electric hot water carries higher running costs than the other two systems, making it often less ideal in the long run. Benefits of installing an electric hot water system include:
 

  • Low installation costs and easy installation
  • Reliable
  • Heating off-peak can be more cost-effective
  • Can be installed either indoors or outdoors

 

Why choose solar hot water?

Solar hot water is the most advanced hot water heating system available, but as such this means relatively high set-up costs compared to both electric and gas water heating. However, the benefits of solar hot water systems are many, including:
 

  • Energy consumption can be reduced by up to 90%
  • Very eco-friendly
  • Low running costs, which can slowly cover the costs of installation
  • Certain government incentives can help cover installation costs

 
However, it’s worth bearing in mind that solar-powered hot water systems can be unreliable on overcast days when the sun isn’t providing as much energy, and of course for some people the costs of installation are just too prohibitive.
 

Get in touch

Still need advice? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Plumb-Jet and Gas-Jet to discuss your needs and we can help you to figure out which hot water system is right for you. Contact us today to find out more.

Signs you need to call an emergency gas plumber in Tweed Heads

Signs you need to call an emergency gas plumber in Tweed Heads

Though natural gas provides almost 70% of Australians with cooked meals and hot showers, there is always the potential for it to go wrong; when that happens, you will need an emergency gas plumber. This can be nerve-wracking whether or not it ends up being a false alarm, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry – and to know the signs of a potential gas leak.

Our top 3 signs:

1. Use your senses

Gas is odourless, and so the smell of sulphur (routinely compared to rotten eggs) is usually added to make sure that people are aware of any faults when they arise. Carbon monoxide is never scented, however, so it’s important to regularly test your carbon monoxide detector or to purchase a new one if you need it.

You will likely be able to smell the gas at least a short while before a situation turns critical, but that doesn’t mean you can wait to address it. You might also hear a hissing sound from a burst pipe, but not always – the two in conjunction, however, is a sign of definite danger.

2. Personal symptoms

If there’s a gas leak in your home, that means there’ll be less oxygen in the air, and that can result in flu-like symptoms, such as breathing difficulties, fatigue, disorientation, and headaches. Carbon monoxide poisoning also manifests similarly, and your pets are not immune, so watch out for any changes in behaviour or any sudden spells of illness that you both share.

If you feel these symptoms and others, then you might have a gas leak, especially if they completely (or even mostly) go away when you leave the building. Even then – and even if the leak gets confirmed and fixed by a plumber – you’ll need medical attention afterwards, just in case.

3. Environmental symptoms

There are other small signs that (though they may seem innocent enough in isolation) can coalesce to mean something’s up. Outside or inside, plants fare even worse than humans or pets when it comes to a gas leak. Plants die for any number of reasons, but if this happens suddenly and without an obvious cause, it can be because the gas has blocked off their oxygen supply.

Also, if gas appliances have a differently coloured flame than normal, this can mean there is an excess of gas drowning out the oxygen needed for it to reach full power. Finally, though it might sound superstitious, it is possible to identify a leak by applying soapy water to a suspect pipe; if the water bubbles, this can indicate that the gas is escaping.

Call us today if you’re experiencing an emergency gas fault

If you think there’s a gas leak, you must turn off your gas supply valve (only if it’s safe to do so) and evacuate the building.

Plumb-Jet and Gas-Jet are available at any hour of the day (or night) to talk you through this, and can quickly send a plumber to ensure the safety of you and your family in Tweed Heads, so don’t hesitate to call us on 1300 881 902 if you need assistance.

How to fix a leaking tap

How to fix a leaking tap

A leaking tap is one of the most frequent, and most irritating, household plumbing problems. Unfortunately, if not fixed promptly, the leak is likely to grow worse. How best to fix the leak depends on where it’s located and what’s causing the problem.

Read on to discover the three most typical types of leaking tap, and how to resolve each one of them. Always remember to switch the water supply off before beginning to dismantle the tap for repair. If you suspect that the problem is more serious than the ones mentioned here, we strongly suggest getting a professional plumber to take a look.

Reasons for a leaking tap

By far the most frequent cause of a leaking tap is the deterioration of a washer. Over time, wear and tear causes tap washers to stretch and fray. This will result in a dripping tap. If not repaired, the drip will get more persistent over time.

Whilst turning the tap harder will initially stop the drip, this isn’t a permanent solution. Harder turning will eventually not only cease to stop the drip, but may also damage the tap.

You may also experience a leak from the body of the tap, or beneath the spout. In these circumstances, it’s probable that one of the “O” rings need replacing.

In most cases, these leaks start small, then increase in size as time goes on. Sudden, severe leaks may be due to a rarer fault. If you’re not sure what the problem is, turn off the water supply and contact a professional!

How to fix a leaking tap

If a washer is at fault, you will need to buy a replacement. Not sure about the type of washer you need? You may have to remove the old one first, then use it to compare with new products to ensure you get the right type. To change a washer, turn off the water supply, and put the plug in the sink to catch small parts.

– Remove the head of the tap.

– Unscrew the valve cover

– Loosen the valve (we recommend an adjustable spanner).

– Hold the valve steady, then remove the screw which keeps the washer in place.

– Replace the washer.

– Reverse the previous steps.

Follow a similar set of steps to replace the “O” ring, but leave the washer intact. Slide the new “O” ring into position, over the valve.

For a spout “O” ring:

– Switch off the water

– Loosen the nut underneath the tap.

– Loosen the grub screw (on the top surface of the spout, near the base)

– Elevate the spout to find the “O” ring, which is the rubber washer/ring at the bottom of the spout.

– Replace the “O” ring.

– Reverse the above steps.

If you’re not confident in your DIY capabilities, see that the leak is a severe one, or simply want to use a professional to ensure best results, we’re here to help. We also have a specialised leak detection service. Get in touch for a one-stop solution to your plumbing problems, no matter what they might be.

If your pipes are the issue, check out our previous post on maintaining your pipes.

Plumbers’ Tips for Maintaining Your Pipes in Tweed Heads

Plumbers’ Tips for Maintaining Your Pipes in Tweed Heads

When it comes to plumbers in Tweed Heads, Plumb-Jet and Gas-Jet are some of the best. We offer a wide range of plumbing services to meet your needs. The pipes in your house are a pretty important part of your plumbing system and they require a bit of maintenance to ensure they work like they should. You won’t have to put in a ton of time and effort, but the following tips will help you maintain your pipes so you don’t face inconvenient and expensive plumbing issues in your home. 

Use Strainers on Your Drains

This is a really easy way to keep your pipes clear and in good condition. Blocked drains can lead to pipe damage, which can cause backups and flooding in your house. Not only can that damage your floors, walls, and rugs, but it also poses a health risk. By placing strainers on your drains, you can keep large food debris, grease, hair, and other items from slipping down, creating a blockage. 

Clean Drains Regularly

It’s not always a good idea to put chemical pipe cleaners down your drains, but you can easily keep them clean with baking soda and vinegar. Sprinkle each drain with baking soda, then pour in some plain white vinegar. The mixture will bubble and help dissolve built up gunk in the pipes. Let them work for a few minutes, before flushing with hot water. If you suspect you have a blocked drain, give us a call because it can make the problem worse if you try to take care of it yourself. 

Get an Inspection

If you’re worried that there is something wrong with your pipes, have them inspected. We can look inside and make sure there isn’t any corrosion or worn out places that need to be replaced. If there are issues, we are trained and experienced in taking care of them for you. A regular inspection is much easier than running into an issue that gets expensive and time consuming to repair. 

Don’t Ignore Leaky Pipes

Sometimes you may have a leaky pipe and not realize it until you see visible water damage. However, dripping taps and running toilets are other signs you might have a leak. These are not problems you should ignore because the issue will only get worse and can cause major damage if the pipe bursts. 

Looking for plumbers in Tweed Heads to help maintain your pipes? Call Plumb-Jet and Gas-Jet today or get in touch online

How To Fix These Plumbing Mistakes

How To Fix These Plumbing Mistakes

Common Plumbing Mistakes

Having to call in the plumbers is something we all wish to avoid. Our first thought is always that we can fix whatever is wrong. It goes against the grain to hire someone to repair what is obviously dead easy to do. It’s only plumbing, right? Plumbers cost an arm and a leg, don’t they? Why waste your money on some bloke with a tool bag? You’ve got your own set of tools, so why not do it yourself? 

Unfortunately, the path to plumbing hell is paved with good intentions. Murphy’s Law- if it can go wrong, it probably will. Unless you have training in plumbing and know what you are doing, it’s odds on that you will make a mess of it. That’s our experience at Plumb-Jet & Gas-Jet. We’ve had to clean up many Tweed plumbing disasters. For that reason, we would like to point out some common plumbing mistakes Tweed residents and how to solve them.

Drain Cleaner

We’ve all heard of that magical liquid substance called drain cleaner. Any time you have blockage or think you have because your water in draining away too slowly, it’s time to reach for the drain cleaner. It’s really good stuff, but unfortunately, it’s also very caustic and powerful. Invariably people use way too much of it. It is highly corrosive and will certainly damage your pipes and joints because you use far more than necessary. There are natural products that do the same job, but more slowly and don’t damage your plumbing.

Wrong Connections

Another common mistake when replacing a bit of piping is connecting copper piping with galvanized pipes. Where they touch each other, it leads to corrosion. Many amateurs get this wrong and set themselves up for future problems with the wrong installation. What is necessary is a dielectric union to join but separate the two. These joints contain a plastic sleeve and a rubber washer so they don’t touch.

Shut Off the Water

This is a laughable, but very common mistake made by plumbing DIY enthusiasts. In their enthusiasm and macho urge to prove that they can fix anything, they rush to get the job done, but forget to cut off the water at the mains and drain the system before working. Some don’t even know where the shut off valves are! Know where your valves are.

Call a Licensed Plumber

Above are just three very simple, but all too common mistakes that Tweed plumbing DIY enthusiasts make. Plumb-Jet & Gas-Jet have been called out many times to deal with the consequences of them. Don’t make mistakes, call a plumber. You can contact us through our message page or simply give us a ring.

Why Plumbers Prefer You Not to DIY Bathroom Repairs

 

 

Why Plumbers Prefer You Not to DIY Bathroom Repairs

Why Plumbers Prefer You Not to DIY Bathroom Repairs

Even an experienced DIYer may hesitate when they have to renovate their bathroom. There are few projects more complicated difficult than fitting a bathroom, and the number of different skills and techniques involved often mean that an amateur can make a serious error. In order to make sure that the task is completed properly, you need to call experienced plumbers in Tweed Heads like Plumb Jet and Gas Jet.

The problem of mounting costs

One of the most serious problems that you face when doing DIY for your bathroom is the issue of cost. You most likely started doing DIY in order to save money, but even small bathrooms can cost $20,000 and above when you use an experienced plumbing team, and that cost can be much higher when you try to do it yourself, and then need to call in our team to help you fix your mistakes.

Fitting parts correctly

You might think that you know how to do the basic framing that is involved with renovating a bathroom, but are you able to do it to a high enough standard? Even small mistakes, such as building the frame slightly too large, can mean expensive re-dos and the need to call in Plumb Jet and Gas Jet to get the work done correctly.

Major plumbing skills

You might have enough DIYer knowledge to repair a dripping tap or a damaged pipe, but when it comes to renovating a bathroom, you need to have it done precisely. There are a number of rules and restrictions which apply to plumbing in Australia, and your plumbing contractors will know how to meet these demands, rather than risking having to do the whole thing again.

Installing major furnishings

When you need help with fitting a shower, Plumb Jet and Gas Jet are here to help you. It is tough to do this by yourself, and even if you can do some of the basic labour, you need plumbing teams to help you get the shower stall fitted correctly.

Sorting out your plumbing needs

When you need help with your plumbing, you need to speak to Plumb Jet and Gas Jet. We are experienced plumbers in Tweed Heads who can help you with a variety of different bathroom projects. To find out more about how we can assist you, contact us today using our online form or call us on 1300-881-902 now.

If you are looking for a trustworthy plumber, you may find our previous blog of interest:

Finding a Trustworthy Plumber You Can Count On

6 Common causes of a blocked drain

6 Common causes of a blocked drain

A clogged drain is one of the most common reasons why homeowners call out a plumber to their Tweed Heads homes. Whether it is causing slow drainage, sewage backup, smells or flooding, a problem with your drains can quickly get out of hand and cause costly repairs. Understanding how clogged drains occur can mean that you take steps to reduce blocked drains, and only need to call out Plumb Jet in a real emergency.

Hair

Perhaps the number one cause of blocked drains, hair is easily mixed with grease and soap residue to create a hellish blocked drain. To avoid this, we recommend that you use drain guards to block hair, which should then be washed out regularly to avoid blocking the drain.

Dirt

Your drains are there to take dirt away from your home, but if you push too much dirt down the drain at once, it can quickly clog it, and may cause problems with your sewage system that require help from Plumb Jet.

Soap

A big culprit in clogged drains is soap. Traditional bars of soap are often made with grease residue, which when combined with water and other material such as hair and dirt, can clog up your drains.

Hard water

You can’t help what type of water you receive from the state, but if you have hard water, then the minerals that it contains can solidify, and may quickly become a large mass that block your drains. A water softener can help you to ease this issue.

Food debris

This is another common reason why Plumb Jet are called out to homes. Don’t waste from pots and pans and plates should never be allowed to sink into the drain. Instead, use a drain guard to collect anything from the water, and scrape as much as possible directly into the bin.

Plant roots

If you have trees or large bushes close to your property, then they can cause damage to your drains when they are seeking out water. Even tiny cracks can provide an access point for tree roots, which can then grow and become too large for the pipe. Monitor your plants to avoid this problem in the future.

Calling out an emergency plumber

If you have a serious problem with a blocked drain in your home, then you need to call out to an expert Plumber in Tweed Heads who can help you to avoid blocked drains in the future. Simply contact Plumb Jet today online or give us a call on 1300-881-902 now.