In this blog, we look at how to renovate your bathroom in 11 easy steps. From beginning to end, we have you covered.
Planning a bathroom renovation? Begin by setting a clear vision, assessing the plumbing needs, and deciding on DIY versus professional help. From layout design to fixture selection, each step matters. This guide helps navigate the renovation process, ensuring a smooth and successful transformation of your bathroom space. Let’s embark on this journey to create your ideal bathroom.
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Starting a bathroom renovation begins with understanding what you like. Explore different designs to understand what resonates with you. Look through magazines, visit showrooms, and scroll through online inspiration platforms, even check out our blog on the types of bathroom fixtures. Pay attention to the styles, colours, and layouts that catch your eye. Are you drawn to modern minimalism, classic elegance, or a bohemian vibe? Do you want a minor reno or do you want to make the whole bathroom a wetroom? Here are some other reasons why figuring out what you like first is so important:
Once you know what you like, the real planning can begin.
Now, it’s time to start planning. Reflect on what you like about your current bathroom. Does it just need a little refresh, or are you envisioning something entirely different? Sometimes, simple changes like new tiles or fixtures can alter the space enough to not need a full remodel. For layout changes, consider the implications on plumbing for toilets, sinks, and showers. Hiring a draftsperson or architect for detailed plans can be helpful, especially to meet state building regulations and codes, like minimum distances between fixtures. Read more in the QBCC’s home owner’s guide to building and renovating PDF.
This is also when you should start making a budget. Your budget should look at:
Bathroom renovations vary widely in cost, typically ranging from $5,000 for minor renovations to $35,000 for extensive work. Always include a contingency plan, which should be about 10-20% of your budget, for unforeseen expenses. This planning stage is crucial for a successful, well-budgeted renovation.
Assembling the right team is key to turning your bathroom renovation plans into reality. Start by identifying the types of contractors you’ll need – typically a builder, plumber, electrician, tiler, waterproofer, and possibly a painter. Seek recommendations from friends or look at online reviews to find reputable professionals! Verify their credentials, experience, and ensure they are licensed and insured. We have over 1000 5* Google reviews, so if you’re on the Gold Coast you know you can trust us for your bathroom renovations!
It’s also wise to get multiple quotes to compare services and prices. Discuss your vision and plans in detail with your chosen contractors, ensuring they understand your expectations. Good communication is crucial for a smooth renovation process. Remember, the cheapest option is rarely the best; focus on finding contractors who offer quality, reliability, and fair pricing.
Now is when the real work starts – the demolition phase. If you’re planning to keep the existing layout of your bathroom while updating fixtures and surfaces, the demolition can be more selective. However, a full-scale remodel usually requires more extensive work.
This involves removing old fixtures, tiles, and surfaces, along with demolishing any unnecessary walls. For bathrooms with showers, this includes taking out the doors and bathtub. You might opt to store these items for future use. If so, ensure they’re thoroughly cleaned and dried to prevent damage from prolonged moisture exposure.
During this phase, your chosen contractors will also ensure to disconnect all electricity alongside ensuring that all water inlets are switched off or capped – for obvious reasons!
Rough-in plumbing and electrical installations are the next crucial steps in your bathroom renovation.
For plumbing, the plumber strategically cuts holes in wall studs of timber-framed houses to run pipes, ensuring supply and drainage at needed locations. If using steel frames, pre-made holes typically accommodate plumbing needs. It’s vital that pipes are securely fastened to the frame to prevent ‘water hammer’, which can cause mechanical damage over time.
Electrical rough-ins involve planning for lighting, power points, and any other electrical requirements. Just like plumbing, any substantial alteration to wall studs for electrical wiring must be repaired or reinforced to maintain structural integrity. Electricians carefully plan and mark the locations for fittings to ensure accuracy before the final wall setup.
Both these steps lay the foundational systems of your bathroom, ensuring functionality and compliance with Australian/New Zealand standards.
With the fixtures in place, the next step is tiling. Expert tilers will transform your space, whether it’s following the existing layout or crafting a new one from scratch. They’ll meticulously measure and plan the layout, using high-quality, durable, and easy-to-maintain tiles suited for the unique demands of a bathroom environment.
The installation of cabinets and countertops is where design meets functionality. Your team will assist in selecting the right materials that balance aesthetics with practicality. Whether you opt for custom-built cabinetry or pre-built units, they will ensure a seamless fit into your bathroom’s design. Countertops are chosen for their durability and ease of maintenance, with stone being a top choice due to its fantastic aesthetic alongside unparalleled durability. Laminate is another popular choice due to its lower price point, but it is less durable than stone.
After demolition, the next step is usually to install new plumbing fixtures: the sink, toilet, shower, and bathtub. Your chosen plumber will run the necessary plumbing lines, which might involve cutting through exterior walls or studs. For non-replacement tubs or showers, your waterproofer will also install a waterproof membrane on walls and floors.
This involves installing lighting fixtures and bathroom accessories. This step is crucial in setting the mood and functionality of your renovated bathroom. From stylish and practical lighting to essential accessories like towel rails and toilet roll holders, each element is carefully selected and installed to complement the overall design. Personal touches like artwork or plants are encouraged to give your bathroom a unique and homely feel.
Experienced professionals from DCM Plumbing and associated trades will meticulously check each aspect of the renovation, but it’s always wise to test the work yourself!
This final inspection guarantees that your renovated bathroom not only looks great but is also safe, functional, and built to last. Any minor adjustments or corrections identified during this phase should be promptly addressed to ensure your complete satisfaction with the end result.
Once the final inspection is complete, the last step is a thorough cleaning to ensure your new bathroom is pristine. While the contractors will do most of the cleaning, there will inevitably be some more to do before your bathroom is sparkling clean and ready to go!
In this article, we look at how to fix a leaking mixer tap.
Leaking mixer taps are more than just a nuisance; they’re silent contributors to water wastage and high utility bills. Unlike standard pillar taps, mixer taps combine hot and cold water streams, presenting unique repair challenges. Equipped with the right tools and our straightforward instructions, however, you should be able to fix this issue. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about how to fix a leaking mixer tap.
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These are some of the most common tap types in the modern home. Instead of two separate taps providing hot and cold water individually, mixer taps blend cold and hot water, providing water at just the right temperature. Often, there is one hot and one cold handle which you turn individually to reach your desired temperature. We will refer to these as dual handle taps. There are also taps with a single handle that provide a smooth gradient for choosing the temperature you want. We will refer to these as single handle taps. Mixer taps are commonly found in both kitchens and bathrooms. Find out more about the types of taps.
In order to fix your mixer tap, you first need to diagnose the issue, as this affects the parts that need to be fixed. The two main culprits of leaking mixer taps are faulty washers/O-rings or a faulty cartridge, and these vary by tap. Here’s how to diagnose the issue for yourself:
Generally speaking, if your tap is leaking from the base of the handle, then a faulty washer or O-ring is the likely culprit. Make sure you purchase a correctly sized O-ring or washer for your tap.
If your tap is leaking from the opening, then a faulty cartridge is the likely culprit. Make sure you purchase the correct cartridge type for your tap before beginning repairs.
Tip: take a photo of your tap to show the staff at your local Bunnings, Reece or plumbing supply store for specific advice.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Knowing the exact make and model of your mixer tap is vital to find the right replacement parts.
Fixing a leaking mixer tap can be a straightforward DIY task however you might face some complications along the way. If you’re struggling to fix the leak, take a look at the common challenges part of this blog for advice.
Luckily when just fixing a tap, you usually don’t need to turn off the water supply to your home.
First, look under the sink to find the isolation valves. These are usually small, round or lever-type valves attached to the flexi hoses that supply water to your tap.
To shut off the water, turn these valves until they’re tightly closed. You’ll usually need a flathead screwdriver for this. If they’re lever-type valves, turn the lever so it’s perpendicular to the pipe.
After turning off the valves, turn on the tap to ensure no water flows. This confirms that the water supply has been successfully cut off. Initially, when you turn off the water supply and start dismantling the tap, there might be residual water in the pipes or the tap itself. Have your bucket and rag ready to catch this water in case this occurs.
The way to remove a tap handle or handles varies from tap to tap, but the main goal for every tap is the same: find and remove the grub screw.
For many single handle mixer taps, the grub screw is located beneath a cap/plastic covering on the handle itself. Use a flat-head screwdriver to gently pry it off. This is usually the hot/cold indicator on the tap.
If your single handle tap doesn’t have a hot/cold indicator button, the grub screw might be hidden on the outside of the handle body, usually directly opposite the finger of the handle.
If you have a dual handle mixer tap, then the screws might be under the plastic hot/cold caps on either handle, or located somewhere else on the body of the handles.
Once you’ve found the screw that keeps the handle in place, unscrew it using your Allen key and your tap handle should come straight off. Tip: make sure to plug the sink before taking out the screw in order to not lose it down the drain!
Some models may have a different mechanism for handle removal. If this is the case, find the manufacturer’s guide for further instructions.
With the shifter spanner (adjustable wrench), loosen and remove the tap cover, if necessary. This can be done by hand if the cover is not screwed on too tight. The cover is the domed ring usually located directly beneath the handle of a single handle mixer tap. Be careful not to damage the surface. This step is not necessary in dual handle mixer taps.
Once this is done, you can unscrew the cartridge valve and proceed to the next step.
If you have a dual handle mixer tap, you can simply unscrew the spindle or cartridge valve with your shifter once the handles have been removed.
Once you’ve removed the cartridge valve or spindles, we recommend examining the parts and replacing any that might be faulty, including the washer, any O-rings, and/or the cartridge valve itself. This ensures you fix the problem and won’t need to do it again for a long while! Make sure to take stock of the parts you’ve removed from your tap and that you have the right replacement for each.
After replacing all necessary parts, reassemble the tap in reverse order. Ensure everything is tight, but don’t over-tighten as this can cause damage and lead to more leaks further down the track. Hand-tight is usually more than sufficient.
As you reconnect each component, apply thread seal tape to the threaded connections for a secure, leak-free seal.
Turn the water supply back on and test your tap. Check for smooth operation.
If at any point you feel unsure, remember that DCM Plumbing is here to help. With just a call, our expert team can take over and ensure your mixer tap is fixed with professional care.
Even with the best preparation, you might encounter some common issues when fixing a leaking mixer tap. Here’s how to handle them:
Over time, parts of the tap can become stuck to move due to mineral deposits or corrosion. Apply a bit of Inox or WD-40 and wait a few minutes. This should help loosen the parts.
Identifying the right cartridge, O-rings or washer for your tap can be tricky. If you have the time, dismantle the tap first and bring all the parts with you to Bunnings, Reece, or another plumbing supply store. This way you’ll know you’re getting the right parts!
Use a rag or cloth when using the shifter spanner to protect the tap’s surface from scratches.
If the tap continues to drip after you’ve replaced the parts, this could mean the seating (part of the tap body where the washer or cartridge sits) is damaged. In this case, it might be best to consult a professional plumber.
After reassembling the tap, make sure all connections are secure to prevent future leaks. However, be cautious not to over-tighten, as this can damage the parts.
DIY plumbing can be rewarding, but there are times when calling in a professional is the safest and most efficient option. Here’s when you should consider getting in touch with a plumber who has expertise in fixing leaking taps:
If your mixer tap has a particularly intricate design or you’re unable to identify the issue, professional expertise will save time and prevent potential mishaps.
Should the leak continue despite your best efforts, it could indicate a deeper issue within the plumbing system that requires specialist tools and knowledge.
If you discover that the tap seat (the area where the washer or cartridge sits) is damaged or worn out, this often requires reseating or replacement by a skilled plumber.
Certain repairs may need specialised tools that are not commonly found in a standard toolbox. In such cases, a plumber’s toolbox can make the job quicker and more effective.
If the leak has led to flooding or significant water damage, it’s crucial to call an emergency plumber immediately to prevent further damage to your property.
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In this article, we look at all the most common types of taps, explaining everything you need to know about them and which might be best for your situation.
Have you ever given a second thought to the humble tap? Many people haven’t, but behind the functional design lies a world of choices, each tailored to specific needs and aesthetics. Whether revamping your kitchen or sprucing up the bathroom, selecting the right tap makes a world of difference. Let’s take a look at the types of taps commonly available, and find the one that resonates with your space.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common tap types used in homes across the world.
Generally, if you’re looking at two taps – one for hot and one for cold – you’re looking at pillar taps. These taps are usually found in older homes. While they ooze old-school charm, they don’t offer the ease of temperature control of their modern counterparts. The double spouts can mean a higher volume of water is released over a set period of time, making them a decent choice for bathtubs.
These are some of the most common tap types in the modern home. Why have two taps when one can do the job? Mixer taps seamlessly blend cold and hot water streams, providing water at just the right temperature. They’re commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms.
Stylish and sleek, monobloc taps operate with a single handle controlling both the water flow and temperature. These taps require a single hole in the basin or sink, making them perfect for that minimalist aesthetic.
Floating vanities and freestanding baths have given rise to wall-mounted taps. Rather than being mounted on the sink or bath, they’re fixed on the wall, offering a clean and uncluttered look. A heads up: these taps need a lot more planning as the plumbing is hidden behind the walls.
Ideal for freestanding baths, these taps stand tall and proud on the bathroom floor. They give off an air of luxury and are perfect for those indulgent soaks on a Friday night, wine in hand.
Popular in kitchens, these taps extend to reach those far-off spots in your big sinks or to fill pots on the countertop. Highly functional and flexible, they’re a cook’s best mate.
These modern taps use two ceramic discs that slide over each other to regulate water flow and temperature. Not only are they sleek and stylish, but their mechanism is also known to be more durable than traditional washers.
You’ve probably seen (or awkwardly waved your hands under) these in public restrooms. Using infrared sensors to detect hand movement, they release water only when needed, promoting water conservation.
Ball taps, predominantly found in kitchens, use a ball joint to control both the flow and temperature of the water. A single handle does all the work, moving over a round, ball-shaped cap right above the water spout. While they are sleek and modern in appearance, they commonly spring a leak after a while. However, with technology continually evolving, the more recent models are leak-resistant.
To get down to basics, let’s look at the actual definition of a tap.
A tap is a device that controls the release of liquids, most commonly water – no surprise there. Taps are used to regulate the flow of water in sinks, baths, showers, and outdoor fixtures and have been around since Roman times (although their plumbing systems were tainted with lead – not ideal).
Most taps inside our homes today are what are known as mixer taps – taps that mix both cold and hot water to allow users to achieve a temperature of their choice. The mixer tap was invented by Thomas Campbell and patented in 1880. Find out more about the history of plumbing here.
Beyond their fundamental utility, taps have evolved into intricate pieces of hardware, boasting a myriad of designs, finishes, and technologies to enhance both functionality and aesthetics in modern spaces.
When looking to understand how a tap works, there’s one main concept to understand first: water in your home’s pipes is constantly under pressure, meaning it naturally wants to come out. A tap simply prevents the pressure from escaping when closed (or “off”), or relieves some of this pressure when open (or “on”). If you were to put a camera into the spout of a tap that is turned off, you’d spot a small opening with a rubber stopper pressed against it. This stopper is the gatekeeper holding back the water.
The way this works is by making a screw (which is controlled by the tap handle) either push the rubber stopper against the opening, halting water flow, or pull it away, letting water out. This simple mechanism, influenced by both the principles of simple machines and fluid flow, ensures that we get water when we want and can stop it when we don’t. It’s an elegant dance of engineering and physics, all tucked away behind the turn of a handle.
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In this article, we cover the steps you should take when you have a burst pipe.
Pipes are the lifeblood of modern plumbing within both residential and commercial properties, hidden behind the walls and under the floors, silently doing their job. But when they burst, they transform from silent helpers to devastating disruptors, potentially causing extensive damage and structural degradation to your home. It’s imperative to address burst pipes swiftly to prevent further damage and disruptions.
As outlined above, if you suspect a burst pipe, a quick response can mean the difference between a minor inconvenience and major property damage. There are 3 easy steps to remember to help you prevent any major issues:
Once you’ve taken care of the immediate danger, there are other steps you should follow.
Once immediate actions are taken, a more thorough assessment of the damage is necessary. Walking around the property and noting the location of damp spots, listening for running water, and feeling the floors for unusual warmth can help pinpoint the leak’s location. Providing this information to your plumber can expedite the repair process. Learn more about how to find a water leak underground.
Undertaking repairs is a critical phase. While minor repairs like tightening a leaky connection can be handled personally, more complex repairs necessitate professional intervention – and remember in Queensland, there are strict regulations in regard to the plumbing work you can perform yourself. Incorrectly handled repairs can lead to recurring issues and long-term damage, so for reliable and efficient burst pipe repairs on the Gold Coast, why not contact us today.
Once the immediate crisis is resolved, it’s essential to address secondary concerns. If substantial water loss has occurred, a licensed plumber can assist in completing a water relief application form. This form, submitted to Gold Coast Water, can potentially facilitate reimbursements for water wastage, providing some financial relief.
Prevention is always better than cure. Regularly inspecting pipes, especially in older properties, can help identify potential issues before they become a real problem. Understanding your plumbing system, conducting periodic checks, and implementing other preventive measures reduce the risk of burst pipes.
Recognising a burst pipe is the first line of defence. Here are some signs to look out for.
Detailed information on identifying burst pipes can be found in our blog post on the signs of a burst pipe. When such signs are noticed, it’s crucial to reach out to a plumbing professional immediately to prevent extensive damage.
There are also a few steps you can take to accurately test if you have a burst pipe:
Turn off the water supply at the meter immediately to avoid excess water usage charges and call a licensed plumber.
Identifying the primary cause of your burst pipe is crucial as addressing it can help prevent further issues in the future. Common causes of burst pipes include:
Find out more about the causes of burst pipes.
Managing burst pipes effectively is about being vigilant, responsive, and proactive. Recognising the early signs, responding swiftly, and employing professional services are key components in mitigating the damages associated with burst pipes. Equally important is adopting preventive measures and conducting regular maintenance checks to avoid such incidents.
For professional advice, immediate consultations, or expert repair services, feel free to contact DCM Plumbing. Our seasoned team is on standby to assist you in navigating any challenges related to burst pipes proficiently and promptly.
Ensuring the purity and safety of our water supply is an essential component for all council areas. One aspect that plays a crucial role in safeguarding our water supply is the implementation of backflow prevention devices.
These devices protect our drinking water supplies from contamination by preventing potentially polluted water from reentering the system. They are a device that prevents contaminated water from flowing back into the system – hence, “backflow prevention device”!
In various residential, commercial, and industrial settings, backflow prevention devices are more than just an optional add-on; they are a legal requirement.
In this blog, we delve into the intricacies of backflow prevention devices, explore the different types available, and guide you through their essential maintenance practices to ensure your water remains clean and safe at all times (and to make sure you remain a law-abiding citizen)!
A backflow prevention device is a crucial component of a plumbing system designed to protect potable (drinking) water supplies from contamination. Essentially, it acts as a one-way gate (or valve), ensuring that water flows only from the public water supply into a home or business, but not back the other way. This is critical because various conditions can create a sudden and unexpected reversal in the flow of water in a plumbing system, known as backflow (more on this later). This reversal can potentially draw contaminants such as chemicals, fertilisers, human waste, and other pollutants into the clean water supply.
There are various situations where contamination can occur, including within pipes that have direct access to the drinking water supply, connected auxiliary water sources, submerged inlets, by-pass arrangements, removable sections, and temporary devices. For instance, if a sprinkler system is connected to the home’s water supply, fertilisers and pesticides could be drawn back into the drinking water during a backflow event (obviously not what we want)!
To counteract this risk, backflow prevention devices are installed at critical points within a plumbing system. These devices come in two main types: testable and non-testable.
Testable devices are designed with valves that can be checked regularly to ensure they are functioning correctly, while non-testable devices are simpler in design but cannot be tested for functionality.
The type of device required depends on the level of risk and the potential for contamination.
Backflow in plumbing is caused by two primary factors: backpressure and backsiphonage.
Backpressure occurs when the pressure in a non-potable system exceeds the pressure in the potable water supply line. When the pressure in the private system becomes greater than the public system, water can be pushed back into the main supply, potentially carrying contaminants with it.
Water heaters and boilers are frequent sources of backpressure in a plumbing system. As water heats, it expands, leading to increased pressure within the system. In such scenarios, a backflow preventer serves as a crucial barrier, preventing this water from contaminating the public water supply.
Backsiphonage occurs when there is a sudden reduction in the water pressure of the supply system, creating a partial vacuum that can draw water from a home or business back into the public water system.
This can happen during events like a water main break, during rapid withdrawal of water from fire hydrants, or when a supply line is shut down for repairs. If there are points in the system where the water supply is connected to a source of contamination during such an event – like a hose submerged in a pool or a pesticide sprayer attached to a garden hose – contaminants can be syphoned back into the drinking water supply.
These backflow events are not common, but when they do occur, they can pose significant risks to public health due to the potential for water contamination, hence the need for backflow prevention devices.
A backflow prevention device is required under the following conditions:
A backflow prevention device must be installed when the plumbing on premises has the potential to pollute either the water supply within the premises or the water supply provided by the water service provider. This is in accordance with AS/NZS 3500.1:2003, which specifies the appropriate backflow prevention device for particular applications.
Local governments have the authority to mandate the owner or occupier of premises to install, register, inspect, test, repair, or replace a backflow prevention device. This authority is invoked when the local government reasonably believes that the plumbing on the premises poses a risk of polluting the water supply.
Local governments may, at any time, require the owner of a backflow prevention device to have the device inspected, tested, repaired, or replaced by a licensed person who is authorised to conduct such work. Following an inspection or test, the licensed person must provide the local government with written results within 10 business days.
For testable backflow prevention devices, local government approval is necessary before installation. Local governments are required to implement and maintain a program for the registration, maintenance, and testing of these devices within their jurisdiction.
An owner of an installed testable backflow prevention device must fulfil two key responsibilities:
a. Register the device with the local government, thereby allowing for the monitoring of these critical devices.
b. Ensure that the device is inspected or tested for operational functionality at least once each year by a person who is licensed to perform this work. This regular testing is critical to ensuring that the device functions as intended and provides the necessary protection against water contamination. Contact us today if you live on the Gold Coast and need your backflow prevention device tested!
Backflow testing is a critical process that ensures your device is working as it should. During this test, a licensed and accredited backflow prevention plumber conducts a thorough inspection of the device, confirming that it is operating effectively to protect against water contamination. The process involves the following steps.
Initially, the plumber will turn off the downstream shut-off valve in the system. After waiting a few minutes for the system to stabilise, they proceed to the testing phase.
The plumber uses a specialised backflow testing kit to measure the pressure in the system. This test is crucial, as it ensures that the pressure within the system is at the appropriate level, indicating that the device is functioning as it should.
The plumber inspects the physical condition of the backflow prevention device, checking for wear, damage, or any other signs that the device may not be operating optimally.
A hazard assessment is conducted by the installation plumber to establish the risk level of the property. Properties are categorised into high, medium, or low hazard ratings based on potential risks associated with their water supply systems.
For instance, high hazard properties are those that could pose a potential threat to human life, whereas low hazard properties are those that are generally a nuisance but do not endanger health or wellbeing.
Properties with a high or medium hazard rating must have their backflow devices tested after installation and then annually thereafter. In contrast, low hazard properties are usually fitted with a non-testable backflow device. Many smaller meters (20 or 25 mm) are fitted with a backflow prevention device designed for low-risk use.
A licensed person who inspects or tests a testable backflow prevention device must submit the written results of the inspection or test to the local government in the approved form (Form 9) within 10 business days following the inspection or testing of the device.
For certain properties or situations, such as construction sites, emergency sprinkler or fire service systems, swimming pools, manufacturing facilities, and restaurants with grease traps, the installation of a backflow prevention device is a requirement. Regular testing and maintenance of these devices are mandated to ensure continued compliance with local regulations and safety standards.
A plumber will notify you if you need to remove or replace a backflow prevention device. This is how the process works:
A licensed plumbing contractor is responsible for initiating the removal or replacement of a device.
After the device has been removed or replaced, the contractor must complete and submit a Form 9 test report, documenting the condition and functionality of the newly installed device or confirming the successful removal of the old one.
The contractor is also required to submit a registration fee for each device to the local Council, along with the completed Form 9 test report. This fee is $73 a year per device.
The Council may conduct audits of device removals performed under a Form 4 to confirm that the hazard requiring the device replacement has been mitigated and is no longer present after the device’s removal.
Backflow prevention devices play a pivotal role in safeguarding our water supply, acting as silent sentinels that protect us from potential contamination. Whether you are a homeowner, business operator, or property manager, staying vigilant about the installation, testing, and maintenance of these devices is a paramount responsibility. Remember to consult with a licensed backflow prevention plumber like DCM Plumbing to ensure that your property remains in compliance with local regulations and that our water remains pure and safe for all to use. Contact us today to find out how we can help.
There are several different types of hot water systems commercially available, and understanding each type will help you to make the right choice for your circumstances.
In this article, we provide a clear understanding of the different options available. We’ll explore the various types of hot water systems, their pros and cons, and the key considerations you need to keep in mind to find the one that best fits your needs. So let’s dive in and discover the hot water system that’s right for you!
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There are two primary types of hot water systems: storage and continuous flow hot water systems. These are then further subdivided into electric, gas, and solar hot water systems. Let’s look at storage hot water systems a little more closely
Storage hot water systems are straightforward: water is kept in an insulated tank which is then heated and released as needed. The water in the tank is then refilled and reheated as demand dictates.
There are two ways in which these systems move water: mains pressure or a gravity feed (constant pressure).
Mains pressure: When a hot water system is linked to mains pressure it means hot water is delivered at the same pressure and flow rate as your cold water, so more than one outlet can be turned on without affecting overall pressure. The tank is usually stored at ground level, although it can be located either inside or outside the house.
Gravity feed/constant pressure: With a gravity-feed/constant pressure system, water is supplied at a pressure lower than that of the main supply.
In these systems, the amount of pressure available is determined by the vertical distance between the tank (usually kept in a higher part of the house) and the point of use. This type of system is commonly found in older properties and those not connected to the mains water network. These systems are usually a cheaper alternative than their more modern counterparts.
Storage hot water systems usually come with either steel or vitreous enamel tans. Vitreous enamel tanks are by far the most common, as they are cheaper to manufacture and supply, and they handle high temperatures comfortably. While steel can be more durable, it is far more expensive, and steel often varies drastically in the quality, meaning there’s no guarantee of them lasting longer.
Our recommended brand of storage hot water system is Aquamax! We supply and install these all over the Gold Coast.
Pros of storage hot water systems:
Cons of storage hot water systems:
With proper planning and regular servicing, storage water heaters can be a reliable hot water solution.
Continuous flow or instantaneous systems provide an innovative solution to heating water, offering efficient performance with reduced energy loss compared to traditional storage systems. These systems heat water on demand, eliminating the need for a storage tank. This means they can operate on various fuel sources such as natural gas, LPG, or electricity and come with different ignition modes, either electronic or pilot flame-based.
Pros of Continuous Flow/Instantaneous Water Systems:
Cons of Continuous Flow/Instantaneous Water Systems:
Now, let’s look at how these two primary types of water heaters are then subdivided into electric, gas, solar, and heat pumps.
Electric hot water systems work by employing an electrical heating element to increase the temperature of the water and can be either storage or instantaneous hot water systems.
Now let’s explore some advantages and disadvantages of electric hot water systems.
Gas hot water systems use natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as fuel to heat water and can operate via both storage or instantaneous methods.
Now, let’s break down some of the pros and cons of gas hot water systems:
Solar hot water systems use solar energy to heat water through solar collectors or panels. The heated water then flows into an insulated storage tank for later use. Depending on the climate, a solar hot water system can provide up to 90% of a home’s hot water. Despite initial higher costs of purchase and installation compared to conventional hot water systems, they offer savings in energy costs, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and availability of government rebates to offset purchase costs.
There are a variety of system options such as flat plate panels or evacuated tube collectors, open or closed circuit configurations, passive (thermosiphon) or active (pumped) systems, and gas or electric booster options.
A heat pump works like a refrigerator or air conditioner but in reverse. It transfers thermal energy (heat) from another source (like the air, geothermal energy from the ground, etc.) to where it is needed (like the water in your house!). Though they’re costlier upfront, they can lead to significant energy savings and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the long run.
Government rebates such as small-scale technology certificates (STCs) are available in Australia to help offset the costs. Heat pump systems do not require roof-mounted collectors and avoid overheating risks, as they automatically shut off when the required temperature is reached. They can be air-sourced (more common) or ground-sourced, and configurations can be either integrated or split.
Choosing the right hot water system for you depends on various factors such as your budget, your home’s size, the climate of your area, the number of occupants in your home, your hot water usage, and your energy source preferences.
Consider the following factors when deciding on a hot water system:
Remember, choosing a hot water system is a long-term investment (find out how long a hot water system lasts). It’s worth the time to thoroughly research and consider all the options. At DCM Plumbing, we’re always ready to help you make the best decision for your home and your family. Contact us anytime for guidance and to discuss your hot water needs.
In this article, we look at how long hot water systems last, and the various factors that can affect their longevity.
When winter creeps around, the importance of a functional hot water system in our homes becomes evident – no one likes a cold shower, especially after an already chilly day! Yet we usually forget about our hot water system until it stops working (and yes, hot water systems do need servicing).
So just how long do our trusted hot water systems last, and how can we prolong their life? Let’s dive in and explore these pressing concerns.
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The longevity of a hot water system is determined by several factors, including the quality, materials used, type of system, usage, and water quality. That being said, a typical hot water system should last roughly 7 to 15 years (a hot water system service can help determine what condition yours is in and whether you might need a replacement).
For tankless or instantaneous/continuous flow hot water systems, the lifespan can be a few years longer. Higher-quality systems, which are also often pricier, tend to last longer, primarily due to more durable components that resist corrosion, a common cause of system failure. Let’s look more closely at some of the factors that influence how long a water system lasts.
The material of the water tank significantly impacts its lifespan. Copper tanks in low-pressure gravity-fed systems can last up to 25 years or more, glass or enamel-lined tanks about 5 to 10 years, and stainless steel tanks fall in the range of 8 to 12 years.
The type of hot water system also plays a crucial role. Storage hot water systems typically have a shorter lifespan due to continual water storage that causes tank corrosion. Conversely, instant hot water systems generally last longer due to their simple mechanism and lack of water storage. Check out our blog on the different types of hot water systems to find out more!
On average, electric hot water systems tend to last between 10 and 15 years, while gas systems have a slightly shorter lifespan, averaging between 8 and 12 years. These estimates take into account not only the longevity of the tank but also the wear and tear on the system’s heating components.
Solar hot water systems can last 10+ years (up to 20 with proper maintenance), making them economical in the long run (but expensive to install at first).
Heat pump systems usually have a lifespan of approximately 10-15 years if maintained well. Combined with their higher energy efficiency, they are also an economical choice in the long run despite higher upfront costs.
The usage and the water quality processed by the system can also affect its lifespan. More frequent use strains the system components, potentially shortening the system’s life. Additionally, the presence of ‘hard water’ – water with higher mineral content – can expedite corrosion and thereby reduce the system’s lifespan. Regular maintenance can help counteract the effects of hard water and potentially extend the system’s life.
Understanding the lifespan of your hot water system is an essential part of home maintenance, and the good news is that there are steps you can take to extend it. The materials, the type of system, and how it’s used, along with the water quality, all play a role in how long your hot water system will last. Regular maintenance is key to ensuring the longevity of your system and catching any potential problems early.
Remember, at DCM Plumbing, we’re always here to assist with all your hot water system needs. From helping you choose the right system for your home to providing regular servicing, we’re just a call away. Our 35 years of experience and our reputation as the best plumber on the Gold Coast will keep your hot showers running, especially during those colder months. Let us help you ensure that your hot water system serves you well for years to come.
Drain flies, also known as sewer or sink flies, are teeny-tiny moth-like flies that love damp environments – particularly the drains in your kitchen or bathroom.
Once you notice one in your house, it’s usually only a matter of time until you notice more (lots more), and so getting rid of drain flies quickly and efficiently is vital.
To help you along, we’ve put together 6 tried and true methods to get rid of drain flies once and for all, as well as a few prevention methods and a bit of background to help you understand your not-so-welcome new housemates.
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Here are our top 6 ways to get rid of drain flies, for good.
The first step to getting rid of drain flies is by keeping your sinks and drains clean. A clean drain eliminates the breeding ground for these flies, thereby controlling their multiplication. Use your usual cleaning agents along with a pipe brush to scrub and clean around and inside the drain. This routine cleaning should be performed once a week to prevent the build-up of organic material where drain flies breed.
A straightforward yet effective method is to pour boiling water down the drain. This simple step can help eliminate drain flies and their larvae. Repeat this process once or twice a week, ensuring you pour the boiling water both down and around the drain to target all potential hiding spots.
A homemade drain cleaner solution can also do wonders. Mix equal parts of salt and baking soda (half a cup each), and pour down the drain, then follow with a cup of vinegar. Let it sit overnight. The chemical reaction will not only kill drain flies but also remove any grime or grease that might be acting as a breeding ground. In the morning, pour boiling water down the drain to wash away the residue.
If your drain fly issue persists, consider using commercial drain cleaners such as Drano. These solutions are formulated to clear out the drains and pipes effectively, removing any debris that might serve as a breeding spot for drain flies. Using these products can aid in preventing new eggs from hatching.
To deal with adult drain flies, you can create a simple trap using apple cider vinegar. Place a small dish filled with apple cider vinegar covered in plastic wrap near the infested drain. Punch small holes in the plastic wrap to allow the flies to enter but not escape. The flies will be attracted to the vinegar and will get trapped, eliminating them over time.
Finally, if all else fails, it’s time to call in the professionals. Regular drain cleaning services provided by professional plumbers can effectively prevent drain fly infestations. Plumbers can use tools like water jetters to clear blocked drains and thoroughly clean your pipes. At DCM Plumbing, we offer expert plumbing services on the Gold Coast to help you get rid of drain flies and prevent future infestations.
Remember, if your efforts to eradicate drain flies last longer than 20 days with no success, it’s time to contact professional exterminators or plumbers. As the best Gold Coast plumbers, DCM Plumbing is always ready to help you with your drain fly issues.
Drain flies, also known as sink flies, sewer flies, or moth flies, are small, moth-like insects that breed and feed in areas with standing water in the family Psychodidae. As their name suggests, they are commonly found in drains, where a build-up of organic matter provides food and an ideal environment for laying their eggs. They are typically 1.5 to 6 mm long depending on the species, with a fuzzy, moth-like appearance, thanks to a covering of tiny hairs on their wings and bodies.
These insects are known for their ability to reproduce rapidly, with eggs hatching within 48 hours and larvae reaching adulthood in just over a week. Drain flies are capable of laying 30 to 100 eggs at once, which means their populations can grow exponentially in a short time.
While their preferred habitat is within the organic build-up in drains, drain flies can also be found in other moist, decaying environments such as compost piles, garbage bins, or even damp mops and rags.
Drain flies are typically caused by a build-up of organic matter in moist, damp places. They are particularly attracted to stagnant water and the biofilm (or grime) that forms in uncleaned or slow-draining pipes. This includes kitchen and bathroom drains, sewage systems, and even gutters and drainpipes.
Drain flies lay their eggs in this decomposing organic material, providing a food source for the larvae once they hatch. If these conditions persist and are not addressed, a small problem can quickly turn into a full-fledged infestation. Regular cleaning and maintenance of drains are vital to prevent these conditions that attract drain flies.
Identifying drain fly larvae can be a challenging task due to their small size and the fact that they inhabit hard-to-see places. Drain fly larvae are typically between 4 and 5 mm long, with a characteristic worm-like appearance. They are usually greyish or translucent in colour, which can make them difficult to spot against similar backgrounds.
You’ll most commonly find them in areas where water accumulates for a week or more. This includes seldom-used toilets and sink or floor drains, especially in basements or garages, or in drain pans beneath refrigerators. You might even spot the grey, wriggling larvae swimming in the water.
Drain flies can also breed outdoors during the summer, entering homes through open doors or windows. They thrive in low, wet areas such as those where air conditioning units drain or in clogged guttering. Address these potential breeding sites if the drain flies do not appear to be emerging from inside your home.
No, drain flies are not harmful. They do not bite or transmit diseases to humans. However, they can be a nuisance due to their persistent presence once they infest a home. Additionally, a large infestation of drain flies may indicate a problem with drain function or cleanliness.
No, drain flies and fruit flies are not the same. Fruit flies are typically smaller than drain flies and are often seen buzzing around overripe or rotting fruit, fermented goods like beer and wine, and trash cans. They are generally a light yellow to brown colour and have red eyes. Drain flies, on the other hand, prefer damp and wet areas like drains and sewers where they feed and breed on decaying organic material. The two flies have different appearances, preferred habitats, and life cycles.
Navigating a drain fly infestation might feel daunting, but armed with the correct knowledge and methods, they can be eradicated effectively. From regular cleaning and homemade remedies to professional plumbing services, the battle against these persistent pests is winnable.
If the issue extends beyond your control, don’t hesitate to reach out to DCM Plumbing. Our experienced team is always available to offer help, providing reliable, efficient services to ensure your home remains drain-fly-free. By staying proactive and addressing the problem at its roots, we can prevent future infestations, keeping your home safe and sanitary. Remember, prevention is always better than a cure!
This article walks you through 5 tried and true methods to unblock your shower drain.
Picture this: It’s been a long day, and all you’re dreaming about is a hot, relaxing shower. You step in, turn on the water, and wait for the magic to happen… but wait, the water’s not draining! Suddenly, you’re standing ankle-deep in murky water, and it’s clear your evening is taking a turn for the worse.
Fear not, a blocked shower drain might not be as bad as it seems. Whatever the cause of your blocked shower drain, we will show you a few different methods to make sure it’s not blocked for long.
To unblock your shower drain, start with the basics: check your drain for visible obstructions. Hairballs, bobby pins, and chunks of soap. Shine a flashlight into the drain for a closer look, and remove any visible culprits.
If the drain is still stubbornly holding onto water after a preliminary assessment, it’s time to move to the heavy-duty options. You’ve got quite a few tools in your arsenal, so let’s run through them:
Remember, prevention is always better than cure. However, if all your gallant efforts are to no avail, it’s time to pass the baton to the pros. At DCM Plumbing, we’re always here to help, armed with experience and expertise to transform your blocked drain into a free-flowing wonder!
Preventing recurring shower drain clogs requires consistent practices and some handy tools. Here are some key strategies to keep your shower drain running freely:
By adhering to these practices, you should significantly reduce the chance of your shower drain clogging. A little prevention can save you from a lot of unclogging in the future! If you live on the Gold Coast and you’ve got a blocked shower drain that you just can’t seem to get rid of, contact us today and we will sort it out for you.
Join us as we look at the fascinating history of plumbing; the good, the bad, and the downright smelly.
Plumbing is an often overlooked and almost universally underappreciated facet of modern life.
Before modern plumbing was invented, many diseases were spread via the improper disposal of human waste as well as contamination of drinking water. In fact, many believe that a key method of transmission of the Black Death – the epidemic that occurred between 1346-1352 and killed one-third of all Europeans at that time – was the improper disposal of bodies in rivers, contaminating water supplies. And if you think that poor plumbing and sanitation stop there, you are sadly mistaken. About 35% of the world population today still has no access to clean and safe toilet facilities – 14% simply still relieve themselves in the open.
Some aspects of the history of plumbing are incredible. Others are warning signs of what might happen should our modern plumbing infrastructure ever fail. As plumbers, we take great pride in doing our part for the community by ensuring that everyone has access to clean water in their homes! Join us as we delve into the nitty-gritty of the history of plumbing.
Let’s take a look at a few of the significant milestones in the history of plumbing.
The history of plumbing is long and complex, but the earliest known examples are generally agreed upon to be water wells.
In fact, there are water wells in Cyprus that have been dated back to 7,000-8,500 BC – that’s 9,000 to 10,500 years ago! These marvels of early plumbing were dug straight into the earth and had grooves carved into the side walls in order to allow those constructing them to climb in and out.
Aqueducts are one of the key tenets in the history of plumbing. They are an incredible achievement of engineering achieved during the Roman Empire over 2000 years ago. They were used to transport fresh water from sources like lakes and springs to highly populated areas for drinking, irrigation, and public fountains and baths, and are some of the earliest examples of large-scale, complex plumbing.
The Roman aqueduct system was built over the course of 500 years and covered an extensive network across their territories in modern-day France, Spain, Greece, North Africa, and Turkey. Aqueducts were made up of pipes, tunnels, canals, and bridges, which utilised gravity and natural slopes to transport water.
The aqueducts were constructed using public and private funds and high-ranking rulers often had them built. The most recognisable features of the aqueducts are the bridges built with rounded stone arches. Not many aqueducts are still functioning today but the Aqua Virgo, constructed in 19 B.C.E., still supplies water to the famous Trevi Fountain!
Now the next part of plumbing history is one of the most well-documented and important to modern-day life. Let’s take a look at the history of the toilet.
While many associate the invention of the modern toilet with Thomas Crapper (yes that was his real name and his business is still alive and well today!), the first toilet was invented far earlier – thousands of years earlier in fact.
Some of the earliest examples of toilets were in ancient Mesopotamia around 5000-6000 years ago, in what is modern-day Iraq. These toilets were little more than a pit on which people could sit. While they aren’t quite the porcelain thrones we are accustomed to today, they still would have provided some separation between residents and their waste, potentially reducing the likelihood of the spread of diseases. But they were not very popular, with only around 1 in 5 households in Mesopotamia having access to them!
For another example, we travel to the remote island of Mainland, Northern Scotland. Here lies a settlement known as Skara Brae. This ancient settlement of ten houses features what many believe to be some of the first toilets. Each home had a small drain that fed into a larger system that then ran into the ocean. Residents would flush by pouring a pail of water down their personal drain. And all of this 5000 years ago!
From there we move on to Ancient Greece and Rome where more large-scale toilet plumbing systems have been discovered.
In Classical Greece (about 2,500 years ago), we see the first instances of public latrines. These were essentially large rooms with bench seats that sat over the running water of public sewer ways. Around this time we also see more widespread examples of personal toilets in people’s homes (at least, if you were well-off…).
Then, we get to the ancient Romans – these famously innovative people loved a good latrine. In around the first century BC (just over 2,000 years ago), the Romans began adopting large public latrines that were fairly similar to those found in Greece. They were large stone or wood benches with slits cut into them, sitting over public sewer ways with running water. Some believe these ancient toilets even had toilet brushes to help you clear away your mess! Personal toilets did not have the luxury of running water, however, as they were just pits in one’s home. They were also used for getting rid of food scraps and would be emptied into the public sewer system once filled, or dumped in fields out of town.
After the development of these somewhat primitive yet remarkably inventive toilets, the world fell into a lull in regard to the advancement of plumbing. In fact, in the mediaeval period (1066-1485), most of the population would have had far less access to toilets with running water than the Romans and Greeks. The most common method of waste disposal in mediaeval times was simply to fill up a chamber pot and chuck it out the window (with or without a cursory glance to check that no one was walking below at the wrong moment!). There were laws put in place to prevent people from doing this, but most would rather slosh it out of the window than walk to the nearest river to dispose of it (which had problems of its own…). Yuck!
The wealthy during the mediaeval period made use of what are known as ‘garderobes’.
The word “garderobe” comes from the French word ‘garder,’ meaning to keep, and ‘robe’ as in clothes. Garderobes were medieval toilets that were also used to store clothes, as the strong smells from human waste and the ammonia from urine helped keep fleas away (a nice medieval life hack for you!).
Garderobes had several alternative names, such as privy, draught, and gong. The people responsible for cleaning and emptying the waste produced by garderobes were called gong farmers – and they were quite well paid for the work.
Garderobes were kept as far away from living spaces as possible, often with double doors to reduce the smell. Chutes often led to the castle moat for the waste to accumulate for the gong farmers to clean. Iron bars were eventually added to prevent attackers from entering the castle through these chutes (imagine being the first to find out these bars were necessary!).
The first flushable toilet was invented in 1592 by Sir John Harrington, godson to Queen Elizabeth I. This mechanism was made watertight with wax and resin, while an upstairs cistern contained the water. When the flush would activate, it would release around 28 litres of water (that’s a lot – modern flushes only use around 6-9 litres).
While Queen Elizabeth herself was quite enthusiastic about the mechanism, the technology remained mostly dormant until 200 years later when Alexander Cummings improved upon the design and patented the first flushing toilet, while also inventing the S-pipe.
The invention of the S-pipe and patenting of a flushing toilet by Alexander Cumming was a game-changer in the history of sanitation and public health. Before its invention, sewer gas would often escape through toilets, causing unpleasant smells and health hazards. The S-pipe, also known as the “S-trap,” solved this problem by creating a water seal that prevented sewer gas from entering and escaping the toilet bowl. This innovation had significant implications for public health, as it reduced the spread of water-borne diseases and improved overall sanitation.
The S-pipe also paved the way for further advancements in toilet technology. It inspired other inventors to create new and improved toilet designs, one being none other than Thomas Crapper.
While the influence Thomas Crapper had on the development of the modern toilet is often overstated (he did not invent it), he certainly revolutionised the way we think of the toilet.
Thomas Crapper was born in 1836 in Yorkshire, England. Crapper started his career as an apprentice plumber, then became a sanitary engineer, and finally established his plumbing business in London in the late 1800s. His company, known as Thomas Crapper & Co., was one of the most prominent plumbing firms of the time and was responsible for many of the plumbing innovations that we take for granted today.
Crapper’s most significant contribution to the world of plumbing was his development of the ballcock, a device that regulates the flow of water into a toilet tank. This invention made it possible to create a more efficient and reliable flushing system, leading to the more widespread use of toilets in both public and private settings.
In addition to his technical innovations, Crapper was also a skilled marketer and promoter of his products. He was known for his catchy slogans and advertisements, which helped to popularise the use of indoor plumbing and flush toilets. He was also one of the first to create showrooms for toilets and other home plumbing fixtures, bringing the toilet from something that no one really wanted to talk about into the open.
While the popular myth that he invented the toilet is not true, his legacy lives on as a symbol of the importance of good plumbing and sanitation in the modern world.
The future of toilets is looking smart, with a range of innovative designs in the works. Bill Gates has been advocating for low-cost, high-efficiency toilets to bring effective sanitation to impoverished areas, others are focused on high-tech toilets for home use that pamper users with amenities such as heated seats and built-in bidets.
Some smart toilets are even being designed to offer a window into the health of the people who use them, with discrete sensors and artificial intelligence analysing waste to detect early signs of disease or help people manage chronic conditions.
The challenges to developing and marketing smart toilets include ensuring reliability, ease of use, and privacy protection. However, advocates believe that consumers will embrace smart toilets once they realise the benefits they offer for their health and well-being.
Cholera is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The infection causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting, which can lead to dehydration and death if left untreated. Cholera can spread rapidly in areas with inadequate sanitation and poor plumbing infrastructure and can cause large outbreaks and epidemics.
The cholera outbreaks of London in the 19th century were caused by contaminated water, but it took a long time for the medical community to accept this theory. These outbreaks claimed 10,000 lives in London alone.
Dr. John Snow, an obstetrician, was one of the first to suggest that water contaminated by sewage was the cause of cholera, but his theory was not widely accepted. In 1854, a cholera outbreak in Soho killed 616 people, and Dr. Snow was able to use his research to prove that contaminated water from the Broad Street pump was the source of the epidemic. The origin was supposedly from a woman washing a nappy in the drinking water!
Despite his success in stemming the outbreak, public officials were slow to act on his findings. It was only years later that a German physician, Robert Koch, isolated the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, which confirmed Snow’s theory. Today, Snow is considered the pioneer of public health research and his theories are still used by epidemiologists to track the sources and causes of diseases. This is a problem that modern plumbing has helped solve (thankfully!), yet there are still 1.3 to 4 million cases of cholera each year in poorer countries due to contaminated drinking water.
We hope you enjoyed our little history lesson on plumbing! While plumbing may seem like a mundane aspect of modern life, its history is a testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of our ancestors. As we continue to face new challenges and opportunities, plumbing will undoubtedly continue to evolve and play a vital role in our lives.
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