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.

9 Common Tap Types

Let’s take a look at some of the most common tap types used in homes across the world.

1. Pillar Taps


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.

2. Mixer Taps


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.

3. Monobloc Taps


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.

4. Wall-Mounted Taps


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.

5. Freestanding Taps


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.

6. Pull-Out and Pull-Down Taps


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.

7. Disc Taps


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.

8. Sensor Taps


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.

9. Ball Taps


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.

What Is a Tap?

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.

How Does a Tap Work?

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.

Immediate Steps to Take

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: 

  1. Turn off your water supply: Doing so will minimise water wastage and reduce damage to the property. Water meters are typically situated near the front of a property, adjacent to either the left or right boundary. Most are positioned at ground level and are concealed by a lid labelled ‘Water Meter’.
  2. Inspect the property: Look for visible signs of water leaks and make a note of the suspected burst points.
  3. Contact a professional plumber: Even if unsure, it’s better to contact a professional plumber immediately for advice and necessary interventions.

Once you’ve taken care of the immediate danger, there are other steps you should follow. 

Locate and Assess the Damage

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

Handle Repairs

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.

Post-Repair Considerations

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.

Preventive Measures and Regular Maintenance

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.

Identifying a Burst Pipe

Recognising a burst pipe is the first line of defence. Here are some signs to look out for. 

Signs of a Burst Pipe

  • Change in water pressure: A leak in the water main pipe can result in a noticeable drop in water pressure from the taps due to water leaking from the pipe, instead of flowing to the tap.
  • Damp or wet marks: Leaks within pipes in walls, ceilings, or floors typically manifest as water stains in the respective areas. Such leaks, sometimes caused by vermin, can be inconspicuous.
  • Puddles or boggy areas in the garden: Persistent damp or wet garden areas, particularly in the absence of recent rain, or unusually thriving patches of grass in a mostly dry garden, suggest a potential pipe leak.
  • Brown or smelly water: Discoloured or malodorous water from taps may indicate a corroded and potentially leaking pipe within the mains water system.
  • Increase in water bills: An unexplained and significant increase in water usage charges may signify a water leak on the property.
  • Constant sound of water running: A continuous sound of dripping or running water that doesn’t subside may be a warning sign of water causing damage within the walls of the home.

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.

Burst Pipe Test

There are also a few steps you can take to accurately test if you have a burst pipe: 

  • Stop using all water in or outside the house (including taps, washing machine, dishwasher and toilets).
  • Locate the water meter and make a note of the digits on the meter (including the red digits and dials).
  • Re-read the meter in an hour (remember, don’t use household water during this time).
  • If the digits have moved, it’s likely that a leak is present.

Turn off the water supply at the meter immediately to avoid excess water usage charges and call a licensed plumber.

Common Causes of Burst Pipes

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: 

  1. High Water Pressure
  2. Corrosion of The Pipe
  3. Deterioration of The Pipe
  4. A Blocked Pipe
  5. Temperature Changes
  6. Poor Installation

Find out more about the causes of burst pipes

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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.

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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)!

Backflow Devices Explained

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.

What Causes Backflow in Plumbing?

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. 

When is a Backflow Prevention Device Required?

A backflow prevention device is required under the following conditions:

  1. Risk of Pollution

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.

  1. Local Government Directive

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.

Inspection and Testing

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.

Testable Devices

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! 

How Does Backflow Prevention Device Testing Work?

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. 

  1. Preparation

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.

  1. Pressure Testing

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.

  1. Device Inspection

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.

Risk Assessment and Frequency of Testing

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.

Maintaining Compliance

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.

Removing or replacing a device

A plumber will notify you if you need to remove or replace a backflow prevention device. This is how the process works: 

Initiating the Process

A licensed plumbing contractor is responsible for initiating the removal or replacement of a device.

Notification and Documentation

The contractor must submit a Form 4 to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), which serves as a notice of the work undertaken.

Testing and Reporting

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.

Registration and Fees

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. 

Council Audits

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.

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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.

Want to learn how to unclog a toilet? Here, we give you 9 methods, as well as a few causes of blocked toilets and how to avoid it happening again in the future.  

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as a blocked toilet, is there? Not only does it cause considerable inconvenience, but it can also lead to larger, potentially more expensive problems down the track. We are here to help you unclog your toilet and navigate this common household predicament.

With 35 years of experience under our belts and a solid reputation built on over 1000+ 5-star Google reviews, we’re no strangers to blocked toilets or the havoc they can wreak. We’ve seen it all, from minor clogs to catastrophic blockages, and we know exactly what it takes to get your toilet back up and running in no time.

Remember, a blocked toilet isn’t just an inconvenience – it’s a call to action. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get ready to get rid of blocked toilets for good.

9 Methods to Unclog Your Toilet Today

Here are 9 tried and tested methods to unclog your toilet that you can try on your own without the help of a plumber. 

  1. Plunger: This is the first tool you should reach for when dealing with a clogged toilet. Position the rubber cup of the plunger over the toilet bowl drain and apply downward pressure. Begin slowly and gradually increase the force to dislodge the obstruction. Repeat with short sharp bursts and regularly stop to assess whether water is now draining from the toilet. 
  2. Dish soap: Pour half a cup of dish soap into the toilet bowl. Dish soap can lubricate and break down blockages in the pipe and allow the lodged debris to slide down more easily. Wait a few minutes and then try flushing.
  3. Hot water: Pour hot (but not boiling) water into the toilet bowl. The heat can help to break down material causing the clog. If the water level goes down, you’ve successfully unclogged the toilet.
  4. Baking soda and vinegar: Mix one cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar and pour the mixture into the toilet. Wait about 30 minutes for the fizzing reaction to break down the clog, then follow with a kettle full of hot water.
  5. DIY drano bomb: Mix two cups of baking soda, eight to ten tablespoons of dish detergent, and a quarter cup of Epsom salt. Let this mixture sit and harden overnight. Drop one of these “bombs” into the toilet bowl along with four cups of water. Wait 30 minutes, then flush.
  6. DIY drain snake: Unravel a wire coat hanger until it’s straight. Push one end of the wire into the clogged area. Prod the debris until it becomes free and flows down the drain.
  7. Toilet brush: Use a toilet brush to break up the material causing the clog. Angle the bristles along the pipe’s edges and work your way into the bowl. Once you find the source of the clog, move the brush back and forth to break up the material.
  8. Plastic bottle pressure: Remove as much water from the toilet bowl as possible. Fill a large plastic bottle with warm water, place your thumb over the top, then fit the top end of the bottle into the toilet’s outlet. Remove your thumb and squeeze the bottle, forcing the water down the pipe. The added pressure could dislodge the clog.
  9. Wet/dry vacuum: If all else fails, a wet/dry vacuum can be used to suck out the obstruction. Ensure the toilet bowl is drained first so the vacuum is only sucking up the clog.

Remember, if none of these help with your blocked toilet, it may be time to call in a professional. Our experienced team is always ready to help! 

Common Causes of a Blocked Toilet

Some common causes of a blocked toilet include; 

  • Flushing inappropriate items: Flushing items like wipes, paper towels, feminine products, ear swabs, and hair can result in clogs and ongoing plumbing problems. Even products that are marketed as “flushable” can cause issues as they do not degrade as easily as regular toilet paper. Your toilet is not a bin, and treating it as such can lead to blocked pipes.
  • New low-flow toilets: Newer homes may have low-flow toilets, which sometimes lack the necessary pressure to push waste material through the drain effectively. This low flushing power and smaller throat can result in material not fully flushing, leading to a perpetually clogged toilet.
  • Excessive use of toilet paper: Toilet paper is designed to degrade and flow through the drain without causing blockages. However, if too much is used, or if the toilet paper is thicker and multi-ply, it may not dissolve as well in water, leading to potential clogs.
  • Clogged toilet trap: Your toilet has an S-shaped trap, similar to the P-trap found in your sink. The job of this trap is to catch objects and prevent them from clogging the drain line. However, if non-flushable items or excessive amounts of toilet paper are flushed, they can get stuck and stop the trap from functioning properly.
  • Blocked toilet vent: Your toilet is connected to a vent that allows fresh air to enter the plumbing system, thereby increasing flushing pressure. If there’s a blockage in this vent, the pressure can drop, leading to recurring clogs. Symptoms of a blocked toilet vent can include gurgling noises, slow draining, and a foul sewer smell in your home.
  • Waste and debris buildup: Over time, waste and debris can accumulate in your pipes, causing them to become blocked.
  • Tree roots in the drainage system: Tree roots can invade your underground drainage system and cause blockages.
  • Cracked or broken pipes: These can prevent waste and water from flowing smoothly, leading to clogs.
  • Faulty flush valve seal: If the flush valve seal isn’t working correctly, it can result in weak flushes that don’t effectively remove waste from the toilet bowl.
  • Old or unmaintained external pipes: If your external pipes are not maintained or are old and collapsing, they can lead to toilet blockages.
  • Slow-moving or unmaintained septic systems: If your home has a septic system, any issues with it, such as slow movement of waste or lack of maintenance, can lead to toilet blockages.
  • Hard water issues: Hard water, or water that has high mineral content, can cause buildup in your pipes and lead to blockages.

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With these practical and easy methods at your disposal, you’re well-equipped to tackle even the most stubborn blocked toilet. Yet, remember that prevention is always the best cure. Understanding and avoiding the common causes of blocked toilets can save you from the inconvenience and potential plumbing issues in the future. Should your toilet persistently resist these methods, don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. At DCM Plumbing, we’re always ready to assist with your blocked toilet needs. Contact us today!

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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The Different Types of Hot Water Systems

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:

  • Storage water heaters have extended warranties of 5-10 years and require minimal maintenance.
  • Parts and technicians for storage water heaters are easily accessible, simplifying repairs and servicing.
  • They often have sacrificial anodes that protect the tanks from corrosion, enhancing their lifespan.
  • Vitreous 

Cons of storage hot water systems:

  • Storage water heaters consume more energy and have higher operating costs due to constantly keeping the water hot.
  • They can be expensive to purchase and install, requiring specific accommodations based on energy source and available space.
  • Mild-steel tanks can corrode, but regular maintenance can mitigate this issue.
  • Heat loss over time and the impact of local water quality should be considered.
  • High mineral content or ‘hard’ water and sediment build-up can lead to more frequent repairs and maintenance.

With proper planning and regular servicing, storage water heaters can be a reliable hot water solution.

Continuous Flow/Instantaneous

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:

  • Efficient performance with reduced heat and energy losses compared to storage systems.
  • Continuous supply of hot water, as it is heated on demand.
  • Advanced temperature controls allow users to set the desired water temperature at the point of use, saving energy and reducing the risk of burns or scalding.
  • Can operate on various fuel sources, including natural gas, LPG, or electricity.
  • Available in both externally and internally mounted options, depending on suitable ventilation.

Cons of Continuous Flow/Instantaneous Water Systems:

  • Inconsistent temperatures – it’s much easier to heat a tank of water to a specific temperature than to maintain a constant temperature in an instantaneous system.
  • Internal installation requires proper ventilation.
  • Purchase and installation costs may be higher compared to traditional storage systems.
  • May require adjustments for the energy source and tank installation, potentially adding to the overall cost.
  • Water quality and sediment buildup can impact performance and increase the need for maintenance and repairs.

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.


  • Electric hot water systems can be either storage or instantaneous, fitting a variety of household needs.
  • They’re common, so parts and service are easily available.
  • Can be paired with solar panels to utilise solar energy, reducing electricity costs and carbon emissions.
  • When paired with a solar PV system, they can be scheduled to operate when solar energy production is highest.


  • Electric storage water heaters, unless powered by a solar PV system, generally consume more energy compared to gas or solar water heaters.
  • These heaters typically have a higher carbon footprint as they are dependent on grid electricity, which in many areas is still primarily generated from fossil fuels.
  • Electric hot water systems are often more expensive to run, particularly those connected to a day-rate tariff.
  • Certain regions restrict the installation of high greenhouse gas-emitting hot water systems in new buildings or in certain existing structures.
  • The initial purchase and installation cost can be high, especially for models that require extensive wiring or special accommodations.


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:


  1. Gas storage systems can heat the water in the tank quickly, often requiring a smaller tank than an equivalent electric storage system.
  2. Natural gas water heaters produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional electric water heaters that use non-renewable electricity.
  3. These units provide hot water on-demand, eliminating the need for a storage tank and reducing the chance of running out of hot water.


  1. Due to safety reasons and the nature of gas combustion, gas water heaters often have less insulation, leading to higher heat losses.
  2. High-demand gas systems may require the installation of larger gas pipes and meters, increasing installation costs.
  3. Some instantaneous gas units may not operate optimally at low flow rates or with water-efficient showerheads. These units may also struggle in warmer climates or when paired with solar preheating.
  4. LPG systems, while similar in functionality to natural gas systems, are typically more expensive to operate. Additionally, the need for larger gas supply pipes or multiple large gas cylinders can add to the initial installation cost.


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.


  • Solar hot water systems are very efficient and can provide up to 90% of a home’s hot water needs depending on the climate.
  • Although the upfront cost is higher, they can significantly reduce energy bills in the long run.
  • Solar hot water systems use renewable energy from the sun, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • In Australia, the government provides small-scale technology certificates (STCs) to help offset the cost of these systems.
  • There are different configurations available to suit different needs, including different collector types, system configurations, and booster options.


  • The initial cost of buying and installing a solar hot water system is higher than that of conventional hot water systems.
  • The efficiency of solar hot water systems can be affected by the weather. On cloudy or rainy days, a backup booster (gas or electric) may be required.
  • Can require more maintenance than conventional systems. Certain parts like the sacrificial anode in vitreous enamel tanks need regular replacement.
  • Installation can be more complicated than for conventional systems and might require reinforcement of the roof to bear the weight.

Heat Pumps

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.


  • Heat pumps use less energy than traditional hot water systems as they move heat instead of generating it, reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The Australian Government provides STCs to assist with the cost of these systems.
  • Unlike solar hot water systems, heat pumps don’t require roof-mounted collectors.
  • The system switches off when the stored water reaches the required temperature, avoiding overheating or dumping of water in hot weather.
  • If you have solar PV installed, consider timing your use to maximise the use of free renewable energy.


  • These systems are more expensive to buy than traditional hot water systems.
  • Heat pumps have a fan on the outdoor unit that can produce noise, so location should be considered to avoid potential impacts on neighbours.
  • The cost of running a heat pump can increase if it operates its compressor on high cost electricity tariffs, or operates an electric booster.
  • Air-sourced heat pumps work best in warm, humid climates. Efficiency decreases in cold climates, but some models are designed for cold climates or come with an electric boost element to help boost water temperature.
  • Heat pumps use various refrigerants, including hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which have high global warming potential (GWP). Although Australia is phasing down the import of high GWP HFCs, leakages can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

Which Hot Water System is Right for You?

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:

  1. Budget: If your budget is tight, you may opt for an electric or gas storage hot water system as they’re generally less expensive upfront. However, keep in mind that ongoing operational costs for some types, like electric systems, can be higher. On the other hand, while heat pumps or solar hot water systems may cost more upfront, they can provide significant energy savings over time.
  2. Energy efficiency: If energy efficiency and environmental impact are important to you, consider a solar hot water system or heat pump. These systems can significantly reduce your home’s carbon footprint. Gas systems, while more efficient than traditional electric, still contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Space: If you’re short on space, consider a continuous flow system as they don’t require a large tank. However, be aware that continuous flow systems may require larger gas pipes or a dedicated power circuit, depending on the energy source.
  4. Climate: Solar hot water systems and heat pumps work best in warm, sunny climates. If you live in a colder climate, consider a gas or electric system instead.
  5. Hot water usage: If you have a large family or high hot water usage, a storage hot water system or a high-capacity continuous flow system might be more suitable.
  6. Availability of natural gas: If your home has access to natural gas, a gas hot water system could be a cost-effective option. If not, you might need to rely on electricity or consider alternatives like solar or heat pumps.
  7. Local regulations: Certain areas may have regulations restricting the installation of high greenhouse gas-emitting hot water systems in new buildings. It’s important to check local laws before making a decision.
  8. Maintenance: Different systems have varying maintenance requirements. Solar and heat pump systems may require more upkeep than traditional gas or electric systems.

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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So, Just How Long Does a Hot Water System Last?

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 Types

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!

Gas vs Electric

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 Pumps

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.

Keep Your Water Hot this Winter with DCM Plumbing

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.

In this article, we run through 5 reasons that might cause your hot water to run out faster than usual.

We’ve all been there, tired after a long day of work, barely managing to drag ourselves to the shower. We turn on the tap, get undressed, and then stick a hand under the stream to check the water temperature. Odd, it’s tepid – so we crank the hot water tap to the max and hop in, hoping for the best. 

It gets warmer, and you start to feel the tension of the day leave your shoulders. Then, just as you let your guard down, the water turns from lovely and warm to freezing in a second, and no amount of twisting the hot tap does anything! And the worst thing is, you also forgot to leave a towel out before getting in…

Hot water running out faster than it should is never convenient, whether you’re doing the dishes, hopping in the shower, or wanting to do some laundry. That being said, the cause of your hot water not lasting as long as usual can be a bit tricky to pin down. That’s why we’ve collected 5 reasons your hot water doesn’t last long to help you identify and fix your hot water troubles.

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5 reasons your hot water doesn't last long

Old water heater

The first thing to consider when your hot water starts running out faster than usual is how old your water heater is. As water heaters age, they become less efficient and have to work harder to heat up water – which means they use more energy, and ultimately, they don’t heat water as hot or for as long as they used to. So if your water heater is getting on in years, it might be time for a hot water system replacement. Alternatively, be sure to get regular hot water system services to extend your water heater’s life!

Signs of an old water heater:

  • The water heater is more than 10 years old
  • There is corrosion in the tank
  • Discoloured hot water
  • Expensive energy bill

Faulty heating element 

A faulty heating element is another common cause of your hot water not lasting as long as it used to.

To fix a heating element, you’ll need a professional hot water system repair or hot water system replacement.

Signs of a faulty heating element include:

  • Water is not getting as hot as it used to
  • Hot water causing the circuit breaker to trip
  • Hot water not lasting as long as it used to

Sediment build-up

One of the most common causes of hot water running out faster than it used to is sediment build-up. Over time, bits of minerals and rust can build up inside your water heater, which can then clog it and cause all sorts of issues. 

The good news is that this is an easy problem to fix with a hot water system service or hot water system repair. You’ll just need to flush out your water heater to eliminate the sediment build-up. However, if the sediment build-up is particularly bad, you may need a complete hot water system replacement.

Signs of sediment build-up include:

  • Hot water heater makes strange noises
  • Fluctuating temperatures
  • The water from your taps looks rusty  
  • Higher than usual energy bill
  • Leaks near the water drain valve
  • Water takes a long time to heat up

Faulty Tempering Valves 

A tempering valve is a three-way valve in your water heater that mixes very hot water from the heater itself with cold water from the water supply and then sends the hot (but not too hot) water to the taps in your home. They maintain a steady and safe water temperature for households, usually around the 50C mark. 

A faulty tempering valve is a common cause of a household’s hot water not lasting as long as it used to, as it may mix the incorrect amounts of hot and cold water. This also means a faulty valve could cause scaldingly high water temperatures and so should be fixed immediately to avoid serious injury. 

The reason for the use of tempering valves is that water in the hot water system must be over 60C to kill bacteria, while the water in your taps can’t be over 50C due to scalding. This is detailed in the Queensland Government’s requirements for installing temperature control devices, which falls under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018. 

Signs of a faulty tempering valve:

  • Fluctuating water temperatures
  • Cold water
  • Low water pressure (tempering valves are also susceptible to sediment and can get clogged)
  • Hot tap dripping when not in use


Another common reason for hot water not lasting as long as it used to is leaks. If there’s a leak in your hot water system, the water will drain out faster than it can be refilled, causing you to run out of hot water sooner than usual. Leaks can also lead to higher than normal water and electricity bills.

Signs of a leak in your hot water system include:

  • Water pooling around your water heater
  • A decrease in water pressure
  • Strange noises coming from your taps or pipes
  • Your energy and/or water bill is higher than usual

Remember that regularly servicing your hot water system will help extend its functional life and avoid any unforeseen problems. To find out more, read our blog on ‘Do hot water systems need servicing?

If your hot water is running out too quickly, contact DCM Plumbing today

At DCM Plumbing we have years of experience in fixing hot water that is running out too quickly, through hot water system services, hot water system repairs, and hot water system replacements, as well as a variety of other plumbing services. We’ll quickly diagnose the problem and find the best solution for you, ensuring your hot water is running for as long as it should. Contact us today!

For most of us, thinking about our hot water system is something we just don’t do until there’s an issue. But did you know hot water systems need to be serviced on a regular basis? If they don’t receive regular servicing, problems can arise sooner than they should, and you may have unexpected and potentially untimely problems. In this blog, we’ll dive into why servicing your hot water system is important, and we will help you determine whether you need to service yours. Be sure to always call a professional plumber like DCM Plumbing when you do. 

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How often does your hot water system need to be serviced?

Well, the regularity of your hot water system service depends on what make, model, and type of water heater you have. Generally speaking, it is as follows:

  • Electric/gas: We recommend a minor service every six months and a major service every five years. The minor service involves carefully lifting the temperature and pressure relief valve to release pressure, and performing a visual inspection of the drain line and unit itself for any leaks, blockages, or wear and tear. This minor service can be performed by the dwelling occupant. A major service is recommended once every five years and must be performed by a licensed professional. 
  • Continuous/instantaneous flow: once a year.
  • Heat pump: once a year.
  • Solar: once every five years.

It is crucial to regularly service your hot water system to ensure optimal performance and longevity. If you don’t, it could lead to problems down the road.

What are hot water systems?

As you may already know, hot water systems are a crucial part of any home – there’s nothing like a hot shower after a long day’s work, and no one likes doing the dishes with cold water. Hot water systems can be electric or gas, or even solar-powered, and they come in a whole host of different sizes, ranging from around 25L to 400L or more.

Why do hot water systems need to be serviced?

Like any other appliance in your home, hot water systems require regular servicing from a licensed professional to guarantee smooth operation. If not serviced properly, there are a variety of things that could go wrong:

  • Your hot water system may start leaking, leading to water damage in your home. 
  • Water heaters are prone to rust and, if left unattended, may need replacement.
  • A poorly maintained hot water system could result in higher energy bills.
  • They can overheat if not properly looked after, which can lead to a fire.
  • They may simply stop working altogether – and it could happen when you least expect it.

Signs that your hot water system needs servicing

As mentioned previously, hot water systems should be serviced on a regular basis; however, if you notice any of the following issues, you should get your water heater looked at immediately:

1. Water not getting hot, or not as hot as it used to

If your hot water doesn’t seem to be getting hot enough, or it’s taking a long time for the water to heat up, then you should call in a professional and get your system serviced.

2. There is a leak in your hot water system

A number of problems can cause a hot water system to leak, including poorly fitted pipes, a defective pressure relief valve, a damaged tank, or high water pressure. Again, if you notice a leak, it’s best to call in a professional and have them look at your water heater.

3. Your hot water system starts making strange noises

If your water heater starts making a banging, rumbling, hissing, sizzling, ticking, screeching, or screaming noise, or generally any noise you haven’t heard it make before, then it’s important to hire someone to come out and take a look. There are a whole host of problems that can cause your water heater to make strange noises, and an early intervention can help avoid serious issues. 

4. Your hot water system is old or outdated

On the side of your hot water system, there should be a label from the manufacturer – this should tell you the date the system was installed. If you can’t see a  label or the installation date isn’t shown, then you should be able to use the serial number to determine the age of your unit. An older system will need more regular servicing, and depending on the age, it may need to be replaced.

5. The hot water system is constantly turning on and off.

Due to age, wear and tear, and other factors, water heaters can start randomly turning off and on. This can be a frustrating problem and should be addressed by a professional as soon as you have the chance.

If you notice any of these issues, contact DCM Plumbing today to arrange an in-depth servicing of your hot water system.

What are the benefits of servicing your hot water system?

From what we’ve already seen in this article, some of the benefits of regularly servicing your hot water system can be: 

  • If serviced regularly, your hot water system is less likely to leak or overheat.
  • Servicing your water heater can prevent sediment build-up and other problems, which might lead to strange noises or even a system failure.
  • A regularly serviced water heater will last longer than one that’s neglected, sometimes even years longer. 
  • Another benefit of servicing your hot water system is that it can help save you money on your monthly energy bills. A poorly functioning water heater is less efficient and therefore uses more energy to produce the same results.

Contact DCM Plumbing for all your hot water system needs

When you choose to service your hot water system, remember that you’re not only keeping it running smoothly, you’re also prolonging its life.

DCM Plumbing is a family-run team of professional plumbers. Our team is dedicated to supplying a professional plumbing and drainage service throughout the Gold Coast. We have been servicing residential and commercial properties since 2002 within Burleigh Heads and throughout the Gold Coast region. Contact us today for all your water heater servicing needs.

We’re officially into the cooler months, and there’s nothing better than a good hot shower with high pressure after a day out in the cooler elements. One of the most annoying things that can happen to hot water is when your hot water pressure is lacking, and you receive a trickle of water instead of the hot blast you were hoping for. Don’t despair; it’s a widespread problem and could be caused by a variety of reasons.


The build-up of scale and sediment in the hot water system

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got an electric or a gas hot water system as sediment and scale can build up in both systems over time. The corroding particles of your tank’s interior will eventually settle on the bottom of the tank and find their way into your hot water pipes and can block the pipes.

Showerhead and taps

Sometimes it can have nothing to do with your pipes or hot water tank, and the low pressure could just be as simple as a blocked showerhead. If the pressure from other taps is ok, but not from your shower head, it could just be the showerhead that needs replacing. If you have suspected low pressure from one tap, it could be a tap washer that needs replacing. You can read about how to change a tap washer here.

Water leak

A hidden leak is definitely more of a concern. If you suspect a water leak, you’ll need to get a plumber out quickly, so your bills don’t skyrocket. Firstly, check if your water meter numbers are still spinning even when all the taps are off in the house. Check to see if the cause of the leak is the actual hot water system. The hot water system tank may be leaking or leaking in the pipes’ joints to the unit. Contact a leak detection service quickly to prevent further damage and expensive bills.

Shut off valve

If a shut-off valve is not entirely closed, there can be a reduction in water flow. Low water pressure could be due to one or more partially shut off valves that reduce the flow of water to your home’s outlets. These are usually located close to taps and other water outlets, and there is also a pressure release valve and a main water valve that can become lodged half open as well. Locating the faulty valve and rectifying the problem is a job for an experienced plumber.


The first step is to know the extent of the problem and try and locate what the exact issue is and where.

Read more about hot water maintenance tips.

If it’s a matter of changing a tap washer or a showerhead, you can most likely do this yourself with a few easy tips. However, if you suspect it has something more to do with a leak you can’t find, a blocked pipe or your hot water tank, you’ll need to contact the experts.

Causes of low hot water pressure may differ from one house to another, and specific plumbing configurations can vary in different types of house designs and house ages.

A professional plumber will be able to detect if your hot water pressure problem can be fixed or whether it is time for a completely new hot water unit to be installed.

Regardless of the make and model of your hot water system, DCM Plumbing Gold Coast can repair or replace a unit to keep your hot water running uninterrupted throughout all seasons and has upfront pricing for all hot water maintenance and repairs.

Services include:

Whether it’s a fix or a complete replacement, contact DCM Plumbing Gold Coast for the best service on the Gold Coast and get your hot showers back up and running today!

Summer has officially ended for another year and while it’s still warm outside, now is the time to start thinking about your hot water maintenance. Hot water is crucial for our health and comfort, and the last thing you want once the weather gets cooler is to run out of hot water or have your hot water system fail on you unexpectedly.

We’re sharing with you our top 5 Hot Water System maintenance tips so you can show your system a bit of love, and it not only works more efficiently but also prolongs its life.

5 Hot Water System maintenance tips


The problem with most hot water systems is that they are usually tucked away in a cupboard or outside the house somewhere, so you’ll tend to not check on them too frequently. Pick a date once a month on the calendar and make it a monthly inspection to check for cracks, erosion or water leaks. You’ll be able to see a small crack or small water leak and pick up on it before it becomes a disaster and costs you a lot more once it’s worse.


If you’re only going away for a weekend or a week, it’s not something to be concerned with. But if you’re going away for several weeks, turning off the system can save your system some extra work and save your power bill. If the system isn’t turned off while you’re away, your system will continue to reheat even if the hot water taps are not being used.


A relief valve is a small valve on the hot water tank that prevents excess pressure build-up that has the potential to cause a tank to burst and flood your home. Because it’s designed to relieve pressure, it’s essential that it’s working correctly. It’s a good idea to check this every six months by following the manufacturer’s guidelines and lifting the relief valve lever to relieve the build up of pressure.


If your system is on or near the lawn next to your home, be careful your whipper snipper or lawnmower doesn’t damage the pipes around your system. Even a bump from a lawnmower can cause cracks and dents and lead to leaks in the system and pipework.


People’s biggest mistake with plumbing is waiting until something goes wrong or breaks before they ring a plumber. Having a plumber come to your home for a regular maintenance check up every 6-12 months can save you in the long run. A professional plumber will be able to pinpoint any potential problems that could occur down the track.

They can also make sure your hot water system is running efficiently to increase the longevity of it. It’s a good idea to replace the sacrificial anode every five years because this can corrode and cause issues with your hot water cylinder. While the plumber is out, they can also check on filters for replacements and taps and shower heads for signs of wear and tear.

Running out of hot water in winter can be a complete disaster that no one wants to encounter. If you’re not sure about what condition your hot water system is in or would like some information about installing new hot water systems, give us a call so we can make sure your water continues to be hot all year round.

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