Des' Plumbing Blog

How to fix a blocked toilet without a plunger

We’ve all been there. You push the button to flush your toilet and you watch the water rise… and rise… and rise some more. ‘Great!’ You think to yourself ‘toilets blocked’.

Your first instinct might be to keep furiously flushing the toilet to try and move the object that’s blocking your loo, but chances are you will just end up with water all over the floor and depending on what’s currently in that water… that’s never a good option. 

Why do drains get blocked and what can you do about it?

Blocked drains can be a real pain. They can range from anywhere to slightly annoying, like having to stand and wait for the water to drain from a sink when you pull the plug, through to downright damaging (if you’ve ever had a toilet backup and flow all over your house, you will know what we are talking about).

There are many different reasons drains get blocked and it can differ from suburb to suburb. Sometimes it’s trees and roots, other times its Lego or socks. You name it, we’ve seen it and likely pulled it out of a drain. Here’s a bunch of reasons drains get blocked and what you can do about it.

How to tell when it's time to replace your old hot water system

When you’re having a shower in the middle of winter and there’s suddenly a blast of frigid water that doesn’t stop, there’s usually a few things that go through people’s minds. The first thing most people do is let out a high pitched scream of icy confusion, and who can blame them?

The next item on the agenda is usually trying to figure out if someone’s flushed the toilet or running the hot water tap by listening intently, or yelling out ‘turn the tap off I’m in the shower!!!’ then the next step is to hope and pray your hot water system hasn’t broken down.

What to do if there’s a problem with your dishwasher

Having a dishwasher is an amazing modern convenience. Not only do many of the current range of water saving dishwashers use less water than washing by hand but they also help us save time, money and water. There are many different brands, types of powders and rinse aids to use in your dishwasher to slightly change the way they clean, but they all have one thing in common – if they’re not working properly, no matter how good or expensive a brand it is, a dishwasher that’s clogged or not maintained properly won’t clean your dishes properly.

What to do when a pipe bursts in your house

Hopefully you’re at home when it happens. Sometimes it’s a slow leak and you don’t hear it. Other times it’s a loud hissing sound and you really hear it. Burst pipes are never fun and there’s always a sense of urgency if you’re seeing water spraying out of a pipe, wall, vanity, etc or you’re seeing a quickly increasing pool of water where there shouldn't be one.

What to do if your tap water is brown

Brown tap water – if you’re used to seeing crystal clear water coming out of your taps and suddenly get a brown/yellow tainted water, it can be quite confusing and worrying. We get asked all the time “is brown tap water still safe for drinking?” and “what are the causes of brown water from the tap?”.

We’re going to run through all the different reasons you might be seeing brown water coming from your taps, what you can do about it and cover safety concerns about brown tap water.

How living near the beach can affect plumbing & what you can do about it

There’s no doubt about it – Bribie Island offers pretty much everything in the way of lifestyle. We have beach and bush, a calm side and a surfside, great fishing, swimming, bushwalks, beautiful parks, the Bribie Island Seaside Museum, beach 4wdriving, dog-friendly beaches and some of the best fish and chips this side of the equator. What more could you ask for?

10 hidden plumbing issues a home inspection might uncover

Purchasing or moving into a new home? A plumbing inspection can sometimes uncover some nasty plumbing surprises. Don’t get caught out!

Things you should never put down your drains

When it comes to flushing items down the drain or toilet, many of us don’t give a second thought to where it goes. We understand there’s a series of interconnected pipes that leads to a treatment plant somewhere or other, but once you flush that toilet or wash stuff down the sink, many of us think that the things being washed away aren’t our problem anymore.

A simple thing like washing the car or spraying for bugs can have a flow on impact on our environment if harmful elements are washed down drains or get into stormwater drains.

In summer we’re more likely to get out into our backyards and get around to some of those odd jobs we’ve been putting off and this is the time where it’s wise to keep an eye on what you’re putting down your drains.

Here’s a rundown of items you definitely want to avoid putting down your sink, toilet, storm drains or street drains.

Avoid cold showers this winter with these handy hot water tips

Nobody likes getting home after a long day at work to discover there’s no hot water. The prospect of a cold shower in winter is about as inviting as sticking your hand in a wood chipper so it makes sense to ensure that you will always have hot water on hand by using these easy-to-follow tips.

5 most common plumbing problems and how to fix them

If you’ve been in the plumbing game long enough (like I have), you tend to come across the same sorts of questions again and again. Usually they’re to do with toilets and sinks, and sometimes blockages as well. Since we get asked them all the time, I thought it might be a good idea to put them together as a list and whack them up on the website.

So here’s our list of five most common plumbing problems and how to fix them.

10 water saving tips for your home

Australia is one of the driest countries in the world – that’s a fact. In summer, when your thongs melt on the bitumen, you can get sunburnt just by thinking about going out in the sun and icecreams melt before you can finish them... it’s important to keep yourself hydrated.

Usable drinking water may not seem like something you have to worry about (heck you can go to pretty much any tap, anywhere in Australia and get water instantly) but if you’re like us and think global but act local then you will realise that water is a precious commodity and should not be wasted.

Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips

If you’ve got a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink you know how much of a workhorse it is. Scraps of food, fruit, meat, veggies, etc get shoved into its swirling, tearing, cutting, gaping maw with reckless abandon without a thought about how to keep your garbage disposal spic and span for years of reliable use.

With a little knowhow about how to use your garbage disposal (sometimes called an Insinkerator) properly and some regular maintenance you can avoid costly repair jobs or worse, a replacement.

Remember if you’re reading this,and need a garbage disposal installed, please give us a call on 0424 141 174.

Tips for dealing with storm season on Bribie Island

When storm season rolls around in Bribie Island you can guarantee that roofing, gutters, plumbing, downpipes and drains get an absolute hammering. It’s important to ensure that your home doesn’t have any plumbing issues that could potentially lead to expensive and inconvenient damage to your property.

We have put together some tips for dealing with the hectic storm season we sometimes get in Bribie Island.

Tips and tricks to check and clean your gutters this summer

We all know that checking and cleaning your gutters is an important part of a summer house cleaning routine, but let’s face it... it’s a dirty and sometimes dangerous job that many people put off.

“None of us tend to go out in the rain and look at how our gutters are performing for the job they’re designed to do. This is why it’s so important to regularly check gutters for things like blocks, sags and fall.”

With that in mind, here are some tips and tricks to help you get the job done quickly, safely and without falling off the roof!

7 surprising ways to use your dishwasher

We’ve all thought it at some time and it goes a little like this. “Geesh this is dirty… it’s going to be a pain to wash… I wonder if I could put it in the dishwasher?”

Even though we’ve thought it, most of the time we think to ourselves “don’t be silly” and continue filling up the sink or tub and get on with the cleaning job at hand. Well, I’ve written this article to tell you about some of the more unorthodox things I’ve seen and heard a dishwasher being used for.

Remember if you’re reading this, live in Bribie Island and need a dishwasher installed, please give us a call on 0424 141 174.

Top ten plumbing emergencies and how to avoid or fix them

No doubt at some stage of living in a home you’ve come across a plumbing emergency. They can be as subtle as a damp patch in the ceiling that takes you a while to notice, or can be as scary as a gas leak or busted pipe meaning the potential for damage to your home is a very high possibility.

If you find yourself in a plumbing emergency, the first thing to remember is try and not panic (I know this is easier said than done when you’ve got a jet of water shooting out of your wall!) but if you read up about potential plumbing emergencies and have a vague plan of what you’re going to do when they happen, you’re probably more prepared than most!

Below are some of the top plumbing emergencies we see in Bribie Island to give you an idea of what can potentially happen around your home.

Everything you need to know about blocked drains that your plumber never told you

Most of us have experienced blocked drains from time to time. They can range from a blocked sink that’s had a little too much gunk or fat / oil shoved down the sinkhole, right through to a mess of roots in a major pipe that’s causing water to leak into your home, backyard or frontage.

No matter the type of blockage it’s always a good idea to see if you can trouble-shoot the blockage yourself before you give your plumber a call only to find out it was half a carrot or doll's head stuck down the sink!

Obviously if you have a plumbing emergency or you think the job is too big for your skills it’s a good idea to call a qualified Bribie Island plumber (like us!), but if it’s a simple blockage they can sometimes be fixed using these measures below.

Save water and detect leaking pipes - Conduct a water audit

Conducting a water audit on your home is a great way to make sure that you don’t have any hidden leaks or pipes that are letting water out without your knowledge. It’s also a great way to find out what taps, toilets or showers are using up more water than they should be.

Cutting back on your water consumption is a great way to save money and also help the environment. Water is a precious commodity and is all too often wasted without thought. Being aware of your water consumption is the first step to becoming water aware.

With this in mind here’s how to conduct a water audit on your home.

How to choose a reliable plumber in Bribie Island

If you’ve ever been on the wrong end of a dodgy tradesperson you know how frustrating it can be in lost time, money and sanity. We’ve all had those annoying windows of time where we’ve taken a morning or afternoon off and waited around for a plumber or tradie to turn up, only to have them call and tell you they can’t make it.

We’ve heard some horror stories over the years of tradespeople that don’t know what they’re doing or are just downright dishonest and unreliable. (We’ve all seen those stories on A Current Affair, right?)

So if you live in Bribie Island and are planning on hiring a plumber, here’s a list of things you can check, questions you can ask and places you can go to find out information about who you’re letting into your house to work on your biggest investment.

So without further ado, we give you How to make sure you get a decent plumber in Bribie Island.

What a plumber actually means when they say....

Sometimes when you call or meet with a plumber they can say things that might pass over your ears at first, but if you listen carefully and have a little background knowledge, this can go a long way in making sure you understand your plumber and what they’re really trying to say to you.

With this in mind, here’s our translation guide for when you speak to a plumber – or in other words… “what a plumber actually means when they say....”

The 10 tools you need to create a plumbers kit at home

If you’re like most Australians, you’re usually pretty happy to get in and ‘give it a go’ and many Bribie Island mums and dads can be found on the weekends tinkering and fixing small plumbing problems around their home.

Most people make do with the tools they have on hand, and for most things the tools you have lying around the house are usually enough to get the job done, but sometimes there’s those couple of jobs that seem just a little harder or take a little longer.

Usually with these types of plumbing projects around the house a slightly different tool or a little know-how can make a huge amount of difference.

With this in mind I thought it might be a good idea to put together a list of ten tools that you need to create a plumbers kit at home.

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