The Importance of Getting a Leaking Water Meter Fixed on Time

The Importance of Getting a Leaking Water Meter Fixed on Time

A burst pipeline and leaking water meter can often result in excessively high water bills. Most homeowners don’t notice the indications that this problem exists until they get a very high a water bill at the end of the month. This is generally because your water meter is situated almost adjacent to your boundary’s water meter and the water pipes there are generally under the ground.

It can be challenging to determine whether there is a leak in the water meter, though burst pipes are more noticeable because you will notice a water pressure dip in your bathroom and kitchen sink. If you have noticed any of these signs it’s important that you call in a skilled and licensed plumber to address this problem and this is where we at SPS Plumbers, com in.

When the water meter work is being carried out, it’s important to be aware of who exactly has responsibility over the pipes and the meter itself. Often times the water meter is taken care of by the water company. But if it is beyond that point in your property, its maintenance and care becomes your responsibility; and if any water leaks or deterioration occurs, you would be responsible for fixing it.

While this is generally how things work when it comes to water meter maintenance, it’s important that you check with your water company whether this is the case. As a company that has been operating in this field for a number of years, we are aware of all the codes, rules and regulations for plumbing installations on residential and commercial properties and can also provide you some advice on the matter.

Timely repairs of leaking water meter

Once our plumbers have confirmed that fixing the leak is your responsibility, it’s important that you don’t delay getting the problem fixed.  Not only can the problem escalate and get out of hand quickly, but it may also be more expensive to fix at a later date. Aside from this, a leaking water meter or pipes also result in a significant amount of water wastage which adds up to your water bills. These are the steps we follow to fix the problem:

  • The plumber will thoroughly examine the water meter & adjacent pipes to identify the exact location of the leak.
  • If it is determined that fixing it is your responsibility, they will assess the damage.
  • Once we have understood what the scope of the project is, you will be provided an upfront quote and timeline for completion of the water meter repair work.
  • Once you have confirmed that you want the work done and approve the quote, we will complete the work at a time and date convenient to you.
  • Post completion of the work, we will inspect the meter as well as the water flow and test the system for leaks. Once we are satisfied that there is no leakage, we will consider our work done.

For any information, feel free to call SPS Plumbers on 02 9002 7332 and our email is contact@spsplumbers.com.au. You can also fill in the contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Why Pipe Relining Is the Ideal Pipe Repair Option

Up until a few years ago, if you had a sewer block or a broken pipe, the only option to deal with concealed pipe problems was replacement of that section. Not only is this job very tedious and time-consuming, but its disruptive, invasive and very heavy on the pocket as well. However, we at SPS Plumbers recommend the pipe relining method to fix pipe damage problems.

Conventional pipe repair solutions work well but large portions of the yard may need digging. As mentioned earlier, this makes the job time and labour-intensive and very expensive as well. Compared to that, the pipe relining technique is also a permanent solution that doesn’t disrupt your landscape or burn a hole in your pocket.

What is pipe relining?

  • In the pipe relining process, two small trenches are dug at each end of the damaged pipe
  • If the pipe is blocked with debris or tree roots, that block will first be cleared.
  • A CCTV drain camera will be inserted into the drain to identify how much damage there is to the pipe.
  • Once our experts have ascertained that pipe relining is a good solution in that situation, they will start on the work.
  • A permanent epoxy relining material will first be inserted into the pipe and expanded till it fits snugly into the inner cavity.
  • The final inspection will be carried out using CCTV cameras to ensure the lining is properly in place.
  • The trenches will then be filled up and the ground will be levelled.

 Pipe relining- the benefits

There are a number of distinct benefits to opting for pipe relining such as:

  • Since very small trenches are needed to be dug there is no disruption to the original pipe. This means the job can be completed quicker compared to a traditional pipe repair or replacement solution.
  • Since the entire pipe doesn’t have to be dug, there is minimal damage to the landscaping and the process is less invasive and less disruptive.
  • The job is not as labour-intensive as standard methods and this makes the entire project more cost-effective as well.
  • Since there is less mess in created, the clean-up is significantly easier and your landscaping and property can return to normalcy quickly.
  • The epoxy relining material is much stronger than standard PVC pipes and is a proven technology that will provide years of trouble-free service.
  • Pipe relining can be used to repair water, sewer and stormwater pipes, copper pipes, pool pipes and water mains.

We at SPS Plumbers have the knowledge, experience and tools to quickly assess, identify and repair all types of broken and damaged pipe problems. If you need a licensed 24/7 emergency plumber, we can provide prompt and professional services regardless of the time you call us. For any information, feel free to call us on 02 9002 7332 and our email is contact@spsplumbers.com.au. You can also fill in the contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

The Blocked Drains Repair Process

Have you suddenly had to deal with a bathroom drain backup or a toilet overflow and found that using a plunger is nothing more than a futile effort? Blocked drains are quite a common problem and when they occur, they can upset your day’s schedule, because these plumbing jobs can’t be deferred and they have to be attended to without delay.

We at SPS Plumbers are one of the most renowned and sought-after companies in this space and provide excellent 24/7 emergency blocked drains services to both commercial and residential customers across the region. The one thing to keep in mind is that though a blocked drain can definitely be classified as a plumbing emergency, it’s not something that occurs without certain warning signs. It’s just most of us tend to ignore those signs.  If you find that the water in the kitchen or bathroom sinks or even in the shower areas are draining very slowly, that could be an indication of a drain clog.

Why do drains become blocked?

The different things that can result in a drain blockage include accumulation of:

  • Hair
  • Soap
  • Greasy substances
  • Food remnants
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Wet wipe, tissues, toilet paper
  • Shampoo or cosmetic bottle and jar caps
  • Small toys
  • Other foreign objects

Over time, these things can get lodged in the bends and joints of drain pipes and result in a complete block. If the block is severe, a plunger or auger may not be effective in clearing it and you would have to call in a licensed plumber in Sydney for the job.

Tree root drain blockages

The other common reason for drain blocks are tree roots in drains. If you have trees growing very close to the drain pipes in your landscape, they can infiltrate the pipes through the joints or tiny cracks. Over time, they feed on the nutrient-rich water in the drains, thrive and eventually result in a block. This is a very severe drain block problem and we at SPS follow a very detailed process to tackle it:

  • Our experts will visit your property.
  • They will inspect the installations and survey the area.
  • A CCTV drain camera will be inserted into the affected drain.
  • This helps identify where the block is and what is causing it.
  • They will then use jet-blasting machines or electric drain eel equipment to clear the block.
  • We also use chemical drain cleaners if the situation demands it.
  • Our experts will also check the drains for cracks and damage and recommend suitable repairs using techniques such as pipe relining.

Hire expert plumbing professionals

We at SPS Plumbers have the knowledge, experience and tools to quickly assess, identify and repair all types of blocked drain problems. If you need a licensed 24/7 emergency plumber, we can provide prompt and professional services regardless of the time you call us. For any information, feel free to call us on 02 9002 7332 and our email is contact@spsplumbers.com.au. You can also fill in the contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

The Blocked Drains Repair Process

Have you suddenly had to deal with a bathroom drain backup or a toilet overflow and found that using a plunger is nothing more than a futile effort? Blocked drains are quite a common problem and when they occur, they can upset your day’s schedule, because these plumbing jobs can’t be deferred and they have to be attended to without delay.

We at SPS Plumbers are one of the most renowned and sought-after companies in this space and provide excellent 24/7 emergency blocked drains services to both commercial and residential customers across the region. The one thing to keep in mind is that though a blocked drain can definitely be classified as a plumbing emergency, it’s not something that occurs without certain warning signs. It’s just most of us tend to ignore those signs.  If you find that the water in the kitchen or bathroom sinks or even in the shower areas are draining very slowly, that could be an indication of a drain clog.

Why do drains become blocked?

The different things that can result in a drain blockage include accumulation of:

  • Hair
  • Soap
  • Greasy substances
  • Food remnants
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Wet wipe, tissues, toilet paper
  • Shampoo or cosmetic bottle and jar caps
  • Small toys
  • Other foreign objects

Over time, these things can get lodged in the bends and joints of drain pipes and result in a complete block. If the block is severe, a plunger or auger may not be effective in clearing it and you would have to call in a licensed plumber in Sydney for the job.

Tree root drain blockages

The other common reason for drain blocks are tree roots in drains. If you have trees growing very close to the drain pipes in your landscape, they can infiltrate the pipes through the joints or tiny cracks. Over time, they feed on the nutrient-rich water in the drains, thrive and eventually result in a block. This is a very severe drain block problem and we at SPS follow a very detailed process to tackle it:

  • Our experts will visit your property.
  • They will inspect the installations and survey the area.
  • A CCTV drain camera will be inserted into the affected drain.
  • This helps identify where the block is and what is causing it.
  • They will then use jet-blasting machines or electric drain eel equipment to clear the block.
  • We also use chemical drain cleaners if the situation demands it.
  • Our experts will also check the drains for cracks and damage and recommend suitable repairs using techniques such as pipe relining.

Hire expert plumbing professionals

We at SPS Plumbers have the knowledge, experience and tools to quickly assess, identify and repair all types of blocked drain problems. If you need a licensed 24/7 emergency plumber, we can provide prompt and professional services regardless of the time you call us. For any information, feel free to call us on 02 9002 7332 and our email is contact@spsplumbers.com.au. You can also fill in the contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Gas leak detection and why it’s important

Gas is one of the most cost-efficient fuel sources for residential and commercial applications, but it’s crucial to ensure that all the installations have been done safely. While modern day gas plumbing systems are specifically designed to the highest safety standards, there are times when leaks occur in these systems. In some cases, the leaks arise from the appliances. If you notice a gas smell in your house, it’s crucial to call in an experienced plumber without delay.

Gas leaks- the common signs

Gas systems are designed specifically so signs of a leak are immediately noticeable. The things you need to check for include:

  • Odour – Gas is odourless & colourless but there is a specific additive that is added in it that gives it a specific odour and this is one of the most noticeable signs of a gas leak.
  • Noise – A leaking gas pipe often emits a very distinctive hissing sound when the gas escapes through loose joints or cracks. In certain locations and appliances, this particular noise is pretty audible and you would be able to notice it immediately.
  • Temperature – If you have noticed either or both of the above two signs, touch the nearest gas pipeline for a couple of moments. If you find the pipe is cold to the touch, it indicates a pressure drop within the pipe that is typically caused by a leak.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to call in a licensed plumber in Sydney without delay. Keep in mind that gas is highly flammable and is also extremely toxic to humans as well.

Things to do in case of a gas leak

When there is a leak on the property, your very first priority should be to make sure that you and your family are safe. Do not spend time trying to identify where the source of the leak is, follow these steps:

  • Quickly turn off all live flames in all areas of your home immediately.
  • Open up all the doors and windows to let the gas out.
  • Warn everyone in your home about the gas leak.
  • Immediately evacuate the property.
  • Call your gas company and request them to shut down the gas supply to your property
  • Call us or get someone to call us while you are attending to all these things

Hire expert plumbing professionals

We at SPS Plumbers have the knowledge, experience and tools to quickly assess, identify and repair all types of gas leak problems. We also provide regular plumbing service and maintenance solutions and this helps ensure that all he installations are functioning as they should. If you need a licensed 24/7 emergency plumber, we can provide prompt and professional services regardless of the time you call us. For any information, feel free to call us on 02 9002 7332 and our email is contact@spsplumbers.com.au. You can also fill in the contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

How to Improve the Energy-Efficiency of Your Hot Water Heaters

Water heaters generally have a lifespan of 8-10 years if they are used carefully and maintained well. This means if you find that your water heater consumes excessive amounts of energy once you have installed it, you can’t just replace it for a newer and more energy-efficient model. However, there are quite a few things you can do to improve the energy-efficiency of your hot water systems. Regardless of whether you have an electric, gas or solar water heater, here are some tips that will help

  • Install a water heater jacket– Even when the system isn’t in use, it still has a certain amount of hot water in its tank and this heat can be lost through the tank walls if its insulation isn’t up to the mark; this is called standby loss. Simply encase the water heater in a good quality water heater jacket to reduce its standby loss by at least 25%- 50%. If you have a newer model of water heater, this isn’t something you need to be concerned about as they have a sufficient amount of insulation already.
  • Insulate your water pipes– When you insulate the water pipes, it raises the hot water temperature at the faucet or showerhead considerably. You should insulate only the first 15-20 feet of pipes leading out of your hot water system.

Improve water efficiency

Insulating the pipes and the actual heater helps reduce energy costs drastically, and helps you save water too. Properly insulated pipes help maintain the water temperature; and so when you take a bath you don’t need to keep the water running till it’s warm enough for a comfortable shower.

Maintain your water heater with regularity

Even when you buy a very high quality hot water system, get it installed from experts and follow the tips mentioned above, your heater will function well only if it is maintained with regularity. Hire the services of a good licensed plumber in Sydney to come and inspect the system and service it every 6 months.

If they notice any potential problems, they will fix them without delay and will also ensure that the insulation is up to the mark. This will keep the system functioning well for a number of years. Regular maintenance will also ensure the long-term, energy efficiency of the system and save you a significant amount of money over the lifespan of the system.

We at SPS Plumbers have the knowledge, experience and tools to quickly assess identify and repair all types of hot water problems. We also provide regular hot water system service and maintenance solutions. If you need a licensed 24/7 emergency plumber, we can provide prompt and professional services regardless of the time you call us. For any information, feel free to call us on 02 9002 7332 and our email is contact@spsplumbers.com.au. You can also fill in the contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Why Burst & Leaking Pipes Should Always Be Handled by Professional Plumbers

If a pipe has burst in your house and are wondering whether you would be able to fix it yourself, perish the thought. A pipe burst is considered to be a plumbing emergency and it’s necessary to call in a licensed plumber in Sydney for the job. Even when there is a smaller leak in a pipe that may be an indication of a potential pipe burst; and just as with any other plumbing problem, prevention is the best option in this situation too.

Causes of pipe bursts

There are some common culprits when it comes to burst and leaking pipes, such as:

  • Regular wear & tear of fittings
  • Blocked pipes
  • Deteriorated pipe connectors
  • Water pressure changes
  • Accidental damage

If you are a DIY enthusiast and are handy with tools, it may be possible for you to fix minor leaks with parts and materials available at any local hardware store. But you need to keep in mind that it doesn’t take long for  minor leaks to transform into major pipe bursts of you end up using the wrong tools; this is especially true of you use these tools on pipes and joints that are already showing signs of deterioration. If you aren’t too sure about what the condition of the pipe is, it’s best to call in a professional plumber to fix the problem.

We at SPS Plumbers are one of the leading companies in this space and are on call 24/7 to handle any type of plumbing emergencies that arise in your home. Simply keep our number handy and call us without delay in case you notice any pipe leak on your property.

Pipe leaks

It’s important to keep in view that an unattended water leak cab result in rot in the walls, weaken the ceilings and destroy the paint and plaster; in addition it can wreck floor coverings and damage wooden furniture that’s adjacent to the wet wall. This makes it important to deal with a pipe leak or burst without delay. Prompt action will not only save you a significant amount of hassle in the long term, but you will save a lot of money as well.

Burst pipes

If you’ve noticed any trickle of water that slowly becomes stronger, or even a sudden gush of water in a particular spot in your house, then it’s obvious that a pipe has burst. However, there are times when a pipe burst occurs in less-noticeable spots and the very first thing you notice is a large spot of water spreading very quickly across the wall or ceiling. Call us without delay and we will send over a licensed and experienced plumber over to your location to deal with the problem quickly and efficiently.

We at SPS Plumbers have the knowledge, experience and tools to quickly assess identify and repair all types of toilet leaks and problems. If you need a licensed 24/7 emergency plumber, we can provide prompt and professional services regardless of the time you call us. For any information, feel free to call us on 02 9002 7332 and our email is contact@spsplumbers.com.au. You can also fill in the contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Signs that You Need Toilet Repairs in a Home

A toilet is probably one of the most important installations in your home and it’s also one that sees a significant amount of wear & tear on a daily basis. These fittings are something we don’t focus on too much until something goes wrong with them; most toilet malfunctions or breakdowns seem sudden but they always show some warning signs such as:

  • Leaking Toilet – A leaking toilet can be a nuisance as it can result in significant amounts of water wastage. In fact, the water will simply continue leaking till the problem gets fixed. Not only is the leaky toilet an annoyance point, but it results in inflated water bills and the problem can also escalate over time and result in more expensive repairs down the line.
  • Water on the bathroom floor– This is a sure shot sign of a toilet leak and needs to be addressed immediately. If you defer fixing the problem, the water will eventually seep past the tiling and reach the sub-flooring.
  • The toilet doesn’t flush– If the toilet doesn’t flush at all, it means the flush tank mechanism needs to be inspected and fixed.
  • Toilet doesn’t always flush completely– This generally happens because the flush’s lift chain slackens. In some cases, it’s caused by incorrect flapper installation or low water level in the tank.
  • Slow-filling toilet– This occurs when the toilet doesn’t receive sufficient amounts of water. In this case the valve may require replacement and the actual water supply pressure would have to be checked as well.

While you may be able to fix some of these problems yourself, in most instances its best to hire the services of a licensed plumber in Sydney to fix toilet leaks and related problems.

Different toilet components that may require fixing

Since toilets have a number of small moving components most of which are made either or rubber or plastic, they do suffer a certain amount of deterioration over time. Most of these parts are also in contact with water almost constantly and can wear out over time. Some of the common toilet parts that can wear out include:

  • Water inlet pipes
  • Flush pipe rubbers
  • Ball valve
  • Flapper valve
  • Flusher chain
  • Base rubber of the flushing mechanism
  • Other

Your toilet is dependent on these different parts to function well. And when any of these fail that can result in leaks and impede flushes. In case of severe toilet leaks and problems, you would need to call in a skilled plumber to attend to the problem without delay. This is where we at SPS Plumbers come into the picture. We have the knowledge, experience and tools to quickly assess identify and repair all types of toilet leaks and problems.

If you n21eed a licensed 24/7 emergency plumber, we can provide prompt and professional services regardless of the time you call us. For any information, feel free to call us on 02 9002 7332 and our email is contact@spsplumbers.com.au. You can also fill in the contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Why Hire a Professional Plumber For Tap Repairs?

Leaking taps can be extremely annoying, but that isn’t the only problem they cause. If ignored for too long, they can easily escalate your water bills. Many homeowners feel that fixing a tap leak is a very easy job and the fact is that it isn’t very challenging; but it needs to be done right or it can make the situation worse. We at SPS Plumbers have seen numerous DIY tap repair jobs gone horribly wrong. This is primarily because while tap washer replacement is fairly simple, re-positioning the tap is where the problems begin.

It’s far better to call in experts like us to attend to all your dripping tap repairs in Sydney. A dripping tap is quite a common compliant and we understand the annoyance it causes. This is why we provide a prompt response and efficient services to get your tap fixed within the shortest possible time. Even a very slow drip on taps can result in a significant amount of water wastage, so don’t delay in calling us in case you have any dripping or leaky taps in your home or commercial premises.

Our plumber will check the dripping tap and inspect the washer and seal. In most cases, the washer is the culprit, and when it begins to degrade and crack, it allows water to pass. If you leave the problem unattended, that will only result in a bigger leak and more water wastage. Our licensed plumbers in Sydney are experts in fixing dripping and leaking taps.

Tap repairs or replacement?

When they visit your home or commercial premises for the tap repair work, they will also check the condition of the tap itself. If the fixture is very old, they will inform you about it and may recommend that you get the entire tap replaced if necessary. In some cases, a tap replacement proves to be more cost-effective than a tap repair in the long term.

We always turn up on time, do an efficient and fast job and tidy up after ourselves. For a prompt response and competitive tap repair costs, you can’t go wrong with calling SPS Plumbers. Our expert plumbers will arrive at your location in a fully-equipped vehicle that has all the necessary plumbing tools and spares. This ensures the job is completed without a glitch and in the shortest possible time. We also carry a wide variety of basic tap fixtures, so you need tap replacement, we can do that without delay as well.

If you do find that any taps in your home or commercial establishment aren’t working as they should, simply call SPS Plumbers. We provide excellent plumbing solutions at very competitive pricing. If you need a 24/7 emergency plumber, we can provide prompt and professional services too. For any information, feel free to call us on 02 9002 7332 and our email is contact@spsplumbers.com.au. You can also fill in the contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.