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Most people feel that if they have a garbage disposal in their kitchen sink, they wouldn’t have to worry about drain blocks because all the food remnants would get pulverised before being washed down the drain. But the fact is that some foods can severely gum up your drain. We at Wilco Plumbing recommend that in order to keep the pipes flowing freely; there are certain things that should never be put into the drains such as:

  1. Starchy foods

Put your sink on a diet and steer clear of feeding it too many starchy products, even if you have a garbage disposal. There are a number of foods that cause a significant amount of problems in the drain and putting large quantities of these into the garbage disposal will only result in a block sooner than later. The main culprits are rice, potato peels and pasta and these foods just turn into a sticky paste inside your drains. The best way to discard these items is to run them through a sieve/colander and discard the rest into the garbage bin.

  1. Fat

It’s never a good idea to pour any fat into the drain. While it goes in as liquid, it will eventually become a congealed mess inside the drainpipe. If you discard too much of grease and fat into your kitchen sink, that will reduce the drainpipe’s diameter until the flow stops entirely. When you are pouring fat or grease down the drain, pour some hot water over it along with a few generous squirts of liquid dish-wash soap and run the hot water over it for another minute.

  1. Breakfast remnants

Things like coffee grinds and eggshells may look harmless, but it takes a large amount of water to push them out through the drainage system and they eventually do end up clogging your pipes at some point down the line. It’s best to discard egg shells in the garbage can and do the same with the coffee grounds; the latter can be discarded in the garden as well.

  1. Fibrous foods

Many fibrous foods like carrot peels and celery chunks can easily overwhelm your garbage disposal and clog the drains. If you don’t have a disposal, all these chunks will just sit in the drain and eventually cause severe clogs. All the veggie scraps should go right to the compost or trash.

If you are dealing with Blocked Drains, feel free to call us without delay. We are one of the leading companies in this industry and offer a variety of plumbing solutions such as Gas Fitting and Gas Repairs, Burst and Leaking Pipe Repairs as well as all other Commercial and Residential Plumbing. We also understand that some plumbing problems can surface without warning and it’s why we provide reliable and prompt 24/7 Plumbing Emergency services Sydney-wide. For more information, call Wilco Plumbing on 02 9186 3319 or contact us via this online form and we will respond shortly.

Drain maintenance isn’t something most homeowners think about. As long as the water flows out of the drains smoothly, people rarely pay attention to this aspect at all; that is until something goes wrong. But drain blocks can occur if you have been indiscriminately putting food remnants down the kitchen drain or have failed to place a drain screen over the shower or tub drains. When a clogged-up drain prevents the proper flow of water through the pipes, the pressure that builds up inside, could increase and lead to a rupture or leak.

But it’s not difficult to avoid these problems and all you need to do is take a few precautions. Keep in mind that clogged drains reduce the lifespan of your plumbing installations and can result in various other emergency plumbing problems in the future. The experts at Wilco Plumbing have put together this list of 4 simple steps to follow to avoid drain blockages this season:

  1. Install a plug screens over the plugholes

Plug screens prevent debris, dirt and hair from getting washed down the drain and it’s important to install these in bathroom and kitchen sinks. In bathrooms, these fixtures prevent small items, soaps and beauty products from getting washed into the plumbing system. In kitchens, these prevent food remnants from getting washed into the drain.

  1. Do not pour any grease/oil down the drains

Drains can handle water, milk, and various other liquids; but oil and grease can become congealed within the drain and cause a block. Avoid pouring these into the sink. It’s best to freeze the oil and grease and discard it in the trash.

  1. Don’t plant any trees near the drainage system

While planting trees in your yard does add to the aesthetics of your property planting them very close to your home structure or near underground drain pipes can result in drainage problems. Many trees have root systems that grow deep into the ground and can infiltrate drain pipes through fissures. These roots thrive on the water and nutrients in the drain pipes and eventually grow to such an extent that they clog the pipes. It’s best to install large trees along the fence lines and away from drain pipes.

  1. Never flush objects down the toilet

It’s important that you don’t flush tissues, wet wipes, diapers, feminine sanitary products or anything else down the toilets in your home. Teach your kids basic plumbing care and teach them not to put toys or anything else into the toilet.  

If you have a blocked drain, try using a plunger. If the block is minor, that should solve the problem. But in case of a more severe block, you would have to call in a plumber to fix the problem. If you are dealing with Blocked Drains, feel free to call us without delay.

We are one of the leading companies in this industry and offer a variety of plumbing solutions such as Gas Fitting and Gas Repairs, Burst and Leaking Pipe Repairs as well as all other Commercial and Residential Plumbing. We also understand that some plumbing problems can surface without warning and it’s why we provide reliable and prompt 24/7 Plumbing Emergency services Sydney-wide. For more information, call Wilco Plumbing on 02 9186 3319 or contact us via this online form and we will respond shortly.

Most homeowners aren’t too bothered with low water pressure on their property unless it begins to cause problems. For instance, if your shower doesn’t offer a sufficient pressure of water or your dishwasher doesn’t work as well as it should, you would begin to notice the problem. Once you notice that the water pressure in your home isn’t as high as it generally is, it’s best to contact good plumbing professionals like the ones at Wilco Plumbing.

The causes

There are a number of causes of low water pressure in plumbing such as:

  • Debris Build-Up– Most people assume that only sewer lines & drains can become clogged; however, that isn’t the case. Even water that comes to you from municipal lines can have a certain amount of debris. This generally includes dirt, sand, and pollutants etc. While these particles may be present in very negligible amounts, they can eventually build-up and clog your pipes.

Mineral build-up within the pipes reduces the water pressure and creates a blockage. If all the faucets and showers in your home have low water pressure, it simply means your main lines are clogged. In these situations, we inspect the pipe and then decide which section has a mineral build-up, and use specialised plumbing chemicals to fix the problem.

  • Corrosion- If the pipes in your home are made of galvanized iron or steel, they will have a lifespan of about 20 years. The insides of these pipes would eventually corrode over time and result in blockages. This is one of the common reasons of low water pressure in older homes with older plumbing. There isn’t much that can be done in this case and replacement becomes the only solution. Modern materials like PVC are far more resilient and last longer. We at Wilco Plumbing can help with installation of these new plumbing systems.
  • Leaks – If any of the pipes on your property are leaking, that too can result in low water pressure. If the leakage is inside the structure, you can identify where it is by checking which areas and faucets receive low water pressure. Once you have a clear idea about where the leakage may be, you can then get the system inspected and the problem fixed by experts.

If you leave a low water pressure problem unaddressed for a very long time, that can cause the problem to aggravate and the blockage will only worsen. The best way to prevent this is to call us the minute you notice any low water pressure issues in your home.

Water is a precious resource and we often use it indiscriminately in our homes. We rarely think twice before running a bath or standing under a shower for extended periods of time. With spring and the warmer summer months approaching we also tend to use more water in our homes. Sometimes we may accidently leave the taps running or may use the dishwasher or washing machine excessively; all of these things result in a lot of water wastage and increase our water bills as well.

Minimising water consumption in your home is the easiest and simplest ways to decrease your water bills and reduce your household’s impact on the environment. When you conserve water even in areas without any shortages, it helps reduce the need to extract water from rivers or to build dams. It also reduces the amount of wastewater produced & treated at local sewage plants, lowers the energy requirements for transporting and treating water & waste water, & reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Some ways in which to minimise water use in your home

The Wilco Plumbing experts have put together this useful list of tips on how to reduce water wastage:

  • Reduce your indoor water usage by installing water-efficient showers, taps, toilets and appliances.
  • Minimise the use of water in the outdoor areas by choosing plants & shrubs that are suitable for local growing conditions. You can also include low water usage areas in your garden design by using indigenous plants or species of plants that require less water to grow.
  • Reduce paving of the outdoor areas as this ups the heat radiation and the water runoff from your landscape.
  • Wash cars and motorbikes near your lawn so the grass gets watered simultaneously.
  • Sweep your driveway, paths and walkways instead of pressure washing them often.
  • Reuse water where possible as this helps reduce consumption of potable water for any non-potable purposes.
  • Be more conscious about the manner in which you use water in your home. For instance, opt to bathe under the shower rather than run a bath every single day.
  • Call in a plumber to fix faucet and tap leaks and tell them to check the rest of the plumbing systems for leakages as well.
  • Install a drip irrigation and automated sprinkler system in your landscape; this too helps save a significant amount of water.

Following these tips with consistency is one of the best ways to save water and reduce your water bills. We are one of the leading companies in this industry and offer a variety of plumbing solutions such as Gas Fitting and Gas Repairs, Blocked Drains, Burst and Leaking Pipe Repairs as well as all other Commercial and Residential Plumbing.

We also understand that some plumbing problems can surface without warning and it’s why we provide reliable and prompt 24/7 Plumbing Emergency services Sydney-wide. For more information, call Wilco Plumbing on 02 9186 3319 or contact us via this online form and we will respond shortly.

Drainage systems are designed in such a way that they keep the sewage and all the waste water odours away from kitchen, bathroom and laundry spaces. If the drainage system in your home works the way it should, you wouldn’t have to deal with bad odours emanating from the drains. But if you do detect bad odours in your kitchen or bathroom, there is definitely a problem.

It is one common sign of a malfunction in your drainage system and would have to be addressed without delay. We at Wilco Plumbing provide excellent plumbing solutions and can handle all these drainage and sewer smell issues efficiently and professionally.

What causes these bad smells

Some of the commonest reasons for drain odours include:

  • Drain blockages – Waste water tends to have a foul odour; especially once it has been exposed to the main sewage system and all the gases present in it. If this water backs up, the foul odours can flood the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry spaces.
  • The water barrier – Most drain systems have a water barrier which keeps the sewage gases out of your home. The water barrier is like a permanent seal and the P-trap system in the drain ensures this seal stays intact. If you have not used a particular drain for a significant amount of time and the water in the trap dries up or if it gets disturbed, the foul odours are bound to enter your home.
  • Sewer Lines – If the sewage lines malfunction, you can be sure that the drains will emit a foul odour. All the sewer gases will then escape the lines and also flood the drains. They may even break the water barriers and infiltrate your home.

How we handle the problem?

Most people that have dealt with foul-smelling drains end up trying home remedies such as vinegar and baking soda mixes. In some instances these prove to be effective, but they don’t work in every instance. If you smell any bad odour from your drains, you should immediately call us to inspect the system. We will make ensure that the problem is addressed and the odour eliminated completely.

We provide quick and efficient services and have qualified, skilled and experienced plumbing professionals on board who know how to complete the job efficiently and to your 100% satisfaction. We are the experts that provide guarantees for our work which means you can rest assured that we will do the job right the first time around.

We are one of the leading companies in this industry and offer a variety of plumbing solutions such as Gas Fitting and Gas Repairs, Blocked Drains, Burst and Leaking Pipe Repairs as well as all other Commercial and Residential Plumbing. We also understand that some plumbing problems can surface without warning and it’s why we provide reliable and prompt 24/7 Plumbing Emergency services Sydney-wide. For more information, call Wilco Plumbing on 02 9186 3319 or contact us via this online form and we will respond shortly.

Hot water systems see daily use and that means they also see a significant amount of wear and tear. Just like any other installation in your house, the one way to ensure they are in good repair is to get regular maintenance done; not only will that help prevent unexpected breakdowns, but will save you a significant amount of money as well. Here are some tips from the experts at Wilco Plumbing on how you can best maintain your hot water tank:

Drain the water heater regularly

This is a very important aspect of water heater tank maintenance and you should make it a point to drain your water heater tank at least every six months. Flushing it out with regularity will help control mineral build-up, which helps maintain the water heater’s efficiency. In addition, it increases the lifespan of your water heater as well. Here is a basic guide on flushing your hot water heater tank:

To drain the water:

  • First shut down the entire unit and remove the wires for added safety.
  • Open up the faucet that is closest to the heater and then let the water run out until you get only cold water.
  • Once all the hot water has been drained completely, turn-off the water supply to your heater; and keep the faucet open.
  • You will find a drain valve under the heater; attach a garden hose to this valve.
  • Open up the relief valve positioned at the top center of your heater.
  • Let all the water get drained out completely.
  • Close the relief valve and the drain valve.
  • Start the cold water supply and wait until the system is full.
  • Open up all the hot water faucets in your home & drain a bit of cold water from each one of them to make sure that no air has been trapped in any of them.
  • Now simply plug in the wire & switch on the heater.

Other basic checks

If you want your hot water heater to provide trouble-free service, get the system inspected at regular intervals by qualified professionals like the ones at Wilco Plumbing. Our experts will thoroughly inspect all the components such as the heating element, operating unit as well as the wiring to ensure that these are in perfect condition. This type of routine maintenance reduces the incidence of breakdowns.

Water heaters generally produce a certain amount of noise; however, if you notice any hissing sound, call us without delay; your hot water system probably requires cleanup. We are one of the leading companies in this industry and offer a variety of plumbing solutions such as Gas Fitting and Gas Repairs, Burst and Leaking Pipe Repairs, Blocked Drains as well as all other Commercial and Residential Plumbing.

We also understand that some plumbing problems can surface without warning and it’s why we provide reliable and prompt 24/7 Plumbing Emergency services Sydney-wide. For more information, call Wilco Plumbing on 02 9186 3319 or contact us via this online form and we will respond shortly.

Blocked Drains are one of the commonest plumbing problems people face in their homes or commercial property. These blocks seem like they surface suddenly but are generally caused by buildup that takes place over time. The grease, debris, food remnants, hair etc. can become lodged within the drain pipes and cause a blockage.

Sometimes, tree roots in the garden infiltrate the drain pipes and start growing within these installations. Over time, these can cause a complete blockage and result in a backup of sewer water in the toilet, kitchen and bathroom sinks or even the shower areas. Any property owner that has dealt with a drain block knows exactly how troublesome it can be. Before the problem is fixed, the plumbers need to identify where the problem lies within the length of the drain.

If tree roots have entered the pipe and damaged the installation, the exact position of the damage would have to be identified as well. But since drain pipes are underground, this isn’t an easy task and involves digging up large portions of the landscape just to locate the point at which the pipe is cracked or damaged.

Benefits of CCTV cameras in drainage problems

These processes are not only time-consuming but expensive as well; which is why we at Wilco Plumbing recommend that CCTV plumbing cameras be used in the work. Take a look at how these cameras can save you time and money:

  • When you call us with the drain block problem, our expert plumbers will visit your location and inspect the affected drains.
  • They will then insert a CCTV drain camera into the pipe.
  • The CCTV camera is connected to a display monitor above the ground and they are able to see what is causing the block and whether there is any damage to the drain pipe.
  • Once they have a clear view of what is causing the block, pressure-jets can be used to get rid of the debris and the clog.
  • In case of damage to the pipe, we recommend that you opt for trenchless pipe repairs. In this only two small trenches are dug at either end of the impacted pipe and the epoxy lining is fitted in the original pipe. All this work is done without disrupting the rest of the landscape.

This doesn’t become possible if a CCTV camera isn’t used in the work and you have to dig up the pipe to identify where the block is and how severe it is. Using a CCTV Drain Camera is the best way to avoid time-consuming plumbing processes and it saves you as significant amount of money as well.

We are one of the leading companies in this industry and offer a variety of plumbing solutions such as Gas Fitting and Gas Repairs, Burst and Leaking Pipe Repairs as well as all other Commercial and Residential Plumbing. We also understand that some plumbing problems can surface without warning and it’s why we provide reliable and prompt 24/7 Plumbing Emergency services Sydney-wide. For more information, call Wilco Plumbing on 02 9186 3319 or contact us via this online form and we will respond shortly.

A holiday is one of the best ways to have a long break and move out of a monotonous routine. But before you book your holiday, there are certain things you would have to do to ensure your home is safe and that no problems will arise in your absence; and plumbing checks should be high on the list. The experts at Wilco Plumbing have put together a list of some essential plumbing priorities before you leave on your trip.

  • Make sure that you turn off your main water supply. Most often leakages can occur when you aren’t at home. The main valve should be situated at the wall closest to your home’s water meter; turn it in a clockwise direction completely.
  • Open all of the taps and faucets in your home as this will help drain as much water as possible from supply pipes in your home, in case any leaks should occur. It reduces the risk of any water damage from a broken fixture/pipe when you’re away from home even for a few days.
  • Set the water heater to vacation mode: this will keep it operating at a much lower level than normal. If your holiday is going to last for more than a few days, you may want to switch off the water heater altogether before you leave.
  • If you have a swimming pool, it’s best not to turn the pool pump off as it can cause algae build-up in the pool. Instead just keep it running at the optimal settings, and request a friend to check on your pool to make sure it’s functioning properly. In case of extended vacations, it may be a good idea to drain the water from the pool completely.
  • The sprinkler system is generally on a separate meter, and you can leave this line open even when the main supply to your house is turned off.
  • Clean out the drains and garbage disposals. When you regularly run the faucets, they help in keeping your drains clear. However, when you stop doing this, the leftover moisture and clogs in the pipes and drains can lead to unpleasant odors in the pipes or Blocked Drains can be very difficult to remedy.
  • If you will be on holiday for a longer time, consider requesting a relative or friend to come by to run the water at least once a month to keep the plumbing in good condition.
  • It’s a good idea to hire the services of a licensed plumber to inspect the entire system and rule out the possibility of any plumbing problems; so you can have them fixed before you leave.

 

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