Water hammer is a hydraulic shock that typically occurs in old pipes after a valve is shut off suddenly. A series of loud bangs also occurs when there is an increase in water pressure in your water line.
So, if you live in an old house, you may think that it’s strange why there are banging noises inside your walls after you stop showering or using a washer. But it is not. It is normal for old pipes to get worn out at some point. And in this case, they absorb shock less from changes in the water pressure as you (or other appliances) rapidly open and shut off water supply flowing through the pipes.
For example, washers automatically control water flow from fully on to off within seconds. So, this sudden stoppage causes a hydraulic shock that makes your pipes bang against other fixtures. Over time this can lead to disastrous burst pipes and water leaks!
The video below explains in more detail the science behind the water hammer effect…continue reading
We’ve all been there before, so we all know that sinking feeling very well. You stand up, press the button and … oh dear. Toilet won’t flush. It never happens at a convenient moment, and it never seems to be an easy fix.
But although your face is red and your pants are around your ankles, just because the toilet won’t flush doesn’t mean the world is ending. In fact, it’s probably not a big deal at all.
It’s certainly not a big deal for our emergency plumbers – whether your toilet won’t flush at all or it’s just slow to empty or fill…continue reading
As long as drains have existed, preventing blocked drains has frustrated those who maintain them.
Modern drains have come a long way, quite literally from their inception around 2800 years ago by the Roman empire. Designed to prevent the spread of disease by keeping waste water separate from fresh drinking water the Romans were the first to utilise a system of drainage to protect the health of it’s citizens.
Here on Australia’s Gold Coast, there are 3329 kilometres of sewer drains running under our feet worth an estimated $1.3 Billion and close to 250,000 sewer connections…continue reading
There’s nothing worse than getting up on a cold morning ready to jump into a warm shower only to find your hot water is cold. Or perhaps you’ve spotted a leak from your hot water system. You may even turn on the tap to find there’s no water flowing at all from your hot tap!
Don’t panic. Although hot water problems are a pain, there are some things you can check yourself before contacting a local plumbing service. In this post we look at common issues, troubleshooting and…continue reading
Hot water systems are the unappreciated and often unnoticed hero of our homes. We rely on them daily and rarely give thought to how wonderful life is with them, and how much of an inconvenience it can be when they are not working correctly.
If it’s time for a hot water system replacement, choosing a new one can be a little confusing. To help with your decision we explain the three types of hot water systems available today…continue reading
As we approach the cooler months of the year it is worth considering some preventative hot water system maintenance to avoid costly repairs.
There are some simple things that every homeowner can do to potentially avoid a failure of your hot water system and minimise the …continue reading